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Green Kingfisher,©Dan Lane

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 ]
17 Feb ?? [Sean C ]
17 Feb sorry [Sean C ]
17 Feb passerine help [Sean C ]
17 Feb Re: RFI: Kirtland's Warbler [Janet Leavens ]
17 Feb RFI: Kirtland's Warbler [Janet Leavens ]
17 Feb Scissor-tailed flycatcher [Thomas Ford ]
17 Feb Thoughts On Yesterdays Banded Oystercatchers At CCC Beach / Pinellas County [robert lane ]
16 Feb Birding list for the McIntosh Tract, 2/16/2017 [Carolyn McKinney ]
16 Feb Kirtland's Warbler Birding in Miami [Alice Horst ]
16 Feb Kirtland's Warbler continues in Bill Baggs SP, Miami-Dade [Audrey Whitlock ]
15 Feb Pinellas Birds ( 15 Feb 2017 ) [Ron Smith ]
15 Feb Re: Miami-Dade County birding [Tony Leukering ]
15 Feb Miami-Dade County birding [Alice Horst ]
15 Feb Kirtland's Warbler @ Bill Bagg's State Park 2/15/17 [Rangel Diaz ]
15 Feb Re: 300 or so Robins [Christopher Ferro ]
15 Feb 300 or so Robins [Steve Klesius ]
15 Feb Iceland Gull. Lighthouse Point Park. Ponce Inlet. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
14 Feb Parasitic Jaeger, Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
14 Feb Re: Common Merganser, ST. Marks NWR 02/13/17 [David Gagne ]
13 Feb Hawk IDs [Sean C ]
13 Feb Bald Eagle - Sumter County [Alice Horst ]
12 Feb Harris's Sparrow and Brewer's Blackbird - Hernando County [Avery Chan ]
12 Feb Common Eider back under fishing pier Jetty Park Brevard cty [Audrey Whitlock ]
12 Feb Common Eider continues Jetty Park Brevard Cty [Audrey Whitlock ]
11 Feb Sumter County birding Vesper Sparrows [Alice Horst ]
12 Feb A Brown Booby Saturday Night / Pinellas County [robert lane ]
11 Feb Duck ID help [Sean C ]
10 Feb Re: early migration [Bob Paxson ]
10 Feb Re: early migration [Christopher Ferro ]
9 Feb Marion County birding [Alice Horst ]
9 Feb Recent Out Of Season Field Observations / Pinellas County [robert lane ]
9 Feb Franklin's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
9 Feb Re: Merritt Island NWR - more - 2-8-17 Corredtion on 1st photo- Scissor-tailed Flycatcher with Spider [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
8 Feb Merritt Island NWR - more - 2-8-17 [Danny Bales ]
8 Feb Re: Harris Sparrow, Hernando County; Febreuary 08, 2017 [David Gagne ]
7 Feb Question on Nelson's Sparrow - 2/7/17 [Danny Bales ]
7 Feb Sandhill Cranes heading North [Steve Klesius ]

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

Sent from my iPhone

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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
lonelybirder.org

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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

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

Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2017 4:28 PM
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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 


---------- Original Message ----------
From: Diane Reed 
To: BRDBRAIN AT LISTSERV.USF.EDU
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.
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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: Latest Swallow-Tailed Kite Report in Florida ! ! !
From: Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 06:24:57 -0500
Rohan Regional Recreation Center
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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

Sent from my iPhone

> 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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On Feb 19, 2017 10:55 AM, "Christopher Ferro" 
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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
> Melbourne/Brevard County
> lonelybirder.wordpress.Com
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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

Christopher Ferro
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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. 

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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!
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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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Subject: ??
From: Sean C <dan AT FLORIDAPARKSANDBIRDS.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:02:21 -0500
How do you edit posts?

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Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 20:01:18 -0500
Sorry for not posting my name at the end.

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I saw this Bird today in Polk county, FL. Any ideas? Sparrow? Thanks.
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Subject: Re: RFI: Kirtland's Warbler
From: Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 11:12:17 -0500
I've gotten word that it's been seen today since 9am. Thanks to everyone
who responded.

Happy Birding!

