Posted by John Boyd   on 14:04:37 09/14/13

I ended up as the 2nd substitute leader for today’s S. Dade birdwalk (Toe substituted early, but could not stay).  After gathering at the Coe Visitor’s center, we headed to Lucky Hammock.  Highlights there include 2 Orchard Orioles, Alder Flycatcher, a silent Empid (probably Alder), a Cliff Swallow, a couple of White-crowned Pigeons, and flyovers by Eastern Kingbirds and hordes of Bobolinks.
The flyovers continued at the Annex.  The gate was closed.  We ran into several other birders there, including Larry Manfredi (see separate report) and Rangel Diaz.  Both Alder and the single Willow Flycatcher were present.  Many of us got a look at the Willow.  We also found a Prothonotary Warbler, Summer Tanager, Baltimore Oriole, and 4 Northern Harriers (FOS for me).
From there we headed to the Homestead Airport, for the traditional Burrowing Owl, followed by Castellow Hammock, where we had lunch.  Both Ruby-throated and Rufous Hummingbirds were seen by most.  Other birds of note included another Summer Tanager and Yellow-throated Vireo.

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