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17 Apr No rest for the weary birder - fallout again?!! [Lucy & Bob Duncan ]
17 Apr Comments on the fallout of Tuesday Apri 15 [Lucy & Bob Duncan ]
16 Apr birds at Seacrest Scrub, Boynton Beach [John Shelly ]
15 Apr Everglades highlights [Bradley J Bergstrom ]
14 Apr Re: [nflbirds] Fallout possibilities update [Jim Stevenson ]
14 Apr Fallout possibilities update [Lucy & Bob Duncan ]
13 Apr Fallout conditions developing along the northern Gulf Coast [Lucy & Bob Duncan ]
13 Apr Nightjar Survey [Bev Hansen ]
11 Apr FOS SPRING MEETING [Murray Gardler ]
10 Apr Iceland Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
8 Apr Re: Good day at St George Island State Park ["Cavanagh, Jim" ]
8 Apr Good day in Gulf Breeze [Lucy & Bob Duncan ]
8 Apr Four Month Anniversary 4-8-14 Titusville, Fla. [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
7 Apr Fallout Pensacola area [Lucy & Bob Duncan ]
7 Apr Re: Submersible eagles [Larry Connor ]
7 Apr Submersible eagles [patrick leary ]
6 Apr Black-bellied Whistling-ducks [Hank Pfeifer ]
5 Apr Spanish River Park scouting report, Boca Raton [John Shelly ]
3 Apr St. Mary's River Nassau County [patrick leary ]
3 Apr Iceland Gull. Glaucous Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia County [Michael Brothers ]
2 Apr 38 Western Kingbird (Orange, 2 Apr 2014) [Robert Stalnaker ]
2 Apr De Soto Co. rarities [WES BIGGS ]
2 Apr Spring in my Backyard - Titusville, Fla. 4/2/14 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
1 Apr FOS Easten Kingbirds ["White, Eddie" ]
30 Mar More Ft. DeSoto birds today [Susan Daughtrey ]
30 Mar Re: Myster raptor, Turkey Creek Sanc. Palm Bay/Brevard [Robert Stalnaker ]
30 Mar NE Florida migration [patrick leary ]
30 Mar Ft DeSoto [Lee Snyder ]
30 Mar Myster raptor, Turkey Creek Sanc. Palm Bay/Brevard [Christopher Ferro ]
30 Mar Common Terns, Wacissa River [Bradley J Bergstrom ]
30 Mar St. Marks, Sat., March 29 [Bradley J Bergstrom ]
27 Mar Possible Yellow-legged Gull. Volusia County [Michael Brothers ]
26 Mar Swallows (Orange, 27 March 2014) [Robert Stalnaker ]
26 Mar FOS Rough-winged Swallow [Bob Richter ]
25 Mar Documents []
24 Mar Apalachicola [Sue Cerulean ]
24 Mar Singing Hooded Warbler [Tom Palmer ]
24 Mar Cassin's Kingbird. Great Horned Owl nestling put-back. Flagler County [Michael Brothers ]
24 Mar Singing Hooded Warbler [Tom Palmer ]
23 Mar Godwits at St Marks [Bill Phelan ]
23 Mar Mid-Gulf data buoy [Lucy & Bob Duncan ]
21 Mar Re: [BRDBRAIN] Pacific Loon [WES BIGGS ]
21 Mar Another Boo Boo!! [WES BIGGS ]
21 Mar Re: Pacific Loon [WES BIGGS ]
21 Mar Pacific Loon [Murray Gardler ]
21 Mar Iceland Gull. Glaucous Gull. Whip-poor-wills. Volusia County [Michael Brothers ]
30 Dec Re: December great bird summary - Western Panhandle [Wes Biggs ]
19 Mar White-faced Ibis, Alligator Lake [Bradley J Bergstrom ]
19 Mar American Golden-Plover. Least Tern. Disappearing Island. Volusia County [Michael Brothers ]
19 Mar leucistic Black-bellied plover Duval Co. [patrick leary ]
18 Mar California Gull and Glaucous Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
18 Mar Holy Reykjavik Batman, tveir Iceland Gulls, Huguenot Park [Bob Richter ]
17 Mar Ebird [Murray Gardler ]
16 Mar FOS Swallow-tailed Kite Old Town [patrick leary ]
16 Mar Gulls - oops! [Lucy & Bob Duncan ]
16 Mar Seven gull day at Ft. Pickens [Lucy & Bob Duncan ]
16 Mar Seven gull day at Ft. Pickens ["Lucy & Bob Duncan" ]
15 Mar Geneva Wilderness Area, 3/14/2014 (Seminole Co) [Scott Simmons ]
12 Mar Welaka National Fish Hatchery â= [David Laliberte ]
12 Mar Odd N. Parula Behavior [patrick leary ]
11 Mar Probable Vega Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
11 Mar Gulls at Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
11 Mar Possible Vega Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. FL [Michael Brothers ]
10 Mar Swallow tailed kites Sebastian [Terese Harber ]
10 Mar Banded Short-tailed Hawk with Summer Tanager prey (Orange, 10 Mar 2014) [Robert Stalnaker ]
10 Mar Swallow-tailed kites ["White, Eddie" ]
9 Mar Merritt Island, Orlando Wetlands Park, 3/8/2014 (Brevard, Orange Cos) [Scott Simmons ]
6 Mar California, Iceland, Glaucous Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
5 Mar California, Iceland, Glaucous Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
4 Mar Eastern Kingbird [Bob Richter ]
3 Mar Crested Caracara, Osceola Co. [Lee Ann Reiners ]
3 Mar Canvasbacks. Lake George. Volusia County [Michael Brothers ]
3 Mar Mute Swans, Viera/Suntree? [Christopher Ferro ]
1 Mar Northern Parula - Melbourne, Brevard County [Birdbrain ]
28 Feb Winter reports for FFN [John Murphy ]
27 Feb California Gull. Glaucous Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]

Subject: No rest for the weary birder - fallout again?!!
From: Lucy & Bob Duncan <town_point AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:51:49 -0500
Hi all,

 

               When Lucy and I returned home last night from Dauphin Is.,
the forecast issued yesterday morning was for a stable High to settle over
the east coast and birding to be quite dull for a few days. To my surprise,
the forecast changed to a rainy, possible fallout situation for Fri and
maybe Sat. with a low developing in the Gulf. What?? Not another fallout?
But -----

 

               With 90% chance of rain in Pensacola tonight (Thurs.) and 80%
tomorrow, one would think ingredients for another fallout are in the making.
Maybe not. This is not the typical pattern of a low tracking across the
continent with an attendant squall line ahead of it. This is a low in the
Gulf, a different scenario entirely. Cloudy and rain in the central Gulf
right now should keep birds in place in Yucatan. Although the rain does not
extend to Yucatan, the tops of thunderstorms are quite visible from well
over 60 miles away and I should think birds can see even farther at the
altitudes at which they fly. Therefore birds should not be taking off
tonight and if they do, brisk NE winds should vector them well west of the
AL - NW FL coasts. Therefore a fallout tomorrow is not likely. 

 

               Stiff NE winds continue through tomorrow afternoon backing to
brisk N through Sat. (When winds go counterclockwise, we say that they
"back".) The rain should clear the Gulf by tomorrow night but I don't know
what the winds in the S. Gulf will be tomorrow night, (theoretically
westerly, but that depends on the strength of the low) so launch conditions
in Yucatan are iffy. Therefore whether there will be fallout conditions Sat.
is still a moot question.

 

               At any rate, after our frenetic birding pace yesterday, we
could stand a break. We should be so lucky???   J

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle


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Subject: Comments on the fallout of Tuesday Apri 15
From: Lucy & Bob Duncan <town_point AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:28:31 -0500
Hi all,

 

The front and attendant squall lines ahead of it produced fallouts from
Dauphin Island to  the Big Bend area of Florida, with good numbers of
migrants reported from Dauphin Is., St. George Is. and St. Marks. 

Ft. Pickens, unfortunately, was left out. It was covered by birders.

 

Monday night, while the front was in LA and rain was in SE MS/SW AL (but not
in Gulf), radar in the FL Keys was showing bird echoes in the FL Straits.
Angel and Mariel Abreu (Badbirdz reloaded 
) thought a movement was also underway in the E. Gulf. [Be sure to check out
their website.] Winds at the time were generally SE. Some of the movement
would have vectored N or NW toward our coast (AL/NW FL). The Sargents'
banding operation (Hummer Bird Study Group) at Ft. Morgan AL encountered
migrants coming in Tuesday morning, by which time the front had come through
with attendant rain in the Gulf and NW winds almost gale force. My thought
is that the morning arrivals were part of the E. Gulf movement which made
good time overnight but hit stiff headwinds in the N. Gulf and put down on
the immediate coast. 

 

The adverse, high winds would hit long distance migrants very hard like Barn
Swallows, whose flights may have started much farther south than the West
Indies. This was what was witnessed at Dauphin Is. on Tues a.m. The
Callaways at Ft. Pickens also witnessed E. Kingbirds and swallows coming out
of the Gulf early in the morning, also likely a movement from the West
Indies.

 

In these parts we tend to think that all birds arriving at our migrant traps
come from Yucatan. But many actually winter in the West Indies and move N or
NW in migration up the FL peninsula or eastern Gulf. Some examples of
wintering West Indian birds are:

Indigo Bunting (Common winter resident); Painted Bunting (Fairly Common
winter resident); Parula Warbler (Common winter resident); Prairie Warbler
(Common winter resident - one of 6 N. Am. Migrants that winter almost
exclusively in the West Indies); Barn Swallow (Common migrant);
Yellow-throated Vireo (Common winter resident); Eastern Kingbird (Uncommon
migrant, winters as far south as South America). Source - A Guide to the
Birds of the West Indies, Rafaelle et al.

 

The accumulation of Indigo Buntings at feeders and traps prior to the
fallout of April 15 might be birds that moved on favorable SE winds toward
our area. 

 

With windshift to the W & NW occurring in mid-Gulf in early morning, a
movement out of Yucatan (trans-Gulf) would have caught birds in a bad
situation, especially since rain was occurring as far south as 100 mi off
the coast. These birds would have been vectored more to the east of the
LA/E. TX coasts and would have provided fallouts from AL to St. Marks.
Notable at Dauphin Is. yesterday (leftovers) were numerous thrushes
(especially Wood) that are only rare migrants in Cuba.

 

Yesterday Lucy and I ran a "Birdathon" for the F. M. Weston Audubon Chapter
and found plenty of "leftovers," totaling 110 spcs for Dauphin Island alone,
including 17 warbler species (and another 15 species elsewhere). Our thanks
to the battalion of birders who offered us help in finding birds and in
donations to the birdathon. We are currently working on an update of the
"Bird Migration, Weather and Fallout" booklet (out of print) which explains
the mechanics of migration, and which should help birders understand the
prediction of when birds will occur along the northern Gulf Coast.

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze, FL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Subject: birds at Seacrest Scrub, Boynton Beach
From: John Shelly <jshelly1 AT JUNO.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:50:28 -0400
  You all need to check out your local migrant trap NOW. I just had 9
species of warblers at the scrub (a record for me).

3  Am. Redstart 
3  Black & White
1  Blackpoll
2  Black-Throated Blue 
3  Cape May
5  N. Parula
2  Palm
8  Prairie
1  Worm-Eating

John Shelly
Boynton Beach

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Subject: Everglades highlights
From: Bradley J Bergstrom <bergstrm AT VALDOSTA.EDU>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:58:10 +0000
This past Sunday morning, there was a male Scissor-tailed Flycatcher in the 
large, closed camping loop at Flamingo, along with multiple Indigo Buntings, 
Blue Grosbeaks, and Orchard Orioles, and a male Summer Tanager. In the active 
tent-camping loop there was a singing Black-whiskered Vireo and House Wren, as 
well as Black-and-White Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Northern Parula and of 
course multiple singing Prairie Warblers. Along the coastal trail were multiple 
Worm-eating and Black-throated Blue warblers and American Redstart, and a 
Merlin. 



At Eco Pond, there were 2 American Avocets and many Black-necked Stilts. In the 
Flamingo Visitor Center parking area there was an impressively large flock of 
Indigo Buntings with several Blue Grosbeaks and a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak. 
The usual cowbird flock on the lawn included a couple of Shiny Cowbirds. A pair 
of Gray Kingbirds was near the dumpster behind an abandoned building as you 
first enter the Flamingo area. 



Late Saturday, in a residential area on the west side of Homestead, there were 
numerous White-winged Doves, Shiny and Bronzed cowbirds, and at least 2 Western 
(type) Kingbirds. Common Mynas were plentiful around town (including at "Robert 
is Here"). 


Brad Bergstrom
Valdosta, GA

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Subject: Re: [nflbirds] Fallout possibilities update
From: Jim Stevenson <galornsoc AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:41:06 -0500
Very well-written, Bob.

And from my home on Galveston (which had a nice grounding today), this may be 
the strongest front I have ever seen for April. 


What a winter...

js

From: Lucy & Bob Duncan 
Sent: Monday, April 14, 2014 7:31 PM
To: AL-BIRDS ; 'FLORIDABIRDS' ; nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [nflbirds] Fallout possibilities update

  

Hi all,


 Today, rain did not materialize south of us or along this part of the coast 
during the time for migrants to approach from the south (late a.m., early 
p.m.). Winds remained SE and there was only a “trickle out” (very light 
“fallout”) here in Gulf Breeze in NW FL. 



 The very strong front has entered the NW Gulf and is making good progress with 
winds NNW around 30 mph. If it has entered the southern Gulf by the time 
migrants take off (launch time = about ½ hr after sunset), migrants would not 
have taken off and the rest of the week would be a bust (birds have been known 
to turn back to Yucatan when encountering bad weather). But winds in northern 
Yucatan are still SSE – SE about 15 mph as of about 6 p.m. and mid-Gulf still 
has SE wind, so birds should take off this evening if the front does not move 
too fast. At this point I don’t think it will move that far south that fast. 



 IF they take off, and my feeling is they will, when they encounter the front, 
SW then NW winds, the timing will determine where they will end up. Should they 
encounter it in mid-Gulf, the thrust of the movement will probably be toward 
the west coast of Florida (do I hear cheers coming from St. Pete?). But if they 
encounter it farther north, the AL – NW FL coast will be the landfall. At any 
rate, the arrival will be delayed by headwinds and extra miles traveled. 



 So tomorrow a.m. should not have birds coming in, but my guess is that late 
tomorrow (Tues) would be the time to start looking at the migrant traps. And 
Wed. a.m. would be my choice of birding days, as N winds nearing gale force 
tomorrow will make detection somewhat difficult at the traps. 



For what it’s worth,


Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle 

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Subject: Fallout possibilities update
From: Lucy & Bob Duncan <town_point AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:31:18 -0500
Hi all,

 

               Today, rain did not materialize south of us or along this
part of the coast during the time for migrants to approach from the south
(late a.m., early p.m.). Winds remained SE and there was only a “trickle
out” (very light “fallout”) here in Gulf Breeze in NW FL.

 

               The very strong front has entered the NW Gulf and is making
good progress with winds NNW around 30 mph. If it has entered the southern
Gulf by the time migrants take off (launch time = about ˝ hr after sunset),
migrants would not have taken off and the rest of the week would be a bust
(birds have been known to turn back to Yucatan when encountering bad
weather). But winds in northern Yucatan are still SSE – SE about 15 mph as
of about 6 p.m. and mid-Gulf still has SE wind, so birds should take off
this evening if the front does not move too fast. At this point I don’t
think it will move that far south that fast.

 

               IF they take off, and my feeling is they will, when they
encounter the front,  SW then NW winds, the timing will determine where they
will end up. Should they encounter it in mid-Gulf, the thrust of the
movement will probably be toward the west coast of Florida (do I hear cheers
coming from St. Pete?). But if they encounter it farther north, the AL – NW
FL coast will be the landfall. At any rate, the arrival will be delayed by
headwinds and extra miles traveled.

 

               So tomorrow a.m. should not have birds coming in, but my
guess is that late tomorrow (Tues) would be the time to start looking at the
migrant traps. And Wed. a.m. would be my choice of birding days, as N winds
nearing gale force tomorrow will make detection somewhat difficult at the
traps.

 

For what it’s worth,

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle 


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Subject: Fallout conditions developing along the northern Gulf Coast
From: Lucy & Bob Duncan <town_point AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 21:52:42 -0500
Hi all,

 

               It's that guessing game time again! A front accompanied by
heavy rain is predicted to pass through the area Mon & Tue. Timing of the
rain and wind shift is the key to fallout prediction.

 

               Monday prospects:    Tonight (Sunday) launch conditions are
good for birds to move out of Yucatan and Central America. Winds at Merida
(NW Yucatan) are fresh and in mid-Gulf moderate ESE to SE. This should
vector birds toward the TX - SW LA coasts. So I do not see fallout
conditions here tomorrow even though rain is expected in the morning, though
heaviest rain will be tomorrow night. Winds here are predicted to be SE 13 -
18 knots tonight and tomorrow, so the movement should not be our way. Of
course, West Indian - Peninsula migrants may move through on the SE Winds,
but not Trans-Gulf.

 

               Tuesday prospects:  As far as I can tell, the front will not
be in the southern Gulf tomorrow night or Yucatan, but I am not certain
about that. IF launch conditions are good, then birds will encounter W & NW
winds as they move through the Gulf and may even encounter light rain as
they approach the coast in late morning or early afternoon. A delay in
arrival time could occur as they encounter headwinds. The  vector should be
our way. Therefore fallout conditions may prevail Tuesday afternoon or
later. IF birds encounter the wind shift to W early on, then the migrant
traps to our east (St. George, Ft. DeSoto) will benefit.

 

               Wednesday prospects:   Stiff N  winds Tues night should hold
birds at the traps and birding should be good Wed a.m.  

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the W. Panhandle

 

 


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Subject: Nightjar Survey
From: Bev Hansen <bevalhansen AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:09:03 -0400
This is a heads up for those who participate in the Nightjar Survey. I 
hadn't received any notification this year, but happened to check the 
website and discovered that the window is now open for a survey to be 
done in April in Florida. There will be a second opportunity in May, but 
June surveys are not permitted in Florida this year. Here are the dates:

  * *Window 1:* April 7 -- April 22 2014 for low elevation AZ, FL, NM,
    and TX only
  * *Window 2:* May 7 -- May 21, 2014 for any location in the country
  * *Window 3:* June 5 -- June 19, 2014 for any areas north of AZ, FL,
    NM, and TX and recommended for high elevations in the northern U.S.

Full moon will occur on Tuesday, April 15, and Wednesday, May 14.

Complete information about how to participate is available here: 
http://www.nightjars.org/

Bev Hansen

-- 
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Spring Hill, FL
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Subject: FOS SPRING MEETING
From: Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst AT TAMPABAY.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:35:04 -0400
What: Florida Ornithological Society semi-annual meeting
When: May 16-18
Where: Silver Springs - Ocala region
More info: http://fosbirds.org/

Join us for an inexpensive weekend of birding, field trips, informative
presentations, and contribute your expertise to teams working on the
Breeding Bird Atlas project! You don't have to be an expert birder, by any
means, to be part of a BBA team doing a count-route around Ocala. You'll
quicken your birding-by-ear skills with other experienced team members and
learn how to confirm breeding status of Florida's native birds.

We'll have a guided trip on Saturday morning led by a Scrub-Jay biologist
for those not wanting to join a BBA team. Learn all about the life history
and habitat of Florida's only endemic bird species while you watch the
Jays. Silver Springs glass-bottom boat trips are available for all and
provide a great way to bring along family members.

We will have some great presentations from experts on Red-cockaded
Woodpeckers, Florida Grasshopper Sparrow, Brown-headed Nuthatches, and
Florida Scrub-Jays - with plenty of photos!
We'll also have good food and the beer & wine are included in our
inexpensive registration fee. Dinners are buffet-style with two entree
choices.

Meet new and old friends and see some of the beautiful habitat and birds in
Marion County!


Murray Gardler
Weeki Wachee, FL

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Subject: Iceland Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2014 19:13:35 -0400
Last night, 4/9, I found a 1st cycle Iceland Gull on the beach at Daytona Beach 
Shores, Volusia County. The bird was about 1/4 mile south of Frank Rendon Park. 
The number of gulls has dwindled tremendously. They also arrive very late, many 
coming in after 6:30 or even 7:00 p.m. This bird has a distinctive bi-colored 
bill that makes it look similar to a Glaucous Gull, but the bird is much 
smaller and smaller billed than a Glaucous Gull. It is smaller than the Herring 
Gulls. The bill is very short and slight. The dark tip is not clear cut as in a 
Glaucous Gull. The wings are longer than a Glaucous Gull also. 


Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL

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Subject: Re: Good day at St George Island State Park
From: "Cavanagh, Jim" <jim.cavanagh AT MED.FSU.EDU>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 22:08:39 -0400
Same story re birds and weather at St George Island State Park.
I joined John Erickson and Steve Jones 8:15-3:00 but birds stopped landing
there when the srong west wind began around 1:00 PM. Rainfall on 4/8 there
was over 3 inches.
 