Janet Leavens
Oviedo, FL

On Friday, February 17, 2017, Janet Leavens 
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> Hi all,
>
> Has anybody seen the Kirtland's Warbler so far this morning? I checked out
> Bill Baggs SP on eBird hotspot explorer and saw that there were no
> checklists submitted so far today. This is making me think that everyone is
> still out there looking for it. Can someone post if it has been seen?
>
> Thanks!
>
> Janet Leavens
> Oviedo, FL
>
>
>

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Subject: RFI: Kirtland's Warbler
From: Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 10:49:33 -0500
Hi all,

Has anybody seen the Kirtland's Warbler so far this morning? I checked out
Bill Baggs SP on eBird hotspot explorer and saw that there were no
checklists submitted so far today. This is making me think that everyone is
still out there looking for it. Can someone post if it has been seen?

Thanks!

Janet Leavens
Oviedo, FL

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Subject: Scissor-tailed flycatcher
From: Thomas Ford <tomf97 AT NEO.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:52:14 -0500
The subject bird is still at the TICO air field. Yesterday, I ran into two
more birders who thought it had left as reports stopped being posted. 

 

It is still there. I have stopped by four mornings over last three weeks on
my way to bird in North Merritt Island. 

 

Now it may be gone after the TICO Warbird Air Show in Titusville on March
11-12. So if you are butting it off don't.

 

Off SR 1 into the airport. Turn left and drive the field fence.  The Vesper
sparrows love the fence openings to set on. The Flycatcher must sit on the
stop wire because of is long tail. 

 

For the photo crowd please stay in your cars. You can drive up to 3 car
length and he just looks at you. Get out and he is gone.  


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Subject: Thoughts On Yesterdays Banded Oystercatchers At CCC Beach / Pinellas County
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:03:03 +0000
 Yesterday at Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach in Pinellas County we had four 
American Oystercatchers, two of which were banded. Bird K6 is a resight of ours 
from last year. J2 was a new one to us. Some of the oystercatchers we see here 
in the winter are sort of "Snow Birds", just visiting! In the case of these two 
they were originally banded in Accomack County, Metompkin Island, Virginia. 
Thanks to Lindsay Addison for always providing a prompt reply to the history of 
each reported bird. The following attachment tells a brief story of these two 
traveling celebrities. If you find any banded oystercatchers in your travels, 
send the band information to the e-mail address below. The band numbers are 
sometimes vertical and sometimes horizontal, and usually on both legs, making 
them east to see and read. 



Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater, Florida


-----------------------------------------------------------



Hi Bob,

Thanks for writing and thanks to you and Denise for looking for bands on 
oystercatchers! 



I'm impressed at K6. Like many other oystercatchers, it is very loyal to its 
home sites. The only resights after its banding in Virginia in 2013 are on the 
Courtney Campbell Causeway. This year it will be four years old and old enough 
that it's likely to start breeding. Perhaps a future resight will find it with 
a mate somewhere. 



J2 has a similar story. It's one year older (banded as a chick in 2012), also 
on Virgina on its large, undeveloped barrier islands. This is its first resight 
on the winter grounds. I suspect there are small groups of oystercatchers 
scattered around Tampa Bay, which are not often seen because people may not 
frequent their roosting and foraging sites and because they really are loyal to 
particular sites, based on reports from the same bird coming over and over from 
the same area. 



Thanks again,

Lindsay


Lindsay Addison
Coastal Biologist
Audubon North Carolina
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Subject: Birding list for the McIntosh Tract, 2/16/2017
From: Carolyn McKinney <cmckinney47 AT TAMPABAY.RR.COM>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:57:52 -0500
Rick Hall and I checked out the birding at he fairly newly opened McIntosh 
Tract near Plant City, 775 East Knight's Griffin Rd. 

Our 29 species included: Mottled Duck, D-b Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great 
Egret, Little Blue Heron, White Ibis, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, 

Osprey, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Limpkin, Sandhill Crane, Spotted 
Sandpiper, Mourning Dove, Barred Owl, Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, 

Blue Jay, American Crow, Tufted Titmouse, House Wren, Carolina Wren, Blue-gray 
Gnatcatcher, Palm Warbler, Yellow-rump Warbler, Swamp Sparrow, Northern 
Cardinal, 

and Red-winged Blackbird. We had a great time, but be warned: there are no 
facilities on the 363 acre park. Bring water and a strong bladder! 


Enjoy Florida's birds and beauty!
Carolyn McKinney, Florida Master Naturalist
Tampa, FL.

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Subject: Kirtland's Warbler Birding in Miami
From: Alice Horst <ahorst AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 16:00:17 -0500
Yesterday’s BRDBRAIN post that a Kirtland’s Warbler was seen again at Bill 
Baggs State Park, when I just happened to be in Miami, dictated what I was 
doing today. 

