Day 3 – birding the Lower Keys

Mangrove Cuckoo is a real southern speciality – we were lucky enough to find two at one spot

Today we’ve really done the hard yards. There are thousands of acres of mangrove, creeks and shoreline to cover in the Lower Keys and, as we discovered, very few birds at the moment. Still we did manage to fine a few of our ‘must get’ species, including: Mangrove Cuckoo, Grey Kingbird and White-crowned Pigeon. Shore birds, when we found them, were good and included: Willet, Black-bellied and Semipalmated Plover, Least Sandpiper, Sanderling, both Yellowlegs, Turnstone, Black-necked Stilt and Short-billed Dowitcher. Other species of note where: Royal and Least Tern, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Parula and Yellow-crowned Night Heron. In a failed attempt this evening to find Antillean Nighthawk we did managed to add two new species – Killdeer and Solitary Sandpiper, feeding in the muddy pools at the end of Marathon airfield. Tomorrow is our all day pelagic.

These Red-bellied Woodpecker certainly think Spring is on the way!
Least Stint have, so far, been the only small peeps we’ve come across
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