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25 Aug Merritt Island NWR 8-25-15 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
25 Aug Levy County Observations [Patrick Leary ]
9 Aug STKI's Lake Apopka NSRA ["T.Donovan" ]
1 Aug Summer reports for FFN [John Murphy ]
1 Aug Re: Shrike ID, Pembroke Pines FL [WES BIGGS ]
1 Aug Not a Brown Shrike but a Gray Kingbird [Dart ]
1 Aug Shrike ID, Pembroke Pines FL [Dart ]
29 Jul Video on Red-cockaded Woodpecker Preserve - 7/29/15 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
27 Jul S.E. FL - 072315 birdPIX [SB Ani, Snail Kite, Purple Gallinule] [David Laliberte ]
25 Jul FOS Spotted Sandpipers at Stump Pass, Charlotte County [Susan Daughtrey ]
23 Jul Accidental Email 7/23/1 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
23 Jul FW: Pictures [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
21 Jul Re: Fw: In Florida? Participate in the 2015 Swallow-tailed Kite population surveys [Patrick Leary ]
21 Jul Fw: In Florida? Participate in the 2015 Swallow-tailed Kite population surveys ["dotrobbins AT juno.com" ]
19 Jul Smooth-billed Ani photos ["Sanchez, Isaac C" ]
13 Jul CCC 070815 birdPIX [David Laliberte ]
9 Jul Re: Red-cockaded Woodpeckers question [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
9 Jul Red-cockaded Woodpeckers question [Christopher Ferro ]
5 Jul CCC 070215 birdPIX [David Laliberte ]
3 Jul Broad-winged Hawk. Short-tailed Hawk. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
28 Jun Egyptian Geese at Bystre Lake, Hernando County [Bev Hansen ]
28 Jun Clapper Rails with a nest of eggs; at Boca Ciega Millennium Park [birdPIX] [David Laliberte ]
24 Jun Hal Scott Preserve an Incredible Story 6-24-15 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
24 Jun Cedar Key frigatebirds [Bradley J Bergstrom ]
22 Jun Snowy Plovers - Sanibel - Report Date 6/22/15 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
15 Jun Roseate Tern. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
13 Jun Rough-winged Swallow. Helmeted Guineafowl. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
13 Jun CCC 061115 birdPIX [David Laliberte ]
11 Jun BBA II, Purple Martins [David Hartgrove ]
10 Jun Pelagic Trip Report. June 7. Out of Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
1 Jun CCC 052715 birdPIX [David Laliberte ]
28 May FW: Inca Doves Breeding in Jay, FL [Lucy & Bob Duncan ]
28 May YELLOW-GREEN VIREO, Gulf Breeze [Lucy & Bob Duncan ]
26 May FW: Clapper Rail questions [Lucy & Bob Duncan ]
23 May Birding Courtney Campbell Causeway – 05/19/15 [birdPIX] [David Laliberte ]
21 May Merritt Island heron [Murray Gardler ]
21 May Re new email address [Roy Book ]
21 May New email address [Roy Book ]
16 May Burrowing Owls in Cape Coral FL [David Laliberte ]
15 May Arctic Tern. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
12 May Mississippi Kites. South Daytona. Volusia County [Michael Brothers ]
12 May Inca Dove - Pensacola [Lucy & Bob Duncan ]
12 May Spoonbill Pond Boardwalk OPEN [Patrick Leary ]
12 May Florida Grasshopper Sparrow - report date 5/12/15 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
11 May Tropical Audubon (Miami, etc.) BirdBoard -- new site ["dotrobbins AT juno.com" ]
11 May CCC 050515 birdPIX [David Laliberte ]
10 May Migrants Jacksonville [Bob Richter ]
8 May Fw: Curlew Sandpiper tips ["dotrobbins AT juno.com" ]
6 May Florida bird photos ["Sanchez, Isaac C" ]
6 May First SA knots arrive in NE Florida - late Bonaparte gulls [Patrick Leary ]
6 May Brown Booby. Whimbrels. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
6 May Carillon BP 050215 birdPIX [David Laliberte ]
4 May An April to remember - a summary [Lucy & Bob Duncan ]
4 May Merritt Island NWR 5-4-15 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
3 May Lori Wilson Park / Cruickshank Sanctuary [Brevard County] [Christopher Ferro ]
29 Apr Turkey Creek Sanctuary [Brevard County] 4/29/2015 [Christopher Ferro ]
28 Apr Erna Nixon Park, Brevard County (before the rain) [Christopher Ferro ]
26 Apr Courtney Campbell Causeway 042215 birdPIX [David Laliberte ]
20 Apr Ten rainy days in April - a summary [Lucy & Bob Duncan ]
19 Apr Common Loon in Breeding Plumage Jacksonville [Bob Richter ]
19 Apr Seacrest Scrub Natural Area, Boynton Beach [John Shelly ]
17 Apr RFI Tampa-St. Pete area [Annette Bittaker ]
17 Apr Rain, rain, rain [Lucy & Bob Duncan ]
14 Apr Brown Booby. Purple Sandpiper. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
14 Apr Re: [nflbirds] Weather & birds April 12 & 13 (Sun & Mon) [Jim Stevenson ]
14 Apr Weather & birds April 12 & 13 (Sun & Mon) [Lucy & Bob Duncan ]
13 Apr Gitcher Avocets right here Jacksonville [Bob Richter ]
12 Apr Weather & birds, upcoming week [Lucy & Bob Duncan ]
11 Apr Bronzed Cowbird Pembroke Pines [Dart ]
9 Apr Rain dance invitation [Lucy & Bob Duncan ]
8 Apr 2-day panhandle venture ["dotrobbins AT juno.com" ]
8 Apr Courtney Campbell Causeway 040615 birdPIX [David Laliberte ]
7 Apr Re: Hal Scott Preserve 4-7-15 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
7 Apr Hal Scott Preserve 4-7-15 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
5 Apr Magnificent Frigatebird Huguenot Park Jax [Bob Richter ]
4 Apr ID CONFIRMATION....? 4-4-15 REPORT DATE [SUEREDFISH Bales ]

Subject: Merritt Island NWR 8-25-15
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 20:19:44 -0400
Took a drive out to the refuge hoping to see some shore birds. Bio lab road 
closed for repair. Went on Black Point drive where things were pretty much 
dead. No shore birds. Area dried up. I did see Yellow Warblers in the mangroves 
there though. Also Black Point road is very bumpy, and will probably be closed 
soon for repairs I'm guessing. Next went to Gator Creek area which was also 
dried up. Need more rain..... 


www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/20690133130

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/20690885029


Danny Bales
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Subject: Levy County Observations
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 13:45:01 -0400
Levy County 8/22 and 23/15  A  delayed report for Cedar Key area and
adjoining county highways. < 100 Roseate Spoonbill roosting on shell rakes
east of town. 1000s of mixed-species shorebirds roosting on adjoining rakes
but too densely concentrated in low vegetation and too sensitive to
disturbance to land and conduct methodical surveys. Species noted were:
Whimbrel, Willet, Black-bellied plovers, Semipalmated plovers, Ruddy
Turnstone, Marbled Godwit, Short-billed Dowitchers, Sanderlings, Spotted
Sandpipers, unidentified sandpipers and gosh knows what else within the
mass. A few over-summering Am. White Pelican also present. Am. Avocet flocks
arriving but well below winter peak.  NO Magnificent Frigatebirds observed
at Cedar Key despite three days of surveys! Just three Piping plovers but
one returning winter-resident bird. 

 

On wires over the first bridge and along the mainland, we counted (18) Grey
Kingbirds - a high count for us at Cedar Key. Over Co. Rd 347 north of the
refuge entrance we observed a lone Swallow-tailed Kite soaring with Turkey
Vultures. Miles to the east off Co. Rd. 330 over the expansive dairy fields,
we observed 5 more Swallow-tailed kites and 4 Mississippi Kites hawking
dragonflies and soaring high aloft. These will likely be our last kites for
the season.  


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Subject: STKI's Lake Apopka NSRA
From: "T.Donovan" <donovanter AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 9 Aug 2015 19:41:19 -0400
On a drive through today, towards the end of the drive at 11.45 am, adjacent to 
the sod fields, a conservative count of at least 80 Swallow-tailed Kites in the 
air at one time. 


Terry Donovan
Windermere, Orange County

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Subject: Summer reports for FFN
From: John Murphy <southmoonunder AT MCHSI.COM>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 19:48:32 -0400
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. 


John Murphy 

Alligator Pt, FL

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Subject: Re: Shrike ID, Pembroke Pines FL
From: WES BIGGS <birdsatfnt AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 19:39:09 +0000
Hi Dart,
Your bird is a Gray Kingbird!
Wes BiggsLaBelle 


     On Saturday, August 1, 2015 3:23 PM, Dart  wrote:
   

 This looks like a Brown Shrike at Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines Florida 
but that cannot be correct, right?
https://humeston.smugmug.com/Mystery-Shrike/i-C6XBSq2

I've been away from serious birding for some years and my identification 
skills, which were never good to begin with, has grown even worse.

Forgive me for this amateur question.
Thanks,

Dart Humeston
Pembroke Pines, Florida


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Subject: Not a Brown Shrike but a Gray Kingbird
From: Dart <humeston AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 15:38:40 -0400
Shows you how long I have been away from birding. Thanks to everyone who 
told me it is a Gray Kingbird, and not an exotic Brown Shrike. He was on the 
fence next to a real Shrike so I guess my mind was stuck on that.
Thanks again.
Dart


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Subject: Shrike ID, Pembroke Pines FL
From: Dart <humeston AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 1 Aug 2015 15:22:28 -0400
This looks like a Brown Shrike at Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines Florida 
but that cannot be correct, right?
https://humeston.smugmug.com/Mystery-Shrike/i-C6XBSq2

I've been away from serious birding for some years and my identification 
skills, which were never good to begin with, has grown even worse.

Forgive me for this amateur question.
Thanks,

Dart Humeston
Pembroke Pines, Florida


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Subject: Video on Red-cockaded Woodpecker Preserve - 7/29/15
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:13:28 -0400
Not long ago I posted the story about the Red-cockaded Woodpecker at Hal Scott 
with the broken leg. My boss at St. Johns River Water Management District has 
made a video showing the stages of this project. I'm including the link to it 
here: http://youtu.be/Z3XM-XQ6t3I notice all the people involved in this 
project. The veterinarian took care of "Castie" for free..... ! My boss will be 
showing this video at the National Red-cockaded Woodpecker meeting this August. 


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Subject: S.E. FL - 072315 birdPIX [SB Ani, Snail Kite, Purple Gallinule]
From: David Laliberte <dllaliberte AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Mon, 27 Jul 2015 03:35:30 +0000
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Subject:  S.E. FL - 072315 birdPIX [SB Ani, Snail Kite, Purple Gallinule]
•
Hi all:
•
On Thursday - July 23, 2015, I visited Loxahatchee NWR & Belle Glade Marina & 
Campground in Palm Beach County Florida.  My target birds were the 
Smooth-billed Ani, Snail Kite & Purple Gallinule.  I missed out on the Purple 
Swamphen.  

•
On Thursday midmorning I visited Loxahatchee in search of the Ani.  After 
arriving I spotted [silhouette] it in the distance by the observation tower 
that it was the Ani. I immediately realized what it was. Upon arriving near the 
tower I was treated to close photo shots. At times I was fairly close to the 
Ani – I only observed one bird has there are often two birds present.  
It’s been indicated that these Ani are nesting here – other folks have 
observed these birds copulating and caring nest materials.  

•
Just outside to the entrance to the NWR there were two Snail Kites present – 
I think that both birds were in female plumage.  One bird was on the ground 
while the other was perched on the power line overhead. 

•
I arrived during the midafternoon at Belle Glade Marina & Campground.  My goal 
here was to find the Purple Gallinule and possibly find the Purple Swamphen – 
no luck on the Swamphen.  There were several Purple Gallinules present.  
Problem was that they were all hidden in the aquatic vegetation and caught only 
quick, limited glances. 

 •
It suddenly started to rain and thunder so that I ducked back in the vehicle.  
Fortunately the rain storm only lasted a few minutes. I got back outside and to 
my surprise and delight there were two PUGAs out in plain sight for five 
minutes or more. 

•
The first time I added the Ani as a lifer was in 1999 at this NWR – did not 
own a camera back then.  In 1999 I birded this refuge as a visiting birder 
from Colorado at the time. That was the first time I observed PUGA-lifer and 
out of the water.  Problem was at that time I did not own a camera. 

