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7/26/16 6:57 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Birding Marion County, Lopez Ponds in The Villag
7/26/16 10:52 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Pectoral Sandpiper, West Pasco
7/26/16 8:08 am beachbirder <beachbirder...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Sad news in the Brevard County birding family
7/26/16 7:29 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Park Whimbrel / Pinellas County
7/25/16 5:32 pm Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...> [BRDBRAIN] Belted Kingfisher at Merritt Island
7/25/16 2:54 pm Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...> [BRDBRAIN] Merritt Island Brevard County
7/25/16 1:36 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County Swallow-tailed Kites
7/24/16 4:35 pm robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] More Honeymoon-Dunedin Causeway Frigatebirds / Pinellas County
7/24/16 1:20 pm Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Stilt Sandpiper, West Pasco
7/24/16 11:44 am Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst...> [BRDBRAIN] Harper Harris
7/24/16 11:42 am beachbirder <beachbirder...> [BRDBRAIN] Sad news in the Brevard County birding family
7/23/16 7:00 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-tailed Kites
7/23/16 9:02 am Larry Connor <llconnor52...> [BRDBRAIN] Sumter Co Swallow-tailed Kites, Oxford-Wildwood Area, 7/22/2016
7/23/16 8:31 am Ed Rizer <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Around Polk County
7/22/16 10:55 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Green Key Road, New Port Richey, Pasco County 7/22/16
7/21/16 4:31 pm robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Honeymoon-Dunedin Causeway Frigatebirds / Pinellas County
7/21/16 2:56 pm Margaret Haas <mhaas...> [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-Tailed Kites up to 44 still roosting in single pine tree S. Bradenton Riverclub
7/21/16 11:16 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Day #2 of the Swallow-tailed Kite Population Survey is tomorrow
7/20/16 2:44 pm robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Courtney Cambell Causeway Beach / Pinellas County
7/20/16 9:25 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] SWALLOW-TAILED KITES SUMTER COUNTY
7/20/16 4:50 am Carolyn Johansson <carolynmj...> [BRDBRAIN] Short-tailed Hawks & Snail Kites
7/18/16 6:50 am Renne Leatto <renne...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] SWALLOWS @ Lake Apopa
7/18/16 4:31 am Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...> [BRDBRAIN] New birding hotspot to see Both The Mississippi Kites & The Swallow-Tailed Kites & mega amounts of grasshoppers !
7/17/16 7:42 pm Ryan Andrews <birder.rma...> [BRDBRAIN] Fort Waldon Beach Area Birding Tips
7/17/16 4:59 pm <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] SWALLOWS @ Lake Apopa
7/17/16 4:03 pm Neil Dunlop <ndunlop...> [BRDBRAIN] SET BRDBRAIN NOMAIL
7/17/16 10:54 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Another Vantage Point For The Honeymoon Frigatebirds / Pinellas County
7/17/16 8:55 am Nancy Price <nprice7727...> [BRDBRAIN] Shiny Cowbirds Palm Beach County
7/17/16 7:23 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] Shiny Cowbirds @ Green Key, New Port Richey, FL
7/17/16 6:02 am Renne Leatto <renne...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] SWALLOWS @ Lake Apopa
7/17/16 4:50 am Renne Leatto <renne...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] SWALLOWS @ Lake Apopa
7/16/16 6:11 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Orange County Lake Apopa Wildlife Drive
7/16/16 5:49 pm Kristine Ashley <kashley4...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Honeymoon Magnificent Frigatebirds / Pinellas County
7/16/16 5:46 pm Kristine Ashley <kashley4...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Honeymoon Magnificent Frigatebirds / Pinellas County
7/16/16 5:40 pm robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Honeymoon Magnificent Frigatebird Final Count
7/16/16 5:14 pm robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Honeymoon Magnificent Frigatebirds / Pinellas County
7/16/16 11:19 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] SWALLOWS @ Lake Apopa
7/16/16 10:57 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Fwd: The 2016 Swallow-tailed Kite count is here! Synchronize your sightings with ours.
7/16/16 7:06 am S. Siers <siers.s.a...> [BRDBRAIN] Birding Orlando & Loxahatchee Area Help
7/16/16 5:24 am Renne Leatto <renne...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Origin Of CCC Beach Banded Least Terns / Pinellas County
7/15/16 12:28 pm robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Origin Of CCC Beach Banded Least Terns / Pinellas County
7/15/16 4:57 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Southeastern American Kestrel, Nesting
7/14/16 9:44 pm Margaret Haas <mhaas...> [BRDBRAIN] 24-34+Swallow-tailed Kites roosting in single pine tree S. Bradenton Riverclub
7/14/16 7:20 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] CCC Beach Least & Black Tern Spectacle Continues / Pinellas County
7/14/16 7:18 am Earl Horn <earl_horn...> [BRDBRAIN] Tropical/Couch's Kingbird St Armands Circle Sarasota County 07/13/2016
7/14/16 3:13 am Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...> [BRDBRAIN] Grasshoppers leaping into Marion County neighborhood ! NEWS STORY on Television Channel 9 Orlando‏ !
7/13/16 6:49 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach Terns / Pinellas County
7/13/16 6:30 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Pelagic Birding Trip Opportunity. July 24
7/13/16 5:44 am Allan Stern <00000014b7b0d186-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Gorgeous bluejay in my yard.
7/12/16 1:47 pm robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] CCC Beach Least And Black Terns / Pinellas County
7/12/16 1:08 pm Donna Schromm <dschromm...> [BRDBRAIN] Golf Park Park Kites
7/12/16 10:06 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County Melon Fields report: Swallow-tailed Kites
7/12/16 6:44 am Mike Judd <ebwilderae...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Shiny Cowbird- West Pasco
7/12/16 12:54 am Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...> [BRDBRAIN] Birders flocking to subdivision overrun with American grasshoppers
7/11/16 4:39 pm robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] St. Armands Circle & Lido Beach / Sarasota County
7/10/16 3:38 pm Vince Capp <00000031300bf63b-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Shiny Cowbird- West Pasco
7/10/16 9:51 am Diana Miller <thunderoaks...> [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites are still here.
7/10/16 9:26 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach Area / Pinellas County
7/10/16 6:44 am John Middleton <jmidjr...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] A Call For Help To All Birders Please Respond ! Possible potential harmful effects happening now for both The Mississippi Kites and The Swallow- Tailed Kites ! Belleview , Marion County !
7/10/16 6:42 am John Middleton <jmidjr...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] A Call For Help To All Birders Please Respond ! Possible potential harmful effects happening now for both The Mississippi Kites and The Swallow- Tailed Kites ! Belleview , Marion County !
7/9/16 8:39 am dschromm <dschromm...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] A Call For Help To All Birders Please Respond ! Possible potential harmful effects happening now for both The Mississippi Kites and The Swallow- Tailed Kites ! Belleview , Marion County !
7/9/16 5:43 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] A Call For Help To All Birders Please Respond ! Possible potential harmful effects happening now for both The Mississippi Kites and The Swallow- Tailed Kites ! Belleview , Marion County !
7/9/16 4:29 am Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] A Call For Help To All Birders Please Respond ! Possible potential harmful effects happening now for both The Mississippi Kites and The Swallow- Tailed Kites ! Belleview , Marion County !
7/9/16 12:17 am Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...> [BRDBRAIN] A Call For Help To All Birders Please Respond ! Possible potential harmful effects happening now for both The Mississippi Kites and The Swallow- Tailed Kites ! Belleview , Marion County !
7/8/16 5:24 pm PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...> [BRDBRAIN] Migration starting at MINWR(Brevard)!
7/8/16 11:54 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites - Marion County
7/8/16 9:21 am Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst...> [BRDBRAIN] 2016-aou-supplement out
7/8/16 6:32 am Eve Parks <hrparks...> [BRDBRAIN] North Apopka Wildlife Drive today-blue grosbeak
7/7/16 1:53 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi and Swallow-tailed Kites Marion County birding
7/7/16 6:00 am Renne Leatto <renne...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Reactivation of the FLARBA
7/7/16 4:37 am Earl Horn <earl_horn...> [BRDBRAIN] Short-tailed Hawk Mt Dora, Lake Co 07/06/16
7/6/16 12:34 pm Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] IMPORTANT NOTICE: Reactivation of the FLARBA
7/6/16 12:26 pm Margie Wilkinson <wilmar4...> [BRDBRAIN] Reactivation of the FLARBA
7/6/16 9:48 am David Hartgrove <birdman9...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Whooping Crane(s)?
7/5/16 9:27 pm Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Whooping Crane(s)?
7/5/16 7:50 pm beachbirder <beachbirder...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Whooping Crane(s)?
7/5/16 7:32 pm Rex Rowan <rexrowan...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Whooping Crane(s)?
7/5/16 7:12 pm Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> [BRDBRAIN] Whooping Crane(s)?
7/5/16 6:19 pm Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
7/5/16 6:09 pm Breanna Perry <serena933...> [BRDBRAIN] Short-tailed Hawks at Lettuce Lake Tampa
7/5/16 10:38 am Glenn Wilson <wilson...> [BRDBRAIN] I LOVE eBird ! ! !
7/5/16 9:40 am Juanita Baker <bakerj...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
7/5/16 9:19 am Mark Eden <000000238cffadbe-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] first summer RT hummingbird
7/5/16 8:44 am Rex Rowan <rexrowan...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] June Challenge - Hillsborough County
7/5/16 8:38 am Helen Mowrer <c_hmowrer...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
7/5/16 7:32 am Rex Rowan <rexrowan...> [BRDBRAIN] June Challenge Additions and Corrections
7/5/16 5:05 am Mic McC <mcmic40...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
7/4/16 10:24 pm Juanita Baker <bakerj...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
7/4/16 8:47 pm Juanita Baker <bakerj...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
7/4/16 7:27 pm JOSEPH FITZGERALD <jfitzg14...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
7/4/16 6:53 pm Mike Judd <ebwilderae...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
7/4/16 6:51 pm Glenn Wilson <wilson...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
7/4/16 6:29 pm Will Johnson <willjohnson2000...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
7/4/16 5:27 pm Doug.W <dwassme1...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
7/4/16 4:53 pm Glenn Wilson <wilson...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
7/4/16 2:10 pm Teresa Weigand <terryw...> [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites - Belleview
7/4/16 2:01 pm Rex Rowan <rexrowan...> [BRDBRAIN] Statewide results of The June Challenge for 2016
7/4/16 12:11 pm Renne Leatto <renne...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
7/4/16 10:24 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Belted Kingfisher, Greater Scaup, West Pasco
7/4/16 10:24 am Scott Simmons <simmonsphoto...> [BRDBRAIN] Snail Kite at Smyrna Dunes Park (7/4/2016) - Volusia County
7/4/16 9:28 am Joe Smith <desertangel7...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
7/4/16 8:04 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...> [BRDBRAIN] Solitary Sandpiper. Flagler Co.
7/4/16 7:43 am SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
7/4/16 7:25 am Margie Wilkinson <wilmar4...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
7/3/16 11:47 pm Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
7/3/16 8:41 pm Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...> [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kite report for July 4th holiday weekend Marion County - Belleville
7/1/16 12:42 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] RFI - Disappearing Island
7/1/16 12:33 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] RFI - Disappearing Island
7/1/16 12:30 pm Daniel J Young <dyoung...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] RFI - Disappearing Island
7/1/16 11:50 am Daniel J Young <dyoung...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] RFI - Disappearing Island
7/1/16 6:31 am Roy Peterson <scrubjay33...> [BRDBRAIN] RFI - Disappearing Island
6/30/16 5:16 pm John Middleton <Jmidjr...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites in Belleview...are they still there pls?
6/30/16 3:13 pm Dale Goebel <sheirah11...> [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites in Belleview...are they still there pls?
6/30/16 2:34 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Roseate Tern. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia County.
6/30/16 12:37 pm Andy Kratter <kratter...> [BRDBRAIN] Changes to FOSRC reveiw list
6/28/16 2:05 pm Rex Rowan <rexrowan...> [BRDBRAIN] June Challenge reminder
6/28/16 10:44 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Gray Kingbird & Common Loon, Green Key
6/28/16 8:26 am Eve Parks <hrparks...> [BRDBRAIN] More white Pelicans on Biolab Rd, Merritt Island NWR
6/28/16 5:53 am Eve Parks <hrparks...> [BRDBRAIN] White Pelicans Black Point Dr Merritt Island NWR
6/28/16 3:14 am Renne Leatto <renne...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Barn Swallows, Heat Response
6/27/16 1:41 pm Vince Capp <00000031300bf63b-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Barn Swallows, Heat Response
6/27/16 11:16 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Short-tailed Hawks West Pasco
6/27/16 6:39 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Barn Swallows, Heat Response
6/27/16 6:16 am Renne Leatto <renne...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Barn Swallows, Heat Response
6/27/16 5:44 am Steve Klesius <skaway...> [BRDBRAIN] Heron hybrids: which ones "cross breed"
6/26/16 4:17 pm Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Barn Swallows, Heat Response
6/26/16 1:34 pm Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] white-necked GBH?, Lake Apopka/Orange County
6/26/16 1:23 pm Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Dozens & Dozens ! - ! Mississippi Kite & Swallow-Tailed Kite & Grasshopper Spectacular Phenomenon !
6/26/16 9:58 am Chris Goodfellow <chrisgoodfella...> [BRDBRAIN] Still Dozens & Dozens
6/26/16 3:51 am Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...> [BRDBRAIN] Dozens & Dozens ! - ! Mississippi Kite & Swallow-Tailed Kite & Grasshopper Spectacular Phenomenon !
 
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Date: 7/26/16 6:57 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Birding Marion County, Lopez Ponds in The Villag
Tonight I went out via golf cart to see what birds were around our Lopez Golf Course ponds:
Biggest surprise was seeing the 2 Bald Eagles on transmission tower where they nested last year. I have not seen the birds since last May.

“YES, we’re BACK!"



The sad nest where 2 chicks hatched and fledged last spring.
The nest looks like it needs the Army Corps of Engineers to repair it!



And a rainbow!



A beautiful American Kestrel



Every day is a GREAT day to go Birding!


Alice Horst, Marion County, Fl
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Date: 7/26/16 10:52 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pectoral Sandpiper, West Pasco
Hello,

This morning I found a Pectoral Sandpiper at the Starkey Ranch development in west Pasco. A recent fledgling Prairie Warbler was migrating at Green Key this morning also.

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL

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Date: 7/26/16 8:08 am
From: beachbirder <beachbirder...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Sad news in the Brevard County birding family
As I have previously posted Harper Harris, daughter of Brevard County birder Mitchell Harris and his wife Kristin, passed away late last week.
The memorial service for Harper Harris will be on Saturday August 6, 2016 at the Cocoa Village Playhouse, 300 Brevard Ave, Cocoa, FL, at 11:00 AM.

Jim Eager
Cape Canaveral, FL

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Date: 7/26/16 7:29 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Park Whimbrel / Pinellas County
At about 10:00AM, this morning, Tuesday, a single Whimbrel was at the southeast corner cove by the main beach parking area at Fred Howard County Park at Tarpon Springs. A nice variety of birds included 3 Wilson's Plovers, 5 Least Terns, Sanderlings, Forster's Terns, Sandwich Terns, Semipalmated Plovers, Short-billed Dowitchers, and Ruddy Turnstones, just to name a few. A photo of the Whimbrel is attached.


Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 7/25/16 5:32 pm
From: Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Belted Kingfisher at Merritt Island
Hi BirdBrains,fos
I neglected to mention that we also saw a  FOS male Belted Kingfisher in East Gator Creek at Merritt Island NWR. 
Joyce Stefancic
Clermont

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Date: 7/25/16 2:54 pm
From: Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Merritt Island Brevard County

Hi BirdBrains,
We birded Merritt Island today, hoping to find some shorebirds...and guess what!  They are starting to arrive.  On West Gator we saw several Least Sandpipers, a couple Dunlin, Western and Semipalmated Sandpipers, a Spotted Sandpiper, Willet, and 2 Black-bellied Plovers. 
 
We went to Black Point, but the gate was closed, so we went down Peacock;s Pocket.  The entire road is open to traffic, the road is very narrow, so watch for cars coming toward you.  There were lots of waders, mostly, with pockets of Great and Snowy Egrets, Ibis, and the other usual suspects.  Lots of Roseate Spoonbills, as many as 100+. 
 
We went back to Black Point and it was open, but not  much to see along the way.  Much if it is completely dry...stops 5 and 6 where the Larids usually hang out was waterless.  They had a controlled burn very recently and that was why it was closed.  We got to the end, and the gate was locked, so had to wait for someone to unlock it.
 
Next to Biolab, where once again, much of the water is very low.  No shorebirds near the south entrance, where they are usually seen.  We finally got lucky and found a few shorebirds along the lagoon, closer to the north entrance. A few Least, Western and Semipalmated Sandpipers.  It was a pleasant day, and I guess Monday is a good day to go...we were the only birders there that we saw.
 
Good Birding!!
Joyce Stefancic
Clermont, Fl

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Date: 7/25/16 1:36 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County Swallow-tailed Kites
I was at the melon field on cr246 off of 475 at 9:46am. I saw 1 STKI.
At 9:55 a few began showing up from the south west. The 20+/- birds swooped, perched, and soared for 35 minutes or so. Then I watched a group of 8 approaching the area but the birds never came down out of the clouds. I guess they bypassed that field for better grasshoppers. The grasshoppers were not hopping!
I left the field at 10:50.


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Alice Horst, Marion County, FL
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Date: 7/24/16 4:35 pm
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] More Honeymoon-Dunedin Causeway Frigatebirds / Pinellas County
Tonight, Sunday, about 6:45PM, after my wife Denise and I visited the grandkids, who conveniently live near the causeway, we checked on the Magnificent Frigatebird numbers in light rain. I counted no less than 354 roosting in the tree tops and soaring above the third spoil island north of the drawbridge. They can be seen in the distance, 1.25 miles to the north, with binoculars, but with a scope you can count them, and again tonight see the red inflated throat pouches on some of the males, along with the white heads of at least 60 juveniles, and at least 80 soaring birds above the island roost. To view the frigatebirds drive past the public restrooms and The High And Dry Grill to the pull in to the right before the last bridge. Park and look thru a spoil island toward the Anclote Power Plant chimney stack. Sweep right to the top of the trees on the second island. Along the causeway tonight shorebirds seen were Short-billed Dowitchers, Willets, Ruddy Turnstones, and Least Sandpipers. Out of curiosity, can anyone tell me why I see no other reports of this spectacular sight? I realize I spend about half the year on the south shore of Lake Erie in Ohio, but when did 300+ Magnificent Frigatebirds become commonplace at one location, especially in Pinellas County?


Bob Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 7/24/16 1:20 pm
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Stilt Sandpiper, West Pasco
Hello,

Just after noon today I found a Stilt Sandpiper in breeding plumage at the Starkey Ranch Development.

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL

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Date: 7/24/16 11:44 am
From: Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Harper Harris
Although off topic I thought many of you would like to know!

Jim Eager posted this on Facebook today.

The Brevard County birding family mourns the loss of one of our up and coming bright young birders. Harper Harris, daughter of Mitchell & Kristin Harris of Titusville, FL passed away late this past week in North Carolina. Mitchell is a well known local Brevard County birder and could often be seen out birding with Harper. In addition she was a co-leader accompanying her father with field trips during the Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival. Harper and Kristin were always present and assisted Mitchell during the Cocoa Christmas Bird Count every year. There will be a memorial service August 6, 2016 at the Cocoa Village Community Theater. No time has been announced so as soon as I hear of a time I will pass it along in a future post.
Please join me in extending our sincere condolences to the Harris family during this trying time.

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Weeki Wachee, FL
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Date: 7/24/16 11:42 am
From: beachbirder <beachbirder...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sad news in the Brevard County birding family
The Brevard County birding family mourns the loss of one of our up and coming bright young birders. Harper Harris, daughter of Mitchell & Kristin Harris of Titusville, FL passed away late this past week in North Carolina. Mitchell is a well known local Brevard County birder and could often be seen out birding with Harper. In addition she was a co-leader accompanying her father with field trips during the Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival. Harper and Kristin were always present and assisted Mitchell during the Cocoa Christmas Bird Count every year. There will be a memorial service August 6, 2016 at the Cocoa Village Community Theater. No time has been announced so as soon as I hear of a time I will pass it along in a future post.

Please join me in extending my sincere condolences to the Harris family during this trying time.

Jim Eager
Cape Canaveral, FL

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Date: 7/23/16 7:00 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-tailed Kites
July 23:
Yesterday I tried very hard to find MIA, the radio collared STKI, who nests here in Miami.
Yesterday was day #2 to count/report the STKIs for ARCI and I tried REALLY hard to locate the bird from the information that Gina Kent had received from his device.
MIA was a no show yesterday!! BUT today, I found 2 young birds near where MIA nested earlier this year. I had reported 2 chicks in MIA’s nest in the Spring, perhaps these are the fledglings.
Got 2 dreadful pictures, but good enough for ID. That was just before the 2 policemen asked me what I was doing…….. OF COURSE I explained, much to their disbelief - although they saw the birds…… YIKES this is a hard “job”










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Marion County, Fl
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Date: 7/23/16 9:02 am
From: Larry Connor <llconnor52...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sumter Co Swallow-tailed Kites, Oxford-Wildwood Area, 7/22/2016
Diana and I went looking for kites yesterday, 7/22/2016, in the Oxford-Wildwood area. Unfortunately we go a somewhat late start, arriving around 11:30. That probably accounted for lower numbers than reported by Alice Horst.

