South Florida and the Keys Tour
                                April 7-10, 2000
 

On this tour we had the following participants: Charles & Mary Ellen Hardy from Kearsarge, NH., Don Lewis from Lafayette, CA., Dwight & Marilyn Williams of San Antonio TX. and for one day Dave Thurston from Naples, FL.  A very nice group with lots of great birds seen.

April 8, 2000 day one.

On this day we birded the Miami area in search of exotics and South Florida specialties. Below is a list of birds seen on day one of this tour.
 
Pied-billed Grebe Eurasian Collared-Dove
Double-crested Cormorant White-winged Dove
Aching Mourning Dove
Least Bittern Common Ground-Dove
Great Blue Heron MONK PARAKEET
Great Egret WHITE-WINGED PARAKEET
Snowy Egret YELLOW-CHEVRONED PARAKEET
Little Blue Heron Common Nighthawk
Cattle Egret Red-bellied Woodpecker
Green Heron Purple Martin
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Tree Swallow
White Ibis Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Wood Stork CAVE SWALLOW (west indies race)
Red-breasted Merganser Blue Jay
Black Vulture Fish Crow
Turkey Vulture RED-WHISKERED BULBUL
Osprey Northern Mockingbird
Swallow-tailed Kite Loggerhead Shrike
SNAIL KITE European Starling
Northern Harrier COMMON MYNA
Red-Shouldered Hawk HILL MYNA
Peregrine Falcon Palm Warbler
BLACK RAIL (heard only) Common Yellowthroat
Common Moorhen Northern Cardinal
American Coot Eastern Towhee
Black-bellied Plover Red-winged Blackbird
Black-necked Stilt Eastern Meadowlark
Laughing Gull Boat-tailed Grackle
Ring-billed Gull Common Grackle
Least Tern SPOT-BREASTED ORIOLE
Rock Dove House Sparrow
WHITE-CROWNED PIGEON PURPLE SWAMPHEN

April 9, 2000 day two.

Today we birded the Everglades for more South Florida Specialties.  We heard a report about a possible Quail Dove from Matheson Hammock park, we birded here first thing in the morning.  We did not find the Quail Dove but did see a nice assortment of warblers.  Below is a list of what we saw this day.
 
American White Pelican Crested Flycatcher
Brown Pelican Western Kingbird
Double-crested Cormorant Eastern Kingbird
Anhinga GRAY KINGBIRD
Least Bittern Purple Martin
Great Blue Heron, also the White form. Tree Swallow
Great Egret Cliff Swallow
Snowy Egret CAVE SWALLOW (west indies race)
Little Blue Heron Barn Swallow
Tricolored Heron Blue Jay
Cattle Egret American Crow
Green Heron Fish Crow 
Black-crowned Night-Heron EASTERN BLUEBIRD (newly reintroduced into Everglades National Park.)
White Ibis Gray Catbird
Glossy Ibis Northern Mockingbird
Roseate Spoonbill Loggerhead Shrike
Wood Stork European Starling
Blue-winged Teal COMMON MYNA
Black Vulture HILL MYNA
Turkey Vulture White-eyed Vireo
Osprey Northern Parula
Swallow-tailed Kite Yellow Warbler (cuban race)
Red-shouldered Hawk Cape May Warbler
Broad-winged Hawk Black-throated Blue Warbler
Purple Gallinule Yellow-rumped Warbler
Common Moorhen Black-throated Green Warbler
American Coot Pine Warbler
Killdeer  Prairie Warbler
Greater Yellowlegs Palm Warbler
Willet Black-and-white Warbler
Spotted Sandpiper American Redstart
Laughing Gull Ovenbird
Ring-billed Gull Northern Waterthrush
Caspian Tern Kentucky Warbler
Royal Tern Common Yellowthroat
Black Skimmer Hooded Warbler
Rock Dove Northern Cardinal
WHITE-CROWNED PIGEON Indigo Bunting
Eurasian Collared-Dove Eastern Towhee
White-winged Dove Seaside Sparrow (cape sable race)
Mourning Dove Red-winged Blackbird
YELLOW-CHEVRONED PARAKEET Eastern Meadowlark
Common Nighthawk Boat-tailed Grackle
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Common Grackle
Belted Kingfisher Brown-headed Cowbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker House Sparrow
Northern Flicker

April 10, 2000 day three.

