Florida Trip List April 24 to May 15 2004

Pied-billed Grebe: On lake near Sebring
Audubon’s Shearwater: 3 seen from Tortugas Ferry
American White Pelican: Large numbers on Merritt Island
Brown Pelican: Common
Magnificent Frigatebird: From Key Largo south to Totugas
Double-crested Cormorant: Common
Anhinga: Common in suitable habitat
Masked Booby: Hospital Key – Ferry Captain stopped beside the Key
Brown Booby: On channel markers close to Hospital Key
Red-footed Booby: Scoped at roost on Long Key
Least Bittern: Merritt Island and Wakodahatchee Wetlands
Great Blue Heron: Common with several Great White along the Keys and one Wurdermann’s along the Tamiami Trail
Great Egret: Common
Snowy Egret: Common with birds only two feet away along seashore at Fort Myers Beach
Reddish Egret: Merritt Island and Sanibel Island
Tricoloured Heron: Common
Little Blue Heron: Common with best views at Corkscrew Swamp Lettuce Lakes
Cattle Egret: Very common
Green Heron: Commonest heron
Black-crowned Night Heron: Everglades
Yellow-crowned Night Heron: Single juvenile on Saddlebunch Key, plus others at Ding Darling reserve and Corkscrew Swamp
White Ibis: Extremely common
White-faced Ibis: One brightly coloured adult (easy to identify) near Cape Kennedy Space Center on central reservation of road
Glossy Ibis: Common
Roseate Spoonbill: Merritt Island, Corkscrew and Fort Myers Beach area
Wood Stork: Everglades (nesting at Paurotis Pond), Merritt Island and Corkscrew
Greater Flamingo: Two distant birds from the end of Snake Bight trail after being mosquito lunch
Wood Duck: Female with young at Corkscrew
Mallard: Myakka River state park presumed wild bird
Mottled Duck: Common on wetlands
Gadwall: Merritt Island
Northern Pintail: Black Point Wildlife Drive (BPWD), Merritt Island
Blue-winged Teal: Fairly common
Green-winged Teal: BPWD
Turkey Vulture: Very common seen daily
Black Vulture: Very common seen daily
Northern Harrier: BPWD
Snail Kite: One juvenile at Micosukee Indian restaurant site and one en route to Corkscrew at roadside.
Swallow-tailed Kite: Common from Sebring southwards
Sharp-shinned Hawk: Single bird at Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area
Coopers Hawk: Roadside on Merritt Island
Red-shouldered Hawk: Common
Short-tailed Hawk: Near Sebring – Lake Wales Ridge State Park
Red-tailed Hawk: Merritt Island only
Bald Eagle: Merritt Island, Joe Overstreet Road and Hatbill Park
Osprey: Common
Crested Caracara: 2 en route (SR70) to Sebring and one (video footage) near Corkscrew
Merlin: Tortugas, on Garden Key and one from the ferry heading inland
American Kestrel: Roadside near Merritt Island
Peregrine Falcon: Big Pine Key
Northern Bobwhite: Best views along Scrub Ridge Trail plus two other occasions
Wild Turkey: Between Sebring and Three Lakes WMA along roadside including displaying male
American Purple Gallinule: Lake Kissimmee and Wakodahatchee (very close views)
Common Moorhen: Common
American Coot: BPWD and Everglades
King Rail: Rainey Slough
Sora: BPWD
Limpkin: Loxahatchee and Corkscrew, both giving excellent views at close quarters with young
Whooping Crane: Near Lake Kissimmee (Joe Overstreet Road) – 2 adults with 1 young and one along SR70
Sandhill Crane: Fairly common in prairie habitat
Black-bellied Plover: Odd birds along shore areas with several on Ohio Key
American Golden Plover: 1 en route to Key West, Ohio Key
Piping Plover: Fort Myers Beach and Ohio Key
Semipalmated Plover: Common
Wilsons Plover: Fort Myers Beach area, Keys and at the end of Snake Bite Trail
Killdeer: Very common, seen with young at Scrub Ridge Trail
American Oystercatcher: Fort Myers Beach