We observed kites at three locations traveling north on CR-475 from SR-44. Three over a field on the SE corner of CR-475 and CR, two at the intersection of CR-475 and CR-218, and one at Nichols Pond. There were 10-20 St the melon field on CR-246. We drove past Nichols Cemetery and observed on where CR-246 turns back to the east. All these locations are west of I-75.

We crossed I-75 and looked for kites along and south of CR-466. We only observed kites at two locations. We observed 10 over a field on CR-237 south of CR-466 (28.91188, -82.099134). We observed another five at a field along CR-222 between CR-222A and CR-209 (28.90109, -28.04937).

There are not a lot of "active" melon fields in the area other than the one along CR-246. Most of these observations were at fallow fields wth rank waist to head high vegetation. Based on the lack of melon fields, this seems to be the appropriate habitat to check out.

Larry and Diana Connor
Eustis, FL

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Date: 7/23/16 8:31 am
From: Ed Rizer <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Around Polk County
Hello Birders.
Not much unusual going on during the Summer season but here's an overview
of sightings.
At Circle B Bar at least 2 female RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS spent the
Winter and are residing near the Big Firebush at the south end of the
parking-lot. A Belted Kingfisher was,seen by several on the 1st of July;
also 3 immature Eastern Bluebirds, Bluebirds are not often seen at Circle B
and the resident momma Bobcat has 4 cubs about the size of a House Cat.
At South Lake Howard Nature Park in Winter Haven the Wading Bird
rookery activity on the lakeside is just about over; there's a few
Black-crowned Night Herons at the rookery and Least Bitterns can be found
from the boardwalk that spans the lagoon in the main part of the park by
the big parking-lot. There's a few Great Crested Flycatchers that have been
there all Summer and a colony of Monk Parakeets.
The Lower Green Swamp Nature Preserve is located on Knights Station
Road West of Kathleen just across the Polk County line in Hillsborough
County. it's a great place to get away from the crowds with 4
interconnecting loop trails for hiking and horseback. This site is mostly
flatwoods pine habitat where I found lots of Eastern Bluebirds, and
Bobwhite Quail, also 2 Blue Grosbeaks and a Summer Tanager, Yellow-throated
Warbler and Carolina Chickadee.
There were lots of butterflies at LGSNP and also at Circle B and South
Lake Howard. The butterfly activity seems to come in cycles and helps take
up the slack in between migrations
.Good birding and God Bless.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.

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Date: 7/22/16 10:55 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Green Key Road, New Port Richey, Pasco County 7/22/16
Hi All,

Charlie Fisher and I spent an hour between 700-800 AM this morning and
scored 36 species, including 1 male Shiny Cowbird.

What was interesting were the migrants seen including the following:

Barn Swallow 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Yellow-throated Warbler 1
Prairie Warbler 6 (at least)

All these migrants were seen in the parking lot at Rees Park.

Fall Migration is here!!!

Great Birding!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 7/21/16 4:31 pm
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Honeymoon-Dunedin Causeway Frigatebirds / Pinellas County
While my wife Denise was watching the grandkids, who conveniently live near the causeway, I checked on the Magnificent Frigatebird numbers after the rain stopped at about 7:15PM, tonight, Thursday. I counted no less than 286 roosting in the tree tops on the third spoil island north of the drawbridge. They can be seen in the distance, 1.25 miles to the north, with binoculars, but with a scope you can count them and see the red inflated throat pouches on some of the males, along with the white heads of the juveniles. To view the frigatebirds drive past the public restrooms and The High And Dry Grill to the last pull in to the right before the bridge. Park and look thru a spoil island toward the Anclote Power Plant chimney stack. Sweep right to the top of the trees on the second island. Some of the birds are normally soaring over the island until dark. Along the causeway tonight Short-billed Dowitchers were numerous.


Bob Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 7/21/16 2:56 pm
From: Margaret Haas <mhaas...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-Tailed Kites up to 44 still roosting in single pine tree S. Bradenton Riverclub
 

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Date: 7/21/16 11:16 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Day #2 of the Swallow-tailed Kite Population Survey is tomorrow
OOPS, I was thinking it was SATURDAY, but it’s tomorrow..
I’m not there, I am in Miami… I need to see if MIA(the nesting STKI in Miami) is still here, tomorrow!!!
Alice Horst, Marion County
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> Subject: Day #2 of the Swallow-tailed Kite Population Survey is tomorrow
> Date: July 21, 2016 at 1:44:11 PM EDT
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> Just a friendly reminder!
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> Hi, alice. Day #2 of the 2016 Swallow-tailed Kite population monitoring survey is tomorrow! Are you planning to go out? Remember, early morning is best.
>
> We have received two common questions and we're happy to answer them!
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> I saw kites on a day other than the synchronized reporting days. Can I report them?
>
> Yes! But please direct those reports to the standard form on our website. For the systematic monitoring survey, we ask that you only submit reports for the days requested. Why? While you're on the ground on the four days of the survey, we are doing aerial counts. We know we are missing some kites because we're unable to cover the entire state. That's where you come in! What are you seeing in places we haven't been able to survey?
>
> I'm seeing kites but they're not in Florida. Can I report them?
>
> Absolutely! But again, please direct those to the standard form on our website. We know that of all the kites that can be counted across 7 southeastern states at this time, 90% are roosting in Florida.
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Date: 7/20/16 2:44 pm
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Courtney Cambell Causeway Beach / Pinellas County
I apologize for the late posting, but this is the first opportunity I have had to post today, Wednesday. At about 9:30AM this morning, on our way to Tampa, my wife Denise and I found next to no people and the tern count to once again be outstanding at The CCC Beach. Tern highlights were 195+ Least, 146+ Black, 18 Forster's, plus Sandwich and Royals. Five banded Least Terns were found today, bringing the banded total in the past eleven days to twelve different birds. An interesting sight was thirteen Ospreys circling together offshore over Old Tampa Bay. Shorebirds seen were Sanderlings, Least Sandpipers, 2 Marbled Godwits, Willets, and the best sighting, a single Pectoral Sandpiper. Most unusual was a male Anhinga, a first ever by us on this beach, hanging with the Bonaparte's Gulls. CCC Beach is located on SR60 in extreme eastern Clearwater opposite Damascus Road.


Bob Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 7/20/16 9:25 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] SWALLOW-TAILED KITES SUMTER COUNTY
Today at 10:40am I saw at least 50 STKIs soaring, swooping over melon fields on cr246 off of 475, Oxford, on the way to Nichol’s Cemetery.
I had seen the melon fields over the summer and was hoping that the STKIs might show up there. I saw nothing when I went past there this morning at 9:30 and when I came back at 10:40 there they were.

IF you google NICHOLS CEMETERY, OXFORD, you can find the fields easily.
If you are driving south on cr475, it crosses over rt75 and then you will see a sign on your right for the cemetery. That road is cr246. You will see the melon fields immediately on your right. I saw the Kites today further down the road.
It is easy to pull off and photograph them. This is a public road but fields are private property.
There is sporadic truck and car traffic on 246, be careful and pull all the way off of the road.
I did not see any MIKIs mixed in today.





Alice Horst, Marion County, FL

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Date: 7/20/16 4:50 am
From: Carolyn Johansson <carolynmj...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Short-tailed Hawks & Snail Kites
Hi Birders,

My husband and I will be coming to FL next week for a birding trip. We are really eager to add Short-tailed
Hawk and Snail Kite to our list. If anyone has any suggestions we would really appreciate it.

We will be staying in Kissimmee for 3 days, but we are driving from TN so we are mobile.
We plan to stop at Paynes Prairie on the way down. We'd like to add Bachman's Sparrow and get pictures of
Red-cockaded WP and Crested Caracara.

I think the Swallow-tailed Kite (the main reason for the timing of this trip) will not be a problem.

Thank you for your help.

Carolyn Johansson
Old Hickory, TN (east of Nashville)

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Date: 7/18/16 6:50 am
From: Renne Leatto <renne...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] SWALLOWS @ Lake Apopa
If by "concluding this year," you mean people are still compiling the
current Breeding Bird Atlas, maybe someone should check the banks of the
canal below that power line for bank swallow nests. There seem to be more
bank swallows hanging out there this summer than there were last summer.



Renee Leato

Windermere, Orange County

















From: <dotrobbins...> [mailto:<dotrobbins...>]
Sent: Sunday, July 17, 2016 7:57 PM
Subject: Re: SWALLOWS @ Lake Apopa



The current Breeding Bird Atlas (concluding this year) does not show any
reports of Bank Swallows nesting in Florida.





There is some data for 5 other swallow species: Purple Martin, N
Rough-winged, Cliff, Cave, and Barn Swallows.





Nice find and documentation photo, Alice!





Dotty Robbins
High Springs

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From: Renne Leatto <renne...> <mailto:<renne...> >
To: <BRDBRAIN...> <mailto:<BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] SWALLOWS @ Lake Apopa
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 09:01:51 -0400

I don't have any proof that they are nesting, just that they have been here
all summer, two summers in a row. So they are either nesting or "laggers"
who didn't feel compelling to make the full journey north to nest.



Renee Leato

Windermere, Orange County







From: dschromm [mailto:<dschromm...>]
Sent: Sunday, July 17, 2016 8:20 AM
To: Renne Leatto <renne...> <mailto:<renne...> >
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] SWALLOWS @ Lake Apopa



My books said the same about seeing bank swallows during migration beginning
in August. Since others have been seeing them at Lake Apopka for some time
now, does this mean they nested here this summer ? Donna Schromm

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<mailto:<renne...> > wrote:

Alice,



Those are indeed bank swallows. According to any range map I've seen we're
"not supposed" to have them here in summer, only in migration. But they
were here at LAWD all last summer and again all this summer. Maybe they
just hated letting the barn swallows have such a great breeding ground (WITH
nesting "caves"!) all to themselves.



Renee Leato

Windermere, Orange County













From: Alice Horst [mailto:<ahorst...>]
Sent: Saturday, July 16, 2016 2:19 PM
Subject: SWALLOWS @ Lake Apopa



We saw a number of Barn Swallows at Lake Apopka today that landed on a wire.

I believe the smaller swallows with them are Bank Swallows.

Can anyone confirm the Bank Swallows for me?

Smaller than Barn Swallows, all light bellies and brown breast band.

Thank you.

Alice Horst

Marion County, Fl<image001.jpg>

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Date: 7/18/16 4:31 am
From: Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] New birding hotspot to see Both The Mississippi Kites & The Swallow-Tailed Kites & mega amounts of grasshoppers !
Hello Birders !

So, Here is a new birding hotspot to see Both The Mississippi Kites & The Swallow-Tailed Kites & mega amounts of grasshoppers being devoured by both ! This was the place mentioned in the Ocala Star Banner article on the Kites : called Sweetwater Oaks (in the 3000 block of Northwest 44th Avenue) in Ocala. I have spent this weekend there and have seen also seen Swallow-Tailed Kite Juveniles being fed there as well ! Also many Blue-Birds and even a Harrier Hawk along with many other Hawks ! The Manager : Frank Alogna has said that Birders are most welcome to go there to see the Kites even though it is a gated community. Simply either when You get to the gate put in the Keypad #411 which will ring the office and mention You would like to see the Kites or You can call (352) 620-0188 or (800) 936-0188 or E-mail <frank...> .Also there is a website as well : www.sweetwateroaks.net .This place is most definitely worth a trip out to see !

Enjoy !

Steve Petruniak

Daytona Beach,Fl

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Date: 7/17/16 7:42 pm
From: Ryan Andrews <birder.rma...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fort Waldon Beach Area Birding Tips
Hello all,
I am visiting Florida (and the southeast) for the first time this next week and am seeking advice. I will be staying in the Fort Walton Beach area for a few days and can bird anywhere within an hour to an hour and a half of Fort Walton Beach. I have birded the east fairly extensively, so my target birds are mostly southeastern birds. 
Here's some off the top of my head, no idea if they're possible:Swallow-tailed KiteGray Kingbird (maybe too far north?)White IbisTricolored HeronWood StorkRoseate SpoonbillBachmann's Sparrow (probably too late in the season?), Red-cockaded Woodpecker, and Brown-headed NuthatchWilson's Plover, Sandwich Tern (probably really easy), and Magnificent FrigatebirdPurple GallinuleBoat-tailed Grackle (trash bird for anyone living in Florida, I'm sure!)
I may not be mentioning other southeastern (or Florida) specialties that are possible in the area, so if there are any, please give me advice as to where to see them!
Also, I'm very interested in butterflies and dragonflies/damselflies (and alligators would be awesome!), so if there are any birding areas that are also good for those let me know!
Hopefully I'm doing this right -- never used this type of listserv before. Thanks in advance.Ryan Andrews,San Diego, CA

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Date: 7/17/16 4:59 pm
From: <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] SWALLOWS @ Lake Apopa
The current Breeding Bird Atlas (concluding this year) does not show any reports of Bank Swallows nesting in Florida. There is some data for 5 other swallow species: Purple Martin, N Rough-winged, Cliff, Cave, and Barn Swallows. Nice find and documentation photo, Alice! Dotty Robbins
High Springs

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From: Renne Leatto <renne...>
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] SWALLOWS @ Lake Apopa
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2016 09:01:51 -0400


I don&rsquo;t have any proof that they are nesting, just that they have been here all summer, two summers in a row. So they are either nesting or &ldquo;laggers&rdquo; who didn&rsquo;t feel compelling to make the full journey north to nest.

Renee Leato
Windermere, Orange County



From: dschromm [mailto:<dschromm...>]
Sent: Sunday, July 17, 2016 8:20 AM
To: Renne Leatto <renne...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] SWALLOWS @ Lake Apopa

My books said the same about seeing bank swallows during migration beginning in August. Since others have been seeing them at Lake Apopka for some time now, does this mean they nested here this summer ? Donna Schromm

Sent from my iPad

On Jul 17, 2016, at 7:49 AM, Renne Leatto <renne...> wrote:
Alice,

Those are indeed bank swallows. According to any range map I&rsquo;ve seen we&rsquo;re &ldquo;not supposed&rdquo; to have them here in summer, only in migration. But they were here at LAWD all last summer and again all this summer. Maybe they just hated letting the barn swallows have such a great breeding ground (WITH nesting &ldquo;caves&rdquo;!) all to themselves.

Renee Leato
Windermere, Orange County






From: Alice Horst [mailto:<ahorst...>]
Sent: Saturday, July 16, 2016 2:19 PM
Subject: SWALLOWS @ Lake Apopa

We saw a number of Barn Swallows at Lake Apopka today that landed on a wire.
I believe the smaller swallows with them are Bank Swallows.
Can anyone confirm the Bank Swallows for me?
Smaller than Barn Swallows, all light bellies and brown breast band.
Thank you.
Alice Horst
Marion County, Fl<image001.jpg>
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Date: 7/17/16 10:54 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Another Vantage Point For The Honeymoon Frigatebirds / Pinellas County
It is presently 1:50PM, Sunday afternoon. Some of the previously described Magnificent Frigatebirds from last night can easily be seen with a spotting scope looking directly west from the corner of Bay Street and Bayshore Drive in the town of Ozona. Turn left at the first street just north of Molly Goodhead's Restaurant and follow to the corner by the water. The north end of Honeymoon Island State Park can be seen in the background. Right now about 42 frigatebirds are in the tops of the bare trees, along with cormorants, egrets, and anhingas. Several of the male frigatebirds have their bright red throat pouches inflated. At least nine juveniles with their pure white heads can be seen. This spoil island is a protected bird sanctuary.


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Date: 7/17/16 8:55 am
From: Nancy Price <nprice7727...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Shiny Cowbirds Palm Beach County
Shiny Cowbirds also at Torey Island in Palm Beach county. They were found
last week by Dan O'Malley and again yesterday, and today. They are hanging
out by the band shell on the wires. 26°42'26.69"N - 80°43'7.11"W.
There are also Orchard Orioles in the area usually heard but sometimes seen.
Be aware the bridge onto the island is under construction and is closed
sometimes for a few hours each day. Open on sunday.

Nancy Price
Stuart, Fl

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Date: 7/17/16 7:23 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Shiny Cowbirds @ Green Key, New Port Richey, FL
Hi All,

Bill Pranty, Jeff Dahl and I observed and photographed 2 male and 1 female
Shiny Cowbirds here this morning. The birds were seen on the wires and
poles from roughly half way down from the gate to the rotary. It is best
to see these birds between 800-900 AM, as all the cowbirds including the
5-6 Brown-headed disappear.

Good Luck if you go!

Great Birding,

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New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 7/17/16 6:02 am
From: Renne Leatto <renne...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] SWALLOWS @ Lake Apopa
I don’t have any proof that they are nesting, just that they have been here all summer, two summers in a row. So they are either nesting or “laggers” who didn’t feel compelling to make the full journey north to nest.



Renee Leato

Windermere, Orange County







From: dschromm [mailto:<dschromm...>]
Sent: Sunday, July 17, 2016 8:20 AM
To: Renne Leatto <renne...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] SWALLOWS @ Lake Apopa



My books said the same about seeing bank swallows during migration beginning in August. Since others have been seeing them at Lake Apopka for some time now, does this mean they nested here this summer ? Donna Schromm

Sent from my iPad


On Jul 17, 2016, at 7:49 AM, Renne Leatto <renne...> <mailto:<renne...> > wrote:

Alice,



Those are indeed bank swallows. According to any range map I’ve seen we’re “not supposed” to have them here in summer, only in migration. But they were here at LAWD all last summer and again all this summer. Maybe they just hated letting the barn swallows have such a great breeding ground (WITH nesting “caves”!) all to themselves.



Renee Leato

Windermere, Orange County













From: Alice Horst [mailto:<ahorst...>]
Sent: Saturday, July 16, 2016 2:19 PM
Subject: SWALLOWS @ Lake Apopa



We saw a number of Barn Swallows at Lake Apopka today that landed on a wire.

I believe the smaller swallows with them are Bank Swallows.

Can anyone confirm the Bank Swallows for me?

Smaller than Barn Swallows, all light bellies and brown breast band.

Thank you.

Alice Horst

Marion County, Fl<image001.jpg>

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Date: 7/17/16 4:50 am
From: Renne Leatto <renne...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] SWALLOWS @ Lake Apopa
Alice,



Those are indeed bank swallows. According to any range map I've seen we're
"not supposed" to have them here in summer, only in migration. But they
were here at LAWD all last summer and again all this summer. Maybe they
just hated letting the barn swallows have such a great breeding ground (WITH
nesting "caves"!) all to themselves.



Renee Leato

Windermere, Orange County













From: Alice Horst [mailto:<ahorst...>]
Sent: Saturday, July 16, 2016 2:19 PM
Subject: SWALLOWS @ Lake Apopa



We saw a number of Barn Swallows at Lake Apopka today that landed on a wire.

I believe the smaller swallows with them are Bank Swallows.

Can anyone confirm the Bank Swallows for me?

Smaller than Barn Swallows, all light bellies and brown breast band.

Thank you.

Alice Horst

Marion County, Fl

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Date: 7/16/16 6:11 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Orange County Lake Apopa Wildlife Drive
Nice day on the drive.
All the usual Herons, Egrets. Had one fly-over Black-crowned Night-Heron.
We had a very light colored Least Bittern out in the open, feeding, although fairly far away.



Black-necked Stilts, White-winged Doves. Purple Gallinules, Common Gallinules - some with very new chicks,



4 Bank Swallows with Barn Swallows on either side of them on a wire.


Ended up with a few Swallow-tailed Kites overhead as we were leaving.

Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!
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Date: 7/16/16 5:49 pm
From: Kristine Ashley <kashley4...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Honeymoon Magnificent Frigatebirds / Pinellas County
I've seen adult's breeding in Galapagos, not the same presentation here.

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> On Jul 16, 2016, at 8:14 PM, robert lane <ohiomagpie...> wrote:
>
> It is presently 8:10PM, Saturday night, on the Honeymoon Island (Dunedin) Causeway. Looking north to the third spoil island north of the drawbridge, there are no less than 236 Magnificent Frigatebirds roosting in the tops of the dead trees. With the tide appearing to be low, the beach surrounding the island is occupied with lots of Double-crested Cormorants. Pull into the second opening on the right past the bridge by the beige colored enclosure. With a spotting scope look toward the Anclote Power Plant stack on the horizon. The frigatebirds can easily be seen just to the right in the top of the trees. White headed juveniles along males and females can be seen in the trees and soaring in the general area. What a sight!!!
>
>
> Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater
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Date: 7/16/16 5:46 pm
From: Kristine Ashley <kashley4...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Honeymoon Magnificent Frigatebirds / Pinellas County
Are these all juveniles?

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> On Jul 16, 2016, at 8:14 PM, robert lane <ohiomagpie...> wrote:
>
> It is presently 8:10PM, Saturday night, on the Honeymoon Island (Dunedin) Causeway. Looking north to the third spoil island north of the drawbridge, there are no less than 236 Magnificent Frigatebirds roosting in the tops of the dead trees. With the tide appearing to be low, the beach surrounding the island is occupied with lots of Double-crested Cormorants. Pull into the second opening on the right past the bridge by the beige colored enclosure. With a spotting scope look toward the Anclote Power Plant stack on the horizon. The frigatebirds can easily be seen just to the right in the top of the trees. White headed juveniles along males and females can be seen in the trees and soaring in the general area. What a sight!!!
>
>
> Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater
>
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Date: 7/16/16 5:40 pm
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Honeymoon Magnificent Frigatebird Final Count
At about 8:38 PM, with darkness setting in, the final fairly accurate count, after the soaring birds appeared to come to roost was 274+. We would assume the frigatebirds will still be there at sunrise.


