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7/6/15 1:07 pm EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar Hummingbird
7/5/15 5:29 pm Bill Pranty <billpranty...> [BRDBRAIN] Palm Beach and Broward counties, 4 Jul 2015
7/5/15 8:34 am Chad Witko <chadjwitko...> [BRDBRAIN] RFI: Birding South Florida (Miami to Keys and Beyond)?
7/5/15 7:13 am Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...> [BRDBRAIN] Broad-wing Hawk
7/5/15 6:15 am cress <w_ouzel...> [BRDBRAIN] Fw: Crow Roost?
7/4/15 10:17 pm cress <w_ouzel...> [BRDBRAIN] Crow Roost?
7/4/15 4:41 pm Bb <0000001e3d7f8b58-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] RFI Shiny Cowbird at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive
7/4/15 3:42 pm Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka Swallow
7/4/15 8:52 am Andrew Boyle <0000001ca1d83648-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka Swallow
7/3/15 6:54 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Broad-winged Hawk. Short-tailed Hawk. Volusia Co.
7/3/15 3:21 pm Andrew Boyle <0000001ca1d83648-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Leucistic Barn Swallow
7/3/15 2:34 pm Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Least Bitterns in Titusville
7/3/15 1:19 pm EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Winter Haven 2 LHNP
7/3/15 12:41 pm EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Winter Haven 1 SLHNP
7/3/15 9:26 am Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...> [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kite
7/3/15 8:44 am Renne Leatto <renne...> [BRDBRAIN] FW: Duck release RFI
7/2/15 2:41 pm Juanita Baker <bakerj...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Duck release RFI
7/2/15 1:34 pm Nathaniel Goddard <ngoddard...> [BRDBRAIN] Great week for gulf pelagics
7/2/15 12:48 pm Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst...> [BRDBRAIN] 2015 AOU Supplement is Out! « ABA Blog
7/2/15 12:04 pm Bill Pranty <billpranty...> [BRDBRAIN] Egyptian Geese and eBird
7/2/15 5:58 am Jenny Welch <mwelch...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Duck release RFI
7/1/15 6:35 pm Andrew Boyle <0000001ca1d83648-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Duck release RFI
7/1/15 4:04 pm Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst...> [BRDBRAIN] EGGE
7/1/15 5:40 am Diane Reed <0000001567cad33a-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] St Augustine June Challenge
7/1/15 4:54 am Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> [BRDBRAIN] American Flamingos over Biscayne Bay 7/1/2015
6/30/15 8:23 pm Dan Irizarry <rdirizarry...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Egyptian Geese in Hernando County
6/30/15 5:23 pm Breanna Perry <serena933...> [BRDBRAIN] ID Help? & Re: Powerline Road-Hernando County
6/30/15 4:38 pm Kevin Dailey <000000112b9117fe-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Egyptian Geese in Hernando County
6/30/15 1:08 pm Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...> [BRDBRAIN] Powerline Road-Hernando County
6/30/15 11:12 am Tom Riggs <tcriggs1...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Egyptian Geese in Hernando County
6/30/15 10:56 am Bill Pranty <billpranty...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Egyptian Geese in Hernando County
6/30/15 10:44 am Tim Kalbach <pbdipper...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Egyptian Geese in Hernando County
6/30/15 10:22 am Jason Guerard <0000001bdea45b30-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Egyptian Geese in Hernando County
6/30/15 9:51 am EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar Reserve 6/30/15
6/30/15 9:10 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Egyptian Geese in Hernando County
6/29/15 12:17 pm Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Anhinga Question, singing Brown Thrasher 6/29/15
6/29/15 10:15 am Ted Yeatts <tedyeatts...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Three Lakes WMA
6/29/15 8:59 am EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Anhinga Question, singing Brown Thrasher 6/29/15
6/29/15 8:38 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Cormorant, New Port Richey
6/28/15 6:16 pm Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Pinellas Birds (June 20-27)
6/28/15 1:31 pm Dale Goebel <sheirah11...> [BRDBRAIN] Update: Neotropic Cormorant-Pasco-Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park
6/28/15 8:45 am Bev Hansen <bevalhansen...> [BRDBRAIN] Egyptian Geese at Bystre Lake, Hernando County
6/28/15 6:07 am Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] South Lake Howard Nature Park 6/27/15
6/27/15 4:45 pm EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] South Lake Howard Nature Park 6/27/15
6/27/15 2:12 pm Dale Goebel <sheirah11...> [BRDBRAIN] Neotropic Cormarant-Pasco-Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park
6/27/15 1:15 pm Malcolm Mark Swan <markruthswan...> [BRDBRAIN] Brown Booby at Destin in Okaloosa County
6/27/15 12:21 pm Bill Argo <billargo...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] South Lake Howard Nature Park 6/27/15
6/27/15 8:14 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kite Nest - Marion County
6/27/15 7:57 am EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] South Lake Howard Nature Park 6/27/15
6/26/15 2:19 pm David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] "Great White" Heron Pasco County 06/26/15
6/26/15 1:30 pm Ted Yeatts <tedyeatts...> [BRDBRAIN] Three Lake WMA
6/26/15 1:28 pm Jeff Timmons <jeffreytimmons...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani/Spot-breasted Oriole Palm Beach County
6/26/15 11:31 am EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] South Lake Howard Nature Park
6/26/15 7:16 am Jeff Timmons <jeffreytimmons...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani Palm Beach County
6/25/15 7:17 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] # 5 Common Nighthawk, Sumter County, The Villages
6/25/15 1:39 pm Katherine Whitley <whitleykathy...> [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-tailed Kite family in Tampa
6/25/15 7:21 am Nancy Price <0000001ab5ecacd1-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani Palm Beach County
6/24/15 5:19 pm Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Hal Scott an Incrediable Story 6/24/15
6/24/15 1:20 pm Lenore McCullagh <lmcstjohns...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Cedar Key frigatebirds
6/24/15 12:58 pm jw callis <soturin...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] St. Marks WLR wakulla county
6/24/15 12:21 pm Bill Pranty <billpranty...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] St. Marks WLR wakulla county
6/24/15 12:15 pm jw callis <soturin...> [BRDBRAIN] St. Marks WLR wakulla county
6/24/15 11:37 am Bradley J Bergstrom <bergstrm...> [BRDBRAIN] Cedar Key frigatebirds
6/24/15 11:30 am Mary Frey <mlfrey...> [BRDBRAIN] Miami birding
6/24/15 12:12 am Allan Stern <00000014b7b0d186-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Green Heron
6/24/15 12:06 am Allan Stern <00000014b7b0d186-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Green Heron.
6/23/15 10:45 am merle hubbard <merlinhubb...> [BRDBRAIN] Shiny Cowbird, Celery Fields
6/22/15 11:59 am Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Snowy Plovers - Sanibel - Report date 6/22/15
6/22/15 11:48 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] Shiny Cowbird, Sarasota County 06/22/15
6/22/15 11:07 am Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...> [BRDBRAIN] June Challenge
6/22/15 10:43 am EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] South Lake Howard Nature Park
6/21/15 5:31 pm Marvin T Smith <mtsmith...> [BRDBRAIN] Black Bellied Whistling Ducks Jefferson County
6/21/15 4:58 pm Breanna Perry <serena933...> [BRDBRAIN] Weekiwachee 6/21 and ID help?
6/21/15 6:17 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Blue Grosbeak, Pasco
6/20/15 5:30 pm Breanna Perry <serena933...> [BRDBRAIN] Hernando Birding Report & ID help?
6/20/15 2:36 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kite, Summerfield, Marion County
6/20/15 2:07 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] SUMTER COUNTY Common Nighthawks
6/20/15 1:54 pm Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...> [BRDBRAIN] Shiny Cowbird - Celery Fields, Sarasota co., (06/20/2015)
6/19/15 6:53 pm EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar Reserve 6/19/15
6/18/15 11:26 pm Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...> [BRDBRAIN] 30 to 40 Plus Swallow-Tailed Kites Plus Juveniles flying last night in Central Park in Ormond at Hand Ave and Fleming Ave and Beyond !
6/18/15 7:55 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Birding in Ocala National Forest - Marion County
6/18/15 10:30 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] "Great White" Heron Pasco County; 06/18/15
6/18/15 3:21 am Kathryn Young <kathwren4...> [BRDBRAIN] Blue-gray Gnatcatcher feeding a Cowbird
6/16/15 7:19 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Common Nighthawk nesting in Sumter County
6/16/15 6:28 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Question about 1 Swallow-tailed Kite fledgling in Summerfield, Marion County
6/16/15 2:46 pm Jim Swarr <jhschwarr...> [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kite-Gainesville, FL
6/15/15 4:39 pm EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar 6/15/15
6/15/15 4:06 pm Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Blue Grosbeak, Starkey Park
6/15/15 11:38 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Roseate Tern. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
6/15/15 11:13 am Joseph Cala <00000019a57cae15-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Myiarchus ID Help - Ft. Myers Beach FL
6/15/15 10:52 am Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Shiny Cowbird, Playalinda Beach (Brevard)
6/15/15 8:59 am mitchell harris <petreltime...> [BRDBRAIN] Shiny Cowbird, Playalinda Beach (Brevard)
6/14/15 6:03 pm Leann Streeper <leann.jackson...> [BRDBRAIN] Wash. D.C. ID Help
6/14/15 5:11 am Dave Goodwin <0000000df3046576-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Spot-breasted Oriole - No sightings - request for help locating
6/13/15 3:23 pm Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Rough-winged Swallow. Helmeted Guineafowl. Volusia Co.
6/13/15 1:26 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Rough-winged Swallow. Helmeted Guineafowl. Volusia Co.
6/13/15 11:12 am Claire Herzog <ceherzog...> [BRDBRAIN] Celery Fields Cowbirds
6/13/15 10:54 am Donald Margeson <000000188c3694c9-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Whimbrels at Ft. De Soto
6/13/15 5:38 am Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...> [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive
6/12/15 10:13 pm Allan Stern <00000014b7b0d186-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Common Gallinule (Moorhen)
6/12/15 4:19 pm Bill Pranty <billpranty...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Brooksville Area Birding & ID Help?
6/12/15 4:17 pm Breanna Perry <serena933...> [BRDBRAIN] Brooksville Area Birding & ID Help?
6/12/15 3:49 pm Bill Pranty <billpranty...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Short-tailed Hawk - no sightings
6/12/15 3:46 pm Jeff Timmons <jeffreytimmons...> [BRDBRAIN] Short-tailed Hawk - no sightings
6/12/15 2:43 pm Jeff Timmons <jeffreytimmons...> [BRDBRAIN] Spot-breasted Oriole - No sightings - request for help locating
6/12/15 2:28 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Pelagic Birding opportunity. July 19
6/11/15 6:51 pm Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...> [BRDBRAIN] Trip report: Southeastern Quebec, May 30 - June 7.
6/11/15 2:06 pm David Hartgrove <birdman9...> [BRDBRAIN] BBA II, Purple Martins
6/11/15 12:38 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Breakfast with the Kites kin Summerfield, Marion County
6/11/15 8:38 am Stu Wilson <stuwilson...> [BRDBRAIN] Celery Fields- Cowbird Central
6/11/15 6:32 am Ted Yeatts <tedyeatts...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Brinson Park Fulvous Whistling Ducks question
6/11/15 6:20 am Matthew Press <0000000b4f429e34-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Websites about Pelagic Birding in the Gulf of Mexico
6/10/15 2:28 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Pelagic Trip Report. Out of Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia County
6/9/15 5:27 pm Diane Reed <0000001567cad33a-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] American Robins nesting in St Augustine
6/9/15 6:31 am Jenny Welch <mwelch...> [BRDBRAIN] Re-development of Brinson Park and Kissimmee Lakefront park for birding
6/9/15 4:47 am Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID request for help
6/8/15 9:52 pm Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> [BRDBRAIN] Brinson Park Fulvous Whistling Ducks question
6/8/15 2:32 pm Bill Pranty <billpranty...> [BRDBRAIN] southwestern Pasco County, 8 Jun 2015
6/8/15 2:03 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] 6/8/15 Swallow-tailed Kites Summerfield, Marion County
6/8/15 1:36 pm Janet Conover <conover.janet...> [BRDBRAIN] Magnificant Frigate
6/8/15 1:33 pm Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> [BRDBRAIN] Carolina Chickadee - but please hear me out! / Three Lakes WMA [Osceola County]
6/8/15 1:01 pm EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Butterfly ID help
6/8/15 12:31 pm Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID request for help
6/8/15 12:24 pm gmranck <0000000ec1899b62-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID request for help
6/8/15 10:30 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] "Great White" Heron, Pasco County June 08, 2015
6/8/15 5:07 am Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID request for help
6/8/15 5:03 am Marvin T Smith <mtsmith...> [BRDBRAIN] St. Augustine Alligator Farm
6/7/15 2:47 pm Cole Fredricks <cfredricks...> [BRDBRAIN] Gadwall @ Lake Hancock Outfall Wetland
6/7/15 1:42 pm Jamie Pipher <jamie.pipher...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID request for help
6/7/15 12:58 pm EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-tailed Kite in the Hood
6/7/15 12:45 pm Renne Leatto <renne...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID request for help
6/7/15 10:50 am Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...> [BRDBRAIN] Lower Green Swamp Preserve, Hillsborough co., (06/07/2015)
6/6/15 9:24 pm Robert Bowden <rr_bowden...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID request for help
6/6/15 9:20 pm Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID request for help
6/6/15 8:18 pm Jamie Pipher <jamie.pipher...> [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID request for help
6/6/15 11:52 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-tailed Kite Chicks - Marion County
 
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Date: 7/6/15 1:07 pm
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar Hummingbird
Hello Birders.
Out to Circle B Bar Reserve Southeast of Lakeland from 7 till 10.
Best Birds : 1 RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, 5 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING
DUCKS, 15+ WHITE PELICANS.
Nothing all that unusual this morning but I was delighted to find the
Ruby-throated Hummingbird along Heron Hideout. The bird was feeding on the
Alligator Flag blooms mid-way on the Northern portion on the East side of
the trail straight across from the lone cypress.
I also saw a flock of what I think were small ducks possibly Teal but
they were a long way off and I'm not sure, seems unlikely this time of year.
I added an unusual sunrise photo from the 4th. Good Birding.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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Date: 7/5/15 5:29 pm
From: Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Palm Beach and Broward counties, 4 Jul 2015
Good evening,

Yesterday, Charlie Fisher, Brian Ahern, Valeri Ponzo, and I ventured to Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge for the Smooth-billed Anis that would be lifers for Charlie and Val. We left Tampa at 0400 and found both anis by 0900. We found the tree in which they are building their nest; in the first pic, the ani on the left is carrying nesting material. A quick potty break at the Visitor's Center furnished two adult Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks in the cypresses.

We then drove to Spanish River Park in Boca Raton to look for the Spot-breasted Orioles that have been reported frequently recently on eBird. With excellent directions provided earlier by Marcello Gomes, we found one oriole within 15 minutes of our arrival, after waiting for a thunderstorm to end. (My photo is rather poor due to the very low light levels following the storm).

Finally, we traveled south into Broward County to the "Tamarac duck pond," where all of us have visited at least once previously. We didn't find any ducks new for any of us but two Blue-crowned Parakeets were Charlie's third lifer of the day.

We arrived back at Sarasota by 1600 and Tampa by 1700.


Best regards,

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida

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Date: 7/5/15 8:34 am
From: Chad Witko <chadjwitko...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] RFI: Birding South Florida (Miami to Keys and Beyond)?
Greetings,

With a potential vacation on the horizon to South Florida during the first
week of August, I was looking for some insight into birding opportunities
from those with experience in the southern part of the Sunshine
State. Right now, it's looking like my itinerary could involve flying into
Miami and driving through the Everglades down into the Keys and Key West
with a potential excursion out to the Dry Tortugas. Suggestions on
everything from general hotspots that offer a great cross-section of
breeding birds to specific parks and patches to net a specific species is
welcome.

Gaps in my lifelist include any established exotics that are countable by
the ABA, a few general southern species that I've missed over the years
(Purple Gallinule, Wilson's Plover, King Rail, Limpkin, several of the
kites, etc) and anything that's a true specialty to the region.

I don't expect that this is the best time of year to bird South Florida,
but I'm not too worried about picking up migrants having seen most of those
over the years anyway. I'm just looking to make the most of my time on
vacation picking up a few new species through casual birding efforts
feeling like I did the region proud.

Many thanks in advance for any tips and insight that anyone may be able to
offer. Please email me privately off-list with your suggestions.

Cheers,
Chad Witko
Claverack, NY
<chadjwitko...>


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Date: 7/5/15 7:13 am
From: Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Broad-wing Hawk
The Broad-winged hawk Michael Brothers reported near Williamson and Granada 2 days ago is in my hood today. I first spotted it sitting on a Presbyterian church steeple last night at 6:30. As I left my house to hunt for it today it flew directly over the open top of my car letting out a kind of high pitched squeal. Its tail was spread so I was able to get a great diagnostic look at the wide white band. There was a terminus thin white band as well. The lower breat was heavily streaked but not concentrated like a Red-tailed would be. It landed on a snag where I got some photos of a mockingbird harassing it for eBird reviewer.

