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29 Jan Thayer's Gull. 2nd cycle. Ponce Inlet. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
28 Jan Thayer's Gull. 2nd cycle. Daytona Beach Shores. [Michael Brothers ]
27 Jan Vermilion Flycatcher at St Marks NWR [Bill Phelan ]
27 Jan Vermilion Flycatcher at St Marks NWR ["Bill Phelan wmjphelan AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
27 Jan Pelagic Trip. Iceland Gull. Jaegers. Volusia and Flagler Co. [Michael Brothers ]
26 Jan Banded American Oystercatcher - reported on 1/26/2014 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
23 Jan Thayer's Gull. Iceland Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
23 Jan Purple Sandpiper. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
22 Jan Groove-billed Ani, Yes! [David Hartgrove ]
22 Jan Thayer's Gull. Adult. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia County [Michael Brothers ]
22 Jan Iceland Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
21 Jan Red Throated Loon--St Marks NWR today [Bill Phelan ]
21 Jan Red Throated Loon--St Marks NWR today ["Bill Phelan wmjphelan AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
20 Jan Thayer's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
20 Jan Re: Short-tailed Hawk confirmed [Robert Stalnaker ]
20 Jan Re: Short-tailed Hawk confirmed ["Cavanagh, Jim" ]
19 Jan Common Merganser. continues. Purple Sandpipers. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
19 Jan Short-tailed Hawk confirmed [Patrick Leary ]
19 Jan Re: Melanistic Red-shouldered Hawk [Robert Stalnaker ]
18 Jan Key-West Quail-Dove [Jill Kaminski ]
18 Jan Iceland Gull Huguenot Park Jacksonville [Bob Richter ]
18 Jan Red-shouldered vs. Short-tailed Hawk [Patrick Leary ]
18 Jan Melanistic Red-shouldered Hawk [Patrick Leary ]
17 Jan Cassin's Kingbird. Continues. Flagler Co. [Michael Brothers ]
16 Jan Thayer's Gull and Iceland Gull. Tomoka Landfill. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
15 Jan Iceland Gull. Thayer's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. [Michael Brothers ]
14 Jan st. marks wakulla [jw callis ]
14 Jan Cassin's Kingbird & Black-bellied Plovers: Flagler county ["dotrobbins AT juno.com" ]
12 Jan Common Merganser Standing on Seawall - Port Orange 1-12-15 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
9 Jan Western Kingbird at Huguenot Park [Bob Richter ]
9 Jan Picture of One Hybridization Act on Merritt Island NWR 1/9/15 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
9 Jan Adult Brown Pelicans -Auburndale, Fla. 1/9/15 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
9 Jan Re: Western Flycatcher Huguenot Park Jacksonville [Jeff Bouton ]
9 Jan Two Eurasian x American Wigeons (MINWR) 1/9/15 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
8 Jan Thayer's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
8 Jan Western Flycatcher Huguenot Park Jacksonville [Bob Richter ]
8 Jan Possible Am X Eurasian Wigeon hybrid at MINWR [David Hartgrove ]
8 Jan Spoonbill Pond [Patrick Leary ]
8 Jan Thayer's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
8 Jan Rusty Blackbird, Volusia county, Jan 3 -- photos ["dotrobbins AT juno.com" ]
7 Jan Common Merganser. continues. Port Orange. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
6 Jan Eurasian Wigeon X American Wigeon Still Present (MINWR) 1-6-15 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
5 Jan Rusty Blackbird, Volusia county, Jan 3 ["dotrobbins AT juno.com" ]
5 Jan Re: Eurasian Wigeon x American Wigeon (hybrid) Merritt Island NWR 1-5-14 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
5 Jan Eurasian Wigeon x American Wigeon (hybrid) Merritt Island NWR 1-5-14 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
4 Jan Limpkin in Jacksonville [Bob Richter ]
1 Jan Eastern Screech-Owls; on 12/20/14 (St. Pete-owling) & on 12/27/14 (Pinellas north county-owling) [David Laliberte ]
1 Jan Manx Shearwater. Pomarine Jaeger. Black Scoters. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
1 Jan FOY bird [Thomas Lee ]
1 Jan First Birds of the Year [David Hartgrove ]
25 Dec yellow-headed BB at Wakodahatchee Wetland, Delray Beach [John Shelly ]
22 Dec Pine Island Conservation Area, Brevard County [Christopher Ferro ]
21 Dec Clay-colored Sparrow - Titusville 12/21/14 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
20 Dec Scoter Trifecta. Tomoka State Park, Ormond Beach [Michael Brothers ]
18 Dec Bay Lake CBC Highlights (12/18/14) [John Thomton ]
15 Dec Small Canada's [Murray Gardler ]
15 Dec Common Eider. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
10 Dec Common Merganser. Port Orange. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
9 Dec Thayer's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
8 Dec Bay Lake CBC, Thursday, December 18'th [John Thomton ]
8 Dec Tern ID help, Viera Wetlands (Brevard County) [Christopher Ferro ]
6 Dec Zellwood Christmas Count Friday December 19, 2014. [WES BIGGS ]
6 Dec Zellwood Christmas Count Friday December 19, 2014. ["WES BIGGS birdsatfnt AT bellsouth.net [FlaBirding]" ]
5 Dec Frankin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
3 Dec Purple Sandpiper. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
2 Dec Common Merganser. Port Orange. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
2 Dec Hooded Merganser 120114 Tri-City Plaza, Pinellas Co., FL [David Laliberte ]
1 Dec Spoonbill Pond waterfowl [Patrick Leary ]
30 Nov Re: Merritt Island NWR and Yard 11/30/14 [Patrick Leary ]
30 Nov Merritt Island NWR and Yard 11/30/14 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
30 Nov Common Eider Returns? [Patrick Leary ]
29 Nov Help on CBCs! [John Thomton ]
27 Nov Snail Kite, Pasco County [Murray Gardler ]
27 Nov Re: Clay-colored Sparrow Injuries CORRECTION 11-26-14 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
26 Nov Clay-colored Sparrow Injuries 11-26-14 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
26 Nov Ft. Clinch pier gathering of eagles [Patrick Leary ]

Subject: Thayer's Gull. 2nd cycle. Ponce Inlet. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:40:49 -0500
This morning, 1/29, I found the 2nd cycle Thayer's Gull on the beach at the 
base of the north jetty of Ponce de Leon Inlet, on the Town of Ponce Inlet side 
of the Inlet. I assume it is the same bird that I found at Daytona Beach Shores 
on Tuesday. 


This bird is considerably smaller than a Herring Gull; it was even slightly 
smaller than a nearby Lesser Black-backed Gull. It has a very gentle, rounded 
head and small bill. The bill is beginning to get pale at the base. It is very 
short legged. The bird is recognized as a 2nd cycle bird by the gray scapulars 
coming in, the rounded tips to the outer primaries, and the fine vermiculations 
in the coverts, especially the greater coverts. The bird shows the very pale 
underside to the primaries and secondaries and the classic "Venetian-blind" 
effect caused by the outer webs of the outer primaries being dark, while the 
inner webs of the outer primaries are pale. The primaries are medium brown, 
lighter in color than most Herring Gulls. The primary tips are edged in white. 


Michael

Michael Brothers
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Subject: Thayer's Gull. 2nd cycle. Daytona Beach Shores.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:31:14 -0500
Last night, 2/27, I found a 2nd cycle Thayer's Gull on the beach at Daytona 
Beach Shores. This makes an unprecedented fourth Thayer's Gull to appear here 
this season. We have had two different 1st cycle birds, one adult, and now this 
2nd cycle bird. This bird is smaller than a Herring Gull with a very gentle, 
rounded head and small bill. The bill is beginning to get pale at the base. It 
is very short legged. The bird is recognized as a 2nd cycle bird by the gray 
scapulars coming in, the rounded tips to the outer primaries, and the fine 
vermiculations in the coverts, especially the greater coverts. The bird shows 
the very pale underside to the primaries and secondaries and the classic 
"Venetian-blind" effect caused by the outer webs of the outer primaries being 
dark, while the inner webs of the outer primaries are pale. 


Michael

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Subject: Vermilion Flycatcher at St Marks NWR
From: Bill Phelan <wmjphelan AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:03:27 +0000
I finally got to see the juvenile male Vermilion f/c where the double dikes 
meet Lighthouse Rd. 

He was there much of the morning--I saw him from 10-11 am and again at 12:30 
&ff. 

Several other folks saw him and got photos. I will send a photo soon. 
He seems to have a few more red feathers than the last photos I've seen. 
Bill Phelan 
Tallahassee 

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Subject: Vermilion Flycatcher at St Marks NWR
From: "Bill Phelan wmjphelan AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:03:27 +0000 (UTC)
I finally got to see the juvenile male Vermilion f/c where the double dikes 
meet Lighthouse Rd. 

