Key West Quail-Dove
First found on September 27, 2014 by Joel Wilcox I believe during the
Keys Birding Festival.
Will Chatfield-Taylor found the birds that I had seen early in the
morning at around 3:30 p.m. on 12-20-2014. These two wonderful photos
by Will, were taken near the beginning of the Golden Orb Nature Trail
in Long Key State Park, Monroe County Florida.
The birds have
been seen on and off since the initial sighting in September. I
have copied and pasted what I wrote on facebook:
I have posted a photo of the approximate Golden Orb Trail with marked areas
that the Key West Quail-Doves have been seen. There is no easy way to see
I put in a tremendous amount of time before I finally saw the bird and now
"BIRDS". I only marked a couple of recent sightings and some areas where the
mostly been seen. These birds are large doves about Rock Pigeon size. When
it is walking through the forest leaf litter it is quite noisy. There are
many other noisy
things that have you looking like, Brown Anole Lizards, Gray Catbirds,
Ovenbirds and Hermit Crabs. This dove makes a steady leaf litter noise as it
walks and feeds,
lizards usually make a fast noise that stops right away. Catbirds seem to
make a thrashing sound as they toss leaf litter around. Ovenbirds are softer
but can also thrash
These birds can been seen anywhere from the beginning of the trail all of
the way to where the hammock ends. Another area that may be worth checking
is the ocean
side of the the nature trail. A local lady says she as seen the bird or
birds on that side of the trail late in the day.
Good luck to those that go searching but be prepared to spend some time.
There are mosquitoes present throughout the day and sand flies late in the
An excellent find by Joel Wilcox!
of Sweden on July 16, 2014 on Boca Chica Beach near
Key West. Bird was seen for about 8-days
has not been relocated after that.
Those two photos were taken in July 20, 2014, check out the Sand
in the photo!
Red-necked Stint, first record for the state of Florida USA. from Larry Manfredi on Vimeo.
I found a Cassin's Kingbird on Saturday morning March 15, 2014 at my
house in Homestead FL.
Birders are welcomed to come by and try for the bird.
Our address is: 20313 s.w. 322 st. Homestead
The bird seems to be easiest to find from about 7:30-8:30 a.m. and then from
about 4:30-5:30 p.m. We saw it this morning but it was pretty far north
of our house in an area that I can't explain how to get to. If you come by,
park on the grass left of my driveway. If you look at the front of my house,
walk to the street on your left and walk north. There are some fruiting
Gumbo Limbo trees next to the street along the west side of my property.
The birds have been seen in this area, please be respectful of my neighbors!
You don't have to knock, park and start looking!!
La Sagra's Flycatcher
Found on December 8, 2013 by Dan Smith at Matheson Hammock County
Park. My photos are from December 17, 2013.
The best way that I found to try and find the bird, is to look for feeding
flocks. The bird was roaming with two Great Crested Flycatchers,
and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers. The original sighting was along the south
end of the picnic area of Matheson County Park parking lot next to
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. If you park in the south parking
lot, go east south of the lake, there is a muddy path that continues east to
gate. The bird roams from here all of the way north to the bathroom
building, look in the Oak trees and down by the Mangrove Trees on the west
side of the lake. It calls but perhaps not often enough to located it
easily, find the feeding flock!
Directions to Matheson Hammock County Park here:
September 7, 2013
This is bird number one with a normal tail.
This is bird number two with no tail.
I saw at least two Rufous Hummingbirds today as well as two
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. I think that there
may be a third Rufous Hummingbird
present here as well. These birds were seen at Castello Hammock in
south Miami/Dade. They were in the red flowering Firebush plants in
the front section
of Castello Hammock. This is just west of the Picnic Shelter on the
south side. Directions to Castellow Hammock can be found here:
August 21, 2012
I found this bird on the morning of August 21, 2013 at the Annex area
south of Lucky Hammock. This is also know as the "Frog Pond Area".
was seen after passing the yellow gate, look for the first speed bump, the
bird was seen mostly on the left side of the road. It was calling a
lot which is
how I found it. It responded well when I played a Willow Flycatcher
song and call. A call can be heard below:
Alder Flycatcher call as a comparison
Directions to Lucky Hammock and the Annex area or Frog Pond can be found
Look for Lucky
Hammock when you click on the above link.
There were also at least two or more Alder Flycatchers in the area, the
Willow Flycatcher was in heavy molt so it should be easy to pick out from
Alder Flycatchers present. The call of the Alder Flycatcher is a "PIP"
not a "WHIT" like the Willow Flycatcher call.
May 5, 2013
Iwe, Pia, Bert, and Sybrand de Bruin of Europe on
April 30, 2013 at Bill Bagg's State Park. The bird has been seen along
the road called
No Name Harbor. Today it was in a flowering Willow Bustic tree along
the bike trail halfway from the parking lot to the white gate that is along
power line road. There is a bright orange/red flagging tape hanging from
the Willow Bustic tree. You can see the leaves and flowers in my photo
The bird was reported as a female when in fact it is an immature male.
You can see some of the black coloration coming in on the throat and upper
April 29, 2013
The bird was found on my Dry Tortugas Tour by Tracy and Steve Banashek, they
were not sure what it was but took a nice photo of it and showed me.
My group was very happy to go and see the bird, it was feeding very well
during the two days that we saw it.
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