Our highest tally for the day was 85 for White Ibises passing overhead throughout the day. Common (30) and Boat-tailed (25) Grackles were both abundant in the areas close the to the boardwalk, while European Starlings (28) made a strong showing at late morning.
|Juvenile Common Grackle|
A single Black-crowned Night-heron couldn't decide which direction he wanted to fly, and passed over us, first from one direction, and then the other, shortly after. By the end of the morning, we had also counted Great Blue (3), Little Blue (2), Tricolored (12), and Green Herons (2), and Great Egrets (4).
|An indecisive Black-crowned Night-Heron|
The only real surprise came when we reached the end of the boardwalk and found a female cowbird at the top of a snag. Maybe this speaks against me, but I've never seen a cowbird in South Florida. The question we were faced with was, which type is it? Anywhere else in the country, the ID would be definitely point to Brown-headed. But here in South Florida, there's another possibility: Shiny Cowbird. As someone who hasn't got Shiny Cowbird on my life list, I'm admittedly biased. However, my first impression was of that rich brown, unmarked plumage pegged it as a Shiny. The feedback we've received so far is that the stout bill suggests Brown-headed. Would anyone else care to stir up some debate by venturing an ID?
|(Probably) Brown-headed Cowbird|
|With a Starling, who very generously posed for a size comparison|