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19 Mar Sumter County - Great horned Owl chick in nest on private property [Alice Horst ]
19 Mar Bananaquit continues @ North Shore Open Space Park 3/19/17 [Rangel Diaz ]
14 Mar Mulberry Rec Trail Bald Eagles [Alice Horst ]
14 Mar Re: Eared Grebe, Anclote River Park, Pasco County [David Gagne ]
14 Mar Cave & Cliff Swallows, Fort De Soto Park [Eric Plage ]
14 Mar GREAT NEWS from MULBERRY REC TRAIL Bald Eagles [Alice Horst ]
15 Mar Ducks [Joyce Stefancic ]
15 Mar Bald Eagle's nest at Nichol's Cemetery, Sumter County [Alice Horst ]
16 Mar Brewer's Blackbirds. DeLeon Springs. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
16 Mar Glaucous Gull and Nelson's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
17 Mar Florida bound [Mark Barriger ]
17 Mar Swallow-tailed Kite [Kelley Harriss ]
18 Mar More Free Wildlife Journals BIRDBRAIN [Jay R Cordeiro ]
18 Mar Sumter County Bald Eagle's Nest [Alice Horst ]
18 Mar Sumter County Great horned Owl's nest with chicks [Alice Horst ]
7 Mar Thayer's Gull at Daytona Beach Shores 3/5/2017 [Avery Chan ]
7 Mar Question about Click Ponds / Brevard County [Christopher Ferro ]
7 Mar Re: Question about Click Ponds / Brevard County [beachbirder ]
7 Mar WILD TURKEY - ANTING OR SUBMISSIVE? [Sam Fried ]
7 Mar Bald Eagles on Mulberry Rec Trail in The Villages, Marion County [Alice Horst ]
8 Mar Groove-billed Anis Lake Apopka RA Lake County 3/7/17 [Earl Horn ]
8 Mar Empidonax near/at Deering Estate, Miami-Dade [Tony Leukering ]
9 Mar Grasshopper Sparrow @ Circle B Bar Reserve [Ed Rizer ]
9 Mar Miami-dade county birding ID on Parrot/Parakeet [Alice Horst ]
9 Mar Birding in South Miami today Orange-winged Amazon, Amazona amazonica. [Alice Horst ]
10 Mar Re: Miami-dade county birding ID on Parrot/Parakeet [Roy Peterson ]
10 Mar Re: Habitat Segregation in Yellow/Western Palm Warblers? [Scott Simmons ]
10 Mar More Parakeet/Parrot ID in South Miami. [Alice Horst ]
10 Mar Re: More Parakeet/Parrot ID in South Miami. [Roy Peterson ]
10 Mar Hal Scott Preserve - HENSLOW'S SPARROWS - 3/10/17 [Danny Bales ]
10 Mar Chestnut-fronted Macaw is the ID on my bird: RE: More Parakeet/Parrot ID in South Miami. [Alice Horst ]
10 Mar Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Deering Estate (Miami-Dade) 3/10/17 [Rangel Diaz ]
11 Mar 28th st.dump, Pinellas park [Wilfred Yusek ]
11 Mar Interesting Godwit; Merritt Island NWR, East Gator, Thurs [Audrey Whitlock ]
26 Feb First Of Season Reported Swallow-Tailed Kite for Volusia County in 2017 ! ! ! [Steve Petruniak ]
26 Feb Canada Warbler St. Sebastian River Preserve SP / Brevard County [Christopher Ferro ]
26 Feb Lake Parker Park, Lakeland [Dorothy Dunlap ]
25 Feb Brant continues at Apollo Beach ["Jeffrey M. Lauffer" ]
25 Feb FOS Swallow Tailed Kite [Charlene Nelson ]
25 Feb In the neighborhood (Melborne) / Brevard County [Christopher Ferro ]
26 Feb Free Wildlife Journals [Jay R Cordeiro ]
24 Feb Birding in Alachua County [Alice Horst ]
24 Feb Birding Cocoa Landfill and TICO - 2-24-17 [Danny Bales ]
24 Feb Swallow Tailed Kites at Brooker, Pinellas [James Stevenson ]
24 Feb Brant continues at Apollo Beach ["Jeffrey M. Lauffer" ]
24 Feb Vega Gull, possible Glaucous-winged Gull, Glaucous Gull, Nelson's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
24 Feb Lake Parker Purple Gallinules And Snail Kites / Polk County [robert lane ]
23 Feb Re: The Parulas have arrived [Deborah Payne ]
23 Feb FOS Swallow-tailed Kite @ CBBR [Ed Rizer ]
23 Feb Neighborhood Barred Owl [Avery Chan ]
23 Feb Re: The Parulas have arrived [Jenny Welch ]
23 Feb The Parulas have arrived [Lenore McCullagh ]
23 Feb Brown Booby. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
23 Feb Fw: Re: [BRDBRAIN] St Augustine Birding - Razorbill (dead) ["dotrobbins AT juno.com" ]
23 Feb Origins Of Yesterday's CCC Beach Banded American Oystercatchers. [robert lane ]
23 Feb Latest Swallow-Tailed Kite Report in Florida ! ! ! [Steve Petruniak ]
23 Feb Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach At its Best / Pinellas County [robert lane ]
22 Feb Re: St Augustine Birding - Razorbill (dead) [Bob Paxson ]
22 Feb St Augustine Birding - Razorbill (dead) [Diane Reed ]
22 Feb Thayer's, Franklin's, Glaucous Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
21 Feb Western Kingbirds- Ocala, FL [Kelley Harriss ]
21 Feb Re: Lake Parker Park - Snail Kite, Royal Terns, etc. ["Doug.W" ]
22 Feb Safety Harbor Brown Boobies / Pinellas County [robert lane ]
21 Feb Am Wh Pelicans East Lake Tampa [Richard Cressman ]
20 Feb Circle B Bar Reserve 2/20/17 [Ed Rizer ]
20 Feb Lark Sparrow, Fort De Soto Question [Nathan Hall ]
19 Feb Re: Sparrows at Cruickshank / Brevard County [Eric Plage ]
19 Feb Re: Sparrows at Cruickshank / Brevard County [Christopher Ferro ]
19 Feb Sparrows at Cruickshank / Brevard County [Christopher Ferro ]
19 Feb Kirtland’s Warbler – Sunday 2/19/17 – Yes or No? [Nathan Langwald ]
19 Feb More On Drones Harassing Birds / Pinellas County [robert lane ]
18 Feb Birding inSouth Miami [Alice Horst ]
18 Feb Re: Kirtland's Warbler RFI [Reinhard Geisler ]
18 Feb Kirtland's Warbler RFI [Alison Levin Bishop ]
17 Feb Birding in South Miami [Alice Horst ]
17 Feb passerine help [Sean C ]

Subject: Sumter County - Great horned Owl chick in nest on private property
From: Alice Horst <ahorst AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:56:06 -0400
This Sumter County nest/Owl are on private property.

First picture looks like a furry puppy in tree. Owlet is actually lying down 
across nest. 

Then little guy sat up and I got a few pictures. Then, an adult who was 
watching from afar, flew into a nearby tree to watch the chick. No more 
pictures. 

Time to go as I don’t like to upset an adult Great horned Owl! 



Chick lying down in nest


Chick sits up to watch us watching him.


“Where’s Mommy?"



Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!
Alice Horst, Marion County, Fl.
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Subject: Bananaquit continues @ North Shore Open Space Park 3/19/17
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 16:56:54 -0400
Last had the bird at 4:30pm along the beach walkway (runs north and south)
that intersects the southern end of the park. It was bouncing back and
forth from a Sea Grape to a Green Buttonwood.

Cheers,
Rangel Diaz
Miami-Dade

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Subject: Mulberry Rec Trail Bald Eagles
From: Alice Horst <ahorst AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 09:45:56 -0400
3/16/16 - from 8:40am until 9:00am I watched Merry and Noel in/around the nest.
I observed ONE adult far away perched. I did not see the other adult this 
morning. 

Cloud cover made it impossible to see another if bird was flying.
I thought Merry would take off, but ended up coming back to Noel after being 
air-born, briefly. 

