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2 Apr Lake Panasoffkee WMA - Sumter County [Alice Horst ]
2 Apr Re: Our Friend Murray... [beachbirder ]
2 Apr Our Friend Murray... [PHYLLIS AND HOWARD ]
2 Apr Least Grebe @ Yamato Scrub 4/2/2017 [Rangel Diaz ]
2 Apr Murray Gardler ["dotrobbins AT juno.com" ]
2 Apr Re: Murray Gardler [Barbara Bowen ]
30 Mar First of the Season [Lenore McCullagh ]
30 Mar RFI anis [andrew melnykovych ]
30 Mar Miami-dade county birding [Alice Horst ]
31 Mar Least Terns Arrive At Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach [robert lane ]
1 Apr Murray Gardler (Pasco/Hernando) [beachbirder ]
1 Apr RFI: Places to find Butterflies while Birding [Scott Simmons ]
1 Apr Re: Murray Gardler (Pasco/Hernando) [Rangel Diaz ]
1 Apr Re: Murray Gardler (Pasco/Hernando) [Sarah M ]
2 Apr Murray Gardler [Joyce Stefancic ]
1 Apr Murray Gardler [Alice Horst ]
2 Apr FOS today [Lenore McCullagh ]
29 Mar Bayview Avenue Least Terns / Pinellas County [robert lane ]
28 Mar Sumter County birding [Alice Horst ]
27 Mar Philippe Park Afternoon Brown Boobies / Pinellas County [robert lane ]
22 Mar Yellow-headed blackbird [Dorothy Dunlap ]
22 Mar Shore bird ID please [Alice Horst ]
24 Mar European Starling With Tool [Ken Tracey ]
24 Mar Marion County ID help [Alice Horst ]
23 Mar Apopka Anis [Joyce Stefancic ]
23 Mar Wilson's Warbler, Sedge Wren [Terry Witt ]
24 Mar Re: Marion County ID help [Tony Leukering ]
22 Mar Re: RFI - Anis @ Lake Apopka [parulablue ]
23 Mar Bay Care Pond Sandhill Crane / Pinellas County [robert lane ]
22 Mar Brown Thrasher photos. [Bob Snow ]
25 Mar Sumter and Marion County Bald Eagles' nests [Alice Horst ]
25 Mar LETE, They're back [David Hartgrove ]
25 Mar Black-necked Stilt Bonanza / Pinellas County [robert lane ]
25 Mar Unable to see photos in messages [Kathy Amberg ]
25 Mar Brown Thrasher with bill deformity [Roy Peterson ]
23 Mar Pinecraft Park [Terry Witt ]
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 ]

Subject: Lake Panasoffkee WMA - Sumter County
From: Alice Horst <ahorst AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 20:34:36 -0400
Not a large number of species but several nice birds at Lake Panasoffkee WMA 
today: 

> 
> Merlin, Bald Eagle, Swallow-tailed Kite; Barred Owl, Northern Parula, Pine, 
Yellow-throated, Common Yellowthroat Warblers, White-eyed and Blue-headed 
Vireos, Great-crested Flycatcher, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Carolina and House Wrens, Eastern Meadowlark, Downy, 
Pileated, Red-bellied Woodpeckers. 

> 
> Best sighting for me was a single Red-headed Woodpecker because they have 
been scarce for the last couple of years in that area. 


> 
> MERLIN
> 
> 
> Red-headed Woodpecker
> 
> Alice Horst, Marion County, FL
> ahorst AT comcast.net 
> 


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Subject: Re: Our Friend Murray...
From: beachbirder <beachbirder AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 20:08:52 +0000
I couldn't have said it any better Phyllis.  He will be sorely missed.  

