TAS Southern Palm Beach Birding Trip 11/6/2021

Fifteen birders joined me (Luis Gonzalez), Nancy Freedman and John Boyd for walks around two of Palm Beach most popular wetland spots, Green Cay and Wakodahatchee Wetlands. John Hutchinson was originally meant to guide this trip, but due to personal reasons, he was unable to do so. The day was overcast with light rains throughout the walk, but that didn’t stop of from recording nearly 50 species in a few hours, we also enjoyed close and personal sightings with a young Bobcat in Green Cay early morning, to the point the small cat ran right under our feet to move from one side of the trail to the other! Birding wise, we had the expected species, with high numbers of Gray-headed Swamphen, Glossy Ibis, and Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks, we also had Ruby-throated Hummingbird perched close and out in the open for us. The birding highlight however, belongs to a Yellow-billed Cuckoo seen only by me and a few other birders who stuck around in the parking lot talking for a bit. Sometimes it pays off to stick around a little longer in the birding site! The eBird checklists for the trip are here and here. Pictures shown below is of the Bobcat and one of the many Gray-headed Swamphen seen.