Trip report: Florida: Birding with a Camera® (Apr-May 2021) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Dorian Anderson. This was a set departure tour

Wow – the only think hotter than the weather was the birding! Fortunately, we survived the unseasonable heat and found 147 species across our 9 days! Delray Beach offered drool-worthy views of nesting herons and storks, and we spied Least Bittern, Purple Gallinule, and Limpkin as they slinked through the reeds at Green Cay, Wakodahatchee, and Loxahatchee. Florida Scrub-Jay and Snail Kite appeared outside Fort Myers, and the pinewoods supplied Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Pine Warbler, and Northern Bobwhite. Moving south after spying Short-tailed Hawk, we explored Bunche Beach, braved Corkscrew Swamp’s ancient cypresses, and pounded the pavement for introduced exotics like Spot-breasted Oriole and Red-Whiskered Bulbul in Miami. The incomparable Dry Tortugas yielded thousands of terns, noddies, and boobies, and we observed neotropical migrants like Magnolia Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Gray-cheeked Thrush, and Yellow-billed Cuckoo as they refueled in the protective confines of Fort Jefferson. And did someone say rarities? Heck yes! With Antillean Nighthawk, Shiny Cowbird, Black Noddy, and Black-faced Grassquit all checking-in, the ABA listers were stoked! Throw in anoles, iguanas, and alligators, and South Florida lived up to its reputation as one of the premier ecotourism destinations in North America!

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