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This page was last updated on 06/23/01.

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher--9/28/00, Ft. De Soto Park, Pinellas County, Florida

At approximately 9 a.m. on 9/28/00, Murray Guardler discovered a Myiodynastes Flycatcher in East Beach Woods perched in a dead Australian Pine (Casuarina) adjacent to a mangrove ditch. Murray summoned Jean Turner and me and, within 30 minutes of Murray's initial sighting, we relocated it perched in a mangrove in the same area. We determined it was Sulphur-bellied (rather than Variegated) as the very wide and bold black malars extended onto the chin. There was streaking in the whitish supercilium, and the basal one-third of the lower mandible was pale. The breast and flanks had bold black streaks and the belly was quite yellowish. The wing edgings were rufous, indicating a juvenile.The flycatcher suddenly disappeared and, despite extensive searching of the woods, we didn't relocated it until about 2:45 p.m., when we found it approximately 200 yards east of the original location. At this time I took the photos below. This established the state's third verifiable record. The first and second records occurred in Dade County, the latter on 9/14-15/00, just two weeks prior to the Ft. De Soto bird's discovery.