Park opens at 8:00am and, after parking our cars,12 of us walked the trail to 
the area where bird was seen yesterday. 

We watched, we waited, and our bird popped up in shrub at 8:48. We all saw him, 
a few got pictures, I didn’t get any pix. That was nice but it would get much 
better. 

At 9:19am bird came up in a shrub on the other side of the path.
We all took pictures for 2-3 minutes, then disappeared. As I was leaving the 
bird was up again. 

WOW, I can’t say more than that!


Kirtland’s Warbler


Eating berries

Watching us watching him


Beautiful and cooperative!



Photographer-birders

Thank you, birding friends, for getting us to the right spot.
Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!
Alice Horst
Marion County, Fl
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Subject: Kirtland's Warbler continues in Bill Baggs SP, Miami-Dade
From: Audrey Whitlock <Ajw AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:23:46 -0500
FYI,
Jim Eager drove Phyllis Mansfield and me to Bill Baggs SP today. We saw the 
Kirtland's Warbler at 0848 upclose and personal feeding low in the Lantana. 
Many observers were very happy. Refer to Tropical Audubon's birdboard for a 
google map/directions. Thanks to Carra Borre for finding this incredible bird! 


Good birding!
Audrey Whitlock
 Merritt Island FL & Nags Head NC

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Subject: Pinellas Birds ( 15 Feb 2017 )
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 20:30:51 -0500
Good evening,

Our first Swallow-tailed Kite of the spring was photographed this morning
by Bruce Cochrane flying over North Anclote River Park and this evening
Cynthia Paonessa heard Pinellas' first Chuck-will's-widow of the year
calling at Walsingham Park.  A Swallow-tailed Kite captured and equipped
with a transmitter last summer at Sawgrass Lake Park wintered in Paraguay
and today was northbound, but still way south in Brazil.

A group of birders at Fort De Soto Park this morning noted the continuing
Lark Sparrow was seen at the North Palm Grove.  There have been no recent
reports of the Glaucous Gull, last seen just north of Pass-A-Grille Beach
on Feb. 7th.

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL

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Subject: Re: Miami-Dade County birding
From: Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.USF.EDU>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:21:44 -0500
Alice:


Short-tailed Hawk and molting Pine Warblers


Tony


Tony Leukering
Largo, FL
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From: Alice Horst 
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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Miami-Dade County birding


Today I went to AD Barnes Park in Miami.
It was windy but I had many small birds in trees.
Some I could ID: Prairie, Yellow-throated, N. Parula, Black-and White, Pine, 
Palm Warblers, White-eyed Vireo, Blue Gray gnat 

Others I could not. Perhaps immature birds?
Couple of pictures here for ID help, please.




I think Short-tailed Hawk?? smaller than Vultures, flat wings- soaring

I have looked at many ID books, can’t ID this, spots on chest confused me.



Maybe young N. Parula?



Another puzzler??


Thank you, 
Alice Horst, Marion County, Fl
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From: Alice Horst <ahorst AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:00:53 -0500
Today I went to AD Barnes Park in Miami.
It was windy but I had many small birds in trees.
Some I could ID: Prairie, Yellow-throated, N. Parula, Black-and White, Pine, 
Palm Warblers, White-eyed Vireo, Blue Gray gnat 

Others I could not. Perhaps immature birds?
Couple of pictures here for ID help, please.


I think Short-tailed Hawk?? smaller than Vultures, flat wings- soaring

I have looked at many ID books, can’t ID this, spots on chest confused me.


Maybe young N. Parula?


Another puzzler??

Thank you, 
Alice Horst, Marion County, Fl
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Subject: Kirtland's Warbler @ Bill Bagg's State Park 2/15/17
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:14:50 -0500
The above mentioned bird continues at the state park on Key Biscayne after
being relocated today by Miriam Avello! Great (first?) Miami-Dade record
and (first?) US winter record. The blue pin on the map shows the location.
Park at No Name Harbor and hike the path going north. Make a right at the
sign that says, "Nature Trail" and go all the way to the end. Good luck to
those chasing!

Cheers,
Rangel Diaz
Miami-Dade

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Subject: Re: 300 or so Robins
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 12:12:59 -0500
'Tis the season! My neighborhood had hundreds if not over a thousand,
flying high, flying low, big flocks, smaller groups, in trees, on lawns.
Calling, singing, bickering. The usual Common Grackle racket was nearly
drowned out. All before dawn.

Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County
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On Feb 15, 2017 11:57 AM, "Steve Klesius"  wrote:

Today at about 10:20 am there were 300 or so Robins flying and in the trees
near the shopping center closest to the intersection of I 75 and County
Road 56.  They flew around in both tight and loose flocks.  Some landed in
the oak and holly trees as well.  There were 2 Sandhill Cranes in the
parking lot and they kept looking up like they were trying to figure what
was happening.  I guess they could hear and see the Robins.  Were they just
attracted to the noise or checking out if it was a threat?

Steve Klesius, north Tampa, 33647 but seen in Pasco Cty.

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Subject: 300 or so Robins
From: Steve Klesius <skaway AT EXCITE.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 11:57:32 -0500
Today at about 10:20 am there were 300 or so Robins flying and in the trees 
near the shopping center closest to the intersection of I 75 and County Road 
56. They flew around in both tight and loose flocks. Some landed in the oak and 
holly trees as well. There were 2 Sandhill Cranes in the parking lot and they 
kept looking up like they were trying to figure what was happening. I guess 
they could hear and see the Robins. Were they just attracted to the noise or 
checking out if it was a threat? 


Steve Klesius, north Tampa, 33647 but seen in Pasco Cty.

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Subject: Iceland Gull. Lighthouse Point Park. Ponce Inlet. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:56:56 -0500
This morning I found a different 1st cycle Iceland (Kumlien's) Gull on the 
beach just north of the north jetty at Ponce de Leon Inlet. This bird is much 
paler than the Iceland Gull yesterday. 


Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL


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Subject: Parasitic Jaeger, Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:10:39 -0500
Yesterday evening, 2/13, I found a 1st cycle Parasitic Jaeger on the beach at 
Daytona Beach Shores about 1 mile north of Frank Rendon Park. This morning, 
2/14, I found a dark 1st cycle Iceland (Kumlien's) Gull and a 1st cycle 
Glaucous Gull on the beach just north of the north jetty at Ponce Inlet. 


Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL


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Subject: Re: Common Merganser, ST. Marks NWR 02/13/17
From: David Gagne <oporornis77 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2017 10:44:40 -0500
Hi All,

Scored a female type Common Merganser just south of the Double Dikes.

Sorry for the late post, but needed to get confirmation from Ed Kwater, as
I didn't photograph all the field marks including the white throat, but the
rusty head with very less noticeable crest and distinct cut off of the head
and white chest was a clincher, ass was the grayer body color.

Great Birding!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Subject: Hawk IDs
From: Sean C <dan AT FLORIDAPARKSANDBIRDS.COM>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:16:59 -0500
I need help with these 2 IDs, seen in Polk county this month.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/147356155 AT N08/32819877566/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/147356155 AT N08/32884034455/in/dateposted-public/

S.C.
Polk county, FL

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Subject: Bald Eagle - Sumter County
From: Alice Horst <ahorst AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:11:02 -0500
SUCCESS!
I’ve been watching this nest since August when adult Bald Eagles began 
checking out this established nest. I have watched numerous chicks hatch and 
leave this nest over the years but it is still exciting! 

I was at the nest yesterday, saw nothing, but I thought I would check it again 
today. 

At 11:30am I parked my car to watch what appeared to be an empty nest,
Suddenly there appeared an adult bird and a very tiny fuzzy head was barely 
visible. 

This nest is so deep that if an adult is in the nest you might not be able to 
see them. 

I can not tell if there is more than one chick from my pictures but I suspect 
there are 2. 


I will continue to report on this Sumter County nest.

I am in my car quite far away but I could see the chick’s head



This picture is highly cropped. I just wanted to indicate how young the chick 
is. 

10 days or less?

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Marion County, FL
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Subject: Harris's Sparrow and Brewer's Blackbird - Hernando County
From: Avery Chan <gatedancer93 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2017 16:34:41 -0500
Hello birders,

 This morning, my dad and I headed to Kettering Road in Brookesville to look 
for the Harris's Sparrow. A group was already there, including Jim Eager, but 
they hadn't found it yet. Over the course of almost an hour and a half, I saw a 
kestrel, meadowlarks, Killdeer, House Wrens, cardinals, a mockingbird, a 
Pileated Woodpecker, and some White-crowned Sparrows, but no one found the 
Harris's Sparrow. However, I was shown an impaled beetle (don't know what kind) 
and got good pictures of a Phaon Crescent. Because it was almost ten o' clock, 
my dad and I headed west to Bayport Park to look for the Brewer's Blackbird. 

