Good Day – NANDAY (#694)

A weekend visit to see our friends Deborah & Dennis Glass in Palm Beach produced unexpected Lifer #694. Do you like how I casually dropped “Palm Beach”…I could get used to this! The Nanday Parakeet isn’t super rare in Florida….it is an established South American escapee. The surprise was that I only recently learned that the ABA (the birding governing body) added this spectacular parakeet to the “countable” list.

Now it wasn’t a lay-up. First I felt I needed permission from my hosts and Nina to disappear only a few hours after I arrived. Truth is, they know me well enough and urged me out the door. Then I needed to search E-bird and query if this bird has been seen and reported near here recently. The last post was March 2…..thirty miles away. Not terrible odds. But not good enough to bother bringing my digital camera! I left before dawn and five hours later, after much driving with all of the windows down (you are more likely to hear these squawkers before seeing them), I was ready to return home and bask in 80F poolside.

But my sixth sense (birders have this) told me to try the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge one more time. Three hundred yards before the entrance I noticed two large birds on the telephone wires just ahead. My heart jumped, I steered my rental into a ditch, barely remembered to throw the gear into park; it wouldn’t have mattered anyway as I was nosed up against a hill…and quickly snapped one photo with my I-Phone…before they flew off.
Nanday Parakeets

I made it home in time for lunch and a celebratory beer! Life is good.

About George C. Wood

A birder since age ten, but not necessarily an avid "lister", I am closing in on 700 (*800!) species seen in North America.....hoping to capture each sighting with my camera.
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11 Responses to Good Day – NANDAY (#694)

  1. Deborah Glass says:

    George- you continue to open up new worlds for us! Love those parakeets. Wish you had brought the digital.

  2. Nina says:

    Life IS good! Xo

  3. burkebiz says:

    I have canoes the Loxahatchee And saw gators…Cabin John or some such name rings a bell too. Abundant wildlife… Sent from my iPhone KJB

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  4. ANNE C Wood says:

    Well that is a better photo. Is that a pair, m and female?

    On Sat, Mar 8, 2014 at 2:00 PM, birdtalesblog

  5. Shelley says:

    Boota says who gives a shit? Nothing will ever top the red coated swallower seen in Central Park! SdeB

    Sent from my shoe phone

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  6. Dorothy Weisbord says:

    Hurrah, George. Who would have thought it in Palm Beach?

  7. Joe says:

    Yea baby!

  8. Gub says:

    George, Soon you will be birding in Lilly clothes!

  9. Jim Buck says:

    As Winston C would say, “Never, ever give up!” (or something to that effect) He would’ve appreciated that sixth sense of yours, too. Nice going, Woody!

  10. I DO appreciate those of you that read and comment on my posts….very motivating! And I promise I’ll slow down at 700; but not stop, as I know a guy….maybe the only human..who topped 800 recently!

  11. David Simpson says:

    If anybody can get to 800 – it would be you!! Love following the adventures.
    Unrelated…I’m a tich bummed that my couch spot in the TV room is now occupied by some other group besides yours!! Oh well. Trusting there’s an equivalent spot for me in the new digs!!

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