Tropical Audubon Society Sod Farm Trip-August 30, 2003
- The Tropical Audubon Society field trip on Saturday, August 30, 2003 to the
sod farms in Palm Beach County offered several birders a mixture of
lifebirds and yearbirds.
We began birding at the Holeyland/Rotenberger W.M.A. on the Palm
Beach/Broward County line. Ani's were absent but Northern
Waterthrush,Prairie Warbler, American Redstart, White-eyed Vireo, Eastern
Towhee (heard), Osprey and Red-shouldered Hawks were seen along the
road.Heavy construction from the ongoing Comprehensive Everglades
Restoration Plan (C.E.R.P.) project has generated a lot of traffic from
heavy equipment, which has temporarily decreased the bird diversity.
The sod farms and flooded fields east of US 27 in Palm Beach County south of
South Bay were very productive. The highlight was at least 2 dozen Upland
Sandpipers on a sod farm north of and across the street from the large tower
along US 27. Our friends from Clearwater Audubon joined us for the
spectacle. Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Black-necked Stilts, Solitary
Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper,Pectoral Sandpiper, Semipalmated Plover,
Black-bellied Plovers in alternate plumage, Kildeer, as well as Mottled
Ducks, Blue-winged Teal, Roseate Spoonbills, Wood Storks,Bank and Barn
Swallows and a Northern Harrier were also in the area.
A Least Bittern was seen at the small rockpit north of SR 827. A northern
Yellow Warbler and a Yellow Rat Snake were also in the area.
The Miami Canal stand of champion Red Cedars had several Barn Owls and
Black-crowned Night Herons. One of the Barn Owls posed for excellent scope
views.About a mile west of the cedars was a flooded field that Kevin
Sarsfield and Juan Villamil led us to after discovering it last week while
scouting the area.We added Gull-billed Tern, Least Tern, Black Tern,
Short-billed Dowitcher, Western Sandpiper and Yellow-crowned Night Heron.
One Snail Kite was seen from I-75 on the drive home in Area 2A just north of
Weston on the drive home. Life is good............especially when birding
our bird-rich agricultural areas.
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