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#ABArare – Cuban Pewee – Florida

Yesterday morning (4/7) Shane Runyon and Nico Salio found an ABA Code 5 Cuban Pewee at Bill Baggs State Park in Miami-Dade, Florida. Pending acceptance, this would be the 6th record for the ABA Area, all from Florida.

Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park (open 8 am to sundown; $4 entrance fee for single-occupant vehicle, $8 for vehicles with 2-8 occupants) is located at the southern end of Key Biscayne. To get here from Miami, take the Rickenbacker Causeway (State Road 913) from the southern end of I-95. It becomes Crandon Blvd on Key Biscayne. Continue on to its end at the park. The bird was observed in trees just outside the entrance to the lighthouse compound.

Cuban Pewee is known from 5 previous accepted records and one unaccepted, all in spring or fall. The last was in Miami-Dade County in September 2010. It is fairly distinctive as far as Contupus flycatchers go, with short primaries and a distinctive white crescent behind the eye. Howell et al, in Rare Birds of North America notes that the species does appear to have some seasonal movement between habitats in Cuba, stating that it may have been overlooked in the past as it has generally not been included in North American field guides.

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