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8 Feb Iceland Gulls. Ponce Inlet. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
6 Feb Black Rail and blind luck [David Hartgrove ]
5 Feb Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge - Report Date - 2/5/16 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
2 Feb Glaucous Gull. Ponce Inlet. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
1 Feb Franklin's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
31 Jan western kingbird [Patrick Leary ]
30 Jan Cassin's Kingbird. Flagler Co. [Michael Brothers ]
28 Jan Western Tanager in Jacksonvulle [Bob Richter ]
27 Jan Franklin's, Iceland, Glaucous Gulls. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
26 Jan Shiloh - Merritt Island NWR report date 1/26/16 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
22 Jan Iceland Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
21 Jan Iceland Gull. Brevard Landfill. Cocoa [Michael Brothers ]
19 Jan Franklin's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
18 Jan Brewer's Blackbirds. DeLeon Springs. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
18 Jan AOU CLASSIFICATION UPDATES [Murray Gardler ]
16 Jan Vaux's Swift. Gainesville. Cave Swallow. St Marks NWR. [Michael Brothers ]
16 Jan Short-eared Owl - continues - Shiloh Merritt Island NWR 1/16/16 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
16 Jan Short-eared Owl - YES [andy prather ]
16 Jan Re: Short-eared Owl - NO 1/15/16 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
16 Jan Re: Melanistic Laughing Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. [Michael Brothers ]
15 Jan Melanistic Laughing Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. [Michael Brothers ]
15 Jan Short-eared Owl - NO 1/15/16 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
14 Jan Saltmarsh and Nelson's Sparrows - Shiloh and Directions to the Short-eared Owl 1/14/16 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
14 Jan Common Eider Nassau Sound [Patrick Leary ]
14 Jan Short-eared Owl - Shiloh (Volusia County) Merritt Island NWR 1/14/16 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
10 Jan Red-throated Loon. Tomoka State Park. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
6 Jan Merritt Island NWR 1/5/16 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
2 Jan No Subject [David Laliberte ]
1 Jan Franklin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
1 Jan BREWERS BLACKBIRD [Murray Gardler ]
31 Dec Franklin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
31 Dec Florida Burrowing Owl – Cape Coral, FL [birdPIX] [David Laliberte ]
29 Dec Western Kingbird at Huguenot Park, Duval County [James Wheat ]
29 Dec Loss of RCW "Super Mom" [Bev Hansen ]
29 Dec No Subject [David Laliberte ]
20 Dec Possible European Herring Gull. Ponce Inlet, FL [Michael Brothers ]
19 Dec Snow Goose. Scoters. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
18 Dec Franklin's Gulls and leucistic Laughing Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
17 Dec Vaux's Swifts, photos [Bradley J Bergstrom ]
16 Dec Shiloh - Merritt Island NWR - report date 12/16/15 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
15 Dec Franklin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
13 Dec Brewer's Blackbirds. DeLeon Springs. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
11 Dec Bald Eagle nesting [David Hartgrove ]
10 Dec Franklin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
9 Dec Red-throated Loon in Rehab. Ponce Inlet. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
7 Dec Parasitic Jaeger on beach. Ponce Inlet. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
4 Dec CORRECTION re: Vaux's Swifts, Gainesville, Alachua county [Rex Rowan ]
4 Dec Fw: Vaux's Swifts, Gainesville, Alachua county ["dotrobbins AT juno.com" ]
3 Dec Franklin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
1 Dec Purple Sandpiper. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
28 Nov Fall reports for FFN [John Murphy ]
24 Nov Franklin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores [Michael Brothers ]
22 Nov Return of Inland Franklin's Gull in Jacksonville [Bob Richter ]
22 Nov Birds at Sebastian Inlet State Park 11/21/2015 [David Simpson ]
21 Nov American Golden-Plover. Flagler Co. [Michael Brothers ]
21 Nov Mountain Bluebird - Oasis Visitor Center 11/20/2015 - NO [David Simpson ]
20 Nov Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge : Report Date 11/20/15 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
19 Nov Jaegers and Scoters. Canaveral National Seashore. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
19 Nov Nelson's Sparrows [Patrick Leary ]
19 Nov Purple Swamphen arrives in Gainesville [Rex Rowan ]
18 Nov Franklin's Gulls - Daytona Beach Shores & MINWR 11/18/15 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
18 Nov FOS American Goldfinch and Blue-headed Vireo [Lenore McCullagh ]
18 Nov Franklin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
17 Nov Franklin's Gull Ft. Clinch jetty [Patrick Leary ]
17 Nov Survey for the Florida Ornithological Society [Gina Zimmerman ]
16 Nov Franklin Gulls - Daytona Beach Shores - 11-16-15 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
16 Nov FOS Goldfinches [dwassme1 ]
16 Nov New e-mail address [Diane and Kayo Roy ]
15 Nov Re: Mountain Bluebird - Everglades National Park - Oasis Visitor Center [David Simpson ]
15 Nov Mountain Bluebird - Everglades National Park - Oasis Visitor Center [David Simpson ]
14 Nov Franklin's gull invasion of 2015 [David Simpson ]
14 Nov Fw: [MASSBIRD] Franklin's Gull summary from today [cress ]
14 Nov Franklin's Gull invasion [Patrick Leary ]
13 Nov Franklin's Gulls - Daytona Beach Shores - 11-13-15 [SUEREDFISH Bales ]
13 Nov Greater Shearwater at Cedar Key [Patrick Leary ]
13 Nov Franklin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]

Subject: Iceland Gulls. Ponce Inlet. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 11:49:37 -0500
This morning, 2/8, I found two 1st cycle Iceland Gulls on the beach just north 
of the north jetty at Ponce De Leon Inlet. One of the Iceland Gulls is much 
larger than the other (probably a male) and has a two-toned bill. However, it 
is an Iceland Gull and not a Glaucous Gull. 


Michael

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Subject: Black Rail and blind luck
From: David Hartgrove <birdman9 AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Sat, 6 Feb 2016 19:14:49 -0500
Hi,
 Sometimes blind luck is the best plan. Today, while leading a trip to MINWR 
for the Palm Coast "Birds of a Feather Fest" we stopped at the rest rooms on 
Black Point Wildlife Drive. There have been many photos taken of the Sora that 
has been hanging out in the mangroves along the canal across from the rest 
rooms. Today I searched in vain for the bird but did hear one back along the 
north side of the restrooms. I walked out onto the little covered dock there 
and saw some movement on the east side of it in the mangroves at the water's 
edge. The vegetation is so thick there that while I could see that there was 
something moving there I couldn't see any detail. Two other people from the 
trip came over and were looking too. The bird started to walk along the edge of 
the water behind the mangroves headed north away from the covered dock. So I 
circled around to hopefully drive it back toward the people who were on the 
dock. For them a Sora would be a life bird. The bird suddenly f! 

 lushed and flew west across about 30 feet of open water in clear view of all 3 
of us. It was much smaller than a Sora, plump, almost pear shaped and dark gray 
to black. I did not see any silvery spots but I was so shocked to realize that 
I'd just seen a Black Rail at 11:20 in the morning that I could have missed 
them. Needless to say, for me, it was the bird of the day. Even the bird of the 
year so far! 



