Groundhog Day – Miami, FL
Day 6 – Added 6 birds for a total of 151
Thursday night I got the call that all birders dread. The Western Spindalis that I had looked for on Wednesday with no success had been relocated Thursday afternoon (insert expletive)!!! Keep in mind, I’ve been to Miami 5 times in the last month–3 times searching for that bird alone.
I have insomnia so at 3:30 a.m. I find myself driving the Tamiami Trail (Old U.S. 41) for the umpteenth time in the last year. The fog is super dense. Fog and birding don’t go together very well as you might guess. I start to feel apprehensive. Is this going to be another epic fail?
The bird was found in Crandon Park on Key Biscayne. When I arrive, I’m the only birder in the whole park. After the first 5 minutes, I hear her!! It took another hour to get a picture I could use. The male Western Spindalis is a beautiful bird, the female is pretty drab. At this moment though, she looks really good to me!!
I head back to Naples with a little spring in my step. After a few quick stops along the way, I add Swamp Sparrow, Roseate Spoonbill, Black Skimmer, Sandwich and Forster’s Terns to the list.
I wrap up South Florida with 151 species. Next stop: San Diego