January 13: Green Cay just gets better and better. This reclaimed pepper farm and man-made wetlands in Boynton Beach, FL is home to more and more birds each year and now attracts visitors from all over the US and many countries. Currently visitors are enjoying a La Sagra’s Flycatcher, a rare stray from the Bahamas to south Florida. Most years one or two are seen in the Miami area, but I can’t recall one as far north as Palm Beach County. This bird can currently be found along the perimeter of the parking lot between the visitors entrance and the storage shed. Listen for its higher pitched “wheep” or wheep, wheep” call, which is less shrill than the familiar loud call of a Great Crested Flycatcher.
There are also currently three American Bitterns viewable at close range along the rear boardwalk, and all the feeders have multiple Painted Buntings. The parking lot perimeter is also a good place to view the regular flocks of foraging warblers, including at least Pine, Prairie, Palm, Yellow-rumped, Northern Parula, and Black & White.