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8 - 15 September 2015

Observers: F. Simpson

 

Introduction


 

This was the sixth field work trip to the Keys. On our final day, we had a free day and so took the ferry out to the bird paradise of the Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles off Key West.

 

Specific birding was restricted to a couple of hours before breakfast when I walked a 3.85 mile circuit to the brackish lagoon on East Shore Drive then on to the small freshwater pool on Katherine Street, on Summerland Key. Everything else was just noted on the kayaking trips to the field sites in the mangroves around Summerland Key and Cudjoe Key. What follows is a list of casual observations and a birder with more time could discover more migrant species.

 

 

Southern tip of Cudjoe Key  Fraser Simpson  2014

         

 

 

Highlights


 

Magnificent Frigatebird, Masked Booby, Brown Booby, Least Bittern, Great White Heron, Reddish Egret, Tricolored Heron, Little Blue Heron, Green Heron, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Roseate Spoonbill, Semipalmated Plover, Willet, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Brown Noddy, Black Noddy, Royal Tern, Black Skimmer, White-crowned Pigeon, Common Nighthawk, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Belted Kingfisher, Acadian Flycatcher, Gray Kingbird, Black-whiskered Vireo, Ovenbird, Louisiana Waterthrush, Northern Waterthrush, Black-and-white Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Swainson's Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Hooded Warbler, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Dickcissel, Bobolink, Orchard Oriole.

 

 

Literature, references & site guides used


 

Pranty, B. 2005. A Birder's Guide to Florida. American Birding Association, Inc.

Sibley, D. 2014. The North American Bird Guide (2nd edition). Bloomsbury.

Howell, S.N.G., Lewington, I. & Russell, W. 2014. Rare Birds of North America. Princeton.

Dunn, J. L. & Alderfer, J. 2011. Field Guide to the Birds of North America. (6th edition). National Geographic.

Stephenson, T & Whittle, S. 2013. The Warbler Guide. Princeton University Press.

Stokes, D., Stokes, L., Elliott, L. 1997. The Stokes Field Guide to Birds Songs: Eastern Region. Hachette Audio.

 

Mangroves, LowerSugarloaf Key,  Fraser Simpson 2014

 

  

 

 GPS coordinates of sites visited


 

Katherine Street pond

24 39' 9.57" N  81 26' 19.37" W

 

 

Crab Key

24 38' 31.50" N  81 26' 45.41" W

 

East Shore Drive lagoon

24 39' 33.86" N  81 26' 21.70" W

 

Pye Key

24 37' 58.66" N  81 26' 39.56" W

 

Western end Summerland Key

24 39' 39.78" N  81 27' 41.65" W

 

Gopher Key

24 38' 33.65" N  81 29' 4.61" W

 

Mote Marine Laboratory

24 39' 41.42" N  81 27' 16.37" W

 

Out Key

24 38' 37.91" N  81 28' 16.86" W

 

North-west side of Summerland Key

24 39' 58.60" N  81 27' 37.29" W

 

No Name Key

24 41' 51.70" N  81 20' 27.69" W

 

Kemp Channel  

24 39' 45.63" N  81 27' 55.70" W

 

Bogie Channel

24 41' 51.33" N  81 20' 42.51" W

 

Cudjoe Key

24 39' 56.24" N  81 28' 23.12" W

 

Doctors Arm, Big Pine Key

24 41' 45.35" N  81 21' 16.76" W

 

Pirates Road channel

24 39' 44.03" N  81 29' 11.26" W

 

Seven Mile Bridge

24 41' 56.27" N  81 10' 9.48" W

 

 

Locations around Summerland Key

 

Kayaking around Summerland Key, Florida,  Fraser Simpson 2014

 

Species List - Florida Keys  8-15 September 2015


 

Brown Pelican  Pelecanus occidentalis


1, bus journey through Key West, 13/09.

13, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

1, Key West Bight, 14/09.

6, counted from Keys Shuttle bus between Summerland Key & Key Largo, 15/09.

 

Magnificent Frigatebird  Fregata magnificens


3 (1m + 2ff), over East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 10/09.

18, kettling over Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 10/09.

1 juv, over Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, over east side of Cudjoe Key, 12/09.

1, over Mote Marine Lab, Summerland Key, 12/09.

12, over US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & West Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 12/09.