American Avocet: BPWD on second visit
Black-necked Stilt: Common, breeding at Wakodahatchee Wetlands
Greater Yellowlegs: Fairly common
Lesser Yellowlegs: Fairly common
Solitary Sandpiper: BPWD
Willet: BPWD and other wetland coastal areas
Spotted Sandpiper: Garden Key
Whimbrel: Fort Myers Beach
Long-billed Curlew: Fort Myers Beach and one flyover near Big Pine Key along the shore
Marbled Godwit: Single bird at Ding Darling Reserve
Ruddy Turnstone: Common especially around habitation
Red Knot: Fort Myers Beach (FMB)
Sanderling: FMB
Dunlin: Fairly common
White-rumped Sandpiper: Garden Key
Western Sandpiper: BPWD
Semipalmated Sandpiper: Common
Least Sandpiper: Fairly common, many birds at BPWD
Stilt Sandpiper: A few birds at BPWD on first visit
Long-billed Dowitcher: BPWD when identified correctly
Short-billed Dowitcher: Commoner than above also seen at BPWD and Garden Key
American Woodcock: Heard only on Merritt Island
Laughing Gull: Common
Ring-billed Gull: Garden Key and other suitable locations
American Herring Gull: Garden Key
Caspian Tern: BPWD & Everglades (West Lake)
Royal Tern: Common near the sea
Sandwich Tern: Key West
Common Tern: Fort Myers Beach Area – from bridge near Lovers Key
Forsters Tern: Keys, mainly along roadside
Roseate Tern: Garden Key and bush Key
Least tern: Common along seashore
Gull-billed Tern: Key West
Bridled Tern: One from ferry with a group of Sooty Terns
Sooty Tern: Tortugas
Brown Noddy: Tortugas
Black Skimmer: Brinson Park near Kissimmee and Fort Myers Beach
Mourning Dove: Very common
White-winged Dove: Telegraph wires near Sebring and Miami Springs
Eurasian Collared Dove: Now fairly common especially further south
Common Ground Dove: Seen on several occasions
Feral Pigeon: If you can count it (common)
White-crowned Pigeon: Common down the Keys
Yellow & Blue Macaw: A pair at Mattheson Park mobbing Red-shouldered Hawks (Not countable)
Monk Parakeet: Numerous in Miami Springs
Yellow-chevroned Parakeet: Mattheson Hammock Park near Fairchild Gardens: Not countable
White-winged Parakeet: Mattheson Hammock Park much less abundant than above
Mangrove Cuckoo: Saddlebunch Key
Yellow-billed Cuckoo: Mainly Garden Key
Smooth-billed Ani: Green Belt Park off Griffin Rd. near Fort Lauderdale airport
Barn Owl: Econo Lodge at Sebring
Short-eared Owl: Caribbean race – Garden Key
Great Horned Owl: Prairie Lakes unit of TLWMA and Card Sound Road
Barred Owl: Anhinga Trail, Big Cypress Bend and Corkscrew
Burrowing Owl: Route from Sebring to Lake Kissimmee
Chuck-will’s Widow: Best views on Garden Key in the campsite
Whip-poor-will: Late bird near Anhinga Trail whilst watching Barred Owls (calling)
Common Nighthawk: Common from Sebring southwards
Antillean Nighthawk: Single bird at Key West airport, calling
Chimney Swift: Seen overhead on two or three occasions
Ruby-throated Hummingbird: Garden Key
Black-chinned Hummingbird: Male on Garden Key
Belted Kingfisher: BPWD & Garden Key
Red-headed Woodpecker: Easy to see in correct locations such as Scrub Ridge Trail
Red-bellied Woodpecker: The commonest Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker: Several sightings such as Scrub Ridge Trail, more in the north
Hairy Woodpecker: Less abundant thean above in similar areas
Red-cockaded Woodpecker: Three Lakes Wildlife Management Area Prairie Lakes unit close to the visitor center
Northern Flicker: Commoner further north, seen on several occasions including Scrub Ridge Trail and Venus Flatwoods
Pileated Woodpecker: Often seen along the roadside, giving close views. Seen and heard drumming at Corkscrew Swamp
Acadian Flycatcher: Merritt Island (calling) Space centre private property ooops!