He was there much of the morning--I saw him from 10-11 am and again at 12:30 
&ff. 

Several other folks saw him and got photos. I will send a photo soon. 
He seems to have a few more red feathers than the last photos I've seen. 
Bill Phelan 
Tallahassee 
Subject: Pelagic Trip. Iceland Gull. Jaegers. Volusia and Flagler Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:09:37 -0500
What a day we had! Winds were blowing at gale force, sustained at 35 knots. 
This made it impossible for us to go far offshore. However, because the winds 
were out of the west, we were able to stay close to shore and north up the 
coast. We made it north of the Flagler Beach pier, about 35 miles. The 
highlight of the day was not even the birds, but was 2 or possibly 3 Humpbacked 
Whales! They surfaced repeatedly, at least 20 times. It was amazing. In 
addition we had about 8-10 jaegers, including both Parasitic and Pomarine 
Jaegers. We also had an Iceland Gull that came up behind the boat. We moved 
from shrimp boat to shrimp boat and had a cloud of gull and gannets behind each 
one. 

The gulls came to our chumming behind the boat and we had a never-ending crowd 
of gulls and gannets to watch from amazingly close quarters. 


Michael

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Subject: Banded American Oystercatcher - reported on 1/26/2014
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:40:20 -0500
On October 27, 2014 my wife and I were at Ft. Desoto. We found a banded 
Oystercatcher. I recently got the information back, and wanted to share it with 
you all. It was banded on 6/29/2007. The area was at North Core Banks, Calo, 
Beaufort County, North Carolina. It was too young to fly when banded. I believe 
that makes it 6 years and 8 months old. It's the first banded Oystercatcher 
that I've seen. 


www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/16190181219 


Danny Bales
Titusville, Fla.
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Subject: Thayer's Gull. Iceland Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 21:15:30 -0500
This afternoon we had another great field trip to see the gulls at Daytona 
Beach Shores as part of the Space Coast Birding and Nature Festival. We found 
the 1st cycle Thayer's Gull and the 1st cycle Iceland Gull. There was no sign 
of the adult Thayer's Gull. We did have several jaegers. Two were Parasitic 
Jaegers. One looked larger and bulkier and was most likely a Pomarine Jaeger. 
The famous banded Lesser Black-backed Gull, F05, (Pierre) was also present. 
This gull has spent every winter here since I first found it in January 2009. I 
wanted to give a special thanks to Amar Ayyash and Steve Ritt who were a great 
help today leading the group. 


Michael

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Subject: Purple Sandpiper. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:09:45 -0500
A single Purple Sandpiper was present on the north jetty at Ponce de Leon Inlet 
this morning, 1/23. I could not locate the second one that had been here last 
week. It is easiest to find the bird at a high tide when they are not able to 
forage along the entire length of the jetty. 


Michael

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Subject: Groove-billed Ani, Yes!
From: David Hartgrove <birdman9 AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 22:56:08 -0500
Hi,
While co-leading a trip for the Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival to Lake 
Apopka today we found the Groove-billed Ani. It apparently hasn't been seen in 
a week or so. Based on our experience I can see why. We walked along the road 
where the bird (and another one) had been seen. We were 100' or so north of the 
marking tape left in the vegetation to mark the bird's location. In spite of 
repeated looking and several attempts with recordings, we found no sign of the 
bird. We had just called for the bus to pick us up when a woman said, "Don't 
everyone shout at once but the Ani is right next to me." Sure enough, a foot 
deep in a wind blown clump of giant cane, there was the bird. It moved about 
causing movement in the grass. It never came all the way out into the open but 
everyone got excellent looks as it moved just inside the vegetation. So it's 
easy to see why it's been missed. 


David Hartgrove
Daytona Beach, FL




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Subject: Thayer's Gull. Adult. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia County
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:33:33 -0500
Today, 1/22, we had a great gull field trip as part of the Space Coast Birding 
and Wildlife Festival. Amar Ayyash got to Frank Rendon Park before the main 
group and located the 1st cycle Iceland Gull so the group was able to assemble 
around this rarity at the very beginning. At the same time, George Armistead 
was checking other gulls for us and found an adult Thayer's Gull. An adult 
Thayer's Gull is extremely rare in Florida. Amar also found the 1st cycle 
Thayer's Gull before we arrived, but the bird flew off and we could not 
relocate the bird. 


Michael

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Subject: Iceland Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 05:30:27 -0500
Yesterday evening, 1/21, the Iceland Gull was present on the beach at Daytona 
Beach Shores. I could not find the Thayer's Gull. 


Michael

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Subject: Red Throated Loon--St Marks NWR today
From: Bill Phelan <wmjphelan AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:29:06 +0000
Today at a lowering tide, I and another birder saw a Red Throated Loon near the 
oyster bar extending out from the point of land at the corner of the Lighthouse 
Trail. 

The back was lighter in color and the bill was smaller than on a Common Loon. 
We didn't clearly see speckles on the back. 

The white on the face came up above the small-looking eye, without eye ring. 
There was not a Common Loon nearby for comparison. 
(About 10 days ago, I saw what I thought was a RT Loon but the weather and 
waves prevented a good look.) 

Today, the bird was in calm waters not far from shore and spent several seconds 
above water while consuming a fish. 

We observed it over a period of 15 minutes, and it dived about once a minute. 
I didn't have a camera handy, but did see it clearly with a scope. 

Other highlights: 
My first ever Henslow's sparrow (I've been looking for one at the Helispot for 
about 10 years). 

5 Avocets at Stony Bayou 1 
A Wilson's snipe was very accomodating at Lighthouse Pond 
An eagle on the big nest, apparently feeding a youngster (whom I did not see) 
and another adult not far away. 


I didn't see the Vermilion f/c, again. 
Bill Phelan 
Tallahassee 


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Subject: Red Throated Loon--St Marks NWR today
From: "Bill Phelan wmjphelan AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:29:06 +0000 (UTC)
Today at a lowering tide, I and another birder saw a Red Throated Loon near the 
oyster bar extending out from the point of land at the corner of the Lighthouse 
Trail. 

The back was lighter in color and the bill was smaller than on a Common Loon. 
We didn't clearly see speckles on the back. 

The white on the face came up above the small-looking eye, without eye ring. 
There was not a Common Loon nearby for comparison. 
(About 10 days ago, I saw what I thought was a RT Loon but the weather and 
waves prevented a good look.) 

Today, the bird was in calm waters not far from shore and spent several seconds 
above water while consuming a fish. 

We observed it over a period of 15 minutes, and it dived about once a minute. 
I didn't have a camera handy, but did see it clearly with a scope. 

Other highlights: 
My first ever Henslow's sparrow (I've been looking for one at the Helispot for 
about 10 years). 

5 Avocets at Stony Bayou 1 
A Wilson's snipe was very accomodating at Lighthouse Pond 
An eagle on the big nest, apparently feeding a youngster (whom I did not see) 
and another adult not far away. 


I didn't see the Vermilion f/c, again. 
Bill Phelan 
Tallahassee 
Subject: Thayer's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 22:31:19 -0500
This evening 1/20, I found the 1st cycle Thayer's Gull about 300 yards north of 
Frank Rendon Park. Today there was no sign of the Iceland Gull. Yesterday the 
Iceland Gull was about 1/4 mile south of Frank Rendon Park. I did not see the 
Thayer's Gull yesterday, but Michael O'Brien and Louise Zemaitis found it north 
of Frank Rendon Park. When I met them, the bird had flown offshore. 


Michael

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Ponce Inlet, FL

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Subject: Re: Short-tailed Hawk confirmed
From: Robert Stalnaker <robert.wildlife AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:27:10 +0000
Greetings,
RE:  "am surprized that dark-morph immature Broad-winged was not considered"
There are some plumage differences but shape and proportion really separate the 
two. 

The shape of the wings in the image that was posted, such as the change of 
angle where the inner most primary meets the outer most secondary, and the 
width of the wing holding steady nearly the entire length of the wing until 
just before the tips is classic Short-tailed Hawk (STHA) shape.  

Broad-winged Hawk (BWHA) has a number of wing shape characteristics that are 
unique among buteos.  An often 90 degree line from where the wing meets the 
body on the trailing edge, the smoothly curved trailing edge without bulges and 
lacking sharp angle changes (smoothly curved) and the "flame shaped" tips are 
some traits that set the BWHA apart from the STHA.  The BWHA would show more 
tapering toward the wing tips from the wrist.  These all hold true regardless 
of age or morph. 

Bob Stalnaker
Longwood, FL 

 On Tuesday, January 20, 2015 12:01 PM, "Cavanagh, Jim" 
 wrote: 

   

 I agree that it is a STHA but am surprized that dark-morph immature 
Broad-winged was not considered. I believe one of the features that favors STHA 
is the white spot above and behind the beak that seems to be apparant on one of 
the images. See Peterson Field Guides HAWKS by Clark and Wheeler plate 13. 


Jim Cavanagh
Tallahassee

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Subject: [FLORIDABIRDS-L] Short-tailed Hawk confirmed

RE "melanistic" Red-shouldered Hawk report. The consensus of all contacts
reviewing the recently posted images of the mystery buteo is a juvenile
Short-tailed Hawk. Per the images, the bird is a bit more reddish than
normal and certainly out of range, especially for January. Yet another
species slowly expanding its range north in the state. Thanks to all for
reviewing the images and sharing your impressions. This is the second Nassau
County record for STHA in the past five years and the first juvenile record.




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Subject: Re: Short-tailed Hawk confirmed
From: "Cavanagh, Jim" <jim.cavanagh AT MED.FSU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:59:51 +0000
I agree that it is a STHA but am surprized that dark-morph immature 
Broad-winged was not considered. I believe one of the features that favors STHA 
is the white spot above and behind the beak that seems to be apparant on one of 
the images. See Peterson Field Guides HAWKS by Clark and Wheeler plate 13. 


Jim Cavanagh
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RE "melanistic" Red-shouldered Hawk report. The consensus of all contacts
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Short-tailed Hawk. Per the images, the bird is a bit more reddish than
normal and certainly out of range, especially for January. Yet another
species slowly expanding its range north in the state. Thanks to all for
reviewing the images and sharing your impressions. This is the second Nassau
County record for STHA in the past five years and the first juvenile record.




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Subject: Common Merganser. continues. Purple Sandpipers. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:54:52 -0500
Just a quick note to say that the Common Merganser is continuing along Halifax 
Drive in Port Orange. This morning, 1/19, it was sitting on the concrete slab 
right next to the road near Commonwealth Blvd. There are two Purple Sandpipers 
present on the north jetty at Ponce de Leon Inlet. There is also a pale-eyed 
male Boat-tailed Grackle at the Inlet. This probably is an individual from the 
more northern subspecies that normally gets south to the Jacksonville and St. 
Augustine area. 


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Subject: Short-tailed Hawk confirmed
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 08:24:25 -0500
RE "melanistic" Red-shouldered Hawk report. The consensus of all contacts
reviewing the recently posted images of the mystery buteo is a juvenile
Short-tailed Hawk. Per the images, the bird is a bit more reddish than
normal and certainly out of range, especially for January. Yet another
species slowly expanding its range north in the state. Thanks to all for
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County record for STHA in the past five years and the first juvenile record.


 

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Subject: Re: Melanistic Red-shouldered Hawk
From: Robert Stalnaker <robert.wildlife AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 05:40:00 +0000
Greetings,
The entry I made on the Flickr site was:
"Has the characteristics of a subadult dark morph Short-tailed Hawk (STHA).  
No crescents, the secondaries are darker than the primaries as in STHA.  The 
banding on the tail is more like a STHA than a Red-shouldered Hawk (RSHA).  
Juvenile RSHA has dark bands slightly larger than white, except for the large 
dark terminal band.  Adult RSHA has even wider dark bands.  The STHA has 
thinner dark bands that show much more white as in this image.  Shape of wing 
like a STHA." 

Maybe one could say melanin would negate the translucent crescents but would 
the light/dark areas where the crescents normally appear be so consistent as 
they are in this photo, or would they look splotchy?  The darker secondaries 
versus primaries look normal for a STHA (as does the entire primary base area + 
nearby area), as does the shape of the wing.  Juvenille and subadult STHA can 
have white spots on belly like in this photo. 

When you say the photos "proved the bird to be a RSHA", are there some specific 
details that can be pointed out that I am missing that show proof?  Also, 
could anybody offer some reason why the translucent crescents would not appear, 
even if it is melanistic?  The other thing that I'd like to hear comments on 
is the darker secondaries versus the primaries ... that's something you don't 
see in the RSHA but do in the STHA and again, I don't think melanin would be so 
"exact" in making a RSHA's tone appear exactly like a STHA in the secondaries 
versus the primaries. 

Looking forward to hearing from you and others.  I've been fooled before and 
I will be fooled again :)   Bob Stalnaker 

Longwood, FL 

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wrote: 

   

 Mid-Amelia Island, Nassau County: A very dark (melanistic) Red-shouldered
Hawk was sighted this morning soaring over a woodland trail. Evocative of a
Short-tailed Hawk via naked eye, the bird had blackish wings and dark body,
but subsequent review of photos proved the bird to be a very dark RSHA. A
more typical RSHA later soared with it and offered excellent views for
comparing size and flight profile. By far the darkest RSHA I've seen!  See
Flicker link for two images. 

 

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Subject: Key-West Quail-Dove
From: Jill Kaminski <Kaminski AT surfbirder.com>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 15:51:55 -0800
The Key West Quail-Dove showed well this morning early at Long Key State Park 
for about 10 observers. We lined up at the gate to the park prior to 8:00 a.m. 
and by 8:05 an individual bird had been located by several birders that found 
it immediately on the left side of the Golden Orb trail about 30 feet deep into 
the thicket on the left side of the trail. For the next 5-7 minutes the bird 
foraged along the ground and slowly moved closer to the trail and proceeded 
parallel to the the trail for 150’ or so. It came closer to the trail and 
suddenly flushed to the right side and disappeared into the thicket between the 
trail and the parking lot. 


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Subject: Iceland Gull Huguenot Park Jacksonville
From: Bob Richter <brichter62 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 18:15:52 -0500
This afternoon I a first cycle Iceland Gull on the beach
at Huguenot Park. The was right at the water line about
at the catamaran wreck in the middle of the beach. It
posed for a few pictures then flew off to the north. This
was at 2:20 pm on a rising tide. Twenty five minutes
later I relocated the bird in a flock of gulls and terns on
the sand bars off the north end of the park.

Other than that all the usual species were present with
nothing else of note. Last Sunday there was an adult
male Peregrine Falcon perched on the high dunes
behind the jetty.

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Jacksonville

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Subject: Red-shouldered vs. Short-tailed Hawk
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 14:08:58 -0500
RE posted images of "melanistic" Red-shouldered Hawk. The specimen could
indeed be a Short-tailed Hawk vs. RSHA. Images to be sent to other contacts
for more opinions. A review of Web images of STHA in various plumages
revealed some "brownish" , as well as, the typical black individuals.  One
prior STHA has been sighted on Amelia Island during spring. That specimen
was a black morph and highly distinctive in comparison to today's bird and,
like this morning's sighting, also involved a Red-shouldered Hawk aloft for
comparison. 

 

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Subject: Melanistic Red-shouldered Hawk
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2015 12:32:23 -0500
Mid-Amelia Island, Nassau County: A very dark (melanistic) Red-shouldered
Hawk was sighted this morning soaring over a woodland trail. Evocative of a
Short-tailed Hawk via naked eye, the bird had blackish wings and dark body,
but subsequent review of photos proved the bird to be a very dark RSHA. A
more typical RSHA later soared with it and offered excellent views for
comparing size and flight profile. By far the darkest RSHA I've seen!  See
Flicker link for two images. 

 

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Subject: Cassin's Kingbird. Continues. Flagler Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 12:36:18 -0500
This morning, 1/17, I found the Cassin's Kingbird that was reported by Dotty 
Robbins. It was down about 1/4 mile south of the spot where the bird had been 
on the last two winters. I found it before the sun came up this morning and it 
was too dark for photos. I came back a few times later in the morning, but I 
could not locate the bird. 



There were 89 of American Pipits in sod fields in the area and loads of 
Savannah Sparrows and a few Vesper Sparrows in the plowed fields. 


Michael


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Subject: Thayer's Gull and Iceland Gull. Tomoka Landfill. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 19:21:02 -0500
Today, 1/16, we were banding a Lesser Black-backed Gull at the Tomoka Landfill 
in Volusia County when we found the Iceland Gull and the Thayer's Gull that 
have been hanging around at Daytona Beach Shores. Later this evening, I found 
the Iceland Gull on the beach at Daytona Beach Shores, a short way north of 
Frank Rendon Park. Access to the landfill is very limited. It is easier to find 
the birds at Daytona Beach Shores. 


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Subject: Iceland Gull. Thayer's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2015 21:34:01 -0500
Tonight, 1/15, in the heavy rain I found a 1st cycle Iceland Gull and also 
found the Thayer's Gull again. 


Michael

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Subject: st. marks wakulla
From: jw callis <soturin AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 15:40:17 -0500
today was overcast and winds out of the north, started using this new app for 
bird counting its awesome. The vermilion flycatcher is still in the same area 
and getting more red all the time. Saw a flock of white pelicans about 60 or so 
heading nw and flying high. First kestrel ever and 2 american bitterns, 


4 anhinga
2 american bittern
21 red-wing blackbirds
8 boat tail grackle
5 canvas back duck
over 400 coots
2 cormorants
11 ruddy ducks
5 great egrets
1 vermilion flycatcher
13 pied bill grebes
3 red shoulder hawk
1 northern harrier hawk
5 great blue heron
2 little blue heron
3 tricolor heron
8 white ibis
1 american kestrel
1 killdeer
1 belted kingfisher
6 northern mockingbirds
4 yellow crown night herons
2 osprey
4 brown pelicans
9 sanderlings
10 lesser scaups
3  northern shoveler
27 green wing teal
2 turkey vulture
12 yellow rump warbler
8 swamp sparrow



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Subject: Cassin's Kingbird & Black-bellied Plovers: Flagler county
From: "dotrobbins AT juno.com" <dotrobbins@JUNO.COM>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 16:51:31 GMT
Yesterday, Jan. 13, Debbie Segal and I birded Flagler county. Debbie heard, and 
then found, the (assumed returning) Cassin's Kingbird on CR 305. The power line 
it perch on in previous years is gone, but it is using other lines nearby. It 
is quite near 305's intersection with SR 100--maybe 150 yards south of this 
intersection. We were also surprised to find about 70 Black-bellied Plovers in 
a field on CR 25. There birds appeared quite slim, initially suggesting 
Golden-Plovers, but they showed black "wing pits." Dotty Robbins 

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Subject: Common Merganser Standing on Seawall - Port Orange 1-12-15
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2015 12:07:43 -0500
This morning in heavy fog I found the Common Merganser standing on a seawall. 
Even though she was only 10 feet away from me she was hard to photograph in the 
heavy fog. When she jumped in the water she started feeding with a group of 
Red-breasted Mergansers. They were working the bank northward. I finally got 
her point blank instead of a 100 yards out. 


www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/16262945501

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15644942753

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15642362474

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Subject: Western Kingbird at Huguenot Park
From: Bob Richter <brichter62 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2015 15:57:00 -0500
I have received a few emails requesting
clarification of my post from yesterday.
I had checked newslist messages prior
to writing my post and had just read
Elliot Schunke's post about a "Western"
flycatcher in his yard (his quotation
marks meaning an unidentified flycatcher
from the west). I also looked at his (very
nice) pictures of the bird which, at that
time, he had narrowed down to Pacific
Slope or Cordilleran but used the term
"western"  to indicate the lack of a definitive
identification. This gave me flycatcher on
the brain and caused me some confusion
(the quote from Reverend Jim should have
been a clue to those of you who are not
entirely uncultured) as I composed my post.
My bird was of course a Western Kingbird,
a species reasonably regular in Duval County.
Pictures available upon request.

Entschuldigen sie.

German? I was? Where the hell did that come from?

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Subject: Picture of One Hybridization Act on Merritt Island NWR 1/9/15
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2015 14:00:09 -0500
With all the Hybrid talk I was reminded of seeing an Eurasian Wigeon mating 
with an American Wigeon. I had found a hybrid in 2011 along with 3 Eurasian 
Wigeons on the MINWR. On Dec 19, 2012 I photograph the Eurasian and the 
American Wigeon mating. 


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Subject: Adult Brown Pelicans -Auburndale, Fla. 1/9/15
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2015 11:09:48 -0500
Coming from Auburndale, Fla. (near Lakeland) this morning I saw 3 adult Brown 
Pelicans in a lake off hwy 559. I had seen them before, but didn't have my 
camera. I've seen them inland in Orlando before. Never seen adults though. 


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Subject: Re: Western Flycatcher Huguenot Park Jacksonville
From: Jeff Bouton <jbouton2 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2015 15:56:02 +0000
Bob,
Assume from your description of 'larger than phoebe...' and '...obvious white 
outer tail feathers' you mean a Western Kingbird and NOT the much rarer 
"Western" Flycatcher. Especially important given the presence of one of the 
latter in Leon County right now. 

Can you confirm?
Best,
Jeff BoutonPort Charlotte, FL 

 On Thursday, January 8, 2015 7:31 PM, Bob Richter  
wrote: 

   

 I braved the snow flurries (no kidding) late
this afternoon for a brief foray to Huguenot.
Heading out to the beach access I saw a
flycatcher that looked too large to be a
Phoebe. I stopped short on the road to
check through binocs and saw the bright
yellow breast. I took a few quick pics then
pulled forward so the bird would have
vegetation behind it to reduce the contrast
of shooting against the gray sky. As the bird
was perched just off the road this, of course,
caused him to flit out over the road then back
to a different tree where he graciously remained
and posed for pictures. The white outer tail
feathers were quite apparent even without
binoculars when the bird flew but don't
show up too well in the photos.

The time stamp on the first pic is 3:46.
The exact location was on the road along
the river. After entering the park the road
curves a bit till it reaches the river then
turns east parallel to the shore. At the turn,
there is a speed limit sign on the south
side with "15 mph" on top sign and "strictly
enforced" on the bottom sign, This is not
where the bird was..... A little further on
there is another speed limit sign and below
that a green sign that says "tow at owner's
expense." I have no idea what that has to do
with speed limits unless you're going really,
really slow. ("Whaaatt dooooes a yellllowww
liightt meeann?") At any rate, these signs are
on both sides of the road. And, this is where
the bird was, about 5 feet off the pavement
and not much higher off the ground, and, as
is usual for this species, not very concerned
by my presence.

I was hoping for a Purple Sandpiper or Big
White Gull but no luck. There weren't many
birds present other than the usual shorebirds
in the lagoon. There about 300 gulls and
terns well out on the flats on the south side
of the jetty (1 on the north side) and about the
same number at the north point along with
around 500 Knots. Rough surf made it difficult
to see anything on the ocean.

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Subject: Two Eurasian x American Wigeons (MINWR) 1/9/15
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2015 10:07:20 -0500
After Dave's report last night of 2 hybrid Wigeons I went through all my 
pictures taken in 3 days of the birds. I believe Dave is correct. I think I 
have 2 different birds now. Please take a look at them, and see what you think. 


www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15596686573

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Subject: Thayer's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 21:54:54 -0500
This evening, 1/08, Don Chalfant, his friend David, and myself found the 1st 
cycle Thayer's Gull again on the beach at Daytona Beach Shores. The bird was 
about 1/4 mile north of Frank Rendon Park. 



Michael


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Subject: Western Flycatcher Huguenot Park Jacksonville
From: Bob Richter <brichter62 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 19:31:18 -0500
I braved the snow flurries (no kidding) late
this afternoon for a brief foray to Huguenot.
Heading out to the beach access I saw a
flycatcher that looked too large to be a
Phoebe. I stopped short on the road to
check through binocs and saw the bright
yellow breast. I took a few quick pics then
pulled forward so the bird would have
vegetation behind it to reduce the contrast
of shooting against the gray sky. As the bird
was perched just off the road this, of course,
caused him to flit out over the road then back
to a different tree where he graciously remained
and posed for pictures. The white outer tail
feathers were quite apparent even without
binoculars when the bird flew but don't
show up too well in the photos.

The time stamp on the first pic is 3:46.
The exact location was on the road along
the river. After entering the park the road
curves a bit till it reaches the river then
turns east parallel to the shore. At the turn,
there is a speed limit sign on the south
side with "15 mph" on top sign and "strictly
enforced" on the bottom sign, This is not
where the bird was..... A little further on
there is another speed limit sign and below
that a green sign that says "tow at owner's
expense." I have no idea what that has to do
with speed limits unless you're going really,
really slow. ("Whaaatt dooooes a yellllowww
liightt meeann?") At any rate, these signs are
on both sides of the road. And, this is where
the bird was, about 5 feet off the pavement
and not much higher off the ground, and, as
is usual for this species, not very concerned
by my presence.

I was hoping for a Purple Sandpiper or Big
White Gull but no luck. There weren't many
birds present other than the usual shorebirds
in the lagoon. There about 300 gulls and
terns well out on the flats on the south side
of the jetty (1 on the north side) and about the
same number at the north point along with
around 500 Knots. Rough surf made it difficult
to see anything on the ocean.

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Subject: Possible Am X Eurasian Wigeon hybrid at MINWR
From: David Hartgrove <birdman9 AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 19:20:02 -0500
Hi,
 While doing a little scouting for an Audubon field trip to MINWR tomorrow I 
found 2 interesting ducks. I identified them as American X Eurasian Wigeon 
hybrids. I digiscoped several photos of one of them. These were in a small pond 
about stop 11 on the west side of Black Point Wildlife Drive. Much better 
numbers of ducks along the drive this year than last and many more coots. 