Impaled Beetle - Underside photo 20170212_095038.jpg 

Impaled Beetle - Topside photo 20170212_095205.jpg 

Phaon Crescent photo 20170212_094826.jpg 

 A few minutes after we got to Bayport Park, a couple was throwing bread 
outside from their car, which attracted a lot of Laughing Gulls and a few 
Ring-billed Gulls. A few Boat-tailed Grackles also got some bread. About twenty 
minutes of looking around, I find a female Boat-tailed Grackle with a pale eye. 
I think it's of the subspecies in the Mississippi/Alabama/panhandle area. I 
found this bird four weeks ago when I came here to look for the Brewer's 
Blackbird. Another ten minutes later, and another guy comes with pretzels and 
attracts a few gulls and several grackles. The pale-eyed grackle joins in, too. 
Just as we are about to give up, my dad points out some different birds in the 
trees, and one happens to be a female Brewer's Blackbird! It was seen at 11:40 
A.M. It actually looked quite different from the female Boat-tailed Grackles. 

 On the way home, we stopped by Kettering Road because it wouldn't hurt. There 
wasn't a lot of birds active besides a couple of vultures and swallows, but a 
few birds darted into the brush on the west side of the road. Looking deep into 
the brush, I realize that they were White-crowned Sparrows. We keep looking 
around at the sparrows, and we focus on one in particular that looked a little 
larger. When it turned, we saw the black bib of the Harris's Sparrow! We 
finally saw after all! What was surprising was that it was so late in the day, 
just past 12:30 P.M. I was under the impression that sparrows were active 
typically in the morning, so I was doubtful until I saw that one was a 
White-crowned Sparrow. I guess it never hurts to check. 


eBird Checklists:
Kettering Road (morning):
http://ebird.org/ebird/ybn/view/checklist/S34325811
Bayport Park:
http://ebird.org/ebird/ybn/view/checklist/S34326357
Kettering Road (afternoon):
http://ebird.org/ebird/ybn/view/checklist/S34326075

Avery Chan
Seminole County, Florida

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Subject: Common Eider back under fishing pier Jetty Park Brevard cty
From: Audrey Whitlock <Ajw AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2017 15:14:29 -0500
4:15 pm back at Jetty Park fishing pier. Hope it doesn't get caught again, pier 
crowded 


Audrey Whitlock, Merritt Island FL & Nags Head NC

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Subject: Common Eider continues Jetty Park Brevard Cty
From: Audrey Whitlock <Ajw AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2017 14:44:14 -0500
HeyBirders
At 2:40pm the Eider is just east of the submarine basin sitting on the beach 
(north side of canal). 


Audrey Whitlock, Merritt Island FL & Nags Head NC

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Subject: Sumter County birding Vesper Sparrows
From: Alice Horst <ahorst AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 11 Feb 2017 21:03:39 -0500
Sumter County birding near Nichol’s Cemetery
Today we had 13 Wood Ducks in small pond at north/east corner of cr475 and 246 
( road into Nichol’s Cemetery) 

2 Meadowlarks singing
Vesper Sparrows - we had a flock of 7 VESP hopping and pecking in dirt.
1 adult Bald Eagle flying, not at nest.
1 American Kestrel
1 Loggerhead Shrike
1 Yellow-throated Warbler
1 Black-and-white Warbler
and usual Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ruby-crowned 
Kinglet. 

 

ID:   Dark bordered cheekpatch, large head, fairly short tail, 
white outer tail feathers, bold eye-ring.



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Subject: A Brown Booby Saturday Night / Pinellas County
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2017 01:07:40 +0000
Upon my arrival at The Mobbly Beach viewing site at about 5:15PM, there was no 
sign of any Brown Boobies. At about 5:25PM, they came into view, seemingly from 
The Courtney Campbell Causeway Area. Tonight is the first time I have had the 
opportunity to see them all together, definitely eleven of them. For the next 
thirty minutes they all stayed together, constantly circling around the bay and 
the towers. It was easy to count them. At about 5:55PM they totally surprised 
me by landing for the night on the middle tower, the next tower to the west of 
their past normal roost. Thinking that viewing would be better on the west side 
of the Safety Harbor Bay, with darkness setting in, I drove over to the south 
end of Philippe Park. The birds were easily viewed with the scope, they were 
facing me, sitting in the southwest corner of the tower. If this is their new 
roost site, viewing is easier from this location or the extreme north end of 
Bayshore Drive in Safety Harbor. Also, at about 5:00PM, the wintering Western 
Kingbird was on its normal fence location southeast of The Duke Energy gate. 