•
Little Blue Heron • 072315 • Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee NWR, Palm Beach 
Co., FL 

Canon EOS 50D+EF100-400 mm IS USM • Laliberte 2015
•
Smooth-billed Ani • 072315 • Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee NWR, Palm Beach 
Co., FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19984267035/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19984264745/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19361648204/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19989481611/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19989479801/
•
Snail Kite • 072315 • Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee NWR-outside entry, 
Palm Beach Co., FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19797623719/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19958070726/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19976594832/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19797618029/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19989519221/
•
Purple Gallinule • 072315 • Belle Glade Marina & Campground, Palm Beach 
Co., FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19361722474/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19976626232/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19989549331/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19958094476/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19797642729/
•
Purple Gallinule • 072315 • Belle Glade Marina & Campground, Palm Beach 
Co., FL 

Canon EOS 50D+EF100-400 mm IS USM • Laliberte 2015
•
Common Gallinule • 072315 • Belle Glade Marina & Campground, Palm Beach 
Co., FL 

Canon EOS 50D+EF100-400 mm IS USM • Laliberte 2015 
•
Equipment used:  Canon EOS 50D+EF100-400 mm IS USM • Laliberte 2015
•
Happy birding!
•
David Laliberte
Clearwater, FL
•
Checkout my birdPIX at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder  

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Subject: FOS Spotted Sandpipers at Stump Pass, Charlotte County
From: Susan Daughtrey <susansd AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sat, 25 Jul 2015 10:33:02 -0400
Hi All,

 

My husband and I decided to take a quick dip at Stump Pass early this
morning before the forecast thunderstorms arrived for the day. I saw my FOS
Spotted Sandpipers bob-bob-bobbin' along near the wrack line at the north
end of Thornton Key, south side of Stump Pass. Happy to have them back!

 

Best,

Susan Daughtrey

Englewood, Charlotte County


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Subject: Accidental Email 7/23/1
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:53:40 -0400
I just accidentally sent an email to Flabirds mistakenly. The person it was 
intended for has a similar name as flabirds. Please disregard.. 


Danny Bales
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Subject: FW: Pictures
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:47:28 -0400
This is a video about a Red-cockaded Woodpecker at Hal Scott Regional Preserve 
in Orange County this year. It describes the events of saving a breeding male 
RCW this year. Interesting. 


Danny

From: mzondervan AT sjrwmd.com
To: sueredfish AT msn.com
Subject: RE: Pictures
Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:35:31 +0000









Here is the link:
http://youtu.be/Z3XM-XQ6t3I
 
I haven’t seen the upload myself yet, hopefully it turns out ok quality wise. 
It should be done uploading in about 10 minutes. 

 

Maria B. Zondervan

Land Manager
Bureau of Land Management

St. Johns River Water Management District

Maitland Service Center
601 South Lake Destiny Road, Suite 200  •  Maitland, FL 32751
Office: (407) 659-4872  ●  Cell: (407) 832-4242

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From: SUEREDFISH Bales [mailto:sueredfish AT msn.com]


Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2015 2:34 PM

To: Maria Zondervan

Subject: RE: Pictures


 



That will be cool....




From:
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To: sueredfish AT msn.com

Subject: Re: Pictures

Date: Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:06:01 +0000

Funny, I was just looking at those very same photos! I'm putting the finishing 
touches on the Castie Story Video file. Hopefully I'll be able to send it to 
you in just a few minutes, uploading 

 now.



Maria




On Jul 23, 2015, at 12:27 PM, SUEREDFISH Bales  wrote:




Hey Maria,



 I printed up this year's breeding pictures. I also printed up one of castie 
when I first noticed the foot. One with first cast, and one with second cast. 
Then with no cast. I still can't believe all the stages we went through with 
that bird. Odds were so 

 much against us, yet it worked out great. Do you know if that has ever been 
done before? What perfect timing. We would be minus 3 birds if we had not found 
that bird in time. :) .... Makes feel good inside don't it? Notice the last 
picture the male breeder 

 with one of his fledglings. See how good the foot looks? wow! 



Danny























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Subject: Re: Fw: In Florida? Participate in the 2015 Swallow-tailed Kite population surveys
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 15:59:51 -0400
Thanks Dot. I saw it on Facebook and reposted but did not think to post it
to Floridabirds. Good work. Perhaps Ken will get around to requesting
adult-juvenile ratios in flocks but this is a great start for birders to
contribute to his research.

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Subject: [FLORIDABIRDS-L] Fw: In Florida? Participate in the 2015
Swallow-tailed Kite population surveys

To all Kite watchers!  An opportunity to use your sightings to aid important
Kite research.  On 3 days this month, starting tomorrow.  Brought to us by
Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI).  Please read the blurb
below. Dotty Robbins High Springs

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Subject: In Florida? Participate in the 2015 Swallow-tailed Kite population
surveys
Date: 21 Jul 2015 08:47:35 -0400



Play an important role in a statewide effort to track changes in our
national Swallow-tailed Kite population Dear Dotty, 
The Avian Research and Conservation Institute invites you to participate in
Florida’s Swallow-tailed Kite population monitoring surveys for 2015.
At this time of year, Swallow-tailed Kites are gathering in foraging
aggregations and communal night roosts, where they gain behavioral
information from each other that helps them find swarms of insects and other
prey to put on weight rapidly and prepare themselves for migration.   These
roosts are extremely sensitive places for Swallow-tailed Kites and some
reach well over 1,000 birds during this brief but vitally important time of
year. 
ARCI’s synchronized surveys, which began in their present form 26
years ago – in 1989 – have become a very important tool for
monitoring trends in the U. S. population. We systematically photograph
roosts on the same dates in late July, the period when numbers have
consistently reached their peak. A recent three-year collaborative project
with biologists in South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana,
and Texas found that 90% of the kites simultaneously observed were in
Florida roosts. This year, for the first time, we want to synchronize public
sighting reports with Florida’s systematic photo-counts on the 3 most
important days. Citizen Scientists can play a very important role in this
statewide effort to track changes in our national Swallow-tailed Kite
population in Florida.
Participation is easy. Just report the date, time, location and number of
Swallow-tailed Kites and what they were doing when you saw them on these
three days:
22 July
25 July
28 July
Enter your data on one of these online forms depending on your location. The
forms are responsive to your smart device, so you can even report from the
field!
Go here for sightings in North Florida
Go here for sightings in Central Florida Go here for sightings in South
Florida The most valuable Swallow-tailed Kite sightings will be those in the
mornings from sunrise to 10:00 a.m. The birds you report may be perched or
flying, but please specify. We encourage you to boat or kayak down a river,
get out on your favorite lake or trail through a swamp forest (kites often
roost near water), or just report kites as you see them anywhere, including
from your own backyard. Above all, a bird's well-being comes first; if a
bird appears agitated or takes flight, you are too close. 
We look forward to hearing about your Swallow-tailed Kite sightings and
including them in this Florida-wide  synchronized population survey. All
contributors will be acknowledged on ARCI’s website.
Recently, on the Blog:
7/17/15
Another Swallow-tailed Kite migration about to begin - Who are we tracking?
7/10/15
Roseate Terns being tracked with the smallest-ever satellite transmitter
7/6/15
A tracking first for Reddish Egrets
Sponsor tracked birds!
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satellite data they contribute to our studies through our Keep on Trackin'
program. $5/month helps us track a bird for two weeks, $10/month helps us
track a bird for a month! LEARN MORE...
 Our Contact Information
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Subject: Fw: In Florida? Participate in the 2015 Swallow-tailed Kite population surveys
From: "dotrobbins AT juno.com" <dotrobbins@JUNO.COM>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 19:31:45 GMT
To all Kite watchers! An opportunity to use your sightings to aid important 
Kite research. On 3 days this month, starting tomorrow. Brought to us by Avian 
Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI). Please read the blurb below. Dotty 
Robbins 

High Springs

---------- Forwarded Message ----------
From: "Avian Research and Conservation Institute" 
To: "Dotty Robbins" 
Subject: In Florida? Participate in the 2015 Swallow-tailed Kite population 
surveys 

Date: 21 Jul 2015 08:47:35 -0400



Play an important role in a statewide effort to track changes in our national 
Swallow-tailed Kite population 

Dear Dotty, 
The Avian Research and Conservation Institute invites you to participate in 
Florida’s Swallow-tailed Kite population monitoring surveys for 2015. At 
this time of year, Swallow-tailed Kites are gathering in foraging aggregations 
and communal night roosts, where they gain behavioral information from each 
other that helps them find swarms of insects and other prey to put on weight 
rapidly and prepare themselves for migration. These roosts are extremely 
sensitive places for Swallow-tailed Kites and some reach well over 1,000 birds 
during this brief but vitally important time of year. 

ARCI’s synchronized surveys, which began in their present form 26 years 
ago – in 1989 – have become a very important tool for monitoring 
trends in the U. S. population. We systematically photograph roosts on the same 
dates in late July, the period when numbers have consistently reached their 
peak. A recent three-year collaborative project with biologists in South 
Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas found that 90% of 
the kites simultaneously observed were in Florida roosts. This year, for the 
first time, we want to synchronize public sighting reports with Florida’s 
systematic photo-counts on the 3 most important days. Citizen Scientists can 
play a very important role in this statewide effort to track changes in our 
national Swallow-tailed Kite population in Florida. 

Participation is easy. Just report the date, time, location and number of 
Swallow-tailed Kites and what they were doing when you saw them on these three 
days: 

22 July
25 July
28 July
Enter your data on one of these online forms depending on your location. The 
forms are responsive to your smart device, so you can even report from the 
field! 

Go here for sightings in North Florida
Go here for sightings in Central Florida
Go here for sightings in South Florida
The most valuable Swallow-tailed Kite sightings will be those in the mornings 
from sunrise to 10:00 a.m. The birds you report may be perched or flying, but 
please specify. We encourage you to boat or kayak down a river, get out on your 
favorite lake or trail through a swamp forest (kites often roost near water), 
or just report kites as you see them anywhere, including from your own 
backyard. Above all, a bird's well-being comes first; if a bird appears 
agitated or takes flight, you are too close. 

We look forward to hearing about your Swallow-tailed Kite sightings and 
including them in this Florida-wide synchronized population survey. All 
contributors will be acknowledged on ARCI’s website. 

Recently, on the Blog:
7/17/15 
Another Swallow-tailed Kite migration about to begin - Who are we tracking?
7/10/15 
Roseate Terns being tracked with the smallest-ever satellite transmitter
7/6/15 
A tracking first for Reddish Egrets
Sponsor tracked birds!
For just $5/month, you can sponsor ARCI's tracked birds and the incredible 
satellite data they contribute to our studies through our Keep on Trackin' 
program. $5/month helps us track a bird for two weeks, $10/month helps us track 
a bird for a month! LEARN MORE... 

 Our Contact Information
Avian Research and Conservation Institute
411 NE 7th St.
 Gainesville, FL 32601
352-672-0987
www.arcinst.org

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Subject: Smooth-billed Ani photos
From: "Sanchez, Isaac C" <sanchez AT CHE.UTEXAS.EDU>
Date: Sun, 19 Jul 2015 00:00:54 +0000
I made a quick 24 round trip to Florida to get the Smooth-billed Ani at 
Loxahatchee NWR and the Flamingo at Lovers Key/New Pass bridge. I got lucky 
with some decent shots of the Anis: 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/isaaccsanchez/sets/72157655633758159

Also included in the grouping are a couple of shots of a Grove-billed Ani that 
I took in Texas a couple of weeks ago ... it makes for a nice comparison of the 
two Anis. 



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Subject: CCC 070815 birdPIX
From: David Laliberte <dllaliberte AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2015 00:43:14 +0000
 FLORIDABIRDS-L AT LISTS.UFL.EDU  
Subject:  CCC 070815 birdPIX
•
Hi all:
•
On Thursday, July 8, I was out at the Courtney Campbell Causeway during the 
early morning period.  This area is at the small beach on the west end of the 
CCC. Recently this area has been reopened to the public.  At this time of the 
day there was no other people on the beach. 

•
I observed and photographed nine species of birds.  The list of birds shown 
here is followed by the links to the images that I shot of these birds: 
Black-bellied Plover-3; Marbled Godwit-1; Willet-10; Ruddy Turnstone; 
Short-billed Dowicher; Laughing Gull-10; Least Tern-11; Black Tern-2; Black 
Skimmer.  Two species that I hadn’t observed for quite some time included: 
Marbled Godwit & Short-billed Dowitcher. 