Jim Eager
Cape Canaveral, FL

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On Sun, 4/2/17, PHYLLIS AND HOWARD  wrote:

 Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Our Friend Murray...
 To: BRDBRAIN AT LISTSERV.USF.EDU
 Date: Sunday, April 2, 2017, 3:15 PM
 
 Twenty years ago Murray and I led
 some trips together for the Space Coast Birding and Wildlife
 Festival.  In January of this year, just before the
 festival, Murray called and said he was going to take me to
 lunch.  We spent part of three days birding and
 lunching.  I am thankful for his friendship and will
 always remember the privilege of birding with him. This year
 he wanted to see the Common Goldeneye,  Scissor-tailed
 Flycatcher, and Common Eider.  He was so appreciative;
 as I was appreciative of the Mangrove Swallow in 2002, and
 the Harris Sparrow in March of this year.  When Jim and
 I finally went for the Harris on 12 March, Murray sent me a
 thumbs up the next day and sent his photos again of that
 special bird. When I told him I was sending him a gold medal
 for that bird/photos from his car, he replied with his
 characteristically short response:  “lucky or
 lazy”.  Murray told me about the cancer
 diagnosis and said on a recent phone call, “Guess
 I’m going to die sooner rather than later” .I
 was thankful I could leave him with some hugs and
 love.  I will miss him and will remember
 those special moments with him.   Phyllis Mansfield,Cocoa Beach, FLEvery Day 
a New 

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Subject: Our Friend Murray...
From: PHYLLIS AND HOWARD <hpmans AT METROLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 15:15:32 -0400
Twenty years ago Murray and I led some trips together for the Space Coast
Birding and Wildlife Festival.  In January of this year, just before the
festival, Murray called and said he was going to take me to lunch.  We spent
part of three days birding and lunching.  I am thankful for his friendship
and will always remember the privilege of birding with him. This year he
wanted to see the Common Goldeneye,  Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, and Common
Eider.  He was so appreciative; as I was appreciative of the Mangrove
Swallow in 2002, and the Harris Sparrow in March of this year.  When Jim and
I finally went for the Harris on 12 March, Murray sent me a thumbs up the
next day and sent his photos again of that special bird. When I told him I
was sending him a gold medal for that bird/photos from his car, he replied
with his characteristically short response:  "lucky or lazy".

 

Murray told me about the cancer diagnosis and said on a recent phone call,
"Guess I'm going to die sooner rather than later" .I was thankful I could
leave him with some hugs and love.

 

I will miss him and will remember those special moments with him.  

 

Phyllis Mansfield,

Cocoa Beach, FL

Every Day a New Adventure


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Subject: Least Grebe @ Yamato Scrub 4/2/2017
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 11:54:46 -0400
The bird continues in the first set of ponds when walking along the paved
path from the parking lot.

Cheers,
Rangel Diaz
Miami-Dade

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Subject: Murray Gardler
From: "dotrobbins AT juno.com" <dotrobbins@JUNO.COM>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 13:45:52 GMT
I've known Murray for many years. He was always helpful and patient. He was a 
fully engaged birder up until the end! Last time I saw him was at the Sparrow 
Roundup at Weeki Wachee in January. I congratulated him, and marveled at his 
finding of the Harris's Sparrow on Kettering Road--a bird many of us got to 
enjoy. Sorry to lose my friend, but glad I had the opportunity to know him. He 
will be missed. Dotty Robbins 

High Springs

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Subject: Re: Murray Gardler
From: Barbara Bowen <bbowen32 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 09:13:48 -0400
On a Pasco Audubon Boat Birding Boat tour, Murry taught me an simple way to 
differentiate the Greater Yellowlegs from the Lessor Yellowlegs. He will be 
missed and leave a void amongs the birders. 



Barbara Bowen
Powder Springs, Georgia
bbowen32 AT verizon.net




-----Original Message-----
From: Stephen Gross 
To: BRDBRAIN 
Sent: Sat, Apr 1, 2017 11:40 pm
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Murray Gardler



I had the very good fortune to bird with Murray on many occasions including 4 
trips to Arizona. A wonderful man in every way. We have lost a good person. 