Brown-crested Flycatcher: One bird identified on Merritt Island, although others suspected
Great-crested Flycatcher: Common
La Sagra’s Flycatcher: A very lucky find on a signpost in car park at Green Belt park whilst looking for Smooth-billed Ani
Gray Kingbird: Common further south
Eastern Kingbird: As above with birds also seen on Merritt Island
Loggerhead Shrike: Common in suitable habitat such as Hatbill Park
Red-eyed Vireo: Mainly Tortugas, also Lake Wales Ridge State Park and southern Keys
Black-whiskered Vireo: Key Largo State Botanical Site and Tortugas
White-eyed Vireo: Very common, listen for song
Yellow-throated Vireo: Merritt Island – North end along the roadside
Blue-headed Vireo: Two birds calling and singing at Corkscrew
Blue Jay: Fairly common, mainly in woodlands
Florida Scrub Jay: Scrub Ridge Trail Merritt Island giving very close views, probably close to the nest
American Crow: Common
Fish Crow: Several identified by call at a few locations including the Motel at Cocoa
Purple Martin: Seen at nest sites such as Wakodahatchee
Northern Rough-winged Swallow: Fairly common usually passing through
Bank Swallow (Sand Martin): Single bird on Garden Key
Tree Swallow: Several locations such as Everglades and Hatbill Park feeding over water
Cave Swallow – Caribbean race: Site in Pranty's guide at Homestead
Barn Swallow: Common
Tufted Titmouse: Woodlands further north
Brown-headed Nuthatch: Lake Wales Ridge State Forest (LWRSF)
Carolina Wren: Common further north in woodlands
Sedge Wren: Buck Lake near Hatbill Seminole Park
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher: Common in north
Eastern Bluebird: 3LWMA and LWRSF
Wood Thrush: Turkey Creek Wildlife Sanctuary
Veery: John Pennekamp State Park but mainly on Tortugas
Swainson’s Thrush: Tortugas and lower Keys
Gray-cheeked Thrush: Tortugas
Bicknell’s Thrush: Garden Key Tortugas after much scrutinising of Grey-cheeked Thrushes
Gray Catbird: Mainly Garden Key but also other locations
Northern Mockingbird: Very common
Brown Thrasher: 3LWMA
European Starling: Common
Hill Mynah: Fairchild Gardens breeding in palm tree: Not countable?
Common Mynah: Florida City near Motel Not countable
Northern Parula: Fairly common all over
Tennessee Warbler: Garden Key (GK)
Yellow Warbler: GK and Golden race on Saddlebunch Key
Magnolia Warbler: GK
Cape-May Warbler: Several woodland areas
Black-throated Blue Warbler: Several woodland areas, mainly south Keys
Black-throated Green Warbler: GK
Prairie Warbler: Mainly Keys
Palm Warbler: GK
Pine Warbler: Mainly in pine woods such as LWRSF
Blackpoll Warbler: Woodland habitat with most on GK
Yellow-throated Warbler: Single sightings on GK and LWRSF
Worm-eating Warbler: Seen on last day on GK
Prothonotary Warbler: Big Cypress Preserve Loop Drive
Black & White Warbler: GK and Green Belt Park
American Redstart: One of the commoner migrants further south
Ovenbird: Key Largo State Botanical Site and GK
Northern Water thrush: Key Largo State Botanical Site (Back Country permit used)
Louisiana Waterthrush: Mainly GK
Common Yellowthroat: Fairly common
Wilson’s Warbler: Male round tent on GK
Hooded Warbler: GK
Summer Tanager: GK and Loxahatchee car park
Scarlet Tanager: Lake Wales Ridge State Forest near Lake Arbuckle
Northern Cardinal: Everywhere
Rose-breasted Grossbeak: GK & Saddlebunch Key
Blue Grossbeak: Young male on GK
Indigo Bunting: Hatbill Park, Saddlebunch Key and GK
Painted Bunting: Female only on GK
Eastern Towhee: Fairly common especially around prairie habitat
Bachman’s Sparrow: LWRSF & 3LWMA singing after rain mostly
Chipping Sparrow: Buck Lake
Florida Grasshopper Sparrow: 3LWMA
Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow: Everglades near Mahogany Hammock – Little Sh**s to find
Savannah Sparrow: 3LWMA
White-crowned Sparrow: An unusual find on GK, apparently only the second record
Swamp Sparrow: Slough in 3LWMA
Eastern Meadowlark: Common in suitable habitat
Bobolink: Gk and some prairie areas
Brown-headed Cowbird: Hatbill Park, 3LWMA and Everglades
Shiny Cowbird: Key Largo, Ocean drive bird feeders
Red-winged Blackbird: Very common
Common Grackle: Very common
Boat-tailed Grackle: Common
Spot-breasted Oriole: Miami Springs off Curtiss Parkway, nesting at roadside
House Finch: Lake Ocheechobee parking area and picnic site (flyover)
House Sparrow: Fairly common

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