Bob Lane / Clearwater, Florida

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Subject: Duck ID help
From: Sean C <dan AT FLORIDAPARKSANDBIRDS.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Feb 2017 19:18:41 -0500
I saw these Ducks in Daytona Beach, FL on 2/9/17. Any idea what they could be??


https://www.whatbird.com/forum/uploads/monthly_2017_02/oie_tShRkyXj6Mdr.jpg.c601b7ec9e4de9eebcb168ce79ae8a60.jpg 


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Subject: Re: early migration
From: Bob Paxson <rpaxson AT CFL.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2017 12:01:57 -0500
All very true. Photoperiodism definitely is a factor in neotropical songbird 
migration. Weather patterns/prevailing winds have some short term effects. 
Short distance migrants and pelagic species also will move based on food 
supply, ocean currents and temperatures, etc....like that one crazy winter a 
few years ago when we had an unprecedented irruption of red breasted nuthatches 
AND amazing numbers of Razorbills right off our beaches...... 

Bob
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Cape Canaveral, Fl


---- Christopher Ferro  wrote: 
> We call it global warming now, too. It's part of the greater topic of
> climate change, but climate scientists have largely not fallen into the
> trap of using "climate change" instead of "global warming", as certain
> political factions would have us do to obfuscate the issue of human induced
> warming.
> 
> Having said that, don't neotropical migrants get their cues related to
> length of daylight for their migration timing? That also might explain why
> they would be slower to change their migration dates compared to other
> birds that migrate more on the availability of food or other factors. I'm
> not an ornithologist, though.
> 
> Christopher Ferro
> Melbourne/Brevard County
> lonelybirder.wordpress.com
> 
> On Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 7:23 PM, Anne Casella  wrote:
> 
> > In regards to Bob Lane's comment about whether spring migration might be
> > early.  I recall a talk at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology when I lived in
> > Ithaca 15 years ago about this topic - in the early 1990s, scientists were
> > talking about climate change, although we called it global warming then,
> > and documenting its effects.  At that time, they were finding that short
> > distance migrants like sparrows and Gray Catbirds, Eastern Towhees, etc.
> > who winter in the southern US were already migrating north a couple of
> > weeks earlier than historical records.  However, at that time, there was no
> > noticeable difference in the timing of migration of neotropical migrants.
> > They speculated that birds in central and south America and the Caribbean
> > have no way of getting information about earlier warming whereas the birds
> > wintering in the southern US were experiencing it.  It is well known that
> > the birds who return north the earliest, as long as there is no extreme
> > weather event to kill them off, get the best territories and thus are
> > chosen by females as mates have the best reproductive success.  By now,
> > climate change is even more well established, so it is possible that the
> > earliest neotropical migrants may be having better reproductive success and
> > passing on an earlier migration timetable to their offspring.
> >
> > Anne Casella
> > (Gainesville birder)
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Subject: Re: early migration
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2017 06:43:42 -0500
We call it global warming now, too. It's part of the greater topic of
climate change, but climate scientists have largely not fallen into the
trap of using "climate change" instead of "global warming", as certain
political factions would have us do to obfuscate the issue of human induced
warming.

Having said that, don't neotropical migrants get their cues related to
length of daylight for their migration timing? That also might explain why
they would be slower to change their migration dates compared to other
birds that migrate more on the availability of food or other factors. I'm
not an ornithologist, though.

Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County
lonelybirder.wordpress.com

On Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 7:23 PM, Anne Casella  wrote:

