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#ABArare – La Sagra’s Flycatcher – Florida

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These ABA Area vagrants seem to be taking on an extra importance now that Neil Hayward is barreling towards the Big Year record this year, and when a La Sagra’s Flycatcher was discovered by Dan Smyth in Miami-Dade County, Florida, this week you can bet Hayward was on it. The flycatcher was discovered at Matheson Hammock Park in Miami on Saturday, 12/14, and photographed that day.

photo by Dan Smyth

photo by Dan Smyth

Matheson Hammock Park is located in the Coral Gables suburb of Miami, south of the city proper. From the Miami Airport, take Florida 953 south for to where it turns into Old Cutler Road. Turn left into the park on Matheson Park and park in the north lot, which is the park and not the gardens.

The flycatcher is being seen and heard from the southern end of Matheson Hammock frequenting the area along the mangroves and down a muddy trail that leads east to a gate. The bird is reportedly easiest to locate by call, so seekers should familiarize themselves with the vocalization before attempting

La Sagra’s Flycatcher was first reported in the ABA Area in 1963 in Orrville, central Alabama.  Since that report, at least 12 records and numerous reports have been recorded, all from South Florida.  The Florida records are of birds thought to be of Bahamian origin, M. s. lucaysiensis.

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