Caravan Birding Tour at A1-FEB, 2/26/22


Twenty birders joined TAS Field Trip Coordinator Brian Rapoza yesterday for a caravan birding tour at A1-FEB (Flow Equalization Basin) in western Palm Beach County. Over 50 bird species were tallied, as well as a couple of mammals (White-tailed Deer and North American River Otter). Some of the avian highlights included Blue-winged Teal, Mottled and Ring-necked Duck, King Rail, Sora, Purple Gallinule, Gray-headed Swamphen, Limpkin, Caspian Tern, Wood Stork, American and Least Bittern, Snail Kite, Northern Harrier, Merlin and Peregrine Falcon. Some in the group also saw White-tailed Kite and a Great White Heron. An eBird checklist for our visit is here .

After the tour, some of the group headed north to Belle Glade for lunch, followed by a visit to Torry Island Campground at the south end of Lake Okeechobee. Among the birds seen there was the Vermilion Flycatcher that has been present for several months. An eBird checklist for that stop is here .

Caspian Tern photo by Luis Gonzalez.