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8/2/15 9:32 pm Jim Gray <greensdancer...> [BRDBRAIN] white pelican Tampa Bay
8/2/15 6:58 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Ruby-throated Hummingbirds - Marion County
7/31/15 12:57 pm Sam Fried <sam.fried...> [BRDBRAIN] PECTORAL SANDPIPER
7/31/15 8:48 am Chad Witko <chadjwitko...> [BRDBRAIN] RFI: Optics Stores
7/31/15 6:44 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Bayview Avenue Aerial Display
7/30/15 9:26 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Green Key Warblers
7/30/15 8:26 am Bill Pranty <billpranty...> [BRDBRAIN] The Merritt Island egret
7/29/15 11:40 am Mark Eden <000000238cffadbe-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] hummingbird happiness
7/29/15 11:19 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Yellow Warblers & Hummingbirds, West Pasco
7/29/15 10:00 am Bruce Anderson <00000022a980eb29-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Video on the Red-cockaded Woodpecker at Hal Scott Preserve - 7/29/15
7/29/15 9:11 am Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Video on the Red-cockaded Woodpecker at Hal Scott Preserve - 7/29/15
7/28/15 2:21 pm Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...> [BRDBRAIN] Sumter kite report
7/28/15 12:21 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County birding
7/28/15 12:13 pm Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Fort De Soto Park - Snowy Plover, etc.
7/28/15 7:47 am Lee Herbst <lcherbst...> [BRDBRAIN] Chimney Swifts?
7/28/15 7:47 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach
7/28/15 4:07 am Diane Reed <0000001567cad33a-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] St Augustine birding
7/27/15 6:52 am Marianne Korosy <mkorosy...> [BRDBRAIN] Black Skimmers banded in Pinellas - reporting email
7/26/15 5:27 am Melissa James <melruns42k...> [BRDBRAIN] Flamingo at Ding Darling NWR
7/25/15 7:32 am Susan Daughtrey <susansd...> [BRDBRAIN] FOS Spotted Sandpipers at Stump Pass, Charlotte County
7/25/15 7:24 am HR Parks <hrparks...> [BRDBRAIN] Hooded Warbler at Lake Beresford Park, Deland
7/24/15 4:05 pm EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Kite makes a Kill
7/24/15 11:20 am Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Pinellas' Birds (24 Jul 2015)
7/22/15 12:54 pm Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> [BRDBRAIN] Historical Scarlet Ibis reports question
7/22/15 12:12 pm Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...> [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County Melon Fields
7/22/15 11:57 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Yellow Warbler & Spider Web, Green Key
7/21/15 4:52 pm robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Response To Alice Horst's Posts
7/21/15 1:16 pm Chad Witko <chadjwitko...> [BRDBRAIN] RFI: Birding Guide?
7/21/15 12:32 pm <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...> [BRDBRAIN] Fw: In Florida? Participate in the 2015 Swallow-tailed Kite population surveys
7/21/15 11:06 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] TEST
7/21/15 11:01 am Nancy Price <0000001ab5ecacd1-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani Martin County
7/21/15 10:54 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] TEST
7/21/15 3:53 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Migration Green Key
7/20/15 12:08 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Red-headed Woodpecker holes - Sumter County
7/20/15 10:04 am Rex Rowan <rexrowan...> [BRDBRAIN] Tropical/Couch's Kingbird at Road to Nowhere, Dixie Co.
7/20/15 6:25 am Larry Connor <llconnor52...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Cozumel bird help
7/19/15 8:27 pm Ron Looker <rlooker...> [BRDBRAIN] Cozumel bird help
7/19/15 2:05 pm Bev Hansen <bevalhansen...> [BRDBRAIN] Common Nighthawk Chicks
7/18/15 7:18 pm paul marvin <pm299fl...> [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani: Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge‏
7/18/15 2:47 pm Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...> [BRDBRAIN] Best odds location for kites Sumter County (18 JUL 2015)
7/18/15 11:41 am Mark McShane <marksmcshane...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] American Flamingo - New Pass Bridge, Lee County - 7/18/2015 (location information, etc)
7/18/15 8:48 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Shiny Cowbird, Green Key
7/18/15 7:19 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Tern Trifecta / Campbell Causeway Beach
7/18/15 5:07 am Mark McShane <marksmcshane...> [BRDBRAIN] American Flamingo - New Pass Bridge, Lee County - 7/18/2015
7/18/15 1:11 am Diane Reed <0000001567cad33a-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Apopka Swallow response
7/17/15 4:06 pm Diane Reed <0000001567cad33a-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Apopka Swallows - ID help
7/17/15 3:41 pm Doug Wassmer <dwassme1...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-tailed Kite-athon Wildwood, Sumter County
7/17/15 3:12 pm Katie Houvener <khouvener...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-tailed Kite-athon Wildwood, Sumter County
7/17/15 2:00 pm Larry Connor <llconnor52...> [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County kites 17-Jul-2015
7/17/15 1:48 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-tailed Kite-athon Wildwood, Sumter County
7/17/15 12:58 pm Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...> [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County Kites
7/17/15 12:58 pm Wayne Kennedy <00000021842bf9dd-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] STKIs Wildwood 7/16/15
7/17/15 11:32 am EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Blue Grosbeaks, Hummingbirds@ Circle B Bar
7/16/15 7:23 pm Cary Hillegonds <bokmakierie...> [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed ani - Marathon
7/16/15 2:54 pm PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...> [BRDBRAIN] MINWR+ Jetty Park(Brevard)
7/16/15 11:38 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] STKIs picture taken LAST year.
7/16/15 9:34 am Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...> [BRDBRAIN] Ft. De Soto
7/16/15 9:26 am Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Anis continue @ Loxahatchee NWR 7/16/2015
7/15/15 5:17 pm EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Eagle, Owl, Turkey @ Circle B
7/15/15 5:08 pm Ethan Chaffee <echaffee21...> [BRDBRAIN] Sooty Tern at siesta key
7/15/15 3:37 pm Stu Wilson <stuwilson...> [BRDBRAIN] Tropical Kingbird Nests Again in Sarasota
7/15/15 9:19 am Rex Rowan <rexrowan...> [BRDBRAIN] Statewide Results of The June Challenge 2015
7/15/15 9:14 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Fledgling, chicks, and Swallow-tailed Kites
7/14/15 6:47 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] NEED HELP Marion County - Mississippi Kite fledgling (???)
7/14/15 6:36 pm Liz Childress <echildress03...> [BRDBRAIN] Common Loon, Marbled Godwit on Caladesi
7/13/15 11:13 am Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...> [BRDBRAIN] Kites, Short-tailed Hawk (Sumter, 13 July 2015)
7/13/15 2:51 am Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...> [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County,Wildwood- Kites- CR-223 - Additional info
7/12/15 10:17 pm Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...> [BRDBRAIN] Call It Absolutely Really Magic ! Swallow-Tailed Kite-land Fields Forever ! Just a Flock Of Birds ! CR-223 1000-Plus Swallow-Tailed Kite-Bonanza !
7/12/15 6:10 pm EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Lake Hancock Outfall Wetland 7/12/15
7/12/15 5:35 pm Cole Fredricks <cfredricks...> [BRDBRAIN] Lake Hancock Outfall Wetland 7/12/15
7/12/15 4:08 pm Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Warblers West Pasco
7/12/15 3:46 pm Sharon Pratt <sprattm...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani and Snail Kite - Loxahatchee NWR
7/12/15 3:32 pm Sharon Pratt <sprattm...> [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani and possible Short-tailed Hawk - Loxahatchee NWR
7/12/15 3:10 pm Sharon Pratt <sprattm...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Arizona Duck
7/12/15 1:53 pm Susan Killeen <mypuffins...> [BRDBRAIN] Bachman's Sparrow in St Johns County
7/12/15 12:32 pm David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] "Great White" Heron continues in Pasco County 07/12/15
7/12/15 8:00 am Susan Pulling Robinson <spulling...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] What happened to the birds?
7/11/15 10:10 pm Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...> [BRDBRAIN] Call It Absolutely Magic ! Swallow-Tailed Kite-land Fields Forever ! Just a Flock Of Birds ! 200-800 Plus ! CR-229 Wild‏wood, Sumter County
7/11/15 7:40 pm Allan Stern <00000014b7b0d186-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] What happened to the birds?
7/11/15 7:21 pm Edward Kwater <edkwater...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Least bittern
7/11/15 6:15 pm Diana Doyle <diana...> [BRDBRAIN] Ruff, Intracoastal Waterway, Guana NERR
7/11/15 4:49 pm Sharon Pratt <sprattm...> [BRDBRAIN] Arizona Duck
7/11/15 3:38 pm Katie Houvener <khouvener...> [BRDBRAIN] Least bittern
7/11/15 6:23 am Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...> [BRDBRAIN] Sumter kite addition
7/10/15 3:55 pm Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...> [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County Kites
7/10/15 12:07 pm EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] South Lake Howard+ Hummingbird question. amendment
7/10/15 12:00 pm EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] South Lake Howard + Hummingbird question
7/9/15 8:49 pm Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Red-cockaded Woodpeckers
7/9/15 2:34 pm Jim Armstrong <harpo57...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Red-cockaded Woodpeckers question
7/9/15 9:27 am Juanita Baker <bakerj...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Red-cockaded Woodpeckers question
7/9/15 6:34 am Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> [BRDBRAIN] Red-cockaded Woodpeckers question
7/8/15 6:24 am Ethan Chaffee <echaffee21...> [BRDBRAIN] FL Trip
7/7/15 9:18 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Southeastern Amer. Kestrels, Prairie Warblers West Pasco
7/6/15 1:07 pm EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar Hummingbird
7/5/15 5:29 pm Bill Pranty <billpranty...> [BRDBRAIN] Palm Beach and Broward counties, 4 Jul 2015
7/5/15 8:34 am Chad Witko <chadjwitko...> [BRDBRAIN] RFI: Birding South Florida (Miami to Keys and Beyond)?
7/5/15 7:13 am Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...> [BRDBRAIN] Broad-wing Hawk
7/5/15 6:15 am cress <w_ouzel...> [BRDBRAIN] Fw: Crow Roost?
7/4/15 10:17 pm cress <w_ouzel...> [BRDBRAIN] Crow Roost?
7/4/15 4:41 pm Bb <0000001e3d7f8b58-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] RFI Shiny Cowbird at Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive
7/4/15 3:42 pm Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka Swallow
7/4/15 8:52 am Andrew Boyle <0000001ca1d83648-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka Swallow
7/3/15 6:54 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Broad-winged Hawk. Short-tailed Hawk. Volusia Co.
7/3/15 3:21 pm Andrew Boyle <0000001ca1d83648-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Leucistic Barn Swallow
7/3/15 2:34 pm Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Least Bitterns in Titusville
7/3/15 1:19 pm EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Winter Haven 2 LHNP
7/3/15 12:41 pm EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Winter Haven 1 SLHNP
7/3/15 9:26 am Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...> [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kite
7/3/15 8:44 am Renne Leatto <renne...> [BRDBRAIN] FW: Duck release RFI
 
