South Florida Weekly Rare Bird Update

Brian Rapoza: February 22 – 28, 2015

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

Recent Reports

Neotropic Cormorant
Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Beach, Palm Beach County: Last reported February 28 (TAS BirdBoard eBird)
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). Several birds, some possible hybrids, have been present at rookeries along the boardwalk.

Key West Quail Dove
Long Key State Park, Monroe County: Last reported February 28 (TAS, BirdBoard, eBird)
Directions: The park entrance (fee, open 8:00 AM to sunset) is at MM 67.5 on US 1 in the Florida Keys. Turn left after the entrance station to reach the parking area for the Golden Orb Trail. The section of trail where the birds have been seen can be accessed from the back of the parking area. At least two birds have been present, seen at various points along the trail; a trail map is here. These birds are very skittish and are not being seen when birders are noisy or attempt to search off-trail. Reminder: Playback of bird recordings is prohibited in Florida state parks.

Black-faced Grassquit
Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Monroe County: Last reported February 28 (eBird)
Directions: The park entrance (fee, open 8:00 AM to sunset) is at MM 37 on US 1 in the Florida Keys. From the entrance station, drive west to the Buttonwood campground. The bird has been seen near the campground restrooms.

Brown-crested Flycatcher

Western Tanager
A. D Barnes Park, Miami-Dade County: Last reported February 27 (eBird)
Directions: From the Palmetto Expressway, exit at Bird Road (SW 40 Street). Drive east 0.5 miles to SW 72 Avenue and turn left to the park entrance (no fee, open 7:00 AM until sunset). The bird was seen in oaks around the main parking area.

Bananaquit
Bahia Honda State Park, Bahia Honda Key, Monroe County: Last reported February 26 (TAS BirdBoard, eBird)
Directions: The park entrance (fee, open 8:00 AM to sunset) is at MM 37 on US 1 in the Florida Keys. From the entrance station, drive east to the Silver Palm nature trail. The bird has been seen on the section of the trail between the first and second paths to the beach.

Tropical Kingbird
L-31W Canal, Homestead, Miami-Dade County: Last reported February 25 (eBird)
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 the L-31W Canal (the last canal before entering Everglades National Park). Up to two birds have been seen near water control structures on the dirt road that runs north along the east side of the canal. The first water control structure is about 1.5 miles north of SR 9336; the second is at the end of the road, about 0.5 miles farther. This road is not accessible by motor vehicle.

Vermilion Flycatcher
L-31W Canal, Homestead, Miami-Dade County: Last reported February 23 (eBird)
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 the L-31W Canal (the last canal before entering Everglades National Park). The bird has been seen along the dirt road that runs north along the east side of the canal, at the bend where the road turns north before reaching the water control structure at the road's end. This location, about two miles north of SR 9336, is not accessible by motor vehicle.


Older Reports

Long-billed Curlew
Bunche Beach, Lee County: Last reported February 21 (eBird)
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 5.7 miles to John Morris Road. Turn left and drive south 1.2 miles to the beach parking area (fee). The bird has been seen at the east end of the beach.

Brown-crested Flycatcher
Lucky Hammock, Aerojet Road, Homestead, Miami-Dade County: Reported February 17 (eBird)
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). Turn left and drive south 0.3 miles to Lucky Hammock, on the right side of the road.

Dickcissel
L-31W Canal, Homestead, Miami-Dade County: Reported February 21 (TAS BirdBoard, eBird)
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 the L-31W Canal (the last canal before entering Everglades National Park). The bird was seen near the first water control structure on the dirt road that runs north along the east side of the canal. This location, about 1.5 miles north of SR 9336, is not accessible by motor vehicle.

Yellow-headed Blackbird
Sen-Chi Rice Plant, Palm Beach County: Reported February 18 (eBird)
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. The birds perch on the rice plant towers.

Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird
Miami Shores, Miami-Dade County: Last reported February 16 (TAS BirdBoard)
Directions: From I-95, exit at NE 103 Street (Exit 8). Drive east about 0.2 miles to NE 5 Avenue. Turn right and drive south about 0.2 miles to NE 100 Street. The bird has been seen in a flowering orchid tree at the northeast corner of this intersection.

Smooth-billed Ani
Snake Road, Broward County: Last reported February 15 (eBird)
Directions: From I-75 (Alligator Alley) in western Broward County, exit at Snake Road (Exit 49). Drive north about 6 miles to the Big Cypress Seminole reservation welcome sign. The bird has been seen along the road in the vicinity of the sign.

Lark Sparrow
Peaceful Waters Sanctuary, Village Park, Wellington, Palm Beach County: Last reported February 15 (TAS BirdBoard, eBird)
Directions: From Florida's Turnpike, exit at Lake Worth Blvd. (Exit 93). Drive west 4 miles to S 120th Avenue. Turn right and drive north 1 mile to Pierson Road. Turn right and drive east 0.3 miles to the Village Park entrance. The sanctuary is located in the southwest corner of the park (no fee, open sunrise to sunset). From the boardwalk entrance, walk south and then west on the grassy trail along the southern edge of the park. Up to two birds have been seen near a bench at the first t-intersection along this trail.


South Florida Specialties

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