FW: [BRDBRAIN] Mangrove Cuckoos
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Interesting report on Mangrove Cuckoo at Ding Darling below.
Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 12:11 PM
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Mangrove Cuckoos
Just back from a wonderful two weeks in Florida . We were very fortunate to come across two Mangrove Cuckoos during our spell in the south. One, a calling bird at the well described spot (Pranty 2005,p. 258) at the end of the paved road on Saddlebunch Key, accessed from Sugarloaf Key (CR 939) on February 15th. Another gave incredible views to tens of admirers at J. N. Ding Darling NWR on Sanibel Island on February 17th. This bird was by the road close to the 'cross dike' access and parking area at Mile 2. I took a few pics through my scope and bins;
We also heard about another Mangrove Cuckoo seen that morning at Mile 3.5 on the wildlife drive on the refuge.
We came across a few other notable birds on our trip;
1 Worm-eating Warbler associating with a Black-and-White Warbler and an Ovenbird at Dagney Johnson Key Largo Botanical State Park on Feb 13th.
1 Cape May Warbler on Saddlebunch Key at the spot described above for Mangrove Cuckoo.
31 Bronzed Cowbirds and a Lincoln 's Sparrow (with a Swamp Sparrow) at Eagle Lake Mitigation Site in the Naples area on Feb 18th.
And, of course, the long staying La Sagra's Flycatcher at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, which showed fantastically well for nearly forty minutes in the vicinity of the restrooms (the block close to the frequently mentioned white gate) and south from there on Feb 12th.
James P. Smith