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Northern Shrike,©Barry Kent Mackay

22 Aug Leu Gardens (8/22/14) - Orange Co. [John Thomton ]
21 Aug Courtney Campbell Causeway [= [David Laliberte ]
18 Aug Polk County Nighthawks [Tom Palmer ]
18 Aug Polk County Nighthawks ["Tom Palmer tomp47 AT yahoo.com [FlaBirding]" ]
15 Aug Leu Gardens - Carolina Chickadees (Orange Co. 8/15/14) [John Thomton ]
14 Aug Re: [BRDBRAIN] pelican at St Marks, Leon County [David Hartgrove ]
6 Aug Black Terns at Sebastian Inlet State Park [Stephen Harber ]
6 Aug new park in Jefferson Co [Julie Brashears Wraithmell ]
3 Aug Kelvin Dailey [Murray Gardler ]
3 Aug Kevin Dailey [Murray Gardler ]
3 Aug Summer reports for FFN [John Murphy ]
2 Aug American Robin Jacksonville [Bob Richter ]
2 Aug Dual addressing [Larry Connor ]
2 Aug Final test message [Larry Connor ]
2 Aug Test message from FWC ["Connor, Larry" ]
2 Aug Test message from Comcast [Larry Connor ]
2 Aug Test message from Comcast email [Larry Connor ]
2 Aug Test from FWC email ["Connor, Larry" ]
1 Aug Clapper Rail split [Murray Gardler ]
23 Jul Biolab Road & MINWR [David Hartgrove ]
23 Jul Red-necked stint Boca Chica Road Yes [David Simpson ]
20 Jul Swallow-tailed Kites [Lenore McCullagh ]
20 Jul The return of the Spotted Sandpiper to Charlotte County [Susan Daughtrey ]
19 Jul American Redstart Polk County [Tom Palmer ]
19 Jul American Redstart Polk County ["Tom Palmer tomp47 AT yahoo.com [FlaBirding]" ]
18 Jul Purple Gallinules at Laurel Landfill in Sarasota County [Susan Daughtrey ]
18 Jul Re: Timing of stint discovery ["dotrobbins AT juno.com" ]
18 Jul Red-necked Stint ["dotrobbins AT juno.com" ]
17 Jul Red-necked stint refound Boca Chica 07/17/2014 [David Simpson ]
16 Jul Red necked stint [Murray Gardler ]
13 Jul My Account was Hacked [Scott Simmons ]
9 Jul Louisiana Waterthrush, Jacksonville [Bob Richter ]
7 Jul No Yellow Warbler but------- [Lucy & Bob Duncan ]
6 Jul More migrants! [Lucy & Bob Duncan ]
5 Jul Cliff Swallow. Flagler Co. [Michael Brothers ]
5 Jul Re: [nflbirds] Vanguard of fall migration on the move [David Simpson ]
5 Jul Re: Vanguard of fall migration on the move [Patrick Leary ]
5 Jul Vanguard of fall migration on the move [Lucy & Bob Duncan ]
1 Jul Louisiana Waterthrush [Lucy & Bob Duncan ]
27 Jun Roseate Tern. Disappearing Island. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
27 Jun Facial comparison RSHA ad/juv (27 Jun 2014) [Robert Stalnaker ]
23 Jun Roseate Terns. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
20 Jun Central Florida June rarities (Lake, 20 Jun 2014) [Robert Stalnaker ]
16 Jun Short-tailed Hawk. Magnificent Frigatebird. Black Tern. Volusia County [Michael Brothers ]
11 Jun Re: June Challenge Update: Hal Scott Preserve (6/11/14) - Orange Co. [Robert Stalnaker ]
11 Jun June Challenge Update: Hal Scott Preserve (6/11/14) - Orange Co. [John Thomton ]
9 Jun St Augustine Scissor-tailed Flycatcher still present [Diane Reed ]
9 Jun RFI: Marion’s Marsh Wren locations in Pasco & Hernando Counties [David Laliberte ]
9 Jun Late White-rumped Sandpipers [Patrick Leary ]
8 Jun (June Challenge) Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, St Johns County FL [James Wheat ]
4 Jun Band-rumped Storm-Petrel. Whimbrel. White-rumped Sandpiper. Canaveral NS. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
2 Jun Leach's Strom-Petrels. Cory's Shearwaters. Canaveral NS. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
1 Jun Spring reports for FFN [John Murphy ]
28 May Sorry, meant as personal [Robert Stalnaker ]
28 May Re: Florida Razorbill Invasion Revisited [Robert Stalnaker ]
27 May Re: Florida Razorbill Invasion Revisited [Patrick Leary ]
27 May Re: Florida Razorbill Invasion Revisited [Robert Stalnaker ]
27 May Re: Florida Razorbill Invasion Revisited [Robert Stalnaker ]
27 May Florida Razorbill Invasion Revisited [Patrick Leary ]
27 May Blackbird question [Christopher Ferro ]
26 May Re: [FlaBirding] Migration? We don't need no stinkin' migration! We've got The June Challenge! [Vincent McGrath ]
26 May Migration? We don't need no stinkin' migration! We've got The June Challenge! [Rex Rowan ]
24 May Parasitic Jaeger Ft. Clinch [Patrick Leary ]
23 May Green Key & J Chesnut Park 051914 b= [David Laliberte ]
22 May Mississippi Kite. Ormond Beach [Michael Brothers ]
21 May Sooty Shearwaters. Arctic Terns. Ponce de Leon Inlet [Michael Brothers ]
21 May Sooty Shearwater. Black-capped Petrels. Arctic Tern. Pelagic Trip Report. May 18. Out of Ponce de Leon Inlet. [Michael Brothers ]
17 May Arctic Terns. Surf Scoters. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
16 May Arctic Tern. White-rumped Sandpipers. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
15 May Arctic tern. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co. [Michael Brothers ]
15 May Re: Bad A$$ Turkey and Lost Laughing Gulls ["dotrobbins AT juno.com" ]
15 May Re: Bad A$$ Turkey and Lost Laughing Gulls [WES BIGGS ]
15 May Report of Zone-tailed Hawk at Cedar Key [Rex Rowan ]
15 May Bad A$$ Turkey and Lost Laughing Gulls [Bob Richter ]
14 May Re: May 13 clarification [Sue Cerulean ]
15 May Re: May 13 clarification ["dotrobbins AT juno.com" ]

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

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


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

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

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


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


Good birding,

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14806667749/
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Laughing Gull • 082014 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14806710270/ 
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Black Tern • 082014 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14992994662/
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Common Tern • 082014 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14806757188/
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Forster’s Tern • 082014 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14806710580/
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Royal Tern • 082014 • Courtney Campbell Causeway, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14970374566/
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Equipment utilized includes:
Canon EOS 50D+EF100-400 mm IS USM • Laliberte 2014
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Happy birding
•
David Laliberté
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Checkout my birdPIX at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder

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



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



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

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


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

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

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


Good birding,

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



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

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


David Hartgrove
Daytona Beach, FL




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

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


Terese Harber
Park Ranger
Sebastian Inlet State Park

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


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


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


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


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


Julie Wraithmell 

Tallahassee, FL 

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

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Weeki Wachee, FL

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Subject: Kevin Dailey
From: Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst AT TAMPABAY.RR.COM>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 18:03:11 -0400
Does anyone have his email address or Kevin reply to me. Reply off line to me 
please. 


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Subject: Summer reports for FFN
From: John Murphy <southmoonunder AT MCHSI.COM>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 16:18:42 -0500
Big Bend Birders, 


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



Species 

Number of individuals 

Location 

Date 

Observer(s) 


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



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


Thanks very much. 


John Murphy 

Alligator Pt, FL

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

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

Bob Richter
Baker County

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


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

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

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




Clapper Rail Split

Mangrove Rail* (Rallus longirostris)

Ridgway’s Rail (Rallus obsoletus)

Clapper Rail (Rallus crepitans)

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


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


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


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


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

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


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



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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Best,

Susan Daughtrey

Englewood, Charlotte County

 


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


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Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 15:16:01 -0700
Dear All.
I saw my first American Redstart of the season at Sumica east of Lake Wales. 
Two Common Nighthawks were flying over a recently burned area in early 
afternoon there, too. 


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Subject: Purple Gallinules at Laurel Landfill in Sarasota County
From: Susan Daughtrey <susansd AT COMCAST.NET>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:00:15 -0400
Hi All, 

 

The Englewood birders were at the Central County Solid Waste Disposal
Complex, locally known as the Laurel Landfill, in Sarasota County today, and
located a pair of Purple Gallinules. These were the first Purple Gallinules
any of us had seen at this location before. They were in the pickerelweed
and alligator flag at the very start of the lake across from the R/C Model
Airplane field. Our total species count for the day was 47, and other
notable birds besides the PUGA were one Roseate Spoonbill in with a large
group of Wood Storks, a Red-headed Woodpecker flycatching from a barbed wire
fence, two singing Bachman's Sparrows, and a male Northern Bobwhite calling
continuously from a pine limb about 15 feet off the ground. Hot, but very
enjoyable, morning.