Today we birded our way down the Florida Keys to search for more South Florida Specialties.  We found all of the expected birds.  Below is a list of what we saw this day.
 
Brown Pelican Pileated Woodpecker
Double-crested Cormorant Great Crested Flycatcher
Great Blue Heron (all three forms) Barn Swallow
Great Egret Northern Mockingbird
Snowy Egret European Starling
Cattle Egret White-eyed Vireo
White Ibis Yellow Warbler
Roseate Spoonbill Cape May Warbler
Turkey Vulture Black-throated Blue Warbler
Red-shouldered Hawk Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Kestrel Prairie Warbler
Black-necked Stilt Palm Warbler
Ruddy Turnstone Black-and-white Warbler
Laughing Gull Northern Waterthrush
Royal Tern Common Yellowthroat
Rock Dove Hooded Warbler
WHITE-CROWNED PIGEON Northern Cardinal
Eurasian Collared-Dove Indigo Bunting
Mourning Dove Red-winged Blackbird
MANGROVE CUCKOO Boat-tailed Grackle
Great Horned Owl Common Grackle
Burrowing Owl

At the end of this three day tour we saw 118 species.  Dwight & Marilyn Williams returned home, while the rest of the group continued on to the Dry Tortugas.

Look for dates for 2001!!



                      Dry Tortugas Tour
                             April 10-13, 2000

On this tour we had the following participants:  (some of whom where on my South Florida and the Keys Tour)  Charles & Mary Ellen Hardy from Kearsarge, NH.,  Larry & Carolyn Broeren from Roseville CA.,  Don Lewis from Lafayette, CA.,  Steve & Mike Bloom from Evergreen, Co. and John & Nancy Danehy from Ft. Myers, Fl.

April 11, 2000 day one.

We had windy weather up until the time we left Stock Island for the Dry Tortugas.  The wind died down and this made for a very enjoyable journey to the Dry Tortugas.  Below is a list of birds seen on the first day.  These birds were seen on the journey over and at Garden Key where Fort Jefferson is located in the Dry Tortugas.
 
MASKED BOOBY Chuck-will's-widow
BROWN BOOBY Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Northern Gannet Belted Kingfisher
Brown Pelican GRAY KINGBIRD
Double-crested Cormorant Northern Rough-winged Swallow
MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD Barn Swallow
Great Blue Heron Yellow-throated Vireo
Cattle Egret Northern Parula
Green Heron Cape May Warbler
White Ibis Black-throated Blue Warbler
Sharp-shinned Hawk Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Kestrel Yellow-throated Warbler
Merlin Prairie Warbler
Black-bellied Plover Palm Warbler
Spotted Sandpiper Black-and-white Warbler
Whimbrel American Redstart
Ruddy Turnstone Prothonotary Warbler
Sanderling Worm-eating Warbler
Laughing Gull SWAINSON WARBLER
Ring-billed Gull Ovenbird
Herring Gull Northern Waterthrush
Royal Tern Louisiana Waterthrush
Sandwich Tern Common Yellowthroat
SOOTY TERN Hooded Warbler
BROWN NODDY Summer Tanager
Mourning Dove Indigo Bunting
Orchard Oriole

April 12, 2000 day two.

Today we birded Loggerhead Key for about 3 hours, boated over to get close looks at the Masked Boobys on Hospital Key and birded on East Key.  The rest of the day was spent on Garden Key.  As we started out for Loggerhead Key we got a call from Wes Biggs who operates Florida Nature Tours.  He told us of a BAHAMA MOCKINGBIRD found inside of Fort Jefferson.  We immediately made a U-turn and went back to the Fort.  Wes and his group stayed on the bird until we arrived.  We all got great looks at the BAHAMA MOCKINGBIRD.  Thanks Wes!!  Below is a list of birds seen this day.
 