Meret Wilson
Volusia County, FL

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Date: 7/5/15 6:15 am
From: cress <w_ouzel...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fw: Crow Roost?
Sorry, I misread trying to coordinate differrent maps.
The spot is near the junction of Hernando & Citrus counties and I think the
approximate coordinates are 29.0129 -82.67.
Richard Cressman
Tampa FL

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From: cress
Sent: Sunday, July 5, 2015 1:17 AM
To: Birdbrain
Subject: Crow Roost?


Radar shows a dispersal from a point near the junction of Hernando & Pasco
counties at the coastline at about 6:20 to 6:50 in the morning. This
location is somewhere near 28.432, -82.66. See the ring just below the
center in the attached figure.

http://weather.rap.ucar.edu/radar/
and set the end time for1100 UTC, duration for 2 hours., regional
activity, and TBW
Has been working every day.

Question for someone near there or familiar with this area. Is this a crow
roost?

Richard Cressman
Tampa FL

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Date: 7/4/15 10:17 pm
From: cress <w_ouzel...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Crow Roost?

Radar shows a dispersal from a point near the junction of Hernando & Pasco
counties at the coastline at about 6:20 to 6:50 in the morning. This
location is somewhere near 28.432, -82.66. See the ring just below the
center in the attached figure.

http://weather.rap.ucar.edu/radar/
and set the end time for1100 UTC, duration for 2 hours., regional
activity, and TBW
Has been working every day.

Question for someone near there or familiar with this area. Is this a crow
roost?

Richard Cressman
Tampa FL

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Date: 7/4/15 4:41 pm
From: Bb <0000001e3d7f8b58-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] RFI Shiny Cowbird at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive
I've tried a couple of times for the subject bird at the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive without success. I gather the bird has been seen near the sod fields, but are there any other suggestions about where the bird has been seen?

Thanks and happy 4th to everyone,

Robert Bowman
Clermont

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Date: 7/4/15 3:42 pm
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka Swallow
Could it be a young Cliff Swallow?

Christopher Ferro

Melbourne/Brevard County
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On Sat, Jul 4, 2015 at 11:52 AM, Andrew Boyle <
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> Hello, All.
>
> Yesterday, I posted a shot of a swallow I call a leucistic Barn Swallow.
> After looking through more shots (and getting an interesting suggestion
> from another lister) I am not sure it even IS a Barn Swallow. I have
> attached several shots, including in flight and next to a juv. Barn.
>
> Any thoughts appreciated.
>
> Andrew Boyle
> Orlando, FL
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Date: 7/4/15 8:52 am
From: Andrew Boyle <0000001ca1d83648-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka Swallow
Hello, All. 
Yesterday, I posted a shot of a swallow I call a leucistic Barn Swallow. After looking through more shots (and getting an interesting suggestion from another lister) I am not sure it even IS a Barn Swallow. I have attached several shots, including in flight and next to a juv. Barn. 
Any thoughts appreciated. 
Andrew BoyleOrlando, FL

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Date: 7/3/15 6:54 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Broad-winged Hawk. Short-tailed Hawk. Volusia Co.
This afternoon, 7/3, I found a juvenile Broad-winged Hawk off Williamson Avenue in Ormond Beach. Earlier in the afternoon, I had to make a run to the Tomoka Landfill where I found an adult dark morph Short-tailed Hawk.


Michael


Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL

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Date: 7/3/15 3:21 pm
From: Andrew Boyle <0000001ca1d83648-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Leucistic Barn Swallow
Hello, All. 
I made my first visit to the Lake Apopka North Shore Drive this morning and had an awesome time. If you need Osprey and Red-winged Blackbird shots right now, hey, go for it!
I was surprised by all of the Barn Swallows. I was happy to get some shots on my first pass but decided to go back around again after I discovered there was another stretch past the Pump House I first ignored. When I got back to the place I saw the swallows the first time I only had a couple sitting on the rails. While I was taking shots of a juvenile another bird flew in. I believe it is a leucistic bird. If anyone thinks that it is a different species, please let me know but it sure looks like a Barn. 
It flew in a foot or so away from the juv then creeped ever closer. I have 300 shots to wade through from the morning but it was a cool sequence. 
This will be an interesting place in the but I fear there will be gridlock in the Fall. Heck, on my second pass it took me forever to let a car let me pass after 3 miles near the end of the drive. 
Please, if you see a car close behind you, let them pass. 
Please. 
Please.
Andrew BoyleOrlando, FL


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Date: 7/3/15 2:34 pm
From: Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Least Bitterns in Titusville
Hello Birders.
This message is for the Fitzgeralds and others that might be interested. AL Brayton wrote me to say " There are Least Bitterns nesting at Blue Heron Sewage Treatment Plant in Titusville." I hope that helps.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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Date: 7/3/15 1:19 pm
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Winter Haven 2 LHNP
Hello again Birders.
After leaving South Lake Howard Nature Park I ventured over to Lake
Hartridge Nature Park 3 miles to the North. This is another City of Winter
Haven park, it's located on Havendale Blvd. and is nestled on the shores of
Lake Hartridge. About 5 acres in size with small lagoon, public restrooms,
water fountain, covered picnic tables, 2 docks a boat ramp, and plenty of
shade; it is also beautiful.
Best birds : 2 LEAST BITTERNS, 2 LIMPKIN COLTS, 1 DOWNY WOODPECKER, 1
KILLDEER.
The Bitterns were on the shoreline where the trail is closest to the
lake, where the guardrail is. One of the birds had a broken left wing, I
don't think the bone was broken but the shafts of the primaries were badly
crimped. The bird was actively feeding and seemed otherwise fine. There was
also a Killdeer that was tying to lead me away from it's nest, running a
few yards and squatting.
The lagoon is ringed with Blooming Pickerel Weed and should be a
butterfly hotspot but only had a few mid-morning. Good Birding.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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Date: 7/3/15 12:41 pm
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Winter Haven 1 SLHNP
Hello Birders.
Out to South Lake Howard Nature Park this morning from 7 till 9. I met
fellow Brainers Mike and Donna Fitzgerald from Merritt Island; they drove
over hoping to find the Least Bittern but alas it was a no show. Wouldn't
you know I would find 2 Least Bitterns at Lake Hartridge Nature Park 3
miles away an Hour latter! Such is life, I wish I would have gotten their
phone number. As a consolation 2 pairs of Downy Woodpeckers put on a long,
closeup, out in the sun at eye level show.
Across the street at the short dock area to the left 2 freshly hatched
Purple Gallinule chicks were following their mother around wanting
breakfast.
Best Birds: 1 COMMON FLICKER, 4 DOWNY WOODPECKERS, 2 CHIMNEY SWIFTS, 1
BLUE-GRAY GNAT-CATCHER, 1 BROWN THRASHER, 7 MONK PARAKEETS, 5 PURPLE
GALLINULES.

P.S. Wally Barns photographed a male Blue Grosbeak at Circle B Bar 6/29/15

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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Date: 7/3/15 9:26 am
From: Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kite
Just learned there is a documented nesting Mississippi Kite in Volusia Co. Anyone know anything about this?

Meret Wilson
Volusia County, FL

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Date: 7/3/15 8:44 am
From: Renne Leatto <renne...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] FW: Duck release RFI
Plus, if the duck is not afraid of people or dogs, coyotes will probably get
her if they release her in a pond.



Renee Leato

Windermere, Orange County











From: Juanita Baker [mailto:<bakerj...>]
Sent: Thursday, July 2, 2015 5:41 PM
Subject: Re: Duck release RFI



Yes, it is harmful to our native population of Florida Mottled Ducks, to
release them and have the chance they will interbreed.

Juanita

Sebastian,



On Jul 2, 2015, at 8:58 AM, Jenny Welch <mwelch...>
<mailto:<mwelch...> > wrote:





Contact Fallin' Pines Critter Rescue.

<http://www.fallinpinesrescue.org/> http://www.fallinpinesrescue.org/

Fallin' Pines Critter Rescue, Inc.

23643 Christmas Cemetery Rd.

Christmas, FL 32709

(407) 568-7988



I have taken injured Muscovy ducks there and it is extremely difficult to
find rescue shelters to take Muscovy ducks but they do take them.

If you can afford it please leave a donation to help with their expenses.



Please do not release mallard ducks.

Florida has laws regarding this and they can be found here:


<http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/managed/waterfowl/mallard-possession-rule
/>
http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/managed/waterfowl/mallard-possession-rule/




<http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/managed/waterfowl/mallard-possession-rule
/faqs/>
http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/managed/waterfowl/mallard-possession-rule/
faqs/



Jenny

Kissimmee, Florida



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Andrew Boyle
Sent: Wednesday, July 01, 2015 9:35 PM
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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Duck release RFI



Hello, All.



My wife had this question this afternoon:



"Hey.one of my co-workers wants to know if there are any places that take
ducks that need a home.

Their dog and daughter adopted a baby mallard female that was abandoned and
now she's grown.still follows dog around everywhere, but they know it would
probably be better off somewhere with other ducks and an actual body of
water. Do you know of anywhere short of just taking it to a pond and letting
it go? They want someplace that will kinda look after her re-acclimation."



This is Orlando. I have no other details at this time. Is it OK to just
relocate a Mallard into a park environment?



Andrew Boyle

Orlando, FL

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Date: 7/2/15 2:41 pm
From: Juanita Baker <bakerj...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Duck release RFI
Yes, it is harmful to our native population of Florida Mottled Ducks, to release them and have the chance they will interbreed.
Juanita
Sebastian,

On Jul 2, 2015, at 8:58 AM, Jenny Welch <mwelch...><mailto:<mwelch...>> wrote:

Contact Fallin Pines Critter Rescue.
http://www.fallinpinesrescue.org/
Fallin' Pines Critter Rescue, Inc.
23643 Christmas Cemetery Rd.
Christmas, FL 32709
(407) 568-7988

I have taken injured Muscovy ducks there and it is extremely difficult to find rescue shelters to take Muscovy ducks but they do take them.
If you can afford it please leave a donation to help with their expenses.

Please do not release mallard ducks.
Florida has laws regarding this and they can be found here:
http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/managed/waterfowl/mallard-possession-rule/

http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/managed/waterfowl/mallard-possession-rule/faqs/

Jenny
Kissimmee, Florida

From: Birdbrains - Florida Birds/Natural History [mailto:<BRDBRAIN...><http://LISTSERV.USF.EDU>] On Behalf Of Andrew Boyle
Sent: Wednesday, July 01, 2015 9:35 PM
To: <BRDBRAIN...><mailto:<BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Duck release RFI

Hello, All.

My wife had this question this afternoon:

"Heyone of my co-workers wants to know if there are any places that take ducks that need a home
Their dog and daughter adopted a baby mallard female that was abandoned and now shes grownstill follows dog around everywhere, but they know it would probably be better off somewhere with other ducks and an actual body of water. Do you know of anywhere short of just taking it to a pond and letting it go? They want someplace that will kinda look after her re-acclimation"

This is Orlando. I have no other details at this time. Is it OK to just relocate a Mallard into a park environment?

Andrew Boyle
Orlando, FL
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Date: 7/2/15 1:34 pm
From: Nathaniel Goddard <ngoddard...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Great week for gulf pelagics
While fishing for red snapper during the last week out of Clearwater and St Petersburg I have noticed an influx of gulf pelagics. I have had observes great shearwater, lots of pomarine parasitic jaegers, parasitic jaeger, band-rumped storm petrel, sooty tern, and a bridled tern, not to mention all of the usual gulls terns and frigate birds. Attached is a great shearwater that flew up to the boat and tried to jump in after a bait, quite the aggressive little guy.

Nate
Tampa, FL


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Date: 7/2/15 12:48 pm
From: Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] 2015 AOU Supplement is Out! « ABA Blog
FYI.


http://blog.aba.org/2015/07/2015-aou-supplement-is-out.html


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Weeki Wachee, FL

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Date: 7/2/15 12:04 pm
From: Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Egyptian Geese and eBird
Good afternoon,

I heard from Marshall Iliff, one of the coordinators of eBird at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, that they have decided to validate all reports of Egyptian Geese in Florida to track the potential expansion of the population established in the southeastern peninsula, and also to track various local populations such as the one at The Villages.

Marshall said that it would take eBird HQ some time to examine the reports because some may have been invalidated for identification issues (these will remain invalidated) while others were invalidated for provenance issues (these will be accepted). So at some point the Hernando County reports will show up on the eBird map, but they're not there at present.

http://ebird.org/ebird/map/egygoo?neg=true&env.minX=-80.39527877392504&env.minY=26.103926766909296&env.maxX=-80.24189933361743&env.maxY=26.16626440394654&zh=true&gp=false&ev=Z&mr=1-12&bmo=1&emo=12&yr=all&byr=1900&eyr=2015

(Zoom in to see individual symbols then click on them to get location, date, and numbers of individuals. Some reports contain a written description or photographs).


Best regards,

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida

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Date: 7/2/15 5:58 am
From: Jenny Welch <mwelch...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Duck release RFI
Contact Fallin’ Pines Critter Rescue.

http://www.fallinpinesrescue.org/

Fallin' Pines Critter Rescue, Inc.

23643 Christmas Cemetery Rd.

Christmas, FL 32709

(407) 568-7988



I have taken injured Muscovy ducks there and it is extremely difficult to find rescue shelters to take Muscovy ducks but they do take them.

If you can afford it please leave a donation to help with their expenses.



Please do not release mallard ducks.

Florida has laws regarding this and they can be found here:

http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/managed/waterfowl/mallard-possession-rule/



http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/managed/waterfowl/mallard-possession-rule/faqs/



Jenny

Kissimmee, Florida



From: Birdbrains - Florida Birds/Natural History [mailto:<BRDBRAIN...>] On Behalf Of Andrew Boyle
Sent: Wednesday, July 01, 2015 9:35 PM
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Duck release RFI



Hello, All.



My wife had this question this afternoon:



"Hey…one of my co-workers wants to know if there are any places that take ducks that need a home…

Their dog and daughter adopted a baby mallard female that was abandoned and now she’s grown…still follows dog around everywhere, but they know it would probably be better off somewhere with other ducks and an actual body of water. Do you know of anywhere short of just taking it to a pond and letting it go? They want someplace that will kinda look after her re-acclimation…"



This is Orlando. I have no other details at this time. Is it OK to just relocate a Mallard into a park environment?



Andrew Boyle

Orlando, FL

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Date: 7/1/15 6:35 pm
From: Andrew Boyle <0000001ca1d83648-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Duck release RFI
Hello, All. 
My wife had this question this afternoon:
"Hey…one of my co-workers wants to know if there are any places that take ducks that need a home…Their dog and daughter adopted a baby mallard female that was abandoned and now she’s grown…still follows dog around everywhere, but they know it would probably be better off somewhere with other ducks and an actual body of water. Do you know of anywhere short of just taking it to a pond and letting it go?  They want someplace that will kinda look after her re-acclimation…"
This is Orlando. I have no other details at this time. Is it OK to just relocate a Mallard into a park environment?

Andrew BoyleOrlando, FL

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Date: 7/1/15 4:04 pm
From: Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] EGGE
Dave Gagne contradicts himself when he says he will not post certain birds but Blue-crowned Parakeets will be posted.

Dave you cannot have it both ways. That is inconsistent! Rules apply to all!

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Date: 7/1/15 5:40 am
From: Diane Reed <0000001567cad33a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] St Augustine June Challenge
Greetings
Here are some of the highlights of our June Challenge for St Johns County this year. We're still compiling the total seen for our county.


Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Northern Shoveler
Red-breasted Merganser
White Pelican
Magnificent Frigatebird
Least Bittern
Reddish Egret
Mississippi Kite
Short-tailed Hawk
American Oystercatcher
Limpkin
Black Tern
White-winged Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Gray Kingbird
Brown-headed Nuthatch
American Robin
Prothonotary Warbler
American Redstart
Yellow-breasted Chat
Painted Bunting


thanks
Diane Reed
St Augustine FL
St Johns County


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Date: 7/1/15 4:54 am
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] American Flamingos over Biscayne Bay 7/1/2015
Decided to do a 30 minute baywatch over Biscayne Bay from the People's Dock
of the Deering Estate at Cutler and at about 6:50am I had two American
Flamingos fly over heading north before they turned east heading towards
Key Biscayne/Soldier Key. This is only the third time I've seen AMFL in
Miami-Dade and my pictures always look the same (linked below)... one day
I'll concur the crummy photo curse!

Cheers,
Rangel Diaz
Miami-Dade

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Date: 6/30/15 8:23 pm
From: Dan Irizarry <rdirizarry...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Egyptian Geese in Hernando County
Regardless if they're countable or not, they should still be reported as the data will be still be downloadable in raw format. They just won't show up on the map in public data.

