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Checklist S45237422

 
Location
Dry Tortugas NP--Garden Key, Monroe County, Florida, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Thu May 03, 2018 6:50 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
3
Duration:
7 hour(s), 23 minute(s)
Distance:
1.5 mile(s)
Observers:
David J. Ringer
Comments:
Camped overnight and started birding around sunrise. Mostly cloudy after intermittent rain showers overnight, strong ENE winds (15-20 mph). The clouds largely cleared over the morning as the temperature warmed into the mid-80s, but the wind persisted. Remarkable concentration of warblers, especially American Redstarts, mostly feeding on the ground or very low in vegetation along the beaches and within the fort, and venturing very close to us. The seabird colonies are breathtaking, and the bird of the day/year was clearly the American Flamingo, apparently delivered on the powerful winds overnight. We could not pick out a Black Noddy from among the browns today. David J. Ringer, Elizabeth Sorrell, Jamie Buckner (and mingling with others throughout the day).
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Species
51 species total
1
Red-breasted Merganser

Female-type off the south swim beach at sunrise, initially quite near shore

1
American Flamingo

Spectacular bird and apparently also a spectacular record, only the second at Dry Tortugas National Park and the first to land, the rangers told us. Stunning coral-pink bird on the beach on the south (leeward) side of Bush Key and the isthmus between Garden and Bush. Extremely long neck held in S-curve; large, bent, black-tipped bill. Mantle lighter pink than rest of body. No leg bands nor wing tags as far as we could tell. Long, long, spindly legs with knobby “ankle” joint. Black primaries occasionally visible. The bird wasn’t on the beach when I checked it at sunrise, but later in the morning, a birder from Jacksonville alerted us to its presence after having been alerted to it by other campers or boaters. The bird moved up and down the beach the rest if the day, standing still for long periods of time, and by the time the Yankee Freedom left just before 3:00, it had moved far down toward Long Key and was barely visible through the heat shimmer, an bright pink phantasm.

© David J. Ringer

Average Quality
Age:
Adult
Sex:
Sex Unknown
1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
3
Mourning Dove

Two birds singing periodically

3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
1
Purple Gallinule

Flying low across the lawn in the middle of the fort early in the morning. Classic small gallinule shape in flight with neck extended, feet trailing, and rounded wings whirring. Distinctive bright blue-purple body and red bill. It dove into dense vegetation after its flight across the lawn.

1
Black-necked Stilt

Flying around Bush Key and hanging out on the leeward beach

1
Black-bellied Plover

Winter-plumaged bird on the lawn near the docks early in the morning

27
Ruddy Turnstone
1
Sanderling
1
Least Sandpiper
1
Semipalmated Sandpiper
2
Spotted Sandpiper
15
Laughing Gull
1
Herring Gull

Immature on Bush Key leeward beach as we were leaving. Distant.

500
Brown Noddy
5000
Sooty Tern
Breeding Code
ON Occupied Nest (Confirmed)
5
Bridled Tern

Two on south coaling dock ruins and three on north coaling dock ruins. Really nice looks at dark gray mantles, extensive white in long rectrices, long and narrow white forehead marks, etc.

1
Common Tern

Briefly seen on north coaling dock ruins with Royals and BRNOs. Tail not longer than wings; bill blackish-red.

23
Royal Tern
300
Magnificent Frigatebird

Estimate of birds in the air and on nests on Long Key. Five or six males with red pouches fully inflated and visible at a great distance. Many soaring on updrafts on the windward side of the fort (east) throughout the day.

Breeding Code
ON Occupied Nest (Confirmed)
60
Masked Booby

Rough number visible as little bumps on Hospital Key by scope from the top of the fort

8
Double-crested Cormorant
12
Brown Pelican
1
Tricolored Heron

Landed on Bush Key at one point near the flamingo

18
Cattle Egret

Observed one bird with a dead, soggy Common Yellowthroat, which it gulped down whole. Didn't see the catch.

1
Green Heron

Inside the fort early in the morning

2
Osprey

One bird with an almost entirely white head—apparently leucistic—in the morning and a more typically patterned bird later in the afternoon

2
Merlin

Patrolling the fort all day, often with spectacular flights along the rim, dives at GRKI, etc. Seen with small songbird prey occasionally.

1
Peregrine Falcon
1
Gray Kingbird
1
White-eyed Vireo

Bathing early in the morning by rubbing its body against wet leaves and then preening its feathers.

1
Bank Swallow
20
Barn Swallow

Some flying around the fort, some hunkered down on beaches.

1
Cliff Swallow
2
Gray-cheeked Thrush
10
Gray Catbird
1
Bobolink

Male low in vegetation on the eastern side of the key shortly after sunrise

1
Northern Waterthrush
4
Black-and-white Warbler
13
Common Yellowthroat

1x1 count and likely an undercount—numerous throughout

1
Hooded Warbler

Female-type, had also been present the day before. Feeding on the lawn in the southwest corner of the fort.

96
American Redstart

Counted conservatively 1x1 across the island through the morning. The birds were all over the ground, feeding actively, and very tolerant of our presence. On the south swim beach at sunrise, 20 redstarts were feeding on the sand and along the wrack, while more moved about in the vegetation, a scene that played out repeatedly on other parts of the island. Birds often within arm’s length. Wow.

8
Cape May Warbler

M/f mix

5
Northern Parula
2
Magnolia Warbler

Males

4
Blackpoll Warbler

M/f mix

10
Black-throated Blue Warbler

More males than females. Some exhausted, moving slowly on the ground.

9
Palm Warbler (Western)
2
Prairie Warbler
 

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