David Hartgrove
Daytona Beach, FL

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Subject: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge - Report Date - 2/5/16
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 06:32:48 -0500
For me so far on the Refuge I personally haven't seen that much this year. The 
Short-eared Owl hasn't been seen in a while so I guess it moved to another 
area. Yesterday however I did get a little bit of excitement. I saw a Peregrine 
Falcon eating a Pied-billed Grebe it had killed. I was watching it for some 
time when suddenly it got excited, and took off. What happened is a Bald Eagle 
came, and tried to take the Pied-billed Grebe from the Falcon. I think Falcon 
lost it, because he came back attacking the Eagle. The Eagle after the 
Peregrine attack kept looking down as if he was trying to find the Grebe the 
Falcon dropped. I only got a piece of the Falcon attacking the Eagle. Theses 
four pictures are in sequence. It was really cool watching all this happening! 


www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/24534179570

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/24195805143

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/24724892481

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/24188774183


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Titusville, Fla.
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Subject: Glaucous Gull. Ponce Inlet. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2016 10:07:44 -0500
This morning, 2/2, I found a beautiful 1st cycle Glaucous Gull on the beach 
just north of the north jetty at Ponce Inlet, Volusia Co. 


Michael

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Subject: Franklin's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 20:08:43 -0500
This evening, 2/1, I found the same 1st Franklin's Gull at Daytona Beach Shores 
about 1/4 mile south of Frank Rendon Park. 


Michael

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Subject: western kingbird
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 31 Jan 2016 10:57:38 -0500
DD Bartell boat ramp, Amelia Island, Nassau County: A lone Western Kingbird
was perched on the retention pond fence ca 10:00 AM this morning. While
moving my truck to obtain a better view of the bird's front, it took flight
and ascended over the maritime forest to the north. I would not anticipate
it returning to the retention pond area. Conversely, it might be found in
Ft. Clinch State Park on power lines crossing the dune/shrub habitat if it
did not continue north into GA. See Flickr link for dorsal image of bird.  

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/28226894 AT N03/?


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Subject: Cassin's Kingbird. Flagler Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2016 14:14:06 -0500
This morning, 1/30, I found a Cassin's Kingbird on rt 305 in Flagler County. I 
assume that this is the same bird that has returned for its 4th winter here. 
The bird was on the wires on rt 305 off route 100 about 7 miles west of 
Bunnell. The bird was about 1/4 mile south of the area it used to visit, near 
the home on the west side of rt 305. There was also a huge group of 166 
Black-bellied Plovers and 141 Killdeer in a field on rt 302 just east off rt 
305. There were also many American Pipits with the group. 


Michael

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Subject: Western Tanager in Jacksonvulle
From: Bob Richter <brichter62 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 28 Jan 2016 19:07:53 -0500
For those who, like me, find ebird pretty close to pointless for finding
birds
here is a more detailed description of the bird and the location.

The bird was at the feeder area of the eduction campus at Jacksonville Zoo.
From
the entrance proceed straight back to the far end of the parking lot. There
is
a fenced area on the left, a gated road, a picnic area with a mobile home
type
building the the education building to the right. The feeder area is on the
left side
of the building and has grass and small trees but is cleared of small
plants. There is a tree on the corner of the cleared area and next to the
driveway that has greenish fruits on it. The tanager appears to be staying
with the baltimore oriols and they eat this fruit. Look there or in the
larger bare trees next to the building for the orioles and tanager.

reported yesterday on eBird by Tom Rohtsalu. I found the bird pretty
quickly this afternoon in light rain by looking for the Orioles. Bright
yellow undersides with pale flanks, rounded pinkish orange bill very
different from the pointed bills of the orioles she was initially with,
darker back contrasted with nape and rump, two noticeable wing bars;see
photos;very skittish as (uncharacteristically) were the orioles;tanager
initially came in with them but then all tree split up;was seen again later
with the female oriole;tanager briefly was in the tree with the fruit the
orioles eat right next to the driveway in front of the education building.

Photos posted on eBird hopefully this is a link to the checklist with the
photos:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27180848



Bob Richter
JAcksonville

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Subject: Franklin's, Iceland, Glaucous Gulls. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Wed, 27 Jan 2016 10:45:38 -0500
Yesterday evening, 1/26, I found a first cycle Franklin's Gull on the beach at 
Daytona Beach Shores. The bird was about 1/4 mile north of Frank Rendon Park. 
On Sunday, 1/24, I found an Iceland Gull of the Kumlien's race on the beach at 
Daytona Beach Shores. Earlier on 1/24, I led a pelagic trip out of Ponce de 
Leon Inlet and we found a different 1st cycle Iceland Gull that looks like it 
is of the nominate race, "glaucoides" - a true Iceland Gull - and a subspecies 
that has not been reported from Florida. There was also a 1st cycle Glaucous 
Gull. We also have several Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers as well as loads of 
Northern Gannets around the boat all day. On Saturday, 1/23, I also found a 
good candidate for an adult Lesser Black-backed x Herring Gull hybrid at 
Daytona Beach Shores. 


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Michael Brothers
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Subject: Shiloh - Merritt Island NWR report date 1/26/16
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2016 14:41:27 -0500
Yesterday 1/25/16 I was in Shiloh. I was leading a party to see the Sharptail 
Sparrows. While there I met 3 men that were looking for the Short-eared Owl. 
They were digscopers. They informed me that the Owl had been seen perching on 
the sign at the barricade. I did not see it nor have I been able to find it in 
3 trips after the last time I saw it. My party and I saw both the Saltmarsh and 
the Nelson's Sparrows. However the birds were very spooky, and not approachable 
as they had been. Probably due to too much pressure put on them. The area's 
count in sparrows is way down to what it had been. 

 My yard birds are gradually coming in now due to the cold weather. I got 3 
pairs of Painted Buntings, and about 50 Chippers... I have one bunting with a 
yellow place on the breast. It really is beautiful. I'm sure it will turn red 
eventually, but it really makes the bird even more beautiful than normal. 


www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/23985129274

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/23864242473

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Subject: Iceland Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2016 19:57:57 -0500
This evening, 1/22, Amar Aayash, Steve Howell, Jim Danzenbaker, Larry Manfredi 
and I led a field trip to the gulls at Daytona Beach Shores and found a 1st 
cycle Iceland (Kumlien's) Gull. There were also several jaegers offshore, 
including one dark morph Parasitic Jaeger. 


Michael

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Subject: Iceland Gull. Brevard Landfill. Cocoa
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Thu, 21 Jan 2016 19:15:27 -0500
Today, 1/21, Amar Ayyash and I were leading a gull field trip to the Brevard 
Landfill (Central Disposal Facility) near Cocoa, when we found a 1st cycle 
Iceland Gull. 


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Subject: Franklin's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2016 21:56:56 -0500
This afternoon, 1/19, I found a late 1st cycle Franklin's Gull still among the 
thousands of Laughing Gulls at Daytona Beach Shores. The bird was found about 
1/4 mile south of Frank Rendon Park. 


Michael

Michael Brothers
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Subject: Brewer's Blackbirds. DeLeon Springs. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 19:29:36 -0500
Today, 1/18, I found two female Brewer's Blackbirds at Feiser's Dairy in DeLeon 
Springs, Volusia Co. These are surely the same two birds I found on December 
13th. The dairy is private property, but the birds can be seen from Dawson 
Brown Road. The birds are hanging out in the pastures with the cattle, not in 
the large flocks of Brown-headed Cowbirds. Look near the fabric-topped shelters 
out in the field. A scope is needed. 


Yesterday, 1/17, I found the Red-throated Loon again at Tomoka State Park. 
Yesterday, I also found this wing-tagged Black Vulture (TVH). 


Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL

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Subject: AOU CLASSIFICATION UPDATES
From: Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst AT TAMPABAY.RR.COM>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 11:53:06 -0500
http://www.gizard.org/nacc/proposals/PDF/2016-A.pdf

Losing one, gaining one in USA.

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Subject: Vaux's Swift. Gainesville. Cave Swallow. St Marks NWR.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2016 17:12:57 -0500
Sorry for the late post. On Thursday, 1/14, I stopped off for a short stop at 
the St. Marks NWR and found a Cave Swallow at the double dikes near Stony Bayou 
Pool 1. There were also two male Vermilion Flycatchers there and a White-faced 
Ibis in Stony Bayou 2. There was also a Henslow's and LeConte's Sparrows at the 
helipad. 