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Date: 8/2/15 9:32 pm
From: Jim Gray <greensdancer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] white pelican Tampa Bay
saw a white pelican resting on some concrete slabs along with a couple browns this afternoon on the north side of the Gandy causeway just west of the radio tower.
Jim Gray
Tampa, Fl

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Date: 8/2/15 6:58 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Ruby-throated Hummingbirds - Marion County
In my yard today:
In 1 hour, from 2:30-3:30 my Fire Bush plants were visited 12 times by several different Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.
I know there were 2 different males, showing red or partial red throats. The others were either juvies or females, sometimes chasing each other.
EVERY day is a GREAT day to go birding…even if it’s in your back yard!
Alice Horst





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Date: 7/31/15 12:57 pm
From: Sam Fried <sam.fried...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] PECTORAL SANDPIPER
From Sam Fried, Titusville, July 31, 2016.

Observed a single Pectoral Sandpiper on the 10th fairway of Walkabout Golf Course in Mims, FL today at about 7:45 AM



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Date: 7/31/15 8:48 am
From: Chad Witko <chadjwitko...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] RFI: Optics Stores
Greetings,

I've messaged to the board several times now with a request for information about birding in FL.

I'm coming from NH with my wife and will be traversing the entire state in just a few days. I've received numerous private responses and was greeted with great warmth regarding my questions on bird finding guides and best locales. Thank you to all who have helped out and my apologies to those that I've yet to reply to.

With that said, I will likely reach out again with more birding questions one I'm in Florida, so sorry if I clog up your board for a week or so.

For now, I'm looking for info on any places that sell optics in Florida adjacent to I-95 or Gainesville which is where I'll be starting my trip. My wife is in the market for some new binoculars and we've not had time to try some out- which is important for her becoming a new birder.

If there's any places that have a nice selection- Nikon, Leica, etcetera, please let me know.

All the best,
Chad Witko
Wilton, NH

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Date: 7/31/15 6:44 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bayview Avenue Aerial Display
This morning, Friday, from about 8AM to 8:30AM, I witnessed an unbelievable birds in flight show taking place off the cul-de-sac at the south end of Bayview Avenue in extreme eastern Clearwater. This Pinellas County location affords a magnificent view of Old Tampa Bay. During my half hour visit, I saw a variety of 24 species of birds. Black Terns, Least Terns, and Black Skimmers, showing off their aerial acrobatic skills, were the highlighters. Some of the other birds of interest were 6 Spotted Sandpipers, 3 Reddish Egrets, 2 Black-crowned Night-Herons, and 4 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons. At nearby Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach to the east, all the recently reported regulars were there, which included an additional 178 Black Terns and 125 Least Terns. It doesn't get any better than sharing my morning coffee with my avian friends.

Bob Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 7/30/15 9:26 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Green Key Warblers
Hello,
Joe Colontonio and myself located a strong flow of warblers just before a storm front came over the Green Key peninsula this morning. Our final count was;
70 Prairie Warblers12 Yellow2 Prothonotary1 Northern Waterthrush
Ken TraceyNew Port Richey, FL

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Date: 7/30/15 8:26 am
From: Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] The Merritt Island egret
Good afternoon,

In late May 2015, a strange-plumaged egret was observed and photographed at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. This bird apparently was the same individual photographed at Merritt Island, Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area, and perhaps elsewhere in the central peninsula since 2012. Various identifications have been made of this individual, including Little Blue Heron x Snowy Egret hybrid, Tricolored Heron x Snowy Egret hybrid, and Western Reef-Egret (or Western Reef-Heron; take your pick of preferred English name), a vagrant from the Old World that would represent the first Florida record if the identification was correct.

There were two or three posts (or forwarded comments) to BRDBRAIN from European birders, who unanimously rejected the ID as a reef-egret, but that didn't prevent some people in Florida from chasing the bird and identifying it as a reef-egret (including posts to BRDBRAIN and eBird).

A post sent to the Frontiers of Bird Identification listserve by Rex Rowan generated no responses at all.

Since the bird was appearing on eBird lists as a Western Reef-Heron, I emailed two of the three managers of eBird. Marshall Iliff responded, since wading birds are a specialty of his. Marshall responded that he believes that the 2015 egret is the same as the individual reported to eBird in 2014. This individual was accepted by eBird reviewer Brian Ahern, who considered it to be a Tricolored Heron x Snowy Egret hybrid. Marshall considers Brian's interpretation to be correct and presumed that the same individual bird represents all sightings; Marshall stated flat out that the Merritt Island egret clearly was NOT a Western Reef-Heron/Egret. Marshall stated that reports of the Merritt Island egret submitted to eBird as a Western Reef-Heron would at some point be rejected as that ID.


Best regards,

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida



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Date: 7/29/15 11:40 am
From: Mark Eden <000000238cffadbe-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] hummingbird happiness
I have worked hard at getting my hummer garden growing. its been 6 years and I have 3 grown coral honnysuckle, 3 bottle brush. and 2 (still small)Mexican flame bush. so far I have seen about 6 different hummers in the spring and fall. but this week I had my first summer hummer. I have been told that you can keep hummers at your feeders all year round and I hope that happens one day. but I was happy at least to have seen one in the summer

mark j eden
palm bay, fl.

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Date: 7/29/15 11:19 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Yellow Warblers & Hummingbirds, West Pasco
Hello,
I found 2 Yellow Warblers at Lake Lisa Park this morning.  Also got photos of 2 of the 4 Hummingbirds that have been feeding in my back yard. 
Ken TraceyNew Port Richey, FL

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Date: 7/29/15 10:00 am
From: Bruce Anderson <00000022a980eb29-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Video on the Red-cockaded Woodpecker at Hal Scott Preserve - 7/29/15
Danny.

What a great production, and your photos are terrific; that is one
beautiful species that we rarely get to see that close up and still! Great job
recognizing that this bird had an injury!

Congrats.

Bruce

Bruce Anderson
Winter Park, Orange Co., Florida
<scizortail...>
In a message dated 7/29/15 12:11:24 PM, <sueredfish...> writes:


> Not long ago I posted the story about the Red-cockaded Woodpecker at Hal
> Scott with the broken leg. My boss at St. Johns River Water Management
> District has made a video showing the stages of this project. I'm including the
> link to it here: http://youtu.be/Z3XM-XQ6t3I notice all the people
> involved in this project. The veterinarian took care of "Castie" for free..... !
> My boss will be showing this video at the National Red-cockaded Woodpecker
> meeting this August.
>
> Danny Bales
> Titusville, Fla.
> www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen
> Brevard
>
>

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Date: 7/29/15 9:11 am
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Video on the Red-cockaded Woodpecker at Hal Scott Preserve - 7/29/15
Not long ago I posted the story about the Red-cockaded Woodpecker at Hal Scott with the broken leg. My boss at St. Johns River Water Management District has made a video showing the stages of this project. I'm including the link to it here: http://youtu.be/Z3XM-XQ6t3I notice all the people involved in this project. The veterinarian took care of "Castie" for free..... ! My boss will be showing this video at the National Red-cockaded Woodpecker meeting this August.

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

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Date: 7/28/15 2:21 pm
From: Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sumter kite report
Hi BirdBrains,
We made a run today to Wildwood to do the last count day for the Swallow-tailed Kites.  We drove from Clermont at about 10 AM in a heavy, constant rain, but when we got to Wildwood, the skies were heavy, but no rain...even some sun peeking through.  The kite population was a bit lower than last week, about 300-possibly as high as 400 if I add in the kites in the area other than on CR 222.  I don't know if it was the weather or because of the migration start.  Whatever, there were still lots of kites there, including 2 Mississippi kites.  In the melon fields on CR 222, with the STKI soaring around, there were also White Ibis and a flock of Cattle Egrets.  In the area we also found a Red-shouldered Hawk, 2 Am. Kestrels, Ea. Bluebirds, and, of course, both vulture species. 
 
Good Birding!
Joyce Stefancic
Clermont, Fl
 

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Date: 7/28/15 12:21 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County birding
I decided to drive my usual loop in Sumter County from cr475 to 246 to 246a to cr475 out to 44.
I hadn’t checked the area recently because of some construction in the area.
Birds: 2 Loggerhead Shrikes, 2 Eastern Bluebirds, 2 Red-tailed Hawks, 3 Swallow-tailed Kites, 1 Mississippi Kite, 1 Great-crested Flycatcher.
The 3 Swallow-tailed Kites were making quite a commotion and I saw that they were chasing off a Red-tailed Hawk.


