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How's Your 2024 List Going? (2 Viewers)

Is Yellow-headed Caracara an exotic in the Miami area, or has a vagrant shown up?

Dave
They are calling it a vagrant, we've had it around for over a year now, but it was gone for most months until we figured out it's preferred places at sunrise and sunset (we still have no clue where it is in the middle of the day).

Part of why it's being accepted as a vagrant, is because a few months prior, Jamaica also had a first record of the species for a few weeks. So it's likely a ship assisted vagrant that's been surviving for over a year at this point (mostly by taking scraps from the BBQs and the fish cleaning stations).
 
They are calling it a vagrant, we've had it around for over a year now, but it was gone for most months until we figured out it's preferred places at sunrise and sunset (we still have no clue where it is in the middle of the day).

Part of why it's being accepted as a vagrant, is because a few months prior, Jamaica also had a first record of the species for a few weeks. So it's likely a ship assisted vagrant that's been surviving for over a year at this point (mostly by taking scraps from the BBQs and the fish cleaning stations).

Neat. Thanks for the information.

Dave
 
(Guiding around Everglades National Park)
153. Spotted Sandpiper
154. Black Skimmer
155. Forster's Tern
156. Swainson's Hawk
157. Brown-headed Nuthatch
158. Eastern Towhee
 
A very warm and sunny day today, along with good bird activity, and I added five new year birds.

69. Eastern Meadowlark
70. Canvasback
71. Turkey Vulture
72. Sharp-shinned Hawk
73. Red-winged Blackbird
 
A new bird for the year, which was also a yard lifer, seen this evening.

75. Short-eared Owl

A pair was flying over a grassy hill across from my yard.

Dave
 
(Casual birding morning in Northern Palm Beach County)
160. Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
161. Wood Duck
162. Northern Shoveler
163. American Wigeon
164. Green-winged Teal
165. Solitary Sandpiper
166. Purple Martin
 

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