I will check later for 2nd adult.
I thought I saw all 4 birds yesterday on tower when I got my mail, but that was 
without binoculars, so I can not be positive that there were 4. 



DON’T GO, DON’T GO!!!


I can Fly!


WHEEEEEEEEE!


One adult far away from nest


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Subject: Re: Eared Grebe, Anclote River Park, Pasco County
From: David Gagne <oporornis77 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:13:57 -0400
Hi All,

Yesterday, Don Fraser and I discovered an Eared Grebe in the Anclote River
at the far left end of the park.  We saw the bird again this morning,
however, it wasn't nearly as close as yesterday.

The peaked back of the crown slightly upturned beak were clearly seen
through the scope this morning.

Got some identifiable photos yesterday.

The bird is basically of the County Line between Pasco and Pinellas, so if
you are lucky, you can see it from both counties.

Be aware that there is a Horned Grebe present at the location as well.

Great Birding!

Dave Gagne
New port Richey, FL

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Subject: Cave & Cliff Swallows, Fort De Soto Park
From: Eric Plage <ericplage AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:37:21 -0400
2 Cave Swallows and 3-5 Cliff Swallows feeding at the East Beach Turn Around at 
Fort De Soto Park, Pinellas County, presently. 


Eric Plage
St. Petersburg, FL

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Subject: GREAT NEWS from MULBERRY REC TRAIL Bald Eagles
From: Alice Horst <ahorst AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2017 18:31:55 -0400
Checking the nest/birds this morning in “hurricane” winds, I could only see 
1 adult and 2 chicks. I returned at 4:40pm - still very windy - but Merry and 
Noel were eating dinner while adult #1 watched. Still no sight of adult #2, 
until 5:05, when I turned around and bird was on another tower eating dinner. 

I guess adult #2 didn’t want to share with kids. 
Then Adult #1 flew off because #2 was chick-sitting.

I was so happy to see both adults.


Merry and Noel voraciously eating dinner.


Adult #1



Adult #2

GREAT day in Eagle-ville!!!
Alice Horst, Marion County
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Subject: Ducks
From: Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:55:30 +0000
Hi BirdBrains, 
  
I am wondering if anyone knows why the Tierra Verde pond on the way to Ft. De 
Soto has had no ducks this year.  Usually that pond is loaded with wintering 
diving ducks like Redheads.  Also, the duck population at Merritt Island has 
been sub-par this winter.  Anyone understand this phenomenon?  Or have I not 
gotten there at the right time? 

  
Thanks for the input, 
Joyce Stefancic 
Clermont, Fl. 

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Subject: Bald Eagle's nest at Nichol's Cemetery, Sumter County
From: Alice Horst <ahorst AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2017 21:50:34 -0400
I checked the Bald Eagle’s nest at Nichol’s Cemetery today. I only saw 1 
Eaglet in the nest although I saw and photographed 2 in the nest a couple of 
weeks ago. Some greenery is hanging in front of the nest that makes it 
impossible to see in the entire nest from the road. The second Eaglet could 
have been in the nest and just wasn’t visible. I don’t know more than that 
at this point. I did see an adult flying towards the nest as i was leaving. 

The interesting thing about these adults is that they will not come into the 
nest while my car is there. Although my car is quite a distant from this nest 
the adults always seem to know when I am watching them. These pictures are 
taken with telephoto quite far away. 




Eaglet flapping in the nest.


Greenery in front of nest prevents total visibility of nest.

Every day is a GREAT day to go birding.
Alice Horst, Marion County Fl.
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Subject: Brewer's Blackbirds. DeLeon Springs. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:15:19 -0400
This morning, 3/16, I found the two Brewer's Blackbirds that have been at 
Feiser's Dairy in DeLeon Springs for several weeks. The birds can be observed 
from Dawson Brown Road. Be careful here. There is no shoulder. A scope is 
needed. 


Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL


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Subject: Glaucous Gull and Nelson's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2017 14:19:10 -0400
Yesterday, 3/15, despite the Spring Break and Bike week crowds, I found a new 
1st cycle Glaucous Gull and a 1st cycle Nelson's Gull (a Glaucous x Herring 
Gull hybrid) on the beach at Daytona Beach Shores. 


Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL


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Subject: Florida bound
From: Mark Barriger <Mark8bud8 AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:46:47 +0000
Good morning,

We will be traveling down to South Florida in less then 3 weeks and I hope to 
fit in a great deal of birding in between the normal family activities that we 
get ourselves into when we head down that way. I had a few questions that I 
hope someone can answer for me. 



Stormwater Treatment Area 5/6 - I remember birding in this area a few years 
back but could have sworn that it was on private property and that you could 
only bird it certain days, is this true? Is this a good birding by car spot? My 
target birds here would be Snail Kite & Smooth-billed Ani. This place seems 
very reliable for Snail Kite but if anyone has a better place to check them out 
I would love any additional info!! 



Birding the Miami area - This was fun a couple years ago but I kinda went into 
it blind and didn't know of any great places to check out. My wife & I have 
several birds here at home and she would really love to see some free flying 
parrots. Yes, I realize that these birds aren't countable as far as keeping a 
list but would be fun to see! We plan on hitting up Bill Baggs for the Western 
Spindalis, The North Shore Open Space for the Bananaquit, and the Castello 
Hammock Park for the Buff-bellied Hummingbird (assuming that they might still 
be around in a few weeks) so any tips on birding in and around these parks 
would be greatly appreciated!! 



Other target birds that we keep dipping on are Red-whiskered Bulbul, Bronzed 
Cowbird, Spot-breasted Oriole, Scaly-breasted Munia, and Mangrove Cuckoo. Any 
"great" places to hit up for any of these species? 



I thank you all in advance for any help with this trip!!


Mark Barriger

Wallingford, CT





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Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite
From: Kelley Harriss <kgharriss AT ME.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 17:20:37 -0400
I was sitting on a dock on the Withlacoochee River in Dunnellon... this 
beautiful, Swallow-tailed Kite flew right by... gorgeous! 

Kelley Harriss
Ocala, FL


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Subject: More Free Wildlife Journals BIRDBRAIN
From: Jay R Cordeiro <Jay.Cordeiro AT UMB.EDU>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 03:50:43 +0000
I have several more free wildlife journals available for those interested.

These include Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America, Canadian Society 
of Zoologists, Conservation Biology, Ecological Monographs, Ecology, Systematic 
Zoology, and Wildlife Society Bulletin; among others. 


Please contact me off list if you are interested. I will be tossing these soon 
if there are no takers. 


Many thanks in advance.

Jay
Jay Cordeiro
Northeast Natural History & Supply
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Subject: Sumter County Bald Eagle's Nest
From: Alice Horst <ahorst AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 17:32:51 -0400
I only saw 1 Eaglet at the nest when I checked it yesterday. Today the single 
bird was very active and I really thought it would be leaving the nest. It was 
suggested that the other Eaglet had branched and was in a nearby tree. I scoped 
trees near nest and could not find the other bird - hopefully all is well. 


Eaglet flapped it wings for a while and then settled down and was calling for 
“Mom”. 


Mom or Dad came out of nowhere and zipped into the nest. Had NO food and looked 
annoyed from the posture. Then adult left nest. 


Eaglet continued to exercise wings and jump around. 
Eventually settled down and I could no longer see Eaglet in nest.



Single Eaglet in nest.


Flapping, exercising wings


Adult did not look happy!


Eaglet paid no attention to parental warning and continued flapping.

Little guy night be gone tomorrow.
Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!
Alice Horst, Marion County, FL
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Subject: Sumter County Great horned Owl's nest with chicks
From: Alice Horst <ahorst AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Mar 2017 18:04:58 -0400
When I check the Sumter County Bald Eagle’s nest I am always looking for 
GHOWs because I have seem them in that area in the past couple of years. 

Some residents, whom I have seen many times, stopped to tell me they had an 
Owl’s nest in their yard. I had suggested that they might have a nest because 
of the huge Oak trees behind their house. 