• 
Black-bellied Plover • 070815 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., 
FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19596938841/in/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19566434826/in/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19404615098/in/
•
Willet • 070815 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19585706252/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18971700563/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18971691383/
• 
Marbled Godwit • 070815 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18970056114/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19566448226/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19596940151/
•
Ruddy Turnstone • 070815 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19406022879/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18971697703/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19406004699/
• Short-billed Dowicher • 070815 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas 
Co., FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18971708123/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18971706653/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19596943051/
•
Laughing Gull • 070815 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19585688552/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18971684013/
•
Least Tern • 070815 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18970038204/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19404619658/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19596930141/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19406006769/
•
Black Tern • 070815 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19406025759/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19596945961/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19404633738/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18970035734/
•
Black Skimmer • 070815 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19404627208/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18970042284/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19596934281/
•
Equipment used:
Canon EOS 50D+EF100-400 mm IS USM • Laliberte 2015 
•
Happy birding!
•
David Laliberte
Clearwater, FL
• 
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Subject: Re: Red-cockaded Woodpeckers question
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2015 09:44:11 -0400
Red-cockaded Woodpeckers do well in the heat. I work with them every week 
almost. They are busy now showing their fledglings the ropes (so to speak). If 
you want to see a Red-cockaded Woodpecker the best time is 1/2 hour before 
sunrise or 1/2 hour before sunset at an active tree. 


www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/19219187251

Danny Bales
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www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen 
Brevard

> Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2015 09:34:21 -0400
> From: lonelybirder43 AT GMAIL.COM
> Subject: [FLORIDABIRDS-L] Red-cockaded Woodpeckers question
> To: FLORIDABIRDS-L AT LISTS.UFL.EDU
> 
> I have noticed that eBird listings of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in central
> Florida have pretty well stopped since about the 3rd week in June. I was
> wondering if there might be a particular reason for this. I realize it's
> summer and hot, so are the birds just REALLY hunkering down, even in the
> mornings, or is this likely reflecting who'd going out birding in the
> gosh-awful heat?
> 
> I know not everyone uses eBird, so I thought I'd also ask the e-mail lists:
> Have any of you, in central or east-central Florida, observed Red-cockaded
> Woodpeckers in the past couple of weeks, and if so, where were you? I'm
> planning a trip this weekend and plausible sites to see this species factor
> into the decision of where to go.
> 
> Thanks,
> Christopher Ferro
> Melbourne/Brevard County
> lonelybirder.wordpress.com
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Subject: Red-cockaded Woodpeckers question
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Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2015 09:34:21 -0400
I have noticed that eBird listings of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in central
Florida have pretty well stopped since about the 3rd week in June. I was
wondering if there might be a particular reason for this. I realize it's
summer and hot, so are the birds just REALLY hunkering down, even in the
mornings, or is this likely reflecting who'd going out birding in the
gosh-awful heat?

I know not everyone uses eBird, so I thought I'd also ask the e-mail lists:
Have any of you, in central or east-central Florida, observed Red-cockaded
Woodpeckers in the past couple of weeks, and if so, where were you? I'm
planning a trip this weekend and plausible sites to see this species factor
into the decision of where to go.

Thanks,
Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County
lonelybirder.wordpress.com

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Subject: CCC 070215 birdPIX
From: David Laliberte <dllaliberte AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Jul 2015 23:26:58 +0000
 FLORIDABIRDS-L AT LISTS.UFL.EDU 
Subject:  CCC  070215 birdPIX
•
Hi all:
•
On Thursday, July 2 I was out at the Courtney Campbell Causeway during the 
morning period.  This area is at the small beach on the west end of the CCC. 
Recently this area has been reopened to the public.  At this time of the day 
there was no other people on the beach. 

•
The highest numbers of birds were the Laughing Gulls followed by the Least 
Tern.  I did not get an exact count of the LETE for fledges.  There was a 
small number of these guys present. I did observe one Black Tern on the beach. 
I observed and photographed six species of birds.  The list of birds shown 
here is followed by the links to the images that I shot of these birds: 
Black-bellied Plover-1; Semipalmated Plover-3; Willet-9; Laughing Gull-100+; 
Least Tern-75; Black Tern-1; Royal Tern-12 

•
Black-bellied Plover • 070215 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., 
FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19205045328/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19386457182/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19366552286/
•
Semipalmated Plover • 070215 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19396757451/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19392641265/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18772008233/
•
Willet • 070215 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19366549836/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19386453622/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19392629965/
•
Laughing Gull • 070215 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19386453152/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19366547896/Least Tern • 070215 • 
Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19205045328/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19205043058/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19392629195/
•
Black Tern • 070215 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18772004863/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19396753131/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19386454982/
•
Royal Tern • 070215 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19366546966/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19396748221/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19206430169/
•
Equipment used:
Canon EOS 50D+EF100-400 mm IS USM • Laliberte 2015 
•
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•
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Subject: Broad-winged Hawk. Short-tailed Hawk. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2015 21:56:54 -0400
This afternoon, 7/3, I found a juvenile Broad-winged Hawk off Williamson Avenue 
in Ormond Beach. Earlier in the afternoon, I had to make a run to the Tomoka 
Landfill where I found an adult dark morph Short-tailed Hawk. 



Michael


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Ponce Inlet, FL

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Subject: Egyptian Geese at Bystre Lake, Hernando County
From: Bev Hansen <bevalhansen AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2015 11:45:22 -0400
On Thursday, the 25th, Steve and Jane Mann spotted 2 Egyptian Geese on 
Bystre Lake in Hernando County that were still present this morning. 
Steve took a nice picture of the geese. While we don't know the origin 
of these geese, Jane and Steve have made frequent kayaking trips on 
Bystre Lake this month, and hadn't seen the geese before Thursday. This 
is the first time Egyptian Geese have been reported in Hernando County.

The geese might occasionally be seen from the boat ramp, but spend most 
of their time on the western edge of the lake, which is not visible from 
the boat ramp. Kayaks are suitable for this shallow lake.

To reach Bystre Lake from the eastern intersection of SR-50 and SR-50A 
in Brooksville, head east on SR-50 2.8 miles. You have to U-turn on this 
divided highway at Blanche's. Then turn north on Clayton Road, drive 0.5 
mile to the apparent end of the road, and turn right into the grassy field.

-- 
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Spring Hill, FL
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Subject: Clapper Rails with a nest of eggs; at Boca Ciega Millennium Park [birdPIX]
From: David Laliberte <dllaliberte AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2015 01:06:31 +0000
  FLORIDABIRDS-L AT LISTS.UFL.EDUSubject: Clapper Rails with a nest of eggs; at 
Boca CiegaMillennium Park [birdPIX]•Hi all:•This morning – mid morning - 
06/27/15, I was out at BocaCiega Millennium park. I photographed the Clapper 
Rails.  There were two Rails present.•While walking I almost stepped on a 
Rail’s nest. The birdflushed - I looked down and noticed the nest with 8 eggs 
in it. It was on theground in a clump of needle grass. •I tried to take 
photos of this nest but at the shortdistance I could not focus the camera to 
take sharp images. •Clapper Rail • 062715 • Boca Ciega Millennium Park, 
PinellasCo., FL, Pinellas Co., 
FLhttps://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18597827083/https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19030754830/https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19218382195/https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18595899474/https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19218382195/https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18595899474/https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19032255269/https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18595906974/https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19218394235/•CLRA 
- Nest with 8 
eggshttps://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/19222086021/•Equipment 
used:Canon EOS 50D+EF100-400 mm IS USM • Laliberte 2015•David 
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Subject: Hal Scott Preserve an Incredible Story 6-24-15
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2015 20:21:32 -0400
As you all remember I posted a Red-cockaded Woodpecker at Hal Scott that had a 
broken foot. It had two cast before the foot actually healed considerably. 
Everyone thought it almost impossible for the male breeder to breed with this 
condition. Well today I had the pleasure of seeing both male fledglings that he 
produced! This is a historical feat for Hal Scott Preserve, and it's RCW 
biologist. I have posted the chick banding pictures and the fledgling pictures 
on my site. Also you can see the male breeder with one of his sons. 


www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/19120909392

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/19125377462

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/19131079195

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/18943363930 

Danny Bales
Titusville, Fla.
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Subject: Cedar Key frigatebirds
From: Bradley J Bergstrom <bergstrm AT VALDOSTA.EDU>
Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2015 18:37:49 +0000
Last Thursday morning (June 18), Steve Sheffield (visiting birder from 
Maryland) and I saw many Magnificent Frigatebirds soaring all over the streets 
and roads of Cedar Key and the causeway, including all sex/age morphs and a few 
nearly at eye level. Early that morning, before there were any visible from 
town, I had a count of 50 frigates in the air over the roost on the offshore 
key, through distant scope view. Based on previous boat trips to that key, 
there were probably at least that many roosting and not visible from a 
distance, so there could easily be 100 or more frigatebirds in the area now. I 
knew that there are up to several hundred there by late summer, but I was 
surprised to find so many in mid June. I don't know another place you can drive 
to and reliably see so many frigatebirds. 



Also, there were several Gray Kingbirds, a couple of fly-by Roseate Spoonbills, 
ridiculous numbers of Osprey, a good selection of nocturnal birds heard at the 
airport, and a lot of non-breeding terns, Forster's mostly. Flocks of 
post-breeding Purple Martins (though nothing like those seen in the evening 
near Jacksonville Landing last week (roosting under the bridges?). 



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Subject: Snowy Plovers - Sanibel - Report Date 6/22/15
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:01:52 -0400
My wife and I vacationed on Sanibel just recently. While there I observed 
several Snowy Plovers on the beach daily. I saw a fledgling, several adults, 
and one juvenile. They were lifers for me. Somehow I always missed them at Ft. 
Desoto. Enjoyed photographing them and the sunsets plus getting shells. I'll be 
starting a Snowy Plover series on my flickr site. 


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www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/18851938398

www/flickr.com/photos/mudhen/18870071469

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/18414998653

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Subject: Roseate Tern. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Mon, 15 Jun 2015 14:40:13 -0400
Today, 6/15, I was doing a shorebird survey on Disappearing Island, Ponce de 
Leon Inlet, Volusia County, with David Hartgrove, Jennifer Winters and Mike 
Simmons when I found a gorgeous adult Roseate Tern in breeding plumage. 
Interestingly, last year in June I also found two Roseate Terns here.This is an 
exceptionally rare tern here in Volusia County. There were also Royal, 
Sandwich, Least, Common and Forster's Terns on the island. There were a few 
shorebirds including a single White-rumped Sandpiper. 


There were 10 shorebird species:
Black-bellied Plover
Wilson's Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Willet
Short-billed Dowitcher
Sanderling
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone

Michael

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Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL

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Subject: Rough-winged Swallow. Helmeted Guineafowl. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Sat, 13 Jun 2015 16:27:33 -0400
Today, 6/13, I had to run out to the Volusia Landfill and was surprised to find 
two Rough-winged Swallows with some Barn Swallows. On Thursday, 6/11, I had a 
Helmeted Guineafowl walking down my street in our subdivision. You never know 
what will turn up. 

Michael

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Subject: CCC 061115 birdPIX
From: David Laliberte <dllaliberte AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Jun 2015 01:38:21 +0000
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•
Hi all:
•
On 06/11/15 I was at the small beach at the west end of the Courtney Campbell 
Causeway during the mid-morning period.  The skies were mostly overcast which 
made for some decent light for photography. 

•
The new item for the day was the season’s first Least Tern fledgling. There 
were about 20 LETEs at the beach.  Most of the birds in their breeding garb 
have left the beach some time ago.  There are several Black-bellied Plovers 
that are in their basic non-breeding plumage.  It looks like they will spend 
the summer here in FL.  There are still several Turnstones left mostly dressed 
in a plumage that looks like their basic winter garb. 

• 
The beach is still closed to vehicular traffic as well as the hordes of beach 
goers of the human kind.  This has made for great place for the bird beach 
goers.  I try to minimize my presence on the beach so as not to disturb them 
as I stay back from the beach. For the last several months I have made a point 
to visit this area at least once a week just to observe and photograph what’s 
present.  I park across the street on the CCC and park in the small lot. 

•
Here is the list of birds that I have photographed. The species links following 
this list are to my photos that I took: 

Brown Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated 
Plover, American Oystercatcher, Willet, Ruddy Turnstone, Laughing Gull, Least 
Tern, 

•
Brown Pelican • 061115 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18753541031/ 
•
Double-crested Cormorant • 061115 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas 
Co., FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18746170922/
•
Black-bellied Plover • 061115 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., 
FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18563365290/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18753549851/
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Semipalmated Plover • 061115 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18130413303/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18563309038/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18564902099/
•
American Oystercatcher • 061115 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., 
FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18564898899/
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18563306868/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18724798726/
 •
Willet • 061115 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18563628038/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18565221799/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18753865611/
•
Ruddy Turnstone • 061115 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18563358620/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18128447284/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18753548311/
•
Laughing Gull • 061115 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18563359070/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18130410603/
 •
Least Tern • 061115 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18751098195/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18751102305/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18563312678/
•
Rock Pigeon • 061115 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/18753540741/
•
Equipment used:
Canon EOS 50D+EF100-400 mm IS USM • Laliberte 2015
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Happy Birding! 
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Clearwater, FL
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Subject: BBA II, Purple Martins
From: David Hartgrove <birdman9 AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Thu, 11 Jun 2015 17:06:48 -0400
Hi,
 While working Maytown, Block 6 today with Dr. David Stock, we came across a 
strange observation. A single pair of Purple Martins feeding fledged young. The 
strange part was that this was a single pair that had chosen to nest in a 
burned out pine stump 30' off the ground in an area that looks like anything 
but Purple Martin friendly habitat. None the less, there they were. This is in 
an area west of I-95, north of Stuckway Road. That's the Scottsmoor exit off 
I-95 in north Brevard County. There are ATV trails that wind north from the 
dead end of that road. The birds are about 150 yards north of that dead end. 


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Daytona Beach, FL

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Subject: Pelagic Trip Report. June 7. Out of Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Wed, 10 Jun 2015 17:30:09 -0400
Pelagic Trip Report
Out of Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia County, out across the Gulf Stream
out to 103 miles.
June 7, 2015

We met at 1:30 a.m for a 2:00 a.m. departure and under a beautiful moon
we struck out offshore into the night. At first light we were already
about 55 miles offshore, well into the Gulf Stream. We met a few
Band-rumped Storm-Petrels running parallel to the boat and an occasional
Cory’s Shearwater. Early on we also had the first Black-capped Petrel.
The seas were gentle and skies fair and we enjoyed excellent conditions
on the cobalt waters of the Gulf Stream. 

