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INDIAN KEY
1832


CORMORANT


ROSEATE
TERN


GRAY
KINGBIRD


REDDISH
EGRET


LOUISIANA
HERON


SANDY KEY


WHITE IBIS


WILLET

 
ZENAIDA
DOVE


WHITE
CROWNED
PIGEON


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KEY WEST AFTER
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ROSEATE
SPOONBILL


GREAT
WHITE
HERON


GREAT
BLUE
HERON


KEY WEST
DOVE


FLAMINGOS


BLUE-
HEADED
QUAIL DOVE


FRIGATE BIRD


BROWN
PELICAN


MANGROVE
CUCKOO


TORTUGAS


SOOTY
TERN


BLACK
HEADED GULL


BROWN
NODDY


CAYENNE
TERN


BROWN
BOOBY


SANDWICH
TERN


NIGHT
HERON


GREENSHANK


GREAT
MARBLED
GODWIT


MANGO
HUMMING-
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Map and Chronology of John Audubon's
Visit to the Florida Keys

 

MAP

This very simple map provides a basic illustration of the places Audubon visited during his observations in the Florida Keys. Audubon visited Indian Key, Sandy Key, the Vaca Keys, Cape Sable, the Duck Keys, Bahia-honda, Key West, the Tortugas, and numerous unnamed mangrove islands during his visitation. He made the trip to Sandy Key several times.  

 

 map of Florida Keys showing Audubon's trip through the Florida Keys, Key West and Tortugas.

CONTENTS

This website provides a summary of John James Audubon's visitation to the Florida Keys. A brief biography of Audubon's early life together with Audubon's descriptions and paintings of the Florida Keys' birds observed are provided. You will also find descriptions of several places Audubon stopped at during his journey, a map, and an chronology of dates and places visited.

NAVIGATION

The navigation bar on the left of this page provides all the links that you will need to navigate this website. The links to birds and places visited are organized from top to bottom in the general order of Audubon's observations and manner of travel, but the exact order for all of of Audubon sketches is unknown.

 

 CHRONOLOGY OF DATES, PLACES, AND BIRDS

Most dates and places below utilize Audubon's Ornithological Biography. Other dates utilize the Log Book of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Marion. Some confusion occurs when using Log records from the period as the Captain' s log book reflects the custom at the time of making each days entry extend from 12 noon (Meridian) to 12 noon. Certain maritime dates have been converted to be consistent with today's conventional means of recording events.

 


Indian Key , Sandy Key, Cape Sable and other mangrove islands nearby

April 24, 1832 - Audubon arrives at Cape Florida, Key Biscayne

April 25, 1832 - Arrives Indian Key 5 PM

April 26 to 29, 1832 - Uses Indian Key as base and visits Sandy Key, Cape Sable and mangrove islands nearby Indian Key.

 

April 26, 1832 - Cormorant drawn - observed at islands nearby Indian Key

April 28, 1832 - Roseate Terns drawn while at Indian Key

April or May - Grey Kingbird was painted - also known as Pipery Flycatcher and the Gray Tyrant

April - Reddish Egret or Purple Heron

April 29, 1832 - Louisiana Heron

White Ibis - Sandy Key

 

Trip to Key West and stops along the way

April 30 to May 4, 1832 - Sails for Key West - Journey normally would take a day and a half in length. Audubon trip takes longer because he makes a number of stops along the way.

 

April 30, 1832 - Zenaida Dove

April 30 - Observed White Crowned Pigeon / White-headed pigeon - Bahia-honda Duck Key - painted later in Key West after May 17 upon return from Tortugas

April 30, 1832 - off Key Vacas 11 AM, anchors Key Vaca 1:30PM

May 1, 1832 - explored Duck Keys - Semi palmated Snipe or Willet; explores Key Vacas

May 4, 1832 - Stops at Looe Key Beacon

 

Key West

May 4, 1832 to May 21st - Arrives Key West at 6 PM, spends the next 17 days in Key West and surrounding waters with trip to the Dry Tortugas

May 4, 1832 - Great White Heron - first observed at Indian Key on April 24 and later during trip to Key West. Believed drawn on May 26 by Audubon. Print shows background of the city of Key West.

May 6, 1832 - Key West Dove or Key West Quail Dove (also known as Key West Pigeon] painted around May 6, 1832 at Key West.

May 7, 1832 - Audubon first saw Flamingos while at Indian Key; painted in England in 1838 from specimens

May - Blue-Headed Quail Doves not seen in the Keys since Audubon's time - (Placed on Hypothetical List)

May - Frigatebird - painted in Key West

May - Brown Pelican , probably painted in Key West.

May - Mangrove Cuckoo painted in Key West

 

Tortuga Islands - May 10 - 16

May 10 - leaves Key West for Tortugas

May 10 - Sooty Tern drawn

 May 10 - Black headed Gull or Laughing Gull

May 11 - Brown Noddy or Noddy tern on Noddy Key drawn

May 11 - Cayenne Terns found breeding on one of the Tortugas

May 14 - Brown Booby drawn at Booby Island in the Dry Tortugas

May 16 - Leaves Tortugas

 

 Key West - May 17 - 22

Pictured above is a portion of an 1852 U.S Coast Guard survey map show ing the Marquesa Islands to the left and island of Key West on the margin on the right. Audubon visited a number of these Keys in addition to the Tortugas which are not represented in this portion and are located further to the west. Some islands identified by name are Sand Key, Mule Key, Mullet Key, Man Key, Crawfish Key, and Boca Grande.

 

 Travels from Key West to Indian Key with stops along the way - May 22 - 29

May 23 - New Found Harbor

May 25 - Bahia Honda - anchored for evening

May 26 - Sandwich Tern

May 27 - Prickly Pear Key - passes at 12 noon

 May 28 - off Duck Key at noon

May 28 - Saw 3 Greenshanks at Sandy Key - (Placed on Hypothetical List) - Painted in Scotland 1835

May 29 - Arrives Indian Key

 

May 31 - Great Marbled Godwit drawn on Sandy Key

May 31 - Leaves Indian Key

 

July 1832 - Mangrove Hummingbird (Black-throated Mango) - After leaving the Keys, Audubon painted the Mangrove Humming Bird sometime after July of 1832. Placed on Hypothetical List as not seen in the Keys since Audubon's time

 Summer 1832 - Tropic Bird or White-tailed Tropic Bird - drawn sometime after sent specimens in summer

 

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