South Florida Rare Bird Update

Brian Rapoza: Last updated November 24, 2017

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Recent Reports

Greater White-fronted Goose

Fred W. North River Road, Alva, Lee County: Last reported November 24 (eBird) Photo
Directions: From I-75 in Ft.Myers, exit at SR 80 (Exit 141). Drive east 3 miles to SR 31. Turn left and drive north 2.7 miles to SR 78 (North River Road. Turn right and drive east 2.2 miles to a pond on the south side of the road. The bird has been seen in the pond. Map

Buff-bellied Hummingbird

Castellow Hammock Preserve and Nature Center, Miami-Dade County: Last reported November 24 (eBird) Photo
Directions: From Florida's Turnpike, exit at SW 216 Street (Exit 11). Drive west 5.4 miles to SW 162 Avenue. Turn left and drive south 0.4 miles to the park entrance (no fee, open 8:00AM to 5:00PM; park outside the park if the gate is locked). The bird has been seen in the butterfly garden. Map

Vermilion Flycatcher

Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Palm Beach County: Last reported November 24 (eBird) Photo
Directions: From Florida's Turnpike, exit at Boynton Beach Boulevard exit 86). Drive west 2 miles to US 441. Turn left and drive south 2 miles to the entrance (fee, open sunrise to sunset). Tha bird has been seen on the Marsh Trail, about 0.5 miles south of the parking area. Map

Carolina Chickadee

Frenchmans Forest Nature Preserve, Palm Beach County: Last reported November 24 (eBird) 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). The bird was heard near the intersection of the red and purple trails. Map

Neotropic Cormorant

Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Beach, Palm Beach County: Last reported November 23 (eBird) Photo
Directions: From Florida's Turnpike, exit at Atlantic Avenue (exit 81). Drive east 1.7 miles to Jog Road. Turn left and drive north 1.5 miles to the entrance (no fee, open sunrise to sunset). From the boardwalk t-intersection, turn left. No specific location has been provided for this sighting. Map

American Golden-Plover

  • Tamiami Trail, Naples, Collier County: Last reported November 22 (eBird) Photo
    Directions: From the intersection of Tamiami Trail (US 41) and Collier Blvd (SR 951) in Naples, drive east 5.5 miles, just past Greenway Road, to a flooded field on the north side of Tamiami Trail. Several birds have been seen in the flooded field. Map

  • Estero Bay Preserve State Park, Winkler Point, Lee County: Last reported November 18 (eBird) Photo
    Directions: From I-75 in Ft. Myers, take Alico Road (CR 840, Exit 128) west 3.6 miles to US 41 (Tamiami Trail). Turn right and drive north 2.7 miles to Gladiolus Drive (CR 865). Turn left and drive west 1.2 miles to Summerlin Road (CR 869). Turn left (flyover) and drive west 0.9 miles to Winkler Road. Turn left and drive south 2.4 miles to the entrance (no fee, open sunrise to sunset). Walk the trail to the big pond at the south end of the park. The bird has been seen on the east side of the pond. Map

  • Tropical Kingbird

    Aerojet Road, Homestead, Miami-Dade County: Last reported November 22 (eBird) Photo
    Directions: From the intersection of Florida's Turnpike and US 1 in Florida City, turn right on Palm Drive (SW 344 Street) and drive west 1.6 miles. Turn left on SW 192 Avenue and drive south 2 miles. Turn right on SW 376 Street (SR 9336) and drive west 4.5 miles to Aerojet Road (SW 232 Street, closed to vehicular traffic, park at the locked gate). The bird was last seen on wires along SR 9336 just east of Aerojet Road. Map

    Thick-billed Vireo

    Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne, Miami-Dade County: Last reported November 22 (eBird) Photo
    Directions: From I-95, exit at the Rickenbacker Causeway (exit 1). Drive east to the causeway toll plaza. Continue 6 miles to the park entrance (fee, open 8:00AM until sunset). From the entrance station, continue south to the lighthouse parking area at the south end of the park. The entrance to a nature trail is opposite the lighthouse entrance. The bird has been seen anywhere between the nature trail entrance and a trail intersection with a white gate. Map

