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Checklist S3679920

 
Location
Dry Tortugas NP--Garden Key, Monroe County, Florida, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Fri Mar 14, 2008 10:20 AM
Protocol:
Area
Party Size:
1
Duration:
4 hour(s), 25 minute(s)
Area: 16.0 ac
Observers:
Charles Caron
Species
28 species total
1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
14
Black-bellied Plover
1
Wilson's Plover
3
Whimbrel
16
Ruddy Turnstone
1
Willet
X
Laughing Gull
2
Ring-billed Gull
8
Herring Gull
1000
Brown Noddy
5000
Sooty Tern
7
Royal Tern
18
Black Skimmer
100
Magnificent Frigatebird
1
Northern Gannet
5
Double-crested Cormorant
12
Brown Pelican
1
Great Blue Heron
1
Great Egret
1
American Kestrel
1
Loggerhead Kingbird

I observed a bird that was clearly a kingbird in the bushes outside the fort. I had been told that there was an Eastern Kingbird there by the boat naturalist. When I saw the bird I immediately thought something was wrong. I initially figured it must be a Gray Kingbird but close examination ruled that out. The bill of the bird appeared too large/out of proportion for an Eastern and the white on the tail tip was not as distinctive as I would expect. Loggerhead Kingbird was not in any of the guides I had with me and did not even cross my mind. After viewing the bird for an extended time I decided the discrepancies I was seeing were probably due to its being the first I had seen for the spring, a deceptive sense of size/proportion due to the setting and, in the case of the white on the tail, wear due to migration. Now that I see that a Loggerhead was found there on that date and upon review of online photographs of that and other Loggerheads, I am quite certain that the bird I originally reported as an Eastern Kingbird was the Loggerhead Kingbird.

4
Tree Swallow
2
Barn Swallow
1
Northern Waterthrush
1
Black-and-white Warbler
18
Northern Parula
40
Palm Warbler
25
Yellow-rumped Warbler
 

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

Yes