From the Archives to add to the discussion on the mystery bird:
Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2001 16:15:36 -0400
Subject: Warbling Vireo, Blue Grosbeaks,
Nutmeg Mannikins & Smooth-billed Anis
After the TAS walk on Saturday, April 7, 2001 and a short stop at A.D.
Barnes to see the western race of the Warbling Vireo, Bruce Purdy, myself,
et al. located 2 Blue Grosbeaks, 6 Indigo Buntings, a female Painted Bunting
and 6 Nutmeg Mannikins (a/k/a Spotted Munia) Lonchura punctulata. There were
2 adults and 4 immature feeding on Burma Reed along the railroad tracks.
Just a hunch, but this appears to be a breeding population. They are
pictured on the last page of plates depicted in the National Geographic;
Third Edition. Unfortunately, no Dickcissels. Drive south on Krome from
Kendall Dr. for a bit less than 2 miles, until you get to the C-1W canal.
Turn west along the south side of the canal and park near the railroad
tracks (do not block road). The birds have been seen within 200 yards N and
S of the canal, along the tracks.Life is good.............
Virginia Gardens, Florida
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