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Checklist S45440272

 
Location
Dry Tortugas NP--Garden Key, Monroe County, Florida, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Wed May 02, 2018 4:57 PM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
3
Duration:
3 hour(s), 23 minute(s)
Distance:
0.75 mile(s)
Observers:
David J. Ringer
Comments:
Started birding again after snorkeling in the afternoon. Scoped the seabird colonies from the beach and from the fort and hung out inside the fort near the fountain. Mid-80s, sunny, east winds. We watched the sun set from on top of the fort -- an orange disc sliding between clouds with a distant lighthouse on the horizon. David J. Ringer, Elizabeth Sorrell, Jamie Buckner.
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Species
33 species (+2 other taxa) total
1
Mourning Dove
2
nighthawk sp.

Flew up out of the fort at sunset, silent and appeared to take off over the water, leaving the island.

1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Female perched in a tree

25
Laughing Gull
500
Brown Noddy
5000
Sooty Tern
Breeding Code
ON Occupied Nest (Confirmed)
2
Bridled Tern

Quick looks on north coaling dock ruins. Slightly grayer backs, narrow white foreheads.

20
Royal Tern
250
Magnificent Frigatebird

Scoped nests on Long Key -- very distant, but we could see a few males with their huge red sacs distended.

Breeding Code
ON Occupied Nest (Confirmed)
50
Masked Booby

Hospital Key

5
Double-crested Cormorant
12
Brown Pelican
12
Cattle Egret
2
Merlin

Nice views in scope. Saw one bird snag an unidentified passerine and then later saw it perched with a bit of the carcass remaining, which it finished off in a couple of gulps.

1
Peregrine Falcon

Blasted over the fort near sunset and just kept going

1
Gray Kingbird
1
Bank Swallow
20
Barn Swallow

Some sitting on the beach exhausted

1
Cliff Swallow
1
Gray-cheeked Thrush
1
Gray-cheeked/Bicknell's Thrush

One bird looked bright--extensively yellow lower mandible, slightly reddish tail....

5
Gray Catbird
4
Black-and-white Warbler
1
Tennessee Warbler

Male bird coming to the fountain

3
Common Yellowthroat
1
Hooded Warbler

Female inside the fort, feeding on the lawn

35
American Redstart

Lots of these birds feeding on the ground along beaches and inside the fort on the lawn, often coming quite close to us

5
Cape May Warbler
4
Northern Parula
1
Yellow Warbler (Northern)

Beautiful male with yellow head and red streaks on breast

3
Blackpoll Warbler
3
Black-throated Blue Warbler
3
Palm Warbler (Western)
4
Prairie Warbler
1
Scarlet Tanager

Male seen briefly low in beach vegetation

 

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

Yes