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Great Cormorant,©David Sibley

28 Sep Re: Possible Short-tail Hawk at Turkey Creek, Palm Bay, Brevard County [Christopher Ferro ]
28 Sep Migratory Wave Continues [Patrick Leary ]
28 Sep Possible Short-tail Hawk at Turkey Creek, Palm Bay, Brevard County [Roy Book ]
27 Sep Migratory Wave [Patrick Leary ]
27 Sep Turkey Creek, Palm Bay, Brevard County [Roy Book ]
26 Sep Leucistic Brown Pelican. Port Orange [Michael Brothers ]
26 Sep Nashville Warbler, Central Winds Park (9/26/14) - Seminole Co. [John Thomton ]
25 Sep Turkey Creek, Brevard County [Roy Book ]
24 Sep Parasitic Jaeger. Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
23 Sep today's results [Lucy & Bob Duncan ]
23 Sep Re: [nflbirds] This morning at Ft Pickens [Jim Stevenson ]
23 Sep This morning at Ft Pickens [Lucy & Bob Duncan ]
23 Sep Noreaster [Patrick Leary ]
23 Sep JBStarkey, Pasco [Lee Snyder ]
22 Sep Re: [nflbirds] update on weather [Jim Stevenson ]
22 Sep update on weather [Lucy & Bob Duncan ]
22 Sep Front through [Lucy & Bob Duncan ]
22 Sep Re: [SPAM][nflbirds] Frontal passage & birding prospects [Jim Stevenson ]
22 Sep Frontal passage & birding prospects [Lucy & Bob Duncan ]
22 Sep Erna Nixon Park [Brevard County] Paridae and Screech Owls [Christopher Ferro ]
21 Sep Buff-breasted Sandpipers. American Golden-Plovers. Flagler Co. [Michael Brothers ]
21 Sep Golden-Winged at Turkey Creek Brevqard County [Roy Book ]
20 Sep FOS peregrine [Patrick Leary ]
19 Sep Leu Gardens (Orange Co.) - 9/19/14 [John Thomton ]
17 Sep 8 Blackburnian Warblers, Osceola County (9/17/14) [John Thomton ]
16 Sep Carolina Chickadee (CACH) [Lee Snyder ]
16 Sep Turkey Creek, Brevard County [Roy Book ]
15 Sep Turkey Creek, Brevard County [Roy Book ]
14 Sep House Fincg (HOFI) [Lee Snyder ]
13 Sep Canada Warbler, Turkey Creek, Brevard [Roy Book ]
12 Sep Whiskered Tern, NJ [Murray Gardler ]
8 Sep Courtney Campbell Causeway 09-07-14= [David Laliberte ]
8 Sep FW: Very Sad News about Bob Sargent [Bev Hansen ]
7 Sep American Golden-Plovers. Wilson's Phalarope. Flagler Co. [Michael Brothers ]
7 Sep Functional Flicker link [Patrick Leary ]
7 Sep Lark Sparrow - Pine Island Conservation Area [Christopher Ferro ]
7 Sep Bobolinks Fern. Airfield [Patrick Leary ]
6 Sep FW: eBird Report - Bell River Spoil Island, Sep 5, 2014 [Patrick Leary ]
5 Sep 2 Wilson's Phalaropes at Grove Road in Hernando County [Bev Hansen ]
4 Sep Wilson's Phalaropes [Murray Gardler ]
2 Sep Caspian Tern - Stick Marsh/Brevard County [Christopher Ferro ]
2 Sep Black Terns Bakre County [Bob Richter ]
1 Sep Streeper's Plover [Murray Gardler ]
31 Aug Streeper's Hawk [Murray Gardler ]
30 Aug Wilson's Phalarope at Biolab Rd, 8/30/2014 (Brevard Co) [Scott Simmons ]
30 Aug GANDY BEACH [Murray Gardler ]
30 Aug GANDY BEACH ["Murray Gardler mangrovefirst AT tampabay.rr.com [FlaBirding]" ]
30 Aug White-rumped Sandpiper [Murray Gardler ]
29 Aug Bob Sargent [Murray Gardler ]
28 Aug Bob Sargent [Murray Gardler ]
26 Aug Sooty Shearwater. Possible Long-tailed Jaeger. Ormond-by-the-Sea. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
26 Aug juvenile shorebirds [Patrick Leary ]
22 Aug Leu Gardens (8/22/14) - Orange Co. [John Thomton ]
21 Aug Courtney Campbell Causeway [= [David Laliberte ]
18 Aug Polk County Nighthawks [Tom Palmer ]
18 Aug Polk County Nighthawks ["Tom Palmer tomp47 AT yahoo.com [FlaBirding]" ]
15 Aug Leu Gardens - Carolina Chickadees (Orange Co. 8/15/14) [John Thomton ]
14 Aug Re: [BRDBRAIN] pelican at St Marks, Leon County [David Hartgrove ]
6 Aug Black Terns at Sebastian Inlet State Park [Stephen Harber ]
6 Aug new park in Jefferson Co [Julie Brashears Wraithmell ]
3 Aug Kelvin Dailey [Murray Gardler ]
3 Aug Kevin Dailey [Murray Gardler ]
3 Aug Summer reports for FFN [John Murphy ]
2 Aug American Robin Jacksonville [Bob Richter ]
2 Aug Dual addressing [Larry Connor ]
2 Aug Final test message [Larry Connor ]
2 Aug Test message from FWC ["Connor, Larry" ]
2 Aug Test message from Comcast [Larry Connor ]
2 Aug Test message from Comcast email [Larry Connor ]
2 Aug Test from FWC email ["Connor, Larry" ]
1 Aug Clapper Rail split [Murray Gardler ]
23 Jul Biolab Road & MINWR [David Hartgrove ]
23 Jul Red-necked stint Boca Chica Road Yes [David Simpson ]
20 Jul Swallow-tailed Kites [Lenore McCullagh ]
20 Jul The return of the Spotted Sandpiper to Charlotte County [Susan Daughtrey ]
19 Jul American Redstart Polk County [Tom Palmer ]

Subject: Re: Possible Short-tail Hawk at Turkey Creek, Palm Bay, Brevard County
From: Christopher Ferro <arachnid43 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 20:38:44 -0700
I may also have caught a glimpse of a Short-tailed Hawk (dark morph) some time 
between the first and second time I, Shirley and Juanita bumped into you, Roy. 
I saw it across the creek, from the boardwalk, east of the canoe deck. The Blue 
Jays and cardinals put up quite a commotion. I didn't mention anything to the 
ladies, as they were further along the boardwalk and then Shirley spied that 
Prothonotary Warbler, which was a lifer for me (if you can believe it!). So it 
slipped my mind until I was going over the morning for my blog. 


Christopher Ferro
Brevard County 


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Subject: [FLORIDABIRDS-L] Possible Short-tail Hawk at Turkey Creek, Palm Bay, 
Brevard County 

 

Fewer birds today but still a good morning. Out over the large field I observed 
a Hawk flying low and away from me that I'm fairly sure was a Short-Tail dark 
morph. Basing call on color, wing beat, up turned wing tips and under wing 
pattern. Migrant sightings: 


American Redstart(4)
Black and White (3)
Black-Throated Blue (5)
Cape May (3)
Chestnut-Sided
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Parula (5)
Ovenbird (3)
Yellow-Throated 
Prarie and Prothonotary seen by Shirly Hills
Indigo Bunting (f)
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher (2)
White-eyed Vireo (2)
Red-eyed Vireo (3)
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
Eastern Wood Pewee

Roy Book
Indialantic, FL

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Subject: Migratory Wave Continues
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 15:44:56 -0400
Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island: The raptor migratory wave continued today
with a big push of birds between 1100 and 1130. Observing the movement from
our back deck overlooking marsh, six adult female peregrines passed in a
five minute span followed by several juv. females. Numerous osprey soaring
and ascending into broken cumulus, but only one merlin and one Am. kestrel
passing.  An earlier, mid-morning, visit to Huguenot park found two juv.
female peregrines resting on a large wash flat between a mixed flock of
caspian terns - black skimmers and a hunkered mass of shorebirds. Multiple
osprey foraged over adjoining Ft. George Inlet. Weather is balmy today with
more convection and showers off the ocean resulting in rapid ascent of
diurnal migrants. 