Stephen Gross
Valrico, FL 33596
sgrocolret AT ij.net


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Subject: First of the Season
From: Lenore McCullagh <lmcstjohns AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 14:23:17 +0000
Dear Birders, 
  
Today Thursday 03/30/2017 in Orange Park about 8:30 AM I had my FOS Great 
Crested Flycatcher (GCFL). I thought I heard one yesterday in Bayard 
Conservation Area but could not be sure. 

  
Good birding to all, 
  
Lenore McCullagh 
Orange Park, Clay County, FL 

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Subject: RFI anis
From: andrew melnykovych <estiles74 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 19:34:39 -0400
Saw an e-bird report of BOTH anis being seen at Clay Island on the north
end of Lake Apopka. Photos on e-bird sure look like a Groove-billed. Are
both now confirmed at that location?




Andrew Melnykovych
Louisville KY

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Subject: Miami-dade county birding
From: Alice Horst <ahorst AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 16:35:05 -0400
Great day!
Brewer Park, Miller Road


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Red-masked Parakeets, nuzzling


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White-eyed parakeet- lifer for me!
Every day is a Great day to go birding!
Alice Horst  Marion county, FL
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Subject: Least Terns Arrive At Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 14:19:31 +0000
A short time ago, about 9:30AM, 5 Least Terns were on the beach at this eastern 
Pinellas County location on Old Tampa Bay. These are our first of the spring at 
CCC Beach, even though we have had them nearby to the west at Bayview Avenue. 
During our short visit we had a total of 28 species of birds. With the tide 
seeming high, the earlier hard rain, and the present lack of human disturbance, 
shorebirds were numerous and everywhere the length of the beach. 



Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater, Florida

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Subject: Murray Gardler (Pasco/Hernando)
From: beachbirder <beachbirder AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 20:54:01 +0000
The Florida Birding family has lost a great longtime birder, Murray Gardler, 
today. My sincerest condolences to the Gardler family. He will be sorely 

missed. 

Jim Eager
Cape Canaveral, FL

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Subject: RFI: Places to find Butterflies while Birding
From: Scott Simmons <simmonsphoto AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 17:50:02 -0400
Hello all,

A friend of mine is coming to Orlando during the second week of April for
vacation, and we're planning to do some birding together. My friend is much
more interested in butterflies than birds, though, and so we want to visit
places that will let him find some butterfly species he's never seen
before. He sent me a list of species he wants to see, and I was wondering
if any of you might know of some good places to find any of these species.
I took some guesses of places to visit based on the info he sent me, but
really I'm just shooting in the dark. If any of you are interested in
butterflies as well as birds, and if you have any advice on where to go to
find these, I'd greatly appreciate it:

Southern Cloudywing
Hilltops; Legumes
Possibility: Marl Bed Flats (I know there are plenty of legumes there)

Hayhurst’s Scallopwig
Low vegetation; Lambs quarter

Confused Cloudywing
Bush clover?

Sleepy Duskywing
Hilltops; Scrub Oak
Possibility: South Lake Conservation Area (Brevard Co)

Neamathla skipper
Marsh edges; grasses
Possibility: Orlando Wetlands Park (Orange Co)

Dotted skipper (rare)
Prairies, pine barrens, woodland meadows
Possibility: Hal Scott Preserve (Orange Co), Lower Wekiva River Preserve
(Seminole Co)

Meske’s Skipper
Sparse open woods and grassy places
Possibility: Hal Scott Preserve (Orange Co), Lower Wekiva River Preserve
(Seminole Co)

Baracoa skipper
Grassy places near marshes and streams
Possibility: Marl Bed Flats (Seminole Co)

Southern Broken Dash
Open places nears wooded rivers or swamps
Possibility: Hal Scott Preserve near Econ River (Orange Co)

Arogos Skipper
Undisturbed grasslands, prairies, sand prairies, serpentine barrens
Possibility: Hal Scott Preserve (Orange Co)