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Date: 7/16/16 5:14 pm
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Honeymoon Magnificent Frigatebirds / Pinellas County
It is presently 8:10PM, Saturday night, on the Honeymoon Island (Dunedin) Causeway. Looking north to the third spoil island north of the drawbridge, there are no less than 236 Magnificent Frigatebirds roosting in the tops of the dead trees. With the tide appearing to be low, the beach surrounding the island is occupied with lots of Double-crested Cormorants. Pull into the second opening on the right past the bridge by the beige colored enclosure. With a spotting scope look toward the Anclote Power Plant stack on the horizon. The frigatebirds can easily be seen just to the right in the top of the trees. White headed juveniles along males and females can be seen in the trees and soaring in the general area. What a sight!!!


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Date: 7/16/16 11:19 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] SWALLOWS @ Lake Apopa
We saw a number of Barn Swallows at Lake Apopka today that landed on a wire.
I believe the smaller swallows with them are Bank Swallows.
Can anyone confirm the Bank Swallows for me?
Smaller than Barn Swallows, all light bellies and brown breast band.
Thank you.
Alice Horst
Marion County, Fl
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Date: 7/16/16 10:57 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fwd: The 2016 Swallow-tailed Kite count is here! Synchronize your sightings with ours.

> I received this email from ARCI today. I want to forward this to anyone who wishes to post their sightings of STKIs on the days noted in this email. I assume it is OK for me to post this in the interest of the STKIs.
> Thank you,
> Alice Horst
> Marion County, Florida
>>
>> Subject: The 2016 Swallow-tailed Kite count is here! Synchronize your sightings with ours.
>> Reply-To: "Avian Research and Conservation Institute" <arci...> <mailto:<arci...>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Your sightings can help track changes in the national Swallow-tailed Kite population
>> Dear alice,
>>
>> The Avian Research and Conservation Institute invites you to participate in Florida’s Swallow-tailed Kite population monitoring surveys for 2016.
>>
>> Every year since 1989, during a 10-day window in late July, ARCI has conducted systematic aerial surveys at 12 large Swallow-tailed Kite pre-migration roosts. These roosts, of up to 4,000 birds, provide an extremely rare and valuable opportunity for long-term population monitoring of this imperiled and critical species in Florida.
>>
>> We know that of all the kites that can be counted across 7 southeastern states at this time, 90% are roosting in Florida. However, we also know we are missing kites when we count the birds in the 12 large roosts.
>>
>> How many we are missing? This is where your help is so vitally important. You can help us increase the accuracy with which we are able to estimate the size of the entire U.S. population.
>>
>> Last year, for the first time, we asked you to help us with the count. And you did! Your submissions, totaling 991 birds, increased our peak count by 5%. This was a very impressive contribution!
>>
>> This year, for the second time, we want to synchronize public sighting reports with Florida’s systematic aerial surveys on the 4 most important days.
>>
>> Participation is easy. Just report the date, time, location and number of Swallow-tailed Kites and what they were doing when you saw them on these three days:
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>> 19 July
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Date: 7/16/16 7:06 am
From: S. Siers <siers.s.a...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Birding Orlando & Loxahatchee Area Help
Hi All,


During this coming week, I will be traveling from the Orlando Area to the Loxahatchee/Wakodahatchee/Green Cay area for a birthday birding trip for my mother. Her wish? Some specific Florida species. I am keeping an eye on eBird, but wanted any updates, if possible.


Here are the specific species that we are targeting:

Egyptian Goose


Nanday Parakeet


Spot-breasted Oriole


Shiny Cowbird


Smooth-billed Ani


Flamingo


Budgerigar



Any information would be helpful! Thanks in advance!


Sherrie Siers

Orlando




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Date: 7/16/16 5:24 am
From: Renne Leatto <renne...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Origin Of CCC Beach Banded Least Terns / Pinellas County
This is a great example of how mere data can be ADORABLE!

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From: robert lane [mailto:<ohiomagpie...>]
Sent: Friday, July 15, 2016 3:28 PM
Subject: Origin Of CCC Beach Banded Least Terns / Pinellas County



During the past six days at The Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach in eastern
Clearwater, there have been over 300 Least Terns seen. Of these, even with
the aid of a spotting scope, only seven with leg bands were found. From data
sent in, and the assistance of Marianne Korosy, Important Bird Area
Coordinator for Audubon Florida, it was found that all seven are home grown
Pinellas County birds. All came from two rooftop colonies about 5.3 miles
south of The CCC Beach sighting location. Five came from a warehouse roof
near Ulmerton and Starkey Roads, 1-2009, 1-2010, 1-2011, and 2-2012. The
most recent 2 came from a factory roof near Ulmerton and Roosevelt Blvd in
2014. Amazing to think these little beauties travel to Central or South
America or wherever they go for the winter, and then are able to make the
return here to Pinellas County for our enjoyment. Simply incredible!



Bob Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 7/15/16 12:28 pm
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Origin Of CCC Beach Banded Least Terns / Pinellas County
During the past six days at The Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach in eastern Clearwater, there have been over 300 Least Terns seen. Of these, even with the aid of a spotting scope, only seven with leg bands were found. From data sent in, and the assistance of Marianne Korosy, Important Bird Area Coordinator for Audubon Florida, it was found that all seven are home grown Pinellas County birds. All came from two rooftop colonies about 5.3 miles south of The CCC Beach sighting location. Five came from a warehouse roof near Ulmerton and Starkey Roads, 1-2009, 1-2010, 1-2011, and 2-2012. The most recent 2 came from a factory roof near Ulmerton and Roosevelt Blvd in 2014. Amazing to think these little beauties travel to Central or South America or wherever they go for the winter, and then are able to make the return here to Pinellas County for our enjoyment. Simply incredible!


Bob Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 7/15/16 4:57 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Southeastern American Kestrel, Nesting
Hello,

A Southeastern American Kestrel is working on a second brood at the intersection of Main St. and US Hwy 19 in new Port Richey. This nesting if successful is against the odds*. I believe the eggs have hatched. Estimated fledgling at the end of the month.
*Reasons:
This is the second brood for this pair, unusual.
The second nesting is in the same nest cavity, very unusual.
The cavity is in an electric pole with a street light next to it.
The cavity is facing north, not used by most kestrels - south or east facing cavity is preferred.
The habitat is 99% paved road, parking lots or building roofs. Food source?

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL

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Date: 7/14/16 9:44 pm
From: Margaret Haas <mhaas...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] 24-34+Swallow-tailed Kites roosting in single pine tree S. Bradenton Riverclub
 

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Date: 7/14/16 7:20 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] CCC Beach Least & Black Tern Spectacle Continues / Pinellas County
This morning, Thursday, from about 9:00AM to about 9:30AM, at The Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach, there were no less than 262 Least Terns and 46 Black Terns resting along the waters edge. Except for some City of Clearwater maintenance staff mowing along the all-purpose trail, the beach was mine. For whatever reason during the past five days of observation, I had found no Least Terns with leg bands, today I did, five of them. A nice variety of twenty species of birds were seen while enjoying the tern showcase, including 1 Short-billed Dowitcher, 1 Marbled Godwit, 1 Black-bellied Plover, 1 adult Forster's Tern, 1 Sandwich Tern, 2 Black Skimmers, and 36 Willets, just to name a few. To be able to view this many birds up close, from your vehicle, is remarkable! CCC Beach is a drive-on fee beach located on SR60 opposite Damascus Road in extreme eastern Clearwater. If you plan to visit, I would suggest doing so before the crazy weekenders take over the beach.


Bob Lane

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Date: 7/14/16 7:18 am
From: Earl Horn <earl_horn...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Tropical/Couch's Kingbird St Armands Circle Sarasota County 07/13/2016
Yesterday on the way to Casperson Beach I stopped at the parking lot at St
Armands Circle to look for the previously reported and well documented
Tropical Kingbird. After getting out of the car I immediately say a yellow
bellied kingbird on the wires at the corner of Madison Dr. and N Adams Dr.
Before I could raise my camera to get a picture it flew northwest behind the
homes along N Adams Dr. I meandered around the parking lot for a bit and
eventually spotted the kingbird again on the wires over the delivery access
road directly behind the buildings. This time I was able to get pictures of
it beating an insect on the wire before it flew into one of the trees and
disappeared. I was able to see that it was in/on a nest but didn't approach
to look for any fledglings but assumed they were there since it took the
insect in with it. After a few minutes it flew back out, perched on a nearby
tree then headed for the wires at the corner where I first spotted it.
Unfortunately it never vocalized while I was there so even though it has
been documented as a Tropical Kingbird my list will have to show it as a
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird. Luckily it wasn't a life bird for me and very
cool to see in any case. Photos can been seen in eBird here
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30679348

Earl Horn (Bud)
Mt Dora, Fl
Lake County

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Date: 7/14/16 3:13 am
From: Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Grasshoppers leaping into Marion County neighborhood ! NEWS STORY on Television Channel 9 Orlando‏ !
Hello Fellow Birders !


This story on The Mississippi Kites & Swallow-Tailed Kites in Belleview, Fl was out

on Television- Channel 9 Orlando Yesterday ! Very Cool ! Enjoy !


Go to this link for Video :


http://www.wftv.com/news/local/grasshoppers-leaping-into-marion-county-neighborhood/398221428


Enjoy !


Steve Petruniak

Daytona Beach, Fl

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Date: 7/13/16 6:49 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach Terns / Pinellas County
After interest last night being shown into the reported terns, I decided I would check on them this morning. It is presently 9:45AM, Wednesday. There are no less than 225 Least Terns and no less than 42 Black Terns resting along the shoreline. Fortunately the only other humans are four fishermen fishing from shore at the west end. Of additional interest is the fact that last night about 6:00PM on a return to the beach, along with the Least, the Black, and the Sandwich, we also had what appeared to be a single Forster's, a single Common, and 3 Royals. Terns and more terns!


Bob Lane

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Date: 7/13/16 6:30 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pelagic Birding Trip Opportunity. July 24
Hi to all,
I just wanted to let you all know that the Friends of the Marine Science Center pelagic trip on July 24th still has a few openings. If you are interested, please let me know. I have attached a flyer on the trip.
Thanks,
Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL


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Date: 7/13/16 5:44 am
From: Allan Stern <00000014b7b0d186-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Gorgeous bluejay in my yard.



Gorgeous bluejay in my yard.


Satellite Beach, Florida, 17 May 2016.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1295175870524888





Al Stern, Satellite Beach, FL
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Date: 7/12/16 1:47 pm
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] CCC Beach Least And Black Terns / Pinellas County
A short time ago at about 4:15PM today, Tuesday, at The Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach in eastern Clearwater, remarkably there were no people, just birds. Amazing numbers were 302 Least Terns and 68 Black Terns stretched out along the waters edge. The tide appeared to be low. Other birds of interest were 2 Marbled Godwits and a single Black-bellied Plover. Before our visit to the beach we found the previously reported female Lesser Scaup still at he nearby BayCare Pond. At the end of Bayview Avenue were 7 Roseate Spoonbills along with numerous waders.


Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 7/12/16 1:08 pm
From: Donna Schromm <dschromm...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Golf Park Park Kites
Early this afternoon I made my usual trip to the kite location in Belleview-Golf Park. Big change from a few days ago. There were only 3 MIKI along the main road and not at the usual spot. I found 1 more near the house closest to the entrance to this community. And only 2 STKI. There was a channel 9 TV truck in the area with a photographer photographing a man who was speaking. They were standing in a field. I stopped by to ask if they were looking for kites and was told they found a few. I continued on to nearby Summer Crest and found only 1 STKI.
Donna Schromm
Summerfield



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Date: 7/12/16 10:06 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County Melon Fields report: Swallow-tailed Kites
I drove around Wildwood’s (last year’s)“melon fields” looking for signs of STKIs or MIKIs.
This is what I found:
There is a melon field off of 475 on 246s (on the way to Nichol’s Cemetery) which has melons, not quite rotting, yet.
There were clouds of Cattle Egrets, hundreds, flying over and in the field. I saw no STKIs or MIKIs at 9:00am
I did see: 5 Mourning Dove, 2 Northern Mockingbirds, 12 Eastern Bluebirds, 1 Red-bellied Woodpecker, and 2 Common Gallinules in the almost-dried up pond at 475 and 246s.

At 475 and the “non-development” there were many Cattle Egrets, 2 Sandhill Cranes, and 3 Eastern Meadowlarks.
At 466 and 237 (Black Cow Compost) sign, I turned onto 237. I had 2 MIKIs over field on left. I turned left on cr222, drove past cr223 (where we had the melon field bonanza last year. NO melon fields there now, but I did have a kettle of about 20 STKIs over that field at 10:38am.



I turned onto cr216, which runs behind the old melon field, and continues out to 301. There is major construction on that road.
I had a Bluebird sitting on a tree branch lamenting his loss of habitat while the trucks were plowing through.



On cr216A, I found 2 STKIs and a young Red-tailed Hawk:




There is a melon field on cr223 that has melons sitting on dirt and almost looks like it might be developed soon.. - no Kites there



I saw 2 American Kestrels eating grasshoppers.


Although it is early for the STKIs to be congregating for their departure to South America I am wondering if they will be in Wildwood this year.
It seemed that the rotting melons attracted the bugs/food source which attracted the Kites.
There was a large number of Grasshoppers around the fields but not like there are in Belleview.
I will keep checking Wildwood and post if and when the STKIs, MIKIs are present.
Meanwhile, enjoy the “happening” in Belleview.

Alice Horst
Marion County, FL
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Date: 7/12/16 6:44 am
From: Mike Judd <ebwilderae...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Shiny Cowbird- West Pasco
SHBL right where Vince said now.
Mike Judd
Dunedin, Fl

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> On Jul 10, 2016, at 6:36 PM, Vince Capp <00000031300bf63b-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>
> Hi, all-
> The Shiny Cowbird continues here along the causeway road out to Green Key (Robert K. Rees Memorial Park). It’s still favoring the utility lines along the left side as you go in- and can be found with or without the local Cowbirds and Blackbirds here. Today I saw this male bird, by itself- displaying and singing from its perch up on the wires. It performed a couple of different vocalizations, and I was very surprised at just how musical and sparrow-like the song was. Kind of Ammodramus-like, actually. I wonder if there’s a female around….
> A very quick stop at Sun Toyota pond- which is rapidly disappearing in the heat, yielded a solo Greater ‘Legs mixed in with the usual suspects.
>
> Good Birding-
> Vince Capp
> Bayonet Point
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Date: 7/12/16 12:54 am
From: Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Birders flocking to subdivision overrun with American grasshoppers
Hello Birders,

This is the follow up report on all of the concerns about both The Mississippi Kites and The Swallow-Tailed Kites, and recent activities going on at the Golf Park in Belleview, Fl , also


This is the Complete Story on The Mississippi & Swallow-Tailed Kites at Golf Park in Belleview, Fl which is now available to read in todays Ocala Star Banner ! Enjoy !

Go to link :

http://www.ocala.com/news/20160711/birders-flocking-to-subdivision-overrun-with-american-grasshoppers



Steve Petruniak

Daytona Beach, Fl

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Date: 7/11/16 4:39 pm
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] St. Armands Circle & Lido Beach / Sarasota County
Today, Monday, while visiting in Sarasota, at about 1:30PM after lunch at The Columbia Restaurant, we went to the public parking lot directly behind the restaurant, and there for the third year in July, was the Tropical Kingbird sitting and calling on the overhead utility wires. Nearby was a single Gray Kingbird. For the amazing spectacle of our Sarasota area visit, we traveled the short distance down to the end of the street to Lido Beach. The somewhat protected Black Skimmer colony on the back side of the public beach, is presently something every birder should see. Hundreds of Black Skimmers of all ages, from little chicks to adult size kids. Some of youngsters that are about half size are super funny looking with beaks that appear to large for their bodies. It is amazing how the nesting colony tolerates all the human activity on the beach. If you get to close to any of the little ones, expect to be dive bombed and vocally harassed by the adult Black Skimmers. Some of the other birds of interest at the beach were Sandwich Terns, Royal Terns, and a single Ruddy Turnstone. The Black Skimmers are something else!


Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 7/10/16 3:38 pm
From: Vince Capp <00000031300bf63b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Shiny Cowbird- West Pasco
Hi, all-

The Shiny Cowbird continues here along the causeway road out to Green Key
(Robert K. Rees Memorial Park). It's still favoring the utility lines along
the left side as you go in- and can be found with or without the local
Cowbirds and Blackbirds here. Today I saw this male bird, by itself-
displaying and singing from its perch up on the wires. It performed a couple
of different vocalizations, and I was very surprised at just how musical and
sparrow-like the song was. Kind of Ammodramus-like, actually. I wonder if
there's a female around..

A very quick stop at Sun Toyota pond- which is rapidly disappearing in the
heat, yielded a solo Greater 'Legs mixed in with the usual suspects.



Good Birding-

Vince Capp

Bayonet Point



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Date: 7/10/16 9:51 am
From: Diana Miller <thunderoaks...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites are still here.
MIKI & STKI  still flying around SE 96 Pl Belleville. 


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Date: 7/10/16 9:26 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach Area / Pinellas County
After returning to our eastern Clearwater stomping grounds for several weeks, late yesterday afternoon; we visited some of our local birding hotspots from about 8:00AM to about 9:15AM, this morning, Sunday. During this time period we recorded 36 species. Upon our arrival at CCC Beach, we were rewarded with a remarkable 178 Least Terns along with 5 Black Terns, resting at waters edge. Unfortunately by 8:30AM, the "waverunner crowd" was beginning to arrive, for a day of terrorizing the beach. All the birds departed heading to the west. A change since late April is the fact that the free parking lot across the road, for the old welcome center, is now barricaded off, and has plenty of "No Parking" signs. At the south end of Bayview Avenue, were 5 Roseate Spoonbills along with a variety of plenty of other waders. At The BayCare Pond was an out of the norm single female Lesser Scaup, along with 3 Green Herons, and 2 Black Racer snakes. On the return to our Clearwater residence, we had a vocal and visible Great Crested Flycatcher above the deck, and a Giant Swallowtail butterfly to greet us. Glad to be back! Our spring and summer highlight birds in Ohio, were a Curlew Sandpiper in breeding plumage in May, and a gorgeous male Lawrence's Warbler hybrid on territory, the last week of June.


Bob & Denise Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 7/10/16 6:44 am
From: John Middleton <jmidjr...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] A Call For Help To All Birders Please Respond ! Possible potential harmful effects happening now for both The Mississippi Kites and The Swallow- Tailed Kites ! Belleview , Marion County !
Correction: Mark Cunningham is with FWC, not UF.

> On Jul 9, 2016, at 11:39 AM, dschromm <dschromm...> wrote:
>
> Did anyone speak with the homeowner or find out what chemicals were used for spraying from the company?. I have been to this location many times and it seems to me that the kites are doing a great job of eliminating these grasshoppers - without chemicals. Let's hope the birds will not be affected. Donna Schromm, Summerfield, Marion County
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>> On Jul 9, 2016, at 3:17 AM, Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...> wrote:
>>
>> A Call For Help To all Birders ! ,
>>
>> A very serious situation has just occurred very close the the main area in Belleview ,Fl where both the Mississippi Kites and the Swallow-Tailed Kites have been feeding for weeks on the invasion of The Grasshoppers there . A local homeowner has hired a lawn service to spray a very deadly chemical pesticide very close to The Kites feeding area . The pesticide that may have been used probably was one called (Malathion ) which is used in agriculture and residential landscaping & mosquito control. it is unknown right now what the possible & potential long term effects may have for our very precious Mississippi Kites and Swallow-Tailed Kites . If anyone has some insight,ideas,answers or suggestions Please respond ! Thank You, Steve Petruniak Daytona Beach, Fl
>>
>> Here is the original Report :
>>
>> Please respond & help if anyone knows this answer...
>>
>> I know rat poison and deadly affect it has with birds of prey eating poisoned rodents. I know the deadly affect pesticides on trees have with small birds warblers etc. But...what I don't know is the worry some thing I witnessed today. I have been photographing the Mississippi and Swallowtail kites the past few weeks and saw a homeowner just now spraying pesticide through a lawn service an active feeding area for these birds. I read the original article that had said there would be no spraying because the grasshopper infestation was so widespread and it would do no good. Are those pesticides strong enough to have a fatal affect with the kites if they swoop the ground and get it on their talons or eat affected grasshoppers that had been sprayed ? Does anyone know? I'm pretty worried...and a bit ticked off took pictures of it happening another lady got there before me and had warned the pesticide company about the kites. It was already happening when I pulled up sadly.
>>
>> Kathryn Dow
>>
>> Ocala, Fl
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Date: 7/10/16 6:42 am
From: John Middleton <jmidjr...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] A Call For Help To All Birders Please Respond ! Possible potential harmful effects happening now for both The Mississippi Kites and The Swallow- Tailed Kites ! Belleview , Marion County !
This from Mark Cunningham of UF offers a scientists take (I'd thought the pesticide was malathion, hence his reference to that particular pesticide.). I'll forward more if I learn anything else relevant.

