Naturalist Journeys, LLC - Small Group Birding and Natural History Tours

FLORIDA EVERGLADES & KEYS
April 17-28, 2010
Bird/Species Trip List

Greg Smith, guide with 8 participants

Pied-billed Grebe – A solo individual at a pond on Sanibel was our only grebe.
Am. White Pelican – A flock soared over us @ Flamingo, late on their migration
Brown Pelican – Quite common anytime near saltwater.
Magnificent Frigatebird – Not common, but their languid flight always got us.
Double-crested Cormorant – The cormorant on both fresh and salt water.
Anhinga – On Anhinga Trail as they should be; they walked right up to us.
Masked Booby – We saw a group of forty on their nesting isle in the Tortugas
Brown Booby – A few fly-bys both going to and from Tortugas
Least Bittern – Anhinga Trail had one of these diminutive little ones.
Great Blue Heron – Everywhere!
Great Blue Heron (White Morph) – Along the Overseas Highway in the Keys
Wurdemann’s Heron – One individual  at the boat launch just w of Bahia Honda
Great Egret – Like the Great Blue, everywhere.
Snowy Egret – Most common on Anhinga Trail in Everglades NP.
Reddish Egret – Our closest look was at an adult on our Flamingo boat trip
Tricolored Heron – The one flying and pulling fish of the water surface was cool
Little Blue Heron –The closest one was at Sugden Park where it walked w/in 20
Cattle Egret – Flocks at Flamingo devastating terrestrial insects
Green Heron – Very close looks at Anhinga along with their odd territorial call
Black-crowned Night-Heron – The Venice heron Rookery had a large group
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron – here and there, but good looks by all.
White Ibis – At least a half a dozen times a day these white birds would appear
Glossy Ibis – Not real common, but definitely in emergent wetlands
Roseate Spoonbill – The few building nests at Paroutis Pond were exquisite
Wood Stork – Same as the Roseate’s, gathering material 30’ from us
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck – A pair north of  I-75 on the Seminole rez
Fulvous Whistling-Duck – A few were visible on  I-75 after the Venice rookery
Mottled Duck – Flying overhead at Tigertail Beach were the best looks
Mallard – Ubiquitous, but still stunning!
Turkey Vulture – Migration was on and they were moving north
Black Vulture – More common than the TuVu, and far more tame
Northern Harrier – A few in the Everglades was all we saw. Migrants or nesting???
Am. Swallow-tailed Kite – Poor looks until we continued to see flocks of them
Cooper’s Hawk – One over the Fairfield Botanic Gardens
Red-shouldered Hawk – The hawk we would see anywhere there was marshes
Red-tailed Hawk – Scattered through different habitats in the middle of Florida
Bald Eagle – Two soaring over Tigertail Beach
Osprey – Everywhere there was water there were Osprey
Crested Caracara – Three individuals on the Seminole reservation north of I-75
American Kestrel – Not at all common.  Scattered around Homestead
Peregrine Falcon – A well-observed adult at Fort Jefferson kept birds alert
Purple Gallinule – Anhinga Trail and the Seminole Reservation were the only locations
Common Moorhen – Not as common as Coots, but just about in all freshwater
American Coot – Everywhere there was freshwater.
Yellow Rail (H) – Numerous heard on the Shark Valley tram.
Sandhill Crane – The resident race was fairly tame at Babcock-Webb
Black-bellied Plover – On sandy beaches in small numbers
Semipalmated Plover – Mixed in with shorebirds at mudflats and sandy beaches
Killdeer – Not common, but nesting at Babcock-Webb
American Oystercatcher – Seen at Tigertail Beach
Black-necked Stilt – A large group at Flamingo gave us great looks
Greater Yellowlegs – Seen on the Shark Valley tram
Lesser Yellowlegs – Seen with the Greater on the Shark Valley Tram
Willet – The Eastern Willet was the most common large shorebird
Spotted Sandpiper – Mixed in areas with Ruddy Turnstones, usually near rocks
Whimbrel – A couple seen at Dry Tortugas
Long-billed Curlew – One at the wharf on Dry Tortuga
Marbled Godwit – A small flock was on the beach at Flamingo
Ruddy Turnstone – Scattered on beaches wherever there was sand
Sanderling – Mostly mixed in with peeps on sandy beaches
Dunlin – The only group we saw was Tigertail Beach
Pectoral Sandpiper – The one individual was on the beach at Dry Tortuga
Western Sandpiper – Small group at Tigertail Beach with Leasts’.
Semipalmated Sandpiper – common
Least Sandpiper – Scattered through out SW Florida stops.
Short-billed Dowitcher – Small group at Tigertail Beach
Laughing Gull – Everywhere there was a beach
Ring-billed Gull – Once in a while  one would be in with a flock  of Laughing Gulls
Herring Gull – A couple of immature birds on the east side of the peninsula
Caspian Tern – One on a broken sign at Flamingo.
Royal Tern – Three with the Caspian above.
Sandwich Tern – Seen on the pilings at Fort Jefferson.
Common Tern – On the sign at Flamingo with the Caspian
Least Tern – Scattered around the many beaches we visited.
Bridled Tern – A couple mixed in with the Sooty Terns at Fort Jefferson
Sooty Tern – Common off of Fort Jefferson
Brown Noddy – Common off of Fort Jefferson
Mourning Dove – Everywhere in and around farms
White-winged Dove – One on a wire at Fakahatchee
Eurasian Collared-Dove – Most residential areas had numerous pairs
Common Ground-Dove – Seen well at Ding Darling
Rock Dove – Surprisingly out at Fort Jefferson
White-crowned Pigeon – More common than was expected in the mangroves
Mitred Parakeet – Evening roost outside the Hotel Indigo
Monk Parakeet – Found a communal nest by the Baptist church in Miami
Yellow-chevroned Parakeet – Feeding on large fruit s in a tree along a Miami St
