14-05-2001

The second day on Garden Key with mainly the same species if with a few variations. There were a lot more Northern Waterthrushes and Gray-cheeked Thrushes. The only Veery of the entire vacation could not be relocated. A Black-whiskered Vireo was the one giving the best views the entire vacation even though the species is not rare at all on the Keys in late spring. There was also aGray Catbird and a Song Sparrow. During the passage we saw clouds of flying fish (do the fly, swim or walk on water?), dolphins (Bottle nosed), sea turtles and at least one juvenile Red-footed Booby.
About 5:30 p.m. we were back in Key West harbor (Roseate Tern and our only Black Tern). That same day we had some trouble finding good birding sites on Key West. An ugly park (Little Hamaka City Park) did, however, produce our first Reddish Egret (white phase) and Tricolored Heron and our only (!) Belted Kingfisher (where have they all gone?).
We spent the night searching for Antillean Nighthawk, which is nowadays easy to find on the western Keys. At the car park of the Junior College on Stock Island (a site mentioned in the ABA guide) we heard at least two but this is not a good spot any longer due to some new suburban buildings.