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Checklist S32787061

 
Location
Bill Baggs Cape Florida SP, Miami-Dade County, Florida, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sun Nov 27, 2016 8:15 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
5 hour(s), 23 minute(s)
Distance:
3.5 mile(s)
Observers:
Mark McShane
Comments:
Joined many birders working to relocate a recently seen La Sagra's Flycatcher.
Species
26 species (+1 other taxa) total
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Birders started trying for the bird in the special access interior areas as soon as the park opened, and the flycatcher was again heard vocalizing very infrequently at a distance a few times. To my knowledge no sighting was made during any vocalization.
As Shane Runyon reported, he saw the La Sagra's at 9:40am while everyone was spread out in the immediate area looking for the bird. Shane instantly alerted the rest of us who were nearby and we all scurried over to the exact spot where he had just seen it. Shane had picked up the very special Myiarchus on the east side of the powerline cut, he had seen it well, and then it had moved into the trees on the west side of the powerline cut right there. Approximate location where Shane had the bird: Coordinates 25.67057,-80.157075
Current easily available aerial map photography of the park doesn't seem to show the powerline cut between the administration buildings and the parking lot and to the east of the main north/south service road cut through that area as it appears now or very well.
When we made it over to where Shane was the bird had just gone so we all looked for the flycatcher in the very immediate area. A few minutes later another birder and I were standing in the powerline cut, just about where Shane had seen the bird, when a birder flushed the bird east out of the trees from the west side of the powerline cut. That was very near where Shane had just seen it go into the trees when he had lost it minutes earlier.
When flushed the bird briefly perched on a wire right in front of us, though maybe 40-50 yards out, just a bit south of where Shane had seen it. Approximate location: Coordinates 25.670332,-80.157045
I instantly got the Nikon 82mm (with 30x wide-angle eyepiece) Fieldscope on the bird, and the birder I was with got it in his binoculars as well. The morning sun was actually very near the angle of our view of the bird but not in the field of view, and the bird was pretty backlit. The flycatcher was a bit crouched on the wire.
I saw a small and slim Myiarchus flycatcher with a prominent crest, and a seemingly thin bill. I could see very pale yellow on the belly only but couldn't see the breast of the bird very well at all due to the crouch and the back light. The tail seemed to have very little rufous in it. I was working through the bird but with the lighting I couldn't really see much more detail before it quickly took off.
When the Myiarchus left the wire, it flew almost 110 yards to the northeast, crossing to the east side of the open area called "The Nursery" (where the park staff deposits much of their tree, path, and road trimmings) and disappeared into the top of a large tree over there. Approximate location: Coordinates 25.670822,-80.156296
I followed it in flight in the scope as it went and scanned the canopy for it when it put down but couldn't relocate it anywhere on the edge of the tree.
In flight the bird was pretty much going away from us and displayed very little rufous in the tail or wings.
A bunch of us went over to the tree, contended with some rain for a good while, and kept watching for the bird which we never found again.
Just outside the southwest corner of the administration building complex on the side of the road there is a small and old boat laying on the ground at the north end of that section of the powerline cut. We saw the flycatcher on a powerline about 100 yards into the powerline cut south of the boat.
I wanted more! I wasn't quite happy missing any of the details of the plumage of the bird with the badly backlit and quick view, sans video, and stayed till almost 2pm hoping to re-spot the La Sagra's again and get some nice video clips. I heard it once after the sighting but did not see it again.
Taking prior and subsequent sightings into account it seems that the bird has been favoring the north end of that section of the powerline cut there as well as The Nursery area just east.

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

Yes