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Subject: Possible Short-tail Hawk at Turkey Creek, Palm Bay, Brevard County
From: Roy Book <rlbook AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 14:45:31 -0400
Fewer birds today but still a good morning. Out over the large field I observed 
a Hawk flying low and away from me that I'm fairly sure was a Short-Tail dark 
morph. Basing call on color, wing beat, up turned wing tips and under wing 
pattern. Migrant sightings: 


American Redstart(4)
Black and White (3)
Black-Throated Blue (5)
Cape May (3)
Chestnut-Sided
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Parula (5)
Ovenbird (3)
Yellow-Throated 
Prarie and Prothonotary seen by Shirly Hills
Indigo Bunting (f)
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher (2)
White-eyed Vireo (2)
Red-eyed Vireo (3)
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
Eastern Wood Pewee

Roy Book
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Subject: Migratory Wave
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 14:35:04 -0400
Amelia Island, Nassau County:  A large migratory wave of raptors is passing
over NE Florida today.  This follows several days of persistent northerly
winds and light rains grazing the coast or falling over offshore waters.
Skies today are "milky" with a low (400 ft.) ceiling of strata cumulus
racing south with modest northerly winds. Kettles of osprey are passing,
along with peregrines, merlin and bald eagle with most birds likely moving
in or above the ceiling. I suspect this wave will be over the mid-Keys in 48
hours and Curry Hammock should have a big day then.   

 

Patrick Leary, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island


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Subject: Turkey Creek, Palm Bay, Brevard County
From: Roy Book <rlbook AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 14:15:48 -0400
The water is slowly receeding.  Migrant sightings today:

American Redstart (7)
Black and White (4)
Black-Throated Blue (6)
Cape May (3)
Common Yellowthroat
Magnolia (3)
Northern Parula (5)
Prairie (2)
Ovenbird (not seen by me)
Prothonotary
Yellow-Throated (2)
B-G Gnatcatcher (4)
White-Eyed Viero (2)
Red-Eyed Vireo (2)
Swainson's Thrush
Eastern Wood Pewee
Great-Crested Flycatcher

Roy Book
Indialantic, FL

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Subject: Leucistic Brown Pelican. Port Orange
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 22:04:09 -0400
This evening, 9/26, I found a juvenile leucistic Brown Pelican at the pelican 
colony just south of the Port Orange Bridge. 


Michael

Michael Brothers
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Ponce Inlet, FL

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Subject: Nashville Warbler, Central Winds Park (9/26/14) - Seminole Co.
From: John Thomton <jthomton AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 14:05:45 -0500
Hey everyone,

Stephen Presutti and I had a good morning at Central Winds Park. We arrived 
just after 8 AM and left around 12:45. We ended up with 51 species: 


Black-Bellied Whistling-Duck (2)
Anhinga
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
White Ibis
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Bald Eagle (1-2)
Red-Shouldered Hawk
Killdeer
Chimney Swift
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (1)
Belted Kingfisher (1)
Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
American Kestrel (1)
Peregrine Falcon (1 - flyover)
Loggerhead Shrike
White-Eyed Vireo (2)
Red-Eyed Vireo (3)
Blue Jay
Fish Crow
Barn Swallow (4)
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
Veery (1)
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Ovenbird (1 - we heard 2 or 3 more)
Black-and-White Warbler (at least 2)
Nashville Warbler (1 - near the butterfly garden, first found in the trees on 
the athletic field side of the fence; later re-found across the entrance road 
in the shady grove east of the restrooms) 

American Redstart (8-10)
Cape May Warbler (2 - one adult female; one first year bird)
Northern Parula (15-20?  Possibly more?)
Magnolia Warbler (1 - close to the lake, but not the immediate lakeside 
"trail") 

Yellow Warbler (1 - same area as Magnolia)
Chestnut-Sided Warbler (2 - same area as Magnolia)
Black-Throated Blue Warbler (2 - male near the athletic fields; female down by 
the lake near the other warblers) 

Palm Warbler (1 - FOF)
Yellow-Throated Warbler (3-4)
Prairie Warbler (6-8)
Northern Cardinal
Boat-Tailed Grackle

Lori Mathis also reported a Blackburnian Warbler from the trees near the 
butterfly garden, near where the Nashville was found. 


Central Winds Park is on SR-434 on the south shore of Lake Jessup in Winter 
Springs, Seminole County. 


Good birding,

John Thomton
Orlando, FL (Orange Co.)

 		 	   		  
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Subject: Turkey Creek, Brevard County
From: Roy Book <rlbook AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:39:28 -0400
I met 9 other birders at Turkey Creek during the morning and all seemed to be 
doing well chasing the small flocks. The creek is over it's bank and many areas 
are flooded. Mckinnon Way had 8 inches of standing water. Here are my migrant 
sightings. 


American Redstart (9)
Black and White (6)
Blackburnian (3)
Blk-Throated Blue (4)
Cape May (3)
Chestnut-sided (2)
Common Yellowthroat (3 females)
Magnolia (3)
N. Parula (8)
Ovenbird
Prairie 
Yellow-Throated 
Red-eyed Viero (11+)
White-eyed Viero
B-G Gnatcatcher (6)

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Subject: Parasitic Jaeger. Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2014 23:11:23 -0400
Today, 9/24, David Hartgrove, Eli Shaperow, Stacey Bell and I were conducting a 
shorebird survey in Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia Co., when we found juvenile 
Parasitic Jaeger in the Inlet. There was also a Gull-billed Tern on 
Disappearing Island with hundreds of other gulls and terns. 


There were several gull species including, hundreds of Laughing Gulls, 3 Great 
Black-backed Gulls, 8 Herring Gulls, and 4 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. Other 
interesting birds included 6 American Oystercatchers, 40+ Wilson's Plovers, 5 
Piping Plovers, and one Peregrine Falcon. 


On Saturday, 9/20, I found a light morph Short-tailed Hawk in Central Park, 
Ormond Beach, FL. I also found a nice assortment of warblers including a female 
Wilson's Warbler as well as Blackburnian Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Cape May 
Warbler, Black and White Warbler, Northern Parula, Yellow-throated Warbler, 
Common Yellowthroat, and American Redstart. There were dozens of birds in a 
very small area, however, they were only present for a short time in the rain. 
As soon as the rain stopped, the birds all left. 


Michael

Michael Brothers
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Ponce Inlet, FL

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Subject: today's results
From: Lucy & Bob Duncan <town_point AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:02:33 -0500
Hi all,

 

               Reports from Ft. Morgan and Dauphin Is. also indicated meager
results from this front. However, an experienced birder had what she
described as a Great Day at Blakely Historic State Park which is about 10 or
15 miles northeast of Mobile and Greg Jackson's visit to Rufner Mtn in
Birmingham produced good birding .This would fit with a movement more E to W
than N to S, correlating with upper level winds. But then, as Jim Stevenson
has pointed out, analyzing what happened is speculative. All we can do is
try an educated guess as to what transpired. Well, for the next few days I
won't be engaging in that exercise because not much should happen on the
birding front. But then, that's speculative! 

 

Bob Duncan


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Subject: Re: [nflbirds] This morning at Ft Pickens
From: Jim Stevenson <galornsoc AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 18:21:57 -0500
In response to Bob’s post, my sense from 750 miles away, but where the front 
also hit last evening, not a lot of birds left their homes. I was surprised 
when only dribs and drabs showed up, and winds were coming from a direction 
that should have provided a good show. The truth is, we don’t always know the 
minds of birds, and how they respond to various abiotic factors of which we may 
be unaware. With no disrespect intended toward Bob, as I have known this about 
myself for many years (my master’s work was in bird migration 40 years ago), 
even our after-the-fact explanations can be flawed, because we have no way of 
testing these explanations. But science marches on, and we continue to struggle 
for answers, with progress painfully slow. And I am thankfully confident that 
nobody quit their job to go to St. George today. 


Bob said:

 Dr. Sidney Gauthreaux’s radar studies at Clemson U. have shown that birds 
tend to “go with the flow” and will migrate when winds are advantageous, 
that is, tail winds going in the general direction of their intended 
destination. So if birds were aloft, I should think they were headed to LA – 
TX last night. But that’s a guess. 

JS- As I said, we got no such push here, as I suspect comparatively few left. I 
have always disagreed with Dr. Sidney G (of Clemson) about a few things, with 
one o f them being the belief that migrants sometimes fight wind direction, 
especially in late spring, with raging hormones. [Maybe there’s something 
about Clemson and fumbling?] 


 The high pressure system that is bringing us this great weather will persist 
for several days with easterly winds and very likely poor birding. Hopefully, I 
am wrong. 