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Subject: Spoonbill Pond
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 15:31:48 -0500
Spoonbill Pond, Big Talbot Island, Duval Co.  The list of waterfowl recorded
in the pond this season continues to increase. This morning a pair of
Redheads rested on the pond's, wind-whipped, surface. A lonesome drake Wood
Duck continues to shadow (presumed) feral Canada geese about the pond. In
contrast to the latter, two (distinctly smaller) geese foraged apart from
their relatives and likely represent the Richardson's race. Otherwise,
Lesser Scaup and Ruddy nos. continue to increase but no Greater Scaup were
present this morning. One or two Horned Grebe have joined the Pied-billed
and flocks of Hooded Merganser share the waters with Blue and Green-winged
Teal, N. Shovelers, Bufflehead and occasional Mallards and hybrids. All the
waterfowl maintain a watchful eye on the eagles that frequently pass
overhead. Given the pond's strategic location right on the coast, any
waterfowl species are likely to appear at any time. 

 

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Subject: Thayer's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 09:56:17 -0500
Last night, 1/07, I found a 1st cycle Thayer's Gull on the beach at Daytona 
Beach Shores. The bird is noticeably smaller that the surrounding Herring 
Gulls. The primaries are a medium brown (rather than the blackish or blackish 
brown of the 1st cycle Herring Gulls) with boldly marked white edges on the 
outer primaries. The inner webs of the outer primaries are paler than the outer 
webs of the outer primaries, creating what is called the "Venetian Blind" 
effect. The tertials are dark centered. There is a bold dark secondary bar. The 
bill is small and dark tipped and gaining pinkish at the base. The head is 
gently rounded. The underside of the primaries and secondaries are whitish with 
dark tips to the underside of the outer primaries. 


The bird was found about 1/4 mile north of Frank Rendon Park, Daytona Beach 
Shores. 


Michael

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Subject: Rusty Blackbird, Volusia county, Jan 3 -- photos
From: "dotrobbins AT juno.com" <dotrobbins@JUNO.COM>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 00:39:47 GMT
I now have photos of the Rusty Blackbird from my teammates from the January 3 
Ponce Inlet CBC: Tom Lee and Randy Hitchcock. Dotty Robbins 

High Springs



----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Hi 
all, While participating in the Ponce Inlet CBC on Jan. 3, I identified a Rusty 
Blackbird in Volusia county. At least one Rusty was seen on Tyre Ave, just 
south of its intersection with Pioneer Trail. There is a small wetlands area 
along Tyre. The Rusty was feeding on dried fruits in a small bare tree. I 
haven't yet received photos from my teammates, but will post if/when I do. The 
bird had a pale yellow eye and a bronzy head. The beak was icterid-like--i.e., 
similar to Baltimore Oriole. The tail was shorter than either Common or 
Boat-tailed Grackle. Overall, it appeared most like the "fall male" 
illustration in Nat'l Geo, but the head was overall a lighter bronze color. One 
of my teammates saw another bird that he thought could be a 2nd Rusty, but I 
have not yet seen the photos. Dotty RobbinsHigh Springs 


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Subject: Common Merganser. continues. Port Orange. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2015 15:31:55 -0500
I am still getting inquiries about the merganser. So, just as an update, the 
Common Merganser is still present along Halifax Drive in Port Orange, Volusia 
County. It has been here for 5 weeks now. 


Michael

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Subject: Eurasian Wigeon X American Wigeon Still Present (MINWR) 1-6-15
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2015 12:49:26 -0500
This morning I relocated the Hybrid in the same pond on Black Point Drive. It 
is one of the ponds before Parking #12. Got good looks, and it came in fairly 
close at times. 


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Subject: Rusty Blackbird, Volusia county, Jan 3
From: "dotrobbins AT juno.com" <dotrobbins@JUNO.COM>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 22:36:42 GMT
Hi all, While participating in the Ponce Inlet CBC on Jan. 3, I identified a 
Rusty Blackbird in Volusia county. At least one Rusty was seen on Tyre Ave, 
just south of its intersection with Pioneer Trail. There is a small wetlands 
area along Tyre. The Rusty was feeding on dried fruits in a small bare tree. I 
haven't yet received photos from my teammates, but will post if/when I do. The 
bird had a pale yellow eye and a bronzy head. The beak was icterid-like--i.e., 
similar to Baltimore Oriole. The tail was shorter than either Common or 
Boat-tailed Grackle. Overall, it appeared most like the "fall male" 
illustration in Nat'l Geo, but the head was overall a lighter bronze color. One 
of my teammates saw another bird that he thought could be a 2nd Rusty, but I 
have not yet seen the photos. Dotty RobbinsHigh Springs 


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Subject: Re: Eurasian Wigeon x American Wigeon (hybrid) Merritt Island NWR 1-5-14
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 12:39:21 -0500
correction .. The year is 2015

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> Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 12:37:25 -0500
> From: sueredfish AT MSN.COM
> Subject: [FLORIDABIRDS-L] Eurasian Wigeon x American Wigeon (hybrid) Merritt 
Island NWR 1-5-14 

> To: FLORIDABIRDS-L AT LISTS.UFL.EDU
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> This morning I found a hybrid Eurasian Wigeon x American Wigeon on Black 
Point Drive on the Merritt Island NWR. It was with a flock of wigeons on the 
way out off the drive. 

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Subject: Eurasian Wigeon x American Wigeon (hybrid) Merritt Island NWR 1-5-14
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 12:37:25 -0500
This morning I found a hybrid Eurasian Wigeon x American Wigeon on Black Point 
Drive on the Merritt Island NWR. It was with a flock of wigeons on the way out 
off the drive. 


www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15584581224

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Subject: Limpkin in Jacksonville
From: Bob Richter <brichter62 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2015 17:56:04 -0500
This morning around 9:30 I happened upon a Limpkin
in a retention pond in west Jacksonville. I stopped
because I had seen a Cormorant that I thought
looked funky. It wasn't but I then saw the Limpkin
oward the other end of the pond. I was able to
get some pictures. The bird was actively foraging
along the water's edge but I don't know what he
was eating. It certainly wasn't apple snails.

The specific location of the bird was at the WalMart
on Normandy Blvd just east of I-295. In the NW
corner of the whole parking lot area and right at
the street there is a smaller strip mall type building
with a Panda Express and a Movie Stop. There is
a drive on the east side of this from Normandy to
the WM garden center area. The pond is next to
this and adjacent to the road. It is surrounded by
a high green chain link fence.

I also made it out to Huguenot where several
birders seemed overly excited about one of the
two (at least) Red-throated Loons that have been
out there since at least Christmas Eve. I saw them
(the birders) as soon as I got out to the lagoon and
got all excited wondering what rarity are they so
intently focused on? I was quite a letdown to find
that there wasn't one.

Bob Richter
Th dilapidated cabin cruiser on the Ortega River (well,
one of them)




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Subject: Eastern Screech-Owls; on 12/20/14 (St. Pete-owling) & on 12/27/14 (Pinellas north county-owling)
From: David Laliberte <dllaliberte AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 1 Jan 2015 21:14:25 +0000
Subject:  Eastern Screech-Owls; on 12/20/14 (St.Pete-owling) & on 12/27/14 
(Pinellas north county-owling)HI all: 

Until thisyear I had always done the owling at 12.01A.M.; until the first light 
of dawnshift.  Because I was so burnt-out afterthese shifts I decided to do 
this endeavor in the eve (6 P.M.) to mid-nightshift this year. I have been 
doing the Owling in south St. Pete for severalyears now. I pretty much have the 
south county area for EASOs figured out.John, a friend who helped me with the 
OWLING this year, was not keen about theA.M. shift but willing to do the P.M. 
shift. John helped me with both the St.Pete & North County CBCs.  I also 
didthe same CBC schedule for both the St. Pete & the North County Pinellas Co.I 
usually dothe owling with the help of a second person. Two sets of ears are 
better thanone set of ears.  Sometimes trying tosort out EASO calls can be 
tricky.  Whenyou hear the trilling call of one overlapping with the whinny 
call yon candetermine that there are indeed at least two owls; or from 
different directionat the same time.  On some occasions athird owl will enter 
into the chorus; but this is not often the case. Also Ilike to have a second 
person for safety concerns.  I typicallydetect 50 to 100 individual 
Screech-Owls for south St. Pete. If the weather isreally lousy I do not to get 
out of the single digits for total a count.  Last year St. Pete CBC 2013 had 
170 Owls; 70of these were in my area for south St. Pete CBC. Last year, the St. 
Pete owl countwas far beyond what other CBCs in the US & Canada counted. 
Compared to theSt. Pete count next highest number of EASOs was found in 
Ontario, Canada at 67. Bucks County, PA hasbeaten us with EASOs at times in the 
past. I use an iPODin a case with speakers.  It is best notto play the call 
too much.  Several yearsago I was wacked on the back of my head by these 
Owls.  Any more I take care not to get the owls riledup. At least I have not 
been wacked on the head in several years now. GenerallyI spend a minute or so 
at any given location and then move several blocks awayto try to detect the 
presence of different EASOs.  In this manner I try not to overlaps 
owlterritories leading to over counting owls. Sometimes I do visually see the 
owlsbut more often than not I only hear them.I havelearned a bit about these 
little owls. I think that their calls arefascinating; a Whinny & a soft 
trill. These owls tend to be monogamous from year to year.  A pair of owls 
will call back and forth toeach other.  Often, but not strictly so,is that if 
I hear one owl a second owl will start calling. They tend to inhabitwoodsy 
neighborhoods but not too densely wooded.  They prefer areas that have plenty 
of large,old oaks. This year Ithought I would at least break 50+ EASOs for 
North County.  This is the second year I have done the NorthCounty owling.  
Last year I detected 27owls. This year I picked up 24 owls.  Onearea I tried 
this year looks productive is the area of Curlew Rd. to Alderman& Alt. 19 to US 
Hwy 19.  Next yearI’ll focus on that area. This year I tried several other 
neighborhoods southwest of this area south to Dunedin, but I only counted a 
couple of owls in thatarea.  I want to thank Marianne with hersuggestions 
about all of these areas with a potential for hosting owls. I would 
beinterested in knowing what other areas of both counts did in counting EASOs? 
CountingScreech Owls is very interesting I am wondering if anyone is doing an 
EASO BreedingBird Atlasing in Pinellas Co.? I wish there was some way to 
determine a more accuratemeans to count owls.  I believe EASOs areseriously 
undercounted, there are perhaps lots more of owls in Pinellas County .Again I 
amhaving more problems with Flickr photo account. I hate to email attached 
files to anyone.  My computer is not infected with anything butstill. It is 
not as easy to download files as opposed to just clicking on alink. 