At 8:15 a.m., we run up on a pod of three Short-finned Pilot Whales.
They allowed us a close approach and stayed right beside the boat,
giving everyone awesome opportunites to see these marine mammals. After
a slow period, we began to find small numbers of Audubon’s Shearwater,
then we found increasing numbers of Sooty Terns and Cory’s
Shearwaters. About noon, we also found more Cory’s Shearwaters,
several Audubon’s Shearwater and then 2 Great Shearwaters. Then, two
Black-capped Petrels appeared and more Audubon’s and Cory’s
Shearwaters. We continued to scout for the Sooty Terns that usually
signaled more shearwaters nearby. We made it out a maximum of 103 miles
offshore. In mid-afternoon, as we returned, we found a nice group of
Leach’s Strom-Petrels and Band-rumped Storm-Petrels and more Cory’s
Shearwaters. We continued to come across more Cory’s and Audubon’s
Shearwaters and a few Wilson’s Storm-Petrels and Sooty Terns. As we
made our way back we found an occasional Leach’s and Band-rumped
Storm-Petrel. As we got closer to port, a pod of Atlantic Spotted
Dolphins made a bee-line for us and played on our bow-wake.  We made it
back at 9:00 p.m. after a long, but exciting day.

Species List Offshore:
Birds:
Black-capped Petrel  4
Cory’s Shearwater  57
	Scopoli’s Shearwater  2 (the subspecies of Cory’s that
breeds in the Mediterranean Sea)
Great Shearwater  2
Audubon’s Shearwater  17
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel  9
Wilson’s Storm-Petrel  7
Leach’s Storm-Petrel  3
Storm-Petrel sp.  6
Sooty Tern   46

Marine Mammals:
Short-finned Pilot Whale 3
Atlantic Spotted Dolphin  25-30
Bottlenose Dolphin  9

I wanted to give a special thanks to all of the leaders who helped us
out:
Mark Berney
Wes Biggs
Mitchell Harris
Andy Kratter
Jonathan Mays

Also, a special thanks to Captain Mike and Captain George and all the
mates for a great day.
The next trips are scheduled for July 19, October 4 and November 7.

Thanks,
Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL

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Subject: CCC 052715 birdPIX
From: David Laliberte <dllaliberte AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Mon, 1 Jun 2015 16:17:00 -0700
FLORIDABIRDS-L AT LISTS.UFL.EDU 
Subject:  CCC 052715 birdPIX
•
Hi all:
•
On 05/27/15 I visited the small beach at the west end of the causeway Courtney 
Campbell Causeway during the mid to late morning. 

•
The following list of birds includes: Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated 
Plover, American Oystercatcher, Willet, Dunlin, Ruddy Turnstone, Least Tern, 
Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern, Black Skimmer. This followed with the links to those 
species that I took shots of. You will have to click the button several times 
be patient as its slow to respond with my new photo site -photos.shutterfly.com 
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Black-bellied Plover • 052715 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., 
FL 

https://davidsbirdphotos.shutterfly.com/pictures/28#11
•
Semipalmated Plover • 052715 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://davidsbirdphotos.shutterfly.com/pictures/28#24
https://davidsbirdphotos.shutterfly.com/pictures/28#23
https://davidsbirdphotos.shutterfly.com/pictures/28#22
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American Oystercatcher • 052715 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., 
FL 

https://davidsbirdphotos.shutterfly.com/pictures/28#13
https://davidsbirdphotos.shutterfly.com/pictures/28#12
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Willet • 052715 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://davidsbirdphotos.shutterfly.com/pictures/28#26
https://davidsbirdphotos.shutterfly.com/pictures/28#19
https://davidsbirdphotos.shutterfly.com/pictures/28#9
•
Dunlin • 052715 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://davidsbirdphotos.shutterfly.com/pictures/28#20 
https://davidsbirdphotos.shutterfly.com/pictures/28#10
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Ruddy Turnstone  • 052715 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://davidsbirdphotos.shutterfly.com/pictures/28#28  
•
Least Tern • 052715 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://davidsbirdphotos.shutterfly.com/pictures/28#25
https://davidsbirdphotos.shutterfly.com/pictures/28#27 
https://davidsbirdphotos.shutterfly.com/pictures/28#21
https://davidsbirdphotos.shutterfly.com/pictures/28#14
•
Royal Tern • 052715 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://davidsbirdphotos.shutterfly.com/pictures/28#17 
https://davidsbirdphotos.shutterfly.com/pictures/28#16
•
Sandwich Tern • 052715 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL 
https://davidsbirdphotos.shutterfly.com/pictures/28#18
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Black Skimmer • 052715 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://davidsbirdphotos.shutterfly.com/pictures/28#15
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Equipment used:
Canon EOS 50D+EF100-400 mm IS USM • Laliberte 2015
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LETE – 052715 - Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL 
I estimate that there were about 20 Least Terns today. A number of these birds 
are from the 2014 cohort as they are not yet in breeding plumage. 

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I am curious what will be the results of the soon to be fledged 2015 cohort. 
Could this little beach & area be of special consideration like the sectioning 
off of Gandy beach. Apparently the City of Clearwater owns this property. 

•
As I have mentioned previously the hordes of sunbathers are not present this 
summer due to the pedestrian/bicycle path that is under construction. Naturally 
there are more shorebirds & LETEs present. 

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I have visited this little beach for several months now and am out there about 
once a week to see what the shorebirds are doing; I only live about six miles 
from this beach area. 

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AMOY -052715 - Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
Almost every time that I am out at CCC I find a small flock of these birds. I 
believe that most of these birds are sub adult – perhaps borne from last 
year’s cohort. The beaks are not uniformly colored and the eyes are not yet 
very distinctive. These are a fairly good size shorebird. 


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Subject: FW: Inca Doves Breeding in Jay, FL
From: Lucy & Bob Duncan <town_point AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 28 May 2015 16:47:51 -0500
Forwarded for Don Ware, BBA coordinator, Region I

Bob and Lucy,

    Florida Birds is not accepting my ParkSprings address. 

    Can you please forward this to Florida Birds?

    Thanks, Don Ware

 

----- Original Message ----- 

From: Donald Ware   

To: Florida Birds   

Cc: Rick West   

Sent: Thursday, May 28, 2015 5:08 PM

Subject: Inca Doves Breeding in Jay, FL

 

Possible new Florida Breeding Record, though we had not camera with us.  

    My wife, Carol, and I working on the BBA project in the Jay Quad, block
5 on 26/5/15 at 0545 when I saw two small doves sitting on a low phone wire
in a street of old houses. The female was very close and rubbing it's head
and neck against the male.  Copulation occurred.  The male was had a very
pale face and front, both were scaled on the back with fainter stripes
below, the female with a browner appearance.  The tails were long and just
slightly rounded at the tip.  I could see white in the outer tail feathers,
though they did not fly.

    We found 5 Inca Doves; two pair and a single in the next 30 minutes, all
close to the center of town.  On the west side of FL 89 there were several
pair of White-winged Doves.To see them, go one block south of FL 4 and 1-2
blocks east of FL 89.  

    N 30 57' 5.4", W 87 08' 46.1"

Don Ware, Florida BBA Region 1 Coordinator, 678-684-3932

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Subject: YELLOW-GREEN VIREO, Gulf Breeze
From: Lucy & Bob Duncan <town_point AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 28 May 2015 10:52:24 -0500
Late Tuesday evening Bob heard a vireo singing in our yard that he didn't
think was a Red-eyed. Grabbing glasses I flew outside, heard it once, and
couldn't find it before losing enough daylight. 

It was back singing yesterday (Wed., 27th) morning, and I suspected it was a
YELLOW-GREEN VIREO, which indeed it was! Two brief looks revealed a long
bill with a paler upper mandible bill, a face with less contrast than
Red-eyed, much green wash on the back and yellow from the undertail coverts
up the flanks and onto the neck. The song matched the YGVI on Xeno-canto,
and did not closely resemble either Red-eyed or Black-whiskered, and
certainly not Warbling.

 

We did not hear it in the afternoon yesterday, nor have we heard it today
even though we've been outside listening.

 

This comprises the 7th record for the three westernmost panhandle counties,
and the third one we've had in our yard over the years:  one almost banded
until a certain unnamed person who lives with me accidently released it, and
another seen well by our older son (an experienced birder). The first was
found and collected "in coastal woods south (across the Bay) from Pensacola,
by B.L. Monroe,Jr.." (Weston. 1965). "Across the Bay" refers to Gulf Breeze
where two more were found the next year (1959) by Francis Weston and Monroe.
Most recently 9 - 11 Jun 2011, Little Sabine (due south of Gulf Breeze),
Escambia Co., Lucy Duncan, Robert Duncan, Alex Harper, Patrick James
(photos) et al. (accepted by the FOSRC, 11 - 858).

 

If this bird returns, we will alert others.

 

Lucy Duncan

Gulf Breeze, FL

 

 


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Subject: FW: Clapper Rail questions
From: Lucy & Bob Duncan <town_point AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 18:16:34 -0500
Can anyone answer these questions from a very reputable rehab facility in
our area?? The question follows:

 

Wanted to check with you two to see if you had any idea if a young Clapper
Rail would be accepted by parents other than their own.  Or maybe you know
of some literature in particular that I could check that would give me some
answers.  You have heard that we got in a rail that I think is about 4 wks.
old.  I would love to get it with other rails but don't want it to get hurt.
We don't get these guys in often so don't get to find out about behavior.  I
do know that it is very skittish and can run like the wind.  If you do have
any information or ideas for me, it would be greatly appreciated.

 

My thanks for any answers!

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Subject: Birding Courtney Campbell Causeway – 05/19/15 [birdPIX]
From: David Laliberte <dllaliberte AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 23 May 2015 00:28:47 +0000
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Subject:   Birding Courtney Campbell Causeway – 05/19/15 [birdPIX]
•
Hi all:
• 
On 05/19/15 I was out at Courtney Campbell Causeway during the early afternoon 
for observing the shorebirds. This is at the small beach on the west end of the 
Causeway.  Due to construction of a new pedestrian/bicycle pathway this beach 
is presently closed to motor traffic/parking but one can still reach this beach 
by parking across the street/CCC in the small dirt lot.  Do be careful and use 
the pedestrian crosswalk & crossing signals in order to cross the causeway.  
In a way this is great in that there is not much public accesses in the area 
hence there are many birds on the beach to find.  Normally there were hordes 
of sunbathers/autos at this beach and not many birds. 

•
There was quite a group of shorebirds on the beach. Most of the birds wore 
their colorful breeding plumages.  One of the many Least Terns was a young 
bird from last year’s cohort.  There were approximately 20 LETE on the 
beach.  I did not notice any banded LETE but I could have easily overlooked 
the presence bands in the horde of the shorebirds. I observed one Black Tern; 
it was not in full breeding plumage.  This BLTE is a bit early here in 
Florida. My previous photo records dates that indicate that BLTE shows up in 
area during mid to late June 

• 
The last time I was out at CCC was on 05/05/15.  On May 5 there were quite a 
few of the colorful Black-bellied Plovers present.  Since then 

They have left the area.  A few remaining BBPL are still in their non-breeding 
plumages and drably marked. On May 5 The Ruddy Turnstones were not as brightly 
colored as they are now on the May 19. The Dunlins are also nicely colored 
compared to the transition plumage on the May 5 

•
The following list is of the shorebirds that I took shots of.  This is 
followed by the links to the images of the various species of shorebirds 
present. 

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Red-breasted Merganser, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, American 
Oystercatcher, Willet, Marbled Godwit, Sanderling, Semipalmated Sandpiper, 
Dunlin, Ruddy Turnstone, Laughing Gull, Least Tern, Black Tern, Forster's Tern, 
Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern, Black Skimmer.  

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Red-breasted Merganser • 051915 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., 
FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17760621958/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17762217059/
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Black-bellied Plover • 051915 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., 
FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17948458135/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17760624758/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17948481585/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17760870830/
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Semipalmated Plover • 051915 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17760871970/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17760587278/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17760871600/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17762220009/
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American Oystercatcher • 051915 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., 
FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17325886764/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17325885764/  
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17760604698/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17949134651/ 
Willet • 051915 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17948447565/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17948457745/
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Marbled Godwit • 051915 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17327935183/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17760843320/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17945363692/
Sanderling • 051915 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17327913833/
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Semipalmated Sandpiper • 051915 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., 
FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17922032516/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17762187019/
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Dunlin • 051915 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17948443125/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17760589418/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17922029236/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17948456035/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17949129391/
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Ruddy Turnstone • 051915 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17327923013/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17762178399/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17762179419/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17760833560/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17327929983/
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Laughing Gull • 051915 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17762214859/
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Least Tern • 051915 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17760859700/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17327951583/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17945374542/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17760821810/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17949105441/
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Black Tern • 051915 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17922017026/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17762173049/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17945345192/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17327922643/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17760582948/
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Forster’s Tern • 051915 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17945383072/
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Royal Tern • 051915 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17325904694/
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Sandwich Tern • 051915 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17949141231/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17922052726/
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Black Skimmer • 051915 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/17760618048/
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Subject: Merritt Island heron
From: Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst AT TAMPABAY.RR.COM>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 19:42:29 -0400
Suggest someone go to an expert on HERONS. 
Perhaps Andy Kratter can suggest someone.
None of us is an expert or experienced with reef herons, including me.