Well, they found the nest and were so excited to tell me. I followed them back 
to their house and we sat on the back patio for a while and watched. The chicks 
are pretty small. 

I took a couple of pictures and was told I could come back again for more 
pictures. 

Unfortunately the nest is on private property.


I can’t tell how many Owlets are in this nest.



Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!
Alice Horst, Marion County, FL
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Subject: Thayer's Gull at Daytona Beach Shores 3/5/2017
From: Avery Chan <gatedancer93 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2017 07:29:55 -0500
Hello birders,
 Two days ago, my dad and I went to Daytona Beach Shores to look for gulls, and 
after a long distance north of Frank Rendon Park, we found the THAYER'S GULL at 
around 5:55 P.M. It was very bleached out, and I could barely see the Venetian 
blind effect if at all. I also saw gannets, sanderlings, ring-billed gulls, 
herring gulls, laughing gulls, and more. I did not see any Glaucous, Vega, or 
Iceland Gulls. 


My eBird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/ybn/view/checklist/S35021027

Avery Chan
Seminole County, Florida

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Subject: Question about Click Ponds / Brevard County
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2017 10:01:23 -0500
Does anyone know why the opening of the Click Ponds is so inconsistent or
not usually at the posted hours? I know they close the ponds from time to
time, but when they're officially opened, I've wasted quite a bit of time
traveling over there in the mornings when the gate should have been open. I
know it's volunteers that open the gates, but there never seems to be an
issue with the Viera Wetlands gate (I assumed it was the same volunteer
group).

Thanks,

Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County
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Subject: Re: Question about Click Ponds / Brevard County
From: beachbirder <beachbirder AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2017 15:03:49 +0000
Christopher,

There has been a lot of construction in the Click Ponds on the west side by the 
pump station. That's why they were closed. As far as the inconsistency on 
open/closed you might have to contact the wetlands office. 


Jim Eager
Obsessive Compulsive Birding
www.obsessivecompulsivebirding.com
Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival
Social Media Coordinator 
beachbirder AT bellsouth.net
423-593-0059

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On Tue, 3/7/17, Christopher Ferro  wrote:

 Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Question about Click Ponds / Brevard County
 To: BRDBRAIN AT LISTSERV.USF.EDU
 Date: Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 10:01 AM
 
 Does anyone know why
 the opening of the Click Ponds is so inconsistent or not
 usually at the posted hours? I know they close the ponds
 from time to time, but when they're officially opened,
 I've wasted quite a bit of time traveling over there in
 the mornings when the gate should have been open. I know
 it's volunteers that open the gates, but there never
 seems to be an issue with the Viera Wetlands gate (I assumed
 it was the same volunteer group). 
 Thanks,
 Christopher FerroMelbourne/Brevard
 Countylonelybirder.org
 
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Subject: WILD TURKEY - ANTING OR SUBMISSIVE?
From: Sam Fried <sam.fried AT LIVE.COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2017 19:08:22 +0000
3/7/17: I just saw this female wild turkey in my yard, flattening itself 
against the ground. There was a displaying male within 10 yards. Does anyone 
know if this bird is “anting” or acting submissive for invited copulation? 

Thanks,
Sam Fried, Titusville

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Subject: Bald Eagles on Mulberry Rec Trail in The Villages, Marion County
From: Alice Horst <ahorst AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2017 21:01:03 -0500
Checked on Bald Eagle’s nest today at 4:30pm.
I was glad that both eaglets were still in nest eating “dinner”..
Merry and Noel (named, by me, because they hatched around Christmas) are well 
fed and getting big. They will be leaving the nest soon. 



“I’m practicing, exercising my wings"


“Watch me, I’m leaving this skinny nest"


“Just kidding!  I couldn’t leave you, Buddy”


Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!
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Subject: Groove-billed Anis Lake Apopka RA Lake County 3/7/17
From: Earl Horn <earl_horn AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2017 14:18:25 +0000
Both Grove-billed Anis are still present at the Marsh Tower accessed from the 
Clay Island Trailhead. Jim Flynn and I found them just east of the marsh tower. 
They were very cooperative sitting up and preening. At one point they were 
together with one preening the other. Pictures can be seen here: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35040844 and the rest of the list can be 
seen here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35025033 


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Mt Dora, Florida

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Subject: Empidonax near/at Deering Estate, Miami-Dade
From: Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.USF.EDU>
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2017 15:34:00 -0500
Hi all:


I see that there is a bird reported to eBird from today as a Yellow-bellied 
Flycatcher (YBFL), with two poorly-lit pictures and an audio file. To my ear, 
the bird does not sound like a typical Yellow-bellied. More definitely, the 
pictures show a bird quite at odds with an ID of YBFL (see attached pic, 
lightened from original in checklist). The depicted bird has the long, 
narrow-based, triangular bill with straight sides of Dusky, Gray, and Hammond's 
flycatchers and Western and Eastern wood-peweees, not the rounded spade-shaped 
bill of Least Fly, YBFL, or Cuban Pewee. Additionally, though the pictures make 
it difficult to be sure, the bird's eye ring does not look like the rounded, 
yellow thing typical of YBFL, but might be the broken eye ring of a wood-pewee. 
The primary projection looks quite long -- certainly long enough to rule out 
both Dusky and Gray flycatchers and possibly long enough to rule out Hammond's. 
To me, that leaves the two US-breeding wood-pewees as options, and the audio 
recording, to my ears, could quite conceivably be that of an Eastern 
Wood-Pewee, but I find it difficult to be sure. 



Regardless, the report is certainly of interest and might reward follow-up.


Tony



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Subject: Grasshopper Sparrow @ Circle B Bar Reserve
From: Ed Rizer <eddierizer AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 14:06:08 -0500
Hello Birders.
     Out to Circle B Bar Reserve Southeast of Lakeland from 7 till 10
Best Birds: 2 or 3 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, several VESPER SPARROWS, 1 GREAT
HORNED OWL seldom seen at CBBR, 2 BARRED OWLS, 1 SORA, 1 NORTHERN SHOVELER.
     Also Sandhill Cranes, Wood Storks, Bald Eagles, Blue-winged Teal,
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Wood Ducks, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs,
Wilson Snipe.
     I found the Grasshopper Sparrows at the Eastern end of Eagle's Ridge
in between the trail and the tree line to the north, in the area around the
immature Sand Pines, look for them around the patches of Dog Fennel
associating with Vesper and Savannah Sparrows
     Also  on the 7th I saw 4 Osceola Turkey in the meadow adjacent to the
Southern Border of the reserve. A Boss Tom was strutting for 2 hens and
then got in a fight with another Tom, they were jumping high in the air and
spurring each other.
     Also at South Lake Howard Nature Park in Winter Haven the Wood Ducks
are pairing up and claiming nest boxes and at the rookery on the lake
across the street the waders are starting to build nest. Good Birding and
God Bless.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven, Fl.

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Subject: Miami-dade county birding ID on Parrot/Parakeet
From: Alice Horst <ahorst AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 21:46:44 -0500
Had a few of these Parrots/Parakeets mixed with Mitred Parakeets at Fuch’s 
Park today. 

Blue-fronted??? Short Parrot tail, yellow on sides of face and on top of head, 
blue forehead, red at edge of wing, saw yellow on wing when they flew. 

I don’t know.

I don’t think I have seen them before. They certainly loved the pink flowers.
Thank you.

Alice Horst, Marion County, FL
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Subject: Birding in South Miami today Orange-winged Amazon, Amazona amazonica.
From: Alice Horst <ahorst AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 9 Mar 2017 22:51:56 -0500
> 
> Parrots/Parakeets at Fuch’s Park: A flock of about 30 mixed Mitred and 
Orange-winged Amazons that I had not seen before are stunning with blue and 
yellow faces. Very cool birds. 

> Muscovey duck with 11 ducklings running behind her and a Ruby-throated 
Hummingbird. 