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Subject: Manx Shearwater. Pomarine Jaeger. Black Scoters. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Thu, 1 Jan 2015 15:22:43 -0500
This morning, 1/1, with the strong NE winds, I did a sea watch at northern 
Volusia County and southern Flagler County. The best bird of the day was a Manx 
Shearwater, but there was also an adult Pomarine Jaeger on the beach near the 
base of the Flagler Pier. In both counties, there were large numbers of Black 
Scoters. I had a total of over 1,000 Black Scoters, including a flock of about 
200 sitting on the water off northernmost Volusia County. 


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Subject: FOY bird
From: Thomas Lee <tlee8 AT CFL.RR.COM>
Date: Thu, 1 Jan 2015 11:16:23 -0500
My first of year was also a Mourning Dove, but my 2nd and 3rd were Palm 
and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Anything is possible in 2015, maybe even 
another Snowy Owl?

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Subject: First Birds of the Year
From: David Hartgrove <birdman9 AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 1 Jan 2015 10:06:30 -0500
Hi,
 My first birds were at the feeder: 13 Chipping Sparrows, 1 female Northern 
Cardinal and a Tufted Titmouse. The later flew back and forth trying to wedge 
in between the sparrows to get a sunflower seed. Happy New Year everyone! 


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Subject: yellow-headed BB at Wakodahatchee Wetland, Delray Beach
From: John Shelly <jshelly1 AT JUNO.COM>
Date: Thu, 25 Dec 2014 14:05:21 -0500
 At 12:30 Christmas day a yellow-headed BB was posing for photos at the
1st turn of the boardwalk south (right) of the T intersection. There were
also 5 Roseate Spoon Bills visible from the same area. The address of
Wakodahatchee is 
13026 Jog Road
Delray Beach 
  We also saw 2 American Bitterns at Green Cay just a mile west of there.


Merry Christmas to all!

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Subject: Pine Island Conservation Area, Brevard County
From: Christopher Ferro <arachnid43 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2014 06:04:47 +0000
Hi all! I had a looog morning at Pine Island today. The trails are so long, and 
the birding is usually pretty low density. Here's my quick (and not 100% 
complete) list of some interesting sightings: 


1. Yellow-plumaged House Finch (2 sightings, amongst "regular" red-plumaged 
birds, but may have been same individual)2. American Wigeons (~18) tucked into 
a mostly hidden pond between the main pond and the lagoon on the north side of 
the park3. A "crap ton" of soaring birds on thermals. Literally 100s of 
vultures (both Black and Turkey), Anhingas, Wood Storks, Ospreys, a 
Red-shouldered hawk, at least one American White Pelican, all together.4. There 
is a Bald Eagle family (2 adults and several youngsters) hanging around the 
east side of the park, one large nest visible.5. Mixed bag of warblers: Pine, 
Palm (both yellow and gray varieties), Yellow-rumped, Prairie, and Common 
Yellowthroats. 

Of course the usual wading birds (herons/egrets, ibises, spoonbills, etc.) were 
present, too, among others. 

I'll have more in my blog this week, with a few of the better photographs. I've 
attached my best photo of the House Finch. It was much more definitive in the 
field, but you can see the face pattern and the yellow color. I got good views 
of both sightings, prolonged in the binoculars. 

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Subject: Clay-colored Sparrow - Titusville 12/21/14
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:53:01 -0500
My yard Clay-colored Sparrow is doing fine. He seems to be getting along well 
with just one eye. I had 2 pair of Painted Buntings, but the Cooper Hawk 
pressure, and the cats ran them away. Today the Cooper's Hawk got a dove in the 
middle of about 25 chipping sparrows feeding on the ground. The sparrows 
continue to feed, but are extremely jumpy. 


www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/16073288511

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Subject: Scoter Trifecta. Tomoka State Park, Ormond Beach
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:30:49 -0500
This morning, 12/20, at dawn I checked out the ducks on the Tomoka Basin at 
Tomoka State Park, Ormond Beach, Volusia Co. Among the large flocks of Lesser 
Scaup, I found 4 Black Scoters ( 3 female and one young male), one immature 
male Surf Scoter, and one female White-winged Scoter. There were also 9 
Redheads, 6 Canvasbacks, 5 Buffleheads, 4 Ruddy Ducks and 2 Greater Scaup and 
there must have been at least 1 partridge in a pear tree. 



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Subject: Bay Lake CBC Highlights (12/18/14)
From: John Thomton <jthomton AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:16:21 -0600
Hey everyone,

The inaugural Bay Lake CBC was held today, and everyone had a great time. This 
count circle is centered on Disney Property in southwestern Orange County and 
northwestern Osceola County. This circle has been surveyed in late January 
since 2011, but it's sure great to be official this year! 


Each year we notice how development is changing the landscape and the birds in 
this count circle. New large chunks are developed as subdivisions and strip 
malls at an alarming rate. Plus we're way inland, so we don't have many 
seabirds in the mix. Still, we manage to have a lot of fun finding what's out 
there. Today we identified 112 species, plus one hybrid and four Count Week 
species. With all that in mind, highlights of the count today included two 
Buffleheads, a Clay-Colored Sparrow, a couple of Spotted Sandpipers (new to the 
count), five Red-Headed Woodpeckers, four Brown-Headed Nuthatches, two 
Bachman's Sparrows, a White-Throated Sparrow, two Baltimore Orioles, four 
Eastern Meadowlarks (likely won't be in the Bay Lake circle for too many more 
years) and a Partridge in a pear tree. We missed Black-Bellied Whistling-Duck 
and Bonaparte's Gull, plus we almost missed Wood Duck (only 9 recorded by one 
party) and Common Ground-Dove (2 from one party). 


Thanks to all the amazing volunteers who came out and birded today! You all are 
amazing! Let's do it again next year. 


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Subject: Small Canada's
From: Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst AT TAMPABAY.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:31:41 -0500
See what David SIBLEY has to say about Cackling and small Canada's.

http://www.sibleyguides.com/2014/12/cackling-ish-geese/

Sent from my iPad
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Subject: Common Eider. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:03:15 -0500
This morning, 12/15, I had a female Common Eider fly by the mouth of Ponce de 
Leon Inlet. Yesterday morning, 12/14, I had a fly-over Pine Siskin in the pine 
flatwoods of Tiger Bay State Forest off rt 40 west of Ormond Beach and on 
Saturday morning, 12/13, there was a female Surf Scoter in with a large flock 
of Lesser Scaup, Buffleheads and Ruddy Ducks in the Tomoka Basin, Tomoka State 
Park, Volusia County. 


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Subject: Common Merganser. Port Orange. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 21:06:16 -0500
This evening, 12/10, I was leaving work on my way to look for the Thayer's Gull 
when I got a phone call from Bob Wallace that he had re-found the Common 
Merganser in Port Orange. I was only about 10 minutes away and we found the 
bird very close to the road in a narrow section with a Red-breasted Merganser. 


The bird was found along Halifax Drive in Port Orange, near the intersection 
with Commonwealth Avenue. There is a lot of water in this area. However, 
Red-breasted Mergansers roost in the open water near here in the late 
afternoon. I have sometimes found as many as 75 RB Mergansers together here. 
The Common Merganser probably roosts with these birds and then the birds 
disperse during the day. Halifax Drive runs south from Dunlawton Avenue right 
beside Aunt Catfish's Restaurant. 