1, over West Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 12/09.

2, over Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 12/09.

3, over US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 13/09.

1 imm, over Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 13/09.

3, boat trip between Key West & Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

120+, Garden Key-Bush Key-Long Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

2, counted from Keys Shuttle bus between Summerland Key & Key Largo, 15/09.

1, counted from Keys Shuttle bus between Key Largo & Miami Airport, 15/09.

 

Masked Booby  Sula dactylatra


35+, around Hospital Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Azure sea, white sand, 16 million bricks  Fraser Simpson 2015

 

Brown Booby  Sula leucogaster


5+, around Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Double-crested Cormorant  Phalacrocorax auritus


Regular off Mote Marine Lab, Summerland Key.

5, south west side of Cudjoe Key, 10/09.

1, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 11/09.

6, Kemp Channel, between Cudjoe Key and Summerland Key, 11/09.

7, Kemp Channel, between Cudjoe Key and Summerland Key, 12/09.

1 juv, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 12/09.

1 juv, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 13/09.

5, Boca Chica Key, 13/09.

199, counted from Keys Shuttle bus between Summerland Key & Key Largo, 15/09.

 

Least Bittern  Ixobrychus exilis


1, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Great Blue Heron  Ardea herodias (dark morph)


2, Garden Key-Bush Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

1, counted from Keys Shuttle bus between Key Largo & Miami Airport, 15/09.

 

Great Blue Heron  (Ardea herodias)  Fraser Simpson 2014

 

Great White Heron  Ardea herodias (white morph)


Regular over Mote Marine Lab, Summerland Key.

1, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 10/09.

1, east side of Cudjoe Key, 11/09.

2, east side of Cudjoe Key, 12/09.

1, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 13/09.

1, North Harris Channel, 13/09.

3, Boca Chica Key, 13/09.

3, counted from Keys Shuttle bus between Summerland Key & Key Largo, 15/09.

 

Great Egret  Ardea alba


1, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 13/09.

1, Isles Boulevard, Summerland Key, 13/09.

2, counted from Keys Shuttle bus between Summerland Key & Key Largo, 15/09.

5, seen from Keys Shuttle bus between Key Largo & Miami Airport, 15/09.

 

Great Egret (Ardea alba), East Shore Drive Lagoon, Summerland Key,  Fraser Simpson 2014

 

Great Egret (Ardea alba), Summerland Key,  Fraser Simpson 2014

 

Snowy Egret  Egretta thula


1, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 10/09.

2, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 11/09.

2, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 12/09.

2, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 13/09.

2, Saddle Bunch Keys, 13/09.

3, Boca Chica Key, 13/09.

2, counted from Keys Shuttle bus between Summerland Key & Key Largo, 15/09.

30, counted from Keys Shuttle bus between Key Largo & Miami Airport, 15/09.

 

Reddish Egret  Egretta rufecens


1, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 10/09.

1, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 13/09.

 

Tricolored Heron  Egretta tricolor


3, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 10/09.

1, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 10/09.

1, over US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 11/09.

4, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 11/09.

2, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 12/09.

2, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 13/09.

1, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 13/09.

2, counted from Keys Shuttle bus between Summerland Key & Key Largo, 15/09.

 

Little Blue Heron  Egretta caerulea


1, west side of Summerland Key, 09/09.

2, south west side of Cudjoe Key, 10/09.

1, south side of Summerland Key, 13/09.

1, flying south with Cattle Egrets in the Gulf of Mexico, between Key West and the Dry Tortugas, 14/09.

2, between Garden Key and Bush Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Cattle Egret  Bubulcus ibis


Several flocks flying south in the Gulf of Mexico, between Key West and the Dry Tortugas, 14/09.

5, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09. One observed eating a Cliff Swallow.

1, seen from Keys Shuttle bus between Summerland Key & Key Largo, 15/09.

 

Green Heron  Butorides virescens


1, west side of Summerland Key, 09/09.

3, south west side of Cudjoe Key, 10/09.

1, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 10/09.

1, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 11/09.

2, Mote Marine Lab, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 12/09.

2, east side of Cudjoe Key, 12/09.

1, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 12/09.

1, south side of Summerland Key, 13/09.

1, Crab Key, 13/09.

1, Isles Boulevard, Summerland Key, 13/09.

 

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  Nyctanassa violacea


3 (2 ads + 1 juv), south west side of Cudjoe Key, 10/09.

4, east side of Cudjoe Key, 11/09.

1 juv, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 12/09.

1, west side of Summerland Key, 12/09.

2, east side of Cudjoe Key, 12/09.

 

Adult Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea)  Fraser Simpson 2014

 

White Ibis  Eudocimus albus


Regular over Mote Marine Lab, Summerland Key.

3, west side of Summerland Key, 09/09.

1, south west side of Cudjoe Key, 10/09.

14, along US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 10/09.

5, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 10/09.

5, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 10/09.

6, along US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 11/09.

3, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 11/09.

5, over US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & West Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 12/09.

2, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 12/09.

5, US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 13/09.

5, West Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 13/09.

12, A Slice of Paradise Pizza, Summerland Key, 13/09.

2, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 13/09.

1, East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 13/09.

30, Boca Chica Key, 13/09.

1, bus journey through Key West, 13/09.

2, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

16, counted from Keys Shuttle bus between Summerland Key & Key Largo, 15/09.

2, counted from Keys Shuttle bus between Key Largo & Miami Airport, 15/09.

 

White Ibis  (Eudocimus albus)  Fraser Simpson 2014

 

Glossy Ibis  Plegadis falcinllus


1, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Roseate Spoonbill  Platalea ajaja


1, Saddle Bunch Keys, 13/09.

 

Blue-winged Teal  Anas discors


3, over Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1 f, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 12/09.

1, over West Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 13/09.

3 ff, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 13/09.

 

Red Junglefowl  Gallus gallus


10, bus journey through Key West, 13/09.

14, Key West Post Office, 14/09.

1, seen from Keys Shuttle bus between Summerland Key & Key Largo, 15/09.

 

Turkey Vulture  Cathartes aura


Regular over Mote Marine Lab, Summerland Key.

2, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 10/09.

1, over east side of Cudjoe Key, 12/09.

2, counted from Keys Shuttle bus between Summerland Key & Key Largo, 15/09.

14, counted from Keys Shuttle bus between Key Largo & Miami Airport, 15/09.

 

Broad-winged Hawk  Buteo platypterus


1, seen from Keys Shuttle bus between Summerland Key & Key Largo, 15/09.

 

Osprey  Pandion haliaetus


1, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 10/09.

4 (2 ads + 2 juvs), south west side of Cudjoe Key, 10/09.

1, eating a fish, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, over east side of Cudjoe Key, 12/09.

1, over Mote Marine Lab, Summerland Key, 12/09.

1, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 12/09.

1, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 13/09.

1, south side of Summerland Key, 13/09.

1, Isles Boulevard, Summerland Key, 13/09.

1, North Harris Channel, 13/09.

2, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

8, counted from Keys Shuttle bus between Summerland Key & Key Largo, 15/09.

1, counted from Keys Shuttle bus between Key Largo & Miami Airport, 15/09.

 

American Kestrel  Falco sparverius


1, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Peregrine Falcon  Falco peregrinus


1, flying south of Summerland Key, 10/09.

1, seen from Keys Shuttle bus between Summerland Key & Key Largo, 15/09.

 

Black-bellied Plover  Pluvialis squatarola


2, south side of Summerland Key, 13/09.

7, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

1, seen from Keys Shuttle bus between Summerland Key & Key Largo, 15/09.

 

Fort Jefferson  Fraser Simpson 2015

 

Wilson's Plover  Charadrius wilsonia


1, west side of Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, over East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 12/09.

2, over West Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 13/09.

 

Semipalmated Plover  Charadrius semipalmatus


2, south east tip of Summerland Key, 13/09.

 

Spotted Sandpiper  Actitis macularius


1, west side of Summerland Key, 09/09.

3, south west side of Cudjoe Key, 10/09.

1, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 10/09.

1, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 12/09.

1, west side of Summerland Key, 12/09.

1, east side of Cudjoe Key, 12/09.

1, south side of Summerland Key, 13/09.

1, Isles Boulevard, Summerland Key, 13/09.

2, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

 Willet  Tringa semipalmata


1, south side of Summerland Key, 13/09.

1, Crab Key, 13/09.

1, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Ruddy Turnstone  Arenaria interpres


8, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Sanderling  Calidris alba


1, Garden Key-Bush Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Semipalmated Sandpiper  Charadrius pusilla


7, south side of Summerland Key, 13/09.

 

Short-billed Dowitcher  Limnodromus griseus


2, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 13/09.

 

Laughing Gull  Larus atricilla


Regular past Mote Marine Lab.

6, west side of Summerland Key, 09/09.

3, along US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 10/09.

1, along US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 11/09.

3, Kemp Channel, between Cudjoe and Summerland Key, 11/09.

4, Kemp Channel, between Cudjoe and Summerland Key, 12/09.

3, US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & West Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 12/09.

2, West Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 12/09.

1, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 12/09.

4, south side of Summerland Key, 13/09.

3, Saddle Bunch Keys, 13/09.

4, bus journey through Key West, 13/09.

100+, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

20+, Key West Bight, 14/09.

36, counted from Keys Shuttle bus between Summerland Key & Key Largo, 15/09.

 

Laughing Gulls  (Larus atricilla)  Fraser Simpson 2014

 

Lesser Black-backed Gull  Larus fuscus


1 ad, Key West Bight, 14/09.

 

Brown Noddy  Anous stolidus


3, Garden Key-Bush Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

South Coaling Dock ruins  Fraser Simpson 2015

 

Black Noddy  Anous minutus


1 juv, South Coaling Dock ruins, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Roseate Tern  Sterna dougallii


1, South Coaling Dock ruins, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Royal Tern  Thalasseus maxima


7, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

3, counted from Keys Shuttle bus between Summerland Key & Key Largo, 15/09.

2, boat trip between Key West & Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

10+, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Royal Tern (Sterna maxima)  Fraser Simpson 2014

 

Sandwich Tern  Thalasseus sandvicensis


c50, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Black Skimmer  Rynochops niger


1, off Key West, 14/09.

 

White-winged Dove  Zenaida asiatica


1, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 10/09.

1, between Mote Marine Lab & West Shore Drive, 12/09.

1, East Shore Drive lagoon, 12/09.

 

Mourning Dove  Zenaida macroura


4, along US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 10/09.

7, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 10/09.

1, 45th Street, Summerland Key, 10/09.

13, along US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, 45th Street, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 11/09.

5, East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & West Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 12/09.

6, West Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 12/09.

3, 45th Street, Summerland Key, 12/09.

2, Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 12/09.

5, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 12/09.

4, East Shore Drive lagoon, 12/09.

10, US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 13/09.

1, West Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 13/09.

2, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 13/09.

2, East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 13/09.

3, Mote Marine Lab, Summerland Key, 13/09.

5, bus journey through Key West, 13/09.

10, counted from Keys Shuttle bus between Summerland Key & Key Largo, 15/09.

5, counted between Keys Shuttle bus between Key & South Dixie Highway, 15/09.

 

Eurasian Collared Dove  Streptopelia decaocto


6, along US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 10/09.

1, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 10/09.

1, Margaret Street, Summerland Key, 10/09.

1, along US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, 45th Street, Summerland Key, 11/09.

2, Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 11/09.

6, US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & West Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 12/09.

4, West Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 12/09.

1, East Shore Drive lagoon, 12/09.

4, US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 13/09.

1, West Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 13/09.

7, bus journey through Key West, 13/09.

2, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

2, Key West Post Office, 14/09.

44, counted from Keys Shuttle bus between Summerland Key & Key Largo, 15/09.

43, counted from Keys Shuttle bus between Key Largo & Miami Airport, 15/09.

 

Feral Pigeon  Columba livia


4, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 10/09.

12, 45th Street, Summerland Key, 11/09.

27, over Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 11/09.

23, over Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 12/09.

39, counted from Keys Shuttle bus between Summerland Key & Key Largo, 15/09.

1, seen from Keys Shuttle bus between Key Largo & Miami Airport, 15/09.

 

White-crowned Pigeon  Columba leucocephala


11, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 10/09.

3, Margaret Street, Summerland Key, 10/09.

3, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 10/09.

1, along US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 11/09.

13, East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 11/09.

6, 45th Street, Summerland Key, 11/09.

16, Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 11/09.

15, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 11/09.

5, East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 11/09.

3, US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & West Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 12/09.

21, West Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 12/09.

4, 45th Street, Summerland Key, 12/09.

4, Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 12/09.

11, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 12/09.

3, East Shore Drive lagoon, 12/09.

1, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 12/09.

4, Caribbean Drive East, Summerland Key, 12/09.

11, West Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 13/09.1, West Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 13/09.

2, 46th Street, Summerland Key, 13/09

1, 45th Street, Summerland Key, 13/09

22, Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 13/09.

23, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 13/09.

4, Margaret Street, Summerland Key, 13/09.

4, East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 13/09.

5, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 13/09.

5, Saddle Bunch Keys, 13/09.

1, Boca Chica Key, 13/09.

6, bus journey through Key West, 13/09.

2, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

2, Key West Post Office, 14/09.

2, counted from Keys Shuttle bus between Summerland Key & Key Largo, 15/09.

 

Yellow-billed Cuckoo  Coccyzus americanusss


1, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Smooth-billed Ani  Crotophaga ani


1, seen from Keys Shuttle bus between Key Largo & Miami Airport, 15/09.

 

Common Nighthawk  Chordeiles minor


62 flew S, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 12/09.

 

Ruby-throated Hummingbird  Archilochus colubris


1, Margaret Street, Summerland Key, 10/09.

 

Belted Kingfisher  Ceryle alcyon


1, west side of Summerland Key, 09/09.

1, west side of Summerland Key, 10/09.

1, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, Mote Marine Lab, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, west side of Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, east side of Cudjoe Key, 11/09.

1, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 12/09.

1, over Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 13/09.

1, North Harris Channel, 13/09.

1, Saddle Bunch Keys, 13/09.

1, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

1, seen from Keys Shuttle bus between Summerland Key & Key Largo, 15/09.

 

Red-bellied Woodpecker  Melanerpes carolinus


1, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 10/09.

1, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 10/09.

2, West Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 10/09.

2, East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 12/09.

2, Airport Drive South, Summerland Key, 12/09.

2, Caribbean Drive East, Summerland Key, 12/09.

1, West Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 12/09.

2, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 12/09.

2, East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 12/09.

1, US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 13/09.

1, 46th Street, Summerland Key, 13/09.

2, Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 13/09.

2, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 13/09.

1, East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 13/09.

1, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 13/09.

1, bus journey through Key West, 13/09.

1, seen from Keys Shuttle bus between Summerland Key & Key Largo, 15/09.

1, seen from Keys Shuttle bus between Key Largo & Miami Airport, 15/09.

 

Eastern Wood-Pewee  Contopus virens


1, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Acadian Flycatcher  Empidonax virescens


1, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Eastern Phoebe  Sayornis phoebe


1, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 12/09.

1, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 13/09.

1, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Great Crested Flycatcher  Myiarchus crinitus


1, Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 10/09.

1, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Eastern Kingbird  Tyrannus tyrannus


1, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 10/09.

5, East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, West Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 12/09.

11 flew SW, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 12/09.

3, East Shore Drive lagoon, 12/09.

2, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Gray Kingbird  Tyrannus dominicensis


1, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 10/09.

3, 45th Street, Summerland Key, 10/09.

1, along US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, Mote Marine Lab, Summerland  Key, 11/09.

1, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 12/09.

1, Caribbean Drive East, Summerland Key, 12/09.

2, East Shore Drive lagoon, 12/09.

1, East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 13/09.

1, Saddle Bunch Keys, 13/09.

1, bus journey through Key West, 13/09.

1, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

1, seen from Keys Shuttle bus between Summerland Key & Key Largo, 15/09.

4, counted from Keys Shuttle bus between Key Largo & Miami Airport, 15/09.

 

White-eyed Vireo  Vireo griseus


1 singing, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 10/09.

2 singing, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, Margaret Street, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 12/09.

4 (3 ads + juv in subsong), Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 12/09.

2, Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 13/09.

1 singing, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 13/09.

 

Yellow-throated Vireo  Vireo flavifrons


2, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 11/09.

 

Blue-headed Vireo  Vireo solitarius


1 singing, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 11/09.

 

Red-eyed Vireo  Vireo olivaceus


3, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 10/09.

1, Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 11/09.

2, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 12/09.

 

Black-whiskered Vireo  Vireo altiloquus


2, Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 12/09.

 

Northern Mockingbird  Mimus polyglottos


1, along US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 10/09.