Byssus Skipper
Marsh edges; Eastern grama grass
Orlando Wetlands Park (Orange Co)

Aaron’s Skipper
Coastal salt marshes; Cordgrass?
Shiloh area of MINWR

Palatka Skipper
Marshes; Sawgrass Sedge

Berry’s Skipper
Marshes near ponds, canals
Possibility: Orlando Wetlands Park (Orange)


Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

Scott


Scott Simmons
Winter Park, FL

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Subject: Re: Murray Gardler (Pasco/Hernando)
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 18:52:44 -0400
The only time I had the privilege of meeting Murray was at the Cuban Vireo
and it was an honor. He will be sorely missed.

My condolences,
Rangel Diaz
Miami-Dade

On Apr 1, 2017 4:54 PM, "beachbirder"  wrote:

The Florida Birding family has lost a great longtime birder, Murray
Gardler, today.  My sincerest condolences to the Gardler family.  He will
be sorely
missed.

Jim Eager
Cape Canaveral, FL

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Subject: Re: Murray Gardler (Pasco/Hernando)
From: Sarah M <tiredmom AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 19:56:20 -0400
My young daughter fondly remembers Murray helping her spot the Red-breasted
Nuthatches here a few years ago! He told us it was the last Florida species
he needed on his life-list! A great memory. :)

Condolences to his friends and family,

Sarah and Isabella Muro

Palm Bay, FL



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> The Florida Birding family has lost a great longtime birder, Murray
> Gardler, today.  My sincerest condolences to the Gardler family.  He will
> be sorely
> missed.
>
> Jim Eager
> Cape Canaveral, FL
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Subject: Murray Gardler
From: Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 01:07:14 +0000
Hi BirdBrains, 
  
I was so very sorry to hear of the passing of Murray Gardler today.  He was 
one of THE best birders in Florida, as well as a very sweet man.  He was 
always so patient with new birders, quick to offer information and help.  He 
will be sorely missed.  My sincere condolences to his family. 

  
Joyce Stefancic 
Clermont, Fl. 

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Subject: Murray Gardler
From: Alice Horst <ahorst AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2017 21:16:24 -0400
Murray pointed out my first, ever, Mississippi Kite in Hernando County (I think 
it was). 

He had posted the birds on BRDBRAIN and, of course, I went to find them.
There were several that year in a tree, feeding young.
He took us to the place when we couldn’t find them on own. 
I saw Murray many times over the years- alway friendly and inspirational.
Thank you, Murray, for lessons learned.

Alice Horst, Marion County
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Subject: FOS today
From: Lenore McCullagh <lmcstjohns AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2017 02:42:21 +0000
FOS  today BACS Bachman's Sparrow South end Bayard Conservation South. I was 
in similar habitat yesterday where I hear them and nothing. Today they were 
very vocal. Spring is here. I saw Pine Warblers females picking up nesting 
material. 

  
Good birding to all. 
  
Lenore McCullagh 
  
Orange Park, Clay County, FL 

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Murray pointed out my first, ever, Mississippi Kite in Hernando County (I think 
it was). 

He had posted the birds on BRDBRAIN and, of course, I went to find them. 
There were several that year in a tree, feeding young. 
He took us to the place when we couldn’t find them on own. 
I saw Murray many times over the years- alway friendly and inspirational. 
Thank you, Murray, for lessons learned. 

Alice Horst, Marion County 
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Subject: Bayview Avenue Least Terns / Pinellas County
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:56:32 +0000
It is presently 9:55AM, my first two Least Terns of the season are in the bay 
to the west, sitting on wooden piling posts. To view them a scope is helpful. 
Bayview Avenue is in eastern Clearwater south of Gulf To Bay Blvd. 


Bob Lane / Clearwater, Florida

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Subject: Sumter County birding
From: Alice Horst <ahorst AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2017 23:57:25 -0400
We went to Half Moon Wildlife Management Area off of cr44, west of The 
Villages. 

