American Wigeon on the left, Eurasian on the right.
Found by Roberto Torres on October
29th. 2007. The bird is being seen east of Cutler Wetlands.
The wetland area where the Eurasian Wigeon is being seen, is on the north
side of the Wastewater Treatment Plant on SW 232 St. Miami-Dade
County. Take the FL Turnpike to SW 216 st. and go east. Turn
right on Old Cutler Road and then left on SW 224 St. Cutler Wetlands
will be on the right side after the apartments. From Cutler Wetlands,
take 97 Ave. (224 St. becomes 97 Ave) south and turn left on 232 St. The
wastewater plant will be on the south side. About halfway to 87 Ave. on the
left (north) side there is a chain link gate. The wigeon was in a
flock of ducks that consisted of about 300+ Blue-winged Teal and a smaller
number of Northern Shovelers and American Wigeon about 400 feet to the
northeast of the gate. There were also 2 Avocets, Greater and Lesser
Yellowlegs, and a flock of Long-billed Dowitchers.
Two Buff-breasted Sandpipers as well as the Baird's Sandpiper below are
still being seen as of September 1, 2007. They are in the plowed farm
fields along 9336 and s.w. 202 ave. in Homestead.
Photo taken on August 26, 2007 by Larry Manfredi
Seen from August 26-28, 2007 in a farm field in Homestead located at:
9336 and s.w. 202 ave. This same field also had a Buff-breasted
Sandpiper, as of today (Aug. 29th) the field was plowed! I am sure the
birds have moved on. Baird's Sandpiper is a very rare bird anywhere in
Probable Alder Flycatcher from Lucky Hammock August 26th 2007.
I did not see this bird call. I did hear one near this bird which
could have been this bird. Alder Flycatchers have become regular in
the fall arriving as early as August.
Here is a link to a singing bird
Here is a link to a calling bird.
Photo taken by Larry Manfredi about 3:45 p.m. on September 14, 2006
January 20, 2006 Buff-bellied Hummingbird; I found it last year on
March 31, 2005 it is the first record for Miami-Dade County and the farthest
south for the state. It has returned for a second year in the same
general area as last year. The bird is being seen at Fairchild
Tropical Gardens between area 25 and 26 on this
MAP of the gardens. It likes feeding in the Bahama Bush in area 26
(I think that this is the correct area) and the Chinese Hat Plant found in
area 5? The Chinese Hat Plant has orange flowers. There are
directions to the park as well. Current admission is $20 due to an art
exhibit phone: 305-667-1651
January 20, 2006 One Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (was
eleven) as well as eight Western Kingbirds are being seen at the
intersection of s.w. 312 st and s.w. 212 ave. west of Homestead, Florida.
The birds are being seen on the phone wires, field and trees.
NOT BEING SEEN ANYMORE!! The Black-headed Gull and the Franklinís Gull
are being seen in the wetlands area near the intersection of s.w. 224 st.
and s.w. 97 ave. in Cutler Ridge. From the Florida Turnpike exit at
s.w. 211 st. continue past s.w. 211 st. until you reach s.w. 216 st.
Turn left on 216 st., go about a mile to Old Cutler road, turn right.
Go to s.w. 224 st. and turn left continue past the last apartment building
on your right, the wetlands are located here on your right. Look for
large groups of gulls here mostly Laughing Gulls with several Lesser
Black-backed Gulls and some Ring-billed Gulls. The Black-headed Gull
seems to like the edges of the flock of birds while the Franklinís stands
right in the middle. If you donít see the large flock of gulls here
drive back out to Old Cutler road and turn right. Travel back to s.w.
216 st. and turn right, go about half a mile to s.w. 88 place. Turn
right on s.w. 88 place and go about half a mile through the new construction
area, look for a flooded muddy area on your left. The gulls could be
in this area as well as any place in the construction area. Please
stay on the sidewalks and donít walk into the construction area.
I found photographed and recorded the call of this Alder Flycatcher on
September 28, 2005. The bird was seen about a mile south of
ďLucky HammockĒ. Click here for directions to
Lucky Hammock. After you turn
onto the road to Lucky Hammock which is on your right side not far after you
turn, go about a mile. Once you get past the open area your will see a
sign that says Speed Bump, park in-between this sign and another just a
little farther that says Bump. The bird was seen in the area between
the signs on the right side of the road, closer to the first sign.
Almost between the first sign and the first telephone pole.
Click here for call I
The male Vermilion Flycatcher has not
returned for the fall of 2005.
femaleVermilion Flycatcher (now an adult female)
(has returned for the fall of 2005) is being
seen at Paurotis Pond in Everglades National Park, look along the road going
to the parking area and around the parking area.
Vermilion Flycatcher immature female.
The Bananaquit was last seen on Friday January 21, 2005
Brennan Mulrooney discoverd this BANANAQUIT on
January 14, 2005 in Ft. Lauderdale. It has been seen in the
courtyard of the Best Western Marina Inn: 954-525-3484 Address: 2150 s.e.
17th st. Causeway Ft. Lauderdale Florida. The bird has been feeding in the
Bottlebrush trees around the pool. It has also been seen on the west
side of the building in some flat topped Green Buttonwood trees along the
Directions: From I-95 or
the Turnpike, follow 595 east to its end and take the US-1 North exit. After
the Comfort Suites on US-1, turn right onto 17th St. Take the 17th St.
Causeway east over a bridge; look on your right for a sign to the Best
Western located just over the bridge on your right.
Copyright Bob Wallace
The three photos above, Copyright Larry Manfredi
I have put together 6-photos of both Thick-billed Vireo and White-eyed Vireo
for comparison. I hope this is useful to those who are able to go search for
the bird. I have also put 3-photos of an eastern race of Bellís Vireo
to also use for comparison.
Click here for a 15-second video clip of the Thick-billed Vireo.
Thick-billed Vireo photos
on this side, these are video grabs.
These video grabs were taken of the bird discovered on Boot Key near
Marathon Florida in the Florida Keys. These video grabs were taken on the
day the bird was confirmed on October 3, 2004. Notice the dark eye which all
Thick-billed Vireos have.
White-eyed Vireo photos on this side scanned from
This is an immature White-eyed Vireo, notice the dark eye. These young birds
have fooled a few birders into thinking they have seen a Thick-billed Vireo.
The photo below is an adult White-eyed Vireo although the eye does not seem
as white as some. This could be due to an artifact of lighting.
This photo is of a recently molted adult White-eyed Vireo notice the white
Here is a recently fledged White-eyed Vireo, notice again the dark eye and
the flesh color at the base of the bill.
The 3-photos below are of the eastern race of Bellís Vireo also for