Many Cattle Egret, 5 Great Egrets, 1 Anhinga, and the BIG surprise of the day: 1 Roseate Spoonbill

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




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Surprising Roseate Spoonbill in Sumter County - July 28, 2015

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Date: 7/28/15 12:13 pm
From: Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fort De Soto Park - Snowy Plover, etc.
An old birding friend of mine from Tennessee - Steve Zipperer - came down to Florida for the week, so of course I had to take him to Fort De Soto. We didn't see anything super rare, but he did spot a Snowy Plover way out at the north point above North Beach. (It was hanging with a Wilson's, a Piping, and a Semipalm, so we got a nice four-way plover comparison.) Anyway, we were able to find him five lifers (Snowy, Wilson's, Reddish Egret, Marbled Godwit, and Red Knot), so that was cool. The Snowy was also a new state bird for me.
Other personal highlights for me:
Two Gray Kingbirds. I know they're not rare at Fort De Soto, but I'd never seen one in all the times I'd been there. Nice to finally kill that nemesis.
For the first couple hours of daylight, it seemed like there was just an endless stream of frigatebirds flying overhead. I've lived in Florida for two years now, but I don't think frigates will ever get old.
Full eBird list below:
Fort De Soto Park, Pinellas, Florida, US
Jul 28, 2015 6:55 AM - 12:05 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.5 mile(s)
47 species

Mottled Duck  1    A pair of birds in a flooded roadside ditch about halfway between the gift shop and the north end of the road. The female looked like she may have had some Mallard genes (dark smudgy bill), but the male appeared to be pure Mottled - clean line of demarcation between pale neck and dark body, black spot at base of bill, no curly tail feathers.
Wood Stork  1
Magnificent Frigatebird  45    Flocks flying overhead throughout the morning. Saw as many as 30 at one time. This is my best estimate, trying to avoid double-counting the same birds.
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Anhinga  1
Brown Pelican  12
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  8
Snowy Egret  29
Little Blue Heron  5
Tricolored Heron  2
Reddish Egret  4
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  1
White Ibis  65
Osprey  5
American Oystercatcher  4
Black-bellied Plover  4
Snowy Plover  1
Wilson's Plover  1
Semipalmated Plover  6
Piping Plover  1
Willet  25
Marbled Godwit  11
Ruddy Turnstone  2
Red Knot  4
Sanderling  1
Least Sandpiper  20
Western Sandpiper  5    Very difficult to count, as they were mixed in with a larger group of Leasts and were running around all over the place. This is an estimate.
Short-billed Dowitcher  80
Laughing Gull  190
Least Tern  4
Royal Tern  5
Sandwich Tern  8
Black Skimmer  3
Eurasian Collared-Dove  2
Common Ground-Dove  4
Mourning Dove  11
Belted Kingfisher  1
Gray Kingbird  2
Loggerhead Shrike  4
Fish Crow  6
Barn Swallow  1
Northern Mockingbird  5
European Starling  24
Northern Cardinal  6
Common Grackle  1

Daniel EstabrooksWinter Haven, FL

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Date: 7/28/15 7:47 am
From: Lee Herbst <lcherbst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Chimney Swifts?
I was on the Cross Florida Greenway, just east of Ocala on Saturday morning
about 10AM and spotted a group of about a dozen birds swirling around above
a clearing. They looked like chimney swifts and acted like chimney swifts,
however they were not chittering. I have only been birding for about a
year, but every time I have encountered CHSW, which is often, they are
always chittering when feeding. I watched them for over 5 minutes until
they flew off behind some trees and during that time, not a single peep
from any of them.

Later on the same trail, I did run into a small group of CHSW and they were
chittering away as they fed over another clearing.

If these were not CHSW, what could they be? Or, is it just a behaviour I
haven't encountered before?

--
Lee Herbst - AK4WN
Ocala, FL

"Give God your best and let Him do the rest" - Facing the Giants

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Date: 7/28/15 7:47 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach
A short time ago at 10AM Tuesday in light rain, I visited The CCC Beach in extreme eastern Pinellas County. The water level of Old Tampa Bay seemed very high. The beach was covered with a lot of washed up green grassy debris. The smaller shorebirds were huddled around the freshly washed up wrack. During my short visit I recorded 26 species. The three main highlights were 148 Black Terns, some still almost totally jet black, 112 Least Terns, and 6 Sandwich Terns. The following assortment of shorebirds was wonderful, all in good numbers. Ruddy Turnstones, some in perfect breeding plumage; Sanderlings, numbers are increasing; American Oystercatchers; Marbled Godwits; Black-bellied Plovers; Willets; Semipalmated Plovers; Western Sandpipers; Least Sandpipers; Short-billed Dowithchers; and Black
Skimmers; round out some of the bird variety. A short drive to the west at the south end of Bayview Avenue, standing on the dock, were 6 Roseate Spoonbills , 2 Reddish Egrets, 2 Wood Storks, and basically all members of the heron and egret families. The Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach is located opposite the intersection of SR60 and Damascus Road in Clearwater.

Bob Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 7/28/15 4:07 am
From: Diane Reed <0000001567cad33a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] St Augustine birding
Greetings,
A quick trip onto the trails at the GTMNERR on A1A slightly north of St Augustine (Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Researh Reserve) was pretty rewarding in that I had my first of season American Redstart and 2 (possibly 3) Louisiana Waterthrushes. Traveling on the yellow trail to the intersection with Hammock Road, walk north to the beginning of the WMA area and then west to the Big Savannah is the area where I saw the migrants. There are huge maps at the trail head to these areas.


A pair of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks were still visiting the nest box at a pine tree. The usual nesting birds are flitting about and the field had a large group of Wild Turkeys. We had Yellow-billed Cuckoos this year during the June Challenge. Yellow-breasted Chats were pretty difficult to find out there this season, but we did hear and see a few in June. Red-eyed Vireos also nest here and can still be heard singing along the trails. Blue Grosbeaks have also been nesting out there, but are rather difficult to find at this time. A "fly-by" green painted bunting was observed at the dam yesterday morning and we could still hear them singing. A Spotted Sandpiper was also seen at the dam. The tide was high, so we didn't look for shorebirds.


The trails are dry and comfortable for walking, however, I certainly recommend insect repellent as the mosquitoes were swarming in most of the areas, plus ticks are a strong possibility. It was hot and humid out there yesterday, so we were in there from around 7am to around 11am.


The GTM trails are always worth the walk. Just be prepared for the weather.
FYI: Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve
www.gtmnerr.org/


thanks
Diane Reed
St Johns County
St Augustine FL











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Date: 7/27/15 6:52 am
From: Marianne Korosy <mkorosy...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Black Skimmers banded in Pinellas - reporting email
Hi Birdbrains,

A total of 46 hatch-year Black Skimmers were banded at two Pinellas County
nesting colonies this summer. Leg bands are green with white lettering. All
bands have "A" as the first digit followed by two numbers. The bands are
highly visible and easy to read with binoculars. The code is printed twice,
on opposite sides of each band.

Please report sightings to Beth Forys at <forysea...>

We've alerted bandedbirds.org about these newly banded skimmers so if you
report there, that's fine too.

We just received via Facebook the first resighting of one of these banded
birds away from its natal colony on the south mainland of the county. The
bird was photographed on the north end of Three Rooker Island!


Marianne Korosy

Palm Harbor, FL

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Date: 7/26/15 5:27 am
From: Melissa James <melruns42k...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Flamingo at Ding Darling NWR
All - I saw via Facebook this morning that a Flamingo was found and photographed at Ding Darling NWR refuge yesterday.

If anyone sees it today, kindly post to Birdbrains.

