Updated with photos
Wetland Birding in Southern Florida
I had the opportunity to go birding, with the Audubon Society of the Everglades (the Palm Beach County, Fl chapter of the Audubon Society) We went to Green Cay Wetlands which is in Boynton Beach in Palm Beach County in southern Florida.
Although I have been to Green Cay before I have never gone with a birding group or at this time of year. I saw 32 bird species, even though this is not high season, including seven birds that were new for my life list including Yellow-crowned Heron, which was probably the bird of the day for much of the group, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Purple Gallinule ( see previously but never recorded on a list), Limkin, White-winged Dove, Red-eyed Vireo, and American Redstart. I also saw butterflies, dragon flies, native flowers and several alligators. My best guesses on the butterflies are Palamedes Swallowtail, Viceroy, Zebra Longwing, and Julia. Some dragonflies were identified as a Halloween Pennants
Green Cay Wetlands is the old Green Cay Farm, originally owned by Ted and Trudy Winsberg. When the farms around them were converted into housing developments they preferred to restore their land to open prairie with wetland similar to how it had been previous to farming.
There is a 1.5-mile elevated boardwalk through the wetland and a nature center. Here is the visitor’s center Bird Checklist and old Bird Count links (which include monthly and often weekly bird counts starting on April 2007 and going through 2010).
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Green Cay Wetlands, Palm Beach, US-FL Sep 9, 2012 7:30 AM – 9:45 AM
Great Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron
- Birding Green Cay Wetlands (naturalhistorywanderings.com)
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