 

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Englewood, Charlotte County

 


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Subject: Re: Timing of stint discovery
From: "dotrobbins AT juno.com" <dotrobbins@JUNO.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:57:43 GMT
Vicktor Nilsson has kindly cleared up the mystery of the incorrect time stamp 
on the Twitter photo. His note, and my response to him follow. Dotty Robbins 

High Springs

 
Hi Dotty,
I saw your post on tropical Audubon about the timing of the discovery of the 
red-necked stint. I can't recreate what you did to get that erroneous time 
stamp from the photo off twitter, but I checked the time stamps on the original 
photos I took with my phone that morning to recreate a time line. The time 
stamps on the original photos are fine. Please pass on this information to 
those interested. Between approximately 4:30 and 06:00 we searched for 
Antillean nighthawks around Key West airport and community college.At 06:24, we 
were watching two displaying Antillean nighthawks at the beginning of Boca 
Chica road. We then made a few brief stops to search for mangrove cuckoos on 
our way down to the beach. At 06:56 I have a photo of a Wilson's plover taken 
when we had just arrived to Boca Chica beach. This was one of the first birds 
we saw at the beach (and a lifer for me!). Then at 07:38 I have the first, 
blurry photo of the red-necked stint. This is just minutes after the discovery. 
We then watched the bird until we had to leave to get breakfast and coffee at - 
I think - around 9am. I attach the details taken straight from the first photo 
I took.Cheers, 

Viktor Hi Viktor, Thanks so much for your response. Great to hear from you--you 
are the hero of the week, for sure! I appreciate the clarification, and will 
pass it along. The confusion was caused by the time stamp at the bottom of your 
photo on Twitter: https://twitter.com/loxocera/status/489391589148884993 I'm 
not sure where that incorrect time came from, but it raised some questions in 
my mind, since it would have been dark at 5:50am! Your knowledge that this was 
a very rare bird here, and your speed at getting the word out are very much 
appreciated. This was a fantastic find, and well worth the 1077 miles I drove 
to see it! I think I can speak for the birding community by saying if you need 
any bird info while you are here, please let us know. Thanks, 

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Subject: Red-necked Stint
From: "dotrobbins AT juno.com" <dotrobbins@JUNO.COM>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:44:26 GMT
 Puzzling and interesting: I think it's been said/assumed that the Stint was 
first sighted around 8am on Wednesday, July 16. But the original photo, posted 
by Viktor Nilsson to Twitter, shows a time stamp of 5:50am, 16 July. If that's 
true, Viktor must have seen the bird on July 15. But perhaps the 5:50am isn't 
EST? https://twitter.com/loxocera/status/489391589148884993 Hopefully Viktor 
will submit to the FOSRC, with details of time, etc. Dotty Robbins 

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Subject: Red-necked stint refound Boca Chica 07/17/2014
From: David Simpson <simpsondavid AT MAC.COM>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:19:58 +0000
I got a call that the birders refund the stint reported yesterday.

I don't know any details as of yet, but it's the same area as reported 
yesterday. 


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Subject: Red necked stint
From: Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst AT TAMPABAY.RR.COM>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:04:57 -0400
Found today on Boca Chica (FL KEYS) by birders from Sweden, in the rack.


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Subject: My Account was Hacked
From: Scott Simmons <scott.j.simmons AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 21:03:22 -0400
Hello all,

Please ignore any email you received from me over the last few minutes.  My
account was hacked. So sorry for any inconvenience.


Scott Simmons
Winter Park, FL

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Subject: Louisiana Waterthrush, Jacksonville
From: Bob Richter <brichter62 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2014 14:00:50 -0400
Some movement out the window caught my attention
a few minutes ago. I walked out and found a Louisiana
Waterthrush bobbing along in the breezeway. The
bird was apparently hunting insects then walked under
a wooden stairway and seems to be taking a nap.

Bob Richter
Baker County

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Subject: No Yellow Warbler but-------
From: Lucy & Bob Duncan <town_point AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2014 08:38:17 -0500
Hi all,

 

               Well, I made my usual neighborhood walk this morning and did
not find any Yellow Warblers, but there was some compensation, a big billed,
yellow undersided bird with an olive/gray head and notched tail on an
exposed perch in a neighbor's yard - a Tropical/Couch's Kingbird! As usual,
it did not call. This is the 11th local record of the complex, along with
one Tropical and one Couch's. July is looking good for birding thus far!

 

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Subject: More migrants!
From: Lucy & Bob Duncan <town_point AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 19:02:48 -0500
Hi all,

 

               Two immature or female Black & White Warblers and a
Yellow-throated Warbler showed up at our pond late today, somewhat on
schedule. Our first B & W occurred July 2 in the period 2010 to present, so
it was not particularly early, the Yellow-throated was early by 2 days for
that period (our records go back over 40 yrs, but I am too lazy to ferret
them out at the moment). So a trickle of migrants can be expected from now
on. Oddly, Yellow Warblers are usually the first fall migrants to appear.
Maybe tomorrow.

 

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Subject: Cliff Swallow. Flagler Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 20:12:03 -0400
Today, 7/5, I was surprised to find a lone early Cliff Swallow with a small 
group of Barn Swallows. This is the earliest Cliff Swallow I have seen in this 
area. The bird was feeding over the agricultural fields on rt 15 just south of 
rt 100, about 7 miles west of Bunnell in Flagler County. 


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Subject: Re: [nflbirds] Vanguard of fall migration on the move
From: David Simpson <simpsondavid AT MAC.COM>
Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 11:56:04 -0400
Interesting note about Wood ducks. Black-bellied whistling ducks are 
notoriously late nesters but I had not heard of Wood ducks nesting this late in 
the year. 


Florida's extended growing season offers many species an opportunity to raise 
second or even third broods. 


David Simpson
Fellsmere, FL

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> Fall migration? We have Wood Ducks and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks that 
just started laying in two boxes in our backyard swamp! It’s interesting how 
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> This morning there were 12 Orchard Orioles feeding on Sand Grapes in my 
neighborhood where they do not breed. Traditionally, they and Yellow Warblers 
are the first fall migrants to appear. They were a day early compared to other 
years going back to 2010, possibly as a result of the front that eked through 
and brought unseasonably cool and dry weather here in the western Panhandle. I 
also heard a warbler call note overhead and there was a skulker in our yard. 
After a dull birding summer, a pleasant surprise. 

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Subject: Re: Vanguard of fall migration on the move
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 10:26:08 -0400
Interesting Bob. Yesterday, I observed a large flock of fish crows milling
aloft and drifting south over Amelia. I thought this rather odd for the
season. Doubtless, some arctic-breeding shorebirds are already winging south
as we communicate and will soon be sighted on Florida shores. 

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Hi all,

 

This morning there were 12 Orchard Orioles feeding on Sand Grapes in my
neighborhood where they do not breed. Traditionally, they and Yellow
Warblers are the first fall migrants to appear. They were a day early
compared to other years going back to 2010, possibly as a result of the
front that eked through and brought unseasonably cool and dry weather here
in the western Panhandle. I also heard a warbler call note overhead and
there was a skulker in our yard. After a dull birding summer, a pleasant
surprise.

 

Bob Duncan

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Subject: Vanguard of fall migration on the move
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Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 09:14:44 -0500
Hi all,

 

This morning there were 12 Orchard Orioles feeding on Sand Grapes in my
neighborhood where they do not breed. Traditionally, they and Yellow
Warblers are the first fall migrants to appear. They were a day early
compared to other years going back to 2010, possibly as a result of the
front that eked through and brought unseasonably cool and dry weather here
in the western Panhandle. I also heard a warbler call note overhead and
there was a skulker in our yard. After a dull birding summer, a pleasant
surprise.

 

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Subject: Louisiana Waterthrush
From: Lucy & Bob Duncan <town_point AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 1 Jul 2014 07:36:04 -0500
Hi,

 

               A Louisiana Waterthrush was reported in Pensacola yesterday,
either a very early migrant or a straggler from spring migration. They have
bred in the area near the Alabama line.

 

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Subject: Roseate Tern. Disappearing Island. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:32:36 -0400
Today, 6/27, I was part of a crew working on building a better barrier around 
the Least Tern colony on Disappearing Island. I was scanning the nearby group 
of 220 Least Terns, 64 Royal Terns, 40 Sandwich Terns and 3 Common Terns when I 
found another (one of the same?) Roseate Tern on Disappearing Island, Ponce de 
Leon Inlet, Volusia County. This time the bird allowed much closer approach. In 
the photos, you can see the very long tail, long all black bill with some 
slight reddish at the base of the bill, reddish-orange legs and in flight the 
tail showed no dark outer web in the outer tail feathers (as in Common and 
Arctic Tern) and no dark inner webs on the tail feathers (as in Forster's 
Tern). Also note the very little contrast between the white tail and rump and 
the pale gray of the back. 


On another note some birds are beginning to be on the move. Wednesday morning 
there was a group of 18 White Pelicans on Disappearing Island at dawn. Also, a 
few days ago, a flock of 20 Black-necked Stilts flew south down the Halifax 
River at the Dunlawton Bridge in Port Orange, Volusia Co. 


Michael

Michael Brothers
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Subject: Facial comparison RSHA ad/juv (27 Jun 2014)
From: Robert Stalnaker <robert.wildlife AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:33:04 -0700
Learning how to ID bird species is the big mountain we all 
Greetings,

Learning how to ID bird species is the big mountain we all have to climb as 
beginners. Once we get a grip on the basics and pass that novice stage and 
maybe the intermediate stage, some of us like to have a hobby within the hobby, 
and mine is a "study of minutiae", or just staring and studying bird details 
and comparing differences, all for the simple joy of being awed by the beauty 
of birds. 


Differences from one bird of a species to the next can be from normal 
variation, differences among subspecies, age, sex, feather wear, different molt 
cycles, or what is fun to find--anomalies. I think I might have an anomaly 
with a juvenile Short-tailed Hawk that I will post in a day or two after 
further research. 