> 
> Thank you, Ed Kwater, for the ID of the Orange-winged Amazons.
> 
> These birds loved devouring the pink flowers.
> Orange-winged Amazon   - Blue head, yellow cheeks , large chunky bird
> 
> Orange-winged Amazonia - loved eating the pink flowers
> 
> 
> Mitred Parakeet
> 
> 
> 
> Muscovey duck with 11 ducklings
> Alice Horst, Marion County FL
> 


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Subject: Re: Miami-dade county birding ID on Parrot/Parakeet
From: Roy Peterson <scrubjay33 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 12:19:54 +0000
Hi Alice!
This may be an Orange-winged Parrot, native to South America. I've never seen 
one so it's just a guess. 

Roy Peterson, DeBary


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Had a few of these Parrots/Parakeets mixed with Mitred Parakeets at Fuch’s 
Park today.Blue-fronted???  Short Parrot tail, yellow on sides of face and on 
top of head, blue forehead, red at edge of wing, saw yellow on wing when they 
flew.I don’t know. 

I don’t think I have seen them before. They certainly loved the pink 
flowers.Thank you. 

Alice Horst, Marion County, FLahorst AT comcast.net

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Subject: Re: Habitat Segregation in Yellow/Western Palm Warblers?
From: Scott Simmons <simmonsphoto AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 10:05:15 -0500
Interesting observations. For me (I spend most of my time in Seminole,
Orange and Brevard Counties), Westerns always far outnumber yellows,
perhaps by 20:1 or more. But when I see "yellows," they are almost always
in the drier areas of wherever I'm birding. I don't see them in marshy/wet
areas very often.  It would be interesting to know if the Yellows you've
seen were also in drier habitats.

My observations are very anecdotal, so I don't know how much you'd want to
make of it.

Happy birding,

Scott Simmons
Winter Park, FL

On Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 9:40 PM, Daniel Estabrooks <
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> Hey BirdBrainers,
>
> I've decided to focus this year on birding some of the large wilderness
> areas around Polk County that get very little birding attention. It gets a
> bit dull at times. (Some of these places are lightly birded for a reason.
> LOL) But I think I've discovered something interesting about Palm Warblers
> in the process...
>
> (To clarify, i'm going to refer to the two Palm Warbler subspecies groups
> as "Western" and "Yellow" because that's what eBird calls them.)
>
> I went back over my eBird reports from the last few years and discovered
> that, with very few exceptions, all the Palm Warblers I've seen in urban
> settings or in small nature preserves close to significant human
> development (Circle B Bar Reserve, Saddle Creek Park, etc.) have been
> Westerns. On the other hand, nearly all the Palms I've seen in large
> protected areas farther from human influence (Green Swamp Wilderness
> Preserve, Hilochee WMA, etc.) have been Yellows. And I often have to hike 2
> miles or more into a particular preserve before I start seeing them.
>
> So that makes me wonder... Are Western Palms more adapted to human
> disturbance than Yellows? Are Yellows better competitors and thus able to
> take over areas of more pristine habitat? And if so, could human
> development (or lack thereof) be a selection pressure that keeps the two
> taxa separate? I know the two types interbreed where their breeding ranges
> meet, but if disruptive selection is occurring such that the two extremes
> (what we know as Yellow & Western) are favored in different areas but
> intergrades are favored nowhere, then they could be diverging into separate
> species.
>
> Anyway, I have literally no knowledge of what research has been done on
> Palm Warbler taxonomy/evolution, so for all I know, these questions could
> have all been answered and I just don't know it. I just thought it was
> interesting and wondered if anyone else has seen such a phenomenon or knows
> of any relevant research.
>
> Daniel Estabrooks
> Winter Haven, FL
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Subject: More Parakeet/Parrot ID in South Miami.
From: Alice Horst <ahorst AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:41:53 -0500
I went to Miller Roost (Brewer Park) this morning and enjoyed watching dozens 
of Masked Parakeets in the Australian Pine trees across the canal from the 
park. 

Then I saw a different Parrot/Parakeet/Macaw? in a tree. I have looked at 
species of Macaws and Parakeets and am unable to ID this one. There were 4 that 
flew off together. 

Very difficult to photograph, large bird. long tail, had white face, blue on 
wing. 

Here are some pix:
Thank you, 
Alice Horst, Marion County, Fl
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Subject: Re: More Parakeet/Parrot ID in South Miami.
From: Roy Peterson <scrubjay33 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 20:22:27 +0000
Alice, I believe that's a Bolivian Green Macaw although I have also seen a 
photo where it was called a Bolivian Green Parrot. 

Roy Peterson, DeBary


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 Subject: [BRDBRAIN] More Parakeet/Parrot ID in South Miami.
   
I went to Miller Roost (Brewer Park) this morning and enjoyed watching dozens 
of Masked Parakeets in the Australian Pine trees across the canal from the 
park.Then I saw a different Parrot/Parakeet/Macaw? in a tree. I have looked at 
species of Macaws and Parakeets and am unable to ID this one. There were 4 that 
flew off together.Very difficult to photograph, large bird. long tail, had 
white face, blue on wing.Here are some pix:Thank you, Alice Horst, Marion 
County, Flahorst AT comcast.net 


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Subject: Hal Scott Preserve - HENSLOW'S SPARROWS - 3/10/17
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:22:36 -0500
This morning while tracking RCW's for the St. Johns Water Management in Orange 
County at Hal Scott Preserve I had 2 Henslow's Sparrows. Ever since I went to 
St. Marks, and got the Henslow's on the 13th of January I have been comparing 
the habitat there with Hal Scott Preserve habitat. I saw a sparrow moving in 
front of me. Normally I would not even look at it, because I would think it was 
a Bachman's Sparrow. How wrong I was! Not only was it a Henslow's Sparrow, but 
there were 2 of them. I have been working out there for 10 years now, and these 
are the first I have seen there. I do not know if Hal Scott has ever recorded 
them in the past. There is considerable Henslow's Sparrow habitat at Hal Scott 
Preserve so I'm sure there are more out there. When I spotted the sparrow the 
sun was almost in my face. I did not move as not to scare them so my shots are 
not that good. 


www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/33236036211

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/33363828425

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/33236164651

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/33208410582


Danny Bales
Titusville, Fla.
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Brevard

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Subject: Chestnut-fronted Macaw is the ID on my bird: RE: More Parakeet/Parrot ID in South Miami.
From: Alice Horst <ahorst AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:22:55 -0500
 Chestnut-fronted Macaw was the ID for my pictures.

Thank you, BRDBRAINs!


> 
> I went to Miller Roost (Brewer Park) this morning and enjoyed watching dozens 
of Masked Parakeets in the Australian Pine trees across the canal from the 
park. 

> Then I saw a different Parrot/Parakeet/Macaw? in a tree. I have looked at 
species of Macaws and Parakeets and am unable to ID this one. There were 4 that 
flew off together. 

> Very difficult to photograph, large bird. long tail, had white face, blue on 
wing. 

> Here are some pix:
> Thank you, 
> Alice Horst, Marion County, Fl
> ahorst AT comcast.net 
> 
> 
> 


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Subject: Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Deering Estate (Miami-Dade) 3/10/17
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 16:56:21 -0500
The previously reported bird was relocated today by Miriam Avello along the
walkway down to the People's Dock (map attached). There is free public
access to this location from dawn til dusk everyday. Good luck to those
chasing!

Cheers,
Rangel Diaz
Miami-Dade

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Subject: 28th st.dump, Pinellas park
From: Wilfred Yusek <wpiplover AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 13:03:01 -0500
Seen this morning 2 Black-necked Stilts
[image: Inline image 1]
-- 
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Subject: Interesting Godwit; Merritt Island NWR, East Gator, Thurs
From: Audrey Whitlock <Ajw AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 11 Mar 2017 23:01:36 -0500
Hey birders,
This past Thurs I had a smaller Godwit with two Marbled. Never saw the 
underwing. Just loaded my camera images on the computer tonight and I'm making 
out some barring on the tail. Maybe wishful thinking but will study images 
more. Some pics posted on ebird S35077274. This bird was on Merritt Island NWR, 
East Gator near where the Skimmers hang. Jim Eager joined me later and saw bird 
also, maybe his pics r better.?? John Kendall on Fri also found a Godwit that 
he photographed nearby and is wondering if same bird. Sorry for delay but I 
didn't think I had taken any "good" photos, it was distant. 


