On Monday November 8th. of this week I went by Cutler Wetlands here in 
south Miami-Dade county.  As I was driving along the edge of the 
wetlands, I saw a Black-billed Cuckoo flying along side the car.  It 
then flew across the road in front of me and went into a tree next to 
some houses.  There was a county maintenance truck parked here so I went 
to park next to the wetlands.  As I was getting out of my car the truck 
left so I went over to the tree where I saw the cuckoo fly into, in 
hopes of getting a photo.  I was not able to relocate the bird for a 
photo, those darn sneaky cuckoos!

Cutler Wetlands and just about all of south Miami-Dade county, had 
thousands of Cave Swallows of the Mexican race.  These are larger and 
paler than the West Indies race birds.  There were many of them at 
Cutler Wetlands along with Bank Swallow, Barn Swallow, Northern 
Rough-winged Swallow.  Near the Homestead Airport there were thousands 
of Tree Swallows mixed in with Barn and Cave Swallows.  On Sunday there 
were many, many swallows as well.

A little east of s.w. 217 ave. on s.w. 312 ave. near a nursery with 
Banana plants, was a Lark Sparrow on the wire.  Just down from this was 
a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and as Western Kingbird.

A photo of a Cave Swallow:

A photo of the Bank Swallow:

A photo of a couple of Cave Swallow in flight:

Larry Manfredi
Homestead, FL
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