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22 Dec Pine Island Conservation Area, Brevard County [Christopher Ferro ]
21 Dec Clay-colored Sparrow - Titusville 12/21/14 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
20 Dec Scoter Trifecta. Tomoka State Park, Ormond Beach [Michael Brothers ]
18 Dec Bay Lake CBC Highlights (12/18/14) [John Thomton ]
15 Dec Small Canada's [Murray Gardler ]
15 Dec Common Eider. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
10 Dec Common Merganser. Port Orange. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
9 Dec Thayer's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
8 Dec Bay Lake CBC, Thursday, December 18'th [John Thomton ]
8 Dec Tern ID help, Viera Wetlands (Brevard County) [Christopher Ferro ]
6 Dec Zellwood Christmas Count Friday December 19, 2014. [WES BIGGS ]
6 Dec Zellwood Christmas Count Friday December 19, 2014. ["WES BIGGS birdsatfnt AT bellsouth.net [FlaBirding]" ]
5 Dec Frankin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
3 Dec Purple Sandpiper. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
2 Dec Common Merganser. Port Orange. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
2 Dec Hooded Merganser 120114 Tri-City Plaza, Pinellas Co., FL [David Laliberte ]
1 Dec Spoonbill Pond waterfowl [Patrick Leary ]
30 Nov Re: Merritt Island NWR and Yard 11/30/14 [Patrick Leary ]
30 Nov Merritt Island NWR and Yard 11/30/14 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
30 Nov Common Eider Returns? [Patrick Leary ]
29 Nov Help on CBCs! [John Thomton ]
27 Nov Snail Kite, Pasco County [Murray Gardler ]
27 Nov Re: Clay-colored Sparrow Injuries CORRECTION 11-26-14 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
26 Nov Clay-colored Sparrow Injuries 11-26-14 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
26 Nov Ft. Clinch pier gathering of eagles [Patrick Leary ]
26 Nov Gathering of Eagles Ft Clinch pier [Patrick Leary ]
26 Nov Clay-colored Sparrow Returns 11-26-14 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
23 Nov Oneth by north - oneth by south [Patrick Leary ]
23 Nov Jaegers and scoters. Canaveral National Seashore. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
22 Nov Franklin's Gulls Huguenot Park [Bob Richter ]
18 Nov Franklin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia. Co. [Michael Brothers ]
17 Nov Great Cormorant. Port Orange. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
16 Nov Franklin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia. Co. [Michael Brothers ]
15 Nov Franklin's Gulls - Daytona Beach Shores - 11/15/14 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
14 Nov Franklin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
12 Nov Great Cormorant. Port Orange. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
11 Nov Franklin's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
10 Nov Franklin's Gull. American Pipit. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
9 Nov Sparrow ID [Patrick Leary ]
9 Nov Re: RFI Little Gull? [Patrick Leary ]
9 Nov Brewer's Blackbird at Bayport Park, Hernando County [Bev Hansen ]
9 Nov RFI Little Gull? [Bill Phelan ]
8 Nov Pale-eyed Boat-tailed Grackle. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
7 Nov Franklin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
7 Nov Surf Scoter. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
6 Nov Franklin's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
6 Nov CCC 110414 birdPIX [David Laliberte ]
6 Nov Great Cormorant continues. Port Orange. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
3 Nov Toe webbing on Semipalmated Sandpipers. [Murray Gardler ]
31 Oct Swallows. Lots of Swallows. [Bob Richter ]
31 Oct Great Cormorant. Port Orange. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
30 Oct Franklin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
30 Oct Great Cormorant. Port Orange. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
29 Oct Sharptails - Shiloh Marsh- Merritt Island NWR 10-29-14 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
29 Oct Re: More images of Little Gull and location [Diane Reed ]
29 Oct More images of Little Gull and location [Patrick Leary ]
28 Oct Franklin's Gulls. Port Orange. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
28 Oct Pinellas County, Fl, 1st winter Lark Sparrow, interesting plumage [pabu2345 ]
28 Oct Lt. Gull juv, Nassau Sound, Duval Co. [Patrick Leary ]
28 Oct Franklin's Gull. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
27 Oct Franklin's Gull. Port Orange. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
21 Oct Franklin's Gull. Biolab Road. Brevard Co. [Michael Brothers ]
21 Oct Snail Kite in Pasco County [Bev Hansen ]
20 Oct CCC 101814 birdPIX [David Laliberte ]
20 Oct Franklin's Gull. Ponce Inlet. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
15 Oct American Avocet Bonanza in Charlotte County [Susan Daughtrey ]
15 Oct Bald Eagles beginning Courtship Display [Bob Richter ]
8 Oct CCC 100514 birdPIX [David Laliberte ]
8 Oct Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. DeLand. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
7 Oct Saltmarsh/Neslon's Sparrows Shiloh - MINWR- 10-7-14 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
7 Oct Well.I very definitely did not see that coming [Bob Richter ]
6 Oct Lark Sparrow. Ponce Inlet. Volusia County [Michael Brothers ]
5 Oct Great day in Gulf Breeze [Lucy & Bob Duncan ]
4 Oct Masked Lovebird. Volusia County [Michael Brothers ]
4 Oct Re: [nflbirds] Sunday's prospects [Jim Stevenson ]
4 Oct Sunday's prospects [Lucy & Bob Duncan ]

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


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

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

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

ChristopherMelbourne / Brevard County

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


www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/16073288511

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15889773187

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



Michael


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

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


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


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


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

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

Sent from my iPad
Murray Gardler
Weeki Wachee, FL

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


Michael

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


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


Michael

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


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


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



Michael


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

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


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


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


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

Thanks,ChristopherMelbourne/Brevard County, FL

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

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


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


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

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


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

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


Wes Biggs

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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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


Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL

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


Michael

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


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


Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Doris and Pat Leary

Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Nassau County


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

Pat Leary
Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


Sent from my iPad
Murray Gardler
Weeki Wachee, FL

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

>  
> www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15701153
>  
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> Brevard
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Subject: Clay-colored Sparrow Injuries 11-26-14
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:43:43 -0500
 After examining my pictures I noticed that the Clay-colored Sparrow's foot is 
injured along with his eye. This is more like a predator attack to me. It 
really saddens me, because this bird was a comfort to me during the passing of 
my wife last year. I hope he survives 

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

 

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

 

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Patrick Leary

Fernandina Beach

Amelia Island, Nassau County   

 

 

 


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Subject: Gathering of Eagles Ft Clinch pier
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:43:27 -0500
Ft. Clinch State Park - pier: The persistent weather system impacting most
of the state rapidly cleared the coast this morning and I visited the pier
to check developments. As I hiked out the structure, I noticed an unusual
paucity of birds on the adjoining beach-roosting habitat. The cause was soon
disclosed when I noted three eagles perched on the pier. All appeared to be
feeding on some hapless prey and closer inspection found plucked feathers
littering the deck.  This was the first occasion that I have observed eagles
perched on the structure and to find three at one time was most unusual.
Given their behavior, all were related and closely associated. Perhaps the
young were last season's progeny and the adult was from a local pair that
nest west of the park? 

 

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

 

See Flicker link for images:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/upload/

 

 

Patrick Leary

Fernandina Beach

Amelia Island, Nassau County   

 

 


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Subject: Clay-colored Sparrow Returns 11-26-14
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:23:51 -0500
My Clay-colored Sparrow I had last year in my yard returned with this passing 
cold front today. I'm sad to report it's right eye is badly injured or missing. 
I was surprised to see him since I've been checking my 50 or so Chipping 
Sparrows daily for him. I don't know if he encountered a predator or flew into 
something. 


www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15882956301

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15262678174

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Subject: Oneth by north - oneth by south
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:43:00 -0500
Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island:  FOS Purple Sandpiper resting on Ft. Clinch
pier this morning under rather violent surf conditions. While I visited the
park, Doris reported a wayward Magnificent Frigatebird over our residence.
Doubtless, the strong warm front moving up the peninsula brought the latter
species to NE Florida.  Otherwise, the "usual suspects" roosting on the
beach at the base of the pier with the heavy fog/mist concealing any
activity over the adjoining ocean. FOS Chipping sparrows in yard feeder
yesterday. 

 

See Flicker link for images of PUSA and surf conditions at pier

 

Pat-Doris Leary

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Subject: Jaegers and scoters. Canaveral National Seashore. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 07:58:00 -0500
Yesterday, 11/22, I spent about 3 hours doing a sea watch at Canaveral National 
Seashore, Volusia Co. The strong east winds were ripping at about 25 knots at 
times. Although it is a little late for the big push in jaegers, I still had 69 
jaegers fly by. There were 39 Pomarine Jaegers and 6 Parasitic Jaegers. The 
rest were too far out to say for sure. There were also good numbers of Black 
Scoters, about 100 total, far below the 3,000 I had last year. I also had 
flocks of Horned Grebes, Buffleheads, loads of Lesser Scaup, Red-breasted 
Mergansers, Green-winged Teal, 2 Shovelers, a few Northern Pintail, and 500+ 
Northern Gannets. 

On Thursday, 11/20, I stopped at the agricultural field in Flagler County and 
found about 200 American Pipits. I searched for rarer species, but only came up 
with a few Vesper Sparrows and a lot of Savannah Sparrows. 


Michael

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Subject: Franklin's Gulls Huguenot Park
From: Bob Richter <brichter62 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:02:15 -0500
At least two Franklin's Gulls were present at
Huguenot Park in Jacksonville late this
afternoon. They were in large mixed flocks
with one each on either side of the jetty.
I thought I saw a third individual on the
river side but it was buried in a very large
and dense flock. When the gulls and terns
are roosting in large numbers on the river
side at the base of the jetties the vast
majority of Laughing Gulls are usually
along the water's edge and can be difficult
to check as the the shore tends to slope
adjacent to the water and there is usually
a huge mass of other birds in the way. I
also thought I saw a Purple Sandpiper
on the north side of the rocks just near
the waterline. I caught a glimpse of the
bird among numerous Turnstones from
some distance away but when I got up
to the rocks I could not relocate it.

There were also around 200 Lesser Black-
backed Gulls, a very good number for
this point in the season. About 2/3 of these
were immatures, mostly first year birds.
A very large number of birds were on the
sand bars north of the north point of the
bank, too far to see well. It looked like
there was a group of people with scopes
on Little Talbot who may have had a better
view.

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Subject: Franklin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia. Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 21:37:03 -0500
This evening, 11/18, I found three 1st cycle Franklin's Gulls at Daytona Beach 
Shores. One had some orange staining on the chest that looked like it had been 
in a bag of Cheetoes. 


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Subject: Great Cormorant. Port Orange. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:26:01 -0500
Today, 11/17, at noon, I again found the Great Cormorant on some pilings in the 
Halifax River along Halifax Drive in Port Orange, Volusia Co. The bird was on 
the pilings south of Aunt Catfish's Restaurant on Halifax Drive just before the 
intersection with Fleming Avenue. 


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Subject: Franklin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia. Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Sun, 16 Nov 2014 09:47:00 -0500
As Danny Bales mentioned, there were several Franklin's Gulls present at 
Daytona Beach Shores last night, 11/15. I ended up finding 5 different 
individuals. They were all along the beach north of Van Avenue Park and south 
Frank Rendon Park in Daytona Beach Shores. 



