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Checklist S19225317

 
Location
Boca Chica Beach, Monroe County, Florida, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Thu Jul 24, 2014 9:00 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
4 hour(s), 30 minute(s)
Distance:
0.3 mile(s)
Observers:
Diana Doyle
Comments:
90, sunny, 30% clouds, s < 5, high tide at about 0830, low tide 1630 hrs. 0900-1200 searching, then break 1215-1510 hrs, then birding again until about 1645 hrs. morning chris newton of kissimmee also was searching.
Species
22 species total
2

flyovers

3
20

approx.

1

Continuing rarity. Finally located at 1555 hrs feeding with mostly LESA in thick beach wrack about 50 yds past end of drivable road. Like looking for a needle in a haystack, but when spotted, it immediately stood out. A calidris larger than LESA with extended throat area a pale tone of robin-red (face and chin just under bill were white). Bill and legs dark black. Scapulars were a dark rich rufous and black, and seemed longer and showier than WESA. Belly and undertail coverts were clean white. Combination of red throat, richly colored scapulars, and clean white underneath gave the bird a sharp dapper appearance, in stark contrast with the muddy look of the nearby LESAs. Very actively feeding on sand fleas, dodging all around the wrack from shoreline to upper beach, and also chasing nearby feeding LESAs.

50

approx. likely many more, all along beach and in navy mud flats.

2

likely more, didn't count.

20

approx., likely more, didn't count.

20

approx.

2
2
10

approx.

5
1

flew along shoreline, very close. strong black cap and heavy black bill.

3
1

Previously reported. Seen at airfield wetland, perched on bank. small, glossy dark cormorant, with white V along bill gape. Also showed white spot on auricular area, although not the full plumes, just a white feather area.

2

flybys

15

approx.

1

w/ WHIB

1
1
1
3
 

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

Yes