SOUTH FLORIDA AND THE PRAIRIES TOUR
February 15-18, 2001

I had the following participants for this tour:  Ruel Patterson from Temecula California, Mark Halloran & Joyce MacMilloran from Bristol, Road Island.

Day one

We started the first day birding Florida's Everglades National Park.  We had good weather and great birds.  Below is a list of birds seen this day.
 
 
Pied-billed Grebe Eurasian Collared-Dove
American White Pelican White-winged Dove
Brown Pelican Mourning Dove
Double-crested Cormorant Belted Kingfisher
Anhinga Red-bellied Woodpecker
American Bittern Pileated Woodpecker
Least Bittern Eastern Phoebe
Great Blue Heron Great Crested Flycatcher
Great Egret Western Kingbird
Snowy Egret Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Little Blue Heron Purple Martin
Tricolored Heron Blue Jay
Reddish Egret American Crow
Cattle Egret Carolina Wren
Green Heron House Wren
Night Heron species Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
White Ibis American Robin
Glossy Ibis Gray Catbird
Roseate Spoonbill Northern Mockingbird
Wood Stork Cedar Waxwing
Green-winged Teal Loggerhead Shrike
Blue-winged Teal European Starling
Black Vulture COMMON MYNA
Turkey Vulture White-eyed Vireo
Osprey Orange-crowned Warbler
Bald Eagle Northern Parula
Northern Harrier Magnolia Warbler
Red-shouldred Hawk Yellow-rumped Warbler
Red-tailed Hawk Prairie Warbler
American Kestrel Palm Warbler
Peregrine Falcon Black-and-white Warbler
Sora American Redstart
Purple Gallinule Worm-eating Warbler
Common Moorhen Ovenbird
American Coot Northern Waterthrush
Killdeer Louisiana Waterthrush
Greater Yellowlegs Common Yellowthroat
Lesser Yellowlegs Northern Cardinal
Willet Painted Bunting
Spotted Sandpiper Red-winged Blackbird
Laughing Gull Boat-tailed Grackle
Ring-billed Gull Common Grackle
Great Black-backed Gull Bronzed Cowbird
Gull-billed Tern Brown-headed Cowbird
Black Skimmer

Day two

The Miami area suburbs were birded today in search of exotics, we then traveled north to Central Florida were we spent our second night.  A list of birds seen this day are below.
 
 
Pied-billed Grebe Barn Owl
Brown Pelican Burrowing Owl
Double-crested Cormorant Belted Kingfisher
Anhinga Red-headed Woodpecker
American Bittern Red-bellied Woodpecker
Great Blue Heron RED-COCKADED WOODPECKER
Great Egret Northern Flicker
Snowy Egret Eastern Phoebe
Little Blue Heron Great Crested Flycatcher
Tricolored Heron Tree Swallow
Cattle Egret CAVE SWALLOW (west indies race)
White Ibis Blue Jay
Glossy Ibis FLORIDA SCRUB JAY
Wood Stork American Crow
Black Vulture Fish Crow
Turkey Vulture RED-WHISKERED BULBUL
Osprey House Wren
SNAIL KITE Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Northern Harrier Eastern Bluebird
Cooper's Hawk American Robin
Red-shouldred Hawk Northern Mockingbird
SHORT-TAILED HAWK Cedar Waxwing
Red-tailed Hawk Loggerhead Shrike
American Kestrel European Starling
Merlin COMMON MYNA
Common Moorhen HILL MYNA
American Coot Northern Parula
LIMPKIN Yellow-rumped Warbler
Sandhill Crane Yellow-throated Warbler
Killdeer Pine Warbler
Ring-billed Gull Palm Warbler
Rock Dove Northern Cardinal
Eurasian Collared-Dove Eastern Towhee
White-winged Dove Red-winged Blackbird
Mourning Dove Eastern Meadowlark
MONK PARAKEET Boat-tailed Grackle
WHITE-WINGED PARAKEET Common Grackle
YELLOW-CHEVRONED PARAKEET SPOT-BREASTED ORIOLE
MITRED PARAKEET House Sparrow
SMOOTH-BILLED ANI 

Day three

Today we birded Central Florida, we birded Avon Park Bombing Range in search of the  Brown-headed Nuthatch and Bachman's Sparrow.  We were lucky to find the Red-cockaded Woodpecker the day before.  Below is what we saw this day.
 
 
Pied-billed Grebe Rock Dove
Double-crested Cormorant Eurasian Collared-Dove
Anhinga Mourning Dove
Great Blue Heron Common Ground-Dove
Little Blue Heron Belted Kingfisher
Tricolored Heron Red-bellied Woodpecker
Cattle Egret Downy Woodpecker
White Ibis Hairy Woodpecker
Glossy Ibis Pileated Woodpecker
Wood Stork Eastern Phoebe
Green-winged Teal Great Crested Flycatcher
Mottled Duck Tree Swallow
Northern Pintail Blue Jay
Blue-winged Teal American Crow
Ring-necked Duck Fish Crow
Black Vulture Tufted Titmouse
Turkey Vulture BROWN-HEADED NUTHATCH
Osprey Carolina Wren
Bald Eagle House Wren
Northern Harrier Eastern Bluebird
Cooper's Hawk American Robin
Red-shouldred hawk Northern Mockingbird
SHORT-TAILED HAWK Loggerhead Shrike
Red-tailed Hawk European Starling
Crested Caracara White-eyed Vireo
American Kestrel Solitary Vireo
Purple Gallinule Yellow-rumped Warbler
Common Moorhen Pine Warbler
American Coot Palm Warbler
Sandhill Crane Common Yellowthroat
Killdeer Northern Cardinal
Least Sandpiper Eastern Towhee
Common Snipe Chipping Sparrow
Laughing Gull Red-winged Blackbird
Ring-billed Gull Eastern Meadowlark
Herring Gull Boat-tailed Grackle
Great Black-backed Gull Common Grackle
Caspian Tern House Sparrow
Forster's Tern

136 species were seen on this three day tour, not bad!  Click here:  for the 2002 TOUR DATES.