Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Crandon Park - Miami

Tuesday, March 15th

Yesterday, reports came out about the sighting of a Cuban Pewee, a rare vagrant to the U. S. being seen at Crandon Park in Miami.  The bird had been seen in the same area for the past two days, so there were a few birders, including Dave and Tammy McQuade, Dennis Peacock, Lee, Neil Hayward, Leslie Starr, Joe Turner, Trey Mitchell and  Larry Manfredi, who, today, waited for hours for a return visit of the rarity at the anointed sight. 

After seven hours Bob Pelkey and I gave up, as had most everyone else. Hopefully it'll be relocated soon. 

Birds we did observed at the location included Cape May, Yellow-rumped, Palm and Black-and-White Warblers, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, a Yellow-throated Vireo, Sandhill Cranes, Red-shouldered Hawk, Turkey Vultures, White Ibis, American Coot and Common Gallinules


Lots of Peacocks were present

The park was loaded with lots of exotic birds and reptiles. Larry Manfredi was telling us that this location had once housed a mix exotic waterfowl and other birds. The surviving population included a large number of feral Peafowl and Egyptian Geese. Plus we observed several specimens of Spiny-tailed Iguanas of varying sizes.

Egyptian Geese
Spiny-tailed Iguana


On the beach, bordering the Biscayne Bay, were several gull and tern species including Herring Gulls, Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Laughing Gulls, Ring-billed Gulls and Royal Terns, Also present was a large gathering of Double-crested Cormorants, and a few Brown Pelicans.
Double-crested Cormorant

Royal Tern

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Laughing Gull

1 comment:

  1. While missing the Cuban Pewee, this was an enjoyable trip nonetheless, Tom. A future visit will require walking the extensive trail system of the park. It was cool to see the "double crest" of the cormorant. A rare event in my observations. Great job capturing the yawn of the gull.