South Florida Weekly Rare Bird Update

Brian Rapoza: October 12 – October 18, 2014

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

Recent Reports

Say's Phoebe
Key Largo, Monroe County: Last reported October 18 (TAS BirdBoard)
Directions: From the intersection of Florida's Turnpike and US 1 in Florida City, drive south 21 miles on US 1 to CR 905 in Key Largo. Turn left and drive north about 2 miles to Valois Blvd. The bird was last seen at the east end of Valois Blvd.


Older Reports

Red-necked Phalarope
Carlos Point, Ft. Myers Beach, Lee County: Last reported October 11 (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 4.3 miles to San Carlos Blvd. (CR 865). Turn left and drive south about 12 miles to the bridge at Big Carlos Pass. Park in the Lovers Key State Park parking area at the south end of the bridge and walk north over the bridge to the north side of Big Carlos Pass. Continue west along the beach about mile to a tidal pool at Carlos Point. The bird has been seen in the tidal pool.

Eurasian Wigeon
Cape Coral, Lee County: Last reported October 7 (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.

Key West Quail-Dove
Long Key State Park, Monroe County: Last reported October 7 (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 to reach the trailhead parking area. The trail can be accessed at the back side of the parking area. The bird has been seen along the right side of the trail, past a sign for a poisonwood tree. This bird is 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.


South Florida Specialties

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