At sunset I stopped off in Gainvesville and found the 12+ Vaux's Swifts at the 
chimneys on the UF campus. 


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Subject: Short-eared Owl - continues - Shiloh Merritt Island NWR 1/16/16
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2016 11:59:16 -0500
This morning I arrived around 7 am at Shiloh. Another birder was there, and had 
seen the Short-eared Owl not too long before I drove up. I was lucky enough to 
get another picture of it. Sun just coming up, and light was terrible. So I got 
another ID shot only of it. If anyone wants to see it tonight I believe it has 
roosted in the marsh on the east side of the road. Probably about 100 yards 
east of the gravel parking in the marsh. It landed there, and never got up when 
I left at 10:30 am (as far as I know) I'm pretty sure it's still there 
sleeping, but not positive. I know that the bird is hunting in the Shiloh area. 


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Subject: Short-eared Owl - YES
From: andy prather <andybprather AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2016 15:08:23 +0000
I went out to Shiloh Marsh at dawn and saw the Short-eared Owl. It was most 
active just before sunrise between 7:00 - 7:15, mostly on the west side of the 
parking area. It flew around once again around a little bit later and 
ultimately landed out of view on the east side. 


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Subject: Re: Short-eared Owl - NO 1/15/16
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2016 08:45:36 -0500
Saw Owl around 7 am. Will post more later. Still out in the field.
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Subject: [FLORIDABIRDS-L] Short-eared Owl - NO 1/15/16
I went out to Shiloh this afternoon looking for the Short-eared Owl again. I stayed until 5:15 PM, and did not see it. I wanted to stay longer, but I couldn't. However there were other birders there in the parking lot when I left. Maybe they saw it. I guess I'll try again tomorrow. I have a question for the pros out there. Could someone tell me which bird is more rare in Florida - the Great Cormorant or a Short-eared Owl? I'd appreciate any input on it. Thank-you Danny Bales Titusville, Fla. www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen Brevard ____________________________________________________________________________ FLORIDABIRDS-L Listserv mailing list information: Member photos I: http://bkpass.tripod.com/floridabirds.htm For archives: http://lists.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=FLORIDABIRDS-L; To set nomail: Send listserv AT lists.ufl.edu Message: set floridabirds-l nomail; To reset mail: listserv AT lists.ufl.edu MESSAGE: set floridabirds-l mail; To unsubscribe: listserv AT lists.ufl.edu MESSAGE: unsub floridabirds-l; To write listowners: FLORIDABIRDS-L-REQUEST AT lists.ufl.edu Jack Dozier memorial: http://tinyurl.com/6adm2m ____________________________________________________________________________ FLORIDABIRDS-L Listserv mailing list information: Member photos I: http://bkpass.tripod.com/floridabirds.htm For archives: http://lists.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=FLORIDABIRDS-L; To set nomail: Send listserv AT lists.ufl.edu Message: set floridabirds-l nomail; To reset mail: listserv AT lists.ufl.edu MESSAGE: set floridabirds-l mail; To unsubscribe: listserv AT lists.ufl.edu MESSAGE: unsub floridabirds-l; To write listowners: FLORIDABIRDS-L-REQUEST AT lists.ufl.edu Jack Dozier memorial: http://tinyurl.com/6adm2m
Subject: Re: Melanistic Laughing Gull. Daytona Beach Shores.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2016 00:05:30 -0500
I have gotten a number of responses back, including from Steve Howell and 
Alvaro Jaramillo, all agreeing that it must be a melanistic Laughing Gull. 


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Subject: Melanistic Laughing Gull. Daytona Beach Shores.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2016 23:17:09 -0500
This evening, 1/15, I found an all-dark small gull. It appears to be a 
melanistic Laughing Gull. As an extremely rare alternative, it might be a 2nd 
cycle Gray Gull. It was slightly smaller than the nearby Laughing Gulls, the 
bill was very slim and the legs seemed stockier than the Laughing Gulls. I have 
sent photos out to get some opinions. 


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Subject: Short-eared Owl - NO 1/15/16
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2016 22:48:43 -0500
I went out to Shiloh this afternoon looking for the Short-eared Owl
 again. I stayed until 5:15 PM, and did not see it. I wanted to stay 
longer, but I couldn't. However there were other birders there in the 
parking lot when I left. Maybe they saw it. I guess I'll try again 
tomorrow. 
  I have a question for the pros out there. Could someone 
tell me which bird is more rare in Florida - the Great Cormorant or a 
Short-eared Owl?
I'd appreciate any input on it. Thank-you
 
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Subject: Saltmarsh and Nelson's Sparrows - Shiloh and Directions to the Short-eared Owl 1/14/16
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2016 19:53:43 -0500
When I got to Shiloh this morning I was greeted by a friendly otter. That was a 
pleasant start for the day. Outside finding the Short-eared Owl I had 6 
Sharptail Sparrows. I had 2 Nelson's, and 4 Saltmarsh. They have been pressured 
so much that they are spread out, and lot are gone. The habitat that supports 
them has really been worked over. Hopefully they will come back in the area. 

 Directions to Shiloh for the Short-eared Owl are: From Titusville go north on 
U S 1 . After crossing into Volusia County about 3 or 4 miles you will come to 
2 bridges. The first one is a small bridge, and the second is larger. At the 
north end of the second bridge take the dirt road to the right. Follow it to a 
gravel parking lot. There is also a barricade there. The Short-eared Owl was 
working the vast marsh to the west of the road. 


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Subject: Common Eider Nassau Sound
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2016 14:46:19 -0500
As has occurred during many recent winters, yet another Common Eider is
frequenting Nassau Sound at the south end of Amelia Island. This specimen is
an adult hen, this morning holding off the many docks at Long Point on the
east side of Nassau Sound north of the fishing bridge. A long scope view
would be required from the bridge, but if it follows the behavior of prior
Eiders, it should frequent the bridge pilings too. This morning, we
photographed the bird at distance from our vessel. See link below for one
image. 

 

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Subject: Short-eared Owl - Shiloh (Volusia County) Merritt Island NWR 1/14/16
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2016 12:09:04 -0500
Today checking my Sharptail Sparrows I found a Short-eared Owl in Shiloh. It 
jumped up a good distance from me, but I took shots of it anyhow. I'm glad I 
did. I thought it was a Northern Harrier at first. I was surprised to see that 
it wasn't ! The best time to try, and see this bird would be early evening when 
it starts to hunt again. I was pretty much in the middle of the marsh when I 
jumped it. You can probably get a good position off the road to look for the 
bird, and not have to go into the marsh. I got only id shots of the bird due to 
the long distance from me. I also sharpened the pictures up to see detail. 


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Subject: Red-throated Loon. Tomoka State Park. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Sun, 10 Jan 2016 20:39:17 -0500
This evening, 1/10, I found a Red-throated Loon in the open water of the Tomoka 
Basin at Tomoka State park, Volusia County. The bird was very far out and a 
scope is required. There were also 4 Common Loons and a number of Horned Grebes 
in the area, so care is needed in the identification. The Red-throated Loon was 
smaller, slimmer, swam with bill consistently upturned and was much whiter than 
the Common Loons. The white extended over much of the face so that the eye was 
largely exposed on the white background. The bill is much slimmer than the 
Common Loon and the back color was also paler gray. 


There were also 3,000+ Lesser Scaup and 2 Black Scoters present. 

The bird too far away to get any photos, but I got a couple of very blurry 
photos. 