4 (inc 2 singing), East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 10/09.

1, West Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 10/09.

2 (inc 1 singing), East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 11/09.

3 (inc singer mimicking Gray Kingbird), East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, Caribbean Drive East, Summerland Key, 12/09.

1 singing, US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & West Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 12/09.

4 (1 singing), West Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 12/09.

5 (1 singing), East Shore Drive lagoon, 12/09.

2, US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 13/09.

2, West Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 13/09.

1, 44th Street, Summerland Key, 13/09.

1, Margaret Street, Summerland Key, 13/09.

2, East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 13/09.

1, Isles Boulevard, Summerland Key, 13/09.

1, Mote Marine Lab, Summerland Key, 13/09.

5, bus journey through Key West, 13/09.

2, counted from Keys Shuttle bus between Summerland Key & Key Largo, 15/09.

2, counted from Keys Shuttle bus between Key Largo & Miami Airport, 15/09.

 

European Starling  Sturnus vulgaris


1, over Mote Marine Lab, 11/09.

2, Caribbean Drive East, Summerland Key, 12/09.

8, counted from Keys Shuttle bus between Summerland Key & Key Largo, 15/09.

51, counted between Keys Shuttle bus between Key & South Dixie Highway, 15/09.

 

Common Mynah  Acridotheres tristis


1, seen from Keys Shuttle bus between Summerland Key & Key Largo, 15/09.

 

American Crow   Corvus brachyrhynchos


2, counted from Keys Shuttle bus between Key Largo & Miami Airport, 15/09.

 

Fish Crow   Corvus ossifragus


5, counted from Keys Shuttle bus between Key Largo & Miami Airport, 15/09.

 

Purple Martin  Progne subis


Steady westerly movement of birds all day, Cudjoe Key and Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 12/09.

Steady westerly movement of birds all day, Cudjoe Key and Summerland Key, 12/09.

2, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Northern Rough-winged Swallow  Stelgidopteryx serripennis


1, along US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 10/09.

1, 46th Street, Summerland Key, 13/09.

 

Cliff Swallow  Petrochelidon pyrrhonota


1, west side of Summerland Key, 09/09.

20, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Barn Swallow  Hirundo rustica


1, west side of Summerland Key, 09/09.

Steady south-westerly movement of birds all afternoon, Cudjoe Key, 10/09.

1, West Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 12/09.

1, Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 12/09.

30, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

1, seen from Keys Shuttle bus between Summerland Key & Key Largo, 15/09.

 

Katherine Street pond  Fraser Simpson 2014

The freshwater pond on Katherine Street, Summerland Key

 

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  Polioptila caerulea


2, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 10/09.

3, Margaret Street, Summerland Key, 10/09.

1, Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 11/09.

6, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, Mote Marine Lab, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 12/09.

1, east side of Cudjoe Key, 12/09.

1, Caribbean Drive East, Summerland Key, 12/09.

3, Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 12/09.

1, West Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 13/09.

4, Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 13/09.

3, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 13/09.

1, East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 13/09.

2, Isles Boulevard, Summerland Key, 13/09.

 

Swainson's Thrush  Catharus ustulatus


1, Margaret Street, Summerland Key, 11/09.

2, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Gray Catbird  Dumettela carolinensis


1, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 10/09.

 

Water fountain in Fort Jefferson  Fraser Simpson 2015

 

Ovenbird  Seiurus aurocapilla


2, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Worm-eating Warbler  Helmitheros vermivorum


1, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 11/09.

 

Louisiana Waterthrush  Parkesia motacilla


2, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Northern Waterthrush  Parkesia noveboracensis


1, west side of Summerland Key, 09/09.

1, east side of Cudjoe Key, 12/09.

3, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Black-and-white Warbler  Mniotilta varia


1 m, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 10/09.

1 m, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 12/09.

1 juv, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 13/09.

1, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Prothonotary Warbler  Protonotaria citrea


1, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 10/09.

3, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Swainson's Warbler  Limnothlypis swainsonii


1, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Mourning Warbler  Geothlypis philadelphia


2, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Common Yellowthroat  Geothlypis trichas


1, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Hooded Warbler  Setophaga citrina


1 m, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

American Redstart  Setophaga ruticilla


1, east side of Cudjoe Key, 12/09.