Michael


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Subject: Franklin's Gulls - Daytona Beach Shores - 11/15/14
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sat, 15 Nov 2014 20:14:35 -0500
Tonight I located 3 Franklin's Gulls at Datona Beach Shores. Michael Brothers 
saw 3 when I ran into him, and I had found one. After leaving Michael I 
loacated 2 of the ones Michael found. One of the Franklin's had an injured leg. 


www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15613003277   video

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Subject: Franklin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:25:30 -0500
Yesterday evening, 11/13, I stopped off at Daytona Beach Shores shortly before 
sunset. I walked the beach past thousands of Laughing and Ring-billed Gulls and 
found 4 Franklin's Gulls scattered periodically along about a mile of beach. 
The birds were found north of Van Avenue Park and south of Frank Rendon Park. 
These parks are located along Atlantic Avenue (A-1-A) in Daytona Beach Shores, 
north of the Dunlawton Avenue intersection. Interestingly, in comparing the 
photos from many days on the beach, these Franklin's Gulls seem to be all 
different individuals. 


Michael

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Subject: Great Cormorant. Port Orange. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Wed, 12 Nov 2014 09:35:27 -0500
The Great Cormorant continues to hang around the Port Orange area. This 
morning, 11/12, it was on a post a short way south of Aunt Catfish's Restaurant 
on Halifax Drive. 


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Subject: Franklin's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 23:15:17 -0500
This evening, 11/11, I stopped off at the gull concentrations in Daytona Beach 
Shores. The number of Laughing Gulls has greatly increased. There were 
thousands on the beach. There were many Ring-billed Gulls. However, the number 
of Franklin's Gulls had decreased today. I could only find a single 1st cycle 
Franklin's Gull. The gulls were dense in the area near the Oceans Condominiums. 
The best access is at Van Avenue Park - a small beach front park about 1 mile 
south of Frank Rendon Park. Park here and walk the beach, especially north for 
1/2 mile to see the best gull concentrations. 


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Subject: Franklin's Gull. American Pipit. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2014 23:01:49 -0500
This afternoon, 11/10, I found two American Pipits in the pouring rain in 
Canaveral National Seashore, Volusia County. Later, I took refuge from the 
pouring rain under the Dunlawton Bridge and found a lone 1st cycle Franklin's 
Gull on the oyster bar at the pelican colony just south of the bridge in Port 
Orange. 


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Subject: Sparrow ID
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 12:43:06 -0500
Ft. Clinch jetty beach: This morning, two Savannah sparrows flushed from the
high beach wrack and resettled a short distance away. Viewing them through
binoculars, they were distinct in plumage and hue. One a typical Savannah,
the second much paler and larger. See Flicker link below.  Is the second
bird an Ipswich form of Savannah or just a pale version of the
"run-of-the-mill" beach savannahs?  

 

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

 

At the larid roost, Ring-billed gulls dominated with Laughers a close second
with no Franklin's detected. Oddly, no Great or Lesser  black-backed were
present. Total nos. occupying the roost were highest for the season. One
flock of Black Scoter passed south offshore but no Northern Gannet were
detected over the ocean. A banded Royal tern carcass was found in the wrack
and a BBL report indicated it was banded as a chick on 7/13/2000 at
Crisfield, Accomack Co. VA. fourteen years ago!

 

Patrick Leary 

Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Nassau Co. 


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Subject: Re: RFI Little Gull?
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 07:33:38 -0500
Bill: We have not revisited the sightings location since the 29th and others 
who have attempted to locate the bird in the region have reported no success to 
date. In fact, some observers have reported many fewer gulls and terns roosting 
at traditional coastal sites then in prior weeks. 


Pat Leary
Fernandina Beach, Amelia City, Nassau County

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Has anyone seen the Little Gull since October 29? 
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Subject: Brewer's Blackbird at Bayport Park, Hernando County
From: Bev Hansen <bevalhansen AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 07:16:57 -0500
On Friday Jim McKay found a female Brewer's Blackbird near the fishing 
pier at Bayport Park in Hernando County. We assume that she is the same 
bird that has been found there every winter since December 2011. She 
typically travels with the much larger Boat-tailed Grackles. When the 
group is not found at Bayport Park, sometimes they can be located at 
Jenkins Creek Park, or across the street at Linda Pedersen Park.

Bayport Park is at the end of CR-550, about 6.5 miles from the 
intersection with US-19. Jenkins Creek Park and Linda Pedersen Park are 
on Shoal Line Blvd. (CR-597). From the intersection of Shoal Line Blvd. 
and CR-550 (3.3 miles west of US-19), drive south 2.3 miles. Jenkins 
Creek Park is on the west side of the road, and Linda Pedersen Park on 
the east.

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Subject: RFI Little Gull?
From: Bill Phelan <wmjphelan AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 9 Nov 2014 02:10:38 +0000
Has anyone seen the Little Gull since October 29? 
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Subject: Pale-eyed Boat-tailed Grackle. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Sat, 8 Nov 2014 18:16:37 -0500
This morning, 11/8, I found a female Boat-tailed Grackle with a pale iris. It 
is apparently from the "torreyi" subspecies from Duval and Nassau Counties and 
farther north on the Atlantic Coast. The bird was found at Feiser's Dairy in 
DeLeon Springs, Volusia Co. 


Michael

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Subject: Franklin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2014 20:25:56 -0500
This evening, 11/7, I found six 1st cycle Franklin's Gulls scattered among the 
Laughing Gulls in Daytona Beach Shores, Volusia County. 


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Subject: Surf Scoter. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2014 08:53:29 -0500
This morning, 11/07, I stopped off at Ponce de Leon Inlet before work. I was 
walking back to my car when a female Surf Scoter flew over my head and landed 
out in the middle of the inlet. The bird took off after a minute or so and I 
could not relocate it. 


Michael

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Subject: Franklin's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 21:30:38 -0500
This evening after work, 11/06, I stopped off at Daytona Beach Shores and drove 
the beach for several miles. At about the 3000 block of South Atlantic Avenue, 
I found a 1st cycle Franklin's Gull. This bird was unusual in that the white 
eye arcs were not very pronounced. Also, the black on the head was not 
particularly dense. This made the bird easy to overlook among the Laughing 
Gulls. However, I could see that the tail band did not extend all the way 
across the tail so that the white outer tail feathers are solid white. 


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Subject: CCC 110414 birdPIX
From: David Laliberte <dllaliberte AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 16:29:18 -0800
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Subject: CCC 110414 birdPIX 
•
On Tuesday, November 4th I visited the small beach at the Courtney Campbell 
Causeway. I saw the following birds on the beach: Semipalmated plover, 
Wilson’s plover, Dunlin, Western Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone, Laughing Gull, 
Forster’s Tern, Sandwich Tern. When I was out at the beach a couple of weeks 
ago there were still a number of Black Terns did see them this time. Actually 
there were not a lot of gulls or terns at the beach today. 

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Semipalmated plover • 110414 • Courtney Campbell Causeway beach, Pinellas 
Co., FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15541644288/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15541644138/
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Wilson’s plover • 110414 • Courtney Campbell Causeway beach, Pinellas 
Co., FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15541186569/
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Dunlin • 110414 • Courtney Campbell Causeway beach, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15542226110/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15728635182/
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Western Sandpiper • 110414 • Courtney Campbell Causeway beach, Pinellas 
Co., FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15541896567/
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Ruddy Turnstone • 110414 • Courtney Campbell Causeway beach, Pinellas Co., 
FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15107122774/
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Laughing Gull • 110414 • Courtney Campbell Causeway beach, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15541895997/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15727081545/
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Sandwich Tern • 110414 • Courtney Campbell Causeway beach, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15703465886/
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Forster’s Tern • 110414 • Courtney Campbell Causeway beach, Pinellas Co., 
FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15541642738/
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Shorebirds mixed • 110414 • Courtney Campbell Causeway beach, Pinellas Co., 
FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15725153991/
• 
Equipment used:
Canon EOS 50D+EF100-400 mm IS USM IS USM • Laliberte 2014
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Happy birding, 
David Laliberté
Clearwater, FL
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Subject: Great Cormorant continues. Port Orange. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2014 09:12:34 -0500
This morning, 11/6, I again found the Great Cormorant on a dock piling in Port 
Orange, Volusia County. I had not seen the bird all week, even though I stopped 
by the area several times this week. The bird was on a piling about 100 yards 
south of the Fleming Avenue intersection on Halifax Drive along the Halifax 
River in Port Orange. Go east on Dunlawton Avenue cross US 1 and turn south on 
Halifax Drive right at Aunt Catfish's Restaurant. The bird was on the left 
about 1/2 mile south. 


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Subject: Toe webbing on Semipalmated Sandpipers.
From: Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst AT TAMPABAY.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2014 10:59:02 -0500
Unless, I am wrong, there have been several references recently to SESA toe 
webbing as a diagnostic tool to ID the subject birds. 


One can google this subject and find that Western Sandpipers also have toe 
webbing. I learned this the hard way by my own misidentification of a bird on 
the Dry Tortugas several years ago. 


Go to this article below, by Don Roberson, which I have quoted.
http://creagrus.home.montereybay.com/MTYbirdsSESA.html

"Of course a feature that is not seen in these photos is the presence or 
absence of webbing between the toes. Red-necked and Little Stint lack webbing. 
Semipalmated and Western Sandpipers have obvious webbing. It was my impression 
in the field that the Pt. Joe bird had webbing, but the best photo I have on 
that point (below) is not clear. I can 'feel' the webbing is shown by the 
'big-footed' look, but it remains ambiguous. 

In the end, all reviewers agreed the Pt. Joe individual was a Semipalmated 
Sandpiper, but the differences are subtle and it certainly helps to have photo 
comparisons. I appreciate the reveiws and comments on this topic from Graham 
Catley, Paul Lehman, Curtis Marantz, Larry Sansone, and Brian Sullivan. It was 
an interesting and educational review for me." 





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Subject: Swallows. Lots of Swallows.
From: Bob Richter <brichter62 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:13:45 -0400
I took a couple of hours to run out to Hueguenot
Park on the (not so) off chance that Leary's Little
Gull might be around. As Pat pointed out, the
gulls tend to congregate at high tide so I timed
my visit on the rising tide. This, of course, was
didn't work out so well in terms of available time
on site. There weren't many gulls and terns in the
lagoon or the north point. I made it back down to
the jetty with about 20 minutes to spare before
I would have to leave to beat the tide. There were
many gulls and terns on the sand on the south
side of the jetty and about one hundred on the
north side. The birds were pretty high up the on
the flats and scanned through them a few times
with binocs and a couple of times with a scope.
I was concentrating on looking for the Little Gull
but was also hoping to locate a Franklin's. I think
I was pretty thorough on the one but didn't spend
enough on the other. There probably were
Franklin's to be found if you take the time to
pick through all the Laughing. At any rate, I
didn't find either. There were also lots of shore
birds pretty much at all areas in the park.

Driving along the river on the way out I saw a
cloud of somethings over toward A1A and the
park entrance. I pulled over and got out of the
car. Passing over the area were, I estimated,
seventy to eighty thousand Tree Swallows. I
hoped to get some video but the birds were
moving pretty quickly to the west. They were
in a fairly dense and elongated flock and not
a swirling mass. While I have seen hundreds
of thousands of Tree Swallows at St Marks I
don't think I have seen this many in Duval
County, possibly 30-40,000 at most. These
were also my first of season Tree Swallows.
They were moving through very quickly and
I wasn't able to scan the flock very well. This
large mass of birds appeared to be all Tree
Swallows. I did see some Barn Swallows over
the lagoon and then the ocean and marsh
just up A1A. There were also more Tree Swallows
in widely scattered groups.

In Baker County, fall migration was kind of a bust.
Best birds were an Alder Flycatcher and a
single Tennessee Warbler. On Wednesday
there were three early Redheads on Ocean Pond.

