South Florida Weekly Rare Bird Update

Brian Rapoza: July 6 – July 20, 2014

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

Recent Reports

Red-necked Stint
Boca Chica Beach, Monroe County: Last reported July 20 (TAS BirdBoard)
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 Smooth-billed Ani and Neotropic Cormorant were reported from this location on July 16 (TAS BirdBoard)

Smooth-belled Ani
Virginia Key Ecosystem Restoration Area, Miami-Dade County: Last reported July 17 (TAS BirdBoard)
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), bearing right at the intersection with the road leading west to the sewage treatment facility. The bird was seen about 50 yards past this intersection.

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.

Neotropic Cormorant
Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Beach, Palm Beach County: Last reported July 8 (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, are present at rookeries along the boardwalk.

Older Reports

Eurasian Wigeon
Cape Coral, Lee County: Last reported July 1 (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.

South Florida Specialties

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