While taking around a couple of visiting birders from Washington, D.C.
today, I refound the male Vermilion Flycatcher that I had originally
found last winter. The bird is in Hendry County on Government Rd. (aka
C.R. 833), approximately 14 miles north from the Big Cypress Seminole
Travel Plaza on I-75. This is south of the "downtown/main section" of the
Big Cypress Indian Reservation. Set your trip odometer at the plaza on
I-75 and go north. At about the 14 mile point, look for a shiny new
galvanized cattle watering trough on your right (east) side of the road.
The male Vermilion flycatches from the overhanging powerline that crosses
the canal near this watering trough. If not found precisely at this
location, look across Government Rd. for a small sign on a closed gate
that reads "Field #1-A, MJR & No Tresspassing". The Vermilion sometimes
perches on the telephone line on this side of the road near this sign OR
it may be in the Live Oak nearby, but it is there. . . . Vince McGrath
has had several Western Kingbirds here in recent weeks but we saw none
today. Last winter, a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was also seen here.
Other good birds for Hendry County today were 3 Limpkins and 3 Snail
Kites along C.R. 846 near the Devil's Garden Packing Plant (oranges) in
the small pond/lake on the north side of the road. Also seen were over
100 American White Pelicans as well as one Sandhill Crane.
There are no Shiny Cowbirds (as of yet) coming to the feeders at Brigg's
Nature Center in Naples. A Great Horned Owl and plenty of Eastern Towhees
and Florida Scrub-Jays were found on Shell Island Rd. -- the road that
leads to the Nature Center.