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7/11/14 6:50 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] TREE SWALLOW West Pasco County, 07/11/2014!!
7/11/14 3:39 am Robert Stalnaker <robert.wildlife...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] ( Call it Magic ! ) Just a Flock Of Birds ! 30-35 Plus Swallow-Tailed Kites at Central Park ! Phenomenal !
7/11/14 3:17 am Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...> [BRDBRAIN] ( Call it Magic ! ) Just a Flock Of Birds ! 30-35 Plus Swallow-Tailed Kites at Central Park ! Phenomenal !
7/10/14 7:26 pm Robert Stalnaker <robert.wildlife...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis ibis)
7/10/14 5:40 pm Joseph Morlan <jmorlan...> [BRDBRAIN] Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis ibis)
7/10/14 4:19 pm Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Powerline Rd
7/10/14 1:55 pm Robert Stalnaker <robert.wildlife...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] House Finch -Yellow Morph- 7-10-14
7/10/14 9:44 am Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] House Finch -Yellow Morph- 7-10-14
7/10/14 6:00 am Judy Anderson <judyanews...> [BRDBRAIN] White Winged Dove
7/9/14 5:15 pm Bob Paxson <rpaxson...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] 4-letter codes
7/9/14 4:13 pm Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Gray Catbird, Cedar Key
7/8/14 2:35 pm Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Codes
7/8/14 2:03 pm Jim Armstrong <harpo57...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] 4-letter codes
7/8/14 2:03 pm Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst...> [BRDBRAIN] Codes
7/8/14 12:57 pm Robert Stalnaker <robert.wildlife...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-tailed kites at Sawgrass Lake Park
7/8/14 12:04 pm Robert Norton <corvus0486...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] 4-letter codes
7/8/14 11:04 am John Ogden <jogden...> [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-tailed kites at Sawgrass Lake Park
7/8/14 10:07 am Bill Pranty <billpranty...> [BRDBRAIN] 4-letter bird codes
7/8/14 10:02 am Mary Rusch <Lorelielee...> [BRDBRAIN] 4 letter codes
7/8/14 9:54 am Dan Martinelli <billdoor8...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] 4-letter codes
7/8/14 9:24 am Andy Kratter <kratter...> [BRDBRAIN] 4-letter codes
7/8/14 8:03 am John Ogden <jogden...> [BRDBRAIN] SWKI in Sawgrass Lake Park?
7/8/14 7:04 am Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] A video of a GBHE Catching and Eating a Big Fish (Sarasota)
7/8/14 4:46 am Mark H. Vance <mark...> [BRDBRAIN] A video of a GBHE Catching and Eating a Big Fish (Sarasota)
7/7/14 5:44 pm Leann Streeper <leann.jackson...> [BRDBRAIN] RBWO food for thought
7/7/14 7:08 am Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...> [BRDBRAIN] Neotropic Cormorant(s) at Wakodahatchee Wetlands: ID help, please
7/5/14 7:03 pm Dan Irizarry <rdirizarry...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] RBWO technical question
7/5/14 6:11 pm Robert Stalnaker <robert.wildlife...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] RBWO technical question
7/5/14 6:01 pm Leann Streeper <leann.jackson...> [BRDBRAIN] RBWO technical question
7/5/14 5:26 pm Stu Wilson <stuwilson...> [BRDBRAIN] Sarasota Tropical Kingbird Raises Another Brood
7/5/14 5:11 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Cliff Swallow. Flagler Co.
7/5/14 2:39 pm Bill Maley <maleyvibes...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Gulf Coast King Rail
7/5/14 4:54 am Rex Rowan <rexrowan...> [BRDBRAIN] June Challenge mistake #2
7/4/14 3:36 pm Rex Rowan <rexrowan...> [BRDBRAIN] Oops.
7/4/14 1:05 pm Robert Stalnaker <robert.wildlife...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Gulf Coast King Rail Followup
7/4/14 12:38 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Results of The June Challenge 2014
7/4/14 12:09 pm Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Gulf Coast King Rail Followup
7/4/14 11:13 am <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Results of The June Challenge 2014
7/4/14 10:14 am Rex Rowan <rexrowan...> [BRDBRAIN] Results of The June Challenge 2014
7/4/14 4:25 am Diana Doyle <diana...> [BRDBRAIN] Eyes Out for Storm Waif Swallows - Bahama Swallow
7/3/14 5:40 pm Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Gulf Coast King Rail
7/3/14 5:22 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] 4th of July
7/3/14 1:48 pm Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Gulf Coast King Rail
7/3/14 10:13 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Gulf Coast King Rail
7/3/14 7:54 am Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Gulf Coast King Rail
7/3/14 7:30 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] "KING" RAILS IN PASCO OUNTY
7/3/14 6:43 am dubi <dubi...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Gulf Coast King Rail
7/2/14 5:19 pm Rex Rowan <rexrowan...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Canada Goose - Tierra Verde - Pinellas
7/2/14 4:41 pm rcress <w_ouzel...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Canada Goose - Tierra Verde - Pinellas
7/2/14 3:21 pm Roger Newell <rkn43...> [BRDBRAIN] Canada Goose - Tierra Verde - Pinellas
7/2/14 11:52 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Gulf Coast King Rail
7/2/14 5:11 am Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Western Trip Ends 7-2-14
7/1/14 8:15 am Cuneyt Yilmaz <cnytyz...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] "Oregon" Junco, North Anclote Bar, 30 Jun 2014. (No kidding!)
7/1/14 5:17 am Scott Simmons <scott.j.simmons...> [BRDBRAIN] Bobolink at Marl Bed Flats, 6/30/2014 (Seminole Co)
7/1/14 4:00 am Rex Rowan <rexrowan...> [BRDBRAIN] Reminder
6/30/14 6:19 pm David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] June Challenge Highlights
6/30/14 4:54 pm Nate Dias <offshorebirder...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula fulvigula)
6/30/14 4:37 pm David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] Anclote Islands, Pasco County, June 30, 2014
6/30/14 3:17 pm Gail Deterra <gdeterra...> [BRDBRAIN] Dark-eyed "Oregon" Junco
6/30/14 2:58 pm Bill Pranty <billpranty...> [BRDBRAIN] "Oregon" Junco, North Anclote Bar, 30 Jun 2014. (No kidding!)
6/30/14 10:51 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Redhead Duck, Sun Toyota Pond, Holiday, Pasco
6/30/14 6:31 am Renne Leatto <renne...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] 3 Southeastern American Kestrel (Orange, 29 Jun 2014)
6/30/14 6:24 am Renne Leatto <renne...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Duck/Goose?? Lee Co
6/29/14 6:59 pm Bill Pranty <billpranty...> [BRDBRAIN] Caspian Terns, St. Leo, 29 Jun 2014
6/29/14 12:12 pm Joseph Morlan <jmorlan...> [BRDBRAIN] Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula fulvigula)
6/29/14 11:01 am Tim Kalbach <pbdipper...> [BRDBRAIN] Pasco Bittern photos
6/29/14 10:37 am Tim Kalbach <pbdipper...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] AMERICAN BITTERN, Pasco County!!!!
6/29/14 10:32 am Earl Horn <earl_horn...> [BRDBRAIN] RFI-Lake County Shorebird Habitat?
6/29/14 9:31 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] AMERICAN BITTERN, Pasco County!!!!
6/29/14 7:56 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Marian's Marsh Wren & Indigo Bunting, Pasco
6/29/14 5:15 am rcress <w_ouzel...> [BRDBRAIN] Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Tampa
6/28/14 6:00 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kite, Marion County
6/28/14 10:24 am Kathryn Dow <knazz815...> [BRDBRAIN] Celery Fields/Sarasota FL 6/28
6/28/14 6:43 am Joyce Stefancic <jws2735...> [BRDBRAIN] Minneola Scrub Jays
6/28/14 5:33 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Florida Scrub Jays Marion County
6/28/14 5:27 am Barry Rossheim <nethoppers...> [BRDBRAIN] Sarasota Audubon Trip Report Tanzania
6/27/14 6:32 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Roseate Tern. Disappearing Island. Volusia Co.
6/27/14 9:32 am Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...> [BRDBRAIN] RFI: Florida Grasshopper Sparrow
6/26/14 10:22 am Becker Richard <rlbecker...> [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites - Duval
6/25/14 7:52 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Marion County Mississippi Kite
6/25/14 4:15 am Joseph Morlan <jmorlan...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major westoni)
6/24/14 5:36 pm rcress <w_ouzel...> [BRDBRAIN] Sandill Cranes return with +
6/23/14 8:55 pm Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Western Trip - White Mountains - 6-23-14
6/23/14 12:03 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Roseate Terns. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
6/22/14 2:59 pm Renne Leatto <renne...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] RFI: Swallowtail Kites gathering, Powerline Road area?
6/22/14 12:27 pm <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] RFI: Swallowtail Kites gathering, Powerline Road area?
6/22/14 11:45 am Renne Leatto <renne...> [BRDBRAIN] RFI: Swallowtail Kites gathering, Powerline Road area?
6/22/14 9:31 am James McGinity <jimmcginity...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bachman's Sparrow, Starkey Park
6/22/14 5:27 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Bachman's Sparrow, Starkey Park
6/20/14 1:54 pm Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bananaquit Palm Beach County
6/19/14 7:34 pm David Hartgrove <birdman9...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Juvenile ID help Please
6/19/14 5:42 pm Roger Sheets <rwsheets3...> [BRDBRAIN] Juvenile ID help Please
6/19/14 2:02 pm Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Subadult Plumage
6/19/14 8:45 am Juanita Baker <bakerj...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major westoni)
6/19/14 5:56 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Summer Tanager & Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Central Pasco
6/18/14 6:50 pm Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Western Trip Take a Turn 6-18-14
6/18/14 12:56 pm Earl Horn <earl_horn...> [BRDBRAIN] Banded Florida Scrub Jay Lake County
6/18/14 8:29 am Mitchell McConnell <mitch...> [BRDBRAIN] Riverview birds
6/18/14 8:07 am rcress <w_ouzel...> [BRDBRAIN] Sandhill Cranes
6/18/14 4:34 am <james.a.wheat...> <james.a.wheat...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] SJ County Purple Gallinule
6/17/14 4:11 pm Thomas Ford <tomf97...> [BRDBRAIN] Black Swan
6/17/14 3:56 pm Joseph Morlan <jmorlan...> [BRDBRAIN] Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major westoni)
6/17/14 3:31 pm Leann Streeper <leann.jackson...> [BRDBRAIN] duck ID
6/17/14 10:52 am STA5 Birding <sta5birding...> [BRDBRAIN] STA5- Stormwater Treatment Area 5, Jun 14, 2014
6/17/14 8:46 am Diana Doyle <birdingposts...> [BRDBRAIN] Merritt Ruff Still Present?
6/17/14 5:13 am Mark H. Vance <mark...> [BRDBRAIN] A video of a Cooper's Hawk (Sarasota)
6/16/14 8:44 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Short-tailed Hawk. Magnificent Frigatebird. Black Tern. Volusia County
6/16/14 6:01 pm Claire Herzog <ceherzog...> [BRDBRAIN] Budgerigar
6/16/14 3:03 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Martin follow-up
6/15/14 7:24 pm Andy Kratter <kratter...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Unknown Martin
6/15/14 5:44 pm Keith Laakkonen <keith_laakkonen...> [BRDBRAIN] White-Rumped Sandpiper- Marco Island
6/15/14 10:48 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...> [BRDBRAIN] Unknown Martin
6/15/14 5:39 am <james.a.wheat...> <james.a.wheat...> [BRDBRAIN] SJ County Purple Gallinule
6/14/14 7:57 pm Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Dark-eyed Otus Owl, West Pasco
6/14/14 9:52 am Bob Paxson <rpaxson...> [BRDBRAIN]
6/14/14 4:33 am Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Western Trip- Chiricahuas 6/14/14
6/12/14 6:24 pm <rbarroso1...> <rbarroso1...> [BRDBRAIN] Scissor-tailed flycatcher
6/12/14 6:34 am Ryan Cilsick <ryan...> [BRDBRAIN] Need Help Identifying Birds From Carnival Cruise May 30 - June 7 2014
6/12/14 6:10 am Mary Rusch <Lorelielee...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Need help Identifying birds
6/12/14 4:52 am Ryan Cilsick <ryan...> [BRDBRAIN] Need help Identifying birds
6/11/14 8:47 pm Mark McShane <marksmcshane...> [BRDBRAIN] Reeve Footage - Bio Lab Road, Merritt Island NWR, Brevard County - 6/1/2014
6/11/14 7:12 pm Jerry Gibson <kingshi...> [BRDBRAIN] re; Rare Bird Registry
6/11/14 7:11 pm llfeltz <llfeltz...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] ID Help
6/11/14 6:48 pm Jerry Gibson <kingshi...> [BRDBRAIN] FWC Rare Bird Registry
6/11/14 5:03 pm Becker Richard <rlbecker...> [BRDBRAIN] ID Help
6/11/14 2:30 pm David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites in Hernando County, June 11, 2014
6/11/14 11:55 am John Thomton <jthomton...> [BRDBRAIN] June Challenge Update: Hal Scott Preserve (6/11/14) - Orange Co.
6/11/14 5:14 am <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Duck ID
6/11/14 4:43 am <fregettat...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Duck ID
6/11/14 3:30 am Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Pinellas' June Challenge Effort thus far (11 Jun 2014)
 
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Date: 7/11/14 6:50 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] TREE SWALLOW West Pasco County, 07/11/2014!!
Hi ALL,

Had a VERY EARLY Tree Swallow calling and seen flying north over the house
here in New Port Richey at 940 AM!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 7/11/14 3:39 am
From: Robert Stalnaker <robert.wildlife...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] ( Call it Magic ! ) Just a Flock Of Birds ! 30-35 Plus Swallow-Tailed Kites at Central Park ! Phenomenal !


Hello,

Once again, Steve, birds fly in the troposphere, not the stratosphere. Only one bird approaches close to the stratosphere when at max altitude.

Yes, it is magical. This week, I have seen groups of 105 and 42 at pre-migration feeding areas. So cool. I am trying to learn to age 3 different cycleswhen in flight. I'm hoping I'll find an unknown newlocation where they aggregate.

It's early and I'm off to do Jay Watch. Hope there was a successful breeding season for the Scrub Jays.

Bob Stalnaker
Longwood, FL


On Friday, July 11, 2014 6:17 AM, Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...> wrote:



Just A Short Report ;

Last night at Central park at Ormond Beach , The highlight of the evening were
the calls of the 30-35 Plus- Swallow-Tailed Kites flying high above in the
stratosphere as they approached the park and came in right over head and then
proceeded to fly and perform their arial acrobatics there flying and doing their
great air shows well after 8: 30 PM ! Really Magical ! I was able to get some
spectacular video footage !

Most every evening usually a small group of 6-12 or more Swallow-Tailed Kites
gather together around this area of Central Park in Ormond Beach. They soar
all around the whole area and have even had a Mississippi Kite and or even
the Short -Tailed Hawk White & Dark Morphs and even also a Broad-Winged
Hawk that have occasionally been seen flying along side with them as well.
The location is on Hand Avenue in Ormond Beach, between Nova Road and US
1


Steve Petruniak

Daytona Beach, Florida

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Date: 7/11/14 3:17 am
From: Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] ( Call it Magic ! ) Just a Flock Of Birds ! 30-35 Plus Swallow-Tailed Kites at Central Park ! Phenomenal !
Just A Short Report ;

Last night at Central park at Ormond Beach , The highlight of the evening were
the calls of the 30-35 Plus- Swallow-Tailed Kites flying high above in the
stratosphere as they approached the park and came in right over head and then
proceeded to fly and perform their arial acrobatics there flying and doing their
great air shows well after 8: 30 PM ! Really Magical ! I was able to get some
spectacular video footage !

Most every evening usually a small group of 6-12 or more Swallow-Tailed Kites
gather together around this area of Central Park in Ormond Beach. They soar
all around the whole area and have even had a Mississippi Kite and or even
the Short -Tailed Hawk White & Dark Morphs and even also a Broad-Winged
Hawk that have occasionally been seen flying along side with them as well.
The location is on Hand Avenue in Ormond Beach, between Nova Road and US
1


Steve Petruniak

Daytona Beach, Florida

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Date: 7/10/14 7:26 pm
From: Robert Stalnaker <robert.wildlife...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis ibis)
Hello,

Joseph, you quoted (in some cases verbatim) from Raymond C. Telfair II's work, likelyfrom BNA Online. It is not ethical to present writings and not cite your source, even on a forum or listserv, especially if you quote verbatim. You should have listed this citation:

Telfair II, Raymond C. 2006. Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis), The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Retrieved from the Birds of North America Online: http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/113

Attached is animage of a Cattle Egret in alternate plumage that differs from your image. Cattle Egrets go through a lot of color changes before, during and after egg laying and sexual interactions.

Re your, "This individual shows a striking bluish skin color in the lores and around the eye which I have not seen previously described." Actually, it was described from the article you quoted from. That lore color is normal at certain times but changes greatly and quickly.

One thing about my photo, the plumes on the mantle extend "beyond" the tail. The BNA Online article states "Back plumes nearly reach tip of tail (RCT)." [Definitive Alternate Plumage]

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

Bob Stalnaker
Longwood, FL

Telfair II, Raymond C. 2006. Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis), The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Retrieved from the Birds of North America Online: http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/113


On Thursday, July 10, 2014 8:40 PM, Joseph Morlan <jmorlan...> wrote:



3 April 2014. Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA.

In breeding plumage such as this, the two currently recognized subspecies
can be distinguished. This is the nominate race in which the plumes are
pinkish-buff to orange-buff with chin to lower foreneck white. The race B.
i. coromandus found throughout Asia and accidental to Alaska has the plumes
golden or rusty-cinnamon extending to face and chin and down foreneck.

There are color changes to the eye, bill, lores and legs during a period
before egg-laying. Here the bright red base to the bill is evident but the
eye is yellow with red orbital indicating pair formation has occurred. This
individual shows a striking bluish skin color in the lores and around the
eye which I have not seen previously described.

This species was first recorded in Florida in 1941 following range
expansion from Africa into South America and the Caribbean. Its range
expansion is said to be among the fastest and most extensive recorded for
any avian species. However our impression on this trip is that they were
somewhat less common than on past visits.

--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
"It turns out we're very good at not seeing things" - Jack Hitt

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Date: 7/10/14 5:40 pm
From: Joseph Morlan <jmorlan...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis ibis)
3 April 2014. Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA.

In breeding plumage such as this, the two currently recognized subspecies
can be distinguished. This is the nominate race in which the plumes are
pinkish-buff to orange-buff with chin to lower foreneck white. The race B.
i. coromandus found throughout Asia and accidental to Alaska has the plumes
golden or rusty-cinnamon extending to face and chin and down foreneck.

There are color changes to the eye, bill, lores and legs during a period
before egg-laying. Here the bright red base to the bill is evident but the
eye is yellow with red orbital indicating pair formation has occurred. This
individual shows a striking bluish skin color in the lores and around the
eye which I have not seen previously described.

This species was first recorded in Florida in 1941 following range
expansion from Africa into South America and the Caribbean. Its range
expansion is said to be among the fastest and most extensive recorded for
any avian species. However our impression on this trip is that they were
somewhat less common than on past visits.

--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
"It turns out we're very good at not seeing things" - Jack Hitt

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Date: 7/10/14 4:19 pm
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Powerline Rd
Hello,

I stopped at Powerline Rd at the Pasco / Hernando line at 11:00 am this morning. I counted a total of 22 Swallow-tailed Kites - no Mississippi.

I saw a Cooper's Hawk strike a Cattle Egret in flight and they tumbled to the ground. The Cooper's stood on top of the egret but two Swallow-tailed Kites continued to dive at it until it released the egret. All then flew away, including the egret.
A male Blue Grosbeak was singing along the road.

A pair of Red-headed Woodpeckers kept going in and out of cavity in power pole.
5 Southeastern American Kestrels were active along the power line.

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 7/10/14 1:55 pm
From: Robert Stalnaker <robert.wildlife...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] House Finch -Yellow Morph- 7-10-14


Hello,

This is just a bit more esoteric than STKI for Swallow-tailed Kite, but it does try to explain the coloration:

"Yellow/orange/red color of feathers results from deposition of varying combinations of 13 carotenoids, including canary xanthophylls A and B, dehydrolutein, lutein, zeaxanthin, astaxanthin, canthaxanthin, adonirubin, 3-hydroxyechinenone, echinenone and 4-oxo-rubixanthin (Inouye et al. 2001; McGraw et al. 2006). Four of these – lutein, zeaxanthin, β-cryptoxanthin, β-carotene – are present in plasma and liver (McGraw et al. 2006), the rest presumed to metabolize in feather follicle. 3-hydroxy-echinenone and lutein are the most abundant components accounting for 60-70% of all carotenoids in the plumage of both C.m. frontalis and C.m. griscomi males (Inouye et al. 2001)."

Gosh, MERL for Merlin and NOCA for Northern Cardinal doesn't seem so bad now.

Bob Stalnaker
Longwood, FL

Badyaev, Alexander V., Virginia Belloni and Geoffrey E. Hill. 2012. House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus), The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Retrieved from the Birds of North America Online: http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/046


On Thursday, July 10, 2014 12:44 PM, Danny Bales <sueredfish...> wrote:



I looked out my kitchen window earlier, and saw this bird. It appears to me
to be a yellow morph House Finch. I've seen 2 or 3 of these before. They
are very unique looking. First one I've had in my yard.
www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/14641013993

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

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Date: 7/10/14 9:44 am
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] House Finch -Yellow Morph- 7-10-14
I looked out my kitchen window earlier, and saw this bird. It appears to me
to be a yellow morph House Finch. I've seen 2 or 3 of these before. They
are very unique looking. First one I've had in my yard.
www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/14641013993

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

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Date: 7/10/14 6:00 am
From: Judy Anderson <judyanews...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] White Winged Dove
White winged dove at feeder this morning on Snell Isle. A first sighting in
the backyard. I tried posting earlier but got a message the file was too big.
Apologies if this is a repeat but am sending with just one photo. It's my
first post. Photo courtesy of my daughter Katie.

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Date: 7/9/14 5:15 pm
From: Bob Paxson <rpaxson...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] 4-letter codes
Hi Andy et all,
Love the Sweltering Kinglets!! A name to rival the Lucky Shrikes, my old birding team from >15 years ago...totally agree with deep-sixing the 4 letter abbreviations, I mean come on how busy are we? This is a hobby!,,,I double dog guarantee you the vast majority of posters are not as time impoverished as I am........
bob
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---- Andy Kratter <kratter...> wrote:
> Wow, after masticating this theme on this board several times over the
> years, we are back to using four-letter banding codes in the subject lines
> of BRDBRAINS posts, and not even using them correctly. Is it Swainson's
> Kingbird? Maybe Sweltering Kinglet?' I think we all want to communicate
> efficiently, and using four-letter codes on a List-serve does not achieve that.
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Date: 7/9/14 4:13 pm
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Gray Catbird, Cedar Key
Hello,

Found a Gray Catbird on Cedar Key today at the state park Museum grounds. Impressive numbers of Gray Kingbirds throughout the Key.


Ken Tracey
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 7/8/14 2:35 pm
From: Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Codes
Hi all,

It's funny -- I remember a very similar conversation on BRDBRAINs about
4-letter codes last year. The more things change ....

Anyway, I agree that the use of 4-letter codes should be informally
restricted. It doesn't make a lot of sense to use them in the subject line
of an email, for example. And, of course, they should be correct (yes, they
are available on-line and also in the Crossley ID guide).

However, it does make sense to use them in the body of an email as a true
short-hand. If you've already mentioned Swallow-tailed Kite 2+ times in
your email, it only makes sense to go forward with STKI for the remainder
of the references. The meaning should thus be clear from the context, while
the prose would also be more economical and less clunky.

Just an idea.

Janet Leavens
Oviedo, FL


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<mangrovefirst...> wrote:

> Why does one have to be esoteric (intended for or likely to be understood
> by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest.)!
>
> Keep everyone in the loop.
>
> Why should one have to google a code to find out what it is? Even banders
> do not know all the codes, especially those they are not banding.
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Date: 7/8/14 2:03 pm
From: Jim Armstrong <harpo57...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] 4-letter codes
If your going to use a 6 letter code, one might as well spell out the whole
bird's name.


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Date: 7/8/14 2:03 pm
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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Codes
Why does one have to be esoteric (intended for or likely to be understood by only a small number of people with a specialized knowledge or interest.)!

Keep everyone in the loop.

Why should one have to google a code to find out what it is? Even banders do not know all the codes, especially those they are not banding.

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Date: 7/8/14 12:57 pm
From: Robert Stalnaker <robert.wildlife...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-tailed kites at Sawgrass Lake Park
Hello,

No, I didn't as I don't live in that area, but I did see 105 Swallow-tailed Kites (STKI) today in Orange County, my first big feeding aggregation of 2014, as the kites prepare for migration starting as early as next week. I have been searching for these large aggregations since mid/late June.

I didn't see any meaningful numbers on the east side of Lake Apopka from the Binion Road Overlook, no large numbers on the east side from Lust Road, but from the north side at Jones Ave Stormwater Basin Park, looking south, there was my first large group of STKIfor the season. Last year, I saw 400 from north side 448A entrance.

Bob Stalnaker
Longwood, FL


On Tuesday, July 8, 2014 2:04 PM, John Ogden <jogden...> wrote:



Apologies about my earlier mis-guided, mis-coded, and confusing post--
dog-days laziness, I suspect. I am interested if anyone has seen the
swallow-tailed kites at Sawgrass Lake Park in the last few days. Thanks.

John Ogden
St. Petersburg

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Date: 7/8/14 12:04 pm
From: Robert Norton <corvus0486...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] 4-letter codes
As a former bander, I used the four-letter codes for species known from the area we were working. These codes could not have foreseen our current use in such a wide context and propensity for abbreviations and texting. I suggest for the purposes of BRDBRAIN, we use a 6 letter code which should eliminate the problem in Florida at least.
Rob Norton
Gainesville FL

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> On Jul 8, 2014, at 12:24 PM, Andy Kratter <kratter...> wrote:
>
> Wow, after masticating this theme on this board several times over the
> years, we are back to using four-letter banding codes in the subject lines
> of BRDBRAINS posts, and not even using them correctly. Is it Swainson's
> Kingbird? Maybe Sweltering Kinglet?' I think we all want to communicate
> efficiently, and using four-letter codes on a List-serve does not achieve that.
>
> grumpily,
> Andy Kratter
> Gaiensville, Florida
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Date: 7/8/14 11:04 am
From: John Ogden <jogden...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-tailed kites at Sawgrass Lake Park
Apologies about my earlier mis-guided, mis-coded, and confusing post--
dog-days laziness, I suspect. I am interested if anyone has seen the
swallow-tailed kites at Sawgrass Lake Park in the last few days. Thanks.

John Ogden
St. Petersburg

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Date: 7/8/14 10:07 am
From: Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] 4-letter bird codes
Good afternoon,

While I agree that the use of the older four-letter -- and the newer, six-letter -- bird codes should not be used -- especially incorrectly! -- in the titles of BRDBRAIN posts, such codes are easily located on the web.

Googling "four letter bitrd codes" gives the primary source up front:

http://www.birdpop.org/alphacodes.htm


Best regards,

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida
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Date: 7/8/14 10:02 am
From: Mary Rusch <Lorelielee...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] 4 letter codes
I agree with both these gentleman, I am a newbie and most of the codes I can understand
after some hard thinking but there has been more then a few I don't know what people are
taking about. Same goes for park or Perserve names.
Just my two cents
Mary Rusch
Dunedin Fl

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Date: 7/8/14 9:54 am
From: Dan Martinelli <billdoor8...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] 4-letter codes
I agree with Andy that communication is hampered, not expedited. I'm not
exactly new to the field, but I certainly don't have every single 4-letter
code committed to memory and instantly available to my forebrain. I read the
topic, or the body of the post, and more often than not come to a screeching
halt at the codes. At best, a few seconds of cogitation overcomes the
obstacle, but often it takes real head scratching or even a look-up before I
can move along. I don't see any need for this. Using codes doesn't, in and
of itself, enhance a poster's gravitas.

I'll suggest that it would be a kindness (to me, and perhaps to others) if
the Listserv followed something like the standard style sheet for acronyms
-- the first time the name appears, write it out and include the
acronym/code after it in parentheses. Subsequently in the same document, use
the acronym/code.

Please.

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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] 4-letter codes

Wow, after masticating this theme on this board several times over the
years, we are back to using four-letter banding codes in the subject lines
of BRDBRAINS posts, and not even using them correctly. Is it Swainson's
Kingbird? Maybe Sweltering Kinglet?' I think we all want to communicate
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Date: 7/8/14 9:24 am
From: Andy Kratter <kratter...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] 4-letter codes
Wow, after masticating this theme on this board several times over the
years, we are back to using four-letter banding codes in the subject lines
of BRDBRAINS posts, and not even using them correctly. Is it Swainson's
Kingbird? Maybe Sweltering Kinglet?' I think we all want to communicate
efficiently, and using four-letter codes on a List-serve does not achieve that.

grumpily,
Andy Kratter
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Date: 7/8/14 8:03 am
From: John Ogden <jogden...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] SWKI in Sawgrass Lake Park?
Is anyone following the 2 adults and juvenile SWKI in Sawgrass Lake Park?
Are they still around?

John Ogden
St. Petersburg

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Date: 7/8/14 7:04 am
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] A video of a GBHE Catching and Eating a Big Fish (Sarasota)
More specifically, a tilapia.

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL

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Date: 7/8/14 4:46 am
From: Mark H. Vance <mark...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] A video of a GBHE Catching and Eating a Big Fish (Sarasota)
Here is a video of a Great Blue Heron catching and eating a big fish.

Click the following link to watch - http://youtu.be/mCV6Yttysgw

Thanks, Mark Vance

Sarasota, FL

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Date: 7/7/14 5:44 pm
From: Leann Streeper <leann.jackson...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] RBWO food for thought
Being that there isnt any straight forward answer, RBWO and GFWO are still very close in genetic species. Seeing that Golden-fronted in central America, to me, looks like a Red-bellied, means that it is only about geographical location that is going to name these two species. Odd to me that they are split, if that is what it takes. I hear that a Golden-fronted did hybridize in North Florida with an RBWO. Wonder if FOS counted that as a record? Would be of great debate I imagine. Still could be a hybird.
I know they sound very similar, but there is a tone and a tune difference. Some people cant pick up on those pitches. I had someone tell me once, you cant tell the difference in the songs of Eurasian collared Dove and White Winged Dove. To me, they are very different.
I am still learning so I look at everything twice.
Thanks for the help and the photos.

Leann Streeper
Leesburg, FL


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Date: 7/7/14 7:08 am
From: Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Neotropic Cormorant(s) at Wakodahatchee Wetlands: ID help, please
Hi all,

A couple of days ago Gary and I were at Wakodahatchee Wetlands (Palm Beach
Co.) to find a possible Neotropic Cormorant. What we found was 1 immature
(1st year) cormorant that seemed to be a really good candidate for NECO:
White "V" bordering chin patch, dark lores, dark brown neck and sides of
breast (would be lighter in immature DCCO), noticeably smaller than the
DCCO behind it. See attached photo.

I am in doubt about this ID however, because I was under the impression
that the NECO that has been hanging around Wakodahatchee since early 2012
was an adult. But after looking carefully at the many eBird reports and a
couple of accounts in reputable birding blogs, I'm more confused than ever.
I have seen the following reported:

* An adult NECO breeding with a DCCO.
* Two adults NECOS breeding together
* An adult NECO breeding with either a DCCO or a NECOxDCCO.
* One adult and one immature NECO
* Two adult NECOs in different plumages, one of which was nest with a DCCO.
In other words, there were two NECOs, but they weren't paired up.
* Lots of reports of single NECOs, but these reports of single birds all
referred to an adult or did not specify.

So, if indeed an Neotropic Cormorant has been at Wakodahatchee since 2012
and breeding with some kind of Cormorant, it seems likely that any
juveniles that have a NECO look are probably hybrids. But maybe not?

In any case, can anyone:

1) clear up the history of the Neotropic Cormorant(s)? at Wakodahatchee and
2) help me ID this one bird.

Thanks so much!

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Date: 7/5/14 7:03 pm
From: Dan Irizarry <rdirizarry...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] RBWO technical question
The golden- fronted woodpeckers in Belize and Central America don't have golden fronts and look a lot like our red- bellied.

The one attached was taken in Honduras:

The calls can sound similar (at least to me).

Dan Irizarry
Ruskin, FL
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> Attached photo of an ordinary Red-bellied Woodpecker. So it seems. BUT, what I heard it sing was not that of an RBWO but of a Golden-fronted Woodpecker. I wasn’t the only one who took notice of the song. What made me think more was the fact that a Pileated Woodpecker mobbed the bird. I’m thinking “So, he doesn’t want to share the tree.” BUT then a group of Blue Jays mobbed her as well. I’m then thinking, “ Just maybe, they are hearing the wrong tune as well.” Now, knowing they are very closely related. Would this be a genetic glitch? A possible hybrid? Are the songs learned or genetically written? Too many questions for me to answer. I don’t see any evidence in the photo that would make this anything but an RBWO. Odd thing is that on the internet someone took a photo of what they called a Golden-fronted in Belize BUT it looked like an RBWO. How odd is that?
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> Thanks for help.
> Leann Streeper
> Leesburg, FL
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Date: 7/5/14 6:11 pm
From: Robert Stalnaker <robert.wildlife...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] RBWO technical question


Hello,

"Its [Golden-fronted Woodpecker] appearance, behavior, and vocalizations are similar to those of the closely related Red-bellied Woodpecker (M. carolinus), with which it hybridizes."

Also,

"[Golden-fronted Woodpecker] accidental to Michigan and Florida; the Florida record involved a bird that remained almost 1 year in East Pensacola Heights and bred with a Red-bellied Woodpecker, producing 2 young (Snider 1968, Am. Ornithol. Union 1983, Stevenson and Anderson 1994)."

Bob Stalnaker
Longwood, FL

Husak, Michael S. and Terry C. Maxwell. 1998. Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons), The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.). Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Retrieved from the Birds of North America Online: http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/373


On Saturday, July 5, 2014 9:01 PM, Leann Streeper <leann.jackson...> wrote:



Attached photo of an ordinary Red-bellied Woodpecker.  So it
seems.  BUT, what I heard it sing was not that of an RBWO but of a
Golden-fronted Woodpecker.  I wasn’t the only one who took notice of the
song.  What made me think more was the fact that a Pileated Woodpecker
mobbed the bird.  I’m thinking “So, he doesn’t want to share the tree.” BUT
then a group of Blue Jays mobbed her as well.  I’m then thinking, “ Just
maybe, they are hearing the wrong tune as well.” Now, knowing they are very
closely related.  Would this be a genetic glitch? A possible hybrid? Are
the songs learned or genetically written?  Too many questions for me to
answer.  I don’t see any evidence in the photo that would make this
anything but an RBWO.  Odd thing is that on the internet someone took a
photo of what they called a Golden-fronted in Belize BUT it looked like an
RBWO.  How odd is that?