MASKED BOOBY Common Nighthawk
BROWN BOOBY CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW
Northern Gannet Belted Kingfisher
Brown Pelican Eastern Kingbird
Double-crested Cormorant GRAY KINGBIRD
MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Great Blue Heron Barn Swallow
Great Egret BAHAMA MOCKINGBIRD
Snowy Egret BLACK-WHISKERED VIREO
Cattle Egret Northern Parula
Green Heron Cape May Warbler
White Ibis Black-throated Blue Warbler
Osprey Yellow-rumped Warbler
Northern Harrier Yellow-throated Warbler
Sharp-shinned Hawk Prairie Warbler
Broad-winged Hawk Palm Warbler
American Kestrel Black-and-white Warbler
Merlin American Redstart
Peregrine Falcon Worm-eating Warbler
Black-bellied Plover SWAINSON'S WARBLER
Spotted Sandpiper Ovenbird
Ruddy Turnstone Northern Waterthrush
Sanderling Louisiana Waterthrush
Laughing Gull Common Yellowthroat
Herring Gull Hooded Warbler
Royal Tern Summer Tanager
SOOTY TERN Indigo Bunting
BROWN NODDY Painted Bunting
Mourning Dove Savannah Bunting
Yellow-billed Cuckoo Orchard Oriole
SHORT-EARED OWL (west indies race)

April 13, 2000 day three.

We birded inside Fort Jefferson today and left early.  This way we were able to do another pelagic on the way back to Key West.  If there were lots of new migrants we would have stayed at Fort Jefferson.  Below are the birds that we saw this day.
 
MASKED BOOBY BROWN NODDY
BROWN BOOBY Mourning Dove
Northern Gannet CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW
Brown Pelican GRAY KINGBIRD
Double-crested Cormorant Northern Rough-winged Swallow
MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD Barn Swallow
Great Blue Heron Gray Catbird
Green Heron BAHAMA MOCKINGBIRD
Red-breasted Merganser BLACK-WHISKERED VIREO
Osprey Northern Parula
Northern Harrier Cape May Warbler
Sharp-shinned Hawk Black-throated Blue Warbler
American Kestrel Yellow-rumped Warbler
Merlin Prairie Warbler
Black-bellied Plover Palm Warbler
Spotted Sandpiper Black-and-white Warbler
Ruddy Turnstone American Redstart
POMARINE JAEGER Worm-eating Warbler
Laughing Gull SWAINSON'S WARBLER
Herring Gull Ovenbird
Royal Tern Northern Waterthrush
Sandwich Tern Louisiana Waterthrush
BRIDLED TERN Common Yellowthroat
SOOTY TERN Hooded Warbler

We ended this tour with 72 species, 17 of these were Warblers.  The total species seen on both tours was 143!!

I will have 7 Dry Tortugas Tours for 2001, click here for new dates.



                               Dry Tortugas Tour
                                April 19-22, 2000

We had the following participants on the tour: Timothy & Eliza Earl from Wilmette IL., Ted & Kay Reissing from Atlanta Ga., Charlie & Carolyn Noble from Santa Ana Ca., Duaine & Barbara Duff from Palm Desert Ca., Brook Zelcer from Franklin Lakes NJ., and Dave Thurston from Naples Fl.

Here is a total list of the birds that we saw for the 3 days, this includes the journey over to the Dry Tortugas.  We had large numbers of Audubon's Shearwaters on this trip feeding with Northern Gannets and Brown Boobys.  There were also many Sooty Terns and Brown Noddys mixed in.
 
AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER White-winged Dove
MASKED BOOBY Mourning Dove
BROWN BOOBY Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Northern Gannet SHORT-EARED OWL (west indies race)
Brown Pelican Common Nighthawk
Double-crested Cormorant CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW
MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Great Blue Heron Belted Kingfisher
Reddish Egret Eastern Kingbird
Cattle Egret GRAY KINGBIRD
Green Heron Purple Martin
Yellow-crowned Night Heron Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Red-breasted Merganser Bank Swallow
Osprey Cave Swallow
Sharp-shinned Hawk Barn Swallow
Red-shouldered Hawk Veery
Swainson's Hawk (dark morph) Gray-cheeked Thrush
Red-tailed Hawk Swainson's Thrush
American Kestrel Gray Catbird
Merlin Red-eyed Vireo
Peregrine Falcon BLACK-WHISKERED VIREO
Sora Tennessee Warbler
Black-bellied Plover Northern Parula
Semipalmated Plover Yellow Warbler
Black-necked Stilt Magnolia Warbler
Greater Yellowlegs Cape May Warbler
Spotted Sandpiper Yellow-rumped Warbler
Upland Sandpiper Black-throated Green Warbler
Whimbrel Yellow-throated Warbler
Ruddy Turnstone Prairie Warbler
Sanderling Palm Warbler
Semipalmated Sandpiper Blackpoll Warbler
Least Sandpiper Black-and-white Warbler
POMARINE JAEGER American Redstart
Laughing Gull Worm-eating Warbler
Ring-billed Gull Ovenbird
Herring Gull Northern Waterthrush
Lesser Black-backed Gull (in Key West) Louisiana Waterthrush
Gull-billed Tern Kentucky Warbler
Caspian Tern Common Yellowthroat
Royal Tern Hooded Warbler
Sandwich Tern Rose-breasted Grosbeak
ROSEATE TERN Indigo Bunting
SOOTY TERN Painted Bunting
BROWN NODDY Dickcissel
Black Skimmer Savannah Sparrow
Rock Dove SHINY COWBIRD
Eurasian Collared-Dove Orchard Oriole

We saw 96 species, 20 of these were Warblers.  This was for the three days in the Dry Tortugas,
I will have 7 Dry Tortugas Tours for 2001, click here for new dates.



South Florida and the Keys Tour

                                    April 24-27, 2000

We had the following participants on this tour: George & Anna Jones from Arlington, TX., Dave Govatski from Jefferson NH., Carl Bretton form Jefferson NH., and Temple Douglas from Rustin LA.

 April 25, 2000 day one.

We birded the Miami area and and in Broward County today in search of the usual South Florida exotics, below is a list of what we saw this first day.
 
Pied-billed Grebe Mourning Dove
Double-crested Cormorant Common Ground-Dove
Anhinga MONK PARAKEET
Great Blue Heron WHITE-WINGED PARAKEET
Great Egret YELLOW-CHEVRONED PARAKEET
Snowy Egret Orange-winged Parrot
Little Blue Heron Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Tricolored Heron Barn Owl
Cattle Egret BURROWING OWL
Green Heron Common Nighthawk
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Red-bellied Woodpecker
White Ibis Great Crested Flycatcher
Glossy Ibis GRAY KINGBIRD
Roseate Spoonbill Purple Martin
Wood Stork Tree Swallow
FULVOUS WHISTLING-DUCK Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Mottled Duck CAVE SWALLOW (west indies race)
Blue-winged Teal Barn Swallow
Black Vulture Blue Jay
Turkey Vulture RED-WHISKERED BULBUL
Osprey Carolina Wren
Swallow-tailed Kite Gray Catbird
SNAIL KITE Northern Mockingbird
Northern Harrier Cedar Waxing
Red-shouldered hawk Loggerhead Shrike
Merlin European Starling
Peregrine Falcon COMMON MYNA
BLACK RAIL (seen and heard) HILL MYNA
Purple Gallinule White-eyed Vireo
PURPLE SWAMPHEN American Redstart
Common Moorhen Northern Waterthrush
American Coot Common Yellowthroat
LIMPKIN Northern Cardinal
Killdeer Indigo Bunting
Black-necked Stilt Eastern Towhee
Lesser Yellowlegs Seaside Sparrow
Least Sandpiper Swamp Sparrow
Laughing Gull Bobolink
Ring-billed Gull Red-winged Blackbird
Caspian Tern Eastern Meadowlark
Least Tern Boat-tailed Grackle
Rock Dove Common Grackle
WHITE-CROWNED PIGEON SPOT-BREASTED ORIOLE
Eurasian Collared-Dove House Sparrow
White-winged Dove

April 26, day two.