There have a beautiful wooded loop trail which we frequently bird.
Today we had all four Vireos with several of each: Yellow-throated, 
Blue-headed, White-eyed, and Red-eyed. 

Warblers: Yellow-throated, Black-and-white, Common Yellow-throat, Northern 
Parula. Palm and Yellow-rumped (both species are close to full breeding 
colors). 

Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Northern Cardinals, Great-crested Flycatchers, Tufted 
Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee,Pileated and Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Eastern 
Bluebirds. Swallow-tailed Kite, Turkey and Black Vultures, American Crows, 
Carolina Wren, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-winged Blackbirds, Sandhill Cranes. 

AND a fabulous Barred Owl:


Barred Owl

White-eyed Vireo

If you haven’t experienced this walk you are missing something.
The singing birds that we haven’t heard in so long were never-ending.
Further into spring should be even more productive.
Every day is a GREAT day to go birding.
Alice Horst, Marion County FL
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Subject: Philippe Park Afternoon Brown Boobies / Pinellas County
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:24:16 +0000
From about 4:05PM to 4:35PM today, Monday, I watched from the south end of 
Philippe Park the continuing Brown Boobies, five months and counting, all on 
the eastern most platform tower in Safety Harbor Bay. As best as I could count, 
there were once again seven adults and four juveniles. Apparently they have 
become accustomed to the water oriented activities around and below the tower. 
Upon my arrival, there was a fishing boat on their side of the tower, right 
under them. A little later a good sized sailboat came cruising close by. With 
the eighty-five degree temperature, maybe they didn't want to expend any 
energy. The boobies can normally be observed from any of three locations with a 
good spotting scope. The south end of Philippe Park, the north end of Bayshore 
Drive, and from the east side of the bay from Mobbly Beach. In the attached 
photo the boobies are just above the sail on the middle bar. 



Bob Lane / Clearwater, Florida

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Subject: Yellow-headed blackbird
From: Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.USF.EDU>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 15:10:51 -0400
There was a yellow-headed blackbird spotted at the Central Florida fairgrounds. 
Thought I would try, since it would be a lifer for me. 

With a little bit of coaxing from a call he finally showed in the cattails and 
then on a roof. He returned to the cattails hiding but calling 

and showed again and flew to the ground behind the livestock building to eat 
grain with grackles. Stunning bird. 


Dorothy Dunlap
Ocala, Fl.
Trumansburg, NY

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Subject: Shore bird ID please
From: Alice Horst <ahorst AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:06:46 -0400
One of our ponds in The Villages is very low and has both Yellowlegs, 
long-billed Dowitchers and Least Sandpipers in it. I saw 2 birds that looked 
different and took many pictures of them. Black legs and bill. 

I can not ID them. I thought they were Stilt Sandpipers until I looked at pix 
on my computer. Bill isn’t right for Stilt. I thought they looked larger than 
Semipalmated, smaller than Pectoral Sandpipers which led me to White-rumped 
which shouldn’t be here. 

Pictures are not very good - far away from the birds in the pond. I’ve had to 
brighten the exposure some on the pictures. 

Can anyone help?
Alice Horst, Marion County, FL
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Subject: European Starling With Tool
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:38:39 -0400
Hello,

I photographed an European Starling the other day in Colonial Hills. It has a 
stick in its bill and it flew in with it and after photo flew off with it. As I 
studied this photo it appears to me to be not a random stick or nesting 
material that it is carrying. It is a very straight piece which has been broken 
off at both ends. Hence it may have been manufactured by the starling as a tool 
for probing? 


Ken Tracey
New Port Richey, FL

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Subject: Marion County ID help
From: Alice Horst <ahorst AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:39:42 -0400
Lake Weir today:
I got photos of 2 birds diving up and down in choppy water. Bills are thin, 
light colored with dark tip. They have messy Merganser head feathers. Only 
thing I can come up with are Red-breasted or Common Mergansers which 
shouldn’t be here. 

