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Checklist S45689905

 
Location
Dry Tortugas NP--Garden Key, Monroe County, Florida, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sat May 12, 2018 8:10 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
4 hour(s), 5 minute(s)
Distance:
1.795 mile(s)
Observers:
Carol Langford List , David Simpson , Dorothy Russell List , cole burrell List , sherry bixler List
Comments:
N/A
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.6.36
Species
46 species (+3 other taxa) total
1
American Flamingo

Continuing rarity. Will submit photos.

ML100461431

© David Simpson

Average Quality

Swarovski 95mm iPhone 6s Plus Phoneskope

Age:
Adult
Sex:
Sex Unknown
1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)

Someone's racing pigeon got off course. We see these fairly regularly on the island.

ML100461351

© David Simpson

Average Quality

Swarovski 95mm iPhone 6s Plus Phoneskope

Age:
Adult
Sex:
Sex Unknown
1
Mourning Dove
50
Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Streaming in from the west. Flying over fort walls. Rough count of 50.

1
Purple Gallinule

Reported by others. “Gallinule with bluish sides.”

1
Limpkin

In campground area. Got some photos. Long-legged wading type bird. Overall brown in color with white spots on each feather. First for me on the park. I have seen a few in the keys before.

ML100461481

© David Simpson

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Swarovski 95mm iPhone 6s Plus Phoneskope

ML100461491

© David Simpson

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Swarovski 95mm iPhone 6s Plus Phoneskope

4
Black-bellied Plover
1
Killdeer
15
Ruddy Turnstone
10
Least Sandpiper

Flock flew by at the north coaling docks. I'm not sure where they settled.

2
Spotted Sandpiper

At least two on the beach near the coaling docks. This is where they usually show up on the island. Walk along with a characteristic teetering gait. In spring they have the characteristic spots for which the species is named.

15
Laughing Gull
1
Herring Gull

One very worn immature bird seen on the beach near the nesting colony. We usually see a few of these on the island.

3000
Brown Noddy
5000
Sooty Tern
2
Bridled Tern
ML100461521

© David Simpson

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Swarovski 95mm iPhone 6s Plus Phoneskope

Age:
Adult
Sex:
Sex Unknown
1
Roseate Tern

First summer bird was present much of the trip. Mostly black head with a white forehead. Red legs. All white tail. Little or no dark in the primaries.

1
Royal Tern
200
Magnificent Frigatebird

Rough count by 5’s.

50
Masked Booby

Rough count of birds seen on Hospital Key.

15
Brown Pelican
1
Great Blue Heron
25
Cattle Egret

Many of these end up on the island. They do not find sufficient insects or amphibians on the island so must subsist on songbirds. Many don't make it off the island.

2
Green Heron

Fairly common migrant on the island.

2
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

We see these from time to time. They have larger bills than Black-crowned which enables them to eat crabs.

ML100461441

© David Simpson

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Swarovski 95mm iPhone 6s Plus Phoneskope

Age:
Immature
Sex:
Sex Unknown
1
Merlin
1
Peregrine Falcon
1
Gray Kingbird

Larger bill than Eastern or most other kingbirds. More on the level of Tropical Kingbird. Pale gray on the back with a dark mask around the eyes.

ML100461311

© David Simpson

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Swarovski 95mm iPhone 6s Plus Phoneskope

Age:
Adult
Sex:
Sex Unknown
ML100461321

© David Simpson

Average Quality

Swarovski 95mm iPhone 6s Plus Phoneskope

Age:
Adult
Sex:
Sex Unknown
1
flycatcher sp. (Tyrannidae sp.)

Small flycatcher seen at the same time as the Limpkin. Never did get back on it.

1
Black-whiskered Vireo
1
Bank Swallow

One smaller swallow seen briefly. Bank Swallow is very thin with thin wings and a short tail. Underparts are very white with a thin brown band on the breast. The band is sometimes not visible.

3
Barn Swallow
1
Veery

Heard the "veer" call a couple times. I don't remember if I ever saw this one.

1
Gray-cheeked Thrush

Another hopeful Bicknell's was foiled by the distinct contrast of gray cheek and brown face.

2
Catharus sp.

A couple of thrushes eluded specific ID.

8
Gray Catbird
10
Bobolink

Some were flying over and others were hiding in the unmowed grass or trees next to the residence area.

3
Ovenbird
4
Northern Waterthrush

Several walking about the place. They often like to walk the beached foraging on the seagrass that washed up with the high tide. Underparts can vary from whitish to yellow-buff, but are uniform. Louisiana always shows a contrast between the flanks and rest of underparts.

1
Black-and-white Warbler
50
Common Yellowthroat

Rough count. They were everywhere again this day.

50
American Redstart

Rough count. Species was in every bit of habitat throughout the island.

5
Cape May Warbler
4
Northern Parula
1
Blackpoll Warbler
3
Black-throated Blue Warbler

Male and female have the little white handkerchief formed on the folded wing by the white base of the primaries.

3
Palm Warbler

Perhaps we can adjust the filter given how many sightings of the species at this time of year.

2
Palm Warbler (Western)

Perhaps we can adjust the filter given how many sightings of the species at this time of year.

1
Indigo Bunting
 

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

Yes