> In regards to Bob Lane's comment about whether spring migration might be
> early.  I recall a talk at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology when I lived in
> Ithaca 15 years ago about this topic - in the early 1990s, scientists were
> talking about climate change, although we called it global warming then,
> and documenting its effects.  At that time, they were finding that short
> distance migrants like sparrows and Gray Catbirds, Eastern Towhees, etc.
> who winter in the southern US were already migrating north a couple of
> weeks earlier than historical records.  However, at that time, there was no
> noticeable difference in the timing of migration of neotropical migrants.
> They speculated that birds in central and south America and the Caribbean
> have no way of getting information about earlier warming whereas the birds
> wintering in the southern US were experiencing it.  It is well known that
> the birds who return north the earliest, as long as there is no extreme
> weather event to kill them off, get the best territories and thus are
> chosen by females as mates have the best reproductive success.  By now,
> climate change is even more well established, so it is possible that the
> earliest neotropical migrants may be having better reproductive success and
> passing on an earlier migration timetable to their offspring.
>
> Anne Casella
> (Gainesville birder)
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Subject: Marion County birding
From: Alice Horst <ahorst AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 9 Feb 2017 21:20:50 -0500
I checked Big Sun Youth Soccer Complex to see if Western Kingbirds were still 
around. 

I arrived at 5:30 and only saw 1 American Kestrel eating a slimy snack. Then 
another AMKE showed up. After copulating they perched lovingly on a wire. 

At 5:50pm Western Kingbirds began arriving. I counted 7. When I left at 6:05pm 
there may have been more as they kept flitting around. 

Magnificent full moon was visible before dusk.


American Kestrel with “slimy snack"

AMKEs sitting lovingly while the sun was setting.


Western Kingbird  (setting sun causes the intensity of color)


Moon  AT  6:00pm before dusk tonight

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Marion County, FL
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Subject: Recent Out Of Season Field Observations / Pinellas County
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 9 Feb 2017 21:37:14 +0000
During the past week while participating in The 2017 Winter Shorebird Survey, 
we had the opportunity to see four different species of birds, already in what 
would seem extremely early breeding plumage. The first bird was the previously 
mentioned and pictured Piping Plover. The second was a Ring-billed Gull, 
already with a bright red orbital eye ring and bright red gape at the mouth. 
The third was a Royal Tern already with an all black crest and bright reddish, 
not orange-red bill. The fourth was a Forster's Tern with an all black cap, and 
an orange-red bill with a black tip, and a nearly white tail. All the birds 
mentioned had others of their species nearby for plumage comparison. Another 
early season noticeable in our eastern Clearwater neighborhood is the fact that 
all of the bright red flowering Kapok Trees have been in bloom for over two 
weeks. In years past it has normally been late March or early April before they 
flower. And the final observation was from this morning at The Ruth Eckerd 
Pond. The resident, always easily seen large Alligator, was bellowing away, 
apparently already calling for a mate. Nature's timetable seems to be running 
well over a month early this year. It will be interesting to see if spring 
migration is also early. 



Bob & Denise Lane / Clearwater, Florida

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Subject: Franklin's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Thu, 9 Feb 2017 15:41:14 -0500
Last night, 2/08, I again found the 2nd cycle Franklin's Gull that has been in 
the area for about a month. The bird was right in front of Frank Rendon Park, 
Daytona Beach Shores. 


Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL


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Subject: Re: Merritt Island NWR - more - 2-8-17 Corredtion on 1st photo- Scissor-tailed Flycatcher with Spider
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Thu, 9 Feb 2017 04:24:17 +0000
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Danny Bales

Titusville, Fla.


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From: Danny Bales 
Sent: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 11:21 PM
To: BRDBRAIN AT LISTSERV.USF.EDU
Cc: Danny Bales
Subject: Merritt Island NWR - more - 2-8-17

I have been getting request to report my visits to the Merritt Island NWR so 
people that live far away can get an idea what's going on on the refuge. So 
today I made a trip out there. I left the house with a my first photo my yard 
Painted Bunting. On the dyke roads I believe Gator Road is one name. The first 
dirt road to the south (across from pump house) is where I started. I saw many 
shore birds. You needed a scope today to view them. There were a lot of 
Dunlins, Yellowlegs, Dowitchers, peeps, and more I couldn't see good enough to 
identify. After the dyke roads I went to Black Point. The drive was very 
inactive. Very few ducks. In fact area 7 and back were void of ducks. Around 
area 3 there were some Pintail, Blue-winged Teal, and Shovlers. There were 
shore birds on straight way, but very small numbers. As you enter the Black 
Point the area is extremely dry, and not many wadding birds. There were 
Tri-colored Heorn, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Roseate Spoonbills, and 
Great Egrets. 

 After the refuge I went to the Titusville Airport to see if I could locate 
some Vesper Sparrows. They were there scattered all along the fence line with 
Savannah Sparrows. Logger-headed Shrikes, and Eastern Pewees were hawking the 
fence line. The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was there, but moving frequently 
around the air strip looking for food. Bugs were down due to last night's rain. 
At one point the Flycatcher just hunted from the ground. I saw him get 
Grasshoppers, and Spiders. It was pretty birdy today on that fenceline. Hope 
this information helps people planning a Refuge trip. 


