September 4, 1999

Today I birded with my wife Christine and a good friend Brian Rapoza.  We heard about a Hudsonian Godwit that was first seen about a five days ago.  We found out about it in the late afternoon of September 3.   This bird was being found in the small town of Mims, Florida, on private property.  Mims is located just north of Titusville, Florida.

The person who found it was Doug Stuckey.  He was gracious enough to tell other birders and to meet us and others at the locked gate of this property and let us in to look for the bird.  After about 10 minutes of searching Christine spotted the bird at the far end of this property where everybody had scope looks at the bird. This would be a lifer for Christine and a state bird for Brian and I.  This was a real nice bird to see in Florida. The last one that I remember was around 1991. I think it was just north of Orlando. We also had a nice assortment of other shorebirds located here.

Also reported from Port Canaveral just South of Titusville was a Common Eider. This would be a lifer for Christine and a Florida tick for Brian.  We ended the day with 66 species.

Below is a list of what we saw for this day, plus some of the animals we saw.
Brown Pelican Wilson's Phalarope
Double Crested Cormorant Laughing Gull
Anhinga Ring-billed Gull
Great Egret Caspian Tern
Snowy Egret Royal Tern
Little Blue Heron Sandwich Tern
Reddish Egret Least Tern
Cattle Egret Black Skimmer
White Ibis Rock Dove
Glossy Ibis Eurasian Collared-Dove
Woodstork White-winged Dove
Mottled Duck Mourning Dove
COMMON EIDER Common Ground-Dove
Turkey Vulture Orange-winged Amazon
Osprey Barn Owl
Cooper's Hawk Belted Kingfisher 
Red-shouldered Hawk Red-bellied Woodpecker
Red-tailed Hawk CAVE SWALLOW 
Moorhen Barn Swallow
Black-bellied Plover Common Nighthawk
Killdeer Blue Jay
American Avocet Fish Crow
Greater Yellowlegs Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Lesser Yellowlegs Northern Mockingbird
Willet Loggerhead Shrike
HUDSONIAN GODWIT European Starling
Ruddy Turnstone  Northern Cardinal
Sanderling Eastern Towhee
Semi-palmated Sandpiper Red-winged Blackbird
Least Sandpiper Boat-tailed Grackle
Stilt Sandpiper House Sparrow
Animals seen:  MANATEE, White-tailed Deer, Gopher Tortoise.

                                                        September 5, 1999

Today I birded with W.D. Williams from Texas.  W.D. needed some of the usual South Florida specialties such as; Red-whiskered Bulbul, Spot-breasted Oriole, White-winged Parakeet, Yellow-cheveroned Parakeet, White-crowned Pigeon, Smooth-billed Ani, Snail Kite, Hill Myna, Common Myna and a few other species.  We started the day at 7 a.m. and ended at around 4 p.m.  We birded from the Kendall area, south of Miami, north to Pembroke Pines in Broward County.

We ended the day with 54 species. Out of these 54, W.D. got 11 lifers!!  8 of these are counted on the A.B.A. checklist. The other 3 should be on the list and probably will be in the future.

Below is a list of what we saw this day.
Anihinga Great Crested Flycatcher
Great Blue Heron Eastern Kingbird
Snowy Egret Barn Swallow
Little Blue Heron Blue Jay
Cattle Egret American Crow
Black Vulture Blue-gray Gnatcher
Turkey Vulture Northern Mockingbird
Osprey Brown Thrasher
SNAIL KITE * European Starling
Red-shouldered Hawk HILL MYNA *
 Laughing Gull COMMON MYNA *
Rock Dove Red-eyed Vireo
Eurasian Collared Dove Prairie Warbler
Mourning Dove American Redstart
White-winged Dove Worm-eating Warbler
WHITE-WINGED PARAKEET * Common Yellowthroat
SMOOTH-BILLED ANI * Red-winged Blackbird
Common Nighthawk  Boat-tailed Grackle
Belted Kingfisher House Sparrow
Red-bellied Woodpecker PURPLE SWAMPHEN *
 ( * ) indicates lifers for W.D. Williams.  The other birds in BOLD represent Florida specialties.