Dan Irizarry
ruskin, Fl

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jun 30, 2015, at 12:10 PM, David Gagne <oporornis77...> wrote:
>
> Hi All,
>
> As an eBird editor, these species were added to the ABA checklist for only 4 counties here in southeast Florida.
>
> These sightings will not be validated in the 3 counties that I edit..
>
> Numerous other exotics such as Mute Swan, Swan Goose and Gray-lag Goose, Guinea Fowl, Peacocks and Red Jungle Fowl fall into the same category.
>
> These non-native species are not ABA countable and that is what I am seeing for Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas Counties.
>
> The ONLY species not accepted yet that I do include is Blue-crowned Parakeet, only in SOUTHERN PINELLAS County.
>
> Thanks for your time and GREAT BIRDING!!
>
> Dave Gagne
> New Port Richie, FL
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Date: 6/30/15 5:23 pm
From: Breanna Perry <serena933...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] ID Help? & Re: Powerline Road-Hernando County
Found even more kestrels on Powerline this afternoon about 6:30PM (7 total!). There were also 4 swallow-tailed kites on US-50 near I-75, but did not see the Mississippi Kite over either road. One red-headed woodpecker was close to the road on Kettering.

The best though was a kingbird with two babies! The babies were hiding in a bush making noise calling for food while the adult was on the wire above. I think it is an eastern kingbird, but would appreciate a positive ID. Photos of the whole family attached(I did not use a flash)!

Also made it to Bystre Lake and saw the 2 Egyptian geese flying over about 7:20AM. Even if they are not ABA countable in this county, still neat to see!

Happy Birding!
Breanna Perry
Spring Hill





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Date: 6/30/15 4:38 pm
From: Kevin Dailey <000000112b9117fe-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Egyptian Geese in Hernando County
The eBird reviewer's document is publicly available for those interested. The treatment of exotics begins on page 17 of the pdf and spells out the guidelines pretty clearly. I know these guidelines aren't followed consistently among the Florida reviewers - much less the US or beyond -  and don't intend to generate a debate about that, but wanted to make sure anyone interested knew this information is available.
Following these guidelines (under #2, page 18), it sounds like Dave's approach is in line with eBird's intention - validate Egyptian Goose in counties where it's accepted at the state or regional list level, and invalidated in areas or counties where it isn't. So in this case, it does matter (somewhat) that the species is defined as ABA countable.
It can be viewed/downloaded from the bottom of this page, under "Related Files": http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/1822748-ebird-review-standards
Kevin DaileyJacksonville, FLeBird Reviewer - Duval, Nassau, Volusia Counties From: Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 1:56 PM
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Egyptian Geese in Hernando County

#yiv6953901719 #yiv6953901719 --.yiv6953901719hmmessage P{margin:0px;padding:0px;}#yiv6953901719 body.yiv6953901719hmmessage{font-size:12pt;font-family:Calibri;}#yiv6953901719 Good afternoon all,

I can see this issue taking over BRDBRAIN for a few days, which may or may not be appropriate according to the listowner's rules.

Tim is correct that there ARE rules in place as to which birds can be reported to eBird -- zoo birds are patently forbidden -- but ABA-countability is not one of them. eBird HQ has been grappling for years regarding a worldwide policy of "non-countable" exotics. Certainly, your neighbor's escaped canary that visited your feeder before a cat or a hawk ate it will not be validated by eBird.

I have asked eBird HQ to offer an opinion as to what should be the appropriate action for the Hernando County Egyptian Geese, and will forward any response back to this list.


Best regards,

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida



> Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:44:12 -0400
> From: <pbdipper...>
> Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Egyptian Geese in Hernando County
> To: <BRDBRAIN...>
>
> I hope there's more to eBird criteria than correct ID and accurate
> count for validation. If not, I'm thinking a nationwide tour of zoos,
> aviaries, private collections and farm ponds could provide some
> interesting eBird lists... ;)
>
>
>
> On 6/30/15, Jason Guerard
> <0000001bdea45b30-dmarc-request...> wrote:
> > Dave,
> > If the birds were identified correctly and accurately counted they must be
> > validated. eBird is not concerned with whether or not a bird is ABA
> > countable. As such, it is not the reviewer's job to make that determination
> > for the eBird database. Determining the species ABA countability is up to
> > the individual list keeper.  After all, how would we keep track of
> > introduced species, otherwise? Or a species that is completely new to the
> > ABA area; checklists with that bird could not be validated until the ABA
> > checklist committee added the bird to the official checklist.
> >
> > Jason Guerard
> > Land O Lakes
> >
> >
> >
> > On Tuesday, June 30, 2015 12:10 PM, David Gagne <oporornis77...>
> > wrote:
> >
> >
> > Hi All,
> > As an eBird editor, these species were added to the ABA checklist for only 4
> > counties here in southeast Florida.
> > These sightings will not be validated in the 3 counties that I edit..
> > Numerous other exotics such as Mute Swan, Swan Goose and Gray-lag Goose,
> > Guinea Fowl, Peacocks and Red Jungle Fowl fall into the same category.
> > These non-native species are not ABA countable and that is what I  am
> > seeing for Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas Counties.
> > The ONLY species not accepted yet that I do include is Blue-crowned
> > Parakeet, only in SOUTHERN PINELLAS  County.
> > Thanks for your time and GREAT BIRDING!!
> > Dave GagneNew Port Richie, FLTo subscribe, unsubscribe or view archives of
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Date: 6/30/15 1:08 pm
From: Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Powerline Road-Hernando County

Hi BirdBrains,
We traveled to Powerline Road, in Hernando County in search of kites and Am. Kestrels.  We found 5 Kestrels:  one three-some of 2 males and 1 female, hanging out on a fence corner, and 2 more males separate from the group of three.  There were not many Swallow-tailed Kites:  we counted 6 in all, on Kettering Road and Powerline Rd.  However, we did find 2 Mississippi Kites, one right on Powerline, and the other on Lockhart Rd., closer to Rt. 50.  There were also 2 Red-tailed Hawks hunting together on Powerline.
Good Birding!
Joyce Stefancic
Clermont, fl
 
 

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Date: 6/30/15 11:12 am
From: Tom Riggs <tcriggs1...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Egyptian Geese in Hernando County
All,

Good plan, Bill. No point in endless debate.

FYI, I was traveling in California recently, and I found a family of Egyptian geese that had been regularly reported on eBird along with the note that they were not ABA-countable.

Tom Riggs, Clearwater


From: Bill Pranty
Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 1:56 PM
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Egyptian Geese in Hernando County

Good afternoon all,

I can see this issue taking over BRDBRAIN for a few days, which may or may not be appropriate according to the listowner's rules.

Tim is correct that there ARE rules in place as to which birds can be reported to eBird -- zoo birds are patently forbidden -- but ABA-countability is not one of them. eBird HQ has been grappling for years regarding a worldwide policy of "non-countable" exotics. Certainly, your neighbor's escaped canary that visited your feeder before a cat or a hawk ate it will not be validated by eBird.

I have asked eBird HQ to offer an opinion as to what should be the appropriate action for the Hernando County Egyptian Geese, and will forward any response back to this list.


Best regards,

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida



> Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:44:12 -0400

> From: <pbdipper...>
> Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Egyptian Geese in Hernando County
> To: <BRDBRAIN...>
>
> I hope there's more to eBird criteria than correct ID and accurate
> count for validation. If not, I'm thinking a nationwide tour of zoos,
> aviaries, private collections and farm ponds could provide some
> interesting eBird lists... ;)
>
>
>
> On 6/30/15, Jason Guerard
> <0000001bdea45b30-dmarc-request...> wrote:
> > Dave,
> > If the birds were identified correctly and accurately counted they must be
> > validated. eBird is not concerned with whether or not a bird is ABA
> > countable. As such, it is not the reviewer's job to make that determination
> > for the eBird database. Determining the species ABA countability is up to
> > the individual list keeper. After all, how would we keep track of
> > introduced species, otherwise? Or a species that is completely new to the
> > ABA area; checklists with that bird could not be validated until the ABA
> > checklist committee added the bird to the official checklist.
> >
> > Jason Guerard
> > Land O Lakes
> >
> >
> >
> > On Tuesday, June 30, 2015 12:10 PM, David Gagne <oporornis77...>
> > wrote:
> >
> >
> > Hi All,
> > As an eBird editor, these species were added to the ABA checklist for only 4
> > counties here in southeast Florida.
> > These sightings will not be validated in the 3 counties that I edit..
> > Numerous other exotics such as Mute Swan, Swan Goose and Gray-lag Goose,
> > Guinea Fowl, Peacocks and Red Jungle Fowl fall into the same category.
> > These non-native species are not ABA countable and that is what I am
> > seeing for Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas Counties.
> > The ONLY species not accepted yet that I do include is Blue-crowned
> > Parakeet, only in SOUTHERN PINELLAS County.
> > Thanks for your time and GREAT BIRDING!!
> > Dave GagneNew Port Richie, FLTo subscribe, unsubscribe or view archives of
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Date: 6/30/15 10:56 am
From: Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Egyptian Geese in Hernando County
Good afternoon all,

I can see this issue taking over BRDBRAIN for a few days, which may or may not be appropriate according to the listowner's rules.

Tim is correct that there ARE rules in place as to which birds can be reported to eBird -- zoo birds are patently forbidden -- but ABA-countability is not one of them. eBird HQ has been grappling for years regarding a worldwide policy of "non-countable" exotics. Certainly, your neighbor's escaped canary that visited your feeder before a cat or a hawk ate it will not be validated by eBird.

I have asked eBird HQ to offer an opinion as to what should be the appropriate action for the Hernando County Egyptian Geese, and will forward any response back to this list.


Best regards,

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida



> Date: Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:44:12 -0400
> From: <pbdipper...>
> Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Egyptian Geese in Hernando County
> To: <BRDBRAIN...>
>
> I hope there's more to eBird criteria than correct ID and accurate
> count for validation. If not, I'm thinking a nationwide tour of zoos,
> aviaries, private collections and farm ponds could provide some
> interesting eBird lists... ;)
>
>
>
> On 6/30/15, Jason Guerard
> <0000001bdea45b30-dmarc-request...> wrote:
> > Dave,
> > If the birds were identified correctly and accurately counted they must be
> > validated. eBird is not concerned with whether or not a bird is ABA
> > countable. As such, it is not the reviewer's job to make that determination
> > for the eBird database. Determining the species ABA countability is up to
> > the individual list keeper. After all, how would we keep track of
> > introduced species, otherwise? Or a species that is completely new to the
> > ABA area; checklists with that bird could not be validated until the ABA
> > checklist committee added the bird to the official checklist.
> >
> > Jason Guerard
> > Land O Lakes
> >
> >
> >
> > On Tuesday, June 30, 2015 12:10 PM, David Gagne <oporornis77...>
> > wrote:
> >
> >
> > Hi All,
> > As an eBird editor, these species were added to the ABA checklist for only 4
> > counties here in southeast Florida.
> > These sightings will not be validated in the 3 counties that I edit..
> > Numerous other exotics such as Mute Swan, Swan Goose and Gray-lag Goose,
> > Guinea Fowl, Peacocks and Red Jungle Fowl fall into the same category.
> > These non-native species are not ABA countable and that is what I am
> > seeing for Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas Counties.
> > The ONLY species not accepted yet that I do include is Blue-crowned
> > Parakeet, only in SOUTHERN PINELLAS County.
> > Thanks for your time and GREAT BIRDING!!
> > Dave GagneNew Port Richie, FLTo subscribe, unsubscribe or view archives of
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Date: 6/30/15 10:44 am
From: Tim Kalbach <pbdipper...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Egyptian Geese in Hernando County
I hope there's more to eBird criteria than correct ID and accurate
count for validation. If not, I'm thinking a nationwide tour of zoos,
aviaries, private collections and farm ponds could provide some
interesting eBird lists... ;)



On 6/30/15, Jason Guerard
<0000001bdea45b30-dmarc-request...> wrote:
> Dave,
> If the birds were identified correctly and accurately counted they must be
> validated. eBird is not concerned with whether or not a bird is ABA
> countable. As such, it is not the reviewer's job to make that determination
> for the eBird database. Determining the species ABA countability is up to
> the individual list keeper.  After all, how would we keep track of
> introduced species, otherwise? Or a species that is completely new to the
> ABA area; checklists with that bird could not be validated until the ABA
> checklist committee added the bird to the official checklist.
>
> Jason Guerard
> Land O Lakes
>
>
>
> On Tuesday, June 30, 2015 12:10 PM, David Gagne <oporornis77...>
> wrote:
>
>
> Hi All,
> As an eBird editor, these species were added to the ABA checklist for only 4
> counties here in southeast Florida.
> These sightings will not be validated in the 3 counties that I edit..
> Numerous other exotics such as Mute Swan, Swan Goose and Gray-lag Goose,
> Guinea Fowl, Peacocks and Red Jungle Fowl fall into the same category.
> These non-native species are not ABA countable and that is what I  am
> seeing for Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas Counties.
> The ONLY species not accepted yet that I do include is Blue-crowned
> Parakeet, only in SOUTHERN PINELLAS  County.
> Thanks for your time and GREAT BIRDING!!
> Dave GagneNew Port Richie, FLTo subscribe, unsubscribe or view archives of
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Date: 6/30/15 10:22 am
From: Jason Guerard <0000001bdea45b30-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Egyptian Geese in Hernando County
Dave,
If the birds were identified correctly and accurately counted they must be validated. eBird is not concerned with whether or not a bird is ABA countable. As such, it is not the reviewer's job to make that determination for the eBird database. Determining the species ABA countability is up to the individual list keeper.  After all, how would we keep track of introduced species, otherwise? Or a species that is completely new to the ABA area; checklists with that bird could not be validated until the ABA checklist committee added the bird to the official checklist.

Jason Guerard
Land O Lakes



On Tuesday, June 30, 2015 12:10 PM, David Gagne <oporornis77...> wrote:


Hi All,
As an eBird editor, these species were added to the ABA checklist for only 4 counties here in southeast Florida.
These sightings will not be validated in the 3 counties that I edit.. 
Numerous other exotics such as Mute Swan, Swan Goose and Gray-lag Goose, Guinea Fowl, Peacocks and Red Jungle Fowl fall into the same category.
These non-native species are not ABA countable and that is what I  am seeing for Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas Counties.
The ONLY species not accepted yet that I do include is Blue-crowned Parakeet, only in SOUTHERN PINELLAS  County.
Thanks for your time and GREAT BIRDING!!
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Date: 6/30/15 9:51 am
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar Reserve 6/30/15
Hello Birders.
Out to CBBR Southeast of Lakeland this morning from 7 till 10.
Best Birds: 15 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS, 4 WOOD DUCKS, 3
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS, 2 BARRED OWLS, 2 NORTHERN PARULAS, 2 GREAT
CRESTED FLYCATCHERS, 4 SANDHILL CRANES, 2 PURPLE GALLINULES, 4 TUFTED
TITMICE.
Definitely the summer doldrums and hot but more fun than sitting on
the couch. The Barred Owls are still hanging out around the public dock on
Alligator Alley and the Blackcrowns can be seen from the dock and along the
lake side portion of Alligator Alley.
The Sandhill family was up on Eagle's Ridge and the Colts are almost
as big as their parents. There were also lots of Gulf and Spangled
Fritillaries up there.
Marsh Rabbit Run is closed for the summer due to Alligator nesting and
wont reopen till the end of September. I've heard that they're going to
build an observation dock along Marsh Rabbit Run extending South into the
marsh and name it after Chuck Geneangel, that will be nice. Good Birding

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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Date: 6/30/15 9:10 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Egyptian Geese in Hernando County
Hi All,

As an eBird editor, these species were added to the ABA checklist for only
4 counties here in southeast Florida.

These sightings will not be validated in the 3 counties that I edit..

Numerous other exotics such as Mute Swan, Swan Goose and Gray-lag Goose,
Guinea Fowl, Peacocks and Red Jungle Fowl fall into the same category.

These non-native species are not ABA countable and that is what I am
seeing for Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas Counties.

The ONLY species not accepted yet that I do include is Blue-crowned
Parakeet, only in SOUTHERN PINELLAS County.

Thanks for your time and GREAT BIRDING!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richie, FL

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Date: 6/29/15 12:17 pm
From: Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Anhinga Question, singing Brown Thrasher 6/29/15
Hello Birders.
Juanita Baker informs me that "This black gular pouch is the breeding response for the female Anhinga." Thank you Juanita.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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Date: 6/29/15 10:15 am
From: Ted Yeatts <tedyeatts...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Three Lakes WMA
Just wanted to say thanks for the tips on Three Lakes WMA and the grasshopper sparrows. I saw a lot of great birds there on Sunday, but no grasshopper sparrows--which a gather is a pretty common result. The highlight of the trip was a group of six Bachman's sparrows which I got to watch for quite awhile. Definitely the best looks I've ever had at Bachman's sparrows! I also got a much better feel for the area and am looking forward to returning to try again for the Florida grasshopper sparrows. Thanks David, Alison and Christian!