Here is the link to Ding Darling's Facebook page with one of the photos.
https://www.facebook.com/dingdarlingrefuge/photos/a.336063046451332.78794.149667061757599/945406068850357/?type=1&comment_id=945571395500491&notif_t=comment_mention

Melissa James
Palm Harbor, FL

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Date: 7/25/15 7:32 am
From: Susan Daughtrey <susansd...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] FOS Spotted Sandpipers at Stump Pass, Charlotte County
Hi All,



My husband and I decided to take a quick dip at Stump Pass early this
morning before the forecast thunderstorms arrived for the day. I saw my FOS
Spotted Sandpipers bob-bob-bobbin' along near the wrack line at the north
end of Thornton Key, south side of Stump Pass. Happy to have them back!



Best,

Susan Daughtrey

Englewood, Charlotte County


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Date: 7/25/15 7:24 am
From: HR Parks <hrparks...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Hooded Warbler at Lake Beresford Park, Deland
Good morning, Birders,

At 7:30 am, I saw a hooded warbler singing at Lake Beresford Park in
Deland. It was in a thickly wooded area of small trees and shrubs just off
the parking lot, near the playground. When I came back from walking about
8:45, it was no longer singing. This area and around the start of the
spring-to-spring trail is especially birdy, particularly early in the
morning. The two-mile circular trail has not yielded as many birds for me.

Other fun birds included nesting ospreys with young [on utility poles along
the railroad], chimney swifts, and pileated woodpeckers.
Eve Parks
Deltona, Fl

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Date: 7/24/15 4:05 pm
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Kite makes a Kill
Hello birders.
It was a dreary, rainy day in Winter Haven today but I still managed
to walk outside at just the right moment to see a Swallow-tailed Kite
circling over my neighbor's backyard. Suddenly the bird folded it's wings
and swooped down to pluck a nestling from the treetop. The Kite dispatched
it's prey as it flew over me and ate it's meal on the wing before perching
on the top of a Pecan Tree. It was the first time I've seen a Kite perch in
a long time, it's rest was short lived as the local birds mobbed the nest
raider. Good Birding.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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Date: 7/24/15 11:20 am
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pinellas' Birds (24 Jul 2015)
Good afternoon,

In the past week local birders have reported several "expected" early
warbler migrants including Prothonotary and Yellow (both at Philippe Park),
Hooded at John Chesnut Park) and Black-&-white and Prairie Warblers at
several county locations.

Shorebirds, too, are arriving in numbers. Dan Sauvageau photographed a
Pectoral Sandpiper at Honeymoon Island State Park yesterday. With constant
rain in the forecast for our area the next few days we may experience a few
more Pecs and/or other grasslands shorebirds.

The biggest news this week locally was the discovery of a pair of
Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks with eight ducklings at Sawgrass Lake Park.
All of the county's around Pinellas, i.e., Pasco, Hillsborough and Manatee,
have had whistlers breeding for some time. As far as what I've been able
to ascertain the Sawgrass family is the first record of this species
breeding in Pinellas. A shout out to JoAnna Clayton and Sue Tavaglione for
their find.

This morning, before the rain settled in, we found the family again. See
Sue's photo attached.

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL

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Date: 7/22/15 12:54 pm
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Historical Scarlet Ibis reports question
I've been reviewing past lists and notes as I backfill some historical
lists in eBird (plus it's "fun" to see how many bird sightings I've totally
forgotten). One note I have indicates that I saw a Scarlet Ibis near or on
Sanibel Island either in the winter of 2010, 2011 (my note-taking is
notoriously imprecise). eBird is of some little help in that there were
some sightings reported in that time frame near Ft. Myers, but do any of
the birders on this list recall (or have recorded themselves) a Scarlet
Ibis in that area back a few years ago? If so, was it presumed to be an
accidental/vagrant bird, or an escapee?

I know I won't be able to authenticate or document (via eBird) every
historical listing I have, but I'm trying to get as many in there as
possible.

Thanks!

Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County
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Date: 7/22/15 12:12 pm
From: Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County Melon Fields
Hi BirdBrains,
We took our 4th trip to the Melon Fields in Sumter County this morning, arriving at about 10:00 AM...the height of breakfast time for the Swallow-tailed Kites.  This was the largest gathering we have seen so far (since July 9...our 1st trip).  It was difficult to get an accurate estimate of the numbers of kites, as they would constantly drift from one melon field, to another, to a field where the farmer was mowing (stirring up the beetles).  We discussed it with some other birders and we agreed that many of the kites we were seeing throughout the morning were repeats...so we are estimating, conservatively, between 300-400 kites in all in that area. 
 
One farmer stopped to ask about the birds, and he said that they have had a huge beetle problem this year, so he was never so happy to see a bunch of birds.  YAY!!  Someone who appreciates the value of birds!
 
We also saw 3 Mississippi Kites...2 Juvies and 1 adult).  And a beautiful adult Red-tailed Hawk.
If you have not been out to see the kite spectacle, there is still time.  But they will be departing soon for their wintering grounds, so try to make the trip soon.  As always, be respectful of people's property and park well off the road.
 
Good Birding!!
Joyce Stefancic
Clermont, Fl

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Date: 7/22/15 11:57 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Yellow Warbler & Spider Web, Green Key
Hello,
This morning I found a Yellow Warbler feeding at a spider web.  After it ate the spider It then grabbed the neat little insect packets woven by the spider.
Ken TraceyNew Port Richey, FL 

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Date: 7/21/15 4:52 pm
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Response To Alice Horst's Posts
Alice,

Speaking from my perspective as a BRDBRAINS subscriber, your posts come thru perfectly. If I retrieve your message from the ABA Birding News ("birding on the . net" / Brdbrains) it is an unreadable mess, for whatever reason.

Bob Lane / Clearwater-Pinellas County

Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:05:36 -0400
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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] TEST
To: <BRDBRAIN...>

I meant illegible. Test came through for me ok.

Alice <Horstahorst...>


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Date: 7/21/15 1:16 pm
From: Chad Witko <chadjwitko...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] RFI: Birding Guide?
Greetings,

Several weeks ago I reached out to this group seeking information about
where to bird in South Florida. I received several replies, all of which
were greatly appreciated.

With that said, there's been some changes from my original inquiry in
regards to a potential itinerary. As the time draws closer and I have a
better sense as to where I'll be and when, I'll likely reach out to this
group again with more refined questions. Thank you in advance for giving me
the forum to ask these questions.

In the meantime, I'm hoping to purchase a book for birdfinding in Florida,
something that can suppliment what I find online.

Should I assume that 'A Birder's Guide to Florida' by Bill Prantry is the
best for someone spending a week+ in the state?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1878788248?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=ox_sc_act_title_1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

The majority of my time will be spent from Miami to the Everglades to the
Keys and beyond. I assume that this book covers these areas sufficiently?

Thank you in advance for any insight.

