Honeybees gather on Peruvian Primrose Willow (Rufe)
The red breasts are coming - the red breasts are coming. That is, the robin red breasts. They seem to be arriving earlier this year.
It was a quiet morning at Paleo Hammock Preserve. The trails were peaceful and the weather was perfect, clear, cool, and sunny. But we don’t know where the birds went, that is, except for the American Robins (right, Rufe).
No regrets. It turned out to be a wonderful day. The butterflies were plentiful, flowers in bloom, and there were even ripe wild oranges in the woods. We spotted a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks flying together, possibly courting, Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers (below, Lynch), Eastern Phoebes and plenty of Gray Catbirds.
After walking the trails at Paleo Hammock, we took a short break and then headed over to Teague Hammock Preserve located on the other side of the road. The first thing we came across was an Eastern Phoebe, perching on a bush, out in the open, making it easy for the photographers. Then Hart spotted a Sharp-shinned Hawk, a real treat.
Afterwards, some of us picnicked before heading home. It was a pleasure spending time with Ellen & Richard Lynch, Vince Gallogly, Hart Rufe and Diane Goldberg, and of course my hubby, Bob. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and wonderful photos. We saw a total of 40 avian species, either en route or at the preserves.
Report Submitted by Adella Blacka
Photos courtesy of Hart Rufe & Richard Lynch
Paleo Hammock/Teague Hammock Preserves
Blue Jay (Lynch)
Queen Butterfly (Lynch)
Northern Mockingbird (Lynch)
En-route including Glades Cut Off Rd, Carlton Rd, Shinn Rd and Okeechobee Rd
Snail Kite, fem (Rufe)
White Peacock (Lynch)