South Florida Weekly Rare Bird Update

Brian Rapoza: December 14 – December 20, 2014

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 December 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.

Key West Quail-Dove
Long Key State Park, Monroe County: Last reported December 20 (TAS BirdBoard, eBird)
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 from the back side of the parking area. At least two birds are present, seen near a cluster of six Gumbo Limbo trees on the left side of the trail, just before the vegetation shifts to mangroves. These birds are very skittish and are not being seen when many birders are present, or when birders attempt to search off-trail. Reminder: Playback of bird recordings is prohibited in Florida state parks.

Tropical Kingbird
Frances S. Taylor Wildlife Management Area, Miami-Dade County: Last reported December 20 (eBird)
Directions: From Florida's Turnpike, exit at Tamiami Trail (US 41, Exit 25). Drive west 4 miles to a water control structure on the north side of Tamiami Trail. This location is about 1 mile west of the intersection with Krome Avenue (SW 177 Avenue). The bird has been seen on the fence surrounding a tower at the water control structure. On November 28, vocalizations were heard.

Lark Sparrow
Peaceful Waters Sanctuary, Village Park, Wellington, Palm Beach County: Last reported December 20 30 (eBird)
Directions: From Florida's Turnpike, exit at Lake Worth Blvd. (Exit 93). Drive west 4 miles to S 120 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). Two birds have been seen along the southern walking trail near the first trail that heads north towards the boardwalk.

Greater Scaup

Surf Scoter
North Shore Park Fishing Pier, North Fort Myers, Lee County: Reported December 19 (eBird)
Directions: North Shore Park Fishing Pier is located at the north end of the US 41 bridge that crosses the Caloosahatchee River between Ft. Myers and North Ft. Myers. The bird was seen from the pier.

Black Rail
Coastal Prairie Trail, Everglades National Park, Monroe County: Reported December 19 (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 38 miles to the Flamingo campground. The Coastal Prairie Trail is at the end of campground Loop C. This loop may be closed to vehicular traffic: it may be necessary to walk to the trailhead from Loop A. Several birds were heard in the first open expanse of coastal prairie along the trail.

Rufous/Allen's Hummingbird
Miami Shores, Miami-Dade County: Reported December 18 (TAS BirdBoard, eBird)
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 was seen in a flowering orchid tree at the northeast corner of this intersection.

Long-billed Curlew
Bunche Beach, Lee County: Last reported December 15 (TAS BirdBoard) 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 was last seen flying south towards Estero Island. The bird has been seen at the east end of the beach.

Yellow-headed Blackbird
Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Beach, Palm Beach County: Last reported December 15 (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). The bird has been seen along the east side of the boardwalk loop.

Canvasback
West Lake, Everglades National Park, Miami-Dade County: Last reported December 14 (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 (fee, open 24 hours). From the fee station, continue west 30 miles to West Lake. The bird was seen among the flock of waterfowl visible from the boat launch.

Say's Phoebe
Morning Star Farms Road, Canal Point, Palm Beach County: Last reported December 14 (eBird)
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.

Brown-crested Flycatcher
Old Ingraham Highway, Everglades National Park Miami-Dade County: Reported December 14 (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 5 miles to the park entrance (fee, open 24 hours). From the fee station, continue west 2 miles to Royal Palm Road. Turn left and drive south 0.8 miles to Research Road. Turn right and drive 0.5 miles to a stop sign. Continue straight ahead onto the gravel road to Hidden Lake. The Old Ingraham Highway intersects with this gravel road in about 0.5 miles at Gate 13, on the left. Walk east on the grassy path beyond Gate 13 to where it makes a sharp bend to the left. The bird was seen at the bend. This location can also be accessed from Royal Palm, where the Old Ingraham Highway bisects the Gumbo Limbo Trail.

Western Spindalis
Loxahatchee Road, Parkland, Broward County: Reported December 14 (eBird)
Directions: From the Sawgrass Expressway (SR 869), exit at US 441 (Exit 15) Drive north about 2 miles to Loxahatchee Road (CR 827). Drive west to Levee 36 at the end of the road. Continue west to a plateau on the south side of the road and west side of the levee. The bird was photographed in a small Ficus tree near portable toilets on the plateau.


Older Reports

American Woodcock
Birdon Road, Big Cypress National Preserve, Collier County: Reported December 8 (eBird)
Directions: From the intersection of Tamiami Trail (US 41) and SR 29, drive east about 7 miles on US 41 to Birdon Road. Turn left and drive north about 2 miles to an education center. The bird was seen on the west side of the road just north of the education center.


South Florida Specialties

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