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Southern Florida
February 20 - March 1, 2009

We scored on all three kites: Snail Kite, White-tailed Kite and Swallow-tailed Kite. We enjoyed 23 species of shorebirds. We watched Black Skimmer feeding off Flamigo Point. And while getting great looks at Barn Owl, we even managed to get better looks at a Bobcat. And as usual, a wonderful group of birders made the 2009 trip to Florida a great winter birding getaway.

During this outing we made a grand loop around Florida's southern pennisula. From Ft. Lauderdale (where we got close to Limpkins and many other waders) to Everglades National Park (where we gawked at kites) to our walk among shorebirds at Tigertail Beach on the gulf coast's Marco Island to a delightful morning at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary and onward to our finale at the famed Stormwater Treatment Area 5 (where we were blown away by the avian abundance and diversity).

Below is the trip list (155 species).

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
Fulvous Whistling-Duck
American Wigeon
Mottled Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Red-breasted Merganser
Pied-billed Grebe
American White Pelican
Brown Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
American Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Reddish Egret
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
White Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill
Wood Stork
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
White-tailed Kite
Snail Kite
Swallow-tailed Kite
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Short-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Crested Caracara
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Purple Gallinule
Common Moorhen
American Coot
Purple Swamphen
Sandhill Crane
Black-bellied Plover
Snowy Plover
Wilson's Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Spotted Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Caspian Tern
Forster's Tern
Royal Tern
Black Skimmer
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Common Ground-Dove
Monk Parakeet
Barn Owl
Burrowing Owl
Barred Owl
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Red-cockaded Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Great Crested Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
White-eyed Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Blue Jay
Florida Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Tufted Titmouse
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher
European Starling
Common Myna
Cedar Waxwing
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Pine Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Palm Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting
Painted Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Boat-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Baltimore Oriole
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

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Painted Bunting

Wood Stork

Burrowing Owls

Swallow-tailed Kite

Reddish Egret

Florida Scrub Jay

Gulf Fritillary


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