Date: 10/29/17 7:55 pm
From: Wayne Hoffman <whoffman...>
Subject: [obol] Tropical Kingbird hs tick?
Hi - 

When I examined my photos today of the South Beach Tropical Kingbird, I noticed a small black thing between the base of its bill and its right eye, that appears to be a tiny, engorged tick.  Given that this bird may have just flown in from Mexico, I wonder how likely vagrant birds are to spread blood parasites and diseases outside their usual ranges?

As you can see in the attached photo, the apparent tick is much smaller than the exposed eyeball.

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