"I’m not really up to speed on this topic, but malathion is of relatively low toxicity in birds and the greatest risks come from repeated exposures (see attached). I would think the risks here would be low given that only a relatively low number of grasshoppers would be exposed, and very few of those (if any) would survive long enough to be fed upon by kites. If by chance exposure via ingestion did occur, the dose would be well below the LD50 for this insecticide. I’m copying Dr. Shender (who is more up to speed on avian disease issues) to see if she has any additional thoughts." (Personal correspondence, July 2016, Mark Cunningham PhD)



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> On Jul 9, 2016, at 11:39 AM, dschromm <dschromm...> wrote:
>
> Did anyone speak with the homeowner or find out what chemicals were used for spraying from the company?. I have been to this location many times and it seems to me that the kites are doing a great job of eliminating these grasshoppers - without chemicals. Let's hope the birds will not be affected. Donna Schromm, Summerfield, Marion County
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
>> On Jul 9, 2016, at 3:17 AM, Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...> wrote:
>>
>> A Call For Help To all Birders ! ,
>>
>> A very serious situation has just occurred very close the the main area in Belleview ,Fl where both the Mississippi Kites and the Swallow-Tailed Kites have been feeding for weeks on the invasion of The Grasshoppers there . A local homeowner has hired a lawn service to spray a very deadly chemical pesticide very close to The Kites feeding area . The pesticide that may have been used probably was one called (Malathion ) which is used in agriculture and residential landscaping & mosquito control. it is unknown right now what the possible & potential long term effects may have for our very precious Mississippi Kites and Swallow-Tailed Kites . If anyone has some insight,ideas,answers or suggestions Please respond ! Thank You, Steve Petruniak Daytona Beach, Fl
>>
>> Here is the original Report :
>>
>> Please respond & help if anyone knows this answer...
>>
>> I know rat poison and deadly affect it has with birds of prey eating poisoned rodents. I know the deadly affect pesticides on trees have with small birds warblers etc. But...what I don't know is the worry some thing I witnessed today. I have been photographing the Mississippi and Swallowtail kites the past few weeks and saw a homeowner just now spraying pesticide through a lawn service an active feeding area for these birds. I read the original article that had said there would be no spraying because the grasshopper infestation was so widespread and it would do no good. Are those pesticides strong enough to have a fatal affect with the kites if they swoop the ground and get it on their talons or eat affected grasshoppers that had been sprayed ? Does anyone know? I'm pretty worried...and a bit ticked off took pictures of it happening another lady got there before me and had warned the pesticide company about the kites. It was already happening when I pulled up sadly.
>>
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>>
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Date: 7/9/16 8:39 am
From: dschromm <dschromm...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] A Call For Help To All Birders Please Respond ! Possible potential harmful effects happening now for both The Mississippi Kites and The Swallow- Tailed Kites ! Belleview , Marion County !
Did anyone speak with the homeowner or find out what chemicals were used for spraying from the company?. I have been to this location many times and it seems to me that the kites are doing a great job of eliminating these grasshoppers - without chemicals. Let's hope the birds will not be affected. Donna Schromm, Summerfield, Marion County

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> On Jul 9, 2016, at 3:17 AM, Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...> wrote:
>
> A Call For Help To all Birders ! ,
>
> A very serious situation has just occurred very close the the main area in Belleview ,Fl where both the Mississippi Kites and the Swallow-Tailed Kites have been feeding for weeks on the invasion of The Grasshoppers there . A local homeowner has hired a lawn service to spray a very deadly chemical pesticide very close to The Kites feeding area . The pesticide that may have been used probably was one called (Malathion ) which is used in agriculture and residential landscaping & mosquito control. it is unknown right now what the possible & potential long term effects may have for our very precious Mississippi Kites and Swallow-Tailed Kites . If anyone has some insight,ideas,answers or suggestions Please respond ! Thank You, Steve Petruniak Daytona Beach, Fl
>
> Here is the original Report :
>
> Please respond & help if anyone knows this answer...
>
> I know rat poison and deadly affect it has with birds of prey eating poisoned rodents. I know the deadly affect pesticides on trees have with small birds warblers etc. But...what I don't know is the worry some thing I witnessed today. I have been photographing the Mississippi and Swallowtail kites the past few weeks and saw a homeowner just now spraying pesticide through a lawn service an active feeding area for these birds. I read the original article that had said there would be no spraying because the grasshopper infestation was so widespread and it would do no good. Are those pesticides strong enough to have a fatal affect with the kites if they swoop the ground and get it on their talons or eat affected grasshoppers that had been sprayed ? Does anyone know? I'm pretty worried...and a bit ticked off took pictures of it happening another lady got there before me and had warned the pesticide company about the kites. It was already happening when I pulled up sadly.
>
> Kathryn Dow
>
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Date: 7/9/16 5:43 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] A Call For Help To All Birders Please Respond ! Possible potential harmful effects happening now for both The Mississippi Kites and The Swallow- Tailed Kites ! Belleview , Marion County !
Horrible!!!!
Alice Horst


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> On Jul 9, 2016, at 3:17 AM, Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...> wrote:
>
> A Call For Help To all Birders ! ,
>
> A very serious situation has just occurred very close the the main area in Belleview ,Fl where both the Mississippi Kites and the Swallow-Tailed Kites have been feeding for weeks on the invasion of The Grasshoppers there . A local homeowner has hired a lawn service to spray a very deadly chemical pesticide very close to The Kites feeding area . The pesticide that may have been used probably was one called (Malathion ) which is used in agriculture and residential landscaping & mosquito control. it is unknown right now what the possible & potential long term effects may have for our very precious Mississippi Kites and Swallow-Tailed Kites . If anyone has some insight,ideas,answers or suggestions Please respond ! Thank You, Steve Petruniak Daytona Beach, Fl
>
> Here is the original Report :
>
> Please respond & help if anyone knows this answer...
>
> I know rat poison and deadly affect it has with birds of prey eating poisoned rodents. I know the deadly affect pesticides on trees have with small birds warblers etc. But...what I don't know is the worry some thing I witnessed today. I have been photographing the Mississippi and Swallowtail kites the past few weeks and saw a homeowner just now spraying pesticide through a lawn service an active feeding area for these birds. I read the original article that had said there would be no spraying because the grasshopper infestation was so widespread and it would do no good. Are those pesticides strong enough to have a fatal affect with the kites if they swoop the ground and get it on their talons or eat affected grasshoppers that had been sprayed ? Does anyone know? I'm pretty worried...and a bit ticked off took pictures of it happening another lady got there before me and had warned the pesticide company about the kites. It was already happening when I pulled up sadly.
>
> Kathryn Dow
>
> Ocala, Fl
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Date: 7/9/16 4:29 am
From: Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] A Call For Help To All Birders Please Respond ! Possible potential harmful effects happening now for both The Mississippi Kites and The Swallow- Tailed Kites ! Belleview , Marion County !
Hi Birdbrains,
I did some reading on Malathion and its effects on birds and small animals, as I initially thought it was an illegal (pardon the unintentional pun) substance.  Turns out it is not illegal, and its effects on birds and mammals is minimal.  However, it is very toxic to bees and other pollinators.  Perhaps someone needs to talk to the homeowners' association there and tell them that spraying will not have any effects on the grasshoppers, but will harm our already depleted bee population.  And hopefully, the kites will not be affected.
Good birding!
Joyce Stefancic
Clermont, Fl

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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] A Call For Help To All Birders Please Respond ! Possible potential harmful effects happening now for both The Mississippi Kites and The Swallow- Tailed Kites ! Belleview , Marion County !

A Call For Help To all Birders ! ,

A very serious situation has just occurred very close the the main area in Belleview ,Fl where both the Mississippi Kites and the Swallow-Tailed Kites have been feeding for weeks on the invasion of  The Grasshoppers there . A local homeowner has hired a lawn service to spray a very deadly chemical pesticide very close to The Kites feeding area . The pesticide that may have been used probably was one called (Malathion ) which is used in agriculture and residential landscaping & mosquito control. it is unknown right now what the possible & potential long term effects may have for our very precious Mississippi Kites and Swallow-Tailed Kites . If anyone has some insight,ideas,answers or suggestions Please respond !  Thank You, Steve Petruniak  Daytona Beach, Fl

Here is the original Report :

Please respond & help if anyone knows this answer...

I know rat poison and deadly affect it has with birds of prey eating poisoned rodents. I know the deadly affect pesticides on trees have with small birds warblers etc. But...what I don't know is the worry some thing I witnessed today. I have been photographing the Mississippi and Swallowtail kites the past few weeks and saw a homeowner just now spraying pesticide through a lawn service an active feeding area for these birds. I read the original article that had said there would be no spraying because the grasshopper infestation was so widespread and it would do no good. Are those pesticides strong enough to have a fatal affect with the kites if they swoop the ground and get it on their talons or eat affected grasshoppers that had been sprayed ? Does anyone know? I'm pretty worried...and a bit ticked off took pictures of it happening another lady got there before me and had warned the pesticide company about the kites. It was already happening when I pulled up sadly.

Kathryn Dow

Ocala, Fl

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Date: 7/9/16 12:17 am
From: Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] A Call For Help To All Birders Please Respond ! Possible potential harmful effects happening now for both The Mississippi Kites and The Swallow- Tailed Kites ! Belleview , Marion County !
A Call For Help To all Birders ! ,

A very serious situation has just occurred very close the the main area in Belleview ,Fl where both the Mississippi Kites and the Swallow-Tailed Kites have been feeding for weeks on the invasion of The Grasshoppers there . A local homeowner has hired a lawn service to spray a very deadly chemical pesticide very close to The Kites feeding area . The pesticide that may have been used probably was one called (Malathion ) which is used in agriculture and residential landscaping & mosquito control. it is unknown right now what the possible & potential long term effects may have for our very precious Mississippi Kites and Swallow-Tailed Kites . If anyone has some insight,ideas,answers or suggestions Please respond ! Thank You, Steve Petruniak Daytona Beach, Fl

Here is the original Report :

Please respond & help if anyone knows this answer...

I know rat poison and deadly affect it has with birds of prey eating poisoned rodents. I know the deadly affect pesticides on trees have with small birds warblers etc. But...what I don't know is the worry some thing I witnessed today. I have been photographing the Mississippi and Swallowtail kites the past few weeks and saw a homeowner just now spraying pesticide through a lawn service an active feeding area for these birds. I read the original article that had said there would be no spraying because the grasshopper infestation was so widespread and it would do no good. Are those pesticides strong enough to have a fatal affect with the kites if they swoop the ground and get it on their talons or eat affected grasshoppers that had been sprayed ? Does anyone know? I'm pretty worried...and a bit ticked off took pictures of it happening another lady got there before me and had warned the pesticide company about the kites. It was already happening when I pulled up sadly.

Kathryn Dow

Ocala, Fl

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Date: 7/8/16 5:24 pm
From: PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Migration starting at MINWR(Brevard)!
This morning Karen and I had 10 species of shorebirds, some on Blackpoint Drive, more on Bio Lab Rd. (south end) including:

Greater Yellowlegs-20
Lesser Yellowlegs-2
Short-billed Dowitcher-6
Spotted Sandpiper-1
Semipalmated Sandpiper-2
Least Sandpiper-4

And there all summer: Willet, Ruddy Turnstone, Black-necked Stilt, Killdeer.

Plus 4 snakes and 8 wild pigs...

Phyllis Mansfield,
Cocoa Beach,
Every Day a New Adventure

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Date: 7/8/16 11:54 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites - Marion County
Belleview, at noon. Saw some perched, including fledglings.
Quite a few soaring along with STKIs.





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Date: 7/8/16 9:21 am
From: Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] 2016-aou-supplement out
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Date: 7/8/16 6:32 am
From: Eve Parks <hrparks...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] North Apopka Wildlife Drive today-blue grosbeak
Good morning,
Found a blue grosbeak near the entrance gate about 8:30 am. Early migrant?
Lots of birds everywhere, a very active day. Interestingly, no swallows at all near the U in the road.
At the pump house pond, I counted more then 30 large alligators; several watchers standing around amazed. Pond edges held numerous waders, including a black-crowned night heron, which obligingly perched for a while on the bridge railing. A least bittern is lurking in the reeds along the lake, west of the pump house.
Happy birding!
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Deltona

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Date: 7/7/16 1:53 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi and Swallow-tailed Kites Marion County birding
I drove a small loop,1:00pm, in Belleview looking for Mississippi and Swallow-tailed Kites.
Found MIKI Fledgling in the previously described area. Also saw 8 MIKIs + 2 STKIs soaring.


MIKI fledgling wanting to be fed Adult, upper lefthand corner of my picture, wouldn’t deliver food until I left.


Across Baseline Road (35) in another residential area, Summer Crest, I found fledged STKI squawking for food.
2 adult and 1 young STKI were flying also.


STKI fledgling wanting food It was delivered!



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Date: 7/7/16 6:00 am
From: Renne Leatto <renne...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Reactivation of the FLARBA
YAY!!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

I have worked in communication and education most of my life. One fact I found early on is that different people learn differently, and some people can more easily assimilate data from one medium, while others prefer another.

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Sent: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 3:26 PM
Subject: Reactivation of the FLARBA



With assurances from many subscribers that the FLARBA list is the most accurate and useful tool for announcing FL rarities, and in response to numerous requests that it not be discontinued, the list owners are reactivating the FLARBA as of today. We have learned that many birders, USA and abroad, rely heavily on the alerts while in Florida, and many planning trips from afar depend upon the updates. With your support, we will make every effort to continue the list with brief but timely and accurate reports. We ask that you send the details of your observations directly to the FLARBA <mailto:<FLARBA...> <FLARBA...> so that we can send out the alerts in an even more timely manner. If possible, please include the GPS coordinates, so that we can provide birders with precise locations. Anyone can send in the reports to the above address - one need not be a subscriber. We also encourage subscribers of Birdbrains and other listserves to cc the details to those listserves, too. Thank you for your interest and participation in providing us with the vital information we need to send out reports.

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Date: 7/7/16 4:37 am
From: Earl Horn <earl_horn...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Short-tailed Hawk Mt Dora, Lake Co 07/06/16
Yesterday afternoon while sitting by the pool I heard a Swallow-tailed Kite
calling. When it came over the trees I saw three Swallow-tailed Kites
mobbing an adult light phase Short-tailed Hawk. Photos can be seen in eBird
here http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30578851

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Date: 7/6/16 12:34 pm
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] IMPORTANT NOTICE: Reactivation of the FLARBA
Hi All,

The Florida RBA has been reactivated today! Awesome! Thanks to those who made this decision and to the present and future team supporting the Florida RBA going forward!

Reactivation post from the Florida RBA:

http://listserv.usf.edu/scripts/wa.exe?A2=FLARBA;1d2fec7e.1607

Good Birding All!

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Date: 7/6/16 12:26 pm
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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Reactivation of the FLARBA
With assurances from many subscribers that the FLARBA list is the most
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to numerous requests that it not be discontinued, the list owners are
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<FLARBA...> so that we can send out the alerts in an
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Date: 7/6/16 9:48 am
From: David Hartgrove <birdman9...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Whooping Crane(s)?
I seem to remember a post about a month or so ago where one of the FWC folks said there were 7 or 8 Whooping Cranes still wandering the state that are all that’s left of the introduced flock of over 200 that were released. The following is from the FWC website:

> This project was originally designed to introduce a flock of non-migratory whooping cranes to Florida. From 1993 to 2004, biologists released 289 captive-raised whooping cranes into central Florida. Due to problems with survival, reproduction, and other challenges, a decision was made to stop releasing cranes into the non-migratory flock. However, studies of the surviving members of this flock will continue in order to provide more knowledge about the challenges they are facing.



David Hartgrove
Daytona Beach, FL



> On Jul 5, 2016, at 10:50 PM, beachbirder <beachbirder...> wrote:
>
> Christopher,
>
> I doubt very seriously if the Osceola County and Alachua County Whooping Cranes are the same bird.
>
> Jim Eager
> Cape Canaveral, FL
> --------------------------------------------
> On Tue, 7/5/16, Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> wrote:
>
> Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Whooping Crane(s)?
> To: <BRDBRAIN...>
> Date: Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 10:12 PM
>
> I noticed the last
> eBird listing for a/the Whooping Crane at Payne's
> Prairie was about a month ago, and there's a single
> report from the other day at Double C Bar Ranch (near Joe
> Overstreet Road). I have a couple of questions. First, do
> "we" think it's the same bird (and is there a
> way to know)? Second, has anyone had a NON eBird report in
> either (or another) location the past few days? I'm
> planning a weekend day trip and the/a Whooper's location
> sort of drives the day. I know it's "that time of
> year" so many of us aren't out and about, but I
> figured I'd ask before I make any definite plans.
>
> Thanks,
> Christopher Ferro
> Melbourne/Brevard Countylonelybirder.wordpress.com
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Date: 7/5/16 9:27 pm
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Whooping Crane(s)?
Thanks Jim (and Rex, too)... I'll keep an proverbial ear out for which
direction to head this weekend.

Night-night

Christopher

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On Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 10:50 PM, beachbirder <beachbirder...>
wrote:

> Christopher,
>
> I doubt very seriously if the Osceola County and Alachua County Whooping
> Cranes are the same bird.
>
> Jim Eager
> Cape Canaveral, FL
> --------------------------------------------
> On Tue, 7/5/16, Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> wrote:
>
> Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Whooping Crane(s)?
> To: <BRDBRAIN...>
> Date: Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 10:12 PM
>
> I noticed the last
> eBird listing for a/the Whooping Crane at Payne's
> Prairie was about a month ago, and there's a single
> report from the other day at Double C Bar Ranch (near Joe
> Overstreet Road). I have a couple of questions. First, do
> "we" think it's the same bird (and is there a
> way to know)? Second, has anyone had a NON eBird report in
> either (or another) location the past few days? I'm
> planning a weekend day trip and the/a Whooper's location
> sort of drives the day. I know it's "that time of
> year" so many of us aren't out and about, but I
> figured I'd ask before I make any definite plans.
>
> Thanks,
> Christopher Ferro
> Melbourne/Brevard Countylonelybirder.wordpress.com
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Date: 7/5/16 7:50 pm
From: beachbirder <beachbirder...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Whooping Crane(s)?
Christopher,

I doubt very seriously if the Osceola County and Alachua County Whooping Cranes are the same bird.

Jim Eager
Cape Canaveral, FL
--------------------------------------------
On Tue, 7/5/16, Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> wrote:

Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Whooping Crane(s)?
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Date: Tuesday, July 5, 2016, 10:12 PM

I noticed the last
eBird listing for a/the Whooping Crane at Payne's
Prairie was about a month ago, and there's a single
report from the other day at Double C Bar Ranch (near Joe
Overstreet Road). I have a couple of questions. First, do
"we" think it's the same bird (and is there a
way to know)? Second, has anyone had a NON eBird report in
either (or another) location the past few days? I'm
planning a weekend day trip and the/a Whooper's location
sort of drives the day. I know it's "that time of
year" so many of us aren't out and about, but I
figured I'd ask before I make any definite plans.

Thanks,
Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard Countylonelybirder.wordpress.com

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Date: 7/5/16 7:32 pm
From: Rex Rowan <rexrowan...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Whooping Crane(s)?
Hi, Christopher -

According to FWC's Tim Dellinger, there are about twelve Whooping Cranes
remaining in the Florida non-migratory population. They can generally be
distinguished from each other by color-band combinations. A wild-born
female hatched in 2004 spends part of the year near Lake Kissimmee, so
maybe that's the bird from Joe Overstreet Road. She's a different bird than
the one present in Gainesville from April through June this year.

Rex Rowan
Gainesville



On Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 10:12 PM, Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
> wrote:

> I noticed the last eBird listing for a/the Whooping Crane at Payne's
> Prairie was about a month ago, and there's a single report from the other
> day at Double C Bar Ranch (near Joe Overstreet Road). I have a couple of
> questions. First, do "we" think it's the same bird (and is there a way to
> know)? Second, has anyone had a NON eBird report in either (or another)
> location the past few days? I'm planning a weekend day trip and the/a
> Whooper's location sort of drives the day. I know it's "that time of year"
> so many of us aren't out and about, but I figured I'd ask before I make any
> definite plans.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Christopher Ferro
> Melbourne/Brevard County
> lonelybirder.wordpress.com
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Date: 7/5/16 7:12 pm
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Whooping Crane(s)?
I noticed the last eBird listing for a/the Whooping Crane at Payne's
Prairie was about a month ago, and there's a single report from the other
day at Double C Bar Ranch (near Joe Overstreet Road). I have a couple of
questions. First, do "we" think it's the same bird (and is there a way to
know)? Second, has anyone had a NON eBird report in either (or another)
location the past few days? I'm planning a weekend day trip and the/a
Whooper's location sort of drives the day. I know it's "that time of year"
so many of us aren't out and about, but I figured I'd ask before I make any
definite plans.

Thanks,

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Melbourne/Brevard County
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Date: 7/5/16 6:19 pm
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
Hi All,

I included one grievous omission in my original post at the beginning of this thread, I'll fix that in a minute.

Besides that though one purpose of this post is to recognize the fact that there are a lot of folks out there who love birding, rare birds, and even rare bird chasing, but who really are smartphone, tablet, computer, internet, or app challenged, or maybe they just are not intensely interested in technology for one reason or many, not wanting to spend an inordinate amount of their life and time learning about these things, and it's quite understandable.

Not everyone feels that people should evolve into some kind of connected cyborgs bonded to ever-advancing technology as evidenced by our science fiction movies and shows (and now by some folks we even meet in the field) no matter how close we are coming to that sort of reality.

