South Florida Rare Bird Update

Brian Rapoza: Last updated May 19, 2018

Please post updates on the TAS BirdBoard, positive or negative, for the following:


Recent Reports

Bahama Mockingbird

  • Lantana Nature Preserve, Palm Beach County: Last reported May 19 (eBird) Photo
    Directions: From I-95, exit at Lantana Road (Exit 61). Drive east 1 mile to US 1. Turn right and drive south 0.2 miles to East Ocean Avenue. Turn left and drive east 0.7 miles to the park entrance, on the left just after a small bridge (no fee, open sunrise to sunset). The bird has been seen in the parking area. Map

  • Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, Broward County: Reported May 16 (Florida Birding and Rarities) Photo
    Directions: From I-95, exit at Sunrise Boulevard (exit 29). Drive east 4 miles to the park entrance (fee, open 8:00 AM until sunset). The bird has been seen in the first playground area and adjacent open field. Map

  • Gulfstream Shores, North Key Largo, Monroe County: Last reported May 13 (eBird) Photo
    Directions:From the intersection of CR 905 and US 1 in Key Largo, drive north about 1.5 miles on CR 905 to North Ocean Drive. The bird has been seen near the east end of North Ocean Drive, in a fruiting ficus tree next to a red fire hydrant. Map

  • White-tailed Tropicbird

    Boca Chita Key, Biscayne National Park, Miami-Dade County: Reported May 18 (eBird) Photo
    Directions: Boca Chita Key, in Biscayne National Park, is only accessible by boat. The bird was seen flying over the island. Map

    American Flamingo

  • Haulover Park and Beach, Miami-Dade County: Last reported May 17 (eBird) Photo
    Directions: From I-95, exit at NE 167 Street (SR 826, Exit 128). Drive east 5.3 miles (becomes NE 163 Street) to SR A1A. Turn right and drive south 1.3 miles to the park entrance, on the west side of SR A1A (fee, open sunrise to sunset). From the parking area, walk east through a pedestrian underpass to the beach. The bird has been seen along the beach between lifeguard stations 5 and 9. NOTE: A section of this beach is clothing-optional. Map

  • Bush Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, Monroe County: Last reported May 13 (eBird) Photo
    Directions: See http://www.drytortugasinfo.com/ for Dry Tortugas ferry information. The bird has been seen along the shoreline on the south side of Bush Key and on the sandbar between Bush and Garden Key. On 12/14, the bird was found dead and was collected by the National Park Service. Map

  • Carolina Chickadee

    Frenchmans Forest Nature Preserve, Palm Beach County: Last reported May 17 (Florida Birding and Rarities) Photo
    Directions: From I-95 in Palm Beach Gardens, exit at PGA Boulevard (Exit 79). Drive east 2 miles to Prosperity Farms Road. Turn left and drive north 0.7 miles to the parking area (no fee, open sunrise to sunset). No specific location has been provided for this latest sighting. Map

    La Sagra's Flycatcher

    Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park, Monroe County: Reported May 14 (eBird) Photo
    Directions:From the intersection of CR 905 and US 1 in Key Largo, drive north 0.4 miles on CR 905 to the parking area (fee, open 8:00 AM until sunset). The bird was seen near the pay station at the entrance and also near the pavilion farther down the paved path. Map

    Older Reports

    Black Noddy

    Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, Monroe County: Last reported May 12 (eBird) Photo
    Directions: See http://www.drytortugasinfo.com/ for Dry Tortugas ferry information. The bird has been seen at the north coaling dock on Garden Key. Map

    Common Eider

    Miami Beach Marina, Miami-Dade County: Reported May 9 (eBird) Photo
    Directions: From I-95, exit at I-395 (Exit 3). Drive east 3.5 miles over the MacArthur Causeway to Alton Road. Turn right and drive south 0.1 miles to the Miami Beach Marina parking garage. Park in the visitor parking area at the far north end of the garage (no fee, open 24 hours). The bird has been seen on floating docks at the jet ski concession at the north end of the marina, adjacent to the causeway. Map


    South Florida as defined here includes the following counties: Broward, Collier, Hendry, Lee, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach. Click here for locations to see regularly-occurring south Florida specialties. Click here for directions to those locations. BirdBoard reports for these species are also appreciated.