Good birding,
Chad Witko
Wilton, NH

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Chad Witko
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"I came to believe birds are the most vivid expression of life. It made me
aware of the world in which we live."
Roger Tory Peterson

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Date: 7/21/15 12:32 pm
From: <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fw: In Florida? Participate in the 2015 Swallow-tailed Kite population surveys
To all Kite watchers! An opportunity to use your sightings to aid important Kite research. On 3 days this month, starting tomorrow. Brought to us by Avian Research and Conservation Institute (ARCI). Please read the blurb below. Dotty Robbins
High Springs

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To: "Dotty Robbins" <dotrobbins...>
Subject: In Florida? Participate in the 2015 Swallow-tailed Kite population surveys
Date: 21 Jul 2015 08:47:35 -0400



Play an important role in a statewide effort to track changes in our national Swallow-tailed Kite population
Dear Dotty,
The Avian Research and Conservation Institute invites you to participate in Florida&rsquo;s Swallow-tailed Kite population monitoring surveys for 2015. At this time of year, Swallow-tailed Kites are gathering in foraging aggregations and communal night roosts, where they gain behavioral information from each other that helps them find swarms of insects and other prey to put on weight rapidly and prepare themselves for migration. These roosts are extremely sensitive places for Swallow-tailed Kites and some reach well over 1,000 birds during this brief but vitally important time of year.
ARCI&rsquo;s synchronized surveys, which began in their present form 26 years ago &ndash; in 1989 &ndash; have become a very important tool for monitoring trends in the U. S. population. We systematically photograph roosts on the same dates in late July, the period when numbers have consistently reached their peak. A recent three-year collaborative project with biologists in South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas found that 90% of the kites simultaneously observed were in Florida roosts. This year, for the first time, we want to synchronize public sighting reports with Florida&rsquo;s systematic photo-counts on the 3 most important days. Citizen Scientists can play a very important role in this statewide effort to track changes in our national Swallow-tailed Kite population in Florida.
Participation is easy. Just report the date, time, location and number of Swallow-tailed Kites and what they were doing when you saw them on these three days:
22 July
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Date: 7/21/15 11:06 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] TEST
I meant illegible….
Test came through for me ok.
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Date: 7/21/15 11:01 am
From: Nancy Price <0000001ab5ecacd1-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani Martin County
Sunday a SBAN was found at Jonathan Dickinson State Park by David Essian, was refound today by Jane Wiewora she texted me and Nancy L. we made it down there in record time and were rewarded with good looks and heard the calls of the bird. It has been seen by the front Campground flying over the entrance road. NW corner from the dog walk area by the bag dispenser to the pond on the west side.

Nancy Price
Stuart, FL




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Date: 7/21/15 10:54 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] TEST
I’ve been told that my recent posts are legible.
Just checking.
Alice Horst
Marion County




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Date: 7/21/15 3:53 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Migration Green Key
Hello,
I found that the fall migration in the mangroves was in full swing yesterday when I counted 24 Prairie Warblers and 2 Yellow Warblers in 30 minutes at Green Key, west Pasco.
Ken TraceyNew Port Richey, FL

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Date: 7/20/15 12:08 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Red-headed Woodpecker holes - Sumter County
Interesting: dead tree has 2 holes and Red-headed Woodpeckers were up and down on the branches. At first I saw a RHWO at hole on upper right side of tree, apparently feeding young.
Then one showed up and went into the lower left hole. After a RHWO flew out of hole the head peeked out and seemed annoyed.
Question is: Is this one nest with entrance/exit holes? Is two 2 nests with 2 holes?
A great deal of action - very fun.
Alice Horst
Marion County




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Date: 7/20/15 10:04 am
From: Rex Rowan <rexrowan...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Tropical/Couch's Kingbird at Road to Nowhere, Dixie Co.
Doug Richard found this bird yesterday afternoon at the Road to Nowhere in
coastal Dixie County. I asked him for a precise location and he
replied, "Almost
at the end. I had driven to the end and walked out on the flat to look for
shorebirds. Was backing up the road, looking for a place to get turned
around with my boat trailer when I saw the bird out the back window. It
flew north along the west side of the road after the initial sighting but
perched in a tree and let me approach fairly closely for pics."

A recent thread ("Minnesota Tropical Kingbird") at Frontiers of Field
Identification <http://listserv.ksu.edu/web?A1=ind1507a&L=birdwg01> suggests
the possibility that some Tropical-type kingbirds seen in North America at
this season originate in South America. That may be a little far-fetched,
but lots of photos and recordings of this bird would be really helpful.

Directions can be found on the Great Florida Birding Trail website:
http://www.floridapanthernet.org/GFBT/index.php/trip/trail/Road_to_Nowhere/

Nice find, Doug!

(I apologize for the delay in posting; I tried forwarding Doug's email to
Birdbrains last night and the listserv bounced it back to me because it was
too large. I've now downloaded the photos to Flickr, and links may be found
below.)

Rex Rowan
Gainesville


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From: <drichard128...>
Date: Sun, Jul 19, 2015 at 8:33 PM
Subject: Kingbird ID
To: Rex Rowan <rexrowan...>


Hi Rex, I saw this kingbird on "The Road to Nowhere" today. Of course, I
thought "Western" at first (and that's probably what it is). Seems out of
season for a Western. Also, some of the field marks seemed "different".
Yellow on chest extended high up on breast; no white tail edges visible;
larger bill than previously seen Westerns; and apparently forked tail. Any
help with this ID would be much appreciated. Thanks. Doug Richard

https://www.flickr.com/photos/74215662@N04/19675931829/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/74215662@N04/19867512761/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/74215662@N04/19855097992/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/74215662@N04/19862480085/in/dateposted-public/

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Date: 7/20/15 6:25 am
From: Larry Connor <llconnor52...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Cozumel bird help
I’m afraid I can’t help you with the birds, but the lizard is an easy call. It is a brown basilisk (Basliscus vittatus). Their native distribution is from central Mexico south to northern South America. There are also established introduced populations in south Florida with records as far north as Orlando.

Larry Connor
Eustis, FL

From: Ron Looker
Sent: Sunday, July 19, 2015 11:17 PM
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Cozumel bird help

Hello,

I was in Cozumel last week and tried doing some birding while there. I was hoping someone could help id a couple I couldn’t figure out and also a mystery lizard. The one that looks like a phoebe didn’t have the same color as the Eastern Phoebes we have in Ohio. Maybe it was the lighting, but it looked more rusty or brown.

http://s31.photobucket.com/user/ronlooker/media/DSCF9041_zpswvdylxok.jpg.html?filters[user]=9613582&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=0
http://s31.photobucket.com/user/ronlooker/media/DSCF9080_zpsqxrx8e3n.jpg.html?filters[user]=9613582&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=1
http://s31.photobucket.com/user/ronlooker/media/DSCF9044_zpshnlfsqqc.jpg.html?filters[user]=9613582&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=2
http://s31.photobucket.com/user/ronlooker/media/DSCF9237_zpst5vuf1gp.jpg.html?filters[user]=9613582&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=3
http://s31.photobucket.com/user/ronlooker/media/mysterybird_zpsfsnkqgb7.jpg.html?filters[user]=9613582&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=4

Thanks in advance for the help.