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Subject: Merritt Island NWR 1/5/16
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2016 01:45:57 -0500
Today I drove the Beach Road looking for water fowl. I checked all the flyways, 
and there were zero birds. Next I drove Black Point, and there was no much 
there either. When I got home I saw Phyllis's post. Looks like all the action 
was at the Pump House area. I had no idea that there was an Eared Grebe on 
Beach Road. I guess I missed that post. On Black Point there was a small 
quantity of ducks around stop number 7. I saw Pintail, Ring-necked, Blue-winged 
Teal, Lesser Scaup, Shovler, and Hooded Mergansers. Hope to get out tomorrow 
and check pump house road. 

 I have a second home in Auburndale. I live a few blocks from Lake Ariana. It 
is a very large lake. With the eye you would think that there is nothing on it. 
I have checked numerous timea with binoculars for the Western Grebe, and have 
not even seen a bird on it. You definitely need a scope to see the Western 
Grebe. Just wanted to let anyone that plans to look for the Western Grebe know 
so they can be prepared. 


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Date: Sat, 2 Jan 2016 00:48:09 +0000
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Subject:  Purple Gallinule - 072315 - Belle Glade, FL [some of my favorite 
birdPIX for 2015] 

•
Looking back at 2015 there are several of my favorite bird photos that I 
shot.  The Purple Gallinule is one of those favorites.  The Burrowing Owl, 
that I posted a couple of days ago, is also one of those favorites. 

•
Purple Gallinule 072315 • Belle Glade Marina- Belle Glade, Palm Beach Co., FL
Canon EOS 50D+EF100-400 mm IS USM • © Laliberte 2015
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/24013299351/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/23987788942/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/23987785862/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/23987783952/in/dateposted-public/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/24069802276/in/dateposted-public/ 
•
I visited this area on 072315 to try for photos of the PUGAs. I was not at all 
disappointed with finding & photographing these guys. 

•
When I first arrived there were several of the PUGAs present but rather 
difficult to photograph.  They were all hidden in the aquatic vegetation.  
Occasionally you could see part of a bird.  I tried to take some pix but they 
were just too well hidden.  

•
After 20 minutes of this it clouded up and started to rain so that I ducked 
into the vehicle.  Fortunately, the rain only lasted couple of minutes.  I 
then emerged from the vehicle walked a few steps towards the area where the 
PUGAs were present. 

•
There were three PUGAs out of the marsh and in plain sight.  One bird moved 
along the edge of the marsh; another one was strutting on the wood dock.  The 
third one was perched low in a Palmetto Palm. They remained in plain sight for 
a good twenty minutes.  I took numerous photos of these guys.  

•
At the Belle Glade Marina, the PUGA is fairly easy to find & observe.  The 
first time I was there in October of 1999, I was a visiting birder in Florida 
from Colorado. At that time, I found one out in the open strutting along the 
adjacent parking lot – did not own a camera at that time. 

• 
In Florida, there are a couple of other locations where I have observed them. 
Either they’re not very close, partially hidden, not consistently inhabiting 
those other areas. Subsequently my birdPIX were not the greatest shots for this 
bird until now at the Belle Glade Marina. 

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Happy birding,
• 
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Subject: Franklin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Fri, 1 Jan 2016 19:06:07 -0500
Last night, 12/31, I again found two 1st cycle Franklin's Gulls on the beach at 
Daytona Beach Shores. 

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Subject: BREWERS BLACKBIRD
From: Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst AT TAMPABAY.RR.COM>
Date: Fri, 1 Jan 2016 16:20:02 -0500
For some reason the subject bird is not coming up on eBird RBA.

She was observed today at a little after 7AM at Bayport Park, Hernando County.

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Subject: Franklin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
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Date: Thu, 31 Dec 2015 13:02:17 -0500
Last night, 12/30, I found two 1st cycle Franklin's Gulls south of Frank Rendon 
Park. I was lucky enough to meet up with Harry Robinson, Eli Schaperow, Kim 
Ramos and other birder. 

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Subject: Florida Burrowing Owl – Cape Coral, FL [birdPIX]
From: David Laliberte <dllaliberte AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Dec 2015 00:44:18 +0000
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Subject:  Florida Burrowing Owl – Cape Coral, FL [birdPIX]
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Hi all,
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Last Spring, I traveled down to the Cape Coral/Ft. Meyers area, FL, to look for 
the Florida Burrowing Owls that are resident there. These BUOWs are found year 
around here. 

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Florida Burrowing Owl • 051315 • Cape Coral, Lee Co., FL
Canon EOS 40D+EF100-400 mm IS USM • Laliberte 2008
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Cape Coral, has a Population is 181,211. There is an area near the center of 
this city that has several scattered vacant lots.  The surrounding 
neighborhood is like any other -  residential, Houses, people, dogs, & cars, 
etc.  These BUOWs are not at all afraid of humans & all this commotion 

•
Each lot has a family of BUOW.  These Owls are right next to the street - not 
even in the center of each vacant lot.  Each BUOW location has their burrows 
and little wood crosses on which to perch.  Both adults & fledgling owls were 
present. I parked in the street right next to them I was only about 5-10 feet 
away.  Further I remained in the car with the window down. 

•
These BUOWs were so close that I could hardly focus my DLSR camera on them. The 
pix that I captured were better than any other BUOWs pix that I previously 
taken.  I have never seen anything like this before.  

•
Several years ago I took photos of BUOW in the interior of central Florida.  
These owls, out in the country, did not allow me to get near them.  the shots 
of these guys were at many yards away from me.  The images that I capture were 
not all that great.  They are poor to fair in quality.  

•
Equipment used:
Canon EOS 40D+EF100-400 mm IS USM • Laliberte 2008
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Happy Birding!
•
David Laliberte
Clearwater, FL
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Subject: Western Kingbird at Huguenot Park, Duval County
From: James Wheat <james.a.wheat AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Tue, 29 Dec 2015 23:41:08 -0500
Good evening. Today after sunset I observed a Western Kingbird at Huguenot
Park in the large parking lot outside the park entrance (to the left). It
stayed around the power lines, sallying out for insects, about a third of
the way down from the facility where the park equipment/vehicles are
stored. Last I saw the bird it was perched on a tree near the far end of
the parking lot near the old gazebo at the end of the small boardwalk. I
will attach photos to my eBird list as soon as it's feasible.

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Louisville, KY

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Subject: Loss of RCW "Super Mom"
From: Bev Hansen <bevalhansen AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Tue, 29 Dec 2015 18:33:23 -0500
My husband Al and I monitor Red-cockaded Woodpeckers (RCW) in the Croom 
Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest. Today we discovered that 
sometime this fall a 2002 RCW breeding female went missing, and we 
assume that she has died. Her death is not unexpected, since she had 
celebrated her thirteenth birthday (hatch-day?) in 2015. She was the 
most prolific breeding female that Croom has had since the RCW 
population began reviving in 1999. She has raised chicks every year 
since 2003, with three successive mates in three different clusters. She 
and her mates have fledged 29 chicks, 16 females and 13 males. During 
six years she and her second mate produced three fledglings per year. 
Even in her last year, she and her new young mate (an 11-year age 
difference between them!) produced a healthy male chick, who remains as 
a helper for his father and the new potential breeding female who has 
arrived in that cluster.

