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2/10/16 4:15 pm Carolyn <0000003c3bab1191-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Vero Beach update on Snail Kites at Water Treatment Facility
2/9/16 6:11 pm Raymond L. Lilly, Jr., M. D. <raymond.l.lilly...> [BRDBRAIN] Iceland Gulls, Purple Sandpiper (Volusia County)
2/9/16 5:09 pm Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Broad-billed Hummingbird @ Freedom Park, Naples (Collier County) 2/9/16
2/9/16 3:50 pm Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Black Rail and blind luck
2/9/16 3:28 pm Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Pinellas' Birds ( 9 Feb 2016 )
2/9/16 3:20 pm Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Pinellas' Birds (9 Feb 2015) part two
2/9/16 3:19 pm Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> [BRDBRAIN] Broad-billed Hummingbird @ Freedom Park, Naples (Collier County) 2/9/16
2/9/16 3:19 pm Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Pinellas' Birds ( 9 Feb 2016 )
2/9/16 6:58 am Bob North <knorth8...> [BRDBRAIN] Black Rail at Orlando Wetlands - CORRECTION>
2/9/16 4:41 am Doug.W <dwassme1...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Black Rail and blind luck
2/8/16 11:25 pm Bob North <knorth8...> [BRDBRAIN] Black Rail at Orlando Wetlands
2/8/16 6:52 pm EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar Reserve 2/8/16
2/8/16 2:50 pm Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Black Rail and blind luck
2/8/16 11:15 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Gull at Lighthouse Point Park beach this evening...2/7/16
2/8/16 10:27 am Glenn Wilson <wilson...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Gull at Lighthouse Point Park beach this evening...2/7/16
2/8/16 9:03 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Gull at Lighthouse Point Park beach this evening...2/7/16
2/8/16 8:56 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Gull at Lighthouse Point Park beach this evening...2/7/16
2/8/16 8:49 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Iceland Gulls. Ponce Inlet. Volusia Co.
2/8/16 3:08 am Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...> [BRDBRAIN] [SWFLBirdline] CREW Bird Rookery Swamp, 2-6-16, Swallow-tailed Kites
2/7/16 9:28 pm Richard Merrigan <rmerrigan...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Gull at Lighthouse Point Park beach this evening...2/7/16
2/7/16 8:19 pm Richard Merrigan <rmerrigan...> [BRDBRAIN] Gull at Lighthouse Point Park beach this evening...2/7/16
2/6/16 6:00 pm Marianne Korosy <mkorosy...> [BRDBRAIN] Weekiwachee preserve sparrow drive - Feb 6, 2016
2/6/16 5:24 pm Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Fulvous Whistling Duck @ Circle B Bar Reserve
2/6/16 4:15 pm David Hartgrove <birdman9...> [BRDBRAIN] Black Rail and blind luck
2/6/16 9:34 am John Kendall <00000042d723377e-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Purple Sandpiper Smyrna Dunes Park Jetty Volusia Co.
2/6/16 7:16 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] PineWarbler
2/5/16 3:49 pm john kendall <00000042d723377e-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Bethune Beach, Volusia Co. Seawatch, Common Eider, Surf & Black Scoters, Jaegers
2/5/16 5:52 am France <00000006c8bbe2de-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] bird/trip planning
2/5/16 3:30 am Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge - Report date - 2/5/16
2/4/16 6:35 pm Andy Kratter <kratter...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] LAST post on this bird: Sumter County - birding help
2/4/16 5:06 pm Edward Kwater <edkwater...> [BRDBRAIN] Age of Hillsborough Co. Glaucous Gull
2/4/16 3:46 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] LAST post on this bird: Sumter County - birding help
2/4/16 3:28 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] First cycle Glaucous Gull, Hillsborough County
2/4/16 3:28 pm Frank Fogarty <fogartyfa...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County - birding help
2/4/16 3:20 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County - birding help
2/4/16 2:27 pm Sam Fried <sam.fried...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County - birding help
2/4/16 2:25 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County - birding help
2/4/16 1:48 pm Rachal, Mark <mrachal...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] First cycle Glaucous Gull, Hillsborough County
2/4/16 1:25 pm Edward Kwater <edkwater...> [BRDBRAIN] First cycle Glaucous Gull, Hillsborough County
2/4/16 12:44 pm John Kendall <00000042d723377e-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Common Tern 1/31 New Smyrna Beach Volusia Co. 2/4 Purple Sandpiper/Knots
2/4/16 9:58 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Baycare Pond Limpkin / Pinellas County
2/4/16 7:07 am <anhinga42...> <anhinga42...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Grey-headed Swamphen/ Bunche Beach RFI
2/4/16 6:37 am Will Chatfield-Taylor <wchatfieldtaylor...> [BRDBRAIN] Grey-headed Swamphen/ Bunche Beach RFI
2/3/16 6:02 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Bonaparte's Gulls Galore / Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach
2/3/16 4:45 am Charlie Ewell <anhinga42...> [BRDBRAIN] Flamingo in Lee County update
2/2/16 4:28 pm Elliot Schunke <ewschunke...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Valrico hummingbirds and Orchard Oriole
2/2/16 3:52 pm Backes <backes1...> [BRDBRAIN] Valrico hummingbirds and Orchard Oriole
2/2/16 2:45 pm Gail Deterra <gdeterra1...> [BRDBRAIN] First Cycle Bonaparte's Gull-Manasota Beach
2/2/16 7:07 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Glaucous Gull. Ponce Inlet. Volusia Co.
2/2/16 5:29 am Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...> [BRDBRAIN] Cassin's
2/1/16 7:16 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Lake County - Snow Goose
2/1/16 6:34 pm Margaret England <sta5birding...> [BRDBRAIN] Stormwater Treatment Area 5/6 Jan 30, 2016
2/1/16 6:24 pm EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar Reserve, Grasshopper Sparrow, Sedge Wren
2/1/16 5:45 pm Jim Swarr <jhschwarr...> [BRDBRAIN] Cabbage patch Am. Eagles-Jim Swarr Feb.1, 2016
2/1/16 5:07 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Franklin's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
2/1/16 3:53 pm william haddad <photobill9...> [BRDBRAIN] Turkey Creek Sanctuary this a.m.
2/1/16 1:22 pm Daniel J Young <dyoung...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Cassin's Kingbird (Flagler)
2/1/16 11:39 am Sandy Turner <tmsprgrn...> [BRDBRAIN] Cassin's
2/1/16 6:25 am beachbirder <beachbirder...> [BRDBRAIN] Cassin's Kingbird (Flagler)
1/31/16 5:58 pm Avery Chan <gatedancer93...> [BRDBRAIN] Little Big Econ SF and Shiloh Marsh Rd.
1/31/16 9:00 am Mary Bowman <maryflapainter...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Birding in Sumter County 1/30/16
1/31/16 7:29 am SUBSCRIBE BRDBRAIN Anonymous <0000002f5f10fd25-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] rails and leucistic Semipalmated Plover, Gainesville
1/31/16 4:51 am Bill Argo <billargo...> [BRDBRAIN] Western Spindalis
1/30/16 7:56 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Birding in Sumter County 1/30/16
1/30/16 6:53 pm Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Dowitchers?
1/30/16 1:19 pm siers2001 . <siers.s.a...> [BRDBRAIN] American Flamingo Bunche Beach Lee Co
1/30/16 12:28 pm Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...> [BRDBRAIN] Buntings
1/30/16 12:11 pm Steve Klesius <skaway...> [BRDBRAIN] Painted Bunting and injured (?) Wood Stork North Tampa
1/30/16 11:21 am Steve Thornton <Thorste...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Dowitchers
1/30/16 11:13 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Cassin's Kingbird. Flagler Co.
1/30/16 10:58 am Marianne Korosy <mkorosy...> [BRDBRAIN] Results of sparrow drive 1/30/2016 Weekiwachee Preserve
1/30/16 6:30 am Earl Horn <earl_horn...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] American Flamingo Bunche Beach 1/29/16
1/29/16 8:00 pm Earl Horn <earl_horn...> [BRDBRAIN] American Flamingo Bunche Beach 1/29/16
1/29/16 7:57 pm Bill Pranty <billpranty...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Dowitchers?
1/29/16 6:53 pm Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> [BRDBRAIN] Dowitchers?
1/29/16 5:51 pm Danny Sauvageau <lee4138...> [BRDBRAIN] Alder Flycatcher Ferndale Preserve Lake County
1/29/16 2:42 pm Carolyn <0000003c3bab1191-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Sebastian Inlet SP today
1/28/16 8:15 pm robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Origin Of Yesterday's Bellair Causeway American Oystercatcher
1/28/16 10:18 am Debbie Olavarria <dolavarria...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bellair Causeway Boat Ramp Black Scoters / Pinellas County
1/28/16 4:41 am Travis Young <00000040fee2b5ad-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bellair Causeway Boat Ramp Black Scoters / Pinellas County
1/27/16 1:49 pm Cuneyt Yilmaz <cnytyz...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bellair Causeway Boat Ramp Black Scoters / Pinellas County
1/27/16 9:32 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Bellair Causeway Boat Ramp Black Scoters / Pinellas County
1/27/16 7:44 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Franklin's, Iceland, Glaucous Gulls. Volusia County
1/26/16 2:43 pm robert &linda hawkins <0000003f3501f6f9-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Bonaparte Gull
1/26/16 11:39 am Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Shiloh - Merritt Island NWR report date 1/26/16
1/26/16 11:25 am Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Fort De Soto Park (Pinellas, 24 Jan 2016)
1/26/16 10:15 am Dan C <dan...> [BRDBRAIN] Lake Hancock Outfall Wetlands 1/23
1/26/16 9:34 am Dan Martinelli <billdoor8...> [BRDBRAIN] short eared owl
1/26/16 7:43 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Bonapartes Gulls, Anclote Gulf Park
1/26/16 6:22 am Andy Kratter <kratter...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] viera poss. leucistic osprey/horned grebe and a few pics
1/25/16 6:36 pm EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar Reserve 1/25/16
1/25/16 12:31 pm Rachal, Mark <mrachal...> [BRDBRAIN] Franklin's Gull, Hillsborough County
1/25/16 7:05 am Mark Eden <000000238cffadbe-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] viera poss. leucistic osprey/horned grebe and a few pics
1/25/16 5:51 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Snow Goose, West Pasco
1/25/16 2:54 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] COMMON EIDER, Fort Clinch SP, Nassau County; 01/24/16
1/24/16 5:51 pm Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Fort De Soto Park (Pinellas, 24 Jan 2016)
1/24/16 5:42 pm Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Fort De Soto Park (Pinellas, 24 Jan 2016)
1/24/16 5:01 pm Gary Davis <garyrdavis...> [BRDBRAIN] Possible Green-breasted Mango Dade County
1/24/16 4:25 pm Charlie Ewell <anhinga42...> [BRDBRAIN] Flamingo at Bunche Beach, Ft Myers, Lee Co. (Yes)
1/24/16 1:36 pm Jodi <desertangel7...> [BRDBRAIN] Hal Scott Field Trip 24 Jan
1/24/16 12:05 pm Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Ethisc of photography of birds and wildlife
1/24/16 5:50 am Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Ethics of photography of birds and wildlfe
1/24/16 3:05 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Followup Correction To The CCC Beach Oystercatcher Post
1/23/16 9:10 pm Sue Herring <sue.zq.herring...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Ethics of photography of birds and wildlfe
1/23/16 8:46 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Ethics of photography of birds and wildlfe
1/23/16 7:42 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Origin Of Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach American Oystercatcher
1/23/16 6:33 pm robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Origin Of Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach American Oystercatcher
1/23/16 5:35 pm Mary Rusch <Lorelielee...> [BRDBRAIN] Ethics of photography of birds and wildlfe
1/23/16 5:15 pm Eve Parks <hrparks...> [BRDBRAIN] Wilson's Snipe-Fish Hospital outpatient
1/23/16 8:18 am Earl Horn <earl_horn...> [BRDBRAIN] Double-crested vs Neotropic Cormorant Wakodahatchee Wetlands 01/22/2016
1/23/16 7:49 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] SNOW!!!! in Baltimore!!!
1/23/16 6:55 am Marianne Korosy <mkorosy...> [BRDBRAIN] Volunteers needed - sparrow drives - Weekiwachee Preserve
1/23/16 6:48 am <anhinga42...> <anhinga42...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Flamingo at Bunche Beach, Ft Myers, Lee Co. (Yes)
1/23/16 6:30 am <anhinga42...> <anhinga42...> [BRDBRAIN] Flamingo at Bunche Beach, Ft Myers, Lee Co. (Yes)
1/23/16 5:21 am Earl Horn <earl_horn...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Viera Wetlands RFI?
1/22/16 4:56 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Iceland Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
1/22/16 1:40 pm Charlie Ewell <anhinga42...> [BRDBRAIN] Flamingo at Bunche Beach, Ft Myers, Lee Co. not seen 2-4 pm
1/22/16 1:28 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Birding in and out of The Villages, Jan 21, 2016
1/22/16 12:40 pm Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...> [BRDBRAIN] Vermillion Flycatcher
1/22/16 8:14 am Charlie Ewell <anhinga42...> [BRDBRAIN] Flamingo at Bunche Beach, Ft Myers, Lee Co.
1/22/16 7:43 am Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> [BRDBRAIN] Possible Green-breasted Mango @ Castellow Hammock 1/21/16
1/21/16 7:08 pm Daniel J Young <dyoung...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Probable Black Rail - Ormond Beach
1/21/16 6:01 pm Sailcarm <0000003c3bab1191-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] T.M. Goodwin and Broadmoor today
1/21/16 4:15 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Iceland Gull. Brevard Landfill. Cocoa
1/21/16 3:56 pm Daniel J Young <dyoung...> [BRDBRAIN] Probable Black Rail - Ormond Beach
1/21/16 3:25 pm Avery Chan <gatedancer93...> [BRDBRAIN] Backyard Birds
1/21/16 2:46 pm robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] 2016 Winter Piping Plover Census / Three Rooker Islands
1/21/16 12:22 pm <anhinga42...> <anhinga42...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Flamingo
1/21/16 11:16 am Mary Rusch <Lorelielee...> [BRDBRAIN] Flamingo
1/21/16 11:09 am Larry Connor <llconnor52...> [BRDBRAIN] Horned grebe, Lake Eustis, Lake County, 21-Jan-2016
1/21/16 6:28 am Mark Eden <000000238cffadbe-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] mergansers, grebes and loon oh my
1/20/16 5:37 pm Sailcarm <0000003c3bab1191-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Indian River WTF in Vero Beach
1/20/16 1:35 pm Rachal, Mark <mrachal...> [BRDBRAIN] Franklin's Gull, Hillsborough County
1/20/16 7:44 am Daniel J Young <dyoung...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Short-eared Owl - continues - Shiloh Merritt Island NWR 1/16/16
1/20/16 5:16 am Brenda Marcischak <bmarcischak...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Anomaly or paint splash?
1/19/16 8:31 pm Margaret England <sta5birding...> [BRDBRAIN] STA 5/6 Southeast Hendry County Jan. 16, 2016
1/19/16 7:30 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Birding Miami-Dade County
1/19/16 6:55 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Franklin's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
1/19/16 10:49 am Earl Horn <earl_horn...> [BRDBRAIN] Viera Wetlands RFI?
1/19/16 9:35 am Andy Kratter <kratter...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] AOU CLASSIFICATION UPDATES
1/19/16 4:45 am Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] AOU CLASSIFICATION UPDATES
1/18/16 4:28 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Brewer's Blackbirds. DeLeon Springs. Volusia Co.
1/18/16 4:06 pm Bill Riskus <seabird33785...> [BRDBRAIN] Possible reddish egret
1/18/16 3:51 pm Breanna Perry <serena933...> [BRDBRAIN] Retraction on great cormorant + good St pete birds!
1/18/16 12:37 pm Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] AOU CLASSIFICATION UPDATES
1/18/16 10:39 am Eric Plage <ericplage...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Anomaly or paint splash?
1/18/16 9:35 am David Hartgrove <birdman9...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Anomaly or paint splash?
1/18/16 8:53 am Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst...> [BRDBRAIN] AOU CLASSIFICATION UPDATES
1/18/16 8:48 am Breanna Perry <serena933...> [BRDBRAIN] great cormorant, yes _ carillon st Petersburg
1/17/16 11:19 am Cuneyt Yilmaz <cnytyz...> [BRDBRAIN] Anomaly or paint splash?
1/17/16 9:28 am Bev Hansen <bevalhansen...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Short-tailed or Broad-winged Hawk?
1/17/16 7:15 am Bev Hansen <bevalhansen...> [BRDBRAIN] Short-tailed or Broad-winged Hawk?
1/17/16 6:59 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] 36 American Oystercatchers Plus / Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach
1/16/16 5:51 pm David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] Alachua County Birds; 01/16/16
1/16/16 3:08 pm Larry McQueen <larmcqueen...> [BRDBRAIN] Wakodahatchee
1/16/16 2:28 pm D Muskoka <evrlast...> [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Park, Pinellas Co.
1/16/16 2:11 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Vaux's Swift. Gainesville. Cave Swallow. St Marks NWR.
1/16/16 11:31 am Earl Horn <earl_horn...> [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka RA Lake Co 01/16/2016
1/16/16 8:57 am Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Short-eared Owl - continues - Shiloh Merritt Island NWR 1/16/16
1/16/16 7:24 am Robert Bowden <rr_bowden...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Short-eared Owl - No 1/15/16
1/15/16 9:05 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Probable Melanistic Laughing Gull. Daytona Beach Shores.
1/15/16 8:16 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Probable Melanistic Laughing Gull. Daytona Beach Shores.
1/15/16 7:46 pm Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Short-eared Owl - No 1/15/16
1/15/16 12:53 pm David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye, SunWest Park, Pasco County; 01/15/16
1/14/16 4:50 pm Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Saltmarsh and Nelson Sparrows Shiloh and Directions to Short-eared Owl 1/14/16
1/14/16 3:29 pm Lyn Atherton <bonniedabird...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Krider's Red-tailed Hawk, Seminole County
1/14/16 12:37 pm David Bowman <dsbowman4...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant eBird alert
1/14/16 11:32 am Tom Riggs <tcriggs1...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant eBird alert
1/14/16 11:24 am <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant eBird alert
1/14/16 11:08 am Sandy Turner <tmsprgrn...> [BRDBRAIN] Shiloh
1/14/16 10:53 am Renne Leatto <renne...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] JAGUARUNDI Sighting ! ! !-Merrit Island Wildlife Refuge !
1/14/16 10:28 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Orioles, Elfer's, West Pasco
1/14/16 9:07 am Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Short-eared Owl - Shiloh (Volusia County) - Merritt Island NWR 1-14-16
1/14/16 8:52 am David Bowman <dsbowman4...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant eBird alert
1/13/16 10:31 pm Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...> [BRDBRAIN] JAGUARUNDI Sighting ! ! !-Merrit Island Wildlife Refuge !
1/13/16 4:55 pm Jodi <desertangel7...> [BRDBRAIN] Canaveral Marshes
1/13/16 4:42 pm PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...> [BRDBRAIN] New Yard Bird!!(Cocoa Beach-Brevard)
1/13/16 4:09 pm Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant eBird alert
1/13/16 2:07 pm Andy Kratter <kratter...> [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant eBird alert
1/13/16 1:54 pm David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] Western Tanager and Lark Sparrow Pinellas County; 01/13/16
1/13/16 12:37 pm David Hartgrove <birdman9...> [BRDBRAIN] Krider's Red-tailed Hawk, Seminole County
1/12/16 6:02 pm Henry Beaton <beatonc1...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar 1/11&12/ 16
1/12/16 4:04 pm EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar 1/11&12/ 16
1/12/16 2:00 pm Rachal, Mark <mrachal...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Franklin's Gull, Hillsborough Co.
1/12/16 1:05 pm Dan Irizarry <rdirizarry...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Franklin's Gull, Hillsborough Co.
1/12/16 10:47 am Carolyn <0000003c3bab1191-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snail Kites at Indian River Water Treatment Facility in Vero
1/12/16 9:10 am <edkwater...> <edkwater...> [BRDBRAIN] Franklin's Gull, Hillsborough Co.
1/12/16 7:49 am D Muskoka <evrlast...> [BRDBRAIN] Key Vista Park, Pasco- Owls etc.
1/11/16 4:45 pm Frank Fogarty <fogartyfa...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Brewer's Blackbird Followup
1/11/16 4:38 pm Audrey Whitlock <Ajw...> [BRDBRAIN] Canvasbacks, Merritt Island NWR, Brevard County
1/11/16 4:06 pm Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Brewer's Blackbird Followup
1/11/16 3:36 pm Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Western Tanager (Sawgrass Lake Park, Pinellas, 11 Jan 2016)
1/11/16 1:42 pm Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...> [BRDBRAIN] Loon in Volusia
1/11/16 12:54 pm Sailcarm <0000003c3bab1191-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Indian River Water Treatment Facility in Vero Beach: Snail Kites
1/11/16 4:22 am Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...> [BRDBRAIN]
 
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Date: 2/10/16 4:15 pm
From: Carolyn <0000003c3bab1191-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Vero Beach update on Snail Kites at Water Treatment Facility
Just a quick update on the Snail Kites and other birds at the West Regional Water Treatment Facility in Vero Beach off of 82 Av and 8 th St:

Water levels are the highest I have ever seen them!!!

Still several Snail Kites there. Today was the first time I have seen an adult male. Most are still juveniles. They are still putting on quite a show!

Other highlights here today:

1 Caracara
1 Caspian Tern
3 Limpkin
Duck species: 4 Ruddy Duck, 70 BW Teal, 50 RN Duck, 40 Lesser Scaup, 20 Hooded Merganser, 1 Bufflehead f., 3 Am Wigeon, 3 No. Shovelers

Also:
2 Sora
1 leucistic Yellow-rumped Warbler

Carolyn Cimino
Vero Beach


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Date: 2/9/16 6:11 pm
From: Raymond L. Lilly, Jr., M. D. <raymond.l.lilly...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Iceland Gulls, Purple Sandpiper (Volusia County)
The Iceland Gulls previously reported by Michael Brothers continue in the described location--just north of the jetty on the beach at Lighthouse Park. They were present from about 1715 hrs when I arrived until about 1800 hrs. when the gull flock began to break up and disperse.

The Purple Sandpiper was at the end of the jetty walkway in the rocks to the south. It flew to the south side of the walkway to rest with a flock of turnstones.

Ray Lilly

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Date: 2/9/16 5:09 pm
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Broad-billed Hummingbird @ Freedom Park, Naples (Collier County) 2/9/16
Here is more information and a photo of the BBIH by Marie McCoop.

"On the left as you face the building, from the parking lot. There are
benches and tables, it's close to the parking lot. It flew into a small
tree there. The tree didn't have much foliage. You might be able to
determine what type of tree it was by looking at the photo. This is a
better copy of the photo.

Myself and another person were standing there near the railing when I heard
and then saw it. I was able to get one good photo before it flew off. The
other person was able to get a shot also."

Freedom Park is in Naples, Florida (Collier County).