                                                         September 17, 1999

Today I birded by myself in A.D. Doug Barnes County Park.  This park is located in West Miami at s.w. 40 st. (also know as Bird Road) and s.w. 72 nd. ave.  I only birded for about 2 hours and was interested in what migrants might have shown up.

These are the birds that I had below.
WHITE-CROWNED PIGEON Yellow-throated Warbler
CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW Prairie Warbler
Great Crested Flycatcher Black-and-white Warbler
Eastern Kingbird American Redstart
Veery Worm-eating Warbler
Red-eyed Vireo Ovenbird
Tennessee Warbler Common Yellowthroat
Northern Parula Chipping Sparrow
Magnolia Warbler Brown-headed Cowbird
Black-throated-Blue Warbler SPOT-BREASTED ORIOLE
Blackburnian Warbler

                                                        September 18, 1999

Today Christine and I participated in the Migration Bird Count. We birded from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Our area would be around Homestead.  This area includes a couple of parks and lots of agricultural areas.

We birded first at Mary Krome Park, located at Krome ave. (s.w. 177 ave.) and s.w. 296 st.  We then checked some of the agricultural areas west of here.  Then we went about 5 miles down Card Sound road.

We then came back Card Sound Road to US1.  We then went east on s.w. 344 st. from US1 all the way to Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant.  From here we went to Homestead Motor Sports Park and then east to Homestead Bayfront Park.  From Bayfront Park we traveled north to Blackpoint Marina and then to the Turnpike and s.w. 216 st. to end our day.

Below is a list of species seen along with the estimated numbers.
Pied-billed Grebe                                       2 Common Ground-Dove                              4
Double-crested Cormorant                         22 MONK PARAKEET                             26
Anhinga                                                       2 SMOOTH-BILLED ANI                       10
Great Blue Heron                                        9 Barn Owl                                                   1
Great Egret                                               17 Common Nighthawk                                  1
Snowy Egret                                            26 Ruby-throated Hummingbird                      1
Little Blue Heron                                       11 RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD                  1
Triclored Heron                                        10 Belted Kingfisher                                      15
Cattle Egret                                              418 Red-bellied Woodpecker                           5
Green Heron                                             16 Northern Flicker                                         1
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron                    8 Bank Swallow                                            3
White Ibis                                               156 Cliff Swallow                                            15
Roseate Spoonbill                                       1 CAVE SWALLOW                                24
Mottled Duck                                             2 Barn Swallow                                           17
Blue-winged Teal                                      18 Blue Jay                                                    17
Black Vulture                                             46 American Crow                                         1
Turkey Vulture                                          21 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher                                  10
Osprey                                                     10 Northern Mockingbird                               5
Bald Eagle                                                  1 Brown Thrasher                                        1
Northern Harrier                                         1 Loggerhead Shrike                                  15
Red-shouldered Hawk                              10 European Starling                                    70
American Kestrel                                      10 COMMON MYNA                               5
Merlin                                                         1 White-eyed Vireo                                     1
Common Moorhen                                    15 Red-eyed Vireo                                         3
Killdeer                                                     17 Northern Parula                                        2
Greater Yellowlegs                                       Black-throated Blue Warbler                    3
Solitary Sandpiper                                       1 Prairie Warbler                                          1
Willet                                                          1 American Redstart                                     1
Spotted Sandpiper                                      2 Ovenbird                                                  4
Ruddy Turnstone                                        3 Northern Waterthrush                               1
Laughing Gull                                          231 Common Yellowthroat                               4
Royal Tern                                                22 Northern Cardinal                                     2
Forster's Tern                                             1 Red-winged Blackbird                            29
Black Tern                                                11 Eastern Meadowlark                              14
Rock Dove                                             112 Boat-tailed Grackle                              306
WHITE-CROWNED PIGEON               1  Common Grackle                                     6
Eurasian Collared-Dove                            50 Baltimore Oriole                                       3
White-winged Dove                                    8 House Sparrow                                      18
Mourning Dove                                         51

 We ended the day with 77 species.