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Subject: Great Cormorant. Port Orange. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 14:23:24 -0400
The Great Cormorant was present again this afternoon, 10/31,on some old dock 
pilings along Halifax Drive in Port Orange, Volusia County. The bird was found 
just north of Fleming Avenue on Halifax Drive. This is off Dunlawton Avenue, 
east of US 1. Turn south (right) at Aunt Catfish's Restaurant. Go about 1/2 
mile on Halifax Drive. Look for some old dock pilings on the left that usually 
have some Double-crested Cormorants sitting on them. 


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Subject: Franklin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:23:17 -0400
This evening, 10/30, I stopped off at the beach at Daytona Beach Shores and 
found 10 Franklin's Gulls. This was near the Sunglow Pier south of Dunlawton 
Avenue. 


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Subject: Great Cormorant. Port Orange. Volusia Co.
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Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:59:55 -0400
This afternoon, 10/30, I found a sub-adult Great Cormorant on a dock piling 
along the Halifax River on Halifax Drive, about 1/2 mile south of Aunt 
Catfish's Restaurant in Port Orange, Volusia Co. The dock was just north of the 
intersection with Fleming Avenue. 


Last night, 10/29, I found 7 Franklin's Gulls at the sand bar just south of the 
Dunlawton Bridge. Most were 1st cycle birds, but there was one adult mixed in 
with the thousands of Laughing Gulls. 


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Subject: Sharptails - Shiloh Marsh- Merritt Island NWR 10-29-14
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:47:56 -0400
I decided to go out mid day to Shiloh marsh, and see how the habitat, and 
Sharptails were doing. The water is way down now. I found 6 Saltmarsh and 5 
Nelson's Sparrows. Unusual to find that many mid day so there must still be 
plenty to see. 


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www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15475094570

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15474029369 

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Subject: Re: More images of Little Gull and location
From: Diane Reed <dreedster AT AOL.COM>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:19:32 -0400
Hi Pat
 Is the bird still being seen or are these all photos from the day you found 
it? 

thanks
Diane Reed
St Augustine FL






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RE: Little Gull, Nassau Sound.  Due to confusion re multiple "bird islands"
in Nassau Sound, please be informed that subject bird was on the west tip of
Big Bird Island in lower Nassau Sound vs. Lt. Bird Island in mid-sound. The
former landform is now contiguous with the north end of Lt. Talbot Island
State Park and is accessible by foot. However, due to severe erosion of the
ocean beach, access along the shore is blocked at high tide, thus making it
problematic to hike to the island's north end on higher tide stages.
Visitors must time their hikes before and after high tide or take the
woodland trail north to the beach to bypass the obstructions. Consult the
front gate re these circumstances. 

 

Note: I have added two additional photos to the Flicker album to put the
bird "in context" within the flock and to offer another view of the bird's
distinctive plumage, especially the bold primary edging. Note "tilted"
aspect of the bird's posture when standing. When walking and standing it
assumed this odd posture. 

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/91191505 AT N08/with/15658917242/

 

Pat Leary

Fernandina Beach

Amelia Island, Nassau County


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Subject: More images of Little Gull and location
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:22:58 -0400
RE: Little Gull, Nassau Sound.  Due to confusion re multiple "bird islands"
in Nassau Sound, please be informed that subject bird was on the west tip of
Big Bird Island in lower Nassau Sound vs. Lt. Bird Island in mid-sound. The
former landform is now contiguous with the north end of Lt. Talbot Island
State Park and is accessible by foot. However, due to severe erosion of the
ocean beach, access along the shore is blocked at high tide, thus making it
problematic to hike to the island's north end on higher tide stages.
Visitors must time their hikes before and after high tide or take the
woodland trail north to the beach to bypass the obstructions. Consult the
front gate re these circumstances. 

 

Note: I have added two additional photos to the Flicker album to put the
bird "in context" within the flock and to offer another view of the bird's
distinctive plumage, especially the bold primary edging. Note "tilted"
aspect of the bird's posture when standing. When walking and standing it
assumed this odd posture. 

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/91191505 AT N08/with/15658917242/

 

Pat Leary

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Amelia Island, Nassau County


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Subject: Franklin's Gulls. Port Orange. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 22:08:27 -0400
This evening, 10/28, I stopped off at the gull roost on the sand bar just south 
of the Dunlawton Bridge in Port Orange. I scanned through several thousand 
Laughing Gulls and found 5 Franklin's Gulls mixed in with the group. There is 
no access to this sand bar, but you can use a scope to search through the 
birds. There is a boat ramp and public parking area underneath the bridge. 



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Subject: Pinellas County, Fl, 1st winter Lark Sparrow, interesting plumage
From: pabu2345 <pabu2345 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:34:12 -0400
These photos were taken last weekend, but not in a public location. It's 
the first Lark Sparrow I've seen that wasn't an adult.  I thought to 
myself, its a Lark Sparrow but then I thought, why?  The adult is so 
obvious that one doesn't have to focus on other details to come to an id 
but I needed to with this one.

If anyone disagrees with the id, I'd appreciate you sharing your reasons?

Judy

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Subject: Lt. Gull juv, Nassau Sound, Duval Co.
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 12:46:25 -0400
Nassau Sound, Duval Co:  A juv. Lt. Gull (Larus minutus) was found roosting
with a mixed flock of Forster's, Sandwich, Royal, Caspian and one late
Common Tern just before noon today. Doris spied the rare gull as we searched
for the lone Common tern lost amongst the Forster's. The flock flushed
frequently due to Osprey and Bald eagles aloft over the lower sound, but the
Lt. Gull consistently returned to the roost site on the west tip of Big Bird
Island. Larid roosting is closely associated with the higher tides, thus the
birds will disperse soon after this is posted. In the next several days, any
regional flock of resting Forster's terns should be closely scanned for the
odd, diminutive, gull.  