In some cases, you can contribute to science. The Short-tailed Hawk is a great 
example. Search the web and you can't find a decent number of quality photos 
for detailed study. They are very poorly studied. In my Short-tailed Hawk 
example, I may have a deviation from the norm that--who knows--may help rewrite 
some plumage descriptions of the future. I don'tknow how many specimens are 
in museums but the fact is current descriptions are based on very small 
samples. 


Linked belowis a collage of a juvenile and an adult Red-shouldered Hawk. Even 
in a species that could be very well studied, it is still hard to find complete 
detail. BNA Online offers one of the most complete descriptions of appearance, 
but still there are differences not mentioned. 


The juvenile on the left was seen today at Wekiwa Springs State Park. The 
adult is a February 2013 example from Circle B Bar Reserve. Descriptions below 
are from my images of the facial area with BNA notes following. 


Cere ... yellow in the adult, greenish-yellow, especially at topin juvenile. 
BNA has a perfect match of my description. 


Bill ... smoke gray in adult; in juvenile, dark blue with lighter blue at the 
base. BNA states the adult bill is black and hatching it is black. No mention 
of immature. 


Lore ... same color as much of the facial area in the adult. The juvenile 
shows a bluish/gray lore. BNA does not mention the lore. 


Iris ... dark brown in the adult, gray in the juvenile. BNA states adult dark 
brown, juvenile pale to medium gray-brown. 


Auricular, throat, crownand nape... note the differences. 

Most bird guides don't mention these as they are designed to skip detail. This 
is just the face I'm comparing to. For a perched RSHA, the leg and feet color 
show difference, tail, breast, et al. The lesser coverts are just coming in on 
the juvenile for the red shoulder patch and will change through October. I 
assume this juvenile is a AHY, (or after hatch year hawk, born last year, not 
this year). The experts might want to correct that if I am wrong. 


I'm sure just a small percentage of birders really study detail, the hunt to 
see species is the challenge that most prefer. I like the hunt also but it 
must be the beauty of birds that draws me to gawk and stare and study. I made 
a decision not to ever get the books by Pyle because I choose NOT to become an 
expert in plumage. I fear if I ever do become an expert in plumage, my desire 
to gawk and stare and study their beauty will diminish. 


Image at:

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

Click the image. Once there, you can press "L" to enlarge, "L" again to 
return. 


Bob Stalnaker
Longwood, FL

Dykstra, Cheryl R., Jeffrey L. Hays and Scott T. Crocoll. 2008. Red-shouldered 
Hawk (Buteo lineatus), The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). 
Ithaca: Cornell Lab 

of Ornithology; Retrieved from the Birds of North America Online: 
http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/107 


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Subject: Roseate Terns. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:04:00 -0400
Today, 6/23, we were conducting a survey of the Least Tern colony on 
Disappearing Island, Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia County. In scanning through 
the other birds on Disappearing Island, I found two terns that I first thought 
were Common Terns. Something spooked all the birds and when the birds flew I 
saw that these birds had extremely long tails and were very pale. The birds 
landed and although the distance was great, I could see that the bills were all 
dark and very thin and long. The tails were extremely long and stuck out far 
beyond the tips of the folded wings. While they were preening, I could also see 
that the tail had no dark outer border (as in Common and Arctic Terns) and also 
no dark inner border (as in Forster's Tern). The legs were an orange-red. There 
was a small amount of reddish color at the base of the bill. In all of my years 
birding Volusia County, I have never seen Roseate Terns here, although we had a 
small group once far offshore. 


Michael

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Subject: Central Florida June rarities (Lake, 20 Jun 2014)
From: Robert Stalnaker <robert.wildlife AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:29:08 -0700
Earl Hornand I had some nice sightings todayinLake
Greetings,

Earl Hornand I had some nice sightings todayinLake County.

Tree Swallow ... eBird does not show a Tree Swallow ever recorded in June 
inland in the greater Orlando area and surrounding counties. Nearest sightings 
in June are Charles Geanangel in Polk County in1998 and Lloyd Davis at Newnans 
Lake, Alachua County June 2013. 


Lesser Scaup ... as above, eBird does not show a Lesser Scaup inland in June in 
this area mentioned above. Nearest sighting was Charles Geanangel, once again, 
in Polk County June 2000. Earl and I waited long enough watching this duck, 
eventually allowing me to get a photo as it spread its wing so we could 
separate it from the Greater Scaup. 


Burrowing Owl, a pair. Image at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/robert-stalnaker/14468091974/


Bob Stalnaker
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Subject: Short-tailed Hawk. Magnificent Frigatebird. Black Tern. Volusia County
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:45:07 -0400
This morning, 6/16, before work I stopped off at Ponce de Leon Inlet and found 
a juvenile Magnificent Frigatebird and this evening, after work, I found a 
breeding plumaged Black Tern. I stopped by Central Park in Ormond Beach about 
6:00 p.m. and found the light morph Short-tailed Hawk. It soared high overhead 
for about 10 minutes. 


Michael

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Subject: Re: June Challenge Update: Hal Scott Preserve (6/11/14) - Orange Co.
From: Robert Stalnaker <robert.wildlife AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:31:46 -0700
--Hairy Woodpecker: Savage/Christmas C
Greetings John and everyone,

--Hairy Woodpecker: Savage/Christmas Creek Preserve has some habitat like Hal 
Scott but seems to have more variability in habitats. I saw a Hairy there 
before I started using eBird. That could be anOrange County location to try. 


--RCWO: I went to Hal Scott with a few friends earlier in the year for the 
first time. We took the north section of the White Loop Trail west from the 
parking to the Red Loop Trail and did a small part of that, then took the west 
side of the White Loop trail then south side of the White Trail back to 
parking. The only place we saw marked trees were on the west side of the White 
Loop Trail and I believe there were only three trees. 


Can RCWO marked treesbe seen on the Yellow Trail? If so, what part of the 
trail? The Red trail did not look like RCWO habitat but we only went a small 
distance on it. Does the Red trail have RCWO marked trees? 


A link to the map is attached.

http://www.outintheboonies.com/Hal_Scott/aerial_map.jpg
      
View on www.outintheboonies... Preview by Yahoo  

Thx!

Bob Stalnaker
Longwood, FL 


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Hey everyone,

I'm doing the June Challenge for Orange County, my first since 2011. Today I 
hit Hal Scott Preserve, the only place that I know of in the county that's 
somewhat reliable for Hairy and Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers and Eastern Kingbird. 
The RCW's put on a good show, but the other two were awol this morning. I 
don't know why Eastern Kingbird is so difficult to find in Orange County during 
the summer. I remember back in 2007 that they were fairly common in May at Hal 
Scott. In 2010 I had one on the fence of the parking area for my first June 
Challenge, but then in 2011 I couldn't find any - however I had a nice pair of 
Hairy Woodpeckers right along the trail that year. I sort-of started a June 
Challenge in 2012, and I had an Eastern Kingbird fly over me just west of the 
Econlockhatchee River bridge. Hmmm... I'm thinking I'll have to get back to 
Hal Scott before the end of the month. I'd think there would be Eastern 
Kingbirds breeding around 

 Lake Apopka, but I've never found any around there during previous June 
Challenges. 


Anyway, my list stands at 80 species, a couple of which (Acadian Flycatcher, 
Prothonotary Warbler) are making their June Challenge debut. I have yet to 
bird Orlando Wetlands Park or the Lake Apopka area. I'm hoping to crack 100 
species, but we'll see. Today I probably hiked around 6 miles total at Hal 
Scott. I took the southern part of the White Trail back to the Yellow Trail, 
on which I took the northern half-loop (using the cut-through trail that's not 
on the trail maps but is totally walkable). Even though I missed some of my 
targets, birds were very active all morning. I ended up recording: 


Northern Bobwhite (6)
Wild Turkey
Green Heron
White Ibis
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Swallow-Tailed Kite (1)
Red-Shouldered Hawk
Killdeer
Mourning Dove
Common Ground-Dove
Yellow-Billed Cuckoo (1 - new for June Challenge 2014!)
Common Nighthawk
Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Red-Cockaded Woodpecker (3: 2 foraging, 1 heard calling from a nest hole)
Pileated Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
White-Eyed Vireo
Red-Eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Fish Crow
Purple Martin
Tufted Titmouse
Brown-Headed Nuthatch (at least 11)
Carolina Wren
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Brown Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Parula
Pine Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Bachman's Sparrow (I recorded 23 on eBird, but it was likely more; new for June 
Challenge 2014!) 

Northern Cardinal
Eastern Meadowlark (new for June Challenge 2014!)

Hal Scott Preserve is located south of SR-50, west of SR-520, north of SR-528 
(the Beachline) and east of the Avalon Park area in southeastern Orange 
County. The main entrance is off of Dallas Blvd. 


Good birding,

John Thomton
Orlando, FL (Orange Co.)


         
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Subject: June Challenge Update: Hal Scott Preserve (6/11/14) - Orange Co.
From: John Thomton <jthomton AT HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:54:47 -0500
Hey everyone,

I'm doing the June Challenge for Orange County, my first since 2011. Today I 
hit Hal Scott Preserve, the only place that I know of in the county that's 
somewhat reliable for Hairy and Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers and Eastern Kingbird. 
The RCW's put on a good show, but the other two were awol this morning. I don't 
know why Eastern Kingbird is so difficult to find in Orange County during the 
summer. I remember back in 2007 that they were fairly common in May at Hal 
Scott. In 2010 I had one on the fence of the parking area for my first June 
Challenge, but then in 2011 I couldn't find any - however I had a nice pair of 
Hairy Woodpeckers right along the trail that year. I sort-of started a June 
Challenge in 2012, and I had an Eastern Kingbird fly over me just west of the 
Econlockhatchee River bridge. Hmmm... I'm thinking I'll have to get back to Hal 
Scott before the end of the month. I'd think there would be Eastern Kingbirds 
breeding around Lake Apopka, but I've never found any around there during 
previous June Challenges. 