 Pictures are not great, but can anyone help with ID?

Thank you,
Alice Horst, Marion County, FL
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Subject: Apopka Anis
From: Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:05:52 +0000
Hi BirdBrains, 
This is for anyone who is visiting from out of the area, and is looking for the 
Groove-billed Anis that have been seen at Lake Apopka.  

  
Download the Lk. Apopka map and look on the east side of the lake for the "Clay 
Island Trailhead".  You enter at that site, off Ranch Road.  Parking is in a 
field, against the fence.  Walk through the gate and go to the left until you 
get to the trail.  Go right,  there will be water on both sides, then take 
the trail to the left....  There is a porta potty at the start of the trail by 
some construction (just in case...not sure to whom it belongs, but...).  As 
you look down the trail you will see a wooden tower in the distance (about half 
mile +-).  The Anis are usually on the left side in the bushes.  We found 
them earlier this month about 3 poles BEFORE the tower, so I would begin 
looking at about there.  They have been seen near the tower, and past the 
tower.  They were seen last week 3 poles past the tower, so they have a large 
territory. 

  
Good Luck! 
Joyce Stefancic 
Clermont, Fl. 

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Subject: Wilson's Warbler, Sedge Wren
From: Terry Witt <terrywitt AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:42:53 +0000
Wilson's Warbler singing this morning in the canopy of large tree at SE corner, 
Pinecraft Park. 

One Sedge Wren responded to tape playback in the overgrown areas below the hill 
at the Celery Field.  No song, but scolding repeatedly from an open perch 

Terry WittBradenton Fla 

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Subject: Re: Marion County ID help
From: Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request AT LISTSERV.USF.EDU>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:47:28 -0400
Hi Alice:


The birds have yellow bases to the bill and incoming black on the head -- 
immature male Hoodeds. 




Tony Leukering
Largo, FL
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/tony_leukering/

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Lake Weir today:
I got photos of 2 birds diving up and down in choppy water. Bills are thin, 
light colored with dark tip. They have messy Merganser head feathers. Only 
thing I can come up with are Red-breasted or Common Mergansers which 
shouldn’t be here. 

 Pictures are not great, but can anyone help with ID?


Thank you,
Alice Horst, Marion County, FL
ahorst AT comcast.net



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Subject: Re: RFI - Anis @ Lake Apopka
From: parulablue <parulablue AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:24:13 -0400
    
I saw them last Wednesday two telephone poles past the tower on the west side 
of the map marked 28.674401, -81.691975. Good luck! 

Julie WraithmellTallahassee


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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] RFI - Anis  AT  Lake Apopka 

All-

I'm down from Connecticut and wanted to try tomorrow for the Ani's, but before 
making the hour drive and walking aimlessly around searching for a tower I 
wanted to get some clarification. 


Can someone tell me based on this map what tower the Anis have been seen at?  

Thanks!

http://www.sjrwmd.com/trailguides/pdfs/lakeapopkatrail.pdf

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Subject: Bay Care Pond Sandhill Crane / Pinellas County
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:25:46 +0000
A short time ago, about 10:45AM, we had a first for our eastern Clearwater 
neighborhood, a single adult Sandhill Crane. Upon our departure, it was located 
on the east end of BayCare Pond opposite the Clearwater Christian High School 
football field and the corner of Bayview Avenue and Virginia Avenue. We are 
aware that a sandhill is not normally a big deal, but in our backyard it is! 


Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater, Florida

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Subject: Brown Thrasher photos.
From: Bob Snow <blsnow11 AT TAMPABAY.RR.COM>
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:39:33 -0400
Paul Fellers and I visited with Mr. and Mrs. Jerre Wilson of Lakeland to check 
out reports of a longer than usual bill thrasher. We saw the bird and 
photographed it. It appears to be a Brown Thrasher with a deformed bill. A 
normal Brown Thrasher was also present. 


