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#ABArare – Cuban Vireo – Florida

Florida just keeps producing. On Monday, April 10, 2017, Carl Goodrich and Lee Dunn discovered a Cuban Vireo at Indigenous Park in Key, West Florida. This is potentially a 2nd record for the ABA Area.

The 2017 bird has yet to be photographed, but the 2016 individual was more accommodating, at least early on. Photo: Mark Hedden

Indigenous Park is at 180t White Street in Key West. It is open from 9:00 am – 5:oo pm every day. We will have more specifics on where the bird is in the park when they come in.

Cuban Vireo is one of the more common Cuban endemics, found throughout the island in bushy thickets at lower elevations. Noteworthy field marks include thin wingbars and a prominent post-ocular patch, both of which are evident in the photos received thus far. This would potentially be the second record of this species in the ABA Area, following a bird at Key West just last spring. It certainly begs the question whether this isn’t the same bird that has surreptitiously hiding away for the last year in the same general area. The bird is undoubtedly wary and difficult even in the best of times.

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Nate Swick is the editor of the American Birding Association Blog, social media manager for the ABA, and the host of the American Birding Podcast. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Danielle, and two young children. He is the author of Birding for the Curious and The ABA Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas.
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