BirdPage by Cindy McIntyre, Waldoboro, Maine
GREEN CAY WETLANDS - Boynton Beach FL
Jan -Feb 2008
In 2005 this farmland was converted into a wetland to help purify wastewater and provide habitat for birds and wildlife. It is an example of both governmental and private recognition of the value of wetlands in Florida, which is currently in its second year of a drought. http://www.pbcgov.com/waterutilities/waterfacts/green_cay.htm
Wilson's Snipe Boat-tailed Grackle Snail eggs
Rock Dove (regular ole pigeon) Black-necked Stilt Lesser Scaup pair
Cottontail Bunny Purple Gallinule
Common Moorhen chicks
These chicks were the oddest little space aliens I've ever seen, especially with their two "fingers" sticking straight out.
Limpkin Chicks - another set of two
This family of both parents and two chicks was near the visitor center
Great Egret and Half Moon Roseate Spoonbill Part of a large flock of tree swallows - juvenile on right
Migrating Tree Swallows - included many juveniles Purple Martins and a decorated house
Snowy Egret in Breeding Plumage Catbird Water Snake swimming Sora Rail
Female Boat-Tailed Grackle Female Red-Winged Blackbird Palm Warbler
LIMPKINS - the Babies (Feb. 11)
There are 2 of the five original chicks left. Mom tends to them while Dad looks for Apple Snails to feed them with.
Limpkins are reported to be secretive, but at Green Cay they pose within several feet of boardwalkers and photographers. Their nighttime cry often irritates homeowners trying to sleep. They are found only in Florida and dine mainly on Apple Snails (right)
A very small and secretive bird - and is very quiet when poking around in the vegetation, unlike moorhens and gallinules.
SNAIL KITE- Female
PURPLE MARTINS and WHITE PEACOCK BUTTERFLY - Feb 5
One female and several male Purple Martins arrived to check out the birdhouses. White Peacock Butterfly
GATORS AND TURTLES
The ever-present alligators and Florida Red-Bellied turtles
BLUE WINGED TEAL
Both male and female Blue-Winged Teal have powder blue shoulder patches, which show in flight, or when stretching.
As my friend says, it's a face only a mother could love! They probe their bills deep into the mud and tamp with their feet
to dislodge yummies.
This stork worked on its nice, large fish for at least 10 minutes. Don't know if it ever swallowed it or not, but it was getting rather mushy.
Green Heron Little Blue Heron When startled the LB Heron shows a crest
Juvenile Little Blue. These herons seem so "big eyed" to me. A Great Egret in breeding color (right) caught a minnow.
Great (American) Egret stalking. Eye area turns a lovely lime green during breeding season.
MORE WATER BIRDS - stay tuned for more
Anhinga Reflection Common Moorhen - once called Common Gallinule
Glossy Ibis landing Mottled Ducks - a light variant of the Black Duck
White Ibises Anhinga Male Glossy Ibis
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher sings a soft sweet little song while feeding; Palm Warbler (winter plummage) has a distinctive tail bobbing behavior
Palm Warbler Yellow-rumped Warbler
Common Yellowthroat Warbler - female skulking in the underbrush
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