Sent from my iPad
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Subject: Re new email address
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Sorry about the repeat.  I guess old habits are hard to break!

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Effective 25 May 2015 my new email address will be rlbook AT gmail.com.

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Subject: Burrowing Owls in Cape Coral FL
From: David Laliberte <dllaliberte AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 16 May 2015 02:38:21 +0000
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Subject:  What an incredible story about the Burrowing Owls found in Cape 
Coral FL [birdPIX] 

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Hi all:
•
On Wednesday, 051315 about mid-afternoon we drove down to Cape Coral FL to look 
for the Burrowing Owls.  It was quite a surprise. 

•
Burrowing Owls [BUOW] are the only species of owl that utilizes a burrow dug 
into the ground for a nesting site.  They will utilize prairie-dog town 
burrows. They are usually found in areas with wide open grasslands or 
agricultural lands. You cannot get any closer than a block away from the owls. 
These BUOW are just a hair under 10 inches in length – not a real big owl. 
These owls are long-legged. 

•
Before arriving in the area my preconceived notion was that BUOW would probably 
be in the middle of open fields and not at all close for a camera shot.  These 
vacant lots are not that large but about the size of adjacent occupied lots 
with house for comparison. The most incredible BUOW observation was that these 
BUOW are found in a residential area with a several scattered vacant lots 
holding the burrows and perches.  

•
There are warning signs indicating that these BUOW are protected and that any 
disturbance is prohibited.  My friend & birding buddy Sharon had been there to 
see the BUOW several years ago.  She gave me some advice about finding these 
BUOW and the perches that some of the BUOW sat on – I had expected this to be 
a rim on the burrow.  These BUOW were so close at times that I could not get 
the camera to properly focus.  I did not get out of the car at all. 

•
They sometimes would sit on the ground near their burrow or sat on small 
perches that look like little crosses.  I found the first BUOW in a vacant lot 
across the street from Cape Coral Library.  I did not want to get too close 
for fear of disturbing birds.  Their location was just a couple of yards from 
the street.  I drove around the neighborhood and discovered many more sites; 
all within a couple yards off the street.  The parkway just outside the 
baseball field held BUOW with several sites 

•
None of the birds flushed.  I later found several chicks at one owl site.  
The young BUOW moved their head in a bobbing motion.  Their eyes were wide 
open and looking at me.  All the adults at these perches and burrows could 
have cared less about my presence; with their eyes shut and not paying any 
attention to my presence.   Cats, dogs & kids were out and about in the 
neighborhood. Apparently these factors are not a problem 

•
Florida Burrowing Owls • 051315 • Cape Coral Lee Co., FL, Pinellas Co., FL
Canon EOS 50D+EF100-400 mm IS USM • Laliberte 2015 – The following links 
lead to several shots that I took. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17707648085/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17085138844/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17707659125/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17520117980/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17681321166/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17707673585/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17705159142/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17705161852/
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Equipment used:  Canon EOS 50D+EF100-400 mm IS USM • Laliberte 2015
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Subject: Arctic Tern. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Fri, 15 May 2015 10:14:46 -0400
This morning, 5/15, I stopped by Ponce de Leon Inlet to check for birds 
possibly blown in by the strong winds and rain we had last night and this 
morning. I found a lone Arctic Tern flying around inside the Inlet. The bird 
showed the solidly blood red bill, very short neck, long tail streamers, dark 
gray underparts with white stripe on the face below the black cap, unmarked 
upper surface of the wings and a thin, black trailing edge on the underside of 
the primaries. 


Michael

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Subject: Mississippi Kites. South Daytona. Volusia County
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Tue, 12 May 2015 19:17:34 -0400
This afternoon, 5/12, I received a call from Steve Petruniac that he had seen a 
Mississippi Kite in South Daytona. After work I patrolled the area and found a 
female Mississippi Kite perched in a tree. After a short while the male 
appeared and I was able to observe the birds mating in an oak tree. For a 
couple of years we have seen Mississippi Kites in the Ormond Beach area, but 
this is the first time I have seen them farther south and the first time that 
there seems to be convincing evidence that they are breeding in the county. 


Yesterday, 5/11, there was also an immature Brown Booby sitting on Disappearing 
Island in Ponce de Leon Inlet. 


Michael

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Subject: Inca Dove - Pensacola
From: Lucy & Bob Duncan <town_point AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 12 May 2015 17:56:37 -0500
This Inca Dove picture was taken at Big Lagoon State park in SW Pensacola on 1 
May. The following is a description of the location: " it was at the end of the 
road, where the observation tower is. There are two covered pavilions near the 
shoreline that feed into opposite ends of the boardwalk. The dove landed in the 
dead tree by the north pavilion around 10:30 on 1 May. It flew in from the east 
over the lagoon". 


 

We just received this information and photo from a reliable source, and have 
not checked to see if the bird is still in the area. If anyone does find this 
bird again at Big Lagoon, please contact us. Thanks! 


 

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Subject: Spoonbill Pond Boardwalk OPEN
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 12 May 2015 12:10:30 -0400
Spoonbill Pond, Big Talbot Island, Duval Co.  Passing the wetland this
morning, we noted the "new" boardwalk's south access barrier has been
removed and replaced with signage cautioning that the north access remains
closed. Thus, we presume the boardwalk is now open from the south access
(Bluffs Parking area). Good news although the waterfowl have migrated and an
algal bloom appears to be developing. Just after dawn, roseate spoonbill
were roosting in snags in the pond and waders were concentrating there as
recently as last week. Please note, per above - the NORTH access nearest the
boat ramp parking lot remains barricaded. 

 

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Subject: Florida Grasshopper Sparrow - report date 5/12/15
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Tue, 12 May 2015 09:59:43 -0400
On the 7th and 8th of this month I went to 3 Lakes WMA near Lake Wales, 
Florida. I was checking the area out in hopes of hearing, and seeing the 
Endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrow. The area looks great. It is well 
maintained by the hard working biologist trying to save this extremely 
endangered bird. The place was erupted with songs from Red-winged Blackbirds, 
Common Yellowthroats, Bachman's Sparrow, and Eastern Meadowlark. Unfortunately 
the song of the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow was missing. The good news is that 
the birds are pretty much over the singing phase of mating, and are busy taking 
care of eggs or young! I was fortunate enough to find 4 different individuals. 
I'm told we have 68 breeding pair (known) this year! One of the birds I picked 
up as it was flying had a dragon fly. I'm sure it was feeding young. Hopefully 
after this nesting season the numbers will increase. 

 On another note the Red-cockaded Woodpecker at Hal Scott Preserve that had a 
cast put on it's broken foot was able to successfully mate, and now they have 
young! What a story, and probably first ever in the conservation of this 
endangered bird. Hats off to Maria Zondervan, and her crew. These biologist 
work very hard to increase population of this bird. The male Red-cockaded 
Woodpecker had a total of two cast put on it's foot. Each cast on for 2 weeks. 
When the cast was removed just before nesting it was doubtful that it could 
mate. I guess it showed us! 

 During the 7th and the 8th I like many other were able to see a once in a life 
time bird. The Curlew Sandpiper found on the Merritt Island NWR by Mitchell 
Harris was on every birder's mind. Many of us got to see the bird. Some even 
got to see it close without a scope! I unfortunately, only saw it at a 
distance, and thanks to many birders I was showed where it was. My eyes are 
bad, and even with binoculars I would have never found that bird. Thank you so 
much! The bird was last seen on the 9th. I went yesterday trying to re-locate 
it, but was unsuccessful. I have put up some pictures of it and the Florida 
Grasshopper Sparrows on my site www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen Yesterday I did 
pick up a new shore bird migrant that I have not seen yet this Spring. The 
White-rumped Sandpiper is moving through now. There are birds on the Biolab 
road, but the view is pretty much obstructed with over grown switch grass. I'm 
sure that a Ruff will frequent that area before this migration is entirely 
over. 


www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/16810665084

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/17247668849

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/17522535511

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/16913740703

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/17407633856

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Subject: Tropical Audubon (Miami, etc.) BirdBoard -- new site
From: "dotrobbins AT juno.com" <dotrobbins@JUNO.COM>
Date: Mon, 11 May 2015 12:21:50 GMT
Hi all, I discovered that the Tropical Audubon BirdBoard now has a new 
location: http://www.tropicalaudubon.org/blog/bird-board I spent some time 
trying to find it--google apparently doesn't yet know about it. I think it's 
still a work in progress, but it looks great. Dotty Robbins 

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Subject: CCC 050515 birdPIX
From: David Laliberte <dllaliberte AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 11 May 2015 00:13:02 +0000
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Subject:  CCC 050515 birdPIX
•
Hi all:
•
I was at the Courtney Campbell Causeway on the noon of 05/05/15.  I noted that 
some of the birds have acquired their breeding plumage.  Others are 
transistioning into their breeding plumage.  Some these same birds are still 
in their non-breeding plumage.  The following list encompasses the species 
that I have taken shots of.  This list is followed by the links to these 
species pix. 

•
Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Wilson’s Plover, American 
Oystercatcher, Willet, Least Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Sanderling, 
Dunlin, Ruddy Turnstone, Short-billed Dowitcher, Laughing Gull, Least Tern, 
Black Skimmer 

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Black-bellied Plover • 050515 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., 
FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17504609135/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17316809398/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/16882035584/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17316816128/
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Semipalmated Plover • 050515 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/16884288173/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17317006050/
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Wilson’s Plover • 050515 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17478224486/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/16884288113/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/16882025464/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17504598365/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/16882033134/
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American Oystercatcher • 050515 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., 
FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17478206786/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17504354201/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/16884287193/
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Willet • 050515 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/16882028484/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17504389031/
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Least Sandpiper • 050515 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/16885881633/
•
Semipalmated Sandpiper • 050515 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., 
FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/16885882363/
•
Sanderling • 050515 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/16883160854/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17505729775/
•
Dunlin • 050515 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17478208386/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17504358641/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17316799458/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17502441222/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17318298569/
•
Ruddy Turnstone • 050515 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17478210106/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17478210106/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17504604265/
•
Short-billed Dowitcher • 050515 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., 
FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/16884286273/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/16884292013/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17502453052/
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Laughing Gull • 050515 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17318285309/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17316802718/
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Least Tern • 050515 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17318294689/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17318292749/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17502452182/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17478235466/
•
Black Skimmer • 050515 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17504578235/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17504591725/
•
Equipment used:
Canon EOS 50D+EF100-400 mm IS USM • Laliberte 2015
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•
David Laliberte
Clearwater, FL
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Subject: Migrants Jacksonville
From: Bob Richter <brichter62 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 10 May 2015 02:55:07 -0400
Of which I saw a grand total of 0
yesterday (excepting shorebirds
and, probably, one raptor).

As of the last 30 minutes or so
there have been a fair number
of birds flying over my location
on the Ortega River. I can basically
only id a few flight calls, mostly
thrushes, and I didn't hear any of
those. I'm assuming warblers. All
of these birds were pretty low,
not much higher than 50 or 60
feet, many around 15 - 20. There
is also a fair amount of ambient
noise in the area, even this late.

This is not intended as a prediction
of conditions on the ground tomorrow.
These birds are obviously passing
over but who knows? I can say that
this is one of the heavier movements
I've heard this season, though this is
waaayyy past my usual bedtime. In
the past, in Baker County, I did have
a few really good early morning birding
days the first week to week and a half
of May, including days with 200+
thrushes, mostly Swainson's with some
Gray-cheeked as well as other migrant
passerines. Hope I can make it out of
bed before mid-afternoon today.

Bob Richter
aboard el Tortuga Gordo (I'm trying it out,
other options may follow)
Jacksonville

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Subject: Fw: Curlew Sandpiper tips
From: "dotrobbins AT juno.com" <dotrobbins@JUNO.COM>
Date: Fri, 8 May 2015 00:58:05 GMT
I was lucky enough to find the Curlew Sandpiper this morning. Here are a few 
comments that may be helpful. One must look east to see the bird, and that 
means the light in the morning is very poor. Initially it was difficult to even 
tell if this bird was red! But that became apparent as we continued to view it. 
The best light would be in the afternoon. I've only been out at Pump House once 
before (many years ago, to see a Ruff), and I wasn't sure how to get there. 
Once on Pump House Loop, step over the barricade (a rope or chain), and turn 
right (east). Walk until you see the pump house, then turn left (north). The 
mud flats are on the right. This morning, the Curlew Sandpiper was on the 
southern end of the mud flats, and I think this is where it was when Mitchell 
and Michael saw it yesterday. As soon as there is an opening where you can view 
the flats, stop and look. I found the bird just north of the line of vertical 
wooden posts. A scope is required, but I'm sure others will share. Good luck! 
Dotty Robbins 

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Subject: Florida bird photos
From: "Sanchez, Isaac C" <sanchez AT CHE.UTEXAS.EDU>
Date: Wed, 6 May 2015 15:21:16 +0000
Some photos from a recent trip to Key West and the Dry Tortugas:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/isaaccsanchez/sets/72157652234972312/

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Subject: First SA knots arrive in NE Florida - late Bonaparte gulls
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 6 May 2015 10:38:41 -0400
Ft. George Inlet:  Ca 170 Red knots foraged in the inlet this morning. Most
were on the remote inlet shoal, but later shifted to the north shore of
Huguenot Park. Amongst the flock was a knot flagged per FO[P3A] banded by
Patricia Gonzalez of San Antonio Oeste, Rio Negro province Argentina. We
will share the banding data when received from Patricia. Per their low
migratory condition, many other knots were of South American origin but were
unbanded. Otherwise, migrant Ruddy Turnstone and Black-bellied plover were
sighted around the inlet. 

