Field Trip report: Pondhawk Natural Area

This morning two intrepid birders, Luke and Fred, joined leader Ben Kolstad on a chilly walk through one of the nicest natural areas in southern Palm Beach County: Pondhawk. Located on Spanish River Blvd (apologies to those of you who were searching for the entrance on Yamato!) right next to the city library, this concrete . . . → Read More: Field Trip report: Pondhawk Natural Area

Trip Report: Yamato Scrub

A small but dedicated group of birders braved the sunny and warm conditions on Sunday, February 23 to listen to that crazy trip leader Ben Kolstad provide a lecture on the natural and human history of the Yamato Scrub (after all, the trip leader, not being crazy, did not expect many birds and had to . . . → Read More: Trip Report: Yamato Scrub

Field Trip report: Pondhawk Natural Area, Boca Raton

A group of about a dozen birders, a good mix of locals and out-of-towners from near and far, met Sunday morning in the parking lot of Spanish River Library in Boca Raton to take a two-hour walk through Pondhawk Natural Area. While birds were the primary target of the trip, everyone was introduced to a . . . → Read More: Field Trip report: Pondhawk Natural Area, Boca Raton

Trip report: Green Cay, November 30

Nearly a dozen people joined leader Ben Kolstad for the annual Saturday-after-Thanksgiving bird walk at Green Cay Nature Center and Wetlands in Boynton Beach. The weather cooperated beautifully, with mixed sun and clouds giving way to light rain just as we reached the nature center at trip’s end. Thirty-eight species in all were tallied, with . . . → Read More: Trip report: Green Cay, November 30

Trip Report: Okeeheelee Park, 12/18/10

Ten birders showed up for the December 18 field trip to Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach. We began at the nature center where we were greeted by the resident Sandhill Cranes who were near the feeder located in the front of the nature center. There were 4 of them. We then went to the . . . → Read More: Trip Report: Okeeheelee Park, 12/18/10

Trip Report: Green Cay, 11/27/10

About a dozen people braved the 80-degree weather for our annual Thanksgiving Saturday walk at Green Cay, and fun was had by all. We got great views of male and female Northern Harrier throughout the walk; at one point the female was roosting on the grassy berm about 150 yards away; too far for easy . . . → Read More: Trip Report: Green Cay, 11/27/10

Trip Report: Florida Keys, October 16-17

by Paddy Cunningham, BIRDING ADVENTURES

As the saying goes, you had to be there. I woke up on Monday to head to work and my mind floated back to the slowly lapping waves crashing across the rocky shore, the swaying rusty grass field with Key West on the horizon and a blinding blue sky with . . . → Read More: Trip Report: Florida Keys, October 16-17

Trip Report: Frenchman’s Forest, October 23, 2010

An adult Bald Eagle and Short-tailed Hawk (light phase) made unexpected appearances on the ASE field trip at Frenchman’s Forest Natural Area, Palm Beach Gardens, Saturday October 23, 2010. Marvin Greenberg and Chuck Weber led eight participants on the outing.

Seeing a Bald Eagle is always a treat. And Short-tailed Hawk is a good bird, . . . → Read More: Trip Report: Frenchman’s Forest, October 23, 2010

Trip Report [updated with Pictures!]: Peaceful Waters

We had our first walk at Peaceful Waters Wetlands in Wellington. It was a fabulous morning! The 28-acre park has boardwalks and easy grassy trails. There was a flock of about 25 spoonbills interspersed with many herons, egrets, limpkins and ducks. There was a red-shouldered hawk and ospreys. We saw over 30 species. To find . . . → Read More: Trip Report [updated with Pictures!]: Peaceful Waters

Field Trip: Spanish River Park, May 1, 2010

9 birders joined ASE’s last field trip of the season at Spanish River Park on Saturday. Expectations were low, which enabled us to be quite pleased with our moderate luck: 7 warbler species, a Thick-billed Vireo, and a White-crowned Pigeon were seen on the trip! Below is the list of species:

Brown Pelican Yellow-crowned Night-Heron . . . → Read More: Field Trip: Spanish River Park, May 1, 2010

Field Trip report: Wellington and STA1W

Sometimes pleasant surprises lie tucked away in unexpected places. Such is the case with Peaceful Waters wetlands in Wellington, the first stop on our field trip February 20.

Not well known, Peaceful Waters is located at the edge of Wellington Village Park, near the intersection of Pierson Road and 120th. A boardwalk snakes through a . . . → Read More: Field Trip report: Wellington and STA1W

Trip Report: Viera Wetlands and Merritt Island

by Valleri Brauer

We had a perfect formula for a very successful birding weekend, January 23 & 24: 18 enthusiastic birders meeting 3 wonderful guides, reporting 94 species of birds and ducks, beautiful weather, great camaraderie and a photographer’s dream. Who could ask for more? We started out early from Palm Beach County to Viera . . . → Read More: Trip Report: Viera Wetlands and Merritt Island

Christmas Bird Count results

Nearly 60 hardy birders, on 15 teams, ventured into the brisk outdoors Saturday, January 3, to take part in the annual West Palm Beach Christmas Bird Count. A cold front had passed through the previous day, leaving morning temperatures in the 40’s and a northwest breeze blowing 10 to 20 miles an hour– conditions not . . . → Read More: Christmas Bird Count results

Trip Report: MacArthur Beach State Park, 11/14/09

On November 14, we experienced our first estuary walk which was fun and informative once we recovered from our “cold feet”. Kathryn Rothenburg showed us many of the tiny creatures that inhabit the mangroves – mangrove crabs in the trees!, mangrove snails, fiddler crabs and oyster communities. The birds put on a good show with . . . → Read More: Trip Report: MacArthur Beach State Park, 11/14/09