Thanks for help.
Leann Streeper
Leesburg, FL


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Date: 7/5/14 6:01 pm
From: Leann Streeper <leann.jackson...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] RBWO technical question
Attached photo of an ordinary Red-bellied Woodpecker. So it seems. BUT, what I heard it sing was not that of an RBWO but of a Golden-fronted Woodpecker. I wasn’t the only one who took notice of the song. What made me think more was the fact that a Pileated Woodpecker mobbed the bird. I’m thinking “So, he doesn’t want to share the tree.” BUT then a group of Blue Jays mobbed her as well. I’m then thinking, “ Just maybe, they are hearing the wrong tune as well.” Now, knowing they are very closely related. Would this be a genetic glitch? A possible hybrid? Are the songs learned or genetically written? Too many questions for me to answer. I don’t see any evidence in the photo that would make this anything but an RBWO. Odd thing is that on the internet someone took a photo of what they called a Golden-fronted in Belize BUT it looked like an RBWO. How odd is that?

Thanks for help.
Leann Streeper
Leesburg, FL

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Date: 7/5/14 5:26 pm
From: Stu Wilson <stuwilson...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sarasota Tropical Kingbird Raises Another Brood
Yesterday three chicks fledged from the nest of our returning female
Tropical Kingbird at St Armands Circle on Lido Key in Sarasota
County. Last year she fledged four chicks. This year's juveniles look
very much like last year's, i.e. like Gray Kingbirds except for a faint
yellow wash on the underparts concentrated on the undertail coverts. This
year she was observed constructing and dismantling six nests in four
different live oak trees before finally settling in with the seventh
nest. Last year a male Tropical Kingbird appeared four days before the
chicks fledged and lingered for 11 weeks. No male Tropical Kingbird has
yet been observed this year.

If behavior holds true to form, the juveniles (and their mother) should be
observable in the parking lot behind Columbia Restaurant over the next 2-4
weeks.


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Stu Wilson
Sarasota, FL USA
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Date: 7/5/14 5:11 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Cliff Swallow. Flagler Co.
Today, 7/5, I was surprised to find a lone early Cliff Swallow with a small group of Barn Swallows. This is the earliest Cliff Swallow I have seen in this area. The bird was feeding over the agricultural fields on rt 15 just south of rt 100, about 7 miles west of Bunnell in Flagler County.

Michael

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Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL



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Date: 7/5/14 2:39 pm
From: Bill Maley <maleyvibes...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Gulf Coast King Rail
Hi all, my brother James (Maley) is one of the researchers mentioned in the
above article, and has done extensive research on Clapper and King Rails. I
forwarded the pics and info in this conversation along to James, and here's
what he had to say:

"I would call them freshly molted Clapper Rails. While they are a little
bright rufous, there are several field marks that point to Clapper Rail.
They have very extensive gray on the face going on to the neck, which I've
never seen in King Rails. The bill looks relatively long and slender like a
clapper, not stout and thick like a king. The other key character is the
dusky breast band, this is always missing in kings. The clappers along the
gulf are the brightest and look the most like kings, especially right after
molting their body feathers, which typically occurs in May and June."

Best regards,
Bill Maley
Albuquerque, NM


On Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 8:53 AM, Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> wrote:

> I agree with Jeanne that the bird(s) photo'd by Ken are Clapper Rails.
> Habitat, of course, would be the main reason, but the bird's steel gray
> face is also un-King like. Detailed markings along the flanks also can give
> away I.D.s on the best of specimens. Gulf Coast Clappers, I believe, are a
> bit brighter than those found along the Atlantic coast (see article link
> below). Photos I have seen of an inland, sure-bet King Rail from Pasco
> County show a bird much brighter than those shown in Ken's post.
>
> In Pinellas County, where I've watched our local population of King Rails
> decrease to a point where I cannot take you to a spot where I know there is
> one, we were lucky to have a King Rail spend last fall and the early
> winter season in a freshwater pond/marsh just yards from a saltwater marsh
> (a paved trail atop a dike seperate the two). Playing a tape of *either
> species* would get responses from *either species*, but Sue Tavaglione's
> excellent photos revealed a bright orange-ish, large rail, without a steel
> gray face walk up and out of the freshwater side of things. By early
> spring the bird was no longer present, off to northern climes we suspected.
>
> The below link is a nice read written by Ted Floyd about the various rail
> subspecies, etc.
>
> http://blog.aba.org/2013/10/clapper-rail-split.html
>
>
> Ron Smith
> St. Pete, FL
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Date: 7/5/14 4:54 am
From: Rex Rowan <rexrowan...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] June Challenge mistake #2
My link to Thomas Rohtsalu's "Duval June Challenge" photo gallery - showing
109 of the 113 species on his June Challenge list - was wrong. It should be
http://jaxbirding.com/june_photo_challenge_2014.php

Sorry, Thomas!

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Gainesville

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Date: 7/4/14 3:36 pm
From: Rex Rowan <rexrowan...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Oops.
I'm sure I made more mistakes than this one, but a sentence in the June
Challenge summary should have read, "The three top cumulative county lists
if we stick to ABA-countable species - which we don't, but IF we did - are
Pinellas County (150), Palm Beach County (147), and in third place a tie
between Hillsborough County and Dave Gagne (145)."

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Gainesville

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Date: 7/4/14 1:05 pm
From: Robert Stalnaker <robert.wildlife...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Gulf Coast King Rail Followup


Hello,

I was listening to both Clapper Rail and King Rail keks at the Macaulay Library. I came away with the impression that the kek cadence was variable. I heard Clapper Rail with a slow cadence of about 2/sec, and one with a faster cadence, maybe 4-5/sec, but at the end, it slowed down to 2/sec or even slower. It seemed to me that there are a couple different calls with various cadence.

Bob Stalnaker
Longwood, FL


On Friday, July 4, 2014 3:08 PM, Ken Tracey <kftracey...> wrote:



Hello,

I was out in the marsh just before lunch today trying for another King. None showed up at first, so I switched to Clapper call and two Clapper Rails came out of the mangroves; see photos. So there is a mixed group here.

I tried again for King and in a mangrove clump I was standing next to a King started calling. Although it never came out into view, I was able to record video for sound for 40.04 seconds of it's call. I counted the individual kek calls given by this King Rail;80 for the 40.04 seconds = 2 notes/sec. This agrees with Sibley's way to differentiate King from Clapper, (page 153),"(usually 2 notes/sec) - slower tempo is more reliable for identification" of King Rail. Clapper Rail gives "(4-5 notes/sec)".

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey, FL
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Date: 7/4/14 12:38 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Results of The June Challenge 2014
Congratulations Dave! Awesome job and amazing birds! What a finish to find the junco.
Way to go!
Michael

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> On Jul 4, 2014, at 1:13 PM, Rex Rowan <rexrowan...> wrote:
>
> To the extent that it's a contest, The June Challenge is an intra-county contest and not an inter-county contest. A small county doesn't have the same birding potential as a large county, a landlocked county doesn't have the same potential as a coastal county, and a county with a small or nonexistent birding community will never amass a list as long as that of a county with a lot of birders who communicate their finds to each other instantly via Facebook. So, while birders working within the same county during the same period of time can be reasonably compared to each other, comparisons between counties are senseless. Nonetheless they are very popular! So here are the top three individual lists in this year's Challenge, and the top three cumulative county lists:
>
> Remember, the first number in the parentheses is the number of ABA-countable birds, those that are considered to be native to North America or to have established populations here. The second number is the number of non-established exotics that were seen. So if I saw 100 native species during the June Challenge, and also saw a free-ranging peacock, my total would be listed as 101 (100/1).
>
> TOP INDIVIDUAL LISTS
> 1. Dave Gagne (Pasco) 145 (145/0)
> 2. Michael Brothers (Volusia) 142 (138/4)
> 3. Rocky Milburn (Hillsborough) 139 (138/1)
>
> TOP CUMULATIVE COUNTY LISTS
> 1. Miami-Dade 158
> 2. Palm Beach 155
> 3. Pinellas 152
>
> The three top cumulative county lists if we stick to ABA-countable species - which we don't, but IF we did - are Pinellas County (150), Palm Beach County (147), and in third place a tie between Palm Beach County and Dave Gagne (145).
>
> This year we had a total of 134 individual entries from 29 Florida counties, plus 36 entries from eleven counties in eight other states. In addition, two Florida birders submitted entries from outside the U.S. - Susan Daughtrey from Abaco, Bahamas, and Janet Leavens from Hyderabad, India. I asked only for numbers, not lists, but some people submitted lists anyway, and I've supplied links to out-of-state lists (including Susan's and Janet's) in case you want to see what's beyond our borders during June.
>
> My apologies if I left anyone out. Thanks for playing, and see you next year!
>
> ALACHUA 128 (124/4)
> Maralee Joos 116 (113/3)
> Danny Shehee 116 (113/3)
> Lloyd Davis 113 (110/3)
> Chris Cattau 111 (107/4)
> Barbara Shea 109 (106/3)
> Howard Adams 107 (105/2)
> Bob Simons 107 (105/2)
> Bob Carroll 104 (101/3)
> Rex Rowan 102 (101/1)
> Dalcio Dacol 101 (101/0)
> Brad Hall 101 (101/0)
> Ron Robinson 101 (98/3)
> Barbara Mollison 100 (98/2)
> Felicia Lee 100 (97/3)
> Benjamin Ewing 100 (96/4)
> Samuel Ewing 100 (96/4)
> Anne Kendall 97 (97/0)
> Erika Simons 97 (95/2)
> Sharon Kuchinski 94 (92/2)
> John Martin 93 (91/2)
> Geoff Parks 93 (90/3)
> Deena Mickelson 91 (91/0)
> Anne Barkdoll 90 (87/3)
> Phil Laipis 86 (86/0)
> Tina Greenberg 85 (84/1)
> Bob Knight 83 (83/0)
> Debbie Segal 82 (82/0)
> Ellen Frattino 82 (80/2)
> Becky Enneis 81 (80/1)
> Amber Roux 81 (80/1)
> Christine Zamora 81 (80/1)
> Nora Parks-Church 81 (78/3)
> Elizabeth Martin 79 (77/2)
> Katherine Edison 77 (74/3)
> Hannah Ewing 76 (73/3)
> Adam Zions 76 (72/4)
> Barbara Woodmansee 75 (75/0)
> Carol Huang 70 (69/1)
> Conrad Burkholder 69 (69/0)
> Emily Schwartz 69 (69/0)
> Roy Herrera 68 (68/0)
> Bill Enneis 56 (56/0)
> Sue Ann Enneis 56 (56/0)
> Sidney Wade 51 (59/0)
> Debbie Spiceland 43 (43/0)
> Arthur Baker 34 (34/0)
> Alex Baker 34 (34/0)
> Andy Baker 34 (34/0)
>
> BREVARD 119 (116/3)
> Jim Armstrong 102 (101/1)
> Sarah Linney 74 (74/0)
> Jim Eager 72 (70/2)
> Jenn Anselmo 63 (61/2)
> Doug Stuckey 61 (60/1)
> Jason Frederick 24 (24/0)
>
> BROWARD 106 (96/10)
> Steven Kaplan 101 (93/8)
> Warren Parker 79 (74/5)
>
> CHARLOTTE
> Dennis Peacock 123 (123/0)
> Mike Manetz 111 (111/0)
> Susan Daughtrey 100 (100/0)
> Brant Julius 81 (81/0)
>
> CLAY
> Martha Fethe 62 (62/0)
> Jan Morgan 62 (62/0)
> Cathy Levreault 57 (57/0)
>
> COLLIER 100 (100/0)
> Monica Higgins 84 (84/0)
>
> DUVAL
> Thomas Rohtsalu 115 (113/2) See his June Challenge photo album here.
> Carly Wainwright 107 (104/3)
>
> FLAGLER
> Amber Bobbitt 76 (76/0)
>
> FRANKLIN
> John Murphy 128 (128/0)
>
> GLADES
> Ann Starck 74 (72/2)
>
> HENDRY
> Kim Willis 77 (77/0)
> Margaret England 65 (65/0)
>
> HERNANDO
> Stephen Mann 110 (110/0)
>
> HILLSBOROUGH 148 (145/3)
> Rocky Milburn 139 (138/1)
> Sandy Harris 120 (118/2)
> Susan Pepper 120 (118/2)
> Ken Allen 116 (116/0)
> Jason Guerard 80 (80/0)
>
> INDIAN RIVER
> Doug Sutherland 64 (64/0)
> Jenn Anselmo 41 (40/1)
>
> LAKE
> Earl Horn 99 (97/2)
> Leann Streeper 93 (92/1)
> Bob Streeper 92 (91/1)
> Nadia Streeper 80 (79/1)
>
> LEE
> France Paulsen 94 (94/0)
> Bob Hargrave 86 (86/0)
> Bob Repenning 84 (84/0)
>
> MANATEE 129 (122/7)
> Billie Knight 125 (120/5)
> Jerry Knight 125 (120/5)
>
> MARION
> Doug Richard 101 (101/0)
> Alice Horst 95 (90/5)
> Donna Schromm 85 (82/3)
>
> MARTIN
> Nancy Price 95 (90/5)
>
> MIAMI-DADE 158 (143/15)
> Christine Manfredi 137 (123/14)
> Larry Manfredi 137 (123/14)
> Philip Manfredi 137 (123/14)
>
> OKALOOSA
> Bruce Purdy 120 (118/2)
>
> ORANGE
> Bob Sicolo 116 (109/7)
> John Thomton 107 (105/2)
> Ellen Rocco 91 (84/7)
> Andy Prather 42 (42/0)
>
> PALM BEACH 155 (147/8)
> Marcello Gomes 113 (108/5)
> Chuck Weber 112 (109/3)
> Susan McKemy 112 (107/5)
> Sue Young 102 (101/1)
>
> PASCO
> Dave Gagne 145 (145/0)
> Ken Tracey 135 (135/0)
> Bill Pranty 118 (118/0)
> Mike Ranck 98 (98/0)
> J. Mike Kell 93 (93/0)
> Jason Guerard 58 (58/0)
>
> PINELLAS 152 (150/2)
> Dan Sauvageau 138 (134/4)
> JoAnna Clayton 130 (126/4)
> Ron Smith 122 (122/0)
> Don Margeson 121 (121/0)
> Tom Mast 119 (119/0)
> Mark Burns 108 (108/0)
> Nicole Ploger 101 (101/0)
> Troy Ploger 101 (101/0)
> Cuneyt Yilmaz 100 (100/0)
> Colin Gjervold 99 (99/0)
> Eric Plage 95 (95/0)
>
> ST. JOHNS
> Sue Killeen 134 (133/1)
> James Wheat 130 (130/0)
> Diane Reed 127 (127/0)
> Chris Hooker 106 (104/2)
> Graham Williams 92 (92/0)
> C.J. McCartney 54 (54/0)
>
> SARASOTA 131 (124/7)
> Claire Herzog 131 (124/7)
> Nancy Edmondson 122 (115/6)
> Stu Wilson 97 (96/1)
>
> SEMINOLE
> Scott Simmons 105 (104/1)
> Graham Williams 101 (98/3)
>
> VOLUSIA
> Michael Brothers 142 (138/4)
> Eli Schaperow 98 (97/1)
>
>
> OUTSIDE FLORIDA (species lists are linked when provided)
>
> PUEBLO COUNTY, COLORADO
> Monica Higgins 42 (42/0)
>
> KENT COUNTY, DELAWARE
> Chris Bennett 155
> Doris Boyles 81
> Dottie Boyles 81
> Joel Martin 46
> Bob Bryant 34
>
> NEW CASTLE COUNTY, DELAWARE
> Derek Stoner 116
> Judy Montgomery 115
> Christopher Rowe 108
> Bill Stewart 91
> Amy O’Neil 77
> Chris Bennett 73
> Kelly Stringham 71
> Bob Bryant 58
> Ian Stewart 58
> David Beattie 47
> Doris Boyles 45
> Dottie Boyles 45
> Amy White 37
>
> SUSSEX COUNTY, DELAWARE
> Sue Gruver 134
> Sharon Lynn 125
> Jean Shaw 110
> Chris Bennett 108
> John Long 99
> Bob Edelen 52
> Doris Boyles 51
> Dottie Boyles 51
>
> FAYETTE COUNTY, GEORGIA
> Bob Hargrave 32 (32/0)
>
> HARFORD COUNTY, MARYLAND 139
> (No individual entries submitted.)
>
> KENT COUNTY, MICHIGAN
> Bly Bylsma 113 (113/0)
>
> HANCOCK COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI
> Barbara Bowen 88 (86/2)
> Susan Epps 88 (86/2)
>
> MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
> Brian Henderson 93 (93/0)
>
> BERKELEY COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA
> Christopher Tynan 76 (76/0)
>
> KERSHAW COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA 96 (96/0)
> Lex Glover 87 (87/0)
> Steve Patterson 68 (68/0)
>
>
> OUTSIDE THE U.S.
>
> ABACO, BAHAMAS
> Susan Daughtrey 57
>
> HYDERABAD, INDIA
> Janet Leavens 92
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Date: 7/4/14 12:09 pm
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Gulf Coast King Rail Followup
Hello,

I was out in the marsh just before lunch today trying for another King. None showed up at first, so I switched to Clapper call and two Clapper Rails came out of the mangroves; see photos. So there is a mixed group here.

I tried again for King and in a mangrove clump I was standing next to a King started calling. Although it never came out into view, I was able to record video for sound for 40.04 seconds of it's call. I counted the individual kek calls given by this King Rail;80 for the 40.04 seconds = 2 notes/sec. This agrees with Sibley's way to differentiate King from Clapper, (page 153),"(usually 2 notes/sec) - slower tempo is more reliable for identification" of King Rail. Clapper Rail gives "(4-5 notes/sec)".