Just try borrowing a smartphone from some people, it can be very hard to get them to hand it over to you, even if you have a good reason! They can be instinctually hesitant and can apparently actually begin suffering discomfort, mild pain and withdrawal the second the device leaves their hand (well I guess a rare bird alert could come in while someone else has their phone).

All this living with technology is a powerful blessing but can also be a seeming curse, sometimes more replacing, rather than contributing to, a better way of life. So, many people try to resist, but here I severely digress...

---

Concerning just replacing the Florida RBA with the simplest method to get the most Florida rare bird information available, in the easiest and most timely manner possible, it really currently boils down to three simple minimum steps with no account, subscription, or login actions required:

1. Check the eBird Florida Rare Bird Alert which always contains all eBird observations of rare birds in Florida (according to how the eBird rarity filters are currently set up for that region, area, or maybe even county) and includes both unreviewed and reviewed/approved observations for the last 7 days only at:

http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35579

Just scroll and click on the checklist and/or map for the bird report you are interested in.

2. Check the ABA Birding News (up to a month or so may be kept online) to check the other 5 major birding listservs and email groups in Florida at:

http://birding.aba.org/

Instructions at the top.

3. This is the vital one I accidentally omitted in the first post. Check the Tropical Audubon Society's Bird Board (as it is not on the ABA Birding News) at:

http://www.tropicalaudubon.org/blog/bird-board

Just scroll the current page, and/or click next at the bottom for the next previous page, and click or tap on the report titles to read them.

---

That's it, 3 easy to use links, if you know how to save shortcuts to these links on your computer, your phone, tablet, or other device, then you'll just have to click, double-click, or tap on the shortcuts to use these over and over again at any time. If you don't know how to make a shortcut on your computer, or phone, etc. I am sure you know someone who does and they could help set it up for you. These links are all you currently need, all extremely easy to use, just click or tap and go back and forth. 3 simple steps to keep abreast of the rare bird happenings in Florida.

In addition, availing yourself of Facebook or other social media content tailored specifically for Florida birding and rare bird reports could yield maybe more and different information as well (I can't speak to what's available for this one).

---

Well, I think my power cell is running down, not sure if it is one of my devices or actually me, so I better get going and get plugged in and find out. Just wanted to add the extremely vital to Florida rare bird reports Tropical Audubon Society Bird Board to the mix, and after all of the comments try to simplify this obtaining of current Florida rare bird reports as much as possible. 3 easy links only!

Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
www.neargareport.com

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Date: 7/5/16 6:09 pm
From: Breanna Perry <serena933...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Short-tailed Hawks at Lettuce Lake Tampa
Saw two dark morph short-tailed hawks flying together at Lettuce Lake Park today from the fishing pier about 11AM. I have seen them here before a few times over the past several years, but today I got photos! Also, they were calling a lot, and it sounded like maybe a third one off in the distance--perhaps a family?

There were many young birds too: tufted titmouse, northern parula, but the best was a young yellow-throated vireo (I assume) still hanging out with the adult. Also spotted a prothonatory and a few red-eyed vireo.

Not bad for one hour of birding!
Breanna Perry
Spring Hill



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Date: 7/5/16 10:38 am
From: Glenn Wilson <wilson...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] I LOVE eBird ! ! !
You do not need to be the least bit internet savvy to get a tremendous
amount of information from eBird!



Click on this link: http://ebird.org/ebird/explore



From here you can do a LOT just by clicking around.

For example



Click on "Top 100"

This lets you pick a state OR a state and a county

then you get to see who the more active birders are in your
state or county

If you pick "New York" and "Broome County", you will see I
am 6th place in our county when ranked by # species.

I know the top 13 people when the list is sorted by species.

This is Important to know IF you want to see the rarities
that show up and only stay for 1/2 day etc.

I use this a LOT



Click on "Species Maps"

This lets you pick a species, say a Great Egret for example,
and you can either type in a county or state or zoom around

The large drops denote "birding hotspots". The small drops
denote "personal locations"

The Red ones show a bird has been seen within 30 days.

The blue ones say has been seen but not in the last 30 days.

If you are interested, you can click on any eyedrop and see
how many birds, when, by whom, etc.

IF you click on checklist, you can see all they saw that
days.

I use this a LOT



Click on "Bar Charts"

This give you FANTASTIC informaiton about a location.

Say I am going on vacation to some spot

I click on the county that has that spot

Then I look over to the column of the week (it is broken
down by 52 weeks) then slowly go down the list while viewing the name.

The taller the green area, the more likely you are to see
that species.

I will jot down the species that I want to see - then go
back to "Species Maps" and see where they were seen.

I use this a LOT



Click on "Explore a Region"

select a county in the top white box.

Look around - a WEALTH of information here - the last birds
seen, the last bunch of checklists entered for this county,

the top birders for this area (again, it helps a LOT to get
to know the more active birders)

Down at the bottom right -the hotspots for the area and how
many species has been seen at those locations.

I use this a LOT



Click on the "Target Species" over in the right side of the
screen in the "Species You Need" box

You get to pick a location, county, state, county etc.

You get to pick "life" or "year" birds

You get to pick range of months

Then you can tell eBird to send you hourly (What I do) or
daily etc notices.

I don't go here often BUT I do have HOURLY MESSAGES sent to
my iPhone all the time.

This way I stay informed on who is seeing what and where
they saw it (more or less)



Those are the main sections I use.



"Submission Map" is fun - you should watch it for a few
minutes - its fun.



I LOVE EBIRD.



Yes - I would like locations to be better - that is why it is so important
to get to know your co-birders.

Say Pete Johnson saw a Great Gray Owl in a 400 acre park but that's all you
know.

If you know Pete, text or email him - Bingo - you have SUPER Knowledge
almost instantly.



IF you want to live in seclusion, you can still bird but you will see less
and it will be harder.



I LOVE EBIRD



Glenn Wilson

Endicott, NY



From: Birdbrains - Florida Birds/Natural History
[mailto:<BRDBRAIN...>] On Behalf Of Helen Mowrer
Sent: Tuesday, July 05, 2016 11:39 AM
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA



yea but u need eBird for dummies to use it. we r not all internet savy.
craig mowrer pinellsa

co. fl



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From: Birdbrains - Florida Birds/Natural History <BRDBRAIN...>
on behalf of Will Johnson <willjohnson2000...>
Sent: Monday, July 4, 2016 9:29 PM
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA



I really dislike how everyone is discrediting eBird. EBird is most certainly
the premier website catering to the birding and research community out
there. No other group/website has been able to unite the observations of
thousands of birders from all across the world into ornithological research
and data that can be then used to help contribute to the birds. When you
complain about eBird being complicated, you must remember that is eBird is
not only birder-focused but also very much research-focused allowing both
the casual observer and conservationist/ornithologist access to an immense
amount of data.. eBird has been designed for the birds with birders being
less of a driving component to many of their features.. I think it's
important to put this issue into perspective. If you want a strictly birding
organization that doesn't directly deal with conservation and research on
birds, that's fine, but remember that birding doesn't happen with birds and
those who strive to protect them using research from sources such as eBird.






Ebird has been a crucial aspect to my birding and I will continue to keep it
that way for me and the birds.



Will Johnson

Vero Beach, FL



On Jul 4, 2016, at 8:27 PM, Doug.W <dwassme1...> wrote:



No kidding. What is most disappointing to us is there are often no
descriptions about access to a site. I couldn't count the times that we
have gone to an ebird site only to find that the access is restricted,
wasting our precious birding time. This is our biggest grievance about
ebird. The ebird webmaster could surely make a space for information about
access restrictions, if any, and make it mandatory to either check a "no"
box or fill in some information. Would go a long way to resolve
frustrations. At least the posters on Birdbrains are almost always kind
enough to provide access information.



Good Birding (if you can get access)



Doug Wassmer & Lilian Saul

Tampa, FL



From: Birdbrains - Florida Birds/Natural History
[mailto:<BRDBRAIN...>] On Behalf Of Renne Leatto
Sent: Monday, July 04, 2016 3:11 PM
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA



I'm very disappointed by this news. I'm not exactly an online idiot, but I
find ebird difficult and annoying to use.



I don't report on it anymore because none of the reports I ever made - even
relatively rare and well-substantiated ones - were ever available in their
summaries.



Maybe someone will start another Florida Rare Bird email list someday. Much
more accessible way to transmit sighting information.



Renee Leato

Windermere, Orange County





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Date: 7/5/16 9:40 am
From: Juanita Baker <bakerj...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
You are right Craig.

Ask your local Nearby Audubon Chapter to teach a basic eBird course.
David Simpson and I teach one here in our Indian River County, free, as it is so important for everyone to enter our birds.

Here is a basic 5 minute video we've made to get you started. Some people have gone on to use eBird as a result, others then wanted to take the course to learn so much more:

http://pelicanislandaudubon.org/video_archive.html

You can even enter your old bird lists onto Ebird, even if you don't have numbers of birds, start time, duration, and distance; use "Traveling or Stationary" if you can estimate these. All you need is date and location and enter "historical" observation type. This will add to your personal Life list too. If you have your lists in another database you probably can upload it to eBird electronically.

Rare bird Alerts for eBird:
http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1010526
Describes about their procedures and how you can handle rare birds

And how to subscribe to the rare birds Alert only:
http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/973974-subscribing-and-unsubscribing-to-alerts

Thanks, Amber, for sharing about Facebook Birding Florida group.
Let's work together to use this forum to educate us, ask questions, share bird problem IDs (I really gain much from this sharing, thanks to one of you, Bill Pranty, for all your essays shared) and solve problems!

Juanita

Juanita Baker
Pelican Island Audubon
Coordinator,
Bird Photo-of-the-Month
www.pelicanislandaudubon.org
Beginning Birding Class Instructor
Indian River County
Vero Beach, FL


















________________________________
From: Birdbrains - Florida Birds/Natural History [<BRDBRAIN...>] on behalf of Helen Mowrer [<c_hmowrer...>]
Sent: Tuesday, July 05, 2016 11:38 AM
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA


yea but u need eBird for dummies to use it. we r not all internet savy. craig mowrer pinellsa

co. fl


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From: Birdbrains - Florida Birds/Natural History <BRDBRAIN...> on behalf of Will Johnson <willjohnson2000...>
Sent: Monday, July 4, 2016 9:29 PM
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA

I really dislike how everyone is discrediting eBird. EBird is most certainly the premier website catering to the birding and research community out there. No other group/website has been able to unite the observations of thousands of birders from all across the world into ornithological research and data that can be then used to help contribute to the birds. When you complain about eBird being complicated, you must remember that is eBird is not only birder-focused but also very much research-focused allowing both the casual observer and conservationist/ornithologist access to an immense amount of data.. eBird has been designed for the birds with birders being less of a driving component to many of their features.. I think its important to put this issue into perspective. If you want a strictly birding organization that doesnt directly deal with conservation and research on birds, thats fine, but remember that birding doesnt happen with birds and those who strive to protect them using research from sources such as eBird.


Ebird has been a crucial aspect to my birding and I will continue to keep it that way for me and the birds.

Will Johnson
Vero Beach, FL

On Jul 4, 2016, at 8:27 PM, Doug.W <dwassme1...><redir.aspx?REF=mVZLJcC7QG3mpQAAUw3TC6VpDxSyLkiUhJb5iww08fNAyRry7aTTCAFtYWlsdG86ZHdhc3NtZTFAVkVSSVpPTi5ORVQ.>> wrote:

No kidding. What is most disappointing to us is there are often no descriptions about access to a site. I couldnt count the times that we have gone to an ebird site only to find that the access is restricted, wasting our precious birding time. This is our biggest grievance about ebird. The ebird webmaster could surely make a space for information about access restrictions, if any, and make it mandatory to either check a no box or fill in some information. Would go a long way to resolve frustrations. At least the posters on Birdbrains are almost always kind enough to provide access information.

Good Birding (if you can get access)

Doug Wassmer & Lilian Saul
Tampa, FL

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Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA

Im very disappointed by this news. Im not exactly an online idiot, but I find ebird difficult and annoying to use.

I dont report on it anymore because none of the reports I ever made even relatively rare and well-substantiated ones were ever available in their summaries.

Maybe someone will start another Florida Rare Bird email list someday. Much more accessible way to transmit sighting information.

Renee Leato
Windermere, Orange County


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Date: 7/5/16 9:19 am
From: Mark Eden <000000238cffadbe-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] first summer RT hummingbird
I had my first summer hummer this weekend witch was a treat. not sure if it is a local summer resident or a late spring migrant or an early fall migrant. any input would be interesting.

thanks
mark j. eden
palm bay, fl

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Date: 7/5/16 8:44 am
From: Rex Rowan <rexrowan...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] June Challenge - Hillsborough County
Hi, Deborah -

You can send that correction in to the listserv yourself by emailing
<brdbrain...>

Rex

On Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 11:27 AM, Deborah <deborah...> wrote:

> Also, I was informed I missed one in the count, should be 154 if that can
> be updated.
>
> Deb
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Jul 5, 2016, at 10:06 AM, Rex Rowan <rexrowan...> wrote:
>
> Hi, Deborah -
>
> Rocky Milburn tells me that your report (below) was a county total and not
> your individual total. Is that correct?
>
> Rex Rowan
> Gainesville
>
>
>
> On Sat, Jul 2, 2016 at 12:02 AM, Deborah D. Payne <deborah...>
> wrote:
>
>> Deborah Payne, Hillsborough: 153 (152/1)
>>
>
>

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Date: 7/5/16 8:38 am
From: Helen Mowrer <c_hmowrer...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
yea but u need eBird for dummies to use it. we r not all internet savy. craig mowrer pinellsa

co. fl


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From: Birdbrains - Florida Birds/Natural History <BRDBRAIN...> on behalf of Will Johnson <willjohnson2000...>
Sent: Monday, July 4, 2016 9:29 PM
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA

I really dislike how everyone is discrediting eBird. EBird is most certainly the premier website catering to the birding and research community out there. No other group/website has been able to unite the observations of thousands of birders from all across the world into ornithological research and data that can be then used to help contribute to the birds. When you complain about eBird being complicated, you must remember that is eBird is not only birder-focused but also very much research-focused allowing both the casual observer and conservationist/ornithologist access to an immense amount of data.. eBird has been designed for the birds with birders being less of a driving component to many of their features.. I think its important to put this issue into perspective. If you want a strictly birding organization that doesnt directly deal with conservation and research on birds, thats fine, but remember that birding doesnt happen with birds and those who strive to protect them using research from sources such as eBird.


Ebird has been a crucial aspect to my birding and I will continue to keep it that way for me and the birds.

Will Johnson
Vero Beach, FL

On Jul 4, 2016, at 8:27 PM, Doug.W <dwassme1...><mailto:<dwassme1...>> wrote:

No kidding. What is most disappointing to us is there are often no descriptions about access to a site. I couldnt count the times that we have gone to an ebird site only to find that the access is restricted, wasting our precious birding time. This is our biggest grievance about ebird. The ebird webmaster could surely make a space for information about access restrictions, if any, and make it mandatory to either check a no box or fill in some information. Would go a long way to resolve frustrations. At least the posters on Birdbrains are almost always kind enough to provide access information.

Good Birding (if you can get access)

Doug Wassmer & Lilian Saul
Tampa, FL

From: Birdbrains - Florida Birds/Natural History [mailto:<BRDBRAIN...>] On Behalf Of Renne Leatto
Sent: Monday, July 04, 2016 3:11 PM
To: <BRDBRAIN...><mailto:<BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA

Im very disappointed by this news. Im not exactly an online idiot, but I find ebird difficult and annoying to use.

I dont report on it anymore because none of the reports I ever made even relatively rare and well-substantiated ones were ever available in their summaries.

Maybe someone will start another Florida Rare Bird email list someday. Much more accessible way to transmit sighting information.

Renee Leato
Windermere, Orange County


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Date: 7/5/16 7:32 am
From: Rex Rowan <rexrowan...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] June Challenge Additions and Corrections
I got some late entries from Palm Beach County, and Rocky Milburn informed
me that Deborah Payne's report should have been understood to be a
county-wide total and not Deborah's individual list. Anyway, the entries
for Palm Beach and Hillsborough should now look like this.

HILLSBOROUGH 153 (152/1)
Rocky Milburn 143 (142/1)
Mark McRae 101 (101/0)
Chris Deno 52 (52/0)

PALM BEACH 152 (146/6)
Marcello Gomes 109 (107/2)
Chuck Weber 98 (96/2)
Vicki Rogerson 88 (86/2)
Catherine Ford 72 (69/3)
Kenny Miller 67 (65/2)
Michael Baranski 60 (59/1)
Suzanne Zuckerman 60 (57/3)

We had our first Louisiana Waterthrush report over the weekend. Debbie
Segal was kayaking along the upper Santa Fe River and saw one bobbing along
the shoreline on the Alachua County side.

Rex Rowan
Gainesville

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Date: 7/5/16 5:05 am
From: Mic McC <mcmic40...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
Birders,


I'm pretty new to birder and had not even realized that there was a rare bird alert for Florida. One other eBird resource (not yet mentioned here) is the "Year Needs Alert for . . . ." With this you can target your current need for a year or for life birds.

Needs Alerts

Email alerts for species you have not personally recorded in a particular region. Once you report a species from that region in eBird, that species will no longer appear on this alert (even if it is a rare). This is designed to deliver information particularly tailored to birds that you have not seen (either all time, or within the current year).

I'm interested in sightings of birds I haven't seen in (enter name of county, state/province, or country)
This year only (check box)


If you don't want daily emails from eBird for counties or states, you can use the site, http://countyrarebirds.com. With this site you can find alerts for the current 30 days in a table that shows if the siting is confirmed or not, the location and a link to the report. Note that location may include if the site is restricted access or not.


I just compared this site's report with a current email alert from eBird and the county rare birds is behind one day. It is yet another tool at any rate.


unt Species Location Date Status Checklist Observer County
41 American Avocet Ft. Lonesome vicinity - Hillsborough (restricted access)<http://www.google.com/maps/place/27.7043896,-82.1461272> 2016-06-24 16:33 Confirmed S30376667<http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S30376667> Joel Strong Hillsborough (US, FL)
4 Gull-billed Tern Ft. Lonesome vicinity - Hillsborough (restricted access)<http://www.google.com/maps/place/27.7043896,-82.1461272> 2016-06-24 16:33 Confirmed S30376667<http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S30376667> Joel Strong Hillsborough (US, FL)
3 Stilt Sandpiper Ft. Lonesome vicinity - Hillsborough (restricted access)<http://www.google.com/maps/place/27.7043896,-82.1461272> 2016-06-24 16:33 Confirmed S30376667<http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S30376667> Joel Strong Hillsborough (US, FL)


Mick McCarty

Valrico, Florida

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From: Birdbrains - Florida Birds/Natural History <BRDBRAIN...> on behalf of Margie Wilkinson <wilmar4...>
Sent: Monday, July 4, 2016 10:25 AM
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA

Hi Everyone,

It is true that ebird isn't the perfect solution to receiving accurate rare bird reports for Florida. That is why IMO it will be more critical than ever for birders to send reports of sightings to BirdBrain, with location details included as far as possible. The most time-consuming part of getting out the FLARBA reports has been furnishing detailed directions to the site, especially when one (speaking personally) isn't familiar with the area or its approaches and must pore over maps to try and get it right (not always successfully!). It becomes much easier with GPS locations, however, and that would be most helpful if included whenever possible. So I would hope that the listserv tools along with ebird will fill the needs that FLARBA previously has attempted.

Thanks to all who have thoughtfully posted their sightings through the years, which often were the source of many FLARBA reports.

Margie Wilkinson
Palm Harbor


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Date: 7/4/16 10:24 pm
From: Juanita Baker <bakerj...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA

So the 4 problems you all complain about and let's think about how to solve them:
1. Rare bird alert
2. Location target GPS
3. No access on private lands
And I add a fourth,
4. no way to communicate with someone directly who posts on Ebird to find out more unless you know them or they are on brdbrains

Ideas
1. On Ebird you can sign up for rare bird alerts in your area. Now for my area common birds like cardinals never are on the alert. Only birds that Ebird flags as rare are listed So is there a problem if you sign up for the whole state rare bird alert? Maybe cardinals are rare on some bare island or something? Puzzled. Please give specifics
2. GPS Location exact for rare birds is a good idea. EBird could require for rare birds unless it is a breeding endangered or rare bird and needs to be protected? Or post on this list serve with RARE in subject heading. If I ever see a rare bird and am asked by Ebird for justifications, I'll do so
3. No access. Again private lands/ limits of access could be specified in RARE birds comments on Ebird. Let's all agree to do it. However only designated hotspots usually are public only on Ebird
4. No email contact for Ebird posters. Is it legitimate to use this listserve to inquire? Privacy on Ebird is a problem on a world wide Ebird , so this is hard to solve

I just returned from marvelous birding in South Africa and Namibia. I was very surprised that both countries use a South African data entry run by one of their universities that is very quick and has much more useful additional data to enter on a cell phone app anywhere in the middle of nowhere. http://sabap2.adu.org.za/

So we have much to improve in our Ebird but as Will says even Ebird gives us so much more accurate info and is so useful and can help us learn as well as contribute to science. How many members do? It is so important as from analyzing the data Audubon has determined that 314 bird species are on the brink, ranges are shifting and shrinking; in the next 30 years many birds are threatened; we are seeing the start of the 6th great extinction and birds and the Ebird database is thus essential for our human survival...indicators as to how we are doing. See http://climate.audubon.org/

-The Ebird app on cell Phone is so much easier and quicker using four-letter codes than any other hand written list. And lists don't get lost
-If one needs a particular bird or want to locate best birding spots, traveling to a new state or country, Ebird is great.
-Keeping your life list, finding out who is seeing what, Ebird is fantastic.
-Competing on counts, The Global Big Day, County, Hotspot, State, Country or World, Ebird is amazing.
-Want to lead a field trip and prepare potential attendees what birds have been seen in that park or site this month, you can quickly email them an Ebird compiled list to help them prepare
-want to know what habitat a report of a bird is in? Explore its map, zoom in satellite and see, it from your home
-want to know if scrub jays are declining in regularly monitored locations, you can graph it. We did it over 12 years
Indeed we are very fortunate to have this tool and it is improved all the time
-Ebird has promised updates to allow entry on the app of breeding information details
-Florida is one of the great US birding states and Ebird can let others know about our special birding areas

So Ebird updates regularly.
There is a learning curve and much to explore

Let's all spend time entering our data on Ebird to share it and use this listserve to ask questions and learn

Write Ebird with your suggestions to improve it

Lets all have great fun and get outdoors and appreciate these absolutely dazzling bird species, so unique and startling in their habits, intelligence, beauty and antics

Juanita Baker
Indian River County
Sebastian Fl

Sent from my iPhone

On Jul 4, 2016, at 7:53 PM, Glenn Wilson <wilson...><mailto:<wilson...>> wrote:

I use this Audubon app and like it BUT it is by no means best. It only shows some of the birds and then ONLY one occurrence of possibly the latest sighting.