 

At Spoonbill Pond on Big Talbot, we noted two Am. Avocet in alternate
plumage, a few Greater Yellowlegs, Short-billed Dowitcher in bright
alternate plumage, a few lingering Blue-wing teal and two Lesser Scaup and
two very  late Bonaparte Gulls. Waders included Roseate Spoonbill, Wood
Stork, Snowy Egret, Great Egret and Great Blue Heron. 

 

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Subject: Brown Booby. Whimbrels. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Wed, 6 May 2015 09:32:50 -0400
Yesterday, 5/05, after work I found an immature Brown Booby on the tower at the 
end of the north jetty at Ponce de Leon Inlet. This morning two Whimbrels flew 
across the Inlet heading north. 


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Subject: Carillon BP 050215 birdPIX
From: David Laliberte <dllaliberte AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Wed, 6 May 2015 00:16:49 +0000
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I was at Carillon BP on 050215. I was at the Carillon PB during the mid-morning 
period. My main objective was to find and photograph the Least Bitterns.  I 
found two Bitterns; possibly a third Bittern. I shot three species which 
included:  Green Heron, Least Bittern and White-eyed Towhee.  

• 
Green Heron • 050215 • Carillon BP, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/16764567993/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17384504721/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17384853195/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17198626129/ 
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Least Bittern • 050215 • Carillon BP, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17358894486/    
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17198624859/  
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17358894776/ 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/16762323724/  
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17382873162/  

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White-eyed Towhee • 050215 • Carillon BP, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/16762322644/ 
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Canon EOS 50D+EF100-400 mm IS USM • Laliberte 2015
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Subject: An April to remember - a summary
From: Lucy & Bob Duncan <town_point AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 4 May 2015 20:44:20 -0500
Hi all,

 

               Well, what began as a ho-hum April with prospects of the
Bermuda High dominating the weather picture, occasional weak fronts barely
reaching the coast, and squall lines dissipating as they approached turned
into a surprise. Warm Gulf air reinforced moisture streaming in from the
Pacific, and together they produced a series of upper level lows that
marched across the northern Gulf or lower South. This began about 10 April
and lasted to the end of the month. Rain in April equals birds. And rain it
did. Here in Gulf Breeze we recorded 10.11 inches. Birders from Dauphin
Island AL to St. George Island FL had great birding most of the time. There
were three fallouts that birders described as meeting the definition as
classics, birds streaming by the hundreds down the islands at eye level.
This occurred at Dauphin Is. on the 12th and Ft Pickens on the 19th & 26th.
In between those dates birds continued to put down in lesser numbers, and
"leftovers" from previous influxes continued to entertain. There were a few
days of slack birding but no complaints! 

 

               What made this wet April different from previous ones was
that in spite of the rain, winds usually continued out of the south, which
allowed birds to put down briefly, forage, and continue migrating north with
tail winds. Fallouts in the recent past usually were accompanied by a swing
to stiff north winds which held birds down after the rain grounded them. So
the month was good for birders and birds. We do not recall seeing any tired
birds during this period (only tired birders) though other birders may have
seen some. 

 

               The three county area (Escambia, Santa Rosa & Okaloosa)
recorded 34 species of warblers!  Rather than list them we'll list what was
missed - Nashville, Connecticut (7 records since 1916, 4 of which were in
May), Kirtland's (dream on), Canada, and Wilson's. We saw only one to three
Orchard Orioles and Blue Grosbeaks were few and far between, but Birmingham
birder Scot Duncan says those species are in full breeding mode in north
central Alabama. Very unusual, but they apparently overflew our section of
the coast.  We consider 1 May the cutoff for Spring Migration and apparently
it's happening, with the dry, stable Bermuda High in position giving us fair
weather and an easterly influence. Modest fallouts can occur this month; the
latest we have experienced was about 12 May. So there is hope. But May is
the month for shorebirds, so all is not lost!

 

Bob and Lucy Duncan

Regional Compilers, Field Observations Committee

Florida Ornithological Society

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle

 


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Subject: Merritt Island NWR 5-4-15
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Mon, 4 May 2015 17:38:07 -0400
Last week and today I have been searching the Refuge for shore birds. I've been 
concentrating on Peacock Pocket road. I've seen a nice flock of Bobolinks off 
it this past Friday. The shore birds have been practically non existent until 
yesterday when a few started showing up. I've seen Western Sandpipers, Least 
Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plovers, Spotted Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, 
Black-bellied Plover, Stilt Sandpiper, and Red Knot. All in very small numbers. 
The Boat-tailed Grackel, Red-winged Blackbirds have been busy feeding 
fledglings all up and down the road. The Green Heron has also been busy to 
feeding young. Hoping to find a Ruff like they had last year on the Bio Lab 
Road. The Bio Lab road is difficult to bird now, because vegetation is blocking 
the view in most places. I had an interesting find today when about a dozen 
American Wigeon set down from migrating. It's pretty late for them now. However 
there are still a number of Blue-winged Teal around. 

 I always looked forward to April because of the Gulf migrants coming in at Ft. 
Desoto. I had a first several days ago when I went there. It's the first time 
I've ever been, and not seen a single migrant. I guess that migration is pretty 
much well over. Maybe this week we'll start seeing some Connecticut Warblers on 
these east winds. 

  
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Danny Bales
Titusville, Fla.
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Subject: Lori Wilson Park / Cruickshank Sanctuary [Brevard County]
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 3 May 2015 19:16:10 -0400
I met up with Camille over at Lori Wilson Park, on the odd chance something
might be going on. There wasn't much. We saw a few people (including
Phyllis) at the "pond" near the boardwalk entrance and watched a few doves,
some grackles, and House Sparrows for a bit before doing the boardwalk
loop. Nothing much going on there, as expected. In the end we saw quite a
few cardinals, a couple of catbirds, a redstart, several yellowthroats, and
one or two Palm Warblers. I caught a couple of glimpses of a two (probably)
separate Ovenbirds, but that was about it. We also saw a couple of
super-cute baby bunnies and one adult rabbit.

We decided to pop over to Cruickshank and see what was going on there. We
had a much more exciting day, with Scrub Jays landing on our heads, some
towhees, a Pileated Woodpecker feeding two very LOUD chicks, a Northern
Flicker, an active Osprey nest, 3 (probably - we saw one, but heard others)
bobwhites, an airborne Sandhill Crane, and a few other birdy visitors here
and there among the scrub. It turned out to be a fun morning! I even caught
a Roseate Spoonbill on the way back out to US-1. It was hard to estimate
how many of the jays we saw, since they're pretty mobile, but probably at
least a dozen. Near the end of the walk we had 6 (including one fledgling)
in one small sapling by the path.

Cheers,
Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County

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Subject: Turkey Creek Sanctuary [Brevard County] 4/29/2015
From: Christopher Ferro <arachnid43 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Apr 2015 17:07:25 +0000
My friend, and nascent birder, Camille, and I went out to Turkey Creek this 
morning and met up with Bill Haddad to follow up on the good birding Bill had 
the previous day. It started out slow, and never got as good as he had it 
yesterday, but we ended up with a decent morning. Most of the same characters 
Bill saw at TC and that I saw and Erna Nixon yesterday were present. 

(My numbers are approx - we were in and amongst moving flocks, so some may be 
repeat birds) 

8 or 9 Blackpoll Warblers, male and female4-ish American Redstarts, male and 
female7 or 8 Black-and-white Warblers, male and female4-ish Black-throated Blue 
Warblers, males and 1 female3 or 4 Cape May Warblers - 1 female, in a tree 
right above of the car, first thing (had to use fuzzy photo to verify) and a 
couple of STUNNING males.1 or 2 White-eyed Vireos - probably males, based on 
the singing?1 Magnolia Warbler male (poor Bill missed this one, he was really 
hoping!)a Bunch of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers2 Yellow-billed Cuckoos (woohoo!), at 
one point in the same tree.a few Gray Catbirdsa Wicked Lot of Northern 
Cardinals2 or 3 Northern Parulas, male and female1 Prairie Warbler, male2 or 3 
Common Yellowthroats, malea few Fish Crowsseveral Black Vultures1 Great Blue 
Heron 

Voice only:Great Crested FlycatchersBarred Owl (in the distance)Sandhill 
Cranesa Crap Ton of Carolina Wrenspossible Eastern Towhee 

We saw a 3rd cuckoo-looking bird but didn't get a great look at it. Soon after 
I heard a faint "ku-ku-ku," like a Black-billed Cuckoo, in the direction we saw 
it fly. I cannot be certain that's what it was. It was very faint. 

Also, something suspiciously like a dark-phase Short-tailed Hawk soared over, 
but not a good enough look to be sure. That would have been a great one! 

Bill is headed back to the Tarheel State (NC) this weekend for the summer. Safe 
journey, Bill. See you this fall! 

Christopher FerroMelbourne/Brevard County

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Subject: Erna Nixon Park, Brevard County (before the rain)
From: Christopher Ferro <arachnid43 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Apr 2015 14:49:39 +0000
I had a cancelled meeting this morning, so used it as an opportunity to walk 
nearby Erna Nixon Park. It was actually pretty good for a 35-40 minute jaunt, 
especially since the rains came about 2/3 of the way through the boardwalk loop 
(which I walked in "reverse"). By the time I got past Vista II, the rain was 
really starting to come down, so anything that may have been out at Vista I, I 
didn't see (that's where I see Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at times). Once 
passed Vista I and toward the exit it was really pouring. 

6 Black-and-white Warblers1 Ovenbird8 American Redstarts7 Black-throated Blue 
Warblers5 Common Yellowthroats2 Blackpoll Warblers4 Northern Parulas2 Great 
Crested Flycatchers12 Northern Cardinals1 Gray Catbird2 Blue Jays4 Carolina 
Wrens 

Cheers,Christopher FerroMelbourne/Brevard County
P.S.No Tufted Titmouses or Carolina Chickadees (hee hee, ;-) )

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Subject: Courtney Campbell Causeway 042215 birdPIX
From: David Laliberte <dllaliberte AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2015 00:09:59 +0000
 FLORIDABIRDS-L AT LISTS.UFL.EDU
Subject:  Courtney Campbell Causeway 042215 birdPIX
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Hi all:
•
I was out at Courtney Campbell Causeway on the late morning of the 042215 for 
about 45 minutes. 

Many of the shorebirds are starting to acquire their breeding plumages. I think 
that I had a nesting Wilson’s Plover as it hung nearby me.  This area of the 
beach holding the Plover was not disturbed like the dirt and heavy equipment on 
the other end of the beach.  The beach is closed to vehicle traffic.  Except 
the construction crew I was the only one on the beach. There were probably 
about a dozen + Least Tern.  Some of the terns were presenting small minnows 
to possible mates.  I think with none of the traffic & lack of beach goers 
that conditions were ideal for the Least Terns. 

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I observed and shot images of the following species. The image links are after 
this list: 

Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Wilson’s Plover, Eastern Willet, 
Short-billed Dowitcher, Sanderling, Dunlin, Laughing Gull, Least Tern, 
Forster’s Tern, Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern 

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Black-bellied Plover • 042215 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., 
FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17069991200/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17069990680/ 
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Semipalmated Plover • 042215 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17069991560/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17231567746/ 
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Wilson’s Plover • 042215 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17257551445/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17255780512/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17050131577/ 
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Eastern Willet • 042215 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/16635091694/ 
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Short-billed Dowitcher • 042215 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., 
FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17069996790/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17255783132/ 
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Sanderling • 042215 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/16635092214/  
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17257004001/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17231574546/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17255778342/ 
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Dunlin • 042215 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17069995900/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17050134027/ 
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Laughing Gull • 042215 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17231581886/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17255792152/ 
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Least Tern • 042215 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/16637339873/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17050135747/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/16637339423/
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Forster’s Tern • 042215 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17071336659/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17257559605/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17255788902/ 
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Royal Tern • 042215 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17255787262/
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Sandwich Tern • 042215 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/16637344243/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17257009801/ 
 •
Equipment utilized:
Canon EOS 50D+EF100-400 mm IS USM • Laliberte 2015
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Happy birding!
•
David Laliberte
Clearwater, FL
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Checkout my birdPIX at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder  

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Subject: Ten rainy days in April - a summary
From: Lucy & Bob Duncan <town_point AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:20:48 -0500
Hi all,

 

               What started out as a boring Spring migration turned in to
birding ecstasy here on the northern Gulf Coast. Well, that depended on when
and where you were on any given day. Wet weather began on the 10th and has
apparently ended today (20 April). Moisture feeding in from the Pacific was
enhanced by warm moist air from the Gulf and upper level lows developed
along the coast or in the Gulf. While there was no classic fallout in the
traditional sense, there were several significant "influxes" of birds at
migrant traps. Usually, squall lines in the Gulf ahead of cold fronts put
birds down and a following N wind holds them at the traps. This series of
rain events was not followed by N winds of any consequence and birds
continued to have southerly winds allowing them to continue moving north.
But rain made them pause along the coast on several days.