Warblers:Tennessee 3, N, Parula 3, Yellow 2, Y. Rumped 5, Pine 3, Prairie 6,
Palm 6, Black and White 5, Worm-eating 1, La Waterthrush 1, C. Yellowthroat
1, Hooded 6
 
Also: Summer Tanager 6, Blue Grosbeak 30 including a flock leaving the area
that Steve saw, Indigo Bunting also a large number, Baltimore and Orchard
Orioes and an Eastern Wood Pewee
 
Jim Cavanagh
Tallahassee

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Hi all,



               Anytime we tally 67 species at home it has to be considered a
"good day birding!" Lucy and I marveled at the number of Orchard Orioles, 13
warbler species and other migrant species present in our yard and immediate
neighborhood. Some of these birds apparently came in overnight and were not
present yesterday a dusk, perhaps they started their movement from points
farther south than Yucatan or encountered bad weather. They were, however,
not exhausted. Conditions in the southern Gulf and Yucatan are not favorable
for further movement for at least tonight but there are plenty of
"leftovers" to entertain birders.

              

Good Birding,

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Florida Panhandle


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Subject: Good day in Gulf Breeze
From: Lucy & Bob Duncan <town_point AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 20:20:10 -0500
Hi all,

 

               Anytime we tally 67 species at home it has to be considered a
"good day birding!" Lucy and I marveled at the number of Orchard Orioles, 13
warbler species and other migrant species present in our yard and immediate
neighborhood. Some of these birds apparently came in overnight and were not
present yesterday a dusk, perhaps they started their movement from points
farther south than Yucatan or encountered bad weather. They were, however,
not exhausted. Conditions in the southern Gulf and Yucatan are not favorable
for further movement for at least tonight but there are plenty of
"leftovers" to entertain birders.

               

Good Birding,

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Florida Panhandle


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Subject: Four Month Anniversary 4-8-14 Titusville, Fla.
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 13:00:20 -0400
Today marks 4 months stay of the Clay-colored Sparrow in my yard. The 
other day I was in the backyard when I heard a song, but couldn't recall 
what bird it was. By the time I did, and got my recorder it quit. It was the 
Clay-colored Sparrow singing in the Oak Tree.. A little deviation from the 
tape call, but definitely the Clay-colored Sparrow. Anybody else heard of a 
singing Clay-colored Sparrow in the Spring in Florida? I know I can't be the 
first. 
  Look out Ft. Desoto...... I think you're fixing to get some birds today, and 
for the next couple of days. Should be really good if things hold up....

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/13653278513

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/13657475125


Danny Bales
Titusville, Fla.
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Subject: Fallout Pensacola area
From: Lucy & Bob Duncan <town_point AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 17:31:24 -0500
Hi all,

 

               Rain along the coast and well into the Gulf south of the SE
LA - NW FL coasts this morning, with a windshift from SE to SW & W, produced
a good fallout of Neotropical migrants. In the Duncan's neighborhood 5
birders tallied 15 species of warblers and a total of about 32 Neotropical
migrants. Birds were not tired and most left the area by mid-day but many
are lingering. 

 

Bob Duncan

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Subject: Re: Submersible eagles
From: Larry Connor <llconnor AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 18:09:33 -0400
I have seen two YouTube videos in the past couple of years that showed bald 
eagles swimming to shore with prey that were much too large for for them to 
get airborne. One was in Baton Rouge 
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87xNpOYOlQ4). I think the people videoing 
this one thought it was a dead nutria in the water. I saw another video shot 
in somewhere in Alaska where the eagle had caught a fairly large shark. In 
that one the eagle probably swam for a good five minutes to shore with the 
fish. Interesting behavior, and probably necessary for a bird that spends a 
significant portion of it's time around water.

Larry Connor
Eustis, FL

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Ft. Clinch State Park, Nassau County: Since their remarkable recovery, I
have witnessed innumerable encounters between piratical eagles and
fish-bearing osprey. While conducting a beach-nesting-bird survey on the
park's shore this morning, I observed an agitated osprey take flight and
hastily exit the shore stage left. Some distance away, a large flock of
roosting black skimmers flushed off the beach. Recognizing the behavioral
clues, I searched the expansive sky and soon detected a sub-adult eagle in
hot pursuit of a laden osprey high above me. What followed was a typical
spiral of sharp pivots and parries as the two birds slowly descended toward
the river. Ultimately, the eagle forced the osprey to release its prize, but
the victor had insufficient air space to collect the fish before it plunged
into the river. Despite the apparent loss of the prey, I was surprised to
observe the eagle stall  over the river and drop into the water where it
became partially submerged and drifted on the surface before lifting free
with its prize.  As it made its way toward shore, another eagle was detected
crossing the river and swiftly closing the distance. Alas, victor became
victim as the second eagle charged in and forced another release of the
prey. Once again I observed an eagle hover over the drop zone and settle
onto the water up to its breast. However, this time the eagle was too late
with fish apparently sinking out of reach of the bird's extended legs.  As
the second eagle lifted free of the surface, yet a third eagle appeared from
across the river, but it was much too late to the party and searched the
surface in vain for the lost booty.  The first two eagles followed one
another inland, while their tardy relative took perch in the same navigation
tower occupied by the agitated osprey that had initially tipped me off to
the dramatic air and sea show.



In contrast to all prior observations of this nature, two different eagles
deliberately landed on the river's surface attempting to recover sinking
prey.  These were not efforts to snatch the pirated prey from the surface
while passing but rather plunging into the water to recover fish rapidly
sinking into the depths. Both eagles were sub-adults and I must wonder if
adults would engage in such risky behavior.  Neither bird appeared to have
any difficulty lifting free of the water despite their partial submergence.
I have heard of eagles swimming to shore on occasion and I wonder if such
behavior is related to events such as I witnessed.  Should either eagle in
this event been unable to recover, they would have been extremely challenged
to reach a shoreline in the swift currents of Cumberland sound. In that case
they would have become true "sea eagles".



Pat Leary     Amelia Island, Nassau County








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Subject: Submersible eagles
From: patrick leary <prleary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 16:07:21 -0400
Ft. Clinch State Park, Nassau County: Since their remarkable recovery, I
have witnessed innumerable encounters between piratical eagles and
fish-bearing osprey. While conducting a beach-nesting-bird survey on the
park's shore this morning, I observed an agitated osprey take flight and
hastily exit the shore stage left. Some distance away, a large flock of
roosting black skimmers flushed off the beach. Recognizing the behavioral
clues, I searched the expansive sky and soon detected a sub-adult eagle in
hot pursuit of a laden osprey high above me. What followed was a typical
spiral of sharp pivots and parries as the two birds slowly descended toward
the river. Ultimately, the eagle forced the osprey to release its prize, but
the victor had insufficient air space to collect the fish before it plunged
into the river. Despite the apparent loss of the prey, I was surprised to
observe the eagle stall  over the river and drop into the water where it
became partially submerged and drifted on the surface before lifting free
with its prize.  As it made its way toward shore, another eagle was detected
crossing the river and swiftly closing the distance. Alas, victor became
victim as the second eagle charged in and forced another release of the
prey. Once again I observed an eagle hover over the drop zone and settle
onto the water up to its breast. However, this time the eagle was too late
with fish apparently sinking out of reach of the bird's extended legs.  As
the second eagle lifted free of the surface, yet a third eagle appeared from
across the river, but it was much too late to the party and searched the
surface in vain for the lost booty.  The first two eagles followed one
another inland, while their tardy relative took perch in the same navigation
tower occupied by the agitated osprey that had initially tipped me off to
the dramatic air and sea show. 

 

In contrast to all prior observations of this nature, two different eagles
deliberately landed on the river's surface attempting to recover sinking
prey.  These were not efforts to snatch the pirated prey from the surface
while passing but rather plunging into the water to recover fish rapidly
sinking into the depths. Both eagles were sub-adults and I must wonder if
adults would engage in such risky behavior.  Neither bird appeared to have
any difficulty lifting free of the water despite their partial submergence.
I have heard of eagles swimming to shore on occasion and I wonder if such
behavior is related to events such as I witnessed.  Should either eagle in
this event been unable to recover, they would have been extremely challenged
to reach a shoreline in the swift currents of Cumberland sound. In that case
they would have become true "sea eagles".

 

Pat Leary     Amelia Island, Nassau County  

 

 

 


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Subject: Black-bellied Whistling-ducks
From: Hank Pfeifer <hank6864 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 14:38:34 -0700
I am staying at the Sawgrass gated community in Ponte Vedra near Jacksonville. 
I just saw a flock or about 20 Black-bellied Whistling-ducks on the band of a 
pond right next to the main road thru the community. 

 
Hank Pfeifer
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Subject: Spanish River Park scouting report, Boca Raton
From: John Shelly <jshelly1 AT JUNO.COM>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 15:06:18 -0400
  This morning I scouted Spanish River Park for tomorrows Audubon Society
of the Everglades (EAS) walk led by the Hasses. Not many birds but a good
variety – 8+ warblers, the best being a gorgeous male black-throated
green, and a FOS cape may.  See details below.
  I ran into Linda McCandless and Kathy(?) who thought the ASE walk was
today. They saw 2 spot-breased orioles and a house finch at Walgreens on
the way in and a kestrel and merlin at the park that I didn't see.
  I had 2 warblers I couldn't confirm: a probable ovenbird and a possible
blackpoll (yellow legs is all I could make out with the sun just behind
it).
 
John Shelly
Boynton Beach
 
Warblers:
1  Am. Redstart 
1  Black & White
?  Blackpoll
1  Black-Throated Green  (m) at north parking lot, pavilion 9
1  Cape May
1  Common Yellowthroat (f)
3  N. Parula
?  Ovenbird
3  Prairie
1  Worm-Eating
 
Others except regulars:
1 Brown Thrasher
5 Gray Catbirds
2 Yellow-crowned Night Herons
8 Cedar Waxwings
2 Great-horned Owls (in the pines at the scout camp)

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Subject: St. Mary's River Nassau County
From: patrick leary <prleary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 23:08:03 -0400
King's Ferry, St. Mary's River:  A morning excursion on the black water
river began with a swallow-tailed kite directly over the ramp and a great
crested flycatcher raucously announcing his arrival in the riverside canopy.
Little did we know that would be the first and only STKI sighted all
morning. Cruising up the river, we enjoyed views of abundant wild azaleas
resplendent in garlands of pink and white contrasted against the dark banks
and, in every riverside slough and tributary, we found numbers of golden
prothonotary warblers perched singing or foraging in low tangles suspended
over the water. A few N. parulas were seen and heard, along with lingering
myrtles, but few migrant passerines were noted in the verdant woodlands. A
short walk through a quiet pine woodland was graced by a sunlit tiger
swallowtail darting through the branches to take perch and sun in a
freshly-leafed sweet gum.  Despite the few kites, we had an enjoyable and
productive morning on the stream with few other boats active on the waterway
to spoil the tranquility.   

 

Doris and Pat Leary, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Nassau County

 

 

 

 

 


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Subject: Iceland Gull. Glaucous Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia County
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 22:05:27 -0400
This evening, 4/3, I stopped off at the beach at Daytona Beach Shores and found 
a 1st cycle Glaucous Gull and a 1st cycle Iceland Gull. Both birds were found 
well north of Frank Rendon Park at about the 2200 and the 2000 block. There are 
just small numbers of gulls left in comparison to the tens of thousands just a 
few weeks ago. 



