On my way to Southwest Regional Library I decided to drive along SW 172 Ave in Southwest Ranches rather than Highway I-75. I was on the lookout for medium-sized and large birds perched on branches or power lines. Fortunately I spotted what appeared to be a medium-sized bird, I made a U-Turn and parked to the side of the road. I focused my lens on what turned out to be an American Kestrel. After several “shots” I left for the library and then headed for Vista View Park.
Here are the better photographs from today’s shoot. (Monday Mar 14th)
I was at a local park on Sunday when someone asked about Burrowing Owl sightings. Brian Piccolo Park, Vista View Park and Tree Tops Parks were mentioned. I stated that I had seen owls on only two occasions at Central Broward Regional Park but someone said he saw many owls there recently. So I was in the area today, decided to take my lunch break at the park and look out for Burrowing Owls.
I immediately saw owls just after entering the admission booth. I drove around the park and saw more Burrowing Owls at two other locations. I was also fortunate to see a Belted Kingfisher and a Loggerhead Shrike. Here are some of the better photos from the many I took today.
Fern Nature Center is a heavily wooded area covering close to 250 acres in the Coconut Creek/Pompano Beach area of Broward County. The name is derived from the abundance of ferns found in the area. Over 30 species have been identified there. In the 1970s scientists from Florida Atlantic University and Broward Community College (now Broward College) claimed to have discovered “over 200 species of plants” in this forested area.
The number of trees at Fern Nature Center attracts a lot of birds but I often see fewer birds than expected. Over the past 3 years I have been fortunate to spot a Cooper’s Hawk, a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers, Cardinals and Blue Jays.
Today (Mon March 7th) I spotted two Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Palm Warblers and Yellow-rumped Warblers. The warblers seem to have taken over the park today.
I spotted an American Kestrel while at Tall Cypress Natural Area yesterday. It would not surprise me if I found out I spotted the same Kestrel today just a few miles east at Tradewinds Park. I chased the bird around the park for over 30 minutes before I was able to get a few “decent” shots from my car.
I stopped by Tree Tops Park for about 30 minutes this afternoon. It was relatively quiet and after 15 minutes I had only a Red-bellied Woodpecker to thank for posing for the camera. However on my way out of the park close to the entrance I spotted a Limpkin and got some close shots from by car. Here are images of the Woodpecker and Limpkin.
I visited Miramar Pineland Park this morning hoping to see an American Eagle that was spotted in the area recently. I did not see the Eagle but saw Blue Jays, Palm Warblers, Pine Warblers and a Red-bellied Woodpecker.
I stopped by Larry and Penny Thompson Park today for about 30 minutes. While there I spotted a Red-bellied Woodpecker, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and an Eastern Towhee, a bird I have never seen before. Unfortunately I could not get a “clean” frontal shot of this bird.
It’s the 3rd day of the 19th annual Great Backyard Bird Count and I went back to Plantation Preserve Linear Trail to look for birds. I walked the 1.3 mile trail and did not see anything interesting. I spoke with someone at the end of the trail and he said he saw Red-shouldered Hawk and Belted Kingfisher a few days ago. As I was walking back to the car I saw a medium-sized bird flying nearby. I went looking for it and found what appeared to be a Red-shouldered Hawk. A short time later I spotted a Belted Kingfisher. Closer to the start of the trail I saw an Osprey with a fish in its talons.
The Hawk and Kingfisher was a good distance away so the images are small and not detailed. However the image of the Osprey was tack sharp.
According to Audubon.org “The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a free, fun, and easy event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings online at birdcount.org.”
The 19th annual GBBC starts today Friday, February 12, and runs through Monday, February 15, 2016. I decided to stop by Plantation Preserve Linear Trail because there is a good chance I would see at least 5 different birds. My bird count lasted more that 15 minutes and when it was done I had over 50 bird images. Here are a few of the better images from today.