 

               On 12 April, rain in the Gulf caused what was described as a
classic fallout at Dauphin Is., with lots of birds moving down Cadillac St
at shoulder level, but at Gulf Breeze,  AT  60 mi east, a significant but
lesser number of birds put down. An all night rain on 13 April, which
continued to  AT  5 p.m. in Gulf Breeze dumped 4.97 " of rain and more birds
came in.

 

               On 15 April, the Duncans ran a Birdathon from Pensacola to
Dauphin Is. via Ft. Morgan and logged 42 Neotropical passerine migrants,
including  AT  17 spcs of warblers, finding migrants present in good numbers at
both locations. These could have been "leftovers" from rain in the Gulf on
14 April or migrants putting down that day, hard to tell.

 

               On 19 April, a squall line passed through Gulf Breeze between
7:30 & 8:30 a.m, which cleared Dauphin Is earlier in the morning. In this
case winds shifted to SW, helping vector birds farther east. Ft. Pickens had
what was described as a heavy fallout and the Duncans had 39 Neotropical
passerine migrants including 17 warbler species (best Mourning, Lucy only).
From what I gathered reading the ebird reports from Dauphin Is., it did not
enjoy the number of birds we had in NW FL (unfortunate for the AOS folks).
Apparently the rain passed the AL coast before migrants arrived, but just in
time as they approached the NW FL coast.  St George Is., about 150 mi east
of Gulf Breeze also had a good influx. 

 

               So it all depended where you were on any particular day,
feast or famine. The vagaries of the weather and birding. The forecast for
the next 7 days does not call for significant rainfall (40% Thurs) for this
end of the Gulf Coast. Do I hesitate to say "time for a rest?"

 

Bob Duncan

Gullf Breeze in the w. Panhandle  


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Subject: Common Loon in Breeding Plumage Jacksonville
From: Bob Richter <brichter62 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:58:49 -0400
Late this afternoon I found a Common Loon
in full breeding plumage at a location well
inland from both the coast and the river. It's
not unusual to find them at inland ponds and
lakes in north Florida between now and into
June but this is the first time I've found one
in alternate plumage away from the Gulf
Coast. The bird appeared in good health and
was seen swimming, preening and diving. He
did not seem too concerned by my presence.
I was able to get within 30 - 40 feet, maybe
less. He was sharing his pond with a Double-
crested Cormorant and a Sandhill Crane.

The bird was in the northern large retention
pond on the east side of Pritchard Rd at the
south end of Westlake Industrial Park. If that
sounds hard to work out, the link below takes
you to the first of the four shots. Click on "View
Map" under the image.

http://www.pbase.com/bob_richter/image/159798136

Also seen today: many Bachmann's Sparrows at
Branan Field Mitigation Park. Photo link:

http://www.pbase.com/bob_richter/image/159798132

Bob Richter
Jacksonville


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Subject: Seacrest Scrub Natural Area, Boynton Beach
From: John Shelly <jshelly1 AT JUNO.COM>
Date: Sun, 19 Apr 2015 12:22:51 -0400
Just a heads up that I had a lot of warbler activity this morning at the
Seacrest Scrub, Boynton Beach - 10 species 57 individuals.

John Shelly, Boynton Beach

Seacrest Scrub Natural Area, Palm Beach, US-FL
Apr 19, 2015 9:00 AM - 11:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments:     lots of warbler activity
19 species

Red-tailed Hawk  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
White-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  3
Fish Crow  2
Gray Catbird  2
Northern Mockingbird  2
Ovenbird  2
Worm-eating Warbler  2
Black-and-white Warbler  7
Common Yellowthroat  1
American Redstart  4
Cape May Warbler  2
Northern Parula  6
Black-throated Blue Warbler  7     6 m, 1 f
Palm Warbler  9
Prairie Warbler  16
Northern Cardinal  8

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22943114

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

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Subject: RFI Tampa-St. Pete area
From: Annette Bittaker <bittaker AT WINDSTREAM.NET>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:22:17 -0400
Three Birders from Ga. Will be in the area May 6-9.  I would appreciate any
up to date information you have on places to bird.  We are unfamiliar with
the area and have no target birds.  Just looking for a good birding
experience.  Places suggested are Fort Desoto, Honeymoon Island, and Lettuce
lake.  If you can add to this please do.

Annette Bittaker

Douglas, Coffee co. Ga.


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Subject: Rain, rain, rain
From: Lucy & Bob Duncan <town_point AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:00:58 -0500
Hi all,

 

We started off the day with a surprise, just when you're expecting migrant
songbirds, a Pacific Loon paddled by the end of our dock.

               

Rain has been a presence along the northern Gulf Coast for 8 days -
sometimes at night, sometimes in the day. Has it brought birds to the north
central coast? It depends on where you were and where the rain was on any
given day. As far as I know, the  impressive fallout of 12 April at Dauphin
Island has not been repeated. It's hard to tell whether birds at the traps
are lingerers from that fallout or came in afterwards. Lucy, friends of ours
and I ran a Birdathon on the 15th (Pensacola - Ft. Morgan - Dauphin Is.) and
found lots of birds, but not a fallout. Meanwhile, back "home," birders at
Ft. Pickens that day had lots of birds. I suspect more birds are coming in
and putting down with this unsettled weather, but with the continued SE or S
tailwinds, they just take off after refueling.

 

Currently, the southern Gulf and Yucatan have SE winds and fair weather,
good for launch. But as birds move into the N Gulf, winds become more
southerly or variable and diminish somewhat, enhancing our chances for birds
to move more our way. Where will the rain be tomorrow (Saturday) morning as
they approach the coast? That's the big question. Forecast for Pensacola is
showers likely after 1 pm tomorrow (Sat), which means earlier for Dauphin
Island. Great for the AOS meeting tomorrow.  (update - at 5 pm winds WSW
fresh along coast, not in original marine forecast, but better for birding).

 

Several reports of Black-whiskered Vireos and Cape May Warblers the past few
days indicate some birds are coming in from the West Indies on SE winds,
since these species migrate to the east of Yucatan. Other species winter
both in the West Indies and Central and South America, such as Redstarts,
Worm-eating Warblers and Ovenbirds. Lots of Worm-eating Warblers have been
reported lately and they may have originated in the West Indies as well. But
who can say?

 

At any rate, this is developing into one of the best spring migrations in
years. And to think it started out really boring! As I type this I see a
Kentucky Warbler out our window here in Gulf Breeze. A portend of things to
come tomorrow? Update 3:36 pm - more birds are dropping down into our yard
(Scarlet & Summer Tanagers, R E Vireos, Worm-eating Warblers,
Prothonotaries, Palms, Hooded, Y B Cuckoo, and indigo buntings).

 

Bob & Lucy Duncan

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Subject: Brown Booby. Purple Sandpiper. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 22:03:18 -0400
This afternoon, 4/14, I checked the north jetty at Ponce de Leon Inlet and 
found a 1st year Brown Booby on the tower at the end on the north jetty. This 
is probably the same Brown Booby that Bob Wallace found on one the marker buoys 
off the Inlet on Saturday, although we also received a young Brown Booby into 
our bird hospital from New Smyrna Beach late on Saturday, so there were two 
different Brown Boobies in the Inlet this weekend. The Purple Sandpiper was 
also still present on the north jetty. It is gaining its alternate plumage and 
is looking very dapper. 


Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL

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Subject: Re: [nflbirds] Weather & birds April 12 & 13 (Sun & Mon)
From: Jim Stevenson <galornsoc AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:48:33 -0500
Yes, we had an amazing day Sunday, like some of the good days of old. It's
also been pretty good since. All this inclement weather is good for
grounding many birds along the coast. And without the north wind, casualties
may well be less.

 

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Subject: [nflbirds] Weather & birds April 12 & 13 (Sun & Mon)

 

  

Hi all,

 

               Just when some of us thought the days of classic fallouts
were over, hundreds or thousands of birds at the traps, trees dripping with
birds, I got this report from Jenny & Sto Stowers from Dauphin Is.  posted
on Apr 13th "birding has been unbelievable on D. I. - since about 3 pm
yesterday it has been nothing like I've ever seen, last night thousands of
birds came down Cadillac (St.) at about shoulder level. Sto and I were on
the dune trail and saw birds coming in along the beach. Others had the same
experience today. Today about 4 pm birding everywhere was wonderful. Birds
continued to come in to about dark." Now that was an old fashioned fallout!
Great for birders, bad for birds.

 

               The key ingredient -rain in the Gulf. The day those birds
came down Cadillac Av, here in Gulf Breeze, only about 60 miles to the east,
we had a good day, but a smattering of birds only. The birds left Yucatan
and Central America on the usual SE winds, but as they entered the central
Gulf, winds became more southerly and were rather light, surface and aloft,
not a good tail wind to bring them up fast. As they approached the northern
Gulf, rain was encountered and more SSW winds aloft. That should have
brought most to the LA coast (Peveto Bch had lots) and moving on a broad
front, many made it as far east as D. I., but 60 miles made a big difference
and Gulf Breeze got some, but not a classic fallout. 

 

               That birds would continue to come in till dark can be
explained by a couple of reasons. First, tail winds were rather light and
not the usual strength, delaying landfall. Second, many birds, in fact
probably lots of birds, do not take off from the tip of Yucatan. About 10 or
15 miles of the north end of Yucatan is very dry, almost desert-like and I
don't think birds stage liftoff from there. Farther south, especially around
the ruins, vegetation gets lush and offers better staging opportunity. Also,
some birds begin their migration from well south of the Yucatan peninsula.
So time of arrival will differ by these factors as well as by species. I
recall a classic fallout at Ft. Morgan on 10 Apr 89 when a massive fallout
began about 11 a.m. (according to script) and lasted to about 3:30 p.m.

 

               Radar currently shows rain to the mouth of the MS River and
once again the prospect of fallout somewhere to my west. The forecast for
Pensacola is 50 - 70 % rain through Saturday! Looks like we birders here in
NW FL and AL are not going to get any rest! I'm not complaining!

 

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Subject: Weather & birds April 12 & 13 (Sun & Mon)
From: Lucy & Bob Duncan <town_point AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 15:42:56 -0500
Hi all,

 

               Just when some of us thought the days of classic fallouts
were over, hundreds or thousands of birds at the traps, trees dripping with
birds, I got this report from Jenny & Sto Stowers from Dauphin Is.  posted
on Apr 13th "birding has been unbelievable on D. I. - since about 3 pm
yesterday it has been nothing like I've ever seen, last night thousands of
birds came down Cadillac (St.) at about shoulder level. Sto and I were on
the dune trail and saw birds coming in along the beach. Others had the same
experience today. Today about 4 pm birding everywhere was wonderful. Birds
continued to come in to about dark." Now that was an old fashioned fallout!
Great for birders, bad for birds.

 

               The key ingredient -rain in the Gulf. The day those birds
came down Cadillac Av, here in Gulf Breeze, only about 60 miles to the east,
we had a good day, but a smattering of birds only. The birds left Yucatan
and Central America on the usual SE winds, but as they entered the central
Gulf, winds became more southerly and were rather light, surface and aloft,
not a good tail wind to bring them up fast. As they approached the northern
Gulf, rain was encountered and more SSW winds aloft. That should have
brought most to the LA coast (Peveto Bch had lots) and moving on a broad
front, many made it as far east as D. I., but 60 miles made a big difference
and Gulf Breeze got some, but not a classic fallout. 

 

               That birds would continue to come in till dark can be
explained by a couple of reasons. First, tail winds were rather light and
not the usual strength, delaying landfall. Second, many birds, in fact
probably lots of birds, do not take off from the tip of Yucatan. About 10 or
15 miles of the north end of Yucatan is very dry, almost desert-like and I
don't think birds stage liftoff from there. Farther south, especially around
the ruins, vegetation gets lush and offers better staging opportunity. Also,
some birds begin their migration from well south of the Yucatan peninsula.
So time of arrival will differ by these factors as well as by species. I
recall a classic fallout at Ft. Morgan on 10 Apr 89 when a massive fallout
began about 11 a.m. (according to script) and lasted to about 3:30 p.m.

 

               Radar currently shows rain to the mouth of the MS River and
once again the prospect of fallout somewhere to my west. The forecast for
Pensacola is 50 - 70 % rain through Saturday! Looks like we birders here in
NW FL and AL are not going to get any rest! I'm not complaining!

