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Bruce Purdy and I closely studied the Tropical/Couch's Kingbird with a scope
on the left side of the boardwalk leaving the parking lot at Mahogany
Hammock in E.N.P. on Saturday, February 3, 2000. It was in close proximity
to 2 Western Kingbirds for excellent comparative analysis. It fed for an
hour on Paurotis Palm fruit and every time it would fly back to an exposed
perch on a dead snag and return to the palm it would call out a single brit
and repeat it intermittently four or five times. It actually reminded me of
the Ash-throated's call at Gumbo Limbo Nature Center in Boca Raton. It was
totally different than the twittering call of the Tropical Kingbird.
Experienced birders from Ohio and Tennessee along with David Cutler from
Philadelphia (was there earlier in the day with Bruce) agreed that it was
unlike calls they had heard from Tropical's they had seen in the Southwest
U.S. and Costa Rica. Someone with the proper equipment should attempt to
record it. The bird certainly fits a Couch's Kingbird in all respects,i.e.
notched tail, dark gray mask and the diagnostic call note. Please feel free
to add your two cents worth. Also I went to Camp Owaissa Bauer on Saturday
morning (Alpha Omega Church security let me bird) looking for the
Warbling/Bell's Vireo. I heard a weird loud scold note on the nature trail
mimicking the Screech Owl but could never locate the bird. You might want to
take a look during the week when their are no campers. Check with the Park
Manager first. A tape of the 2 Vireo's calls would probably be useful. Stop
and check both sites on the way to the Yellow-faced Grassquit at Eco Pond.
It may be well worth the effort!

Paul Bithorn
Virginia Gardens, FL
Miami-Dade County
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