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Subject: Thayer's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 22:17:41 -0500
This evening, 12/09, I found a 1st cycle Thayer's Gull on the beach at Daytona 
Beach Shores. The bird was flushed by a skim-boarder and flew north along the 
beach until it was out of sight. Shortly later, I met Doug Gotchfeld, Tom 
Johnson and two friends. I told them about the bird I had seen. A short while 
later they called and they had re-located the bird about .75 miles north on the 
beach near the Hawaiian Inn. I drove up to meet them and was able to see the 
bird again. 


This is one of the darker-type Thayer's Gulls. The bird looks like a 1st cycle 
Herring Gull, but noticeably smaller, and with a few noticeable 
characteristics. The bird is medium brown with dark brown primaries that had 
thin whitish edges. The head was gently rounded. The bill was solidly black. 
The legs were rather short. In flight, the bird showed the classic "Venetian" 
Blind effect in the primaries caused by pale inner webs and dark outer webs to 
the outer primaries. In addition, the underside of the primaries and 
secondaries were very pale with slight dark terminal tips to the underside of 
the outer primaries. 


The bird was just south of Frank Rendon Park, and then was re-found about .75 
miles north. 



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Subject: Bay Lake CBC, Thursday, December 18'th
From: John Thomton <jthomton AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 21:39:50 -0600
Hey everyone,

Thanks for the response to my earlier e-mail! As a result, the new Bay Lake CBC 
is looking pretty good. We can run a good count with what we have, but I think 
it will be even better with 1-2 more people who can participate all day. Is 
there anyone out there that can help out? Again, the count is in southwestern 
Orange County, primarily centered on Disney property, and it's being held on 
Thursday, December 18'th. 


Central Florida birders, this is the day before the Zellwood-Mt. Dora CBC. 
Think of it as Zellwood-Mt. Dora Eve. Isn't it always fun to open that one 
present on Christmas Eve before the big day? Think of Bay Lake as that sweet 
taste of what's to come on Friday the 19'th. You've scouted that Zellwood 
circle a million times this year and in previous years. Make this year's 
Zellwood-Mt. Dora Eve count for something that's not just Count Week. 


I know, I should have gone into marketing, right? 😊 If one or two more folks 
can help out (more than that are welcome), wonderful! If not, maybe I'll see 
you the next day at the Zellwood-Mt. Dora CBC! Have a great CBC season, 
everyone! 


John ThomtonOrlando, FL (Orange Co.) 		 	   		  
Subject: Tern ID help, Viera Wetlands (Brevard County)
From: Christopher Ferro <arachnid43 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 02:25:50 +0000
Hello listers! Among several tern species I saw this morning in Viera, I 
snapped this shot. I am not 100% sure what species it is. My thought when 
taking the shot was "Forster's" but the mantle seems too dark and the wing 
edges didn't seem right either. I am thinking Common, but was hoping someone 
with more tern experience could weigh in. 

Thanks,ChristopherMelbourne/Brevard County, FL

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Subject: Zellwood Christmas Count Friday December 19, 2014.
From: WES BIGGS <birdsatfnt AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 00:02:19 -0800
Hi All,

The Zellwood Christmas Count will take place on Friday December 19, 2014. If 
you have not already emailed me regarding taking part, please do so as soon as 
possible. If you have contacted me about the count but did not include your 
land line & cell phone numbers & your vehicle information please do so. When 
putting together the individual parties it helps to know if you will be able to 
take people with you in your vehicle or if you'll need to go with someone else. 


The meeting place will be at a new location this year, the Zellwood Community 
Center, & It's located very close to the previous meeting place. The address is 
3160 Union Street, Zellwood, Fl 32798. At the intersection of West Ponkan & US 
441 go East on West Ponkan at the Advance Auto Parts store. The first cross 
street is Union Street, turn left, (North) there, the Community Center is 
located a few hundred meters up Union on the left. Please be there at 6:00 AM. 


We'll have dinner & do the count down at 7:00 PM at the Community Center.

Gallus Quigley is the co-compiler. His cell phone number is 407-242-7833. My 
home number is 407-384-9766 & my cell is 407-376-6967. Please try the home 
number first as the cell does not work well where I live. 


If you have questions please give Gallus or me a call.

Many thanks, we'll see you in a couple of weeks,


Wes Biggs

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Subject: Zellwood Christmas Count Friday December 19, 2014.
From: "WES BIGGS birdsatfnt AT bellsouth.net [FlaBirding]" <FlaBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 00:02:19 -0800
Hi All,

The Zellwood Christmas Count will take place on Friday December 19, 2014. If 
you have not already emailed me regarding taking part, please do so as soon as 
possible. If you have contacted me about the count but did not include your 
land line & cell phone numbers & your vehicle information please do so. When 
putting together the individual parties it helps to know if you will be able to 
take people with you in your vehicle or if you'll need to go with someone else. 


The meeting place will be at a new location this year, the Zellwood Community 
Center, & It's located very close to the previous meeting place. The address is 
3160 Union Street, Zellwood, Fl 32798. At the intersection of West Ponkan & US 
441 go East on West Ponkan at the Advance Auto Parts store. The first cross 
street is Union Street, turn left, (North) there, the Community Center is 
located a few hundred meters up Union on the left. Please be there at 6:00 AM. 


We'll have dinner & do the count down at 7:00 PM at the Community Center.

Gallus Quigley is the co-compiler. His cell phone number is 407-242-7833. My 
home number is 407-384-9766 & my cell is 407-376-6967. Please try the home 
number first as the cell does not work well where I live. 


If you have questions please give Gallus or me a call.

Many thanks, we'll see you in a couple of weeks,


Wes Biggs
Subject: Frankin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 2014 22:24:59 -0500
This evening, 12/5, I found two 1st cycle Franklin's Gulls on the beach at 
Daytona Beach Shores. I was surprised to find them this late in the year. There 
has been a large influx of gulls. There must have been 20,000+ gulls on the 
beach. There has been an influx Herring Gulls and Lesser Black-backed Gulls. 
The Franklin's Gulls are harder to find now with the many thousands of Laughing 
Gulls. It is a needle in a haystack now. Attached are photos of both Franklin's 
Gulls and the huge concentration of gulls. The main body of birds has been 
south of Frank Rendon Park. It is better to park at Van Avenue Park. The birds 
tonight were north and south of Van Avenue. 


Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL

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Subject: Purple Sandpiper. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 09:46:44 -0500
This morning, 12/03, I found a Purple Sandpiper on the north jetty at Ponce de 
Leon Inlet, Volusia County. This is the first one I have seen back this year. 


Michael

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Subject: Common Merganser. Port Orange. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 16:26:12 -0500
This afternoon, 12/2, I went by the spot where the Great Cormorant had been, 
but there was no sign of the Great Cormorant. I went a little farther along 
Halifax Avenue and saw a few Horned Grebes and Red-breasted Mergansers out in 
the open water. I took a quick look with my binoculars from the car and saw a 
bird that seemed to have a white chin. The birds were far out in the water so I 
pulled over on a side street and parked and got out the scope to look and sure 
enough, it was a female-plumaged Common Merganser. It is the first record I 
know of for Volusia County. The darker rusty head and neck had a very clear-cut 
demarcation with the chest and the white chin was clearly visible. The bill was 
also larger and with a more robust base than the nearby Red-breasted 
Mergansers. 


The bird was in the open water along Halifax Drive, south of Aunt Catfish's 
Restaurant, near the intersection with Fox Place. It is best to park on a side 
street, not on Halifax Drive, and walk back toward the river to observe. The 
river front is private property, but you can see well from the side walk along 
Halifax Drive. 


Michael

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Subject: Hooded Merganser 120114 Tri-City Plaza, Pinellas Co., FL
From: David Laliberte <dllaliberte AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Dec 2014 00:07:41 +0000
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Subject:  Hooded Merganser 120114 Tri-City Plaza, Pinellas Co., FL
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Hi all,
•
I live in the neighborhood just north of the Tri-City Plaza.  Every year at 
approximately the same time  during November  the Hoodies show up to winter 
on the small pond next to Publix. Portrayed are images that consist of both 
Females & Males 

•
Hooded Merganser • 120114 • Tri-City Plaza, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15737924670/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15305573173/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15302986734/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15737815200/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15924444132/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15739350457/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15739370607/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15925213905/ 
•
The following equipment is used:  Canon EOS 50D+EF100-400 mm IS USM • 
Laliberte 2014 

•
Happy Birding!
•
David Laliberte
Clearwater, FL
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder

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Subject: Spoonbill Pond waterfowl
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 09:31:19 -0500
Spoonbill Pond, Big Talbot Island, Duval Co.   An early morning visit to the
wetland found both contractors active on the north edge of the pond, but
good nos. of ducks were present. We hiked around to the pond's SE side to
avoid the construction work and obtain a better sun angle of the waterfowl. 