JS- We love east winds in Texas, as they often steer birds to our doorstep. 
Florida and Texas are opposites in many ways, and in others, carbon copies, 
like with circum-Gulf migration. Jim, Galveston 


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Subject: This morning at Ft Pickens
From: Lucy & Bob Duncan <town_point AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:07:12 -0500
Hi all,

 

               Well, the birds did not materialize, at least in the numbers
we expected based on the strength of the front, a classic. Last night and
early this a.m. at our migrant trap home in Gulf Breeze we listened for
migrants but heard nothing. We joined the Callaways who had gotten to Ft. P.
earlier. They had some birds moving non-stop down the island early on.
Western Palm warblers had arrived in good numbers but otherwise is was slim
pickings. I was really perplexed that it was not "good" at Ft. Pickens,
based on experiencing many years of similar weather patterns that brought
excellent birding. So when I got home I checked the upper level winds which
were posted this morning and found that during the night, winds which were N
& NE in the SE US at 7 pm last night, had veered during the night to NE to
E. That would explain why birds were not hitting the coast. Although they
should have been aloft, and at least one radar site showed that, they would
have been moving more or less more parallel to the coast.

 

               Dr. Sidney Gauthreaux's radar studies at Clemson U. have
shown that birds tend to "go with the flow" and will migrate when winds are
advantageous, that is, tail winds going in the general direction of their
intended destination. So if birds were aloft, I should think they were
headed to LA - TX last night. But that's a guess.

 

               The high pressure system that is bringing us this great
weather will persist for several days with easterly winds and very likely
poor birding. Hopefully, I am wrong.

 

Happy Birding,

 

Bob Duncan

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Subject: Noreaster
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:52:12 -0400
Ft. Clinch, Amelia Island:  Dawn brought the predicted NE winds and more
rain than anticipated through noon today.  Despite the gloom and drizzle
numerous osprey were aloft over the river and inlet attracting the attention
of several bald eagles.  Only a  handful of peregrine and merlin were active
with several of the former very high aloft sailing into the headwinds
through the scud clouds. Amongst the mixed-species  larids roosting at the
foot of the jetty was a banded Caspian tern b[AEJ] that was first resighted
four years previously on Big Bird Island in Nassau Sound. Later, numerous
osprey and an adult and juvenile peregrine were perched in snags in the
Egan's Creek marsh vicinity of the N. 14th street bridge. Nothing of
interest to report for the Bailey Rd. soccer fields. Dozens of Bobolink
flushing from the city airport's fields while the maintenance mower
systematically leveled the standing forage and covert. 

 

Pat Leary 

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Subject: JBStarkey, Pasco
From: Lee Snyder <anipa AT TAMPABAY.RR.COM>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 08:02:06 -0400
Good morning-

 

A late post from Saturday (20 Sep):

Four of us (Cheryl Libera, Mauri and Mark Dietrich) birded J.B. Starkey
Wilderness Park in Pasco Co. on Saturday. The reason for the reporting delay
was to confirm the previously documented presence of a species. Among the
three Bachman's Sparrows seen was a buff-breasted, reddish-brown plumaged
bird that we have identified as belonging to the northern illinoensis subsp.
We watched the bird singing on a low branch (5 feet from the ground) within
15 feet. The bird politely turned several times giving us a clear view of
its plumage. We were able to compare the bird to two other Bachman's at
different locations. The other two birds were the expected Florida subsp.
(aestivalis) appearing darker and lacking the well-defined delineation of
buff breast and creamy belly as seen in the illinoensis. This is by no means
the first record of the spp. In Florida but as a rare migrant was worth
noting.

 

Other spp. seen included Canada Warbler, Northern Parula, Common
Yellowthroat, Pine Warbler, Indigo Bunting, and Brown-headed Nuthatch
(common).

 

Regards,

Lee Snyder

Saint Petersburg


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Subject: Re: [nflbirds] update on weather
From: Jim Stevenson <galornsoc AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:18:20 -0500
You know, Bob, if you were really good, you’d send us quantities of each 
species, sex/age ratios, and exact times each species arrives. 


Jim, Galveston

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Hi all,

               

 Upper level winds have been posted for tonight and remain favorable for 
movements south, 2600 to 5000 ft, N to NE but not as strong as I would prefer, 
only 10 to 15 mph in the SE US. I should think this would be enough impetus for 
a movement, especially as it’s about mid-season for warblers to move out. 
Surface coastal winds remain moderate to fresh. Great for birders in the 
morning. 



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Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:06:00 -0500
Hi all,

               

               Upper level winds have been posted for tonight and remain
favorable for movements south, 2600 to 5000 ft, N to NE but not as strong as
I would prefer, only 10 to 15 mph in the SE US.  I should think this would
be enough impetus for a movement, especially as it's about mid-season for
warblers to move out. Surface coastal winds remain moderate to fresh. Great
for birders in the morning.

 

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Subject: Front through
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Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:53:02 -0500
Hi,

 

               Front through about 4 pm shift to NNE  AT 20 - 25 mph. Just
behind wind shift  best movement of swallows I've seen in a while. Mostly
Cliffs & Barns, a few Tree and a P.Martin. Hopefully, a precursor of things
to come.

 

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Subject: Re: [SPAM][nflbirds] Frontal passage & birding prospects
From: Jim Stevenson <galornsoc AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:05:59 -0500
In response to Bob’s excellent post, let me add a coupla things. 

First, the first real cool front of the fall is the best day of the fall for 
birding, and sometimes for the entire year. In the old days, when I did my 
graduate work on SGI, I had literally hundreds of some species, in the 70s. 


Second, it’s a great opportunity to observe circum-Gulf migrants alongside 
trans-Gulf species. Many swallows and other birds like Palm Warblers and 
flickers will be flying all morning east along the Coast, following the shores 
to the southern tip of Florida and beyond. They are the conspicuous birds. 
[Authors of old, like my dad, used to call them “Peninsular migrants,” for 
obvious reasons, until we realized they were flying *around* the Gulf on both 
sides.] 


Third, some species not normally seen on our Coast, may turn up on these days, 
whether it’s because there are more birds, or the west winds that often 
precede the front displaces them to the east. As an example, my only Mourning 
Warbler in Florida was on a fall cool front many years ago. 


Fourth, you can’t beat the cooler, drier air, after what seems like eons of 
muggy, stuffy, blistering, birdless air from late May well into September. 
You’ll feel young again, which for some of us, is very welcomed! :0 



So, quit your job, leave your post, grab your binoculars and be at the Coast at 
dawn tomorrow! I’d give anything to be there! 


Jim
Galveston



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Hi all,


 The first strong front of the season is expected tonight, with surface winds 
moderate N early tonight increasing to fresh NE during the night. Upper level 
winds are favorable (2600 ft) as well, NW in the New England area this morning 
and NE south of that around 20 - 30 mph. That should be a good impetus for lots 
of birds to move south. No rain is expected along the front (low odds) so most 
birds will be moving over the Northern Gulf Coast non-stop, but in large 
movements, some always put down. 



 The front is expected to go stationary in the northern Gulf with fresh E & NE 
winds persisting through Friday, so birds will be on the move the next few 
days, but usually the main pulse is right behind the front. So my bet is that 
tomorrow should be good at the migrant traps from St. George Is. to the MS 
coast. This all depends, of course, on the accuracy of the Marine Forecast. 
Since weather stations sample the upper atmosphere twice a day, around 7 am & 7 
pm, if anything should change, I will post it tonight. 



 So far, it has been a lackluster migration, with fewer birds than usual at Ft 
Pickens and our yard for this time of year. Let’s hope it changes tonight. 



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Subject: Frontal passage & birding prospects
From: Lucy & Bob Duncan <town_point AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 09:39:44 -0500
Hi all,

 

               The first strong front of the season is expected tonight,
with surface winds moderate N early tonight increasing to fresh NE during
the night. Upper level winds are favorable (2600 ft) as well, NW in the New
England area this morning and NE south of that around 20 - 30 mph. That
should be a good impetus for lots of birds to move south. No rain is
expected along the front (low odds) so most birds will be moving over the
Northern Gulf Coast non-stop, but in large movements, some always put down.

 

               The front is expected to go stationary in the northern Gulf
with fresh E  & NE winds persisting through Friday, so birds will be on the
move the next few days, but usually the main pulse is right behind the
front. So my bet is that tomorrow should be good at the migrant traps from
St. George Is. to the MS coast. This all depends, of course, on the accuracy
of the Marine Forecast. Since weather stations sample the upper atmosphere
twice a day, around 7 am & 7 pm, if anything should change, I will post it
tonight.

 

               So far, it has been a lackluster migration, with fewer birds
than usual at Ft Pickens and our yard for this time of year. Let's hope it
changes tonight.

 

Bob Duncan

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Subject: Erna Nixon Park [Brevard County] Paridae and Screech Owls
From: Christopher Ferro <arachnid43 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 07:37:06 -0700
I took a brief walk on through Erna Nixon Park before work this morning. Many 
of the IDs were sound only, but aside from the usual Carolina Wrens and 
Northern Cardinals, the most notable presence in the park was that of Tufted 
Titmice and Carolina Chickadees and then 2 distinct individual Eastern Screech 
Owls. List would be (with estimated numbers - * denotes sound only): 


Carolina Wren (5)
Northern Cardinals (lots)
Yellow-throated Warbler (3)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (a lot)
Carolina Chickadee (2*)
Tufted Titmouse (1*)
American Redstart (2)
Blue Jay (a mob)
Red-shouldered Hawk (1 and 1 imposter [see previous entry])
Pileated Woodpecker (1*)
Downy Woodpecker (2)
Red-bellied Woodpecker (3*)
Mourning Dove (4)
Eastern Screech Owl (2*)

I don't usually do e-mails like this, but I thought it was an interesting 
enough morning to make an e-note of it. 



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Subject: Buff-breasted Sandpipers. American Golden-Plovers. Flagler Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 19:38:30 -0400
This morning, 9/21, I stopped off at a sod field in Flagler County and found a 
good collection of birds. Most interesting were two (at least) Buff-breasted 
Sandpipers and 2 American Golden-Plovers. There were also 100+ Pectoral 
Sandpipers and 20+ Black-bellied Plovers. In addition there wed 25+ Wild 
Turkeys. The field was along rt 100 about 7 miles west of Bunnell. It is the 
first sod field on the left when traveling west on rt 100 from Bunnell. 



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Subject: Golden-Winged at Turkey Creek Brevqard County
From: Roy Book <rlbook AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:34:25 -0400
There were fewer birds at Turkey Creek than I expected after the heavy rains 
yesterday but enough to keep me interested for over four hours this morning. 
The Golden-Winged Warbler was seen in a mixed flock at 10:30 AM just to the 
West of the boardwalk that follows the Creek, between the walk and the power 
line where the area drains under the walk. The majority of the sightings were 
between the path and creek from McKinnon's Way toward the South pumphouse. The 
Veery and Summer Tanager were in the Mature Hammock south and east of the North 
pumphouse. 


American Redstart (3)
Black & White (7)
Blackburnian (5)
Black-Throated Blue (5)
Cape May (2)
Golden-Winged 
Northern Parula (7)
Ovenbird (3)
Worm-Eating (2)
Veery
Brown Thrasher
Summer Tanager

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Subject: FOS peregrine
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:43:23 -0400
Ft. Clinch State Park, Amelia Island: Like clockwork, a coastal nor'easter
ushers-in the autumnal equinox with gusty onshore winds and passing rain
squalls. Such annual conditions typically bring the first sightings of
tundrius peregrines along the coast and a juvenile male made a brief
appearance at the park's pier this morning.  Tracing the path of countless
falcons passing in prior seasons, the young male appeared near the base of
the pier, skipped over the jetty rocks, passed through a flushed confetti of
resting larids and quickly pushed out to sea using the brisk headwinds to
ascend into the scudding clouds seeking hapless passerines seeking landfall
after their nocturnal flights.  One falcon does not make a season, but it
does signal the slow transformation from summer's oppressive heat to fall's
changeable weather and a procession of migrants along the coast.  Multiple
osprey were active across the broad inlet and an eagle and osprey were
observed in a ritualistic chase over far distant Cumberland Island. 

 

Upon my return from the park and between passing squalls, I entered
Fernandina's south Greenway and found another or the same juvenile peregrine
resting in a cedar snag within the marsh. Just inland from the beach, the
Greenway's many snags serve as rest stops for numerous raptors during fall's
migration. In past seasons, multiple peregrines, merlin, eagles and ospreys
have sought refuge there as inclement weather stopped or slowed their
passage. Should the winds and rains persist, this morning's lone peregrine
will be followed by a surge of birds compelled to skirt the coast as they
push south. 

 

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Subject: Leu Gardens (Orange Co.) - 9/19/14
From: John Thomton <jthomton AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:12:15 -0500
Hey everyone,

I had a fun afternoon at Leu Gardens. I arrived at about 1:15 and I was almost 
chased away early by the rain, but I stuck it out and ended up having a great 
walk. The weather was pleasantly cool, overcast, and refreshingly breezy by the 
lake with only occasional sprinkles. I was there until after 4:30 and I managed 
to find some decent birds, including eight species of warblers - but no 
redstarts for some reason! Here's the list: 


Wood Duck
Wood Stork
Double-Crested Cormorant
Anhinga
Great Egret
Osprey
Red-Tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Barred Owl (1)
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (at least 4)
Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher (1 - late according to eBird!)
White-Eyed Vireo (1)
Red-Eyed Vireo (a baker's dozen or so)
Blue Jay
American Crow
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
Veery (1)
Gray Catbird (1 - may be my earliest FOF in Florida! I was surprised to find 
it!) 

Brown Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
Ovenbird (1)
Worm-Eating Warbler (1)
Black-and-White Warbler (1)
Northern Parula (5)
Blackburnian Warbler (2 - 1 immature bird; 1 good-looking, orange-faced male)
Black-Throated Blue Warbler (1 female)
Yellow-Throated Warbler (2)
Prairie Warbler (3)
Northern Cardinal
Common Grackle
Boat-Tailed Grackle
House Finch

Leu Gardens is located near the intersection of US-17/92 (Mills Ave.) and 
Virginia Ave. in northern downtown Orlando, north-central Orange County. 


Good birding,

John Thomton
Orlando, FL (Orange Co.)



 		 	   		  
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Subject: 8 Blackburnian Warblers, Osceola County (9/17/14)
From: John Thomton <jthomton AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:45:16 -0500
Hey everyone,

Today as I was leading a birding tour on Disney property in northern Osceola 
County (no public access), I found at least eight Blackburnian Warblers split 
among two widely-separated mixed foraging flocks. The first flock had at least 
three and the second at least five. Two of the birds we saw were adult males; 
the others were a variety of sexes and ages. I just thought it was noteworthy, 
as I've never seen more than one in any inland location here in Central Florida 
at any given time. I was delighted to find the first one, let alone EIGHT! 
Other migrants and possibly breeding migrants included an Acadian Flycatcher, 
Yellow-Throated and Red-Eyed Vireos, a Black-and-White Warbler, an adult male 
American Redstart, a couple of Northern Parulas and a Yellow-Throated Warbler. 
Seriously, it's not everyday in the Orlando area where the Blackburnians 
outnumber the Parulas! :) 


I'm curious to see what others have found around the state today. Again, the 
area where I found the birds today is off-limits to the general public, but 
basically it's a natural area near Celebration in northern Osceola County. 


Good birding,

John Thomton
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Subject: Carolina Chickadee (CACH)
From: Lee Snyder <anipa AT TAMPABAY.RR.COM>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:46:10 -0400
Hey y'all,

 

Took a fortuitous break moments ago and found a CACH foraging at my feeder
with a Tufted Titmouse. The CACH is unusual here in s. Pinellas and the
first time recorded in my yard. Also in the yard were Yellow-throated
Warbler and Prairie Warbler. The CACH brings the yard life list to 138!

 

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Subject: Turkey Creek, Brevard County
From: Roy Book <rlbook AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:34:55 -0400
Another pleasant day at Turkey Creek. Myself and four others birded the morning 
with the following migrants: 


American Redstart (6)
Black and White (3)
Blackburnian (1)
Black-throated Blue (2)
Cape May (1)
Magnolia (1)
Northern Waterthrush (1)
Northern Parula (6)
Worm-eating (1)
Yellow-throated (3)
Ruby-throated Hummningbird (1)
Blue-gray Glnatcatcher (3)
Red-eyed Vireo (2)

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Subject: Turkey Creek, Brevard County
From: Roy Book <rlbook AT earthlink.net>
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Monday was not as busy as Mark reported for Sunday. I met up with Frank Auton 
and we found the following in AM. 


American Redstart (1)
Black and White (1)
Blackburnian (1)
Black-throated Blue male (1)
Cape May (2)
Northern Parula (2)
Ovenbird (2)
Prairie (1)
Worm-eating (1)
Yellow-throated (2)
White-eyed Vireo (1)
Red-eyed Vireo (3)
B-G Gnatcatcher (2)

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Subject: House Fincg (HOFI)
From: Lee Snyder <anipa AT TAMPABAY.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:10:37 -0400
Hey ya'll,

 

Quick note: Just had an imm. HOFi at the feeder. While they are found in
various parts of the Pinellas County, this is the earliest I have had one at
my feeders. Previous attendees have been in Nov., Dec., and Jan.

 

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St Petersburg.


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Subject: Canada Warbler, Turkey Creek, Brevard
From: Roy Book <rlbook AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 14:15:13 -0400
Birding was slow this morning at Turkey Creek but the Canada made my day. Most 
of the action was on McKinnon Way and high up. 


Prairie (1)
American Redstart (6)
Northern Parula (1)
CANADA WARBLER (1)
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (2)
Red-eyed Vireo (3)


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Subject: Whiskered Tern, NJ
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Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:33:03 -0400
http://cmboviewfromthecape.blogspot.com/2014/09/whiskered-tern.html

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Subject: Courtney Campbell Causeway 09-07-14=
From: David Laliberte <dllaliberte AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 15:39:03 -0700
FLORIDABIRDS-L AT LISTS.UFL.EDU
Subject: Courtney Campbell Causeway 09-07-14 birdPIX
•
Hi all,
•
on Monday, September 7, 2014 during late morning I stopped at the small beach 
by the Courtney Campbell Causeway. The small beach is closed to vehicles I did 
park across the street. On the opposite side of the road there is a small 
parking space which I park there and then proceeded with caution across the 
road. On the small beach there was a bazillion of shorebirds, several terns & 
gulls. 

•
American Oystercatcher, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Willet, 
Short–billed Dowitcher, Least Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Sanderling, Ruddy 
Turnstone, Laughing Gull, Black Tern, Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern, Black Skimmer. 

•
American Oystercatcher • 090714 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., 
FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14995517519/  
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15182282245/  
•
Black-bellied Plover • 090714 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., 
FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14995519019/ 
•
Semipalmated Plover • 090714 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15179267931/  
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14995720007/ 
•
Willet • 090714 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14995724307/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15179263111/ 
•
Short–billed Dowitcher • 090714 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas 
Co., FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15179269581/   
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15159257236/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15179267651/   
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14995513999/  
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15181901322/  
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14995697098/  
•
Least Sandpiper • 090714 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15181907732/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14995514729/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15179265421/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14995717217/ 
•
Western Sandpiper • 090714 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14995722487/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15159258346/   
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14995610600/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14995698088/ 
•
Sanderling • 090714 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14995721157/   
•
Ruddy Turnstone • 090714 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14995515719/ 
•
Laughing Gull • 090714 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14995718617/ 
•  
Royal Tern • 090714 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14995705278/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14995615360/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15182284585/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15179269391/ 
•
Black Tern • 090714 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15181908232/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15181900512/  
•
Sandwich Tern • 090714 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15181899702/  
•
Black Skimmer • 090714 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14995699158/ 
•
Shorebirds • 090714 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15179267511/ 
• 
Equipment used:
Canon EOS 50D+EF100-400 mm IS USM • Laliberte 2014
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Happy birding,
•
David Laliberté
Clearwater, FL
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Checkout my birdPIX at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder 
PS I previewed this article and I hate to say it that some of the links may not 
work correctly. 


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Subject: FW: Very Sad News about Bob Sargent
From: Bev Hansen <bevalhansen AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 05:16:01 -0400
"This just came across a couple of listservs from Scott Weidensaul:

"I'm sorry to have to share the news that Bob Sargent passed away last
night, at home with Martha and their family in Trussville, AL. The
complications from his post-operative infection became increasingly serious
last week, and it's been clear for several days that the end was close. But
it's still a tough, tough loss.

There will be a celebration of life rather than a funeral in the coming
weeks, and the family will let Bob's many friends and colleagues know when
that will be as soon as the arrangements are made. If you'd like to let
Martha know she's in your thoughts, the address is: 7570 Mack Hicks Rd.,
Trussville AL 35173.

Bob touched an awful lot of people, including me, who feel this loss keenly
as a teacher, colleague and friend. Few people have been as tireless in
promoting the study and appreciation of hummingbirds as Bob, or fought
through as many hardships and tragedies in a long and eventful life. I find
it hard to believe he's gone. As I told Martha's daughter Donna this
morning, I'd like to think that somewhere, Bob's banding his first Bogota
Sunangel about now.

Scott Weidensaul
Schuylkill Haven, PA"

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Subject: American Golden-Plovers. Wilson's Phalarope. Flagler Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 22:40:08 -0400
Late this afternoon, 9/7, I drove out to some agricultural and sod fields in 
Flagler County. I found 4 American Golden-Plovers together in one field. This 
field was a cultivated field with almost no vegetation on it that was very wet 
and partially flooded from the heavy rains we have had for the last couple of 
days. There were many shorebirds on this field, including dozens of Killdeer, a 
few Semipalmated Plovers, at least twenty Black-bellied Plovers, many Greater 
and Lesser Yellowlegs, lots of Least Sandpipers, one Semipalmated Sandpiper, 
several Pectoral Sandpipers, one White-rumped Sandpiper, and one Wilson's 
Phalarope was spinning in a flooded pool. 


Three of the American Golden-Plovers were nearly in complete alternate plumage 
still with lots of black even on the under tail coverts. One bird had molted 
into largely basic plumage. Be aware that there are many Black-bellied Plovers 
in this field when trying to find these birds. This field requires a scope. I 
have included one very very distant and poor digiscoped photo. 


This field is located on Rt 305 about 1/2 mile south of the intersection with 
rt 304 on the east side of rt 305. Note that there is a bridge out on rt 305 
between rt 100 and this field. You cannot take rt 305 off rt 100 to get here 
now. Therefore, you have to access this location from Rt 11 or from rt 17. From 
Rt 11 take rt 304 until it dead ends at rt 305. Turn south (left) on rt 305. 
The field will be on your left in about 1/4 mile. It is the field just north of 
the large sod field. 


Michael

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Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL

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Subject: Functional Flicker link
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 13:30:58 -0400
https://www.flickr.com/photos/91191505 AT N08/14981690928/

 

Somehow the complete Flicker link was abbreviated with the initial report.
Hopefully, this one will work. 

 

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Subject: Lark Sparrow - Pine Island Conservation Area
From: Christopher Ferro <arachnid43 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 09:50:32 -0700
As I was leaving the Pine Island Conservation Area, about 11:30 this morning, I 
saw this Lark Sparrow ducking around the ground cover before flying up in a 
sapling, just north of and at the main parking area. 


CJSF's image

  
             
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Subject: Bobolinks Fern. Airfield
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 12:26:39 -0400
Fernandina Beach airfield:  Ca noon today, thousands of Bobolink
stopped-over at the island's airfield under gloomy skies and light rain.
Three factors combined to concentrate the migrants in the area: low ceilings
and rain throughout the region, peak migratory period for the species and
un-mowed grasses providing forage. I visited the airfield on a whim to
search for grounded shorebirds and noted small flocks of passerines rising
into the distant sky and moving south across the airfield. Shortly
thereafter, I noticed more flocks rising and settling in the un-mowed
fields. I soon learned that my attention on the Bobolink was shared by a
Cooper's Hawk that launched a gliding attack into the milling flocks,
whereupon, concealed masses erupted from the fields and skied up over the
runways before turning south to continue their migration to South America.  

 

It's been many years since I've seen similar concentrations at the airfield.
More frequent mowing and unfavorable weather likely explains the paucity of
birds most years. Whenever they do linger in the fields, their presence is
often overlooked unless a raptor flushes the foraging birds from their deep
covert. See Flicker link for images of the flocks.    

 

ttps://www.flickr.com/photos/91191505 AT N08/14981690928/in/photostream/

 

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Subject: FW: eBird Report - Bell River Spoil Island, Sep 5, 2014
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 6 Sep 2014 10:40:49 -0400
Fernandina Beach, Nassau County. As luck would have it, the dates scheduled for 
the first international shorebird event (Sept.6-7) offer poor tides for this 
region. The roost period tides needed to concentrate birds occur at sunrise and 
sunset. Given this circumstance, I visited one regional roost late yesterday 
and recorded the data below. Had the roost period fallen at midday, several 
more species would likely have been present at this site. As it were, I 
recorded a record high count of Short-billed Dowitchers and good nos. of 
Black-bellied plovers. Most of the birds perched in belly deep waters during 
the highest tide period. 