Anyway, my list stands at 80 species, a couple of which (Acadian Flycatcher, 
Prothonotary Warbler) are making their June Challenge debut. I have yet to bird 
Orlando Wetlands Park or the Lake Apopka area. I'm hoping to crack 100 species, 
but we'll see. Today I probably hiked around 6 miles total at Hal Scott. I took 
the southern part of the White Trail back to the Yellow Trail, on which I took 
the northern half-loop (using the cut-through trail that's not on the trail 
maps but is totally walkable). Even though I missed some of my targets, birds 
were very active all morning. I ended up recording: 


Northern Bobwhite (6)
Wild Turkey
Green Heron
White Ibis
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Swallow-Tailed Kite (1)
Red-Shouldered Hawk
Killdeer
Mourning Dove
Common Ground-Dove
Yellow-Billed Cuckoo (1 - new for June Challenge 2014!)
Common Nighthawk
Red-Bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Red-Cockaded Woodpecker (3: 2 foraging, 1 heard calling from a nest hole)
Pileated Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
White-Eyed Vireo
Red-Eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Fish Crow
Purple Martin
Tufted Titmouse
Brown-Headed Nuthatch (at least 11)
Carolina Wren
Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Brown Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Parula
Pine Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Bachman's Sparrow (I recorded 23 on eBird, but it was likely more; new for June 
Challenge 2014!) 

Northern Cardinal
Eastern Meadowlark (new for June Challenge 2014!)

Hal Scott Preserve is located south of SR-50, west of SR-520, north of SR-528 
(the Beachline) and east of the Avalon Park area in southeastern Orange County. 
The main entrance is off of Dallas Blvd. 


Good birding,

John Thomton
Orlando, FL (Orange Co.)


 		 	   		  
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Subject: St Augustine Scissor-tailed Flycatcher still present
From: Diane Reed <dreedster AT AOL.COM>
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2014 20:27:31 -0400
Greetings
As of 6:30 pm, the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was still actively feeding at the 
GTMNERR property. It appears to hang out behind the Education Building and fly 
back and forth over the water to the south side of the gas station. Thanks to 
James Wheat for originally finding it and Lia Sansom for re-finding it this 
afternoon. 

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Subject: RFI: Marion’s Marsh Wren locations in Pasco & Hernando Counties
From: David Laliberte <dllaliberte AT YAHOO.COM>
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2014 16:56:38 -0700
FLORIDABIRDS-L AT LISTS.UFL.EDU
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RFI: Marion’s Marsh


FLORIDABIRDS-L AT LISTS.UFL.EDU
Subject:
RFI: Marion’s Marsh Wren locations in Pasco & Hernando Counties
 
Hi all:
 
I would like
to try to find the Marian’s Marsh Wren in the Gulf coastal parts of Pasco &
Hernando Counties. I would like to observe and photograph this race of Marsh
Wren 
 
I consulted
the following references in my library:
Pranty
Birder’s Guide to Florida, Rapoza Birding Florida & Florida Breeding Bird
Atlas.
 
Locations
for the Marsh Wren that look promising include: 
Dixie’s
Shores Trail   
Alfred
McKeithen/pine Island Park in western Hernando.  
Ozello
Community Park
Zebrafinch
Ave.
Bayou Dr.
from a
Bayport Park
& Cortex Blvd
Linda
Pedersen Park
Osowaw [Hwy
650]
W Fort
Island Trail.
Wilmslow
Park
Alfred
McKeithen/pine Island Park in western Hernando Co. 
 
Green key
road – I struck out trying to find marsh wrens that are been reported there
singing. 
 
Thank-You
for any help in this matter & happy birding,
 
David
Laliberte
Clearwater,
FL


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Subject: Late White-rumped Sandpipers
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2014 12:00:37 -0400
Ft. Clinch State Park, Nassau County:  Two late White-rumped Sandpipers
foraged on the park's north inlet beach this morning. See link for images of
feeding at water's edge and in-flight showing diagnostic white rump. 

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/91191505 AT N08/?details=1

 

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Subject: (June Challenge) Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, St Johns County FL
From: James Wheat <james.a.wheat AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Sun, 8 Jun 2014 13:56:28 -0400
One year and three days ago, a Variegated Flycatcher graced the Guana
Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve for six hours. In the
same location today, a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher appeared on the power
lines just inside the pay-station.

I believe the bird to be an adult female as I saw a pink wash under the
wings, and the tail wasn't nearly as long as the adult male birds I grew
accustomed to seeing when I lived in McAllen, TX. However, the tail
feathers weren't in great condition so the sex of the bird is uncertain.

The bird was sighted around 10:15am. I saw the bird only enough to identify
it and snap five not-great (but clearly identifiable) pictures. Cindy Elder
and I tried to relocate the bird but did not. However, a young couple from
TN also saw and photographed the bird on the far side of the Education
Center, in the crags beside that building by the dock. I guess they saw the
bird just after it flew from the power lines.

Cindy and I also found a pair of Yellow-breasted Chats up in the Guana
River WMA on the road north of Big Savannah.

James A. Wheat
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

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Subject: Band-rumped Storm-Petrel. Whimbrel. White-rumped Sandpiper. Canaveral NS. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Wed, 4 Jun 2014 22:23:35 -0400
Today, 6/4, Dave Stock and I surveyed the southern end of Volusia County in 
Canaveral National Seashore by canoe for the breeding bird atlas. We came 
across a number of interesting sandpipers for this late in the year with a 
total of twelve species. The most interesting birds were one Whimbrel and one 
White-rumped Sandpiper. We also found a Short-billed Dowitcher, many 
Semipalmated Sandpipers, two Lesser Yellow-legs, 2 Greater Yellowlegs, 3 Ruddy 
Turnstones, 2 Semipalmated Plovers, many paired up Wilson's Plovers on 
territory and one Killdeer, as well as Willets and Black-necked Stilts. 



On my way out of the park, I stopped off and looked over the ocean for about 
1/2 hour. There was nothing happening offshore when I saw a large black shape. 
A moment later this large black head with the distinctive pink patch on the top 
of the head showed that it was a huge Leatherback Turtle. While I was watching 
it, a little black bird flew over it and I followed it in the scope and it was 
a Band-rumped Storm-Petrel. I followed it north until I lost it in the waves 
when I found a second Leatherback Turtle. Seeing two Leatherback Turtles from 
shore was a first for me. 





Michael


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Ponce Inlet, FL

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Subject: Leach's Strom-Petrels. Cory's Shearwaters. Canaveral NS. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2014 17:12:30 -0400
This afternoon, 6/2, we had strong east winds so I spent about an hour at 
Canaveral National Seashore, Volusia County doing a short sea watch. I had 9 
Cory's Shearwaters and 2 Leach's Storm-Petrels. 


Michael

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Subject: Spring reports for FFN
From: John Murphy <southmoonunder AT MCHSI.COM>
Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2014 17:30:46 -0500
Big Bend Birders, 

I am currently accepting reports of significant spring (1 March - 31 May) 
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: Sorry, meant as personal
From: Robert Stalnaker <robert.wildlife AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 28 May 2014 06:10:36 -0700
I just sent a note to Patrick about that link
Moderators and everyone,

I just sent a note to Patrick about that link and it was meant as a personal 
note. I failed to notice the listserve was attached to the outgoing email. 


I am very sorry; it was a careless mistake.



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Subject: Re: Florida Razorbill Invasion Revisited
From: Robert Stalnaker <robert.wildlife AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 28 May 2014 06:07:16 -0700
Sure. I use yahoo and you use bellsouth butit was not the service provider.

I have seen links four lines long and not have this problem. I don't know why 
the last three letters were dropping. 


Interesting but depressing article. It seems the natural world is spinning out 
of control. We have the climate causing great harm, such as the Puffin 
situation, and we have natual land being destroyed at warp speed and we have a 
soaring human population that the politicians will not do anything about to 
stem through tax policy, hard-nosed eduacation, etc. 



Wildlife does not have a chance and having "hope" for wildlife is becoming 
fruitless. 



Bob


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Robert: Many thanks for addressing this problem. I was unaware the URL was
dropping content. I copied and pasted it right off the browser bar.
Hopefully, you have provided a fix. 



Thanks, 



Pat 



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Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 2:00 PM
To: Patrick Leary; FLORIDABIRDS-L AT LISTS.UFL.EDU
Subject: Re: [FLORIDABIRDS-L] Florida Razorbill Invasion Revisited





I tried the new link but it too is dropping off, so do it manually.

1] Click the link

2] It should open up to the Mother Jones homepage showing in the URL:

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/04/gulf-maine-puffin-climate-cha

3] Put your cursor at the end of the URL and single click then add:

nge

to the end making the word change, not cha.

4] Hit enter and you will have the article.




Bob Stalnaker
Longwood, FL



On Tuesday, May 27, 2014 1:53 PM, Robert Stalnaker
 wrote:




 



 


http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/04/gulf-maine-puffin-climate-cha
nge
 



For those trying to read the Razorbill article, try the link above.