The ONLY real way I know of "being in the know" is 1) use a real computer and go directly into EBird and study it. Even then, some birds entered do not show up. 2) join every email list serve in the area and every RBA in the area and monitor EVERY post. 3) get to know the top 10 or 15 birders in your area well. Always treat these birders well and they will treat you well in return.

Armed with all this artillery you have a chance of being in the know with the possible exception of a rarity from France or a misplaced bird from Attu. These birds are likely to go under the radar because real birders do not want 500+ birders and photographers and news people pestering the birds.

Good luck all.

By the way, I don't mind keeping the Florida RBA going if someone sends me information on it. I live in NY, not FL so can't verify the birds seen but I don't see why this can't work as a simple list serve. If you see a rare bird, you post it. Others an ho and verify it. If a few like, I'll start a google groups list serve for Florida RBA.

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
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On Jul 4, 2016, at 12:28 PM, Joe Smith <desertangel7...><mailto:<desertangel7...>> wrote:

Most respectfully, off topic. The home page in the Audubon Birds app (which is Titled Audubon Guides and replaces the eBird Log app) has a menu selection for "find birds with eBird" and in that menu a selection of "Notable and Rare".

The Yellow-Green Vireo* at Cape Canaveral was in this database two days after I first saw it reported on brdbrains.

Joe Smith
Titusville
*lifer

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On Jul 4, 2016, at 7:43 AM, SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...><mailto:<sueredfish...>> wrote:

Could someone please tell me how ebird will help with rare birds? It reports every bird as a rare bird. How in the world can this be a better system? My goodness they report cardinals, and house sparrows as rare. The directions are vague. Not everybody has GPS. We will not know of a rare bird until we look through all the ridiculous postings every day. Then good luck on getting to the rare bird with no specific directions. None of this makes any sense. I do appreciate all those involved with the RBA in the past, and I for one will really miss you all.

Danny

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Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2016 10:25:21 -0400
From: <wilmar4...><mailto:<wilmar4...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
To: <BRDBRAIN...><mailto:<BRDBRAIN...>

Hi Everyone,

It is true that ebird isn't the perfect solution to receiving accurate rare bird reports for Florida. That is why IMO it will be more critical than ever for birders to send reports of sightings to BirdBrain, with location details included as far as possible. The most time-consuming part of getting out the FLARBA reports has been furnishing detailed directions to the site, especially when one (speaking personally) isn't familiar with the area or its approaches and must pore over maps to try and get it right (not always successfully!). It becomes much easier with GPS locations, however, and that would be most helpful if included whenever possible. So I would hope that the listserv tools along with ebird will fill the needs that FLARBA previously has attempted.

Thanks to all who have thoughtfully posted their sightings through the years, which often were the source of many FLARBA reports.

Margie Wilkinson
Palm Harbor


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Date: 7/4/16 8:47 pm
From: Juanita Baker <bakerj...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA


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On Jul 4, 2016, at 3:11 PM, Renne Leatto <renne...><mailto:<renne...>> wrote:

Im very disappointed by this news. Im not exactly an online idiot, but I find ebird difficult and annoying to use.

I dont report on it anymore because none of the reports I ever made even relatively rare and well-substantiated ones were ever available in their summaries.

Maybe someone will start another Florida Rare Bird email list someday. Much more accessible way to transmit sighting information.

Renee Leato
Windermere, Orange County


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Date: 7/4/16 7:27 pm
From: JOSEPH FITZGERALD <jfitzg14...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
You all must be very bored.
Joe FitzGerald
Gilbert, Arizona
> On Jul 4, 2016, at 6:51 PM, Glenn Wilson <wilson...> wrote:
>
> I LOVE EBird!
>
> Glenn Wilson
> Endicott, NY
> www.WilsonsWarbler.com <http://www.wilsonswarbler.com/>
>
> On Jul 4, 2016, at 9:29 PM, Will Johnson <willjohnson2000...> <mailto:<willjohnson2000...>> wrote:
>
> I really dislike how everyone is discrediting eBird. EBird is most certainly the premier website catering to the birding and research community out there. No other group/website has been able to unite the observations of thousands of birders from all across the world into ornithological research and data that can be then used to help contribute to the birds. When you complain about eBird being complicated, you must remember that is eBird is not only birder-focused but also very much research-focused allowing both the casual observer and conservationist/ornithologist access to an immense amount of data.. eBird has been designed for the birds with birders being less of a driving component to many of their features.. I think it’s important to put this issue into perspective. If you want a strictly birding organization that doesn’t directly deal with conservation and research on birds, that’s fine, but remember that birding doesn’t happen with birds and those who strive to protect them using research from sources such as eBird.
>
>
> Ebird has been a crucial aspect to my birding and I will continue to keep it that way for me and the birds.
>
> Will Johnson
> Vero Beach, FL
>
>> On Jul 4, 2016, at 8:27 PM, Doug.W <dwassme1...> <mailto:<dwassme1...>> wrote:
>>
>> No kidding. What is most disappointing to us is there are often no descriptions about access to a site. I couldn’t count the times that we have gone to an ebird site only to find that the access is restricted, wasting our precious birding time. This is our biggest grievance about ebird. The ebird webmaster could surely make a space for information about access restrictions, if any, and make it mandatory to either check a “no” box or fill in some information. Would go a long way to resolve frustrations. At least the posters on Birdbrains are almost always kind enough to provide access information.
>>
>> Good Birding (if you can get access)
>>
>> Doug Wassmer & Lilian Saul
>> Tampa, FL
>>
>> From: Birdbrains - Florida Birds/Natural History [mailto:<BRDBRAIN...> <mailto:<BRDBRAIN...>] On Behalf Of Renne Leatto
>> Sent: Monday, July 04, 2016 3:11 PM
>> To: <BRDBRAIN...> <mailto:<BRDBRAIN...>
>> Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
>>
>> I’m very disappointed by this news. I’m not exactly an online idiot, but I find ebird difficult and annoying to use.
>>
>> I don’t report on it anymore because none of the reports I ever made – even relatively rare and well-substantiated ones – were ever available in their summaries.
>>
>> Maybe someone will start another Florida Rare Bird email list someday. Much more accessible way to transmit sighting information.
>>
>> Renee Leato
>> Windermere, Orange County
>>
>>
>> To subscribe, unsubscribe or view archives of the brdbrain listserv list, please visit us on the web at: http://listserv.usf.edu/archives/brdbrain.html <http://listserv.usf.edu/archives/brdbrain.html> To set to no mail send a message: SET BRDBRAIN NOMAIL to <LISTSERV...> <mailto:<LISTSERV...>To reinstate mail service after NOMAIL send a message: SET BRDBRAIN MAIL to <LISTSERV...> <mailto:<LISTSERV...> Report any problems to the listserv administrator: <listadmin...> <mailto:<listadmin...>____________________________________________________________________________
>> To subscribe, unsubscribe or view archives of the brdbrain listserv list, please visit us on the web at:http://listserv.usf.edu/archives/brdbrain.html <http://listserv.usf.edu/archives/brdbrain.html> To set to no mail send a message: SET BRDBRAIN NOMAIL <toLISTSERV...> <mailto:<LISTSERV...> To reinstate mail service after NOMAIL send a message: SET BRDBRAIN MAIL <toLISTSERV...> <mailto:<LISTSERV...> Report any problems to the listserv administrator: <listadmin...> <mailto:<listadmin...>____________________________________________________________________________
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Date: 7/4/16 6:53 pm
From: Mike Judd <ebwilderae...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
Well I was going to say something snide about the trauma of losing one's precious birding time & the delay in being able to write a cute note in the ABA Birding mag to tout their 700th ABA or 2500th world lifer while these other shmucks were just inputting data about bird populations movement & such. But then I though naw that would only be small & petty of me.
Mike Judd
Dunedin

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> On Jul 4, 2016, at 9:29 PM, Will Johnson <willjohnson2000...> wrote:
>
> I really dislike how everyone is discrediting eBird. EBird is most certainly the premier website catering to the birding and research community out there. No other group/website has been able to unite the observations of thousands of birders from all across the world into ornithological research and data that can be then used to help contribute to the birds. When you complain about eBird being complicated, you must remember that is eBird is not only birder-focused but also very much research-focused allowing both the casual observer and conservationist/ornithologist access to an immense amount of data.. eBird has been designed for the birds with birders being less of a driving component to many of their features.. I think it’s important to put this issue into perspective. If you want a strictly birding organization that doesn’t directly deal with conservation and research on birds, that’s fine, but remember that birding doesn’t happen with birds and those who strive to protect them using research from sources such as eBird.
>
>
> Ebird has been a crucial aspect to my birding and I will continue to keep it that way for me and the birds.
>
> Will Johnson
> Vero Beach, FL
>
>> On Jul 4, 2016, at 8:27 PM, Doug.W <dwassme1...> wrote:
>>
>> No kidding. What is most disappointing to us is there are often no descriptions about access to a site. I couldn’t count the times that we have gone to an ebird site only to find that the access is restricted, wasting our precious birding time. This is our biggest grievance about ebird. The ebird webmaster could surely make a space for information about access restrictions, if any, and make it mandatory to either check a “no” box or fill in some information. Would go a long way to resolve frustrations. At least the posters on Birdbrains are almost always kind enough to provide access information.
>>
>> Good Birding (if you can get access)
>>
>> Doug Wassmer & Lilian Saul
>> Tampa, FL
>>
>> From: Birdbrains - Florida Birds/Natural History [mailto:<BRDBRAIN...>] On Behalf Of Renne Leatto
>> Sent: Monday, July 04, 2016 3:11 PM
>> To: <BRDBRAIN...>
>> Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
>>
>> I’m very disappointed by this news. I’m not exactly an online idiot, but I find ebird difficult and annoying to use.
>>
>> I don’t report on it anymore because none of the reports I ever made – even relatively rare and well-substantiated ones – were ever available in their summaries.
>>
>> Maybe someone will start another Florida Rare Bird email list someday. Much more accessible way to transmit sighting information.
>>
>> Renee Leato
>> Windermere, Orange County
>>
>>
>> To subscribe, unsubscribe or view archives of the brdbrain listserv list, please visit us on the web at: http://listserv.usf.edu/archives/brdbrain.html To set to no mail send a message: SET BRDBRAIN NOMAIL to <LISTSERV...> reinstate mail service after NOMAIL send a message: SET BRDBRAIN MAIL to <LISTSERV...> Report any problems to the listserv administrator: <listadmin...>
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Date: 7/4/16 6:51 pm
From: Glenn Wilson <wilson...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
I LOVE EBird!

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
www.WilsonsWarbler.com

On Jul 4, 2016, at 9:29 PM, Will Johnson <willjohnson2000...> wrote:

I really dislike how everyone is discrediting eBird. EBird is most certainly the premier website catering to the birding and research community out there. No other group/website has been able to unite the observations of thousands of birders from all across the world into ornithological research and data that can be then used to help contribute to the birds. When you complain about eBird being complicated, you must remember that is eBird is not only birder-focused but also very much research-focused allowing both the casual observer and conservationist/ornithologist access to an immense amount of data.. eBird has been designed for the birds with birders being less of a driving component to many of their features.. I think it’s important to put this issue into perspective. If you want a strictly birding organization that doesn’t directly deal with conservation and research on birds, that’s fine, but remember that birding doesn’t happen with birds and those who strive to protect them using research from sources such as eBird.


Ebird has been a crucial aspect to my birding and I will continue to keep it that way for me and the birds.

Will Johnson
Vero Beach, FL

> On Jul 4, 2016, at 8:27 PM, Doug.W <dwassme1...> wrote:
>
> No kidding. What is most disappointing to us is there are often no descriptions about access to a site. I couldn’t count the times that we have gone to an ebird site only to find that the access is restricted, wasting our precious birding time. This is our biggest grievance about ebird. The ebird webmaster could surely make a space for information about access restrictions, if any, and make it mandatory to either check a “no” box or fill in some information. Would go a long way to resolve frustrations. At least the posters on Birdbrains are almost always kind enough to provide access information.
>
> Good Birding (if you can get access)
>
> Doug Wassmer & Lilian Saul
> Tampa, FL
>
> From: Birdbrains - Florida Birds/Natural History [mailto:<BRDBRAIN...>] On Behalf Of Renne Leatto
> Sent: Monday, July 04, 2016 3:11 PM
> To: <BRDBRAIN...>
> Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
>
> I’m very disappointed by this news. I’m not exactly an online idiot, but I find ebird difficult and annoying to use.
>
> I don’t report on it anymore because none of the reports I ever made – even relatively rare and well-substantiated ones – were ever available in their summaries.
>
> Maybe someone will start another Florida Rare Bird email list someday. Much more accessible way to transmit sighting information.
>
> Renee Leato
> Windermere, Orange County
>
>
> To subscribe, unsubscribe or view archives of the brdbrain listserv list, please visit us on the web at: http://listserv.usf.edu/archives/brdbrain.html To set to no mail send a message: SET BRDBRAIN NOMAIL to <LISTSERV...> reinstate mail service after NOMAIL send a message: SET BRDBRAIN MAIL to <LISTSERV...> Report any problems to the listserv administrator: <listadmin...>
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Date: 7/4/16 6:29 pm
From: Will Johnson <willjohnson2000...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
I really dislike how everyone is discrediting eBird. EBird is most certainly the premier website catering to the birding and research community out there. No other group/website has been able to unite the observations of thousands of birders from all across the world into ornithological research and data that can be then used to help contribute to the birds. When you complain about eBird being complicated, you must remember that is eBird is not only birder-focused but also very much research-focused allowing both the casual observer and conservationist/ornithologist access to an immense amount of data.. eBird has been designed for the birds with birders being less of a driving component to many of their features.. I think it’s important to put this issue into perspective. If you want a strictly birding organization that doesn’t directly deal with conservation and research on birds, that’s fine, but remember that birding doesn’t happen with birds and those who strive to protect them using research from sources such as eBird.


Ebird has been a crucial aspect to my birding and I will continue to keep it that way for me and the birds.

Will Johnson
Vero Beach, FL

> On Jul 4, 2016, at 8:27 PM, Doug.W <dwassme1...> wrote:
>
> No kidding. What is most disappointing to us is there are often no descriptions about access to a site. I couldn’t count the times that we have gone to an ebird site only to find that the access is restricted, wasting our precious birding time. This is our biggest grievance about ebird. The ebird webmaster could surely make a space for information about access restrictions, if any, and make it mandatory to either check a “no” box or fill in some information. Would go a long way to resolve frustrations. At least the posters on Birdbrains are almost always kind enough to provide access information.
>
> Good Birding (if you can get access)
>
> Doug Wassmer & Lilian Saul
> Tampa, FL
>
> From: Birdbrains - Florida Birds/Natural History [mailto:<BRDBRAIN...>] On Behalf Of Renne Leatto
> Sent: Monday, July 04, 2016 3:11 PM
> To: <BRDBRAIN...>
> Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
>
> I’m very disappointed by this news. I’m not exactly an online idiot, but I find ebird difficult and annoying to use.
>
> I don’t report on it anymore because none of the reports I ever made – even relatively rare and well-substantiated ones – were ever available in their summaries.
>
> Maybe someone will start another Florida Rare Bird email list someday. Much more accessible way to transmit sighting information.
>
> Renee Leato
> Windermere, Orange County
>
>
> To subscribe, unsubscribe or view archives of the brdbrain listserv list, please visit us on the web at: http://listserv.usf.edu/archives/brdbrain.html <http://listserv.usf.edu/archives/brdbrain.html> To set to no mail send a message: SET BRDBRAIN NOMAIL to <LISTSERV...> <mailto:<LISTSERV...>To reinstate mail service after NOMAIL send a message: SET BRDBRAIN MAIL to <LISTSERV...> <mailto:<LISTSERV...> Report any problems to the listserv administrator: <listadmin...> <mailto:<listadmin...>____________________________________________________________________________
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Date: 7/4/16 5:27 pm
From: Doug.W <dwassme1...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
No kidding. What is most disappointing to us is there are often no descriptions about access to a site. I couldn’t count the times that we have gone to an ebird site only to find that the access is restricted, wasting our precious birding time. This is our biggest grievance about ebird. The ebird webmaster could surely make a space for information about access restrictions, if any, and make it mandatory to either check a “no” box or fill in some information. Would go a long way to resolve frustrations. At least the posters on Birdbrains are almost always kind enough to provide access information.



Good Birding (if you can get access)



Doug Wassmer & Lilian Saul

Tampa, FL



From: Birdbrains - Florida Birds/Natural History [mailto:<BRDBRAIN...>] On Behalf Of Renne Leatto
Sent: Monday, July 04, 2016 3:11 PM
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA



I’m very disappointed by this news. I’m not exactly an online idiot, but I find ebird difficult and annoying to use.



I don’t report on it anymore because none of the reports I ever made – even relatively rare and well-substantiated ones – were ever available in their summaries.



Maybe someone will start another Florida Rare Bird email list someday. Much more accessible way to transmit sighting information.



Renee Leato

Windermere, Orange County





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Date: 7/4/16 4:53 pm
From: Glenn Wilson <wilson...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
I use this Audubon app and like it BUT it is by no means best. It only shows some of the birds and then ONLY one occurrence of possibly the latest sighting.

The ONLY real way I know of "being in the know" is 1) use a real computer and go directly into EBird and study it. Even then, some birds entered do not show up. 2) join every email list serve in the area and every RBA in the area and monitor EVERY post. 3) get to know the top 10 or 15 birders in your area well. Always treat these birders well and they will treat you well in return.

Armed with all this artillery you have a chance of being in the know with the possible exception of a rarity from France or a misplaced bird from Attu. These birds are likely to go under the radar because real birders do not want 500+ birders and photographers and news people pestering the birds.

Good luck all.

By the way, I don't mind keeping the Florida RBA going if someone sends me information on it. I live in NY, not FL so can't verify the birds seen but I don't see why this can't work as a simple list serve. If you see a rare bird, you post it. Others an ho and verify it. If a few like, I'll start a google groups list serve for Florida RBA.

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
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On Jul 4, 2016, at 12:28 PM, Joe Smith <desertangel7...> wrote:

Most respectfully, off topic. The home page in the Audubon Birds app (which is Titled Audubon Guides and replaces the eBird Log app) has a menu selection for "find birds with eBird" and in that menu a selection of "Notable and Rare".

The Yellow-Green Vireo* at Cape Canaveral was in this database two days after I first saw it reported on brdbrains.

Joe Smith
Titusville
*lifer

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> On Jul 4, 2016, at 7:43 AM, SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...> wrote:
>
> Could someone please tell me how ebird will help with rare birds? It reports every bird as a rare bird. How in the world can this be a better system? My goodness they report cardinals, and house sparrows as rare. The directions are vague. Not everybody has GPS. We will not know of a rare bird until we look through all the ridiculous postings every day. Then good luck on getting to the rare bird with no specific directions. None of this makes any sense. I do appreciate all those involved with the RBA in the past, and I for one will really miss you all.
>
> Danny
>
> Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2016 10:25:21 -0400
> From: <wilmar4...>
> Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
> To: <BRDBRAIN...>
>
> Hi Everyone,
>
> It is true that ebird isn't the perfect solution to receiving accurate rare bird reports for Florida. That is why IMO it will be more critical than ever for birders to send reports of sightings to BirdBrain, with location details included as far as possible. The most time-consuming part of getting out the FLARBA reports has been furnishing detailed directions to the site, especially when one (speaking personally) isn't familiar with the area or its approaches and must pore over maps to try and get it right (not always successfully!). It becomes much easier with GPS locations, however, and that would be most helpful if included whenever possible. So I would hope that the listserv tools along with ebird will fill the needs that FLARBA previously has attempted.
>
> Thanks to all who have thoughtfully posted their sightings through the years, which often were the source of many FLARBA reports.
>
> Margie Wilkinson
> Palm Harbor
>
>
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Date: 7/4/16 2:10 pm
From: Teresa Weigand <terryw...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites - Belleview
Thanks to the excellent directions from previous observers, I was able to find the Mississippi Kites in Belleview yesterday (July 3) at about 3 in the afternoon. What a sight! I’ve attached a photo showing three perched in a tree. There were dozens of them. And there were also plenty of Swallow Tailed Kites as well. I’ve included a picture of the Kite bait - grasshoppers. They were huge and everywhere! This one conveniently perched on the roof of my car.

