South Florida Weekly Rare Bird Update

Brian Rapoza: July 20 – July 26, 2014

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

Recent Reports

Smooth-belled Ani
Virginia Key Ecosystem Restoration Area, Miami-Dade County: Last reported July 25 (eBird)
Directions: From I-95, exit at the Rickenbacker Causeway (exit 1). Drive east to the causeway toll plaza. Continue east 3 miles to Arthur Lamb Road. Turn left and drive north (fee station) to the first intersection, a road that leads to the sewage treatment facility. Turn left and drive west to a dirt road that leads north along the perimeter of the sewage treatment facility. The bird has been seen near this intersection.

Red-necked Stint
Boca Chica Beach, Monroe County: Last reported July 24 (eBird)
Directions: From US 1 on Big Coppitt Key, exit at MM 10.7 onto CR 941 (a Circle K is at this intersection). Drive west to a barrier at the end of the road. The bird was last seen along the beach near the barrier. A Neotropic Cormorant and Smooth-billed Ani have also been seen at this location. The cormorant was last reported on July 26 (eBird). The ani was last reported on July 16 (eBird).

Older Reports

Common Eider
Boynton Inlet, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach County: Last reported July 15 (eBird)
Directions: From I-95 in Boynton Beach, Exit at Woolbright Road (Exit 56). Drive east 1 mile to SR A1A. Turn left and drive north 2 miles to the inlet. Parking is available at Ocean Inlet Park, just south of the inlet on SR A1A. The bird was last seen in the Intercoastal Waterway near a construction Island.

South Florida Specialties

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