I also had the first Chimney Swifts back at Ponce Inlet I have seen this year. 


Michael


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Ponce Inlet, FL

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Subject: 38 Western Kingbird (Orange, 2 Apr 2014)
From: Robert Stalnaker <robert.wildlife AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 20:03:39 -0700
The following is the note I entered on my eBird checklist
Greetings,

The following is the note I entered on my eBird checklist for 38 Western 
Kingbird, Hooper Farm, Orange County: 


"For 19 minutes, I conducted seven counts.  The counts were 
35,31,38,41,36,38,39 with the mode being 38.  I could not do a check of 
additonal birds in the "traditional" roost 50 meters to the south, and I don't 
know if any were in the orchard and hidden by the foilage nor was I able to 
count any that may have been on the west side of the road or 

at Hooper Farm to the south.  Since the count was higher than what has 
been reported in 2014, I was intent on getting an accurate count of 
these birds that were close to me and in the open, perching in dead 
trees.  One of two things--either some additonal kingbirds have joined 
this group, staging for migration, or because they are roosting in dead 
trees and clearly seen, the count is more accurate.  Normally, a number 
of birds are (or could be) hidden behind the leaves." 

Bob Stalnaker
Longwood, FL

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Subject: De Soto Co. rarities
From: WES BIGGS <birdsatfnt AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 16:29:37 -0700
Hi All,
Dave Goodwin just reported that there are at least 16 American Golden-Plovers 
an Upland Sandpiper & a pair of Burrowing Owls about 100 M. west of 2596 SE 
West Farms Rd. This location is 10.5 miles south of Arcadia in De Soto County. 
At the time the goldens were on both sides of the road & the sandpiper & the 
owls were on the south side. This location is on page 99 of the DeLorme atlas. 


Directions: From FL 70 on the east side of town take FL 31 south for 2.5 miles, 
turn right onto CR 763 & go 7.6 miles south & turn right onto SE West Farms Rd. 
& go .4 of a mile west to the location.  


Good luck!!

Wes Biggs
Orlando & Clewiston

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Subject: Spring in my Backyard - Titusville, Fla. 4/2/14
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Wed, 2 Apr 2014 12:05:41 -0400





 I can see Spring is here with the reports coming from Ft. Desoto, and other
areas. Since I've been restricted to my kitchen window, I've been able to
observe it happen right in front of my eyes. Goldfinches changing from the
drab Winter color to the bright Spring Color. Across the street a pair of
Pileated Woodpeckers making their nest in an old telephone pole. The most
wonderful observation is the Clay-colored Sparrow changing into his Spring
plumage. I just saw him out there a few minutes ago! The 8th of this month
will be 4 months here. The Chipping Sparrows are in full Spring plumage.
There's no mistaking them from the Clay-colored now. What a blessing....
www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/13571499615 
www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/13550472744 
www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/13570334904 
www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/13549411854 Danny BalesTitusville, 
Fla.www.flickr.com/photos/mudhenBrevard 



 


 		 	   		  
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Subject: FOS Easten Kingbirds
From: "White, Eddie" <Eddie.White AT MYFWC.COM>
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2014 08:16:52 -0400
Two at Lake Jackson Leon County yesterday and two at Southwood Leon County 
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Subject: More Ft. DeSoto birds today
From: Susan Daughtrey <susansd AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 19:54:27 -0400
Hi Everybody,

 

In addition to the birds reported by Louis Libert and Lee Snyder at Ft.
DeSoto today, we also saw the following:

 

Yellow-billed Cuckoo - North Beach Oaks

Male and Female Black Scoters - beach at the Ranger's house

Barn Swallows - East Beach turnaround and North Beach

Great-Horned Owlets and parent - North Beach

Whimbrel and Piping Plover - East Beach turnaround

Pine Warbler - Ranger's house

Lesser Scaup - East Beach turnaround

Eastern Kingbird - East Beach oaks

The Red-Headed Woodpecker continues on Tierra Verde

A Summer Tanager, which we did not see, was also reported at the Ranger's
house.

 

Wonderful day out there!

 

Best,

Susan Daughtrey

Englewood, Charlotte County


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Subject: Re: Myster raptor, Turkey Creek Sanc. Palm Bay/Brevard
From: Robert Stalnaker <robert.wildlife AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 15:23:15 -0700
It is not possible to ID or even make a reasonable 
Hello Christopher,

It is not possible to ID or even make a reasonable guess of your sighting.

Experienced raptor enthusiasts can often ID many raptors in silhouette, 
something we often do at the Florida Keys Hawkwatch.  To do that, you need to 
see the shape and structure of the wings, head projections, proportional looks 
at tail versus body, and very importantly, flight characteristics--wing beat 
cadence, how the wing remains stiff or bends, buoyancy, et al.  Likewise, that 
detailed type of description would be a starter to help ID. 


Re "it seemed pretty adept and flying low through the woods rather then trying 
to get up high and out" ... accipiters are adept at "flying through the woods" 
but usually we can't see them because they are in the woods. Did you mean 
exiting from the woods into the open?  I have seen Red-shouldered Hawks make 
some pretty fast darts going into the woods so we can't really say from that if 
it was an accipiter or buteo. 


"Dark chocolate brown with some warm overtones" is not enough for plumage.  
Lighting can really fool the eye making lighter tones appear dark and the 
opposite also. 


Even "size of a Red-shouldered Hawk" is not helpful.  I remember watching 
a Mississippi Kite with my bins thinking it looked pretty large until a 
Swallow-tailed Kite engaged it in a fight and the photos I have show them next 
to each other with Swallow-tailed Kite making the Mississippi look like a 
midget.   


Bob Stalnaker
Longwood, FL
On Sunday, March 30, 2014 11:37 AM, Christopher Ferro  
wrote: 

  
Near the end of my walk this morning at the Turkey Creek Sanctuary in Pal Bay, 
I flushed a raptor that I cannot identify. It was about the size of a 
Red-shouldered Hawk (maybe a bit smaller) and appeared to be a dark chocolate 
brown with some warm overtones. I did not see any white/light rump (and I did 
get several good views of the tail area as it flew away from me), no obvious 
tail banding or head markings. It seemed pretty adept and flying low through 
the woods rather then trying to get up high and out, but that might not mean 
anything in this instance. We did have some strong to severe weather come 
through late yesterday afternoon, and it's possible this is a bird that fell 
out on its way north, but I am not sure since there were pretty much no other 
"fall out" birds in the park today. Any help would be appreciated. 


I did see a Pileated Woodpecker family out and about, and a very few assorted 
warblers (N. Parula, Black-and-white, and some spp. high in the canopy). Only 
heard one Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and no evidence of Gray Catbirds - another sure 
sign of spring. I hope the spring migration is better than this past fall's... 
:-( 


Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard

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Subject: NE Florida migration
From: patrick leary <prleary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 15:37:49 -0400
Big Talbot Island, Duval County:  This morning's brisk NW winds and clear
skies saw a very modest migratory flight over the coast.  The frontal system
crossed the region early yesterday afternoon with skies clearing in mid
afternoon stimulating migratory movement that was not monitored.
Consequently, the bulk of the raptors may have passed yesterday.
Regardless, only modest nos. of diurnal migrants were observed ca noon
today. (See Flicker link for images of some birds photographed as they
passed) These offer multiple views of different flight postures of NOHA. Two
hummers buzzed past at eye level well beyond the skills of this photographer
to document. 

 

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

 

 

 

Pat Leary, Feranandina Beach, Amelia Island, Nassau County

 


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Subject: Ft DeSoto
From: Lee Snyder <anipa AT TAMPABAY.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 13:22:45 -0400
Hey y'all,

 

Lots of friends birding today at the fort. Lots of birds too. Most common
were Hooded Warblers-too numerous to count. A Gray Kingbird at the ranger's
house was an early surprise.  

 

East Beach Picnic area (1), Mulberry/Fountain (2)-

Northern Parula (1, 2), Tennessee Warbler (1), Yellow-rumped Warbler(1,2),
Palm Warbler(1,2), Yellow-throated Warbler (2), Worm-eating Warbler (1),
Prothonotary Warbler (1,2), Black-and-white Warbler (2), Hooded Warbler
(1,2).

White-eyed Vireo (1,2), Yellow-throated Vireo (1), Blue-headed Vireo (1),
Red-eyed Vireo (1,2).

 

Regards,

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Subject: Myster raptor, Turkey Creek Sanc. Palm Bay/Brevard
From: Christopher Ferro <arachnid43 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 08:36:46 -0700
Near the end of my walk this morning at the Turkey Creek Sanctuary in Pal Bay, 
I flushed a raptor that I cannot identify. It was about the size of a 
Red-shouldered Hawk (maybe a bit smaller) and appeared to be a dark chocolate 
brown with some warm overtones. I did not see any white/light rump (and I did 
get several good views of the tail area as it flew away from me), no obvious 
tail banding or head markings. It seemed pretty adept and flying low through 
the woods rather then trying to get up high and out, but that might not mean 
anything in this instance. We did have some strong to severe weather come 
through late yesterday afternoon, and it's possible this is a bird that fell 
out on its way north, but I am not sure since there were pretty much no other 
"fall out" birds in the park today. Any help would be appreciated. 


I did see a Pileated Woodpecker family out and about, and a very few assorted 
warblers (N. Parula, Black-and-white, and some spp. high in the canopy). Only 
heard one Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and no evidence of Gray Catbirds - another sure 
sign of spring. I hope the spring migration is better than this past fall's... 
:-( 


Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard

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Subject: Common Terns, Wacissa River
From: Bradley J Bergstrom <bergstrm AT VALDOSTA.EDU>
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 15:20:36 +0000
Sat., March 29:


3 Common Terns in basic plumage (all showing the dark carpal smudge) were 
resting on floating vegetation in the Wacissa River head spring/public boat 
launch area. Also, 2 Barred Owls, 2 Red-shouldered Hawks, and 1 Limpkin were 
heard vocalizing. Also seen were 1 Swallow-tailed Kite, 2 Red-eyed Vireos, 4 
Wood Ducks, and an assortment of the other common forest birds and herons, 
egrets, gallinules, anhingas, cormorants, etc. 



Brad Bergstrom, Marvin Smith, VSU Ornithology class

Valdosta, GA

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Subject: St. Marks, Sat., March 29
From: Bradley J Bergstrom <bergstrm AT VALDOSTA.EDU>
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 03:10:43 +0000
Highlights:

--------------

-2 Virginia Rails in the marsh west of the lighthouse.

-2 White-faced Ibis (red iris, pink facial skin) in Mounds Pool 1, but one on 
the north end, the second to the south (just off the "butterfly pavilion); with 
many Glossy Ibis and Black-necked Stilts 


-1 Least Bittern, 1 Sora, 1 (probable, heard) King Rail, 1 male Prothonotary 
Warbler at dike 132 near main road. 


