South Florida Weekly Rare Bird Update

Brian Rapoza: January 18 – January 25, 2015

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

Recent Reports

Say's Phoebe
Morning Star Farms Road, Canal Point, Palm Beach County: Last reported January 25 (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.

Dickcissel
Morning Star Farms Road, Canal Point, Palm Beach County: Last reported January 25 (eBird)
Directions: From Belle Glade, drive north about 20 miles on US 98/441 to Morning Star Farms Road (immediately after railroad tracks). Turn right and drive east (gravel road) to a "no trespassing" sign. The bird has been seen along the berm on the north side of the road.

Neotropic Cormorant
Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Beach, Palm Beach County: Last reported January 23 (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.

Long-billed Curlew
Bunche Beach, Lee County: Last reported January 23 (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 was last seen flying south towards Estero Island. The bird has been seen at the east end of the beach.

Key West Quail Dove
Long Key State Park, Monroe County: Last reported January 23 (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.

Lark Sparrow
Peaceful Waters Sanctuary, Village Park, Wellington, Palm Beach County: Last reported January 23 (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). From the boardwalk entrance, walk 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.

Smooth-billed Ani
Snake Road, Broward County: Last reported January 22 (TAS BirdBoard)
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.

Short-eared Owl
C357 sparrow fields, Miami-Dade County: Reported January 19 (TAS BirdBoard)
Directions: From Krome Avenue (SW 177 Avenue), drive west 3.0 miles on SW 168 Street (Richmond Drive) to the entrance, at a yellow gate just west of the C357 Canal. Walk south to a raised berm, then west along the berm. The bird was seen on the south side of the berm where it curves from west to southwest.

Yellow-headed Blackbird
Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Beach, Palm Beach County: Last reported January 17 (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.

American Flamingo
Flamingo, Everglades National Park, Monroe County: Reported January 18 (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 38 miles to Flamingo. Two birds have been seen during a rising tide on the sandbar that is visible from the Flamingo visitor center.


Older Reports

Black Rail
Coastal Prairie Trail, Everglades National Park, Monroe County: Reported January 16 (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. Several birds have been heard in the first open expanse of coastal prairie along the trail. Reminder: Playback of bird recordings is prohibited in national parks.

Lesser Nighthawk
Eco Pond, Flamingo, Everglades National Park, Monroe County: Reported January 16 (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 5 miles to the park entrance (fee, open 24 hours). From the fee station, continue west 38 miles to Eco Pond in Flamingo. Five birds were seen over the pond about 40 minutes before sunrise.

Western Tanager
A. D Barnes Park, Miami-Dade County: Reported January 10 (TAS BirdBoard, 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 at the hammock in the southeast corner of the park.

Eurasian Wigeon
Coot Bay Pond, Everglades National Park, Monroe County: Reported January 13 (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 5 miles to the park entrance (fee, open 24 hours). From the fee station, continue west 34 miles to Coot Bay Pond. The bird, a male, was seen among a small flock of American Wigeon.


South Florida Specialties

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