Florida Spring Break

We’re in Chicago O’Hare Airport waiting for our flight to Miami.  Linda’s traveling with me for the first time this year which will be different to say the least.  We’ll stay in Florida City, the gateway to the Everglades, the first three nights then spend the next three on  the Gulf Coast side with our friends Ron and Debbie Kohl. The last two nights are open depending on the birds. If a rarity shows up I’m on it like white on rice.  I’m excited about this trip because I could finally once again pick up  a whole bunch of new year birds some of which are Florida specialties, but some will be eastern migrants working their way up from the Caribbean or South America.  I’m hoping for 40 to 50 new year birds on this trip and it’s been a while since I/ve added that many on a single trip.  Tomorrow morning I’m birding with Larry Manfredi in the South Miami area concentrating on the four exotic species that are now countable on the ABA list.  That will be fun.   There’s nothing better than driving around Miami looking for introduced birds. Not even native to North America!  But they’ve established sustainable breeding populations and are now on the ABA Checklist, so that’s what I’ll be doing tomorrow. The next two days will be in the Everglades which will be very cool.  Stay Tuned.

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6 Responses to Florida Spring Break

  1. Scott Vanderpoel says:

    what’s the difference between birders and normal people?

    Birders like driving around Miami looking for introduced birds.

    Normal guys like driving around Miami looking to introduce themselves to chicks.

  2. Jim Vanderpoel says:

    Good one, Scott!

  3. Todd Deininger says:

    You need to stop at Uncle Bob’s and have a fruit shake for me.

  4. If you look at the weather, and if you see a front with high winds coming in from the west, Fort DeSoto is good place to be. You could have a fallout almost anywhere on Florida’s west coast. Also, Honeymoon Island is another good place to watch. It’s been raining here for the last 2 days, with more on the way. Last week was a good one with 5″-6″ here at the house. I need to get out bad, I’m going crazy being house bound. Had the first yard Hooded and Bullock’s today. Spring has sprung….DJ

  5. John Dauphin says:

    Cindy just told me about your adventure. Fantastic site. I’m going to enjoy following your progress. And…nice comment Scott!

  6. John Vanderpoel says:

    Hi John,

    Glad to have you along. If there’s a rarity in Ohio, I’ll be looking for a place to stay. Congratulations on Greg & Melissa!

    JWV

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