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Eurasian Wigeon    


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.
 

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

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.

Baird's Sandpiper

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 Florida!

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 with calls.
Here is a link to a calling bird.

Northern Wheatear

Photo taken by Larry Manfredi about 3:45 p.m. on September 14, 2006

Buff-bellied Hummingbird
(Amazilia yucatanenisis)

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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.

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Black-headed Gull
Larus ridibundus

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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.

Franklinís Gull
Larus pipixcan

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Alder Flycatcher Empidonax alnorum

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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 recorded

The male Vermilion Flycatcher has not returned for the fall of 2005. 
The 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.

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Vermilion Flycatcher immature female.

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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 parking lot.

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.

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Copyright Bob Wallace

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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.

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White-eyed Vireo photos on this side scanned from slides.

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.

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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.

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This photo is of a recently molted adult White-eyed Vireo notice the white eye.

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Here is a recently fledged White-eyed Vireo, notice again the dark eye and the flesh color at the base of the bill.

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The 3-photos below are of the eastern race of Bellís Vireo also for comparison.

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