11 September 2012
Lifer Kentucky Warbler!
Today is number 255 in my Bird-a-Day efforts and after being stuck in Miami rush hour for two hours I was almost at my wits end. The rain was coming down in buckets and it was already 6:30PM. I was just beginning to think my hopes of seeing a lifer Kentucky Warbler were dashed but traffic eventually moved and the skies stopped raining just long enough for me to check A.D. Barnes Park.
I walked the sidewalk towards Homeless Hammock. I followed the directions from birders who had posted of the whearabouts earlier in the day. And sure enough it was right there, 5 feet away from me on the edge of the hammock. I ran back to the car and took a few photos. I know they are crummy but they show my lifer Kentucky Warbler. I haven't been this stoked about a lifer in ages. I guess the doubt that mounted in my stressful commute and the rain had me down but this little warbler picked up my spirits. I was literally beaming while watching him hunt insects in the leaf litter. It was hard to walk away but I did so happily knowing that I found the prize and the long hours in the car were worth it. I topped off the celebration with a Shipyard Pumpkinhead once I was home. Thanks Kentucky Warbler for sticking around! And thanks Miami birders who diligently post their sightings on TAS.