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey, FL


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Date: 7/4/14 11:13 am
From: <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Results of The June Challenge 2014
Way to go, Dave, Michael, and Rocky! Wish I had a garish, hulking trophy to give each of you, like the one we pass around here in Alachua county! Dave, good thing those birds you mail ordered arrived in time! Dotty Robbins
High Springs

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From: Rex Rowan <rexrowan...>
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Results of The June Challenge 2014
Date: Fri, 4 Jul 2014 13:13:49 -0400


To the extent that it's a contest, The June Challenge is an intra-county contest and not an inter-county contest. A small county doesn't have the same birding potential as a large county, a landlocked county doesn't have the same potential as a coastal county, and a county with a small or nonexistent birding community will never amass a list as long as that of a county with a lot of birders who communicate their finds to each other instantly via Facebook. So, while birders working within the same county during the same period of time can be reasonably compared to each other, comparisons between counties are senseless. Nonetheless they are very popular! So here are the top three individual lists in this year's Challenge, and the top three cumulative county lists:

Remember, the first number in the parentheses is the number of ABA-countable birds, those that are considered to be native to North America or to have established populations here. The second number is the number of non-established exotics that were seen. So if I saw 100 native species during the June Challenge, and also saw a free-ranging peacock, my total would be listed as 101 (100/1). TOP INDIVIDUAL LISTS1. Dave Gagne (Pasco) 145 (145/0)2. Michael Brothers (Volusia) 142 (138/4)3. Rocky Milburn (Hillsborough) 139 (138/1)

TOP CUMULATIVE COUNTY LISTS1. Miami-Dade 1582. Palm Beach 1553. Pinellas 152

The three top cumulative county lists if we stick to ABA-countable species - which we don't, but IF we did - are Pinellas County (150), Palm Beach County (147), and in third place a tie between Palm Beach County and Dave Gagne (145).

This year we had a total of 134 individual entries from 29 Florida counties, plus 36 entries from eleven counties in eight other states. In addition, two Florida birders submitted entries from outside the U.S. - Susan Daughtrey from Abaco, Bahamas, and Janet Leavens from Hyderabad, India. I asked only for numbers, not lists, but some people submitted lists anyway, and I've supplied links to out-of-state lists (including Susan's and Janet's) in case you want to see what's beyond our borders during June.

My apologies if I left anyone out. Thanks for playing, and see you next year!
ALACHUA 128 (124/4)Maralee Joos 116 (113/3)
Danny Shehee 116 (113/3)
Lloyd Davis 113 (110/3)
Chris Cattau 111 (107/4)
Barbara Shea 109 (106/3)
Howard Adams 107 (105/2)
Bob Simons 107 (105/2)
Bob Carroll 104 (101/3)
Rex Rowan 102 (101/1)
Dalcio Dacol 101 (101/0)
Brad Hall 101 (101/0)
Ron Robinson 101 (98/3)
Barbara Mollison 100 (98/2)
Felicia Lee 100 (97/3)
Benjamin Ewing 100 (96/4)
Samuel Ewing 100 (96/4)
Anne Kendall 97 (97/0)
Erika Simons 97 (95/2)
Sharon Kuchinski 94 (92/2)
John Martin 93 (91/2)
Geoff Parks 93 (90/3)
Deena Mickelson 91 (91/0)
Anne Barkdoll 90 (87/3)
Phil Laipis 86 (86/0)
Tina Greenberg 85 (84/1)
Bob Knight 83 (83/0)
Debbie Segal 82 (82/0)
Ellen Frattino 82 (80/2)
Becky Enneis 81 (80/1)
Amber Roux 81 (80/1)
Christine Zamora 81 (80/1)
Nora Parks-Church 81 (78/3)
Elizabeth Martin 79 (77/2)
Katherine Edison 77 (74/3)
Hannah Ewing 76 (73/3)
Adam Zions 76 (72/4)
Barbara Woodmansee 75 (75/0)
Carol Huang 70 (69/1)
Conrad Burkholder 69 (69/0)
Emily Schwartz 69 (69/0)
Roy Herrera 68 (68/0)
Bill Enneis 56 (56/0)
Sue Ann Enneis 56 (56/0)
Sidney Wade 51 (59/0)
Debbie Spiceland 43 (43/0)
Arthur Baker 34 (34/0)
Alex Baker 34 (34/0)
Andy Baker 34 (34/0)

BREVARD 119 (116/3)Jim Armstrong 102 (101/1)Sarah Linney 74 (74/0)Jim Eager 72 (70/2)Jenn Anselmo 63 (61/2)Doug Stuckey 61 (60/1)Jason Frederick 24 (24/0) BROWARD 106 (96/10)Steven Kaplan 101 (93/8)Warren Parker 79 (74/5)

CHARLOTTE
Dennis Peacock 123 (123/0)Mike Manetz 111 (111/0)Susan Daughtrey 100 (100/0)Brant Julius 81 (81/0) CLAYMartha Fethe 62 (62/0)Jan Morgan 62 (62/0)Cathy Levreault 57 (57/0)

COLLIER 100 (100/0)Monica Higgins 84 (84/0) DUVALThomas Rohtsalu 115 (113/2) See his June Challenge photo album here.Carly Wainwright 107 (104/3) FLAGLERAmber Bobbitt 76 (76/0) FRANKLINJohn Murphy 128 (128/0)

GLADESAnn Starck 74 (72/2) HENDRYKim Willis 77 (77/0)Margaret England 65 (65/0) HERNANDOStephen Mann 110 (110/0) HILLSBOROUGH 148 (145/3)Rocky Milburn 139 (138/1)Sandy Harris 120 (118/2)Susan Pepper 120 (118/2)Ken Allen 116 (116/0)Jason Guerard 80 (80/0) INDIAN RIVERDoug Sutherland 64 (64/0)Jenn Anselmo 41 (40/1) LAKEEarl Horn 99 (97/2)
Leann Streeper 93 (92/1)
Bob Streeper 92 (91/1)
Nadia Streeper 80 (79/1)
LEEFrance Paulsen 94 (94/0)Bob Hargrave 86 (86/0)Bob Repenning 84 (84/0) MANATEE 129 (122/7)
Billie Knight 125 (120/5)
Jerry Knight 125 (120/5) MARION Doug Richard 101 (101/0)Alice Horst 95 (90/5)Donna Schromm 85 (82/3) MARTINNancy Price 95 (90/5)

MIAMI-DADE 158 (143/15)Christine Manfredi 137 (123/14)Larry Manfredi 137 (123/14)Philip Manfredi 137 (123/14) OKALOOSABruce Purdy 120 (118/2) ORANGEBob Sicolo 116 (109/7)John Thomton 107 (105/2)Ellen Rocco 91 (84/7)Andy Prather 42 (42/0)

PALM BEACH 155 (147/8)
Marcello Gomes 113 (108/5)
Chuck Weber 112 (109/3)
Susan McKemy 112 (107/5)
Sue Young 102 (101/1) PASCODave Gagne 145 (145/0)Ken Tracey 135 (135/0)Bill Pranty 118 (118/0)Mike Ranck 98 (98/0)J. Mike Kell 93 (93/0)Jason Guerard 58 (58/0) PINELLAS 152 (150/2)
Dan Sauvageau 138 (134/4)JoAnna Clayton 130 (126/4)Ron Smith 122 (122/0)Don Margeson 121 (121/0)Tom Mast 119 (119/0)Mark Burns 108 (108/0)Nicole Ploger 101 (101/0)Troy Ploger 101 (101/0)Cuneyt Yilmaz 100 (100/0)Colin Gjervold 99 (99/0)Eric Plage 95 (95/0) ST. JOHNSSue Killeen 134 (133/1)James Wheat 130 (130/0)Diane Reed 127 (127/0) Chris Hooker 106 (104/2)
Graham Williams 92 (92/0)C.J. McCartney 54 (54/0)

SARASOTA 131 (124/7)Claire Herzog 131 (124/7)
Nancy Edmondson 122 (115/6)Stu Wilson 97 (96/1) SEMINOLEScott Simmons 105 (104/1)Graham Williams 101 (98/3)

VOLUSIAMichael Brothers 142 (138/4)Eli Schaperow 98 (97/1)

OUTSIDE FLORIDA (species lists are linked when provided) PUEBLO COUNTY, COLORADOMonica Higgins 42 (42/0)

KENT COUNTY, DELAWARE
Chris Bennett 155
Doris Boyles 81
Dottie Boyles 81
Joel Martin 46
Bob Bryant 34

NEW CASTLE COUNTY, DELAWARE
Derek Stoner 116
Judy Montgomery 115
Christopher Rowe 108
Bill Stewart 91
Amy O&rsquo;Neil 77
Chris Bennett 73
Kelly Stringham 71
Bob Bryant 58
Ian Stewart 58
David Beattie 47
Doris Boyles 45
Dottie Boyles 45
Amy White 37

SUSSEX COUNTY, DELAWARE
Sue Gruver 134
Sharon Lynn 125
Jean Shaw 110
Chris Bennett 108
John Long 99
Bob Edelen 52Doris Boyles 51Dottie Boyles 51
FAYETTE COUNTY, GEORGIABob Hargrave 32 (32/0)

HARFORD COUNTY, MARYLAND 139(No individual entries submitted.)
KENT COUNTY, MICHIGANBly Bylsma 113 (113/0)

HANCOCK COUNTY, MISSISSIPPIBarbara Bowen 88 (86/2)
Susan Epps 88 (86/2) MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIABrian Henderson 93 (93/0)
BERKELEY COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINAChristopher Tynan 76 (76/0) KERSHAW COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA 96 (96/0)Lex Glover 87 (87/0)Steve Patterson 68 (68/0)
OUTSIDE THE U.S.ABACO, BAHAMASSusan Daughtrey 57
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Date: 7/4/14 10:14 am
From: Rex Rowan <rexrowan...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Results of The June Challenge 2014
To the extent that it's a contest, The June Challenge is an intra-county
contest and not an inter-county contest. A small county doesn't have the
same birding potential as a large county, a landlocked county doesn't have
the same potential as a coastal county, and a county with a small or
nonexistent birding community will never amass a list as long as that of a
county with a lot of birders who communicate their finds to each other
instantly via Facebook. So, while birders working within the same county
during the same period of time can be reasonably compared to each other,
comparisons between counties are senseless. Nonetheless they are very
popular! So here are the top three individual lists in this year's
Challenge, and the top three cumulative county lists:

Remember, the first number in the parentheses is the number of
ABA-countable birds, those that are considered to be native to North
America or to have established populations here. The second number is the
number of non-established exotics that were seen. So if I saw 100 native
species during the June Challenge, and also saw a free-ranging peacock, my
total would be listed as 101 (100/1).

TOP INDIVIDUAL LISTS
1. Dave Gagne (Pasco) 145 (145/0)
2. Michael Brothers (Volusia) 142 (138/4)
3. Rocky Milburn (Hillsborough) 139 (138/1)

TOP CUMULATIVE COUNTY LISTS
1. Miami-Dade 158
2. Palm Beach 155
3. Pinellas 152

The three top cumulative county lists if we stick to ABA-countable species
- which we don't, but IF we did - are Pinellas County (150), Palm Beach
County (147), and in third place a tie between Palm Beach County and Dave
Gagne (145).

This year we had a total of 134 individual entries from 29 Florida
counties, plus 36 entries from eleven counties in eight other states. In
addition, two Florida birders submitted entries from outside the U.S. -
Susan Daughtrey from Abaco, Bahamas, and Janet Leavens from Hyderabad,
India. I asked only for numbers, not lists, but some people submitted lists
anyway, and I've supplied links to out-of-state lists (including Susan's
and Janet's) in case you want to see what's beyond our borders during June.

My apologies if I left anyone out. Thanks for playing, and see you next
year!

ALACHUA 128 (124/4)
Maralee Joos 116 (113/3)
Danny Shehee 116 (113/3)
Lloyd Davis 113 (110/3)
Chris Cattau 111 (107/4)
Barbara Shea 109 (106/3)
Howard Adams 107 (105/2)
Bob Simons 107 (105/2)
Bob Carroll 104 (101/3)
Rex Rowan 102 (101/1)
Dalcio Dacol 101 (101/0)
Brad Hall 101 (101/0)
Ron Robinson 101 (98/3)
Barbara Mollison 100 (98/2)
Felicia Lee 100 (97/3)
Benjamin Ewing 100 (96/4)
Samuel Ewing 100 (96/4)
Anne Kendall 97 (97/0)
Erika Simons 97 (95/2)
Sharon Kuchinski 94 (92/2)
John Martin 93 (91/2)
Geoff Parks 93 (90/3)
Deena Mickelson 91 (91/0)
Anne Barkdoll 90 (87/3)
Phil Laipis 86 (86/0)
Tina Greenberg 85 (84/1)
Bob Knight 83 (83/0)
Debbie Segal 82 (82/0)
Ellen Frattino 82 (80/2)
Becky Enneis 81 (80/1)
Amber Roux 81 (80/1)
Christine Zamora 81 (80/1)
Nora Parks-Church 81 (78/3)
Elizabeth Martin 79 (77/2)
Katherine Edison 77 (74/3)
Hannah Ewing 76 (73/3)
Adam Zions 76 (72/4)
Barbara Woodmansee 75 (75/0)
Carol Huang 70 (69/1)
Conrad Burkholder 69 (69/0)
Emily Schwartz 69 (69/0)
Roy Herrera 68 (68/0)
Bill Enneis 56 (56/0)
Sue Ann Enneis 56 (56/0)
Sidney Wade 51 (59/0)
Debbie Spiceland 43 (43/0)
Arthur Baker 34 (34/0)
Alex Baker 34 (34/0)
Andy Baker 34 (34/0)

BREVARD 119 (116/3)
Jim Armstrong 102 (101/1)
Sarah Linney 74 (74/0)
Jim Eager 72 (70/2)
Jenn Anselmo 63 (61/2)
Doug Stuckey 61 (60/1)
Jason Frederick 24 (24/0)

BROWARD 106 (96/10)
Steven Kaplan 101 (93/8)
Warren Parker 79 (74/5)

CHARLOTTE
Dennis Peacock 123 (123/0)
Mike Manetz 111 (111/0)
Susan Daughtrey 100 (100/0)
Brant Julius 81 (81/0)

CLAY
Martha Fethe 62 (62/0)
Jan Morgan 62 (62/0)
Cathy Levreault 57 (57/0)

COLLIER 100 (100/0)
Monica Higgins 84 (84/0)

DUVAL
Thomas Rohtsalu 115 (113/2) See his June Challenge photo album here
<http://jaxbirding.com/june_photo_challenge_2014.php>.
Carly Wainwright 107 (104/3)

FLAGLER
Amber Bobbitt 76 (76/0)

FRANKLIN
John Murphy 128 (128/0)

GLADES
Ann Starck 74 (72/2)

HENDRY
Kim Willis 77 (77/0)
Margaret England 65 (65/0)

HERNANDO
Stephen Mann 110 (110/0)

HILLSBOROUGH 148 (145/3)
Rocky Milburn 139 (138/1)
Sandy Harris 120 (118/2)
Susan Pepper 120 (118/2)
Ken Allen 116 (116/0)
Jason Guerard 80 (80/0)

INDIAN RIVER
Doug Sutherland 64 (64/0)
Jenn Anselmo 41 (40/1)

LAKE
Earl Horn 99 (97/2)
Leann Streeper 93 (92/1)
Bob Streeper 92 (91/1)
Nadia Streeper 80 (79/1)

LEE
France Paulsen 94 (94/0)
Bob Hargrave 86 (86/0)
Bob Repenning 84 (84/0)

MANATEE 129 (122/7)
Billie Knight 125 (120/5)
Jerry Knight 125 (120/5)

MARION
Doug Richard 101 (101/0)
Alice Horst 95 (90/5)
Donna Schromm 85 (82/3)

MARTIN
Nancy Price 95 (90/5)

MIAMI-DADE 158 (143/15)
Christine Manfredi 137 (123/14)
Larry Manfredi 137 (123/14)
Philip Manfredi 137 (123/14)

OKALOOSA
Bruce Purdy 120 (118/2)

ORANGE
Bob Sicolo 116 (109/7)
John Thomton 107 (105/2)
Ellen Rocco 91 (84/7)
Andy Prather 42 (42/0)

PALM BEACH 155 (147/8)
Marcello Gomes 113 (108/5)
Chuck Weber 112 (109/3)
Susan McKemy 112 (107/5)
Sue Young 102 (101/1)

PASCO
Dave Gagne 145 (145/0)
Ken Tracey 135 (135/0)
Bill Pranty 118 (118/0)
Mike Ranck 98 (98/0)
J. Mike Kell 93 (93/0)
Jason Guerard 58 (58/0)

PINELLAS 152 (150/2)
Dan Sauvageau 138 (134/4)
JoAnna Clayton 130 (126/4)
Ron Smith 122 (122/0)
Don Margeson 121 (121/0)
Tom Mast 119 (119/0)
Mark Burns 108 (108/0)
Nicole Ploger 101 (101/0)
Troy Ploger 101 (101/0)
Cuneyt Yilmaz 100 (100/0)
Colin Gjervold 99 (99/0)
Eric Plage 95 (95/0)

ST. JOHNS
Sue Killeen 134 (133/1)
James Wheat 130 (130/0)
Diane Reed 127 (127/0)
Chris Hooker 106 (104/2)
Graham Williams 92 (92/0)
C.J. McCartney 54 (54/0)

SARASOTA 131 (124/7)
Claire Herzog 131 (124/7)
Nancy Edmondson 122 (115/6)
Stu Wilson 97 (96/1)

SEMINOLE
Scott Simmons 105 (104/1)
Graham Williams 101 (98/3)

VOLUSIA
Michael Brothers 142 (138/4)
Eli Schaperow 98 (97/1)


*OUTSIDE FLORIDA* (species lists are linked when provided)

PUEBLO COUNTY, COLORADO
Monica Higgins 42 (42/0)
<https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4E7iNkfaDyUN1FNZWFJZ2RSUnFWWWhXMDhDaEdqakFvY0xB/edit?usp=sharing>

KENT COUNTY, DELAWARE
Chris Bennett 155
Doris Boyles 81
Dottie Boyles 81
Joel Martin 46
Bob Bryant 34

NEW CASTLE COUNTY, DELAWARE
Derek Stoner 116
Judy Montgomery 115
Christopher Rowe 108
Bill Stewart 91
Amy O’Neil 77
Chris Bennett 73
Kelly Stringham 71
Bob Bryant 58
Ian Stewart 58
David Beattie 47
Doris Boyles 45
Dottie Boyles 45
Amy White 37

SUSSEX COUNTY, DELAWARE
Sue Gruver 134
Sharon Lynn 125
Jean Shaw 110
Chris Bennett 108
John Long 99
Bob Edelen 52
Doris Boyles 51
Dottie Boyles 51

FAYETTE COUNTY, GEORGIA
Bob Hargrave 32 (32/0)
<https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jBHMKn1L-R2xpDUj-DMZAvTU0u38Jfy2aI60rmNXec4/edit?usp=sharing>

HARFORD COUNTY, MARYLAND 139
<http://www.harfordbirdclub.org/June%20Challenge-new.html>
(No individual entries submitted.)

