Monday, May 30th
|Common Myna, an exotic bird found in South Florida and The Keys|
So Monday took off from home about 2 PM and made the trip in about five hours. Stayed alert for locating any white-tailed kites along US 27. Did not sight any kind of kite, but did find Common Mynas in Homestead. Next checked out Dagney Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park on Key Largo, to look for black-whiskered vireos and mangrove cuckoo. Had searched the mangroves at the Card Sound Toll Bridge for the Florida mangrove yellow warblers that are supposed to easily be found there. Did not sight the warblers, but found several Gray Kingbirds and heard several Black-whiskered Vireos on Key Largo. And at Dagney a quick search did not reveal the mangrove cuckoo that had been reported to be found near the entrance.
|Marathon Government Center|
After a drive through dinner and checking into our motel, I headed over to the Marathon Airport, which was only a block away. Last year I was able to get a hit here on the antillean nighthawk at about 7:30 PM. A good forty-five minutes before sun down. So made a point to be at the same spot by 7:30, but this time a lone Antillean Nighthawk did not appear till sundown. Like common nighthawks, you can usually find them by ear before spotting them in the air.