Cheers,
Rangel Diaz
Miami-Dade

On Tue, Feb 9, 2016 at 6:19 PM, Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> wrote:

> An ID question was posted to the SW Florida Bird Alert FaceBook page and
> it ended up being the mentioned bird. Here is a link to the post:
>
>
>
> https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1072575959448833&set=gm.449596815231230&type=3&theater
>
> For those who may not be able to see the page, here is what was written,
>
> "It was at Freedom Park on Golden Gate Pkwy. I was standing to the left of
> the main building and I actually heard him before seeing him. He flew in
> quickly and left fairly quickly."
>
> I have not attached a photo (since I have not gained permission yet) but
> there is one available.
>
> Good luck to those chasing,
>
> Rangel Diaz
> Miami-Dade
>

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Date: 2/9/16 3:50 pm
From: Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Black Rail and blind luck
Hello Birders.
About 20 years ago I had an encounter with a little black rail type bird in the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge East of Titusville. The little black bird with little white spots or speckles that scurried across the dirt road I was walking on. The narrow dirt road was bordered with bushes and separated two cells of shallow water, it was in late December. I always wondered if it was a Black Rail or an immature species of some other rail or Gallinule. Is there an immature rail that looks like a Black Rail? at that time of year? Thanks


Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.

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Date: 2/9/16 3:28 pm
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pinellas' Birds ( 9 Feb 2016 )
Good evening,

This afternoon Lori and I saw the *Bell's Vireo* first reported at Joe's
Creek Greenway Park last November. It was last reported Jan 31st and today
we found it below the same pavilion where it was originally found.

A male *Summer Tanager *and a *Black-throated Green Warbler*, both first
reported at Sawgrass Lake Park 4-5 weeks ago, were both seen again
yesterday by JoAnna Clayton and Sue Tavaglione. The *Western Tanager *has
not been spotted in several weeks.

Robert Epstein called to say he found Fort De Soto's *Lark Sparrow* at the
north end of the south, narrow North Beach parking lot. It was originally
found on Jan 3rd.

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL

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Date: 2/9/16 3:20 pm
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pinellas' Birds (9 Feb 2015) part two
Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL

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Date: 2/9/16 3:19 pm
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Broad-billed Hummingbird @ Freedom Park, Naples (Collier County) 2/9/16
An ID question was posted to the SW Florida Bird Alert FaceBook page and it
ended up being the mentioned bird. Here is a link to the post:


https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1072575959448833&set=gm.449596815231230&type=3&theater

For those who may not be able to see the page, here is what was written,

"It was at Freedom Park on Golden Gate Pkwy. I was standing to the left of
the main building and I actually heard him before seeing him. He flew in
quickly and left fairly quickly."

I have not attached a photo (since I have not gained permission yet) but
there is one available.

Good luck to those chasing,

Rangel Diaz
Miami-Dade

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Date: 2/9/16 3:19 pm
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pinellas' Birds ( 9 Feb 2016 )
Good evening,

This afternoon Lori and I saw the *Bell's Vireo* first reported at Joe's
Creek Greenway Park last November. It was last reported Jan 31st and today
we found it below the same pavilion where it was originally found.

A male *Summer Tanager *and a *Black-throated Green Warbler*, both first
reported at Sawgrass Lake Park 4-5 weeks ago, were both seen again
yesterday by JoAnna Clayton and Sue Tavaglione. The *Western Tanager *has
not been spotted in several weeks.

Robert Epstein called to say he found Fort De Soto's Lark Sparrow at the
north end of the south, narrow North Beach parking lot. It was first found
back on Jan 3rd.

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Date: 2/9/16 6:58 am
From: Bob North <knorth8...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Black Rail at Orlando Wetlands - CORRECTION>
Sorry!!! I should have said go anti-clockwise around the containment.

Bob North
Palm Coast.

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Date: 2/9/16 4:41 am
From: Doug.W <dwassme1...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Black Rail and blind luck
I was similarly surprised last month while kayaking down the Chasshowitzka
River in Citrus County. While cruising downstream with the outgoing tide
early on a chilly morning with dense "mist" rising from the water, I nearly
capsized the craft when right beside me at water level I heard a loud series
of 4 "KiKiDear" "KiKiDear" "KikiDear" "KiKiDear" vocalizations. I was not
able to see the bird, but it surely must have seen me!

Doug Wassmer
Tampa, FL

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Sent: Saturday, February 06, 2016 7:15 PM
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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Black Rail and blind luck

Hi,
Sometimes blind luck is the best plan. Today, while leading a trip to
MINWR for the Palm Coast "Birds of a Feather Fest" we stopped at the rest
rooms on Black Point Wildlife Drive. There have been many photos taken of
the Sora that has been hanging out in the mangroves along the canal across
from the rest rooms. Today I searched in vain for the bird but did hear one
back along the north side of the restrooms. I walked out onto the little
covered dock there and saw some movement on the east side of it in the
mangroves at the water's edge. The vegetation is so thick there that while I
could see that there was something moving there I couldn't see any detail.
Two other people from the trip came over and were looking too. The bird
started to walk along the edge of the water behind the mangroves headed
north away from the covered dock. So I circled around to hopefully drive it
back toward the people who were on the dock. For them a Sora would be a life
bird. The bird suddenly flushed and flew west across about 30 feet of open
water in clear view of all 3 of us. It was much smaller than a Sora, plump,
almost pear shaped and dark gray to black. I did not see any silvery spots
but I was so shocked to realize that I'd just seen a Black Rail at 11:20 in
the morning that I could have missed them. Needless to say, for me, it was
the bird of the day. Even the bird of the year so far!


David Hartgrove
Daytona Beach, FL

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Date: 2/8/16 11:25 pm
From: Bob North <knorth8...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Black Rail at Orlando Wetlands
My apologies for the late post. Going clockwise around the containment and about 100 yards(very approx.) before Limpkin Lane I saw a Black Rail last Friday, 5th Feb. It was on the right side, on the far side of the strip of water, about 25 yards away. I was scanning the waters edge with my binos looking for Soras when I saw a little group of white spots moving around under the dark shade of vegetation. The white spots were on the back of a very small bird,a Black Rail. It was hard to see and there was a lot of luck involved. 25 years since I saw my one and only Black Rail.

Bob North
Palm Coast

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Date: 2/8/16 6:52 pm
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar Reserve 2/8/16
Hello Birders.
Out to Circle B Bar Reserve Southeast of Lakeland this morning from
7:30 till 11:00, it was a Beautiful and busy day, no rarities but lots of
birds.
Best Birds: 2 SEDGE WRENS, 8 ROSEATE SPOONBILLS, 3 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT
HERON, 1 SORA, 2 LEAST SANDPIPERS, 3 BLUE-HEADED VIREO, 2 WHITE-EYED VIREO,
4 PAINTED BUNTING, 3 BALD EAGLE, 2 BARRED OWL, 1 BLACK&WHITE WARBLER, 2
ROYAL TERN, 2 FORSTER'S TERN, 2 BELTED KINGFISHER, 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 1
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, 12+ SANDHILL CRANE, also lots of American Robin,
Tree swallow, Glossy Ibis, Wood Stork, Palm and Yellow-rumped Warbler and a
few Swamp and Savannah Sparrow and Common Yellowthroat, House and Carolina
Wren, Eastern Phoebe.
Leaving the parking-lot and heading West on Shady Oaks at the
intersection with Heron Hideout in the tall Oaks around the intersection
the Barred Owls have taken up residence and probably have a nest in that
area.
The Least Sandpipers, the first I've seen out there in some time are
at the West end of Marsh Rabbit Run on the old dike across the canal to the
South.
The Eagle pair on Eagle's Ridge Trail at the South end of the marsh
have a newly hatched chick that's big enough to be seen above the rim of
the nest. Good Birding and God Bless.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.

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Date: 2/8/16 2:50 pm
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Black Rail and blind luck
I had a vaguely similar experience on a field trip to the Blue Heron
Wetlands a couple of years ago. I was lagging behind the group when a small
bird flushed from the edge of the water nearest me and scooted across about
10 of water for some reeds further in the cell. It was smaller than the
Soras we had seen, blackish and, as you say, pear-shaped, legs dangling. It
was flecked with whitish/silvery spots. But I dared not called out "Black
Rail," because I had never seen one before, and based on earlier
conversations, I didn't think it would go over very well. To this day I've
been nearly convinced I saw a Black Rail there that day, but I never
counted it on my life list. I did get one later that week as a voice only
over at SJNWR, but I will always wonder about that encounter.

Christopher

Melbourne/Brevard County
lonelybirder.wordpress.com

On Sat, Feb 6, 2016 at 7:14 PM, David Hartgrove <birdman9...>
wrote:

> Hi,
> Sometimes blind luck is the best plan. Today, while leading a trip to
> MINWR for the Palm Coast "Birds of a Feather Fest" we stopped at the rest
> rooms on Black Point Wildlife Drive. There have been many photos taken of
> the Sora that has been hanging out in the mangroves along the canal across
> from the rest rooms. Today I searched in vain for the bird but did hear one
> back along the north side of the restrooms. I walked out onto the little
> covered dock there and saw some movement on the east side of it in the
> mangroves at the water's edge. The vegetation is so thick there that while
> I could see that there was something moving there I couldn't see any
> detail. Two other people from the trip came over and were looking too. The
> bird started to walk along the edge of the water behind the mangroves
> headed north away from the covered dock. So I circled around to hopefully
> drive it back toward the people who were on the dock. For them a Sora would
> be a life bird. The bird suddenly flushed and flew west across about 30
> feet of open water in clear view of all 3 of us. It was much smaller than a
> Sora, plump, almost pear shaped and dark gray to black. I did not see any
> silvery spots but I was so shocked to realize that I'd just seen a Black
> Rail at 11:20 in the morning that I could have missed them. Needless to
> say, for me, it was the bird of the day. Even the bird of the year so far!
>
>
> David Hartgrove
> Daytona Beach, FL
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Date: 2/8/16 11:15 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Gull at Lighthouse Point Park beach this evening...2/7/16
The second photo is of a 2nd cycle bird that has a pale iris and does not show the primaries. However, the incoming mantle feathers are medium gray and typical of 2nd cycle Herring Gull.
Michael Brothers
Ponce Inlet


Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 8, 2016, at 1:27 PM, Glenn Wilson <wilson...> wrote:
>
> With almost white primaries?
>
> Glenn Wilson
> Endicott, NY
> www.WilsonsWarbler.com
>
> On Feb 8, 2016, at 11:56 AM, Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...> wrote:
>
> Hi Richard
> This bird is a 2nd cycle Herring Gull.
> Michael
>
> Michael Brothers
> Marine Science Center
> Ponce Inlet, FL
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Feb 8, 2016, at 12:28 AM, Richard Merrigan <rmerrigan...> wrote:
>>
>> All,
>>
>> On close examination of my pictures, I found a second gull which looks like a Glaucous Gull - quite a lot of white body and head feathers, pink legs, pink (larger) bill with black tip...?
>>
>> It' a poor quality picture, but there seems to be a difference in color and bill size between the two birds..?
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Richard.
>>
>> Richard Merrigan
>> Winter Park
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>> On Sun, Feb 7, 2016 at 11:18 PM, Richard Merrigan <rmerrigan...> wrote:
>>> Good evening all,
>>>
>>> I found this gull at high-tide just North of the jetty (100 yards) with a mixed flock of 200 gulls and Terns at around 5:30 pm this evening...
>>>
>>> I'd appreciate your input on the species...it was about the same size as immature Herring gulls near-by, and seems to line up as a 2nd year Glaucous gull, or possibly a 2nd year Iceland gull as the immatures look a lot alike...(although the dark eyes seem to indicate Glaucous..?)
>>>
>>> I have zero experience with these birds, but I know several of you are experts...
>>>
>>> Thanks for any help you can give me.
>>>
>>> Richard.
>>>
>>> Richard Merrigan
>>> Winter Park, Fla.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
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Date: 2/8/16 10:27 am
From: Glenn Wilson <wilson...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Gull at Lighthouse Point Park beach this evening...2/7/16
With almost white primaries?

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
www.WilsonsWarbler.com

On Feb 8, 2016, at 11:56 AM, Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...> wrote:

Hi Richard
This bird is a 2nd cycle Herring Gull.
Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 8, 2016, at 12:28 AM, Richard Merrigan <rmerrigan...> wrote:
>
> All,
>
> On close examination of my pictures, I found a second gull which looks like a Glaucous Gull - quite a lot of white body and head feathers, pink legs, pink (larger) bill with black tip...?
>
> It' a poor quality picture, but there seems to be a difference in color and bill size between the two birds..?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Richard.
>
> Richard Merrigan
> Winter Park
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>> On Sun, Feb 7, 2016 at 11:18 PM, Richard Merrigan <rmerrigan...> wrote:
>> Good evening all,
>>
>> I found this gull at high-tide just North of the jetty (100 yards) with a mixed flock of 200 gulls and Terns at around 5:30 pm this evening...
>>
>> I'd appreciate your input on the species...it was about the same size as immature Herring gulls near-by, and seems to line up as a 2nd year Glaucous gull, or possibly a 2nd year Iceland gull as the immatures look a lot alike...(although the dark eyes seem to indicate Glaucous..?)
>>
>> I have zero experience with these birds, but I know several of you are experts...
>>
>> Thanks for any help you can give me.
>>
>> Richard.
>>
>> Richard Merrigan
>> Winter Park, Fla.
>>
>>
>>
>
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Date: 2/8/16 9:03 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Gull at Lighthouse Point Park beach this evening...2/7/16
Hi Richard,
This bird is a 1st cycle Iceland Gull. The two-toned bill and relatively large size for an Iceland Gull makes this bird easy to mistake for a Glaucous Gull.
Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 7, 2016, at 11:18 PM, Richard Merrigan <rmerrigan...> wrote:
>
> Good evening all,
>
> I found this gull at high-tide just North of the jetty (100 yards) with a mixed flock of 200 gulls and Terns at around 5:30 pm this evening...
>
> I'd appreciate your input on the species...it was about the same size as immature Herring gulls near-by, and seems to line up as a 2nd year Glaucous gull, or possibly a 2nd year Iceland gull as the immatures look a lot alike...(although the dark eyes seem to indicate Glaucous..?)
>
> I have zero experience with these birds, but I know several of you are experts...
>
> Thanks for any help you can give me.
>
> Richard.
>
> Richard Merrigan
> Winter Park, Fla.
>
>
>
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Date: 2/8/16 8:56 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Gull at Lighthouse Point Park beach this evening...2/7/16
Hi Richard
This bird is a 2nd cycle Herring Gull.
Michael

Michael Brothers
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Ponce Inlet, FL

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> On Feb 8, 2016, at 12:28 AM, Richard Merrigan <rmerrigan...> wrote:
>
> All,
>
> On close examination of my pictures, I found a second gull which looks like a Glaucous Gull - quite a lot of white body and head feathers, pink legs, pink (larger) bill with black tip...?
>
> It' a poor quality picture, but there seems to be a difference in color and bill size between the two birds..?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Richard.
>
> Richard Merrigan
> Winter Park
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>> On Sun, Feb 7, 2016 at 11:18 PM, Richard Merrigan <rmerrigan...> wrote:
>> Good evening all,
>>
>> I found this gull at high-tide just North of the jetty (100 yards) with a mixed flock of 200 gulls and Terns at around 5:30 pm this evening...
>>
>> I'd appreciate your input on the species...it was about the same size as immature Herring gulls near-by, and seems to line up as a 2nd year Glaucous gull, or possibly a 2nd year Iceland gull as the immatures look a lot alike...(although the dark eyes seem to indicate Glaucous..?)
>>
>> I have zero experience with these birds, but I know several of you are experts...
>>
>> Thanks for any help you can give me.
>>
>> Richard.
>>
>> Richard Merrigan
>> Winter Park, Fla.
>>
>>
>>
>
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Date: 2/8/16 8:49 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Iceland Gulls. Ponce Inlet. Volusia Co.
This morning, 2/8, I found two 1st cycle Iceland Gulls on the beach just north of the north jetty at Ponce De Leon Inlet. One of the Iceland Gulls is much larger than the other (probably a male) and has a two-toned bill. However, it is an Iceland Gull and not a Glaucous Gull.
Here are photos of both birds.

Michael

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Date: 2/8/16 3:08 am
From: Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] [SWFLBirdline] CREW Bird Rookery Swamp, 2-6-16, Swallow-tailed Kites
Hello Birders,

Here is an amazing & stunning report of a 2016 first sighting of a pair of Swallow -Tailed Kites made by Dr. Bernard F. Master, already seen in now early February in Florida ! ! ! WOW !

Steve Petruniak

Daytona Beach , Fl


[SWFLBirdline] CREW Bird Rookery Swamp, 2-6-16, Swallow-tailed Kites

Forty-three species were seen and heard this morning at Bird Rookery Swamp, a CREW location, on an organized walk. Of special note were 2 unexpected and early flyby Swallow-tailed Kites.


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340 Tucker Dr.
Worthington, OH 43085

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Date: 2/7/16 9:28 pm
From: Richard Merrigan <rmerrigan...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Gull at Lighthouse Point Park beach this evening...2/7/16
All,

On close examination of my pictures, I found a second gull which looks like
a Glaucous Gull - quite a lot of white body and head feathers, pink legs,
pink (larger) bill with black tip...?

It' a poor quality picture, but there seems to be a difference in color and
bill size between the two birds..?

Thanks,

Richard.

Richard Merrigan
Winter Park









On Sun, Feb 7, 2016 at 11:18 PM, Richard Merrigan <rmerrigan...>
wrote:

> Good evening all,
>
> I found this gull at high-tide just North of the jetty (100 yards) with a
> mixed flock of 200 gulls and Terns at around 5:30 pm this evening...
>
> I'd appreciate your input on the species...it was about the same size as
> immature Herring gulls near-by, and seems to line up as a 2nd year Glaucous
> gull, or possibly a 2nd year Iceland gull as the immatures look a lot
> alike...(although the dark eyes seem to indicate Glaucous..?)
>
> I have zero experience with these birds, but I know several of you are
> experts...
>
> Thanks for any help you can give me.
>
> Richard.
>
> Richard Merrigan
> Winter Park, Fla.
>
>
>
>

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Date: 2/7/16 8:19 pm
From: Richard Merrigan <rmerrigan...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Gull at Lighthouse Point Park beach this evening...2/7/16
Good evening all,

I found this gull at high-tide just North of the jetty (100 yards) with a
mixed flock of 200 gulls and Terns at around 5:30 pm this evening...

I'd appreciate your input on the species...it was about the same size as
immature Herring gulls near-by, and seems to line up as a 2nd year Glaucous
gull, or possibly a 2nd year Iceland gull as the immatures look a lot
alike...(although the dark eyes seem to indicate Glaucous..?)

I have zero experience with these birds, but I know several of you are
experts...

Thanks for any help you can give me.

Richard.

Richard Merrigan
Winter Park, Fla.

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Date: 2/6/16 6:00 pm
From: Marianne Korosy <mkorosy...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Weekiwachee preserve sparrow drive - Feb 6, 2016
30+ enthusiastic people turned out on a cold, windy morning to flush
sparrows into a long line of mist nets at the Preserve. The wind bowed the
nets and many of the birds that flew into the nets bounced out; many flew
over the net or flew in some other direction. We caught more when the wind
died down, which is when it began to rain. Here are the results:

Birds captured and banded:
1 House Wren
2 Yellow Palm Warbler
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Le Conte's Sparrow
3 Grasshopper Sparrow
2 Swamp Sparrow
4 Savannah Sparrow

Recaptured - both banded at same site last year:
1 Grasshopper Sparrow
1 Savannah Sparrow

This brings the project, at the close of our 9th year, to 23 birds captured
a total of 24 times.
Interestingly this is the first year we didn't capture a Henslow's Sparrow.
I hope this doesn't portend a continuing trend.

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Palm Harbor, FL

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Date: 2/6/16 5:24 pm
From: Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fulvous Whistling Duck @ Circle B Bar Reserve
Hello Birders.
A lone Fulvous Whistling Duck persists at Circle B Bar Reserve Southeast of Lakeland. To find the bird go South on Heron Hideout to the intersection, turn right on Marsh Rabbit Run and go to the end of the trail and turn right onto Wading Bird Way. Go past the second spillway and the duck has been associating with a large flock of Black-bellied Ducks that have been resting on the right side of the trail in between the second spillway and the end of the marsh.
An alternative route. As soon as you drive into the reserve park at the first picnic table and take the dirt road to the west this is Windmill Whisper. it's about 300 yards to the windmill on the left turn left onto Wading Bird Way and look for the ducks on the left side from the beginning of the marsh to the first spillway. Good Birding and God Bless

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Winter Haven Fl.

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Date: 2/6/16 4:15 pm
From: David Hartgrove <birdman9...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Black Rail and blind luck
Hi,
Sometimes blind luck is the best plan. Today, while leading a trip to MINWR for the Palm Coast "Birds of a Feather Fest" we stopped at the rest rooms on Black Point Wildlife Drive. There have been many photos taken of the Sora that has been hanging out in the mangroves along the canal across from the rest rooms. Today I searched in vain for the bird but did hear one back along the north side of the restrooms. I walked out onto the little covered dock there and saw some movement on the east side of it in the mangroves at the water's edge. The vegetation is so thick there that while I could see that there was something moving there I couldn't see any detail. Two other people from the trip came over and were looking too. The bird started to walk along the edge of the water behind the mangroves headed north away from the covered dock. So I circled around to hopefully drive it back toward the people who were on the dock. For them a Sora would be a life bird. The bird suddenly flushed and flew west across about 30 feet of open water in clear view of all 3 of us. It was much smaller than a Sora, plump, almost pear shaped and dark gray to black. I did not see any silvery spots but I was so shocked to realize that I'd just seen a Black Rail at 11:20 in the morning that I could have missed them. Needless to say, for me, it was the bird of the day. Even the bird of the year so far!


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Daytona Beach, FL

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Date: 2/6/16 9:34 am
From: John Kendall <00000042d723377e-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Purple Sandpiper Smyrna Dunes Park Jetty Volusia Co.
A Purple Sandpiper is at Smyrna Dunes Park -noon today- this is the south jetty at Ponce Inlet.
John Kendall
Warsaw IN/New Smyrna Beach

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Date: 2/6/16 7:16 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] PineWarbler
2/6/16
Thank you, birders.
After all of your replies and comments on why this IS a PINE Warbler and not a Prairie, I am satisfied with my original ID of Pine Warbler.
Thank you.