KENT COUNTY, MICHIGAN
Bly Bylsma 113 (113/0)
<https://docs.google.com/document/d/12067chxwR2f208eZAH2pY9N9CDYWLYnXjvUI8rsFqzI/edit?usp=sharing>

HANCOCK COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI
Barbara Bowen 88 (86/2)
<https://docs.google.com/document/d/19-xU1EkDcZ_uGRiZNBy0hMfLcKtLlw01I11VoMVEg1s/edit?usp=sharing>
Susan Epps 88 (86/2)
<https://docs.google.com/document/d/19-xU1EkDcZ_uGRiZNBy0hMfLcKtLlw01I11VoMVEg1s/edit?usp=sharing>

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
Brian Henderson 93 (93/0)
<https://docs.google.com/document/d/1w2T6nm0uM3JNG1Gm7nqnGMb1yvDmXHdXtXieC2Z3VOg/edit?usp=sharing>

BERKELEY COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA
Christopher Tynan 76 (76/0)
<https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4E7iNkfaDyUeXF6WTJPWEJDZ05BeW4tT3V2enphXzB2OTJF/edit?usp=sharing>

KERSHAW COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA 96 (96/0)
Lex Glover 87 (87/0)
<https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4E7iNkfaDyUb1RFWlRMT2t0RHZ6Z1J5bm9GajJkUVBuOG5B/edit?usp=sharing>
Steve Patterson 68 (68/0)
<https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4E7iNkfaDyUb1RFWlRMT2t0RHZ6Z1J5bm9GajJkUVBuOG5B/edit?usp=sharing>


*OUTSIDE THE U.S.*

ABACO, BAHAMAS
Susan Daughtrey 57
<https://docs.google.com/document/d/1sK-D0WF5EOAxroO4YrLL_TlgazFEbGyuB2hNOC-1R1I/edit?usp=sharing>

HYDERABAD, INDIA
Janet Leavens 92
<https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Vi2hhzpqZtjO8leIlAC0GAQtU_jKxHkv2pLdX6GVwQ4/edit?usp=sharing>

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Date: 7/4/14 4:25 am
From: Diana Doyle <diana...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Eyes Out for Storm Waif Swallows - Bahama Swallow
Yesterday just after sunrise while storm seawatching at St. Augustine Inlet I had two presumed storm waif swallows come in off the ocean. The field marks I saw matched Bahama Swallow.

I put out the word immediately to local county coastal birders, hoping that someone might re-sight, and ideally, photograph. Now I'm putting out the broader word:

**Please check all swallows over the next few days!!**

You can read my complete notes in my eBird report here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18978481

It's very longIf I had got a photo I wouldn't have had to write a thousand words ;-)

Diana Doyle
St. Augustine, FL


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Date: 7/3/14 5:40 pm
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Gulf Coast King Rail
Hello,

I have read over Brian's suggested papers on hybrids Clapper/King Rail and Ron's post about Pinellas orange-faced King.

I have also photographed many Pasco Clapper Rails and have never seen one with more than faint smudge of orange on it's lower chest. In the field they are very dark, including singing males.


Go on to Flicker and search "King Rail". Most King photos on that site from inland areas have gray faces so that orange faced Pinellas bird is not a field mark consistent for King.

My bird responded aggressively to the King call, which it then searched for the King in the tape to do battle. It then returned the King call repeatedly just like the tape, so if that is the best field mark to separate the species, it passed that test!


If any local birder had heard the call without a photo they would have placed into the King category! And the photo is not inconsistent for King.

Hybrid is not something a birder in the field can determine even if a bird has conflicting field marks. Collecting a bird to resolve the hybrid issue is the only solution. Many of every birders sightings could be hybrid birds that were not photographed to bring up the issue.

So until a researcher looks at"Gulf Coast King Rails" (notice the title of my original post, because I know they may be a little different) and resolves any issues of King Rails living in close proximity to Clapper Rails, like here at Pasco Palms, or along the Gulf coastmyKing Rail sighting stands.

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL

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Date: 7/3/14 5:22 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] 4th of July
Have a REGAL 4th of July, everyone!
Alice Horst
The Villages, Marion County

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Date: 7/3/14 1:48 pm
From: Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Gulf Coast King Rail
Hi Ken & all,

Since several different Pasco birders agree that both King & Clapper Rails
occur in the general area close together, how are you all ruling out King X
Clapper Rails hybrids which have been documented to occur along the Gulf
Coast where the two species come in close contact? The link Ron posting on
the article by Ted Floyd is a really good read!

Best,
Brian Ahern
Tampa Bay, FL.




On Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 1:13 PM, Ken Tracey <kftracey...> wrote:

> Hello,
>
> The photos and group of King Rails were along the mangrove edge next to
> the fresh water area along Strauber Hwy. The Clapper Rails occur on the
> west side of Strauber Hwy. King Rails occur here year around. By
> description this was a King Rail. The orange chest up to front part of
> neck, bright white side streaking do not fit any Clapper Rails in our area
> and agrees with field guides. Beside this male responded to King Rail
> tape and aggressively thinks he is a King. His calls matched King on
> tape. It is King Rail!
>
> Ken Tracey
> New Port Richey FL
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Date: 7/3/14 10:13 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Gulf Coast King Rail
Hello,

The photos and group of King Rails were along the mangrove edge next to the fresh water area along Strauber Hwy. The Clapper Rails occur on the west side of Strauber Hwy. King Rails occur here year around. By description this was a King Rail. The orange
chest up to front part of neck, bright white side streaking do not fit
any Clapper Rails in our area and agrees with field guides. Beside
this male responded to King Rail tape and aggressively thinks he is a
King. His calls matched King on tape. It is King Rail!


Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL


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Date: 7/3/14 7:54 am
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Gulf Coast King Rail
I agree with Jeanne that the bird(s) photo'd by Ken are Clapper Rails.
Habitat, of course, would be the main reason, but the bird's steel gray
face is also un-King like. Detailed markings along the flanks also can give
away I.D.s on the best of specimens. Gulf Coast Clappers, I believe, are a
bit brighter than those found along the Atlantic coast (see article link
below). Photos I have seen of an inland, sure-bet King Rail from Pasco
County show a bird much brighter than those shown in Ken's post.

In Pinellas County, where I've watched our local population of King Rails
decrease to a point where I cannot take you to a spot where I know there is
one, we were lucky to have a King Rail spend last fall and the early
winter season in a freshwater pond/marsh just yards from a saltwater marsh
(a paved trail atop a dike seperate the two). Playing a tape of *either
species* would get responses from *either species*, but Sue Tavaglione's
excellent photos revealed a bright orange-ish, large rail, without a steel
gray face walk up and out of the freshwater side of things. By early
spring the bird was no longer present, off to northern climes we suspected.

The below link is a nice read written by Ted Floyd about the various rail
subspecies, etc.

http://blog.aba.org/2013/10/clapper-rail-split.html


Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL
www.PInellasBirds.com <http://www.pinellasbirds.com/>

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Date: 7/3/14 7:30 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] "KING" RAILS IN PASCO OUNTY
Hi All,

As I KNOW for a fact that they are in this one spot and have seen and heard
them for years, but that is only in the winter in the freshwater marsh.
These photos where taken in the mangroves and I highly suspect that the
were Clappers, as they are VERY COMMON here, as I have heard over 20+ birds
here along this stretch of road, and ALL in the Mangroves.

Great Birding!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 7/3/14 6:43 am
From: dubi <dubi...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Gulf Coast King Rail
Hey Ken and All: this looks like a Clapper Rail to me. Any thoughts? Thanks,
Jeanne Dubi, Sarasota; <dubi...>



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Hello,



Found an apparent family group of King Rails along Strauber Hwy in West
Pasco this morning. At one time there were 4 in view although they were
running across a mud flat fast. A tape call brought out the male and then a
juvenile to investigate.



Ken Tracey

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Date: 7/2/14 5:19 pm
From: Rex Rowan <rexrowan...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Canada Goose - Tierra Verde - Pinellas
Canada Geese were very common wintering birds along the Gulf Coast from
Apalachicola Bay to Cedar Key as recently as the 1960s. A.H. Howell's *Florida
Bird Life* (1932) describes a flock of 3,000 in coastal Wakulla County in
December 1928.

Rex Rowan
Gainesville


On Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 7:41 PM, rcress <w_ouzel...> wrote:

> Up in New England, large flocks winter in the ocean bays
>
> Rich Cressman
>
> Tampa FL
>
>
>
> *From:* Birdbrains - Florida Birds/Natural History [mailto:
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> *Subject:* [BRDBRAIN] Canada Goose - Tierra Verde - Pinellas
>
>
>
> The attached pic was taken May 21, 2014 at Tierra Verde causeway, Pinellas
> County.
> I have never seen a Canada Goose in salt water before, and was curious as
> whether
> this is a common occurrence but just not in my experience.
>
> Thanks for any feedback.
>
> Roger Newell
> Valrico, FL
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Date: 7/2/14 4:41 pm
From: rcress <w_ouzel...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Canada Goose - Tierra Verde - Pinellas
Up in New England, large flocks winter in the ocean bays

Rich Cressman

Tampa FL



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The attached pic was taken May 21, 2014 at Tierra Verde causeway, Pinellas
County.
I have never seen a Canada Goose in salt water before, and was curious as
whether
this is a common occurrence but just not in my experience.

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Date: 7/2/14 3:21 pm
From: Roger Newell <rkn43...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Canada Goose - Tierra Verde - Pinellas
The attached pic was taken May 21, 2014 at Tierra Verde causeway, Pinellas County.
I have never seen a Canada Goose in salt water before, and was curious as whether
this is a common occurrence but just not in my experience.

Thanks for any feedback.

Roger Newell
Valrico, FL

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Date: 7/2/14 11:52 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Gulf Coast King Rail
Hello,

Found an apparent family group of King Rails along Strauber Hwy in West Pasco this morning. At one time there were 4 in view although they were running across a mud flat fast. A tape call brought out the male and then a juvenile to investigate.


Ken Tracey
New Port Richey


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Date: 7/2/14 5:11 am
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Western Trip Ends 7-2-14
After 43 days in Arizona my trip is finally come to an end. What a
spectacular place Arizona is. From the southeastern section to the White
Mountains! I got 86 lifers. Normally I would have had more, but I saw
some of the birds in Belize that were in Arizona. I was by myself with no
guide. However my friend Carl Edwards was on the phone with me
everyday giving me vital information where to look for birds. Carl has been
there 3 times so he is very familiar with the territory. Without his help I
would not have gotten so many different species. I birded the
southeastern circuit then went to the northern section including the Grand
Canyon and the White Mountains. I did not get all my target birds, but it
gives me a reason to go back. My last bird was the Abert's Towhee. I hope
you all enjoyed reading my reports as I birded. I must say it is very difficult
to see, and get a picture of every bird. One bonus is I not only got a lot of
my target birds, but also got the fledglings of some of my target birds. I
didn't expect to do that. I have posted all my lifers on my flickr site, and I
will be posting more different pictures of them. Please visit
www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen ..... You can see why Arizona is such a
great place to go see birds!

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

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Date: 7/1/14 8:15 am
From: Cuneyt Yilmaz <cnytyz...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] "Oregon" Junco, North Anclote Bar, 30 Jun 2014. (No kidding!)
Before taking the picture, you should have waited until the guy who
released the bird into the wild moved away. :-)

Congrats!

Cuneyt
On Jun 30, 2014 5:59 PM, "Bill Pranty" <billpranty...> wrote:

> Good afternoon,
>
> Few people other than Dave Gagne could top yesterday's American Bittern
> record -- the first photographic record for Florida during summer (but I
> neglected two earlier specimen records).
>
> But Dave outdid himself today, by several orders of magnitude.
>
> How about an "Oregon" Dark-eyed Junco in west-central Florida the last day
> of June? Sure, no problem. I'm still fond of the Kelp Gull discovery
> several years ago -- and the White Wagtail that preceded the gull -- but
> this one is up there too ...
>
> I think this is the first summer record in Florida of any junco, and the
> first photographic record of any of the western junco subspecies. Our bird
> had a blackish hood with brown back and sides. The tail showed very bold
> white outer rectrices and the conical bill was pink. The junco was in
> distress from the heat, so once we got IDable photos, we left it alone. A
> Red-winged Blackbird harassed it whenever it flew.
>
> Gail Deterra got better photos of the junco and I'm guessing will post
> them soon.
>
> Thanks to Gail and Dave for a ridiculously awesome day.
>
>
> Best regards,
>
> Bill Pranty
> Bayonet Point, Florida
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Date: 7/1/14 5:17 am
From: Scott Simmons <scott.j.simmons...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bobolink at Marl Bed Flats, 6/30/2014 (Seminole Co)
Hello all,

Yesterday Graham Williams found a Bobolink at Marl Bed Flats. After he let
me know, I drove over there and was able to see it and get a photograph. It
was a great way to wrap up the June Challenge. Graham and I were wondering
if this might be a latest record for the species.

This June Challenge has been pretty fascinating in Seminole County, as
there have been several sightings like this. A Savannah Sparrow was seen
at Marl Bed Flats on 6/2, A Ring-billed Gull was seen at the Lake Monroe
Marina on 6/9, a Tree Swallow was seen on 6/20 and 6/30 at Cameron Wight
Park (certainly the same one found earlier by Michael Brothers), and a
Caspian Tern was seen at the Lake Monroe Marina on 6/17. Gotta love June
Challenge!

Happy birding,

Scott Simmons
Winter Park, FL

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Date: 7/1/14 4:00 am
From: Rex Rowan <rexrowan...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Reminder
Please send me your June Challenge totals today.

Birders in Alachua County turned up a handful of interesting birds during
the month, among which were three American Robins, two of which appear to
be nesting (a first for the county), a singing Gray Catbird, and a Tree
Swallow. Like Pasco County we had an American Bittern, but it was not
documented by the observer, and on the day after the sighting the county
thoughtfully closed the trail for maintenance so no one was able to follow
up on it.

Anyway, if you could send your totals by midnight tonight I'd be grateful.

Rex Rowan
Gainesville

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Date: 6/30/14 6:19 pm
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] June Challenge Highlights
Hi All,

I was able to score 145 species in Pasco County this month with only one
species heard and not seen, as that was Black Rail, which I heard on 2
different dates, but was unable to see the bird.

Missed some incredibly easy species such as Great Horned Owl, Northern
Flicker (VERY HARD to find these days in Pasco), King Rail, Prothonotary
Warbler, Common Loon, and Red-breasted Merganser. Although some of these
are not easy, other birders were able to score them!

Was shooting for 150 but, will settle for this, as this is my first Florida
June Challenge, as I have been working out of state for the past five years.

Here were my highlights:

GREATER SCAUP Gulf Harbors Golf Course: Seen by many!! Only Summer Pasco
Record!!!
Horned Grebe Green Key Seen by many
American White Pelican SR 52 2 fly overs low, incredibly lucky timing!!!
AMERICAN BITTERN photographed!!!
Mississippi Kite 2 Fly overs at my residence!!!
18 Species of shorebirds, but missed Whimbrel, Dunlin and White-rumped
Sandpiper
Black Tern a total of 61 birds on the off shore islands today
Common Tern 3 Anclote North Bar
BOBOLINK 2 Werner-Boyce on June 3rd, latest spring record for Pasco
Seaside Sparrow 3 different sightings of 5-6 birds @ Werner Boyce
DARK-EYED JUNCO "Oregon subspecies" PHOTOGRAPHED First STATE RECORD
AMERICAN GOLDFINCH Key Vista Park Latest Pasco spring record!! Male Flyover

I wish to thank ALL the birders who helped my this month, as I don't drive
at the moment, and this is an unforgettable June to say the least on my
first Challenge!!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 6/30/14 4:54 pm
From: Nate Dias <offshorebirder...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula fulvigula)
Actually Joe: the Mottled Ducks in South Carolina were trapped in Texas,
Louisiana AND FLORIDA and introduced to coastal South Carolina in the late
1970s and early 1980s.

Though there were fewer relocated Florida MODU versus LA and TX birds, they
were a part of the project. I suspect whatever study you referenced had
very few SC sites involved and simply missed sampling offspring from any of
the Florida birds that were relocated to SC...

