Posted by: DarkEyedJunc0 | February 27, 2014

Florida Trip Report

Four and a half days in Florida was just enough to cure the New Jersey winter blues. Our itinerary was bird-centric, and we hired noted Florida bird guide, Wes Biggs of Florida Nature Tours to try to help us find our targets, including many of Flordia’s exotics and one special rarity!

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We started in Orlando and soon traveled to Osceola County and made our way to points south (Miami-Dade County, where we focused most of our efforts.) We also birded areas in Hendry County, Pembroke Pines, Brian Piccolo Park, Oscar Scherer Park, Sanibel Island (including J.N. “Ding” Darling NWR and surrounding area,) St. Petersburg and back to Orlando (including a wonderful place called the Orlando Wetlands Park on our own.)

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In total, we saw 137 species of birds (complete list below), several new species of butterflies, many American Alligators and one American Crocodile (pictured).

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While we did not see ALL the species we targeted, we got great looks at many of our lifers, and learned a lot about the natural habitat throughout Florida.

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Keep checking back for some very special “species profiles” of a few of the Florida “specialties” we saw.

Complete Bird list follows (in taxonomic order):

  1. Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
  2. Muscovy Duck
  3. American Black Duck
  4. Mallard
  5. Mottled Duck
  6. Blue-winged Teal
  7. Northern Shoveler
  8. Green-winged Teal
  9. Ring-necked Duck
  10. Lesser Scaup
  11. Wild Turkey
  12. Pied-billed Grebe
  13. Wood Stork
  14. Double-crested Cormorant
  15. Anhinga
  16. American White Pelican
  17. Brown Pelican
  18. Great Blue Heron
  19. Great Egret
  20. Snowy Egret
  21. Little Blue Heron
  22. Tricolored Heron
  23. Reddish Egret
  24. Cattle Egret
  25. Green Heron
  26. Black-crowned Night-Heron
  27. White Ibis
  28. Glossy Ibis
  29. Roseate Spoonbill
  30. Black Vulture
  31. Turkey Vulture
  32. Osprey
  33. Snail Kite
  34. Northern Harrier
  35. Sharp-shinned Hawk
  36. Cooper’s Hawk
  37. Bald Eagle
  38. Red-shouldered Hawk
  39. Broad-winged Hawk
  40. Red-tailed Hawk
  41. Sora
  42. Purple Swamphen
  43. Purple Gallinule
  44. Common Gallinule
  45. American Coot
  46. Limpkin
  47. Sandhill Crane
  48. Black-necked Stilt
  49. American Oystercatcher
  50. Black-bellied Plover
  51. Wilson’s Plover
  52. Semipalmated Plover
  53. Piping Plover
  54. Killdeer
  55. Greater Yellowlegs
  56. Willet
  57. Lesser Yellowlegs
  58. Marbled Godwit
  59. Ruddy Turnstone
  60. Sanderling
  61. Dunlin
  62. Least Sandpiper
  63. Western Sandpiper
  64. Short-billed Dowitcher
  65. Long-billed Dowitcher
  66. Wilson’s Snipe
  67. Bonaparte’s Gull
  68. Laughing Gull
  69. Ring-billed Gull
  70. Caspian Tern
  71. Forster’s Tern
  72. Royal Tern
  73. Black Skimmer
  74. Rock Pigeon
  75. White-crowned Pigeon
  76. Eurasian Collared-Dove
  77. Mourning Dove
  78. Common Ground-Dove
  79. Burrowing Owl
  80. Belted Kingfisher
  81. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  82. Downy Woodpecker
  83. Red-cockaded Woodpecker
  84. Northern Flicker
  85. Pileated Woodpecker
  86. Crested Caracara
  87. American Kestrel
  88. Peregrine Falcon
  89. Nanday Parakeet
  90. Monk Parakeet
  91. White-winged Parakeet
  92. Eastern Phoebe
  93. Vermilion Flycatcher
  94. Great Crested Flycatcher
  95. La Sagra’s Flycatcher
  96. Cassin’s Kingbird
  97. Western Kingbird
  98. Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
  99. Loggerhead Shrike
  100. White-eyed Vireo
  101. Blue Jay
  102. Florida Scrub-Jay
  103. American Crow
  104. Fish Crow
  105. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  106. Purple Martin
  107. Tree Swallow
  108. Cave Swallow
  109. Tufted Titmouse
  110. Brown-headed Nuthatch
  111. House Wren
  112. Carolina Wren
  113. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  114. Eastern Bluebird
  115. American Robin
  116. Gray Catbird
  117. Brown Thrasher
  118. Northern Mockingbird
  119. Common Myna
  120. European Starling
  121. Black-and-white Warbler
  122. Common Yellowthroat
  123. Northern Parula
  124. Palm Warbler
  125. Pine Warbler
  126. Yellow-rumped Warbler
  127. Prairie Warbler
  128. Eastern Towhee
  129. Bachman’s Sparrow
  130. Savannah Sparrow
  131. Northern Cardinal
  132. Red-winged Blackbird
  133. Eastern Meadowlark
  134. Common Grackle
  135. Boat-tailed Grackle
  136. Brown-headed Cowbird
  137. House Sparrow

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  1. Awesome stuff Lisa! Glad you had such a productive trip.


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