If this does not work, the last three letters of "change", the last word in
the URL are dropping off. You can add those manually at the URL if this
link here does not work.



Bob Stalnaker
Longwood, FL



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wrote:



Below is a link to a very insightful report of serious perturbations in the
Razorbill's breeding grounds. Because of the link to the recent Florida
invasion, I though members would have an interest in the content. 



http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/04/gulf-maine-puffin-climate-cha
nge



Patrick Leary 

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Subject: Re: Florida Razorbill Invasion Revisited
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 27 May 2014 14:50:39 -0400
Robert: Many thanks for addressing this problem. I was unaware the URL was
dropping content.  I copied and pasted it right off the browser bar.
Hopefully, you have provided a fix. 

 

Thanks, 

 

Pat 

 

From: Robert Stalnaker [mailto:robert.wildlife AT yahoo.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 2:00 PM
To: Patrick Leary; FLORIDABIRDS-L AT LISTS.UFL.EDU
Subject: Re: [FLORIDABIRDS-L] Florida Razorbill Invasion Revisited

 

 

I tried the new link but it too is dropping off, so do it manually.

1] Click the link

2] It should open up to the Mother Jones homepage showing in the URL:

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/04/gulf-maine-puffin-climate-cha

3]  Put your cursor at the end of the URL and single click then add:

nge

to the end making the word change, not cha.

4]  Hit enter and you will have the article.
 

 

Bob Stalnaker
Longwood, FL

 

On Tuesday, May 27, 2014 1:53 PM, Robert Stalnaker
 wrote:

 

 
 


 
 


http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/04/gulf-maine-puffin-climate-cha
nge
 

 

For those trying to read the Razorbill article, try the link above.

 

If this does not work, the last three letters of "change", the last word in
the URL are dropping off.  You can add those manually at the URL if this
link here does not work.

 

Bob Stalnaker
Longwood, FL

 

On Tuesday, May 27, 2014 1:25 PM, Patrick Leary 
wrote:

 

Below is a link to a very insightful report of serious perturbations in the
Razorbill's breeding grounds. Because of the link to the recent Florida
invasion, I though members would have an interest in the content. 



http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/04/gulf-maine-puffin-climate-cha
nge



Patrick Leary 

Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, FL 


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Subject: Re: Florida Razorbill Invasion Revisited
From: Robert Stalnaker <robert.wildlife AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 27 May 2014 10:59:43 -0700
I tried the new link but it too is dropping off, so do it manually.


I tried the new link but it too is dropping off, so do it manually.

1] Click the link

2] It should open up to the Mother Jones homepage showing in the URL:

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/04/gulf-maine-puffin-climate-cha

3] Put your cursor at the end of the URL and single click then add:

nge

to the end making the word change, not cha.

4] Hit enter and you will have the article.



Bob Stalnaker
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On Tuesday, May 27, 2014 1:53 PM, Robert Stalnaker  
wrote: 

 





http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/04/gulf-maine-puffin-climate-change

For those trying to read the Razorbill article, try the link above.

If this does not work, the last three letters of "change", the last word in the 
URL are dropping off. You can add those manually at the URL if this link here 
does not work. 



Bob Stalnaker
Longwood, FL


On Tuesday, May 27, 2014 1:25 PM, Patrick Leary  wrote:
 


Below is a link to a very insightful report of serious perturbations in the
Razorbill's breeding grounds. Because of the link to the recent Florida
invasion, I though members would have an interest in the content. 



http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/04/gulf-maine-puffin-climate-cha
nge



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Subject: Re: Florida Razorbill Invasion Revisited
From: Robert Stalnaker <robert.wildlife AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 27 May 2014 10:53:35 -0700
http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/04/gulf-maine-puffin-c



http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/04/gulf-maine-puffin-climate-change

For those trying to read the Razorbill article, try the link above.

If this does not work, the last three letters of "change", the last word in the 
URL are dropping off. You can add those manually at the URL if this link here 
does not work. 



Bob Stalnaker
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On Tuesday, May 27, 2014 1:25 PM, Patrick Leary  wrote:
 


Below is a link to a very insightful report of serious perturbations in the
Razorbill's breeding grounds. Because of the link to the recent Florida
invasion, I though members would have an interest in the content. 



http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/04/gulf-maine-puffin-climate-cha
nge



Patrick Leary 

Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, FL 


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Subject: Florida Razorbill Invasion Revisited
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Tue, 27 May 2014 13:25:10 -0400
Below is a link to a very insightful report of serious perturbations in the
Razorbill's breeding grounds. Because of the link to the recent Florida
invasion, I though members would have an interest in the content. 

 

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2014/04/gulf-maine-puffin-climate-cha
nge

 

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Subject: Blackbird question
From: Christopher Ferro <arachnid43 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 27 May 2014 05:22:23 -0700
While driving along FL-520 West this weekend as I was about to cross the St. 
Johns River, into Orange County, a blackbird hopped up from behind the bridge 
into clear view. It was relatively small, short-tailed and very rusty colored 
with a yellow eye. Now, this would lead me to immediately say "Rusty 
Blackbird!" but isn't it a bit late in the season for one, especially in 
fall/winter plumage? It was probably not a female Boat-tailed Grackle 
(different plumage pattern and tail) and was not streaked like a female 
Red-winged Blackbird. It was not cowbird shaped. What's the latest anyone 
recalls seeing a Rusty Blackbird in central Florida? I know this species is of 
concern due to major population decline, so I'd like to know how likely it is I 
saw one in late May. 



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Subject: Re: [FlaBirding] Migration? We don't need no stinkin' migration! We've got The June Challenge!
From: Vincent McGrath <mcavian AT AOL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 May 2014 13:00:36 -0400
Hi all,
Quick report. Our carload ( Jose, Stan and me)from Ft Myers birding the bend. 
At Steinhatchee this morning we were enjoying Clapper Rails, Seaside Sparrows, 
a hoard of Sempalmated Plovers with a few other shorebirds including a 
Whimbrel, a Red-breasted Merganser flyby and more we were really surprised to 
see a Snail Kite. Jose will post more details w/ photos later. 


Vince McGrath
Ft Myers, Fl

On May 26, 2014, at 9:58 AM, "Rex Rowan rexrowan AT gmail.com [FlaBirding]" 
 wrote: 


> 
> 
> The June Challenge begins on Sunday. This will be the fifth statewide (the 
eleventh for Alachua County). For those new to the list I'll give a quick 
summary: 

> 
> The June Challenge is a friendly competition designed to keep us birding 
through the summer heat rather than cowering indoors like a bunch of, pardon my 
French, non-birders. The aim of the competition is to see as many species as 
possible within the boundaries of your county between June 1st and June 30th. 
The rules were laid down in 2004 by Alachua's Becky Enneis, who originated the 
Challenge: 

> Count only birds found within a single county, ideally the one you live in. 
Explore your home turf and find some new birding spots. (Doing more than one 
county is permissible, but each must be reported separately.) 

> Each bird on your list must be seen, not just heard. There have been 
complaints in the past about the no-heard-birds rule. The most substantial 
objection involved the possibility that secretive birds would be harassed until 
they came into view. To this I'll simply say: Respect the birds. Use tapes 
judiciously and avoid harassment. Rely on patience and birding skill. 

> You'll be competing with birders in your own county to see who can amass the 
longest individual list, but let the others know if you find something good so 
they can go out and look for it. It is, after all, a *friendly* competition. (A 
word about the individual competition. Some birders don't like it, but it's 
crucial to the Challenge. Counties with spirited competition make the most 
exciting discoveries, because the birders are always out looking for something 
new to beat their competitors. So the competition is both (a.) beside the point 
and (b.) absolutely essential. Both.) 

> Any free-flying bird is countable for the purposes of the Challenge, but keep 
track of how many ABA-countable and non-countable species are on your list. 
Report them in this format: "Total number seen (number that are ABA countable / 
number that are not)," e.g., 115 (112 / 3). If your local population of an 
exotic species is recognized as established by the ABA, then any member of that 
population is an ABA-countable bird. Otherwise put it on your non-countable 
list. For instance, a bird belonging to an established population of Monk 
Parakeets would be ABA-countable. An escaped Monk Parakeet, or a Mute Swan in a 
city park, would not be. 

> Send your list to me for the final compilation by midnight on Sunday, July 
1st. 

> Last year we had 127 submissions from 29 Florida counties, plus submissions 
from counties in California (1), Colorado (4), Delaware (4), Georgia (2), New 
Mexico (1), and Texas (17), as well as one from Norfolk, England. The results 
were reported here: 

> 
> 
http://listserv.admin.usf.edu/listserv/wa.exe?A2=ind1307&L=BRDBRAIN&T=0&O=D&P=51339 

> 
> Hints for new Challengers: Bird as much as you can during the first and last 
weeks of the month, to get late spring and early fall migrants. Those of you in 
landlocked counties, check your big lakes for coastal strays like gulls, terns, 
and pelicans. 

> 
> Here in Gainesville, we always kick off the Challenge with a field trip on 
June 1st, visiting several areas in the course of the morning to get people 
started on their lists, and occasionally we'll organize a second trip to 
another spot. If you've got a local organization, this might be a good way to 
encourage participation, especially among people who are nervous about birding 
alone. 

> 
> And remember! The deadline for results is midnight on Sunday, July 1st. We 
had a couple of high totals that didn't make it into the compilation last year 
because I didn't hear from the birders involved until I'd already sent out the 
results. 