Yellow-billed Cuckoo – Numerous in the trees of Fort Jefferson
Barred Owl – A pair calling and seen on the Gumbo Limbo trail
Burrowing Owl – Three pairs in Cape Coral
Common Nighthawk – Migrating during daylight hours in various parts of Florida
Antillean Nighthawk – A few individuals at Fort Jefferson
Chimney Swift – Seen sporadically during migration on cloudy days
Ruby-throated Hummingbird – Only one seen was on Fort Jefferson
Belted Kingfisher – A couple in the Everglades City area
Red-bellied Woodpecker – The most common woodpecker for the trip
Downy Woodpecker – Seen at Babcock-Webb Wildlife Management area
Hairy Woodpecker – Seen at Babcock-Webb
Red-cockaded Woodpecker – Half dozen of both sexes seen @ Babcock- Webb
Northern Flicker – A  nesting pair of Yellows at the Everglades visitor center
Pileated Woodpecker – Best look was at Everglades City
Eastern Phoebe – One individual at Fort Jefferson
Great-crested Flycatcher – The most common flycatcher on the trip
Gray Kingbird – Seen on most of the keys
Eastern Kingbird – Numerous in the Everglades
Western Kingbird – One individual on the road into Anhinga Trail
Loggerhead Shrike – Most common in residential neighborhoods
Red-eyed Vireo – One out at Fort Jefferson
Black-whiskered Vireo – Seen at a few of the State parks in the Keys
White-eyed Vireo – Not uncommon on the Keys, especially when calling
Blue-headed Vireo – One seen at Windley State Park in the Keys
Blue Jay – Mostly seen in neighborhoods
American Crow – At Flamingo and other locales
Fish Crow – Ding Darling had numerous pairs calling
Purple Martin – Numbers of these big birds at Everglades City
N. Rough-Winged – Usually seen near bridges
Bank Swallow – Easy to see at Fort Jefferson
Tree Swallow – The common swallow for the trip
Cave Swallow – Seen at channel bridge in Miami
Barn Swallow – Foraging over farmlands was the easy spot to find these birds
Tufted Titmouse – Corkscrew Swamp was the easiest location for these
Carolina Wren – Calling almost everywhere
House Wren – Seen at Babcock-Webb
Sedge Wren – Sugden Park in Naples had a very active male
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – Foraging at Bahia Honda in the Keys
Eastern Bluebird – A nice male perched near the nest cavity at Long Pine Key
American Robin – Scattered, but moving north
Veery – One seen at our lodging in the Keys
Swainson’s Thrush – With the Veery in the Keys
Gray-cheeked Thrush – With the above two in the Keys
Gray Catbird – Ubiquitous
Northern Mockingbird – Mostly in neighborhoods
Brown Thrasher – Only one and that was at Anhinga Trail
European Starling – Unfortunately they were not uncommon
Hill Myna – Seen in and around Florida City
Indian Myna – A pair were building a nest at the Fairchild Botanic Garden
Red-whiskered Bulbul – Seen by a few and heard by all over at the Hotel Indigo
Cedar Waxwing – Flocks moving around different Miami neighborhoods
Northern Parula – Corkscrew Swamp gave us our best looks
Orange-crowned Warbler – A couple seen in the Keys and Fort Jefferson
Tennessee Warbler – Numerous out at Fort Jefferson
Yellow Warbler – A bright male out at Fort Jefferson
Chestnut-sided Warbler – A gorgeous male on the south side of Fort Jefferson
Cape May Warbler – Foraging alongside the road at Ding Darling
Black-throated Blue Warbler – At Fort Jefferson and the bird rehab center
Blackburnian Warbler – A bright adult male on the concrete at Fort Jefferson
Yellow-rumped Warbler – a couple of individuals out at Fort Jefferson
Black-throated Green Warbler – Foraging on concrete out at Fort Jefferson
Prairie Warbler – Everywhere in appropriate habitat
Palm Warbler – Moving north in small flocks adjacent to brushy habitat
Pine Warbler – Long Pine Key, of course
Blackpoll Warbler – Nice adult males at Fort Jefferson
Yellow-throated Warbler – Seen very early on the trip and that was it
Worm-eating Warbler – Nice looks at Fort Jefferson
Prothonotary Warbler – A beautiful male in the reeds at Anhinga Trail
Black-and-white Warbler – Scattered but common in forests
American Redstart – A number at Windley State Park
Ovenbird – A very presentable bird at Fort Jefferson was not shy
Northern Waterthrush – Anhinga Trail gave us our best looks
Common Yellowthroat – In marshy areas with emergent vegetation
Hooded Warbler – A nice male at Fort Jefferson watering hole
Summer Tanager – Numerous with Scarlet Tanagers at Fort Jefferson
Scarlet Tanager – They made the trees glow at Fort Jefferson
N. Cardinal – Ubiquitous
Rose-breasted Grosbeak – Best look was of a male on the Anhinga Trail
Blue Grosbeak – Seen high on a wire of the Fort Jefferson weather tower
Indigo Bunting – At feeders near Sugden Park.
Painted Bunting  - Stunning, up close looks of a male at Sugden Park
Dickcissel – Numerous out at Fort Jefferson
Eastern Towhee – Babcock-Webb gave us our best looks
Bachmann’s Sparrow (H) – Heard only at Babcock-Webb
Savannah Sparrow – In brushy coastal habitat by Everglades City
Cape Sable Seaside – At Mahogany Hammock in Everglades National Park
Eastern Meadowlark – Strangely, most common in Everglades National Park
Bobolink – Two well-dressed makes at Ding Darling gave us great looks
Brown-headed Cowbird – In a mixed flock at Flamingo
Shiny Cowbird – An adult male was at the feeders in Corkscrew
Red-winged Blackbird – Common where there was wet brush
Common Grackle – The name says is all - common
Boat-tailed Grackle – Just about any habitat had a few individuals
Baltimore Oriole – Seen in trees feeding on gumbo limbo berries @ Fort Jefferson
Orchard Oriole – Hanging out with Baltimore Orioles
House Sparrow – At most McDonald’s                                180  Total + 2 races