-----Original Message-----
From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu [mailto:ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu] 
Sent: Friday, September 5, 2014 7:33 PM
To: prleary AT bellsouth.net
Subject: eBird Report - Bell River Spoil Island, Sep 5, 2014

Bell River Spoil Island, Nassau, US-FL
Sep 5, 2014 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     spring tide high flood heavy overcast and rain showers in area
11 species

Roseate Spoonbill  35
Black-bellied Plover 312 actual count photos of mixed species flocks - not 
unusual for site and period 

Semipalmated Plover  36     actual count
Greater Yellowlegs  4     actual count
Willet 155 actual count photos of mixed species flocks - not unusual for site 
and period 

Ruddy Turnstone  47     actual count
Red Knot  6     actual count
Least Sandpiper  175     estimated from mixed flock
Semipalmated Sandpiper  125     estimated from mixed flock
Western Sandpiper  400     estimated from mixed flock
Short-billed Dowitcher  645     actual count

View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19740733 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (/content/iss)

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Subject: 2 Wilson's Phalaropes at Grove Road in Hernando County
From: Bev Hansen <bevalhansen AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 11:27:22 -0400
This morning the 2 Wilson's Phalaropes were still at the Brookridge 
Waste Water Treatment Ponds on Grove Road in Hernando County. They were 
frequently doing their characteristic spins as they plucked food from 
the surface. In addition there were many of both Yellowlegs, 4 
Black-necked Stilts, 2 Dowitchers, etc.

Brookridge Waste Water Treatment Ponds (Grove Rd.) Grove Road runs north 
from SR-50, one block west of the Suncoast Parkway. The sewage treatment 
plant is 1 mile north of SR-50, on the west side of the road. Please 
view the birds from the fence--don't try to enter the plant.

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Subject: Wilson's Phalaropes
From: Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst AT TAMPABAY.RR.COM>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 12:56:42 -0400
Steve and I found another subject bird, making 2 now there.
Also pectoral, stilt and semipalmated sandpipers were among other species.

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Subject: Caspian Tern - Stick Marsh/Brevard County
From: Christopher Ferro <arachnid43 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 04:35:36 -0700
A solitary Caspian Tern over the artificial lake at the Stick Marsh by 
Fellsmere. Size, bill and tail shape nailed it. Not unprecedented, but unusual 
for this time of year, I think. 


Christopher Ferro
Brevard County

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Subject: Black Terns Bakre County
From: Bob Richter <brichter62 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 07:00:02 -0400
Around 5:15 yesterday afternoon I found at
least four Black Terns foraging over Ocean
Pond in sw Baker County. This is the second
time I've seen the species here. The first was
on a total of six days over about a week and
a half in August of 2011. At that time there
were a large number of Black and Common
Terns that I presumed had been blown in by
hurricane Irene. This time there wasn't any
weather event associated with this observation.

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Baker County

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Subject: Streeper's Plover
From: Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst AT TAMPABAY.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:40:30 -0400
The bill says Wilson's Plover!

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Subject: Streeper's Hawk
From: Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst AT TAMPABAY.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:05:35 -0400
Looks like a dark juvenile Short-tailed Hawk to me.
Broad-winged would be very rare in Fl.

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Subject: Wilson's Phalarope at Biolab Rd, 8/30/2014 (Brevard Co)
From: Scott Simmons <scott.j.simmons AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:21:43 -0400
Hello all,

My dad and I drove Biolab Rd this morning. We saw a Wilson's Phalarope just
south of the 90 degree turn where the Ruff was found in May. My GPS wasn't
working well but I think it was about here: 28°40'26.9"N 80°41'19.9"W  It
was was with a large group of shorebirds including dowitchers, yellowlegs,
stilt sandpipers, black bellied plovers and lots of peeps.

We checked Blackpoint Dr first, but we didn't find one there.

Happy birding,

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Winter Park, FL

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Subject: GANDY BEACH
From: Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst AT TAMPABAY.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:37:13 -0400
Although not rare both Semipalmated and Western Sandpiper juveniles were 
observed Thursday. 

Sorry for late post as I thought,incorrectly, they would be on the Ebird rare 
bird alert as they are a little early. 


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Subject: GANDY BEACH
From: "Murray Gardler mangrovefirst AT tampabay.rr.com [FlaBirding]" <FlaBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:37:13 -0400
Although not rare both Semipalmated and Western Sandpiper juveniles were 
observed Thursday. 

Sorry for late post as I thought,incorrectly, they would be on the Ebird rare 
bird alert as they are a little early. 


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Subject: White-rumped Sandpiper
From: Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst AT TAMPABAY.RR.COM>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:31:49 -0400
Grove Road, Hernando County, Water Treatment Plant
Basic plumage bird found first by Al Hansen, later refound by me.

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Subject: Bob Sargent
From: Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst AT TAMPABAY.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:00:30 -0400
This will be my last update on Bob thanks to Lucy Duncan's note to me.

I am sure notes and cards would be appreciated.

"Murray,


Here's the latest, straight from Martha in an email last night:

"He came home from the hospital on Tuesday, the 26th, and is now in hospice 
care. His surgeon told him that the surgery he was supposed to have would not 
improve his quality of life and that if he did it he may be in a nursing home 
for the rest of his days. He elected not to have the surgery and decided on 
coming home for however long he lives. Bob is now blind in one eye with little 
vision in the other eye due to an infection. He is at peace with the decision. 
And a lot happier here at home". 


Their address is 7570 Mack Hicks Rd, Trussville, AL 35173 .


Lucy Duncan"


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Subject: Bob Sargent
From: Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst AT TAMPABAY.RR.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:57:13 -0400
From MS and TN birding

Re-posting this message from Missbird with Gene Knight's permission.

Judy Dorsey
Fayette County, TN

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From: Gene Knight 
Date: Sun, Aug 24, 2014 at 10:23 AM
Subject: [missbird] Bob Sargent
To: MISSBIRD 


MISSBIRDERS,

I just got a note from Martha Gail Sargent saying that Bob is not doing
well and is in the hospital (UAB) with complications from his 1st heart
surgery back several weeks ago. Please keep the Sargents in your thoughts
and prayers and wish Bob a speedy recovery.

Gene and Shannon Knight
Oxford, MS
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Subject: Sooty Shearwater. Possible Long-tailed Jaeger. Ormond-by-the-Sea. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:29:40 -0400
Yesterday, 8/25, we had strong NE winds at 20-25 knots along the Volusia County 
coastline. After work last night, I stopped off at Ormond-by-the-Sea to look 
for any birds blown in by the winds. I looked for about an hour and saw dozens 
of Black Terns, but little else of note. There were 4 early 1st cycle Herring 
Gulls that flew by in the winds. Finally, as I was about to give up I found a 
dark morph jaeger flying by fast, far offshore. From the shape it looked like a 
possible juvenile dark morph Long-tailed Jaeger. Not long after that, a lone 
Sooty Shearwater zipped by. There was no other sign of pelagic species blown in 
by the winds. 


Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL

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Subject: juvenile shorebirds
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 09:28:11 -0400
Lt. Talbot Island, Duval Co.  Amongst an assortment of roosting shorebirds
on the island's inlet shore were a single juvenile red knot and several
juvenile semipalmated plovers. Later, at the Bailey Rd. soccer fields on
Amelia Island, I found a flock of ca 100 least sandpipers (incl. juveniles)
and a few semipalmated sandpipers foraging cut worms. A single pectoral
sandpiper was amongst some killdeer. No buff-breasted sandpiper or Am.
golden plover were present. Species and nos. would be much higher with
coastal showers and gales at this season. 

 

Pat Leary

Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Nassau county


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Subject: Leu Gardens (8/22/14) - Orange Co.
From: John Thomton <jthomton AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 17:10:45 -0500
Hey everyone,

I hit Leu Gardens again this morning. I arrived around 10:30 and I stayed about 
three hours. There was nothing incredible, but there were a few warblers 
around, and I re-found the two chickadees. The day's list is as follows:' 


Double-Crested Cormorant
Anhinga
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Green Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Cooper's Hawk (2 - one adult and one immature)
Mourning Dove
Barred Owl (2 or 3)
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (1)
Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Wood-Pewee (1)
Acadian Flycatcher (1 - chasing the wood-pewee at one point!)
Great Crested Flycatcher (1)
Red-Eyed Vireo (12)
Blue Jay
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee (2 - today on the north-south asphalt trail beginning at the 
gate on Nebraska Street) 

Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
Northern Mockingbird
Worm-Eating Warbler (1)
Black-and-White Warbler (3)
Hooded Warbler (1 female)
American Redstart (2 females)
Northern Parula (5)
Yellow-Throated Warbler (3)
Northern Cardinal

Today was one of the few Leu Gardens visits where I haven't found a single 
Brown Thrasher. 


