South Florida Weekly Rare Bird Update

Brian Rapoza: March 15 – 20, 2015

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

Recent Reports

La Sagra's Flycatcher
Lantana Nature Preserve, Palm Beach County: Last reported March 19 (eBird)
Directions: From I-95, exit at Lantana Road (Exit 61). Drive east 1 mile to US 1. Turn right and drive south 0.2 miles to East Ocean Avenue. Turn left and drive east 0.5 miles to Atlantic Drive. Turn left and drive north to the park entrance (no fee, open sunrise to sunset). The bird has been seen in a Gumbo Limbo tree just past the bridge near the butterfly garden in the center of the preserve.

Neotropic Cormorant
Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Beach, Palm Beach County: Last reported March 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). Several birds, some possible hybrids, have been present at rookeries along the boardwalk.

Lark Sparrow
Peaceful Waters Sanctuary, Village Park, Wellington, Palm Beach County: Last reported March 17 (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 south then 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.

Key West Quail Dove
Long Key State Park, Monroe County: Last reported March 16 (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.


Older Reports

Black Rail
Everglades National Park, Miami-Dade County: Reported March 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 19 miles to the Mahogany Hammock turnoff. The bird was heard along the main park road, about 0.5 miles past this turnoff. Reminder: Playback of bird recordings is prohibited in national parks.

Long-billed Curlew
Bunche Beach, Lee County: Last reported March 12 (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 has been seen at the east end of the beach.

La Sagra's Flycatcher
Green Cay Wetlands, Palm Beach County: Reported March 9 (TAS BirdBoard, 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 in the tropical hardwood hammock along the south loop of the boardwalk.

Tropical Kingbird
L-31W Canal, Homestead, Miami-Dade County: Last reported March 8 (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 4.5 miles to the L-31W Canal (the last canal before entering Everglades National Park). Up to two birds have been seen near water control structures on the dirt road that runs north along the east side of the canal. The first water control structure is about 1.5 miles north of SR 9336; the second is at the end of the road, about 0.5 miles farther. This road is not accessible by motor vehicle.


South Florida Specialties

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