Ron


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Date: 7/19/15 8:27 pm
From: Ron Looker <rlooker...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Cozumel bird help
Hello,

I was in Cozumel last week and tried doing some birding while there. I was hoping someone could help id a couple I couldn’t figure out and also a mystery lizard. The one that looks like a phoebe didn’t have the same color as the Eastern Phoebes we have in Ohio. Maybe it was the lighting, but it looked more rusty or brown.

http://s31.photobucket.com/user/ronlooker/media/DSCF9041_zpswvdylxok.jpg.html?filters[user]=9613582&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=0
http://s31.photobucket.com/user/ronlooker/media/DSCF9080_zpsqxrx8e3n.jpg.html?filters[user]=9613582&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=1
http://s31.photobucket.com/user/ronlooker/media/DSCF9044_zpshnlfsqqc.jpg.html?filters[user]=9613582&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=2
http://s31.photobucket.com/user/ronlooker/media/DSCF9237_zpst5vuf1gp.jpg.html?filters[user]=9613582&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=3
http://s31.photobucket.com/user/ronlooker/media/mysterybird_zpsfsnkqgb7.jpg.html?filters[user]=9613582&filters[recent]=1&sort=1&o=4

Thanks in advance for the help.

Ron


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Date: 7/19/15 2:05 pm
From: Bev Hansen <bevalhansen...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Nighthawk Chicks
This week when Al and I were monitoring Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in the
Croom Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest, I flushed a Common
Nighthawk, who did the broken-wing act. I took a peek, spotted an egg,
and snapped a quick pictures before heading on my way. It wasn't until a
few days later when I downloaded the picture that I saw two fuzzy chicks
as well. The egg shell seems to have a chip. Perhaps the breeding female
was trying to help a third chick emerge?

Bev Hansen

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Spring Hill, FL
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Date: 7/18/15 7:18 pm
From: paul marvin <pm299fl...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani: Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge‏
Yesterday and today (17-18 July) I visited Loxahatchee National Wildlife
Refuge, west of Boynton Beach, in Palm Beach County.



Park at the Marsh Trail parking lot. The parking for Marsh
Trial is at 2629'47.5"N
8012'48.5"W.



See attached map: walk towards the observation tower which
is southwest of the parking lot. Stay on
the east side of the canal (for the best view and to not disturb them), and
just a little north of the tower, look across the canal towards the largest tree
on the west side of the canal. This is
where they are possibly currently trying to nest.



They fly towards the fields to the east of the tower to hunt
for food.



Snail Kites were easy to find, especially in the flooded
farm fields to the south of the Lee Road entrance. Many wading birds and some shorebirds were
also in the flooded fields, including Solitary Sandpiper, Roseate Spoonbill,
and Limpkin.
Paul MarvinCocoa

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Date: 7/18/15 2:47 pm
From: Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Best odds location for kites Sumter County (18 JUL 2015)
Hello,

Although the most popular location for observers to view the kites has
(recently) been on CR 222, I want to suggest a better location for those
that might be planning a trip.

A short drive north of CR 222 is CR 216A. 216A runs east-west and is
between CR 223 and CR 229. On the popular CR 222 location, your only view
is north. However, on CR 216A, you have large fields on both your north
and south that puts you in the middle of the large numbers of kites when
they are at this location. It is possible that the concentration could
appear elsewhere among the many fields in this general area but this spot
has been where the largest concentrations have been for me the times I have
been there this year.

Today, I did stationary counts of Swallow-tailed Kites on the CR 222
location between 1015 and 1115 and those counts were: 270, 290, 310, 340,
360 and 320 so the median is 325. This compares to 190 on 12 JUL.

The most Mississippi Kites seen at any one time were two but based on
flight paths and timing, I estimate that at least four were in this square
formed by the four roads I listed above.

Photos of a Mississippi Kite and a Swallow-tailed Kite taken today can be
seen at:

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

Click photo to enlarge.

--
Bob Stalnaker
Longwood, FL

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Date: 7/18/15 11:41 am
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] American Flamingo - New Pass Bridge, Lee County - 7/18/2015 (location information, etc)
Hi All,

Here is the link to my eBird report with handheld phonescoped 75x video still frames of the bird, and also with the bridge coordinates and bridge GPS coordinates. If you click on Map in the report it will show you the location of the bird and the area. If you copy any of the coordinate sets just as they are into Google Maps and press Enter it will also take you to the area and then you can zoom in and out to see where the spot is located or route directions.

Link to the eBird report:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24304543

You can also always link to the current Florida eBird Rare Bird Alert by using this link (no free eBird membership process required):

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

Good Birding All!

Mark

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

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Date: 7/18/15 8:48 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Shiny Cowbird, Green Key
Hello,
This morning I found a Shiny Cowbird along the road in the Robert K. Rees park at Green Key.  I was able to get numerous photos and after reviewing "Jaramillo / Burke" book "New World Blackbirds", I believe this shiny is an "Immature Male ( First Basic)" due to its brown primary feathers that show in one of the photos.  I am not sure of the ramifications for the BBA of this sighting?  It was with two Brown-headed Cowbirds.
Ken TraceyNew Port Richey, FL

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Date: 7/18/15 7:19 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Tern Trifecta / Campbell Causeway Beach
To especially visiting birders to the area wanting to see some great birds, this morning at The Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach in Clearwater in extreme eastern Pinellas County, from about 7:45AM to 8:45AM in light rain, it was a birding goldmine. The tide appeared to be relatively high. The number one highlight of 32 species seen, was 148 Least Terns, 56 Black Terns, along with 35 Royal Terns. Some of the Least Terns were wearing leg bands. A nice variety of shorebirds were present including 14 Marbled Godwits, 22 Short-billed Dowitchers, 43 Willets, 3 American Oyster Catchers, 15 Semipalmated Plovers, and 6 Black-bellied Plovers, just to name a few. A group of Black Skimmers were dispersing for the day upon our arrival. Nearby to the west, at the end of Bayview Avenue, were 3 Reddish Egrets, and the rest of the candidates in the heron family. The CCC Beach is located at the intersection of SR60 and Damascus Road. Try to arrive early before the drive-on pay beach opens, sometime after 7AM. There is no fee if you park in the lot across the road. Obviously, most of the birds depart when the people arrive.

Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 7/18/15 5:07 am
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] American Flamingo - New Pass Bridge, Lee County - 7/18/2015
Hi All,

The bird could be seen from both ends of the bridge, about half to three quarters of a mile out to the northeast (as eBirded yesterday), when I arrived this morning at 6:45am. We are still looking at it as of 8:05am, it hasn't moved an inch. eBird and photos/video to follow.