Leu Gardens is located near the intersection of US-17/92 (Mills Ave.) and 
Virginia Ave. in northern downtown Orlando, north-central Orange County. 


Good birding,

John Thomton
Orlando, FL (Orange Co.) 		 	   		  
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Subject: Courtney Campbell Causeway [=
From: David Laliberte <dllaliberte AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:57:47 -0700
FLORIDABIRDS-L AT LISTS.UFL.EDU  
subject: Courtney Campbell Causeway [CCC] 082014 birdPIX
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Hi all, 
•
I finally got Flickr up and running. I had tried late last spring to renew my 
subscription as they didn’t take my payment at the time. 

•
I birded CCC on the morning of August 20th. There is a lot of construction 
going on in the area of the small beach. The Parking area was barricaded as I 
had to park on the opposite side of the road and walked across Courtney 
Campbell. This made it almost dangerous to cross Courtney Campbell 

•
There were lots of shorebirds on the beach. This includes the following list of 
species that I took photos of: 

• 
Yellow crowned night Heron, Semipalmated Plover, Willet, Sanderling, Least 
Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone, Short billed Dowitcher, Laughing 
Gull, black Tern, Royal Tern, Common Tern & Forster’s Tern 

• 
Yellow crowned night Heron • 082014 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas 
Co., FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14806707820/
•
Semipalmated Plover • 082014 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14806708850/
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Willet • 082014 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14806758258/
• 
Sanderling • 082014 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14806707870/
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Least Sandpiper • 082014 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14806707820/
•
Western Sandpiper • 082014 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14806708590/
•
Ruddy Turnstone • 082014 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14806826777/ 
•
Short-billed Dowitcher • 082014 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., 
FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14806667749/
•
Laughing Gull • 082014 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14806710270/ 
•
Black Tern • 082014 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14992994662/
•
Common Tern • 082014 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14806757188/
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Forster’s Tern • 082014 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14806710580/
•
Royal Tern • 082014 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14970374566/
•
Equipment utilized includes:
Canon EOS 50D+EF100-400 mm IS USM • Laliberte 2014
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Happy birding
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David Laliberté
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Subject: Polk County Nighthawks
From: Tom Palmer <tomp47 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:36:14 -0700
Dear All,
While I was driving through the Green Swamp north of Polk City Saturday 
evening, I saw a mass of 31 Common Nighhawks actively feeding. 



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Subject: Polk County Nighthawks
From: "Tom Palmer tomp47 AT yahoo.com [FlaBirding]" <FlaBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:36:14 -0700
Dear All,
While I was driving through the Green Swamp north of Polk City Saturday 
evening, I saw a mass of 31 Common Nighhawks actively feeding. 



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Subject: Leu Gardens - Carolina Chickadees (Orange Co. 8/15/14)
From: John Thomton <jthomton AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 15:58:16 -0500
Hey everyone,

I hit up Leu Gardens today for what was meant to be a quick walk around. It 
became a three hour tour, and the birding wasn't bad either! I got there just 
before 10 AM and left just before 1 PM. It's been fun to have Carolina 
Chickadees at Leu lately. I found my first one ever at Leu (since I started 
birding there in August 2006) during June Challenge, then two when I was there 
on July 31'st. I found two again today. I'm glad my solo friend back in June 
has found a buddy! I hope they are a boy and girl and will have a nice family 
somewhere in the gardens. These last two visits, they have been in the tall oak 
woods in the northeastern side of the gardens (near Lake Rowena) in a large 
mixed flock of landbirds (titmice, vireos, warblers, woodpeckers, etc.). Here 
are the spoils from the walk: 


Wood Duck
Wood Stork
Double-Crested Cormorant
Anhinga
Great Blue Heron
Green Heron
Cooper's Hawk
Barred Owl (2)
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird (1)
Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Yellow-Throated Vireo (1)
Red-Eyed Vireo (8)
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee (2)
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
Brown Thrasher
Northern Waterthrush (1 - thicket area between the Leu House and the closed 
lake overlook) 

Black-and-White Warbler (3)
American Redstart (4)
Northern Parula (8)
Yellow Warbler (1 - in a tree in the parking lot)
Yellow-Throated Warbler (4)
Prairie Warbler (1)
Northern Cardinal
Boat-Tailed Grackle

I also had at least three turtle species, including a softshell and a box 
turtle. Leu Gardens is located near the intersection of US 17/92 (Mills Ave.) 
and Virginia Ave. in northern downtown Orlando, north-central Orange County. 


Good birding,

John Thomton
Orlando, FL (Orange Co.) 		 	   		  
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Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] pelican at St Marks, Leon County
From: David Hartgrove <birdman9 AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:03:55 -0400
Hi,
 It turns out that my conjecture as to the origins of the satellite tagged 
Brown Pelican that J W Callis posted on 8/13 were incorrect. Billy Brooks, of 
the USF&W office in Jacksonville, sent me the following information and asked 
that I post it here. Another example of technology helping us monitor bird 
populations. 



The South Carolina Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit tagged 60+ Brown 
Pelicans in FL, TX, and LA during the 2013 and 2014 breeding seasons. All birds 
were breeding adults. Our objective was to determine foraging areas during the 
breeding season, wintering locations as well as migratory paths, associations 
with oil infrastructure in LA and TX, and foraging site fidelity. We deployed 
NorthStar satellite tags as well as Cell tower tags. The satellite tags have 
sloped fronts. All tags were attached using a backpack harness designed for 
pelicans and all tags met the standard Bird Banding Lab requirement, not 
weighing more than 3% of body mass. Even though we know where our birds are, 
observations like this and especially those accompanied with photos are very 
helpful. You can email any observations of photos of tagged birds to me 
atpjodice AT clemson.edu 

 
There is additional information about the project here:
https://sites.google.com/a/g.clemson.edu/jlamb/brown-pelican-tracking-project


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Subject: Black Terns at Sebastian Inlet State Park
From: Stephen Harber <harbersharbor AT AOL.COM>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2014 17:02:05 -0400
Ten Black Terns were observed on the shorebird survey at Sebastian Inlet State 
Park, south beach halfway between day use and McLarty Museum. 

In one flock there were Royal; Least; Forsters; Black and Sandwich Terns. 
Everywhere we termed we saw terns! There was also a large flock of birds 
feeding way off shore that I could not identify, some tern species for sure, 
but other than that...... Not sure. It was a sight to see though, the fish were 
in a feeding frenzy, so much so they had the water churned up to where you 
could see the water splashing about with the naked eye! 


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Sebastian Inlet State Park

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Subject: new park in Jefferson Co
From: Julie Brashears Wraithmell <parulablue AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2014 13:59:13 +0000
This past weekend, Andy, Maisie and I got to meet some of the dedicated folks 
who created the new Water Street Park in Monticello (Jefferson Co.). This cool 
little park has some beautiful bottomland forest with  terrific boardwalk 
spans that fly you over a streambed and provide a nice vantage of the canopy. 
These impressive volunteers managed to secure FRDAP grants to acquire the park, 
construct the trails and boardwalks and are now continuing to recruit volunteer 
support to maintain the park and its habitat. Ultimately, they hope it will be 
an outdoor classroom for Jefferson County students as well as tourist visitors 
to the county. 


One way we can support this worthy cause is to help them develop their bird 
list for the site-- we saw some nice birds on our casual (noisy), late 
morning stroll around the trail loop including Mississippi Kite, Yellow-billed 
Cuckoo and Hooded Warbler, and the habitat looks fantastic. If you're looking 
for a new place to explore (or for those rabid county birders, if you need 
to pad your Jefferson Co. list), check out the site and be sure to REPORT YOUR 
SIGHTINGS to EBIRD so that they contribute to the site's bird list. 