                             September 25, 1999

Today I birded Bill Baggs State Recreation area on Key Biscayne.  I birded together with John Boyd of Miami and Robin Diaz also of Miami.  The weather was beautiful, no sun and lots of rain.  This weather helped keep birds down overnight to create an excellent day of birding.  At least it was not cold.  We started around 8:30 a.m. and I continued birding until 6:00 p.m.

Below is a what we ended up with for the day.
Brown Pelican Loggerhead Shrike
Osprey European Starling
Cooper's Hawk White-eyed Vireo
Red-shouldered Hawk Yellow-throated Vireo
American Kestrel Red-eyed Vireo
Merlin Tennessee Warbler
Peregrine Falcon Northern Parula
Common Moorhen Chestnut-sided Warbler
Killdeer Magnolia Warbler
Sanderling Cape May Warbler
Laughing Gull Black-throated Blue Warbler
Caspian Tern Yellow-throated Warbler
Royal Tern Prairie Warbler
Common Tern Palm Warbler
Rock Dove Black-and-white Warbler
Eurasian Collared-Dove Worm-eating Warbler
Mourning Dove SWAINSON'S WARBLER 6 Total!!!
Common Ground-Dove Ovenbird
Chuck-will's-widow Northern Waterthrush
Red-bellied Woodpecker Common Yellowthroat
GRAY KINGBIRD Hooded Warbler
Barn Swallow Scarlet Tanager
Blue Jay Northern Cardinal
House Wren Blue Grosbeak
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Boat-tailed Grackle
Veery Common Grackle
Swainson's Thrush Baltimore Oriole
Northern Mockingbird House Sparrow
 Ended the day with 58 species seen, we mostly concentrated on warbler species with a total of 17 species seen for the day.  Getting to see a Swainson's Warbler is always a treat, but seeing 6 different birds in one day makes it even better.

                           September 26, 1999

Today Jill Rosenfield and I lead a Tropical Audubon Society Field Trip to A.D. Doug Barnes Park in west Miami.  We had a nice turnout with about 25 people for the walk.  No huge amounts of rain today with pretty good birding.  Some of us went to Mary Krome park in Homestead after the walk.  Here is what we saw.
Great Blue Heron Brown Thrasher
Snowy Egret Loggerhead Shrike
Black Vulture European Starling
Turkey Vulture Red-eyed Vireo
Osprey Northern Parula
American Kestrel Chestnut-sided Warbler
Merlin Magnolia Warbler
Common Moorhen Cape May Warbler
Killdeer Black-throated Blue Warbler
Laughing Gull Prairie Warbler
Eurasian Collared-Dove Black-and-white Warbler
Mourning Dove American Redstart
Yellow-cheveroned Parakeet Worm-eating Warbler
Chuck-will's-widow Ovenbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Common Yellowthroat
Red-bellied Woodpecker Northern Cardinal
Downy Woodpecker Blue Grosbeak
Eastern Kingbird Red-winged Blackbird
GRAY KINGBIRD Boat-tailed Grackle
CAVE SWALLOW Common Grackle
Blue Jay House Sparrow
Northern Mockingbird
We ended the day with 49 species13 warbler species, Swainson's being the best, a life bird for many on this walk.

                             September 28,1999

I birded with Caralisa Hughs from San Jose California for a day of birding.  Caralisa was to meet me in the Kendall area and  then look for Miami exotics.  The traffic was so bad coming south from Hallandale where Caralisa was staying, that we decided to meet at the F.I.U. campus in west Miami and then bird the North Everglades.  We started out by going on the Shark Valley Tram ride, and then birding Loop Road which is at the 40 mile bend on Tamiami Trail.  Loop road can have some pretty good birding, but can be flooded which a lot of it was this day.