Terry Weigand
St. Petersburg, FL




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Date: 7/4/16 2:01 pm
From: Rex Rowan <rexrowan...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Statewide results of The June Challenge for 2016
As I mentioned in my May email, this was the last June Challenge for which
I'll compile the state results. With Trey Mitchell's new web site at
http://junechallenge.com/ it's likely that no compiler will be needed in
the future.

This year Florida birders sent me 106 submissions from 24 counties, and
out-of-state birders sent three more, one each from Maine, Kansas, and
Kentucky. Trey's web site had 80 submissions, 65 from Florida, 13 from
other states, and two from outside the U.S. Some were duplicates of those
that had been sent to me, but I wasn't sure what to do with the rest of
them. I know that at least three birders started entering information into
it and then stopped for one reason or another. Originally I planned to
ignore the totals on the web site, but in the end I carried over every
Florida list of 60 or more and most of the out-of-state lists. That brought
the total up to 121 Florida lists, 13 from other states, and 2 from outside
the U.S. I was surprised to get nothing from Delaware, which participated
in the Challenge during at least five previous years (15 submissions last
year!).

Here are the ten largest individual lists. At the top of the heap were
Larry Manfredi and Philip Manfredi of Miami-Dade County, with 157 and 155
respectively. In third place was Deborah Payne of Hillsborough with 153.
Tied for fourth were Rocky Milburn of Hillsborough and Danny Sauvageau of
Pinellas, both with 143. Shane Runyon of Miami-Dade was sixth with 140.
Seventh was Ken Tracey of Pasco with 135. Claire Herzog of Sarasota was
eighth with 131, and rounding out the top ten were Jonathan Mays and Lloyd
Davis of Alachua with 128 and 126, respectively.

Pinellas and Alachua Counties were the only counties to send in county-wide
totals. Usually Hillsborough and Miami-Dade get involved too, but I didn't
get any numbers from them this year. If I've forgotten a total that was
sent to me, or someone tallies it up after the fact, please post your total
to Birdbrains.

Anyway, here are the results. Again, the formula is "Total Species
(ABA-countable Species / Non-countable Species)." So 35 native birds plus
Black Swan and Indian Peafowl would be reported as "37 (35/2)."

Thanks for playing all these years. I look forward to meeting up at Trey's
web site next year!

Rex Rowan
Gainesville

ALACHUA 136 (131/5)
Jonathan Mays 128 (124/4)
Lloyd Davis 126 (121/5)
Danny Shehee 122 (118/4)
Cindy Boyd 118 (116/2)
Deena Mickelson 118 (116/2)
Barbara Shea 118 (116/2)
Howard Adams 117 (112/5)
Rex Rowan 116 (116/0)
Trina Anderson 111 (109/2)
Bob Carroll 111 (108/3)
Ron Robinson 110 (108/2)
Brad Hall 109 (105/4)
Will Sexton 107 (103/4)
Anne Casella 105 (105/0)
Debbie Segal 105 (103/2)
Tina Greenberg 105 (102/3)
Frank Goodwin 104 (104/0)
Matt Bruce 103 (103/0)
Bob Knight 98 (96/2)
Jennifer Donsky 97 (97/0)
Sharon Kuchinski 96 (94/2)
Becky Enneis 96 (93/3)
Geoff Parks 94 (90/4)
Chip Deutsch 91 (91/0)
Ellen Frattino 91 (89/2)
Sam Ewing 89 (89/0)
Dean Ewing 85 (85/0)
Anne Barkdoll 85 (84/1)
Ben Ewing 84 (84/0)
Nora Parks-Church 84 (80/4)
John Hintermister 82 (82/0)
Linda Holt 81 (80/1)
Maddy Knight 77 (75/2)
Bob Simons 76 (74/2)
Owen Parks-Church 68 (64/4)
Danny Rohan 68 (67/1)
Tom Wronski 65 (65/0)
Erin Kalinowski 62 (62/0)
Sue Ann Enneis 55 (55/0)
Bill Enneis 55 (55/0)
Debbie Spiceland 33 (33/0)
Phil Laipis 21 (21/0)

BREVARD
Phyllis Mansfield 125 (123/2)
Jim Armstrong 106 (106/0)
Doug Stuckey 89 (89/0)
Steve Hofhine 77 (72/5)
Renee Stewart 73 (73/0)
Christopher Ferro 73 (72/1)
Jim Eager 70 (70/0)
RuthEllen Peipert 49 (49/0)

BROWARD
Steven Kaplan 99 (93/6)

CHARLOTTE
Jeff Bouton 77 (77/0)

CITRUS
Heather Nagy 84 (83/1)

CLAY
Debbie Cusick 66 (65/1)

COLLIER
Monica Higgins 101 (98/3)

DUVAL
Laura Johannsen 101 (101/0)
Debbie Cusick 28 (28/0)

HERNANDO
Jane Mann 121 (119/2)
Stephen Mann 121 (119/2)
Breanna Perry 106 (105/1)
Clay Black 104 (104/0)
Heather Nagy 29 (29/0)

HILLSBOROUGH
Deborah Payne 153 (152/1)
Rocky Milburn 143 (142/1)
Mark McRae 101 (101/0)
Chris Deno 52 (52/0)

INDIAN RIVER
Doug Sutherland 46 (46/0)

LAKE
Gina DelPizzo 93 (90/3)
Tom Hanson 86 (86/0)

LEE
Monica Higgins 10 (10/0)

LEON
Robert Lengacher 86 (86/0)

MANATEE
Kathy Doddridge 113 (105/8)
Jerry Knight 112 (103/9)
Billie Knight 110 (101/9)

MARION
Doug Richard 103 (102/1)
Heather Nagy 25 (25/1)

MARTIN
Nancy Price 84 (84/0)
Robin Potvin 82 (82/0)

MIAMI-DADE
Larry Manfredi 157 (138/19)
Philip Manfredi 155 (136/19)
Shane Runyon 140 (120/20)
Smith Juan 115 (102/13)
Miriam Avello 106 (104/2)
Noah Frade 97 (87/10)
Paul Bithorn 97 (80/17)
Carlos Jose Sanchez 88 (87/1)
Bill Boeringer 88 (84/4)
Brandon Trentler 82 (76/6)
Roberto Torres 78 (76/2)
Roxanne Featherly 63 (63/0)
Jeanne Kaufman 57 (53/4)
Trey Mitchell 45 (43/2)

OKEECHOBEE
Nancy Price 62 (62/0)

ORANGE
Lori Mathis 119 (110/9)
Larry Martin 102 (92/10)

PALM BEACH
Vicki Rogerson 88 (87/1)
Catherine Ford 72 (69/3)
Michael Baranski 60 (59/1)
Suzanne Zuckerman 60 (57/3)

PASCO
Ken Tracey 135 (134/1)
Mike Ranck 122 (122/0)
J. Mike Kell 99 (99/0)
Zeke Isaacson 38 (32/6)

PINELLAS (148/8)
Danny Sauvageau 143 (138/5)
JoAnna Clayton 125 (118/7)
Ron Smith 117 (111/6)
Cuneyt Yilmaz 94 (94/0)
Jim Wells 93 (92/1)
Troy Ploger 92 (88/4)
Nicole Ploger 92 (88/4)
Don Margeson 63 (63/0)
Heather Nagy 48 (48/0)
Bill Kaempfer 42 (42/0)

ST. JOHNS
Sue Killeen 125 (123/2)
Diane Reed 117 (117/0)
Debbie Cusick 32 (32/0)

SARASOTA
Claire Herzog 131 (124/7)
Stephanie Green 124 (122/2)
Nancy Edmondson 124 (121/3)

VOLUSIA
Tom Lee 101 (100/1)
Daniel Young 87 (87/0)

OUT OF STATE PARTICIPANTS

ARKANSAS - WHITE CO.
Jane Wiewora 49 (49/0)

KANSAS - JOHNSON CO.
Monica Higgins 49 (49/0)

KENTUCKY - JEFFERSON CO.
James Wheat 93 (93/0)

MAINE - LINCOLN CO.
Stan Wakefield 44 (44/0)

MARYLAND - CALVERT
Sue Hamilton 80 (80/0)

MICHIGAN - BAY CO.
Kim Laskowski 58 (58/0)

MICHIGAN - MIDLAND CO.
Daryl Bernard 106 (106/0)

MICHIGAN - SAINT CLAIR CO.
Gary Grant 51 (51/0)

MICHIGAN - SHIAWASSEE CO.
Jessica Hickey 30 (30/0)

MINNESOTA - HENNEPIN CO.
Holly Peterson 83 (83/0)
Myron Peterson 83 (83/0)

NEW JERSEY - BERGEN CO.
Chris Takacs 121 (121/0)

TEXAS - HARRIS CO.
Nina Rach 32 (32/0)

TEXAS - TRAVIS CO.
Carlos Ross 69 (69/0)

GRAND CAYMAN
Jose Francisco Javier Barros 27 (27/0)

FRANCE - OISE
Larry Manfredi 15 (15/0)
Philip Manfredi 15 (15/0)

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Date: 7/4/16 12:11 pm
From: Renne Leatto <renne...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
I’m very disappointed by this news. I’m not exactly an online idiot, but I find ebird difficult and annoying to use.



I don’t report on it anymore because none of the reports I ever made – even relatively rare and well-substantiated ones – were ever available in their summaries.



Maybe someone will start another Florida Rare Bird email list someday. Much more accessible way to transmit sighting information.



Renee Leato

Windermere, Orange County






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Date: 7/4/16 10:24 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Belted Kingfisher, Greater Scaup, West Pasco
Hello,

This morning at the Starkey Ranch Development I found a Belted Kingfisher in the large lake there and then had a Greater Scaup fly by. Darn, I guess these are too late for my June list.

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL

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Date: 7/4/16 10:24 am
From: Scott Simmons <simmonsphoto...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Snail Kite at Smyrna Dunes Park (7/4/2016) - Volusia County
Hello all,

This morning my father and I drove out to Smyrna Dunes Park in the hopes of
seeing a Roseate Tern. There were many terns there, but distance and heat
shimmer made it impossible to identify many of them, so we did not find
one. As a nice consolation prize, we saw a young Snail Kite fly over the
Indian River, roughly from disappearing island to Smyrna Dunes park. It
looked like it was headed southeast.

I checked eBird when I got home, and it does not appear that there have
been any previous sightings of Snail Kites in Volusia county recorded on
eBird.

Good birding,

Scott Simmons
Winter Park, FL

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Date: 7/4/16 9:28 am
From: Joe Smith <desertangel7...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
Most respectfully, off topic. The home page in the Audubon Birds app (which is Titled Audubon Guides and replaces the eBird Log app) has a menu selection for "find birds with eBird" and in that menu a selection of "Notable and Rare".

The Yellow-Green Vireo* at Cape Canaveral was in this database two days after I first saw it reported on brdbrains.

Joe Smith
Titusville
*lifer

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> On Jul 4, 2016, at 7:43 AM, SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...> wrote:
>
> Could someone please tell me how ebird will help with rare birds? It reports every bird as a rare bird. How in the world can this be a better system? My goodness they report cardinals, and house sparrows as rare. The directions are vague. Not everybody has GPS. We will not know of a rare bird until we look through all the ridiculous postings every day. Then good luck on getting to the rare bird with no specific directions. None of this makes any sense. I do appreciate all those involved with the RBA in the past, and I for one will really miss you all.
>
> Danny
>
> Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2016 10:25:21 -0400
> From: <wilmar4...>
> Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
> To: <BRDBRAIN...>
>
> Hi Everyone,
>
> It is true that ebird isn't the perfect solution to receiving accurate rare bird reports for Florida. That is why IMO it will be more critical than ever for birders to send reports of sightings to BirdBrain, with location details included as far as possible. The most time-consuming part of getting out the FLARBA reports has been furnishing detailed directions to the site, especially when one (speaking personally) isn't familiar with the area or its approaches and must pore over maps to try and get it right (not always successfully!). It becomes much easier with GPS locations, however, and that would be most helpful if included whenever possible. So I would hope that the listserv tools along with ebird will fill the needs that FLARBA previously has attempted.
>
> Thanks to all who have thoughtfully posted their sightings through the years, which often were the source of many FLARBA reports.
>
> Margie Wilkinson
> Palm Harbor
>
>
> To subscribe, unsubscribe or view archives of the brdbrain listserv list, please visit us on the web at: http://listserv.usf.edu/archives/brdbrain.html To set to no mail send a message: SET BRDBRAIN NOMAIL to <LISTSERV...> To reinstate mail service after NOMAIL send a message: SET BRDBRAIN MAIL to <LISTSERV...> Report any problems to the listserv administrator: <listadmin...> ____________________________________________________________________________
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Date: 7/4/16 8:04 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Solitary Sandpiper. Flagler Co.
Today, 7/4, I was surprised to find an early Solitary Sandpiper in a flooded field in Flagler Co. On rt 100 about 7 miles west of Bunnell between CR15 and CR 25. There were also 8 Least Sandpipers and over 40 Killdeer.

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL


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Date: 7/4/16 7:43 am
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
Could someone please tell me how ebird will help with rare birds? It reports every bird as a rare bird. How in the world can this be a better system? My goodness they report cardinals, and house sparrows as rare. The directions are vague. Not everybody has GPS. We will not know of a rare bird until we look through all the ridiculous postings every day. Then good luck on getting to the rare bird with no specific directions. None of this makes any sense. I do appreciate all those involved with the RBA in the past, and I for one will really miss you all.

Danny

Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2016 10:25:21 -0400
From: <wilmar4...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
To: <BRDBRAIN...>






Hi Everyone,



It is true that ebird isn't the perfect solution to receiving
accurate rare bird reports for Florida. That is why IMO it will be
more critical than ever for birders to send reports of sightings
to BirdBrain, with location details included as far as possible.
The most time-consuming part of getting out the FLARBA reports has
been furnishing detailed directions to the site, especially when
one (speaking personally) isn't familiar with the area or its
approaches and must pore over maps to try and get it right (not
always successfully!). It becomes much easier with GPS locations,
however, and that would be most helpful if included whenever
possible. So I would hope that the listserv tools along with ebird
will fill the needs that FLARBA previously has attempted.



Thanks to all who have thoughtfully posted their sightings through
the years, which often were the source of many FLARBA reports.



Margie Wilkinson

Palm Harbor







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Date: 7/4/16 7:25 am
From: Margie Wilkinson <wilmar4...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
Hi Everyone,

It is true that ebird isn't the perfect solution to receiving accurate
rare bird reports for Florida. That is why IMO it will be more
critical than ever for birders to send reports of sightings to
BirdBrain, with location details included as far as possible. The most
time-consuming part of getting out the FLARBA reports has been
furnishing detailed directions to the site, especially when one
(speaking personally) isn't familiar with the area or its approaches
and must pore over maps to try and get it right (not always
successfully!). It becomes much easier with GPS locations, however,
and that would be most helpful if included whenever possible. So I
would hope that the listserv tools along with ebird will fill the
needs that FLARBA previously has attempted.

Thanks to all who have thoughtfully posted their sightings through the
years, which often were the source of many FLARBA reports.

Margie Wilkinson
Palm Harbor


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Date: 7/3/16 11:47 pm
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Discontinuation of the FLARBA
Hi All,

Now with the discontinuation of the FLARBA a BIG THANKS goes out to all of the last FLARBA team members: Lyn Atherton, Margie Wilkinson, Chris Newton, Roberto Torres, and to all previous team members and anyone else who contributed to all of the high-quality care and feeding of the Florida RBA over the years that it ran. Folks all around the world relied on the Florida RBA up until its last minute of operation as announced on 7/2/2016!

---

Having run a one-man public regional RBA for the Southeast for three years and about 2500 posts, and having been a member of the team that put out the Georgia RBA for some years as well until it ceased, I understand what is entailed for an all volunteer team to put out a quality RBA for a whole state. I retired the RBA portion of The Near Georgia Report in 2012, and the Georgia Rare Bird Alert was retired in 2014, primarily due to the emergence and ability of eBird and its reports. However, we still post a brief transcript of the eBird Georgia Rare Bird Alert to Georgia Birders Online, the state birding listserv for Georgia.

Florida is such an important birding state; gee I miss the Florida RBA already, and know that in any state a full-time dedicated professional RBA team, such as NARBA for example but at a state level, could put out a better, more valuable, and vetted product than the eBird RBAs currently can, but that it's just not practical any longer to do that with a volunteer team which cannot always respond instantly to put out that better product, but most of the time even they still can, and they might be getting it out to a wider audience in that state and beyond as well.

eBird checklist contributors documenting rare birds for a given state can number in the dozens, or many more, in a given week depending on the situation. However, a RBA team performs much valuable behind-the-scenes vetting of rare bird reports and locations which is a very, very vital service. eBird reports don't always vet themselves unless excellent media is included, and much location information in many eBird reports is often suspect, incorrect, not exact, and/or downright unusable to the chasers of rare birds, potentially wasting time and money. Plus, you may have to wait until enough eBird reports come out to corroborate things properly. Yes, a dedicated full-time team is still really needed for RBA perfection.

It helps greatly when folks also post rare bird sighting information to state email groups or listservs as well. People only posting such information to Facebook or other social media sites nowadays are not always necessarily interested in sharing, or able to share, the information as widely and as quickly as could be possible, not everyone has the time or interest to adhere to social media. A multi-pronged approach is still needed: eBird, listservs or email groups, social media, and a dedicated full-time RBA team.

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Enough RBA rambling, going forward I bet the eBird checklist filters for Florida are kept in great shape by the team members responsible for maintaining them and that will continue to help to provide great hourly or daily eBird Florida Rare Bird Alerts to you depending on how you have your delivery options set.

I think it would be appropriate for a last post from the FLARBA to contain the link to the currently permanent eBird Florida Rare Bird Alert which always contains all eBird observations of rare birds in Florida and includes both unreviewed and reviewed/approved observations for the last 7 days at:

http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35579

You don't have to be subscribed to eBird to use this at any time, and it's always available. There is one for every state too.

Of course, the ABA Rarities eBird Alert is also available and is for observations only of rare birds ABA Code-3: Rare and above in the ABA Area, and also includes both unreviewed and reviewed/approved observations for last 7 days as well. For Florida this alert will just show Florida ABA Code 3 and above birds.

ABA Rarities eBird Alert currently permanent link:
http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN10489

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Aw shuckie-darns, also the ABA Birding News lets you read every major birding listserv or email group in North America easily on the web without subscribing or receiving any email. There now more of the kitchen sink has been thrown in.

ABA Birding News:
http://birding.aba.org/

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Thanks again Guys, and Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
www.neargareport.com

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Date: 7/3/16 8:41 pm
From: Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kite report for July 4th holiday weekend Marion County - Belleville
There are still plenty of both Mississippi & Swallow-Tailed Kites feeding on the countless amounts of grasshoppers here at Golf Park in Belleview in the last couple of days now ! For those who have not witnessed this awesome spectacle I would highly recommend making a trip here this 4th of July to be simply amazed ! It is most definitely a Premier Birding Destination right now !

Enjoy !

Happy Holidays & Happy Birding !

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Daytona Beach,Florida

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Date: 7/1/16 12:42 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] RFI - Disappearing Island
I should have added that disappearing Island is a mecca for birds at high tide. Some parts of disappearing Island are almost always open. When other foraging areas are flooded by the incoming tide disappearing Island becomes virtually the only place to go and rest at a high tide. You are correct about the amount of disturbance on the island especially on the weekends. This holiday weekend will be especially congested on disappearing Island. Hundreds of boats will be beached on the island. There are no nesting least turns there this year. There are nesting Wilson's plovers and Willets.
Michael Brothers
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Ponce Inlet, Florida

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> On Jul 1, 2016, at 9:31 AM, Roy Peterson <scrubjay33...> wrote:
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> Hi All!
>
> Can the birds on Disappearing Island be seen well enough to ID from Smyrna Dunes Park? I recall that there always seems to be a lot of boat traffic in that area that would disturb resting birds. Where do all those birds go when the island disappears (if it does) at high tide?
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Date: 7/1/16 12:33 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] RFI - Disappearing Island
It is possible to view the birds on disappearing Island from lighthouse point park on the north side or from Smyrna dunes park on the south side of the inlet. You need a good scope to view it well. You should be able to identify royal, sandwich, Caspian black and least turns quite easily. However to separate common, Forster's and roseate or Arctic turns from each other is much more difficult from that distance.
Michael Brothers
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Ponce Inlet, Florida

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> Hi All!
>
> Can the birds on Disappearing Island be seen well enough to ID from Smyrna Dunes Park? I recall that there always seems to be a lot of boat traffic in that area that would disturb resting birds. Where do all those birds go when the island disappears (if it does) at high tide?
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> Roy Peterson, DeBary
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Date: 7/1/16 12:30 pm
From: Daniel J Young <dyoung...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] RFI - Disappearing Island
That being said, I may paddle out after work today, especially after MB's report of roseate and large number of black terns. Shoot, should've done it yesterday for a couple more June ticks!