> 
> Rex Rowan
> Gainesville
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Subject: Migration? We don't need no stinkin' migration! We've got The June Challenge!
From: Rex Rowan <rexrowan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Mon, 26 May 2014 09:58:41 -0400
The June Challenge begins on Sunday. This will be the fifth statewide (the
eleventh for Alachua County). For those new to the list I'll give a quick
summary:

The June Challenge is a friendly competition designed to keep us birding
through the summer heat rather than cowering indoors like a bunch of,
pardon my French, non-birders. The aim of the competition is to see as many
species as possible within the boundaries of your county between June 1st
and June 30th. The rules were laid down in 2004 by Alachua's Becky Enneis,
who originated the Challenge:

   1. Count only birds found within a single county, ideally the one you
   live in. Explore your home turf and find some new birding spots. (Doing
   more than one county is permissible, but each must be reported separately.)
   2. Each bird on your list must be seen, not just heard. There have been
   complaints in the past about the no-heard-birds rule. The most substantial
   objection involved the possibility that secretive birds would be harassed
   until they came into view. To this I'll simply say: Respect the birds. Use
   tapes judiciously and avoid harassment. Rely on patience and birding skill.
   3. You'll be competing with birders in your own county to see who can
   amass the longest individual list, but let the others know if you find
   something good so they can go out and look for it. It is, after all, a
   *friendly* competition. (A word about the individual competition. Some
   birders don't like it, but it's crucial to the Challenge. Counties with
   spirited competition make the most exciting discoveries, because the
   birders are always out looking for something new to beat their competitors.
   So the competition is both (a.) beside the point and (b.) absolutely
   essential. Both.)
   4. Any free-flying bird is countable for the purposes of the Challenge,
   but keep track of how many ABA-countable and non-countable species are on
   your list. Report them in this format: "Total number seen (number that are
   ABA countable / number that are not)," e.g., 115 (112 / 3). If your local
   population of an exotic species is recognized as established by the ABA,
   then any member of that population is an ABA-countable bird. Otherwise put
   it on your non-countable list. For instance, a bird belonging to an
   established population of Monk Parakeets would be ABA-countable. An escaped
   Monk Parakeet, or a Mute Swan in a city park, would not be.
   5. Send your list to me for the final compilation by midnight on Sunday,
   July 1st.

Last year we had 127 submissions from 29 Florida counties, plus submissions
from counties in California (1), Colorado (4), Delaware (4), Georgia (2),
New Mexico (1), and Texas (17), as well as one from Norfolk, England. The
results were reported here:


http://listserv.admin.usf.edu/listserv/wa.exe?A2=ind1307&L=BRDBRAIN&T=0&O=D&P=51339 


Hints for new Challengers: Bird as much as you can during the first and
last weeks of the month, to get late spring and early fall migrants. Those
of you in landlocked counties, check your big lakes for coastal strays like
gulls, terns, and pelicans.

Here in Gainesville, we always kick off the Challenge with a field trip on
June 1st, visiting several areas in the course of the morning to get people
started on their lists, and occasionally we'll organize a second trip to
another spot. If you've got a local organization, this might be a good way
to encourage participation, especially among people who are nervous about
birding alone.

And remember! The deadline for results is midnight on Sunday, July 1st. We
had a couple of high totals that didn't make it into the compilation last
year because I didn't hear from the birders involved until I'd already sent
out the results.

Rex Rowan
Gainesville

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Subject: Parasitic Jaeger Ft. Clinch
From: Patrick Leary <PRLeary AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Sat, 24 May 2014 11:38:21 -0400
Ft. Clinch State Park:  While conducting a BNB survey on the park's inlet
shores this morning, I encountered a resting parasitic Jaeger. The bird was
less tolerant than typical shore specimens and flushed at distance. However,
sometime later, the bird passed by me again and provided opportunity to
collect several images. You will note odd plumage likely reflecting its
sub-adult phase and the reason the bird is at this latitude at this season.
I suspected injury or poor health, but the bird flew fine and appears in
good plumage.  Several broods of, recently-hatched, Wilson's plover chicks
are present on the shore and modest nos. of shorebirds were gleaning
horseshoe crab eggs spawned on the predawn high tide. A Bonaparte gull in
intermediate plumage (partial hood) was amongst the foraging shorebirds. 

 

Pat Leary, Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island 

(See web link for images of Jaeger and WIPL chicks)

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Subject: Green Key & J Chesnut Park 051914 b=
From: David Laliberte <dllaliberte AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 23 May 2014 16:14:17 -0700
FLORIDABIRDS-L AT LISTS.UFL.EDU
Subject: Green Key & J Chesnut Park 051914 birdPIX
•
Hi all:
•
This past Monday, about midmorning, I arrived at the area of the Green Key to 
try to find Marsh Wrens. The Marsh Wrens had been previously reported here – 
no luck! Last Monday. At Green Key I found Laughing Gull, Gray Kingbird & blue 
gray gnatcatcher & Red-winged Blackbird. I did take shots of these birds: 

•
Laughing Gull • 051914 • Green Key, Pasco Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14229567066/
•
Gray Kingbird • 051914 • Green Key, Pasco Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14066062679/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14249409351/ 
•
Blue Gray Gnatcatcher • 051914 • Green Key, Pasco Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14066062949/
•
Red-winged Blackbird • 051914 • Green Key, Pasco Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14249560511/
•
On the way home, during the early afternoon, I stopped at John Chesnut Park I 
birded the Peggy Park board walk/trail. I found several birds that included: 
Limpkin, Northern Parula, Carolina Wren, Northern Cardinal, Tufted Titmouse. 
While at John Chesnut Park I heard Red shouldered Hawk and a Barred Owl in the 
distance – no visual. These are images that I had in my photo archives 

•
Limpkin • 051914 • John Chesnut Park, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14066054898/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14066064279/
•
Barred Owl • 051914 • John Chesnut Park, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14066061729/ 
•
Red-shouldered Hawk • 051914 • John Chesnut Park, Pinellas Co., FL 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14249560411/ 
•
 Tufted Titmouse • 051914 • John Chesnut Park, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14252351854/
•
Carolina Wren • 051914 • John Chesnut Park, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14229570396/
•
Northern Parula • 051914 • John Chesnut Park, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14229571186/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14272898783/
•
Northern Cardinal • 051914 • John Chesnut Park, Pinellas Co., FL
https://www.flickr.com/photos/fotobirder/14252353744/
•
Equipment used:
Canon EOS 50D+EF100-400 mm IS USM • Laliberte 2014
•
Happy Birding!
•
David Laliberte
Clearwater, FL
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Subject: Mississippi Kite. Ormond Beach
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Thu, 22 May 2014 23:06:42 -0400
This afternoon, 5/22, I met Steve Petruniak, near Central Park in Ormond Beach, 
Volusia County and we looked and eventually found one of the Mississippi Kites 
he reported from a couple of days ago. It appears that this bird is a 1st 
summer bird. Since there are two birds present here, it brings up the 
possibility that Mississippi Kites may be nesting in Volusia County. However, I 
do not know if Mississippi Kites breed when they are at this age. I will check 
resources tomorrow. 


Today, I also found a singing male Indigo Bunting near Indian Lake in the Rima 
Ridge State Forest, west of Daytona Beach. There were several Common Terns at 
Ponce de Leon Inlet, but no Arctic Terns. 


Michael

Michael Brothers
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Ponce Inlet, FL 

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Subject: Sooty Shearwaters. Arctic Terns. Ponce de Leon Inlet
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Wed, 21 May 2014 22:23:22 -0400
This evening, 5/21, I stopped off at Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia County, after 
work. The Inlet was totally benign, very calm sunny and beautiful. It didn't 
seem like much a set-up for interesting birds. I had about given up when I 
scanned the water in the middle of the Inlet and there was a Sooty Shearwater 
floating out with the tide. I grabbed the camera and walked a fast as could out 
to the jetty. The current was taking the bird out faster than I could walk. By 
the time I got to the end of the jetty walkway, the shearwater was way out the 
Inlet. The bird took off and flew out to the ocean. I looked offshore and found 
lingering 1st year Northern Gannet winging its way north.Then farther out 
offshore I was watching some distant Least Terns when two Arctic Terns appeared 
and flew into the Inlet and foraged along the south jetty. As I was watching 
them, they flew quickly into the Inlet and as I followed them I suddenly found 
another Sooty Shearwater along the beach on the sou! 

 th side of the Inlet. Soon the bird took off and flew out of the Inlet. It 
could possibly be the same bird, but I did not see it come back into the Inlet. 


Michael

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Subject: Sooty Shearwater. Black-capped Petrels. Arctic Tern. Pelagic Trip Report. May 18. Out of Ponce de Leon Inlet.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Wed, 21 May 2014 12:15:19 -0400
40 stalwart explorers and our leaders struck off at 3:00 a.m. for our
May 18 pelagic trip.  It was a tough trip with the high seas and the
waves in the Gulf Stream reaching 6-8 feet, with numerous waves that
approached ten feet. This made it impossible for us to get as far
offshore as we had hoped.

As Captain Adam said - "You birders are a tough bunch!" 

However, we did make it out nearly 60 miles and did manage to find a
good assortment of birds.  On the positive side, we had excellent looks
at Black-capped Petrel, Wilson's Storm-Petrel, Pomarine Jaeger, Sooty
Shearwater and Arctic Tern. The Sooty Shearwater was an especially good
bird. We have only had one other May trip when one showed up and that
was seen only by a few people off the stern. This good view was a real
treat! The Pomarine Jaeger put on a real show for us. In addition, we
have never had the chum line work so consistently well for the
storm-petrels. We found the Arctic Tern actively fishing right along the
jetty as we came back in. A real surprise was the Purple Sandpiper that
was tucked on a rock near the end of the jetty. 

