All Day at Bill Baggs, but NO La Sagra's Flycatcher
The day began with a stop at a breakfast place, the Donut Gallery, recommended by Robin Diaz. It was a hoot and quite reasonable considering it was on Key Biscayne, one of the most expensive locations in Florida. We met Robin, a volunteer naturalist at the park, and John Puschock, a young bird tour leader and photographer from Seattle who had been showing his pics at the recently concluded Space Coast Birding Festival. The birds started with calling Great Crested Flycatchers, Eastern Phoebes, some warblers, Painted Buntings, and Blue-headed Vireos. The warblers included American Redstart and Prairie Warbler, two new birds for the year. During the morning a couple of Magnificent Frigatebirds flew by (web photo). We ended up with a group of good birders all trying to come up with the La Sagra's but it was not to be. The best animal of the day was an Everglades Racer with its pale gray smooth scales. We also saw many lizards displaying their dewlaps. They were jumping around and diverting my attention with their motion and the noise they made in the leaf litter. The afternoon ended with the return of the Great Crested Flycatchers and no La Sagra's with them.
Audrey, Bobby, and I went to Shivers, a BBQ rib spot, where we sampled their chicken, pork, and beef plus collards, black eyed peas, cole slaw. We saved room for dessert back at the trailer. Audrey had made a sour orange pie, like a Key Lime pie but made with sour, not sweet, oranges. It was very good. The species total now stands at 281. Tomorrow I travel north returning the rental car and flying home from Orlando.