Alice Horst
Marion County, FL

Pine Warbler, Sumter County, FL



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Date: 2/5/16 3:49 pm
From: john kendall <00000042d723377e-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bethune Beach, Volusia Co. Seawatch, Common Eider, Surf & Black Scoters, Jaegers
Using the condo balcony walls as a windbreak, I noticed good numbers of Forster's terns offshore along with other seabirds.  Opportunistically, a nearly two hour seawatch ensued late this afternoon.Highlights were a surprise Common Eider flying in and landing twice at 250-300 yards, and many usual suspects- a Surf Scoter, Black Scoter,  Parasitics and one Pomarine Jaeger, and many sterna terns. Also, a Peregrine was tern-hunting.I look forward to trying again tomorrow with the promised NE winds.
John KendallNew Smyrna Beach/Warsaw, IN
Bethune Beach Park, Volusia, Florida, US
Feb 5, 2016 3:45 PM - 5:35 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:    Sea watch from first floor wind shelter balcony of Chadham by the Sea Condo.  <br />Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.5 Build 44
19 species (+2 other taxa)

Common Eider  1    Female eider -goose like with large and long uniform-colored fairly warm brown neck, head and  body, long almost convex bill and large wedge-shaped head. Seen thru scope from sheltered condo right on beach at 200-300 yards.  Bird had white axillaries in flight and thin whitish trailing edge to wing.  After watching it bob in surf, the head was uniform colored with a gray, not black bill. I have seen both King and Common Eiders fly by sea watches at Andrews Pt. in Mass and  females of King and of 'Somateria species' on Lake Michigan lake watches at greater distance.  This bird was close enough to distinguish from King Eider.
Surf Scoter  1    Adult male with no white in wings and bright orange bill and white spots
Black Scoter  1
Red-breasted Merganser  1
Northern Gannet  120
Brown Pelican  56
Willet  5
Ruddy Turnstone  17
Sanderling  24
Pomarine Jaeger  1
Parasitic Jaeger  3
Pomarine/Parasitic Jaeger  1
Bonaparte's Gull  7
Laughing Gull  250
Lesser Black-backed Gull  2
Great Black-backed Gull  1
Forster's Tern  110
Sterna sp.  100
Royal Tern  66
Sandwich Tern  28
Peregrine Falcon  1

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Date: 2/5/16 5:52 am
From: France <00000006c8bbe2de-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] bird/trip planning
Good morning Birding Folks;
I am heading to Bartow & Circle B Bar Reserve next week and I am in the process of mapping a few birding stop along the way. I'm looking for input/suggestions as to where I could stop between N.Ft.Myers and Bartow. Any help will be greatly appreciated.Thank you.
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Date: 2/5/16 3:30 am
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge - Report date - 2/5/16
For me so far on the Refuge I personally haven't seen that much this year. The Short-eared Owl hasn't been seen in a while so I guess it moved to another area. Yesterday however I did get a little bit of excitement. I saw a Peregrine Falcon eating a Pied-billed Grebe it had killed. I was watching it for some time when suddenly it got excited, and took off. What happened is a Bald Eagle came, and tried to take the Pied-billed Grebe from the Falcon. I think Falcon lost it, because he came back attacking the Eagle. The Eagle after the Peregrine attack kept looking down as if he was trying to find the Grebe the Falcon dropped. I only got a piece of the Falcon attacking the Eagle. Theses four pictures are in sequence. It was really cool watching all this happening!

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/24534179570

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/24195805143

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/24724892481

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/24188774183


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Titusville, Fla.
www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen
Brevard

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Date: 2/4/16 6:35 pm
From: Andy Kratter <kratter...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] LAST post on this bird: Sumter County - birding help
Alice,
well in this case "most" birders are wrong. As Frank pointed out this is a Pine Warbler, best identified by the bright white wingbars, plain face (Prairie would have a yellowish face outlined in black-males; or a grayish head with eyering - female), greenish smudgy streaks on the upper flanks instead of crisp black streaks on the lower flanks, and large size and bill. ID questions should not be determined by democracy but by analyses of relevant features (plumage etc.)

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Gainesville, FL

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Date: 2/4/16 5:06 pm
From: Edward Kwater <edkwater...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Age of Hillsborough Co. Glaucous Gull
Earlier today I mistakenly referred to the Williams Park Glaucous Gull as a
first cycle bird. In the field the bird had a pale tip to the bill which is
a second cycle character and Mark's photo show this. However due to the
distance of the sighting the iris color looked dark (even through a 60x
scope) which would indicate first cycle. Michael Brothers just called me to
point out that blowing up Mark's photo on the computer screen clearly shows
a pale yellow iris, so the bird is indeed in its second cycle. Sorry if I
misled anyone.

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Brandon, FL

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Date: 2/4/16 3:46 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] LAST post on this bird: Sumter County - birding help
Most birders are IDing this guy as PRAIRIE Warbler, but I am questioning this bird’s strong white wing-bars which Prairies do not have.
Pine Warblers do have strong white wing-bars.
I’m still confused.
Thank you, birders, anyway.


I was out before the storms today photographing Vesper Sparrows, Palm Warblers, American Goldfinches when a colorful little guy flew into a tree fairly close to me. Outstanding, because he was so brightly colored on a dull gray day. I took 5 shots before he flew away. I only did a little cropping, I did not enhance or change the color of this bird. I think he is a Pine Warbler(?) of a color that I have never seen. Warbler-size, he has 2 wing bars, blurry streaking on sides.
>>
>> Can anyone help with ID?
>> Thank you,
>> Alice Horst
>> Marion County, Fl
>>
>>
>> alice Horst
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>>
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Date: 2/4/16 3:28 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] First cycle Glaucous Gull, Hillsborough County
Really nice find on the Glaucous Gull. However, from the pale eye, I would suggest that this is a second cycle bird.
Great bird!

Michael

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Date: 2/4/16 3:28 pm
From: Frank Fogarty <fogartyfa...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County - birding help
Hi Alice,

No, this is a Pine Warbler as you initially stated. Among other things,
Prairie Warbler don't have white wingbars. You individual seems to be a
particularly rich-colored male, with almost some orange tones mixed into
the yellow.

Best,

Frank Fogarty

On Thu, Feb 4, 2016 at 3:20 PM, Alice Horst <ahorst...> wrote:

> Birders are IDing this guy as PRAIRIE Warbler.
> I am very confused with his color, I’ve never seen color like this.
> Thanks, birders.
> Alice Horst
> Marion County, FL.
>
>
>
> I was out before the storms today photographing Vesper Sparrows, Palm
> Warblers, American Goldfinches when a colorful little guy flew into a tree
> fairly close to me. Outstanding, because he was so brightly colored on a
> dull gray day. I took 5 shots before he flew away. I only did a little
> cropping, I did not enhance or change the color of this bird. I think he
> is a Pine Warbler(?) of a color that I have never seen. Warbler-size, he
> has 2 wing bars, blurry streaking on sides.
>
> Can anyone help with ID?
> Thank you,
> Alice Horst
> Marion County, Fl
>
> alice Horst
> <ahorst...>
>
>
>
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Date: 2/4/16 3:20 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County - birding help
Birders are IDing this guy as PRAIRIE Warbler.
I am very confused with his color, I’ve never seen color like this.
Thanks, birders.
Alice Horst
Marion County, FL.

>
> I was out before the storms today photographing Vesper Sparrows, Palm Warblers, American Goldfinches when a colorful little guy flew into a tree fairly close to me. Outstanding, because he was so brightly colored on a dull gray day. I took 5 shots before he flew away. I only did a little cropping, I did not enhance or change the color of this bird. I think he is a Pine Warbler(?) of a color that I have never seen. Warbler-size, he has 2 wing bars, blurry streaking on sides.
>
> Can anyone help with ID?
> Thank you,
> Alice Horst
> Marion County, Fl
>
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Date: 2/4/16 2:27 pm
From: Sam Fried <sam.fried...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County - birding help


Sent from my iPhone

On Feb 4, 2016, at 5:26 PM, Alice Horst <ahorst...><mailto:<ahorst...>> wrote:

I was out before the storms today photographing Vesper Sparrows, Palm Warblers, American Goldfinches when a colorful little guy flew into a tree fairly close to me. Outstanding, because he was so brightly colored on a dull gray day. I took 5 shots before he flew away. I only did a little cropping, I did not enhance or change the color of this bird. I think he is a Pine Warbler(?) of a color that I have never seen. Warbler-size, he has 2 wing bars, blurry streaking on sides.

Can anyone help with ID?
Thank you,
Alice Horst
Marion County, Fl

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Date: 2/4/16 2:25 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County - birding help
I was out before the storms today photographing Vesper Sparrows, Palm Warblers, American Goldfinches when a colorful little guy flew into a tree fairly close to me. Outstanding, because he was so brightly colored on a dull gray day. I took 5 shots before he flew away. I only did a little cropping, I did not enhance or change the color of this bird. I think he is a Pine Warbler(?) of a color that I have never seen. Warbler-size, he has 2 wing bars, blurry streaking on sides.

Can anyone help with ID?
Thank you,
Alice Horst
Marion County, Fl


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Date: 2/4/16 1:48 pm
From: Rachal, Mark <mrachal...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] First cycle Glaucous Gull, Hillsborough County
Here is a photo I took of the Glaucous Gull.

We also had the Franklin’s Gull at the ramp this morning.

Mark Rachal
Tampa, FL


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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] First cycle Glaucous Gull, Hillsborough County

Mark Rachal called me around noon to say he'd just found a Glaucous Gull at the Williams Park boat ramp along route 41 in Riverview. The bird was still present when I arrived at 2.00 pm, roosting with other gulls on a small blue and white boat to the west of the dock but flew off to the west after 10 minutes of observation.

Ed Kwater
Brandon, FL
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Date: 2/4/16 1:25 pm
From: Edward Kwater <edkwater...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] First cycle Glaucous Gull, Hillsborough County
Mark Rachal called me around noon to say he'd just found a Glaucous Gull at
the Williams Park boat ramp along route 41 in Riverview. The bird was still
present when I arrived at 2.00 pm, roosting with other gulls on a small
blue and white boat to the west of the dock but flew off to the west after
10 minutes of observation.

Ed Kwater
Brandon, FL

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Date: 2/4/16 12:44 pm
From: John Kendall <00000042d723377e-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Tern 1/31 New Smyrna Beach Volusia Co. 2/4 Purple Sandpiper/Knots
I photographed a Common Tern Sunday, 1/31 on New Smyrna Beach. Also, there were 35 Red Knots and a couple of Piping Plovers-some of each were banded.
Today 2/4, the Purple Sandpiper was well out on the north jetty and 103 Red Knots were found between New Smyrna Beach and Ponce Inlet -5 were banded.
Photos of the Tern and others are at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jckendall/

John Kendall
Warsaw, In/ New Smyrna Beach

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Date: 2/4/16 9:58 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Baycare Pond Limpkin / Pinellas County
Today, Thursday, at about 11:55AM, at the three year oldish elongated retention pond at the newish BAYCARE facility, located on the southwest corner of Drew Street and Bayview Avenue in eastern Clearwater, we recorded what we believe to be the first ever Limpkin at this location. This is sort of our backyard! The vegetation and birdlife at this large pond has been improving each year. We have always said that when we get a Limpkin and an Alligator here, it has arrived as a quality natural area. All we need now is the Alligator. A normal hour walk around the pond usually nets about 32 species of birds. The wintering pair of Gadwall and three pairs of Blue-winged Teal were present today along with others. Access can be from the intersection of Virginia Ave And Bayview Ave, walk across the street to the west, or park behind The Baycare facility off of Drew Street.


Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 2/4/16 7:07 am
From: <anhinga42...> <anhinga42...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Grey-headed Swamphen/ Bunche Beach RFI


Hans Marsh in Lehigh Acres has had a couple swamphens being reported lately, and the only report for Lee County with the goose that I'm aware of was one photographed in December at Del Tura Country Club on US-41 in North Fort Myers.  DTCC is also a 55+ living community, so access may be limited.  I haven't been there in years and I believe the golf course is public, but I'm pretty sure it's a gated entrance.  
Charlie
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From: Will Chatfield-Taylor <wchatfieldtaylor...>
Date: 02/04/2016 9:37 AM (GMT-05:00)
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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Grey-headed Swamphen/ Bunche Beach RFI

Is there a place near BuncheBeach that is reliable for Grey-headed Swamphen? I'm going out for the Flamingo and I was hoping to get the swamphen if one was convenient. Is there a place for Egyptian Goose?

Will Chatfield-Taylor
Lawrence, KS

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Date: 2/4/16 6:37 am
From: Will Chatfield-Taylor <wchatfieldtaylor...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Grey-headed Swamphen/ Bunche Beach RFI
Is there a place near BuncheBeach that is reliable for Grey-headed Swamphen? I'm going out for the Flamingo and I was hoping to get the swamphen if one was convenient. Is there a place for Egyptian Goose?

Will Chatfield-Taylor
Lawrence, KS

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Date: 2/3/16 6:02 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bonaparte's Gulls Galore / Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach
Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach, on SR60, at the eastern edge of Pinellas County, was once again a productive site to enjoy my morning coffee. The tide was somewhat low, but there was still a good variety of 32 bird species represented. My visit was from about 7:05AM thru a picturesque sunrise, to about 8:05AM. The #1 highlight was a remarkable 224 Bonaparte's Gulls. I can remember back when having 16 at this location was exciting. Some of the other birds of interest were the regular visiting adult Lesser Black-backed Gull; a single, not so regular Greater Yellowlegs, 6 Wilson's Plovers, 8 Red Knots (no tags), and 86 Black Skimmers, just to name a few. Some of the Laughing Gulls are starting to show total black heads now. The numbers of Lesser Scaup and Horned Grebes in the bay, appear to be lessening. Just another day in birders paradise.


Bob Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 2/3/16 4:45 am
From: Charlie Ewell <anhinga42...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Flamingo in Lee County update
Re the flamingo at Bunche Beach, Fort Myers, Lee County, reports are still
coming in when the tide is up. Check localtides.net <http://localtides.net/>
and click on Punta Rassa or Matanzas Pass. +1 is usually going to have the
tide all the way in (or close too it) unless other weather factors come in
to play. +0.5 or above and coming in is when I'd target for the flamingo.
For shorebirds, below 0.0 is really putting the tide out to the point that
the flats are expansive and the birds tend to be spread out and it's tougher
to get really good views in number. From 0.0 to 1.0, either falling or
rising tide, it can be from very good to outstanding for shorebirds in a
quality and quantity sense viewing wise. Most of the expected wintering
shorebirds and plovers can be found here, with the exception of Snowy Plover
(which does occur, but only sporadically). Snowies can be found easily at
the south end of Fort Myers Beach at Carlos Pointe, but make sure you
carefully check the wrack line or you may miss them if they are hunkered
down!





Charlie



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Cape Coral, FL

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Date: 2/2/16 4:28 pm
From: Elliot Schunke <ewschunke...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Valrico hummingbirds and Orchard Oriole
Thanks for the report Steve! My only note would be that Orchard Orioles do
not have a spring molt as they only have a fall, pre-basic molt. The
disappearing green is just that, the green edging being worn off of the
black-centered feathers with no feathers actually being replaced.

Thanks,
Elliot Schunke
Tallahassee

On Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 6:52 PM, Backes <backes1...> wrote:

> I was reminded today that I’ve not posted anything on Birdbrains regarding
> the birds in my yard.
>
>
>
> I’ve had a male Orchard Oriole in my yard since December. I noticed today
> that the green on his back is disappearing so I assume he’s begun his
> spring molt. Here’s a link to a video of the bird feeding in a Flowering
> Maple:
>
>
>
> https://youtu.be/TGflCOQfFCg
>
>
>
> We trapped 9 hummingbirds while banding them on Monday including two
> Rufous and seven Ruby-throateds. The Rufous were an adult male and an adult
> female. The male was banded in my yard last year. In addition to those
> banded birds, I have at least three more hummingbirds in my yard. One is an
> adult male Ruby-throated who was banded last year. One is a young male
> Ruby-throated with two small lines in the center of his gorget. The third
> bird had me excited that it may have been a young male Black-chinned. He
> twice tried to enter the cage from the back but was never able to find the
> door. Fred was ready to quit and the hummingbird flew to another part of
> the yard, I thought i saw red on its throat so we called it a day.
>
>
>
> Here’s a link to as playlist of short videos of most of the birds that
> were in my yard.
>
> https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKASww-4lVLvf7yj71JxzlHgSI42LeEsg
>
>
>
> Today, I finally saw the color of the two gorget spots on the mystery
> hummingbird and it was purple. I have a young male Black-chinned
> Hummingbird in the yard but have not been able to verify it with a photo.
>
>
>
> Lots of other birds are regularly in my yard. An ebird list from two days
> before the banding included 57 species
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27093780
>
>
>
> Steve Backes
>
> Valrico, FL
>
> <backes1...>
>
> http://floridahummingbirds.net/
>
> http://floridahummingbirds.proboards.com/
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Date: 2/2/16 3:52 pm
From: Backes <backes1...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Valrico hummingbirds and Orchard Oriole
I was reminded today that I've not posted anything on Birdbrains regarding
the birds in my yard.



I've had a male Orchard Oriole in my yard since December. I noticed today
that the green on his back is disappearing so I assume he's begun his spring
molt. Here's a link to a video of the bird feeding in a Flowering Maple:



https://youtu.be/TGflCOQfFCg



We trapped 9 hummingbirds while banding them on Monday including two Rufous
and seven Ruby-throateds. The Rufous were an adult male and an adult female.
The male was banded in my yard last year. In addition to those banded birds,
I have at least three more hummingbirds in my yard. One is an adult male
Ruby-throated who was banded last year. One is a young male Ruby-throated
with two small lines in the center of his gorget. The third bird had me
excited that it may have been a young male Black-chinned. He twice tried to
enter the cage from the back but was never able to find the door. Fred was
ready to quit and the hummingbird flew to another part of the yard, I
thought i saw red on its throat so we called it a day.



Here's a link to as playlist of short videos of most of the birds that were
in my yard.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKASww-4lVLvf7yj71JxzlHgSI42LeEsg



Today, I finally saw the color of the two gorget spots on the mystery
hummingbird and it was purple. I have a young male Black-chinned Hummingbird
in the yard but have not been able to verify it with a photo.



Lots of other birds are regularly in my yard. An ebird list from two days
before the banding included 57 species

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27093780



Steve Backes

Valrico, FL

<mailto:<backes1...> <backes1...>

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Date: 2/2/16 2:45 pm
From: Gail Deterra <gdeterra1...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] First Cycle Bonaparte's Gull-Manasota Beach
The juvenile Bonaparte's Gull was seen today from 3:10pm to 5:00 pm with a mixed group of terns and gulls on Manasota Beach in Englewood, FL. I have several photos if anyone is interested.

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Date: 2/2/16 7:07 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Glaucous Gull. Ponce Inlet. Volusia Co.
This morning, 2/2, I found a beautiful 1st cycle Glaucous Gull on the beach just north of the north jetty at Ponce Inlet, Volusia Co.

Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL


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Date: 2/2/16 5:29 am
From: Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Cassin's
Looked for an hour between 8:30 and 9:30. Gave up, went birding, saw same pair Eagles in tall snag, then finally returned about 12:30 and got great shots, good looks and heard calling quite a bit. Presence of a hawk and kestrel drew it close to me. Very cool. Lovely bird.

Meret Wilson
Volusia Co


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Date: 2/1/16 7:16 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lake County - Snow Goose
While checking Paradise Lake in The Villages for any new Ducks, I found the Snow Goose that has been on location for a couple of months.
Interesting picture: Graylag, Canada, and Snow Geese were feeding together.
After I took this picture 2 Egyptian Geese joined them but I was unable to get a picture of 4 species together.


Every day is a GREAT day to go birding.

Alice Horst
Marion County, FL.

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Date: 2/1/16 6:34 pm
From: Margaret England <sta5birding...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Stormwater Treatment Area 5/6 Jan 30, 2016
STA 5/6 and Deer Fence Road Next driving trips Feb. 13, 14, 15. Reservations required: www.hendrygladesaudubon.org
Walking/Bicycle access Friday, Saturday, and Monday (no driving on levee roads)
Margaret England
LaBelle, Hendry County

Stormwater Treatment Area 5, Hendry, Florida, US Jan 30, 2016 7:49 AM - 1:27 PM
Protocol: Traveling
20.0 mile(s)
Comments: Data from Combined lists: Kim Willis, Robert Snow, Jose V. Padilla and Brian Ahern With Randy Harrod. Hendry County Audubon sponsored Trip. After meeting Margaret England & Wes Biggs at the entrance, Randy & I tried to thoroughly cover as much area as a could on our own instead of following along with the organized field trip. We made a real effort to keep track of numbers of individuals for all species. Weather was perfect with very light winds and sunny to slightly overcast skies. Only Butterfly was Great Southern White. Lots of large Alligators. Raccoon and a large male feral Pig.
89 species
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 25
Fulvous Whistling-Duck 29 all adults
Gadwall 6
American Wigeon 43
Mottled Duck (Florida) 22
Blue-winged Teal 190
Northern Shoveler 70
Canvasback 1
Ring-necked Duck 630
Lesser Scaup 10
Ruddy Duck 5
Pied-billed Grebe 45
Wood Stork 22
Double-crested Cormorant 400
Anhinga 350 Careful Conservative estimate including several large roots spread out in Carolina Willows.
American White Pelican 230
American Bittern 2
Least Bittern 2
Great Blue Heron (Blue form) 130 Careful Conservative estimate
Great Egret (American) 115
Snowy Egret 105
Little Blue Heron 85 Careful Conservative estimate
Tricolored Heron 100
Cattle Egret (Western) 30
Green Heron 17 Exact count
Black-crowned Night-Heron 11 mostly adults
White Ibis 120
Glossy Ibis 225
Roseate Spoonbill 11
Black Vulture 20
Turkey Vulture 375
Osprey (carolinensis) 20
Snail Kite 11 Exact count, mostly adult males
Northern Harrier (American) 14 taxon not rare for season or location
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk (lineatus Group) 6 assuming these darker individuals are wintering birds from north/central Florida or farther north and not year round residents?
Red-shouldered Hawk (extimus) 9
Red-tailed Hawk 4
King Rail 1
Sora 36 Exact count
Purple Gallinule 8 all adults
Gray-headed Swamphen 94 Very careful exact count; we made a special effort to keep as accurate count as possible. Interestingly we found the majority of them as pairs in very close proximity to each other.
Common Gallinule 800 Careful Conservative estimate
American Coot 30000 Careful Conservative estimate
Limpkin 55 Careful Conservative estimate
Sandhill Crane 6
Black-necked Stilt 105 Exact count of three different large flocks.
Killdeer 2
Greater Yellowlegs 34
Caspian Tern 12
Black Skimmer 200 observed by the escorted group in cell 3B
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5
Eurasian Collared-Dove 4
Common Ground-Dove 55 Careful Conservative estimate
Mourning Dove 30
Belted Kingfisher 32 Careful Conservative estimate
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Crested Caracara 3
American Kestrel (Northern) 12 taxon not rare for location or season
Peregrine Falcon (North American) 1 very thick moustachial mark, darker back
Peregrine Falcon (Tundra) 3 bold white cheek patch, thinner Moustachial mark and lighter back
Eastern Phoebe 17
Great Crested Flycatcher 1
Tropical Kingbird 3 Flagged as eBird rarity - returning stakeout. Two different adults found. IDed by call from previous trips. See photo below.
Western Kingbird 2
Gray Kingbird 1 confirmed same location previous years including 2016
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 16 observed returning to roost at 4 p.m. in cypress trees at Deer Fence Road and 835. observed at some location previous years
Loggerhead Shrike 5
White-eyed Vireo 8
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Fish Crow 10
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 310 Exact count of two large flocks resting on wires, plus many singles encountered while flying over the different cells
Tree Swallow 10000 a very rough estimate
House Wren (Northern) 1
Marsh Wren 3
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (caerulea) 12
American Robin 2
Gray Catbird 8
Northern Mockingbird 1
Northern Waterthrush 7 Exact count
Black-and-white Warbler 1 female
Common Yellowthroat (trichas Group) 210 Careful Conservative estimate, this number could be much higher under similar conditions if we were able to cover more area
Palm Warbler (Western) 140 Careful Conservative estimate
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 65
Savannah Sparrow (Savannah) 45 taxon not rare for season or locaiton
Swamp Sparrow 130 Careful Conservative estimate
Eastern Towhee 2
Northern Cardinal 26
Painted Bunting 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Red-winged) 3500 Careful Conservative estimate
Eastern Meadowlark (Eastern) 47 Careful Conservative estimate
Boat-tailed Grackle (westoni) 1200 Careful Conservative estimate
American Goldfinch 3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27225185

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Date: 2/1/16 6:24 pm
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar Reserve, Grasshopper Sparrow, Sedge Wren
Hello Birders.
Out to Circle B Bar Reserve Southeast of Lakeland this morning from
800 till 1:00 it was a tad warm.
Best Birds: 1 GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, 1 SEDGE WREN, 1 AMERICAN BITTERN, 2
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, also a FULVOUS WHISTLING
DUCK was photographed by others this past weekend. Also seen Common
Yellowthroat, Palm, Prairie, Yellow-rumped and Black&White Warbler, Swamp,
Vesper's and Savannah Sparrows, Sandhill Crane, Wood Stork, Tree Swallows,
Bald Eagle. 1 Roseate Spoonbill.
Heading South on Heron Hideout the Sedge Wren was just past the first
spillway on the left side. Wally Barns photographed the Grasshopper Sparrow
on Eagle's Ridge trail at the South end of the Reserve associating with
Vesper's Sparrows around young Sand Pines.
Good Birding and God Bless


Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.