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


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Subject: Merritt Island NWR - more - 2-8-17
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Wed, 8 Feb 2017 23:21:05 -0500
I have been getting request to report my visits to the Merritt Island NWR so 
people that live far away can get an idea what's going on on the refuge. So 
today I made a trip out there. I left the house with a my first photo my yard 
Painted Bunting. On the dyke roads I believe Gator Road is one name. The first 
dirt road to the south (across from pump house) is where I started. I saw many 
shore birds. You needed a scope today to view them. There were a lot of 
Dunlins, Yellowlegs, Dowitchers, peeps, and more I couldn't see good enough to 
identify. After the dyke roads I went to Black Point. The drive was very 
inactive. Very few ducks. In fact area 7 and back were void of ducks. Around 
area 3 there were some Pintail, Blue-winged Teal, and Shovlers. There were 
shore birds on straight way, but very small numbers. As you enter the Black 
Point the area is extremely dry, and not many wadding birds. There were 
Tri-colored Heorn, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Roseate Spoonbills, and 
Great Egrets. 

 After the refuge I went to the Titusville Airport to see if I could locate 
some Vesper Sparrows. They were there scattered all along the fence line with 
Savannah Sparrows. Logger-headed Shrikes, and Eastern Pewees were hawking the 
fence line. The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was there, but moving frequently 
around the air strip looking for food. Bugs were down due to last night's rain. 
At one point the Flycatcher just hunted from the ground. I saw him get 
Grasshoppers, and Spiders. It was pretty birdy today on that fenceline. Hope 
this information helps people planning a Refuge trip. 


www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen 32633369602

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31979890103

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32753825026

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31979917393

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32413962350

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32641211902

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

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Subject: Re: Harris Sparrow, Hernando County; Febreuary 08, 2017
From: David Gagne <oporornis77 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 8 Feb 2017 12:50:26 -0500
Hi All,

Steve Reardon and I birded several locations in Hernando County this
morning and had SUPERB views of the Harris Sparrow on Kettering Road, as
today around 830 the bird was seen feeding along the road side brush
opposite the east fence line with 11 White-crowned Sparrows!  The bird
snuck off on me before I could get a photo, but several of the White-crowns
hung out and got several photos of those.

Also along Croom Road we scored both Red-cockaded and Hairy Woodpeckers (2
each) and heard 4 Bachman's Sparrows which I was to get off a photo off.

Go to eBird to view these photos.

Great Birding!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Subject: Question on Nelson's Sparrow - 2/7/17
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Feb 2017 21:21:00 -0500
This year in Shiloh has been the smallest amount of sharptails that I have 
recorded in approximately 9 years. There never are many Nelson's, but I have 
had as many as 10 or more a year. The birds always show up Oct. 1st to 3rd in 
Shiloh. I do not know if Dr. Greenlaw is still on the Listserv, but I know he 
is an expert on Sharptails. One year we had a different subspecies of the 
Nelson's that showed up on Blackpoint. It was a drab colored bird not the 
colorful Nelson's we are all use to. Yesterday on my report I had a picture of 
the first Nelson's Sparrow that I have seen this year in Shiloh. I only had 3 
or maybe 4 Saltmarsh until I recorded 5 to 6 yesterday. This Nelson's is a very 
drab colored bird. It's not like the Blackpoint bird, but it is different. I do 
not know if it is due to the fact that it might be changing plumage or is 
simply a very young bird. Hoping Dr. Greenlaw might be out there or some other 
learned birder could weigh in on the matter. I'd appreciate it. 

 The first picture is the Nelson's on Blackpoint (bottom bird- top bird is a 
LeConte's Sparrow) .... The last picture is the current bird in question. 


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Subject: Sandhill Cranes heading North
From: Steve Klesius <skaway AT EXCITE.COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Feb 2017 13:38:02 -0500
Yesterday (2/6) I saw and heard 3 large flocks of Sandhill Cranes heading 
north, near Bell (north Florida). First you would hear them and high up in the 
sky would be a long V formation and a few behind in a small group. This was 
between 12 noon and 1:30 pm. On their way to Nebraska and elsewhere? Steve 
Klesius, Tampa, FL 33647 


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