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From: David Laliberte <dllaliberte AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Dec 2015 22:52:15 +0000
  FLORIDABIRDS-L AT LISTS.UFL.EDUSubject:  Florida BurrowingOwl – Cape Coral, 
FL [birdPIX] Hi all, Last Spring, I traveled down to the Cape Coral/Ft. 
Meyersarea, FL, to look for the Florida Burrowing Owls that are resident there. 
TheseBUOWs are found year around here. Florida Burrowing Owl • 051315 • 
Cape Coral, Lee Co., FLCanon EOS 40D+EF100-400 mm IS USM • Laliberte 
2008 https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/23422275784/in/dateposted-public/https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/24050494335/in/dateposted-public/https://www.flickr.com/photos/9062150 AT N07/23423708443/in/dateposted-public/ Cape 
Coral, has a Population is 181,211. There is an area nearthe center of this 
city that has several scattered vacant lots.  The surrounding neighborhood is 
like anyother -  residential, Houses, people,dogs, & cars, etc.  These BUOWs 
arenot at all afraid of humans & all this commotion Each lot has a family of 
BUOW.  These Owls are right next to the street - noteven in the center of each 
vacant lot.  EachBUOW location has their burrows and little wood crosses on 
which to perch.  Both adults & fledgling owls werepresent. I parked in the 
street right next to them I was only about 5-10 feetaway.  Further I remained 
in the car withthe window down. These BUOWs were so close that I could hardly 
focus my DLSRcamera on them. The pix that I captured were better than any other 
BUOWs pixthat I previously taken.  I have neverseen anything like this 
before.   Several years ago I took photos of BUOW in the interior of 
centralFlorida.  These owls, out in the country,did not allow me to get near 
them.  the shotsof these guys were at many yards away from me. The images 
that I capture were not all that great.  They are poor to fair in quality. 
   Equipment used:Canon EOS 40D+EF100-400 mm IS USM • Laliberte 
2008 Happy Birding! David LaliberteClearwater, FL Checkout my birdPIX 
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Subject: Possible European Herring Gull. Ponce Inlet, FL
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Sun, 20 Dec 2015 00:26:09 -0500
On Dec 17th, I found a 1st cycle Herring Gull with a tail band at Ponce de Leon 
Inlet, Florida. The bird had highly contrasting scapulars and coverts that 
struck my eye, but what seemed most odd was that the bird had very sparsely 
marked undertail coverts and the uppertail coverts were not very well marked 
either. The tertials had marked scalloped edging and the inner primaries also 
did not have dark tips on either the inner or the outer web. Even though there 
are tail-banded American Herring Gulls that I find here on occasion (often 
called "northern" smithsonianus), I think that this one may be a European 
Herring Gull. The undertail and uppertail coverts seem beyond American Herring 
Gull. Unfortunately, a walker spooked the birds before I could get many photos. 
I have had a few responses from folks in Europe that this could be a European 
Herring Gull. 


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Subject: Snow Goose. Scoters. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Sat, 19 Dec 2015 19:53:47 -0500
This morning, 12/19, I had an adult dark morph Snow Goose fly over my
head at the Lake Woodruff NWR in DeLeon Springs, Volusia Co. The bird
was headed toward Spring Garden Lake I lost sight of the bird but
moments later there was a barrage of shotgun fire from hunters on the
lake. Hopefully, the Snow Goose made it. 


Later today, I stopped off at the Tomoka Basin in Tomoka State Park and
found about 7 Black Scoters and one beautiful male Surf Scoter on the
open water. There were several thousand Lesser Scaup and at least 7
Greater Scaup. The wind was howling out of the NE, so I went over to the
beach at Ormond-by-the-Sea and found 5 − 10,000 Black Scoters sitting on
the ocean over several miles just beyond the breakers. There were some
Lesser Scaup sitting with them, but the vast majority were dense rafts
of Black Scoters. I am sure there were other scoters with them, but the
birds were constantly rising in view for just a moment and disappearing
with the huge waves.


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Subject: Franklin's Gulls and leucistic Laughing Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2015 10:37:04 -0500
Yesterday evening, 12/17, I found three 1st cycle Franklin's Gulls on the beach 
in Daytona Beach Shores. Even more interesting was a stunning, virtually white, 
leucisitic Laughing Gull. It had just a tinge of pale brown, almost rosy tinge 
to it. I also found an adult Herring Gull of the "white-winged" type that has a 
primary pattern virtually identical to an adult Thayer's Gull. 


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Subject: Vaux's Swifts, photos
From: Bradley J Bergstrom <bergstrm AT VALDOSTA.EDU>
Date: Thu, 17 Dec 2015 20:15:07 +0000
Bit of a late report... on Sun., Dec. 13, Linda Most, Marvin Smith and I, along 
with 3 other birders observed 15 Vaux's Swifts flying, foraging and actively 
calling between 5:07 and nearly 5:30 pm in the skies above Dauer Hall on UF 
campus. They did a twittering much slower than Chimney, but one call in 
particular was quite different, a squeaky chirp more musical than any CHSW 
call. The group went to roost in about 3 groups between 5:25 and 5:30. I've 
posted 3 photos; in the 2nd and third, you can see the pale throat contrasting 
with the darker "cap," and the stubby tail. 




https://picasaweb.google.com/113899194699939416326/FloridaAndGeorgiaBirds#6229332026232808066 



(Hit right arrow twice).


We also saw 2 Purple Swamphens, 1 Purple Gallinule, 1 American Bittern and 
countless Limpkins and BB Whistling Ducks at Sweetwater Wetlands earlier that 
day. 



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Valdosta, GA



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Subject: Shiloh - Merritt Island NWR - report date 12/16/15
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Dec 2015 04:54:15 -0500
Yesterday I went out to Shiloh to check on the Sharptails. I saw about 25 
Saltmarsh and 15 Nelson's Sparrows. The Nelson's have finally started moving 
into the area. The water came up just a little. The area also had numerous tree 
swallows flying all around. So far this has been a great year for Sharptails in 
Shiloh. Drove Black Point and it was pretty much dead. It is the worse season 
I've seen ever on Black Point. Weather just too warm, and the ducks are 
probably not getting this far south yet. Hope it changes. 


www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/23673074612

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www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/23154095864

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Subject: Franklin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 2015 06:03:35 -0500
Late yesterday afternoon, 12/14, I stopped off at Daytona Beach Shores and 
found 5 1st cycle Franklin's Gulls among a very large group of 10-15,000 
Laughing Gulls. It was surprising to find that many this late in the year. 
Usually by mid-December the Franklin's Gulls have left. This makes 81 
Franklin's Gulls that I have seen in Volusia County this year, by far the most 
I have ever seen. Last year I only had about 40, and that was an unusually high 
number. Interestingly, the great majority of these birds were seen before the 
big push of Franklin's Gulls hit the northeast U.S. coast in mid-November. 



The birds were found in the large gull flock that stretched from just south of 
Frank Rendon Park south for about 1/2 mile. The number of Ring-billed Gulls has 
increased dramatically, and small numbers of Herring Gulls were also in the 
group. It appears that the gull flocks are beginning to take their normal 
winter arrangement. The Laughing Gulls begin to congregate in small groups all 
along the Daytona Beach Shores coast throughout the fall. About mid-December, 
they seem to get more concentrated to the area near Frank Rendon Park and the 
numbers greatly increase and the Ring-billed Gulls arrive in force. The large 
gulls tend to stay near Ponce de Leon Inlet throughout the Fall. Later, as 
winter begins the large gulls also seem to join the masses in Daytona Beach 
Shores. By January, the huge flocks of 60,000+ gulls are in full swing. It is 
important to note that this amazing congregation of gulls takes place at 
Daytona Beach Shores in the late afternoon. The gulls forage all ! 

 day, offshore, in the rivers and especially at the Landfill, then they roost 
on the beach at Daytona Beach Shores in the late afternoon beginning about 2 
hours before sunset and continuing until just before dark. As it is getting 
dark, all of the gulls fly off the beach and land on the ocean just beyond the 
breakers to spend the night. This is the largest regularly occurring 
congregation of gulls on any beach in the United States. 

 
On another note, very large groups of Black Skimmers can be found at Ponce de 
Leon Inlet. I had over 1,000 on the beach at the base of the north jetty 
yesterday morning and we had at least 1,600 or more during a shorebird survey 
yesterday throughout the Inlet area. 



