Birds of South Florida and the Prairies Tour
                                     January 7-10, 1999

I started this tour with two participants Mike Higgston from New York and L. Hartsell Cash from North Carolina, being a new tour this was expected.

Day one January 8, 1999.

I met Mike Higgston and L. Hartsell Cash at the Best Western Gateway to the Florida Keys in Florida City.  We were greeted this day with beautiful sunny skies and cool temperatures. Today we birded Everglades National Park and had the following species:
 
 
Pied-billed Grebe                                                       King Rail
American White Pelican                                  Sora Rail
Brown Pelican                                                Common Moorhen
Double-crested Cormorant                               American Coot
Anhinga                                                          LIMPKIN
Least Bittern                                                   Killdeer
Great Blue Heron, and Great White Heron        Spotted Sandpiper 
Great Egret                                                                  Laughing Gull
Snowy Egret                                                   Caspian Tern
Little Blue Heron                                            White-Winged Dove
Tri-colored Heron                                           Mourning Dove
Cattle Egret                                                    Belted Kingfisher
Green Heron                                                  Red-bellied Woodpecker
Black-crowned Night-Heron                            Eastern Phoebe
White Ibis                                                      Tree Swallow
Glossy Ibis                                                     American Crow
Roseate Spoonbill                                           Marsh Wren
Wood Stork                                                   Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
GREATER FLAMINGO                                American Robin
Blue-winged Teal                                           Gray Catbird
Black Vulture                                                 Northern Mockingbird
Turkey Vulture                                               Loggerhead Shrike
Osprey                                                           European Starling
Bald Eagle                                                      White-eyed Vireo
Northern Harrier                                             Yellow-rumped Warbler
Red-shouldered Hawk                                      Palm Warbler
SHORT-TAILED HAWK                                Northern Waterthrush
American Kestrel                                             Common Yellowthroat
Western Kingbird                                             Northern Cardinal
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher                                   Red-winged Blackbird
COMMON MYNA                                         Boat-tailed Blackbird
Black Skimmer                                               Common Grackle
                                                                      Brown-headed Cowbird
                                                                      House Sparrow

Day two January 9, 1999

Today we birded Kendall and the Shark Valley area of the Everglades. We also birded a small portion of west Broward County on our way north for our next days birding.  We were in search of exotics and specialties and added the following new  species:

SNAIL KITE
Red-tailed Hawk
Crested Caracara
Sandhill Crane
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Dove
WHITE-CROWNED PIGEON
Common Ground Dove
Monk Parakeet
WHITE-WINGED PARAKEET
YELLOW-CHEVRONED PARAKEET
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
RED-COCKADED WOODPECKER
Fish Crow
American Pipit
Cedar Waxwing
HILL MYNA
Pine Warbler
Eastern Meadowlark
SPOT-BREASTED ORIOLE
RED-WISKERED BULBUL
PURPLE SWAMPHEN
 

Day three January 10, 1999

Today we birded the Old Venus area, worked our way to Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge and Wakodahatchee wetlands before heading for the Miami International Airport.  We had the following new species for this day:

American Bittern
Wood Duck
Green Winged Teal
Mottled Duck
Ring-necked Duck
Purple Gallinule
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Long-billed Dowitcher
Common Snipe
SMOOTH-BILLED ANI
Barn Owl
Red-headed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
VERMILLION FLYCATCHER
Great Crested Flycatcher
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
FLORIDA SCRUB JAY
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Eastern Bluebird
Eastern Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
 
At the end of this great tour we had a total of 112 species including several lifers for Mike Higgston and L. Hartsell Cash.  We found most of the specialties plus some neat exotics.

Next years tour should been even better, look for dates for the year 2000 tour coming soon!!!