Out of County Birding !!!

Today I decided to drive down to Everglades National Park.  There have been a number of really good species being reported just outside the entrance to the park and a couple of them I needed for my State species list.  It turned into a wonderful day after the fog burned off and I ended up with a nice day list of 45 or so without really trying.

Flycatchers were the highlight of the day.  I ended up seeing 6 species of which 3 of them were State life birds.  I saw a Tropical Kingbird, Least Flycatcher and a Brown-crested Flycatcher which were the new ones as well as a Vermilion Flycatcher, Great-crested Flycatcher and Eastern Phoebe.

Tropical Kingbird ... A stunning example of this Southwestern US species.

Tropical Kingbird … A stunning example of this Southwestern US species.

The Tropical Kingbird was probably my favorite as I had only seen them in Texas before.  There have been many reports of Western Kingbirds hanging out in the same area but I couldn’t find one today.

Vermilion Flycatcher ... He wouldn't pose in better light but you can still see the amazing color.

Vermilion Flycatcher … He wouldn’t pose in better light but you can still see the amazing color.

Another fantastic Southwestern species that is hanging out in the same area near the C-111 canal is a pair of Vermilion Flycatchers.  Last year there was (presumably) the same male hanging out there but he was a juvenile and didn’t have his full coloration.  Well this year he is a real stunner and he has a girlfriend with him!

Least Flycatcher on a very wet wire!

Least Flycatcher on a very wet wire!

The next new State bird was a Least Flycatcher that I saw when the fog hadn’t quite lifted.  This guy was talking up a storm and that always helps with the ID.

Brown-crested Flycatcher

Brown-crested Flycatcher

The third State bird was a Brown-crested Flycatcher at the Lucky Hammock area.  This is a really hard bird to ID unless they call and fortunately this guy was very vocal and his sounds were identical to the recordings I have listened to.

Sandhill Cranes ... A small part of the large group I witnessed today!

Sandhill Cranes … A small part of the large group I witnessed today!

There were many nice birds around today but one of my favorites was out in force today.  The Sandhill Crane is pretty special to me.  When I first moved to Florida my first golf course job was at Old Marsh Golf Club in Palm Beach Gardens.  The golf course had over a dozen Sandhill’s that bred there every year so I was fortunate enough to witness the whole life cycle of this elegant Crane.  Today there was a large flock hanging out and I witnessed as many as a dozen or more in the air at once … pretty darn cool!!!

As always … THANK YOU … so much for visiting!!!

 

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About sheriffsmith

I have worked for the Broward County Sheriff's Office the last 13 years and spend most of my free time birdwatching / naturewatching and photographing the birds and nature that I encounter. I believe God has blessed us with a world that is so absolutely fascinating and wonderful and I'm doing my best to discover and show others all that he has provided us with in nature.
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5 Responses to Out of County Birding !!!

  1. Beautiful photographs!

  2. Jo Ann says:

    Sounds like a good birding day to me.

  3. dinajohnston says:

    You got some great shots! Some day I’ve got to get down there.

  4. Great captures. Your Tropical Kingbird shot is gorgeous!

  5. CK says:

    So admire you because you have so many type of birds that are so beautifull to watch.

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