An eBird "hotspot" has already been set up for the site: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L3016283 


Water Street Park's entrance is located on the west side of the intersection of 
Seminole and Water streets just south of downtown Monticello in Jefferson 
County. Parking is along the roadside at the entrance; pedestrian access is 
open during daylight hours. The park is <30 acres and there are no facilities. 
The portions of the trail that are not boardwalked are easy but in places may 
be uneven (roots/soft ground but not muddy). 


Congrats and thanks to the dedicated Jefferson County residents who are 
making this gem available to all of us! 


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Subject: Kelvin Dailey
From: Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst AT TAMPABAY.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 19:45:22 -0400
Thanks, now have his email!

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Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 18:03:11 -0400
Does anyone have his email address or Kevin reply to me. Reply off line to me 
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Subject: Summer reports for FFN
From: John Murphy <southmoonunder AT MCHSI.COM>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 16:18:42 -0500
Big Bend Birders, 


I am currently accepting reports of significant summer (1 June - 31 July ) 
sightings from the Big Bend (Gadsden, Liberty, Gulf, Franklin, Wakulla, Leon & 
Jefferson counties) for possible publication in FLORIDA FIELD NATURALIST and 
NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS. Please use the following format, listing observations in 
phylogenetic order: 



Species 

Number of individuals 

Location 

Date 

Observer(s) 


Additionally, please include field notes, detailed description or photographs 
of any rare species, or species which present an identification challenge. 



If you have any questions, please contact me at southmoonunder AT mchsi.com


Thanks very much. 


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Subject: American Robin Jacksonville
From: Bob Richter <brichter62 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2014 18:09:05 -0400
Heading in to work this morning I took
a slightly different route than usual which
paid off with a Robin foraging on a
driveway on Park St Between Blanding
and Roosevelt. Still an unusual sight
here in the summer.

Last Sunday on the Road into Hog Pen
Landing on the north side of Ocean Pond
I found two barely post-nestling Acadian
Flycatchers clinging to a branch and
peeping incessantly to be fed. I watched
them for about fifteen minutes while their
parents flew in to stuff something into their
beaks then off again to find more food.
The BBA says that was right at the end
of the safe dates.

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Baker County

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Subject: Dual addressing
From: Larry Connor <llconnor AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2014 16:29:55 -0400
You may have been seeing some test messages I have sent prompted by an issue 
with the Bird Brain listserv. I wanted to post this on Florida Birds since it 
appears that there is another related or unrelated issue with this listserv. 
The first messages I sent were dual addressed to both Bird Brain and Florida 
Birds. I sent them from two different accounts. The messages from Florida Birds 
show up online, but were either never received by either of my mail servers or 
blocked by both. I successfully sent and received test messages to Florida 
Birds at both accounts that were individually addressed to Florida Birds only. 
I ran a final dual addressed test message with the order reversed, Florida 
Birds first and Bird Brain second. Again this message shows up online, but was 
either never received or blocked by both mail servers. I checked online at 
Florida Birds and found two recent messages there that I received from Bird 
Brain and not from Florida Birds. I suspect they were dual addressed also. I 
guess the upshot of at least this part of the exercise is do not dual address 
your messages. The list owners for both lists might want to add this to their 
welcome materials and FAQs. 


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Dual addressed message with Florida Birds first and Bird Brain second.

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Message from FWC addressed to Florida Birds only.

Larry Connor,
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Test message from my FWC email account to Bird Brain and Florida Birds

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Subject: Clapper Rail split
From: Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst AT TAMPABAY.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 18:49:53 -0400
For those of you who have birded CA AND COLORADO RIVER OF AZ YOU HAVE A NEW 
LIFER IF YOU OBSERVED CLAPPERS IN THOSE AREAS. 




Clapper Rail Split

Mangrove Rail* (Rallus longirostris)

Ridgway’s Rail (Rallus obsoletus)

Clapper Rail (Rallus crepitans)

Recent genetic studies have looked at the relatedness of the New World “big 
rails”, that is, what we have traditionally known as Clapper Rail and King 
Rail. King Rail was split into two species, and Clapper Rail into three. (For 
an article on the different “Clapper Rails” in the ABA Area, check out the 
Sep/Oct 2013 issue of Birding.) 


Finally, Robert Ridgway has an English bird name to celebrate his storied 
contributions to North American ornithology! Ridgway’s Rail includes the 
“California” (obsoletus), “Yuma” (yumanensis), and “Light-footed” 
(levipes) subspecies, plus others further south in Mexico. Any “Clapper 
Rail” observed in California, Nevada, or Arizona is now this species. 


The name “Clapper Rail” was retained for the birds on the east coast of the 
U.S. (this species also extends partially into Middle America and the 
Caribbean), but its scientific name has changed. 


Mangrove Rail is thought to be restricted to coastal South America.


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Subject: Biolab Road & MINWR
From: David Hartgrove <birdman9 AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:52:29 -0400
Hi All,
 July is not the best time for a trip to Merritt Island NWR. The mosquitoes are 
thick and for the most part, the birds are thin, as in not many there. Or so we 
thought when 5 of us from Halifax River Audubon took a drive down there this 
morning. We had fledged young Wild Turkeys along SR 3 on the way in. We drove 
down to SR 402 and entered Canaveral National Seashore to drive in along Biolab 
Road from the south. This allowed a stop at the headquarters building for looks 
at Scrub Jays, Eastern Towhees and the first encounter with the mosquitoes that 
kept us company the rest of the morning. We drove east to Biolab Road and 
turned north. Almost immediately we had a fledged young Loggerhead Shrike 
perched along side the road in a small cabbage palm. There were numerous Snowy 
and Great Egrets, lots of Tricolored Herons, Red-winged Blackbirds and 
Boat-tailed Grackles. We finally got to a spot where we were driving along the 
shoreline of Mosquito Lagoon. The mangroves, castor bean! 

 and other plants block the view in most places but we did get some good looks 
at Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Stilt, Semi-palmated, Least and one or two 
Western Sandpipers. Further along as we drove north we found a Spotted 
Sandpiper and the first Forster's Terns we've seen this season. There were also 
Glossy and White Ibis, Roseate Spoonbills, Green Herons and Eastern Meadowlarks 
along the west side of the road and a large, off colored heron we took to be a 
Ward's Heron. I think Chuck Tague got photos. My camera was safe at home. 


 After a quick pause for the cause at the Visitor's Center we drove around 
Black Point. A disappointment except for the 2 Black Terns and the 2 Eastern 
Kingbirds we saw. The water levels are high along Black Point and this bodes 
well for this winter. Last year was the worst at MINWR that I can remember, due 
for the most part to the salinity of the water being out of balance thanks to 
last summer's prolonged drought. Last winter, in all my trips to MINWR, I saw 
just one American Coot. Where usually the rafts of coots are too numerous to 
count. Let's hope they return in numbers this year. Their presence seems to 
mean more ducks and other water fowl. 



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Daytona Beach, FL

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Subject: Red-necked stint Boca Chica Road Yes
From: David Simpson <simpsondavid AT MAC.COM>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:28:34 -0400
Subject bird present on the left at the end of the drivable road.

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Subject: Swallow-tailed Kites
From: Lenore McCullagh <lmcstjohns AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:55:05 +0000
Well, I only saw four STKI but what a treat is was. It was a family group 
soaring over Holly Point Rd in Orange Park at 0915 today 07/20.. I first 
heard them. The young were in full voice. The street parallels the St Johns 
River and we often see them there. My husband thinks there have been fewer 
Kites this year but a friend from across the river thinks there have been more 
there. 

  
Strangely all the tails looked about the same length. 
  
Good birding to all. 
  
Lenore McCullagh 
Orange Park 
Clay County 

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Subject: The return of the Spotted Sandpiper to Charlotte County
From: Susan Daughtrey <susansd AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:29:37 -0400
Hi All,

 

My husband and I took a boat ride over to Stump Pass this morning, and saw
our first-of-the-season Spotted Sandpiper on the rocks of our subdivision
and the ICW. While at Stump Pass Beach State Park, we located an American
Oystercatcher in with the Least Tern colony, five Wilson's Plovers, and a
Western Sandpiper, as the more notable shorebirds. On the return trip, we
saw a few spread-out kettles of Magnificent Frigatebirds riding the thermals
above Lemon Bay.

 

Best,

Susan Daughtrey

Englewood, Charlotte County

 


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Subject: American Redstart Polk County
From: Tom Palmer <tomp47 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:16:01 -0700
Dear All.
I saw my first American Redstart of the season at Sumica east of Lake Wales. 
Two Common Nighthawks were flying over a recently burned area in early 
afternoon there, too. 


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