So, after work on Friday I went straight to bed, slept for 5-6 hours and left Tallahassee with Matt Gould at 11:45pm Friday night. Two and half hours later we picked Craig Bateman up in Gainesville and continued south. We met with Alex Harper in Miami shortly after sunrise. Since Bill Baggs didn't open until 8am, we decided to try for Spot-breasted Oriole in Miami Shores. Eventually, we found them and I got my best looks ever at this beautiful exotic.
We then drove down to Homestead to a private residence hosting a huge cowbird flock including multiple Shiny Cowbirds. We got fleeting glimpses of them as they passed into the bushes surrounding the feeders and had to wait them out until they began feeding on the ground. Once they did, the Cowbirds really glowed in the high sun.
Sunday morning we woke before sunrise and gave a few screech owl calls. We were greeted with an Eastern Screech-Owl that landed on the power wires and called a few times. No other screech owl range comes even remotely close to Florida.
The La Sagra's Flycatcher at Green Cay wasn't any more visible than the vireo. We heard it call a few times, but the bird never revealed itself. The boardwalk was more productive. Least Bitterns are nesting along the far edge of the wetlands.
It was a long drive home. Was quite tired for work today, but not too tired to pass off this singing Yellow-throated Vireo. Quite a few returning breeders around and singing, especially Northern Parulas.
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