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Old Friday 25th February 2011, 00:52   #101
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Yes it was you the leggings caught my attention.woo woo woo
Would the Brits the say I'm a black-legged bird.....of some sort?

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Would the Brits the say I'm a black-legged bird.....of some sort?

Off to the Bamboo Room to check out Ben Prestage.
i don't know about the Brits but you were the best "bird" I saw there all day.
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Old Sunday 27th February 2011, 16:01   #103
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We've been discussing this elsewhere, so I thought we could dedicate a thread to one of the best birding areas in south Florida.


Starting things off with two questions:

1) Has anyone ever seen a Reddish Egret here? and
2) When might be a good time to spot Painted Buntings?




1. I never have which brings up an interesting point must one travel to the Keys or up to Central Florida to see them? How about Sandhil cranes anyplace in the W Palm/Broward area to reliably see them?
2. In winter at a feeder.
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Old Sunday 27th February 2011, 16:16   #104
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I've seen Sandhill cranes at Okeeheelee 5 or 6 times. Except for one time when I saw 3 on the trail I have seen them to the right of the Nature Center hanging out under the big tree. It's usually a groupf of 5.
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Old Monday 28th February 2011, 00:39   #105
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Green Cay on Saturday - the Wigeon was being cooperative right by the boardwalk

Wako today - Black-necked Stilt near the entrance and a Snipe right off the boardwalk. Someone was saying he'd seen the Virginia Rail and gave me "directions," so I did the walk a second time but couldn't figure out where he meant :(.

eta: could someone re-say where the Green's nest is (and dumb it down a lot?)?
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Old Monday 28th February 2011, 00:47   #106
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1. I never have which brings up an interesting point must one travel to the Keys or up to Central Florida to see them? How about Sandhil cranes anyplace in the W Palm/Broward area to reliably see them?
2. In winter at a feeder.
1. I have seen Redish Egrets at Merritt Island NWR consistently in past years.

2. Also have seen Painted Buntings at the feeder in Corkscrew Swamp Sancturary and at the Nature Center in Okeeheelee Park.
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Old Monday 28th February 2011, 12:01   #107
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Paul,

In the W Palm Beach area, if you take the Beeline Hwy NW out of town there are almost always a couple of cranes along the road between here and Indiantown, just cruising the swales.

I'm usually only travelling that road mornings and late afternoons, but I almost always see them unless it's high summer.
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Old Monday 28th February 2011, 12:04   #108
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2. Also have seen Painted Buntings at the feeder in Corkscrew Swamp Sancturary and at the Nature Center in Okeeheelee Park.

I have been to Okeeheelee several times with no luck at that birdfeeder. Do you see them at all times of day or just mornings?
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Old Monday 28th February 2011, 12:43   #109
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Also the Purple Martins are back at GC but I did not see them at Wako yet.
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Green Cay on Saturday - the Wigeon was being cooperative right by the boardwalk

Wako today - Black-necked Stilt near the entrance and a Snipe right off the boardwalk. Someone was saying he'd seen the Virginia Rail and gave me "directions," so I did the walk a second time but couldn't figure out where he meant :(.

eta: could someone re-say where the Green's nest is (and dumb it down a lot?)?
Indeed - got some excellent widgeon shots this time on Sunday - he was practically UNDER the boardwalk, and hanging out in close proximity. I also got some excellent snipe shots of that one by the front, and a nice black-crowned night heron hanging out along the tree line just before the first gazebo. The stilt was a bit too far off out on the center island for any good shots...but nice to see them coming back in town. Eastern phoebes are mixing in with the warblers at Green Cay, in the left-side tree canopy.

No luck with the Virginia again myself - I walked excrutiatingly slow through the whole back area, and saw lots and lots of sora...but no Virginia.

The baby GBherons at Wako are really putting on a lovely show - filling up at least 5 of the nests, and moving all about, they are offering some great photo ops!

The green heron nest I know of at Wako, assuming we're talking of the same one, would be taking the left (clockwise) loop, over the levee, past the GBHs nesting on the left, curve around to the right until you get to the 90 degree left-hand turn, then head down about 30 feet, and there's a clump of trees growing close to the boardwalk on your right-hand side. The green herons are nesting at about rail-level, maybe 7 feet off the boardwalk - they are partially blocked by some of the branches, so getting shots is a bit tricky. Haven't seen babies yet - mom's been staking out the nest area, while dad's been going back and forth bringing building supplies. On Sunday, I often saw the two of them there together building, then watching the male flutter off to get more leaves/branches.
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Confused - left would be clockwise. That's what you mean, correct?