-good selection of gulls, terns (incl. Caspian, Black Skimmer), shorebirds (2 
Amer. Oystercatchers) on flats east of lighthouse; 2 imm. Bald Eagles tearing 
apart a fish nearby 


-4 Marbled Godwits, many Short-billed Dowitchers at Tower Pond and adjacent 
salt flats 


-3 Amer. White Pelicans amid a group of Brown Pelicans, D-C Cormorants on an 
offshore bar well west of the lighthouse 


-Swallow-tailed Kite over the visitor center


Brad Bergstrom, Marvin Smith, and the VSU Ornithology class

Valdosta, GA

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Subject: Possible Yellow-legged Gull. Volusia County
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 21:21:27 -0400
On Tuesday afternoon, 3/25, I found an unusual gull on the beach at Daytona 
Beach Shores. This bird had some distinctive features that made me think that 
it could be a 1st cycle Yellow-legged Gull. The jury is still out on this bird, 
but because of its great rarity, I thought that I should alert Florida birders 
that there is a possibility that a Yellow-legged Gull is in the area. It may 
yet be shown to not actually be this species. 


I did not want to mention this until I had some level of confirmation. However, 
I have gotten comments from North America and Europe that suggest that it may 
actually be a Yellow-legged Gull. I am waiting for additional comments. 


This bird looks very much like a 1st cycle Lesser Black-backed Gull. However, 
the scapulars are pale gray with an anchor pattern. The greater coverts that 
cover the secondaries are distinctly patterned. Both of these features make me 
feel that this is not a Lesser Black-backed Gull. As I mentioned, the jury is 
still out on the identification of this bird. 


Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL

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Subject: Swallows (Orange, 27 March 2014)
From: Robert Stalnaker <robert.wildlife AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2014 21:47:59 -0700
Greetings,

In the south cells of Orlando Wetlands Park, there was a mixed group of Tree, 
Barn and Northern Rough-winged Swallows, along with two Cliff Swallows. 


eBird Checklist:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17613909

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Longwood, FL 

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Subject: FOS Rough-winged Swallow
From: Bob Richter <brichter62 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2014 11:01:45 -0400
I was down at the dock thirty minutes
ago and a thought just popped into
my head as to whether the Rough-
winged Swallows that nested here
last year would return to the same
nest site this year. Before I could
finish the thought (I'm kind of slow),
a bird zipped by about three feet in
front of my face then darted down to
the water and around another dock.
It was, of course, a Rough-winged
Swallow. I'll keep looking for the
other bird to show up. I checked
my records and saw that they
arrived on the 27th last year so
this is right on time. Last year
they started building their nest
immediately, gathering dried grass
from the yard next door. This
location is on the Ortega River
just west of Roosevelt Blvd. in
Jacksonville.

Swallow-tailed and Mississippi
Kites and Great-crested Flycatchers
showed up at my house over the
weekend.

Bob Richter
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Subject: Documents
From: calie29 AT COMCAST.NET
Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:21:40 +0000
Hello, 
Please check the documents i shared with you today. CLICK HERE ... 
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Subject: Apalachicola
From: Sue Cerulean <s.cerulean AT ATT.NET>
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2014 14:49:27 -0400
On Saturday I began monitoring a large dredge spoil island south of the 
Apalachicola bridge for breeding sea and shorebirds. Only one pair of American 
oystercatchers really working in that direction, but so much else to 
see....including: 


Bonaparte's gull   3
Laughing gull      40
Ring-billed gull.     5
Royal tern.             40
Caspian tern.         20
Forster's tern.        50
Black Skimmer.      55
American Avocet.   2
Willet                       4
Brown pelican.         6
Wilson's plover.        1
Semi-palmated plover 28
Black-bellied plover.   12
Least sandpiper.         29
Snowy egret.              8

I am thinking with sorrow of the similar congregations of shorebirds in 
Galveston Harbor, like ours, either just about to breed, or enroute in 
migration, stopping over to rest. Many will not survive the new oil spill 
there. 


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Subject: Singing Hooded Warbler
From: Tom Palmer <tomp47 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2014 06:34:42 -0700
 
To
I heard and saw a singing Hooded Warbler Saturday at Torreya.

 
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Winter Haven
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Subject: Cassin's Kingbird. Great Horned Owl nestling put-back. Flagler County
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2014 11:55:46 -0400
On Friday afternoon, 3/21, I took a nestling Great Horned Owl from our bird 
hospital at the Marine Science Center and was able to put it back with the 
parents in Palm Coast, Flagler County. The young owl had been brought to our 
bird hospital after being found at the doorstep of a home in Palm Coast. On 
Wednesday evening I went out to look for the nest. After a long search, I came 
up empty. I left the cul-de-sac and then stopped on the adjacent street and 
decided I would listen for a bit. As I sat in the car, I could hear n American 
Crow cawing repeatedly. I got out of the car and saw a Great Horned Owl in a 
pine tree. I went back to an adjacent undeveloped lot and found what appeared 
to be the nest. On Friday, I brought the nestling back to that lot, set up a 
tall ladder and constructed an artificial nest for the baby. I put the baby 
back and waited. After a while I played a tape of juvenile Great Horned Owl 
calls. Almost immediately, an adult Great Horned Owl came flying in! 

 . Hopefully, the youngster will be fine. This is the third Great Horned Owl 
nestling we have had into our bird hospital that has allowed us to verify 
nesting for the Breeding Bird Atlas. 


Early on Saturday morning, 3/22, I went out Rt 100 to the Cassin's Kingbird 
spot. The bird was still in the same location. Strangely, it was sitting on the 
wire very close to a male Kestrel. The Kestrel flew down to the ground to catch 
a grasshopper and the kingbird took off also, evidently after the same thing. 
The Kestrel got it and the kingbird flew in pursuit of the Kestrel making it 
twist and turn to evade the kingbird. Both of the birds returned to wire and 
the Kestrel ate its prize. I also stopped at the "Mud Bog" on rt 100. There was 
little happening there except a Greater Yellowlegs, a Least Sandpiper, 2 
Wilson's Snipe and a pair of Wood Ducks, along with some Wood Storks and other 
wading birds. However, I also received an email from Meret Wilson who said that 
she spoke with the people at the Mud Bog and asked if I could post this 
information about future access to the area. They said that they will be 
putting up a chain across the entrance in the next month or so! 

 . However, they stressed that this is NOT to keep the birders out. He welcomes 
birders. It is to solve a different problem. As I understand it, birders will 
need to walk into the site. Meret may know more details. The area has been 
allowed to grow over in the last year, so the habitat for shorebirds has not 
been good. Hopefully they are going to be clearing some of the area again this 
spring. 


On Sunday, 3/23, My wife and I went out on the St. John's River at Astor. We 
found one dark morph Short-tailed Hawk flying very high. At the mouth of the 
Lake George, the channel pilings looked more like a coastal area about 25 Black 
Skimmers, 6 Royal Terns, 4 Brown Pelicans and Herring Gull as well as about 6 
Bonaparte's Gulls and lots of Forster's Terns and Double-crested Cormorants. 


This morning, 3/24, there was a lone Least Tern and a Purple Sandpiper at the 
north jetty of Ponce de Leon Inlet. 


Michael

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Subject: Singing Hooded Warbler
From: Tom Palmer <tomp47 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 2014 07:59:08 -0700
Dear All,
Last weekend I heard and saw a singing male Hooded Warbler at Torreya State 
Park. Spring is  here. 


 
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Winter Haven
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Subject: Godwits at St Marks
From: Bill Phelan <wmjphelan AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2014 22:25:53 +0000
Intrigued by Don Morrow's posting of a Bar Tailed Godwit seen at St Marks, I 
went there this afternoon and found 6 Marbled Godwits. 


One of them was noticeably smaller than the others but didn't look like the Bar 
Tailed Godwit that I saw at Huguenot. 


The one at Huguenot looked like the picture in Sibley's-- gray and plain (not 
mottled/scalloped) on the back/wings . 


The one today had a scalloped look on the feathers of the back/wings but was 
only slightly more gray than the other godwits.  


(Interestingly, Nat Geo shows a gray and scalloped look in juveniles.) 

So was this the Bar Tailed Godwit?  (Unfortunately, I forgot to bring a 
camera) 


Hope someone else sees this bird. 



Other birds of note were: 

  black-necked stilts at Tower Pond, among other shorebirds 

At Double Bridges:  Blue-gray gnatcatchers, black & white warbler, parula 
singing 


Nice day to be out. 

Bill Phelan 

Tallahassee

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Subject: Mid-Gulf data buoy
From: Lucy & Bob Duncan <town_point AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2014 17:17:03 -0500
Hi folks,

 

               Migration is warming up but there is bad news from the Gulf,
the mid-Gulf buoy is not functioning and has been out since Jan. This buoy
is very important in predicting fallouts in our area and it's going to make
it difficult to analyze bird movements. Since this buoy is essential during
the hurricane season, I assume it will be fixed, but maybe not in time for
spring migration. Let's cross our fingers. John Arvin of the Gulf Coast Bird
Observatory is issuing radar analysis for the TX coast and the Abreu's
Badbirdz Reloaded is doing the same for S. Florida, so we can tie in to
these sites to get some information about bird movements.

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze, in the w. Panhandle


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Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Pacific Loon
From: WES BIGGS <birdsatfnt AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:02:54 -0700
Murray emailed me that the bird looked small but there wasn't 
Hi All,

Murray emailed me that the bird looked small but there wasn't anything to 
compare it to. He alluded to the problem of, in some cases a great variation in 
size in Common Loons. in his original post. This of course brings to mind an 
old birding story which at least Paul Trunk will enjoy: 


Several decades ago, about 4 I think, there was an Arctic Loon reported in the 
Pensacola area. This was before the Pacific Loon was split from Arctic & there 
were almost no Florida records. There was also a male Cinnamon Teal being 
reported in the same general area. This was when Cinnamon Teal was a super rare 
bird in Florida. I needed both birds, (as most people did) for my state list, & 
so did DAVE GOODWIN I asked Dave if he wanted to go up to Pensacola to get two 
state birds. He said "No I'm sick, I have a temp, I'm weak." I said 
pleeeeeeeease!!!!!!!!!!!!!! oh PLEEEEASE!!!! He said "No you nut I'm really 
sick." So then I put the begging into high gear. My wife knows what this sounds 
like. After about 45 minutes of shameless begging he finally gave in. My wife 
usually takes longer. Hey I didn't get to 477 species in Florida without a lot 
of begging! 


Did I mention that Dave had the car & drove the 500 miles up there while I 
slept? I needed my strength to look for the birds! 


We got to the place where the Arctic, (now Pacific) loon was hanging out with 
his Common friends. There he was, about 2/3 the size of the Commons! And then 
we saw him in profile & there was that big honker of a bill. It was a runt 
Common Loon!! All that way for a miss-identified bird!!!!!! Dave felt worse! 
Thank God we still had the Cinnamon Teal to go after. 