Nathan Dias - Charleston, SC

---------------------------------
Subject: Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula fulvigula)
From: Joseph Morlan <jmorlan...> <javascript:;>>
Date:Sun, 29 Jun 2014 12:12:13 -0700

3 April 2014. Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA.

The Florida population is now recognized as a separate subspecies (A.f.
fulvigula) from the allopatric Texas and Louisiana population (A. f.
maculosa). Florida birds have a yellower bill, paler and less distinctly
marked plumage.

The population breeding in coastal South Carolina has been determined from
genetics to be introduced from A. f. maculosa rather than a natural range
extension from Florida.

This is a male. The female has an orange bill and the male has a yellow
bill. Females also have broader buff fringes on the body feathers giving
them a subtly lighter overall appearance.

The Mexican Duck (A. p. diazi) is genetically closer to the Mottled Duck
than it is to the Mallard with which it is currently lumped. Current
classification is untenable. See....

http://azfo.org/journal/mottled_duck.html

The main threat to this species is hybridization with feral Mallards.

Nikon P510 Coolpix Point-and-shoot.


--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
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Date: 6/30/14 4:37 pm
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Anclote Islands, Pasco County, June 30, 2014
Hi All,

To follow up on Gail Deterra's and Bill Pranty's posts on the Junco, here
are our other highlights for the islands today:

Anclote North Bar:

Black-bellied Plover 1
Snowy Plover 1
Wilson's Plover 6 including 2 juveniles
Semipalmated Plover 16
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Willet 6 including 2 juveniles
Ruddy Turnstone 6
Sanderling 24
Least Sandpiper 3
Semipalmated Sandpiper 3
Western Sandpiper 3
Short-billed Dowitcher 35 ALL in basic plumage but 1
Least Tern 10 including 3 incubating!! LATE!!!
Black Tern 15
Common Tern 3

Considering ALL the boats and dogs that roam this small barrier island, was
totally surprised to see that both the Willets and Wilson's Plovers were
able to successfully nest here. EVEN more surprising is the fact that 3
Least Terns were sitting on nests!!! We harshly spoke to one group that
had a dog running loose within 50 feet of these Terns and luckily the dog
was restrained.

Anclote Key Preserve North End:

Black-bellied Plover 2
Wilson's Plover 6
Semipalmated plover 18
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Marbled Godwit 3
Red Knot 3 basic plumage all unbanded
Short-billed Dowitcher 52
Least Tern 49 including at least 7 hatch year juveniles
Black Tern 46 EXCEPTIONAL COUNT!
Prairie Warbler 1 singing


I know that many of these species are rather common in other coastal areas
of the state at this time of year, however, we lack appropriate shoreline
habitat here in Pasco County to see these species unless one is able to get
out to the islands.

I REALLY want to thank Gail for giving Bill and I the opportunity to view
these birds and SCORE the Junco!!!

Great Birding!!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 6/30/14 3:17 pm
From: Gail Deterra <gdeterra...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Dark-eyed "Oregon" Junco
At approximately 12:30 PM today, 30 June 2014 myself, Bill Pranty and Dave
Gagne were birding North Anclote Bar (Pasco County) when Dave observed a
small bird dive into the mangroves on the West side of the bar. As we got
closer Dave observed the bird through the spotting scope and announced it
was a Dark-eyed Junco. After thoroughly observing the bird as it perched on a
mangrove limb it was noticed that it had a dark head and also buff sides.
Further discussion and observation concluded that this was a male Dark-eyed
"Oregon" Junco (western population). The bird was observed by all three
of us for nearly 45 min. See photo attached.


Gail A. Deterra
Palm Harbor, FL



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Date: 6/30/14 2:58 pm
From: Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] "Oregon" Junco, North Anclote Bar, 30 Jun 2014. (No kidding!)
Good afternoon,

Few people other than Dave Gagne could top yesterday's American Bittern record -- the first photographic record for Florida during summer (but I neglected two earlier specimen records).

But Dave outdid himself today, by several orders of magnitude.

How about an "Oregon" Dark-eyed Junco in west-central Florida the last day of June? Sure, no problem. I'm still fond of the Kelp Gull discovery several years ago -- and the White Wagtail that preceded the gull -- but this one is up there too ...

I think this is the first summer record in Florida of any junco, and the first photographic record of any of the western junco subspecies. Our bird had a blackish hood with brown back and sides. The tail showed very bold white outer rectrices and the conical bill was pink. The junco was in distress from the heat, so once we got IDable photos, we left it alone. A Red-winged Blackbird harassed it whenever it flew.

Gail Deterra got better photos of the junco and I'm guessing will post them soon.

Thanks to Gail and Dave for a ridiculously awesome day.


Best regards,

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida

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Date: 6/30/14 10:51 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Redhead Duck, Sun Toyota Pond, Holiday, Pasco
Hello,

I found a Redhead Duck and 2 Greater Yellowlegs at the Sun Toyota pond in Holiday, Pasco County, this morning. Also had an imm. Glossy Ibis with white neck


Ken Tracey
New Port Richey, FL


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Date: 6/30/14 6:31 am
From: Renne Leatto <renne...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] 3 Southeastern American Kestrel (Orange, 29 Jun 2014)
We found a male Southeastern Kestrel on Powerline Road on Saturday. We've
seen him every summer when we've gone there (to look for kites) but didn't
know that if you see one in May, June, or July, it's the Southeastern
subspecies.



We also just learned that FWC eagerly want reports of Southeastern Kestrel
sightings. Here's the page .. They want sightings of burrowing owls and
painted buntings, too.

https://public.myfwc.com/FWRI/RareUpland/UserHome.aspx



Renee Leato

Windermere, Orange County













From: Robert Stalnaker [mailto:<robert.wildlife...>]
Sent: Sunday, June 29, 2014 3:34 PM
Subject: 3 Southeastern American Kestrel (Orange, 29 Jun 2014)



Greetings,



Last year in July, I found a single male American Kestrel on Haas Road, a
short distance west of Plymouth Sorrento Road.



I went back there today and found a pair. This is on a powerline easement
that has metal poles. However, the first set of poles south of the road is
wooden with many cavities. This is where the pair was. There was a
Red-bellied Woodpecker a couple feet away from the Kestrels, perhaps using
one of the cavities. As far as you could see in both directions, the poles
and areas nearby were void of birds, except on these two wooden poles,
widely separated. The effect of removal of wooden poles clearly shows.
Perhaps a birder in this area worked with the power company to retain these
two wooden poles during the replacement program.



Far off to the south, there was one other set of wooden poles among all the
metal poles, and surprise, there was Kestrel perched on the wire near those
wooden poles.



The status for this BBA location, Sorrento quad, block 6, has the American
Kestrel as "Possible Breeding". Maybe that was my submission last year.
Today, I was able to upgrade that to "Probable Breeding" with the pair.



Through the scope, the male lacked spots, a mark of this subspecies, but
there did seem to be a couple thin streaks on the white belly, buffy breast.



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18944396



Bob Stalnaker
Longwood, FL

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Date: 6/30/14 6:24 am
From: Renne Leatto <renne...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Duck/Goose?? Lee Co
France,



As most Brdbrainers know, I used to raise many breeds of domestic ducks and
geese.



You don't have any geese in your collection of pics. You have the Pekins
and some domestic mixed breeds related to them. They do not appear to be
part wild Mallard - they are too heavy bodied. Many breeds of domestic duck
were developed from the Mallard. Some look very different than wild
Mallards, like the Pekin. But others have almost identical coloring to wild
Mallards, though their size and profile might be different.



I'm not an ebird expert, but I think we are only supposed to report wild
birds there.



Renee Leato

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From: France [mailto:<france4fa...>]
Sent: Sunday, June 29, 2014 3:52 PM
Subject: Duck/Goose?? Lee Co



Good Afternoon Bird Folks;



I've been having a grand time hitting my county (Lee) and participating in
the June Challenge - I've tallied 94 so far and if these babies are
countable, that would make 95. My problem is that I can't find them in any
of my books, nor has the internet been helpful. The duck in question looks
like a goose but the bill is yellow and shaped like a duck bill. It was in a
big "family" group of 12 or so and nearby in the pond were wigeon, mallard
and mottled ducks. Could someone shed some light on this? One of my bird
friend thinks that it might be a type of domestic mallard.....if this is the
case, does that mean that it can't be recorded in E-bird?



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Date: 6/29/14 6:59 pm
From: Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Caspian Terns, St. Leo, 29 Jun 2014
Good evening,

It seems that four separate groups were birding eastern Pasco County today and we all found different birds. The best birds that Eva Dupuis and I found were two Caspian Terns at Clear Lake Park in St. Leo. (Dave Gagne and Tim Kalbach birded the park a few hours before we did and the terns were not present at that time). The species is a rare coastal breeder in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, so what two birds were doing 28 miles inland in north-central Pasco County in late June is anybody's guess. Eva's photos represent the first summer record of Caspian Tern in Pasco.


Best regards,

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida

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Date: 6/29/14 12:12 pm
From: Joseph Morlan <jmorlan...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula fulvigula)
3 April 2014. Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA.

The Florida population is now recognized as a separate subspecies (A.f.
fulvigula) from the allopatric Texas and Louisiana population (A. f.
maculosa). Florida birds have a yellower bill, paler and less distinctly
marked plumage.

The population breeding in coastal South Carolina has been determined from
genetics to be introduced from A. f. maculosa rather than a natural range
extension from Florida.

This is a male. The female has an orange bill and the male has a yellow
bill. Females also have broader buff fringes on the body feathers giving
them a subtly lighter overall appearance.

The Mexican Duck (A. p. diazi) is genetically closer to the Mottled Duck
than it is to the Mallard with which it is currently lumped. Current
classification is untenable. See....

http://azfo.org/journal/mottled_duck.html

The main threat to this species is hybridization with feral Mallards.

Nikon P510 Coolpix Point-and-shoot.


--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
"It turns out we're very good at not seeing things" - Jack Hitt

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Date: 6/29/14 11:01 am
From: Tim Kalbach <pbdipper...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pasco Bittern photos
link to a video clip and a few photos of the Pasco County bittern:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/pbdipper/14555951613/

--
Tim Kalbach
Clearwater, Florida

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Date: 6/29/14 10:37 am
From: Tim Kalbach <pbdipper...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] AMERICAN BITTERN, Pasco County!!!!
Initial view from Auton Rd, then a bit closer, heavily cropped.

On 6/29/14, David Gagne <oporornis77...> wrote:
> Hi All,
>
> At 755 AM today Tim Kalbach and I saw and was fortunate enough to
> photograph an AMERICAN BITTERN on Auton Road!!!
>
> Tim will be posting photos of the bird later this afternoon.
>
> According to Bill Pranty, this is the first summer record for the entire
> state!!
>
> If anyone plans on looking for this bird it was seen on the east side of
> the road about 1/4 mile north of the intersection of Enterprise Road. A
> scope is necessary to view this bird, as it was roughly 150 yards off the
> road.
>
> Great Birding!!!
>
> Dave Gagne
> New Port Richey, FL
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Date: 6/29/14 10:32 am
From: Earl Horn <earl_horn...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] RFI-Lake County Shorebird Habitat?
Does anyone know where there is any shorebird habitat in Lake County? With
just one day left in June, I'm running out of birds to look for and I only
have Killdeer and Black-necked Stilt.

Best regards,

Earl Horn (Bud)
Mt Dora, Fl

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Date: 6/29/14 9:31 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] AMERICAN BITTERN, Pasco County!!!!
Hi All,

At 755 AM today Tim Kalbach and I saw and was fortunate enough to
photograph an AMERICAN BITTERN on Auton Road!!!

Tim will be posting photos of the bird later this afternoon.

According to Bill Pranty, this is the first summer record for the entire
state!!

If anyone plans on looking for this bird it was seen on the east side of
the road about 1/4 mile north of the intersection of Enterprise Road. A
scope is necessary to view this bird, as it was roughly 150 yards off the
road.

Great Birding!!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 6/29/14 7:56 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Marian's Marsh Wren & Indigo Bunting, Pasco
Hello,

A singing Marian's Marsh Wren along Green Key Rd in the park this morning drew my attention to two nests it was singing near. These nests may have been a little unusual as they were both 10 feet up in a Black Mangrove, other nests I have seen have been much closer to the ground. When the wren stopped singing I went in closer to one nest and out jumped a wren from the side hole of the nest. I did get one photo before it disappeared.
Also found an Indigo Bunting in the same bush as two Blue Grosbeaks the other day along Blanton Rd is East Pasco.

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New Port Richey, FL


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Date: 6/29/14 5:15 am
From: rcress <w_ouzel...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Tampa
2 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks showed up yesterday for a short while on our
place at East Lake.

This is the first I've seen them here in the year+ I have been here.

Richard Cressman

Mary Help of Christian Center

Tampa FL


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Date: 6/28/14 6:00 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kite, Marion County
I saw 2 Mississippi Kites "kiting" just west of The Villages in Marion County. Of
course they were soon out of view heading west. Undaunted, I decided to try to
find them. I drove west on 42, .6 miles past 301 and turned left on 58th Ave. I
drove south on 58th, past the SONLIGHT CAMP (on left) & to some fields on the
left side of the road. I parked my car and watched.
2 Mississippi Kites were catching lunch over the fields.
I did get a couple of shots of "eating on the fly"... don't know what he's eating,
many dragon flies over those fields.
If they show up any farther south, they will be in Sumter County!
Sometimes you just get lucky with the birds!

Alice Horst
The Villages, Marion County

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Date: 6/28/14 10:24 am
From: Kathryn Dow <knazz815...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Celery Fields/Sarasota FL 6/28
Construction workers were busy at Celery Fields!
The birds were busy with activity also! In under an hour I observed the
following this morning:
Gully area along Palmer
Yellow crowned Night heron
White Ibis
Gazebo area
Numerous Boat tailed Grackles
Numerous Red winged Blackbirds
Glossy Ibis
White Ibis
2 Osprey
5 Limpkins
6 Least Bitterns (2) juvenile
3 Anhingas
Several Common Moorhens
4 Purple Gallinules
2 Great Egrets
3 Wood Storks
Green heron
3 Fish Crows
2 Tree Swallows
Front ponds along Palmer
Several Common Moorhens
Numerous Boat tailed Grackles
Numerous Red winged Black birds
Several Glossy Ibis
Several White Ibis
2 Mottled Ducks
3 Great Egrets
2 Great Blue Herons
3 Tri colored Herons
4 Barn Swallows
1 Blacknecked Stilt
2 Killdeer
Kathryn Dow Florida Bird Guide
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Date: 6/28/14 6:43 am
From: Joyce Stefancic <jws2735...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Minneola Scrub Jays
Hi BirdBrains,

Yesterday we saw 3 scrub Jays, sitting together, on a fence on Scrub Jay
Road in Minneola. They were just north of the turnpike overpass. We
returned to take a photo, but they were gone. We knew that there were 2
Scrub Jays in this area, but this is the first time that we have seen
evidence of a family here. I could not tell, as we drove by, if any of the
birds were banded (but I assume not) or if there were any juvis. This is an
area that is set for development, and near where a new exit will be.

Good Birding!

Joyce Stefancic

Clermont, Fl


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Date: 6/28/14 5:33 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Florida Scrub Jays Marion County
Yesterday, 6/27, In Ocala National Forest got 2 new birds for the June Challenge.
But the "great" find was a group of 5 Florida Scrub Jays on a road that we
usually do not take through the forest.
We drove Lake Eaton Loop and Sink Hole Trail which has sign 05 on it and goes
between 314A and 40. I saw a single FLSJ fly to the top of the scrub. He was
upset and squawking. 4 others joined him.
I took as many pictures as I could, trying to find legs bands. They were
frantically moving about.
I believe there were bands on at least 1 of the Jays. I am unable to see more
than that in the cropped pictures.
I marked the spot in my GARMIN which reads: N:29.23821 W:081.84612

Every day is a great day to go birding!
Alice Horst
The Villages, Marion County



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Date: 6/28/14 5:27 am
From: Barry Rossheim <nethoppers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sarasota Audubon Trip Report Tanzania

Jambo Brdbrainers - This is a trip report from Sarasota Audubon's Tanzania Trip June 13-25, 2014. Tanzania is a wonderful country with almost 30% of their land set aside for wildlife. We visited a Maasai Village and left colored pencils, paper, and money for the school children that put new meaning to the word adorable. The Maasai welcomed us into their homes. You have to admire the strength of people that keep their cultural identity in the face of the massive technological changes in the modern world. They are a happy and proud people that gained our respect. We left our guides better binoculars than they had to improve their birding skills. They knew the mammals, plants and ecology of the area better than the birds. Our group did a great job problem solving the bird species unfamiliar to the guides. The guides picked up a few lifers, such as Schalow's Turaco.

When you are on Safari in Tanzania you are going to see mammals, at times closer than you could imagine. We had African Elephants and African Lions outside our tents. We saw 34 species of mammals, our entire mammal list is attached.

Our "June challenge" included 266 species of birds including Martial Eagle ( 25 species of Accipitriformes), 5 species of Kingfishers, 9 species of Sunbirds, 6 species of Cisticola, 5 species of Hornbill, African Hoopoe, and of course the bird made famous by Lou Newman's photo, the Lilac-breasted Roller. Our entire bird list is attached.

Special thanks to Rick Greenspun and Jeanne Dubi for sharing their knowledge to help make this trip the best it could be, especially their advice to enter Arusha National Park the last morning, where magic happened courtesy of a hunting Martial Eagle. Photo attached.

Put Tanzania on your bucket list. The wildlife is the thing dreams are made of, and the people are amazing.

Barry Rossheim
Sarasota Audubon Society Trip Leader
Venice, FL

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Date: 6/27/14 6:32 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Roseate Tern. Disappearing Island. Volusia Co.
Today, 6/27, I was part of a crew working on building a better barrier around the Least Tern colony on Disappearing Island. I was scanning the nearby group of 220 Least Terns, 64 Royal Terns, 40 Sandwich Terns and 3 Common Terns when I found another (one of the same?) Roseate Tern on Disappearing Island, Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia County. This time the bird allowed much closer approach. In the photos, you can see the very long tail, long all black bill with some slight reddish at the base of the bill, reddish-orange legs and in flight the tail showed no dark outer web in the outer tail feathers (as in Common and Arctic Tern) and no dark inner webs on the tail feathers (as in Forster's Tern). Also note the very little contrast between the white tail and rump and the pale gray of the back.

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

Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL




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Date: 6/27/14 9:32 am
From: Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] RFI: Florida Grasshopper Sparrow
Hi all,

I was wondering whether Three Lakes Management Area or Kissimmee Prairie
Preserve would be the better spot for trying to find one of the dwindling
population of Florida Grasshopper Sparrows. Also, would they still be
singing in late June?

Thanks,

Janet Leavens
Oviedo, FL

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Date: 6/26/14 10:22 am
From: Becker Richard <rlbecker...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites - Duval
We just saw two Mississippi Kites circling over San Pablo Road between Beach Blvd and Atlantic Blvd.

Joan and Richard

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Date: 6/25/14 7:52 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Marion County Mississippi Kite
While looking for new areas/birds for the June Challenge I found the Heagy-
Burry Boat Ramp located just south of the Town of McIntosh in north Marion
County. When I pulled into the parking lot a bird was sitting on a snag in front
of my car. What luck! Perhaps there is a MIKI nest in that area.

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


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Date: 6/25/14 4:15 am
From: Joseph Morlan <jmorlan...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major westoni)
On Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:45:22 +0000, "Juanita Baker" <bakerj...>
wrote:

>There are yellow eyed Boat-tailed Grackles in Florida too. The lst year males have black eyes…and have their glossy feathers, evidently not turning yellow until February. Are these yellow eyed Boat-tailed Grackles different subspecies?
>
>Thank you
>
>Juanita Baker
>Sebastian

Where are you seeing these yellow-eyed birds? According to BNA there are
four subspecies of Boat-tailed Grackle, three of which breed in Florida....

"Q. m. torreyi breeds from Long I., New York to n. Florida, Q. m. westoni
breeds throughout most of peninsular Florida to the central panhandle of
Florida, Q. m. alabamensis breeds from w. Florida to w. Alabama, Q. m.
major breeds from e. Louisiana to e. Texas."

This treatment follows

Stevenson, H. M. 1978. The populations of Boat-tailed Grackles in the
southeastern United States. Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash. 91:27-51.

This publication is available for free online. Here is the map showing the
distribution of subspecies.

http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/page/34601267#page/60/mode/1up

Stevenson attributed reports of light-eyed Boat-tailed Grackles in Florida
to other subspecies, some of which may migrate into Florida during winter.

BNA says, "Eye color varies: group on Atlantic Coast north of n. Florida
has light (straw-colored) eyes; Florida peninsula, dark; w. Florida to e.
Louisiana, light; west of e. Louisiana, dark." These descriptions
correspond directly to the four named subspecies.

I would be very interested in seeing photos of light-eyed Boat-tailed
Grackles from within the known range of A. m. westoni.

Reference:

Post, W., J. P. Poston and G. T. Bancroft. 1996. Boat-tailed Grackle
(Quiscalus major), The Birds of North America Online (A. Poole, Ed.).
Ithaca: Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Retrieved from the Birds of North
America Online: http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/bna/species/207

doi:10.2173/bna.207
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Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
"It turns out we're very good at not seeing things" - Jack Hitt

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Date: 6/24/14 5:36 pm
From: rcress <w_ouzel...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sandill Cranes return with +
The Sandill Cranes (presumably the same) were back at our place today with a
full size colt (red on forehead not developed) In some views, it even seems
slightly larger. The last I saw them here was June 13. One showed up for
about 2 or 3 days then we did not see them again until today. John Fagan
reported one on nest on June 18 but said they were nest building a week
previous. If these are the same, then taking June 14 as the date of probable
egg-laying it is just 11 days from egg to full size colt, unless the egg
might be laid first without attendance for a couple days. One of the members
of our community says the precociousness is due to the nutrition of the cat
food we have placed out and they have helped themselves to. Regarding the
late date, I had described how one of the pair which frequented our place
was lost in some way and after about a week another one appeared. They
displayed and danced at times and one evening I saw them fly towards
Brandon.



Rich Cressman

Mary Help of Christian Center

On East Lake

Tampa FL




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Date: 6/23/14 8:55 pm
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Western Trip - White Mountains - 6-23-14
Been in the White Mountains 3 days now. They had a bad fire here 3 years
ago, and destroyed a lot of the habitat. Birds easily found are now not so
easy. Some of the more popular birds usually gotten go unseen by me. Still
2 more days to find target birds. Posted some White Mountain birds at
www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen

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

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Date: 6/23/14 12:03 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Roseate Terns. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
Today, 6/23, we were conducting a survey of the Least Tern colony on Disappearing Island, Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia County. In scanning through the other birds on Disappearing Island, I found two terns that I first thought were Common Terns. Something spooked all the birds and when the birds flew I saw that these birds had extremely long tails and were very pale. The birds landed and although the distance was great, I could see that the bills were all dark and very thin and long. The tails were extremely long and stuck out far beyond the tips of the folded wings. While they were preening, I could also see that the tail had no dark outer border (as in Common and Arctic Terns) and also no dark inner border (as in Forster's Tern). The legs were an orange-red. There was a small amount of reddish color at the base of the bill. In all of my years birding Volusia County, I have never seen Roseate Terns here, although we had a small group once far offshore.

Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL


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Date: 6/22/14 2:59 pm
From: Renne Leatto <renne...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] RFI: Swallowtail Kites gathering, Powerline Road area?
Thanks, Dotty. But there are 4 Kettering Roads in FL. Do you mean the one
near Brooksville?



Renee Leato

Windermere, Orange County













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Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] RFI: Swallowtail Kites gathering, Powerline Road
area?



On June 16 I had about 20 Swallow-tailed Kites kettling on Kettering Rd.
No Mississippis.



Also a small flock of Purple Martins, about a dozen, on powerlines, same
road.



Dotty Robbins
High Springs



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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] RFI: Swallowtail Kites gathering, Powerline Road area?
Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2014 14:45:10 -0400

Most years around this time, we've seen a gathering of Swallow-tailed Kites
(and sometimes a few Mississippi kites) as they go after the annual
abundance of large flying grasshoppers near the Powerline Road area (off
west Hwy 50, in Hernando County, I believe).



Has anyone checked for the gathering this year or seen any sign of it
forming? I'd love to know if anyone has.



Renee Leato

Windermere, Orange County





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Date: 6/22/14 12:27 pm
From: <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] RFI: Swallowtail Kites gathering, Powerline Road area?
On June 16 I had about 20 Swallow-tailed Kites kettling on Kettering Rd. No Mississippis. Also a small flock of Purple Martins, about a dozen, on powerlines, same road. Dotty Robbins
High Springs

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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] RFI: Swallowtail Kites gathering, Powerline Road area?
Date: Sun, 22 Jun 2014 14:45:10 -0400


Most years around this time, we&rsquo;ve seen a gathering of Swallow-tailed Kites (and sometimes a few Mississippi kites) as they go after the annual abundance of large flying grasshoppers near the Powerline Road area (off west Hwy 50, in Hernando County, I believe).

Has anyone checked for the gathering this year or seen any sign of it forming? I&rsquo;d love to know if anyone has.

Renee Leato
Windermere, Orange County


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Date: 6/22/14 11:45 am
From: Renne Leatto <renne...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] RFI: Swallowtail Kites gathering, Powerline Road area?
Most years around this time, we've seen a gathering of Swallow-tailed Kites
(and sometimes a few Mississippi kites) as they go after the annual
abundance of large flying grasshoppers near the Powerline Road area (off
west Hwy 50, in Hernando County, I believe).



Has anyone checked for the gathering this year or seen any sign of it
forming? I'd love to know if anyone has.



Renee Leato

Windermere, Orange County






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Date: 6/22/14 9:31 am
From: James McGinity <jimmcginity...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bachman's Sparrow, Starkey Park
Ken,

I just rode the bike trail this am and heard one singing on the left side of the trail about that distance out.

Jim McGinity
Dunedin


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> On Jun 22, 2014, at 8:26 AM, Ken Tracey <kftracey...> wrote:
>
> Hello,
>
> Yesterday evening at 6:00 pm, 3 miles out on the Jay B Starkey bike trail, I found a Bachman's Sparrow.
>
> Ken Tracey
> New Port Richey, FL
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Date: 6/22/14 5:27 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bachman's Sparrow, Starkey Park
Hello,

Yesterday evening at 6:00 pm, 3 miles out on the Jay B Starkey bike trail, I found a Bachman's Sparrow.

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 6/20/14 1:54 pm
From: Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bananaquit Palm Beach County
Hi Nancy & all,

From the one photo, this bird looks like its a juvenile. The crown, cheek
and neck are dusky gray. On adults the crown, neck and cheek would be
black.

Most adults from the Bahamas have a white throat or light gray throat.
Bananaquits from Puerto Rico have a pretty noticeable gray throat. I think
Cuban birds are similar to Bahama Bananaquits on throat color but I can't
recall for sure. Cuban birds might be just strays from the Bahamas.

I'm not sure how juveniles differ between the three groups, there are at
least thirty plus different subspecies of Bananaquits!

Very Nice find!

Best,
Brian Ahern
Tampa Bay, FL.


On Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 11:33 AM, Nancy Price <nprice7047...> wrote:

> Yesterday while doing BBA II atlasing Jane Wiewora and I found a bird we
> did not recognize. Sent pics off to Nancy LaFramboise and Dotty Robbins
> both said Bananaquit. The bird was on the north side of Juno Dunes
> Natural Area. I am attaching a pic and a map. I know people will be
> tempted to use the little trailer park to the north but please do not.
> Very tight area, one way, no parking and private. The bird can be seen on
> the wires very easily from the park.
>
> Juno Dunes Natural Area. 14200 South U.S. Highway 1, *Juno* Beach, FL
> 33408
>
> Nancy Price
> Stuart, FL
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Date: 6/19/14 7:34 pm
From: David Hartgrove <birdman9...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Juvenile ID help Please
Hi,
I believe this is a juvenile Great Egret. The bill shape is wrong for the slender, pointed bill an adult Snowy Egret would grow to have.

David Hartgrove
Daytona Beach, FL



On Jun 19, 2014, at 8:41 PM, Roger Sheets wrote:

> This picture is from a colony in Hillsborough county from last week. I have it down to a GREG or SNEG juvenile. Unfortunately, I couldn't see the color of the legs and there wasn't a parent around. Both SNEG and GREG parents were seen in that area of the island.
>
> --
> Roger Sheets
> Riverview, FL
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Date: 6/19/14 5:42 pm
From: Roger Sheets <rwsheets3...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Juvenile ID help Please
This picture is from a colony in Hillsborough county from last week. I
have it down to a GREG or SNEG juvenile. Unfortunately, I couldn't see the
color of the legs and there wasn't a parent around. Both SNEG and GREG
parents were seen in that area of the island.

--
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Riverview, FL

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Date: 6/19/14 2:02 pm
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Subadult Plumage
Hello,

Although the filed guides reference a subadult plumage for Ruby-throated Hummingbirds as appearing in Sept, the juvenile I photo'd at the ELAMP property this morning in Airepka, northwest Pasco, has the subadult plumage with one red throat feather. Must have been the result of an early March nesting.

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey, FL


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Date: 6/19/14 8:45 am
From: Juanita Baker <bakerj...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major westoni)
Joseph Morlan

I've appreciated your posts. Your classification details and info on background and reasons to becoming a threatened species are so welcome leading to greater understanding and clarification.
There are yellow eyed Boat-tailed Grackles in Florida too. The lst year males have black eyesand have their glossy feathers, evidently not turning yellow until February. Are these yellow eyed Boat-tailed Grackles different subspecies?

Thank you

Juanita Baker
Sebastian



On Jun 17, 2014, at 6:56 PM, Joseph Morlan <jmorlan...><mailto:<jmorlan...>> wrote:

3 April 2014. Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA.

These showy blackbirds are common in wetlands and in settled areas
throughout Florida. This is a male.

Formerly lumped with the Great-tailed Grackle, this species was split by
the AOU in 1973 based on sympatric breeding in Louisiana. Eye color varies
geographically with the race Q. m. westoni having dark eyes. It is found
throughout peninsular Florida.

Additional photos male and female at...

http://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/Florida/Boat-tailedGrackleDSCN6472.htm

Nikon P510 Coolpix Point-and-shoot.


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"It turns out we're very good at not seeing things" - Jack Hitt

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Date: 6/19/14 5:56 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Summer Tanager & Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Central Pasco
Hello,

Several birds from central Pasco along Hwy 52.
Summer Tanager working the wasp population.
Yellow-billed Cuckoo; several singing in different locations. The one in photo took me 1/2 hour to find in the tree it was calling from and I was standing under.

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey, FL


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Date: 6/18/14 6:50 pm
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Western Trip Take a Turn 6-18-14
Got to the Grand Canyon yesterday. Hard to find target birds. Wanted to
see the California Condor, but can't find a place to park to see it. Canyon is
beautiful. Headed out tomorrow destination White Mountains eventually. I
got to see some more target birds before I left Portal. You're welcome to
visit www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen

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

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Date: 6/18/14 12:56 pm
From: Earl Horn <earl_horn...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Banded Florida Scrub Jay Lake County
Does anyone have information on who bands and/or tracks Scrub Jays in Lake
County?

Best regards,

Earl Horn (Bud)
Mt Dora, Fl

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Date: 6/18/14 8:29 am
From: Mitchell McConnell <mitch...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Riverview birds
On a walk this morning around 7:00am, I saw the following
interesting birds at the retention ponds on Falkenburg Rd. just
south of Camden Field Pkwy:


- Black Bellied Whistling Ducks
- Glossy Ibis
- Black necked Stilt with chick
- Tri-colored Heron

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*Mitchell McConnellSt. Petersburg, FL*

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Date: 6/18/14 8:07 am
From: rcress <w_ouzel...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sandhill Cranes
Sandhill Cranes



A while back I posted about a Sandhill Crane which had apparently lost its
mate. There had been 2 which frequently foraged on our property. At the time
I posted, only one was showing up and it was more often walking and calling
than feeding. That was for about 2 weeks. Then another one showed up and
were getting along great with each other, including performing displays and
dances. One, the smaller, had lightly rust-stained plumage, the other (which
I think was the original) did not. Since then it has also developed the
color. For a number of days, a few weeks ago, they went to the small
peninsula on our lake (East Lake - see the hotspot at the place below) at
dusk and just stood there till well after dark. I gave up watching to see if
they would fly somewhere about 9:30. This occurred for several days, after
which I was otherwise occupied. Last Friday they showed up at our evening
barbecue, apparently looking for handouts (of which they got very few, after
my caution). Since then only one has been showing up, but foraging calmly
and without undue concern. This makes me wonder if the other has established
a nest somewhere and occupied it. We have a lot of swampy ground around, but
also a fox. Can someone suggest how long would it take for a young one to
arrive, if it is does? Or any way to attempt to locate the nest, if it does
exist, for verification for the Florida BBA?



Richard Cressman

Mary Help of Christian Center (Listed as a hotspot on ebird)

Tampa, FL






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Date: 6/18/14 4:34 am
From: <james.a.wheat...> <james.a.wheat...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] SJ County Purple Gallinule
The Purple Gallinule is still here at Six Mile Landing. Beautiful bird!

James A. Wheat
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

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> On Jun 15, 2014, at 8:39 AM, "<james.a.wheat...>" <james.a.wheat...> wrote:
>
> Up early at Six Mile Landing, June Challenging. Weird thing happened: I mentioned (on a whim) to Diane and Cindy how it would be cool to see a Purple Gallinule.
>
> Ten minutes later Diane is all excited calling "Purple Gallinule!" I thought she was joking, never having seen the species in the county. Sure enough, there it was, in her scope.
>
> James A. Wheat
> Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
>
> Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 6/17/14 4:11 pm
From: Thomas Ford <tomf97...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Black Swan
Well my short stay in Stark Co. Ohio resulted in 81 birds for June. Do to
the cold spring the Mute Swans and Trumpeter Swans have not arrived. One
last check at Walborn Reservoir found this Black Swan. I have heard of
fisherman over the years saying they had seen a "large black goose". This
lake is 1,856 Ac covering two Counties and hard to access. While black swans
do not migrate, they are nomadic to follow food sources and adequate water.



Tom Ford

Merritt Island FL / Ohio




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Date: 6/17/14 3:56 pm
From: Joseph Morlan <jmorlan...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major westoni)
3 April 2014. Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA.

These showy blackbirds are common in wetlands and in settled areas
throughout Florida. This is a male.

Formerly lumped with the Great-tailed Grackle, this species was split by
the AOU in 1973 based on sympatric breeding in Louisiana. Eye color varies
geographically with the race Q. m. westoni having dark eyes. It is found
throughout peninsular Florida.

Additional photos male and female at...

http://fog.ccsf.edu/~jmorlan/Florida/Boat-tailedGrackleDSCN6472.htm

Nikon P510 Coolpix Point-and-shoot.


--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA
"It turns out we're very good at not seeing things" - Jack Hitt

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Date: 6/17/14 3:31 pm
From: Leann Streeper <leann.jackson...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] duck ID
Went in search of June challenge tics today with my sweet husband. We headed to The Villages in search of ducks. They have plenty. Mostly what we call Mixed Up Ducks. Was curious on this one with a black bill. Is this normal for a Mallard/Mottled mix?? Or is this something different??

Thanks for help.

Leann and Bob Streeper
Leesburg, FL

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Date: 6/17/14 10:52 am
From: STA5 Birding <sta5birding...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] STA5- Stormwater Treatment Area 5, Jun 14, 2014
STA5: Walking/Bicycle access Friday-Monday during daylight hours during summer.

Reservations required for driving trips.
Contact:
Margaret England
LaBelle

Dates 2014:
July 12, August 9,Sept. 13,Oct. 11, Nov. 8, Nov. 22, Dec. 13, Dec. 27

Dates 2015:
Jan. 3 Christmas Bird Count
Jan. 17, Jan. 31, Feb. 14, 15, 16 “Great Backyard Bird Count Weekend”
Feb. 28, March 14, March 28, April 11, April 25, May 9,June 13,July 11,
August 8, Sept. 12, Oct. 10, Nov. 14, Nov. 28, Dec. 5,Dec. 19

Stormwater Treatment Area 5, Hendry, US-FL Jun 14, 2014 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
15.0 mile(s)
52 species (+1 other taxa)

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
Fulvous Whistling-Duck
Wood Duck 2
Mottled Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Northern Bobwhite
Wild Turkey 6
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Anhinga
American White Pelican
Least Bittern 8 confirmed by group
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron (White form) 1 confirmed with scopes and photos
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
White Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Swallow-tailed Kite 3
Snail Kite 24 successful nesting season continues. Verified by researchers.
Red-shouldered Hawk
Purple Swamphen
Purple Gallinule
Common Gallinule
Limpkin
Black-necked Stilt
Lesser Yellowlegs
Caspian Tern
Black Skimmer
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Common Ground-Dove
Great Crested Flycatcher
White-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
Purple Martin
Northern Mockingbird
Common Yellowthroat
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Boat-tailed Grackle

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Date: 6/17/14 8:46 am
From: Diana Doyle <birdingposts...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Merritt Ruff Still Present?
If anyone can give me an update on when the Reeve was last seen I'd appreciate it.

I'm traveling by Merritt NWR, but by boat, so logistics to get to Biolab Rd are difficult--no sense chasing a long-gone bird!

For some reason the reports of this rarity's sightings are not showing up in eBird or the BirdLog app.

Thanks,
Diana Doyle
St. Augustine, FL

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Date: 6/17/14 5:13 am
From: Mark H. Vance <mark...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] A video of a Cooper's Hawk (Sarasota)
Here is a video I got of a Cooper's Hawk at Pinecraft Park in March.

Click the following link to watch - http://youtu.be/tGa8zhVBEbI

Thanks, Mark Vance

Sarasota, FL

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Date: 6/16/14 8:44 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Short-tailed Hawk. Magnificent Frigatebird. Black Tern. Volusia County
This morning, 6/16, before work I stopped off at Ponce de Leon Inlet and found a juvenile Magnificent Frigatebird and this evening, after work, I found a breeding plumaged Black Tern. I stopped by Central Park in Ormond Beach about 6:00 p.m. and found the light morph Short-tailed Hawk. It soared high overhead for about 10 minutes.

Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL



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Date: 6/16/14 6:01 pm
From: Claire Herzog <ceherzog...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Budgerigar
I found this parakeet (Budgerigar) in my yard today...I see that it is ABA
countable. Is this a good bird for the June Challenge?

It's in the company of Mourning Doves and has been around for at least 2
days, feeding on seed below my bird feeders. It was seen by my friend
yesterday and I saw it again today.

Claire Herzog
Siesta Key
Sarasota County

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Date: 6/16/14 3:03 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Martin follow-up
I got home last night and had a chance to look at the photos I took through the scope of the "martin" on the computer and I think this has to be a late Tree Swallow. The bill is too small and I must have been wrong about the comparative size. Initially, I thought that the bird was way too big for a Tree Swallow. A female Purple Martin came in about 20 feet away from the bird and they seemed the same size, but I think that must have been an illusion. From the brown plumage with bluish crown, I assume that this may be a 1 year old male.


Michael


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Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL

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Date: 6/15/14 7:24 pm
From: Andy Kratter <kratter...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Unknown Martin
Michael
As no Progne martin has a clear white throat, and I find that the bird seems too
compact and long winged to be a Progne martin, to me it looks most like a Tree
Swallow. There was a lingering Tree Swallow into June last year in Alachua
County.

Andy

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Date: 6/15/14 5:44 pm
From: Keith Laakkonen <keith_laakkonen...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] White-Rumped Sandpiper- Marco Island
Apologies for cross postings from FB but I had a very nice White-Rumped
Sandpiper today on Marco Island at Tigertail Beach. My wife was able to get
the penultimate picture of the white rump in flight. The other very nice cue I
had in the field were the nice supercilium and the very clear "cross" of the
primaries behind the tail. After looking at the pictures, I could make out a bit a
flesh color at the base of the lower mandible. Of course, I would be remiss if I
did not thank Charlie Ewell for confirming this bird and being very patient with
me over the years as a newb birder.

This was very much a lifer and I have wanting to see one for years and was
stunned to find it on the beach so late as I pictured this to be a May migrant.
On a fun note, I only found 7 other records for a WRSA in Collier County on
eBird (5 owned by Doug Suitor). This is actually the 2nd WRSA for the year in
Collier, the other being found in high marsh.

I had planned this trip to get a gull-billed tern that had been reported a few
days ago that I dipped on but it turned out to be a great day since I also had a
nice Black Tern today.


Keep Calm and Bird On.

Keith Laakkonen
Naples, FL

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Date: 6/15/14 10:48 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Unknown Martin
I found this white chested Martin at the rt 46 bridge over the St John's River a few miles east of rt 415. I am not sure what to make of it.

Michael
Michael Brothers
Ormond Beach, FL


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Date: 6/15/14 5:39 am
From: <james.a.wheat...> <james.a.wheat...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] SJ County Purple Gallinule
Up early at Six Mile Landing, June Challenging. Weird thing happened: I mentioned (on a whim) to Diane and Cindy how it would be cool to see a Purple Gallinule.

Ten minutes later Diane is all excited calling "Purple Gallinule!" I thought she was joking, never having seen the species in the county. Sure enough, there it was, in her scope.

James A. Wheat
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

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Date: 6/14/14 7:57 pm
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Dark-eyed Otus Owl, West Pasco
Hello,

I was over at the James E Grey Preserve in New Port Richey late this evening and besides a Bobcat slowing me down from leaving.(We were both walking out on the same trail and it was in front). I stopped and searched a thicket and found this owl. I just realized it has dark eyes not the yellow ones expected in Eastern Screech-Owl?

I also saw a Chuck-wills-widow flying out of the woods with another calling in the same area, as it sat on the ground in a very dense bushy area under several Washington Palms; I assume on eggs or shielding young.

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey, FL


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Date: 6/14/14 9:52 am
From: Bob Paxson <rpaxson...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN]
Hi all,
For Jim Eager and the rest of you June challenge Brevard types, my hat is in the ring also! Although with my current schedule I've only done incidental birding as Ebird categorizes it. I've seen Magnificent Frigatebirds the last two days here in Cape Canaveral. An adult male yesterday morning and two juveniles flying together today at noon. I'm only at 57 species so far but I've found some good stuff and am missing some ridiculously easy birds. I hope to get out more the second half of the month. It definitely makes you enjoy birding more in a traditionally down month!

Found my first of the "Fall" ruby throated hummingbird yesterday June 13th in the yard. Usually these are early post breeding dispersers and often in gold/green immature plumage.

Jim, how should we send the lists to you ?

bob
<Rpaxson...>
Cape Canaveral, Fl

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Date: 6/14/14 4:33 am
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Western Trip- Chiricahuas 6/14/14
Currently in the Chiricahuas. Birds have bred, and are feeding young.
Fledglings are pretty much everywhere. Although I am having a hard time
locating target birds it's great watching all the activity. Be leaving here in
two days so maybe target birds will show up....
www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen has some Chiricahuas birds .....

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

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Date: 6/12/14 6:24 pm
From: <rbarroso1...> <rbarroso1...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Scissor-tailed flycatcher
Hi all,

I am in West Palm the next few days. I am wondering if anyone has seen the flycatcher that was on. Flying Cow Rd a few days ago?
Also wondering if the is a place to see flamingos.

Thanks,

Ruth Barroso
Tampa, Fl.

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Date: 6/12/14 6:34 am
From: Ryan Cilsick <ryan...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Need Help Identifying Birds From Carnival Cruise May 30 - June 7 2014
Apparently there was a problem with the link in the last message, this
should work. Sorry for the problems
Ryan

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Need Help Identifying Birds From Carnival Cruise May 30 -
June
7 2014
From: <cilsick.ryan...>
Date: Thu, June 12, 2014 6:25 am
To: <ryan...>

If you have trouble viewing or submitting this form, you can fill
it out online:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18whAnIyWPwzrtV0PWVWRdxvi1TCDT6gf20XNHmq-pqs/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link



Need Help Identifying Birds From Carnival Cruise May 30 - June 7
2014
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Captionless ImagePossible Bird ID for above photo taken on the
island of Curacao?


Captionless ImagePossible Bird ID for above photo taken on the
island of Curacao?


Captionless ImagePossible Bird ID for above photo taken on the
island of Curacao?


Captionless ImagePossible Bird ID for above photo taken on the
island of Curacao?


Captionless ImagePossible Bird ID for above photo taken on the
island of Grand Turk?


Captionless ImagePossible Bird ID for above photo taken on the
island of Grand Turk?


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Captionless ImagePossible Bird ID for above photos taken on the
island of Grand Turk?


Captionless ImagePossible Bird ID for above photo taken on the
island of Grand Turk?


Captionless ImagePossible Bird ID for above photo taken on the
island of Grand Turk?


Captionless ImagePossible Bird ID for above photo taken on the
island of Grand Turk?


Captionless ImagePossible Bird ID for above photo taken on the
island of Grand Turk?


Captionless ImagePossible Bird ID for above photo taken on the
island of Grand Turk?


Captionless ImagePossible Bird ID for above photo taken on the
island of Grand Turk?


Captionless ImagePossible Bird ID for above photo taken on the
island of Curacao?


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island of Curacao?


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island of Aruba?

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Date: 6/12/14 6:10 am
From: Mary Rusch <Lorelielee...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Need help Identifying birds
Tried to look at your link but it won show

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Date: 6/12/14 4:52 am
From: Ryan Cilsick <ryan...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Need help Identifying birds
Good morning everyone. I just returned from a cruise, two of the island
Grand Turk and Curacao I had the chance to take a few pictures of
birds. I would appreciate some help identifying them. The link below
will take you to a form with the pictures.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/18whAnIyWPwzrtV0PWVWRdxvi1TCDT6gf20XNHmq-pqs/viewform
Thanks in advance
Ryan


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Date: 6/11/14 8:47 pm
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Reeve Footage - Bio Lab Road, Merritt Island NWR, Brevard County - 6/1/2014
Hi All,

Trey McCuen and I came down to Merritt Island NWR on 6/1 after the
successful 5/31 St. Marys Georgia pelagic trip (organized by Trey and led
by Michael Brothers) to try to relocate the Reeve being seen from Bio Lab
Road. The Ruff was found by many birders that day and I was able to get
some very windblown, but still very useful, handheld phonescoped video of
the it, my first Reeve. I was struck by how small the bird was having only
seen males before. We observed the Ruff from 2 spots but the best and
closest session was looking north from GPS: N 28 40.529 W 80 41.401 on
Bio Lab Road.

The video clips are available in the

1-2 June 2014 Trip
Reeve - Bio Lab Road - Merritt Island NWR - 060114

folder at

https://app.box.com/s/k47csgnbazpl38vhrqr3

Also, there is some pretty good handheld phonescoped, but very stable,
Mangrove Cuckoo footage of a seemingly almost tame bird from the
Biscayne NP Visitor Center on 5/16 in the

14-21 May 2014 Trip
Mangrove Cuckoo - Biscayne NP - 051614

folder there as well.

-----

Information concerning how to use Apple MOV movie files can be read in
my MOV Video File How-To.txt available at:

http://www.box.com/s/ojj2lap6sayrj83n9zzx

Some of the video files on the site can be a bit large and may take some
minutes to download if you don't have high-speed internet access, but it
may be best to download them to your desktop or somewhere on your
computer before running them in QuickTime. That way you can keep them
if you like them too. Being handheld and usually at a very high
magnification they can sometimes get a little jittery but they are still worth
a look, especially since you can drag through frame by frame in QuickTime
and pause the video on the best parts, playing at half speed in QuickTime
is also a good idea.

-----

Good Birding All,

Mark

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

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Date: 6/11/14 7:12 pm
From: Jerry Gibson <kingshi...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] re; Rare Bird Registry
Sorry.... guess I forgot to post the link, anyway here it is.....

https://public.myfwc.com/FWRI/RareUpland/UserHome.aspx

Jerry Gibson

St Pete Fl

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Date: 6/11/14 7:11 pm
From: llfeltz <llfeltz...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] ID Help
Baby robin


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<div>-------- Original message --------</div><div>From: Becker Richard <rlbecker...> </div><div>Date:06/11/2014 8:03 PM (GMT-05:00) </div><div>To: <BRDBRAIN...> </div><div>Subject: [BRDBRAIN] ID Help </div><div>
</div>Any ideas of what this could be? Photographed this evening in Jacksonville.

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Richard L. Becker
Jacksonville, Florida
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Date: 6/11/14 6:48 pm
From: Jerry Gibson <kingshi...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] FWC Rare Bird Registry
Greetings;
Just received this email today from the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Commission concerning their Rare Bird Registry. This registry deals only
with Southeastern American Kestrel, Florida Burrowing Owl and Painted
Bunting during their established breeding seasons (dates are given for each
species).
An interactive mapping tool is provided and you do have to provide a little
personal information (name, email, phone, etc. plus lat/long if known).
Photos are encouraged.
Did not notice if this info will be available to the public once posted.
Attached is a link to the FWC site.
Jerry Gibson
St Pete., Fl

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Date: 6/11/14 5:03 pm
From: Becker Richard <rlbecker...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] ID Help
Any ideas of what this could be? Photographed this evening in Jacksonville.

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Date: 6/11/14 2:30 pm
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites in Hernando County, June 11, 2014
Hi All,

Brian O'Connor, Rudy and Jeannie Darling and I observed 2 adult and 2
juvenile Mississippi Kites at the intersection of Mondon Hill Road and WPA
Road east of Brooksville around 1015 this morning.

One of the juveniles was perched begging and had both it's wings and tail
spread and was missing both primary and tail feathers as was the 2nd
juvenile which was seen flying around with the adults. All were in the
company with roughly 10 Swallow-tailed Kites, 1 Cooper's, 1 Red-tailed and
2 Red-shouldered Hawks and both species of Vultures.

I really can't say for that these birds nested ANYWHERE near this location,
as obviously the young could fly quite well, and they do move around in
search of food. There were plenty of dragon flies available for them to
eat!!!

Other interesting sightings from Pasco County were 2 AMERICAN WHITE
PELICANS flying southeast over SR 52 about 1.5 miles east of Ehren Cutoff
Road, and of special note was the return of the CHUCK WILL'S WIDOW to it's
broken off Palm frond at James Grey Preserve in New Port Richey!!! I have
looked at this spot probably 50 times since the Chuck's first appeared in
late February, but today was the time I have seen this bird at it's daily
roost since the end of last September!! I imagine this bird has fledged
it's young and is hanging out here for the rest of the summer!!

Great Birding!!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 6/11/14 11:55 am
From: John Thomton <jthomton...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] June Challenge Update: Hal Scott Preserve (6/11/14) - Orange Co.
Hey everyone,

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

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

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

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

Good birding,

John Thomton
Orlando, FL (Orange Co.)



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Date: 6/11/14 5:14 am
From: <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Duck ID
Hi Ken, Please, can you tell us where & when the photo was taken? In Florida? Thanks
Dotty Robbins
High Springs

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Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Duck ID
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 06:43:39 -0500


It's unanimous! All agree that it is an American Black Duck. Thanks to all that replied. Ken Allen
Temple Terrace, FL
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fregettat/ http://bugguide.net/bgimage/user/23266 On 06/10/14, <fregettat...> wrote: Can anyone tell me why this is not an American Black Duck? Ken Allen
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Date: 6/11/14 4:43 am
From: <fregettat...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Duck ID
It's unanimous! All agree that it is an American Black Duck. Thanks to
all that replied. Ken Allen
Temple Terrace, FL
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fregettat/
http://bugguide.net/bgimage/user/23266 On 06/10/14,
<fregettat...> wrote: Can anyone tell me why this is not an
American Black Duck? Ken Allen
Temple Terrace, FL
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Date: 6/11/14 3:30 am
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pinellas' June Challenge Effort thus far (11 Jun 2014)
Good morning,

Pinellas birders have found 143 species, thus far, during the 2014 June
Challenge. This total is seven less than last year's mark and 11 behind
the all-time high effort of 154 (2012). A female Greater Scaup found
yesterday at Largo Nature Reserve upped our duck species total to 11,
including Muscovy. A drake Ring-necked Duck found just before the event
and also on Opening Day was a first county "summer season record". Eleven
Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks last week at Sawgrass Lake Park was an
all-time high total for Pinellas.

Other notables so far include Horned Grebe, Dunlin, Gull-billed Tern,
Purple Gallinule, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Indigo
Bunting and Blue Grosbeak. Several of those species, though common
elsewhere in the state in summer, are a tough bird to find in Pinellas
after migration is over.

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL
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