I found an adult male Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) in Everglades
National Park this morning. I saw the bird at 9 a.m. along the main
park road by the entrance to West Lake. It was feeding in the grass in
the open and in the brush next to Mangroves. I went back later at
around 10 a.m. and found the bird again for a birder who lives in
Flamingo. We watched it feed for about 15 minutes.
Other birds seen in the park were:
White-tailed Kite, seen along the south end of research road. After
paying the entrance fee, go about 2 miles and make a left going to Royal
Palm. Look for the signs for the Daniel Beard Research Center on the
right. Follow this road for about 8 miles until you see the Research
buildings, then go about another 2 miles until you seen a large grassy
area that has been cleared of Brazilian Pepper. The Kite was perched on
the left side of the road on a snag.
FLAMINGOS, at the end of Snake Bight, two birds. See them now while
they are about 50 yards from the end of the boardwalk. This is the
closest that I have ever seen them in the last 10 years from Snake
Bight. The mosquitos are bad, if possible rent a bike in Flamingo. Put
it in the trunk of a car, drive to the entrance of Snake Bight and ride
like crazy. Much better then walking. I got some great photos that I
may post later.
Northern Shoveler, lots of ducks at Mryasek Pond, these are the three
species that I saw.
Hooded Merganser, one seen at Eco Pond in Flamingo.
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