Yesterday I drove South to Everglades National Park looking for a few species that have been reported there lately. I spent most of the day scratching around various parts of the park and ended up with a day list of just over 80 species and managed to pick up another lifer in process. I had great weather all day with mostly sunny sky’s and only a little wind.
Mangrove Cuckoo is another species that has a very restricted range in South Florida. Florida has only one Endemic bird, the Florida Scrub Jay but we have a whole bunch of species that you just about have to come here to see. If you look at a field guide you will notice that the Cuckoo is only regularly seen in the Southern tip of the state and I was thrilled today to find not one but two different Mangrove Cuckoos. I found one in the Tent Campground area along the bay in the Mangroves and then another one right at the beginning of the “famous” Snake Bite Trail.
One of the species I was searching for yesterday was the Shiny Cowbird. It is another one of the more difficult species to see as they also have a very limited range. A few have been reported recently hanging out near the Flamingo Visitor Center with a large group of Brown-headed Cowbirds. I drove through the expansive parking area three different times throughout the day and finally found the feeding flock early in the afternoon. What a beautiful little bird but very antsy and tough to capture well.
I took a whole lot of pictures today and as I often do will let them speak for themselves!
Well, yesterday was one of those birding days to remember. I don’t get many opportunities to bird all day and I was so happy that it was “birdie” and I managed a few keeper images!
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