Also, we had both one Audubon's and one Manx Shearwater. This is
significant, because it is quite late for a Manx Shearwater in Florida.
There are only a very few Florida records of Manx Shearwater after
April. 


Here is a list of the species that were seen on the trip. I will let
you know if there are any changes to the list. Perhaps someone saw other
species of which I am not aware. 

Black-capped Petrel  -- 16
Wilson’s Storm-Petrel  --  21-30
Cory’s Shearwater  1
Audubon’s Shearwater  1
Manx Shearwater  1
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel  1
Phalarope sp.    10  two groups of 7 and 3 --- Probably Red-necked
Phalarope at this time of year, but I have not heard definitive evidence
that anyone saw them well enough to be sure.
Ruddy Turnstone 1  -- That was a surprise out in the Gulf Stream!
Purple Sandpiper  1
Pomarine Jaeger 1
Arctic Tern  1
Common Tern 4
Tropical tern  6  -- Probably Sooty Terns
Northern Gannet  3
Laughing Gull
Royal Tern
Brown Pelican

In Shore
Common Loon  1 --  Late

Also seen offshore
Loggerhead Turtle  2
Sailfish  1


Thank to all of the leaders that helped out:
Mark Berney
Wes Biggs
Dave Godwin
Mitchell Harris
Ed Kwater
Sea McKeon
Roberto Torres

Michael

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Subject: Arctic Terns. Surf Scoters. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Sat, 17 May 2014 20:18:22 -0400
This afternoon, 5/17, I stopped at the north jetty of Lighthouse Point Park at 
Ponce de Leon Inlet and found two Arctic Terns feeding along the jetty out 
beyond the end of the walkway on top of the jetty. In addition, 3 Surf Scoters 
(1 male and 2 females) flew by offshore. A late Red-breasted Merganser was also 
just offshore. 


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Subject: Arctic Tern. White-rumped Sandpipers. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Fri, 16 May 2014 16:45:12 -0400
Last night, 5/15, I worked late and stopped off at Ponce de Leon Inlet at about 
7:15 p.m. We had had torrential rains and storms all afternoon. I was scanning 
the Inlet with my scope and was surprised when I found an Arctic Tern feeding 
in the Inlet. It was too far away for photos, but it did offer great scope 
views. This morning, 5/16, I found the Arctic Tern again; this time feeding 
with Least Terns inside the inlet. Later today, a group of us went to 
Disappearing Island to set up barriers around the beginnings of a Least Tern 
colony. We found 5 birds that appeared to be incubating. I also found 4 
White-rumped Sandpipers on the island. 


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Subject: Arctic tern. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers AT VOLUSIA.ORG>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2014 19:26:43 -0400
Yesterday, 5/14, David Hartgrove, Eli Shaperow, Jennifer Winters, Stacey Bell 
and myself were conducting a shorebird survey in Ponce de Leon Inlet when I 
spotted a tern sitting on the sand on Disappearing Island. Through the scope, I 
could see that it had an all red bill, but unfortunately it took off and in 
flight it showed a very dark gray chest and long narrow wings with a thin dark 
trailing edge and no evidence of a dark wedge in the primaries. All good 
features for Arctic Tern. The bird flew out the Inlet and out to sea. 


A short while later, we found a second bird sitting on the sand with a group of 
Least Terns. This bird also had all red bill with no dark tip, and rather short 
legs, no longer than the legs of the Least Terns nearby. The bill was quite 
short and the forehead was steep and the head distinctly rounded. In flight, 
the bird appeared very short-necked and the wings were well forward, creating 
the weight under the leading edge of the wings. In flight, the chest showed 
dark gray that contrasted with the white wing linings. The upper surface of the 
primaries was all evenly gray and showed no hint of the dark wedge of a Common 
Tern. Although the tail did not seem to extend much, if any, past the wing 
tips, the shape of this bird, the short, all red bill and legs, the steep 
forehead and rounded head, dark gray chest, and lack of even a hint of a dark 
wedge in the primaries all seemed be consistent with Arctic Tern. We had some 
debate over this bird as to whether it was a Common or Ar! 

 ctic, especially about leg length and tail length. Thanks to Ed Kwater for his 
comments on this bird. Any comments are welcome. 


This could bode well for our pelagic trip this Sunday. One year on our May 
trip, we had 62 Arctic Terns all around the boat. 


Thanks,
Michael


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Subject: Re: Bad A$$ Turkey and Lost Laughing Gulls
From: "dotrobbins AT juno.com" <dotrobbins@JUNO.COM>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2014 14:46:10 GMT
Hi Bob and all, A Turkey overhead is an unusual, awesome, and puzzling sight. 
I've seen a few, and enjoy that huh? moment. Sounds like defensive behavior for 
the BBA (Probable), which I know you are doing in Baker county. WKRP in 
Cincinnati lives! (I hope you realize, only us old folks will get the 
reference!) Dotty RobbinsHigh Springs 


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Subject: [FLORIDABIRDS-L] Bad A$$ Turkey and Lost Laughing Gulls
Date: Thu, 15 May 2014 07:41:49 -0400

As god is my witness, I swear I thought
Turkeys could fly.

                   Arthur Carlson

Late yesterday I ventured into Bethea
State Forest in north Baker County.
As I was turning onto SR 2 at the
headquarters I saw two birds in flight
down the road. From a distance I could
see that one was significantly larger
than the other and that the larger bird
was chasing the smaller. Having at first
thought that the large bird was a Turkey
Vulture I was amazed to discover that
it was, in fact, an actual Turkey and
that the smaller bird was a Red-
shouldered Hawk. The Turkey was
executing some surprisingly acrobatic
moves as he angrily pursued the hapless,
and no doubt shocked and surprised,
raptor. From the time I first saw the birds
to the point at which the hawk decided to
retreat and flew up and over the pines was
about thirty seconds. The Turkey landed
on a pine branch and watched the hawk
flapping hard to get out of there.

I have never seen Turkeys maneuver like
that and have often seen them take off then
crash through trees or shrubs rather than
try to go around them or to laboriously
work to gain enough altitude to just
barely clear the tree tops. I assume
there were baby Turkeys nearby but I
have yet to see any this year.

A little while later I was parked near one
of the very few (and very small) wetlands in
the area when a flock of sixteen Laughing
Gulls passed low over the car then up and
over the pinewoods and out of sight. This
was quite surprising as the birds were coming
from the southwest and heading northeast.
There are no large bodies of open water in
the vicinity, just small and mostly heavily
vegetated man-made wildlife ponds. They
could conceivably been coming from Lake
City and may have been aiming for the
Okefenokee NWR, the boundary of which
is about two miles north of that location. All
the birds appeared to be in basic plumage
but I can't swear to that as they were only
in view from behind and underneath for a
few seconds. At any rate, that constituted
a new species for the state forest.

Bob Richter
Baker County
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Subject: Re: Bad A$$ Turkey and Lost Laughing Gulls
From: WES BIGGS <birdsatfnt AT BELLSOUTH.NET>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2014 07:07:30 -0700
        Les Nessman

Oh the humanity!


        Les Nessman
        Cincinnati, Ohio
        October 30, 1978


Thanks for a great post Bob!!!

Wes Biggs
Orlando & Clewiston





On Thursday, May 15, 2014 7:43 AM, Bob Richter  wrote:
 
As god is my witness, I swear I thought
Turkeys could fly.

          Arthur Carlson

Late yesterday I ventured into Bethea
State Forest in north Baker County.
As I was turning onto SR 2 at the
headquarters I saw two birds in flight
down the road. From a distance I could
see that one was significantly larger
than the other and that the larger bird
was chasing the smaller. Having at first
thought that the large bird was a Turkey
Vulture I was amazed to discover that
it was, in fact, an actual Turkey and
that the smaller bird was a Red-
shouldered Hawk. The Turkey was
executing some surprisingly acrobatic
moves as he angrily pursued the hapless,
and no doubt shocked and surprised,
raptor. From the time I first saw the birds
to the point at which the hawk decided to
retreat and flew up and over the pines was
about thirty seconds. The Turkey landed
on a pine branch and watched the hawk
flapping hard to get out of there.

I have never seen Turkeys maneuver like
that and have often seen them take off then
crash through trees or shrubs rather than
try to go around them or to laboriously
work to gain enough altitude to just
barely clear the tree tops. I assume
there were baby Turkeys nearby but I
have yet to see any this year.

A little while later I was parked near one
of the very few (and very small) wetlands in
the area when a flock of sixteen Laughing
Gulls passed low over the car then up and
over the pinewoods and out of sight. This
was quite surprising as the birds were coming
from the southwest and heading northeast.
There are no large bodies of open water in
the vicinity, just small and mostly heavily
vegetated man-made wildlife ponds. They
could conceivably been coming from Lake
City and may have been aiming for the
Okefenokee NWR, the boundary of which
is about two miles north of that location. All
the birds appeared to be in basic plumage
but I can't swear to that as they were only
in view from behind and underneath for a
few seconds. At any rate, that constituted
a new species for the state forest.

