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#ABArare – Black-faced Grassquit – Florida

On July 9, Carmen Ferreiro discovered an ABA Code 4 Black-faced Grassquit at Long Pine Key Campground in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Photo: Carmen Ferreiro via Facebook

Despite the name, Long Pine Key Campground is on the Florida mainland, in Everglades National Park off Hwy 9336/Ingraham Highway, west of Homestead. The bird was seen in a recently burned area with slash pines near the turn to go into the campground.

Black-faced Grassquit is resident throughout the Caribbean but are very rarely seen in Florida. A bird was seen at this same site in 2003. More recently individuals have been seen at Jupiter Ridge Natural Area in 2004, Bill Baggs SP in 2013, and Bahia Honda State Park in 2015. Birds in Florida are mostly likely to be the Bahamanian subspecies bicolor.

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