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Subject: First Of Season Reported Swallow-Tailed Kite for Volusia County in 2017 ! ! !
From: Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 22:10:50 -0500
Hello Fellow Birders,

My good friend, Steve Brown had the first reported Swallow-Tailed Kite of 
Volusia County for This Year of 2017 ! The Second Year in a row ! Bravo ! 


Green Springs Park, Volusia County, Florida, US 
Date and Effort
Fri Feb 24, 2017 4:04 PM
Protocol:Stationary
Duration:1 minute(s)
Observers: Steve Brown
Comments:1 Swallow-Tailed Kite was observed flying to the North and not 
stopping or slowing down but moving fast This would be the 1ST reported 
Swallow-Tailed Kite in Volusia County for 2017 

Species
1 species total

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Subject: Canada Warbler St. Sebastian River Preserve SP / Brevard County
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:45:37 -0500
For those asking about the Canada Warbler I saw this morning at St.
Sebastian River Preserve State Park, the location is in the eBird list
description, thus:

"Between marker 6 and service road sign, yellow trail, west side of path."
This would be along the western-most portion of the Yellow Trail, north of
the horse camp, along some low palms and scrub on the west side of the
trail, There's a service road to the north of marker 6. It was just south
of that.

That's the best I can explain where.


Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County
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Subject: Lake Parker Park, Lakeland
From: Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.USF.EDU>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 12:16:38 -0500
Thank you Daniel Estabrooks for directing my attention to Lake Parker Park. I 
went to visit Feb. 24. Wonderful day, full of birds and photos. The owl nest 
had two chicks, but because of the distant divide, I couldn't get both in the 
photo. Thanks again. 

Dorothy Dunlap
Ocala, Fl.
Trumansburg, NY

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Subject: Brant continues at Apollo Beach
From: "Jeffrey M. Lauffer" <jlauffer AT CFL.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 08:46:18 -0500
My report got dropped yesterday for some reason so here goes again. I was at 
Parking lot 5 and saw one of the two brants, the Atlantic species, on a sandbar 
1 mile into the lagoon. it is at the limit of most scopes and the birds are 
embedded with a group of pelicans and cormorants so be patient. it may take 30 
minutes to see them pop out from the group. 


Jeff lauffer
Merritt island

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Subject: FOS Swallow Tailed Kite
From: Charlene Nelson <birdnird57 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 12:07:25 -0500
At Citrus County home now!!
Charlene Nelson 
Floral City

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Subject: In the neighborhood (Melborne) / Brevard County
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:43:56 -0500
It was a warm but beautiful day in Brevard County today. I had outdoor
chores to do, which was fine because I got to keep tabs on the birds in the
neighborhood throughout the afternoon.

It's still transition time here, with Spring knocking quite loudly on the
door. The last flocks of American Robins are passing through. I saw a
couple of dozen today. There was a scattering of Tree Swallows, and the
scream of a Red-shouldered Hawk or two. There was a constant backdrop of
the squeaky-hinge songs of Common Grackles, interspersed with Red-bellied
Woodpecker calls, a few Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, a couple of Northern
Cardinals, and a passing flock of Fish Crows. The treat of the day, for me,
was FINALLY a flock of Cedar Waxwings. I've managed to miss this species
all winter, and finally today a flock of about 20 or so.

I hope you all had a nice Saturday.

Take care,
Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County
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Subject: Free Wildlife Journals
From: Jay R Cordeiro <Jay.Cordeiro AT UMB.EDU>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 02:15:44 +0000
Free journals available- if anyone on this list is interested.

I am offering a large run of the Journal of Wildlife Management and Wildlife 
Monographs at no charge to the first to respond. They are paperbound, as 
issued, and include the following issues: 


Journal of Wildlife Management 
1966-2000; 
Issues 30(1)-64(3); 
~215 issues total, incomplete 
In total there are four bankers boxes worth.

Wildlife Monographs 
1969-1990; 
Issues 17-112; 
~90 issues total, INCOMPLETE
About two bankers boxes worth

Please contact me off list if you are interested. I will be tossing the lot at 
the end of the coming week if there are no takers. 


Many thanks in advance.

Jay
Jay Cordeiro
Northeast Natural History & Supply
unionid AT comcast.net

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Subject: Birding in Alachua County
From: Alice Horst <ahorst AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:42:54 -0500
> Even in the fog today Sweetwater Wetlands Preserve in Gainesville was 
productive. 

> 60 species unless I forgot something.
> Highlights:
> 
> 4 Sora
> Spotted Sandpiper
> Red-headed Woodpecker, 2 Pileated, Downy, Red-bellied Woodpeckers
> Northern Harrier
> 4 Wilson’s Snipe
> Limpkins
> Warblers: Black/white, Orange-crowned, Yellow-throated, Palm, Yellow-rumped, 
Common Yellowthroat. 

> Blue-headed and White-eyed Vireos
 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 2 Sora together
> 
> 
> Spotted Sandpiper
> 
> Red-headed Woodpecker
> 
> Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!
> Alice Horst
> Marion County, FL
> ahorst AT comcast.net 

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Subject: Birding Cocoa Landfill and TICO - 2-24-17
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:30:27 -0500
Today I went to the birded the Cocoa Landfill. As usual the landfill was full 
of gulls. Unfortunately my binocs broke, and I could not bird it very good. I 
just didn't find anything to report. I did find a Turkey Vulture that had a 
wing tag with a transmitter though. I do not know who to report that to so if 
anyone knows who to report it to I'd appreciate you letting me know. 

 After the landfill I went to TICO. That's the Titusville airport. It was 
quiet. The sparrows were not vocal at all. I did manage to see a Vesper though. 
Also I found the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher near the helicopters on the wire. 
It's flight feather is almost ready to drop. It has been hanging for a while. 
The fence line had many Logger-head Shrikes. I had the pleasure of 
photographing what appeared to be a male Loggerhead giving another Loggerhead a 
beetle. I captured the sequence, and I know you will enjoy it! I laughed myself 
when I saw it. I am listing the sequence in order. The first picture is #1 .. 
the next #2, and so on. You gotta see it.... :) Birds are comical sometimes.... 

Loggerhead Shrikes:

www/flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32971228681

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/33098112875

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32942013662

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/33056455176

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32971298911

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/33056508936

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32942099382

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32716034820

Turkey Vulture-
www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32253201544

Vesper Sparrow-
www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32970654531

Danny Bales
Titusville, Fla.
www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen
Brevard

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Subject: Swallow Tailed Kites at Brooker, Pinellas
From: James Stevenson <jstevenson AT PINELLASCOUNTY.ORG>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:46:02 -0500
First spot of a STKI over the Education Center, Brooker Creek Preserve!
James Stevenson,
Tarpon Springs

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Subject: Brant continues at Apollo Beach
From: "Jeffrey M. Lauffer" <jlauffer AT CFL.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:53:12 -0500
I was at Parking Lot #5 today and saw one of the Brants, the Atlantic species, 
on the sandbar in the lagoon. For anyone who tries for these guys, be aware 
that the sandbar is at the limit of most scopes, as well as the fact that the 
small geese are regularly hidden among a group of cormorants and pelicans that 
are also on the sand bar. It may take 30 minutes for the geese to be picked 
out, so please be patient. Your efforts will be rewarded! 


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Subject: Vega Gull, possible Glaucous-winged Gull, Glaucous Gull, Nelson's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:07:42 -0500
Yesterday, 2/23, I found some excellent gulls at Daytona Beach Shores. I found 
an apparent adult Vega Gull, a 1st cycle possible Glaucous-winged Gull, a 1st 
cycle Glaucous Gull and a 1st cycle Nelson's Gull (a Glaucous x Herring Gull 
hybrid). The rare gulls were found well north of Frank Rendon Park near the 
Silver Beach approach. The Nelson's Gull was just north of Frank Rendon Park. 

Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL


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Subject: Lake Parker Purple Gallinules And Snail Kites / Polk County
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:31:20 +0000
Yesterday, about noon, on our way from Clearwater to Haines City, we decided to 
take a short detour off I-4 at Exit 32 on the north side of Lakeland, to see if 
we could find what Daniel Estabrooks had previously described about this 
location. Near the boat ramp at the park we immediately and unbelievably had 
tame Purple Gallinules run right up to us. On the waters edge within a few feet 
of us, we witnessed Purple Gallinules aggressively acting like they were in a 
cockfight. You have to see it to believe it. We then went drove out the 
entrance to the park and went left taking a short jaunt along West Lake Parker 
Drive. We saw three Snail Kites sitting close to the road, two on top the small 
cypress trees and one on a dock post. A thanks goes out to Daniel for making us 
aware of what has to be the easiest place anywhere, to find these two species. 



Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater, Florida

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Subject: Re: The Parulas have arrived
From: Deborah Payne <deborah AT PCDEBB.US>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 23:59:00 -0500
A couple of people have posted pics of them spotted in Hillsborough County as 
well 


Deborah Payne
Tampa

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Subject: FOS Swallow-tailed Kite @ CBBR
From: Ed Rizer <eddierizer AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:51:16 -0500
Hello Birders.
     Out to Circle B Bar Reserve Southeast of Lakeland this afternoon; it
was pretty much standard fare but I did see my first Swallow-tailed Kite of
the year. My friend Lee who works for Circle B had seen one two days ago.
The Kites aren't often seen at the reserve. Also newly hatched Sandhill
Cranes are following their parents around. Good Birding and God Bless.


Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.

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Subject: Neighborhood Barred Owl
From: Avery Chan <gatedancer93 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 20:35:34 -0500
Hello birders,

My dad and I were driving home, and in our neighborhood, a Barred Owl was 
perched on a mailbox. We got really close. It was too dark to get any photos 
without flash, but it was still a cool and interesting experience. It also was 
the first owl I've seen in neighborhood. 


Avery Chan
Seminole County, Florida

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Subject: Re: The Parulas have arrived
From: Jenny Welch <flnaturegirl AT OUTLOOK.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:29:32 +0000
I heard and saw them along the Nature Coast Trail in Old Town, Florida this 
morning too. 


Jenny Welch
Old Town, Florida 32680

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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] The Parulas have arrived


First of the season (FOS) Northern Parulas (NOPA) have just arrived here today 
(last night??) in the Live Oaks along the St Johns River. They are my 
harbingers of Spring. 


I did not hear them this AM at Bayard Conservation Area but there I was a 
little farther from the river. 


Lenore McCullagh
Orange Park (Clay County)
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Subject: The Parulas have arrived
From: Lenore McCullagh <lmcstjohns AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 21:27:47 +0000
First of the season (FOS) Northern Parulas (NOPA) have just arrived here today 
(last night??) in the Live Oaks along the St Johns River. They are my 
harbingers of Spring. 

  
I did not hear them this AM at Bayard Conservation Area but there I was a 
little farther from the river. 

  
Lenore McCullagh 
Orange Park (Clay County) 

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Subject: Brown Booby. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 10:24:46 -0500
This morning, 2/23, I found a juvenile Brown Booby flying around in Ponce de 
Leon Inlet. It landed briefly on the beach on the north side of the Inlet, but 
a jogger flushed it. 


Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL


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Subject: Fw: Re: [BRDBRAIN] St Augustine Birding - Razorbill (dead)
From: "dotrobbins AT juno.com" <dotrobbins@JUNO.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:03:25 GMT
I received this comment on my earlier post. Sent only to me. I hope the sender 
doesn't mind if I broadcast it. 


Dotty RobbinsHigh Springs "Virginia has had reports of 500 or more along the 
coast this month, although the birds seemed to have disappeared this week from 
near shore areas." 

On Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 5:42 PM, dotrobbins AT juno.com  
wrote: 

I subscribe to the BirdEast listserv, which sends me all the RBAs for the east 
coast. I noted that there was one report of a large number of 

Razorbills...unfortunately I can't recall which state it was...but it occurred 
to me that there was, once again, a strong southern push. Would they get as far 
as Florida? Yes, apparently so. Definitely, as suggested, keep an eye out. They 
are most likely in Florida waters. Maybe not as large an event as 2012-13, but 
still noteworthy. Dotty RobbinsHigh Springs 


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Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] St Augustine Birding - Razorbill (dead)
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:56:37 -0500

Thanks Bob. Just trying to get the word out that there might be more out there 
since David Simpson had a live Razorbill earlier this month down at Sebastian 
Inlet (?) I think. Anyway, there was a good fast moving storm out here today 
and we'll just see how it looks over the weekend. I have asked other staff at 
the GTM NERR to be on the lookout for any "penguins" or "flying footballs" out 
there.Diane ReedSt Augustine FL 

On Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 7:26 PM,  wrote:
Hi Diane et all,
 I had seen a group of alcid like birds heading north( your way) about 48-72 
hrs ago! and had made a quick sketch and showed it to my wife. Flying white 
footballs. Too far out to identify but razorbills now seem most likely. With 
your post I'm even more convinced...... 

 Bob
 Rpaxson AT cfl.rr.com
 Cape Canaveral, Fl
 
 ---- Diane Reed  wrote:
 > Picked up a freshly dead Razorbill this morning off of the northeast FL
 > beaches during a beach survey. The bird was found at the wrack line on the
 > beach just south of the North Beach Access of the GTMNERR (Guana Tolomato
 > Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve) - commonly known as Guana on
 > A1A north of St Augustine.
 > thanks
 > Diane Reed
 > St Augustine FL
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Subject: Origins Of Yesterday's CCC Beach Banded American Oystercatchers.
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:56:06 +0000
The travels back and forth of wintering American Oystercatchers to The Old 
Tampa Bay Area in Pinellas County, to me, is amazing. To think that they are 
thought to always return to their point of origin for the summer is beyond 
comprehension. The following is a brief history of the three banded 
oystercatchers seen and recorded at Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach yesterday. 
In Old Tampa Bay the banded birds are usually found at either Gandy Beach or 
CCC Beach. Bird (K6) was originally banded on 07/03/13 at Accomack County, 
Virginia on Metompkin Island, an offshore barrier island. It was not seen again 
until 02/08/16, here at Courtney Campbell Causeway. Unbelievably missing in 
action for about 31 months. Bird (YAC) was originally banded on 05/05/14 at 
Queens County, New York on Rockaway Peninsula. It has been seen numerous times 
here in the past three winters. Bird (P4) was another Accomack County, Virginia 
oystercatcher originally banded on 07/27/11 on Assateague Island at 
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. When and if you are lucky enough to see 
these banded beauties, just think about the journey these "Snowbirds" make each 
year. Thanks to Lindsay Addison, Coastal Biologist, Audubon North Carolina, for 
providing the band information. 



Bob Lane / Clearwater, Florida

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Subject: Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach At its Best / Pinellas County
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 01:24:53 +0000
Today, Wednesday, from about 3:00PM to 5:00PM in the rain, CCC Beach was at its 
best for birdlife, 34 species. The highlight being 26 American Oystercatchers, 
3 of which had bands, "K6", "YAC", & "P4". All the regular shorebirds were 
present in outstanding numbers, ranging from Marbled Godwit to Wilson's Plover. 
42 willets was an excellent count for this location. Some of the other birds of 
interest were 12 Bonaparte's Gulls and 4 Caspian Terns. Out in Old Tampa Bay 
were over 65 Horned Grebes, 12 Buffleheads, and 2 female Black Scoters, just to 
name a few. In the rain, a group of outrigger kayakers put in from the beach, 
but caused no disturbance to the birds, the way it should be! The same cannot 
be said for what happened about 4:45PM when the rain stopped. A lady showed up 
with her dog, obviously not on a leash, which immediately went after the 
oystercatchers, off they went headed east. Amazingly the group of 
oystercatchers showed no fear of me or the kayakers, but the dog was another 
story. A sad end to a couple of hours of pure birding pleasure! 