 

Other Species:
N. River Otter – We saw two family groups, both at Ding Darling
Hispid Cotton Rat – One hopping across the lawn at Long Pine Key
Round-tailed Muskrat – One swimming across the lake at Sugden Park
Eastern Gray Squirrel – In most treed areas north of the Keys
Mexican Gray Squirrel – The “gray” squirrel in the keys we saw
White-tailed Deer – Everglades National Park had them out in the morning
Key Deer – The NWR named after them had them everywhere
Black-tailed Jackrabbit – Introduced in Homestead, we saw a couple on farms
Eastern Cottontail – Seen crossing the road at Babcock-Webb WMA
Marsh Rabbit – Best look was of one on a log at Corkscrew
Bottle-nosed Dolphin – Saw them feeding in the shallows on Sanibel
Five-striped Skink – At Mahogany Hammock along side the boardwalk
Spiny-tailed Iguana – Our first hike had one at the La Sagra location
Brown Anole – Everywhere
Green Anole - Everywhere
Indigo Snake – Three individuals, one with white on the throat
Mangrove Water Snake – Swimming adjacent to the road at Ding Darling
Cooter – The most common turtle on the trip
Red-bellied Slider – Seen on patches of vegetation along the Anhinga trail
Soft-shelled Turtle – One big one along the Anhinga Trail

 

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