 

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Subject: Franklin's Gull. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:06:58 -0400
This morning, 10/28, I found another 1st cycle Franklin's Gull. This one was on 
a sand bar on the west end of Ponce de Leon Inlet. Views of this sand bar are 
best from the end of the grassy walkway that runs due west from the main 
parking lot at Lighthouse Point Park in the town of Ponce Inlet. The sand bar 
is only visible at low tide. There were several hundred Common Terns and 100+ 
Black Skimmers as well as many Laughing Gulls on the sand bar. 


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Subject: Franklin's Gull. Port Orange. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:26:48 -0400
This evening, 10/27, I found a 1st cycle Franklin's Gull among the thousands of 
Laughing Gulls sitting on the sand bar just west of the pelican rookery. This 
island is on the south side of the Dunlawton Bridge in the Halifax River. There 
were also two Marbled Godwits, a Reddish Egret, and many other waders and 
shorebirds. This morning I scanned the ocean from the north jetty at Ponce de 
Leon Inlet and found the first Northern Gannet I have seen this year. 



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Subject: Franklin's Gull. Biolab Road. Brevard Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:28:06 -0400
Late this afternoon, 10/21, I found a 1st cycle Franklin's Gull on Biolab Road, 
Merritt Island NWR, Brevard County. In checking the refuge website, it mentions 
that Franklin's Gull has been seen less than 5 times on the refuge and that it 
has not been seen since 1988. However, I do not know when their on-line 
checklist was last updated. The water levels were still high along here but 
there were also a few shorebirds along Biolab Road, including Greater and 
Lesser Yellowlegs, 3 Stilt Sandpipers, one Avocet, one Short-billed Dowitcher, 
a few Least Sandpipers and some Black-bellied Plovers. I also found a few 
Savannah Sparrows and a female Painted Bunting along County Line Road in 
Volusia County. 



Michael


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Ponce Inlet, FL



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Subject: Snail Kite in Pasco County
From: Bev Hansen <bevalhansen AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:20:29 -0400
The immature Snail Kite that Charlie Fisher found on Saturday was still 
present at Middle Lake in Pasco County at 11:30 this morning. My husband 
Al found two of its favored perches. While standing in front of the 
picnic table, look southwest. On the far edge of the lake is a white 
pole that slants left. The kite often returned to the left side of the 
bush directly behind this white pole. It also perched on a bush to the 
left of that. And then we saw it go behind the bush to the right and out 
of sight.

A spotting scope is almost essential, unless you see the bird fly and 
can detect the white upper tail and dark lower portion of the tail.

To reach the Middle Lake boat ramp, at the boundary of Hernando and 
Pasco counties: in Hernando, go south on Spring Lake Highway (CR-541), 
which is called Lake Iola Road in Pasco County. Turn west on Dan Brown 
Hill Road. In about 2 miles, at the boat ramp sign, turn south on 
Townsend House Road, and left on Rice Ridge Road.

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Subject: CCC 101814 birdPIX
From: David Laliberte <dllaliberte AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:52:58 -0700
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Hi all:
•
I was out on the beach along the Courtney Campbell Causeway late Saturday 
morning on October 18th 2014. I photographed the following species links of 
birds at the small beach next to the roadway.
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Black-bellied plover • 101814 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., 
FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14967042313/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14967042073/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15401181017/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14966438164/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15401060728/
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Semipalmated Plover • 041814 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15588034702/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15588019542/
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American Oystercatcher • 101814 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., 
FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15401585040/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15401180837/
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Willet • 101814 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15563497156/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15400577249/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15401074998/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15400561419/ 
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Marbled Godwit • 041814 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15587193985/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15584536541/
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Sanderling • 101814 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15400575479/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14967024023/
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Short-billed Dowitcher • 101814 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., 
FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15401196727/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15401194917/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14967026773/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15588017622/
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Laughing Gull • 101814 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14967039033/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15401176877/
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Caspian Tern • 101814 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14967038333/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14966450384/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14967039293/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14967023753/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15588016292/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15401564680/
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Royal Tern • 101814 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15588015652/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14966451144/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14967038493/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15401058118/
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Forster’s Term • 101814 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15401569030/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15563513036/ 
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Sandwich Tern • 101814 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15401579457/ 
•
Black Tern • 101814 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15400562439/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15400577909/  
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15563509476/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14967038763/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15401581200/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15400558899/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15588015822/
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Black Skimmer • 101814 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15400576389/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15587178025/ 
• 
Equipment used:
Canon EOS 50D+EF100-400 mm IS USM • Laliberte 2014
•
Equipment used:
Canon EOS 50D+EF100-400 mm IS USM • Laliberte 2014 
•
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Subject: Franklin's Gull. Ponce Inlet. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:58:51 -0400
This morning, 10/20, I stopped off at Ponce Inlet before work and found a 1st 
cycle Franklin's Gull on the beach just north of the north Jetty at Ponce de 
Leon Inlet, Volusia County. On Saturday, 10/18, I walked around the Lake 
Woodruff NWR in DeLeon Springs, Volusia Co. I started out before light and had 
3 King Rails, 4 Virginia Rails and 6-8 Soras calling in the marshes. The most 
interesting bird was a Grasshopper Sparrow, but there were also Swamp Sparrows, 
Marsh Wrens, House Wrens, lots of Common Yellowthroats and Blue-gray 
Gnatcatchers. There was also one late Blackburnian Warbler. 


Michael

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Subject: American Avocet Bonanza in Charlotte County
From: Susan Daughtrey <susansd AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 16:55:57 -0400
Hi All,

 

I saw an extraordinary number of American Avocets this afternoon at low tide
in Charlotte County - absolutely every sand bar we passed by on our boat,
from the flats near the Gasparilla trestle northwest to Stump Pass (roughly
8 miles), had AMAV in with other shorebirds. At the Gasparilla site, there
were 12 birds, 5 at the flats by the Rum Bay turnoff in the ICW, 2 on the
sand bar across from the Stump Pass Marina at the entrance to Stump Pass,
and 13 on the sand bar between Peterson Island and Whidden Key in the pass,
making a total of 32 birds. I can't recall ever seeing AMAV before at even
two locations in one day in this county, let alone four! Impressive. There
were also 27 American White Pelicans at the Audubon Bird Island in Charlotte
Harbor, as well as two paddling along by the trestle. Also observed were two
large roosts of Great Egrets, approximately 40 birds in each - one at the
entrance to Stump Pass near the ICW, and the other near Bull Bay. In
general, there were more waders around than usual, with a particularly high
number of Little Blue Herons. Super day to be birding on the water!

