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Checklist S13314327

 
Location
Dry Tortugas NP--Garden Key, Monroe County, Florida, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Wed Mar 06, 2013 10:35 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
2
Duration:
4 hour(s), 15 minute(s)
Distance:
1.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Alex Lamoreaux , Josh Lefever List
Comments:
Yankee Freedom II cruise to the Dry Tortugas National Park
Species
30 species total
1
Black-bellied Plover

Seen on the north cooling docks when we first arrived and then not seen again for the rest of the day.

1
Whimbrel

A sickly-looking bird that spent the entire day on the dock near the south cooling docks, alongside a 'Western' Willet. Presumably this same bird has been reported on the island for weeks. Photos taken.
Whimbrel

© Josh Lefever

35
Ruddy Turnstone

Foraging along the shorelines of both Garden and Bush Keys.

2
Sanderling

Mixed with turnstones on the isthmus connecting Garden Key to Bush Key. There was only one there earlier in the day but then a second joined the flock by the afternoon.

1
Dunlin

While standing on the isthmus connecting Garden Key to Bush Key, we spotted a Dunlin fly in and land nearby. The bird foraged for a few seconds and then rapidly moved its way along the shoreline to the south cooling docks and then took off and wasn't seen again.

2
Willet (Western)

One on the dock near the south cooling docks alongside a Whimbrel for the entire day and then a second Willet was out on Bush Key.

1
Bonaparte's Gull

Adult - Spent most of the day floating along the wall of the fort, searching for food on the bricks. A small-sized gull with light gray back, two small black spots on each side of its head, and white outer primaries. Photos taken.

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1
225
Laughing Gull

Perched on the cooling docks and in the air all over the area, especially over Bush Key.
Laughing Gull

14
Herring Gull

Mostly immatures and all out on Bush Key.

1
Great Black-backed Gull

Juvenile - On the south cooling docks.

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1
1000
Brown Noddy

All over the area, especially over Bush Key and flying out to forage and back.
Brown Noddy
Brown Noddy
Brown Noddy

© Josh Lefever

2000
Sooty Tern

All over the area, especially over Bush Key and flying out to forage and back.
Sooty Tern
Sooty Terns
Sooty Tern and Brown Noddy, etc

© Josh Lefever

14
Sandwich Tern

Mixed with Royal Terns on the south cooling docks.

20
Black Skimmer

Mixed with Royal Terns on the dock near the south cooling docks but then weren't around in the afternoon (probably flushed by tourists).

350
Magnificent Frigatebird

Throughout the day there were usually about 100 frigatebirds in the air at any one time and then quite a few more perched in the trees on the far end of Bush Key. Some males could be seen inflating their gular pouches and many were seen chasing Royal Terns and harassing the Brown Noddies and Sooty Terns.
Magnificent Frigatebird
Magnificent Frigatebird
Magnificent Frigatebirds
Magnificent Frigatebirds
Magnificent Frigatebirds

25
Masked Booby

There were about 25 adult Masked Boobies on Hospital Key, which we could see through our spotting scope. Three birds (pair and a singleton) flew off the island.

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 25
25
Double-crested Cormorant

Some perched on the south cooling docks but most out on Bush Key.

50
Brown Pelican

Some perched on the cooling docks but most out on Bush Key or flying around the area.
Punk Brown Pelican

11
Great Egret

8 were standing on a distant sand bar, hunkered and all facing into the wind alongside each other and then another 3 flew past but didn't stop on the island.

1
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Adult - Flushed out of the trees near the north cooling docks
White-crowned Night-Heron (adult)

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female
Sex Unknown 1
2
American Kestrel

Females - Hunting around the fields inside the fort walls
American Kestrel (female)

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female 2
Sex Unknown
3
Purple Martin

1 male, 2 female/immatures flying around above the fort.
Purple Martin (female)

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 1
Female
Sex Unknown 2
4
Tree Swallow

Flying around above the fort.

1
Barn Swallow

Flying around above the fort.

3
Gray Catbird
1
Common Yellowthroat

Male - Flushed from the low brush near the north cooling docks right before we had to board the boat in the afternoon.

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male 1
Female
Sex Unknown
1
American Redstart

Female - Foraging in the trees inside the fort walls.

Age & Sex
Juvenile Immature Adult Age Unknown
Male
Female 1
Sex Unknown
20
Palm Warbler (Western)

Foraging all around the island, mainly inside the fort walls or on beach debris.

10
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)

Foraging all around the island, mainly inside the fort walls or on beach debris.

1
Prairie Warbler

In the trees near the south cooling docks.

Additional species seen by Josh Lefever:
1
Northern Parula
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes