South Florida Weekly Rare Bird Update

Brian Rapoza: November 16 – November 22, 2014

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

Recent Reports

Greater Scaup
West Lake, Everglades National Park, Miami-Dade County: Last reported November 22 (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 5 miles to the park entrance. From the fee station, continue west 30 miles to West Lake. The bird was among the flock of waterfowl visible from the boat launch. Two Canvasback and up to five Redhead were also in the flock.

Long-billed Curlew
Bunche Beach, Lee County: Last reported November 22 (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).

Vermilion Flycatcher
L-31W Canal, Homestead, Miami-Dade County: Last reported November 22 (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 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, a female, has been seen near the water control structure at the end of the dirt road that runs north along the east side of the canal. This location, about two miles north of SR 9336, is not accessible by motor vehicle.

Brown-crested Flycatcher
A D Barnes Park, Miami-Dade County: Last reported November 22 (TAS BirdBoard)
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 has been seen anywhere from the oak grove on the north side of the park's entrance road to the hammock in the park's southeast corner.

Tropical/Couch's Kingbird

Neotropic Cormorant
Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Beach, Palm Beach County: Last reported November 20 (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. A Virginia Rail was photographed and another was heard along the east side of the boardwalk, reported November 15 (TAS BirdBoard).

American Flamingo
Flamingo, Everglades National Park, Monroe County: Reported November 20 (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 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). Continue west 38 miles to Flamingo. The bird has been seen on the sandbar visible from the Flamingo visitor center.

Eurasian Wigeon
Cape Coral, Lee County: Last reported November 19 (eBird)
Directions: From US 41 in Cape Coral, drive west about 2 miles on Pine Island Road (SR 78) to Del Prado Blvd. Turn right and drive north about 0.3 miles to NE 10 Lane. The bird has been seen in a pond at the northwest corner of this intersection. The provenance of this bird is unknown.

Glaucous Gull
Little Hickory Island Beach Park, Bonita Beach, Lee County: Reported November 19 (eBird)
Directions: From I-75 in Bonita Beach, exit at Bonita Beach Road (CR 865, Exit 116). Drive west 8 miles to Hickory Blvd. Bear left and drive north 0.1 miles to the park (fee, open 7:00 AM to sunset). Walk north along the beach about 0.5 miles to the north point of the beach. The bird was seen among other gulls at the north point. Up to two Franklin's Gulls continue in the same flock, last reported November 20 (eBird)

Say's Phoebe
Morning Star Farms Road, Canal Point, Palm Beach County: Last reported November 16 (TAS BirdBoard)
Directions: From Belle Glade, drive north about 20 miles on US 98/441 to Morning Star Farms Road (look for a LOST/NENA trailhead sign). Turn left and drive east (gravel road) to two "Do Not Enter" signs. The bird was last seen on the south side of the road among mining equipment.


Older Reports

Key West Quail-Dove
Long Key State Park, Monroe County: Last reported November 15 (TAS BirdBoard)
Directions: The park entrance is at MM 67.5 on US 1 in the Florida Keys. The bird has been seen on the park's Golden Orb trail. Turn left after the entrance station (fee, open 8:00 AM to sunset) to reach the trailhead parking area. The trail can be accessed at the far end of the parking area. The bird was seen near a cluster of six Gumbo Limbo trees on the left side of the trail, just before the vegetation shifts to mangroves. This bird has been very skittish and is not being seen when more than 2-3 birders are present, or when birders attempt to search off-trail. Reminder: Playback of bird recordings is prohibited in Florida state parks.

Brown-crested Flycatcher
East Everglades, Miami-Dade County: Reported November 15 (TAS BirdBoard)
Directions: From Krome Avenue (SW 177 Avenue), drive west 6 miles on Richmond Drive (SW 168 Street) to SW 237 Avenue. Turn left and drive south 0.2 miles to a metal gate on the west side of the road. The bird was seen and heard along the dirt track about 50 yards west of the gate.

MacGillivray's Warbler
Boca Chica Beach, Monroe County: Reported November 14 (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 seen on the fence along the north side of the road.

Yellow-headed Blackbird
Green Cay Wetlands, Boynton Beach, Palm Beach County: Last reported November 14 (eBird)
Directions: From Florida's Turnpike, exit at Atlantic Avenue (exit 81). Drive east 0.7 miles to Hagen Ranch Road. Turn left and drive north 2.2 miles to the entrance (no fee, open sunrise to sunset). The bird was seen on the east side of the wetlands near the cabbage palm hammock.


South Florida Specialties

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