Kentucky Warbler in Naples
Naples seems to be the place for uncommon winter birds these days. This
just in. If this proves to be true, this is a great bird for this time of
the year. Read on. . . .
I'm Alan Murray, a friend of Arthur and Anne Wilson [of the Caloosa Bird
Club]. I live in Naples and I was at Sugden Regional Park today. I found
a Kentucky Warbler between the second and third benches going from right
to left. According to the Peterson warbler book, it seems like it
shouldn`t be here now. I also found an Orange-crowned Warbler."
In Steveson & Anderson's magnum opus _ The Birdlife of Florida_, on page
589 it states "occasionally seen in winter." There are winter records for
Dade and Monroe Counties but not for Collier. This is a great find and
one that someone needs to verify. Unfortunately, it can't be me because
I'm going down to E.N.P. for a few days to see a Munia!
BTW, you may remember, that this is the same park where a Franklin's Gull
was seen during the Naples CBC by Hugh McGuiness back in late December
2001. Here are directions to Sugden Regional Park in Naples:
To reach Sugden Regional Park from I-75, take exit 15 and go south on
County Road 951 aka Collier Blvd. 2 or 3 miles (I think) to Rattlesnake
Hammock Road. Turn right on Rattlesnake Hammock until it ends at U.S.
Rte.41. Turn right on U.S. Rte. 41 and go several blocks to an
intersection which has Outer Drive going left and Lakewood Blvd. going
right. Turn left onto Outer Drive and you will see the sign for Sugden
Also, intrepid David Thurston, another Naples birder, found these birds
at the west end of Sugden:
"Over the past several days, I have found, among some 55 species:
Painted Bunting (male and female)
Indigo Bunting (female)
Common Ground Dove
Black & White Warbler
Herons, Egrets, Ibis, Wood Stork, Anhinga, etc.
When entering the park, keep right and drive to the end of parking lot by
grandstand. There is a paved trail that you can follow through varied
habitats along the west side of Lake Avalon that provides very good
birding early in the morning." -- David Thurston