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Date: 2/1/16 5:45 pm
From: Jim Swarr <jhschwarr...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Cabbage patch Am. Eagles-Jim Swarr Feb.1, 2016
This morning Joyce and I were on our way to Merritt Is. NWR--driving
east on SR-100. When we came to SR-305, I turned S--hoping
to see the Cassin's Kingbird that Michael Brothers reported
several days ago. We did not find it.

But as I was starting to drive away, Joyce spotted two mature
Am. Bald Eagles on the ground between the cabbages--less
that 40 yards west of highway. One took off, flew in a small,
circle, but returned.

It was the first time I have ever seen Cabbage Patch Eagles!

Happy birding.

Jim Swarr

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Jim Swarr, Melrose, FL

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Date: 2/1/16 5:07 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Franklin's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
This evening, 2/1, I found the same 1st Franklin's Gull at Daytona Beach Shores about 1/4 mile south of Frank Rendon Park.

Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL









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Date: 2/1/16 3:53 pm
From: william haddad <photobill9...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Turkey Creek Sanctuary this a.m.

Had lots of action from the time I arrived at 8:15 until about 10 a.m. One large flock with at least 20 Pine Warblers, a couple of Yellow-throated Warblers, some Black and Whites, and some Yellow-rumps, along with many Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and a few Ruby-crowned Kinglets were immediately present close to the sign-in stand. These were accompanied by the local Cardinals and Carolina Wrens, which were very vocal. A smaller flock elsewhere in Turkey Creek had some of the same but also included a Blue-headed Vireo and a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Many Gnatcatchers in various places, not just with the flocks, and a Catbird here and there with some common local birds.

Not far from the “field” area, Carolina Wrens were making a loud racket and a female Painted Bunting came into view in the same place. The Painted Bunting appeared to be feeding on Spanish Needle flowers, probably the seeds. That plant is popular with some Butterfly species but that is the first time I observed a bird feeding on it. Probably a good way to spread its seeds, as if that plant needed one!

A good morning afield with plenty of sightings and pleasing vocalizations along with the good weather.

Bill Haddad
Palm Bay, Fl.

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Date: 2/1/16 1:22 pm
From: Daniel J Young <dyoung...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Cassin's Kingbird (Flagler)
I had the Cassin's on the east side of CR305 as well.

In regards to the pipits, I have gotten them pretty consistently in the sod field in the NE quadrant of CR305 and CR35.

Regards,
Danny Young,
Volusia County

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Date: 2/1/16 11:39 am
From: Sandy Turner <tmsprgrn...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Cassin's
We also saw the Cassin's Kingbird, but across the road (CR 305) on a wire
along
a dirt entry to a field. And it vocalized at that time too, about 1:00 PM
Sunday.
Thanx again, Michael.

Sandy and Mark Turner
Palm Coast

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Date: 2/1/16 6:25 am
From: beachbirder <beachbirder...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Cassin's Kingbird (Flagler)
Phyllis Mansfield and I took a road trip, to Bunnell, in hopes of relocating the Cassin's Kingbird reported, on 1/30, by Michael Brothers. I love it
when a plan comes together. We relocated right it where Michael reported it. About halfway between the house on the west side of CR 305 and
the intersection of CR 305 & CR 302. As we grabbed scopes and my camera we actually heard it vocalizing and it continued off & on during the
30 minutes we were there. We observed it on a short couple spans of the power lines with 2 dirt entry roads on either side of the power lines. On the east side of 305. We then stopped by the area where Michael had the large numbers of Killdeer, Black-bellied Plovers and American Pipits at
3099 CR 302, Seays Farms. We didn't have any pipits and less plovers and Killdeer then Michael. I have attached several photos, I digiscoped, of the Cassin's.

Jim Eager
Cape Canaveral, FL

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Date: 1/31/16 5:58 pm
From: Avery Chan <gatedancer93...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Little Big Econ SF and Shiloh Marsh Rd.
Hello fellow birders,

Today, my dad and I went to Little Big Econ SF--Kilbee Tract to search for the Sprague's Pipit. We didn't find it. I'm not sure if we went to where the pipit was seen; we are not familiar with this location.
Species of interest: Cooper's Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Bald Eagle, Common Ground-Doves, 700 Robins, Pine Warblers, 3000 Tree Swallows.
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Later, in the evening, we went to Merritt Island NWR--Shiloh Marsh Rd. (Volusia Co.) to search for the Short-eared Owl sighted there. On the way there, we passed by C.S. Lee Park and crossed over the St. John's River. A owl-like bird flew by. We concluded it was a Short-eared Owl and hope it is one.
Full details of the bird and why we believe it was a Short-eared Owl:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27239071

At Shiloh Marsh, we did not find the owl there. We searched near the parking lot. It was getting too dark to search further along the road. At the start of the road, however, we did see a gray morph Eastern Screech-Owl.
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Avery Chan
Oviedo, Florida

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Date: 1/31/16 9:00 am
From: Mary Bowman <maryflapainter...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Birding in Sumter County 1/30/16
great pix as usual, Alice, thanks for sharing...I have to get up Sumter
way, haven't done that yet this winter!
mary bowman

On Sat, Jan 30, 2016 at 10:55 PM, Alice Horst <ahorst...> wrote:

>
> Fun day birding today in Sumter County today.
> My usual loop 475-cr246-475. I did NOT see Bald Eagles near their nest.
>
> Not too many birds, but some quality ones:
> Sparrows: Savannah, Vesper, and Chipping
> Blue Birds, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Harrier, American Kestrel,
> Loggerhead Shrike, Eastern Phoebe, Northern Cardinal, Killdeer.
> The best was the last as it was getting dark:
> Great Horned Owl hooted a bit and I got a couple of pictures. Out of
> nowhere 7 American Crows went after the poor guy.
> I got 1 shot with GHOW flying off to hunker down somewhere, out of Crow’s
> way!
>
>
>
> Chipping Sparrow
> Vesper Sparrow
>
>
>
> Savannah Sparrow
> Palm Warbler
>
>
>
>
>
> Great Horned Owl
> Poor old boy had had enough!
>
>
>
>
> Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!
>
>
>
> Alice Horst
> <ahorst...>
>
>
>
>
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Date: 1/31/16 7:29 am
From: SUBSCRIBE BRDBRAIN Anonymous <0000002f5f10fd25-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] rails and leucistic Semipalmated Plover, Gainesville
Sora, Virginia Rail, and King Rail (brief look) were seen at the Sweetwater Wetlands Park in Gainesville, FL on 1/26/16. Also of note was a leucistic Semipalmated Plover with a mixed flock of plovers and peeps at Cedar Key, Levy Co. Happy Birding!
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Date: 1/31/16 4:51 am
From: Bill Argo <billargo...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Western Spindalis
Just a note to say the Western Spindalis is still at Markham Park and is truly magnificent.





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Date: 1/30/16 7:56 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Birding in Sumter County 1/30/16

> Fun day birding today in Sumter County today.
> My usual loop 475-cr246-475. I did NOT see Bald Eagles near their nest.
>
> Not too many birds, but some quality ones:
> Sparrows: Savannah, Vesper, and Chipping
> Blue Birds, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Harrier, American Kestrel, Loggerhead Shrike, Eastern Phoebe, Northern Cardinal, Killdeer.
> The best was the last as it was getting dark:
> Great Horned Owl hooted a bit and I got a couple of pictures. Out of nowhere 7 American Crows went after the poor guy.
> I got 1 shot with GHOW flying off to hunker down somewhere, out of Crow’s way!
>
>
>
>
> Chipping Sparrow Vesper Sparrow
>
>
>
>
> Savannah Sparrow Palm Warbler
>
>
>
>
>
>
> Great Horned Owl Poor old boy had had enough!
>
>
>
>
> Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!
>
>
>
> Alice Horst
> <ahorst...> <mailto:<ahorst...>
>
>
>


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Date: 1/30/16 6:53 pm
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Dowitchers?
Thanks to everyone that replied. I was hesitant to go with Lesser
Yellowlegs because I thought the bill was too stout. But upon closer
examination, I see that is not the case. Thanks again.

CJSF

Melbourne/Brevard County
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On Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 10:57 PM, Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
wrote:

> Good evening Chris,
>
>
> They are Greater Yellowlegs. Note the bill morphology and facial pattern.
>
>
>
> Best regards,
>
>
> Bill Pranty
>
> Bayonet Point, Florida
>
>
> ------------------------------
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> <BRDBRAIN...> on behalf of Christopher Ferro <
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> *Sent:* Friday, January 29, 2016 9:52 PM
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> *Subject:* [BRDBRAIN] Dowitchers?
>
> Are these Short-billed Dowitchers, or indeterminate? They were sitting on
> the embankment just west of Shiloh Marsh Road, near the end.
>
> Christopher Ferro
>
> Melbourne/Brevard County
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Date: 1/30/16 1:19 pm
From: siers2001 . <siers.s.a...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] American Flamingo Bunche Beach Lee Co
The flamingo is currently present at bunche beach. It came in at about 2.

Sherrie Siers

Please excuse any typing errors.
On Jan 30, 2016 3:28 PM, "Meret Wilson" <wilsonsplover7...> wrote:

This pair of Painted Buntings has been coming to my feeder since Jan 26. I
get males this time of year but first time a pair, let alone for such long
duration.

Meret Wilson
Volusia County, FL


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Date: 1/30/16 12:28 pm
From: Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Buntings
This pair of Painted Buntings has been coming to my feeder since Jan 26. I get males this time of year but first time a pair, let alone for such long duration.

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Volusia County, FL


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Date: 1/30/16 12:11 pm
From: Steve Klesius <skaway...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Painted Bunting and injured (?) Wood Stork North Tampa
A Painted Bunting was seen this morning (in a mixed flock) at a gated subdivision off County Line west of Bruce B Downes. I first noticed a flash of color and was able to get one photo with my little point and shoot camera. This is a first sighting for me here and in Hillsborough County.

I think there is an injured Wood Stork just west of Northwoods (Palms Drive) subdivision on County Line Road. It has beed sitting on the right side (going west) of CL Rd. in the same place for the last two days. I do not know what to do so may be someone else will.

<Skaway...> Tampa, off County Line Rd.

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Date: 1/30/16 11:21 am
From: Steve Thornton <Thorste...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Dowitchers
Speaking of dowitchers, I took this shot awhile back at Estero lagoon Ft. Myers, but I couldn't remember if it was a long-billed or short-billed. Help my memory please, Bill or others.
Thanks
Steve Thornton
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Date: 1/30/16 11:13 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Cassin's Kingbird. Flagler Co.
This morning, 1/30, I found a Cassin's Kingbird on rt 305 in Flagler County. I assume that this is the same bird that has returned for its 4th winter here. The bird was on the wires on rt 305 off route 100 about 7 miles west of Bunnell. The bird was about 1/4 mile south of the area it used to visit, near the home on the west side of rt 305. There was also a huge group of 166 Black-bellied Plovers and 141 Killdeer in a field on rt 302 just east off rt 305. There were also many American Pipits with the group.

Michael

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Date: 1/30/16 10:58 am
From: Marianne Korosy <mkorosy...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Results of sparrow drive 1/30/2016 Weekiwachee Preserve
Results from today and reminder that there is ONE MORE sparrow drive this
winter, next Saturday, February 6th. Email me for more information.

New captures/birds banded:

2 Le Conte's Sparrow
7 Swamp Sparrow
5 Savannah Sparrow

Recaptures:

1 Grasshopper Sparrow banded last year, same site
2 Swamp Sparrow banded last year, same site
1 Savannah Sparrow, banded last year, same site
1 House Wren, banded last year, same site

These recaptured, previously banded birds brings us to a total of 21 birds
recaptured a total of 22 times. One Swamp Sparrow was recaptured in two
winters subsequent to its initial capture. And we have another sparrow
drive on Saturday, February 6th. Come join the fun!

Marianne Korosy

Palm Harbor, FL

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Date: 1/30/16 6:30 am
From: Earl Horn <earl_horn...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] American Flamingo Bunche Beach 1/29/16
I entered everything into eBird this morning so a complete list and a few
pictures can be seen here
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27201284 Please, no laughing at
my American Flamingo picture, it was a long ways away. It was about the same
distance as my first Florida Flamingo out from Mosquito Bite Trail aka Snake
Bight Trail.

Earl Horn (Bud)
Mount Dora, Fl

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The American Flamingo made a very brief appearance today at 5:40PM flying
high from the area of Sanibel Island across and inside of Fort Meyers Beach
disappearing around the bend to the left of Bunche Beach. Other birds of
note to me were 4 Reddish Egrets two of which were white morphs, 1 Merlin, 5
Lesser Scaup, 3 Common Loons and 1 Horned Grebe.

Earl Horn
Mount Dora, Fl

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Date: 1/29/16 8:00 pm
From: Earl Horn <earl_horn...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] American Flamingo Bunche Beach 1/29/16
The American Flamingo made a very brief appearance today at 5:40PM flying
high from the area of Sanibel Island across and inside of Fort Meyers Beach
disappearing around the bend to the left of Bunche Beach. Other birds of
note to me were 4 Reddish Egrets two of which were white morphs, 1 Merlin, 5
Lesser Scaup, 3 Common Loons and 1 Horned Grebe.

Earl Horn
Mount Dora, Fl

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Date: 1/29/16 7:57 pm
From: Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Dowitchers?
Good evening Chris,


They are Greater Yellowlegs. Note the bill morphology and facial pattern.



Best regards,


Bill Pranty

Bayonet Point, Florida


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Are these Short-billed Dowitchers, or indeterminate? They were sitting on the embankment just west of Shiloh Marsh Road, near the end.

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Melbourne/Brevard County
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Date: 1/29/16 6:53 pm
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Dowitchers?
Are these Short-billed Dowitchers, or indeterminate? They were sitting on
the embankment just west of Shiloh Marsh Road, near the end.

Christopher Ferro

Melbourne/Brevard County
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Date: 1/29/16 5:51 pm
From: Danny Sauvageau <lee4138...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Alder Flycatcher Ferndale Preserve Lake County
Heard distinct chip of a flycatcher 20 minutes before dark. Bird was spotted towards setting sun. Able to clearly see wingbars, that rules out Phoebe. Size to big for Least Flycatcher. I listened to several audio files of both Willow and Alder afterwards while the sound was fresh in my mind. Call definitely not Willow. Was getting to dark to pursue bird any further. Location map uploaded.

Danny Sauvageau
St. Petersburg, FL

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Date: 1/29/16 2:42 pm
From: Carolyn <0000003c3bab1191-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sebastian Inlet SP today
At Sebastian Inlet SP in Brevard County, in or near the tidal pool: 1 Common Loon, 1 Reddish Egret, and 8 Black-crowned Night Heron, plus the usual roosting tern and gull species.

I did not have time to go over to the beach side and the fishing pier but I spoke with three birders who said that not only did they have lots of Gannets offshore but also a Jaeger.

Took a long walk at Ambersands Beach today hoping for some unusual shorebirds. Very unproductive.

Carolyn Cimino
Vero Beach

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Date: 1/28/16 8:15 pm
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Origin Of Yesterday's Bellair Causeway American Oystercatcher
Yesterday, Wednesday January 27, from about 10:00AM to about 11:15AM, at The Bellair Causeway Boat Ramp Park in Pinellas County, I observed two American Oystercatchers up close on the oyster beds on the south side of the parking lot. One of them was banded. It had identical Red colored bands on each upper leg, with the code of CX with a slash mark under the C, and also a metal band on the lower right leg. At the time, I mistakenly thought the bands to be orange in color. This bird was originally banded at Cedar Key in Levy County on July 1st, 2010. Over the 5 1/2 years to up The Bellair sighting, the bands on this bird had been recorded 34 times, with 31 of them being in the Cedar Key area, and the bird being at Cedar Key each of the six summers. The only three sightings away from Cedar Key were at Horseshoe Beach in Dixie County, Florida on 03-18-11, 25 miles to the north; at Altamaha Sound in McIntosh County, Georgia on 12-06-12, 200 miles northeast across the mainland on the Atlantic Ocean; and the Bellair sighting on 01-27-16, 84 miles due south. This beauty is not quite the long distance traveler that The Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach bird from last week, is. Thanks again to The American Oystercatcher Working Group, and especially to Lindsay Addison, Coastal Biologist, Audubon North Carolina, for providing me with this information the next day. Amazing in this day and age! By their banding information, the site is considered Sand Key Sound, and the location is considered Bellair Causeway. Of significance is the fact that this the first ever banded American Oystercatcher recorded at Bellair Causeway. Keep an eye out for other banded oystercatchers.


Bob Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 1/28/16 10:18 am
From: Debbie Olavarria <dolavarria...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bellair Causeway Boat Ramp Black Scoters / Pinellas County
Thanks Bob for the directions this morning.
Heavy sea fog late this morning. We spotted the two Scoters about twenty feet West of the private residential dock across the water south from the bridge. We looked for about thirty minutes before spotting them due to the sea fog.
One Bonapartes gull was in a puddle in the parking lot. Did not see the Falcon.

Debbie

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> On Jan 28, 2016, at 7:41 AM, Travis Young <00000040fee2b5ad-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>
> A note on the Peregrine Falcon. I have seen one in that general location multiple times each winter for the past 3 years. Sometimes it perches on the condo on the northeast corner of bridge. Nice find on the Scoters!
>
> Travis Young
> Largo, FL
>
>
> On Wednesday, January 27, 2016 12:36 PM, robert lane <ohiomagpie...> wrote:
>
>
> In light rain, a short time ago at about 11:45AM, from the southeast corner of the parking area under the bridge, two Black Scoters were easily seen. There was one adult male and one younger male. The bright yellowish-orange bill of the adult cannot be missed. They are in the back bay to the left near the private residence boat docks. Also a male Peregrine Falcon was sitting on one of the spud posts at the public boat ramps. We will research the origin of one of two American Oystercatchers with orange leg bands. A scope is not necessary but would be helpful for good views of the scoters.
>
> Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater
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Date: 1/28/16 4:41 am
From: Travis Young <00000040fee2b5ad-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bellair Causeway Boat Ramp Black Scoters / Pinellas County
A note on the Peregrine Falcon.  I have seen one in that general location multiple times each winter for the past 3 years.  Sometimes it perches on the condo on the northeast corner of bridge.  Nice find on the Scoters!
Travis YoungLargo, FL

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<!--#yiv2282903480 P {margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;}-->In light rain, a short time ago at about 11:45AM, from the southeast corner of the parking area under the bridge, two Black Scoters were easily seen. There was one adult male and one younger male. The bright yellowish-orange bill of the adult cannot be missed. They are in the back bay to the left near the private residence boat docks. Also a male Peregrine Falcon was sitting on one of the spud posts at the public boat ramps. We will research the origin of one of two American Oystercatchers with orange leg bands. A scope is not necessary but would be helpful for good views of the scoters.
Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater
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Date: 1/27/16 1:49 pm
From: Cuneyt Yilmaz <cnytyz...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bellair Causeway Boat Ramp Black Scoters / Pinellas County
Thanks Bob.

Still there at 4:40 PM.

Cuneyt Yilmaz
Clearwater, FL

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In light rain, a short time ago at about 11:45AM, from the southeast corner of the parking area under the bridge, two Black Scoters were easily seen. There was one adult male and one younger male. The bright yellowish-orange bill of the adult cannot be missed. They are in the back bay to the left near the private residence boat docks. Also a male Peregrine Falcon was sitting on one of the spud posts at the public boat ramps. We will research the origin of one of two American Oystercatchers with orange leg bands. A scope is not necessary but would be helpful for good views of the scoters.


Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 1/27/16 9:32 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bellair Causeway Boat Ramp Black Scoters / Pinellas County
In light rain, a short time ago at about 11:45AM, from the southeast corner of the parking area under the bridge, two Black Scoters were easily seen. There was one adult male and one younger male. The bright yellowish-orange bill of the adult cannot be missed. They are in the back bay to the left near the private residence boat docks. Also a male Peregrine Falcon was sitting on one of the spud posts at the public boat ramps. We will research the origin of one of two American Oystercatchers with orange leg bands. A scope is not necessary but would be helpful for good views of the scoters.


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Date: 1/27/16 7:44 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Franklin's, Iceland, Glaucous Gulls. Volusia County
Yesterday evening, 1/26, I found a first cycle Franklin's Gull on the beach at Daytona Beach Shores. The bird was about 1/4 mile north of Frank Rendon Park. On Sunday, 1/24, I found an Iceland Gull of the Kumlien's race on the beach at Daytona Beach Shores. Earlier on 1/24, I led a pelagic trip out of Ponce de Leon Inlet and we found a different 1st cycle Iceland Gull that looks like it is of the nominate race, "glaucoides" - a true Iceland Gull - and a subspecies that has not been reported from Florida. There was also a 1st cycle Glaucous Gull. We also have several Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers as well as loads of Northern Gannets around the boat all day. On Saturday, 1/23, I also found a good candidate for an adult Lesser Black-backed x Herring Gull hybrid at Daytona Beach Shores.

Michael

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Date: 1/26/16 2:43 pm
From: robert &linda hawkins <0000003f3501f6f9-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bonaparte Gull

Two Bonaparte Gulls were observed in a couple of small ponds with recirculating water systems at entrance of Harbourside Condos,
corner of Sailboat Key Blvd. S. and South Pasadena, city of South Pasadena. I have been doing an eBird census practically every day for 
quite some time and this is the first time I have observed these gulls in Harbourside.


Robert Hawkins727-363-1687

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Date: 1/26/16 11:39 am
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Shiloh - Merritt Island NWR report date 1/26/16
Yesterday 1/25/16 I was in Shiloh. I was leading a party to see the Sharptail Sparrows. While there I met 3 men that were looking for the Short-eared Owl. They were digscopers. They informed me that the Owl had been seen perching on the sign at the barricade. I did not see it nor have I been able to find it in 3 trips after the last time I saw it. My party and I saw both the Saltmarsh and the Nelson's Sparrows. However the birds were very spooky, and not approachable as they had been. Probably due to too much pressure put on them. The area's count in sparrows is way down to what it had been.
My yard birds are gradually coming in now due to the cold weather. I got 3 pairs of Painted Buntings, and about 50 Chippers... I have one bunting with a yellow place on the breast. It really is beautiful. I'm sure it will turn red eventually, but it really makes the bird even more beautiful than normal.

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/23985129274

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/23864242473

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/23862958574

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/23963538944

Danny Bales
Titusville, Fla.
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Brevard

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Date: 1/26/16 11:25 am
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Fort De Soto Park (Pinellas, 24 Jan 2016)
Good afternoon,

Thank you all for the advice and informative tidbits about tagged Turkey
Vultures. The bird I photographed this past Sunday was originally caught
and banded in December 2013 at Key West. A study is ongoing about vulture
migration, etc., and reporting these birds is encouraged by John Humphrey,
a wildlife biologist at the FL Field Station for the National Wildlife
Research Center, who passed on the banding info to me.

Report said vultures to

www.reportband.gov

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL

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Date: 1/26/16 10:15 am
From: Dan C <dan...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lake Hancock Outfall Wetlands 1/23
Hi all Birders,

on Saturday I went to the Lake Hancock Outfall Wetlands on a tour. Very cold and windy.

Birds seen:

70 Gadwall

2 American Wigeon (Males. In W cell)

50 Blue-winged Teal

20 Northern Shoveler

30 Northern Pintail

4 Green-winged Teal (All seen in W cell)

110 Lesser Scaup

1 Bufflehead (Female. In W cell. 1st ever for this location!)

3 Hooded Merganser

3 Pied-billed Grebe

23 Wood Stork

400 Double-crested Cormorant

14 Anhinga

300 American White Pelican

18 Great Blue Heron

25 Great Egret

20 Snowy Egret

10 Little Blue Heron

1 Tricolored Heron

4 Cattle Egret

3 Black-crowned Night-Heron

5 White Ibis

1 Glossy Ibis

1 Roseate Spoonbill

X Black Vulture

X Turkey Vulture

17 Osprey

2 Northern Harrier

6 Bald Eagle

1 Red-shouldered Hawk

1 Short-tailed Hawk (Light Morph. Flyover just before lakefront)

1 Virginia Rail (Heard in NE cell)

2 Sora (Heard in NE cell)

1 Common Gallinule

1 American Coot

2 Sandhill Crane

8 Black-necked Stilt

5 American Avocet

2 Bonaparte's Gull

X Laughing Gull

X Ring-billed Gull

1 Herring Gull (Immature. In W cell)

10 Caspian Tern

1 Forster's Tern

1 Royal Tern (In W cell)

1 Mourning Dove

2 Belted Kingfisher

1 Red-bellied Woodpecker

1 American Kestrel

3 Fish Crow

X Tree Swallow

1 Marsh Wren (Heard in NE cell)

1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

15 Palm Warbler

1 Savannah Sparrow

X Red-winged Blackbird

X Boat-tailed Grackle


57 Species total.

If You would like to check out this place, there are tours on Jan. 31 & Feb. 7. Contact Cole Fredricks to reserve a spot.

Dan C.
Orlando, FL.

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Date: 1/26/16 9:34 am
From: Dan Martinelli <billdoor8...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] short eared owl
Spent from 3:30pm until 4:30pm Sunday (24 Jan) at the Shiloh Marsh parking
lot looking for the owl, but no dice. Couldn't stand any more of the 47
degree 25 knot breeze so I gave it up. (Yeah, I know, so I'm a Floridian!)

I may go back sometime, if it continues to be seen by others. Any reports?

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Date: 1/26/16 7:43 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bonapartes Gulls, Anclote Gulf Park
Hello,
I had 4 Bonaparte's Gulls working the out-flow canal at the Anclote Gulf Park yesterday.  There was some type of insect or very small fish surfacing in small ringed ripples that the gulls were feeding on.
Ken TraceyNew Port Richey FL

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Date: 1/26/16 6:22 am
From: Andy Kratter <kratter...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] viera poss. leucistic osprey/horned grebe and a few pics
Mark
Not leucisitic, but very worn in the secondaries and coverts. All back and scapular feathers have been replaced and are very dark, while the very worn feathers have been bleached and are probably almost one year old. The outer primaries look replaced as well. I bet this bird is about one year old and is undergoing its first pre-basic molt out of its juvenile plumage, which in raptors lasts about one year.

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Gainesville, FL

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Date: 1/25/16 6:36 pm
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar Reserve 1/25/16
Hello Birders.
Out to Circle B Bar Reserve Southeast of Lakeland this morning from
7:30 till 11:00, it was a memorable morning.
Best Birds : 3 PAINTED BUNTINGS, 1 SEDGE WREN, 3 BELTED KINGFISHER 10
MOTTLED DUCKS, 6 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 5 BALD EAGLE, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, 3
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, 1 AMERICAN BITTERN, 1 SORA, 1 WILSON'S SNIPE, 1
NORTHERN PARULA, 1 PRAIRIE WARBLER, 20 + SANDHILL CRANES, 2 FORSTER'S TERN,
2 ROYAL TERN, also Caspian Tern, White and Brown Pelican, Wood Stork,
Glossy Ibis, Palm and Yellow-rumped Warbler, White-eyed Vireo, Swamp and
Savannah Sparrow and a Bobcat.
There are several male Painted Buntings at the Reserve.The Sedge Wren
was along Heron Hideout as was the Bobcat. A lady photographed 3 little
Bobcat cubs near the public dock on the lake and 2 juvenile cats were seen
on Heron Hideout lately. Good Birding and God Bless.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.

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Date: 1/25/16 12:31 pm
From: Rachal, Mark <mrachal...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Franklin's Gull, Hillsborough County
Around noon, I had a 1st cycle Franklin's Gull sitting on the boat ramp dock at Williams Park Boat Ramp, Hillsborough County.

Mark Rachal
Tampa, FL


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Date: 1/25/16 7:05 am
From: Mark Eden <000000238cffadbe-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] viera poss. leucistic osprey/horned grebe and a few pics
went to viera sunday and got a nice suprise when a horned grebe swam by me at the click ponds (north one). then later in the day i found this osprey that looked really wierd to me. i dont think its just a juvi. maybe possible leucistic? the spotted sandpiper was shot thursday at castaway point park in palm bay. i hope the pics show up for they had removed the upload link


http://s151.photobucket.com/user/mrbass111/media/jan2416-05_zps4uyixg7y.jpg.html

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Date: 1/25/16 5:51 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Snow Goose, West Pasco
Hello,
The Snow Goose is back at the same location we had it at for the WPCBC ( Alico Pass Rd off River Crossing Blvd, along the road in a golf course, 1/2 mile from Jay B. Starkey Park).  Had not seen it for 3+ weeks.
Ken TraceyNew Port Richey FL

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Date: 1/25/16 2:54 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] COMMON EIDER, Fort Clinch SP, Nassau County; 01/24/16
Hi All,

Steve Reardon headed to the northeast coast this morning and was rewarded
with a female COMMON EIDER at close range from the Pier at Fort Clinch.
The bird was on the south side of the Pier between the jetty and pier
itself. The bird was only seen for roughly 5 minutes as it disappeared
under the pier. Was seen and easily photographed around 910 Sunday morning.

Other species of note of this trip from Fort Clinch to Merrit Island NWR
included the following species:

Black Scoter 68 Fort Clinch
Red-throated Loon 2 Fort Clinch
AMERICAN BLACK DUCK 2 Perdue Pond Wildlife Area

Of the 106 species seen/heard we missed some of our target specie as usual:

ROSS' GOOSE University of North Florida
Long-tailed Duck Max Brewer Causeway, Brevard County
Surf Scoter Several locations
Purple Sandpiper Several locations
Jaegers Several locations
SHORT-EARED OWL Merrit Island, Shiloh Road

Great Birding,

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 1/24/16 5:51 pm
From: Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Fort De Soto Park (Pinellas, 24 Jan 2016)

Ron et al.:

You can certainly submit the TV data to the Bird Banding Laboratory and, possibly, find out very quickly where it was tagged and by whom. The direct link to the encounter report page is

https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl/bblretrv/index.cfm

If you want to use either French or Spanish languages, click on the appropriate link at the top right of the page. Otherwise, click on the "Continue" link and take it from there.

Tony




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Largo, FL
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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fort De Soto Park (Pinellas, 24 Jan 2016)



Good evening,


This morning Mark Burns re-found the continuing adult Lark Sparrow first discovered back on Jan 2nd at the North Beach Palm Grove of Fort De Soto Park (FDP). Later in the day JoAnna Clayton found an adult White-crowned Sparrow, perhaps the same one reported on-and-off for the past couple of months.


I've attached a photo of a banded Turkey Vulture I photographed today at the FDP boat ramp area. Anyone know anything about who was/is banding vultures?


And I also have attached a photo of an Osprey holding a sheepshead, an uncommon Osprey prey item, I believe. It was taken at the North Skyway Pier.


Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL


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Date: 1/24/16 5:42 pm
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fort De Soto Park (Pinellas, 24 Jan 2016)
Good evening,

This morning Mark Burns re-found the continuing adult Lark Sparrow first
discovered back on Jan 2nd at the North Beach Palm Grove of Fort De Soto
Park (FDP). Later in the day JoAnna Clayton found an adult White-crowned
Sparrow, perhaps the same one reported on-and-off for the past couple of
months.

I've attached a photo of a banded Turkey Vulture I photographed today at
the FDP boat ramp area. Anyone know anything about who was/is banding
vultures?

And I also have attached a photo of an Osprey holding a sheepshead, an
uncommon Osprey prey item, I believe. It was taken at the North Skyway
Pier.

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL

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Date: 1/24/16 5:01 pm
From: Gary Davis <garyrdavis...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Possible Green-breasted Mango Dade County
I spent the last 2 days at Castellow Hammock Park looking for the possible Green-breasted Mango. Today at 1:00 I saw a bright emerald green hummer that was clearly larger then the 2 Buff-bellied and numerous Ruby-throated hummers that are now there. The bird had a black curved bill and unfortunately did not turn so that I could see the front of the bird. When it turned its head to the side I could see black and white running down the throat area. Another birder saw perhaps the same bird at nearly the same time and did get some pictures. I will be in touch with him to see if he got some identifiable shots.

Gary Davis
St Johns, Florida

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Date: 1/24/16 4:25 pm
From: Charlie Ewell <anhinga42...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Flamingo at Bunche Beach, Ft Myers, Lee Co. (Yes)
The Flamingo at Bunche Beach was present today (Sunday) from mid-morning on. It wasn’t present early morning, but reports have the bird across the bay at Bowditch Point Co Park then. That pattern may indicate that it prefers when the tide is in at Bunche, but possibly too early to say for sure.



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Charlie



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Cape Coral, FL

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Date: 1/24/16 1:36 pm
From: Jodi <desertangel7...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Hal Scott Field Trip 24 Jan
Arrived at Hal Scott Preserve at 630am with group from Space Coast Birding Festival. Was there to see "casty" the Red Cocaded Woodpecker wake up and come out his hole at 715am. Was able to locate a second pair of RCW in Yellow trail area at 845am. Many Brown Headed Nuthatches and Pine Warblers about. Quite cool 38F to 44F but very sunny.

Guides (Maria and Leon) also flushed a Bachmanns Sparrow for us. 22 species total when we left at 1115am.

Joe Smith
Titusville



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Date: 1/24/16 12:05 pm
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Ethisc of photography of birds and wildlife
Hi folks,

Let's put an end to this discussion. Points were made and as the first
poster noted, it is for a Chat site - NOT BrdBrain(s).

thank you,

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Date: 1/24/16 5:50 am
From: Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Ethics of photography of birds and wildlfe

Just another thought on calling birds...I rarely use it, and only during CBCs.  I use my device to check on what I heard.  During nesting season, they should NEVER be used, as they have several harmful effects (drawing birds off the nest, pulling birds into the open where they are easy prey, Interrupt food searches, etc.).  Many places, such as Ft. De Soto do not even allow them to be used. 
 
The other practice that I think is detrimental to the birds is baiting to get a good photo.  I have seen photographers practice this and I want to slap them.  In both these instances, I think the negatives far outweigh the positives.
Joyce Stefancic
Clermont, Fl
 
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Sent: Saturday, January 23, 2016 8:35:46 PM
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Ethics of photography of birds and wildlfe

I belong to a bunch of chat pages and recently there has been lots of talk about using sound equipment to call in birds? I personnely would not do it, I believe it would be harassing the bird. Also opinions on following to close , the animal clearly is walking away. Follow or back off? Just curious what other think. Please message me your opinions or any website that may be of help. Thank you for your time.
Mary Rusch
Dunedin.

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Date: 1/24/16 3:05 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Followup Correction To The CCC Beach Oystercatcher Post
Apparently there are not many math wizards out in "BIRDBRAINS LAND", or you are being kind. The conceivable 13,000+ miles of travel referred to in the previous post about The Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach American Oystercatcher, should have been an astounding 26,250 miles, the present length of years of travel, which includes the round trip distances. Thanks to those of you who have responded in personal e-mails, showing interest in the adventures of this bird.


Bob Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 1/23/16 9:10 pm
From: Sue Herring <sue.zq.herring...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Ethics of photography of birds and wildlfe
Altho I believe this subject (along with bird photography ethics) has come
up in previous years, Sibley has a very good post re the ethics, pros &
cons of using recorded bird calls. Take a look at his post for details:
http://www.sibleyguides.com/2011/04/the-proper-use-of-playback-in-birding/.

In addition, the American Birding Association has a comprehensive list of
birding ethics that, in Section 1.(b), mentions limiting the use of bird
recordings: http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html. I hope these will help.

Sue Herring, Sarasota

On Sat, Jan 23, 2016 at 11:46 PM, Alice Horst <ahorst...> wrote:

> In repsonse to Mary Rusch’s query on “calling in birds or following
> wildlife too closely”, I will offer MY opinion.
> In the last 7 or so years “bird calling equipment” has become very
> popular. I used a BIRDPOD when they first became popular, myself.
> I was taught not to call birds out during “nesting” season as it could
> upset/harass the birds unnecessarily. Then the question becomes: “when is
> Nesting season”? It varies with species. I was taught not to call birds
> out during “migating “ season, for the same reasons.
> I, personally, feel that calling birds out with tapes or whatever we use,
> should be kept at a minimum.
> At mating season birds will usually respond to the calls as they are
> feeling threatened or need to defend their territory. Is this good for the
> bird?
> Other times in the year they perhaps will not answer at all. so why
> bother?
>
> We always used to “pish”, which is an effective way to get a response from
> a bird. I have attended bird walks where an Eastern Screech-Owl was played
> the entire time and nothing happened. Once in a while a song of a Tufted
> Titmouse can bring in other species of birds.
> But, I try to keep it to a minimum, if used at all. if you need to stir
> something up try and see what works.. I have changed my thoughts on the
> usefulness of Bird Recordings in order to see a bird. And, if indeed, the
> calls evoke a response at all.
>
> Following Wildlife too closely is not a good idea from the standpoint that
> these are “Wild “ Animals. Whether Alligators, Hogs,Bison, rabbits,
> whatever. these are WILD, so keep your distance. The very large Alligator
> at Circle-Bar-R Reserve had to be removed because too many people insisted
> on getting close to Bubba for pictures, but this wasn’t safe and Bubba had
> to be removed from the park. This was a lose/lose situation because humans
> had gone too far.
> I would say: use sensible judgement with bird calls and use good sense
> when around wild animals.
> These opinions are MINE and mine, alone.
>
>
> Alice Horst
> Marion County
> <ahorst...>
>
>
>
> > On Jan 23, 2016, at 8:35 PM, Mary Rusch <Lorelielee...> wrote:
> >
> > I belong to a bunch of chat pages and recently there has been lots of
> talk about using sound equipment to call in birds? I personnely would not
> do it, I believe it would be harassing the bird. Also opinions on following
> to close , the animal clearly is walking away. Follow or back off? Just
> curious what other think. Please message me your opinions or any website
> that may be of help. Thank you for your time.
> > Mary Rusch
> > Dunedin.
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Date: 1/23/16 8:46 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Ethics of photography of birds and wildlfe
In repsonse to Mary Rusch’s query on “calling in birds or following wildlife too closely”, I will offer MY opinion.
In the last 7 or so years “bird calling equipment” has become very popular. I used a BIRDPOD when they first became popular, myself.
I was taught not to call birds out during “nesting” season as it could upset/harass the birds unnecessarily. Then the question becomes: “when is Nesting season”? It varies with species. I was taught not to call birds out during “migating “ season, for the same reasons.
I, personally, feel that calling birds out with tapes or whatever we use, should be kept at a minimum.
At mating season birds will usually respond to the calls as they are feeling threatened or need to defend their territory. Is this good for the bird?
Other times in the year they perhaps will not answer at all. so why bother?

We always used to “pish”, which is an effective way to get a response from a bird. I have attended bird walks where an Eastern Screech-Owl was played the entire time and nothing happened. Once in a while a song of a Tufted Titmouse can bring in other species of birds.
But, I try to keep it to a minimum, if used at all. if you need to stir something up try and see what works.. I have changed my thoughts on the usefulness of Bird Recordings in order to see a bird. And, if indeed, the calls evoke a response at all.

Following Wildlife too closely is not a good idea from the standpoint that these are “Wild “ Animals. Whether Alligators, Hogs,Bison, rabbits, whatever. these are WILD, so keep your distance. The very large Alligator at Circle-Bar-R Reserve had to be removed because too many people insisted on getting close to Bubba for pictures, but this wasn’t safe and Bubba had to be removed from the park. This was a lose/lose situation because humans had gone too far.
I would say: use sensible judgement with bird calls and use good sense when around wild animals.
These opinions are MINE and mine, alone.


Alice Horst
Marion County
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> On Jan 23, 2016, at 8:35 PM, Mary Rusch <Lorelielee...> wrote:
>
> I belong to a bunch of chat pages and recently there has been lots of talk about using sound equipment to call in birds? I personnely would not do it, I believe it would be harassing the bird. Also opinions on following to close , the animal clearly is walking away. Follow or back off? Just curious what other think. Please message me your opinions or any website that may be of help. Thank you for your time.
> Mary Rusch
> Dunedin.
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Date: 1/23/16 7:42 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Origin Of Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach American Oystercatcher
Thank you, Bob, so much for that incredible information. I guess that IS the purpose of banding and reporting band sightings.
Alice Horst
Marion County

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> On Jan 23, 2016, at 9:33 PM, robert lane <ohiomagpie...> wrote:
>
> Yesterday morning, Friday, at about 11:30AM in light rain, at CCC Beach in Pinellas County, we encountered five American Oystercatchers hanging out with numerous Black Skimmers and Willets. One of the oystercatchers had bands that we were able to record. On each upper leg were identical yellow bands with "C4" on them. A legible metal band was also on the lower left leg. With submittal assistance from Marianne Korosy, we sent the band information to The American Oystercatcher Working Group. Unbelievably, we received a quick response today of the history of our new found friend, from Lindsay Addison, Coastal Biologist, with Audubon North Carolina. The traveled story of this bird is absolutely amazing. It was originally banded on June 24th, 2005 on Tuckernuck Island, Nantucket County, Massachusetts, on the Atlantic Ocean. Over the next ten and one half years, it has been re-sighted 37 times. It has been recorded at Tuckernuck Island, its place of origin, each year after, during the period of late April to late August. Four times over the ten and one half year span, it has been recorded here in Florida, on the Gulf Coast, at Courtney Campbell Causeway, 1250+ miles from Tuckernuck Island. The dates it was re-sighted on Old Tampa Bay were:
>
> 12/22/09, 10/14/11, 04/01/12, and 01/22/16. To make this journey the way the crow flies, it would have followed the Atlantic coast for about 1100 miles to about Saint Augustine, then cross mainland Florida for about 150 miles to the Tampa-Clearwater Area. If you happen to run into this snowbird visitor, say hello, and think about the journeys this well traveled bird has made. Just think, if this is a yearly trip, which it probably is, this bird should be thought of as a celebrity, conceivably having traveled over 13,000 miles in its lifetime. In the past week at Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach, our high count of American Oystercatchers has been 42. I wonder how many are winter visitors and how many are Pinellas residents?
>
>
> Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater
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Date: 1/23/16 6:33 pm
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Origin Of Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach American Oystercatcher
Yesterday morning, Friday, at about 11:30AM in light rain, at CCC Beach in Pinellas County, we encountered five American Oystercatchers hanging out with numerous Black Skimmers and Willets. One of the oystercatchers had bands that we were able to record. On each upper leg were identical yellow bands with "C4" on them. A legible metal band was also on the lower left leg. With submittal assistance from Marianne Korosy, we sent the band information to The American Oystercatcher Working Group. Unbelievably, we received a quick response today of the history of our new found friend, from Lindsay Addison, Coastal Biologist, with Audubon North Carolina. The traveled story of this bird is absolutely amazing. It was originally banded on June 24th, 2005 on Tuckernuck Island, Nantucket County, Massachusetts, on the Atlantic Ocean. Over the next ten and one half years, it has been re-sighted 37 times. It has been recorded at Tuckernuck Island, its place of origin, each year after, during the period of late April to late August. Four times over the ten and one half year span, it has been recorded here in Florida, on the Gulf Coast, at Courtney Campbell Causeway, 1250+ miles from Tuckernuck Island. The dates it was re-sighted on Old Tampa Bay were:

12/22/09, 10/14/11, 04/01/12, and 01/22/16. To make this journey the way the crow flies, it would have followed the Atlantic coast for about 1100 miles to about Saint Augustine, then cross mainland Florida for about 150 miles to the Tampa-Clearwater Area. If you happen to run into this snowbird visitor, say hello, and think about the journeys this well traveled bird has made. Just think, if this is a yearly trip, which it probably is, this bird should be thought of as a celebrity, conceivably having traveled over 13,000 miles in its lifetime. In the past week at Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach, our high count of American Oystercatchers has been 42. I wonder how many are winter visitors and how many are Pinellas residents?


Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 1/23/16 5:35 pm
From: Mary Rusch <Lorelielee...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Ethics of photography of birds and wildlfe
I belong to a bunch of chat pages and recently there has been lots of talk about using sound equipment to call in birds? I personnely would not do it, I believe it would be harassing the bird. Also opinions on following to close , the animal clearly is walking away. Follow or back off? Just curious what other think. Please message me your opinions or any website that may be of help. Thank you for your time.
Mary Rusch
Dunedin.

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Date: 1/23/16 5:15 pm
From: Eve Parks <hrparks...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Wilson's Snipe-Fish Hospital outpatient
I'd love to know what the attraction is at the ponds in front of Fish
Hospital in Orange City. As previously reported, the hooded mergansers
appear to have reserved accommodations for the entire winter, and when
feeling generous, allow ring-necked ducks to borrow part of their claim.
Coots, pied-bill grebes and common gallinules are probably year-round
residents, but I don't know for sure since I did not start checking the
ponds until last month. Today about 3:30 pm, I was astonished to find two
Wilson's snipes and one lesser yellowlegs in the small pond closest to Saxon
Road. Nothing about the pond edge with its antiseptic landscaping would
seem to be an advertisement for snipes, but they were energetically foraging
in the short grass around the pond edge.

Maybe the birds just figure the "Fish" sign is a menu.



Eve Parks

Deltona






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Date: 1/23/16 8:18 am
From: Earl Horn <earl_horn...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Double-crested vs Neotropic Cormorant Wakodahatchee Wetlands 01/22/2016
Yesterday I headed south to look for a few birds and one of them was the
Neotropic Cormorant reported at Wakodahatchee. Unfortunately, the early
morning sprinkles turned into a downpour by the time I got there so viewing
and photo taking was a real challenge. I saw and photographed this cormorant
along with a Double-crested Cormorant. It does not have any orange above the
eye and the lores are dark. It has more of a "V" shape at the base of the
bill lined in white at least on the bottom of the "V". The problem I have
with it is the white that appears to be coming in behind the eye looks more
like the eyebrow of Double-crested and the overall size of the bird did not
seem noticeably smaller than Double-crested. Is there enough normal
variation in Double-crested to explain the face of this bird or enough
variation in size of Neotropic? Do Neotropic and Double-crested hybridize
and if so what do the offspring look like?

Earl Horn (Bud)
Mount Dora, Fl

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Date: 1/23/16 7:49 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] SNOW!!!! in Baltimore!!!
Fortunately I exchanged my ticket to fly to Baltimore on Friday instead of today
Otherwise I could not have gotten here.
Started snowing at 3:15pm yesterday…. still snowing!
BUT I did get a cute little JUNCO!
Alice Horst
Marion County


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Date: 1/23/16 6:55 am
From: Marianne Korosy <mkorosy...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Volunteers needed - sparrow drives - Weekiwachee Preserve
It’s Year #9 for the winter sparrow drives at Weekiwachee Preserve, both
starting promptly at 9 a.m.:

Saturday, January 30th (max of 10 more volunteers needed on this date)
Saturday, February 6th (20 more volunteers needed on this date)

Please RSVP (Marianne Korosy, <mkorosy...>) if you would like to
attend one or both events. We are looking forward to capturing new birds
and recapturing previously-banded birds. At this point, the fields are
likely dry but if we receive abundant rain in January, there may be some
standing water in the fields. I will provide an update on field conditions
to those who sign up as the dates draw closer.

Volunteers will walk in a line repeatedly, section by section, toward a
line of mist nets set up across the field. Birds flushed into the mist nets
will be extracted, banded and released on site. Everyone will have an
opportunity for close up looks at each species and photo opportunties.
Typically we capture Henslow's, Le Conte's, Swamp, Savannah, and
Grasshopper sparrows, House Wrens, occasional Sedge Wrens, and occasionally
something novel like Common Snipe.

Same drill as in previous years – you may walk or take a shuttle vehicle
(if we have a volunteer willing to do this for the price of free vehicle
admission) between the gate and the site beginning at about 8:15 or
so. TheJanuary
30th site will be the same as the first sparrow drive in both previous
winters. If you are walking north from the gate and parking area on the
paved road inside the preserve, take a left on the first dirt road and walk
until you see us setting up nets on your right. The set up crew will meet
at the gate at 7:30 a.m. WE WOULD APPRECIATE HELP from anyone who would
like to come early either time. We would also appreciate help with breaking
down nets and carrying poles to the vehicles afterwards.

The February 6th site will be the same location as the 2nd site where we
netted in past seasons. If you are walking north from the gate/parking area
on the paved road, the site is on your left just off the paved road about a
mile north of the gate.

Please RSVP. If we are overwhelmed with interest we'll have to limit the
number of volunteers to about 40 for each event.

Bring water and snacks for the morning. We begin promptly at 9 a.m. and
finish by 12 noon. Wear long pants and close-toed shoes. Dress for the
forecast weather, which is often very cool early with a nice warmup. Heavy
rain or wind will cause postponement of the event to the following day -
the Sunday of the same weekend.

Happy holidays and I look forward to seeing all of you in the new year at
Weekiwachee Preserve!

Marianne Korosy
<mkorosy...>
Palm Harbor, FL

Marianne

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Date: 1/23/16 6:48 am
From: <anhinga42...> <anhinga42...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Flamingo at Bunche Beach, Ft Myers, Lee Co. (Yes)


Tom has followed up that the flamingo did stop and is present to the right of the parking area.
Charlie Ewell

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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Flamingo at Bunche Beach, Ft Myers, Lee Co. (Yes)




I saw a post on Facebook by Tom Obrock that the flamingo was seen flying by at Bunche Beach this morning, but couldn't tell if it stopped or kept going in the wind.  You can follow updates on the bird st the SW Florida Bird Alert page.
Charlie EwellCape Coral, <FLAnhinga42...> 

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Date: 1/23/16 6:30 am
From: <anhinga42...> <anhinga42...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Flamingo at Bunche Beach, Ft Myers, Lee Co. (Yes)



I saw a post on Facebook by Tom Obrock that the flamingo was seen flying by at Bunche Beach this morning, but couldn't tell if it stopped or kept going in the wind.  You can follow updates on the bird st the SW Florida Bird Alert page.
Charlie EwellCape Coral, <FLAnhinga42...>


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Date: 01/22/2016 11:14 AM (GMT-05:00)
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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Flamingo at Bunche Beach, Ft Myers, Lee Co.

Subject bird was reported again this AM before the weather came through the area.  Yesterday it was seen to the left (east) and today it was to the right (west). Charlie EwellCape Coral, <FLAnhinga42...>  From: Birdbrains - Florida Birds/Natural History [mailto:<BRDBRAIN...>] On Behalf Of <anhinga42...>
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Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Flamingo Currently there at 3:00.  Bunch Beach is in the Fort Myers area at the end of John Morris Rd, off Summerlin Rd before the Sanibel Causeway. Charlie EwellCape Coral, <FLAnhinga42...> 

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Date: 1/23/16 5:21 am
From: Earl Horn <earl_horn...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Viera Wetlands RFI?
Thanks for all the helpful replies! I ended up choosing other birding sites
in the area instead.

Earl Horn (Bud)
Mt Dora, Fl


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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Viera Wetlands RFI?

I'm planning on heading over to Viera tomorrow, are the ponds open for foot
and vehicle traffic? Any restrictions?

Thanks,

Earl Horn (Bud)
Mount Dora, Fl

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Date: 1/22/16 4:56 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Iceland Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
This evening, 1/22, Amar Aayash, Steve Howell, Jim Danzenbaker, Larry Manfredi and I led a field trip to the gulls at Daytona Beach Shores and found a 1st cycle Iceland (Kumlien's) Gull. There were also several jaegers offshore, including one dark morph Parasitic Jaeger.


Michael


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Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL

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Date: 1/22/16 1:40 pm
From: Charlie Ewell <anhinga42...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Flamingo at Bunche Beach, Ft Myers, Lee Co. not seen 2-4 pm
There were some reports during the front-line that passed through the area today, but the bird has been reported as not seen between 2 and 4 pm.



Charlie Ewell

Cape Coral, FL

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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Flamingo at Bunche Beach, Ft Myers, Lee Co.



Subject bird was reported again this AM before the weather came through the area. Yesterday it was seen to the left (east) and today it was to the right (west).



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Cape Coral, FL

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Date: 1/22/16 1:28 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Birding in and out of The Villages, Jan 21, 2016
My friends from North Dakota and I birding in and out of The Villages, yesterday.
Started at Silver Lake with a Baltimore Oriole, Carolina Wren - singing, Northern Mockingbirds and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers.
Then we went to Bourlay Historic Nature Park  <http://floridabirdingtrail.com/index.php/trip/trail/Bourlay_Historic_Nature_Park/>in Leesburg. I used to check Bourlay often but haven’t been there recently.
It was quiet at 10:00am but a Pileated Woodpecker started calling, then a couple of Northern Cardinals appeared.
There is a platform on the edge of Lake Griffin which was our best viewing spot. Looking out on the lake we saw a number of Gulls: Ring-billed, Bonaparte’s, and some Forster’s Terns. Looking back at the trees from the platform we saw a nice flock of Warblers: Yellow-throated, black-and-whites,
Pine, Palm, Yellow-rumped; also, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and many Blue-gray Gnatcatchers.
Then we walked the path on the front side of the park past the apartments. We have often had Barred Owls in that area. No Barred Owl, but we had a nice Hermit Thrush and Blue-headed Vireo.

We went to Herlong Park, just south of Bourlay and saw Limpkin along with Ibis, Egrets, Herons.

Hope Boat Ramp at Sam Phillips Park off of Sunset Harbor Road.
With scopes we saw 2 Common Loons, Pied-billed Grebe, Canada Goose, more Forster’s Terns.
We, then, crossed CR42 and went to Forest Hill Cemetery where we saw a nesting Bald Eagle.




Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!

Alice Horst
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Date: 1/22/16 12:40 pm
From: Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Vermillion Flycatcher
Missing in action for 2 1/2 weeks, relocated at Ormond Ball Fields sports complex. I first found Jan 2, she stayed around a week until ball fields got very active. Checked periodically and couldn't find until today. Even as I found she has disappeared but likes the low wood posts best. So, I believe she just hides when too much activity with soccer and referee school all day for a week.

Meret Wilson
Volusia County, FL


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Date: 1/22/16 8:14 am
From: Charlie Ewell <anhinga42...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Flamingo at Bunche Beach, Ft Myers, Lee Co.
Subject bird was reported again this AM before the weather came through the area. Yesterday it was seen to the left (east) and today it was to the right (west).



Charlie Ewell

Cape Coral, FL

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Currently there at 3:00. Bunch Beach is in the Fort Myers area at the end of John Morris Rd, off Summerlin Rd before the Sanibel Causeway.



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Date: 1/22/16 7:43 am
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Possible Green-breasted Mango @ Castellow Hammock 1/21/16
A possible Green-breasted Mango has been reported from Castellow Hammock
Park in south Miami-Dade. I checked from 8:30-10am but had no luck. The
weather is supposed to clear up around 4pm so I may try again then after
work. Here's the report via the Tropical Audubon Birdboard:

http://www.tropicalaudubon.org/blog/bird-board/possible-green-mango-at-castellow-hammock

Cheers,
Rangel Diaz
Miami-Dade

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Date: 1/21/16 7:08 pm
From: Daniel J Young <dyoung...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Probable Black Rail - Ormond Beach
By the way:

1. If you'd like to join me, please email me. It could be this Sunday or another time; I visit this property somewhat regularly.
2. I hope to disturb whatever the bird is as little as possible. I know that playing tapes over and over, and tromping through its habitat is not good for the bird or the habitat.

I didn't intend to state i saw bigfoot and he's in a place only I can go! I very much enjoy the opportunity to bird with any of you b/c i learn every time. I'm a plant guy who's taking this year to learn a little more about them feathery things and how to name them.

Good birding,
Danny Young,
Volusia County

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Date: 1/21/16 6:01 pm
From: Sailcarm <0000003c3bab1191-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] T.M. Goodwin and Broadmoor today
Some observations from birding all day today at T.M. Goodwin and Broadmoor. I was with several friends from CT and was also never far from Terry and his Barefoot Bay group, so we did not miss much. We had 66 species.

Duck numbers are still very low. We had BW Teal, Ring-necked Duck, 3 Lesser Scaup, 2 Northern Shoveler, and 2 Ruddy Duck.

Shorebird numbers are also low, mainly due to the high water levels. We had 1 Greater and 2
Lesser Yellowlegs.

Some of our highlights were:

1 King Rail, heard only
1 Horned Grebe in Broadmoor
8 Purple Gallinule
3 Gray-headed Swamphen in Broadmoor
12 Limpkin
1 Black Skimmer
12 Caspian Terns and 4 Forsters Terns
1 Royal Tern! I think that may be my first Royal Tern at T.M Goodwin. It was a flyover in the Stick
Marsh parking lot
1 Peregrine Falcon on the entrance road
1 Crested Caracara, also on entrance road
1 Am Bittern

and my favorite bird of the day, found by Bob Dewire, a CT birder, a Grasshopper Sparrow!

Plenty of the usual suspects including great looks at several No. Harriers, RS Hawks, and 1 Bald Eagle.

Great day to be out and about! Roads there were in very good condition.

Carolyn Cimino
Vero Beach


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Date: 1/21/16 4:15 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Iceland Gull. Brevard Landfill. Cocoa
Today, 1/21, Amar Ayyash and I were leading a gull field trip to the Brevard Landfill (Central Disposal Facility) near Cocoa, when we found a 1st cycle Iceland Gull.

Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL






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Date: 1/21/16 3:56 pm
From: Daniel J Young <dyoung...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Probable Black Rail - Ormond Beach
I feel fairly certain I saw a black rail flush in front of me today in Ormond Beach. It was on private property south of the Volusia County park / boat launch at Highbridge Road on the ICWW. I was walking along and edge of black needle rush and it popped up about 15' away, flew about 40' and then dropped back in the needle rush. It was a small dark rail with a spotty back, not streaky. The needle rush formed a narrow band so I tried (unsuccessfully) to flush it again. It also did not respond to call playbacks. I'm going back Sunday late afternoon to see if it will respond to calls. This would be a life bird so I'd like to be more certain.

Happy birding,
Danny Young,
Volusia County

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Date: 1/21/16 3:25 pm
From: Avery Chan <gatedancer93...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Backyard Birds
I was outside this afternoon birding. I didn't see many birds at all, but I did see a pair of bluebirds. I have never seen bluebirds near my house before so that was kind of exciting for me. Here is my eBird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27040670

Avery Chan
Oviedo, Florida

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Date: 1/21/16 2:46 pm
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] 2016 Winter Piping Plover Census / Three Rooker Islands
Today, Thursday, from 9:00AM to about 12:15PM, a team consisting of my wife Denise, Steve Mann, and myself, surveyed our assigned area, the southern portion of the Pinellas County offshore barrier islands of Three Rooker. During the past year, Three Rooker Bar has progressively become separated into two islands.

Part of Anclote Key Preserve State Park, they are located just north of Honeymoon Island and accessible only by boat. With the tide being relatively high, we found the four species of target birds, 58 Piping Plovers, 14 Snowy Plovers, 4 Wilson's Plovers, and 7 Red Knots. During our visit we saw a total of 42 species of birds. Some of the highlights were: plenty of shorebirds, a terrorizing Peregrine Falcon, a tamely juvenile Bald Eagle, 2 Reddish Egrets, 2 Northern Gannets, 4 American Oystercatchers, numerous American White Pelicans, 2 Sanderlings doing a territorial display, and a Willet, actually swimming in a beach pool. It was a successful and fun outing.


Bob Lane / Clearwater



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Date: 1/21/16 12:22 pm
From: <anhinga42...> <anhinga42...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Flamingo


Currently there at 3:00.  Bunch Beach is in the Fort Myers area at the end of John Morris Rd, off Summerlin Rd before the Sanibel Causeway.
Charlie EwellCape Coral, <FLAnhinga42...>



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Date: 01/21/2016 2:16 PM (GMT-05:00)
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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Flamingo

This morning someone posted on Facebook page SW Florida Bird Alert , that there is a flamingo on Bunche Beach. In case anyone wants to go find it. Too far for me today.
Mary Rusch
Dunedin, Fl.

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Date: 1/21/16 11:16 am
From: Mary Rusch <Lorelielee...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Flamingo
This morning someone posted on Facebook page SW Florida Bird Alert , that there is a flamingo on Bunche Beach. In case anyone wants to go find it. Too far for me today.
Mary Rusch
Dunedin, Fl.

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Date: 1/21/16 11:09 am
From: Larry Connor <llconnor52...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Horned grebe, Lake Eustis, Lake County, 21-Jan-2016
Diana and I made a casual trip to the Lake Eustis Lake Walk in downtown Eustis to see if we could find the manatee that was observed there on 20-Jan-2016. We didn't find the manatee, but we did observe an adult horned grebe among the coots, common gallinules, and double-crested cormorants.

Larry Connor
Eustis, FL

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Date: 1/21/16 6:28 am
From: Mark Eden <000000238cffadbe-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] mergansers, grebes and loon oh my
heading to work this morning I saw a raft of ducks that just did not look like scaup. so I did a u turn to check them out. what I found was about 15 red breasted mergansers and a grebe with them that to me was a horned grebe. then to add to the fun I see this bigger bird swimming toward me and I think it was a common loon. my id's on these birds may be wrong. I had a cruddy pair of nocs and my bird app to work with. so if anyone checks them out and I am wrong please let me know. they were located at the intersection of us 1 and palm bay rd.. in the actual bay itself.

mark eden
palm bay fl

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Date: 1/20/16 5:37 pm
From: Sailcarm <0000003c3bab1191-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Indian River WTF in Vero Beach
IR County West Regional Water Treatment Facility impoundments in Vero Beach

Highlights:

I took my birding group here today mostly to partake of the Snail Kite spectacle that has been occurring over the past week. There were at least six if not more there today putting on quite a show.

Other birds of interest in addition to all the regular waders including Roseate Spoonbills:

1 Limpkin
3 Painted Bunting
1 White-eyed Vireo


Duck Species:
200 Blue-Winged Teal
6 Green-Winged Teal
1 Am Wigeon
40 Ring-necked Duck
2 Lesser Scaup
15 No. Shoveler
12 Hooded Merganser

1 Egyptian Goose

1 Least Sandpiper

Tree Swallows in huge numbers everywhere

Carolyn Cimino
Vero Beach


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Date: 1/20/16 1:35 pm
From: Rachal, Mark <mrachal...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Franklin's Gull, Hillsborough County
I have a Franklin's Gull at the Williams Park boat ramp now.

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Mark Rachal
Sanctuary Manager
fl.audubon.org

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Date: 1/20/16 7:44 am
From: Daniel J Young <dyoung...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Short-eared Owl - continues - Shiloh Merritt Island NWR 1/16/16
No luck. I tried for this one last night, along with several birders from all over (Michigan to Miami). No luck. I stayed later than the rest of the group and shined my headlights into the marsh while I warmed up (boy was it cold). I figured if he flew in that 20' span of the hundreds of acres I was looking at... well, it was a nice evening anyway. Will probably try again soon since this is 10 minutes from home.

Happy 'bbrrr'ding,
Danny Young,
Volusia County

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Date: 1/20/16 5:16 am
From: Brenda Marcischak <bmarcischak...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Anomaly or paint splash?
I observed the bird on Sunday as well. I help rescue birds and after observing to make sure it was not injured I came to the conclusion that it did come into contact with red paint. It must of been much younger because you can see where it is only near the outer tips of the primary feathers but underneath closer to the body. As it molts it will return to looking normal again.

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Date: 1/19/16 8:31 pm
From: Margaret England <sta5birding...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] STA 5/6 Southeast Hendry County Jan. 16, 2016
STA 5/6 Walking/bicycle access Friday, Saturday, and Monday.

Driving access by Eventbrite reservation only: www.hendrygladesaudubon.org
Upcoming driving dates: February 13, 14, and 15. Submitting ebird checklist optional during Great Backyard Bird Count

Volunteers needed for Friday February 5 Shorebird Survey STA 5 and STA 6.
Contact: Margaret England
LaBelle

Stormwater Treatment Area 5, Hendry, Florida, US Jan 16, 2016 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
17.0 mile(s)
Comments: Birds seen within the STA-5/6 property and along Deer Fence Canal Rd; combined list
83 species

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
Fulvous Whistling-Duck
American Wigeon
Mottled Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Ruddy Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Wood Stork
Double-crested Cormorant
Anhinga
American White Pelican
American Bittern 1
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron 3
White Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Snail Kite
Northern Harrier
Cooper's Hawk
Bald Eagle
Red-shouldered Hawk
Sora heard
Purple Gallinule 1
Gray-headed Swamphen
Common Gallinule
American Coot
Limpkin
Black-necked Stilt
Killdeer
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Long-billed Dowitcher
Caspian Tern
Forster's Tern
Black Skimmer
Common Ground-Dove
Mourning Dove
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Crested Caracara
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Eastern Phoebe
Tropical Kingbird 2 Bright yellow under tail, breast and through throat, no white on tail feathers, stout bill. 1 individual on eastern border of property flying back-and-forth over Miami Canal; 2nd individual on wires and L1 Road gate (Florida Trail) in the northwest corner of property. Reminder: Access Friday, Saturday and Monday only. Hunting on Sundays
Gray Kingbird 1 Access only on Friday, Saturday, or Monday. (Trespassing other day Hunting Sundays) On western border of property (Florida Trail)
-- same spot as in previous years 1.5 miles north of bridge at Deer Fence Road pump station on west side of canal in dead cabbage palm and large cypress or .5 miles south of L1 Road gate.
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 10
Loggerhead Shrike
White-eyed Vireo heard
Fish Crow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Tree Swallow
Sedge Wren heard
Marsh Wren heard
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
European Starling
Common Yellowthroat
Palm Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 2
Grasshopper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Indigo Bunting 1
Painted Bunting 2
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Boat-tailed Grackle X

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26945807

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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Date: 1/19/16 7:30 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Birding Miami-Dade County
Sunday, Jan 17th, my North Dakota friends and I birded in Miami with Angel and Mariel Abrue.
We totaled 66 species.
My favorites:
Parakeets: Red-Masked, Mitred, White-winged, and Monk
Mangrove Cuckoo, Bulbul (at dusk coming in to roost), Short-tailed Hawk dark-morph, White-crowned Pigeons, and Common Mynas.
What a great day with wonderful guides!

Every day is a GREAT day to go birding.
Alice Horst
Marion County


Red-masked Parakeets Short-tailed Hawk, dark morph



Mangrove Cuckoo White-winged Parakeet


White-crowned Pigeon Bulbul


Mitred Parakeets Monk Parakeet



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Date: 1/19/16 6:55 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Franklin's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
This afternoon, 1/19, I found a late 1st cycle Franklin's Gull still among the thousands of Laughing Gulls at Daytona Beach Shores. The bird was found about 1/4 mile south of Frank Rendon Park.

Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL






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Date: 1/19/16 10:49 am
From: Earl Horn <earl_horn...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Viera Wetlands RFI?
I'm planning on heading over to Viera tomorrow, are the ponds open for foot
and vehicle traffic? Any restrictions?

Thanks,

Earl Horn (Bud)
Mount Dora, Fl

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Date: 1/19/16 9:35 am
From: Andy Kratter <kratter...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] AOU CLASSIFICATION UPDATES
One of the most difficult things when voting on proposals for members of the AOU North American Checklist Committee (NACC) is to balance two competing forces: maintaining stability and keeping up to date. Both are necessary for a check-list to be functional. Stability has many advantages and we are often criticized when we tinker with English names, or when we have reversed decisions in a short amount of time (e.g., "Northern" orioles). Stability has other benefits: the USFWS uses the AOU checklist as the taxonomy for endangered species legislation, and having an unstable taxonomy would create chaos on managing endangered species. Of course, being up-to-date has all sorts of advantages as well, including in these times of splitting, adding to birders lifelists. But whether splitting or lumping, the NACC is trying to get the answer that is correct, in light of our philosophies on species limits, taxonomic sequences, higher level groupings etc. Many times studies only give part of the answer to particular questions. For instance, with the Fox Sparrow, we have known for years that the four types differ in DNA, which corresponds to differences in plumage. Although some argue that that is enough data to split, most members on the NACC feels that it is important to establish that the populations are reproductively isolated to be to considered species. The important studies on what is happening where the the subspecies meet have not been carried out. Until that time, it seems best to leave it as a single species.

We have been trying to speed up the process by encouraging ornithologists outside the Committee to submit proposals and we have recently created a student committee , for which advance graduate students in ornithology and taxonomy are creating proposals. Our positions on the Committee are entirely voluntary, and it is up to our colleagues and bosses as to how much time we spend on committee work fits into our job descriptions.

By the way, the earlier link was to the current batch of proposals. We have not yet reached decisions on these. There will be two more batches of proposals for this year, and all the decisions will be published in the July Auk. In the meantime, we will update our webpage (http://www.aou.org/committees/nacc/) on proposals, voting, and comments from the Committee. I greatly enjoy hearing from you all on your opinions of the Committee and the proposals.

Andy Kratter
Gainesville, Florida

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Date: 1/19/16 4:45 am
From: Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] AOU CLASSIFICATION UPDATES
As Tony mentioned, the AOU classification committee does tend to be highly conservative, and I've always found that attitude to result in decisions that are a bit misleading. I could understand if the committee's philosophy tended toward lumping or tended toward splitting, but in the AOU's case, they tend to simply want things to stay the same (i.e., they won't approve a split or a lump without an overwhelming amount of evidence supporting it), as though there is some arbitrary evidential or ethical superiority to the way things are NOW. The reason this bothers me is because it seems to stem from an underlying philosophy that we shouldn't change anything until we're ABSOLUTELY SURE it's the correct final answer. And the problem with that philosophy is that, in taxonomy, you can NEVER be absolutely sure you have the final answer. And even if you did, evolution continues anyway, and the "final answer" will still change. Species are not static entities.
I think it's more honest and accurate to freely make changes in whatever direction the evidence seems to be pointing, while accepting the possibility that we may very well have to undo those changes in light of new evidence that arises in the future. Take the redpolls as an example. I believe the best thing to do RIGHT NOW is to lump the redpolls because that's where the preponderance of the evidence lies RIGHT NOW. Based on what we know at this moment, the redpolls are more likely to be one species than two. So let's make that change. If new evidence arises a few years down the road that shows separation between them, we can always change it back. There's nothing wrong with undoing a change, and it doesn't necessarily reflect poorly on the people who made that change in the first place. They did the best they could with the evidence they had available. It's just the nature of science for things to change and progress in light of new evidence, and I think it's wrong for classification committees to be afraid to go there.
Just my thoughts :-)
Daniel EstabrooksWinter Haven, FL

On Monday, January 18, 2016 3:39 PM, Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...> wrote:


Murray et al.:

Actually, I suspect that it will be a net gain of one.  That is because the Western Scrub-Jay split is well supported and overdue.  I would be surprised -- though not incredibly surprised -- if the NACC approves the proposed redpoll lump during this circulation.  That is because the recent redpoll research is revealing a heretofore undiscovered phenomenon in birds:  namely that a single set of genes can produce diagnosably different phenotypes depending upon variables external to those genes.  The NACC, nearly by definition, is a conservative group, and even if the proposed redpoll lump happens, I suspect that it will not happen this year, and probably not until further research is conducted and published that deals specifically with this odd result.  That research will require raising individual youngsters from single clutches of eggs in differing habitats -- and repeating that with many, many clutches.  That research will not be easy, cheap, or quick.

Tony

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http://www.gizard.org/nacc/proposals/PDF/2016-A.pdf
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Date: 1/18/16 4:28 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Brewer's Blackbirds. DeLeon Springs. Volusia Co.
Today, 1/18, I found two female Brewer's Blackbirds at Feiser's Dairy in DeLeon Springs, Volusia Co. These are surely the same two birds I found on December 13th. The dairy is private property, but the birds can be seen from Dawson Brown Road. The birds are hanging out in the pastures with the cattle, not in the large flocks of Brown-headed Cowbirds. Look near the fabric-topped shelters out in the field. A scope is needed.

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

Michael

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Date: 1/18/16 4:06 pm
From: Bill Riskus <seabird33785...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Possible reddish egret
I have seen this bird more than once in Madeira Beach/Treasure Island. The photos were made 1/16/2016. I think it is an immature reddish egret but can't be sure.

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Date: 1/18/16 3:51 pm
From: Breanna Perry <serena933...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Retraction on great cormorant + good St pete birds!
After looking at ebird photos of the great cormorant at carillon, I realized that is not what I saw. My cormorant did have a lot of white at the base of the bill, which I had never noticed before...sorry, I am still somewhat new to birding!

I did see a peregrine sitting on the "h" of the hilton at 5pm. Also found the western tanager at sawgrass at 2pm just 100yards before the parking lot. Then went to look for the bells vireo at joes creek, but instead found a painted bunting at that third pavillion.

Breanna perry, spring hill

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Date: 1/18/16 12:37 pm
From: Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] AOU CLASSIFICATION UPDATES

Murray et al.:

Actually, I suspect that it will be a net gain of one. That is because the Western Scrub-Jay split is well supported and overdue. I would be surprised -- though not incredibly surprised -- if the NACC approves the proposed redpoll lump during this circulation. That is because the recent redpoll research is revealing a heretofore undiscovered phenomenon in birds: namely that a single set of genes can produce diagnosably different phenotypes depending upon variables external to those genes. The NACC, nearly by definition, is a conservative group, and even if the proposed redpoll lump happens, I suspect that it will not happen this year, and probably not until further research is conducted and published that deals specifically with this odd result. That research will require raising individual youngsters from single clutches of eggs in differing habitats -- and repeating that with many, many clutches. That research will not be easy, cheap, or quick.

Tony




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http://www.gizard.org/nacc/proposals/PDF/2016-A.pdf


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Date: 1/18/16 10:39 am
From: Eric Plage <ericplage...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Anomaly or paint splash?
I have also heard of fisherman who have accidentally caught a bird that ate their bait spray painting it as retribution (in their minds).

Eric Plage
St. Petersburg, FL

> On Jan 18, 2016, at 12:35 PM, David Hartgrove <birdman9...> wrote:
>
> Hi,
> This looks like paint to me, the color often seen on boat bottoms. Easy to see how this bird could have been hanging around in a boat yard at the wrong moment. Several years ago, while doing the Daytona Beach CBC, I had a Northern Cardinal with blue splotches on its chest and wing. At the time I speculated that the bird had been hit with overspray from a paintball that hit a twig and exploded near where the bird was perched. I hope this was an accident and that the paint baller never saw the bird and was aiming at another participant.
>
> David Hartgrove
> Daytona Beach, FL
>
>
>
>> On Jan 17, 2016, at 2:19 PM, Cuneyt Yilmaz wrote:
>>
>> Anybody has any idea if this laughing gull is aberrant, or is it paint stain?
>>
>> From Dunedin Causeway, Pinellas county.
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Cuneyt Yilmaz
>> Clearwater, FL
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Date: 1/18/16 9:35 am
From: David Hartgrove <birdman9...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Anomaly or paint splash?
Hi,
This looks like paint to me, the color often seen on boat bottoms. Easy to see how this bird could have been hanging around in a boat yard at the wrong moment. Several years ago, while doing the Daytona Beach CBC, I had a Northern Cardinal with blue splotches on its chest and wing. At the time I speculated that the bird had been hit with overspray from a paintball that hit a twig and exploded near where the bird was perched. I hope this was an accident and that the paint baller never saw the bird and was aiming at another participant.

David Hartgrove
Daytona Beach, FL



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> Anybody has any idea if this laughing gull is aberrant, or is it paint stain?
>
> From Dunedin Causeway, Pinellas county.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Cuneyt Yilmaz
> Clearwater, FL
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Date: 1/18/16 8:53 am
From: Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] AOU CLASSIFICATION UPDATES
http://www.gizard.org/nacc/proposals/PDF/2016-A.pdf

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Date: 1/18/16 8:48 am
From: Breanna Perry <serena933...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] great cormorant, yes _ carillon st Petersburg
Great cormorant is on the platform at carillon 1140am as reported earlier. The white at the base of the bill is clear so I am fairly certain. Sorry for the phone photo, will haIve better shots later. Breanna perry, spring hill

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Date: 1/17/16 11:19 am
From: Cuneyt Yilmaz <cnytyz...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Anomaly or paint splash?
Anybody has any idea if this laughing gull is aberrant, or is it paint
stain?

From Dunedin Causeway, Pinellas county.

Thanks,

Cuneyt Yilmaz
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Date: 1/17/16 9:28 am
From: Bev Hansen <bevalhansen...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Short-tailed or Broad-winged Hawk?
Thanks to everyone who replied so quickly and concurred that the
pictures were of a dark-morph Short-tailed Hawk.

Here are some of the reasons given for this identification:

"I think it is a Short-tailed Hawk. It is an adult (no white speckles
on the underside), and the tail pattern is that of a short-tailed adult,
not a broad-winged which would have more pronounced, wider white bands.
The color contrast in the remiges vs the under wing coverts is that of a
short-tailed hawk (more dusky than the lighter white remiges on a
broad-winged)."

"If it's an adult ..., it's going to have an adult tail pattern, and the
tail pattern on this bird doesn't look like an adult Broad-winged's at all."

"I would expect the dark tail band to be more distinctive on the Broad
wing, and I have pictures almost identical to these which are Short-Tailed."

"Dark morph Broad-wings are very rare in Florida and BWHA almost never
occur away from the coast or south Florida in winter. This looks
exactly like a STHA to me and the location is perfect. "

And from the eBird reviewer for the area: "The picture you provided is
of a dark morph Short-tailed Hawk, an excellent bird for winter in
central Florida."

Bev Hansen
Spring Hill, FL
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On 1/17/2016 10:14 AM, Bev Hansen wrote:
> Wally Handeland took the attached pictures of a dark-morph hawk on
> Thursday, Jan. 14, at Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland. The hawk flew
> in and attacked a Red-shouldered Hawk that was perched in a tree.
>
> The identification of this hawk is causing some confusion. I would
> like to hear more opinions on whether it is a dark morph Broad-winged
> or Short-tailed, and why. There are limits on the size of photo
> Birdbrains will accept, but I can send higher resolutions photos to
> anyone who wants to see them.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Bev Hansen

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Date: 1/17/16 7:15 am
From: Bev Hansen <bevalhansen...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Short-tailed or Broad-winged Hawk?
Wally Handeland took the attached pictures of a dark-morph hawk on
Thursday, Jan. 14, at Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland. The hawk flew in
and attacked a Red-shouldered Hawk that was perched in a tree.

The identification of this hawk is causing some confusion. I would like
to hear more opinions on whether it is a dark morph Broad-winged or
Short-tailed, and why. There are limits on the size of photo Birdbrains
will accept, but I can send higher resolutions photos to anyone who
wants to see them.

Thanks,

Bev Hansen

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Date: 1/17/16 6:59 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] 36 American Oystercatchers Plus / Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach
This morning, Sunday, at around 9:00AM, The Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach in Pinellas County was completely submerged under water. The water level of Old Tampa Bay was clear up into the wooden parking posts. With strong winds and spitting rain, the huddled birding bonanza was as good as it gets. Of 28 species seen, the highlights were 36 American Oystercatchers, probably half of the Pinellas population, 42 Marbled Godwits, 82 Red Knots, 4 Wilson's Plovers, I Adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, 72 Black Skimmers, 80 Short-billed Dowitchers, and 78 Bonaparte's Gulls, just to name a few. The beach access gate is closed because of the high water, so you must park across the road at Damascus Road and SR60. Photos are available upon request.


Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater


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Date: 1/16/16 5:51 pm
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Alachua County Birds; 01/16/16
Hi All,

Charlie Fisher and I birded in the Gainesville area until 200 PM and the
heavy rain forced us to retreat back south to the Tampa Bay area.

We did score a great variety off great birds that we don't get this far
south in our area.

Our Highlights are as follows:

Prairie Creek Lodge Trail;

FOX SPARROW 1 easily heard giving the "smack" call, where I have seen the
species
the last 2 winters!
Henslow's Sparrow 2 easily seen and heard on both sides of the corral area
Field Sparrow 1 Singing!!
White-throated Sparrow 3 including 2 singing

Tuscawilla Preserve:

DID NOT SEE OR HEAR THE BROWN CREEPER!

Chapman's Pond:

SOLITARY SNADPIPER 1 EASILY IDENTIFIED BY THE BROWN, NOT WHITE TAIL OF
OF BOTH YEOWEGS SPECIES, AND THE
SHORTER BILL
and GREEN-YELOWISH LEGS
DIAGNOSTIC TO SPECIES

AMERICAN REDSTART 1 EASILY HEARD CALLING TO PLAYBACK AS THE BIRD
WAS JUST SEEN BY LLOYD DAVIS
10 MINUTES PIOR;
FEMALE:

NASHVILLE WARBLER 1 EASILY HEARD CALLING IN RESPONSE TO PLAYBACK,
AS SEVERAL OTHER BIRDERS SAW THE
BIRD;

WILSON'S WARBLER: MISSED AS IT WAS HEARD ANDSEEN EARLIER IN THE AM

UF BARTRAM-CARR WOODS; DID NOT SEE THE WORM-EATING WARBLER SEEN
BY ANDY KRATTER
YESTERDAY;

Unfortunately the heavy rain made us leave the area and head back to the
Tampa area before we were able to score the VAUX"S SWIFTS AT DAUER HALL!!!

Great Birding!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 1/16/16 3:08 pm
From: Larry McQueen <larmcqueen...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Wakodahatchee
There is a nice mixed warbler flock at Wakodahatchee Wetlands, in the tree rows that shade the north-end dike. Today I found Black & White, Pine, Palm, Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Blue, N. Parula, a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and Gnatcatchers. I'm sure there would be others.


There is also a good number of the (gray-headed) Purple Swamphen. I counted 15 easily. Today was a good day under the hot afternoon sun, as all the wetland birds got busy washing and preening and the activity exposed their presence in the reeds.


Larry McQueen

Palm Beach

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Date: 1/16/16 2:28 pm
From: D Muskoka <evrlast...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Park, Pinellas Co.
A good afternoon for Plovers at Fred Howard Park in Tarpon Springs:
Wilson's Plover, Piping Plover, Black-bellied Plovers, Semi-Palmated
Plovers. Others of interest: Marbled Godwits, Sandwich Terns. I have the
leg band colours on the Piping Plover if anyone is interested.

Dan Burton,
Holiday, Florida

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Date: 1/16/16 2:11 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Vaux's Swift. Gainesville. Cave Swallow. St Marks NWR.
Sorry for the late post. On Thursday, 1/14, I stopped off for a short stop at the St. Marks NWR and found a Cave Swallow at the double dikes near Stony Bayou Pool 1. There were also two male Vermilion Flycatchers there and a White-faced Ibis in Stony Bayou 2. There was also a Henslow's and LeConte's Sparrows at the helipad.

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

Michael

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Date: 1/16/16 11:31 am
From: Earl Horn <earl_horn...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka RA Lake Co 01/16/2016
I was on the trail at the CR448 trailhead before daylight trying to find
American Woodcock without having any luck. I did get two Great Horned Owls
and one Barred Owl along with some early moving Black-bellied
Whistling-Ducks. The daytime birding was great with the best birds being
both Least Flycatcher and Ash-throated Flycatcher in the same area they were
seen last winter. A complete eBird list with pictures of both flycatchers
can be found at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26922816

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Mount Dora, Fl

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Date: 1/16/16 8:57 am
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Short-eared Owl - continues - Shiloh Merritt Island NWR 1/16/16
This morning I arrived around 7 am at Shiloh. Another birder was there, and had seen the Short-eared Owl not too long before I drove up. I was lucky enough to get another picture of it. Sun just coming up, and light was terrible. So I got another ID shot only of it. If anyone wants to see it tonight I believe it has roosted in the marsh on the east side of the road. Probably about 100 yards east of the gravel parking in the marsh. It landed there, and never got up when I left at 10:30 am (as far as I know) I'm pretty sure it's still there sleeping, but not positive. I know that the bird is hunting in the Shiloh area.

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/24335342431

Danny Bales
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Brevard

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Date: 1/16/16 7:24 am
From: Robert Bowden <rr_bowden...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Short-eared Owl - No 1/15/16
I'd think that's difficult to answer. On the surface, it would be
possible to compare total number of records of each species within the
last X number of years. However, given their large size, habitat of
standing out in the open, and typical long duration of stay, I would
guess that the majority of Great Cormorants which occur in the state end
up being reported. By contrast, the combination of crepuscular feeding
behavior and preference for habitat that is not easy to traverse and/or
off limits to the public, makes it hard to know what percentage of
Short-eared Owls are ever sighted.

Rob Bowden
Gainesville, FL

> Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2016 22:46:36 -0500
> From: <sueredfish...>
> Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Short-eared Owl - No 1/15/16
> To: <BRDBRAIN...>
>
> I went out to Shiloh this afternoon looking for the Short-eared Owl again. I stayed until 5:15 PM, and did not see it. I wanted to stay longer, but I couldn't. However there were other birders there in the parking lot when I left. Maybe they saw it. I guess I'll try again tomorrow.
> I have a question for the pros out there. Could someone tell me which bird is more rare in Florida - the Great Cormorant or a Short-eared Owl?
> I'd appreciate any input on it. Thank-you
>
> Danny Bales
> Titusville, Fla.
> www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen
> Brevard
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Date: 1/15/16 9:05 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Probable Melanistic Laughing Gull. Daytona Beach Shores.
I have gotten a number of responses back, including from Steve Howell and Alvaro Jaramillo, all agreeing that it must be a melanistic Laughing Gull.

Michael

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Date: 1/15/16 8:16 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Probable Melanistic Laughing Gull. Daytona Beach Shores.
This evening, 1/15, I found an all-dark small gull. It appears to be a melanistic Laughing Gull. As an extremely rare alternative, it might be a 2nd cycle Gray Gull. It was slightly smaller than the nearby Laughing Gulls, the bill was very slim and the legs seemed stockier than the Laughing Gulls. I have sent photos out to get some opinions.

Michael

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Date: 1/15/16 7:46 pm
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Short-eared Owl - No 1/15/16
I went out to Shiloh this afternoon looking for the Short-eared Owl again. I stayed until 5:15 PM, and did not see it. I wanted to stay longer, but I couldn't. However there were other birders there in the parking lot when I left. Maybe they saw it. I guess I'll try again tomorrow.
I have a question for the pros out there. Could someone tell me which bird is more rare in Florida - the Great Cormorant or a Short-eared Owl?
I'd appreciate any input on it. Thank-you

Danny Bales
Titusville, Fla.
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Date: 1/15/16 12:53 pm
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye, SunWest Park, Pasco County; 01/15/16
Hi All,

Spent an hour or so at the Park this afternoon and scored a scope view of a
female Common Goldeneye in the far back pond loafing with both Scaup
species and Redheads.

Other than 9 Greater Scaup, the same birds that have been seen recently
were again seen today, MINUS the Gull-billed Terns, which were not seen.

Great Birding!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, Fr

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Date: 1/14/16 4:50 pm
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Saltmarsh and Nelson Sparrows Shiloh and Directions to Short-eared Owl 1/14/16
When I got to Shiloh this morning I was greeted by a friendly otter. That was a pleasant start for the day. Outside finding the Short-eared Owl I had 6 Sharptail Sparrows. I had 2 Nelson's, and 4 Saltmarsh. They have been pressured so much that they are spread out, and lot are gone. The habitat that supports them has really been worked over. Hopefully they will come back in the area.
Directions to Shiloh for the Short-eared Owl are: From Titusville go north on U S 1 . After crossing into Volusia County about 3 or 4 miles you will come to 2 bridges. The first one is a small bridge, and the second is larger. At the north end of the second bridge take the dirt road to the right. Follow it to a gravel parking lot. There is also a barricade there. The Short-eared Owl was working the vast marsh to the west of the road.

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/24017079869

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/24384950355

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/24089346190

Danny Bales
Titusville, Fla.
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Date: 1/14/16 3:29 pm
From: Lyn Atherton <bonniedabird...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Krider's Red-tailed Hawk, Seminole County
Thanks, David, for sharing the great photos of the "Krider's" Hawk taken by Keith Gardner.

Lyn Atherton
Tierra Verde, FL

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Date: 1/14/16 12:37 pm
From: David Bowman <dsbowman4...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant eBird alert
Sorry, freudian key slip I guess.
Dave

On Jan 14, 2016, at 2:30 PM, Cuneyt Yilmaz wrote:

> Actually, that would be quite a rarity too. 😃
>
> Happy birding,
>
> Cuneyt Yilmaz
> Clearwater
>
> On January 14, 2016, at 11:53 AM, David Bowman <dsbowman4...> wrote:
>
> No Great Cormorant this morning. Just a Double-breasted resting on the platform. Maybe it is an afternoon bird.
> Dave
>
>



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Date: 1/14/16 11:32 am
From: Tom Riggs <tcriggs1...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant eBird alert
No joy on the GRCO as of about 1:30.

Tom Riggs, Clearwater

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Sent: Thursday, January 14, 2016 2:22 PM
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Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant eBird alert

Thanks for this report Dave.

Many are reluctant to give a negative report (I looked & dipped!), but it is helpful info to those who might want to try and see this bird.

Hopefully there will be a positive report in future--maybe already, I haven't finished my backlog of emails.

Dotty Robbins
High Springs

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Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant eBird alert
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2016 11:52:31 -0500

No Great Cormorant this morning. Just a Double-breasted resting on the platform. Maybe it is an afternoon bird.
Dave



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Date: 1/14/16 11:24 am
From: <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant eBird alert
Thanks for this report Dave. Many are reluctant to give a negative report (I looked & dipped!), but it is helpful info to those who might want to try and see this bird. Hopefully there will be a positive report in future--maybe already, I haven't finished my backlog of emails. Dotty Robbins
High Springs
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Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant eBird alert
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2016 11:52:31 -0500

No Great Cormorant this morning. Just a Double-breasted resting on the platform. Maybe it is an afternoon bird.
Dave



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Date: 1/14/16 11:08 am
From: Sandy Turner <tmsprgrn...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Shiloh
Where is Shiloh? We're going to Merritt Island Saturday and would like to
look for that Short-eared Owl.

Sandy Turner
Palm Coast

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Date: 1/14/16 10:53 am
From: Renne Leatto <renne...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] JAGUARUNDI Sighting ! ! !-Merrit Island Wildlife Refuge !
It would be awesomely cool if it really was a jaguarundi you saw. I believe it's possible, but would have to see a clear pic to believe it's true for sure. I've SOOO many pics of animals that were supposed to be something exciting just turn out to be a large house cat or a dog.

There's a couple of large bobcats that hang out near the exit of BPDrive at sunset. One is so used to people, she has sat down right in our headlights and groomed herself with apparent disdain for our presence. She has even brought her half-grown kittens around the car. But if you got a good look at a long tail, it wouldn't be a bobcat.

Another possibility -- a panther. They're definitely spreading and one was even shot near Atlanta Georgia a few years ago.