    Yellow-headed Blackbird

    Olympia Heights, Miami-Dade County: Reported November 21 (eBird) Photo
    Directions: From Florida's Turnpike, exit at Bird Road (SW 40 Street, exit 23). Drive east 2 miles to 97 Avenue. The bird was seen in a flock of grackles around this intersection. Map

    American Flamingo

    Snake Bight, Everglades National Park, Monroe County: Reported November 20 (eBird) Photo
    Directions: From the intersection of Florida's Turnpike and US 1 in Florida City, turn right on Palm Drive (SW 344 Street) and drive west 1.6 miles. Turn left on SW 192 Avenue and drive south 2 miles. Turn right on SW 376 Street (SR 9336) and drive west 5 miles to the park entrance (fee). From the fee station, continue west 38 miles to Flamingo. Five birds have been seen in Snake Bight, about 3 miles east of Flamingo. Snake Bight is accessible by canoe/kayak, best at high tide. Launch from the Flamingo marina (canoe/kayak rentals available). Map

    Older Reports

    White-throated Sparrow

    Mahogany Hammock, Everglades National Park, Miami-Dade County: Last reported November 15 (eBird) Photo
    Directions: From the intersection of Florida's Turnpike and US 1 in Florida City, turn right on Palm Drive (SW 344 Street) and drive west 1.6 miles. Turn left on SW 192 Avenue and drive south 2 miles. Turn right on SW 376 Street (SR 9336) and drive west 5 miles to the park entrance (fee). From the fee station, continue west 19 miles to the Mahogany Hammock turnoff. Turn right and drive 1.7 miles to the parking area. The bird has been seen near the boardwalk entrance at the far end of the parking area. Map

    Groove-billed Ani

    Lucky Hammock, Homestead, Miami-Dade County: Last reported November 14 (eBird) Photo
    Directions: From the intersection of Florida's Turnpike and US 1 in Florida City, turn right on Palm Drive (SW 344 Street) and drive west 1.6 miles. Turn left on SW 192 Avenue and drive south 2 miles. Turn right on SW 376 Street (SR 9336) and drive west 4.5 miles to Aerojet Road (SW 232 Street, closed to vehicular traffic, park at the locked gate). Lucky Hammock is located 0.3 miles south of SR 9336 on the west side of Aerojet Road. The bird has been seen on the fence on the east side of the road. Map

    Tropical Kingbird

  • Alligator Alley (I-75) Rest Area, Broward County: Last reported November 14 (eBird) Photo
    Directions: The rest area is at mile marker 35 on Alligator Alley. Up to two birds have been seen near the boat launch. Map

  • Francis S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area (S-334 Water Control Structure), Miami-Dade County: Last reported November 12 (eBird) Photo
    Directions: From Florida's Turnpike, exit at Tamiami Trail (SW 8 Street/US 41, Exit 25). Drive west 4.3 miles to the S-334 water control structure on the north side of Tamiami Trail. The bird has been seen on fences around the water control structure. Map

  • MacGillivray's Warbler

    Fred W. Coyle Freedom Park, Naples, Collier County: Last reported November 13 (eBird) Photo
    Directions: From I-75 in Naples, exit at Golden Gate Parkway (Exit 105). Drive west 3.2 miles to the park entrance (no fee, open 8:00am to sunset). The bird has been seen in brush near the first gazebo when walking left on the east boardwalk loop. Map

    Yellow-headed Blackbird

    Sem-Chi Rice Plant, Palm Beach County: Last reported November 11 (eBird) Photo
    Directions: From Florida’s Turnpike in West Palm Beach, exit at Southern Boulevard/SR 80. Drive west 13.5 miles to CR 880. Turn left and drive west 4 miles to the Sem Chi entrance road. Turn left and drive 0.7 miles to the rice plant. Several birds have been seen among blackbirds and cowbirds around the rice plant. Map

    South Florida Specialties

    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.