Ted Yeatts
Orlando, FL

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Date: 6/29/15 8:59 am
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Anhinga Question, singing Brown Thrasher 6/29/15
Hello Birders.
While out at South Lake Howard Nature Park in Winter Haven this
morning I found the Anhinga in the first image with a black throat patch.
I've never noticed this feature before and assume it is a birthmark. Also
as I walked along I heard a "Mockingbird" singing constantly changing songs
every few seconds. When I got close I saw that it was a Brown Thrasher; the
bird was as talented as any Mockingbird even doing the " car alarm "
routine. Years ago I watched a Wood Thrush sing like a Mockingbird. Good
Birding

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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Date: 6/29/15 8:38 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Cormorant, New Port Richey
Hello,
I have attached a photo of an immature cormorant with brown lore, gray bill, pointed border under skin throat patch.  Neotropic?
Ken TraceyNew PORT Richey, FL

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Date: 6/28/15 6:16 pm
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pinellas Birds (June 20-27)
Good evening,

I was out-of-town this past week and have finally had a chance to get
caught up on local birding news. Pinellas birders "upped" their June
Challenge total this week with several significant finds.

Troy Ploger found and photographed Pinellas' first-ever Red-billed
Tropicbird last Saturday, the 20th, when he was out fishing 30 miles off
the Pinellas coast. His photo can be seen through an eBird search. He
also added Leach's Storm-Petrel and Pomarine Jaeger to our June tally. They
were both photographed, too!

Also found last weekend, last Sunday, was a Prothonotary Warbler in the
South Pasadena area by Wes Tallyn, his wife, and his father who
photographed it. The bird was still in the 'hood this weekend. This is
very unusual for Pinellas as we have yet to confirm it as a nesting species
in the county. Lastly, Eric Plage had four calling Cedar Waxwings at
Coquina Key Park on the 22nd. The second, I believe, summer season report
for Pinellas. Crazy birds those waxwings!

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL

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Date: 6/28/15 1:31 pm
From: Dale Goebel <sheirah11...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Update: Neotropic Cormorant-Pasco-Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park
Hello,



Some friends and I checked for
the bird this morning about
10:30AM with no luck.
Observation: the water was up
to the horizontal portion of
the tree trunk. Low tide may
be the best time to check for
it.it was high tide. Also you
do have to cross through about
6inches of water on the trail
and about 12 feet across or
deeper at high tide.



Good Luck,

Dale



S. Dale Goebel

Dunedin, FL



From: Dale Goebel
[mailto:<sheirah11...>]

Sent: Saturday, June 27, 2015
5:12 PM
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Cc: Susan Dale Goebel
Subject: Neotropic
Cormarant-Pasco-Werner-Boyce
Salt Springs State Park



Good Afternoon, While out
birding at Werner-Boyce Salt
Springs State Park (entrance
from US19 just north of the
Wal-mart) this afternoon I
found a Neotropic Cormorant
resting on an oak over the
water on the Spring Trail. I
thought it was a Great
Cormorant but after sending it
to Brian Ahern and him
mentioning dark lores and
rounded head he said it's
NEOTROPIC Cormorant. A lifer
and a first for Pasco
County...we believe. I've
attached 3 pics of the bird
and one of the location at
Werner-Boyce on the Spring
Trail. Contact me off-line and
I'll send you a pic of the
location...what the
surroundings look like. Great
Birding, S. Dale Goebel
Dunedin, FL


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Date: 6/28/15 8:45 am
From: Bev Hansen <bevalhansen...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Egyptian Geese at Bystre Lake, Hernando County
On Thursday, the 25th, Steve and Jane Mann spotted 2 Egyptian Geese on
Bystre Lake in Hernando County that were still present this morning.
Steve took a nice picture of the geese. While we don't know the origin
of these geese, Jane and Steve have made frequent kayaking trips on
Bystre Lake this month, and hadn't seen the geese before Thursday. This
is the first time Egyptian Geese have been reported in Hernando County.

The geese might occasionally be seen from the boat ramp, but spend most
of their time on the western edge of the lake, which is not visible from
the boat ramp. Kayaks are suitable for this shallow lake.

To reach Bystre Lake from the eastern intersection of SR-50 and SR-50A
in Brooksville, head east on SR-50 2.8 miles. You have to U-turn on this
divided highway at Blanche's. Then turn north on Clayton Road, drive 0.5
mile to the apparent end of the road, and turn right into the grassy field.

--
Bev Hansen
Spring Hill, FL
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Date: 6/28/15 6:07 am
From: Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] South Lake Howard Nature Park 6/27/15
Uh-oh Birders, seems I've made another ID mistake, actually 2 ID mistakes. I have been informed that an Empidonax Flycatcher this time of year would be very rare ( now I don't know what the little birdie was ) and that the turtle in the gator's mouth is a Common Snapping Turtle and not an Alligator Snapper. My bad.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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Date: 6/27/15 4:45 pm
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] South Lake Howard Nature Park 6/27/15
Bill wants to wait until it gets hot before he visits the Nature Park,
very funny ! Here's another shot of the Gator-Turtle action.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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Date: 6/27/15 2:12 pm
From: Dale Goebel <sheirah11...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Neotropic Cormarant-Pasco-Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park
 

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Date: 6/27/15 1:15 pm
From: Malcolm Mark Swan <markruthswan...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Brown Booby at Destin in Okaloosa County
An immature Brown Booby (first spotted by Bruce Purdy on 21 June) was seen by Bruce and me today 27 June 2015. The bird perches from sunrise to about 6:30 a.m. on the channel marker (number "4") just beyond the east jetty at East Gulf Pass in Destin, Okaloosa County. You can walk to the beach's edge only 250 feet from the channel marker, allowing photos without bobbing in a boat. Risk-takers may try to walk on the jagged jetty rocks among the daring (or hungry) fishers.

June 27: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24070793
MMS photo, video using Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ00 and 1.7 extender

June 27: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24067529
Bruce's check-list - somehow I missed Bruce today!

June 23: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24018581
Photo by Wendy Greene using Panasonic DMC-FZ70

June 22: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24005894
MMS video taken with Nikon P900: Booby yawns, stretches, flaps.

June 21: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23992433
Photo by Bruce Purdy using iPhone and spotting scope (digiscoped)

You can approach Destin from the west or east. If driving from the west, go 2 miles east from the East Gulf Pass bridge. If coming from the east, drive 3.3 miles west from the 293 intersection with Hwy 98. From Hwy 98 (here, Harbor Blvd) in Destin, take Gulf Shore Dr southward. You might see an obscure McDonalds on the N side of the Gulf Shore Dr. red-light intersection. Continue along Gulf Shore drive westward until you come to a stop sign, about 1.4 miles from Hwy 98. Here, Gulf Shore Dr turns right and you'll follow it about 1/3 mile (0.3) looking for the public beach access (left side) parking along road (right side). (Note that parking at the very end of Gulf Shores Dr. would add 0.4 miles to your beach walk). Walk on sand 0.6 mile to the last part of the rock jetty. See map in my check-list.

Malcolm Mark Swan
Valparaiso, FL

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Date: 6/27/15 12:21 pm
From: Bill Argo <billargo...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] South Lake Howard Nature Park 6/27/15
Eddie

Excellent pix! Thanks for the location. I'm waiting for it to get hot before I venture up! LOL

Best, Bill Argo, Ft. Myers (Lee)



> On Jun 27, 2015, at 10:56 AM, EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> wrote:
>
> Hello Birders.
> Out to SLHNP in Winter Haven again this morning from 7 till 9:30, nothing all that unusual.
> Best birds: 1 EMPIDONAX type FLYCATCHER, 2 CHIMNEY SWIFT, 2 NORTHERN PARULA, 8+ GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, 2 WOOD DUCK, 8 MONK PARAKEET, 1 BROWN THRASHER.
> Also had a 6 foot Alligator hauled out with an Alligator Turtle clutched in it's jaws, good luck cracking that open. As a bonus on the way home a nice male House Finch perched on the wires on Lake Howard Drive. Good Birding.
>
> Ed Rizer
> Winter Haven FL.
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Date: 6/27/15 8:14 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kite Nest - Marion County

>
> Today was THE day. Tired of wasting time looking for a Mississippi Kite nest, I asked Tom Wilmers to help locate a nest that I wasn’t sure even existed. Tom is a great birder and photographer, so perhaps he could help.
> When we arrived at my suspected nest area, the MIKI was present on the usual snag. I had assumed that this bird was in “eye-shot” of the nest, if there was one. I had looked and looked through these trees before with no luck.
> The “snag-Kite” sat and preened, sat and preened; then called a bit and looked itchy to do something. A second MIKI flew nearby and the two birds flew briefly into a very leafy tree close to the snag.
> As I searched that tree, I suddenly saw a white fuzzy head and an eye looking at me.
> BINGO! I found the nest. Neither Tom or I could believe it.
> An adult flew into the tree below the nest and then, suddenly, there was a second head barely visible in the nest. Apparently the MIKI adult was in the nest with the chick.
> Below are a few of the pictures that I took.
> I don’t know if there could be another egg in the nest that MIKI is sitting on, or why the bird is in/on the nest with the one visible chick.
>
> I will go check again soon……
>
> Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!
> And the excitement NEVER ends!
> Alice Horst
> Marion County
>
>
>
>
>
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Date: 6/27/15 7:57 am
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] South Lake Howard Nature Park 6/27/15
Hello Birders.
Out to SLHNP in Winter Haven again this morning from 7 till 9:30,
nothing all that unusual.
Best birds: 1 EMPIDONAX type FLYCATCHER, 2 CHIMNEY SWIFT, 2 NORTHERN
PARULA, 8+ GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, 2 WOOD DUCK, 8 MONK PARAKEET, 1 BROWN
THRASHER.
Also had a 6 foot Alligator hauled out with an Alligator Turtle
clutched in it's jaws, good luck cracking that open. As a bonus on the way
home a nice male House Finch perched on the wires on Lake Howard Drive.
Good Birding.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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Date: 6/26/15 2:19 pm
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] "Great White" Heron Pasco County 06/26/15
Hi All.

Thad Roller and I hit numerous locations in the eastern part of the county,
as we were there at dawn, but there was little song, but we did here and
see 3 singing male Blue Grosbeaks along Auton Road, were they have nested
here in the last several summers.

The "Great White" Heron was easily seen and photographed just east of Hays
Rd. on Hudson Ave.

Great Birding in the HEAT!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 6/26/15 1:30 pm
From: Ted Yeatts <tedyeatts...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Three Lake WMA
Hi Everyone,

I'm planning on taking my first trip out to Three Lakes this Sunday. I've read a little bit about it on the FWC website but I'm not quite sure how to bird it. It looks like the area is pretty large with multiple entrances. Does anyone have any recommendations, advice or specific directions on birding Three Lakes? I'm most interested in trying to find grasshopper sparrows. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer!

Ted Yeatts
Orlando, FL

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Date: 6/26/15 1:28 pm
From: Jeff Timmons <jeffreytimmons...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani/Spot-breasted Oriole Palm Beach County
In all the excitement of the Ani, I forgot to mention that a Spot-breasted Oriole flew into the trees just to the north of the Ani location.

Jeff Timmons
Indiana



On June 25, 2015 10:21:07 AM EDT, Nancy Price <0000001ab5ecacd1-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>Smooth-billed Ani seen yesterday and today at Loxahatchee National
>Wildlife Refuge, Delray Beach FL Palm Beach County It has been
>hanging out and calling along Marsh rabbit run near the second bench.
>Very distinct call.
>
>Nancy Price
>Stuart, FL
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Date: 6/26/15 11:31 am
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] South Lake Howard Nature Park
Hello Birders.
Out to South Lake Howard Nature Park this morning from 7 till 9:30;
this park is a great place for summer birding with public restrooms and
shaded benches and it's beautiful.
Best birds: 1 LEAST BITTERN, 2 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS
(flyover), 2 WOOD DUCKS, 15+ MONK PARAKEETS, 4 PURPLE GALLINULES ( 3 juv.
), 4 TUFTED TITMOUSE, 2 BROWN THRASHER.
The Wood Ducks and Purple Gallinules were on the lake side portion
across the street from the main parking lot. The fearless little Least
Bittern was out in the lagoon about 20 yards on the boardwalk, just before
the intersection, he was hungry and caught several minnows beside the
boardwalk even flying up on the boardwalk 5 feet from me.
There is also a 3rd portion to the park, on the west side of the
boardwalk take the paved path to the west and cross the road to a loop
through oaks and pines. Good Birding.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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Date: 6/26/15 7:16 am
From: Jeff Timmons <jeffreytimmons...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani Palm Beach County
Still present when I left at 9:30am today. Thanks to everyone for the updates.

Jeff Timmons
Indiana

On June 25, 2015 10:21:07 AM EDT, Nancy Price <0000001ab5ecacd1-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>Smooth-billed Ani seen yesterday and today at Loxahatchee National
>Wildlife Refuge, Delray Beach FL Palm Beach County It has been
>hanging out and calling along Marsh rabbit run near the second bench.
>Very distinct call.
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>Nancy Price
>Stuart, FL
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Date: 6/25/15 7:17 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] # 5 Common Nighthawk, Sumter County, The Villages
This has been an amazing nesting season for us in The Villages.
Prior to May 24 of this year I had never seen a nesting Common Nighthawk.
Bob Martin reported that nesting Common Nighthawk #5 has, now, been spotted.
Below is Bobs picture taken on June 23 of CONI #5.
Actual area of a nesting bird is not disclosed because it is in an open area and could easily be disturbed.

Keep your eyes open for a strange looking bird like this on stones or bark.
If you happen to see one in your travels, please, let either Bob or me know about it for documentation.
Thank you.
Alice Horst <ahorst...> <mailto:<ahorst...>
Bob Martin <martin618...>
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Date: 6/25/15 1:39 pm
From: Katherine Whitley <whitleykathy...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-tailed Kite family in Tampa
Spotted 5 swallow-tailed kites cavorting over north 46th Street in Tampa
this morning. This section of the street goes next to the University of
South Florida golf course. Would have tried to photograph, but was driving
to an appointment. Guessing 2 adults with young?

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Date: 6/25/15 7:21 am
From: Nancy Price <0000001ab5ecacd1-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani Palm Beach County
Smooth-billed Ani seen yesterday and today at Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, Delray Beach FL Palm Beach County It has been hanging out and calling along Marsh rabbit run near the second bench. Very distinct call.

Nancy Price
Stuart, FL

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Date: 6/24/15 5:19 pm
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Hal Scott an Incrediable Story 6/24/15
As you all remember I posted a Red-cockaded Woodpecker at Hal Scott that had a broken foot. It had two cast before the foot actually healed considerably. Everyone thought it almost impossible for the male breeder to breed with this condition. Well today I had the pleasure of seeing both male fledglings that he produced! This is a historical feat for Hal Scott Preserve, and it's RCW biologist. I have posted the chick banding pictures and the fledgling pictures on my site. Also you can see the male breeder with one of his sons.

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/19120909392

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/19125377462

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/19131079195

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/18943363930

Danny Bales
Titusville, Fla.
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Brevard

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Date: 6/24/15 1:20 pm
From: Lenore McCullagh <lmcstjohns...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Cedar Key frigatebirds
Who was it  who talked about Purple Martins staging in downtown Jacksonville. If memory serves, that was Sam Grimes, our grand old man of birding. Sam started the Xmas count here I believe in 1939. He did it via bicycle.
 
Lenore McCullagh
Orange Park, FL

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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Cedar Key frigatebirds



Last Thursday morning (June 18), Steve Sheffield (visiting birder from Maryland) and I saw many Magnificent Frigatebirds soaring all over the streets and roads of Cedar Key and the causeway, including all sex/age morphs and a few nearly at eye level.  Early that morning, before there were any visible from town, I had a count of 50 frigates in the air over the roost on the offshore key, through distant scope view.  Based on previous boat trips to that key, there were probably at least that many roosting and not visible from a distance, so there could easily be 100 or more frigatebirds in the area now.  I knew that there are up to several hundred there by late summer, but I was surprised to find so many in mid June.  I don't know another place you can drive to and reliably see so many frigatebirds.




Also, there were several Gray Kingbirds, a couple of fly-by Roseate Spoonbills, ridiculous numbers of Osprey, a good selection of nocturnal birds heard at the airport, and a lot of non-breeding terns, Forster's mostly.  Flocks of post-breeding Purple Martins (though nothing like those seen in the evening near Jacksonville Landing last week (roosting under the bridges?).




Brad Bergstrom

Valdosta, GA
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Date: 6/24/15 12:58 pm
From: jw callis <soturin...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] St. Marks WLR wakulla county
Your first bird is an Orchard Oriole, which breeds locally. The second
seems to show black spots in the outer tail feathers, which would make
it a Downy Woodpecker.and the bird in the second pic is a summer
tanager IS the reply thanks!! I have never seen an Orchard oriole at
St. Marks before and tanager were flying pretty close quarters. Now I
can look out for the Oriole knowing it breeds locally! Thanks again

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Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] St. Marks WLR wakulla county

Good afternoon JW,

Your first bird is an Orchard Oriole, which breeds locally. The
second seems to show black spots in the outer tail feathers, which
would make it a Downy Woodpecker.


