South Florida is considered to be one of the most interesting birding locations in the country and reasonably so. On a nice spring morning, you can see dozens of species of migratory birds flying overhead. You can also find amazing wintering birds, such as the scissor-tailed flycatcher and rufous hummingbird, or breeding birds, such as swallow-tailed kites and burrowing owls. THEN, there are the many vagrants who have wandered from the tropics or western United States, and the exotic birds who have made the area their new home. There is plenty to keep a birder busy.

I have spent very little time in this part of the country and many of these southeastern species are completely new to me. Needless to say, soon after my arrival to Homestead I was itching to go birding!

A couple of trips into the Everglades and a few more in the surrounding area yielded over 20 new species for me, a few of which I’d like to share: