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2/20/17 12:03 pm Tom <tledford1207...> [BRDBRAIN] Brant
2/19/17 12:48 pm Dick Scott <dscott...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Birding inSouth Miami
2/19/17 11:59 am Kathleen Smith <icarus...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Birding inSouth Miami
2/19/17 10:33 am Dick Scott <dscott...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Birding inSouth Miami
2/19/17 9:27 am Eric Plage <ericplage...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Sparrows at Cruickshank / Brevard County
2/19/17 8:45 am Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Sparrows at Cruickshank / Brevard County
2/19/17 7:55 am Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> [BRDBRAIN] Sparrows at Cruickshank / Brevard County
2/19/17 6:15 am Nathan Langwald <soniknate...> [BRDBRAIN] Kirtland’s Warbler – Sunday 2/19/17 – Yes or No?
2/19/17 5:27 am Peter Relson <0000003d0c28d1c8-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Scissor-tailed flycatcher
2/18/17 6:30 pm robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] More On Drones Harassing Birds / Pinellas County
2/18/17 6:01 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Birding inSouth Miami
2/18/17 5:14 pm Reinhard Geisler <r102...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Kirtland's Warbler RFI
2/18/17 2:28 pm Alison Levin Bishop <mail...> [BRDBRAIN] Kirtland's Warbler RFI
2/17/17 6:45 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Birding in South Miami
2/17/17 5:19 pm Sean C <dan...> [BRDBRAIN] passerine help
2/17/17 5:02 pm Sean C <dan...> [BRDBRAIN] ??
2/17/17 5:01 pm Sean C <dan...> [BRDBRAIN] sorry
2/17/17 5:00 pm Sean C <dan...> [BRDBRAIN] passerine help
2/17/17 8:12 am Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] RFI: Kirtland's Warbler
2/17/17 7:49 am Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...> [BRDBRAIN] RFI: Kirtland's Warbler
2/17/17 6:52 am Thomas Ford <tomf97...> [BRDBRAIN] Scissor-tailed flycatcher
2/16/17 4:03 pm robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Thoughts On Yesterdays Banded Oystercatchers At CCC Beach / Pinellas County
2/16/17 1:57 pm Carolyn McKinney <cmckinney47...> [BRDBRAIN] Birding list for the McIntosh Tract, 2/16/2017
2/16/17 1:01 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Kirtland's Warbler Birding in Miami
2/16/17 12:24 pm Audrey Whitlock <Ajw...> [BRDBRAIN] Kirtland's Warbler continues in Bill Baggs SP, Miami-Dade
2/15/17 8:12 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Pinellas Birds ( 15 Feb 2017 )
2/15/17 5:30 pm Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Pinellas Birds ( 15 Feb 2017 )
2/15/17 4:03 pm Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> [BRDBRAIN] Kirtland's Warbler in Miami-Dade
2/15/17 12:21 pm Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Miami-Dade County birding
2/15/17 12:01 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Miami-Dade County birding
2/15/17 11:14 am Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> [BRDBRAIN] Kirtland's Warbler @ Bill Bagg's State Park 2/15/17
2/15/17 9:13 am Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] 300 or so Robins
2/15/17 8:57 am Steve Klesius <skaway...> [BRDBRAIN] 300 or so Robins
2/15/17 6:57 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Iceland Gull. Lighthouse Point Park. Ponce Inlet. Volusia Co.
2/14/17 12:28 pm Tom <tledford1207...> [BRDBRAIN] Common Eider
2/14/17 8:10 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Parasitic Jaeger, Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull. Volusia Co.
2/14/17 7:44 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Common Merganser, ST. Marks NWR 02/13/17
2/13/17 1:17 pm Sean C <dan...> [BRDBRAIN] Hawk IDs
2/13/17 10:11 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Bald Eagle - Sumter County
2/12/17 1:34 pm Avery Chan <gatedancer93...> [BRDBRAIN] Harris's Sparrow and Brewer's Blackbird - Hernando County
2/12/17 12:15 pm Audrey Whitlock <Ajw...> [BRDBRAIN] Common Eider back under fishing pier Jetty Park Brevard cty
2/12/17 11:55 am Carolyn <0000003c3bab1191-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Vero Wetlands and Solitary Sandpiper
2/12/17 11:44 am Audrey Whitlock <Ajw...> [BRDBRAIN] Common Eider continues Jetty Park Brevard Cty
2/12/17 8:58 am Tom <tledford1207...> [BRDBRAIN] Solitary Sandpiper
2/11/17 6:03 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County birding Vesper Sparrows
2/11/17 5:07 pm robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] A Brown Booby Saturday Night / Pinellas County
2/11/17 4:18 pm Sean C <dan...> [BRDBRAIN] Duck ID help
2/10/17 9:01 am Bob Paxson <rpaxson...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] early migration
2/10/17 8:43 am Sandra Webb <slwebbzeit...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] early migration
2/10/17 8:28 am Caren Schoen <0000004fc1367798-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Marion County birding
2/10/17 3:43 am Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] early migration
2/9/17 6:20 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Marion County birding
2/9/17 4:33 pm Anne Casella <annecasella...> [BRDBRAIN] early migration
2/9/17 1:37 pm robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Recent Out Of Season Field Observations / Pinellas County
2/9/17 1:12 pm Carolyn <0000003c3bab1191-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Green Cay today
2/9/17 12:41 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Franklin's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
2/8/17 8:24 pm SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Merritt Island NWR - more - 2-8-17 Corredtion on 1st photo- Scissor-tailed Flycatcher with Spider
2/8/17 8:21 pm Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Merritt Island NWR - more - 2-8-17
2/8/17 9:51 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Harris Sparrow, Hernando County; Febreuary 08, 2017
2/8/17 7:13 am Richard Merrigan <richard.merrigan...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Courtney Campbell Causeway 2017 Winter Shorebird Survey.
2/8/17 6:47 am john kendall <00000042d723377e-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Saltmarsh Sparrow Identification
2/8/17 6:25 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Courtney Campbell Causeway 2017 Winter Shorebird Survey.
2/7/17 6:21 pm Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Question on Nelson's Sparrow - 2/7/17
2/7/17 5:46 pm Diane Reed <dreedster14...> [BRDBRAIN] Titusville Scissor-tailed Flycatcher still there
2/7/17 3:54 pm Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Hilochee WMA, Osprey Unit - Sedge Wren, etc.
2/7/17 10:38 am Steve Klesius <skaway...> [BRDBRAIN] Sandhill Cranes heading North
2/7/17 8:36 am Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Glaucous Gull ( Pinellas, 7 Feb 2017 )
2/6/17 5:51 pm Ed Rizer <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar Reserve 2/6/17
2/6/17 5:31 pm Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Merritt Island NWR - Shiloh - and more 2-6-17
2/6/17 10:18 am burtonian <burtonian...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Eastern Caribbean birds
2/6/17 4:14 am Roy Peterson <scrubjay33...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] ID HELP Report Date 3-5-17
2/5/17 6:46 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Bald Eagle Nest on Mulberry Rec Trail - The Villages, Marion County, FL
2/5/17 6:19 pm SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] ID HELP Report Date 3-5-17
2/5/17 6:16 pm Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] ID HELP Report Date 3-5-17
2/5/17 12:35 pm Avery Chan <gatedancer93...> [BRDBRAIN] Jetty Park and Apollo Beach
2/5/17 12:16 pm Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Eastern Caribbean birds
2/5/17 11:53 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] MISTAKEN ID - Eastern Caribbean birds
2/5/17 11:38 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Eastern Caribbean birds
2/5/17 10:24 am Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] McKetchan Lake Park (ID help)
2/5/17 6:13 am Ted Yeatts <tedyeatts...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Brant. Canaveral NS. New Smyrna Beach
2/4/17 5:40 pm David Simpson <simpsondavid...> [BRDBRAIN] T. M. Goodwin - Broadmoor Unit closure
2/4/17 8:10 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...> [BRDBRAIN] Brant. Canaveral NS. New Smyrna Beach
2/4/17 7:19 am Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...> [BRDBRAIN] Harris's Sparrow - Kettering Road, Hernando (02/04/2017)
2/4/17 5:53 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Three Rooker Piping Plover / Pinellas County
2/2/17 5:04 pm William Haddad <photobill9...> [BRDBRAIN] Orange-crowned Warbler and other birds at Turkey Creek Sanct. this a.m.
2/2/17 2:47 pm Vince Capp <00000031300bf63b-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Finch, Sparrow or Warbler?
2/2/17 1:33 pm Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Finch, Sparrow or Warbler?
2/2/17 1:27 pm Sean C <dan...> [BRDBRAIN] Finch, Sparrow or Warbler?
2/2/17 9:39 am john kendall <00000042d723377e-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Frigates, Bethune Beach, Volusia Co.
2/2/17 6:21 am Allan Stern <00000014b7b0d186-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Beautiful Ibis
2/1/17 9:09 am Tom <tledford1207...> [BRDBRAIN] Purple Sandpiper
1/31/17 1:54 pm Diane Reed <dreedster14...> [BRDBRAIN] Gourd Island Conservation Area (St Johns County)
1/31/17 1:07 pm Bob Kelly <merwkelly...> [BRDBRAIN] Birds of Babcock Webb
1/31/17 12:14 pm Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] American Black Duck hybrid?
1/31/17 8:07 am Bob Kelly <merwkelly...> [BRDBRAIN] Babcock Webb
1/31/17 7:23 am Joseph Covington <jpctheiii...> [BRDBRAIN] Exotics Request
1/31/17 4:42 am Dale Green <daleagreen2...> [BRDBRAIN] American Black Duck hybrid?
1/30/17 8:22 pm Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Port Canaveral 1-30-17
1/30/17 3:20 pm Bill Scheuerman <warbirdphotographs...> [BRDBRAIN] Purple Sanpiper, Jetty Park
1/30/17 10:42 am PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Long-tailed Duck Location
1/30/17 10:01 am Lawrence Gardenhire <lgardenhire...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Long-tailed Duck Location
1/30/17 8:37 am SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Long-tailed Duck Location
1/30/17 7:09 am Pamela Graber <pamela.graber...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Glaucous Gull Continues (Pinellas, 28 Jan 2017)
1/30/17 5:38 am Manon VanSchoyck <mvs...> [BRDBRAIN] Ruby throated hummingbird in Naples
1/29/17 2:30 pm Breanna Perry <serena933...> [BRDBRAIN] Baltimore Oriole - Hernando Beach
1/29/17 5:35 am Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Long-tailed Duck
1/28/17 5:33 pm Jim Armstrong <0000003a823b450e-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Long-tailed Duck Location
1/28/17 5:06 pm Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Glaucous Gull Continues (Pinellas, 28 Jan 2017)
1/28/17 4:07 pm PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Long-tailed Duck
1/28/17 11:55 am Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Long-tailed Duck
1/28/17 10:27 am Tom <tledford1207...> [BRDBRAIN] Long-tailed Duck
1/27/17 7:49 pm SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Birding MINWR and More - Report Date 1-26-17
1/27/17 1:06 pm Thad Roller <thadroller...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Glaucous Gull (Pinellas County, 27 Jan 2017)
1/27/17 11:38 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] Pasco County Birds; Friday january 27, 2017
1/27/17 11:16 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Aberrant Laughing Gull or something else?
1/27/17 10:49 am DAWN CAMPBELL-CURRIE <0000005e81cf5274-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Aberrant Laughing Gull or something else?
1/27/17 6:52 am Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Glaucous Gull (Pinellas County, 27 Jan 2017)
1/26/17 7:27 pm Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Birding MINWR and More - Report Date 1-26-17
1/25/17 10:28 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Dunn Goldeneye And Canvasback / Pinellas County
1/24/17 4:16 pm Audrey Whitlock <Ajw...> [BRDBRAIN] Common Eider and Long-tailed Duck continue in Brevard Cty FL
1/24/17 3:20 pm Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Van Fleet Trail, Polk City - Ovenbirds, etc.
1/23/17 5:40 pm jw callis <soturin...> [BRDBRAIN] red shoulder hawk tallahassse, fl
1/23/17 1:48 pm Tom <tledford1207...> [BRDBRAIN] Short-tailed Hawk
1/23/17 11:31 am Janice <janiskay...> [BRDBRAIN] Crows by the hundreds
1/23/17 8:57 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Whimbrels Plus / Pinellas County
1/23/17 7:12 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] European Herring Gull. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
1/23/17 5:47 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Bald Eagle Nest #MR971
1/22/17 5:46 pm Caren Schoen <0000004fc1367798-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] IMG_8706.jpg
1/22/17 3:49 pm Carolyn Keene <cckeene7...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Long-Tailed Duck & Common Eider
1/22/17 3:01 pm Rex Rowan <rexrowan...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Long-Tailed Duck & Common Eider
1/22/17 2:31 pm Thomas Ford <tomf97...> [BRDBRAIN] Long-Tailed Duck & Common Eider
1/22/17 11:01 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Marion County Purple Martins
1/21/17 2:40 pm Carolyn <0000003c3bab1191-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Brevard County birding
1/21/17 1:35 pm Thomas Ford <tomf97...> [BRDBRAIN] Common Eider @ Rodney Ketcham Park C.C.
1/21/17 1:21 pm Thomas Ford <tomf97...> [BRDBRAIN] Long-Tailed Duck Rodney Ketcham Park C.C.
 
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Date: 2/20/17 12:03 pm
From: Tom <tledford1207...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Brant
I'm going to try for the Brant at Apollo Beach with a NC birder tomorrow. I've never been there; can someone provide advice on where to find them. I saw a post a few weeks ago that referred to Lot 5. Is that still the correct location? Thanks!
Tom Ledford
Indialantic, FL

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Date: 2/19/17 12:48 pm
From: Dick Scott <dscott...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Birding inSouth Miami
It depends on where you are. At this time, almost all parks whether state, local or national do not allow drones. You can report it to a park ranger. Be aware that a lot of the time the drone pilot is legal so you need to learn the rules yourself before reporting a drone pilot to the police because if they are legal they can come after you. It is going to come down to requiring training to be able to fly a drone. I have a FAA Certified pilots license that required passing a test in front of the FAA just like I did for my private pilots license. It's not the Certified pilots causing the problems. It is the hobby drone people causing the problems because they are not required to learn the rules. Certified pilots know the rules and they are fairly strict. If you are certified and break the law the FAA will come after you. It will also come after hobbyist but a lot of time they plead ignorance of the law and get off with a warning. That will end soon because they have had plenty of time to learn the rules. If you Google FAA Part 107 sUAS rules you can read them for yourself.
Hope this helps.