 

Best,

Susan Daughtrey

Englewood, Charlotte County

 


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Subject: Bald Eagles beginning Courtship Display
From: Bob Richter <brichter62 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:56:43 -0400
I just heard the local eagle pair calling and
went out for a look. I've mostly been seeing
or hearing only one at a time for a while.
Both birds were out, calling and flying in
in close formation. Anyone who wants to
check them out can park on Lake Shore
Blvd by the playground and garden area
for Lake Shore Elementary School. The
birds were flying over the (large) playground
and softball field areas and can frequently
be seen perched on the cell tower behind
the school. Things probably won't get
really exciting for a couple of weeks. At
that time the action will mostly be over the
river as the nest is across from here.

A very few other raptors have been moving
through. There have been several Red-tailed
Hawks, yesterday produced a FOS Sharpie,
a Cooper's flew over a couple of days ago
but was probably one of the pair that nests
in the neighborhood as it was actively hunting
and scattering the Starling and Bluebird flocks
as well as the few migrant passerines coming
through. Usually the manage to position
themselves just behind some clumps of leaves
and I don't get to see them anyway.

There was a large flock of Black Vultures in
MacClenny two days ago. It was odd as they
were low and circling up on thermals rather
than streaming by at higher altitude. I also had
my OS Harrier on the first of September which
I thought was early out there.

The only "good" migrant other than Avocets was
a very vocal Alder Flycatcher on SR 250 just
south of the road into 17 Mile Camp in Osceola
NF.

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Subject: CCC 100514 birdPIX
From: David Laliberte <dllaliberte AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 16:02:38 -0700
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•
Hi all:
•
I was out on the beach along the Courtney Campbell Causeway late Sunday morning 
on October 5th 2014. I observed quite a few peeps. There were no Dunlins yet 
for the season. There were a few black terns. The following is a list of the 
birds that I found. 

•
Black-bellied plover, Semipalmated Plover, American Oystercatcher, Willet, 
Short-billed Dowitcher, Marbled Godwit, least Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, 
Sanderling, Red Knot, Ruddy Turnstone, Laughing Gull, Black Tern, Royal Tern, 
Sandwich Tern, Black Skimmer. Following shows the links to my bird images. 

•
Black-bellied plover • 100514 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., 
FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15294853840/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15458467836/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15294853210/in/photostream/
•
Semipalmated Plover • 040514 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15294668109/in/photostream/
•
American Oystercatcher • 100514 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., 
FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15458464666/in/photostream/
•
Willet • 100514 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15295240677/
•
Marbled Godwit  • 040514 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15294907358/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15294906958/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15294667089/in/photostream/
•
Ruddy Turnstone • 100514 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15294853840/in/photostream/
•
Red Knot • 100514 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15481569735/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15294851280/in/photostream/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15478411971/in/photostream/
• 
Sanderling • 100514 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15458464236/in/photostream/
•
Least Sandpiper • 100514 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15294904608/in/photostream/
•
Western Sandpiper • 100514 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15458464796/in/photostream/
•
Short-billed Dowitcher • 100514 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., 
FL 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15481570195/in/photostream/
•
Laughing Gull • 100514 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15294903818/in/photostream/
• 
Black Tern • 100514 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15458468396/
•
Royal Tern • 100514 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15294664659/in/photostream/
•
Forster’s Term • 100514 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15294667179/
 •
Sandwich Tern • 100514 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15478411781/in/photostream/
•
Black Skimmer • 100514 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/15294850270/in/photostream/ 
•
Equipment used:
Canon EOS 50D+EF100-400 mm IS USM • Laliberte 2014 
•
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•
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Subject: Yellow-bellied Flycatcher. DeLand. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 16:10:09 -0400
This afternoon, 10/8, I was leaving a meeting in DeLand and stopped off at 
Talmadge Gardens Road on the east side of town. I was driving a few miles/hour 
along the dirt road when I heard some bird activity. I stopped the car and saw 
a few birds moving around in the small trees along the road, when a 
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher flew out to the road edge and sat low in perfect 
light. The bird was an obvious Empidonax Flycatcher with bright wing bars and a 
bold eye-ring. The underparts were surprisingly bright yellow right up to and 
including the throat. The bill was small and yellow on the lower mandible. 


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Subject: Saltmarsh/Neslon's Sparrows Shiloh - MINWR- 10-7-14
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 12:37:43 -0400
Checked Shiloh marsh (Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge) this morning
for my sharptails. First time I've had to check them this Fall. The water is
very high, but the marsh had an abundant of Saltmarsh and Nelson's Sparrows.
Mostly Saltmarsh Sparrows were seen. I named the one bird in my photographs
Nelson's simply because of the buffy throat. (correct me Dr. Greenlaw if I'm
wrong) When you watch the video notice the bird calls. I quit counting the
sharptails after 25 birds. Also saw several Clapper Rails. Beautiful morning
out there, but I got very wet getting my shots. Water almost to my knees...


www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15469718945

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15283339117

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15469718395

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15283158400

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15469936965 

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15469579852    (Video)


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Titusville,Fla.
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Subject: Well.I very definitely did not see that coming
From: Bob Richter <brichter62 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 07:28:04 -0400
Yesterday afternoon I went over to Hog
Pen Landing on the north shore of Ocean
Pond (in SW Baker County). I was looking
for passerine migrants and wasn't having
much luck (actually, no luck at all). I had
scanned the lake for ducks, gulls etc. I
moved further down the road and came to
a campsite on the water from which I could
check the area to the east for herons or
Osprey perched in the trees.