1, south side of Summerland Key, 13/09.

3, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Northern Parula  Setophaga americana


1 m, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 10/09.

1 juv, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 12/09.

4, Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 13/09.

1 singing, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 13/09.

5, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Magnolia Warbler  Setophaga magnolia


1, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Blackburnian Warbler  Setophaga fusca


1, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 11/09.

 

Yellow Warbler  Setophaga petechia


1, Margaret Street, Summerland Key, 10/09.

2, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 10/09.

2, East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 11/09.

2, Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 13/09.

3, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Black-throated Blue Warbler  Setophaga caerulescens


1, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 10/09.

2, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Palm Warbler  Setophaga palmarum


3, along US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 10/09.

1, East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, West Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 12/09.

1, US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 13/09.

 

Yellow-throated Warbler  Setophaga dominica


1, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 10/09.

1, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Florida Prairie Warbler  Setophaga discolor paludicola


1, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 10/09.

1, Margaret Street, Summerland Key, 10/09.

2, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 10/09.

1, 45th Street, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 11/09.

4, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 12/09.

2, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 12/09.

1, East Shore Drive lagoon, 12/09.

1, 44th Street, Summerland Key, 13/09.

1, 46th Street, Summerland Key, 13/09.

3, Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 13/09.

2, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 13/09.

1, East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 13/09.

10+, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Wilson's Warbler  Cardellina pusilla


1, south side of Summerland Key, 13/09.

2, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Scarlet Tanager  Piranga olivacea


1 f, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1 juv, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Northern Cardinal  Cardinalis cardinalis


3, Margaret Street, Summerland Key, 10/09.

3, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 10/09.

2, Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 11/09.

2, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 11/09.

2, East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 11/09.

3, West Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 12/09.

4, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 12/09.

4, Margaret Street, Summerland Key, 12/09.

2, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 12/09.

3, Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 13/09.

4, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 13/09.

2, Margaret Street, Summerland Key, 13/09.

2, East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 13/09.

 

Dickcissel  Spiza americana


3, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Bobolink  Dolichonyx oryzivorus


3, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Red-winged Blackbird  Agelaius phoeniceus


3, along US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 10/09.

1 (singing), West Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 10/09.

20, feeding in a garden, south west side of Cudjoe Key, 10/09.

5, along US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 11/09.

2, Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 11/09.

2, Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 12/09.

2, east side of Cudjoe Key, 12/09.

4, East Shore Drive lagoon, 12/09.

2, Caribbean Drive East, Summerland Key, 12/09.

20, US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 13/09.

1, 46th Street, Summerland Key, 13/09

1, Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 13/09.

5, East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 13/09.

7, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 13/09.

2, bus journey through Key West, 13/09.

1, seen from Keys Shuttle bus between Summerland Key & Key Largo, 15/09.

45, counted between Keys Shuttle bus between Key & South Dixie Highway, 15/09.

 

Common Grackle  Quiscalus quiscula


13, along US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 10/09.

1, East Shore Drive lagoon, Summerland Key, 10/09.

1, Margaret Street, Summerland Key, 10/09.

8, feeding in a garden, south west side of Cudjoe Key, 10/09.

17, along US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 11/09.

1, East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 11/09.

3, Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 11/09.

2, over US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & West Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 12/09.

2, West Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 12/09.

1, Katherine Street, Summerland Key, 12/09.

1, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 12/09.

1, Margaret Street, Summerland Key, 12/09.

3, US-1 between Mote Marine Lab & East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 13/09.

1, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 13/09.

2, East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 13/09.

 

Boat-tailed Grackle  Quiscalus major


42, counted between Keys Shuttle bus between Key & South Dixie Highway, 15/09.

 

Brown-headed Cowbird  Molothrus ater


4, East Shore Drive, Summerland Key, 11/09.

 

Orchard Oriole  Icterus spurlus


1 juv, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 12/09.

1, Garden Key, Dry Tortugas National Park, 14/09.

 

Baltimore Oriole  Icterus galbula


1 juv, Katherine Street pond, Summerland Key, 12/09.

 

House Sparrow  Passer domesticus


4, Miami Airport, 15/09.

 

 

  Summerland Key  Fraser Simpson 2015

  Sunset, Summerland Key, Florida  Fraser Simpson 2014

All photographs 2014-2015  F. S. Simpson

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