Nature Walk to Green Cay, Palm Beach County, FL 2 March 22
Well, I finally stirred my bones and went on another birding walk to Green Cay. I had pretty good luck, although I couldn’t capture everything I witnessed. Missed photos on Roseate spoonbill, Great Blue Heron, Painted Bunting, woodpeckers, male Cardinal, Blue Jays, and Red-winged Black birds. The smaller birds are active, flitting about and hard to capture in motion, at least with my camera. Still, I got some nice shots in and a good walk. It is also always interesting to see the change in visitors. This time, there were a ton of snowbirds, the two-legged variety, come down to Florida for the winter or at least a visit to get out of the cold northern winter weather.
Green Cay is one of the county-run natural preserves. All of its trails are paved or on board walk. The vegetation is all natural to SE Florida marshes and hammocks. Many rarely seen birds either breed and/or pass through these small wetlands. Some nearly extinct species like the Wood Stork are making a comeback due to the preserves and environmental efforts in the area. Still, Palm Beach County is highly and intensely developed, although not on the scale (with high rises) that nearby communities like West Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and Miami are.
The walks are easy, benches and shelters are provided. I have seen wheelchairs, perambulators (baby carriages), canes, walkers, etc. being used by various people. The wetland trails are also popular with nearby residents who are out walking for exercise. No pets are allowed.
Enjoy the photos. I noted the species of birds under each one…
Next trip, I will have to go back to Wakodahatchee as it is a favorite area for several breeding species of birds.
The alligator above was the first one I have seen for a long time. These armoured beasties are very calm, resting in the grass, basking in the late winter sun. They know how to relax.