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Subject: Brewer's Blackbirds. DeLeon Springs. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Sun, 13 Dec 2015 15:35:12 -0500
This morning 12/13, I found 3 female Brewer's Blackbirds at the Feiser's Dairy 
in DeLeon Springs. The dairy is private property, but the birds can be seen 
from Dawson Brown Road slightly to the left of the farm pond visible from this 
road. The birds were not in the large flocks of Brown-headed Cowbirds, but were 
around the cattle in the open fields, sometimes landing on the electric wires 
running over the fields. There was also one juvenile Barn Swallow sitting on 
these wires, although there were hundreds of Tree Swallows feeding over the 
fields. There were also three American Pipits in the fields and 29 Least 
Sandpipers. 


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Subject: Bald Eagle nesting
From: David Hartgrove <birdman9 AT EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2015 14:07:51 -0500
Hi,
 Has anyone else noticed the absence of nesting Bald Eagles. I checked 4 nests 
this morning that have consistently produced fledged young the last 5 or more 
years. Only one had an incubating bird. Since late September the other three 
all were seen to have adults hanging around, courting, doing nest maintenance, 
even copulating. Then, nothing. The only variable in the equation seems to be 
the temperature. Here we are on December 11th and it's shirt sleeve weather 
outside. This may be entirely anecdotal and have nothing to do with the 
shortage of nesting birds but there's something going on. I just wonder if this 
is a local phenomenon here in Volusia County or have others seen the same thing 
? 



David Hartgrove
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Subject: Franklin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2015 14:28:18 -0500
Yesterday evening, 12/9, I stopped off at the beach at Daytona Beach Shores. I 
was fortunate enough to meet David Hartgrove and all the fine folks from the 
Halifax River Audubon Society. There were three 1st cycle Franklin's Gulls on 
the beach in the company of the Laughing Gulls. 


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Subject: Red-throated Loon in Rehab. Ponce Inlet. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Wed, 9 Dec 2015 10:47:11 -0500
This morning, 12/9, we had a Red-throated Loon brought into our bird hospital 
at the Marine Science Center. The bird was found on the beach at Ponce Inlet. 
We also have had two Red Phalaropes brought in during the last three days. 


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Subject: Parasitic Jaeger on beach. Ponce Inlet. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Mon, 7 Dec 2015 10:24:56 -0500
This morning, 12/7, I had an adult Parasitic Jaeger fly in off the ocean and 
land on the beach among the gulls in Ponce Inlet, Volusia County. The bird was 
on the beach about 200 yards north of the north jetty. On Sunday morning, 12/6, 
I found a flock of 300-400 Black Scoters sitting on the ocean just offshore at 
Ormond-by-the-Sea. I also had a female Common Eider fly by me at 
Ormond-by-the-Sea. 


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Subject: CORRECTION re: Vaux's Swifts, Gainesville, Alachua county
From: Rex Rowan <rexrowan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Fri, 4 Dec 2015 15:58:42 -0500
Sorry, this is my mistake and not Dotty's. That one sentence should read,
"Try to find a parking spot in the blocks east and west of NW 17th Street,"
NOT SW 17th.

Rex Rowan
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On Fri, Dec 4, 2015 at 3:50 PM, 'dotrobbins AT juno.com' wrote:

>
>
> Several people have asked me about the Vaux's Swifts being seen in the
> evening on the UF campus in Gainesville.  I asked Rex Rowan for some tips,
> and here's what he suggests:
>
>
> It's a little problematic, but not because of the birds. The birds are
> easy, and I don't think there are any restrictions about birders coming on
> campus.
>
> The difficulties have to do with parking. The building where the swifts
> are roosting, Dauer Hall, is close to University Avenue, a major commercial
> strip, and the area north of University is packed with student homes and
> apartments. Finding a place to park is challenging, though somewhat easier
> on the weekend (it will be a breeze if the birds stick around till
> commencement on the 19th, after which that neighborhood is essentially
> deserted). Try to find a parking spot in the blocks east and west of SW
> 17th Street, and within a few blocks of University. Using parking areas
> that belong to restaurants or other commercial establishments is not a good
> idea, because there's a lot of aggressive roam towing. You'll have to
> parallel park on a street.
>
> Having found a parking place, walk south on 17th Street to University.
> Across University, 17th Street continues, but it's called Buckman Drive. So
> after crossing University (carefully), continue south on Buckman about a
> tenth of a mile. At the point where Union Road comes in from the east
> you'll see Dauer Hall (there's probably a sign beside the road). Go to the
> south end of Dauer and look up. You'll see two chimneys side-by-side.
> There's a little courtyard there, which serves as a good place to stand and
> watch the sky and eventually see the swifts fly in.
>
> I wouldn't get there any later than 5:15. They've been arriving between
> 5:20 and 5:35. They're fast, they fly in a flock of about 14 birds, going
> in and out of view for five or ten minutes before going down the chimneys.
> They're usually silent or nearly so. They've only been heard vocalizing a
> couple of times so far.
>
> Here's a link to a map. If you change the base map to "Satellite" and zoom
> in, you can see the actual chimneys where these swifts are roosting:
> https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zUwrxikNCmjA.kRomkTKeLYNs&usp=sharing
>
> And just for your information/entertainment, here's a photo of Dauer Hall
> and a video showing three swifts going into the chimney as several more fly
> by (both by Jonathan Mays):
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/jmays/23161628300/
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/jmays/23348956552/
>
> Hope this helps. I know it's a bit verbose...
>
> Rex
>
> and Dotty Robbins
> High Springs
>
>

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Subject: Fw: Vaux's Swifts, Gainesville, Alachua county
From: "dotrobbins AT juno.com" <dotrobbins@JUNO.COM>
Date: Fri, 4 Dec 2015 20:50:19 GMT
Several people have asked me about the Vaux's Swifts being seen in the evening 
on the UF campus in Gainesville. I asked Rex Rowan for some tips, and here's 
what he suggests: 



It's a little problematic, but not because of the birds. The birds are easy, 
and I don't think there are any restrictions about birders coming on campus. 
The difficulties have to do with parking. The building where the swifts are 
roosting, Dauer Hall, is close to University Avenue, a major commercial strip, 
and the area north of University is packed with student homes and apartments. 
Finding a place to park is challenging, though somewhat easier on the weekend 
(it will be a breeze if the birds stick around till commencement on the 19th, 
after which that neighborhood is essentially deserted). Try to find a parking 
spot in the blocks east and west of SW 17th Street, and within a few blocks of 
University. Using parking areas that belong to restaurants or other commercial 
establishments is not a good idea, because there's a lot of aggressive roam 
towing. You'll have to parallel park on a street. Having found a parking place, 
walk south on 17th Street to University. Across University, 17th Street 
continues, but it's called Buckman Drive. So after crossing University 
(carefully), continue south on Buckman about a tenth of a mile. At the point 
where Union Road comes in from the east you'll see Dauer Hall (there's probably 
a sign beside the road). Go to the south end of Dauer and look up. You'll see 
two chimneys side-by-side. There's a little courtyard there, which serves as a 
good place to stand and watch the sky and eventually see the swifts fly in. I 
wouldn't get there any later than 5:15. They've been arriving between 5:20 and 
5:35. They're fast, they fly in a flock of about 14 birds, going in and out of 
view for five or ten minutes before going down the chimneys. They're usually 
silent or nearly so. They've only been heard vocalizing a couple of times so 
far. Here's a link to a map. If you change the base map to "Satellite" and zoom 
in, you can see the actual chimneys where these swifts are roosting: 
https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zUwrxikNCmjA.kRomkTKeLYNs&usp=sharing 
And just for your information/entertainment, here's a photo of Dauer Hall and a 
video showing three swifts going into the chimney as several more fly by (both 
by Jonathan Mays): https://www.flickr.com/photos/jmays/23161628300/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jmays/23348956552/ Hope this helps. I know it's a 
bit verbose... Rex and Dotty RobbinsHigh Springs 



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Subject: Franklin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Thu, 3 Dec 2015 10:07:18 -0500
Yesterday, 12/2, just before sunset I found two 1st cycle Franklin's Gulls on 
the beach in Daytona Beach Shores, Volusia Co. Both birds were in a large 
congregation of several thousand Laughing Gulls and hundreds of Ring-billed 
Gulls. There were also 3 aberrant Laughing Gulls with varying amounts of red or 
orange on the legs and bills. 