Dick Scott
Tampa, FL


> On Feb 19, 2017, at 2:49 PM, Kathleen Smith <icarus...> wrote:
>
> Is there any recourse if one sees a drone harassing wildlife? An agency to report it to, for instance?
>
> That said, we are having a splendid time watching 100s of American Robins and Cedar Wax Wings drink and bathe in our birdbaths today. They have been at it for hours and I’m on my third refilling of the baths!
>
> Kath Smith
> Jacksonville, Fl
> Do No Harm ૐ Ahimsa
>
>> On Feb 19, 2017, at 1:23 PM, Dick Scott <dscott...> wrote:
>>
>> I am a Birder, Nature Photographer and FAA Certified sUAS, drone, pilot and this is not the fault of drones but of stupid inconsiderate people that are giving all drone pilots a bad name. It's really too bad this is happening.
>>
>>
>> Dick Scott
>> Tampa,FL
>>
>>
>>> On Feb 18, 2017, at 9:01 PM, Alice Horst <ahorst...> wrote:
>>>
>>> I went to Brewer Park (known as Miller Roost because of Parrots/Parakeets).
>>> I saw a group of 8 Red-masked Parakeets come into the top of a tree across the road from the park. I took a few pictures and then I heard a strange noise.
>>> A DRONE was circling near the tree where the birds were perched. Then the drone was above the birds, almost touching them.
>>>
>>> They were terrified, and flew off squawking very loudly. A couple of them landed across the canal from the park.
>>>
>>> It was hard to watch because I knew what was happening. I suppose the droner thinks it’s humorous to dive-bomb roosting birds.
>>>
>>> As though our feathered friends don’t have enough perils without DRONES!
>>>
>>> <DSCN2930.jpeg>
>>> Red-masked Parakeets
>>> <DSCN2938.jpg>
>>> Red-masked Parakeets
>>> <DSCN2945.jpg>
>>> DRONE that was dive-bombing Red-masked Parakeets
>>>
>>> Somethings in the birding world are not GREAT!
>>> Alice Horst
>>> Marion County, FL
>>> <ahorst...>
>>>
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Date: 2/19/17 11:59 am
From: Kathleen Smith <icarus...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Birding inSouth Miami
Is there any recourse if one sees a drone harassing wildlife? An agency to report it to, for instance?

That said, we are having a splendid time watching 100s of American Robins and Cedar Wax Wings drink and bathe in our birdbaths today. They have been at it for hours and I’m on my third refilling of the baths!

Kath Smith
Jacksonville, Fl
Do No Harm ૐ Ahimsa

> On Feb 19, 2017, at 1:23 PM, Dick Scott <dscott...> wrote:
>
> I am a Birder, Nature Photographer and FAA Certified sUAS, drone, pilot and this is not the fault of drones but of stupid inconsiderate people that are giving all drone pilots a bad name. It's really too bad this is happening.
>
>
> Dick Scott
> Tampa,FL
>
>
> On Feb 18, 2017, at 9:01 PM, Alice Horst <ahorst...> <mailto:<ahorst...>> wrote:
>
>> I went to Brewer Park (known as Miller Roost because of Parrots/Parakeets).
>> I saw a group of 8 Red-masked Parakeets come into the top of a tree across the road from the park. I took a few pictures and then I heard a strange noise.
>> A DRONE was circling near the tree where the birds were perched. Then the drone was above the birds, almost touching them.
>>
>> They were terrified, and flew off squawking very loudly. A couple of them landed across the canal from the park.
>>
>> It was hard to watch because I knew what was happening. I suppose the droner thinks it’s humorous to dive-bomb roosting birds.
>>
>> As though our feathered friends don’t have enough perils without DRONES!
>>
>> <DSCN2930.jpeg>
>> Red-masked Parakeets
>> <DSCN2938.jpg>
>> Red-masked Parakeets
>> <DSCN2945.jpg>
>> DRONE that was dive-bombing Red-masked Parakeets
>>
>> Somethings in the birding world are not GREAT!
>> Alice Horst
>> Marion County, FL
>> <ahorst...> <mailto:<ahorst...>
>>
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Date: 2/19/17 10:33 am
From: Dick Scott <dscott...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Birding inSouth Miami
I am a Birder, Nature Photographer and FAA Certified sUAS, drone, pilot and this is not the fault of drones but of stupid inconsiderate people that are giving all drone pilots a bad name. It's really too bad this is happening.


Dick Scott
Tampa,FL


> On Feb 18, 2017, at 9:01 PM, Alice Horst <ahorst...> wrote:
>
> I went to Brewer Park (known as Miller Roost because of Parrots/Parakeets).
> I saw a group of 8 Red-masked Parakeets come into the top of a tree across the road from the park. I took a few pictures and then I heard a strange noise.
> A DRONE was circling near the tree where the birds were perched. Then the drone was above the birds, almost touching them.
>
> They were terrified, and flew off squawking very loudly. A couple of them landed across the canal from the park.
>
> It was hard to watch because I knew what was happening. I suppose the droner thinks it’s humorous to dive-bomb roosting birds.
>
> As though our feathered friends don’t have enough perils without DRONES!
>
> <DSCN2930.jpeg>
> Red-masked Parakeets
> <DSCN2938.jpg>
> Red-masked Parakeets
> <DSCN2945.jpg>
> DRONE that was dive-bombing Red-masked Parakeets
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> Somethings in the birding world are not GREAT!
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Date: 2/19/17 9:27 am
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Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Sparrows at Cruickshank / Brevard County
Clay-colored Sparrow

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> I scared up a mixed sparrow flock here at the Cruickshank scrub sanctuary. Chippies and Field Sparrows, plus this one. ID help, please?
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Date: 2/19/17 8:45 am
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Sparrows at Cruickshank / Brevard County
Consensus seems to be Clay-colored Sparrow (there were two that I saw)!
Flock was along western boundary, north of wood platform on right side, but
they seemed to be moving on through the brush, toward the east.

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> I scared up a mixed sparrow flock here at the Cruickshank scrub sanctuary.
> Chippies and Field Sparrows, plus this one. ID help, please?
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Date: 2/19/17 7:55 am
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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sparrows at Cruickshank / Brevard County
I scared up a mixed sparrow flock here at the Cruickshank scrub sanctuary.
Chippies and Field Sparrows, plus this one. ID help, please?

Thanks

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Date: 2/19/17 6:15 am
From: Nathan Langwald <soniknate...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Kirtland’s Warbler – Sunday 2/19/17 – Yes or No?
Good day!

My father and I are planning on driving down to Miami this afternoon to go search for the Kirtland’s Warbler Monday morning. If anyone searches for it today, could you please respond to this post either positive or negative on a sighting? It would be most appreciated by me and others that may want to look for it. I’ll respond in kind if we go. Thank you!

Nathan Langwald
Lakeland, FL

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Date: 2/19/17 5:27 am
From: Peter Relson <0000003d0c28d1c8-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Scissor-tailed flycatcher
I visited TICO 2 afternoons and a morning last week.

Both afternoons, it was on the telephone wires right near the entrance and then on those wires and in the field to the right of the entrance.
It was much more active in the morning for me.
Peter RelsonUlster Park, NY

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Date: 2/18/17 6:30 pm
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] More On Drones Harassing Birds / Pinellas County
After seeing Alice Horst's post telling of her drone encounters, I thought I would add our disappointment from this morning. This morning about 8AM at The Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach, two fun loving drone enthusiasts, several times, flew their drones low, and within a few feet of the Black Skimmer flock, obviously flushing them from their beach resting place. It appears we can now add drones to dogs, kids, and unknowing beach wanders, to guarantee the birds can never be at peace.

Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater, Florida

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Date: 2/18/17 6:01 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Birding inSouth Miami
I went to Brewer Park (known as Miller Roost because of Parrots/Parakeets).
I saw a group of 8 Red-masked Parakeets come into the top of a tree across the road from the park. I took a few pictures and then I heard a strange noise.
A DRONE was circling near the tree where the birds were perched. Then the drone was above the birds, almost touching them.

They were terrified, and flew off squawking very loudly. A couple of them landed across the canal from the park.

It was hard to watch because I knew what was happening. I suppose the droner thinks it’s humorous to dive-bomb roosting birds.

As though our feathered friends don’t have enough perils without DRONES!


Red-masked Parakeets

Red-masked Parakeets

DRONE that was dive-bombing Red-masked Parakeets

Somethings in the birding world are not GREAT!
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Date: 2/18/17 5:14 pm
From: Reinhard Geisler <r102...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Kirtland's Warbler RFI
Was not seen between 8:10 AM and 6 PM.

Reinhard Geisler
Oviedo, FL - Seminole County

> On Feb 18, 2017, at 5:28 PM, Alison Levin Bishop <mail...> wrote:
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> Tomorrow I can finally get the time to drive down to Miami in the early am. I don’t see any reports of the Kirtland’s Warbler today on ebird. Feedback would be greatly appreciated.
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Date: 2/18/17 2:28 pm
From: Alison Levin Bishop <mail...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Kirtland's Warbler RFI
Tomorrow I can finally get the time to drive down to Miami in the early am. I don’t see any reports of the Kirtland’s Warbler today on ebird. Feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Alison Sarasota
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Date: 2/17/17 6:45 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Birding in South Miami
Interesting day to say the least:
Not so many Warblers today but a couple of animals in trees + female Painted Bunting, Bald Eagle in nest with at least one chick - I didn’t know that they nested in South Miami.
Two unidentified Parakeet types.
A couple of pictures to entertain you:


Bald Eagle in nest with at least 1 chick



Sleeping Raccoon


Looks like the Caterpillar in Alice and Wonderland!
Just an Iguana hanging out.

It’s impossible to get a picture of a Northern Parula eating (in focus)!

Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!
Alice Horst
Marion County, FL


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Date: 2/17/17 5:19 pm
From: Sean C <dan...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] passerine help
FORGET THE 3 MESSAGES BEFORE THIS ONE. HERE IS THE REAL ONE.

I saw this Bird today in Polk County, FL. Any ideas? Sparrow? Thanks.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/147356155@N08/32913479876/in/dateposted-public/

Sean Colbert,
Davenport, FL.

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Date: 2/17/17 5:02 pm
From: Sean C <dan...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] ??
How do you edit posts?

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Date: 2/17/17 5:01 pm
From: Sean C <dan...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] sorry
Sorry for not posting my name at the end.

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Date: 2/17/17 5:00 pm
From: Sean C <dan...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] passerine help
I saw this Bird today in Polk county, FL. Any ideas? Sparrow? Thanks.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/147356155@N08/32913479876/in/dateposted-public/

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Date: 2/17/17 8:12 am
From: Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] RFI: Kirtland's Warbler
I've gotten word that it's been seen today since 9am. Thanks to everyone
who responded.

Happy Birding!

Janet Leavens
Oviedo, FL

On Friday, February 17, 2017, Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...>
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> Hi all,
>
> Has anybody seen the Kirtland's Warbler so far this morning? I checked out
> Bill Baggs SP on eBird hotspot explorer and saw that there were no
> checklists submitted so far today. This is making me think that everyone is
> still out there looking for it. Can someone post if it has been seen?
>
> Thanks!
>
> Janet Leavens
> Oviedo, FL
>
>
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Date: 2/17/17 7:49 am
From: Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] RFI: Kirtland's Warbler
Hi all,

Has anybody seen the Kirtland's Warbler so far this morning? I checked out
Bill Baggs SP on eBird hotspot explorer and saw that there were no
checklists submitted so far today. This is making me think that everyone is
still out there looking for it. Can someone post if it has been seen?

Thanks!

Janet Leavens
Oviedo, FL

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Date: 2/17/17 6:52 am
From: Thomas Ford <tomf97...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Scissor-tailed flycatcher
The subject bird is still at the TICO air field. Yesterday, I ran into two
more birders who thought it had left as reports stopped being posted.



It is still there. I have stopped by four mornings over last three weeks on
my way to bird in North Merritt Island.



Now it may be gone after the TICO Warbird Air Show in Titusville on March
11-12. So if you are butting it off don't.



Off SR 1 into the airport. Turn left and drive the field fence. The Vesper
sparrows love the fence openings to set on. The Flycatcher must sit on the
stop wire because of is long tail.



For the photo crowd please stay in your cars. You can drive up to 3 car
length and he just looks at you. Get out and he is gone.


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Date: 2/16/17 4:03 pm
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Thoughts On Yesterdays Banded Oystercatchers At CCC Beach / Pinellas County
Yesterday at Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach in Pinellas County we had four American Oystercatchers, two of which were banded. Bird K6 is a resight of ours from last year. J2 was a new one to us. Some of the oystercatchers we see here in the winter are sort of "Snow Birds", just visiting! In the case of these two they were originally banded in Accomack County, Metompkin Island, Virginia. Thanks to Lindsay Addison for always providing a prompt reply to the history of each reported bird. The following attachment tells a brief story of these two traveling celebrities. If you find any banded oystercatchers in your travels, send the band information to the e-mail address below. The band numbers are sometimes vertical and sometimes horizontal, and usually on both legs, making them east to see and read.


Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater, Florida


-----------------------------------------------------------



Hi Bob,

Thanks for writing and thanks to you and Denise for looking for bands on oystercatchers!


I'm impressed at K6. Like many other oystercatchers, it is very loyal to its home sites. The only resights after its banding in Virginia in 2013 are on the Courtney Campbell Causeway. This year it will be four years old and old enough that it's likely to start breeding. Perhaps a future resight will find it with a mate somewhere.


J2 has a similar story. It's one year older (banded as a chick in 2012), also on Virgina on its large, undeveloped barrier islands. This is its first resight on the winter grounds. I suspect there are small groups of oystercatchers scattered around Tampa Bay, which are not often seen because people may not frequent their roosting and foraging sites and because they really are loyal to particular sites, based on reports from the same bird coming over and over from the same area.


Thanks again,

Lindsay


Lindsay Addison
Coastal Biologist
Audubon North Carolina
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Date: 2/16/17 1:57 pm
From: Carolyn McKinney <cmckinney47...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Birding list for the McIntosh Tract, 2/16/2017
Rick Hall and I checked out the birding at he fairly newly opened McIntosh Tract near Plant City, 775 East Knight's Griffin Rd.
Our 29 species included: Mottled Duck, D-b Cormorant, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Little Blue Heron, White Ibis, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture,
Osprey, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Limpkin, Sandhill Crane, Spotted Sandpiper, Mourning Dove, Barred Owl, Pileated Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe,
Blue Jay, American Crow, Tufted Titmouse, House Wren, Carolina Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Palm Warbler, Yellow-rump Warbler, Swamp Sparrow, Northern Cardinal,
and Red-winged Blackbird. We had a great time, but be warned: there are no facilities on the 363 acre park. Bring water and a strong bladder!

Enjoy Florida's birds and beauty!
Carolyn McKinney, Florida Master Naturalist
Tampa, FL.

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Date: 2/16/17 1:01 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Kirtland's Warbler Birding in Miami
Yesterday’s BRDBRAIN post that a Kirtland’s Warbler was seen again at Bill Baggs State Park, when I just happened to be in Miami, dictated what I was doing today.
Park opens at 8:00am and, after parking our cars,12 of us walked the trail to the area where bird was seen yesterday.
We watched, we waited, and our bird popped up in shrub at 8:48. We all saw him, a few got pictures, I didn’t get any pix. That was nice but it would get much better.
At 9:19am bird came up in a shrub on the other side of the path.
We all took pictures for 2-3 minutes, then disappeared. As I was leaving the bird was up again.
WOW, I can’t say more than that!


Kirtland’s Warbler


Eating berries

Watching us watching him


Beautiful and cooperative!



Photographer-birders

Thank you, birding friends, for getting us to the right spot.
Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!
Alice Horst
Marion County, Fl
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Date: 2/16/17 12:24 pm
From: Audrey Whitlock <Ajw...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Kirtland's Warbler continues in Bill Baggs SP, Miami-Dade
FYI,
Jim Eager drove Phyllis Mansfield and me to Bill Baggs SP today. We saw the Kirtland's Warbler at 0848 upclose and personal feeding low in the Lantana. Many observers were very happy. Refer to Tropical Audubon's birdboard for a google map/directions. Thanks to Carra Borre for finding this incredible bird!

Good birding!
Audrey Whitlock
Merritt Island FL & Nags Head NC

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Date: 2/15/17 8:12 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Pinellas Birds ( 15 Feb 2017 )
I traveled the Floridas Turnpike yesterday from top to bottom and was hoping to see a Swallow-tailed Kite fly over. BUT no-such-luck. My earliest sighting has been March 1, 2106. Previous years were later dates - more like Mid-March.
I did check on MIA’s nest from last year here in South Miami. It was very windy today and the nest looks like it needs total renovation. There were 2 chicks produced from that nest last year and from another nest in earlier year.
I will continue watching this one and report on it. I always saw other STKIs with the 2 at this nest so there are probably other nests around this area. I was lucky to get some roosting areas pinpointed from data that Gina Kent had so I could eventually find that bird at the nest.

I hope to see MIA soon down here in South Miami until he will be staging to go back to SouthAmerica in July and August. In the Melon Fields, wherever that are this year, but I will inform all of you.

I have to chase a Kirtland’s Warbler and Common Eider that are at Key Biscayne’

Such a life I have, to be able to do thins and love is so. I am very lucky!
Alice Horst, Marion County
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> On Feb 15, 2017, at 8:30 PM, Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> wrote:
>
> Good evening,
>
> Our first Swallow-tailed Kite of the spring was photographed this morning by Bruce Cochrane flying over North Anclote River Park and this evening Cynthia Paonessa heard Pinellas' first Chuck-will's-widow of the year calling at Walsingham Park. A Swallow-tailed Kite captured and equipped with a transmitter last summer at Sawgrass Lake Park wintered in Paraguay and today was northbound, but still way south in Brazil.
>
> A group of birders at Fort De Soto Park this morning noted the continuing Lark Sparrow was seen at the North Palm Grove. There have been no recent reports of the Glaucous Gull, last seen just north of Pass-A-Grille Beach on Feb. 7th.
>
> Ron Smith
> St. Pete, FL
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Date: 2/15/17 5:30 pm
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pinellas Birds ( 15 Feb 2017 )
Good evening,

Our first Swallow-tailed Kite of the spring was photographed this morning
by Bruce Cochrane flying over North Anclote River Park and this evening
Cynthia Paonessa heard Pinellas' first Chuck-will's-widow of the year
calling at Walsingham Park. A Swallow-tailed Kite captured and equipped
with a transmitter last summer at Sawgrass Lake Park wintered in Paraguay
and today was northbound, but still way south in Brazil.

A group of birders at Fort De Soto Park this morning noted the continuing
Lark Sparrow was seen at the North Palm Grove. There have been no recent
reports of the Glaucous Gull, last seen just north of Pass-A-Grille Beach
on Feb. 7th.

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL

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Date: 2/15/17 4:03 pm
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Kirtland's Warbler in Miami-Dade
Thanks to Brian Rapoza for the clarification,

"It's a first record for Miami-Dade, but not the first report. A Kirtland's
was found by Dick Cunningham and others on Virginia Key, I seem to
remember, on September 21, 1958. A detailed description was submitted. My
source is "The Birdlife of Florida" (Stevenson & Anderson, 1994) as well as
Dick himself, who told me about this sighting a number of years ago. I'm
sure that my beloved friend and mentor is smiling down from Heaven, pleased
as punch that a Kirtland's has finally been photographed in Miami-Dade."

Cheers,
Rangel Diaz
Miami-Dade

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Date: 2/15/17 12:21 pm
From: Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Miami-Dade County birding
Alice:


Short-tailed Hawk and molting Pine Warblers


Tony


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Largo, FL
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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Miami-Dade County birding


Today I went to AD Barnes Park in Miami.
It was windy but I had many small birds in trees.
Some I could ID: Prairie, Yellow-throated, N. Parula, Black-and White, Pine, Palm Warblers, White-eyed Vireo, Blue Gray gnat
Others I could not. Perhaps immature birds?
Couple of pictures here for ID help, please.




I think Short-tailed Hawk?? smaller than Vultures, flat wings- soaring

I have looked at many ID books, can’t ID this, spots on chest confused me.



Maybe young N. Parula?



Another puzzler??


Thank you,
Alice Horst, Marion County, Fl
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Date: 2/15/17 12:01 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Miami-Dade County birding
Today I went to AD Barnes Park in Miami.
It was windy but I had many small birds in trees.
Some I could ID: Prairie, Yellow-throated, N. Parula, Black-and White, Pine, Palm Warblers, White-eyed Vireo, Blue Gray gnat
Others I could not. Perhaps immature birds?
Couple of pictures here for ID help, please.


I think Short-tailed Hawk?? smaller than Vultures, flat wings- soaring

I have looked at many ID books, can’t ID this, spots on chest confused me.


Maybe young N. Parula?


Another puzzler??

Thank you,
Alice Horst, Marion County, Fl
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Date: 2/15/17 11:14 am
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Kirtland's Warbler @ Bill Bagg's State Park 2/15/17
The above mentioned bird continues at the state park on Key Biscayne after
being relocated today by Miriam Avello! Great (first?) Miami-Dade record
and (first?) US winter record. The blue pin on the map shows the location.
Park at No Name Harbor and hike the path going north. Make a right at the
sign that says, "Nature Trail" and go all the way to the end. Good luck to
those chasing!

Cheers,
Rangel Diaz
Miami-Dade

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Date: 2/15/17 9:13 am
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] 300 or so Robins
'Tis the season! My neighborhood had hundreds if not over a thousand,
flying high, flying low, big flocks, smaller groups, in trees, on lawns.
Calling, singing, bickering. The usual Common Grackle racket was nearly
drowned out. All before dawn.

Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County
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Today at about 10:20 am there were 300 or so Robins flying and in the trees
near the shopping center closest to the intersection of I 75 and County
Road 56. They flew around in both tight and loose flocks. Some landed in
the oak and holly trees as well. There were 2 Sandhill Cranes in the
parking lot and they kept looking up like they were trying to figure what
was happening. I guess they could hear and see the Robins. Were they just
attracted to the noise or checking out if it was a threat?

Steve Klesius, north Tampa, 33647 but seen in Pasco Cty.

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Date: 2/15/17 8:57 am
From: Steve Klesius <skaway...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] 300 or so Robins
Today at about 10:20 am there were 300 or so Robins flying and in the trees near the shopping center closest to the intersection of I 75 and County Road 56. They flew around in both tight and loose flocks. Some landed in the oak and holly trees as well. There were 2 Sandhill Cranes in the parking lot and they kept looking up like they were trying to figure what was happening. I guess they could hear and see the Robins. Were they just attracted to the noise or checking out if it was a threat?

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Date: 2/15/17 6:57 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Iceland Gull. Lighthouse Point Park. Ponce Inlet. Volusia Co.
This morning I found a different 1st cycle Iceland (Kumlien's) Gull on the beach just north of the north jetty at Ponce de Leon Inlet. This bird is much paler than the Iceland Gull yesterday.

Michael

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Date: 2/14/17 12:28 pm
From: Tom <tledford1207...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Eider
The Common Eider and the Purple Sandpiper are present at the pier at Jetty Park.
Tom Ledford
Indialantic, FL

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Date: 2/14/17 8:10 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Parasitic Jaeger, Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull. Volusia Co.
Yesterday evening, 2/13, I found a 1st cycle Parasitic Jaeger on the beach at Daytona Beach Shores about 1 mile north of Frank Rendon Park. This morning, 2/14, I found a dark 1st cycle Iceland (Kumlien's) Gull and a 1st cycle Glaucous Gull on the beach just north of the north jetty at Ponce Inlet.

Michael

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Date: 2/14/17 7:44 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Common Merganser, ST. Marks NWR 02/13/17
Hi All,

Scored a female type Common Merganser just south of the Double Dikes.

Sorry for the late post, but needed to get confirmation from Ed Kwater, as
I didn't photograph all the field marks including the white throat, but the
rusty head with very less noticeable crest and distinct cut off of the head
and white chest was a clincher, ass was the grayer body color.

Great Birding!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 2/13/17 1:17 pm
From: Sean C <dan...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Hawk IDs
I need help with these 2 IDs, seen in Polk county this month.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/147356155@N08/32819877566/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/147356155@N08/32884034455/in/dateposted-public/

S.C.
Polk county, FL

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Date: 2/13/17 10:11 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bald Eagle - Sumter County
SUCCESS!
I’ve been watching this nest since August when adult Bald Eagles began checking out this established nest. I have watched numerous chicks hatch and leave this nest over the years but it is still exciting!
I was at the nest yesterday, saw nothing, but I thought I would check it again today.
At 11:30am I parked my car to watch what appeared to be an empty nest,
Suddenly there appeared an adult bird and a very tiny fuzzy head was barely visible.
This nest is so deep that if an adult is in the nest you might not be able to see them.
I can not tell if there is more than one chick from my pictures but I suspect there are 2.

I will continue to report on this Sumter County nest.

I am in my car quite far away but I could see the chick’s head



This picture is highly cropped. I just wanted to indicate how young the chick is.
10 days or less?

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Marion County, FL
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Date: 2/12/17 1:34 pm
From: Avery Chan <gatedancer93...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Harris's Sparrow and Brewer's Blackbird - Hernando County
Hello birders,

This morning, my dad and I headed to Kettering Road in Brookesville to look for the Harris's Sparrow. A group was already there, including Jim Eager, but they hadn't found it yet. Over the course of almost an hour and a half, I saw a kestrel, meadowlarks, Killdeer, House Wrens, cardinals, a mockingbird, a Pileated Woodpecker, and some White-crowned Sparrows, but no one found the Harris's Sparrow. However, I was shown an impaled beetle (don't know what kind) and got good pictures of a Phaon Crescent. Because it was almost ten o' clock, my dad and I headed west to Bayport Park to look for the Brewer's Blackbird.
<a href="http://s3.photobucket.com/user/termigator/media/Wildlife/20170212_095038.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y90/termigator/Wildlife/20170212_095038.jpg" border="0" alt="Impaled Beetle - Underside photo 20170212_095038.jpg"/></a>
<a href="http://s3.photobucket.com/user/termigator/media/Wildlife/20170212_095205.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y90/termigator/Wildlife/20170212_095205.jpg" border="0" alt="Impaled Beetle - Topside photo 20170212_095205.jpg"/></a>
<a href="http://s3.photobucket.com/user/termigator/media/Butterflies/20170212_094826.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y90/termigator/Butterflies/20170212_094826.jpg" border="0" alt="Phaon Crescent photo 20170212_094826.jpg"/></a>
A few minutes after we got to Bayport Park, a couple was throwing bread outside from their car, which attracted a lot of Laughing Gulls and a few Ring-billed Gulls. A few Boat-tailed Grackles also got some bread. About twenty minutes of looking around, I find a female Boat-tailed Grackle with a pale eye. I think it's of the subspecies in the Mississippi/Alabama/panhandle area. I found this bird four weeks ago when I came here to look for the Brewer's Blackbird. Another ten minutes later, and another guy comes with pretzels and attracts a few gulls and several grackles. The pale-eyed grackle joins in, too. Just as we are about to give up, my dad points out some different birds in the trees, and one happens to be a female Brewer's Blackbird! It was seen at 11:40 A.M. It actually looked quite different from the female Boat-tailed Grackles.
On the way home, we stopped by Kettering Road because it wouldn't hurt. There wasn't a lot of birds active besides a couple of vultures and swallows, but a few birds darted into the brush on the west side of the road. Looking deep into the brush, I realize that they were White-crowned Sparrows. We keep looking around at the sparrows, and we focus on one in particular that looked a little larger. When it turned, we saw the black bib of the Harris's Sparrow! We finally saw after all! What was surprising was that it was so late in the day, just past 12:30 P.M. I was under the impression that sparrows were active typically in the morning, so I was doubtful until I saw that one was a White-crowned Sparrow. I guess it never hurts to check.

eBird Checklists:
Kettering Road (morning):
http://ebird.org/ebird/ybn/view/checklist/S34325811
Bayport Park:
http://ebird.org/ebird/ybn/view/checklist/S34326357
Kettering Road (afternoon):
http://ebird.org/ebird/ybn/view/checklist/S34326075

Avery Chan
Seminole County, Florida

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Date: 2/12/17 12:15 pm
From: Audrey Whitlock <Ajw...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Eider back under fishing pier Jetty Park Brevard cty
4:15 pm back at Jetty Park fishing pier. Hope it doesn't get caught again, pier crowded

Audrey Whitlock, Merritt Island FL & Nags Head NC

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Date: 2/12/17 11:55 am
From: Carolyn <0000003c3bab1191-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Vero Wetlands and Solitary Sandpiper
Just to clarify: the good directions that Tom just posted re: the Solitary Sandpiper are not technically at the Vero Wetlands. I am not even sure where that is, other than it may be on the IR Lagoon, and it does show up as a hot spot on eBird, but it is not the site Tom was alluding to.

The wetlands that many of us refer to as the "Vero Wetlands" are officially known as the West Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility and is just off I-95 on 8th St, as Tom did mention, and are in between 90th Ave and 82nd Ave. And this is how the site shows up as a hot spot on eBird.

It is a great spot with much diversity in species. Beware that on weekdays it closes at 3 pm and weekends at 2 pm.

Hope this clarifies our "local Vero Wetlands".

Carolyn Cimino
Vero Beach

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Date: 2/12/17 11:44 am
From: Audrey Whitlock <Ajw...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Eider continues Jetty Park Brevard Cty
HeyBirders
At 2:40pm the Eider is just east of the submarine basin sitting on the beach (north side of canal).

Audrey Whitlock, Merritt Island FL & Nags Head NC

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Date: 2/12/17 8:58 am
From: Tom <tledford1207...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Solitary Sandpiper
I located the Solitary Sandpiper previously reported at Vero Wetlands. just before 11:00 AM this morning. If you walk the dike which is adjacent to 8th Street, take the second dike and it was foraging alone on the mudflats on the right side of the dike.
Tom Ledford
Indialantic, FL

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Date: 2/11/17 6:03 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County birding Vesper Sparrows
Sumter County birding near Nichol’s Cemetery
Today we had 13 Wood Ducks in small pond at north/east corner of cr475 and 246 ( road into Nichol’s Cemetery)
2 Meadowlarks singing
Vesper Sparrows - we had a flock of 7 VESP hopping and pecking in dirt.
1 adult Bald Eagle flying, not at nest.
1 American Kestrel
1 Loggerhead Shrike
1 Yellow-throated Warbler
1 Black-and-white Warbler
and usual Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet.


ID: Dark bordered cheekpatch, large head, fairly short tail,
white outer tail feathers, bold eye-ring.



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Date: 2/11/17 5:07 pm
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] A Brown Booby Saturday Night / Pinellas County
Upon my arrival at The Mobbly Beach viewing site at about 5:15PM, there was no sign of any Brown Boobies. At about 5:25PM, they came into view, seemingly from The Courtney Campbell Causeway Area. Tonight is the first time I have had the opportunity to see them all together, definitely eleven of them. For the next thirty minutes they all stayed together, constantly circling around the bay and the towers. It was easy to count them. At about 5:55PM they totally surprised me by landing for the night on the middle tower, the next tower to the west of their past normal roost. Thinking that viewing would be better on the west side of the Safety Harbor Bay, with darkness setting in, I drove over to the south end of Philippe Park. The birds were easily viewed with the scope, they were facing me, sitting in the southwest corner of the tower. If this is their new roost site, viewing is easier from this location or the extreme north end of Bayshore Drive in Safety Harbor. Also, at about 5:00PM, the wintering Western Kingbird was on its normal fence location southeast of The Duke Energy gate.


Bob Lane / Clearwater, Florida

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Date: 2/11/17 4:18 pm
From: Sean C <dan...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Duck ID help
I saw these Ducks in Daytona Beach, FL on 2/9/17. Any idea what they could be??

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Date: 2/10/17 9:01 am
From: Bob Paxson <rpaxson...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] early migration
All very true. Photoperiodism definitely is a factor in neotropical songbird migration. Weather patterns/prevailing winds have some short term effects. Short distance migrants and pelagic species also will move based on food supply, ocean currents and temperatures, etc....like that one crazy winter a few years ago when we had an unprecedented irruption of red breasted nuthatches AND amazing numbers of Razorbills right off our beaches......
Bob
<Rpaxson...>
Cape Canaveral, Fl


---- Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> wrote:
> We call it global warming now, too. It's part of the greater topic of
> climate change, but climate scientists have largely not fallen into the
> trap of using "climate change" instead of "global warming", as certain
> political factions would have us do to obfuscate the issue of human induced
> warming.
>
> Having said that, don't neotropical migrants get their cues related to
> length of daylight for their migration timing? That also might explain why
> they would be slower to change their migration dates compared to other
> birds that migrate more on the availability of food or other factors. I'm
> not an ornithologist, though.
>
> Christopher Ferro
> Melbourne/Brevard County
> lonelybirder.wordpress.com
>
> On Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 7:23 PM, Anne Casella <annecasella...> wrote:
>
> > In regards to Bob Lane's comment about whether spring migration might be
> > early. I recall a talk at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology when I lived in
> > Ithaca 15 years ago about this topic - in the early 1990s, scientists were
> > talking about climate change, although we called it global warming then,
> > and documenting its effects. At that time, they were finding that short
> > distance migrants like sparrows and Gray Catbirds, Eastern Towhees, etc.
> > who winter in the southern US were already migrating north a couple of
> > weeks earlier than historical records. However, at that time, there was no
> > noticeable difference in the timing of migration of neotropical migrants.
> > They speculated that birds in central and south America and the Caribbean
> > have no way of getting information about earlier warming whereas the birds
> > wintering in the southern US were experiencing it. It is well known that
> > the birds who return north the earliest, as long as there is no extreme
> > weather event to kill them off, get the best territories and thus are
> > chosen by females as mates have the best reproductive success. By now,
> > climate change is even more well established, so it is possible that the
> > earliest neotropical migrants may be having better reproductive success and
> > passing on an earlier migration timetable to their offspring.
> >
> > Anne Casella
> > (Gainesville birder)
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Date: 2/10/17 8:43 am
From: Sandra Webb <slwebbzeit...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] early migration
Native plant studies have been under way for the past ten years or more in
various states, and with global warming/climate change, plants are blooming
and producing seed/fruit earlier, so the berry, seed, fruit, eating birds
need to leave when the food is getting ready (think Robins, Tufted Titmice,
others). This trend is widespread across the country, and up into New
England. Some studies are in.

Insects are another issue. With spring being breeding season in North
America, many insect eaters (those breeding on arrival) can wait to leave
until later in the season, after the insects have hatched and are going
strong on the new leaves and fruit of the native plants.

This is why NATIVE PLANTS are so important. They have lived and developed
here over hundreds of years, and produce the elements that wildlife need.

For more information, read* "Bringing Nature Home" *by Douglas Tallamy, and
all of Craig Huegel's books. He lives here in Florida, and has a wealth of
superior information.

Thanks,
Sandy Webb, Kissimmee

On Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 6:43 AM, Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
> wrote:

> We call it global warming now, too. It's part of the greater topic of
> climate change, but climate scientists have largely not fallen into the
> trap of using "climate change" instead of "global warming", as certain
> political factions would have us do to obfuscate the issue of human induced
> warming.
>
> Having said that, don't neotropical migrants get their cues related to
> length of daylight for their migration timing? That also might explain why
> they would be slower to change their migration dates compared to other
> birds that migrate more on the availability of food or other factors. I'm
> not an ornithologist, though.
>
> Christopher Ferro
> Melbourne/Brevard County
> lonelybirder.wordpress.com
>
> On Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 7:23 PM, Anne Casella <annecasella...>
> wrote:
>
>> In regards to Bob Lane's comment about whether spring migration might be
>> early. I recall a talk at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology when I lived in
>> Ithaca 15 years ago about this topic - in the early 1990s, scientists were
>> talking about climate change, although we called it global warming then,
>> and documenting its effects. At that time, they were finding that short
>> distance migrants like sparrows and Gray Catbirds, Eastern Towhees, etc.
>> who winter in the southern US were already migrating north a couple of
>> weeks earlier than historical records. However, at that time, there was no
>> noticeable difference in the timing of migration of neotropical migrants.
>> They speculated that birds in central and south America and the Caribbean
>> have no way of getting information about earlier warming whereas the birds
>> wintering in the southern US were experiencing it. It is well known that
>> the birds who return north the earliest, as long as there is no extreme
>> weather event to kill them off, get the best territories and thus are
>> chosen by females as mates have the best reproductive success. By now,
>> climate change is even more well established, so it is possible that the
>> earliest neotropical migrants may be having better reproductive success and
>> passing on an earlier migration timetable to their offspring.
>>
>> Anne Casella
>> (Gainesville birder)
>> To subscribe, unsubscribe or view archives of the brdbrain listserv list,
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Date: 2/10/17 8:28 am
From: Caren Schoen <0000004fc1367798-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Marion County birding
Enjoyed your Pictures Alice! I have an American Kestral that sits at the top of a very tall pine tree by my house. I see it all the time. Are they nesting or getting ready to nest? Where do they nest?
Thanks,
Caren Schoen
Sanibel, FL
<chschoen...>
> On Feb 9, 2017, at 9:20 PM, Alice Horst <ahorst...> wrote:
>
> I checked Big Sun Youth Soccer Complex to see if Western Kingbirds were still around.
> I arrived at 5:30 and only saw 1 American Kestrel eating a slimy snack. Then another AMKE showed up. After copulating they perched lovingly on a wire.
> At 5:50pm Western Kingbirds began arriving. I counted 7. When I left at 6:05pm there may have been more as they kept flitting around.
> Magnificent full moon was visible before dusk.
>
> <DSCN2503.jpeg>
> American Kestrel with “slimy snack"
> <DSCN2569.jpg>
> AMKEs sitting lovingly while the sun was setting.
>
> <DSCN2561.jpeg>
> Western Kingbird (setting sun causes the intensity of color)
>
> <DSCN2535.jpeg>
> Moon @ 6:00pm before dusk tonight
>
> Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!
> Alice Horst
> Marion County, FL
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Date: 2/10/17 3:43 am
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] early migration
We call it global warming now, too. It's part of the greater topic of
climate change, but climate scientists have largely not fallen into the
trap of using "climate change" instead of "global warming", as certain
political factions would have us do to obfuscate the issue of human induced
warming.

Having said that, don't neotropical migrants get their cues related to
length of daylight for their migration timing? That also might explain why
they would be slower to change their migration dates compared to other
birds that migrate more on the availability of food or other factors. I'm
not an ornithologist, though.

Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County
lonelybirder.wordpress.com

On Thu, Feb 9, 2017 at 7:23 PM, Anne Casella <annecasella...> wrote:

> In regards to Bob Lane's comment about whether spring migration might be
> early. I recall a talk at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology when I lived in
> Ithaca 15 years ago about this topic - in the early 1990s, scientists were
> talking about climate change, although we called it global warming then,
> and documenting its effects. At that time, they were finding that short
> distance migrants like sparrows and Gray Catbirds, Eastern Towhees, etc.
> who winter in the southern US were already migrating north a couple of
> weeks earlier than historical records. However, at that time, there was no
> noticeable difference in the timing of migration of neotropical migrants.
> They speculated that birds in central and south America and the Caribbean
> have no way of getting information about earlier warming whereas the birds
> wintering in the southern US were experiencing it. It is well known that
> the birds who return north the earliest, as long as there is no extreme
> weather event to kill them off, get the best territories and thus are
> chosen by females as mates have the best reproductive success. By now,
> climate change is even more well established, so it is possible that the
> earliest neotropical migrants may be having better reproductive success and
> passing on an earlier migration timetable to their offspring.
>
> Anne Casella
> (Gainesville birder)
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Date: 2/9/17 6:20 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Marion County birding
I checked Big Sun Youth Soccer Complex to see if Western Kingbirds were still around.
I arrived at 5:30 and only saw 1 American Kestrel eating a slimy snack. Then another AMKE showed up. After copulating they perched lovingly on a wire.
At 5:50pm Western Kingbirds began arriving. I counted 7. When I left at 6:05pm there may have been more as they kept flitting around.
Magnificent full moon was visible before dusk.


American Kestrel with “slimy snack"

AMKEs sitting lovingly while the sun was setting.


Western Kingbird (setting sun causes the intensity of color)


Moon @ 6:00pm before dusk tonight

Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!
Alice Horst
Marion County, FL
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Date: 2/9/17 4:33 pm
From: Anne Casella <annecasella...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] early migration
In regards to Bob Lane's comment about whether spring migration might be
early. I recall a talk at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology when I lived in
Ithaca 15 years ago about this topic - in the early 1990s, scientists were
talking about climate change, although we called it global warming then,
and documenting its effects. At that time, they were finding that short
distance migrants like sparrows and Gray Catbirds, Eastern Towhees, etc.
who winter in the southern US were already migrating north a couple of
weeks earlier than historical records. However, at that time, there was no
noticeable difference in the timing of migration of neotropical migrants.
They speculated that birds in central and south America and the Caribbean
have no way of getting information about earlier warming whereas the birds
wintering in the southern US were experiencing it. It is well known that
the birds who return north the earliest, as long as there is no extreme
weather event to kill them off, get the best territories and thus are
chosen by females as mates have the best reproductive success. By now,
climate change is even more well established, so it is possible that the
earliest neotropical migrants may be having better reproductive success and
passing on an earlier migration timetable to their offspring.

Anne Casella
(Gainesville birder)

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Date: 2/9/17 1:37 pm
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Recent Out Of Season Field Observations / Pinellas County
During the past week while participating in The 2017 Winter Shorebird Survey, we had the opportunity to see four different species of birds, already in what would seem extremely early breeding plumage. The first bird was the previously mentioned and pictured Piping Plover. The second was a Ring-billed Gull, already with a bright red orbital eye ring and bright red gape at the mouth. The third was a Royal Tern already with an all black crest and bright reddish, not orange-red bill. The fourth was a Forster's Tern with an all black cap, and an orange-red bill with a black tip, and a nearly white tail. All the birds mentioned had others of their species nearby for plumage comparison. Another early season noticeable in our eastern Clearwater neighborhood is the fact that all of the bright red flowering Kapok Trees have been in bloom for over two weeks. In years past it has normally been late March or early April before they flower. And the final observation was from this morning at The Ruth Eckerd Pond. The resident, always easily seen large Alligator, was bellowing away, apparently already calling for a mate. Nature's timetable seems to be running well over a month early this year. It will be interesting to see if spring migration is also early.


Bob & Denise Lane / Clearwater, Florida

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Date: 2/9/17 1:12 pm
From: Carolyn <0000003c3bab1191-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Green Cay today
Took my birding group to Green Cay today in Boynton Beach. Great looks at a dark morph Short-tailed Hawk and 2 American Bitterns. But the Gray-headed Swamphens outnumbered the Purple Gallinules 7 to 1.

Carolyn Cimino
Vero Beach

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Date: 2/9/17 12:41 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Franklin's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
Last night, 2/08, I again found the 2nd cycle Franklin's Gull that has been in the area for about a month. The bird was right in front of Frank Rendon Park, Daytona Beach Shores.

Michael

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Ponce Inlet, FL


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Date: 2/8/17 8:24 pm
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Merritt Island NWR - more - 2-8-17 Corredtion on 1st photo- Scissor-tailed Flycatcher with Spider
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From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Sent: Wednesday, February 8, 2017 11:21 PM
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Cc: Danny Bales
Subject: Merritt Island NWR - more - 2-8-17

I have been getting request to report my visits to the Merritt Island NWR so people that live far away can get an idea what's going on on the refuge. So today I made a trip out there. I left the house with a my first photo my yard Painted Bunting. On the dyke roads I believe Gator Road is one name. The first dirt road to the south (across from pump house) is where I started. I saw many shore birds. You needed a scope today to view them. There were a lot of Dunlins, Yellowlegs, Dowitchers, peeps, and more I couldn't see good enough to identify. After the dyke roads I went to Black Point. The drive was very inactive. Very few ducks. In fact area 7 and back were void of ducks. Around area 3 there were some Pintail, Blue-winged Teal, and Shovlers. There were shore birds on straight way, but very small numbers. As you enter the Black Point the area is extremely dry, and not many wadding birds. There were Tri-colored Heorn, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Roseate Spoonbills, and Great Egrets.
After the refuge I went to the Titusville Airport to see if I could locate some Vesper Sparrows. They were there scattered all along the fence line with Savannah Sparrows. Logger-headed Shrikes, and Eastern Pewees were hawking the fence line. The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was there, but moving frequently around the air strip looking for food. Bugs were down due to last night's rain. At one point the Flycatcher just hunted from the ground. I saw him get Grasshoppers, and Spiders. It was pretty birdy today on that fenceline. Hope this information helps people planning a Refuge trip.

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Date: 2/8/17 8:21 pm
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Merritt Island NWR - more - 2-8-17
I have been getting request to report my visits to the Merritt Island NWR so people that live far away can get an idea what's going on on the refuge. So today I made a trip out there. I left the house with a my first photo my yard Painted Bunting. On the dyke roads I believe Gator Road is one name. The first dirt road to the south (across from pump house) is where I started. I saw many shore birds. You needed a scope today to view them. There were a lot of Dunlins, Yellowlegs, Dowitchers, peeps, and more I couldn't see good enough to identify. After the dyke roads I went to Black Point. The drive was very inactive. Very few ducks. In fact area 7 and back were void of ducks. Around area 3 there were some Pintail, Blue-winged Teal, and Shovlers. There were shore birds on straight way, but very small numbers. As you enter the Black Point the area is extremely dry, and not many wadding birds. There were Tri-colored Heorn, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Roseate Spoonbills, and Great Egrets.
After the refuge I went to the Titusville Airport to see if I could locate some Vesper Sparrows. They were there scattered all along the fence line with Savannah Sparrows. Logger-headed Shrikes, and Eastern Pewees were hawking the fence line. The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was there, but moving frequently around the air strip looking for food. Bugs were down due to last night's rain. At one point the Flycatcher just hunted from the ground. I saw him get Grasshoppers, and Spiders. It was pretty birdy today on that fenceline. Hope this information helps people planning a Refuge trip.

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Date: 2/8/17 9:51 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Harris Sparrow, Hernando County; Febreuary 08, 2017
Hi All,

Steve Reardon and I birded several locations in Hernando County this
morning and had SUPERB views of the Harris Sparrow on Kettering Road, as
today around 830 the bird was seen feeding along the road side brush
opposite the east fence line with 11 White-crowned Sparrows! The bird
snuck off on me before I could get a photo, but several of the White-crowns
hung out and got several photos of those.

Also along Croom Road we scored both Red-cockaded and Hairy Woodpeckers (2
each) and heard 4 Bachman's Sparrows which I was to get off a photo off.

Go to eBird to view these photos.

Great Birding!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 2/8/17 7:13 am
From: Richard Merrigan <richard.merrigan...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Courtney Campbell Causeway 2017 Winter Shorebird Survey.
Thx for sharing Robert!

I'm always so jealous when I read your reports!

Would love to see some pics!

Richard

Richard Merrigan
Winter Park, Fl

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On Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 9:25 AM, robert lane <ohiomagpie...> wrote:

> Yesterday, Tuesday, we along with Steve And Jane Mann, surveyed the 8.6
> mile causeway area from Rocky Point in Hillsborough County to Bayview
> Avenue in Pinellas County. About 64 species of birds were recorded during
> our all day adventure. The variety ranged from Marbled Godwits at Ben T.
> Davis to Spotted Sandpipers and a single female Black Scoter at the end of
> Bayview. We began at daybreak at Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach with
> numerous Bonaparte's Gulls and Black Skimmers. Shortly after sunrise, a
> Peregrine Falcon flushed every bird from the beach and then decided to set
> on an adjacent light pole to make sure they didn't return. With a morning
> low tide shorebirds were an effort to find, but birding was good. After a
> late lunch, we decided to bicycle stretches of the all-purpose trail that
> have been productive in the past. We rode a total of 12.2 miles. Mid to
> late afternoon was a birders delight. With a high tide and winds blowing
> north across Old Tampa Bay, hundreds of shorebirds, which included Red
> Knot, Short-billed Dowitcher, Black-bellied Plover, Dunlin, Semipalmated
> Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, and a spattering of Western Sandpiper
> and Wilson's Plover, were forced to rest on the asphalt trail. What
> an unbelievable sight. The location is in Pinellas County adjacent to
> median light poles C129 thru C133. Along the north marginal road in
> Hillsborough County, just west of the big bridge, on the edge of the road
> resting on the rocks, were over twenty American Oystercatchers along with
> numerous Willets and Least Sandpipers. Looking north into Mobbly Bay were
> thousands of Lesser Scaup. Roseate Spoonbills could be seen on the far
> shore. What an amazing memorable day.
>
>
> Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater, Florida
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Date: 2/8/17 6:47 am
From: john kendall <00000042d723377e-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Saltmarsh Sparrow Identification
Danny: I am a snowbirder and am fairly familiar with the Nelson's Sparrow subspecies and looked over the photo rather quickly and will study it later--certainly an interesting bird and great photos!At a glance, the overall plumage looked too gray and drab for any of the 3 Nelson's Sparrow subspecies.  There seems to be high contrast and no continuity of facial yellow/orange into the breast, which may point toward one of the Saltmarsh Sparrow subspecies. The gray breast streaking seems to point more to diversus.  Oddly, the bill didn't jump out (possibly due to angle) of being long, such as in Saltmarsh Sparrows.  That said, the 2 Saltmarsh Sparrows are not my forte.
Here is a very good Photo Essay by Fletcher Smith on separating these.  He has the most experience I know of.  https://www.aba.org/nab/v65n2sparrows.pdfIf interested, I could also send you an article and some of my photos, detailing the status and a record of alterus Nelson's Sparrow in Indiana.
I struck out last year at Shiloh, probably arriving too late in am and maybe the wrong tide.  Would like to photograph a few of these, esp. non-interior Sparrows. Any advice would be helpful.
John KendallNew Smyrna Beach/Warsaw, IN


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Date: 2/8/17 6:25 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Courtney Campbell Causeway 2017 Winter Shorebird Survey.
Yesterday, Tuesday, we along with Steve And Jane Mann, surveyed the 8.6 mile causeway area from Rocky Point in Hillsborough County to Bayview Avenue in Pinellas County. About 64 species of birds were recorded during our all day adventure. The variety ranged from Marbled Godwits at Ben T. Davis to Spotted Sandpipers and a single female Black Scoter at the end of Bayview. We began at daybreak at Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach with numerous Bonaparte's Gulls and Black Skimmers. Shortly after sunrise, a Peregrine Falcon flushed every bird from the beach and then decided to set on an adjacent light pole to make sure they didn't return. With a morning low tide shorebirds were an effort to find, but birding was good. After a late lunch, we decided to bicycle stretches of the all-purpose trail that have been productive in the past. We rode a total of 12.2 miles. Mid to late afternoon was a birders delight. With a high tide and winds blowing north across Old Tampa Bay, hundreds of shorebirds, which included Red Knot, Short-billed Dowitcher, Black-bellied Plover, Dunlin, Semipalmated Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, and a spattering of Western Sandpiper and Wilson's Plover, were forced to rest on the asphalt trail. What an unbelievable sight. The location is in Pinellas County adjacent to median light poles C129 thru C133. Along the north marginal road in Hillsborough County, just west of the big bridge, on the edge of the road resting on the rocks, were over twenty American Oystercatchers along with numerous Willets and Least Sandpipers. Looking north into Mobbly Bay were thousands of Lesser Scaup. Roseate Spoonbills could be seen on the far shore. What an amazing memorable day.


Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater, Florida

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Date: 2/7/17 6:21 pm
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Question on Nelson's Sparrow - 2/7/17
This year in Shiloh has been the smallest amount of sharptails that I have recorded in approximately 9 years. There never are many Nelson's, but I have had as many as 10 or more a year. The birds always show up Oct. 1st to 3rd in Shiloh. I do not know if Dr. Greenlaw is still on the Listserv, but I know he is an expert on Sharptails. One year we had a different subspecies of the Nelson's that showed up on Blackpoint. It was a drab colored bird not the colorful Nelson's we are all use to. Yesterday on my report I had a picture of the first Nelson's Sparrow that I have seen this year in Shiloh. I only had 3 or maybe 4 Saltmarsh until I recorded 5 to 6 yesterday. This Nelson's is a very drab colored bird. It's not like the Blackpoint bird, but it is different. I do not know if it is due to the fact that it might be changing plumage or is simply a very young bird. Hoping Dr. Greenlaw might be out there or some other learned birder could weigh in on the matter. I'd appreciate it.
The first picture is the Nelson's on Blackpoint (bottom bird- top bird is a LeConte's Sparrow) .... The last picture is the current bird in question.

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Date: 2/7/17 5:46 pm
From: Diane Reed <dreedster14...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Titusville Scissor-tailed Flycatcher still there
Still at the Spacecoast Regional Airport at the corner of Tico and
Perimeter Road. Seen today at approx. 11 am.

thanks
Diane Reed
St Augustine FL

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Date: 2/7/17 3:54 pm
From: Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Hilochee WMA, Osprey Unit - Sedge Wren, etc.
I went out to the west end of the Osprey Unit today, west of Haines City. The birding there isn't nearly as good as it is on the east end, mainly due to the almost complete lack of mature hardwoods within reasonable bushwhacking distance of the trail. But I did find a Sedge Wren. (The Osprey Unit as a whole seems to be pretty reliable for them.) And that was about it. 32 species total, but mostly just the usual common stuff.
Full eBird list (with more details) below:
Hilochee WMA--Osprey Unit, Polk, Florida, US
Feb 7, 2017 11:25 AM - 3:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:    Walked Tanner Grade from the CR-557 entrance.
32 species (+1 other taxa)

Wood Stork  1
Great Egret  3
Black Vulture  21
Turkey Vulture  7
Osprey  4
Sharp-shinned/Cooper's Hawk  1    Glided across the trail in front of me, fairly high. I had a great view, but it was straight-on from the side, so I wasn't able to discern the shape of the tail. Wingbeats were fast like a Sharpie, but it was fighting some pretty strong wind, so I don't know if wingbeats would be diagnostic in that context. Bad luck for me :-/
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  4
Common Ground-Dove  2
Mourning Dove  2
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  1
American Kestrel  2
Eastern Phoebe  5
White-eyed Vireo  4
Blue-headed Vireo  3
American Crow  3
Tree Swallow  3
Tufted Titmouse  1
House Wren  12
Sedge Wren  1    28.1824, -81.7289. In a fairly dry grassy/shrubby area. Not habitat I typically associate with this species. Called loudly several times before popping up in a large shrub for a good view.
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  12
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  4
Gray Catbird  5
Northern Mockingbird  2
Common Yellowthroat  13
Palm Warbler  6    I didn't get a good look at all six birds, but most (if not all) of them were Yellow Palms. I've been seeing large numbers of this subspecies all winter long, which is very unusual for this area.
Yellow-rumped Warbler  30
Swamp Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34231128

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

Daniel EstabrooksWinter Haven, FL

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Date: 2/7/17 10:38 am
From: Steve Klesius <skaway...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sandhill Cranes heading North
Yesterday (2/6) I saw and heard 3 large flocks of Sandhill Cranes heading north, near Bell (north Florida). First you would hear them and high up in the sky would be a long V formation and a few behind in a small group. This was between 12 noon and 1:30 pm. On their way to Nebraska and elsewhere? Steve Klesius, Tampa, FL 33647

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Date: 2/7/17 8:36 am
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Glaucous Gull ( Pinellas, 7 Feb 2017 )
Good morning,

Eric Plage reports that the Glaucous Gull is currently about half way along
the beach south of the Don CeSar Resort Hotel (3400 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete
Beach) and the north tip of Pass-A-Grille Beach. In other words, park at
the north end of Pass-A-Grille Beach at 22nd Avenue and look/walk north
towards the Don.

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL

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Date: 2/6/17 5:51 pm
From: Ed Rizer <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar Reserve 2/6/17
Hello Birders.
Did a Split shift at Circle B Bar Reserve Southeast of Lakeland today
from 7:15 till 11 and then from 2:30 till 6. It was a beautiful and
productive day.
Best Birds: 4 PAINTED BUNTING, 1 INDIGO BUNTING, 6 AMERICAN GOLDFINCH,
1 EASTERN TOWHEE unusual to see, easier to hear at CBBR, 2 PRAIRIE WARBLER,
4 WHITE-EYED and 1 BLUE-HEADED VIREO, 2 VESPER SPARROW, 4 BALD EAGLE, 2
BARRED OWL, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, ( others saw a Dark Morph Short-tailed Hawk
), 2 ROSEATE SPOONBILL, 3 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, 1 AMERICAN BITTERN,
also many Blue-winged Teal and Black-bellied Whistling Duck, several
Wilson's Snipe, 2 Long-billed Dowitchers, 3 Killdeer, several Purple
Gallinule, 2 Barn Swallows and lots of Tree Swallows.
Also a River Otter has taken up residence along Marsh Rabbit Run,
until recently very seldom seen at CBBR for some reason. There was also a
surprising variety of butterflies for this time of year including an
American Lady. There was also lots of Pigs including a litter of piglets.
Good Birding and God Bless.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.

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Date: 2/6/17 5:31 pm
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Merritt Island NWR - Shiloh - and more 2-6-17
This morning I went out to Shiloh to make a long overdue check of the Sharptail Sparrows in Shiloh. The water level is very low now. This has attracted numerous Savannah Sparrows. I had to hunt hard to uncover 5 Saltmarsh and 1 Nelson's Sparrow. There were a few Swamp Sparrows mixed in there too. The Sharptails were still very shy, but I managed to get some photographs. Afterwards a good morning with Sharptails I went to TICO (Titusville airport) where the Scissortail Flycatcher is still the hawking away. He appears very comfortable in that habitat. He would fly straight up very high to where you could hardly see him, get bug, and fly back to the fence. It was cool watching him. Saw Savannah, and Vesper Sparrows on the fence line too. It was a good morning indeed.... :)

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Date: 2/6/17 10:18 am
From: burtonian <burtonian...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Eastern Caribbean birds


I saw an immature Brown Booby from the viewing platform at Key Vista Park in Pasco County Jan 27. Since they are seen daily at Oldsmar, I didn't think much of it, other than it was the day's best bird. I noticed today there don't seem to be any records on ebird for Pasco (just Masked Booby), so my sighhting may be of local interest.




Dan Burton,

Port Richey



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Date: 02/05/17 15:16
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Eastern Caribbean birds

Alice:


Masked and Brown boobies


Tony


Tony Leukering
Largo, FL
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From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
To: BRDBRAIN <BRDBRAIN...>
Sent: Sun, Feb 5, 2017 2:38 pm
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Eastern Caribbean birds

On cruise ship into San Juan, Puerto Rico, I saw Northern Gannets and Brown Boobies, I think, flying around our ship.I have never seen either of these birds from above, so I had a little trouble ID'ing the Brown Boobies.
Please correct me if I am wrong.





Northern Gannet



Northern Gannet

Brown Booby

Brown Booby

Brown Booby ??


Alice Horst, Marion County, FL
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Date: 2/6/17 4:14 am
From: Roy Peterson <scrubjay33...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] ID HELP Report Date 3-5-17
Looks like a Pied-billed Grebe with the neck fully extended.
Roy Peterson, DeBary


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#yiv2513641737 #yiv2513641737 -- P {margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;}#yiv2513641737 forgot picture ... here it is.....
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From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Sent: Sunday, February 5, 2017 9:16 PM
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Cc: Danny Bales
Subject: ID HELP Report Date 3-5-17 I photographed this grebe earlier this year in Shiloh. I've been meaning to get opinions on what it might be. The long neck throws me off. I was thinking Eared Grebe at first, but the head is not right. Maybe an Eared Grebe mated with a Pied-billed Grebe. Confusing. Long shot, but good enough for an ID.
Thanks...

Danny Bales
Titusville, Fla.
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Date: 2/5/17 6:46 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bald Eagle Nest on Mulberry Rec Trail - The Villages, Marion County, FL

> Subject: Bald Eagle Nest on Mulberry Rec Trail - Marion County
> Date: February 5, 2017
>
>
> I’ve been away from The Villages for 10 days - it was time to check the nest today.
> At 4:45pm I golf carted over to the recreation trail. One adult was on the left arm of the electrical support opposite the “skinny nest” .
> I could only see one chick in the nest and I was worried that something had happened to the other one. I continued birding the Lopez Ponds returning to the nest at 5:30pm.
> One adult flew into nest with ??? and then I saw BOTH chicks eagerly eating.
>
>
> Dinner Delivery
>
>
>
> Feeding the 2 chicks
>
>
>
> “Yummy”
> I was so happy when I could see both Merry and Noel today (my names for them since I think they hatched around Christmas)
> I will try to ID WHAT was brought in for dinner by enlarging the first picture above.
>
> There were a number of people “Eagle Watching” at 5:30 this evening. I imagine this is a daily event for some people. It is very cool to see this so close without disturbing them.
>
> Alice Horst
> Marion County, Fl
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Date: 2/5/17 6:19 pm
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] ID HELP Report Date 3-5-17
forgot picture ... here it is.....


Danny Bales

Titusville , Fla.

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen<http://www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen>


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[https://farm1.staticflickr.com/443/32603485721_0820baf638_b.jpg]
[https://farm1.staticflickr.com/631/31912673783_b8a9c84e1e_q.jpg] <https://www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31912673783/>
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Brevard


________________________________
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Sent: Sunday, February 5, 2017 9:16 PM
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Cc: Danny Bales
Subject: ID HELP Report Date 3-5-17

I photographed this grebe earlier this year in Shiloh. I've been meaning to get opinions on what it might be. The long neck throws me off. I was thinking Eared Grebe at first, but the head is not right. Maybe an Eared Grebe mated with a Pied-billed Grebe. Confusing. Long shot, but good enough for an ID.
Thanks...

Danny Bales
Titusville, Fla.
www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen<http://www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen>

[https://farm1.staticflickr.com/416/32695712596_904ac99d12_q.jpg] <https://www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32695712596/>
[https://farm1.staticflickr.com/416/32695712596_904ac99d12_b.jpg]
[https://farm1.staticflickr.com/608/32582085052_3a69dd05ca_q.jpg] <https://www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32582085052/>
[https://farm1.staticflickr.com/608/32582085052_3a69dd05ca_b.jpg]
[https://farm1.staticflickr.com/604/31887115934_92028fef3f_q.jpg] <https://www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31887115934/>
[https://farm1.staticflickr.com/604/31887115934_92028fef3f_b.jpg]
[https://farm1.staticflickr.com/759/32729900005_01b88d41da_q.jpg] <https://www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32729900005/>
[https://farm1.staticflickr.com/759/32729900005_01b88d41da_b.jpg]
[https://farm1.staticflickr.com/402/32349744840_1f03f5b20a_q.jpg] <https://www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32349744840/>
[https://farm1.staticflickr.com/402/32349744840_1f03f5b20a_b.jpg]
[https://farm1.staticflickr.com/705/32686667666_687f63b864_q.jpg] <https://www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32686667666/>
[https://farm1.staticflickr.com/705/32686667666_687f63b864_b.jpg]
[https://farm1.staticflickr.com/443/32603485721_0820baf638_q.jpg] <https://www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32603485721/>
[https://farm1.staticflickr.com/443/32603485721_0820baf638_b.jpg]
[https://farm1.staticflickr.com/631/31912673783_b8a9c84e1e_q.jpg] <https://www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31912673783/>
[https://farm1.staticflickr.com/631/31912673783_b8a9c84e1e_b.jpg]



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Date: 2/5/17 6:16 pm
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] ID HELP Report Date 3-5-17
I photographed this grebe earlier this year in Shiloh. I've been meaning to get opinions on what it might be. The long neck throws me off. I was thinking Eared Grebe at first, but the head is not right. Maybe an Eared Grebe mated with a Pied-billed Grebe. Confusing. Long shot, but good enough for an ID.
Thanks...

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

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Date: 2/5/17 12:35 pm
From: Avery Chan <gatedancer93...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Jetty Park and Apollo Beach
Hello birders,

Today, my dad and I went to Jetty Park. Very early on, we saw a Purple Sandpiper on the rocks by the water. This is my first this year since we missed it at Lighthouse Point Park. Sadly, we didn't see the Common Eider. There were, however, over a hundred pelicans by the jetty. There are so many.

Later, we drove north to Apollo Beach. At the end of the road, the two reported Brant individuals were on a sand bar in the distance on the side away from the ocean. Luckily, the birds were already scoped by other individuals.

Good luck to everyone else looking for these birds!

Avery Chan
Seminole County, Florida

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Date: 2/5/17 12:16 pm
From: Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Eastern Caribbean birds
Alice:


Masked and Brown boobies


Tony


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-----Original Message-----
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
To: BRDBRAIN <BRDBRAIN...>
Sent: Sun, Feb 5, 2017 2:38 pm
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Eastern Caribbean birds


On cruise ship into San Juan, Puerto Rico, I saw Northern Gannets and Brown Boobies, I think, flying around our ship.
I have never seen either of these birds from above, so I had a little trouble ID’ing the Brown Boobies.
Please correct me if I am wrong.





Northern Gannet



Northern Gannet

Brown Booby

Brown Booby

Brown Booby ??


Alice Horst, Marion County, FL
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Date: 2/5/17 11:53 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] MISTAKEN ID - Eastern Caribbean birds
Thanks to Rex Rowan and Rangel Diaz:
Corrected report: Birds I ID’d as Northern Gannets are Masked Boobies…..



>
> On cruise ship into San Juan, Puerto Rico, I saw Masked and Brown Boobies flying around our ship.
>
>
>
> Masked Booby (NOT Northern Gannet as I earlier reported)
>
>
> Masked Booby, ( NOT Northern Gannet as I earlier reported)
>
> Brown Booby
>
> Brown Booby
>
> Brown Booby
>
> Alice Horst, Marion County, FL
> <ahorst...> <mailto:<ahorst...>

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Date: 2/5/17 11:38 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Eastern Caribbean birds
On cruise ship into San Juan, Puerto Rico, I saw Northern Gannets and Brown Boobies, I think, flying around our ship.
I have never seen either of these birds from above, so I had a little trouble ID’ing the Brown Boobies.
Please correct me if I am wrong.



Northern Gannet


Northern Gannet

Brown Booby

Brown Booby

Brown Booby ??

Alice Horst, Marion County, FL
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Date: 2/5/17 10:24 am
From: Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] McKetchan Lake Park (ID help)
Hello everyone: Once again I ask for your help on an ID of a shorebird at McKetchan Lake Park in Brooksville, Fl. (What a nice peaceful and quiet place) It was across the lake and hard to keep in view. It has the markings of Wilsons snipe but a bill of a godwit, to my eye. The snipes I have seen are much chunkier. The whole body photo is blurry, sorry. It then disappeared into the weeds. Also, any reason why this belted kingfisher is so gray? Due to age? And of course, 2 juvenile eagles flying over head to make my day. I would like to thank the birder who mentioned Starkey's Wilderness Park and brown-headed nuthatches. They came out to greet me, got some good photos.

Dorothy,
Ocala, Fl.

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Date: 2/5/17 6:13 am
From: Ted Yeatts <tedyeatts...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Brant. Canaveral NS. New Smyrna Beach
Both Brant are currently on a sandbar with lots of shorebirds WEST of
parking lot 5. It is distant and you will likely need a scope. Good luck to
those chasing!

Ted Yeatts
Port Orange, FL



On Sat, Feb 4, 2017 at 11:10 AM Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...>
wrote:

> This morning I found both Brant that have been reported at Canaveral
> National Seashore, Apollo Beach. This is south of New Smyrna Beach. The
> birds were seen about 1/2 mile south of Parking Area 5, which is the end of
> the road.
>
> Michael Brothers
> Marine Science Center
> Ponce Inlet, FL
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Date: 2/4/17 5:40 pm
From: David Simpson <simpsondavid...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] T. M. Goodwin - Broadmoor Unit closure
T. M. Goodwin - Broadmoor Unit will be closing as of 2/15/17 for approximately 90 days due to construction activities by St. Johns River Water Management District. The Broadmoor Unit is about five miles from the parking area and is only accessible by vehicles on Thursdays from 9-4. This Thursday, February 9, will be the last time for awhile to access the area. Once construction begins, even pedestrian traffic will not be allowed.

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David Simpson
Fellsmere, FL

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Date: 2/4/17 8:10 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Brant. Canaveral NS. New Smyrna Beach
This morning I found both Brant that have been reported at Canaveral National Seashore, Apollo Beach. This is south of New Smyrna Beach. The birds were seen about 1/2 mile south of Parking Area 5, which is the end of the road.

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL

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Date: 2/4/17 7:19 am
From: Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Harris's Sparrow - Kettering Road, Hernando (02/04/2017)
Hi All,

The Harris's Sparrow continues along Kettering Road. I found it early this
morning in the same general area as reported previously but closer to the
road on the east side. At least eight White-crowned Sparrows were with it.

I also photographed a borealis Red-tailed Hawk. This subspecies has a white
throat and winters in Florida. The local resident Red-tailed Hawk umbrinus
of Florida has a dark throat.

Full checklist and details:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34145622

Best,
Brian Ahern
Tampa, FL.

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Date: 2/4/17 5:53 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Three Rooker Piping Plover / Pinellas County
Yesterday, Friday, while doing The 2017 Winter Shorebird Survey on the south island of Three Rooker Bar, we found nineteen Piping Plovers, with one of them in what appeared to be summer/near breeding plumage. This is a first for us in winter in Florida. The out of the ordinary plover had the orange-based bill, black forehead, and complete black breast band. Photo attached or can be made available. During the count we recorded a total of 37 species of birds. Unfortunately, no Snowy Plovers. Three Rooker is an offshore barrier island recently separated into two islands. It is part of Anclote Key Preserve State Park and accessible by boat or kayak.


Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater, Florida

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Date: 2/2/17 5:04 pm
From: William Haddad <photobill9...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Orange-crowned Warbler and other birds at Turkey Creek Sanct. this a.m.

Saw a winter flock with the usual Pine Warblers this a.m. and they were accompanied by my FOY Parula Warbler as well as other birds including R.C. Kinglets, Blue Gray Gnatcatchers and a probable Blue-headed Vireo. At another place had a nice look at an Orange-crowned Warbler.

Also, of note, I heard an early singing White-eyed Vireo. At the “field” area an immature Coopers Hawk was sitting in a tree – which brought up several vocalizing Catbirds and Cardinals and some smaller birds, not close enough to the Hawk to be exactly termed mobbing. As I left I heard the Hawk catch something with a continuing struggling on the ground shielded by thick bushes. Think it must have been a Catbird or Cardinal rather than the smaller House Wren, judging by the noise. Ground Doves were a little ways off, but there could have been one there also. (the border of the Sanct.).

Bill Haddad
Palm Bay, Fl.

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Date: 2/2/17 2:47 pm
From: Vince Capp <00000031300bf63b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Finch, Sparrow or Warbler?
That’s my impression as well, just based on silhouette alone.



Vince Capp

Bayonet Point, FL



From: Birdbrains - Florida Birds/Natural History [mailto:<BRDBRAIN...>] On Behalf Of Tony Leukering
Sent: Thursday, February 2, 2017 4:34 PM
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Finch, Sparrow or Warbler?



It looks like Myrtle Warbler to me, though it's hard to be sure with those pix.

Tony Leukering

Largo, FL
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-----Original Message-----
From: Sean C <dan...>
To: BRDBRAIN <BRDBRAIN...>
Sent: Thu, Feb 2, 2017 4:27 pm
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Finch, Sparrow or Warbler?

I saw this Bird yesterday in Polk county. any suggestions?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/147356155@N08/32512738682/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/147356155@N08/31853434273/in/dateposted-public/

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Date: 2/2/17 1:33 pm
From: Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Finch, Sparrow or Warbler?
It looks like Myrtle Warbler to me, though it's hard to be sure with those pix.


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-----Original Message-----
From: Sean C <dan...>
To: BRDBRAIN <BRDBRAIN...>
Sent: Thu, Feb 2, 2017 4:27 pm
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Finch, Sparrow or Warbler?

I saw this Bird yesterday in Polk county. any suggestions?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/147356155@N08/32512738682/in/dateposted-public/

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Date: 2/2/17 1:27 pm
From: Sean C <dan...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Finch, Sparrow or Warbler?
I saw this Bird yesterday in Polk county. any suggestions?

https://www.flickr.com/photos/147356155@N08/32512738682/in/dateposted-public/

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Date: 2/2/17 9:39 am
From: john kendall <00000042d723377e-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Frigates, Bethune Beach, Volusia Co.
It certainly is February..The beach was graced by 2 low-flying male Magnificant Frigatebirds at noon today.
John KendallNew Smyrna Bethune Beach/Warsaw, IN

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Date: 2/2/17 6:21 am
From: Allan Stern <00000014b7b0d186-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Beautiful Ibis
Beautiful Ibis.
(Satellite Beach FL, 2 Feb 2017)

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1532605180115288


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Date: 2/1/17 9:09 am
From: Tom <tledford1207...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Purple Sandpiper
I can't find the eider but the Purple Sandpiper is still present at Jetty Park.
Tom Ledford
Indialantic, FL

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Date: 1/31/17 1:54 pm
From: Diane Reed <dreedster14...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Gourd Island Conservation Area (St Johns County)
Greetings
Bachman's Sparrows are revving up for spring. Seen in several spots off
the red trail in the grassy areas.
Diane Reed
St Augustine FL

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Date: 1/31/17 1:07 pm
From: Bob Kelly <merwkelly...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Birds of Babcock Webb
Note in the first photo - the brown-headed nuthatch can be seen just above the head and to the left of the RCW

Bob Kelly
Bradenton, Fl.
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Date: 1/31/17 12:14 pm
From: Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] American Black Duck hybrid?

Hi Dale:


With the large black gape spot, buffiness on the face, and the pale internal markings on the side/flank feathers, the bird is expressing Mottled Duck genes rather than American Black Duck genes. American Black Ducks lack those three features. Mallard x Mottled Duck hybrids are common and widespread in Florida, particularly in urban/suburban areas where there are feral populations of Mallard.


Enjoy.


Tony Leukering
Largo, FL
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Date: 1/31/17 8:07 am
From: Bob Kelly <merwkelly...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Babcock Webb
Three of us went to what is becoming our annual tour of Babcock Webb Wildlife Management Area in Punta Gorda.

There are two observations we should make here. The first is that Babcock Webb seems to be rarely mentioned in SRQ reports which is amazing considering the birdlife in residence there. The second is that in the half dozen or more times we have gone to the area, we have rarely seen any fellow birders (on one occasion, we saw only two photographers camped out at a nesting site of the red-cockaded woodpecker at twilight - unfortunately, they had no luck that time around - and they were not really interested in any other birds other than the RCW).

This time, we were very fortunate in that we not only saw the RCW within the first half hour of being there, but while we were watching it, a brown headed nuthatch landed on the same tree and climbed within six inches of the RCW (we have a photo of both of them in the same frame but my electronic ineptitude bars me from sending it out). At any rate, for two years in a row, we had a great birding day - the list of observed birds:

Pie-billed grebe
Double-crested cormorant
Anhinga
Great blue heron
Great egret
Snowy egret
Little blue heron
Tricolored heron
Green heron
Black-crowned night heron
White ibis
Glossy ibis
Wood stork
Turkey vulture
Mottled duck
Hooded merganser
Osprey
Bald eagle
Northern harrier
Red-shouldered hawk
Purple gallinule (at two different locations!)
Common moorhen
American coot
Limpkin
Sandhill crane
Killdeer
Greater yellowlegs
Long-billed dowitcher
Common snipe
Mourning dove
Common ground dove
Belted kingfisher
Red-headed woodpecker (the first we have seen at Babcock Webb)
Red-bellied woodpecker
Downy woodpecker
Red-cockaded woodpecker
Northern flicker
Eastern phoebe
Loggerhead shrike
White-eyed vireo
Bluejay
Tree swallow
Brown-headed nuthatch
Blue-gray gnatcatcher
Eastern bluebird
Northern mockingbird
Yellow-rumped warbler
Pine warbler
Palm warbler
Common yellowthroat
Eastern towhee
Northern cardinal
Red-winged blackbird
Eastern meadowlark
Common grackle
Boat-tailed grackle

It was a most satisfying day - and well worth the trip.

Bob Kelly
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Date: 1/31/17 7:23 am
From: Joseph Covington <jpctheiii...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Exotics Request
Hello, Florida. I will be in Fort Lauderdale Feb 14-20 looking for exotics.
Any advice on reliable spots and times for common myna, Nandays, and
swamphen?
I have heard Nandays are easier around Sarasota and St Pete and would go
there if there is a reliable roost.
Thanks for any help.
Joseph Covington
Raleigh, NC

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Date: 1/31/17 4:42 am
From: Dale Green <daleagreen2...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] American Black Duck hybrid?
I got this picture of what I believe is an American Black Duck. But this duck seems to be a hybrid (perhaps with a Mallard) because of the green highlights on the back of the head. What do you think?

I took this picture at Lake Belleview in Pinellas County, http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=27.9465497,-82.7934623&ll=27.9465497,-82.7934623. Canvasbacks were reported at that location and were also present. This picture was taken at noon 1/30/17.

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Date: 1/30/17 8:22 pm
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Port Canaveral 1-30-17
This morning I went to Port Canaveral to find the Common Eider, and the Old Squaw (Long-tailed Duck). At 11:30 AM I had not found either bird, and I posted a post stating so. Just after posting that post I found the Long-tailed Duck preening on the north side of the bridge. I noticed that the duck is water logged. No matter how much he preens he can not dry his feathers. I also believe that he can not fly due to this, and probably he has a mid Winter molt loosing his flight feathers. The first picture I saw of the Long-tailed Duck he appeared emaciated his breast bone sticking out. If I could I would have captured it, and taken it to Melbourne Rehab, but that was not possible. As far as the Common Eider I never did see it. Another photographer was photographing a Purple Sandpiper on the rocks, but no Common Eider. On Friday I saw the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher sitting high on the wires in the area of the main road to the airport from US1. Also present several Vesper Sparrows.

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32581340316

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32498202191

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www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32580988696

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32407402402

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32596691585

Danny Bales
Titusville, Fla.
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Brevard

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Date: 1/30/17 3:20 pm
From: Bill Scheuerman <warbirdphotographs...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Purple Sanpiper, Jetty Park
Purple Sandpiper still at Jetty Park, Port Canaveral this morning. Located on the south jetty.
At times hard to see as it blends in with the rocks so well.

In the last week was able to observe the Common Eider and Long-tailed duck at the port also.
Throw in the Common Goldeneye in the pond by the Melbourne airport, not a bad week.

Purple Sandpiper
http://www.pbase.com/sannabill/image/164909058/original.jpg

Common Eider
http://www.pbase.com/sannabill/image/164894611/original.jpg

Long-tailed Duck
http://www.pbase.com/sannabill/image/164889109/original.jpg

Common Goldeneye
http://www.pbase.com/sannabill/image/164898164/original.jpg

Bill Scheuerman
Viera, Fl

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Date: 1/30/17 10:42 am
From: PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Long-tailed Duck Location
At 9 am today, Long-tailed Duck was just west of bridge at Rodney Ketchum, in center of channel.

Phyllis Mansfield,
Cocoa Beach, Fl

From: SUEREDFISH Bales
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Here at Port Canveral. Neither the duck or the eider seen at 11:30 AM

Danny Bales
Titusville Fla.
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Brevard




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Date: 1/30/17 10:01 am
From: Lawrence Gardenhire <lgardenhire...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Long-tailed Duck Location


At Ketchum Park now - long-tailed near end of the bridge. 
Lawrence Gardenhire Palm Beach 
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Date: 1/30/17 11:37 AM (GMT-05:00)
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Here at Port Canveral. Neither the duck or the eider seen at 11:30 AM



Danny Bales
Titusville Fla.
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Brevard










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Date: 1/28/17 8:33 PM (GMT-05:00)
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Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Long-tailed Duck Location





Both the Common Eider and Long-tailed Duck was seen today.  Here is the route from Jetty Park in Orange. I found the Long-tailed Duck this evening feeding under the bridge.



Jim Armstrong

West Melbourne, FL



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Date: 1/30/17 8:37 am
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Long-tailed Duck Location
Here at Port Canveral. Neither the duck or the eider seen at 11:30 AM

Danny Bales
Titusville Fla.
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Both the Common Eider and Long-tailed Duck was seen today. Here is the route from Jetty Park in Orange. I found the Long-tailed Duck this evening feeding under the bridge.

Jim Armstrong
West Melbourne, FL

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Date: 1/30/17 7:09 am
From: Pamela Graber <pamela.graber...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Glaucous Gull Continues (Pinellas, 28 Jan 2017)
Glaucous gull now at 16th have
Thanks for info on locations where previously viewed
Pamela Graber
Bidding in Pinellas today

On Jan 28, 2017 8:06 PM, "Ron Smith" <rsmithbirds...> wrote:

> Good evening,
>
> The Glaucous Gull was eBird-reported this afternoon at 1:30, after having
> been seen at Pass-A-Grille Beach at the end of 22nd Avenue, Gulf side.
> Out-of-state birder Brett Hoffman, visiting from NY, sent me a photo of it
> when he saw it just past 3 PM.
>
> Other local rarities seen today in Pinellas included a continuing
> Red-breasted Nuthatch at John Taylor Park and a female Common Goldeneye at
> the William Dunn WTF.
>
>
> Ron Smith
> St. Pete, FL
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Date: 1/30/17 5:38 am
From: Manon VanSchoyck <mvs...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Ruby throated hummingbird in Naples
Not sure what the winter status is for Florida but I just heard and then
saw a male ruby throated hummingbird feeding on flowers in the north Naples
area. Now, back to Ohio after 10 days of Florida birding.




Manon VanSchoyck - Licking County Ohio

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Date: 1/29/17 2:30 pm
From: Breanna Perry <serena933...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Baltimore Oriole - Hernando Beach
Just saw (and photographed) a Balltimore Oriole along the wires of Flamingo Drive in Hernando Beach! Also a brown thrasher in an empty lot on the same street.

Happy birding!
Breanna Perry
Spring Hill, FL

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Date: 1/29/17 5:35 am
From: Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Long-tailed Duck
Hi all,

Thanks Phyllis and everyone else for the directions to the Long-tailed
Duck. It does spend a lot of its time underwater, so if you don't see it at
first, stick around!

Janet Leavens
Oviedo, FL

On Sat, Jan 28, 2017 at 7:07 PM, PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...>
wrote:

> When you leave Jetty Park, you are on George King; go west to Dave
> Nisbet,(Just before the #528 ramp) turn right; take first left, Mullet Dr.
> Approximately .6 to Rodney Ketchum.
> Yesterday the Long-tailed was right at the boat ramp, swimming next to sea
> wall. Today it was in main channel on north side, a bit east of parking
> garage.
>
> At Jetty Park the Common Eider was today at west end of pier. The Purple
> Sandpiper was near end of pier on rocks.
>
> Phyllis Mansfield,
> Cocoa Beach, FL
>
> -----Original Message----- From: Janet Leavens
> Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2017 2:55 PM
> To: <BRDBRAIN...>
> Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Long-tailed Duck
>
>
> Can anyone send directions to Ketchum park from Jetty Park? We've tried
> with both Google and Apple maps and we either run into the Air Force base
> or Cruise parking.
>
> Thanks,
>
> Janet Leavens
> Oviedo, FL
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Jan 28, 2017, at 1:27 PM, Tom <tledford1207...> wrote:
>>
>> For anyone who might be interested, the Long-tailed Duck is present at
>> Rodney Ketchum Park in Port Canaveral.
>> Tom Ledford
>> Indialantic, FL
>>
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Date: 1/28/17 5:33 pm
From: Jim Armstrong <0000003a823b450e-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Long-tailed Duck Location
Both the Common Eider and Long-tailed Duck was seen today. Here is the route from Jetty Park in Orange. I found the Long-tailed Duck this evening feeding under the bridge.

Jim Armstrong
West Melbourne, FL

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Date: 1/28/17 5:06 pm
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Glaucous Gull Continues (Pinellas, 28 Jan 2017)
Good evening,

The Glaucous Gull was eBird-reported this afternoon at 1:30, after having
been seen at Pass-A-Grille Beach at the end of 22nd Avenue, Gulf side.
Out-of-state birder Brett Hoffman, visiting from NY, sent me a photo of it
when he saw it just past 3 PM.

Other local rarities seen today in Pinellas included a continuing
Red-breasted Nuthatch at John Taylor Park and a female Common Goldeneye at
the William Dunn WTF.


Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL

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Date: 1/28/17 4:07 pm
From: PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Long-tailed Duck
When you leave Jetty Park, you are on George King; go west to Dave
Nisbet,(Just before the #528 ramp) turn right; take first left, Mullet Dr.
Approximately .6 to Rodney Ketchum.
Yesterday the Long-tailed was right at the boat ramp, swimming next to sea
wall. Today it was in main channel on north side, a bit east of parking
garage.

At Jetty Park the Common Eider was today at west end of pier. The Purple
Sandpiper was near end of pier on rocks.

Phyllis Mansfield,
Cocoa Beach, FL

-----Original Message-----
From: Janet Leavens
Sent: Saturday, January 28, 2017 2:55 PM
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Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Long-tailed Duck

Can anyone send directions to Ketchum park from Jetty Park? We've tried with
both Google and Apple maps and we either run into the Air Force base or
Cruise parking.

Thanks,

Janet Leavens
Oviedo, FL

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 28, 2017, at 1:27 PM, Tom <tledford1207...> wrote:
>
> For anyone who might be interested, the Long-tailed Duck is present at
> Rodney Ketchum Park in Port Canaveral.
> Tom Ledford
> Indialantic, FL
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Date: 1/28/17 11:55 am
From: Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Long-tailed Duck
Can anyone send directions to Ketchum park from Jetty Park? We've tried with both Google and Apple maps and we either run into the Air Force base or Cruise parking.

Thanks,

Janet Leavens
Oviedo, FL

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 28, 2017, at 1:27 PM, Tom <tledford1207...> wrote:
>
> For anyone who might be interested, the Long-tailed Duck is present at Rodney Ketchum Park in Port Canaveral.
> Tom Ledford
> Indialantic, FL
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Date: 1/28/17 10:27 am
From: Tom <tledford1207...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Long-tailed Duck
For anyone who might be interested, the Long-tailed Duck is present at Rodney Ketchum Park in Port Canaveral.
Tom Ledford
Indialantic, FL

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Date: 1/27/17 7:49 pm
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Birding MINWR and More - Report Date 1-26-17
Today I went to the Pine Wood Trail north of Beacon 42 on SR3... this is where I saw the Field Sparrows. Unfortunately they are doing a prescribe burn in that area. So.. the Field Sparrows will probably be gone along with other birds in the area there. I know I had 4 plus Field Sparrows there. Today I saw the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at TICO.. He looks like he is very happy hawking away at the grasshoppers. The Vesper Sparrows are always a pleasant sight to see. Also the Field Sparrow that was there leaves a fond memory.




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<http://www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32561711775>Brevard
<http://www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32374742592>

[X]FIELD SPARROW - MINWR - 1-25-17 - A0738<http://www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32374742592>

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From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2017 10:26 PM
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Cc: Danny Bales
Subject: Birding MINWR and More - Report Date 1-26-17

After almost 2 weeks of trying to find out if there were any birds to see in my area, I got out, and started looking for them. Someone said there was a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and some Vesper Sparrows around the Titusville Airport (TICO). I searched the fence line and was fortunate to find both birds there. The flycatcher was a juvy, but great bird to watch. Plenty of Vesper Sparrows mixed in with the Savannah Sparrows. You never know what you will see watching flycatchers. I got to see it simply jump up, and grab a Grasshopper. Then I saw it throw up a digested ball. If you look through the first page of my pictures you will see this sequence. My wife told me she saw some kind of ducks in a small pond in a housing development. Sure enough there were about 75 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks making this small pond their resting place during the day. Next I took a trip down to Viera Wetlands to see the Ash-throated Flycatcher, and the Smooth-billed Ani. I did not find the Flycatcher, but did get quick views of the Ani. After that I went further down the road to the hotel where there was a reported Goldeneye female. She was there feeding with two female Hooded Mergansers. I have see them before, but always from a long distance. Good to get close look at one finally. Not long after my trips I heard from a friend that Sparrows were starting to show up on the MINWR. Since those are my favorite species of birds I had to go check it out. It was good to see Field Sparrows again. I had not seen them in a while. I saw 4 or more on the Field Sparrow. Plenty of shore birds showing up on the dykes that you can travel on now. Still need a scope on most of them. In the old days all these birds would have been posted on Brdbrains. It is really sad to see private groups starting up keeping knowledge on the whereabouts of birds to themselves. I tried to join one, and was not allowed to. Anyhow I'll keep posting anything interesting I find on Brdbrains.

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[X]SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER CATCHING GRASSHOPPER - 1-23-17 - A8782<http://www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32375835571>

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Danny Bales
Titusville, Fla.
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Brevard


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Date: 1/27/17 1:06 pm
From: Thad Roller <thadroller...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Glaucous Gull (Pinellas County, 27 Jan 2017)
Just an update; I dipped on the Glaucous Gull (again!!) this afternoon at Passe-A-Grille. I was there from 1:00-2:30pm and unsuccessfully looked up and down the beach for about 1/4 mile in each direction. I also spoke with a group of birders who had been there from 12:00-12:30 with no luck. Not sure if the morning is better for this bird, or whether it moved on somewhere nearby. In any case I wouldn't be surprised if it comes back.

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Tampa

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Date: 1/27/17 11:38 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pasco County Birds; Friday january 27, 2017
Hi All,

Don Fraser and I hit 10 locations here in the eastern part of Pasco County
and scored 94 Species this morning. Here were the highlights:

Starkey Wilderness Park:

American Woodcock 1 doing it's courtship display
Eastern Whip-poor-will 1 responded to tape and came in but moved off
before we could snap off a photo at 650 AM!
Brown-headed Nuthatch 4

Starkey Ranch New Subdivision:

Wood Duck 12
Green-winged Teal 12
Greater Scaup 1 continuing female
Roseate Spoonbill 3

Sun Toyota Pond:

Gadwall 2
Green-winged teal 12

Anclote Gulf Pier:

Common Loon 30
Northern Gannet 1 immature
Whimbrel 1 continuing bird

Great Birding!!

Dave Gagne
New port Richey, FL

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Date: 1/27/17 11:16 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Aberrant Laughing Gull or something else?
Hi Dawn,

This is a Laughing Gull, as there have been several other sightings in the
past several years of this plumage, as sometimes the bill and legs are
entirely red.

Great Birding!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

On Fri, Jan 27, 2017 at 1:36 PM, DAWN CAMPBELL-CURRIE <
<0000005e81cf5274-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> Went on one of the Spacecoast Birding and Wildlife Festival outings
> yesterday to the Cocoa Landfill. Among the thousands of gulls and other
> birds was one very unique gull. He was the same size as a Laughing Gull,
> but with a bright orange beak and feet. We did not have a gull expert along
> with us, and no one was able to make a confident ID of this bird. Is it an
> Aberrant Laughing Gull or some other species? Photos attached.
>
> Other birds identified:
> Wood Stork
> Anhinga
> Great Blue Heron
> Great Egret
> Little Blue Heron
> Cattle Egret
> White Ibis
> Glossy Ibis
> Black Vulture
> Turkey Vulture
> Bald Eagle
> Red-shouldered Hawk
> Sandhill Crane
> Laughing Gull
> Ring-billed Gull
> Lesser Black-backed Gull
> American Kestrel
> European Starling
> Palm Warbler
> Yellow-rumped Warbler
> Boat-tailed Grackle
> Brown-headed Cowbird
>
> Dawn Currie
> Cocoa, FL
> Brevard County
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Date: 1/27/17 10:49 am
From: DAWN CAMPBELL-CURRIE <0000005e81cf5274-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Aberrant Laughing Gull or something else?
Went on one of the Spacecoast Birding and Wildlife Festival outings yesterday to the Cocoa Landfill. Among the thousands of gulls and other birds was one very unique gull. He was the same size as a Laughing Gull, but with a bright orange beak and feet. We did not have a gull expert along with us, and no one was able to make a confident ID of this bird. Is it an Aberrant Laughing Gull or some other species? Photos attached.
Other birds identified:Wood StorkAnhingaGreat Blue HeronGreat EgretLittle Blue HeronCattle EgretWhite IbisGlossy IbisBlack VultureTurkey VultureBald EagleRed-shouldered HawkSandhill CraneLaughing GullRing-billed GullLesser Black-backed GullAmerican KestrelEuropean StarlingPalm WarblerYellow-rumped WarblerBoat-tailed GrackleBrown-headed Cowbird
Dawn CurrieCocoa, FLBrevard County

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Date: 1/27/17 6:52 am
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Glaucous Gull (Pinellas County, 27 Jan 2017)
Good morning,

A Glaucous Gull, probably the same individual last reported from Pinellas
in October, is standing on the beach at Pass-A-Grille Beach in south
Pinellas. It was learned late yesterday that it had been seen on Wednesday
and is now re-confirmed this morning by JoAnna Clayton. She reported it at
the end of 17th Avenue at Pass-A-Grille.

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL

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Date: 1/26/17 7:27 pm
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Birding MINWR and More - Report Date 1-26-17
After almost 2 weeks of trying to find out if there were any birds to see in my area, I got out, and started looking for them. Someone said there was a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and some Vesper Sparrows around the Titusville Airport (TICO). I searched the fence line and was fortunate to find both birds there. The flycatcher was a juvy, but great bird to watch. Plenty of Vesper Sparrows mixed in with the Savannah Sparrows. You never know what you will see watching flycatchers. I got to see it simply jump up, and grab a Grasshopper. Then I saw it throw up a digested ball. If you look through the first page of my pictures you will see this sequence. My wife told me she saw some kind of ducks in a small pond in a housing development. Sure enough there were about 75 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks making this small pond their resting place during the day. Next I took a trip down to Viera Wetlands to see the Ash-throated Flycatcher, and the Smooth-billed Ani. I did not find the Flycatcher, but did get quick views of the Ani. After that I went further down the road to the hotel where there was a reported Goldeneye female. She was there feeding with two female Hooded Mergansers. I have see them before, but always from a long distance. Good to get close look at one finally. Not long after my trips I heard from a friend that Sparrows were starting to show up on the MINWR. Since those are my favorite species of birds I had to go check it out. It was good to see Field Sparrows again. I had not seen them in a while. I saw 4 or more on the Field Sparrow. Plenty of shore birds showing up on the dykes that you can travel on now. Still need a scope on most of them. In the old days all these birds would have been posted on Brdbrains. It is really sad to see private groups starting up keeping knowledge on the whereabouts of birds to themselves. I tried to join one, and was not allowed to. Anyhow I'll keep posting anything interesting I find on Brdbrains.

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Danny Bales
Titusville, Fla.
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Date: 1/25/17 10:28 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Dunn Goldeneye And Canvasback / Pinellas County
From about 10:45AM to 11:15AM, this morning, Wednesday, we visited The William E. Dunn Reclamation Facility at 4111 Dunn Drive, Palm Harbor off of Alternate 19. Both the continuing female Common Goldeneye and female Canvasback were present, along with the following other variety of waterfowl; Northern Shoveler, Ruddy Duck, Bufflehead, Lesser Scaup, Greater Scaup, Ring-necked Duck, Horned Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, and hundreds or more of Redheads. A scope is necessary. Viewing was from the top of the mowed dike on the south side just past the recycle drop-off.


Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater, Florida

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Date: 1/24/17 4:16 pm
From: Audrey Whitlock <Ajw...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Eider and Long-tailed Duck continue in Brevard Cty FL
Hey Birders
About 2:45pm Debbie Segal and I with others watched The female Long-tailed Duck over in the marina (east side of Rodney S Ketcham Park). The bird could be viewed between the boats as we stood at the Park's boat ramp area.
We then drove to Jetty Park where the Common Eider was back feeding by the pier. While there, a fisherman caught the Eider and Debbie and I removed the small hook from the lower mandible with little damage done (we think). Once released, it watteled over to the rail and graceful floated down to the water to preen. When we left at 4:30pm, the Eider was sitting at the east end of the south Jetty. I still don't see any white feathers in this Eider to call it a 1st wtr male. Still looks like female plumage to me. Probably to late in yr to call it a juvie too.?!!

Good Birding
Welcome to all the Festival goers!

Audrey Whitlock
Merritt Island FL & Nags Head NC

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Date: 1/24/17 3:20 pm
From: Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Van Fleet Trail, Polk City - Ovenbirds, etc.
I walked a few miles of the Van Fleet Trail today, from the Polk City trailhead. I'd never birded there before and was a bit disappointed to find that it's mostly shrubby second-growth forest, which typically doesn't have great bird diversity. But I did find a couple Ovenbirds (one seen, one heard) and a whole bunch of Blue-headed Vireos. (I'm accustomed to Blue-headed Vireos needing large tracts of relatively mature forest on their breeding grounds in Tennessee, but down here they seem to winter just about anywhere they can find a tree.)
Full eBird list (with more information) below:
General James A. Van Fleet State Trail (Polk Co.), Polk, Florida, US
Jan 24, 2017 11:05 AM - 3:05 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:    Walked north from the Polk City Trailhead.
37 species

Anhinga  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  1
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  4
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Limpkin  1
Killdeer  1
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Downy Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  4
White-eyed Vireo  6
Blue-headed Vireo  10
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  3
Tree Swallow  15
Tufted Titmouse  3
House Wren  5
Carolina Wren  10
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  30
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  14
Eastern Bluebird  1
Hermit Thrush  1    Seen well. At the southern end of the nature trail.
Gray Catbird  8
Ovenbird  2    First bird at 28.1928, -81.8286. Second individual about a quarter-mile north of that location.
Black-and-white Warbler  4
Common Yellowthroat  10
Palm Warbler  3
Pine Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  17
Yellow-throated Warbler  2
Savannah Sparrow  1    On the ground in an area of second-growth forest. Kind of an odd habitat in which to see this species.
Swamp Sparrow  1
Eastern Towhee  2
Northern Cardinal  10
Common Grackle  3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33913706

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

Daniel EstabrooksWinter Haven, FL

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Date: 1/23/17 5:40 pm
From: jw callis <soturin...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] red shoulder hawk tallahassse, fl

late post just got electric back, yea 20 mph gusts turned into 60 or better, but out in the woods during that on the low side of the hill it was nice noisy, calm weather, not much happening though a Great egret, GBH, anhinga, and cardinals and this Red Shoulder hawk that was watching everything/ Think its a young adult that I photographed couple years ago. How do you tell the age of these fella's? This was Lake Lafayette Park very overcast and about 65 degrees or so.

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tallahassee,fl
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Date: 1/23/17 1:48 pm
From: Tom <tledford1207...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Short-tailed Hawk
I had a light morph Short-tailed Hawk with vultures at Orlando Wetlands Park this morning.
Tom Ledford
Indialantic, FL

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Date: 1/23/17 11:31 am
From: Janice <janiskay...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Crows by the hundreds
Right now in Hollywood, FL in the vicinity of 5300 Washington street, 33021
I have been watching them for some time. They are on the condo roof tops, on the wires and flying all over. I tried for some pictures but haven't checked them yet. At first I thought they were coming from the south but then I saw them from the north east and west. They were circling the area then landing and drinking water on the roof top.

Unfortunately I can no longer hear them. Was a great sight while it lasted. I wished I could have been in more then one spot at a time.

Janice Steel
Hollywood, Fl

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Date: 1/23/17 8:57 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Whimbrels Plus / Pinellas County
It is presently 11:55AM Monday morning. It is super windy but a birding bonanza. There are 6 Whimbrels, 42 Marbled Godwits, and 680 Black Skimmers, just to name a few. All the birds are hunkered down on the back side of the beach.

Bob & Denise Lane / Clearwater, Florida
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Date: 1/23/17 7:12 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] European Herring Gull. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
I wanted to provide an update on the 1st cycle Herring-type Gull I found on January 11, 2017 at Ponce de Leon Inlet, Florida that I thought looked like a good candidate for European Herring Gull, but could not rule out Vega Gull. I had sent photos to European observers and had posted the photos on Western Palearctic Gulls. All of the comments that I had received thought that the bird looked fine for a European Herring Gull. I have also just received comments from the Ujiharas in Japan. I have copied their comments here:

"We are not good at separating 1st winter Vega Gull and European Herring Gull, but we feel this gull looks closer to European Herring Gull rather than Vega Gull. In comparison to your bird, Vega Gulls have strong tendency to show:
1)Relatively sparser, smaller dark markings on greater coverts instead of continuous thick markings of your bird.
2)Thicker arrow-shaped or diamond-shaped dark spots to the inner primaries that range well on both outer and inner webs, instead of thinner arrow-shaped markings of your bird.
3)Darker ground color of new scapulars (though it become whitish when bleached).
And Vega Gulls tend to be late molters as one of the comments from Europe pointed out. We don't have any field experience of European Herring Gull, but we feel your bird looks identical to that."

I think that this makes a good case that this bird actually is a European Herring Gull. Here are some photos of the bird.

Michael

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Date: 1/23/17 5:47 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bald Eagle Nest #MR971
Eagle Watch, to whom I report the Bald Eagle’s nest on Mulberry Recreation Trail, emailed me to check the nest ASAP after the storms passed through last night.
I did not hold out much hope for our “skinny” nest.
At dawn’s first light, 7:10am, I could see the nest was intact. I counted 1 adult and both chicks, now about a month old.

Photos:




From a distance I could see the nest was intact!


At first light, 7:10, this morning


Older chick is clearly visible. I could also see younger chick.
They hatched right around Christmas.
So I have named them Merry and Noel.

I am glad they are safe.
Alice Horst, Marion County, Fl
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Date: 1/22/17 5:46 pm
From: Caren Schoen <0000004fc1367798-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] IMG_8706.jpg
American Kestral in my neighborhood on Sanibel. Stayed in the top of the pine tree while I ran in and got my camera.


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Date: 1/22/17 3:49 pm
From: Carolyn Keene <cckeene7...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Long-Tailed Duck & Common Eider
A bit more…..

My copy of Florida’s Fabulous Seashells and Other Seashore Life lists two names for them: sea roach and Rock Louse. It is a scavenger which doesn’t like direct sunlight and is more active on cloudy days or around sunset. It has several interesting habits which you might look up for a laugh.


> On Jan 22, 2017, at 6:01 PM, Rex Rowan <rexrowan...> wrote:
>
> Hi, Tom -
>
> These look like an isopod (an order of crustaceans) commonly known as the Wharf Roach: http://bugguide.net/node/view/1083380 <http://bugguide.net/node/view/1083380>
>
> Rex Rowan
> Gainesville
>
> On Sun, Jan 22, 2017 at 5:31 PM, Thomas Ford <tomf97...> <mailto:<tomf97...>> wrote:
> The target duck was there most of the mid-day that I was there with several birders. The picture is the bugs that this duck as been feeding on the last two days. It was easier yesterday at high tide. Anyone know what they are?
>
>
>
> Also it was reported by a lady who lives on one of the boats that it has been diving around their boat for at least three weeks. Sound like other should find it with a trip over to the Cape.
>
>
>
> A birder up from Ft. Lauderdale had great pictures of the Common Eider that he saw off the pier at Jetty Park today.
>
>
>
> Tom Ford
>
> Merritt Island
>
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Date: 1/22/17 3:01 pm
From: Rex Rowan <rexrowan...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Long-Tailed Duck & Common Eider
Hi, Tom -

These look like an isopod (an order of crustaceans) commonly known as the
Wharf Roach: http://bugguide.net/node/view/1083380

Rex Rowan
Gainesville

On Sun, Jan 22, 2017 at 5:31 PM, Thomas Ford <tomf97...> wrote:

> The target duck was there most of the mid-day that I was there with
> several birders. The picture is the bugs that this duck as been feeding on
> the last two days. It was easier yesterday at high tide. Anyone know what
> they are?
>
>
>
> Also it was reported by a lady who lives on one of the boats that it has
> been diving around their boat for at least three weeks. Sound like other
> should find it with a trip over to the Cape.
>
>
>
> A birder up from Ft. Lauderdale had great pictures of the Common Eider
> that he saw off the pier at Jetty Park today.
>
>
>
> Tom Ford
>
> Merritt Island
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Date: 1/22/17 2:31 pm
From: Thomas Ford <tomf97...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Long-Tailed Duck & Common Eider
The target duck was there most of the mid-day that I was there with several
birders. The picture is the bugs that this duck as been feeding on the last
two days. It was easier yesterday at high tide. Anyone know what they are?



Also it was reported by a lady who lives on one of the boats that it has
been diving around their boat for at least three weeks. Sound like other
should find it with a trip over to the Cape.



A birder up from Ft. Lauderdale had great pictures of the Common Eider that
he saw off the pier at Jetty Park today.



Tom Ford

Merritt Island


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Date: 1/22/17 11:01 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Marion County Purple Martins
Saw my first Purple Martins of season, yesterday, while driving.
3 PUMAs flew across 441 near intersection of 42. No pictures.

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Date: 1/21/17 2:40 pm
From: Carolyn <0000003c3bab1191-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Brevard County birding
Finally got up to Brevard County with two fellow Connecticut friends to check out Merritt Island and then do what I cynically call "birding by address". Whatever, it works sometimes.

A great morn at Merritt with nothing that has not been reported lately, except for 1 F. Canvasback. There were also three Marbled Godwits on West Gator Creek. Many Avocets there too. Abundant Snipe and Sora on wildlife drive. Very few duck species. But hundreds of N. Pintails.

Please excuse my generalizations and subjectivity. My eBird report is much more accurate.

Bio lab road closed. Hunting going on in Gator Creek area. Scary to hear gunshots but we have to remember how much duck hunters contribute to our NWR.

Just to let everyone know that the Common Goldeneye, Scissor-tail Flycatcher, Smooth-billed Ani, and Western Kingbirds are still in their respective locations. Thanks to all of you who have either found them or provided good info about locations or behaviors. The three of us could not have done it without all of your previous input today.

Carolyn Cimino
Vero Beach



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Date: 1/21/17 1:35 pm
From: Thomas Ford <tomf97...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Eider @ Rodney Ketcham Park C.C.
Which watching the Long-Tailed Duck for an hour this Common Eider (immature
male) can slowly in for sea all the way to the base of the blue bridge. It
turned and went back out along the south side next to the boats docks.



In and out in 15 minutes, just luck to be there. Very close for my small
camera to get good bird file pic.


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Date: 1/21/17 1:21 pm
From: Thomas Ford <tomf97...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Long-Tailed Duck Rodney Ketcham Park C.C.
As reported earlier the Long-Tailed Duck is working the boat ramp. It also
went over to the left and worked around the hundreds of bridge supports. The
blue bridge. Was there at 2:20pm when I arrived and 3:28pm when I left.



Thanks to David for the find. Not a lifer but my best close up view.



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