For Labor Day weekend Andy, Rosana, Emily, and I went to Key West for some fun times. Along the way we stopped and did some shorebirding near Marathon. We had a nice collection of birds including Short-billed & Long-billed Dowitchers, Willet, Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Sanderling, Semi-palmated Plover, Black-bellied Plover, and numerous terns on the flats. While driving over the Bahia Honda Channel I spotted an Audubon's Shearwater. We tried for better looks but it headed out past the bridge not to be re-seen.
Once in Key West we danced the night away and then on Sunday we birded Fort Zachary State Park. The area around the bathrooms were very busy we had 10 warbler species within 20 minutes, including a HY Hooded Warbler that gave us killer looks from a few feet away. After the Prothonotary, Worm-eating, Prairie, Redstart, Ovenbird, Blackpoll, Parula, Black-and-white, and Northern Waterthrush fun we hit the beach for some swimming. The water was delightfully cool.
Now a busy week is starting and my Bird-a-day year is coming to a close. I used a Spot-breasted Oriole today but the only easy bird I have left is a White Ibis. For those that don't know about Bird-a-Day, you should definitely check it out. I can't believe I made it to September!