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Key West Quail-Dove
First found on September 27, 2014 by Joel Wilcox I believe during the Keys Birding Festival.


Will Chatfield-Taylor found the birds that I had seen early in the morning at around 3:30 p.m. on 12-20-2014.  These two wonderful photos
by Will, were taken near the beginning of the Golden Orb Nature Trail in Long Key State Park, Monroe County Florida.  The birds have
been seen on and off since the initial sighting in September.  I have copied and pasted what I wrote on facebook:
I have posted a photo of the approximate Golden Orb Trail with marked areas that the Key West Quail-Doves have been seen. There is no easy way to see the bird.
I put in a tremendous amount of time before I finally saw the bird and now "BIRDS". I only marked a couple of recent sightings and some areas where the birds have
mostly been seen. These birds are large doves about Rock Pigeon size. When it is walking through the forest leaf litter it is quite noisy. There are many other noisy
things that have you looking like, Brown Anole Lizards, Gray Catbirds, Ovenbirds and Hermit Crabs. This dove makes a steady leaf litter noise as it walks and feeds,
lizards usually make a fast noise that stops right away. Catbirds seem to make a thrashing sound as they toss leaf litter around. Ovenbirds are softer but can also thrash
leaves around. 


These birds can been seen anywhere from the beginning of the trail all of the way to where the hammock ends. Another area that may be worth checking is the ocean
side of the the nature trail. A local lady says she as seen the bird or birds on that side of the trail late in the day. 


Good luck to those that go searching but be prepared to spend some time. There are mosquitoes present throughout the day and sand flies late in the day. 

An excellent find by Joel Wilcox! 



 



Red-necked Stint
Found by Viktor Nilsson-Ortman of Sweden on July 16, 2014 on Boca Chica Beach near Key West.  Bird was seen for about 8-days
has not been relocated after that.


Those two photos were taken in July 20, 2014, check out the Sand Fleas jumping
in the photo!

Red-necked Stint, first record for the state of Florida USA. from Larry Manfredi on Vimeo.




Cassin's Kingbird
I found a Cassin's Kingbird on Saturday morning March 15, 2014 at my house in Homestead FL. 

Birders are welcomed to come by and try for the bird.
Our address is: 20313 s.w. 322 st. Homestead
The bird seems to be easiest to find from about 7:30-8:30 a.m. and then from about 4:30-5:30 p.m. We saw it this morning but it was pretty far north
of our house in an area that I can't explain how to get to.  If you come by, park on the grass left of my driveway. If you look at the front of my house,
walk to the street on your left and walk north. There are some fruiting Gumbo Limbo trees next to the street along the west side of my property.
The birds have been seen in this area, please be respectful of my neighbors!  You don't have to knock, park and start looking!!

La Sagra's Flycatcher
Found on December 8, 2013 by Dan Smith at Matheson Hammock County Park.  My photos are from December 17, 2013.


The best way that I found to try and find the bird, is to look for feeding flocks.  The bird was roaming with two Great Crested Flycatchers, warblers
and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers.  The original sighting was along the south end of the picnic area of Matheson County Park parking lot next to
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.  If you park in the south parking lot, go east south of the lake, there is a muddy path that continues east to a
gate.  The bird roams from here all of the way north to the bathroom building, look in the Oak trees and down by the Mangrove Trees on the west
side of the lake.  It calls but perhaps not often enough to located it easily, find the feeding flock!

Directions to Matheson Hammock County Park here:  http://www.tropicalaudubon.org/locations.html#matheson
 

Rufous Hummingbirds
September 7, 2013
This is bird number one with a normal tail.

This is bird number two with no tail.

I saw at least two Rufous Hummingbirds today as well as two Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.  I think that there may be a third Rufous Hummingbird
 present here as well.  These birds were seen at Castello Hammock in south Miami/Dade.  They were in the red flowering Firebush plants in the front section
of Castello Hammock.  This is just west of the Picnic Shelter on the south side.  Directions to Castellow Hammock can be found here: 

http://www.tropicalaudubon.org/locations.html#castellow

 

Willow Flycatcher
August 21, 2012

I found this bird on the morning of August 21, 2013 at the Annex area south of Lucky Hammock.  This is also know as the "Frog Pond Area".  The bird
was seen after passing the yellow gate, look for the first speed bump, the bird was seen mostly on the left side of the road.  It was calling a lot which is
how I found it.  It responded well when I played a Willow Flycatcher song and call.  A call can be heard below:

Willow Flycatcher call

Alder Flycatcher call as a comparison

Directions to Lucky Hammock and the Annex area or Frog Pond can be found here: 
http://www.tropicalaudubon.org/locations.html#lucky

Look for Lucky Hammock when you click on the above link.

There were also at least two or more Alder Flycatchers in the area, the Willow Flycatcher was in heavy molt so it should be easy to pick out from the
Alder Flycatchers present.  The call of the Alder Flycatcher is a "PIP" not a "WHIT" like the Willow Flycatcher call.


Black-faced Grassquit
May 5, 2013
Found by Iwe, Pia, Bert, and Sybrand de Bruin of Europe on April 30, 2013 at Bill Bagg's State Park.  The bird has been seen along the road called
No Name Harbor.  Today it was in a flowering Willow Bustic tree along the bike trail halfway from the parking lot to the white gate that is along the
 power line road. There is a bright orange/red flagging tape hanging from the Willow Bustic tree.  You can see the leaves and flowers in my photo below. 
The bird was reported as a female when in fact it is an immature male.  You can see some of the black coloration coming in on the throat and upper chest.






Fork-tailed Flycatcher
April 29, 2013

The bird was found on my Dry Tortugas Tour by Tracy and Steve Banashek, they were not sure what it was but took a nice photo of it and showed me.
My group was very happy to go and see the bird, it was feeding very well during the two days that we saw it.


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