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
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
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
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
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
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 White Ibis Laughing Gull . . . → Read More: Field Trip: Spanish River Park, May 1, 2010
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
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 ideal for some smaller . . . → Read More: Christmas Bird Count results
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
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
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
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 Solid . . . → Read More: Trip Report: Solid Waste Authority, October 24
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 trip . . . → Read More: Trip report: Florida Keys, October 18 2009
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
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
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.
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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
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
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 trip . . . → Read More: Trip Report, ARM Lox NWR, 12/13/08
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
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
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
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