We got to the teal at the same time as a number of other birders including Paul 
Sykes. We looked & looked & there he was in all his CINNAMON glory!! We should 
have all jumped in our cars after a 5 second look like all good listers, but 
nooooooooooooooooooooooooo we had stay & enjoy the cinnamoness of it, it's 
beauty & rarity! And then it turned the other cheek as it were & there on one 
side of it's head was a big white crescent. Paul & I looked at each other & 
said in unison, "Oh crap it's a hybrid." Dave felt more worse. One thousand 
miles and we found both birds and nothing to show for it but this story. 


Wes Biggs
Orlando & Clewiston



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Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Pacific Loon
 


To me, the bill on that bird looks way too heavy for a Pacific Loon. That's the 
most important structural difference between Pacific and Common, and that 
bird's bill looks heavy even for a Common. 


Daniel Estabrooks
Winter Haven, FL



On Friday, March 21, 2014 12:24 PM, WES BIGGS  wrote:
 
Murray,

Did your bird look to be about 2/3 the size of a Common Loon? You didn't 
mention anything about the over all size of the bird. 


Wes Biggs
Orlando & Clewiston


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Sent: Friday, March 21, 2014 10:48 AM
Subject: [FlaBirding] Pacific Loon
 


  
FT Island Beach boat ramp.

Yesterday on the NATURE COAST BIRDING FESTIVAL FIELD TRIP we found what I 
believed was a winter plumage adult PALO. everything seemed to fit but the bill 
size bothered. 


I googled winter plumage PALO and reviewed 100's of picture trying to be 
careful to ignore some that did not seem to be correctly identified. I found a 
lot of variation in bill size of those that that fit the description of the 
loon we found. 

I was able to show the group common loons after and, they with varying 
experience, could readily see the loon that we previously ID'd was not the same 
as the COLO they were looking at. 


PS: there was breeding plumage lesser black-backed gull on the beach at 8 AM.

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Subject: Another Boo Boo!!
From: WES BIGGS <birdsatfnt AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:05:36 -0700
Hi All,

Regarding my old email that was accidentally sent out, I mistakenly referred to 
the 837 members of BRDBRAIN when I should have said FLORIDABIRDS. Sorry about 
that. 


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Subject: Re: Pacific Loon
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Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:23:40 -0700
Did your bird look to be about 2/3 the size of a Common Loon? 
Murray,

Did your bird look to be about 2/3 the size of a Common Loon? You didn't 
mention anything about the over all size of the bird. 


Wes Biggs
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Sent: Friday, March 21, 2014 10:48 AM
Subject: [FlaBirding] Pacific Loon
 


  
FT Island Beach boat ramp.

Yesterday on the NATURE COAST BIRDING FESTIVAL FIELD TRIP we found what I 
believed was a winter plumage adult PALO. everything seemed to fit but the bill 
size bothered. 


I googled winter plumage PALO and reviewed 100's of picture trying to be 
careful to ignore some that did not seem to be correctly identified. I found a 
lot of variation in bill size of those that that fit the description of the 
loon we found. 

I was able to show the group common loons after and, they with varying 
experience, could readily see the loon that we previously ID'd was not the same 
as the COLO they were looking at. 


PS: there was breeding plumage lesser black-backed gull on the beach at 8 AM.

Sent from my iPad
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Weeki Wachee, FL
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Subject: Pacific Loon
From: Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst AT TAMPABAY.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:48:12 -0400
FT Island Beach boat ramp.

Yesterday on the NATURE COAST BIRDING FESTIVAL FIELD TRIP we found what I 
believed was a winter plumage adult PALO. everything seemed to fit but the bill 
size bothered. 


I googled winter plumage PALO and reviewed 100's of picture trying to be 
careful to ignore some that did not seem to be correctly identified. I found a 
lot of variation in bill size of those that that fit the description of the 
loon we found. 

I was able to show the group common loons after and, they with varying 
experience, could readily see the loon that we previously ID'd was not the same 
as the COLO they were looking at. 


PS: there was breeding plumage lesser black-backed gull on the beach at 8 AM.

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Subject: Iceland Gull. Glaucous Gull. Whip-poor-wills. Volusia County
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:42:02 -0400
Yesterday, 3/20, I was with a team working on a gull project at the Tomoka 
Landfill in Volusia County in a restricted area with Jay Barry, David Hartgrove 
and Meret Wilson. We found a 1st cycle Iceland Gull and a 1st cycle Glaucous 
Gull. These both appeared to be the same birds that have been seen regularly at 
Daytona Beach Shores. There was also a young male Black Scoter and a Peregrine 
Falcon at the Port Orange Bridge area. Last night I went over to Orange City 
and had two Whip-poor-wills and 6-7 Chuck-wills-widows calling. I had one 
Whip-poor-will fly right over my head calling its "quirt" call. There was also 
a wonderful firefly show at dark. 


There were two Purple Sandpipers on the north jetty of Ponce de Leon Inlet this 
morning (3/21) and 4 female Black Scoters flew out of the Inlet. 

Michael

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Subject: Re: December great bird summary - Western Panhandle
From: Wes Biggs <birdsatfnt AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 30 Dec 2013 23:21:31 -0500
Bob & All,

If the grebe is indeed a Clark's it would be three times better than a Snowy 
Owl & ten times better than a Snow Bunting!!! 

What's the latest on that front?

Wes Biggs
Orlando 
 
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> On Dec 30, 2013, at 10:02 PM, Lucy & Bob Duncan  
wrote: 

> 
> Hi all,
> 
> 
> 
> While there are some outstanding birds being seen to our east and south, we
> ain't doing so shabby up here in the Western Panhandle. 
> 
> I thought I'd summarize December's vagrants just for the fun of it:
> 
> 
> 
> GROOVE-BILLED ANI                      1 - 2 present 2 Dec to present
> 
> SWAINSON's HAWK                        1 - 3 individuals:  5 Dec to 29 Dec
> 
> LAPLAND LONGSPUR                      5 Dec to 29 Dec
> 
> PACIFIC LOON                                  1 - 3 7 Dec to today
> 
> RED-THROATED LOON                   1 - 3  29 Dec to today
> 
> COMMON MERGANSER                 1 in Gulf Breeze 8 - 28 Dec; 1 north
> Escambia Co. today
> 
> W. MEADOWLARK                          9 Dec
> 
> CLARK'S/W. GREBE                         2 locations, 2 birds Dec 11 & Dec
> 29
> 
> LINCOLN' S SPARROW                   Dec 14 & Dec 18
> 
> CAVE SWALLOW                              16 Dec
> 
> THAYER'S GULL                                19 - 23 Dec
> 
> EARED GREBE                                   27 Dec
> 
> 
> 
> While none of these birds can compare to a Snowy Owl or Snow Buntings, they
> have certainly made birding up (or down) here exciting. Is there more to
> come?
> 
> 
> 
> Bob Duncan
> 
> Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle
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Subject: White-faced Ibis, Alligator Lake
From: Bradley J Bergstrom <bergstrm AT VALDOSTA.EDU>
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2014 21:49:45 +0000
Marvin Smith and I birded Alligator Lake in Lake City this morning and found 2 
White-faced Ibis (cherry-red iris and pink facial skin, photographed) very 
close to shore off the pavilion (main parking area on the east side off Old 
Country Club Rd.). They were hanging out with 25 or so Glossy Ibis. 



Also seen or heard were 2 Limpkins, a subadult Bald Eagle, a very cooperative 
American Bittern, a singing Marsh Wren, and a nice mix of a few dozen species 
of other birds. First-of-season Barn Swallows joined the remaining Tree 
Swallows, and a possible Bank Swallow was glimpsed. Only ducks seen were a 
handful of Blue-winged Teal. 



On the SW corner of the lake, we had 6 Limpkins and a FOS Northern Rough-winged 
Swallow. 



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Subject: American Golden-Plover. Least Tern. Disappearing Island. Volusia County
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2014 17:37:51 -0400
Today, 3/19, while doing a shorebird survey with David Hartgrove, Stacey Bell, 
Jennifer Winters and others, I found an American Golden-Plover on Disappearing 
Island in Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia County. In addition, there was also an 
early Least Tern. Last year, we found one Least Tern very early also on March 
13. Usually they arrive here about March 24-30. There were also two Purple 
Sandpipers foraging on the mud flats, well over 100 Red Knots, and 19 Piping 
Plovers. In total we had 16 species of shorebirds. 


Black-bellied Plover
American Golden-Plover
Wilson's Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
American Oystercatcher
Greater Yellowlegs
Willet
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Sanderling
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Dunlin
Short-billed Dowitcher

Michael

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Subject: leucistic Black-bellied plover Duval Co.
From: patrick leary <prleary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 19 Mar 2014 06:05:10 -0400
Ft. George Inlet (Alamacani bar) A leucistic black-bellied plover was
sighted amongst a small flock of shorebirds loafing on the large sand bar
near the Alamacani park area yesterday morning. The bird was spotted from
the bridge parking lot on the east side of the bridge and too distant to
photograph. Even at that distance the plover stood out like a, super-sized,
piping plover amongst typical BBPL. This is the first pale BBPL sighted by
this observer. We have seen leucistic: semipalmated, piping and killdeer but
not black-bellied plovers. 

 

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Subject: California Gull and Glaucous Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2014 22:36:42 -0400
This evening, 3/18, I found the 1st cycle California Gull and the 1st cycle 
Glaucous Gull on the beach south of Frank Rendon Park, Daytona Beach Shores, 
Volusia County. The gulls are arriving very late now. It is really beginning 
about 6:00 p.m. and many arriving about 7:00 and later. 


Michael

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Subject: Holy Reykjavik Batman, tveir Iceland Gulls, Huguenot Park
From: Bob Richter <brichter62 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 18 Mar 2014 07:39:02 -0400
Like it was Daytona or something. Late yesterday
I found two juvenile Iceland Gulls on the ocean
beach side of Huguenot Park near the north end
of the bank. Seeing two individuals of this species
(or Glaucous) at this location was a first for me in
almost forty years. A couple years ago I did find
an Iceland and Glaucous together but that was
also a one off occurrence. At one point almost all
of the many gulls and terns on the beach flushed
and I saw one of the birds heading south toward
the jetty. I did not relocate that bird. The one who
remained was present till I left around 6:30. A
couple of other birders were present and saw at
least one of the gulls. The two gulls were about
fifty yards apart. I never saw them near each other.
Note that while you can no longer get into the park
before 8:00 a.m. it is now open till 8:00 p.m. Also
note that unlike Daytona, Iceland (and Glaucous)
gulls are usually one day wonders at this location.
I believe these were around the thirty fifth Iceland
Gulls I have found here since 1976.

