South Florida Rare Bird Update

Compiled by Brian Rapoza
Last updated June 12, 2021

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

Recent Reports

Smooth-billed Ani

Charles Deering Estate, Miami-Dade County: Reported June 12 (eBird, Facebook: Florida Rarities and Bird Migration) Photo
Directions: From Florida’s Turnpike, exit at SW 152 Street (Exit 16). Drive east 4.3 miles to Old Cutler Road. Turn right and drive south 1 mile to Richmond Drive (SW 168 Street). Turn left and drive east 0.1 mile to the Deering Estate visitor center parking area (no fee, open sunrise to sunset). Walk along the paved path that begins behind the visitor center and leads east to a waterfront viewing area known as the People's Dock. The bird was seen in a patch of saltmarsh on the south side of the Deering Eastate lawn. This area is visible from the People's Dock. Map

Neotropic Cormorant

Anhinga Trail, Everglades National Park, Miami-Dade County: Last reported June 12 (eBird) Video
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). From the fee station, continue west 2 miles to Royal Palm Road. Turn left and drive south 1.5 miles to Anhinga Trail. The bird has been seen on the Anhinga Trail boardwalk. Map

Red-footed Booby

Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, Monroe County: Last reported June 11 (eBird) Photo
Directions: See http://www.drytortugasinfo.com/ for Dry Tortugas ferry information. The bird has been seen at the north coaling docks. Map

Black Noddy

Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, Monroe County: Last reported June 8 (eBird) Photo
Directions: See http://www.drytortugasinfo.com/ for Dry Tortugas ferry information. Up to two birds have been seen at the north coaling docks. Map

Least Grebe

Crandon Park, Key Biscayne, Miami-Dade County: Last reported June 6 (eBird) Photo
Directions: From I-95, exit at the Rickenbacker Causeway (Exit 1). Drive east to the causeway toll plaza. Continue 4.5 miles to the park's south entrance (fee, open sunrise to sunset). The bird has been seen in a pond on the east side of Crandon Gardens, located at the south end of the park. Map

Older Reports

American Flamingo

Coastal Prairie Trail, Everglades National Park, Monroe County: Reported June 4 (eBird) Photo
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 39 miles to the Flamingo campground. The Coastal Prairie Trail begins at the end of B Loop of the campground. The bird was seen in a large pond south of the trail, about 3 miles from the trailhead. Map

Smooth-billed Ani

L31W Canal, Homestead, Miami-Dade County: Last reported June 3 (eBird) Photo
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 L31W Canal, just before Glenn Garrett Memorial Park. Walk north on the dirt road along the east side of the canal about one mile to a bend in the canal, where another dirt road leads east. The bird has been seen near this intersection. Map

Arctic Tern

Boynton Inlet, Palm Beach County: Last reported June 3 (eBird) Photo
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. Free parking is available at Ocean Inlet Park, just south of the inlet on SR A1A. Several birds have been seen offshore from the inlet. Map

Leach's Storm-Petrel

Boynton Inlet, Palm Beach County: Last reported June 1 (eBird) Photo
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. Free parking is available at Ocean Inlet Park, just south of the inlet on SR A1A. Several birds have been seen offshore from the inlet. Map

Black-faced Grassquit

Blue Hole, Big Pine Key, Monroe County: Last reported May 31 (eBird) Photo
Directions: From US 1 on Big Pine Key, turn right onto Key Deer Boulevard (mile marker 30.5). Drive north 2.8 miles to the Blue Hole parking area. The bird has been seen near the Blue Hole overlook or around the parking area. Map


South Florida as defined here includes the following counties: Broward, Collier, Hendry, Lee, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach. Click here for locations to see regularly-occurring south Florida specialties. Click here for directions to those locations. BirdBoard reports for these species are also appreciated. If any errors are found in this report, please email Brian Rapoza.