DAY 4 – 144
My last “tick” of the day and number 144 for the year is Smooth-billed Ani! Thanks again to Carlos Sanchez for finding this bird today. We started early this morning looking for owls. I always love birding in the dark with flashlights like kids!
We added Eastern Screech, Great Horned and Eastern Whippoorwills by 6:15. Then it was off to the beach for shorebirds. Some nice birds at Crandon Beach in Key Biscayne while we waited for Bill Baggs to open and our real target: the Western Spindalis female that ended up being a no-show today.. Bummer! I just had this bird a month ago. It started to pour so we took refuge at a fabulous Lebanese restaurant and fueled up for the afternoon to hike the L-31W canal by Everglades NP.
On the drive over is when Carlos spotted the Ani. Game-changer!! This is what I love about birding. You never know what’s going to happen.
Drove back to Naples after a very long couple of days.