A little over a week ago a scientist from Norway, Viktor Nilsson-Örtman was in the Southern Florida Keys searching for insects when he noticed a small shorebird that stuck out from the others it was feeding with. Viktor is also a birder and realized that this guy was way, way out of range and quickly contacted a few locals and the word quickly spread of Florida’s first ever Red-necked Stint.
On Wednesday my good friend Carl Edwards and I made the four-hour trip down to Boca Chica Key to see this probably once and a life time bird. A few pair of these guys actually have bred in far Western Alaska and every year a few show up on the East coast but always from New Jersey and further North. This guy is actually better than the Snowy Owl I got in January as they’ve been seen in Florida a couple of time before.
In the local area there has been a little bit of early migration at Green Cay Wetlands. I’ve had a Praire Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush and a couple of Blue Gray Gnatcatchers this past week. I also had 5 Greater Yellowlegs in the flooded fields off Starkey Road.
Migration will be ramping up the closer we get to the middle of August but with the continued super hot weather, yesterday it was 97 degrees at 2 PM, it really is tough to bird much past early, early morning.
Thank you for visiting and hopefully I’ll have some new shorebirds in the next week!