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#ABArare – Loggerhead Kingbird – Florida

On Friday, December 29, Eva Matthews and Andy Lantz found an ABA Code 5 Loggerhead Kingbird at Bill Baggs State Park in Miami-Dade, Florida. This is the second Loggerhead Kingbird in Florida and the ABA Area this year.

The first Loggerhead Kingbird of 2017 was not in such a well-traveled site as Bill Baggs State Park, whose impressive rarity tally raised by one this week. Photo: Nicola Salino/Macaulay Library

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. Once in the park, the bird has been seen just north of the last parking lot.

Loggerhead Kingbird is a common and frequently encountered tyrant flycatcher throughout the Caribbean, and hard to miss in both Cuba and the Bahamas. It has occurred a handful of times in south Florida, mostly in the western Keys though almost always in spring, making this individual something of an outlier.

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Nate Swick

Nate Swick

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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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