Best regards,

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida



> Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:15:02 -0400
> From: <soturin...>
> Subject: [BRDBRAIN] St. Marks WLR wakulla county
> To: <BRDBRAIN...>
>
>
>
> Quiet and hot today not partly cloudy like stated and rained at
the entrance but not at the light house mostly sunny, brdbrn 88,89
the pine warbler thing has me fooled, the length of the tail the
all yellow body. The wing bar looks like a pine warbler and beak,
the wester tanager has a yellow beak, but similar body, the yellow
warbler could at one stage have the wing bar maybe. But the
brdbrn88's tail is just sooo long it looks like... this is id'd
from stokes field guide. brdbrn 90 is a hairy wood pecker but the
tuff of feathers above its beak looks downy wpkr. And its slight
dirty beige/white underbelly is something also. Great
birding!!!!!!!
>
> 4 great egret
> 3 juvenile blkcrown night heron
> 1 ibis
> 1 juvenile little blue
> 1 tri color heron
> 3 snowy egrets
> 7 cormorants
> 10 boat tail grackles
> 15 female bt grackles
> 5 red shoulder black birds
> 1 virginia rail
> 1 blue grey flycatcher
> numerous other small birds
>
> jwcallis
> tallahassee,fl
> there is a truth to being in touch with nature
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Date: 6/24/15 12:21 pm
From: Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] St. Marks WLR wakulla county
Good afternoon JW,

Your first bird is an Orchard Oriole, which breeds locally. The second seems to show black spots in the outer tail feathers, which would make it a Downy Woodpecker.


Best regards,

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida



> Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2015 15:15:02 -0400
> From: <soturin...>
> Subject: [BRDBRAIN] St. Marks WLR wakulla county
> To: <BRDBRAIN...>
>
>
>
> Quiet and hot today not partly cloudy like stated and rained at the entrance but not at the light house mostly sunny, brdbrn 88,89 the pine warbler thing has me fooled, the length of the tail the all yellow body. The wing bar looks like a pine warbler and beak, the wester tanager has a yellow beak, but similar body, the yellow warbler could at one stage have the wing bar maybe. But the brdbrn88's tail is just sooo long it looks like... this is id'd from stokes field guide. brdbrn 90 is a hairy wood pecker but the tuff of feathers above its beak looks downy wpkr. And its slight dirty beige/white underbelly is something also. Great birding!!!!!!!
>
> 4 great egret
> 3 juvenile blkcrown night heron
> 1 ibis
> 1 juvenile little blue
> 1 tri color heron
> 3 snowy egrets
> 7 cormorants
> 10 boat tail grackles
> 15 female bt grackles
> 5 red shoulder black birds
> 1 virginia rail
> 1 blue grey flycatcher
> numerous other small birds
>
> jwcallis
> tallahassee,fl
> there is a truth to being in touch with nature
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Date: 6/24/15 12:15 pm
From: jw callis <soturin...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] St. Marks WLR wakulla county


Quiet and hot today not partly cloudy like stated and rained at the entrance but not at the light house mostly sunny, brdbrn 88,89 the pine warbler thing has me fooled, the length of the tail the all yellow body. The wing bar looks like a pine warbler and beak, the wester tanager has a yellow beak, but similar body, the yellow warbler could at one stage have the wing bar maybe. But the brdbrn88's tail is just sooo long it looks like... this is id'd from stokes field guide. brdbrn 90 is a hairy wood pecker but the tuff of feathers above its beak looks downy wpkr. And its slight dirty beige/white underbelly is something also. Great birding!!!!!!!

4 great egret
3 juvenile blkcrown night heron
1 ibis
1 juvenile little blue
1 tri color heron
3 snowy egrets
7 cormorants
10 boat tail grackles
15 female bt grackles
5 red shoulder black birds
1 virginia rail
1 blue grey flycatcher
numerous other small birds

jwcallis
tallahassee,fl
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Date: 6/24/15 11:37 am
From: Bradley J Bergstrom <bergstrm...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Cedar Key frigatebirds
Last Thursday morning (June 18), Steve Sheffield (visiting birder from Maryland) and I saw many Magnificent Frigatebirds soaring all over the streets and roads of Cedar Key and the causeway, including all sex/age morphs and a few nearly at eye level. Early that morning, before there were any visible from town, I had a count of 50 frigates in the air over the roost on the offshore key, through distant scope view. Based on previous boat trips to that key, there were probably at least that many roosting and not visible from a distance, so there could easily be 100 or more frigatebirds in the area now. I knew that there are up to several hundred there by late summer, but I was surprised to find so many in mid June. I don't know another place you can drive to and reliably see so many frigatebirds.


Also, there were several Gray Kingbirds, a couple of fly-by Roseate Spoonbills, ridiculous numbers of Osprey, a good selection of nocturnal birds heard at the airport, and a lot of non-breeding terns, Forster's mostly. Flocks of post-breeding Purple Martins (though nothing like those seen in the evening near Jacksonville Landing last week (roosting under the bridges?).


Brad Bergstrom

Valdosta, GA


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Date: 6/24/15 11:30 am
From: Mary Frey <mlfrey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Miami birding
Hi good people,
I'm visiting from Washington state & I want to know if there is any good birding
around Miami that doesn't require a fee. I was in the Key Biscayne area today & all parks require
a fee. I'd like to thank the people in that area for tolerating my erratic driving! Is it best to get out of town?

Thanks,
Mary Frey
Covington, WA

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Date: 6/24/15 12:12 am
From: Allan Stern <00000014b7b0d186-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Green Heron
I snagged these photos of a Green Heron on my dock Monday. I took the photo

through my sliding glass door and screen. I would have spooked the bird if
I had gone outside. Satellite Beach, Florida, 22 June 2015.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1039516026090875&set=pcb.48833352466
5939&type=1&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1039516036090874&set=pcb.48833352466
5939&type=1&theater


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Date: 6/24/15 12:06 am
From: Allan Stern <00000014b7b0d186-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Green Heron.
I snagged these photos of a Green Heron on my dock Monday. I took the photo
through my sliding glass door and screen. I would have spooked the bird if
I had gone outside. Satellite Beach, Florida, 22 June 2015.






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Date: 6/23/15 10:45 am
From: merle hubbard <merlinhubb...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Shiny Cowbird, Celery Fields
Jo and I saw the Shiny Cowbird with 2 Brown-headed Cowbirds on Palmer Blvd
about 300 yards west of the parking lot/bathrooms at 10:15 this morning --
the birds were on the grass on the north side of Palmer AND in the grass
in between the east/west traffic lanes ( they were not disturbed by the
near by car traffic or by our presence )

Merle Hubbard
Tarpon Springs, FL

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Date: 6/22/15 11:59 am
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Snowy Plovers - Sanibel - Report date 6/22/15
My wife and I vacationed on Sanibel just recently. While there I observed several Snowy Plovers on the beach daily. I saw a fledgling, several adults, and one juvenile. They were lifers for me. Somehow I always missed them at Ft. Desoto. Enjoyed photographing them and the sunsets plus getting shells. I'll be starting a Snowy Plover series on my flickr site.

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/18847896640

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/18851938398

www/flickr.com/photos/mudhen/18870071469

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/18414998653

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Titusville, Fla.
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Date: 6/22/15 11:48 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Shiny Cowbird, Sarasota County 06/22/15
Hi All,

Steve Reardon and I immediately scored the male Shiny Cowbird at the top of
the utility pole just at the entrance to the boardwalk on Raymond Road @
roughly 745 AM. The bird reappeared several times in the next hour and we
were both able to obtain Great photos.

Other birds of note seen/heard here:

Least Bittern 1 heard
King Rail 2 heard
Purple Gallinule 4 all adults
Purple Martin 82 this was an exact count with only 1 adult male seen, as
most were young of the year.

Anyone still looking for this Cowbird, the best place to see it is on top
of the utility pole, and just wait him out!

Great Birding!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 6/22/15 11:07 am
From: Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] June Challenge
Hi BirdBrains,
Well, as this month winds down to the last week, our June Challenge "team" (The Dirt Birds...private joke) finally cracked the 100 mark for Orange County and are still looking (in vain, it seems) for some "easy" birds:  Northern Flicker, any Larids (except for the Least Terns we got in Winter Garden, Newton Park), Am. White Pelican, Great-horned Owl, and a couple more that we are going in search of over the next couple days. 
 
Again, this year, I wish to thank the originator (I know that I should know her name, but it escapes me AGAIN) for thinking of this great activity.  We have enjoyed the chase, the frustrations, the excitement, and the camaraderie during this otherwise challenging birding month (especially in a non-coastal county).
Good Birding...stay cool!
Joyce Stefancic
Clermont, Fl

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Date: 6/22/15 10:43 am
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] South Lake Howard Nature Park
Hello Birders.
Out to South Lake Howard Nature Park in Winter Haven this morning from
7 till 10.
Best Birds: 2 LEAST BITTERNS 2 GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS, 5 MONK
PARAKEETS, 1 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, 4 BROWN THRASHERS, 4 TUFTED
TITMICE, 2 NORTHERN PARULA.
The Nature Park is about 10 acres with public restrooms, a water
fountain and plenty of shade, the birds are habituated offering close
looks. There's a boardwalk starting just West of the parking lot that
crosses a small lagoon. There is a small island about 20 yards from the
beginning and there was a Least Bittern working in this area, there are
several Least Bitterns that frequent the park and might be found anywhere.
The park is divided into 2 sections and on the lake side of the park
there are 2 docks with a small rookery in between them with dozens of
Cattle Egret, Snowy Egrets, Tri-colored Herons, little Blue Herons and at
least 1 Black-crowned Night Heron.
There were also some nice butterflies working the Pickerel Weed
blooms. Good Birding.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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Date: 6/21/15 5:31 pm
From: Marvin T Smith <mtsmith...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Black Bellied Whistling Ducks Jefferson County
I birded Jefferson County east of Monticello along Hwy 146. At the County Recycling Center, I found 24 Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks, approximately 14 Cattle Egret, 1 Common Ground Dove, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, and a Little Blue Heron.
I found 6 Swallow-Tailed Kites 2.3 miles east of the Aucilla River on Hwy 146. Between that location and the Aucilla, I saw two Mississippi Kites.
Marvin T. Smith
Valdosta, GA

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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Weekiwachee 6/21 and ID help?

Went back to Weekiwachee again today and found more interesting birds. One nighthawk was on the ground doing a distraction display, first for some sandhills, then for us! Probably had a nest nearby, but flew around really well at one point. So amazing!

Any ID help on the attached photo would be much appreciated. Many thanks for yesterday's photo IDs (coopers hawk, forster's tern, pine warbler, and possible young great-crested flycatcher) Also saw these birds that were unusual for me:

1 summer tanager
1 ruby-throated hummingbird
4 northern rough-winged swallow (dozens at the nearby water treatment plant at 7am though)
1 bobwhite heard
1 unidentified (juvenile?) bird----ID help please?

Happy birding!
Breanna Perry
Spring Hill

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Date: 6/21/15 4:58 pm
From: Breanna Perry <serena933...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Weekiwachee 6/21 and ID help?
Went back to Weekiwachee again today and found more interesting birds. One nighthawk was on the ground doing a distraction display, first for some sandhills, then for us! Probably had a nest nearby, but flew around really well at one point. So amazing!

Any ID help on the attached photo would be much appreciated. Many thanks for yesterday's photo IDs (coopers hawk, forster's tern, pine warbler, and possible young great-crested flycatcher) Also saw these birds that were unusual for me:

1 summer tanager
1 ruby-throated hummingbird
4 northern rough-winged swallow (dozens at the nearby water treatment plant at 7am though)
1 bobwhite heard
1 unidentified (juvenile?) bird----ID help please?

Happy birding!
Breanna Perry
Spring Hill

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Date: 6/21/15 6:17 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Blue Grosbeak, Pasco
Hello,
Found another Blue Grosbeak this morning on McKendree Rd in central Pasco.
Ken TraceyNew Port Richey, FL

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Date: 6/20/15 5:30 pm
From: Breanna Perry <serena933...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Hernando Birding Report & ID help?
Went to Weekiwachee Preserve and Chassahowitzka WMA in Hernando today and found a lot of interesting birds! If anyone could help identify some of my photos today it would be much appreciated!

Weekiwachee:

nighthawk (7AM at first trail to the left off oswaw blvd.)
10+ northern rough-winged swallow (strait up from there along pavement)
chickadee
many towhee
heard bobwhite
common or forster's tern ----ID help please?
hawk species----ID help please?
unidentified bird (maybe pine warbler?) ---ID help?

Chassahowitzka

northern flicker (photo included)
chickadee
many towhee
heard bobwhite
parula
ground dove
unidentified bird (maybe pine warbler?) ---ID help?

Thanks and happy birding!
Breanna Perry,
Spring Hill


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Date: 6/20/15 2:36 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kite, Summerfield, Marion County
I have no idea what this MIKI was doing, but “he” certainly impressed me this morning!
I am still trying to find either a MIKI nest, or chicks, or both.
Still seeing fledged STKIs being fed by adults. Property owners say they have seen as many as 11 STKIs.
I only saw 3 this morning.
Alice Horst
Marion County






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Date: 6/20/15 2:07 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] SUMTER COUNTY Common Nighthawks
Since May 24, a month ago, I have learned about 4 nesting CONIs in The Villages, Sumter County.
Today, I finally saw 2 chicks, perhaps 4-5 days old in a fenced backyard which will help to protect the birds.
First 3 CONIs were close to streets in the front yards of houses.
Every day is a GREAT day to go birding.
Alice Horst
Marion County


MAY 24, 2015, I observed my 1st nesting Common Nighthawk: bird disappeared along with its 2 eggs. Cottonwood Villas, off Tamarind Grove Run. Nesting on red rocks.




Observed about June 15, 2015 - 2nd Common Nighthawk: with chick near Inglewood Villas of Bonnybrook. Chick was found dead, perhaps run over by car. (I didn’t get there to take a picture)


3rd Common Nighthawk: observed on June 11, 2015 - sitting on eggs near Hemingway Pool (area). Nesting on bark/mulch. Still sitting.



4th Common Nighthawk, observed by property owner for a few weeks, found 2 chicks about 5 days ago, (June 15, 2015) in Haciendas of Mission Hills area, in back yard that is fenced. Nesting on white rocks.






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Date: 6/20/15 1:54 pm
From: Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Shiny Cowbird - Celery Fields, Sarasota co., (06/20/2015)
Hi All,

This morning between 8 & 9 AM the male Shiny Cowbird was seen several times
at the Celery Fields, along Raymond Road near the Gazebo. Other highlights:

6 Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
6 Swallow-tailed Kite
8 Purple Gallinule
6 Limpkin
2 Black-necked Stilt
2 Least Tern
1 Black Skimmer
4 Nanday Parakeet
40 Purple Martin - all seemed to be juveniles
1 Shiny Cowbird

At least one King Rail was heard earlier in the day and I believe the male
Bronzed Cowbird was found after I left.

Best,
Brian Ahern
Tampa Bay, FL.

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Date: 6/19/15 6:53 pm
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar Reserve 6/19/15
Hello Birders.
Out to Circle B Bar Southeast of Lakeland this morning from 7 till 10.
Best Birds: 1 NORTHERN PARULA, several BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS,4
WOOD DUCKS, 2 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS, 15+ WHITE PELICANS, 2 BARRED OWLS.
Other birds: 4 Pileated Woodpeckers, 2 Brown Pelicans, 2 Eastern
Meadowlarks.
The Barred Owls continue to frequent the area just north of the public
dock on the lake portion of Alligator Alley, on the west side of the trail
low in the cypress. Just look for the group of photographers. The Night
Herons and pelicans can be seen from the dock.
The Meadowlarks can be found on Eagle's Ridge Trail at the South end
of the marsh. The Parula was at the intersection of Heron Hideout and Marsh
Rabbit Run and was so tiny. Good Birding.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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Date: 6/18/15 11:26 pm
From: Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] 30 to 40 Plus Swallow-Tailed Kites Plus Juveniles flying last night in Central Park in Ormond at Hand Ave and Fleming Ave and Beyond !
The Swallow-Tailed Kite Show that I witnessed last was probably the most spectacular one that I have ever witnessed being performed by these very graceful flyers and the most difficult one to observe as the Swallow-Tailed Kites were continualy taking me on a really wild ride as I tried to keep up with all the action !

Going in and out of the park and over several blocks and splitting up their group as they flew and then well after 8:30 pm while darkness was still setting in flying a huge Swallow-Tailed Kite Kettle round and round and a couple of observers walking by commented "if I had seen the Huge Thing going around in the sky ! " Indeed !

And as I just crossed over the street from the path from the lake at Fleming and crossed over to Hand Ave a huge formation, the entire large group just appeared from out of the woods and crossed over all in unison to the other side into the woods flying on towards Fleming Ave !
Much too fast to film but an Awesome sight that I'll soon not forget ! They Flew and flew even in the darkness until 8: 50 P.M and even a little later still ! They literally took my breath away ! Absolutely Remarkable !