Renee Leato
Windermere, Orange County



-----Original Message-----
From: Steve Petruniak [mailto:<raeliancaver...>]
Sent: Thursday, January 14, 2016 1:31 AM
Subject: JAGUARUNDI Sighting ! ! !-Merrit Island Wildlife Refuge !

This past weekend while birding at The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, which was towards the evening time, just leaving , very close to the end of Blackpoint drive ,we did observe, moving at a very fast pace, a very Sleek and dark Big Black Cat with a very long tail which went across the road right directly in front of the headlights & right in front of us briefly and then continued on moving along into the woods ! There were two of us that were observing this Awesome and historic event ,Kitty Albee and myself. We saw many other great sightings of several hundred Spoonbills Flying and several mass takeoffs of them and a juvenile Eagle that was sitting on the big cross pole, and even a Horned Grebe and many other great sightings but they all pale in comparison to seeing this very unknown elusive & mysterious feline cat known as the "JAGUARUNDI " Here are some facts about this very rare Cat !

Distribution and habitat

The Jaguarundi is found from southern Texas and coastal Mexico in the north, through Central and South America east of the Andes, and as far south as northern Argentina. Its habitat is lowland brush areas close to a source of running water, and may include any habitat from dry thorn forest to wet grassland. While commonly found in the lowlands, they have been reported at elevations as high as 3,200 m (10,500 ft). Jaguarundis also occasionally inhabit dense tropical areas.

Jaguarundis have also been sighted in the U.S. state of Florida since the early 20th century. Here, the species is assumed to have been introduced, but it is not known when the introduction occurred. Their presence in Florida is attributed to a writer from Chiefland who at some point imported the animals from their native habitat and released them near his hometown and in other locations across the state. No live or dead specimens are known, but many sightings considered credible by biologists have been reported. The earliest of these occurred in 1907, and was followed by various additional sightings throughout the Florida Peninsula from the 1930s through the 1950s. The first official report was released in 1942. Significantly fewer reliable sightings were reported after that, and in 1977 W. T. Neill concluded the population had declined. However, sightings have continued. Jaguarundis have also been reported in the coastal area of Alabama since the 1980s, which may be evidence of the Florida population migrating northward.

Also here is a very interesting informational video that does shows previous sightings in Florida including "Merrit Island Wildlife Refuge "!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akhPUVfw1G4

I had heard of this special species of cat mentioned several times before and even Michael Brothers had told me of having a similar sighting of this Amazing and Elusive Feline ! All I can say is this was most definitely a once in in a lifetime absolutely incredible event, never to be forgotten ! I really hope that many other birders and the rest general public will be able to see and experience this Awesome and Cool Cat as well !!! Enjoy !


Steve Petruniak

Daytona Beach, Fl

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Date: 1/14/16 10:28 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Orioles, Elfer's, West Pasco
Hello,
I had a male Baltimore Oriole jump up and land on a high bush and then a female landed next to it.  They appear to be behaving like an early pairing far away from breeding territory?  Location was off Dove Rd and Grand Blvd. 
Also I have a photo of an oriole from that same area that has the size and coloring of a possible female Orchard Oriole.
Ken TraceyNew Port Richey FL

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Date: 1/14/16 9:07 am
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Short-eared Owl - Shiloh (Volusia County) - Merritt Island NWR 1-14-16
Today checking my Sharptail Sparrows I found a Short-eared Owl in Shiloh. It jumped up a good distance from me, but I took shots of it anyhow. I'm glad I did. I thought it was a Northern Harrier at first. I was surprised to see that it wasn't ! The best time to try, and see this bird would be early evening when it starts to hunt again. I was pretty much in the middle of the marsh when I jumped it. You can probably get a good position off the road to look for the bird, and not have to go into the marsh. I got only id shots of the bird due to the long distance from me. I also sharpened the pictures up to see detail.

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/23751399533

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/24082736810

Danny Bales
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Date: 1/14/16 8:52 am
From: David Bowman <dsbowman4...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant eBird alert
No Great Cormorant this morning. Just a Double-breasted resting on the platform. Maybe it is an afternoon bird.
Dave



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Date: 1/13/16 10:31 pm
From: Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] JAGUARUNDI Sighting ! ! !-Merrit Island Wildlife Refuge !
This past weekend while birding at The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, which was towards the evening time, just leaving , very close to the end of Blackpoint drive ,we did observe, moving at a very fast pace, a very Sleek and dark Big Black Cat with a very long tail which went across the road right directly in front of the headlights & right in front of us briefly and then continued on moving along into the woods ! There were two of us that were observing this Awesome and historic event ,Kitty Albee and myself. We saw many other great sightings of several hundred Spoonbills Flying and several mass takeoffs of them and a juvenile Eagle that was sitting on the big cross pole, and even a Horned Grebe and many other great sightings but they all pale in comparison to seeing this very unknown elusive & mysterious feline cat known as the "JAGUARUNDI " Here are some facts about this very rare Cat !

Distribution and habitat

The Jaguarundi is found from southern Texas and coastal Mexico in the north, through Central and South America east of the Andes, and as far south as northern Argentina. Its habitat is lowland brush areas close to a source of running water, and may include any habitat from dry thorn forest to wet grassland. While commonly found in the lowlands, they have been reported at elevations as high as 3,200 m (10,500 ft). Jaguarundis also occasionally inhabit dense tropical areas.

Jaguarundis have also been sighted in the U.S. state of Florida since the early 20th century. Here, the species is assumed to have been introduced, but it is not known when the introduction occurred. Their presence in Florida is attributed to a writer from Chiefland who at some point imported the animals from their native habitat and released them near his hometown and in other locations across the state. No live or dead specimens are known, but many sightings considered credible by biologists have been reported. The earliest of these occurred in 1907, and was followed by various additional sightings throughout the Florida Peninsula from the 1930s through the 1950s. The first official report was released in 1942. Significantly fewer reliable sightings were reported after that, and in 1977 W. T. Neill concluded the population had declined. However, sightings have continued. Jaguarundis have also been reported in the coastal area of Alabama since the 1980s, which may be evidence of the Florida population migrating northward.

Also here is a very interesting informational video that does shows previous sightings in Florida including "Merrit Island Wildlife Refuge "!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akhPUVfw1G4

I had heard of this special species of cat mentioned several times before and even Michael Brothers had told me of having a similar sighting of this Amazing and Elusive Feline ! All I can say is this was most definitely a once in in a lifetime absolutely incredible event, never to be forgotten ! I really hope that many other birders and the rest general public will be able to see and experience this Awesome and Cool Cat as well !!! Enjoy !


Steve Petruniak

Daytona Beach, Fl

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Date: 1/13/16 4:55 pm
From: Jodi <desertangel7...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Canaveral Marshes
Was out on the Florida Trail this afternoon adjacent to Canaveral Marshes Conservation Area. One small pond area was innundated with big wading birds. Hundreds of White Ibis, American Egrets, Snowy Egrets, dozens of Wood Storks. Roseate Spoonbills, Glossy Ibis mixed within. A flock of 10 white pelicans out on the open water. A Great Blue flew into this and then a small group of Cattle Egrets. Nearby we found another group of Wood Storks with a Little Blue Heron. This big grouping was accompanied by a flock of Terns as well. (Forsters? did not look big enough for Caspian) Off the trail in a pond we found a lone Tricolored Heron. Our usual Anhinga, Black Vultures, and Savannah Sparrows joined in the noisy mayhem.

We have not seen the big wading birds here this year like I did the last two years. We have never seen such a huge diverse group like this anywhere. Perhaps the chill caused insects to hatch which drew out the fish?

On the way back near the TGO water tower, I saw a pair of mating Bald Eagles clutching talons and cartwheeling towards the ground, ending just in time. Then our Red Shouldered Hawks started screaming.

I left a message for our birding friend Cary Salter, only to learn he passed away 3 Jan 2016. This is a big loss to the TGO and local community.

Condolences to his wife Betty, friends and family.

Joe Smith
The Great Outdoors
Titusville






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Date: 1/13/16 4:42 pm
From: PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] New Yard Bird!!(Cocoa Beach-Brevard)
While talking on phone this evening I looked out toward the canal and thought I’d found the Horned Grebe that has frequented the area this winter. After grabbing the binoculars, I discovered it was instead a LONG-TAILED DUCK(female)! It was swimming quickly along near the island(about 40-50 yards from our dock.) I had enough time to get great scope view, but the attempted photo was blurry. It was soon out-of-sight around the point of the island.

Many years ago my daughter and I had one close to a nearby island while canoeing. But this was a lovely “yard bird” for the New Year!

Phyllis Mansfield,
Cocoa Beach, FL
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Date: 1/13/16 4:09 pm
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant eBird alert
Good evening,

After *A Birdfinding Guide to Pinellas County *was published in late 2011 a
Great Cormorant was found at Fort De Soto in Nov 2014. It eventually
became entangled in fishing line and showed a hook dangling from its mouth.
It was last seen 4 Dec, two weeks after its discovery.

Wendy's cormorant this morning seemed very content this afternoon, perching
on a wooden anchored platform no more than 10 yards from the boardwalk that
runs behind the Hilton Hotel at the Carillon Business Center in north St.
Petersburg. At one point it even chased off a Double-crested Cormorant
wanting to share the small platform.

To see it I would park on the far north side of the Hilton parking lot and
walk along the boardwalk towards the hotel. The platform is just before the
lake crossover - you'll see. My photo attached.

If you walk the entire loop boardwalk you may very well see a Least
Bittern, Virginia Rail and/or Sora.

Nice find, Wendy !

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL

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Date: 1/13/16 2:07 pm
From: Andy Kratter <kratter...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant eBird alert
This afternoon I received an eBird alert by Wendy Meehan of a Great Cormorant at Carillion Lake Park in Pinellas County this morning. Nice photo attached. According to Ron Smith's book, about five Pinellas records, and none since 1997.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S26875417

Andy Kratter
Gainesville, FL

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Date: 1/13/16 1:54 pm
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Western Tanager and Lark Sparrow Pinellas County; 01/13/16
Hi All,

This morning Steve Reardon and I found one of the Lark Sparrows at Fort De
Soto Park.

It was seen and photographed at the south end of the parking lot at North
Beach, roughly 150 feet west of the parking lot in the brush and sea grapes.

The Western Tanager was seen and photographed roughly at 1230 PM roughly
100 yards south of the Visitor's Center at Sawgrass Lake Park. It stayed
mostly in the tree tops and took 45 minutes to relocate the bird.

Good luck in your pursuit of seeing these local rarities!

Great Birding!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 1/13/16 12:37 pm
From: David Hartgrove <birdman9...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Krider's Red-tailed Hawk, Seminole County
Hi,
Attached are 2 photos of a Krider's Red-tailed hawk. They were taken on January 4th along Mullet Lake Park Road in eastern Seminole County by Keith Gardner and forwarded to me and others for identification by Kim Ramos. Neither she nor Keith are on ebird or BRDBRAINS and we wanted to be sure these photos were shared with the birding community.


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Daytona Beach, FL



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Date: 1/12/16 6:02 pm
From: Henry Beaton <beatonc1...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar 1/11&12/ 16
I had a prairie warbler on Fruitville Road.

Chris

On Tue, Jan 12, 2016 at 7:04 PM, EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> wrote:

> Hello Birders.
> Out to Circle B Bar Reserve Southeast of Lakeland for the last 2
> mornings, they were both cool clear and beautiful. I met Alice Horst and
> her friends from the Villages this morning on Heron Hideout a few minutes
> after they had found an American Bittern, a rare occurrence here lately.
> Best Birds: 2 PAINTED BUNTING, 2 PRAIRIE WARBLER, 3 BLACK&WHITE
> WARBLER, 2 PINE WARBLER, 1 CEDAR WAXWING, 4 TUFTED TITMOUSE, 1 NORTHERN
> HARRIER, 4 BALD EAGLE, 1 AMERICAN BITTERN, 3 ROSEATE SPOONBILL, 2 WILSON
> SNIPE, 200+ BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK, 8 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 3 HOODED
> MERGANSER, 5 MOTTLED DUCK, 40+ SANDHILL CRANE, also a few Woodstork, Palm
> and Yellow-rumped Warbler, Common Yellowthroats, Caspian Tern, Swamp and
> Savannah Sparrow and lots of Blue-gray Gnat Catcher.
> Most of the Warbler sized birds are being found around the
> intersection of Heron Hideout and on Marsh Rabbit Run from the intersection
> to the new dock and the tall oaks at the beginning of Alligator Alley.
> A flock of perhaps 200 Black-bellied Ducks took flight from the
> marsh at the Western end of Marsh Rabbit Run and I saw a Great Blue Heron
> with a huge Siren he had caught for breakfast.
> The Eagle in the photo appears to have an abnormally long upper
> mandible but that's one of the Eagle's Ridge pair so I'm sure it's a
> foreign object from feeding or it would have shown up in lot's of other
> photos. Good Birding and God Bless.
>
> Ed Rizer
> Winter Haven Fl.
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Date: 1/12/16 4:04 pm
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar 1/11&12/ 16
Hello Birders.
Out to Circle B Bar Reserve Southeast of Lakeland for the last 2
mornings, they were both cool clear and beautiful. I met Alice Horst and
her friends from the Villages this morning on Heron Hideout a few minutes
after they had found an American Bittern, a rare occurrence here lately.
Best Birds: 2 PAINTED BUNTING, 2 PRAIRIE WARBLER, 3 BLACK&WHITE
WARBLER, 2 PINE WARBLER, 1 CEDAR WAXWING, 4 TUFTED TITMOUSE, 1 NORTHERN
HARRIER, 4 BALD EAGLE, 1 AMERICAN BITTERN, 3 ROSEATE SPOONBILL, 2 WILSON
SNIPE, 200+ BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK, 8 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 3 HOODED
MERGANSER, 5 MOTTLED DUCK, 40+ SANDHILL CRANE, also a few Woodstork, Palm
and Yellow-rumped Warbler, Common Yellowthroats, Caspian Tern, Swamp and
Savannah Sparrow and lots of Blue-gray Gnat Catcher.
Most of the Warbler sized birds are being found around the
intersection of Heron Hideout and on Marsh Rabbit Run from the intersection
to the new dock and the tall oaks at the beginning of Alligator Alley.
A flock of perhaps 200 Black-bellied Ducks took flight from the marsh
at the Western end of Marsh Rabbit Run and I saw a Great Blue Heron with a
huge Siren he had caught for breakfast.
The Eagle in the photo appears to have an abnormally long upper
mandible but that's one of the Eagle's Ridge pair so I'm sure it's a
foreign object from feeding or it would have shown up in lot's of other
photos. Good Birding and God Bless.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.

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Date: 1/12/16 2:00 pm
From: Rachal, Mark <mrachal...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Franklin's Gull, Hillsborough Co.
Here is a photo I took earlier in the day. Keep an eye out for Bonaparte’s as I had two at the Alafia Bank today; from the boat ramp look west towards the bay as they are frequently foraging in the river. Last week, I had a Bonaparte’s at the boat ramp dock.

Finally, there is feral cat stalking the gulls at the ramp. I KNOW, I KNOW. I Do NOT want to start a discussion about the cat in this thread; only mentioning it because the Franklin’s may decide to move on to safer territory soon.

Mark Rachal
Tampa, FL


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Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Franklin's Gull, Hillsborough Co.

Currently at the dock. Only a handful of gulls. All Laughing and one Ring-billed so far


Dan Irizarry
Ruskin, FL

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First cycle Franklin's Gull right now Williams Park boat ramp on US 41 just south of Riverview. Camera on the fritz so no photos. Found by Mark Rachal at 11.00am



Ed Kwater

Brandon, FL



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Date: 1/12/16 1:05 pm
From: Dan Irizarry <rdirizarry...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Franklin's Gull, Hillsborough Co.
Currently at the dock. Only a handful of gulls. All Laughing and one Ring-billed so far


Dan Irizarry
Ruskin, FL

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> On Jan 12, 2016, at 12:09 PM, <edkwater...> <edkwater...> wrote:
>
> First cycle Franklin's Gull right now Williams Park boat ramp on US 41 just south of Riverview. Camera on the fritz so no photos. Found by Mark Rachal at 11.00am
>
> Ed Kwater
> Brandon, FL
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Date: 1/12/16 10:47 am
From: Carolyn <0000003c3bab1191-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snail Kites at Indian River Water Treatment Facility in Vero
There are at least 6 Snail Kites at the Water Treatment impoundments here, aka Vero Wetlands in Vero Beach. Yesterday I posted 4. They appear to be juveniles with one almost adult male. They are in the NW impoundments.

Carolyn Cimino with Terry Huzarski and the Barefoot Bay birding group.



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Date: 1/12/16 9:10 am
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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Franklin's Gull, Hillsborough Co.






First cycle Franklin's Gull right now Williams Park boat ramp on US 41 just south of Riverview. Camera on the fritz so no photos. Found by Mark Rachal at 11.00am
Ed KwaterBrandon, FL
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Date: 1/12/16 7:49 am
From: D Muskoka <evrlast...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Key Vista Park, Pasco- Owls etc.
Yesterday at Key Vista Park, from the parking lot,we heard 2 Gt Horned Owls
hooting and photographed one in great light after finding it. We were also
amazed to see an Osprey chasing a Bald Eagle at the viewing platform. Other
birds of casual interest were Yellow-Throated Warbler, Orange-Crowned
Warblers, Towhees, American Oystercatcher, Common Loon, Black-Bellied
Plovers.

Dan Burton,
Holiday, FL

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Date: 1/11/16 4:45 pm
From: Frank Fogarty <fogartyfa...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Brewer's Blackbird Followup
Hi Ken,

Your first photo shows a female Common Grackle, with those brownish tones
and pale eye. A male Brewer's would be blackish and a female Brewer's would
show a dark eye. Additionally, the tail length is too long and bill too
large for Brewer's. The second photo (with the Mocker) has a male Common
Grackle, with that long tail and large bill. That sort of overlay
comparison is going to be complicated by differences in the distance to
each bird and telephoto distortion, but there's enough structurally there
to not need the size comparison. The third photo of your bird is a trickier
angle, since the bird is hunched and out of profile, but what I can see of
the bill also looks better for Common Grackle. That third comparison
overlay isn't valid, as there's no way of ensuring that the relative size
of the birds is represented correctly. If you scaled the smaller bird up to
equal the larger, it would have a similar bill size.

Best,

Frank Fogarty

On Mon, Jan 11, 2016 at 4:06 PM, Ken Tracey <kftracey...> wrote:

> Hello,
>
> *First*; I re-found the same? small blackbird early this morning in the
> same tree. *First photo, *shows very brown tones.
>
> *Second*; My basis for calling it a Brewers was that it was in its size
> range of a 9 inch body length and white-eyed. The size ruled out Common
> Grackle. Its small size was why I photographed it at all. As I
> watched several birds flew into the same tree with it. They included
> American Robin, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Baltimore Oriole, and Northern
> Mockingbird. It was comparable in size to all these in the 9 to 10 inch
> body length birds. * Second photo* shows the bird together with a
> Northern Mockingbird with an overlay at bottom. The blackbird is closer
> than the mockingbird but it's size in body length is smaller. That is how
> I arrived at this blackbird's estimated body length at 9 inches since the
> mockingbird is 10 inches.
>
> *Third photo* shows a Common Grackle at 12.5 inch body length with the
> blackbird at 9 inch body length. It also shows that the Common Grackle bill
> is larger and more massive.
>
> Checking online photos Brewers seem to show a varying size range for bills
> with my bird definitely on the large end. I still have no other option but
> to call it a Brewer's Blackbird.
>
> Ken Tracey
> New Port Richey FL
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Date: 1/11/16 4:38 pm
From: Audrey Whitlock <Ajw...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Canvasbacks, Merritt Island NWR, Brevard County
Hey birders

On my first 2016 trip to the refuge 3 CANVASBACKS (2 female, 1male) were on Black Point Wildlife Dr at stop 8 mixed in with Coots, Redheads, Ring-necked, Pintails and Shovelers. BUFFLEHEADS were at Pumphouse Rd and Canaveral Seashore's Vista 6.

Black Pt was the most active with 100s of waders in several locations giving photographers a treat. Nice assortment of shorebirds at stop 6 or 7 (I get confused!)

I dipped on EARED GREBE at Vista 5 and the LONGTAILED DUCK at Parrish Park.

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Date: 1/11/16 4:06 pm
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Brewer's Blackbird Followup
Hello,
First; I re-found the same? small blackbird early this morning in the same tree.  First photo, shows very brown tones.
Second; My basis for calling it a Brewers was that it was in its size range of a 9 inch body length and white-eyed. The size ruled out Common Grackle.  Its small size was why I photographed it at all.  As I watched several birds flew into the same tree with it.  They included American Robin, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Baltimore Oriole, and Northern Mockingbird.  It was comparable in size to all these in the 9 to 10 inch body length birds.   Second photo shows the bird together with a Northern Mockingbird with an overlay at bottom.  The blackbird is closer than the mockingbird but it's size in body length is smaller.  That is how I arrived at this blackbird's estimated body length at 9 inches since the mockingbird is 10 inches.
Third photo shows a Common Grackle at 12.5 inch body length with the blackbird at 9 inch body length. It also shows that the Common Grackle bill is larger and more massive.
Checking online photos Brewers seem to show a varying size range for bills with my bird definitely on the large end. I still have no other option but to call it a Brewer's Blackbird.
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Date: 1/11/16 3:36 pm
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Western Tanager (Sawgrass Lake Park, Pinellas, 11 Jan 2016)
Good evening,

Early this afternoon Mark Burns found a Western Tanager at Sawgrass Lake
Park. It was found foraging in the oaks and maples over the main road and
sidewalk 50 yards or so prior to reaching the main parking lot. JoAnna
Clayton re-found it about 2 PM and with her help Jerry Gibbons and I saw it
just after 3 PM. My image attached.

Afterwards, I walked the boardwalk hoping to re-find a male Summer Tanager
found at the park on Saturday by the law firm of, err, birding team of
Vanderpoel, Kaempfer, Leukering and Plage. It was found feeding on (gall?)
berries just about at the "Y" intersection prior to reaching the back
hammock. I was able to get Jerry on the bird. It was really cooperative.
My image attached.

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL

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Date: 1/11/16 1:42 pm
From: Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Loon in Volusia
Red-throated Loon Michael Brothers located yesterday was still in the Tomoka State Park basin this morning. A scope a must to locate. Thousands of Scaup also present and I found 4 Redheads in amongst them.

Meret Wilson
Volusia County, FL

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Date: 1/11/16 12:54 pm
From: Sailcarm <0000003c3bab1191-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Indian River Water Treatment Facility in Vero Beach: Snail Kites
Highlights from Indian River Water Treatment Facility in Vero Beach off 82nd Ave. today:

4 Snail Kites (pictures taken of two perched eating snails)
2 Red-tailed Hawks and 1 Red-shouldered soaring together
1 Am. Kestrel
1 Bald Eagle
2 Osprey

2 Sora heard

Hundreds of Laughing Gulls and low numbers of the following ducks: BW Teal, Ring-necked Ducks, No. Shoveler, Hooded Merganser, and 1 Lesser Scaup

2 Caspian Terns

No shorebirds but all the common waders including 2 Roseate Spoonbills and 1 Limpkin

Carolyn Cimino with Eric Weinberg

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Date: 1/11/16 4:22 am
From: Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN]
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