Trip Report: Yamato Scrub, 12/12/09

Eight adventurous souls joined leader Ben Kolstad on a morning stroll through Yamato Scrub. If you aren’t familiar with Florida scrub, you really owe it to yourself to get out to some of the few remaining scraps of it in Palm Beach County, most of which are ERM lands now, so they will be protected . . . → Read More: Trip Report: Yamato Scrub, 12/12/09

Trip Report: Green Cay, 11/28/09

About a dozen birders braved the chill of the Thanksgiving weekend cool front to convene at Green Cay on Saturday, November 28, 2009. The group was hopeful that the weather wouldn’t keep the birds hunkered down and out of sight. As it turned out, our hopes were borne out: the day turned out to be . . . → Read More: Trip Report: Green Cay, 11/28/09

Trip Report: Solid Waste Authority, October 24

Twenty-five birders parked in the Palmetto Trailhead Parking lot off of 45th street and Jog Road for the bird walk on the Solid Waste Authority Greenway Trail. We walked the 2-mile loop trail through the rookery (Grassy Waters levee was on the left side of the trail; there is a trail map available on the . . . → Read More: Trip Report: Solid Waste Authority, October 24

Trip report: Florida Keys, October 18 2009

ASE’s trip to the Florida Keys with Larry Manfredi was a rousing success. Read the full trip report on Larry’s website, complete with pictures, or highlights below (Larry takes amazing pictures; you should definitely check out his site).

Fourteen members of the Audubon Society of the Everglades accompanied Larry on our October 18 . . . → Read More: Trip report: Florida Keys, October 18 2009

Trip Report: Duda Farms

The first of two scheduled field trips to the flooded fields of western Palm Beach County yielded nearly as many birders as bird species. While water levels had been ideal on the preceding weekend, rain throughout the week had apparently raised water levels beyond the comfort levels of some species. And apparently it was either . . . → Read More: Trip Report: Duda Farms

Trip Report: Spanish River Park, 4/25/09

About a dozen birders joined leader Chuck Weber for a windy morning of birding at Boca Raton’s Spanish River Park. Lured by earlier season sightings of uncommon vireos, elusive warblers (Swainson’s!), and other potential good birds, the group was nevertheless quite cheerful in the presence of so much easterly wind, which pretty much mandated the . . . → Read More: Trip Report: Spanish River Park, 4/25/09

Trip Report: Hypoluxo Scrub, March 24

Twelve birders showed up March 24 at Hypoluxo Scrub for ASE’s scheduled bird walk through one of Palm Beach County’s few remaining scrub sites. The weather was sunny and nice. We saw Cedar Waxwings while waiting in the parking lot.

. . . → Read More: Trip Report: Hypoluxo Scrub, March 24

Trip Report, Okeeheelee March 14

The field trip to Okeeheelee on March 14, 2009 was a success. Six birders joined me as we got to see all three target birds (Painted Bunting, Wood Duck, and Sandhill Crane). We were greeted at the visitor center by a loud noise which sounded like a machine gun. It turned out to be a . . . → Read More: Trip Report, Okeeheelee March 14

Trip Report: Yamato Scrub, 12/20/08

A small but adventuresome group of ASErs gathered in the parking lot of Yamato Scrub Natural Area for a nature walk/bird walk this Saturday. The trip, scheduled in the summer, was billed as a nature walk, because Yamato Scrub, while a lovely little site, isn’t the birdiest place in town. But late in September, it . . . → Read More: Trip Report: Yamato Scrub, 12/20/08

Trip Report, ARM Lox NWR, 12/13/08

Ten birders showed up to brave the bitter cold (morning temps in the 50s!) of the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge this Saturday for our scheduled walk. Our newest leader, Andy Furman, conducted us around the Marsh Trail in fine style, and we tallied 39 species despite the cool and windy conditions.

The . . . → Read More: Trip Report, ARM Lox NWR, 12/13/08

Trip Report: Green Cay, November 22

A half-dozen ASErs joined leader Ben Kolstad in braving the cool weather and windy conditions at Green Cay today, netting 40 species as their reward. “The usual suspects” were all there: many a moorhen, cratefuls of coots, a bushel of blackbirds (red-winged, of course), and a cackle of grackles, boat-tailed. We missed Sora, but saw . . . → Read More: Trip Report: Green Cay, November 22

Field Trip Report: Spanish River, October 11

12 people attended ASE’s Spanish River field trip on Saturday, October 11. The bird (family) of the day was the falcon: at least 3 perched Peregrine Falcons, in addition to several other flyers-by, afforded our birders excellent views of this magnificent species. There were also perched (and flying) Merlins, and a soaring Kestrel, making for . . . → Read More: Field Trip Report: Spanish River, October 11

Frenchman’s Forest October 4 Field Trip Report

About a half-dozen ASE members braved the wind and rain to have a pretty darn good field trip at Frenchman’s Forest on October 4. Many thanks to Chuck and Marvin for leading. 12 warbler species were noted, including Chestnut-sided and Blackburnian. Birding in stormy conditions can actually be quite productive, since the birds have no . . . → Read More: Frenchman’s Forest October 4 Field Trip Report

Trip Report: Birding by Behavior and Habitat

The morning was hot and still when Paddy Cunningham led the workshop ‘Birding by Behavior and Habitat’ at Spanish River Park in Boca Raton. Birds were sparse in species and number, but the group was able to study some species carefully. Giving good looks were the American redstart, pileated woodpecker, prairie warbler, Northern waterthrush, spotted . . . → Read More: Trip Report: Birding by Behavior and Habitat