Birds of South Florida and the Prairies Tour
                                    January 6-7, 2000

On this tour we had the following participants: David Hallenbeck from Delaware, Bill Spencer from Road Island, Nancy Eaton from Connecticut and Karen Fay from Louisiana.

I nice small group for a great tour.

Day one, January 7, 2000

I met the group at the Best Western Gateway to the Florida Keys in Florida City at 7 a.m.  The weather was sunny and warm. We birded the Everglades today.  Below is a list of the birds that we saw on our first day.
 
 
Pied-billed Grebe Forster's Tern
American White Pelican Rock Dove
Brown Pelican WHITE-CROWNED PIGEON
Double-crested Cormorant Eurasian Collared-Dove
Anhinga White-winged Dove
Least Bittern MANGROVE CUCKOO  (heard only)
Great Blue Heron Barred Owl
Great Egret Belted Kingfisher
Snowy Egret Red-bellied Woodpecker
Little Blue Heron Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Tricolored Heron Eastern Phoebe
Reddish Egret Western Kingbird
Cattle Egret Tree Swallow
Green Heron Blue Jay
Whit Ibis American Crow
Glossy Ibis House Wren
Roseate Spoonbill Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Wood Stork Gray Catbird
Black Vulture Northern Mockingbird
Turkey Vulture Loggerhead Shrike
Osprey European Starling
SNAIL KITE White-eyed Vireo
Bald Eagle Blue-headed Vireo
Northern Harrier Northern Parula
Red-shouldered Hawk Magnolia Warbler
SHORT-TAILED HAWK Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Kestrel Yellow-throated Warbler
King Rail Prairie Warbler
Purple Gallinule Palm Warbler
Common Moorhen American Redstart
American Coot Northern Waterthrush
LIMPKIN Common Yellowthroat
Black-bellied Plover Northern Cardinal
Killdeer Eastern Towhee
Spotted Sandpiper Red-winged Blackbird
Common Snipe Eastern Meadowlark
Laughing Gull Boat-tailed Grackle
Ring-billed Gull Common Grackle
Caspian Tern Brown-headed Cowbird
Royal Tern Baltimore Oriole

Day two, January 8, 2000

Today was another warm sunny day.  We birded  the Miami area for exotics and other specialties.  We also birded our way to central Florida.  Below is a list of new species seen this day.
 
 
Magnificent Frigatebird Mourning Dove
Ring-necked Duck MONK PARAKEET
Red-breasted Merganser WHITE-WINGED PARAKEET
Cooper's Hawk YELLOW-CHEVRONED PARAKEET
Red-tailed Hawk SMOOTH-BILLED ANI
Sandhill Crane Fish Crow
Wilson's Plover RED-WHISKERED BULBUL
Semipalmated Plover Carolina Wren
Greater Yellowlegs House Wren
Lesser Yellowlegs Eastern Bluebird
Ruddy Turnstone American Robin
Least Sandpiper HILL MYNA
Dunlin COMMON MYNA
Short-billed Dowitcher SHINY COWBIRD
Herring Gull SPOT-BREASTED ORIOLE
Great Black-backed Gull House Sparrow

Day three, January 9, 2000

Today the weather was much cooler, but still bright and sunny.  We birded today around the central Florida area and added the following new species for the last day of the tour.
 
 
Green-winged Teal Great Crested Flycatcher
Mottled Duck FLORIDA SCRUB-JAY
Mallard BROWN-HEADED NUTATCH
Blue-winged Teal Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Wild Turkey Brown Thrasher
Common Ground-Dove Pine Warbler
Downy Woodpecker Chipping Sparrow
Hairy Woodpecker Savannah Sparrow
Northern Flicker American Goldfinch
Pileated Woodpecker

Total number of species for this tour was: 134  The big miss that we had, that I was sure that we would find was Red-cockaded Woodpecker.  We found it last year with out any trouble.

Click here for 2001 tour dates.