Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Birding Blitz

My birding goals have been to reach a minimum count of a hundred species per month, which takes some work in the summer here in southwest Florida. I did manage it. Few interesting sighing over the summer include finding three Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks with a dozen newly hatched ducklings on the ponds at Domestic Ave, which have had been seen there before or since (where did they go?), Black Terns and Red Knots at Bunche Beach, and a couple of Shiny Cowbirds.
But now with migrations kicking-in I chose I set a goal of a hundred in one week. I had day-long blitzes on September first in Lee County and the seventh in Dade County. I hit most of the best birding spots locally as well as Everglades National Park (Snail Kites and Yellow Warblers and tons of mosquitoes) and Lucky Hammock in the South Glades-Frog Pond Wildlife Management Area ( good hits here included Alders Flycatcher and White-Tailed Kites. Just missed Least Flycatcher and a Short-Eared Owl seen by others just after I left).
I managed to hit the hundred

Muscovy Duck
Mottled Duck
Pied-Billed Grebe
Brown Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron

Reddish Egret

Cattle Egret

Green Heron

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

White Ibis

Glossy Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill
Turkey Vulture

Black Vulture

White-tailed Kite
Snail Kite

Cooper's Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Crested Caracara
Common Moorhen

Black-bellied Plover

Wilson's Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Piping Plover
American Oystercatcher

Spotted Sandpiper

Greater Yellowlegs


Lesser Yellowlegs
Marbled Godwit

Ruddy Turnstone

Red Knot

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

Short-billed Dowitcher
Laughing Gull

Least Tern

Common Tern

Forster's Tern

Royal Tern

Sandwich Tern

Black Skimmer
Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-Dove
White-winged Dove

Mourning Dove
Common Ground-Dove
Barred Owl

Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker
Alder Flycatcher

Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird

Gray Kingbird
Loggerhead Shrike
White-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow

Fish Crow

Purple Martin

Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow
Tufted Titmouse
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

Northern Parula

Yellow Warbler
Pine Warbler

Prairie Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler

American Redstart
Eastern Towhee
Northern Cardinal

Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark

Common Grackle

Boat-tailed Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird

House Sparrow
Common Myna

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