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Subject: Purple Sandpiper. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Tue, 1 Dec 2015 12:12:30 -0500
This morning, 12/01, I found a Purple Sandpiper on the rocks of the north jetty 
at Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia Co. 


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Subject: Fall reports for FFN
From: John Murphy <southmoonunder AT MCHSI.COM>
Date: Sat, 28 Nov 2015 17:42:06 -0500
Big Bend Birders, 

I am currently accepting reports of significant fall (1 August - 30 November) 
sightings from the Big Bend (Gadsden, Liberty, Gulf, Franklin, Wakulla, Leon & 
Jefferson counties) for possible publication in FLORIDA FIELD NATURALIST & 
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: Franklin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Tue, 24 Nov 2015 10:26:23 -0500
Last night, 11/23, I found three more 1st cycle Franklin's Gulls just south of 
Frank Rendon Park in Daytona Beach Shores, Volusia Co. I did not have enough 
time to search the flocks farther south. This morning, 11/24, I stopped off at 
the beach at the north jetty of Ponce de Leon Inlet. There has been a large 
influx of several hundred Herring Gulls of all age groups. There were 28 Lesser 
Black-backed Gulls at the Inlet, far fewer than have been there lately. There 
were also two Great Black-backed Gulls, but no Franklin's Gulls, among the 
Ring-billed and Laughing Gulls. There were also several hundred Black Skimmers, 
and hundreds of Royal Terns and Sandwich Terns. Dozens of Northern Gannets are 
feeding just offshore. 


Michael

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Subject: Return of Inland Franklin's Gull in Jacksonville
From: Bob Richter <brichter62 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Nov 2015 18:31:01 -0500
At the end of the day I returned home from work
to walk my dog and do some cleaning. Cleaning
included getting rid of some old bagels and chips.
I started breaking up the bagels and tossing them
into the water. Immediately, a horde of gulls lifted
off the next dock over and headed my way. The
very first bird to plop down on the water five feet
from my stern, was a Franklin's. Of course my
camera was in the car. I retrieved it and broke up
the last bagel and tossed it in the water along with
the chips. The Franklin's came right back and again
landed right behind the boat. As all the gulls flew in
and around the Franklin's consistently landed came
in and landed closest to the boat and remained there
on the water for extended periods. I was able to get
many photos and a little video. Here is a link to the
first of four pictures posted on my pBase page:

http://www.pbase.com/bob_richter/image/161907829

the first shot shows the bird on the water with wings
raised, the next two are the bird sitting on the water
and were shot with the bird within 10 feet of me (and
not concerned as I leaned over the gunwales) and
the fourth shows the bird in flight but passing just
behind a thin line. The pertinent features are still
visible.

Bob Richter
JAcksonville

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Subject: Birds at Sebastian Inlet State Park 11/21/2015
From: David Simpson <simpsondavid AT MAC.COM>
Date: Sun, 22 Nov 2015 02:14:01 +0000
I led a field trip for Pelican Island Audubon Society this morning.  We spent 
some time south of the inlet, first checking the lagoon about a mile south of 
the inlet where we saw 11 Black scoters feeding before flying off to the north. 
 More Black scoters as well as Green-winged teal and Red-breasted mergansers 
were seen across the road from the beach.  On the north side of the inlet, we 
found many gulls in the tidal pond, but no Franklin's.  Offshore, from the 
jetty, we saw three groups of Pomarine jaegers, totaling about 35.  Most were 
adults including two dark morphs.  A single Bonaparte's gull was seen with 
some Laughing gulls and many Common terns on the beach.  Nice day, the rain 
held off, and we got to see some good birds. 


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Fellsmere, FL
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Subject: American Golden-Plover. Flagler Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Sat, 21 Nov 2015 10:43:22 -0500
This morning, 11/21, I found an American Golden-Plover among 21 Black-bellied 
Plovers and lots of Killdeer on a sod field in the agricultural areas of 
central Flagler County about 10 miles west of Bunnell off Rt 305, off route 
2006. There were also the first American Pipits (44 individuals) I have seen 
this year. The American Golden-Plover was smaller, smaller billed and darker 
than the Black-bellied Plovers and inflight the bird lacked the white rump and 
the black axillars of the Black-bellied Plovers. 



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Subject: Mountain Bluebird - Oasis Visitor Center 11/20/2015 - NO
From: David Simpson <simpsondavid AT MAC.COM>
Date: Sat, 21 Nov 2015 03:37:02 +0000
Birders stayed until dark this evening.  No sightings.  It may have finally 
gone. 


David Simpson
Fellsmere, FL
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Subject: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge : Report Date 11/20/15
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Nov 2015 11:33:15 -0500
Yesterday 11/19/15 I visited the Refuge again. This time I checked on the 
Sharptails in Shiloh first. Saltmarsh Sparrows still outnumber the 
Nelson's Sparrows. There are numerous Sharptails out there. While 
photographing the sparrows I had 2 Clapper Rails walk right by me. Also 
had a pair of Mallards in the River. They appeared to be wild 
Greenheads, and not domestic. 
  After the Sharptails I looked for 
more sparrows. A lot of the sparrow habitat is overgrown. Normally I 
would see numerous Savannahs. I found only four in one area I always 
bird. I continued searching the Brevard County section of the Refuge 
with not much luck. I did locate a White-crowned Sparrow in some scrub 
oaks. Also note there were numerous Swamp Sparrows in Shiloh. I had a 
great day photographing the birds! We need some cold weather!!
 
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Subject: Jaegers and Scoters. Canaveral National Seashore. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2015 16:44:18 -0500
This morning, 11/19, I stopped for about an hour at the north end of Canaveral 
National Seashore, south of New Smyrna Beach in Volusia County, to do a short 
sea watch. In about an hour, I found 73 Pomarine Jaegers and one likely 
Long-tailed Jaeger. In addition, I had about 80-100 Black Scoters, 300+ 
Northern Gannets, 16 Red-breasted Mergansers, 1 Franklin's Gull, hundreds of 
Laughing Gulls, 1 Herring Gull, 2 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, hundreds of Brown 
Pelicans, and many Sandwich and Forster's Terns. I also had a Bobcat cross the 
road. 


Michael

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Ponce Inlet, FL

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Subject: Nelson's Sparrows
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2015 14:52:47 -0500
Sawpit Boat Ramp, Big Talbot Island State Park, Duval Co.  At the terminus
of the ramp access on edge of creek, two Nelson's Sparrows perched in low
veg. Many visitors/birders to NE Florida request info on where to find marsh
sparrows. In this regard, the Sawpit ramp has proven to be a reliable
location during periods of high tide in the wintering period. Park in the
remote lots and hike down to the end of the access road. Do not be
inconsiderate and drive or park at the ramp end. Opposite the ramp and lots
is Spoonbill Pond with vanguard of waterfowl just arriving. In the same
region, another productive but hazardous sparrow location is along the
eastside of the A1A causeway crossing through the Simpson's Creek marsh
between Big and Little Talbot Islands. Park and hike the road shoulder with
due discretion.  Images of two sparrows at link below.  

 

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Subject: Purple Swamphen arrives in Gainesville
From: Rex Rowan <rexrowan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:44:43 -0500
Andy Kratter found Alachua County's first-ever Purple Swamphen (or
Grey-headed Swamphen, as I think it's called now) at Sweetwater Wetlands
Park this morning. Rob Norton posted a photo:
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This is the 354th extant species on the Alachua County checklist.