Something on the water caught my eye. It
appeare to be a few white birds with some
black on them. I assumed they were gulls
but as I kept looking I kept thinking there
was too much black on, presumably, their
primaries. I backed my car all the back to
the boat ramp and got out my scope.

I relocated the birds with binocs then pointed
the scope at them. At 20x they still looked
kind of like a few gulls bunched closely together.
I increased magnification and finally saw that
the the black I was seeing wasn't on the
primaries but comprised two large, distinct
stripes on white bodies with some gray on
their heads and thin, black upturned bills.

They were American Avocets and there were
five of them swimming at least a couple of
hundred feet from shore in water that I believe
is at least a few feet deep (boats are frequently
seen passing over that area at high speed). I
have seen Avocets briefly swimming in very
shallow water to move from one spot they can
stand up in to another a few feet away. This
was the first time I have seen them actually
actively swimming in deep water for a significant
distance. They traveled at least one hundred
yards as I watched. This was much closer to
Phalaropes bobbing along on the ocean than
any Avocets I have seen before.

I did manage to get some very bad but just
barely recognizable photos with a point and
shoot camera (with an optical zoom to 1200
mm) by going into the digital zoom range
which I basically never do. Enlarging the already
over stretched images on the computer shows
the white bodies with black stripes floating on
the water. At any rate, another new county bird
and one I definitely did not expect at this location
and exhibiting this behavior.

The birds were seen  between about 5:15 to
6:00 pm. I viewed them from the boat ramp at
Hog Pen Landing on the north west corner of
Ocean Pond. They were swimming a few
hundred yards away and were recognizable with
the scope to somewhere between one half and
one mile away and moving parallel to the east
shore (there are some houses and docks visible
along the shore there).

Bob Richter
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Subject: Lark Sparrow. Ponce Inlet. Volusia County
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2014 10:51:15 -0400
This morning, 10/6, before work I stopped off at Lighthouse Point Park in Ponce 
Inlet, Volusia Co., where I found a Lark Sparrow. The bird was located along 
the grassy trail that heads due west from the main parking lot. The bird was 
foraging among the rocks. There were also numerous small flocks of ducks 
heading south well offshore. The one flock that was close enough to identify 
was Blue-winged Teal. 


Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL

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Subject: Great day in Gulf Breeze
From: Lucy & Bob Duncan <town_point AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 18:53:01 -0500
Hi all,

 

               Lucy and I went to Ft. Pickens this a.m. and found a few
migrants but nothing like what was reported earlier in the morning or
yesterday. That is not surprising since the mainland and greater biomass is
only about a mile away to the north. What migrants present yesterday that
did not move south overnight could be on the mainland in a matter of
minutes. We have often seen migrants move back north after arriving at Ft.
P. in fall.

 

               Back home we arrived to find lots of birds in our yard and
bathing in our small pond. By the end of the day we tallied 31 Neotropical
migrants including 12 warblers (best, a NASHVILLE). We found another
OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER in the "hood", the third one in our neighborhood this
season, and the fourth for our area this fall, a record for our area.

 

               As Jim Stevenson pointed out, the day after the front does
not produce much. They come en masse on the first wave with the front. Some
of our birds today could have come in overnight but they were probably
"leftovers" from the previous day. What did not turn up was a vagrant from
the west, unless a DICKCISSEL that Lucy found at Ft. P. this morning is
considered one. At any rate, the show is over for a while until the next
weather "event."

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle

 

PS from Lucy - 

Our yard was "hopping" with migants from midday on (we were at Ft. Pickens
for the morning and finding little). In the short span of 1.25 hours, we had
21 neotropical migrants at our small manmade pond, including 10 spp of
warblers. Our Laurel Oak was alive at midday as was the pond, but nothing
that didn't come to the pond except for a Baltimore Oriole. 

It's good when it's good...


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Subject: Masked Lovebird. Volusia County
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2014 19:58:37 -0400
This morning, 10/4, I was driving near Astor, but on the Volusia County side of 
the St. John's River on a rural road, when I heard a very odd call. I stopped 
and turned around and drove back to the area where I heard the call. I found a 
Masked Lovebird sitting on a wire. This is the first time I have seen this 
exotic in Volusia County. It appeared to be the cage bird form sometimes called 
the Blue Masked Lovebird. 


Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL

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Subject: Re: [nflbirds] Sunday's prospects
From: Jim Stevenson <galornsoc AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2014 18:02:28 -0500
During all my fall migration work, about the only species more common the 
second day of a cold front was Yellow-billed Cuckoos. 


Jim, Galveston

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Hi all,


 We had a fair amount of birds in Gulf Breeze but for the strength of the front 
it was less than it could have been. Reports from Ft. Pickens indicate birders 
had a good day, with Scissor-tail and W. Kingbird showing up. Winds in Gulf 
Breeze remain 20 -25 mph and have actually backed to NW – NNW from N this 
a.m., great situation for western vagrants. Winds remain NW from MS to ARK 
which is also favorable for a more easterly vector of birds that migrate to our 
west. Winds tonight are forecast to be N then gradually veer to the NE tomorrow 
but I would not be surprised if a few vagrants show up. 



Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle

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Subject: Sunday's prospects
From: Lucy & Bob Duncan <town_point AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2014 16:31:53 -0500
Hi all,

 

               We had a fair amount of birds in Gulf Breeze but for the
strength of the front it was less than it could have been. Reports from Ft.
Pickens indicate birders had a good day, with Scissor-tail and W. Kingbird
showing up. Winds in Gulf Breeze remain 20 -25 mph and have actually backed
to NW - NNW from N this a.m., great situation for western vagrants. Winds
remain NW from MS to ARK which is also favorable for a more easterly vector
of birds that migrate to our west. Winds tonight are forecast to be N then
gradually veer to the NE tomorrow but I would not be surprised if a few
vagrants show up.

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle


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