Steve Petruniak

Daytona Beach, FL

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Date: 6/18/15 7:55 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Birding in Ocala National Forest - Marion County
Great day in Ocala National Forest today.
Just a few shots - we had a number of good birds for the Summer!
Every day is a GREAT Day to go birding!
Alice Horst



SURPRISE!!! Early morning at in Ocala National Forest Scrub Jay - Ocala National Forest Red-shouldered Hawk - Ocala National Forest





American Kestrel eating ?????




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Date: 6/18/15 10:30 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] "Great White" Heron Pasco County; 06/18/15
Hi All,

Wendy Meehan and I found and photographed this continuing bird just east of
Hays Road on Hudson Avenue.

We also saw an Eastern Kingbird at Veteran's Memorial Park on Hicks Road
just north of Hudson Avenue prior to seeing the Heron.

Both of these are hard to find at this time of year, especially the
Kingbird, as the Heron has been easily seen and photographed at it's
location since late April.

Also, got several review species from Pinellas County from Fort De Soto
from yesterday, an adult SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER and an Eastern Kingbird
were noted, as the details sent were good, but no photos have been
submitted as of yet.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher has NEVER been documented at this time of year in
Pinellas County, and is RARE in Florida during the summer months.

Great Birding!!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 6/18/15 3:21 am
From: Kathryn Young <kathwren4...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Blue-gray Gnatcatcher feeding a Cowbird
Yesterday while doing the Breeding Bird Survey with Stu Wilson at Pinecraft Park in Sarasota, I managed to get this short video of a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher feeding a Brown-headed Cowbird.

https://youtu.be/xOu_Crknr_M <https://youtu.be/xOu_Crknr_M>

kathryn young
Sarasota, Fl


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Date: 6/16/15 7:19 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Nighthawk nesting in Sumter County
I am amazed that Common Nighthawks will nest on rocks, mulch in yards with little shade and no protection from predators.

On 5/26 I took the first picture of a Common Night-hawk sitting on 2 eggs. A few days later the eggs and CONI were gone.
Another CONI and chick were seen in different neighborhood. I was going to see the chick when I learned that the chick was found dead," probably run over by a garbage truck”, neighbors said.
On 6/14 a 3rd CONI had been spotted sitting on eggs and is being watched carefully by the property owners.


May 26, 2015 CONI sitting on 2 eggs, on rocks in front yard of house in Sumter County, The villages





On June 14, 2015 I saw another nesting Common Nighthawk in Sumter County.
Sitting on 2 eggs on mulch in front yard in a different neighborhood in Sumter County in The Villages.

I am hoping to see these chicks when they hatch!
Alice Horst







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Date: 6/16/15 6:28 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Question about 1 Swallow-tailed Kite fledgling in Summerfield, Marion County

2 STKI fledglings wanting to be fed in Summerfield, Marion County




Picture of one of the STKI fledglings.
Are these feathers normal? I did not see this in the other fledgling when it flew.

There were 8 STKIs flying this morning in Summerfield @ 8:00am this morning.
Thank you.



Alice Horst
The Villages
Marion County




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Date: 6/16/15 2:46 pm
From: Jim Swarr <jhschwarr...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kite-Gainesville, FL
Joyce King and I were walking to our car at the Orthopedic Institute,
located just W. of SW 43rd St and on the N. side of Newberry Rd, about
4:15pm--when I spotted what turned out to be a Mississippi
Kite soaring--a new year bird for the both of us!

Happy birding
--
Jim Swarr, Melrose, FL

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Date: 6/15/15 4:39 pm
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar 6/15/15
Hello Birders.
Out to Circle B Bar Southeast of Lakeland this morning from 7:00 till
10:00; nothing out of the ordinary. All of the usual waders and such.
Best Birds: 1 BARRED OWL, 4 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS, 15 WHITE
PELICANS.
Other Birds: Red-shouldered Hawks, 2 Meadow Larks, 30+ Glossy Ibis.
The Barred Owls have been hanging out in the area around the public
dock on the lake portion of Alligator Alley.
Meanwhile back at the house I got my first look at the baby
Red-bellied Woodpecker when it's father brought a worm to the nest but then
flew off with the meal. The youngster stuck it's head out of the hole but
didn't come out. Also had a young Blue Jay doing the anting routine. Good
Birding.


Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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Date: 6/15/15 4:06 pm
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Blue Grosbeak, Starkey Park
Hello,
While traveling south of the bike path on the power line right-of-way in the Jay B. Starkey park we found 2 recently fledged Blue Grosbeak.  Also found 2 Indigo Buntings along Blanton Rd near Lake Iola northeast of Dade City.  Three days ago we had a Black-bellied Whistling duck flock (10+) in the large lake that has appeared in the last year just south of the bike path and power line right-of-way in Starkey Park.

(Note the Indigo photo looks a lot like a Blue Bunting which it is not!)

Ken Tracey, New Port Richey FL

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Date: 6/15/15 11:38 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Roseate Tern. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
Today, 6/15, I was doing a shorebird survey on Disappearing Island, Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia County, with David Hartgrove, Jennifer Winters and Mike Simmons when I found a gorgeous adult Roseate Tern in breeding plumage. Interestingly, last year in June I also found two Roseate Terns here.This is an exceptionally rare tern here in Volusia County. There were also Royal, Sandwich, Least, Common and Forster's Terns on the island. There were a few shorebirds including a single White-rumped Sandpiper.

There were 10 shorebird species:
Black-bellied Plover
Wilson's Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Willet
Short-billed Dowitcher
Sanderling
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
White-rumped Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone

Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL


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Date: 6/15/15 11:13 am
From: Joseph Cala <00000019a57cae15-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Myiarchus ID Help - Ft. Myers Beach FL
Hi all. Visting from Connecticut this week and was birding Bowditch Point Park this morning looking for Gray Kingbirds when I stumbled upon this Myiarchus flycatcher. I know the default for the entire east coast is Great Crested, but it seems like an odd location for the species. The pictures I was able to grab was of the bird perched on sailboat wires which seems like an even more odd location, but could very well be the norm for the area.

The bill also seems to be much too large for GCFL, but it could be due to the angle of the bird/bill in relation to the camera. Also questioning the paleness of the bird overall, but lighting may be playing a role in this as well.

Here's some links - pictures are all heavily cropped from a 600mm lens. Anyone care to confirm GCFL or debate the tentative ID?

http://josephcala.zenfolio.com/img/s4/v67/p1253290519-5.jpg

http://josephcala.zenfolio.com/img/s8/v76/p1253290351-5.jpg


Joseph Cala
Willington, CT

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Date: 6/15/15 10:52 am
From: Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Shiny Cowbird, Playalinda Beach (Brevard)
What time?

Meret Wilson
Volusia County, FL

Sent from my iPhone

On Jun 15, 2015, at 11:59 AM, mitchell harris <petreltime...> wrote:

This morning I found a male Shiny Cowbird at the intersection of Biolab Rd and the beach access road. This is the first record of Shiny that I know of for Brevard. The bird was courting a female Brown-headed along with four male Brown-headed Cowbirds. The bird was a milestone for me putting me at 360 ABA countable birds for Brevard. I've added a few pics of the bird to my Flickr site. Here's a link to the pics: https://flic.kr/p/uGfUrg

Mitchell Harris
Titusville
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Date: 6/15/15 8:59 am
From: mitchell harris <petreltime...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Shiny Cowbird, Playalinda Beach (Brevard)
This morning I found a male Shiny Cowbird at the intersection of Biolab Rd
and the beach access road. This is the first record of Shiny that I know of
for Brevard. The bird was courting a female Brown-headed along with four
male Brown-headed Cowbirds. The bird was a milestone for me putting me at
360 ABA countable birds for Brevard. I've added a few pics of the bird to
my Flickr site. Here's a link to the pics: https://flic.kr/p/uGfUrg

Mitchell Harris
Titusville

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Date: 6/14/15 6:03 pm
From: Leann Streeper <leann.jackson...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Wash. D.C. ID Help
This bird was at “The Mall” in Washington DC. I say Rusty Blackbird. Ebird reports of them in area this past week while we were there. Rounded head screams Rusty but beak may be to large. Probable Common Grackle.

Had a wonderful trip. Only 2 maybe 3 new lifers.
Grateful for any insight.

Thank you
Leann Streeper

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Date: 6/14/15 5:11 am
From: Dave Goodwin <0000000df3046576-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Spot-breasted Oriole - No sightings - request for help locating
Hi Jeff,


Spot-breasted Orioles nested this spring in the tree on 88th Court marked with the pin locator on the attached jpeg. This is in the Kendalwood Community just north of the Baptist Hospital. Entry to the neighborhood is 82nd St off of 87th Avenue (traffic light). There are also Red-whiskered Bulbuls in this neighborhood. You may have to drive around some in this neighborhood, but this is a good place to start.


Dave Goodwin
Brandon FL
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I have been to the Miami area three different times in search of a Spot-breasted Oriole for my life list. I will be staying in Sanibel in a couple of weeks and plan on making a day trip to the Miami area to look again. My understanding is that the area across the street from Kendall Baptist Hospital is a good spot to look. I just have not had much luck there. I have searched a couple of other spots the last couple of years with no luck. I am wondering if anyone can direct me to a good spot to locate this bird. I am from Indiana so I do not get there very often. I appreciate any help that you can provide.

Thanks,



Jeff Timmons

Indiana



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Date: 6/13/15 3:23 pm
From: Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Rough-winged Swallow. Helmeted Guineafowl. Volusia Co.
Back when I did Eagle Watch I found several pairs of nesting Norther rough-winged Swallows. In fact, they would build in a pipe used to move water from one pond to another. I asked Susan Gasee, the director then, if the crew could put in some dummy pipes. The did and put a mesh cap over the active pipe to prevent them from using. The swallows made the transition and used the pipes for years. But as you well know, the rest of us are banned from most the landfill so I lost track of them. There were 2 pair that also nested around the back west pond for a long time. Good to know they are still around. As for Barn Swallows, they seem to be everywhere.

Meret S Wilson, Bird Bander
Tomoka Basin State Parks
TBBS
Ormond Beach, FL

Are you part of the solution or part of the problem?

Sent from my iPad


> On Jun 13, 2015, at 4:26 PM, Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> wrote:
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> Today, 6/13, I had to run out to the Volusia Landfill and was surprised to find two Rough-winged Swallows with some Barn Swallows. On Thursday, 6/11, I had a Helmeted Guineafowl walking down my street in our subdivision. You never know what will turn up.
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Date: 6/13/15 1:26 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Rough-winged Swallow. Helmeted Guineafowl. Volusia Co.
Today, 6/13, I had to run out to the Volusia Landfill and was surprised to find two Rough-winged Swallows with some Barn Swallows. On Thursday, 6/11, I had a Helmeted Guineafowl walking down my street in our subdivision. You never know what will turn up.
Michael

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Date: 6/13/15 11:12 am
From: Claire Herzog <ceherzog...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Celery Fields Cowbirds
Today at the Celery Fields, at 10 AM, we had both the male Shiny Cowbird
and the Bronzed Cowbird. Both were located around the Raymond Road Gazebo.

Claire Herzog
Nancy Edmondson
Sarasota

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Date: 6/13/15 10:54 am
From: Donald Margeson <000000188c3694c9-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Whimbrels at Ft. De Soto
There were 3 Whimbrel in the Bird Sanctuary at Ft. De Soto North Beach this morning.


Don Margeson
St. Petersburg, Pinellas, FL

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Date: 6/13/15 5:38 am
From: Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive
Hello Birdbrains,
We made a brief stop at the somewhat newly opened wildlife drive in Apopka yesterday afternoon about 3 PM (however brief an 11 mile drive can be).  We drove through most of the drove pretty quickly, headed for the sodfields near the end of the drive.  We were hoping to find some shorebirds, as my "shorebird withdrawal" has taken hold, and I find myself dreaming of being in a throng of shorebirds, with a big smile on my face.  A huge storm was approaching, with slate skies, thunder and lightening, so we didn't risk hauling out the scope (that portable lightning rod).  We binned from the car, and found some shorebirds (a few) pretty far out in the field.  We found 2 White-rumped Sandpipers, observed feeding and then flying to another area nearby.  The white rump and wing projection were obvious.  We also saw at least 1, possibly 2, Pectoral Sandpipers, and a large number of Killdeer. 
 
My shorebird lust has been satisfied, at least for the moment, until we go out again tomorrow.  Sweet dreams!
Good Birding!
Joyce Stefancic
Clermont, Fl

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Date: 6/12/15 10:13 pm
From: Allan Stern <00000014b7b0d186-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Gallinule (Moorhen)
Here is a Common Gallinule (Moorhen) I spotted today in the field just
north of the Satellite Beach Post Office. Satellite Beach, Florida, 12 June
2015.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1032301380145673&set=gm.484220968410
528&type=1&theater

Al Stern, Satellite Beach, FL
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Date: 6/12/15 4:19 pm
From: Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Brooksville Area Birding & ID Help?
Hi Breanna,

Red-tailed Hawk, Purple Martin, Red-eyed Vireo x 3


Best regards,

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida

Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2015 19:17:16 -0400
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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Brooksville Area Birding & ID Help?
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Date: 6/12/15 4:17 pm
From: Breanna Perry <serena933...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Brooksville Area Birding & ID Help?
Stopped at several places today for birding. I am still fairly new to birding so any ID help on the photos would be very appreciated! Here are the best finds:

Powerline/ Lockhart Rd.

2 meadowlarks -powerline
2 kestrel - powerline
6 swallowtailed kites off lockhart with..
2 red-tailed hawks chasing them
1 -unidentified hawk near where powerline ends and lockhart begins---(ID help??)
1 unidentified swallow at the dead end side of powerline ---(ID Help?)

Withlacoochee at Mckethan Lake
1 red-tailed hawk being chased away by 2 red-shouldered hawks
1 black-crowned night heron
1 parula
1 unidentified vireo ---(ID help??)
1 pileated woodpecker (heard only)
10+ tufted titmouse

Brooksville water treatment plant (Grove Rd.)
3 yellowlegs
2 glossy ibis
5 sandhill cranes
2 black-necked stilt
1 killdeer
(and many more common birds too)

Breanna Perry
Spring Hill, FL




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Date: 6/12/15 3:49 pm
From: Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Short-tailed Hawk - no sightings
Jeff,

You need to check out eBird for both of these species.


Best regards,

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida

Date: Fri, 12 Jun 2015 18:46:48 -0400
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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Short-tailed Hawk - no sightings
To: <BRDBRAIN...>

Sorry, I forgot I had one other bird on my target list. I would appreciate any help on locating an area with Short-tailed Hawk in the Sanibel/Ft. Myers area. Thanks again for any help provided. Jeff
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Date: 6/12/15 3:46 pm
From: Jeff Timmons <jeffreytimmons...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Short-tailed Hawk - no sightings
Sorry, I forgot I had one other bird on my target list. I would appreciate
any help on locating an area with Short-tailed Hawk in the Sanibel/Ft. Myers
area.



Thanks again for any help provided.



Jeff






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Date: 6/12/15 2:43 pm
From: Jeff Timmons <jeffreytimmons...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Spot-breasted Oriole - No sightings - request for help locating


I have been to the Miami area three different times in search of a
Spot-breasted Oriole for my life list. I will be staying in Sanibel in a
couple of weeks and plan on making a day trip to the Miami area to look
again. My understanding is that the area across the street from Kendall
Baptist Hospital is a good spot to look. I just have not had much luck
there. I have searched a couple of other spots the last couple of years
with no luck. I am wondering if anyone can direct me to a good spot to
locate this bird. I am from Indiana so I do not get there very often. I
appreciate any help that you can provide.

Thanks,



Jeff Timmons

Indiana




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Date: 6/12/15 2:28 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pelagic Birding opportunity. July 19
Hi to all,

Join us for another public exploration offered off the east coast of
Florida that will explore the entire width of the Gulf Stream and the
3000’ deep canyons 100 miles offshore.

“The Pastime Princess” is a 100-foot, all-aluminum boat with
excellent observation areas on the upper deck, bow and stern. Meet for
this exciting trip at 1:30 a.m. at the Dolphin View Restaurant and
Marina on Riverside Drive near Canal Street in downtown New Smyrna
Beach. Return is at 9:00 p.m.

The trip leaves from the New Smyrna side of Ponce de Leon Inlet,
travels out about 100 miles, crosses the entire Gulf Stream, past the
east wall of the Gulf Stream into the area known as the “Tuna
Grounds.” This trip holds high probability of encountering exciting
pelagic species. We will be in the Gulf Stream at one of the best times
to find White-tailed Tropicbird. In addition, summer visitors such as
Cory’s, Great and Audubon’s Shearwaters, and all three Storm-Petrels
(Leach’s, Wilson’s and Band-rumped) are possibilities. There is also
a good chance of also finding Black-capped Petrels.

Potential Species include (* indicates good probability):
Black-capped Petrel*; Cory’s Shearwater *; Great Shearwater *;
Audubon’s Shearwater *; Wilson’s Storm Petrel *; Leach’s
Storm-Petrel; Band-rumped Storm-Petrel *; Brown Booby*; Masked Booby;
White-tailed Tropicbird*; Red-billed Tropicbird; Sooty Tern*;
Bridled Tern *; Brown Noddy

Participants should bring: food and beverages, seasickness medicine,
sunscreen and personal items.