Today we spent the day birding in Everglades Glades National Park.  We also birded  along the road before the entrance to the park.  Below is a list of what we saw.
 
American White Pelican Brown-crested Flycatcher 
Brown Pelican Eastern Kingbird
Double-crested Cormorant GRAY KINGBIRD
Anhinga Purple Martin
Great Blue Heron and the white form. Tree Swallow
Great Egret Barn Swallow
Snowy Egret American Crow
Little Blue Heron Carolina Wren
Tricolored Heron Veery
Cattle Egret Swainson's Thrush
Green Heron Gray Catbird
White Ibis Loggerhead Shrike
Glossy Ibis European Starling
Wood Stork COMMON MYNA
Red-breasted Merganser White-eyed Vireo
Black Vulture Red-eyed Vireo
Turkey Vulture BLACK-WHISKERED VIREO
Osprey Tennessee Warbler
Swallow-tailed Kite Yellow Warbler
Bald Eagle Cape May Warbler
Red-shouldered Hawk Black-throated Blue Warbler
Merlin Yellow-rumped Warbler
Common Moorhen Prairie Warbler
American Coot Palm Warbler
Killdeer Blackpoll Warbler
Greater Yellowlegs Black-and-white Warbler
Willet American Redstart
Spotted Sandpiper Ovenbird
Laughing Gull Kentucky Warbler
Ring-billed Gull Common Yellowthroat
Black Shimmer Northern Cardinal
Rock Dove Indigo Bunting
Eurasian Collared-Dove Seaside Sparrow (cape sable race)
White-winged Dove Red-winged Blackbird
Mourning Dove Eastern Meadowlark
Yellow-billed Cuckoo Boat-tailed Grackle
MANGROVE CUCKOO Common Grackle
Great Horned Owl SHINY COWBIRD
Common Nighthawk Brown-headed Cowbird
Red-bellied Woodpecker Orchard Oriole
Northern Flicker House Sparrow
Great Crested Flycatcher

April 27, day three.

Today we birded the Florida Keys on our way to Stock Island.  We boarded the boat on Stock Island in the evening for our next days departure to the Dry Tortugas.  Everyone on this 3 day tour was  lucky enough to continue on to the Dry Tortugas except for Temple Douglas.  I had already booked my Dry Tortugas Tour when Temple inquired about going.  Maybe next year Temple.  We had a very good day of birding almost breaking 100 species.  We ended up with 98 species for the day.  Below is a list of what we saw this day.
 
Brown Pelican ANTILLEAN NIGHTHAWK
Double-crested Cormorant Chimney Swift
Anhinga Ruby-throated Hummingbird
MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD Red-bellied Woodpecker
Great Blue Heron (white and Wurdmann's form) Great Crested Flycatcher
Great Egret GRAY KINGBIRD
Snowy Egret Blue Jay
Little Blue Heron American Crow
Tricolored Heron Carolina Wren
Reddish Egret  Veery
Cattle Egret Gray-cheeked Thrush
Green Heron Swainson's Thrush
White Ibis Wood Thrush
Wood Stork Gray Catbird
Blue-winged Teal Northern Mockingbird
Red-breasted Merganser Loggerhead Shrike
Black Vulture European Starling
Turkey Vulture COMMON MYNA
Osprey White-eyed Vireo
Swallow-tailed Kite Red-eyed Vireo
Red-shouldered Hawk BLACK-WHISKERED VIREO
Red-tailed Hawk Tennessee Warbler
Common Moorhen Northern Parula
American Coot Yellow Warbler
Black-bellied Plover Chestnut-sided Warbler
Semipalmated Plover Magnolia Warbler
Killdeer Cape May Warbler
Black-necked Stilt Black-throated Blue Warbler
Greater Yellowlegs Black-throated Green Warbler
Willet Prairie Warbler
Sanderling Palm Warbler
Semipalmated Sandpiper Bay-breasted Warbler
Western Sandpiper Blackpoll Warbler
Dunlin Cerulean Warbler
Short-billed Dowitcher Black-and-white Warbler
Laughing Gull American Redstart
Ring-billed Gull Ovenbird
Royal Tern Northern Waterthrush
Least Tern Kentucky Warbler
Rock Dove Common Yellowthroat
WHITE-CROWNED PIGEON Scarlet Tanager
Eurasian Collared-Dove Northern Cardinal
White-winged Dove Indigo Bunting
Mourning Dove Dickcissel
Common Ground-Dove Bobolink
Yellow-billed Cuckoo Red-winged Blackbird
MANGROVE CUCKOO Eastern Meadowlark
SMOOTH-BILLED ANI Boat-tailed Grackle
Common Nighthawk Common Grackle