 

All, prior-reported, species were present save for the Buffleheads and three
Ruddy duck were detected for the first time. This is likely one of very few
wetlands where Hooded Merganser, No. Shoveler and Scaup (species) can be
seen in the same optics view.  Also present around the wetland were a
perched Cooper's Hawk, two fly-over adult eagles, Great Blue Heron and a
probable Franklin's Gull perched in the middle of the wetland. (The latter
too distant to confirm all field marks) Sunday's Common Eider was not found
around any of the sound's bridge pilings but we did not conduct a thorough
search from both sides of the sound. 

 

Spoonbill Pond is a former Duval Audubon Sanctuary (now Talbot Islands State
Park) wetland right on the shoulder of A1A at the extreme north end of Big
Talbot Island or at the west end of the Nassau Sound bridge spanning Amelia
and Big Talbot Islands. Due to two construction projects, pedestrian access
is blocked adjoining the highway. Park in the boat ramp parking lot (car
lot) and hike north on the old bridge access to reach Sawpit Cr. shoreline
where you can then hike south (beneath both bridges) on the sound shore to
the SE side of the wetland to obtain views of the waterfowl and avoid
conflicts with the construction projects, road noise, traffic, etc.   

 

Doris and Pat Leary

Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Nassau County


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Subject: Re: Merritt Island NWR and Yard 11/30/14
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 12:42:49 -0500
Danny: Perhaps you are overlooking the good possibility "your" sparrow was
attacked by a domestic or feral cat? See the American Bird Conservancy or
National Audubon websites re the millions of birds killed or injured by cats
every year. Given those numbers, we must now consider that potential in the
same context as natural predation. 

Pat Leary
Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island

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Subject: [FLORIDABIRDS-L] Merritt Island NWR and Yard 11/30/14

I have noticed that my injured Clay-colored Sparrow has yet another injury
to his body under his right leg. Apparently the talon of the hawk grasped
the leg, and entered the body of the poor thing. Then the hawk pecked his
eye out. It's truly a miracle the sparrow escaped. (see picture)
  My wife and I drove Black Point the other day on the Merritt Island NWR,
and saw a few ducks. I found some divers. The Red Head duck was my favorite.
Also saw a Marbled Godwit. The drive is starting to get more active. The
water level is high with plenty of food so hopefully the duck population
will increase this Winter. 
 
www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15888638776 
 
www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15279176904
 
www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15902970205
 
www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15717163697 

Danny Bales
Titusville, Fla.
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Brevard
  		 	   		  
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Subject: Merritt Island NWR and Yard 11/30/14
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 12:34:15 -0500
I have noticed that my injured Clay-colored Sparrow has yet another injury
to his body under his right leg. Apparently the talon of the hawk grasped
the leg, and entered the body of the poor thing. Then the hawk pecked his
eye out. It's truly a miracle the sparrow escaped. (see picture)
  My wife and I drove Black Point the other day on the Merritt Island NWR,
and saw a few ducks. I found some divers. The Red Head duck was my favorite.
Also saw a Marbled Godwit. The drive is starting to get more active. The
water level is high with plenty of food so hopefully the duck population
will increase this Winter. 
 
www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15888638776 
 
www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15279176904
 
www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15902970205
 
www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15717163697 

Danny Bales
Titusville, Fla.
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Subject: Common Eider Returns?
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 30 Nov 2014 12:19:52 -0500
Sawpit Creek, Nassau Sound, Duval County:  A drake Common Eider was observed
foraging around the (old) Sawpit Bridge pilings this morning. Perhaps this
is the same male recorded around the sound bridges in prior seasons?
Adjoining Spoonbill Pond is enjoying another resurgence of activity with a
host of waterfowl present this morning. Present were: No. Shoveler,
Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal, Mallard, Lesser Scaup, Hooded
Merganser, and Bufflehead. Two Greater Yellowlegs and small flocks of Dunlin
were also active in the brackish wetland. 

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/91191505 AT N08/

 

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Subject: Help on CBCs!
From: John Thomton <jthomton AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 2014 16:51:43 -0600


Hey everyone,
I'm compiling TWO Christmas Bird Counts this year, and it's looking like I may 
need a little more help on both of them. They are both inland counts in 
rapidly-urbanizing landscapes (where isn't in Florida nowadays?!), but they are 
both still fun areas to explore. 

The first one is the Bay Lake CBC. This count is a new CBC, but Disney has 
performed a CBC-style count in this circle since 2011 at the end of January 
each year, calling it the Holiday Bird Count (HBC). This year, it's becoming an 
official CBC with an entire volunteer effort. The center of the circle is 
Spaceship Earth (the big, shiny golf ball that is the symbol of EPCOT). The 
circle includes all of Disney Property, which itself includes several green 
spaces. Also falling within the circle is the Tibet-Butler Preserve, several 
large lakes and marshy areas, the Shingle Creek Trail, the International Drive 
corridor, more than a few suburban communities and neighborhoods (including 
some with mature trees), old citrus groves, and open, hilly terrain along 
Avalon Road in (still, just barely) rural southwestern Orange County. It will 
be held on Thursday, December 18'th. 

The second one is the Clermont CBC. This will be the third year for this count. 
It's center is on the peninsula on the northern shore of Lake Minnehaha. This 
count encompasses the communities of Clermont, Minneola, Groveland and 
Montverde in southern Lake County. While suburban sprawl is hitting this area 
hard, there are still lots of good birding spots, including the Scrub Jay 
Trail, Lake Louisa State Park, Five Mile Road, Lake Minneola, and lots of 
undeveloped, hilly terrain and lightly-developed neighborhoods. This CBC will 
be held on Friday, January 2'nd. 

If anyone has any questions about either count (or if you've participated in 
the Clermont CBC and still need to tell me you can participate 😊), please 
shoot me an e-mail. The good news is they are both on days that don't have a 
lot of competing CBC's! 

Thanks, all!  Good birding!
John ThomtonOrlando, FL (Orange Co.)
 		 	   		  
Subject: Snail Kite, Pasco County
From: Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst AT TAMPABAY.RR.COM>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 15:03:41 -0500
At Middle Lake this AM. A continuing bird with today's sighting including an 
adult male eating a snail. Another bird also observed but could not be aged and 
sexed. 

My 9 year old granddaughter confirmed the ID as she could see it eating a 
snail, overall dark gray color, hooked beak, white under tail coverts and upper 
white tail. Harrier male eliminated. 


Sent from my iPad
Murray Gardler
Weeki Wachee, FL

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Subject: Re: Clay-colored Sparrow Injuries CORRECTION 11-26-14
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:06:09 -0500
The picture link sent was incorrect . The correct one is 
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15701153248/
 
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www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen
Brevard
> Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:43:43 -0500
> From: sueredfish AT MSN.COM
> Subject: [FLORIDABIRDS-L] Clay-colored Sparrow Injuries 11-26-14
> To: FLORIDABIRDS-L AT LISTS.UFL.EDU
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> After examining my pictures I noticed that the Clay-colored Sparrow's foot is 
injured along with his eye. This is more like a predator attack to me. It 
really saddens me, because this bird was a comfort to me during the passing of 
my wife last year. I hope he survives 

>  
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Subject: Clay-colored Sparrow Injuries 11-26-14
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:43:43 -0500
 After examining my pictures I noticed that the Clay-colored Sparrow's foot is 
injured along with his eye. This is more like a predator attack to me. It 
really saddens me, because this bird was a comfort to me during the passing of 
my wife last year. I hope he survives 

 
www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15701153
 
Danny Bales
Titusville, Fla.
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Subject: Ft. Clinch pier gathering of eagles
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:47:20 -0500
Ft. Clinch State Park - pier: The persistent weather system impacting most
of the state rapidly cleared the coast this morning and I visited the pier
to check developments. As I hiked out the structure, I noticed an unusual
paucity of birds on the adjoining beach-roosting habitat. The cause was soon
disclosed when I noted three eagles perched on the pier. All appeared to be
feeding on some hapless prey and closer inspection found plucked feathers
littering the deck.  This was the first occasion that I have observed eagles
perched on the structure and to find three at one time was most unusual.
Given their behavior, all were related and closely associated. Perhaps the
young were last season's progeny and the adult was from a local pair that
nest west of the park? 

 

Otherwise, two hen Black Scoter worked the jetty rocks, a striking HY juv.
Purple Sandpiper joined the adult roosting with numerous Ruddy Turnstone on
the pier railings and mobs of juv. Herring Gulls gathered along the
structure where one hovered overhead demonstrating that (even that mundane
species) can be a worthy photography subject. 

 

See Flicker link for images:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/91191505 AT N08/

 

 

Patrick Leary

Fernandina Beach

Amelia Island, Nassau County   

 

 

 


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