COST: $235/person. Maximum 55 = (minimum of 30 people for the trip to
go)
Email to reserve your space. DON’T MISS this exceedingly rare
opportunity to bird in almost unexplored state waters, with the chance
at seeing some of the rarest birds in Florida!

Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL
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Date: 6/11/15 6:51 pm
From: Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Trip report: Southeastern Quebec, May 30 - June 7.
Trip Report: Southeastern Quebec, May 30 – June 7.



Gary and I recently returned from a wonderful birding trip to Southeastern
Quebec. The trip was offered as a birthday present from Gary to me after I
apparently whined a bit too much about never having seen a Canada Warbler.
If finding the elusive (for us) Canada Warbler was the official goal of the
trip, we made up other goals as we went along, such as trying for:

1. All 22 possible species of locally nesting warblers. We wound up
finding 19 of these, including *Canada Warbler *(3), *Mourning Warbler*
(5), *Wilson’s* *Warbler *(3), *Bay-breasted Warbler* (5), and *Nashville*
*Warbler* (1)). The remaining warblers – Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush,
Black-and-White, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Magnolia,
Blackburnian, Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Blackpoll, Black-throated Blue,
Yellow-rumped and Black-throated Green -- we found in larger and sometimes
*much* larger numbers. On the other hand, our misses included Cape May,
Tennessee and even Palm.

We also found *Philadelphia Vireo* (2) and *Yellow-bellied Flycatchers *
(many).

2. The specialties of the boreal forest. Here we worked hard for
*Bicknell’s
Thrush *(which we ended up ticking as heard only), but found *Gray
Jay*, *Spruce
Grouse* and *Boreal Chickadee* with relative ease. In spite of precise
directions to two areas where they had been recently sighted, we had no
luck with Black-backed Woodpecker.

3. As many more good birds as possible, a goal which led us to *Brant*,
*Barrow’s Goldeneye, and Broad-winged Hawk, *among others.

All in all, we ended up with 117 species: 12 life birds for Gary and 8 for
me. See photos (from the first half of) the trip at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gary_leavens/collections/72157653496141010/



Dates & Places (and birds, of course):

*May 31 & June1:* *Réserve Nationale de Faune du Cap Tourmente/Cap
Tourmente National Wildlife Refuge*. This NWF is located about 30 miles NE
of Quebec City (where we stayed) on the North Shore of the St. Lawrence
River. It was originally created to protect very large flocks of migrating
Snow Geese (which all left the week before we arrived), but also offers a
wide variety of habitats, including agricultural fields, marshes, swamps,
various kinds of forest and miles of trails. On eBird, it also stands out
as the Quebec hotspot with the highest overall species count (272). So, it
was a pretty obvious place to start our quest for warblers (and other
goodies).

Highlights: *Wilson’s Warbler*; *Mourning Warbler*; quite a few
Blackburnian and Black-throated Greens; oodles of showy Yellows;
*Yellow-bellied
Flycatcher*; Scarlet Tanager; Bobolink; large numbers of Cliff Swallows
nesting in eaves of a barn. Also sighted: A female Black Bear with cubs no
more than 100 yards ahead of us on the trail.



Since two days at one of Quebec's premier birding hotspots still did not
net us a Canada Warbler, I did some more research into the species’
preferred nesting habitat. It turns out that the Canada Warbler is more
particular about habitat than you might think given the brief account in
Sibley’s (“shaded deciduous undergrowth within mature forests”). According
to a pertinent article in Birds of North American (online), it actually
prefers nesting on *slopes* in mature forests (deciduous or mixed) with
undergrowth and *a lot of moss, preferably by water. *Pairing these new
clues with more eBird research, I decided on a new, more promising place to
look – one of the better known trails in Jacques Cartier National Park.

*June 2: *Rain; non-birding tourism and rest day.

*June 3*: The Valley sector of the *Parc National Jacques Cartier/Jacques
Cartier National Park *is located only 30 min North of Quebec City and our
trail, the popular *Sentier de l’Éperon (Spur Trail)* only 2 miles inside
the park entrance. Which was good since we decided that we should start
behaving like real birders and get out there early, really early. (We
managed to arrive at the trailhead by 6am.)

After following the meanders of a small tributary of the Jacques Cartier
River, the Sentier de l’Éperon (4 mile loop) climbs through deciduous, then
coniferous forest and finally follows a ridge before descending abruptly
back to the parking lot. On the first part of the trail, we found Redstarts
and Chestnut-sideds galore. And then … something that sounded like a
distant Canada Warbler singing from the trail up ahead. Chip chip
sputtersputtersputter getting louder and louder until there we were right
beneath our *Canada Warbler* tree! Much rejoicing! Then just a few minutes
later, we found our 2nd CAWA – closer, in better light and more boldly
marked than the first. Yes!

As the trail moved away from the stream and into deciduous forest it
produced Blackburnians, Black-throated Greens, Northern Parulas and our
first singing Black-throated Blue of the trip, which was soon followed by
many more. (We wound up counting 18 BTBW for our eBird list.) We also
spotted a singing *Philadelphia Vireo* (life bird for Gary). Finally, when
we got up to the spruce forest, we found a first Magnolia Warbler for the
trip list.



*June 4*: Now that our official trip goal had been reached, Gary suggested
that we focus on regional specialties, particularly Bicknell’s Thrush. The
most likely place for this and other boreal forest species seemed to be *La
Forêt Montmorency/Montmorency Forest, *45-50 minutes North of Quebec city.


This forest’s claim to fame is its’ status as the largest research and
teaching forest in the world (associated with Laval University), so maybe
it wasn’t too surprising that the people at the welcome center were
extremely well-informed and helpful. When we mentioned Bicknell’s Thrush,
Spruce Grouse, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, they nodded and marked up a copy
of a very detailed map, showing exactly where we’d have the best chances
for each species. They suggested we start with the 2 mile trail around the
lake directly in back of the building. It was really too late in the day
for Bicknell’s and we would have a good chance with our other target birds
on this easy walk.


The very first thing we noticed was a warbler song that seemed familiar,
yet hard to place, ringing out from what seemed like every other treetop on
the lakeshore. The pattern seemed a little like a Chestnut-sided, but the
tone quality was wrong and the pitch was too low. Then we got it – Northern
Waterthrush! I’ve heard them sing before in Florida, but not in chorus and
not from the treetops. We wound up eBirding a very conservative 10 NOWA,
but in reality I think there must have been at least 30. They had that lake
surrounded!


The one and only boreal specialty we found on that particular hike was
the *Gray
Jay*. And it would probably be more accurate to say that the Gray Jay came
and found us. It seemed to almost magically materialize no more than 2 feet
from my face. It perched there looking at me in a friendly kind of way, all
fluffy and hopeful. Yes, it wanted to be fed. No, we did not have peanuts.
Which was probably a good thing since the bird was already way too close
for Gary’s 400mm lens.

Next on the agenda (after a rather bare bones lunch offered at the welcome
center) was the Black-backed Woodpecker. Back into the car and down a
couple of dirt roads heading to the sections of logged forest where the
BBWOs had been hanging out. On the way, we found our last warbler species
for the trip – a Nashville singing its heart out from atop a nearby dead
scrag. Our one and only *Nashville Warbler* of the trip. The BBWO turned
out to be a no-show, but we did find the first of 4 porcupines (a life
mammal!) as well as a male *Spruce Grouse*.


*June 5*: Our intention was to head right back up to Forêt Montmorency as
early as possible for Bicknell’s Thrush. But the weather looked decidedly
bad – an entire day of rain. Since the next day looked more promising, we
opted instead for a waterfowl day. According to eBird, there had been a
very recent sighting of a flock of Brant on an island in the middle of the
St. Lawrence, the *Isle aux Coudres*. The island turned out to be
accessible only by (free) car ferry. But what the heck? It was raining
anyway, so why not? The Island did indeed turn out to be sheltering some
*Brant*, but not much else.

Back on the mainland, we decided to just keep driving Northeast along the
St. Lawrence as far as we could, while of course stopping along the way to
see if there was anything interesting. All in all, it was a very productive
afternoon as we added Common Loon, Common Eider (many males in breeding
plumage), Black Scoter, and Common Goldeneye to our trip list and, best of
all, a (male) *Barrow’s Goldeneye* to our life list as well. If objectively
the Bicknell’s Thrush was to be the best bird of the trip, the Barrow’s
Goldeneye felt like the best bird. It was totally unexpected. After we got
back that evening I checked on eBird and there were only two sightings of
the species (in Eastern North America) farther south than ours in the
summer (June & July) -- and one of these sightings was from 1905.



*June 6*: Back up to *Forêt Montmorency* -- early this time for the
Bicknell’s Thrush which was to be found on the Mont Robert Bellefeuille
trail. When we started out it was something like 35 degrees (F) and windy.
We did not think to bring our winter coats on the trip. Duh! Of course I
checked the weather before we packed and of course I knew that it would be
colder up in the mountains than down in Quebec City. But I failed to
estimate exactly how much colder it was going to be. Up to 20 degrees (F)
colder than the city … and windier too, it turns out. Anyway, we shivered
our way up the (fortunately) not incredibly steep or challenging mountain,
seeing many, many thrushes which all turned out to be Swainson’s Thrushes.
Truly, I’ve never seen so many Swainson’s Thrushes before. We wound up
eBirding 20, but that was conservative. They were hopping all over the
trail in places and we’d see 5, 6 or 7 at one time. But not a single
Bicknell’s! We were seeing what we eventually realized were rolled up mist
nets, so were guessed that we were in the right place, but where were they?
According to Birds of North American online, June 6th was within what is
considered the peak period for the species, a period during which they
should be vocalizing not just early in the morning but all day long, in any
weather. Finally, right before the very end of the trail, right where the
mist nests were the densest, we heard two *Bicknell’s Thrush* calling and
singing their rollercoaster of a song. Score! Added bonus: On the way back,
just before we reached our car, we finally came upon the *Boreal Chickadees*
.



*June 7*: Our plane wasn’t scheduled to leave until 4:55 pm, so we decided
to find a good hotspot not too far from the airport and spend the morning
there. This hotspot turned out to be Marais Léon Provancher/Léon Provancher
Marsh, which, while it included a marsh also featured a large area of
deciduous woodland as well as access to the St. Lawrence river. Here we
added White-winged Scoter, Baltimore Oriole and, best of all, *Broad-winged
Hawk* (lifer for Gary) to our trip list.




Happy Birding!

Janet Leavens
Oviedo, FL

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Date: 6/11/15 2:06 pm
From: David Hartgrove <birdman9...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] BBA II, Purple Martins
Hi,
While working Maytown, Block 6 today with Dr. David Stock, we came across a strange observation. A single pair of Purple Martins feeding fledged young. The strange part was that this was a single pair that had chosen to nest in a burned out pine stump 30' off the ground in an area that looks like anything but Purple Martin friendly habitat. None the less, there they were. This is in an area west of I-95, north of Stuckway Road. That's the Scottsmoor exit off I-95 in north Brevard County. There are ATV trails that wind north from the dead end of that road. The birds are about 150 yards north of that dead end.

David Hartgrove
Daytona Beach, FL

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Date: 6/11/15 12:38 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Breakfast with the Kites kin Summerfield, Marion County
This morning, at 7:30 am, the Swallow-tailed Kites were already beginning breakfast. The 2 “kids” - fledglings would fly around a bit then alight in a tree and demand to be fed.
Some of their diet could not be ID’d from where I stood, but the “kids” sure loved those frogs/lizards.

Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!
Alice Horst



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Date: 6/11/15 8:38 am
From: Stu Wilson <stuwilson...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Celery Fields- Cowbird Central
John Ginaven had the lingering male Shiny Cowbird at Celery Fields' Raymond
Road boardwalk (Sarasota County) this morning just before 9:00am. At one
point, the bird landed atop the boardwalk gazebo. The female Shiny Cowbird
was not seen. Also present were a male Bronzed Cowbird and at least one
Brown-headed Cowbird. No sign yet of a Giant Cowbird... :)

*************
Stu Wilson
Sarasota, FL USA
Everything is connected...

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Date: 6/11/15 6:32 am
From: Ted Yeatts <tedyeatts...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Brinson Park Fulvous Whistling Ducks question
I've seen Fulvous Whistling Ducks at Brinson Park each time I've been which, admittedly, has only been a few times this year. But, I think it's probably the best spot in Osceola County for them. Each time I have been, it has been around sunset. I have seen groups of 8+ flying over the lake from the T-dock at the main parking area on Neptune Road. I've seen groups of the same size from a distance on little "islands" in the lake/wetland across the street as well. The best looks I've had of them at Brinson are actually from the seawall/sidewalk on Lakeshore Blvd. I saw a group of ten there very close one evening, although that was a couple of months ago.

As an aside for anyone else considering birding at Brinson, I would recommend a scope for great views of egrets, spoonbills and limpkin. I have found the cattails on the far lake shore to the left of the T-dock to be a good spot for an active Least Bittern (scoped from the T-dock). The wetland across the street has been a good spot for me this year for black-bellied whistling duck and a female snail kite as well.

Hope that helps!

Ted Yeatts
Orlando, FL

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Date: 6/11/15 6:20 am
From: Matthew Press <0000000b4f429e34-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Websites about Pelagic Birding in the Gulf of Mexico
Hello Everyone,

Here are some websites on pelagic birding in the Gulf of Mexico:

http://texaspelagics.com/
http://www.naturetravelspecialists.com/gulfpelagic/index.htm
http://aosbirds.org/pelagicbirding.php
http://www.fosbirds.org/sites/default/files/FFNs/FFNv06n2p30-32Buhrman.pdf
http://emyadestes.com/lrgv_pelagic.htm
http://www.texasbirding.net/birds/pelagic.htm

Hope this helps.

Matthew Press
Sarasota, FL

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Date: 6/10/15 2:28 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pelagic Trip Report. Out of Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia County
Pelagic Trip Report
Out of Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia County, out across the Gulf Stream
out to 103 miles.
June 7, 2015

We met at 1:30 a.m for a 2:00 a.m. departure and under a beautiful moon
we struck out offshore into the night. At first light we were already
about 55 miles offshore, well into the Gulf Stream. We met a few
Band-rumped Storm-Petrels running parallel to the boat and an occasional
Cory’s Shearwater. Early on we also had the first Black-capped Petrel.
The seas were gentle and skies fair and we enjoyed excellent conditions
on the cobalt waters of the Gulf Stream.

At 8:15 a.m., we run up on a pod of three Short-finned Pilot Whales.
They allowed us a close approach and stayed right beside the boat,
giving everyone awesome opportunites to see these marine mammals. After
a slow period, we began to find small numbers of Audubon’s Shearwater,
then we found increasing numbers of Sooty Terns and Cory’s
Shearwaters. About noon, we also found more Cory’s Shearwaters,
several Audubon’s Shearwater and then 2 Great Shearwaters. Then, two
Black-capped Petrels appeared and more Audubon’s and Cory’s
Shearwaters. We continued to scout for the Sooty Terns that usually
signaled more shearwaters nearby. We made it out a maximum of 103 miles
offshore. In mid-afternoon, as we returned, we found a nice group of
Leach’s Strom-Petrels and Band-rumped Storm-Petrels and more Cory’s
Shearwaters. We continued to come across more Cory’s and Audubon’s
Shearwaters and a few Wilson’s Storm-Petrels and Sooty Terns. As we
made our way back we found an occasional Leach’s and Band-rumped
Storm-Petrel. As we got closer to port, a pod of Atlantic Spotted
Dolphins made a bee-line for us and played on our bow-wake. We made it
back at 9:00 p.m. after a long, but exciting day.

Species List Offshore:
Birds:
Black-capped Petrel 4
Cory’s Shearwater 57
Scopoli’s Shearwater 2 (the subspecies of Cory’s that
breeds in the Mediterranean Sea)
Great Shearwater 2
Audubon’s Shearwater 17
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel 9
Wilson’s Storm-Petrel 7
Leach’s Storm-Petrel 3
Storm-Petrel sp. 6
Sooty Tern 46

Marine Mammals:
Short-finned Pilot Whale 3
Atlantic Spotted Dolphin 25-30
Bottlenose Dolphin 9

I wanted to give a special thanks to all of the leaders who helped us
out:
Mark Berney
Wes Biggs
Mitchell Harris
Andy Kratter
Jonathan Mays

Also, a special thanks to Captain Mike and Captain George and all the
mates for a great day.
The next trips are scheduled for July 19, October 4 and November 7.

