December 1, 1999

Day one of two days birding with Kent Hall from Wisconsin.  Kent was doing a budget Big Year, most of the birds that he had seen where by driving. He hired me for the Florida area birds for two days.  We had planed for 3 days but because of good birding we only needed two days.  We birded the Everglades and the Miami, Homestead, Ft. Lauderdale area.  Kent ended his Big Year with 657 A.B.A. species which is pretty impressive for driving to most of the areas.  Here are the birds that we saw the first day, these were seen in the Homestead, Miami and Ft. Lauderdale area.  These are in the order that we had seen them.  Capitalized bold birds were new for Kent or for his Big Year.  Just capitalized birds should be or might be on the A.B.A. list in the future.
 
 
Common Grackle SPOT-BREASTED ORIOLE
Boat-tailed Grackle YELLOW-CHEVRONED PARAKEET
Eurasian Collared-Dove Baltimore Oriole
European Starling White Ibis
American Kestrel Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Great Egret Painted Bunting
Northern Harrier Caspian Tern
Belted Kingfisher SMOOTH-BILLED ANI
Anhinga Red-tailed Hawk
Loggerhead Shrike Black Vulture
Pied-billed Grebe Ruddy Duck
Northern Mockingbird American Coot
Great Blue Heron Moorhen
Killdeer SHORT-TAILED HAWK
Red-shouldered Hawk Little Blue Heron
Northern Flicker Tricolored Heron
Red-bellied Woodpecker SNAIL KITE
Eastern Phoebe PURPLE GALLINUE
LIMPKIN Osprey
Yellow-rumped Warbler PURPLE SWAMPHEN
Ring-billed Gull Ring-necked Duck
Laughing Gull MOTTLED DUCK
White-winged Dove NORTHERN GANNET
Mourning Dove BLACK-HOODED PARAKEET
MONK PARAKEET WHITE-WINGED PARAKEET
Common Ground-Dove HILL MYNA
Double-crested Cormorant RED-MASKED PARAKEET
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher RED-CROWNED PARAKEET
Prairie Warbler ORANGE-WINGED PARROT
RED-WHISKERED BULBUL WHITE-FRONTED PARROT

December 2, 1999

Day two with Kent Hall.  Today we went down into Everglades National Park to pick up some other species that Kent needed for his Big Day.  We did well and stopped late in the morning.   This would give Kent a good head start on going north for birds he needed in other states.  Below is what we saw for this half day.
 
 
COMMON MYNA Green-winged Teal
American Crow American White Pelican
Catbird GREATER FLAMINGO
Tree Swallow Spotted Sandpiper
Louisiana Waterthrush, a good bird for winter. Marbled Godwit
White-eyed Vireo Northern Shoveler
NORTHERN PARULA Roseate Spoonbill
Black-and-white Warbler Bald Eagle
Great-crested Flycatcher Cooper's Hawk
House Wren GLOSSY IBIS
Northern Waterthrush Prairie Warbler
Blue-winged Teal Least Bittern