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Checklist S31109274

 
Location
Marathon Airport, Monroe County, Florida, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sat Aug 13, 2016 6:45 PM
Protocol:
Stationary
Party Size:
5
Duration:
50 minute(s)
Observers:
Anna Groves List , Christopher Warneke , Nash Turley List , Thomas Koffel List
Comments:
We stopped here, as most people probably do, to try for Antillean Nighthawk. We had a picnic dinner at the concrete table that is southwest of most of the airport buildings. We were concerned about the road noise and being able to hear the nighthawks, but that turned out not to be a problem, as they were loud enough to hear over the cars.
Species
10 species (+3 other taxa) total
1
10
2

The first one took flight at 7:22 and was seen well and heard by all five of us. We stayed for a while later and were able to see and hear two individuals feeding together. Quite a treat!

© Thomas Koffel

© Thomas Koffel

© Thomas Koffel

© Thomas Koffel

© Thomas Koffel

1
nighthawk sp.

I thought I head a Common right as we were leaving, but other people in the group convinced me to list it only as nighthawk sp., so out of deference to them, I have listed it that way.

1
Black-bellied Plover/golden-plover sp.

This was a bird that we saw sillouetted mostly against the sun. It was clearly a Pluvialis off of build, shape, and flight style. We were unable to get a sense of size and also didn't see the underwing pattern. Probability favors Black-bellied, and that is what I think it is, but we ultimately decided we couldn't eliminate American Golden, especially given the habitat of a large grassy field, so we are only calling it at the genus level.

1
shorebird sp.

A shorebird dropped in pretty quickly and behind some grass. We never saw it again and didn't ID it in the few seconds we had with it.

5
1

© Thomas Koffel

5
1
1
1
1
 

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

Yes