South Florida Rare Bird Update

Brian Rapoza: Last updated February 22, 2018

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


Recent Reports

Buff-bellied Hummingbird

Castellow Hammock Preserve and Nature Center, Miami-Dade County: Last reported February 22 (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). Up to two birds have been seen in the butterfly garden. Map

Tropical Kingbird

  • Aerojet Road, Homestead, Miami-Dade County: Last reported February 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 has been seen on wires along SR 9336 near Aerojet Road. Map

  • Alligator Alley (I-75) Rest Area, Broward County: Last reported February 20 (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 February 19 (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

  • Bell's Vireo

  • Jane's Scenic Drive, Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park, Collier County: Last reported February 18 (eBird) Photo
    Directions: From I-75 (Alligator Alley), exit at SR 29 (Exit 80). Drive south 14 miles and turn right onto Jane's Scenic Drive. The bird has been seen about 100 feet south of the water treatment plant near the beginning of the road. Map

  • Aerojet Road, Homestead, Miami-Dade County: Last reported February 16 (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 seen in hammock on the right side of the road past the second locked gate. Map

  • Southern Glades Trail, C111E Canal, Homestead, Miami-Dade County: Last reported February 16 (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 2.5 miles to the C111E Canal on the south side of the road. No specific location has been provided for this sighting. Map

  • Yellow-headed Blackbird

    Sem-Chi Rice Plant, Palm Beach County: Last reported February 18 (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

    Carolina Chickadee

    Frenchmans Forest Nature Preserve, Palm Beach County: Last reported February 17 (TAS BirdBoard) 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). From the parking area, take the concrete sidewalk trail to marker number 6. Ahead on the right, beside a sand trail, is a sign with a yellow arrow pointing to the boardwalk. Turn right onto the sand trail toward the boardwalk, past a trail that forks left and turn right where there is a marker identifying the Blue trail. The bird was seen in a wet area of this trail, in trees on the right (south) side where houses can be seen in the distance. Map

    Glaucous Gull

    Currie Park, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County: Last reported February 16 (eBird) Photo
    Directions: From I-95 in West Palm Beach, exit at Okeechobee Blvd (CR 704, Exit 70). Drive east 0.2 miles to Australian Avenue (exit from right lane). Drive north 1.4 miles to Palm Beach Lake Blvd. Turn right and drive east 1 mile to N Flagler Drive. Turn left and drive north 0.7 miles to 23 Street. Turn right to the park entrance (no fee, open sunrise to sunset). The bird has been seen near the boat ramp. Map

    Older Reports

    Vermilion Flycatcher

    Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Palm Beach County: Last reported February 15 (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, most resently near the observation tower. Map

    Smooth-billed Ani

    Dump Marsh, Miami-Dade County: Last reported February 14 (eBird) Photo
    Directions: From Florida's Turnpike, exit at SW 112 Avenue (exit 9). Drive north to SW 248 Street and turn right. Drive east 1.5 miles (bearing right when the road forks) to SW 97 Avenue. Continue east on the unpaved road on the south side of the canal to a locked gate. The bird has been seen along the canal that leads south from the gate, about halfway to where the canal curves west. Map

    Neotropic Cormorant

    Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Beach, Palm Beach County: Last reported February 12 (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. The bird has been seen in the tree island near the "wading bird" sign. 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.