Bob Lane / Clearwater, Florida

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Subject: Re: St Augustine Birding - Razorbill (dead)
From: Bob Paxson <rpaxson AT CFL.RR.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 19:26:24 -0500
Hi Diane et all,
I had seen a group of alcid like birds heading north( your way) about 48-72 hrs 
ago! and had made a quick sketch and showed it to my wife. Flying white 
footballs. Too far out to identify but razorbills now seem most likely. With 
your post I'm even more convinced...... 

Bob 
Rpaxson AT cfl.rr.com
Cape Canaveral, Fl

---- Diane Reed  wrote: 
> Picked up a freshly dead Razorbill this morning off of the northeast FL
> beaches during a beach survey. The bird was found at the wrack line on the
> beach just south of the North Beach Access of the GTMNERR (Guana Tolomato
> Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve) - commonly known as Guana on
> A1A north of St Augustine.
> thanks
> Diane Reed
> St Augustine FL
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Subject: St Augustine Birding - Razorbill (dead)
From: Diane Reed <dreedster14 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:10:05 -0500
Picked up a freshly dead Razorbill this morning off of the northeast FL
beaches during a beach survey. The bird was found at the wrack line on the
beach just south of the North Beach Access of the GTMNERR (Guana Tolomato
Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve) - commonly known as Guana on
A1A north of St Augustine.
thanks
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Subject: Thayer's, Franklin's, Glaucous Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 12:46:03 -0500
Yesterday afternoon, 2/21, I went to look at the gulls at Daytona Beach shores 
with Andy Kratter and Ryan Terrill. We had a great day with the 1st cycle 
Thayer's, 1st cycle Glaucous and 2nd cycle Franklin's Gulls. There was also an 
interesting bird that looked like a 2nd cycle Lesser Black-backed x Herring 
Gull hybrid. 


Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL


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Subject: Western Kingbirds- Ocala, FL
From: Kelley Harriss <kgharriss AT ME.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:30:14 -0500
Good evening! I'm new to posting, but have learned so much by reading your 
posts over the past few months. I wanted to share that three Western Kingbirds 
were spotted last night at the Ocala Regional Sportsplex (3500 SW 67th Avenue 
Ocala 34474). I was in the parking lot area and they flew into the tree next to 
me (specifically, into one of the trees lining the median between the entrance 
and exit driveway) . They were there from approx 5:45-6:15pm... I had to leave 
at that time. They were beautiful!!! 

Kelley Harriss
Ocala, Florida

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Subject: Re: Lake Parker Park - Snail Kite, Royal Terns, etc.
From: "Doug.W" <dwassme1 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 21:17:39 -0500
Daniel:

 

Your comments about the Purple Gallinules, which we have seen at the (south end 
of) Lake Parker boat ramp, brings back a couple of memories that we hold dear: 


 

1) In 1995, we were birding the volcanic crater in Haleakala Crater in Maui. We 
were beginning birders, searching desperately for the endangered Hawaiian Nene, 
a goose that was known to inhabit the area. After two hours of scanning the 
slopes inside the volcano's cone, we resigned ourselves to the fact that we had 
missed a key Hawaiian species. Travelling with family, we drove about 1/3 of 
the way down the slope from the peak, and stopped at a rest area for a picnic. 
We had just started unpacking the cooler and opening the chips bags when 3 Nene 
walked out of the vegetation, apparently looking for a handout! 


 

2) In 1997, we were in Utah at Bryce Canyon National Park, looking for 
Steller's Jays. We had heard them, judging by tapes we were comparing for 
vocalizations, but we had not seen them. Visual contact & ID is necessary for 
us to count a bird as a "life bird". Frustrated about hearing (but not seeing) 
the species, we stopped at a campground to take a break. We broke out the sodas 
and chips. As we opened the chips bags, we were amazed to see several Steller's 
Jays fly out of the vegetation, apparently looking for a handout. 


 

Since then, we have occasionally utilized the “crinkling of a chips bag 
technique" to “coax a handout bird out of hiding”. 


 

Doug Wassmer & Lilian Saul

Tampa, FL

Counts: World-1835, ABA-710, Florida-414

 

From: Birdbrains - Florida Birds/Natural History 
[mailto:BRDBRAIN AT LISTSERV.USF.EDU] On Behalf Of Daniel Estabrooks 

Sent: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 7:03 PM
To: BRDBRAIN AT LISTSERV.USF.EDU
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lake Parker Park - Snail Kite, Royal Terns, etc.

 

I birded Lake Parker Park in Lakeland today, as well as most of the west shore 
of the lake south of the park. Best bird was a Snail Kite, which perched 
helpfully on one of the lakeside docks. There were also lots of Royal Terns 
(well, nine... which is a lot away from the coast) and LOTS of Purple 
Gallinules. They get fed, so they immediately start materializing from out of 
the marsh, squawking their little heads off, whenever anyone walks by. 


 

Soon after I arrived at the park, a woman on the path mentioned that there was 
a Great Horned Owl nest on a lightpole at the other end of the park. I 
eventually made my way over there but had a harder time than I expected finding 
the nest because there was no horde of photographers to mark the spot. I was 
the only one there. I've never heard of an urban owl nest attracting so little 
attention! Anyway, one of the parent birds was on the nest and seemed a little 
annoyed at the fact that the lightpole was swaying back and forth in the heavy 
winds. 


 

And finally, there were a bunch of Mallard-mutt-looking ducks in various 
places, and when I noticed a black gape spot on one of them, I realized I'd 
have to look them over carefully to see which ones appeared to have some 
Mottled ancestry so I could report them accurately as "hybrids". At this point 
I think it's a bit silly that the Mottled Duck is even recognized as a valid 
species... but I guess the challenge of sorting them out is kind of fun. 


 

Anyway, full eBird list (with more information) is below...

 

Lake Parker Park, Polk, Florida, US
Feb 21, 2017 11:15 AM - 3:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: Birded the park itself, plus the walking path along the west side of 
the lake. 

55 species (+2 other taxa)

Mallard (Domestic type) 11 I counted all mutt-looking ducks as Mallards unless 
they clearly had characteristics of both Mallard & Mottled Duck (black gape 
spot on birds that otherwise looked like Mallards, curled tail feathers on 
birds that otherwise looked like Mottled). 

Mallard x Mottled Duck (hybrid) 3 I counted all mutt-looking ducks as Mallards 
unless they clearly had characteristics of both Mallard & Mottled Duck (black 
gape spot on birds that otherwise looked like Mallards, curled tail feathers on 
birds that otherwise looked like Mottled). 

Ring-necked Duck  1
Pied-billed Grebe  15
Double-crested Cormorant  110
Anhinga  34
Great Blue Heron  5
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  1
Little Blue Heron  3
Tricolored Heron  6
Cattle Egret  3
White Ibis  150
Glossy Ibis  5
Roseate Spoonbill  1
Black Vulture  15
Turkey Vulture  30
Osprey  16
Snail Kite 1 Flew in from the north and perched on the dock at 28.0653, 
-81.9459. 

Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Purple Gallinule 38 Exact count. The locals feed them, so they come out of the 
marsh and beg whenever someone walks by. 

Common Gallinule  84
American Coot  110
Limpkin  15
Sandhill Crane  2
Laughing Gull  3
Ring-billed Gull  5
Caspian Tern  30
Forster's Tern  3
Royal Tern  9    Loafing on the dock at 28.0680, -81.9436. Exact count.
White-winged Dove  3
Mourning Dove  1
Great Horned Owl  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  1
American Kestrel  1
Eastern Phoebe  5
White-eyed Vireo  1
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  8
Fish Crow  2
Tree Swallow  1
Tufted Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
American Robin  15
Northern Mockingbird  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Northern Parula  2
Palm Warbler  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler  30
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  3
Boat-tailed Grackle  90

View this checklist online at  
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34626801 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (  
http://ebird.org) 


 

Daniel Estabrooks

Winter Haven, FL

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Subject: Safety Harbor Brown Boobies / Pinellas County
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:12:48 +0000
Today, Tuesday, from about 4:45PM to 5:45PM we visited Philippe Park. From the 
south end of the park, looking to the east across the bay, with the sun 
setting, the lighting was perfect to see the continuing Brown Boobies on the 
tower with a scope or even binoculars. Unusual of recent, was that they were 
back on the east tower not the middle tower, facing toward us and the sun. The 
Mobbly Beach viewing site would be closer, but you would be looking at the sun 
and the birds backs. As best as we could tell while watching them, we counted a 
total of 12, 8 adults and 4 juveniles. Some of the adults were giving 
occasional breathtaking to watch short flights from the tower. A note on 
Philippe Park, the footbridge to Bayshore Drive and the town of Safety Harbor 
is now closed. 



Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater, Florida

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Subject: Am Wh Pelicans East Lake Tampa
From: Richard Cressman <w_ouzel AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:40:35 +0000
A large number of A. White Pelicans are massing on East Lake by Mary Help of 
Christian Center. (See MHCC hotspot for directions). Estimates up to around 
100. Their method of cooperative feeding is fascinating. 



This is an annual event here but this year there are more than usual.


Richard Cressman

Tampa


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Subject: Circle B Bar Reserve 2/20/17
From: Ed Rizer <eddierizer AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 22:11:24 -0500
Hello Birders.
     Out to Circle B Bar Reserve Southeast of Lakeland this morning from
7:30 till 11
     Best Birds: 4 BALD EAGLES, 2 BARRED OWLS, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, 1 SNAIL
KITE, 1 ROSEATE SPOONBILL, 2 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, 3 PAINTED BUNTINGS,
4 NORTHERN PARULA, 1 PINE WARBLER, 1 YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, 1 BLACK &
WHITE WARBLER, 1 PRAIRIE WARBLER, 1 VESPER SPARROW.  Also others have seen
and photographed at least 2 Grasshopper Sparrows but I have yet to see one.
The Grasshoppers are mixed in with Vesper and Savannahs; follow Heron
Hideout South till you pass the end of the marsh and as the trail ( Eagle's
Ridge ) starts to curve to the right the sparrows are on the right side of
the trail in the area around the young pines.
     On Alligator Alley just West of the Lake the Eagles ( Ken and Barbie )
who have been childless for 4 years have produced a chick.
    At the parking-lot a squirrel was harassing a Barred Owl chasing the
bird through the oaks and paid the price winding up being breakfast.
    A proud pair of Sandhill Cranes were escorting their newborn colts down
Alligator Alley a 15 foot wide trail through the marsh.
    Today was the first time I've seen Parulas ( 4 ) this year. Good
Birding and God Bless.


Ed Rizer
Winter Haven, Fl.

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Subject: Lark Sparrow, Fort De Soto Question
From: Nathan Hall <hallnatec AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 20:55:02 -0500
Hello

I am planning on birding Fort De Soto tomorrow and am looking for any
information, positive or negative about the Lark Sparrow which has been
spotted there over the last few weeks. I noticed on eBird that the bird was
last seen on Feb 18th. Thank you and please remember to respond off list.

Thank you
Nathan Hall
Portland, ME (staying in Indian Rocks Beach, FL)

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Subject: Re: Sparrows at Cruickshank / Brevard County
From: Eric Plage <ericplage AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:27:30 -0500
Clay-colored Sparrow

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> On Feb 19, 2017, at 10:55 AM, Christopher Ferro  
wrote: 

> 
> I scared up a mixed sparrow flock here at the Cruickshank scrub sanctuary. 
Chippies and Field Sparrows, plus this one. ID help, please? 

> 
> Thanks
> 
> Christopher Ferro
> Melbourne/Brevard County
> lonelybirder.wordpress.Com
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Subject: Re: Sparrows at Cruickshank / Brevard County
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:45:18 -0500
Consensus seems to be Clay-colored Sparrow (there were two that I saw)!
Flock was along western boundary, north of wood platform on right side, but
they seemed to be moving on through the brush, toward the east.

Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County
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> I scared up a mixed sparrow flock here at the Cruickshank scrub sanctuary.
> Chippies and Field Sparrows, plus this one. ID help, please?
>
> Thanks
>
> Christopher Ferro
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Subject: Sparrows at Cruickshank / Brevard County
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 10:55:09 -0500
I scared up a mixed sparrow flock here at the Cruickshank scrub sanctuary.
Chippies and Field Sparrows, plus this one. ID help, please?

Thanks

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Subject: Kirtland’s Warbler – Sunday 2/19/17 – Yes or No?
From: Nathan Langwald <soniknate AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:15:00 -0500
Good day! 

My father and I are planning on driving down to Miami this afternoon to go 
search for the Kirtland’s Warbler Monday morning. If anyone searches for it 
today, could you please respond to this post either positive or negative on a 
sighting? It would be most appreciated by me and others that may want to look 
for it. I’ll respond in kind if we go. Thank you! 


Nathan Langwald
Lakeland, FL

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Subject: More On Drones Harassing Birds / Pinellas County
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 02:30:50 +0000
After seeing Alice Horst's post telling of her drone encounters, I thought I 
would add our disappointment from this morning. This morning about 8AM at The 
Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach, two fun loving drone enthusiasts, several 
times, flew their drones low, and within a few feet of the Black Skimmer flock, 
obviously flushing them from their beach resting place. It appears we can now 
add drones to dogs, kids, and unknowing beach wanders, to guarantee the birds 
can never be at peace. 


Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater, Florida

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Subject: Birding inSouth Miami
From: Alice Horst <ahorst AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 21:01:08 -0500
I went to Brewer Park (known as Miller Roost because of Parrots/Parakeets).
I saw a group of 8 Red-masked Parakeets come into the top of a tree across the 
road from the park. I took a few pictures and then I heard a strange noise. 

A DRONE was circling near the tree where the birds were perched. Then the drone 
was above the birds, almost touching them. 


They were terrified, and flew off squawking very loudly. A couple of them 
landed across the canal from the park. 


It was hard to watch because I knew what was happening. I suppose the droner 
thinks it’s humorous to dive-bomb roosting birds. 


As though our feathered friends don’t have enough perils without DRONES!


Red-masked Parakeets

Red-masked Parakeets

DRONE that was dive-bombing Red-masked Parakeets

Somethings in the birding world are not GREAT!
Alice Horst
Marion County, FL
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Subject: Re: Kirtland's Warbler RFI
From: Reinhard Geisler <r102 AT REIGE.NET>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 20:13:31 -0500
Was not seen between 8:10 AM and 6 PM. 

Reinhard Geisler
Oviedo, FL - Seminole County

> On Feb 18, 2017, at 5:28 PM, Alison Levin Bishop  
wrote: 

> 
> Tomorrow I can finally get the time to drive down to Miami in the early am. I 
don’t see any reports of the Kirtland’s Warbler today on ebird. Feedback 
would be greatly appreciated. 

> Alison  Sarasota
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Subject: Kirtland's Warbler RFI
From: Alison Levin Bishop <mail AT LIVINGWALLS.COM>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:28:19 -0500
Tomorrow I can finally get the time to drive down to Miami in the early am. I 
don’t see any reports of the Kirtland’s Warbler today on ebird. Feedback 
would be greatly appreciated. 

Alison  Sarasota
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Subject: Birding in South Miami
From: Alice Horst <ahorst AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 21:44:24 -0500
Interesting day to say the least:
Not so many Warblers today but a couple of animals in trees + female Painted 
Bunting, Bald Eagle in nest with at least one chick - I didn’t know that they 
nested in South Miami. 

Two unidentified Parakeet types.
A couple of pictures to entertain you:


Bald Eagle in nest with at least 1 chick



Sleeping Raccoon


Looks like the Caterpillar in Alice and Wonderland!
Just an Iguana hanging out.

It’s impossible to get a picture of a Northern Parula eating (in focus)!

Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!
Alice Horst
Marion County, FL


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Subject: passerine help
From: Sean C <dan AT FLORIDAPARKSANDBIRDS.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:19:06 -0500
FORGET THE 3 MESSAGES BEFORE THIS ONE. HERE IS THE REAL ONE.

I saw this Bird today in Polk County, FL. Any ideas? Sparrow? Thanks.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/147356155 AT N08/32913479876/in/dateposted-public/

Sean Colbert,
Davenport, FL.

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