I also saw what looked to be a good candidate for
a second winter California Gull. The bird had
bluish legs (near the top, dull pinkish below), a
noticeably dark mantle compared to Ring-bills,
a kind of bone colored bill and was identical in
size to an adjacent first cycle Lesser Black-backed.
Everything seemed to fit till I noticed the bird
had a pale iris.

Also seen was a single Greater Scaup in the
lagoon. The bird was by itself. A Horned Grebe
in the river just off the restroom area was unusual
(the are common in the lagoon but rare in the
river).

I also watched for about five minutes as a Pomarine
Jaeger mercilessly harassed a Laughing Gull a
about a hundred yards offshore. The gull really
didn't want to give up whatever he had. Then a
second gull showed up and appeared to kind
of block the jaeger. At this point the first gull
apparently dropped what he was carrying. The
jaeger dropped down and snatched it off the
water and began to head leisurely out to sea.
One of the gulls then pursued the jaeger who
was forced to take evasive action. As the birds
moved further off I moved on. There were several
other interesting looking birds offshore but I
didn't have a suitable scope.

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Subject: Ebird
From: Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst AT TAMPABAY.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:33:31 -0400
With a new Apple update to their operating system you can now bring up a map to 
post by county and state which in the past did not work on iPad's. You had to 
go to explore data to get where you wanted to post. 

It is iOS 7.1.

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Weeki Wachee, FL

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Subject: FOS Swallow-tailed Kite Old Town
From: patrick leary <prleary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2014 20:00:01 -0400
Old Town, Dixie Co.   This morning's blustery SW winds brought a FOS
Swallow-tailed Kite to the Suwannee floodplain near Old Town. The same or
multiple kites were observed several times skimming the tree canopy not far
from the river and, later in the afternoon, another kite was observed over
SR 349 several miles northeast of the community. On Saturday, a long drive
to Cedar Key and back through the Lower Suwannee Refuge area failed to
produce any kite sightings. 

 

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Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Nassau County

 


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Subject: Gulls - oops!
From: Lucy & Bob Duncan <town_point AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:36:31 -0500
We meant that there were SEVEN (7) species of gulls including the winter
four species! (That really would have been phenomenal!)

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Subject: Seven gull day at Ft. Pickens
From: Lucy & Bob Duncan <town_point AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:32:47 -0500
An exciting morning "gulling" at Pensacola Beach's Ft. Pickens! Lucy, Scot
and I headed to the beach in spite of impending rain squalls. We got
drenched a couple of times, but found 7 species of gulls loafing on the
outer beach, in addition to the Winter-four usual species.

At the pink restrooms at the beginning of Gulf Islands National Seashore we
had a juvenile/first summer ICELAND GULL (Photo, Lucy) and an adult
CALIFORNIA GULL (photo Lucy to be sent to FOSRC) all within the first five
minutes of birding. Between torrential rain showers we managed 3 adult and 1
first cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLs. Another party reported a GREAT
BLACK-BACKED GULL. The GLAUCOUS GULL present for the past couple of weeks
was not found.

Flocks of gulls have been present on the outer beach for a couple of weeks
after a winter of hardly any there at all. Are the dumps along the Gulf
Coast emptying out of their gulls? Birders in the local area do not have
access to landfills where thousands of gulls spend the winter. Are the above
birds a taste of what is present? Birders along this end of the coast should
check the outer beaches because "gulling" has suddenly gotten very
interesting.

 

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Subject: Seven gull day at Ft. Pickens
From: "Lucy & Bob Duncan" <town_point AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2014 16:32:47 -0500
An exciting morning "gulling" at Pensacola Beach's Ft. Pickens! Lucy, Scot
and I headed to the beach in spite of impending rain squalls. We got
drenched a couple of times, but found 7 species of gulls loafing on the
outer beach, in addition to the Winter-four usual species.

At the pink restrooms at the beginning of Gulf Islands National Seashore we
had a juvenile/first summer ICELAND GULL (Photo, Lucy) and an adult
CALIFORNIA GULL (photo Lucy to be sent to FOSRC) all within the first five
minutes of birding. Between torrential rain showers we managed 3 adult and 1
first cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLs. Another party reported a GREAT
BLACK-BACKED GULL. The GLAUCOUS GULL present for the past couple of weeks
was not found.

Flocks of gulls have been present on the outer beach for a couple of weeks
after a winter of hardly any there at all. Are the dumps along the Gulf
Coast emptying out of their gulls? Birders in the local area do not have
access to landfills where thousands of gulls spend the winter. Are the above
birds a taste of what is present? Birders along this end of the coast should
check the outer beaches because "gulling" has suddenly gotten very
interesting.

 

Bob Lucy, and Scot Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle

 
Subject: Geneva Wilderness Area, 3/14/2014 (Seminole Co)
From: Scott Simmons <scott.j.simmons AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2014 18:24:53 -0400
Hello all,

Yesterday evening I drove out to the Geneva Wilderness area hoping to find
Eastern Whip-poor-wills and Chuck-will's-widow.  Just before 8 pm I began
to hear several Whips from several places in the park, and I was able to
get a recording of them.  About 10-20 minutes later I heard one Chuck, a
little farther away, but very clear.  By the time I got my phone out to
record him, somebody revved up his truck for a couple minutes, drowning out
the bird, and when he finally stopped, so had the Chuck.

I decided to play with the recording some, and I uploaded it to
xeno-cano.org. I noticed that once uploaded you can copy an embed code from
the website. I decided to see if I could paste it into my eBird checklist,
and it worked!  You can play the audio file right from the checklist.  I
thought that was the coolest thing I've learned all week.

As a bonus, on my way out there yesterday I saw my FOY Short-tailed Hawk, a
light morph, flying north over Red Bug Rd.

Geneva Wilderness Area is on Rte 426 just south of Rte 46 in Geneva, FL

Happy birding,

Scott Simmons
Winter Park, FL

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Subject: Welaka National Fish Hatchery â=
From: David Laliberte <dllaliberte AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:02:24 -0700
FLORIDABIRDS-L AT LISTS.UFL.EDU
Subject: Welaka National Fish Hatchery – no go on the Black headed Gull March 
4th [030414] 

•
Hi all:
•
I was at the Fish hatchery on 4 March at around 3 PM. I left around 3:45 p.m. I 
observed the 

following list of bird species.  This included the following species: Snowy 
Egrets, White Ibis, 

Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Wilson's Snipe, Ring –billed Gull, Bonaparte’s 
Gull, Myrtle WarblerI 

havd not luck finding the Black-headed Gull as it's not been present for 
several days.  

•
Sandhill Crane • 030414 • Welaka National Fish Hatchery, Putnam Co., FL
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/13089589515/
•
Bonaparte’s Gull • 030414 • Welaka National Fish Hatchery, Putnam Co., FL
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/13089591795/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/13089722433/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/13089590585/
•
Bonaparte’s Gull & Ring –billed Gull  • 030414 • Welaka National Fish 
Hatchery, Putnam Co., FL 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/13089590585/  
•
Bonaparte’s Gull & Ring –billed Gull • 030414 • Welaka National Fish 
Hatchery, Putnam Co., FL 

Canon EOS 50D+EF100-400 mm IS USM • Laliberte 2014
•
Myrtle Warbler • 030414 • Welaka National Fish Hatchery, Putnam Co., FL
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/13089594025/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/13089727073/
•
Equipment used: 
Canon EOS 50D+EF100-400 mm IS USM • Laliberte 2014
• 
Happy birding!
•
David Laliberte
Clearwater, FL
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Checkout my birdPIX at:
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Subject: Odd N. Parula Behavior
From: patrick leary <prleary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:19:56 -0400
Ft. Clinch State Park: While conducting field work in the park this morning,
a small "bluish" bird was glimpsed dropping from a shrub into dense grass
along the park's beach access road. The powder blue hue and behavior
suggested Lazuli bunting and obscured views of the bird foraging in the
thick covert seemed to support the conjectured ID. Alas, once more of the
bird became exposed it was clear the rare bunting was a, run-of-the-mill, N.
Parula.  The habitat was dune/swale shrub a long distance removed from the
warbler's typical habitat in the maritime forest and why was it foraging in
grass like a sparrow? The warbler was so engaged, it seemed oblivious of my
close proximity and I was able to approach with meters to inspect its
behavior. It's possible the bird was collecting ants to cleanse its plumage
or forage for some undetected prey, but why it strayed so far from the
forest will remain a mystery. I did not observe the bird placing anything in
its plumage, thus anting seems an unlikely explanation.  See Flicker link
for images

 

 

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Subject: Probable Vega Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 23:00:11 -0400
This afternoon, 3/11, I found the probable Vega Gull on the beach about 1/4 
mile south of Frank Rendon Park. 


Michael

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Subject: Gulls at Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:50:36 -0400
I just wanted to let folks know that this week is Bike Week in Daytona. There 
is a lot of traffic. In addition, it is also Spring Break and there are lots of 
college kids on the beach. To make matters worse, the tide has been fairly high 
in the late afternoon and the weather is beautiful. The combination of cars, 
motorcycles, and college students and children running through the gulls has 
created a tremendous amount of disturbance of the birds. If you go, be ready. 


However, yesterday I still found a possible Vega Gull, an Iceland Gull, a 2nd 
cycle Nelson's Gull and a 2nd cycle Lesser Black-backed x Herring Gull hybrid 
and a 3rd cycle Lesser Black-backed x Herring Gull hybrid. So far all of the 
early feedback from around the continent has been in agreement that this is a 
Vega Gull. 


Michael

Michael Brothers
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Ponce Inlet, FL

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Subject: Possible Vega Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. FL
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 06:39:38 -0400
Yesterday afternoon, 3/10, I found an interesting dark-mantled, dark-eyed 
Herring-type Gull that looks like a good candidate for Vega Gull. Vega Gull is 
a subspecies of Herring Gull that is found in NE Asia and breeds in North 
America only on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea. It is physically quite 
distinct from the American Herring Gull and is treated a a separate species by 
many authors including Howell and Olsen & Larsson. This taxon is extremely rare 
in the east. There is only one other Florida record - a bird at Daytona Beach 
Shores from 2009. 


This is a dark-mantled, dark-eyed Herring-type Gull. The bird was the size of a 
Herring Gull, but smaller than some of the adjacent HEGUs. The eye ring is very 
bright orange-red. The legs were pink, but not too vibrant. The white terminal 
tips to the secondaries were very broad. It appears that P9 has been shed and 
P10 is old and is about to be shed on both wings. There is a large white mirror 
on P10 with only a small black terminal tip on P10. The head streaking on the 
nape seems consistent for Vega. The undersurface of the primaries and 
secondaries appeared to be a darker gray, which is also good for Vega Gull. 


The dark mantle, dark eyes, orange eye ring, and very late outer primary molt 
all seems consistent with a possible Vega Gull. 

