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!
~Little Blue Heron
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.
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 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.