Total ABA Species Recorded During 2010 - 731

Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Few More New Ones and off to the Dry Tortugas

I'm writing this posting while sitting under an awning on the streets of Key West, Florida.  John's wife Nancy has arrived and in a few short hours the three of us will depart this southernmost US city and head west to the Dry Tortugas.  While we're in the Tortugas, I won't be able to post any blogs because of the lack of connectivity.  We'll be back in civilization Sunday night and I'll get the missing blogs posted then.  So hang in there.  Bobsbirds will return.
Today we started at the Naval yard watching Roseate Terns (web photo).  These are probably the most beautiful of the Sterna terns, being white with a striking black bill and a pink blush to their breast.  Apparently they nest on the roofs of buildings, but we didn't see any interest by them in doing so today.  They were in love and you know how that goes.  We also birded Fort Zachary and picked up some migrants including Tennessee Warbler, our first.  A couple other migrant traps produced Northern and Orchard Orioles.  Those four new birds brings the total thus far to 506.  So long for a while.


  1. Congradulations on breaking 500 already! The only thing that bothers me is that soon you will surpass my life list which took 40 years, as opposed to 4 months to amass.

  2. Hey Bob, can't wait to hear @ trip to dry tortugas. did you get to bird on boot key? they were talking about closing the road to get there...if you're hungry when you're coming back thru big pine, check out no name pub on no name key-neat place off the beaten track. have fun, paula