We finished this three day tour with 146 species!!
Click here for the new tour dates for 2001.  Next years tour will be  5 days!!



Dry Tortugas Tour
April 27-30, 2000

We had the following participants for this tour: George & Anna Jones form Arlington TX., Dave Govatski from Jefferson NH., Carl Bretton Jefferson NH., Robin Diaz from Miami FL., Kent & Suzanne Hall from Stevens Point WI., Bruce & Patty Smithson from Willmington NC., and Jill Rosenfield from Miami FL.

April 28, 2000 day one.

We left the dock at Stock Island at 4 a.m., this gives us a good start on the day.  At daylight we start looking for Pelagic birds on the journey over to the Dry Tortugas.  Once at Fort Jefferson on Garden Key in the Dry Tortugas, we go onshore and see what birds are present.  Below is a list of birds that we saw this day.
 
AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER Belted Kingfisher
MASKED BOOBY Eastern Wood-Pewee
BROWN BOOBY Eastern Kingbird
Northern Gannet GRAY KINGBIRD
Brown Pelican Tree Swallow
Double-crested Cormorant Northern Rough-winged Swallow
MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD Bank Swallow
Great Blue Heron Barn Swallow
Great Egret Gray-cheeked Thrush
Cattle Egret Swainson's Thrush
Green Heron Gray Catbird
White Ibis Red-eyed Vireo
Osprey Golden-winged Warbler
Northern Harrier Tennessee Warbler
Sharp-shinned Hawk Northern Parula
Broad-winged Hawk Yellow Warbler
American Kestrel Chestnut-sided Warbler
Merlin Magnolia Warbler
Peregrine Falcon Cape May Warbler
Black-bellied Plover Black-throated Green Warbler
Semipalmated Plover Yellow-throated Warbler
Black-necked Stilt Prairie Warbler
Spotted Sandpiper Palm Warbler
Ruddy Turnstone Bay-breasted Warbler
Sanderling Blackpoll Warbler
Semipalmated Sandpiper Black-and-white Warbler
Laughing Gull American Redstart
Ring-billed Gull Prothonotary Warbler
Herring Gull Ovenbird
Royal Tern Northern Waterthrush
Sandwich Tern Louisiana Waterthrush
BRIDLED TERN Common Yellowthroat
SOOTY TERN Hooded Warbler
BROWN NODDY Summer Tanager
Rock Dove Indigo Bunting
Eurasian Collared-Dove Painted Bunting
White-winged Dove Dickcissel
Mourning Dove Bobolink
Yellow-billed Cuckoo SHINY COWBIRD
Common Nighthawk Orchard Oriole
ANTILLEAN NIGHTHAWK House Sparrow
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

April 29, 2000 day two.

Today we birded Fort Jefferson first thing in the mourning and then went over to Loggerhead Key.  After birding Loggerhead Key we went to Hospital Key to get great looks at the Masked Bobbys.  From here we anchored off of East Key and went on shore to search for more birds.  The rest of the day was spent at Fort Jefferson.  We used the skiff to get good looks at the nesting Magnificent Frigatebirds, Sooty Terns and Brown Noddys.  This is the second year in a row that no Black Noddys have been seen!!  Black Noddys were regular for many years, I wonder what has happened to them?   Below is a list of birds seen this day.
 