Also at Green Cay: a big bunch of Yellow-rumped Warblers. If you take the center short-cut path, they were in the bushes to the right immediately before the "T". I didn't get good pics though, mostly because of impatience.
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Clockwise...yes. I said clockwise. Can't you see in my post above? It says clockwise. (well it does now, since I edited it! ). Sorry, left as in clockwise.
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Old Monday 28th February 2011, 18:54   #113
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It did say clockwise. It just had a "counter" in front of it
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Old Tuesday 1st March 2011, 01:40   #114
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Yup, that is exactly where i saw the Little Green's nest as well.

I got really spoiled today. Bald Eagle near Atlantic and Homewood!!
I thought, what the heck is the huge black bird with the white tail, soaring eastward so elegantly..I didn't notice the white head until he was almost gone. D'oh.
Had the same stupid reaction when I saw one a few weeks ago at High Ridge. First reaction: What? that's not a vulture! That's too big to be a hawk!
I keep thinking it's an imposssible sighting. I also thought the folks who told me about the one I saw today were talking about Dad, the huge osprey that hangs out on Atlantic.
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Old Tuesday 1st March 2011, 05:07   #115
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I've heard there's a bald eagle nesting out on Pines Blvd near 27...I haven't been out there to see it yet, but would like to...that's something of a rare sight down here.
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Old Tuesday 1st March 2011, 14:02   #116
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When canoeing at Grassy Waters in Jan we were told there were two eaglets there. But we were on the hour long trip so we didn't get close to the nest further down.
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I have been to Okeeheelee several times with no luck at that birdfeeder. Do you see them at all times of day or just mornings?
I have seen them in the late afternoon as Okeeheelee is usually the last stop of the day for me.
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If anyone is interested in volunteering to help clean up natural areas with ERM--we're doing the Hypoluxo Scrub on Saturday the 12th, 9am till noon. I've done 3- Limestone Creek in Jupiter, Pondhawk in Boca ( not completed but you can wander around in there. It's some former IBM property, you can still see part of the heart trail.) Then we did Juno Dunes West. Funny what old crap you find!
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I live about 1/2 mile from Pondhawk. Thanks for the cleanup! I'd be happy to join a cleanup - I've done a few in the past...but I don't know if I'll be able to make that one or not. I assume it's open to whoever shows - so if I can make it, I just show up, right?
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I'm sure that would be fine.Ann's email limited it to 25 who register, but that ' s mainly due to parking. I won 't be parking there and there are plenty of spots at the winn dixie plaza across the street
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If anyone is interested in volunteering to help clean up natural areas with ERM--we're doing the Hypoluxo Scrub on Saturday the 12th, 9am till noon. I've done 3- Limestone Creek in Jupiter, Pondhawk in Boca ( not completed but you can wander around in there. It's some former IBM property, you can still see part of the heart trail.) Then we did Juno Dunes West. Funny what old crap you find!
That sounds fun. Do I need to sign up, or just show up?

eta: D'oh, I see Justin asked the same question. I'll just show up if I can.
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No worries merry.
I doubt we'll hit the 25 mark anyway, unless a bunch of students decide to join us for "extra credit". And the worst that could happen is Ann running out of work gloves for us!
Wear long pants because we usually end up crawling around.
Ann and Brad the student intern keep pretty good track of what species of plants/animals have been sighted at which natural area so you can ask them stuff.
Hypoluxo Scrub is good for ospreys, gopher tortoises and I did see a merlin there
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I've heard there's a bald eagle nesting out on Pines Blvd near 27...I haven't been out there to see it yet, but would like to...that's something of a rare sight down here.
Hmmmmm any details that's close for me.
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Confused - left would be clockwise. That's what you mean, correct?



Also at Green Cay: a big bunch of Yellow-rumped Warblers. If you take the center short-cut path, they were in the bushes to the right immediately before the "T". I didn't get good pics though, mostly because of impatience.
Got a few good shots yesterday of Palm and Yellow-rumped (always be Myrtle to me) warbler(wed 3/2)

PS: Sydsmythe I was looking for you at Wako in the PM but just like the Virginia rail you were a no show.
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I've seen Sandhill cranes at Okeeheelee 5 or 6 times. Except for one time when I saw 3 on the trail I have seen them to the right of the Nature Center hanging out under the big tree. It's usually a groupf of 5.
I've never been there apparently it is a worthwhile venture. Living in Davie I tend to opt for GC or WAKo because I know I always come back with some worthwhile images.
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