Friday night Kim and I drove to Andy's house to prepare for our South Florida Big Day. We fueled up on a great tomato basil pizza and then went to bed early in preparation for our 5:00AM wake up call. Our plan was to be at Dump Marsh in southern Miami-Dade County by 6:00AM.
The hike up to the top of the Mound is always fun because it's really the only elevation change you will get at Everglades National Park unless you climb the stairs at Flamingo.
Two kite species, three vireos, and a few good grabs like Common Myna at the Homstead gas station meant we were rolling along right on schedule. By noon we were up to 73 species but it's always the end of the day that's crucial for picking up every little bird. We had a lot of miles ahead of us before reaching Flamingo and a few unexpected finds as well. But you'll have to come back tomorrow to find out what was waiting for us at the end of our South Florida Big Day!