1. 31 October - Ft. DeSoto Park - We did not see
either the Warbling Vireo nor the Golden-crowned
Kinglets and to our knowledge, neither was seen today. We did see
a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and a Western Kingbird along with the standard birds of
Ft. DeSoto Park.
We did see what is believed (by birders with much more knowledge than us) a
Hammond's Flycatcher about 120 paces (steps from the gravel
roadway) down the Privet Trail at East Beach Woods. This flycatcher has
held this location all day today.
2. Non-alert - February 24 to March 4- Birding
the Hotspots of Costa Rica - Venice Area Audubon Society Field
Costa Rica is world renown for its amazing biological diversity and
dedication to environmental conservation. Costa Rica is home to 878 species of
birds (78 different families), not to mention 505,000 other species of plants
and animals. Our expert native guide “Chito” specializes in birding. One hotspot
we will bird is LaSelva Biological Reserve where in one morning over 100 bird
species are possible. Our 9-day adventure will take us through lowland rain
forest, cloud forest, rivers, mangroves, beaches, national parks, and private
reserves. Our nine day goal will be to see over 270 bird species, including
Resplendent Quetzal and Scarlet Macaw. We will also see monkeys, sloths, bats,
crocodiles, and lizards. Total cost of Sarasota-Costa Rica round trip flight,
hotels, meals, ground transportation, and guide: $2,461 per person double
occupancy. We need six more participants by November 14, 2006.
Contact trip leader: Barry Rossheim (941) 485-1328.
Please send your input about rare and/or interesting bird sightings to: SRQbirdAlerts@...