Today’s trip was going to take me south of Miami to Homestead and Florida City to the entrance to Everglades National Park. I took off before light and drove south along the toll roads to SR-9336 and the entrance to the park. It was cloudy, humid, and breezy with expected storms today. But skies were beginning to clear, so I was thrilled when a pair of Gray Kingbirds appeared on the wires just outside the park. There was enough light to get some pics.
I stopped at the Visitor Center, but it was only. The place was closed, so I walked around a bit and looked for birds. Only a pair of Red-bellied Woodpeckers could be heard in the canopy overhead.
I drove into the park and headed for Royal Palm and the Anhinga Trail.
Anhinga Trail (boardwalk) was very quiet. I digiscoped a Gray Kingbird in a snag overhead. Otherwise, there was nothing going on along the boardwalk. Only a pair of Anhingas far out in the marsh. I would try to walk the Gumbo Limbo Trail, but mosquitos chased me back to the car. I would find the Gray Kingbird in slightly better light before continuing on.
As I drove between the two locations, however, I spotted a dark bird in a snag on the side of the road. I first thought juvenile gallinule, as it was a smoky black bird with a slender profile, but when I stopped the car and looked back it was a White-crowned Pigeon! I couldn’t get my camera out fast enough before it flew across the road, but I was able to see the white forehead on the pigeon before it took off. Great bird!
Prairie Warblers and White-eyed Vireos were singing in the trees as I drove out and headed back to Miami.