American Redstart at Possum Long Nature Preserve in the city of Stuart yesterday morning.
I joined a field trip organized by Audubon of Martin County. We didn’t see too many birds, even though migration is underway. Also, fifteen people trying to sneak up on birds is kind of a lot.
But we did learn more about the history of the nature preserve and the good spots and individual trees for seeing birds.
A few years ago, the edges of the freshwater ponds at Possum Long were cleaned up and restored. Wading birds like the Great Blue Heron are finding their way there, slowly but surely.
The American Redstart rarely holds still!
Here is our checklist, posted by group leader Robin Potvin: Oct 6 Possum Long.
Yesterday was the first October Global Big Day. I decided to contribute a bit more and popped over to the south end of Hutchinson Island to watch birds for half an hour at Sailfish Flats in late morning.
Here is my CHECKLIST for that. Note to self: go at low tide next time, so there are birds on the sandbars too.
It was neat to spot a migrating Peregrine Falcon but I had the most fun watching a couple of kingfishers chasing each other and screaming their raucous calls.
Later in the afternoon I was in my backyard with the dog and spotted a pair of Bald Eagles high overhead, moving just fast enough to the southeast that I knew I had no time to run inside and grab my camera, just enough time to watch and enjoy.