Dry Tortugas Tour
     April 12-15, 2001

    I had the following participants for this tour: Tom & Mary Newhouse from Buena Park, CA., Bill Heady from House Springs, MO., John Van Niel from Seneca Falls, NY, Curtis & Michelle Manly from Alberta, Cananda, Jim Berry from Gunnison, CO., Floyd & Joanne Downs from Woosten, OH. and Jack Milchanowski from FT. Worth, TX.

April 13, day one.

It was a little windy on the way over to the Dry Tortugas, but the wind was out of the east.  This gave us followings seas for a good ride over.  Here is a list of what was seen this first day.
 
 
MASKED BOOBY Royal Tern
BROWN BOOBY Sandwich Tern
Northern Gannet ROSEATE TERN
Brown Pelican BRIDLED TERN
Double-crested Cormorant SOOTY TERN
Magnificent Frigatebird Black Tern
Great Blue Heron BROWN NODDY
Great Egret Mourning Dove
Roseate Spoonbill Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Osprey Common Nighthawk
Sharp-shinned Hawk CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW
American Kestrel Purple Martin
Merlin Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Peregrine Falcon Cliff Swallow
Black-bellied Plover Barn Swallow
American Golden-Plover BLACK-WHISKERED VIREO
Willet Northern Parula
Ruddy Turnstone Cape May Warbler
Sanderling Yellow-rumped Warbler
POMARINE JAEGER Prairie Warbler
Laughing Gull Palm Warbler
Ring-billed Gull American Redstart
Herring Gull Indigo Bunting
Great Black-backed Gull

April 29-30, day two and three.

The following birds below were seen day two and three including a lifer for me!!  Sabine's Gull, not only a lifer but a great bird to see in Florida.  We saw these birds at Garden Key, Loggerhead Key and the journey back to Key West.
 
 
MASKED BOOBY Eurasian Collared-Dove
BROWN BOOBY Mourning Dove
Brown Pelican Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Double Cormorant Burrowing Owl
Magnificent Frigatebird Common Nighthawk
Great Egret ANTILLEAN NIGHTHAWK
Cattle Egret CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW
Yellow-crowned Night Heron Belted Kingfisher
Osprey TROPICAL / COUCH'S KINGBIRD (it never called, can't be sure which one that it was.)
Sharp-shinned Hawk GRAY KINGBIRD
American Kestrel Tree Swallow
Merlin Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Peregrine Falcon Barn Swallow
Black-bellied Plover Gray-cheeked Thrush
American Golden Plover Gray Catbird
Willet Northern Mockingbird
Ruddy Turnstone BLACK-WHISKERED VIREO
Sanderling Northern Parula
Laughing Gull Cape May Warbler
Ring-billed Gull Yellow-rumped Warbler
Herring Gull Yellow-throated Warbler
Great Black-backed Gull Prairie Warbler
SABINE'S GULL (lifer for me!) Palm Warbler
Royal Tern American Redstart
SOOTY TERN Common Yellowthroat
BROWN NODDY Indigo Bunting

We had 63 species seen for this tour.

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Dry Tortugas Tour
April 15-18, 2001

I had the following participants for this tour:  W.D & Vera Leip form Lake Ozark MO, Jim & Frances Ward from Oriental, North Carolina, Charlie Ewell & Arlyne Salcedo from Cape Coral, Florida and June Riley form Dania, Florida.

April 16, day one.

We had the following species on our journey to the Dry Tortugas and around Ft. Jefferson.
 
AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER SOOTY TERN
MASKED BOOBY BROWN NODDY
BROWN BOOBY White-winged Dove
Northern Gannet Mourning Dove
Brown Pelican Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Double-crested Cormorant Nighthawk species
Magnificent Frigatebird Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Great Egret GRAY KINGBIRD
Cattle Egret Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Green Heron Cliff Swallow
Osprey Cave Swallow
Sharp-shinned Hawk Barn Swallow
American Kestrel Gray Catbird
Merlin BLACK-WHISKERED VIREO
Black-bellied Plover Black-throated Blue Warbler
Lesser Yellowlegs Yellow-rumped Warbler
Willet Prairie Warbler
Ruddy Turnstone Palm Warbler
Sanderling Black-and-white Warbler
Least Sandpiper American Redstart
POMARINE JAEGER Worm-eating Warbler
Laughing Gull Ovenbird
Herring Gull Common Yellowthroat
Great Black-backed Gull WILSON'S WARBLER
Royal Tern Rose-breasted Grosbeak
ROSEATE TERN Indigo Bunting
BRIDLED TERN Bobolink

April 17, day two.

At daybreak we birded around Ft. Jefferson.  We then went over to Loggerhead Key and birded for about 3 hours and finished the day at the fort.  We saw the following species below.
 
 
MASKED BOOBY Eastern Kingbird
BROWN BOOBY GRAY KINGBIRD
Brown Pelican Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Double-crested Cormorant Cliff Swallow
Magnificent Frigatebird Barn Swallow
Great Egret Gray Catbird
Cattle Egret BLACK-WHISKERED VIREO
Osprey Northern Parula
Northern Harrier Cape May Warbler
American Kestrel Black-throated Blue Warbler
Merlin Yellow-rumped Warbler
Peregrine Falcon Black-throated Green Warbler
Black-bellied Plover Yellow-throated Warbler
AMERICAN GOLEDN-PLOVER Prairie Warbler
Ruddy Turnstone Palm Warbler
Least Sandpiper Blackpoll Warbler
Laughing Gull Black-and-white Warbler
Herring Gull American Redstart
Royal Tern Prothonotary Warbler
SOOTY TERN Worm-eating Warbler
BROWN NODDY Ovenbird
White-winged Dove Northern Waterthrush
Mourning Dove Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-billed Cuckoo Indigo Bunting
SHORT-EARED OWL Savannah Sparrow
Common Nighthawk Bobolink
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

April 18, day three.

We had the following species at Ft. Jefferson and on our journey back to Key West.
 
 
Northern Gannet Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Brown Pelican Common Nighthawk
Double-crested Cormorant Ruby-throated Hummingbird
 Magnificent Frigatebird Purple Martin
Great Blue Heron Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cattle Egret Cliff Swallow
Osprey Barn Swallow
American Kestrel Tennessee Warbler
Peregrine Falcon Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-bellied Plover Prairie Warbler
Lesser Yellowlegs Palm Warbler
Willet Blackpoll Warbler
Laughing Gull American Redstart
Lesser Black-backed Gull Ovenbird
Royal Tern Summer Tanager
SOOTY TERN Indigo Bunting
BROWN NODDY Bobolink
White-winged Dove Orchard Oriole
Mourning Dove

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Dry Tortugas Tour
April 27-30, 2001

I had the following participants for this tour:  Grady & Lu Skillern from Anahuac TX., Jim Thayer from Tulsa OK., Je Anne Strott from Henderson, NV., Rita Schlageter from Las Vegas, NV.,  Cherl Amato from Everett, MA., Hugh Hawkins from Las Vegas, NV., Huston Shoopman from Henderson, NV., Larry Albright from Winter Haven, FL., Bob Snow from Lakeland, FL. and LeRoy Sowl form Bettendorf, Iowa.  This was a very windy year with rough seas on most of my tours.  The winds were out of the east for most of the month of April.  This kept the number of migrants low, we had mostly West Indies migrants rather then the central flyway birds.

April 28, day one.

Windy weather out of the east gave us following seas, this made the journey over to Fort Jefferson enjoyable.  Below is a list of birds seen.
 