Thanks,
Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL



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Date: 6/9/15 5:27 pm
From: Diane Reed <0000001567cad33a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] American Robins nesting in St Augustine
Greetings
For the second year in a row (that we know of), American Robins have been seen in downtown St Augustine during nesting season. Credit to Adam Kent for posting it in eBird and last year credit to Diana Doyle. Susan Killeen saw them yesterday and I saw two of the Robins this evening located on Nelmar & Magnolia. This is the neighborhood of the D&B School. Take Magnolia north off of May Street (the east/west street that heads from the Merry-go-round on San Marco east to the Vilano Bridge and beaches). I turned down Milton Street (off of Nelmar) and saw the birds in a front yard foraging at around 7pm, but they have been seen in several lawns in that neighborhood.
thanks
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St Augustine FL








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Date: 6/9/15 6:31 am
From: Jenny Welch <mwelch...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Re-development of Brinson Park and Kissimmee Lakefront park for birding
Anyone interested in the re-development of the Kissimmee Lakefront and Brinson Park Area for birding

there will be a public meeting to discuss the re-development of this area:



Kissimmee Lakefront Park Meeting (Monument Ave. to Neptune)

Kissimmee Civic Center 201 E Dakin Ave, Kissimmee, FL 34741

Wednesday June 17, 2015

6:00- 8:00 pm

City staff and consultants will introduce the project, Hear ideas, and answer questions.


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Date: 6/9/15 4:47 am
From: Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID request for help
Let me clarify...
I'm NOT saying that a Reddish Egret with mixed dark-and-white plumage is impossible. That would be a fairly idiotic position to take after seeing the photo that started this thread. LOL
What I'm saying (and I could be wrong about this) is... it's my understanding that the two morphs (dark and white) are controlled by a single gene with two alleles. Thus, each bird genetically must be one or the other. There's no intermediate position. You see the same thing with Labrador Retrievers. There's one gene that determines whether the dog is colored (black or chocolate) or not (yellow), and there are no intermediates.
The presence of white feathers on a dark-morph bird could be caused by a mutation in this gene in a stem cell that gave rise to an area of feather-producing tissue, or it could be caused by a malfunctioning regulatory process that turned off the pigment-producing gene in a certain area. Either one of these conditions would produce a bird with white feathers in various places, but genetically it's not the same thing as a true intermediate morph.
Daniel EstabrooksWinter Haven, FL


On Monday, June 8, 2015 3:32 PM, Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> wrote:


The key here is that partially leucistic (a.k.a. piebald) Reddish Egret is totally possible, but this is NOT the same as an intermediate morph. I am not a geneticist or even biologist, but I believe the difference is more than semantics. Perhaps an ornithologist or biologist can weigh in here.
Christopher
On Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 3:24 PM, gmranck <0000000ec1899b62-dmarc-request...> wrote:

Without question there are Reddish Egrets that have some white plumage. I personally have had a fly-by with white wing feathers similar to this bird. That was at Key Vista in Pasco Co.Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE TabletOn Jun 6, 2015 11:18 PM, Jamie Pipher <jamie.pipher...> wrote:

Attached are pics of a bird seen last week at Bahia Honda in the Fla Keys around mid day... on the Atlantic side near the  shore  and near a sand bar at low tide. I believe it to be a Reddish Egret because of its reddish neck and its behavior.... It was running, jumping and flapping its wings in shallow water and appeared to be chasing fish...Due to the high amount of light, the pics are not the best but hoping  someone can confirm the bird's ID... I do not remember seeing this much white on reddish egret's  wings before. Thank you

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Date: 6/8/15 9:52 pm
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Brinson Park Fulvous Whistling Ducks question
I've seen on eBird that there are continuing reports of Fulvous Whistling
Ducks at Brinson Park in Kissimmee. I've been there twice in the past
several weeks but have not had any luck seeing them. Does anyone have
pointers on more precisely where and when these ducks have been hanging
out? Maybe I've just been unlucky?

Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County
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Date: 6/8/15 2:32 pm
From: Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] southwestern Pasco County, 8 Jun 2015
Good afternoon,

Louise Gomez and I did a bit of along the southern Pasco County coast this morning. On my way to meet Louise, I saw two crows -- maybe American Crows by behavior but species are now found along the coast -- dive-bombing a light-morph adult Short-tailed Hawk just north of Gulfview Square Mall in Port Richey. The best bird that we saw was a Horned Grebe in alternate plumage right off the beach at Green Key Park in New Port Richey.


Best regards,

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Bayonet Point, Florida

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Date: 6/8/15 2:03 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] 6/8/15 Swallow-tailed Kites Summerfield, Marion County

>
> This morning in Summerfield there were 2 fleglings soaring with 3 adults. They were having so much fun!
> Their exuberance was contageous!
>
> Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!
> Alice Horst
>
>
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>
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Date: 6/8/15 1:36 pm
From: Janet Conover <conover.janet...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Magnificant Frigate
While walking this afternoon on Caspersen Beach on Venice Island, three Magnificant Frigate Birds flew south separately overhead. One female; two males.

Jan Conover
Venice, Florida


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Date: 6/8/15 1:33 pm
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Carolina Chickadee - but please hear me out! / Three Lakes WMA [Osceola County]
I am sending this e-mail with some trepidation, especially given the "less
than enthusiastic" response last time I mentioned Carolina Chickadees here.

While in the Three Lakes WMA late yesterday afternoon (the main unit) I
heard a very clear, sweet 4-6 tone whistle that sounded an awful lot like a
Carolina Chickadee song (NOT the rapid chick-a-dee-dee-dee call, but the
whistled song). Phonetically, it was an enunciated "fee bee bay bay bay
bay"

It was not repeated in a Mockingbird or thrasher like fashion (3 - 4
songs/notes, then switch to another, somewhat rapidly) but was sung once,
then not repeated for 5-10 seconds. I heard the song about 4 times, and
that was it. I don't think it was a mimicked call.

Looking through the species map on eBird, I see that the last listed
Carolina Chickadee in spring at Three Lakes was late April 2009. I also see
reports at Disney Animal Kingdom this year, just last month.

So, without this devolving into what happened last time I mentioned this
species at Erna Nixon Park, I'd like to know:

1) What is the probability this WAS a Carolina Chickadee at Three Lakes
WMA, in June?
2) What other birds sound REALLY A LOT like the Carolina Chickadee's SONG
(*NOT CALL*)?
3) Should I just have a chocolate bar and chill out?

Thanks,
Christopher

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Date: 6/8/15 1:01 pm
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Butterfly ID help
Hello Birders and butterfly enthusiast.
I've been seeing butterflies that I'm not familiar with and wondered if
I have them labeled correctly. Thanks.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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Date: 6/8/15 12:31 pm
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID request for help
The key here is that partially leucistic (a.k.a. piebald) Reddish Egret is
totally possible, but this is NOT the same as an intermediate morph. I am
not a geneticist or even biologist, but I believe the difference is more
than semantics. Perhaps an ornithologist or biologist can weigh in here.

Christopher

On Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 3:24 PM, gmranck <
<0000000ec1899b62-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> Without question there are Reddish Egrets that have some white plumage. I
> personally have had a fly-by with white wing feathers similar to this bird.
> That was at Key Vista in Pasco Co.
>
> Sent from my Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Tablet
> On Jun 6, 2015 11:18 PM, Jamie Pipher <jamie.pipher...> wrote:
>
> Attached are pics of a bird seen last week at Bahia Honda in the Fla Keys
> around mid day... on the Atlantic side near the shore and near a sand bar
> at low tide. I believe it to be a Reddish Egret because of its reddish neck
> and its behavior.... It was running, jumping and flapping its wings in
> shallow water and appeared to be chasing fish...Due to the high amount of
> light, the pics are not the best but hoping someone can confirm the bird's
> ID... I do not remember seeing this much white on reddish egret's wings
> before. Thank you
>
> --
>
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Date: 6/8/15 12:24 pm
From: gmranck <0000000ec1899b62-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID request for help
Without question there are Reddish Egrets that have some white plumage. I personally have had a fly-by with white wing feathers similar to this bird. That was at Key Vista in Pasco Co.

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> Attached are pics of a bird seen last week at Bahia Honda in the Fla Keys around mid day... on the Atlantic side near the  shore  and near a sand bar at low tide. I believe it to be a Reddish Egret because of its reddish neck and its behavior.... It was running, jumping and flapping its wings in shallow water and appeared to be chasing fish...Due to the high amount of light, the pics are not the best but hoping  someone can confirm the bird's ID... I do not remember seeing this much white on reddish egret's  wings before. Thank you
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Date: 6/8/15 10:30 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] "Great White" Heron, Pasco County June 08, 2015
Hi All,

Vince Capp and I hit the pond at the intersection of Hudson and Hays Roads,
which is actually on Hudson Ave about 1/4 mile east of Hays, and easily saw
and photographed this local rarity.

We searched hard with the scope on Hays where the White-faced Ibis was
seen, but came up with only 11 Glossy! We did score a dark morph
Short-tailed Hawk circling low however.

Also of note, we also birded the VERY wet Gulf Harbors Golf Course here in
New Port Richey prior to seeing the Heron and scored some late ducks
including 3 Redheads, 3 Lesser Scaup and a male GREATER SCAUP! This male
Greater has not been recently seen here as there was a female present in
early May. A scope is needed to score the ducks, so they won't flush.

Great Birding!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 6/8/15 5:07 am
From: Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID request for help
FWIW, I don't think it's genetically possible for a true intermediate morph Reddish Egret to exist. You see the same phenomenon with Short-tailed Hawks.
Daniel EstabrooksWinter Haven, FL


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Thank you to all for helping ID my bird...​Jamie PipherArcadia, Fl
On Sat, Jun 6, 2015 at 11:18 PM, Jamie Pipher <jamie.pipher...> wrote:

Attached are pics of a bird seen last week at Bahia Honda in the Fla Keys around mid day... on the Atlantic side near the  shore  and near a sand bar at low tide. I believe it to be a Reddish Egret because of its reddish neck and its behavior.... It was running, jumping and flapping its wings in shallow water and appeared to be chasing fish...Due to the high amount of light, the pics are not the best but hoping  someone can confirm the bird's ID... I do not remember seeing this much white on reddish egret's  wings before. Thank you

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Date: 6/8/15 5:03 am
From: Marvin T Smith <mtsmith...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] St. Augustine Alligator Farm
I know it is late, but can someone tell me if there is still any good nesting activity at the Alligator Farm? Thanks

Marv

Marvin T. Smith

Valdosta, GA

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Date: 6/7/15 2:47 pm
From: Cole Fredricks <cfredricks...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Gadwall @ Lake Hancock Outfall Wetland
I dropped by the Outfall Wetland around midday today and found a female Lesser Scaup and a female-type GADWALL lingering - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23813519. There are no other summer reports (Jun-Jul) of Gadwall in eBird for Florida. Late reports published in FFN (Florida Field Naturalist) include 2 at Polk phosphate mines 6 Jun 2000 (P. Fellers, R. Etzler), 2 at Polk phosphate mines 8 Jun 1997 (P. Timmer, C. Geanangel), 1 at Merritt Island N.W.R. through the 1996 season (B. Sicolo et al.).

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Winter Haven, FL

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Date: 6/7/15 1:42 pm
From: Jamie Pipher <jamie.pipher...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID request for help
Thank you to all for helping ID my bird...​
Jamie Pipher
Arcadia, Fl

On Sat, Jun 6, 2015 at 11:18 PM, Jamie Pipher <jamie.pipher...>
wrote:

> Attached are pics of a bird seen last week at Bahia Honda in the Fla Keys
> around mid day... on the Atlantic side near the shore and near a sand bar
> at low tide. I believe it to be a Reddish Egret because of its reddish neck
> and its behavior.... It was running, jumping and flapping its wings in
> shallow water and appeared to be chasing fish...Due to the high amount of
> light, the pics are not the best but hoping someone can confirm the bird's
> ID... I do not remember seeing this much white on reddish egret's wings
> before. Thank you
>
> --
>
>
>
>


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Date: 6/7/15 12:58 pm
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-tailed Kite in the Hood
Hello Birders.
Out in the yard looking for birds and butterflies when a Swallow-tailed
Kite made an appearance gliding in low circles over the trees. I get all
excited when I see a ST Kite and I'm running down the road and in and out
of my neighbor's yards, they know I'm afflicted.
There was also 2 pairs of Red-shouldered Hawks that were arguing, I've
seen both pairs mate but still no offspring. Also there were 7 Great
Crested Flycatchers in my neighbor's Monkey Ear Tree( Guanacaste) some were
begging food, 2 families?
And a Gold-rimmed Butterfly ( Battus Polydamas ) finally slowed down
long enough for a quick photo. Good Birding.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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Date: 6/7/15 12:45 pm
From: Renne Leatto <renne...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID request for help
My guess (and that’s all it is): dark phase reddish egret, partially leucistic.



Renee Leato

Windermere, Orange County











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Sent: Saturday, June 6, 2015 11:19 PM
Subject: Bird ID request for help



Attached are pics of a bird seen last week at Bahia Honda in the Fla Keys around mid day... on the Atlantic side near the shore and near a sand bar at low tide. I believe it to be a Reddish Egret because of its reddish neck and its behavior.... It was running, jumping and flapping its wings in shallow water and appeared to be chasing fish...Due to the high amount of light, the pics are not the best but hoping someone can confirm the bird's ID... I do not remember seeing this much white on reddish egret's wings before. Thank you



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Date: 6/7/15 10:50 am
From: Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lower Green Swamp Preserve, Hillsborough co., (06/07/2015)
Hi All,

Below are some highlights I found along the central loop trail at Lower
Green Swamp Preserve from 10 AM to 12:30 PM today:

6 Northern Bobwhite
1 Least Bittern
8 Swallow-tailed Kite
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
3 Summer Tanager
8 Blue Grosbeak
2 Indigo Bunting

Many of these birds were singing on territory. I also found a few Delaware
Skippers which are a new butterfly species for the growing preserve list
(photo attached).

Best,
Brian Ahern
Tampa Bay, FL.

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Date: 6/6/15 9:24 pm
From: Robert Bowden <rr_bowden...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID request for help
You nailed it. An intermediate-morph Reddish Egret, that's a very rare bird. I wonder how many Brdbrainers have seen one. There aren't many pictures online. Congratulations and thanks for posting the photo!

Rob Bowden
Gainesville, FL

Date: Sat, 6 Jun 2015 23:18:37 -0400
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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID request for help
To: <BRDBRAIN...>

Attached are pics of a bird seen last week at Bahia Honda in the Fla Keys around mid day... on the Atlantic side near the shore and near a sand bar at low tide. I believe it to be a Reddish Egret because of its reddish neck and its behavior.... It was running, jumping and flapping its wings in shallow water and appeared to be chasing fish...Due to the high amount of light, the pics are not the best but hoping someone can confirm the bird's ID... I do not remember seeing this much white on reddish egret's wings before. Thank you
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Date: 6/6/15 9:20 pm
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID request for help
I'd say a piebald/partly leucistic dark morph Reddish Egret. I don't think
there are mixed morphs, but some of our egret experts might know better.

Christopher

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> Attached are pics of a bird seen last week at Bahia Honda in the Fla Keys
> around mid day... on the Atlantic side near the shore and near a sand bar
> at low tide. I believe it to be a Reddish Egret because of its reddish neck
> and its behavior.... It was running, jumping and flapping its wings in
> shallow water and appeared to be chasing fish...Due to the high amount of
> light, the pics are not the best but hoping someone can confirm the bird's
> ID... I do not remember seeing this much white on reddish egret's wings
> before. Thank you
>
> --
>
>
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Date: 6/6/15 8:18 pm
From: Jamie Pipher <jamie.pipher...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID request for help
Attached are pics of a bird seen last week at Bahia Honda in the Fla Keys
around mid day... on the Atlantic side near the shore and near a sand bar
at low tide. I believe it to be a Reddish Egret because of its reddish neck
and its behavior.... It was running, jumping and flapping its wings in
shallow water and appeared to be chasing fish...Due to the high amount of
light, the pics are not the best but hoping someone can confirm the bird's
ID... I do not remember seeing this much white on reddish egret's wings
before. Thank you

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Date: 6/6/15 11:52 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-tailed Kite Chicks - Marion County

>
> Summerfield, Marion County
> Well, I did NOT find a STKI nest today, but I saw chicks being fed.
>
> AND I learned a few things:
>
> STKI chicks are are the size of the adults but have short forked tails.
> They have some streaking on their chests.
> They “squeal" to be fed although they can fly with the adults.
> They soar with the adults, nearby.
>
> I was taking pictures of a Mississippi Kite on a tree snag when I heard STKIs “talking”. Following the sounds towards some back trees, I saw what I thought was a MIKI. I took some pictures of the bird only to see an adult STKI come into the tree and feed him. I was really surprised to see this. The “squealing” continued, demanding more food.
> I went back to the MIKI nearby to get more pictures.
> When I returned home I GOOGLED “Swallow-tailed Kite Chicks” and came up with the article below with wonderful pictures that confirms that my picture is a chick. This explains the 3 STKIs with noticeably shorter forked tails that I have been seeing flying with adult birds.
>
> Observations of the
> American Swallow-tailed Kite
> in Southeastern Florida
> by Jay Paredes
>
> EVERY day is a GREAT day to go birding!
> Alice Horst
> Marion County
>
>
>
>
>
> Swallow-tailed Kite chick “squealing" Swallow-tailed Kite chick Mississippi Kite - obvious straight tail and black smudge at eye
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