Here is a total list of what we saw this day.
Pied-billed Grebe Pileated Woodpecker
Double-crested Cormorant Acadian Flycatcher
Anhinga  Great Crested Flycatcher
Great Blue Heron Eastern Kingbird
Great Egret Blue Jay
Little Blue Heron American Crow
Tricolored Heron Tufted Titmouse
Cattle Heron Carolina Wren
White Ibis Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Black Vulture Northern Mockingbird
Turkey Vulture Brown Thrasher
Osprey European Starling
SNAIL KITE Red-eyed Vireo
Red-shouldered Hawk Yellow Warbler
American Kestrel Magnolia Warbler
Merlin American Redstart
King Rail Prothonotary Warbler
Purple Gallinule Ovenbird
Common Moorhen Northern Waterthrush
LIMPKIN Common Yellowthroat
Rock Dove Northern Cardinal
Eurasian Collared-Dove Eastern Towhee
Mourning Dove Red-winged Blackbird
Monk Parakeet Boat-tailed Grackle
Barn Owl Common Grackle
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker

 Other Animals seen:  American Alligator, White-tailed Deer, Palamedes Swallowtail, Zebra Longwing, White Peacock, Black Witchmoth.

We had 54 species for the day.

                                            September 29, 1999

Last night I got the message about a Bananaquit seen in Hugh Taylor Birch Park in Ft. Lauderdale.  This bird was found by Wally George who birds this park on a regular basis, this is one of many rarities that he has found there.  I have seen Bananaquit before in the U.S. but always like to see more.  I was at the park which opens a 8 a.m. a little after 8 a.m.  I got to see the Bananaquit after about 30 minutes feeding among the flowers of a Coconut Palm.  I spent a few hours birding the rest of the park and had these birds.  Also included are birds that I saw the rest of the day.
Brown Pelican Swainson's Thrush
Anhinga  Northern Mockingbird
Cattle Egret European Starling
Osprey Yellow-throated Vireo
Merlin Red-eyed Vireo
Peregrine Falcon Blue-winged Warbler
Common Moorhen Northern Parula
Killdeer Chestnut-sided Warbler
Ruddy Turnstone Magnolia Warbler
Sanderling Cape May Warbler
Laughing Gull Black-throated Blue Warbler
Ring-billed Gull Yellow-throated Warbler
Rock Dove Prairie Warbler
Eurasian Collared-Dove Bay-breasted Warbler
Mourning Dove Black-and-white Warbler
MONK PARAKEET American Redstart
SMOOTH-BILLED ANI Worm-eating Warbler
Barn Owl Ovenbird
CHUCK-WILL'S WIDOW Northern Waterthrush
Belted Kingfisher  Common Yellowthroat
Red-bellied Woodpecker BANANAQUIT
Downy Woodpecker Summer Tanager
Pileated Woodpecker Northern Cardinal
Eastern Kingbird Red-winged Blackbird
GRAY KINGBIRD Boat-tailed Grackle
CAVE SWALLOW Common Grackle
Blue Jay Baltimore Oriole
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher House Sparrow

I had 58 total species today with 16 Warbler species.

                                            September 30,1999

Today I went back up to Hugh Taylor Birch Park in Ft. Lauderdale to find the Bananaquit for my wife Christine.  Christine has been talking to me about wanting to see a Bananaquit for the last month and here this bird shows up.  It's hard to believe but that's how it happened. We were able to find the bird after about 45 minutes, not as easy to find as yesterday.  We had good looks at it with and without a scope.

Also today we went to look for a reported Stripe-headed Tanager in A.D. Doug Barnes Park in West Miami.  Not only did we see the Bananaquit but we also got to see a nice Male Stripe-headed Tanager.  We can thank a friend of ours who paged me about finding this bird while we were looking at the Bananaquit.  It's not often that you get to see 2 different rarities in one day!!  Here is a total list of birds that we saw this day.
Anhinga European Starling
Great Blue Heron White-eyed Vireo
Tricolored Heron Red-eyed Vireo
Cattle Egret Chestnut-sided Warbler
Northern Harrier Magnolia Warbler
Sharp-shinned Hawk Cape May Warbler
Merlin Black-throated Blue Warbler
Common Moorhen Black-and-white Warbler
Laughing Gull American Redstart
Rock Dove Worm-eating Warbler
Mourning Dove BANANAQUIT
Red-bellied Woodpecker STRIPE-HEADED TANAGER
Blue Jay  Summer Tanager
Fish Crow Northern Cardinal
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Boat-tailed Grackle
Northern Mockingbird House Sparrow

For a half day of birding we had 32 species.  The Bananaquit was a lifer for Christine, this is her 3rd Stripe-headed Tanager in 3 years of birding!!