MASKED BOBBY Northern Rough-winged Swallow
BROWNED BOBBY Bank Swallow
Northern Gannet Cliff Swallow
Brown Pelican Barn Swallow
Double-crested Cormorant Veery
MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD Gray-cheecked Thrush
Great Blue Heron Gray Catbird
Great Egret Red-eyed Vireo
Snowy Egret BLACK-WHISKERED VIREO
Reddish Egret (white form) Tennessee Warbler
Cattle Egret Northern Parula
Green Heron Yellow Warbler
Osprey Chestnut-sided Warbler
Sharp-shinned Hawk Magnolia Warbler
Broad-winged Hawk Cape May Warbler
American Kestrel Black-throated Blue Warbler
Merlin Black-throated Green Warbler
Peregrine Falcon Blackburnian Warbler
Black-bellied Plover Yellow-throated Warbler
Semipalmated Plover Prairie Warbler
Black-necked Stilt Palm Warbler
Willet Bay-breasted Warbler
Spotted Sandpiper Blackpoll Warbler
Ruddy Turnstone Cerulean Warbler
Sanderling Black-and-white Warbler
Semipalmated Sandpiper American Redstart
Least Sandpiper Prothonotary Warbler
White-rumped Sandpiper Worm-eating Warbler
Laughing Gull Ovenbird
Ring-billed Gull Northern Waterthrush
Herring Gull Kentucky Warbler
Royal Tern Common Yellowthroat
Sandwich Tern Hooded Warbler
SOOTY TERN Summer Tanager
BROWN NODDY Scarlet Tanager
Rock Dove Northern Cardinal
White-winged Dove Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Mourning Dove Blue Grosbeak
Yellow-bellied Cuckoo Indigo Bunting
Short-eared Owl (west indies race) Painted Bunting
Common Nighthawk Dickcissel
Chuck-will's-widow Bobolink
Chimney Swift SHINY COWBIRD
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Orchard Oriole
Belted Kingfisher Baltimore Oriole
Eastern Wood-Pewee House Sparrow
GRAY KINGBIRD

April 30, 2000 day three.

Today we birded Fort Jefferson at first light looking to see if any new migrants showed up.  We did not see many new birds and left the Fort at 8 a.m.  This gave us a chance to see more pelagics on our way back to Key West.  This paid off by seeing some birds that we did not see on our way to the Dry Tortugas.  Two birds that we saw were Bridled Tern and Roseate Tern.  We only had distant views of Bridled and no Roseate Terns on the trip going over.  Now we got see great views of Bridled Tern right in front of and beside the boat.  We had many Roseate Terns on a navigation tower.  These were high on most peoples list to see, I am glad that we go to see them.  Below is a list of the birds seen this day.
 
MASKED BOOBY Common Nighhawk
BROWN BOOBY Chimney Swift
Northern Gannet Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Brown Pelican Belted Kingfisher
Double-crested Cormorant Eastern Wood-Pewee
MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD Bank Swallow
Cattle Egret Barn Swallow
Blue-winged Teal Gray Catbird
Osprey Golden-winged Warbler
Sharp-shinned Hawk Tennessee Warbler
Broad-winged Hawk Yellow Warbler
Black-bellied Plover Chestnut-sided Warbler
Ruddy Turnstone Magnolia Warbler
Semipalmated Sandpiper Cape May Warbler
White-rumped Sandpiper Black-throated Green Warbler
Royal Tern Prairie Warbler
Sandwich Tern Palm Warbler
ROSEATE TERN Blackpoll Warbler
BRIDLED TERN American Redstart
SOOTY TERN Prothonotary Warbler
Black Tern Ovenbird
BROWN NODDY Common Yellowthroat
Rock Dove Indigo Bunting
Mourning Dove Orchard Oriole
Yellow-billed Cuckoo House Sparrow
SHORT-EARED OWL

We ended up with 179 species seen on both tours.  107 species at the Dry Tortugas.  A total of 27 species of Warbler.

For all of the tours above we had some interesting animals as well as the birds.  I have listed some of the animal sightings below.

Reptiles:


Mammals:


Fish:

This was a very good season of birding with lots of great birds and animals.  Next year should be even better.

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