Tours & Destinations Florida
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. . . . . 2013 TOUR SCHEDULE . . . . .
SOUTH FLORIDA, EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK,
DRY TORTUGAS & THE FLORIDA KEYS20 April 2013 - 28 April 2013, 9 days & 8 nights
South Florida is the only truly tropical region in all of mainland United States. It has mangroves, manatees, bromeliads, and crocodiles. But most of all it has birds, many of them found nowhere else in the country. Near Miami we'll look for Red-whiskered Bulbul, Monk Parakeet, and Spot-breasted Oriole. Okeechobee is a great area for Sandhill Crane, Crested Caracara, Short-tailed Hawk, and Florida Scrub-Jay. After searching for Brown-headed Nuthatch and Bachman's Sparrow in the Piney Woods, we'll look for Anhinga, Roseate Spoonbill, and Snowy Plover on the Gulf Coast. Big Cypress and the Everglades are famous for Limpkin, Swallow-tailed Kite, Snail Kite, Gray Kingbird, and White-crowned Pigeon. We may even see Greater Flamingo and Shiny Cowbird, as we have in the past. Our last major destination is the Florida Keys to look for Magnificent Frigatebird, Mangrove Cuckoo, Black-whiskered Vireo, Burrowing Owl, and Antillean Nighthawk. We'll also search for Common Ground-Dove, Painted Bunting, and a host of migrant warblers. Our day on Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas will be nothing short of spectacular, from the Sooty Tern and Brown Noddy breeding colony, to the host of migrant warblers, buntings, and other songbirds. And a West Indian vagrant, perhaps a Key West Quail-Dove or La Sagra's Flycatcher, can always be around the next bend in the trail. Bob Schutsky and/or John Puschock are the scheduled tour leaders.