Bob Richter
Baker County
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Subject: Report of Zone-tailed Hawk at Cedar Key
From: Rex Rowan <rexrowan AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2014 09:06:26 -0400
FWC's Tiffany Black has reported a Zone-tailed Hawk near Cedar Key on the
12th and 13th but NOT the 14th. I learned about it yesterday and contacted
her. She wrote:

"The bird was seen over a period of two days, 5/12 and 5/13/14. Both days
were at my home in Cedar Key (I live off-island). The first time we saw it
(6pm 5/12 - my boyfriend and I) it was with a small group (approx. 8) of
black vultures and one turkey vulture and we noticed that it was different.
It split from the vulture group and dove downward, soaring and banking just
over the treetops in our front yard. We got good anterior and posterior
views; and I have seen zone tails in Texas on two occasions (when I worked
for Audubon at Santa Ana/Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge).
The dark color of the bird along with the trailing edges of the wings was
very clear. The second day it was in a tree in our backyard (I was at work
this day) and it flew out of the tree and dove down, catching a dove (and
then subsequently dropping it). The color and tail pattern were
unmistakable (this was at 30 feet away). We have not seen it today. I have
been a birder for decades and have worked on breeding bird atlases in NJ,
and for Audubon; been a contributor to Hawk Migration Association of North
America, etc., so I am familiar with hawks. I am very sad that we were so
fixated on the zone tailed that we just were trying to do ID and didn't
have a camera handy (had one handy today and didn't see it ... Murphy's
Law.) I live adjacent to the Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve (a 4000 acre
preserve just off the island). Please let me know if I can be of any
further assistance. We have a camera at the ready, just in case we get
lucky."

I inquired if she might have seen a Short-tailed Hawk instead, since there
are a few of them in the area. She replied:

"I tried every way in the world to make it a short tailed (because that's
what's expected here) but I really am sure that it wasn't. Both I and my
partner Scott have seen short tailed hawks here several times. The wing
size/shape of this bird compared to them was very distinctive (very long
wingspan compared to short tailed); the color of the trailing edges was
darker; (dark grayish; not so light) in contrast to the bird's body which
was very dark throughout with absolutely no streaking anywhere. That and
the two-inch white band through the tail and the flight pattern just seemed
so zone-tailed. I'd second guess myself if I hadn't seen zone tailed before
but I got such a great look at it that I don't think it could be anything
else."

Finally, I asked if birders could come out and look for the hawk. Her
answer:

"I live at 7850 SW 126th Terrace, Cedar Key, FL, 32625. I am OK with people
parking in the yard and looking around. They can come on the porch if they
want. I don't mind; I am a birder so I know the drill. :) Scott is my
boyfriend and should be here. Now, to clarify, we did NOT see it yesterday,
and the views from the Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve might afford better
views."

You can use an internet mapping program to find her address. The section of
the Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve that she refers to is on State Road 24
about three and a half miles west of the junction with County Road 345.
Here's a map of the Reserve:

http://www.floridastateparks.org/cedarkeyscrub/doc/additionalinformation/cks-cks_trail_map.pdf 


This would be the third for Florida (though the first and second may have
involved the same bird).

Rex Rowan
Gainesville

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Subject: Bad A$$ Turkey and Lost Laughing Gulls
From: Bob Richter <brichter62 AT GMAIL.COM>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2014 07:41:49 -0400
As god is my witness, I swear I thought
Turkeys could fly.

                    Arthur Carlson

Late yesterday I ventured into Bethea
State Forest in north Baker County.
As I was turning onto SR 2 at the
headquarters I saw two birds in flight
down the road. From a distance I could
see that one was significantly larger
than the other and that the larger bird
was chasing the smaller. Having at first
thought that the large bird was a Turkey
Vulture I was amazed to discover that
it was, in fact, an actual Turkey and
that the smaller bird was a Red-
shouldered Hawk. The Turkey was
executing some surprisingly acrobatic
moves as he angrily pursued the hapless,
and no doubt shocked and surprised,
raptor. From the time I first saw the birds
to the point at which the hawk decided to
retreat and flew up and over the pines was
about thirty seconds. The Turkey landed
on a pine branch and watched the hawk
flapping hard to get out of there.

I have never seen Turkeys maneuver like
that and have often seen them take off then
crash through trees or shrubs rather than
try to go around them or to laboriously
work to gain enough altitude to just
barely clear the tree tops. I assume
there were baby Turkeys nearby but I
have yet to see any this year.

A little while later I was parked near one
of the very few (and very small) wetlands in
the area when a flock of sixteen Laughing
Gulls passed low over the car then up and
over the pinewoods and out of sight. This
was quite surprising as the birds were coming
from the southwest and heading northeast.
There are no large bodies of open water in
the vicinity, just small and mostly heavily
vegetated man-made wildlife ponds. They
could conceivably been coming from Lake
City and may have been aiming for the
Okefenokee NWR, the boundary of which
is about two miles north of that location. All
the birds appeared to be in basic plumage
but I can't swear to that as they were only
in view from behind and underneath for a
few seconds. At any rate, that constituted
a new species for the state forest.

Bob Richter
Baker County
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Subject: Re: May 13 clarification
From: Sue Cerulean <s.cerulean AT ATT.NET>
Date: Wed, 14 May 2014 21:52:35 -0400
I agree with Dottie, I treasure your observations, Bob, and it helps me so much 
with the bigger picture. In fact, post more, not less! Thanks, Susan 


Sent from my iPad

> On May 14, 2014, at 9:44 PM, "dotrobbins AT juno.com"  
wrote: 

> 
> Hi Bob, While your observations and predictions are primarily for your 
area--NW FL and AL--please continue to share them with all of Florida. There is 
much to be learned from your analysis of the conditions in the Gulf and Mexico. 
And certainly, anyone who has been birding a year or two will know that the 2nd 
half of May will bring some stragglers and maybe even a prized Conn Warbler! 
Still some migrants but in far smaller numbers. How long 'til Spring? Dotty 
Robbins 

> High Springs
> 
> ---------- Original Message ----------
> From: Lucy & Bob Duncan 
> To: FLORIDABIRDS-L AT LISTS.UFL.EDU
> Subject: [FLORIDABIRDS-L] May 13 clarification
> Date: Wed, 14 May 2014 19:37:19 -0500
> 
> Hi folks,
> 
> 
> 
>              Several birders have pointed out that migration is far from
> over and they are absolutely correct. What I was referring to, and I did not
> make clear, is that there has been no significant fallout after 13 May here
> in NW FL according to my 45 years of record keeping. Fallout by definition
> means a " large number of migrants landing in an isolated location during a
> short period of time." (Moore, F. R. et al. 1990 Stopover on  a Gulf Coast
> barrier island by spring trans-gulf migrants. Wilson Bulletin 102:487-500.)
> 
> 
> 
>              There will be birds still coming through until the end of the
> month, but not in significant numbers to qualify for what is considered a
> "fallout" even when weather conditions are good for fallout. Shorebirds are
> still moving in considerable numbers (I consider fallouts primarily
> passerines.). May is a great time for vagrants to turn up. I certainly
> continue to bird after 13 May!!  My previous post is directed primarily to
> birders in NW FL and AL and I do not consider myself proficient at analyzing
> other areas.
> 
> 
> 
>              It has been pointed out to me that there are many variables
> as to when birds arrive (take off time, point of origin, weather, wind
> direction) and this is absolutely correct. These variables are always in my
> calculations when I stick my neck out and make migration, or fallout,
> "predictions." But regardless of whatever variables are at work, they have
> never brought birds to the Pensacola area beyond 13 May. I would relish
> being wrong on this point. I will confine my posts to my own "patch" in the
> future to avoid confusion.
> 
> 
> 
> Bob Duncan
> 
> Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle
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Subject: Re: May 13 clarification
From: "dotrobbins AT juno.com" <dotrobbins@JUNO.COM>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2014 01:44:10 GMT
Hi Bob, While your observations and predictions are primarily for your area--NW 
FL and AL--please continue to share them with all of Florida. There is much to 
be learned from your analysis of the conditions in the Gulf and Mexico. And 
certainly, anyone who has been birding a year or two will know that the 2nd 
half of May will bring some stragglers and maybe even a prized Conn Warbler! 
Still some migrants but in far smaller numbers. How long 'til Spring? Dotty 
Robbins 

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Subject: [FLORIDABIRDS-L] May 13 clarification
Date: Wed, 14 May 2014 19:37:19 -0500

Hi folks,



              Several birders have pointed out that migration is far from
over and they are absolutely correct. What I was referring to, and I did not
make clear, is that there has been no significant fallout after 13 May here
in NW FL according to my 45 years of record keeping. Fallout by definition
means a " large number of migrants landing in an isolated location during a
short period of time." (Moore, F. R. et al. 1990 Stopover on  a Gulf Coast
barrier island by spring trans-gulf migrants. Wilson Bulletin 102:487-500.)



              There will be birds still coming through until the end of the
month, but not in significant numbers to qualify for what is considered a
"fallout" even when weather conditions are good for fallout. Shorebirds are
still moving in considerable numbers (I consider fallouts primarily
passerines.). May is a great time for vagrants to turn up. I certainly
continue to bird after 13 May!!  My previous post is directed primarily to
birders in NW FL and AL and I do not consider myself proficient at analyzing
other areas.



              It has been pointed out to me that there are many variables
as to when birds arrive (take off time, point of origin, weather, wind
direction) and this is absolutely correct. These variables are always in my
calculations when I stick my neck out and make migration, or fallout,
"predictions." But regardless of whatever variables are at work, they have
never brought birds to the Pensacola area beyond 13 May. I would relish
being wrong on this point. I will confine my posts to my own "patch" in the
future to avoid confusion.



Bob Duncan

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