Bob Snow
Lakeland, Florida

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Subject: Sumter and Marion County Bald Eagles' nests
From: Alice Horst <ahorst AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 20:15:31 -0400
Sumter County nest seems to only have one eaglet now. Could see nothing at 
1:00pm. Then eaglet popped up in nest and eventually was flapping wings. When 
adult arrived a I thought it was time to leave them alone. 



Eaglet flapping in nest.

Adult Bald Eagle arrived in nest, perhaps with food.


Marion County Bald Eagles nest on Mulberry Rec Trail in The Villages:

Chicks have fledged 3 months since hatching around Christmas.
I saw 1 adult on one tower, 2nd adult on telephone pole.
AND one fledgling on another tower, eating “something” for dinner.
I never saw the 2nd fledgling, Noel, but I think bird was nearby
Adults paid NO attention to their young at all. 
After Merry finished eating he flew off in a direction away from both adults.

VERY GOOD DAY!!!


Adult # 1

Adult # 2


Eagle dinner doesn’t look too appetizing to me


I guess Merry and Noel are on their own!
Adults look exhausted! They did a good job in that “skinny” nest!

Alice Horst
Marion County, Fl
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Subject: LETE, They're back
From: David Hartgrove <birdman9 AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:12:40 -0400
Hi,
 Yesterday, while doing the monthly shorebird count with Volusia County 
Environmental Management, we had 2 Least Terns. These are first of their kind 
this season. We also had a single Semi-palmated Sandpiper, a Whimbrel and at 
least 4 banded Piping Plovers, numerous Semi-palmated and Black-bellied Plovers 
and lots of Dunlin. We also had our first of the season eastern Willet in 
breeding plumage. 


 Last year we pre posted an area where LETE had attempted nesting on 
Disappearing Island the year before. None showed up. Soon they’ll be seen 
along the beach courting and then flying up to rooftops to nest. 



David Hartgrove
Daytona Beach, FL

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Subject: Black-necked Stilt Bonanza / Pinellas County
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 21:16:58 +0000
Today, Saturday, from about 11:05AM to about 1:30PM, we along with the 
companionship of JoAnna Clayton, recorded 22 Black-necked Stilts between two 
traditional Pinellas Park sites. 8 were found at The County Dump Lake on 118th 
Avenue, and nearby to the east, another 14 along the 28th Street ditches. 
Denise and I during our portion of the visit to these two sites, also recorded 
a total of 35 species of birds. 



Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater, Florida

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Subject: Unable to see photos in messages
From: Kathy Amberg <Kathy.Amberg AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 12:42:45 -0400
Hi Fellow Birders,
I am a regular reader of posts but have a question: I am unable to see photos 
that are referred to in many of the posts. For example, I was unable to see any 
photos of the thrasher with the deformed bill, Alice Horst's mergansers, to 
name just a few. I can see links to flicker accounts, etc. 


Thanks for any help. 

Kathy Amberg 
North Port
Sarasota County

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Subject: Brown Thrasher with bill deformity
From: Roy Peterson <scrubjay33 AT SBCGLOBAL.NET>
Date: Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:37:01 +0000
Hi Birders,
I want to share a couple of photos of a Brown Thrasher that is nesting in my 
back yard. It appears that this bird has a bill deformity that it probably was 
born with as it seems unlikely that it was caused by an injury. It seemed to be 
functioning normally while foraging with its mate. The pics are a bit fuzzy 
since I had to shoot through our lanai screen screen. 

Roy Peterson, DeBary

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Subject: Pinecraft Park
From: Terry Witt <terrywitt AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:43:54 +0000
Addendum to prior posting:
Pinecraft Park is in Sarasota, 1420 Gilbert Avenue.
Terry WittBradenton Fla 

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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.
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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!
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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.



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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
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Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival
Social Media Coordinator 
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 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”


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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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Largo, FL
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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 <
000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request AT listserv.usf.edu> wrote:

> 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


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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,
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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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