 
BROWN BOOBY Mourning Dove
Northern Gannet Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Brown Pelican nighthawk species
Double-crested Cormorant Chimney Swift
Magnificent Frigatebird Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Great Egret GRAY KINGBIRD
Cattle Egret Barn Swallow
Osprey Veery
Sharp-shinned Hawk Gray Catbird
American Kestrel Red-eyed Vireo
Merlin Northern Parula
Peregrine Falcon Cape May Warbler
Black-bellied Plover Black-throated Blue Warbler
Semipalmated Plover Yellow-rumped Warbler
Willet Prairie Warbler
Spotted Sandpiper Palm Warbler
Ruddy Turnstone Blackpoll Warbler
Semipalmated Sandpiper Black-and-white Warbler
Western Sandpiper American Redstart
Least Sandpiper Ovenbird
POMARINE JAEGER Northern Waterthrush
Laughing Gull Common Yellowthroat
Herring Gull Hooded Warbler
Great Black-backed Gull Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Royal Tern Indigo Bunting
BRIDLED TERN White-crowned Sparrow (a Dry Tortugas first for me.)
SOOTY TERN Bobolink
BROWN NODDY

April 29, day two.

Today we birded Garden Key first thing in the morning and then left to bird Loggerhead Key.  We stayed on Loggerhead Key for about two hours and then returned for the rest of the day at Garden Key.  We had the saw the following species below.
 
 
MASKED BOOBY Eastern Kingbird
BROWN BOOBY GRAY KINGBIRD
Northern Gannet Purple Martin
Brown Pelican Barn Swallow
Double-crested Cormorant Veery
Magnificent Frigatebird Gray Catbird
Great Egret Red-eyed Vireo
Cattle Egret BLACK-WHISKERED VIREO
Green Heron Blue-winged Warbler
Glossy Ibis Tennessee Warbler
Osprey Northern Parula
Sharp-shinned Hawk Yellow Warbler
American Kestrel Magnolia Warbler
Merlin Cape May Warbler
Peregrine Falcon Black-throated Blue Warbler
Black-bellied Plover Yellow-rumped Warbler
Semipalmated Plover Yellow-throated Warbler
Solitary Sandpiper Prairie Warbler
Willet Palm Warbler
Spotted Sandpiper Blackpoll Warbler
Ruddy Turnstone Black-and-white Warbler
Least Sandpiper American Redstart
POMARINE JAEGER Worm-eating Warbler
Laughing Gull Ovenbird
Herring Gull Northern Waterthrush
Great Black-backed Gull Common Yellowthroat
Royal Tern Rose-breasted Grosbeak
ROSEATE TERN Indigo Bunting
SOOTY TERN Painted Bunting
BROWN NODDY White-crowned Sparrow
Mourning Dove Boblink
Yellow-billed Cuckoo SHINY COWBIRD
Chuck-will's-widow Baltimore Oriole
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

 April 30, day three.

We birded Garden Key in the morning before our departure for Key West.  We left at 9 a.m. and arrived in Key West by 4 p.m.  It was a rough trip going back which prevented us for looking in deeper water for pelagic birds.  We saw the following species below.
 
 
BROWN BOOBY SOOTY TERN
Northern Gannet BROWN NODDY
Brown Pelican Mourning Dove
Double-crested Cormorant Chuck-will's-widow
Magnificent Frigatebird Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Great Egret Barn Swallow
Cattle Egret Veery
Glossy Ibis Gray Catbird
Osprey Red-eyed Vireo
Sharp-shinned Hawk Northern Parula
American Kestrel Cape May Warbler
Merlin Black-throated Blue Warbler
Peregrine Falcon Prairie Warbler
Black-bellied Plover Palm Warbler
Semipalmated Plover Blackpoll Warbler
Willet Black-and-white Warbler
Spotted Sandpiper American Redstart
Ruddy Turnstone Ovenbird
Least Sandpiper Northern Waterthrush
POMARINE JAEGER Common Yellowthroat
Laughing Gull Indigo Bunting
Herring Gull Painted Bunting
Great Black-backed Gull Bobolink
Royal Tern

We had a total of 73 species for this tour including 19 species of warbler.

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