“Mega-rarity” at Maritime Hammock

On Sunday May 14, 2017 local Brevard County, Florida birder Mitchell Harris found an ABA Code 5 Bahama Woodstar at Maritime Hammock on Hwy A1A north of Sebastian Inlet.  After a post on eBird the birders and photographers started to flock from far and wide. There is a very good reason.  This mega-rarity has not been seen or reported in over 30 years in Florida. Speculation as to how this bird showed up in Florida is a matter of opinion and I personally will leave the conclusion to the ornithology experts to figure it out.

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I arrived at Maritime Hammock on Monday May 15th at 9:45 am.  There were many birders present, many of whom I knew, and was informed that it was last seen at 9:20am.  Patiently waiting, it finally returned for a short visit at 2:30pm and began feeding on the nectar of the Cape Honeysuckle flowers.  Then disappeared and made another visit at 3:30pm for another short visit to the Cape Honeysuckle.  I called it a day and decided to return early the next morning.

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Returned at 8:00am on Tuesday May 16th to a plethora of birders and photographers.  Several birders I was introduced to were there from California.  Two of them had some of the highest life lists in the United States.  After 10 minutes the Bahama Woodstar made an appearance
and perched in a tree for about 10 minutes and began preening giving everyone outstanding views.  I was able to get many good digiscoped photos.  For several days many folks were able to see and photographed this beauty but unfortunately it was last seen around 7:00am on May 18th.

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All photos digiscoped utilizing the Leica APO Televid 65mm scope and Leica d-lux5 digiscoping adapter.