Good birding,
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Volusia County

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Date: 7/1/16 11:50 am
From: Daniel J Young <dyoung...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] RFI - Disappearing Island
I've looked through a scope many times from Smyrna Dunes (south of inlet) and Ponce Preserve (north of inlet). I'm not good enough with my scope to ID the lone, unusual terns but Michael Brothers does it regularly. On the Ponce side, you can see some of the terns that feed in the inlet from the boardwalk on the jetty. I got my good looks by putting everything in garbage bags in my backpack and paddling my longboard over. I've heard others be smart and go by canoe / kayak. Don't go on the weekends! Especially holiday weekends like this one, it's a zoo and not filled the animals you're looking for either. Large portions of the island disappear, but not the whole thing. Portions are vegetated.

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Date: 7/1/16 6:31 am
From: Roy Peterson <scrubjay33...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] RFI - Disappearing Island
Hi All!
Can the birds on Disappearing Island be seen well enough to ID from Smyrna Dunes Park? I recall that there always seems to be a lot of boat traffic in that area that would disturb resting birds. Where do all those birds go when the island disappears (if it does) at high tide?

Roy Peterson, DeBary

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Date: 6/30/16 5:16 pm
From: John Middleton <Jmidjr...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites in Belleview...are they still there pls?
I was there today and, while perhaps not what was experienced a week or so ago, they were still plentiful and evident. It was well worth the 2 hr drive today!

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Date: 6/30/16 3:13 pm
From: Dale Goebel <sheirah11...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites in Belleview...are they still there pls?
Good Afternoon Birders,

Has anyone been to Belleview this week to watch the feeding spectacle of the Mississippi Kites pls?

Appreciate your help,
Dale

S. Dale Goebel
Dunedin, FL

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Date: 6/30/16 2:34 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Roseate Tern. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia County.
Today, 6/30, I found a Roseate Tern on Disappearing Island in Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia County. The bird looked different than the pair I had on June 10th. Perhaps this bird had just gotten more intensely colored, but the bill had more red at the base. Note that the Roseate Tern has extremely long outer tail feathers that extend well past the ends of the primaries. In addition, the bill is quite long, but very slim. The legs were very bright red. Note that the tail is pure white and has no dark on the outer web of the outer tail feathers as in Common and Arctic Tern and also has no dark on the inner webs of the tail feathers as in Forster's Tern. Note that in flight the two outer primaries show dark outer shafts.

There were also over 165 Black Terns, 500 Least Terns, 100 Royal Terns, 19 Sandwich Terns, 8 Common Terns and 6 Forster's Terns.

Michael

Michael Brothers
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Date: 6/30/16 12:37 pm
From: Andy Kratter <kratter...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Changes to FOSRC reveiw list
As many of you know, the Florida Ornithological Records Committee (FOSRC) reviews records and reports of bird species that have never been recorded in the State or are considered appreciably rare or infrequent. These species are placed on the Review List, and we solicit observations, photographs, or recordings of these species to review. The criteria to remove species from the Review List were ten confirmed or accepted records, without a set time period. At our meeting last year, the FOSRC decided that our criteria for removing birds from the Review List were far less stringent than other well-birded states or provinces in the ABA area. As a result, we were not reviewing some exceptionally rare species for the State, like Evening Grosbeak or Dovekie, nor were we reviewing records of some of the Caribbean strays to Florida that are not found anywhere else in the ABA area (Key West Quail-Dove, Bahama Mockingbird, La Sagra’s Flycatcher, Bananaquit, etc.). The Committee recently voted to change the criteria for removal to more those species that have had 20 or more accepted records over the previous ten years. As before, we continue to include species that we feel warrant inclusion, because they are difficult to identify or occur very irregularly, even though they may surpass the criteria. This change has resulted in the addition of many species to the Review List that were not previously on the list. We thus would like from this point to receive documentation for these new additions. We would also like to receive any observations, photographs or other documentation for the past ten years, (although please not all at once, as we have a busy agenda for our meeting in August). The best way to submit is through the FOSRC website:
http://www.fosbirds.org/content/fos-bird-records-species-documentation
which has capacity for uploading digital photographs and audio recordings. The new additions to the Review List, which will soon be added to the official list on our website (http://www.fosbirds.org/official-florida-state-bird-list), are (drum-roll):
Brant
Tundra Swan
American Black Duck
Harlequin Duck
Pacific Loon
Red-footed Booby
Great Cormorant
Golden Eagle
Yellow Rail
Hudsonian Godwit
Ruff
Curlew Sandpiper
Long-tailed Jaeger
Sabine’s Gull
Black-legged Kittiwake
Dovekie
Key West Quail Dove
Calliope Hummingbird
Say’s Phoebe
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Fork-tailed Flycatcher
La Sagra’s Flycatcher
Bahama Mockingbird
Sprague’s Pipit
Lapland Longspur
Snow Bunting
Mourning Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler
Bananaquit
Western Spindalis
Black-headed Grosbeak
Evening Grosbeak

We would appreciate re-posts to more local Facebook pages or list-serves.
Thanks!
Andy Kratter
Secretary, FOS Records Committee

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Date: 6/28/16 2:05 pm
From: Rex Rowan <rexrowan...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] June Challenge reminder
If you're participating in The June Challenge, please send me your results
by July 1st (except for Alachua County birders, whose totals need to be in
my inbox by June 30th because we have a big June Challenge party on July
1st!).

I need your name, the county in which you did the Challenge, and the number
of bird species you recorded, all in this format: "Total number of species
(number of ABA countable species / number of non-ABA-countable species)."
For instance, if I saw 98 ABA-countable species in Alachua County, plus
Black Swan and Indian Peafowl, I'd report, "Rex Rowan, Alachua: 100
(98/2)." If you're not sure what's ABA countable and what's not, here's a
link to the ABA checklist:
http://listing.aba.org/checklist/abachecklist_v7.8.2.pdf

Hybrids are not countable, captive birds are not countable, and birds that
are not identified to the species level (for instance "tern sp.") are not
countable.

I will NOT be taking totals from Trey Mitchell's June Challenge web site -
http://junechallenge.com/ - because several birders seem to have entered a
handful of species and then stopped; I don't know whether they want those
totals listed or not. So if you want your totals listed in the final tally,
please email them directly to me.

Remember that it's not too early for fall migrants. Alachua County has
recorded Louisiana Waterthrush and Black-and-white Warbler in late June, as
well as a handful of shorebird species. So don't give up yet!

If you've got any questions, please email me at <rexrowan...>

Thanks, and good luck during the final 48 hours of The June Challenge!

Rex Rowan
Gainesville

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Date: 6/28/16 10:44 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Gray Kingbird & Common Loon, Green Key
Hello,

Found a Common Loon this morning at Green Key, on a high tide. It was on north side, spotting scope needed to see it .

Also found A Gray Kingbird on a nest. Following photos in sequence, show when it landed near nest and then got on nest, still on eggs I assume.

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL

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Date: 6/28/16 8:26 am
From: Eve Parks <hrparks...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] More white Pelicans on Biolab Rd, Merritt Island NWR
About 1.3 miles from the north entrance to Biolab Rd, I found 13 white Pelicans on the west side of the road at 11:00 am today Tuesday. A mile further south, on west side of road, there are about 21 white Pelicans. Also large numbers of wading birds and some shore birds.
I was here Saturday and saw no white Pelicans on this road.
Birds are just plain fun, especially since we can never be sure what we'll see.
Eve Parks
Deltona
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Date: 6/28/16 5:53 am
From: Eve Parks <hrparks...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] White Pelicans Black Point Dr Merritt Island NWR
Just now (8:50 am Tuesday) seeing 8 white Pelicans between stops 3 and 4, on the left in the far distance, within sight of stop 4.
Eve Parks
Deltona

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Date: 6/28/16 3:14 am
From: Renne Leatto <renne...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Barn Swallows, Heat Response
I know they don’t flap. I watched them doing this all last summer. My chickens didn’t flap either, most of the time. They don’t always want that much dust, just what they can get by leaning into it.

They will do it in the shade, if that’s where they find the best dust. There’s plenty of biology and science pages all over the web that attest to this. But no harm in believing what you want.



Renee Leato

Windermere, Orange County













From: Ken Tracey [mailto:<kftracey...>]
Sent: Monday, June 27, 2016 9:40 AM
Subject: Re: Barn Swallows, Heat Response



These swallows would land with their chests flat on the road, no wing flapping or any motion at all that would be associated with dusting.

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey


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Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Barn Swallows, Heat Response

No, it’s not about the heat. You can see them doing it in cool weather, too. And when it’s super hot but the road is damp, they don’t do it. (They lose a lot more heat flying, with wind soaring through their feathers. They could also sit a shady bush, which I’ve seen them do. Much cooler than the dry road in the hot sun.)



What the swallows are doing in the road is “dusting” or “dust bathing -- getting dust into their feathers to keep lice down and clean their plumage of debris so they stay more aerodynamic. I’ve seen many birds do it, wild and farm-bred, including the chicken and guinea fowl I once raised.

But small, wild birds like the swallows often dust bathe more delicately. Instead of stirring up clouds of dust with their wings, they merely “dip” themselves into dust pockets, enough to work a small amount of the dust down into their feathers. Here’s more info on it:

http://birding.about.com/od/birdbehavior/a/Bird-Dust-Bathing.htm

https://web.stanford.edu/group/stanfordbirds/text/essays/Bathing_and_Dusting.html



http://www.besgroup.org/2006/12/23/sun-and-dust-bathing/



Renee Leato

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From: Ken Tracey [mailto:<kftracey...> <mailto:<kftracey...>?> ]
Sent: Sunday, June 26, 2016 7:17 PM
Subject: Barn Swallows, Heat Response



Hello,

While on the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive yesterday at every small bridge or canal structure a swarm of Barn Swallows were flying around, but there was also groups of them laying on the road. I was thinking this may have been a response to the high temperature, it was just past noon, and they were cooling down some by laying on the bright white road that was reflecting the heat. They would start flying after a few minutes, but then they would return.

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL

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Date: 6/27/16 1:41 pm
From: Vince Capp <00000031300bf63b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Barn Swallows, Heat Response
We had this discussion a couple of years ago on the Jerseybirds listerve, and I decided at the time to do a little research to learn more about this very curious behavior. That research revealed some interesting facts and theories.



The behavior Ken noted here is commonly referred to as ‘sunbathing’. Many bird species exhibit the behavior, but it seems to be particularly regular among Hirundids. The birds are actually using very hot, and/or reflective surfaces to focus intense heat onto specific areas of the body. It’s commonly accepted that this behavior serves multiple purposes. It does seem to aid the birds in controlling small ecto-parasites, either by killing them outright or encouraging them to migrate to an area of the birds body where they can be more easily addressed by preening. Swallows aren’t known to partake in ‘anting’- so this explanation does seem to make sense.



The other uses for this curious behavior are just as interesting. It is believed that molting birds find the high, concentrated heat useful in alleviating some of the discomfort they experience during their molt. They will sunbathe until they can barely stand it- retreat to recover somewhat only to return to their hot-spot to repeat the process over and over again. It must bring long-term relief for them to willingly engage in the activity. Additionally, It is believed that the birds use the high heat to soften damaged, out of shape feathers- it seems they are able to reshape and recondition them more effectively when they are at their most pliable.



Fascinating stuff.



Good birding-

Vince Capp

Bayonet Point



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From: Birdbrains - Florida Birds/Natural History [mailto:<BRDBRAIN...>] On Behalf Of Ken Tracey
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These swallows would land with their chests flat on the road, no wing flapping or any motion at all that would be associated with dusting.

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey


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No, it’s not about the heat. You can see them doing it in cool weather, too. And when it’s super hot but the road is damp, they don’t do it. (They lose a lot more heat flying, with wind soaring through their feathers. They could also sit a shady bush, which I’ve seen them do. Much cooler than the dry road in the hot sun.)



What the swallows are doing in the road is “dusting” or “dust bathing -- getting dust into their feathers to keep lice down and clean their plumage of debris so they stay more aerodynamic. I’ve seen many birds do it, wild and farm-bred, including the chicken and guinea fowl I once raised.

But small, wild birds like the swallows often dust bathe more delicately. Instead of stirring up clouds of dust with their wings, they merely “dip” themselves into dust pockets, enough to work a small amount of the dust down into their feathers. Here’s more info on it:

http://birding.about.com/od/birdbehavior/a/Bird-Dust-Bathing.htm

https://web.stanford.edu/group/stanfordbirds/text/essays/Bathing_and_Dusting.html



http://www.besgroup.org/2006/12/23/sun-and-dust-bathing/



Renee Leato

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From: Ken Tracey [mailto:<kftracey...> <mailto:<kftracey...>?> ]
Sent: Sunday, June 26, 2016 7:17 PM
Subject: Barn Swallows, Heat Response



Hello,

While on the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive yesterday at every small bridge or canal structure a swarm of Barn Swallows were flying around, but there was also groups of them laying on the road. I was thinking this may have been a response to the high temperature, it was just past noon, and they were cooling down some by laying on the bright white road that was reflecting the heat. They would start flying after a few minutes, but then they would return.

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL

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Date: 6/27/16 11:16 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Short-tailed Hawks West Pasco
Hello,

This morning I found two dark morph Short-tailed Hawks just south of the intersection of Little Rd and Hwy 52. A little later I had another dark morph Short-tailed Hawk at the power line on Tami Trail. Photos of two of the 3 attached. Also at the power line 5 Southeastern American Kestrels were present, most likely an adult pair with three fledglings. A Red-tailed Hawk was also soaring and calling to a young Red-tailed perched in a tree along the power line right-of-way.

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New Port Richey FL

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Date: 6/27/16 6:39 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Barn Swallows, Heat Response


These swallows would land with their chests flat on the road, no wing flapping or any motion at all that would be associated with dusting.

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey


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No, it’s not about the heat. You can see them doing it in cool weather, too. And when it’s super hot but the road is damp, they don’t do it. (They lose a lot more heat flying, with wind soaring through their feathers. They could also sit a shady bush, which I’ve seen them do. Much cooler than the dry road in the hot sun.)



What the swallows are doing in the road is “dusting” or “dust bathing -- getting dust into their feathers to keep lice down and clean their plumage of debris so they stay more aerodynamic. I’ve seen many birds do it, wild and farm-bred, including the chicken and guinea fowl I once raised.

But small, wild birds like the swallows often dust bathe more delicately. Instead of stirring up clouds of dust with their wings, they merely “dip” themselves into dust pockets, enough to work a small amount of the dust down into their feathers. Here’s more info on it:

http://birding.about.com/od/birdbehavior/a/Bird-Dust-Bathing.htm

https://web.stanford.edu/group/stanfordbirds/text/essays/Bathing_and_Dusting.html



http://www.besgroup.org/2006/12/23/sun-and-dust-bathing/





Renee Leato

Windermere, Orange County









From: Ken Tracey [mailto:<kftracey...>]
Sent: Sunday, June 26, 2016 7:17 PM
Subject: Barn Swallows, Heat Response




Hello,

While on the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive yesterday at every small bridge or canal structure a swarm of Barn Swallows were flying around, but there was also groups of them laying on the road. I was thinking this may have been a response to the high temperature, it was just past noon, and they were cooling down some by laying on the bright white road that was reflecting the heat. They would start flying after a few minutes, but then they would return.

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL

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Date: 6/27/16 6:16 am
From: Renne Leatto <renne...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Barn Swallows, Heat Response
No, it’s not about the heat. You can see them doing it in cool weather, too. And when it’s super hot but the road is damp, they don’t do it. (They lose a lot more heat flying, with wind soaring through their feathers. They could also sit a shady bush, which I’ve seen them do. Much cooler than the dry road in the hot sun.)



What the swallows are doing in the road is “dusting” or “dust bathing -- getting dust into their feathers to keep lice down and clean their plumage of debris so they stay more aerodynamic. I’ve seen many birds do it, wild and farm-bred, including the chicken and guinea fowl I once raised.

But small, wild birds like the swallows often dust bathe more delicately. Instead of stirring up clouds of dust with their wings, they merely “dip” themselves into dust pockets, enough to work a small amount of the dust down into their feathers. Here’s more info on it:

http://birding.about.com/od/birdbehavior/a/Bird-Dust-Bathing.htm

https://web.stanford.edu/group/stanfordbirds/text/essays/Bathing_and_Dusting.html



http://www.besgroup.org/2006/12/23/sun-and-dust-bathing/





Renee Leato

Windermere, Orange County









From: Ken Tracey [mailto:<kftracey...>]
Sent: Sunday, June 26, 2016 7:17 PM
Subject: Barn Swallows, Heat Response



Hello,

While on the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive yesterday at every small bridge or canal structure a swarm of Barn Swallows were flying around, but there was also groups of them laying on the road. I was thinking this may have been a response to the high temperature, it was just past noon, and they were cooling down some by laying on the bright white road that was reflecting the heat. They would start flying after a few minutes, but then they would return.

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL

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Date: 6/27/16 5:44 am
From: Steve Klesius <skaway...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Heron hybrids: which ones "cross breed"
There have been lots of posts for Great Blue, Cocio,' white necked' and Grey herons. SO: Do these herons produce hybrids? How usual is it? Is it more likely in South or Central America than in North America? There are photos of herons that were questioned as hybrids (like Merritt Island). just interested. Steve Klesius, north Hillsborough County, Tampa 33647.

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Date: 6/26/16 4:17 pm
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Barn Swallows, Heat Response
Hello,

While on the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive yesterday at every small bridge or canal structure a swarm of Barn Swallows were flying around, but there was also groups of them laying on the road. I was thinking this may have been a response to the high temperature, it was just past noon, and they were cooling down some by laying on the bright white road that was reflecting the heat. They would start flying after a few minutes, but then they would return.

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New Port Richey FL

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Date: 6/26/16 1:34 pm
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] white-necked GBH?, Lake Apopka/Orange County
Score another one for the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive. Same look. I didn't
think juveniles had a white-necked stage, but do they?

This is the best photo I have of it. It had just turned from sideways,
where there was nothing but white all down the side of the neck (and what
front I could see). The only "not white" was the little smudge you see at
the back of the neck. Nothing earth-shattering, but interesting.

Christopher Fero
Melbourne/Brevard County
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On Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 8:02 PM, Edward Kwater <edkwater...> wrote:

> Ken and BirdBrains,
>
> This bird is not a Gray Heron. For one thing the bill is just too big and
> it has rufous thighs which Gray Heron lacks. It is also not a White-necked
> (Cocoi) Heron since the black on the crown of that species extends below
> the eye. In my opinion it is a slightly unusual Great Blue Heron.
>
> Hope this helps.
>
> Ed Kwater
> Colombia, S.A.
> On Jun 20, 2016 3:43 PM, "Ken Tracey" <kftracey...> wrote:
>
>> Hello,
>>
>> From my photos of the east Pasco heron (which I have just posted all
>> taken) I do not think the head pattern fits Cocoi Heron of South America,
>> but I think the head pattern and over all plumage is an exact match for
>> Gray Heron (Ardea cinerea) a European species. EBird does show a Bermuda
>> record and a 2014 record in southern West Indies for Gray Heron.
>>
>> Ken Tracey
>> New Port Richey FL
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Date: 6/26/16 1:23 pm
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Dozens & Dozens ! - ! Mississippi Kite & Swallow-Tailed Kite & Grasshopper Spectacular Phenomenon !
Yes, it was spectacular! I didn't see the 100 or so, since many were
roosting, concealed, but I did see several dozen! A few swooped close to
our heads and you could hear the "zip" as they grabbed large grasshoppers
out of trees or the grass. Truly spectacular!

CJSF

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On Sun, Jun 26, 2016 at 6:51 AM, Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...>
wrote:

> Yesterday again & again at the Mississippi Kites Fields in Belleville, it
> is continuing on & on & more to follow !
>
> Still some dozens & dozens of Mississippi Kites are still flying high up
> in the skies of Belleview !
>
> After a thunderstorm and a very loud thunderclap which had then dispersed
> all of the Mississippi Kites out all of the trees that
>
> they were roosting in & at least over a hundred Mississippi Kites were all
> flying round & around high up in the air !!! Yahoo !
>
> Fly On Oh precious Mississippi Kites Fly On & On ! ! !
>
>
> Steve Petruniak
>
> Daytona Beach, Fl
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Date: 6/26/16 9:58 am
From: Chris Goodfellow <chrisgoodfella...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Still Dozens & Dozens
Had a wonderful morning watching the Mississippi Kites with Larry & Barbara, I left around 11 am .
Same place.
Chris Goodfellow
Clermont

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Date: 6/26/16 3:51 am
From: Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Dozens & Dozens ! - ! Mississippi Kite & Swallow-Tailed Kite & Grasshopper Spectacular Phenomenon !
Yesterday again & again at the Mississippi Kites Fields in Belleville, it is continuing on & on & more to follow !

Still some dozens & dozens of Mississippi Kites are still flying high up in the skies of Belleview !

After a thunderstorm and a very loud thunderclap which had then dispersed all of the Mississippi Kites out all of the trees that

they were roosting in & at least over a hundred Mississippi Kites were all flying round & around high up in the air !!! Yahoo !

Fly On Oh precious Mississippi Kites Fly On & On ! ! !


Steve Petruniak

Daytona Beach, Fl

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