Florida-the First Three Days

Birding has been extremely productive and between internet problems, late nights riding the roads in Everglades NP and NCAA Men’s Basketball, this is the first opportunity to catch up on the blog.  So I’ll keep it short but show some pictures

Red-whiskered Bulbul (Photo by John Vanderpoel)

Wednesday morning Larry Manfredi and I ,started in South Miami and Kendell for the four Miami exotics.  By 9:00 AM we had all four and drove out to Key Biscayne.  After an hour of searching, we found the La Sagra’s Flycatcher at Bill Baggs SP.  This is a Bahamian bird and another rarity for the year.

La Sagra's Flycatcher at Bill Baggs SP (Photo by John Vanderpoel)

Larry and I drove out to Crandon Park for Wilson’s and Piping Plover.  We ended up finding a possible Yellow-legged Gull and while we watched it a Brown Booby flew in and landed on the beach.

Thursday morning began with a Mangrove Cuckoo. This was yet another ABA life bird for me and has always been one of my favorites.

We ended the morning at Larry Manfredi’s feeders for the cowbird grandslam- Brown-headed, Bronze and Shiny all in the same field of view.  Thursday evening Linda and I  drove the roads of Everglades NP till 10:00 PM searching for Florida Panther.  No luck, but we did find a Chuck-Will’s-Widow and a Florida Water Snake.

Today I had a Barred owl (owl #10 of #19) in the morning and Snail Kite and  Limpkin.

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