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Brief FL trip report

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Recently had the chance to bird essentially everywhere in FL over the past couple of days. Here’s some highlights: 

Photos will come later. Bold means lifers. 
 

- good numbers of whistling-ducks, always fun to see 

- FOY Chuck-will’s-widow at a gas station pre-dawn. Good way to start the trip 

- obviously huge numbers of waders including American Bitterns, night herons, Purple Gallinules, Limpkins, etc.

- lots of classic southern FOY passerines like Parula, gnatcatcher, WE Vireo, etc.

- Mottled Ducks and ground doves, these are things I don’t see in NC

- an unbelievable amount of Sandhill Cranes, including some dancing birds 

- big numbers of Swallow-tailed and Snail Kites

- 50+ shrikes 

- a family of Western Kingbirds found in central Florida 

- 2 Whooping Cranes. Awesome birds

- roadside Crested Caracara 

- continuing La Sagra’s Flycatcher in the Everglades 

- Monk and White-winged Parakeets 

- FL Keys birds like Common Myna, Mag Frigatebird, and FL Prairie Warbler 

- family of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers on the keys. According to eBird, the most common bird I hadn’t seen in the ABA area 

- Countable Muscovy Ducks

- and lastly, just before sunset on day 2, two beautiful Spot-breasted Orioles in a neighborhood N of Ft. Lauderdale. These had been a personal nemesis
 

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I'm surprised Scissor-tailed Flycatcher eluded you to this point, but you got it now. Some amazing birds in there - La Sagra's Flycatcher of course is very special, but I'm also jealous of the Magnificent Frigatebirds, Spot-breasted Oriole, and the Kites! Sounds like a cool trip.

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1 hour ago, AlexHenry said:

I'm surprised Scissor-tailed Flycatcher eluded you to this point, but you got it now. Some amazing birds in there - La Sagra's Flycatcher of course is very special, but I'm also jealous of the Magnificent Frigatebirds, Spot-breasted Oriole, and the Kites! Sounds like a cool trip.

It’s funny, I’ve never actually been in range of the STFL. Haven’t done Texas. I only saw 3 or 4 Frigatebirds compared to the hundreds I had in the keys last May. 

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I still have yet to bird east of CA (Excluding Germany when I was three) 🙄. Someday...

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On 3/19/2020 at 6:35 PM, Kevin said:

@blackburnian I do not like you any more! You see way to many great birds every where you go!!!:classic_angry::classic_angry:

Blackburnian is amazing to bird with. He sees so many birds it's hard to even keep up. 10/10 highly recommend

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