South Florida Weekly Rare Bird Update

Brian Rapoza: September 21 – September 27, 2014

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

Recent Reports

Key West Quail-Dove
Long Key State Park, Monroe County: Reported September 27 (TAS BirdBoard)
Directions: The park entrance is at MM 67.5 on US 1 in the Florida Keys. The bird was seen on the park's Golden Orb trail. Turn left after the entrance station to reach the trailhead parking area. The trail can be accessed at the back side of the parking area. The bird was seen along the right side of the trail, just past a sign for a poisonwood tree.

Tropical Kingbird (probable)
Bryant Park, Lake Worth, Palm Beach County: Last reported September 21 (TAS BirdBoard)
Directions: From I-95 in Lake Worth, exit at 6th Avenue S (Exit 63). Drive east 0.7 miles mile to US 1. Turn left and drive north 0.5 miles to Lake Avenue. Turn right and drive east about 0.5 miles to N Golfview Road, just west of the Lake Worth Bridge. Turn left to a parking area between Lake Avenue and Lucerne Street; additional parking is available at Bryant Park, on the south side of Lake Avenue. The bird has been seen on wires along Lucerne Street, adjacent to the Lake Worth Golf Course.


Older Reports

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher
Long Key State Park, Monroe County: Last reported September 18 (TAS BirdBoard)
Directions: The park entrance is at MM 67.5 on US 1 in the Florida Keys. The bird was seen in the rockland hammock habitat on the park's Golden Orb trail. Turn left after the entrance station to reach the trailhead parking area.

Red-necked Phalarope
Snake Bight, Everglades National Park, Monroe County: Reported September 15 (TAS BirdBoard)
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 197 Avenue and drive south 2 miles. Turn right on SW 392 Street (SR 9336) and drive west 5 miles to the park entrance (fee, open 24 hours). Snake Bight is accessible by canoe, best at high tide. Launch from the Flamingo marina (canoe rentals available), 38 miles south of the main entrance. Two birds were seen with Wilson's Phalaropes at the northwest end of Snake Bight.

Lark Sparrow
Marathon Airport, Monroe County: Reported September 15 (TAS BirdBoard)
Directions: The airport is at MM 53 on US 1 in the Florida Keys. The bird was seen at the southeastern corner of the airport. White-rumped Sandpipers were also among shorebirds in this area.


South Florida Specialties

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