Posted by: Sandy Steinman | January 17, 2017

Birding Green Cay Wetlands

I went birding at Green Cay Wetlands in Boynton Beach in Palm Beach County in southern Florida this past Sunday. Green Cay Wetlands  is the old Green Cay Farm that was owned by Ted and Trudy Winsberg.  When the farms around them were being 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.  It is an excellent area to see birds, alligators, turtles, and rabbits.  Here is the visitor’s center  Bird Checklist and Bird Counts links (which include monthly and often weekly bird counts starting on April 2007 and going through 2010).

I saw 33 species. Highlights includedseeing a Limpkin, American Bittern, trying to identify a female Purple Gallinule, watching a flock of Glossy Ibis fly overhead and a Red-shouldered Hawk being chased by another bird. I also saw two Alligators and an Iguana.

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Green Cay Wetlands, Palm Beach, Florida, US Jan 15, 2017 12:50 PM – 2:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling 2.0 mile(s)
33 species

Gadwall  X
Blue-winged Teal  X
Pied-billed Grebe  X
Wood Stork  X
Double-crested Cormorant  X
Anhinga  X
American Bittern  X
Great Blue Heron  X
Great Egret  X
Snowy Egret  X
Little Blue Heron  X
Tricolored Heron  X
Cattle Egret  X
Green Heron  X
Black-crowned Night-Heron  X
White Ibis  X
Glossy Ibis  X
Turkey Vulture  X
Osprey  X
Cooper’s Hawk  X
Red-shouldered Hawk  X
Purple Gallinule  X
Gray-headed Swamphen  X
Common Gallinule  X
American Coot  X
Limpkin  X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  X
Belted Kingfisher  X
Tree Swallow  X
Northern Mockingbird  X
Palm Warbler  X
Red-winged Blackbird  X
Common Grackle  X


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