Category Archives: Photos-Birds

Photos that I have taken of Birds.

~Florida Shore Birds at Torry Island and Sugar Cane Fields

February 2022

Here are a few birds I saw while riding our ebikes around Torry Island RV park. We were camping at South Bay County Park in South Bay, FL. 

If I had to do it all over again, I would have tried to stay at Torry Island RV park instead of South Bay RV park. The road noise from Highway 27 was not pleasant and it was continuous.

The birding was most enjoyable!

~Common Gallinule

~Tricolored Heron

~White Ibis

~Little Blue Heron

~Great Egret

~Glossy Ibis

~Grey-headed Swamphen

However, the Okeechobee Lake levee, just outside of the South Bay RV park, was enjoyable to walk and ride on. South Bay to Torry Island was a two mile bike ride.

South Bay and the surrounding areas produce 57% of the Sugar Cane crops in the US. Sugar Cane fields for miles and miles.

Sugar Cane fields

Belle Glade, a neighboring town,  is known for its fertile soil and sugarcane production, carrying the slogan “Her Soil is her Fortune.”  The town is found on the southeast edge of Lake Okeechobee in Palm Beach County, Florida.

I like their slogan!

~Friday’s Feathered Friends

*Number 408 on my Birding Life List

Hepatic Tanager

Male
Female

I saw this pair at Madera Canyon, Rita Lodge back in January. What a treat!

~Why is it called a hepatic tanager?

The Hepatic Tanager’s sweet, caroling song carries well through the open pine and pine-oak forests of its highland habitats. Named for the male’s dusky reddish upperparts (“hepatic” refers to the liver), this species’ scientific name ( flava) also references the female’s yellow plumage.

~Where do tanagers live in the US?

Hepatic Tanagers occur in much of South and Central America and barely reach the southwestern U.S., where they are common but very little studied. They have gradually expanded their range northward since the 1960s.

Happy Birding wherever you are!

~Hummingbirds

August 2021

 

Broad-billed (male)
Defending “his” feeder.
What a difference in the colors when the light doesn’t hit the throat.
She is telling him that this is her feeder.

These Hummers have been at my feeders for a couple of weeks. I have also seen a male black-chinned, but I don’t have a photo. They are so much fun to watch.

Be on the lookout for these tiny, beautiful birds and help them get back to their wintering grounds when fall migration begins.  Mix one cup of white sugar and 4 cups of water.

Happy Birding