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Subject: Franklin's Gulls - Daytona Beach Shores & MINWR 11/18/15
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2015 19:38:52 -0500
Today I drove Black Point Drive on the Merritt Island NWR. The drive was not 
active at all. I saw my first of the season Hooded Mergansers. It will be nice 
to get cool weather, and hopefully more ducks will come down. I wanted to drive 
Peacocks Pocket Road, but the barricade is up. I imagine it is for approaching 
duck season. 

 Later on in the day I drove to Daytona Beach Shores to see how many Franklin's 
Gulls were still around. I checked Van Ave. Park, and the main park. There were 
hundreds of Laughing Gulls. After searching from 3:00 PM to 5 PM I managed to 
find 12 Franklin's Gulls. They are still coming through! It's simply amazing. 
One my Franklin's was an adult I believe. Anyone that needs Franklin's on their 
list it is still possible to get it. 


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www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/22496341754

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/22506590353

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/22497866163

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/23103412605


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Subject: FOS American Goldfinch and Blue-headed Vireo
From: Lenore McCullagh <lmcstjohns AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2015 23:12:09 +0000
FOS AMGO at Bayard Conservation Area (BCA) on Sunday 11/15/15. Also on the 
same day FOS BHVI in my yard in Orange Park. 

BCA is off SR 16 West of the St Johns River just East of Green Cove Springs. 
  
Good and lucky birding to all. 
  
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Orange Park, Clay County 

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Subject: Franklin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Wed, 18 Nov 2015 16:53:12 -0500
Last night, 5/17, I stopped off at Frank Rendon Park in Daytona Beach Shores 
and found 7 Franklin's Gulls, including 2 adult birds and 5 1st cycle birds. 


Michael

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Subject: Franklin's Gull Ft. Clinch jetty
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2015 14:47:44 -0500
Ft. Clinch State Park Jetty roost:  A lone 1st cycle Franklin's Gull flew
off the ocean to briefly rest on the edge of the larid roost before being
flushed away by an insensitive  beach comber. It was not present when I
arrived but in less than fifteen minutes of waiting, it arrived off the
ocean and in less than five minutes more - it was gone!  Flickr link to
image below.  

 

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Subject: Survey for the Florida Ornithological Society
From: Gina Zimmerman <zimmerman AT ARCINST.ORG>
Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2015 12:54:10 -0500
Greetings Florida Bird Enthusiasts,

The Florida Ornithological Society (FOS) wants to be even better and we’re
looking for your advice!

FOS has served many important functions in both the professional avian
research and bird watching communities in Florida since 1972. Please
participate in this quick anonymous survey by December 15, 2015 to help us
address the following objectives:

1. What activities and services are most valued by the current membership?

2. How can FOS adapt and stay relevant to today’s ornithological and bird
watching community?

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Please share this survey with anyone who works with or enjoys birds in
Florida. Thank you for your time.



Gina Kent
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Subject: Franklin Gulls - Daytona Beach Shores - 11-16-15
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2015 21:41:57 -0500
Tonight I went to Daytona Beach Shores to search for Franklin's Gulls. When I 
got to Van Ave. Park there were around 1500 gulls. I had just started to work 
them when a runner scared them up. They flew out of sight toward Ponce Inlet. I 
worked small groups left, and located 4 Franklin's Gulls. Looks like the run 
might be coming to a close. 


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Subject: FOS Goldfinches
From: dwassme1 <dwassme1 AT VERIZON.NET>
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2015 14:28:05 -0500
Our Goldfinches have arrived!

Lilian Saul
Tampa, FL

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Subject: New e-mail address
From: Diane and Kayo Roy <kayoroy AT NIAGARA.COM>
Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:52:05 -0500
Effective immediately, please delete my existing niagara.com address and 
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Subject: Re: Mountain Bluebird - Everglades National Park - Oasis Visitor Center
From: David Simpson <simpsondavid AT MAC.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Nov 2015 18:39:37 +0000
Make that Big Cypress National Preserve, not Everglades National Park.

http://www.nps.gov/bicy/planyourvisit/oasis-visitor-center.htm

David Simpson
Fellsmere, FL

On Nov 15, 2015, at 11:51 AM, David Simpson  wrote:

Wes Biggs and Dave Goodwin report that the previously reported (FB, TAS 
Birdboard) Mountain bluebird is being seen right now on the north fence line, 
east of the visitor center.  It has been around for about a week.  First of 
many western vagrants, I hope. 


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Subject: Mountain Bluebird - Everglades National Park - Oasis Visitor Center
From: David Simpson <simpsondavid AT MAC.COM>
Date: Sun, 15 Nov 2015 16:51:26 +0000
Wes Biggs and Dave Goodwin report that the previously reported (FB, TAS 
Birdboard) Mountain bluebird is being seen right now on the north fence line, 
east of the visitor center.  It has been around for about a week.  First of 
many western vagrants, I hope. 


David Simpson
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Subject: Franklin's gull invasion of 2015
From: David Simpson <simpsondavid AT MAC.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 Nov 2015 19:55:14 +0000
Franklin's gulls, Cave swallows and perhaps many other western birds are 
invading the northeastern U.S.  Many of these will rapidly make their way 
south toward Florida.  Birders get ready, there may be a lot a rarities in the 
coming weeks.  eBird posted a very interesting and informative article about 
this phenomenon. 


http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/frgu2015/

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Subject: Fw: [MASSBIRD] Franklin's Gull summary from today
From: cress <w_ouzel AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Sat, 14 Nov 2015 14:08:53 -0500
Re FRGU invation account on ebird

Richard Cressman
Tampa FL

From: Marshall Iliff 
Sent: Friday, November 13, 2015 10:39 PM
To: Massbird 
Subject: [MASSBIRD] Franklin's Gull summary from today

Massbird, 

For more on today's Franklin's Gull movement (and a shout out to our 
Ground-Dove) see story just posted on eBird: 
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/frgu2015/ 


Marshall Iliff



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Subject: Franklin's Gull invasion
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 14 Nov 2015 09:07:35 -0500
Per a Facebook post, Cape May Observatory is experiencing a Franklin's Gull
invasion with 315 sighted in flocks up to 60 birds! No wonder their numbers
are way up on Florida's coast this fall. If the link does not work, simply
visit the CMBO Facebook or Website pages. 

 

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Subject: Franklin's Gulls - Daytona Beach Shores - 11-13-15
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish AT MSN.COM>
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2015 19:31:20 -0500
Today Roxanne and I went to Rector Park in Daytona Beach Shores. There were not 
many gull there so we went to Van Ave Park just north of Rector Park. We found 
14 Franklin's Gulls before a runner scared the flock. I'm sure I would have 
reached over 20 if that had not have happened. We also had several Red Knots on 
the beach. I did not see any other birders there. That is very unusual since we 
have a record breaking year of Franklin's Gull. 


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Subject: Greater Shearwater at Cedar Key
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2015 14:21:40 -0500
On Wednesday we were quite surprised by the appearance of a Greater
Shearwater close-inshore west of Cedar Key. We had just arrived at a low
shell rake occupied by a flock of Am. Oystercatchers when the lone bird
passed close-by flying very low to the water. Unfortunately, the camera was
stored and not readily accessible to document the rare sighting. When last
observed, it was coursing low over the water and moving swiftly south. No
other pelagic species were observed there during three days of observations.


 

Doris and Pat Leary 

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Subject: Franklin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2015 06:22:35 -0500
Yesterday evening, 11/12, I found even more Franklin's Gulls along the beach in 
Daytona Beach Shores. I had a total of 16 Franklin's Gulls along about a mile 
of beach. All of the birds were 1st cycle birds. 


Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL

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