Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | September 29, 2010 @ 9:47 am

TD #16 Coming Our Way!

SE Mosaic Radar Loop 29/September2010


Miami Reflectivtiy Radar

Nature is Awesome
Angel & Mariel

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  1. BRING ‘EM ON!!!!!!

  2. I did a quick walk on Oak Hammock Trail early this afternoon and found one
    feeding flock with 7 species of the more common warblers. Next I stopped by
    Dummitt Cove (off S.R.3) and found roughly 25 Yellow-billed Cuckoos in the
    oaks behind the pavillon (the most I’ve seen in one group on MINWR). I then
    ran through the North end of Shiloh Marsh. The waters have risen some after
    the last two days of rains, but there were still quite a few shorebirds around.
    The most notables were an A. Golden Plover (distant pics attached) and two
    Wilson’s Phalaropes. After Shiloh I met Gary Davis at lot 10 on Playalinda
    Beach and we scoped the seas from about 3:30 to 5:00. The East winds
    weren’t strong enough to produce much as far as pelagics, but we did have
    good looks at an adult light Parasitic, two adult light Pom Jaegers and a Brown
    Booby. There was also a good flight of Blue-winged Teal and shorebirds.
    Possibly the best bird was a godwit sp. For years I’ve been hoping to see a
    storm blown Hudsonian Godwit fly down the beach. This bird was not a
    Hudsonian and it wasn’t a Black-tailed. The pattern on the dorsal side of the
    wings could have passed for Marbled (dark wrist and primaries). The problems
    I had for calling it a Marbled were; it showed no cinnamon or buff tones on
    either side of the wings or body and the ventral side of the wing was distintly
    barred. I didn’t notice a white rump and Marbled is the only godwit I have any
    experience with so unfortunately for Gary and I this bird will go down as
    godwit
    species.

    Good Birding,
    Mitchell Harris

  3. Hi All,

    One of the best fall “fallouts” in recent years occured this morning as Tom Riggs and I birded the park between 7:00-12:00 this morning. Included were 17 species of warbler highlighted by a male Golden-winged!!! The other notable specie was at least 2 and possibly 3 Philadelphia Vireos. We observed 76 species, but what was incredibly lacking were no thrushes, tanagers, orioles or Red-eyed Vireos!! The pair of Bald Eagles has also returned to their haunts!!!

    Other Highlights included the following!!

    Peregrine Falcon 4 adults
    Sora 1
    Black Tern 1
    Common Tern 106
    Common Nighthawk 1
    Gray Kingbird 3 (still lingering!!)
    Yellow-throated Vireo 1
    Purple Martin 2
    Tennessee Warbler 4
    Chestnut-sided Warbler 2
    Magnolia Warbler 6
    Pine Warbler 1
    Palm Warbler 16
    Blackburnian Warbler 5
    Prothonotary Warbler 1

    On a personal highlight today, was the first ever confirmed Tufted Titmouse seen here at Honeymoon Island!!!! This might not seem very significant to most, however there are very few bushes or trees on the causeway to the park and how this woodland species was able to get there is truly remarkable!!! This represents the 300th species (to my knowledge being the compiler) for Honeymoon!!! If it wasn’t for watching this bird, we would have never seen the Golden-winged Warbler, as they perched within a couple of feet of each other at one point!!! There have been other reports of Tufted Titmouse over the years, however when reports of 6, 8, 10 individuals tells me that they are including species that they observed at inland localities such as the Dunedin Hammock!! This is my first sighting here in the 20 years I have birded the park.

    Good Birding!!

    Dave Gagne


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