It seems like a LBBGxHEGU hybrid is unlikely because of the dark eyes. A 
HEGUxThayer's hybrid might produce something similar, but the very wide white 
tips to the secondaries and the late primary molt still seems more likely for 
Vega to me. It seems that a HEGUxGBBG would be larger and probably much larger 
billed. 


I have sent photos of this bird out for some comments. 

I found the bird about 1/4 mile south of Frank Rendon Park in Daytona Beach 
Shores. 


Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL

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Subject: Swallow tailed kites Sebastian
From: Terese Harber <harbersharbor AT AOL.COM>
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 20:11:53 -0400
This past Tuesday saw two st kites, Thursday was up to four and this afternoons 
count was up to nine. All staying in the area around St. Sebastian River / 
Cypress bend Community Park in Sebastian. Some were soaring so high could 
barely tell what they were and three or four were flying just over the house, 
but are definitely staying in the area. 

Terese Harber
Sebastian, Fl

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Subject: Banded Short-tailed Hawk with Summer Tanager prey (Orange, 10 Mar 2014)
From: Robert Stalnaker <robert.wildlife AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:18:54 -0700
Greetings,

At Wekiwa Springs State Park this morning, I was watching a dark morph 
Short-tailed Hawk doing its interesting flight behavior of stalling and moving 
very slow.  Not a lot of stationary kiting, just slow movement at high 
altitude. 


As it left to the north, I turn back toward the south and I see a buteo coming 
toward me, quickly noticing that it is another dark morph Short-tailed Hawk.  


This hawk had a bird in its grasp and food dangling from its mouth.  As best I 
can tell, it may be a male Summer Tanager.  There is a band on the right 
tibia.  The band can be seen on Sequence 4.  


Images, labeled Sequence 1 through 4, can be seen at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/robert-stalnaker/

Hover over an image to see name.  Click to enlarge.  If enlarged, there is text 
under the image.  Navigate by clicking the right pane to advance or left to go 
to previous. 


At this moment, they are the first four images in the stream.  Do not click a 
second time because that starts a slideshow and due to cropping, parts of an 
image often disappear.  Once you click one image to enlarge, navigating retains 
an enlarged image so no need to click image a second time. 


Bob Stalnaker
Longwood, FL

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Subject: Swallow-tailed kites
From: "White, Eddie" <Eddie.White AT MYFWC.COM>
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 09:07:25 -0400
3/9/14 Saw three swallow-tailed kites vocalizing and swooping down on each 
other for about 15 minutes. At one point they swooped so close and at such 
speed you could hear the rush of the wind in their wings as they pulled out of 
their dive. Lake Eaton Ocala National Forest 


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Subject: Merritt Island, Orlando Wetlands Park, 3/8/2014 (Brevard, Orange Cos)
From: Scott Simmons <scott.j.simmons AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 9 Mar 2014 12:15:31 -0400
Yesterday I drove out to Merritt Island and had a pretty fun morning.  On
the south side the Max Brewer bridge I found one Horned Grebe.  On
Blackpoint Dr it was fun to see about 9 Red Knots, many Dunlins, Avocets,
dowitchers, Willets, Black-bellied plivers, yellowlegs and Least
Sandpipers. There were also many northern shoveler, blue -winged teal,
lesser scaup and 4 Red-breasted Mergansers

At the visitor's center it took a good while to find the White-throated
Sparrow.  It never came to the feeders when I was there, but I did see it
on the ground under cover.  The boardwalk gave me a B&W Warbler,
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and White-eyed Vireo. I didn't see the
Black-throated Green Warbler that was seen the day before.

Because of the prescribed burn on Peacocks Pocket, I didn't look for the
Cinnamon Teal and Eurasian Wigeon. But going west from the visitor's center
along the south side of the main road there were many birds there,
including at least 15 Marbled Godwits.

On the way home I dropped by Orlando Wetlands Park. I'm still amazed at the
sheer number of birds there right now. I wanted to see the Black Skimmers
there and only planned to stay a few minutes. When I arrived Reinhard
Geisler was there. He let me know that a Alligator had been seen catching a
White Pelican. We both ended up finding the gator with the pelican.  It was
a pretty big gator, but I was a little surprised that it attacked a bird as
large as a pelican.

I posted photos from the morning at

http://www.learnoutdoorphotography.com/2014/03/merritt-island-orlando-wetlands-park.html 


Happy birding,

Scott Simmons
Winter Park, FL

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Subject: California, Iceland, Glaucous Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Thu, 6 Mar 2014 20:38:31 -0500
Tonight, 3/6, I found the adult California Gull again. I had not seen it in 
about 10 days. I also found both the pale and the darker 1st cycle Iceland 
Gulls and the 1st cycle Glaucous Gull. I did not find the 1st cycle California 
Gull. All of the gulls were north of Frank Rendon Park The California Gull was 
all the way north at the 2200 block as was the pale Iceland Gull. The dark 
Iceland Gull was at the 2400 block and the Glaucous Gull was at the 2500 block. 


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Subject: California, Iceland, Glaucous Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2014 21:41:08 -0500
Tonight, 3/5, I stopped off at Daytona Beach Shores to check out the gulls and 
found the 1st cycle California Gull, the darker of the two Iceland Gulls and 
the 1st cycle Glaucous Gull. There was also an adult probable Lesser 
Black-backed Gull x Herring Gull hybrid and an interesting probably 3rd cycle 
LBBGxHEGU hybrid. There were also two adult Herring Gulls that were getting a 
yellow cast to the legs that is sometimes seen in spring adult Herring Gulls. 



For those looking for the 1st cycle California Gull, beware of the numerous 1st 
and 2nd cycle Herring Gulls that can look very similar to the California Gull. 
Some things to look for are the somewhat smaller size than the Herring Gulls 
and they have a different structure. The long wings of a California Gull, when 
folded at rest creates a longer profile - a more attenuated look on the 
California Gull than a Herring Gull. This also gives it a slightly more 
horizontal stance than the more upright Herring Gull. Note the two-toned bill 
with the dark of the lower mandible extending closer to the face than the dark 
on the upper mandible. Note that the bill is rather slim and long. The tops of 
the legs have an odd bluish cast. Note the dark gray scapulars that are coming 
in on the back. Most Herring Gulls do not have gray coming in yet in their 1st 
cycle. 2nd cycle Herring Gulls do have gray coming in. However, the gray is 
paler and the 2nd cycle HEGUs have pale eyes, or usually the! 

 eyes are beginning to get pale. You can also tell 2nd cycle birds because the 
primaries are rounded and 1st cycle gulls have pointed primaries. To be certain 
you are seeing the right bird it helps to see the bird in flight. 1st cycle 
(and 2nd cycle) Herring Gulls have a pale panel in the inner primaries on the 
upper surface of the wing. California Gulls have entirely dark inner primaries. 
In addition, the greater coverts (the feathers that cover the primaries and the 
secondaries on the upper surface of the wing) are solidly dark, but have pale 
tips. This creates two solidly dark panels along the upper surface of the wing 
- one caused by the dark primaries and secondaries and another dark bar created 
by the dark greater coverts separated by the white line created by the pale 
tips to the greater coverts. The tail is also nearly completely dark. 


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Subject: Eastern Kingbird
From: Bob Richter <brichter62 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 4 Mar 2014 07:22:58 -0500
Late yesterday I found an Eastern Kingbird
on the fence at the sod field at Baker County
Correctional Institution (a suburb just east
of metropolitan Olustee) on US 90. This is
the earliest by far for Baker County. They
have shown up between April 12 to 20
except for one on April 4.

Bob Richter
Baker County

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Subject: Crested Caracara, Osceola Co.
From: Lee Ann Reiners <larch AT ZOOMINTERNET.NET>
Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2014 19:20:37 -0500
We saw a Crested Caracara along Rt. 523, Canoe Creek Rd., yesterday, 
Sunday, 3/2, at around 5 pm. It was on the ground in the grass alongside 
the road. We didn't stop for photos because my camera was packed in my 
luggage and too hard to dig out before the bird would have flown. (And 
we were running an hour late after having taken the wrong turn that took 
us up that particular road!)
This is the first one I've seen in FL, but don't know if they are rare 
here or not. It was located one mile south of Cal-Maine Foods on 523.
Lee Ann Reiners
Leesburg

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Subject: Canvasbacks. Lake George. Volusia County
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2014 13:05:07 -0500
Yesterday, 3/2, I stopped off at the southern end of Lake George a found a 
small flock of Canvasbacks still present. On January 14, I found 31 canvasbacks 
and a couple of weeks ago on 2/13, I found 39 Canvasbacks moving across this 
south edge of the lake diving, bathing and moving back and forth along a broad 
section of the lake. On Sunday there were now only 7 birds present, but there 
were also 3 airboats launching from this boat ramp so that may have moved 
farther out onto the lake. On the pilings marking the channel of the St. John's 
River, there were a number of birds more common along the coast than this far 
inland, including 41 Black Skimmers, 6 Royal Terns and 2 Brown Pelicans. There 
were also a few Bonaparte's Gulls and lots of Double-crested Cormorants, 
Anhingas and Forster's Terns. 


You can access this location off SR 40 a few miles west of Astor. Turn north on 
Blue Creek Lodge Road. Go a few miles and turn left on Lake George Road. It 
dead ends at a boat ramp at the southern edge of Lake George. Although the boat 
ramp is in Lake County, the lake is in Volusia County. 


On another note, this morning, 3/3, there were 3 Purple Sandpipers on the north 
jetty of Ponce de Leon Inlet. 


Michael

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Subject: Mute Swans, Viera/Suntree?
From: Christopher Ferro <arachnid43 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2014 09:23:22 -0800
Has anyone from or in Brevard County seen the Mute Swan pair since a couple of 
weeks ago? Someone asked me if they were still here, and I didn't see them this 
past weekend (but I didn't search extensively). 


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Melbourne/Brevard County

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Subject: Northern Parula - Melbourne, Brevard County
From: Birdbrain <birdbrain2k4 AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Sat, 1 Mar 2014 19:50:21 -0800
Sitting outside with my coffee, I heard my 1st of season N Parula.  Spring is 
almost here!!! 




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Subject: Winter reports for FFN
From: John Murphy <southmoonunder AT MCHSI.COM>
Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:42:03 -0600
Big Bend Birders, 

I am currently accepting reports of significant winter (1 December - 28 
February) 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: California Gull. Glaucous Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:50:01 -0500
Tonight, 2/27, I was with a wonderful group of folks from the Lake Region 
Audubon Society when we found the 1st cycle Glaucous Gull. We then walked well 
north of Frank Rendon Park all the way to the 2200 block and were about to turn 
back when I found the 1st cycle California Gull. Unfortunately, before we could 
get very close a kid came running out from a hotel and scared all of the gulls 
away. 



There is a very high tide in the late afternoon this week that is making 
birding here difficult. It is compressing the beach to a very narrow swath and 
there is a lot of competition between walkers, cars, joggers and gulls. It 
should be much better next week as the tides change. 



Michael


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