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle

 

 


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Subject: Gitcher Avocets right here Jacksonville
From: Bob Richter <brichter62 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2015 17:19:24 -0400
After spending two days baking in the sun
at the boat show and having had almost no
time at all to bird last week I decided to get
out and look for some of those migrants.

I headed across town and proceeded to get
washed out at the arboretum. The little pavilion
by the lake is kind of nice to sit under while it's
pouring.

Next I stopped at Spanish Pond where the
usual waders and Wood Ducks were going
about their business. I kept hearing, but could
not find, some Goldfinches.

I decided to check out the view from Ribault
Column. The spoil ponds on Buck Island still
had a fair number of Shovelers and Blue-winged
Teal. There were also Mallards, Canadas, both
Yellowlegs and a pair of Black-necked Stilts.

I zoomed in on the shorebirds to see if any
Dowitchers were present. None were. While
still at higher power I scanned other areas of
the island. On the east side there is another
pond. It is visible as a thin finger of water along
the far end of the island. I saw a couple more
Shovelers. I panned along the pond and saw
the Avocets. At least six birds were present.
They were large shorebirds, white with a large
black patch on the wings and noticeably cinnamon
colored heads and necks. They were actively
feeding along the length of the pond, sometimes
together, sometimes spread out. Their habit
of moving steadily through the water with heads
down and tails up, heads moving from side to side
was quite apparent, even from a distance, and
is what first caught my attention.

From the column, look at the far side of Buck Island.
The visible portion of the pond there should have
marsh behind it, some trees on the outside of
the dike, then a bit of river and the shipyards at
the mouth of the intracoastal wateray beyond that.
Note that Ribault Column has a gate which is closed
at 5 pm. A scope is an absolute necessity to see
the birds from that distance (.65 miles per Google
Earth)..

This was at least the fourth time I have up there
this year checking the ponds on the island. I had
already written off Avocets as a species I would
have to wait till next winter to see. They can be
found on nearby Bartram Island in large numbers
but require a small boat.

While scanning the marshes across the river I saw
a flock of about 30 White Pelicans. It isn't unusual
to see them from the column in flight, on the tidal
pools or on the oyster rakes along the Intracoastal.
These birds were perched on some unknown surface
well to the north of Heckscher and well to the west
of the waterway. It could be I just haven't noticed
them there before.

Bob Richter
Jacksonville

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Subject: Weather & birds, upcoming week
From: Lucy & Bob Duncan <town_point AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 12 Apr 2015 16:51:33 -0500
Hi all,

 

Rain chances for the AL - NW FL coasts range from 70% to 40% all next week!
This is the result of a series of upper level disturbances which will track
along the coast and lower south. Forecast winds remain basically SE to S
during the period, fairly light (8 - 13 knots) in strength, not enough I
should think, to vector ALL the birds to the TX coast. The question is, in
light winds out of the SE, surface and aloft in the Gulf, will birds home in
on the Appalachians where many breed and head N or NE. I don't know the
answer to that one! I should think so. Hopefully, some will come our way. We
should continue to get West Indian migrants under the forecast conditions,
however (evident by several Black-whiskered Vireo reports). At any rate,
things are looking up.

 

The conditions forecast above occurred yesterday and brought us here in Gulf
Breeze (also reports from Ft. Pickens and Dauphin Is.) a modest number of
migrants, basically West Indian. The Duncan clan, Scot, Will, Lucy and I,
logged 63 species in our "hood" without getting into a car! Best bird a Cave
Swallow. Peveto Woods in SW LA had 19 species of warblers, which fits well
with the weather pattern of fairly light SE influence for the entire Gulf.

 

Regarding Black-whiskered Vireos, two sub-species occur in our area. The one
that occurs in south FL, Vireo altiloquus barbatulus, most resembles the
Red-eyed Vireo. The other, V. a. altiloquus, is the Caribbean sub-species
some of which migrate north in spring and overshoot into our area. They are
browner overall, with a larger bill and fainter whisker than barbatulus. So
note what you might have, because today's sub-species may be tomorrow's full
species. I have found that the two types occur about equally in our area.

 

Bob Duncan

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Subject: Bronzed Cowbird Pembroke Pines
From: Dart <humeston AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 11 Apr 2015 12:46:30 -0400
I have not been active in birding for some time but regardless, I am still 
pretty sure this is a Bronzed Cowbird that showed up at my feeder in 
Pembroke Pines this afternoon.
I was set up in my backyard with tripod, camera, iphone and reading material 
waiting for the Painted Buntings to show up when this guy appears. I first I 
thought he was a grackle but the size and shape wasn't right and then I saw 
the red eyes!
I only acquired two shots of him with my camera, neither great, but good 
enough to ID.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/humeston/16924446239/in/set-72157651902183675

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Subject: Rain dance invitation
From: Lucy & Bob Duncan <town_point AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 9 Apr 2015 17:25:05 -0500
Hi all,

 

Finally, rain is in the forecast again for the Alabama-Northwest Florida
Coast, with 60% Friday and 50% Saturday. Not the best odds and I suspect
most of this energy will be over the mainland. But at least there is hope.
And the good news is that the winds will be SW tomorrow as birds approach
the northern Gulf, so they should be vectored our way if they are aloft.
Conditions are good for lift-off in Yucatan tonight. So it's looking good
for a possible put down of some birds at our traps tomorrow and possibly
Saturday. I hesitate to use the term "fallout" because, as it has been
rightly  pointed out, tons of birds coming down is not in the cards, but
more than a trickle out is quite possible.

 

I just saw the projection of the storms for tomorrow, the forecast is for
the squall line to be west of Pensacola as most birds approach the coast,
(mid-morning/early afternoon) but stations to our west have a better chance.
That, of course, is a projection that could possibly change. Timing is
everything.

 

Looking at the overall spring weather picture, this is shaping up to be
rather typical, with a weak front and associated squall line approaching the
area about once a week or less. What makes for great birding along the coast
(bad news for birds) is a couple of low pressure cells to develop in the
Gulf and dump heavy rainfall in the area. That does not happen very often in
spring, fortunately for the birds.

 

Good luck and good birding,

 

Bob Duncan

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Subject: 2-day panhandle venture
From: "dotrobbins AT juno.com" <dotrobbins@JUNO.COM>
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2015 22:58:54 GMT
Debbie Segal and I tried to jam as many counties and spots into a mere 2 days: 
Monday and Tuesday. (I consistently construct expanding itineraries that 
require many return trips!) Highlights were: Broad-winged Hawk (Holmes co) 
Orchard Oriole (sadly they are hard to find these days) (Holmes co) Wilson's 
Phalarope (Okaloosa holding ponds aka Mama Rosa ponds) Least Tern (Liberty) 
singing Swainson's Warbler (Holmes) multiple singing Hooded Warblers Pine 
Siskin (Calhoun). We tracked down the previously reported WW Doves in Madison 
and ST Flycatcher in Liberty. All that resulted in only a dozen new county 
ticks for me, but we had a grand time seeking and seeing. Dotty Robbins 

High Springs

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Subject: Courtney Campbell Causeway 040615 birdPIX
From: David Laliberte <dllaliberte AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2015 01:52:10 +0000
  FLORIDABIRDS-L AT LISTS.UFL.EDU 
Subject: Courtney Campbell Causeway 040615 birdPIX
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Hi all:
•
During the late morning period on 040615 I was out at Courtney Campbell 
Causeway.  The most exciting find was that the Least Tern are back.  This is 
the first of the season for me.  Other birders have indicated that LETE are 
back in the last couple of days. There were probably a dozen or so LETE present 

• 
I observed the following species:   Red-breasted Merganser, Black-bellied 
Plover, Willet, Laughing Gull, Royal Tern, Forster’s Tern, Black Skimmer. 
Noticeably absent were any of the small peep sandpipers. 

•
The following are the links to images that I shot:
•
Black-bellied Plover • 040615 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., 
FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/16886314279/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/16886314129/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/16450089214/
•
Willet • 040615 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/16450088204/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/16450087814/
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Royal Tern • 040615 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17071790011/
•
Forster’s Tern • 040615 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/16450088804/Least Tern • 040615 • 
Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17046794706/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/16452601943/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/16452602313/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17072014811/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17071276232/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/17046794236/ 
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Black Skimmer • 040615 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/16450087284/
•
Equipment used:
Canon EOS 50D+EF100-400 mm IS USM • Laliberte 2015
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Happy Birding! 
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David Laliberte
Clearwater, FL•Checkout my birdPIX at:
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Subject: Re: Hal Scott Preserve 4-7-15
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Apr 2015 21:44:59 -0400
Thanks to all that responded to my question on the Worthington's Marsh 
Wren. I took the information, and did some more research, and found out 
the it's range is in salt marshes from the St. Marys River/CumberlandSound 
(Nassau County) to just north of the St. Johns River (Duval County)(formerly 

 south to New Smyrna, Volusia County) The reason they are not south to 
New Smyrna is because of the introduction of mangroves in the marshes. 
They do not tolerate hard wood in the marsh. So my bird was out of 
range, and a good find. 

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

> Date: Tue, 7 Apr 2015 18:39:41 -0400
> From: sueredfish AT MSN.COM
> Subject: [FLORIDABIRDS-L] Hal Scott Preserve 4-7-15
> To: FLORIDABIRDS-L AT LISTS.UFL.EDU
> 
> Working with the Red-cockaded Woodpeckers today. Lot of activity going on. 
Singing birds were Bachman's Sparrows, Brown-headed Nuthatches, Eastern 
Meadowlarks, Eastern Towhees, Pine Warblers, and returning Great-crested 
Flycatchers. Thursday we take the Red-cockaded Woodpecker back to the vet. to 
have the cast removed. His has really pecked away at his second cast. 

> On another note I still would like for some of the more experienced birders 
who have not committed on the Worthington's Marsh Wren to help myself, and 
other birders know if it's migratory, local, or is it just another Marsh Wren, 
and not worthy of discussing. It would be most helpful. I've been photographing 
birds now about 9 years, and I've never seen one or heard any discussion of 
one. 

> 
> www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/17069841532
> 
> www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/17045350036
> 
> www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/16883553148
> 
> www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/16863907117
> 
> www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/17071332495
> 
> 
> Danny Bales
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Subject: Hal Scott Preserve 4-7-15
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Apr 2015 18:39:41 -0400
Working with the Red-cockaded Woodpeckers today. Lot of activity going on. 
Singing birds were Bachman's Sparrows, Brown-headed Nuthatches, Eastern 
Meadowlarks, Eastern Towhees, Pine Warblers, and returning Great-crested 
Flycatchers. Thursday we take the Red-cockaded Woodpecker back to the vet. to 
have the cast removed. His has really pecked away at his second cast. 

 On another note I still would like for some of the more experienced birders 
who have not committed on the Worthington's Marsh Wren to help myself, and 
other birders know if it's migratory, local, or is it just another Marsh Wren, 
and not worthy of discussing. It would be most helpful. I've been photographing 
birds now about 9 years, and I've never seen one or heard any discussion of 
one. 


www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/17069841532

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/17045350036

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/16883553148

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/16863907117

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/17071332495


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Subject: Magnificent Frigatebird Huguenot Park Jax
From: Bob Richter <brichter62 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2015 21:57:23 -0400
Seen briefly at about 1:40 pm. Bird was in flight
traveling from the river over the lagoon to the
northwest. At least the third I've seen at this
location. Bird was second year. I was able to
get a few pics and posted the best at:

http://www.pbase.com/bob_richter/image/159652471

Picture is cropped.

Also seen today:

fos Swallow-tailed Kites - several from Regency
up Monument to Spanish Pond.

Long-billed Dowitchers - Buck Island seen and
heard from Ribault Column. I was up there for
about half an hour and only saw about 18 Yellowlegs
in the spoil pond. I walked around the parking lot and
boardwalk briefly then decided to have another
look at the pond. There was now a truck driving
on the berm and about 60 shorebirds on the two little
islands. At least 5 were Long-bills. Clearly the truck
flushed them from somewhere nearby but I don't
know where.

Glossy Ibis - one at Spanish Pond.

Yellow-throated Vireo, Ovenbird, Swainson's
Thrush - Jacksonville Arboretum All on or about
the Ravine Trail

Black-bellied Whistling Duck - Lem Turner Spray
Fields - Instead of parking in front of the main gate
I scanned from there including checking the sprayers
then went back toward the traffic light and stopped
short of the gate on the other side of the street. From
there I saw some geese that looked like they might be
near (unseen) water. I also saw a Great Blue flying
low near the woods at the back of the field. I could
just make out a pond near there but couldn't see
anything on it. I then saw one BBWD flying low a
little way out over the field from the woods. He looked
liked he might have dropped down to the pond.

Prairie Warblers - everywhere.

As usual I got a late start but ended the day with 111
species beating 104 yesterday.

Bob Richter
Jacksonville

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Subject: ID CONFIRMATION....? 4-4-15 REPORT DATE
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sat, 4 Apr 2015 15:10:24 -0400
On the 2nd of Arpil I photographed this Marsh Wren. At the time I didn't pay 
much attention to it, but going through my pictures I realized that it is a 
"Worthington's" Marsh Wren. Am I correct on that assumption? Thank-you. 


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