Good Birding All!

Mark

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

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Date: 7/18/15 1:11 am
From: Diane Reed <0000001567cad33a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Apopka Swallow response
Greetings
Most of the responses I am receiving are that the swallow is 'juvie' Barn Swallow. Thanks for all the help.
Diane Reed
St Augustine FL




-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Fri, Jul 17, 2015 7:06 pm
Subject: Apopka Swallows - ID help


Greetings





A group of us spent considerable time today looking at swallows and I would like some ID assistance. We felt pretty lucky to get Rough-winged, Barn and Bank Swallows, but were puzzled with the second photo. Suggestions are welcomed. It was a great day out there.

Sincerely

Diane Reed

St Augustine FL




















Northern Rough-winged Swallow


Question mark Swallow




Barn and Bank Swallows (Swallow in far left is the same as photo #2)











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Date: 7/17/15 4:06 pm
From: Diane Reed <0000001567cad33a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Apopka Swallows - ID help
Greetings



A group of us spent considerable time today looking at swallows and I would like some ID assistance. We felt pretty lucky to get Rough-winged, Barn and Bank Swallows, but were puzzled with the second photo. Suggestions are welcomed. It was a great day out there.
Sincerely
Diane Reed
St Augustine FL













Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Question mark Swallow


Barn and Bank Swallows (Swallow in far left is the same as photo #2)








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Date: 7/17/15 3:41 pm
From: Doug Wassmer <dwassme1...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-tailed Kite-athon Wildwood, Sumter County
Last week - July 8th, 2015 - we observed a total of 11 (possibly 12) kites
coursing over the east side of High Springs in Alachua County. Six of the
birds were Mississippi Kites and 5-6 were Swallow-tailed Kites. We had
never before seen that many Mississippi Kites together, and never in the
presence of about the same number of Swallow-tailed Kites. It was hard to
get an accurate count because we were moving in a vehicle and the kites wee
sometime obscured by trees. We birded Columbia, Union, and Gilchrist
counties pretty hard over the period of July 8-12, and observed numerous
Mississippi Kites, but did not see any other Swallow-tailed Kites. Now we
know where they all went - south!

Doug Wassmer & Lilian Saul
Tampa, FL

-----Original Message-----
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Sent: Friday, July 17, 2015 6:13 PM
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-tailed Kite-athon Wildwood, Sumter County

Great information. I was able to get one clear picture of a STK eating a
stink bug in the air flying above the fields around the melon patch. It
truely is a marvel that stink bugs can be such a treat. They sometimes
appear to catch them first flying in the air in their beak and then use
their claws to hold them as they eat.

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Date: 7/17/15 3:12 pm
From: Katie Houvener <khouvener...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-tailed Kite-athon Wildwood, Sumter County
Great information. I was able to get one clear picture of a STK eating a stink bug in the air flying above the fields around the melon patch. It truely is a marvel that stink bugs can be such a treat. They sometimes appear to catch them first flying in the air in their beak and then use their claws to hold them as they eat.

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Date: 7/17/15 2:00 pm
From: Larry Connor <llconnor52...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County kites 17-Jul-2015
Diana and I were in the area today also. However, we arrived ca. 1330 and the kite activity had definitely dropped off by then. We did not see any kites along CR-466. We did see some at the field on CR-222 just west of CR-223, but most of them were in the distance over and behind the trees to the northeast. We went up CR-223 and found some those kites were active over a field to the southwest of CR-216A and CR-223 that connects to the CR-222 field. This is the same field Alice Horst reported earlier. We were there at 1350 and the kites were obviously leaving the area probably from a combination of heat and approaching storms. I counted 17 several minutes after we arrived, but there were more earlier. We probably saw 25-30 kites in the area. All were swallow-tailed kites. We did not see any Mississippi kites. While you may not need to be out extremely early to observe the kites, the activity looks like it falls off in the early afternoon.

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Eustis, FL

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Date: 7/17/15 1:48 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-tailed Kite-athon Wildwood, Sumter County

>
> I arrived at melon field on 222 @ 8:30am. NOT a single STKI.
> 8:50 3 STKIs arrived from the south-west
> At 9:13 counted 17 STKIs
> At 9:30 counted 40 STKIs
> 10:15 estimated 100 STKIs
>
> I was planning to leave then….BUT, I drove east on 222 to CR223, turned north toward 466…..BONANZA! STKIs everywhere. This was over a cow pasture, not melon field.
> The numbers continued to explode. I drove around the area, STKIs were everywhere. I also saw a half dozen Mississippi Kites soaring. They seem to soar higher than the STKIs and of course are much smaller. Red-shouldered, Red-tailed and Cooper’s Hawk and American Kestrels were also spotted. 1 Eastern Meadowlark was perched atop a telephone pole and some Purple Martins were ID’d also.
>
> I FINALLY left the area at 11:30am….
> I can not begin to give a reliable count of the STKIs. Perhaps another birder who was there today can.
>
> Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!
> Alice Horst
>
>
>
> This is a picture of a very small portion of the “happening"
>
> Alice Horst
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>
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Date: 7/17/15 12:58 pm
From: Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County Kites
Hi BirdBrains,
We made the run to the Melon Fields in Sumter County this morning and were not disappointed.  We saw probably a conservative estimate of 300 STKI, although it was hard to estimate as the kites were moving from one field to another.  We also saw 3 Mississippi Kites.  We checked out the fields on county route 237 (nothing there), then CR 229, where we saw a couple hundred in the distance, and a much smaller group that drifted into the melon field that we were at.  We then went to CR 223, then CR222 where we saw LARGE numbers of kites (STKI) and 2 of the MIKI.  If you are planning on going there for the kites, it does not tend to be an early morning activity.  The kites start to arrive about 9:30 and were going strong when we left at 12:15.  The height seems to be around 10-11AM.  We found it was best to go  from one field to another, as they drift as they look for new food areas.  They were picking bugs (which I think are emerging from the ground) off the ground.  Such a wonderful morning!!! 
 
Good Birding!
Joyce Stefancic
Clermont

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Date: 7/17/15 12:58 pm
From: Wayne Kennedy <00000021842bf9dd-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] STKIs Wildwood 7/16/15
Hello, Birders

Went yesterday morning to Wildwood to check out the STKIs. Learned that you do not have to get there early, I was there at 8:30 a.m.. It didn't take as long from Orlando as I thought. Saw the first one at the melon field at the corner of 466 and 237 at 9:10 a.m. I checked this field several times all morning and it was the only STKI there.

However the melon fields on rt 222 was very productive. I would estimate the number between 75 and 100. I can count 53 in one of my photos and that wasn't the entire field. One does go kind of crazy trying to take pictures when they are flying all around. Pictures revealed a lot of them had something in their claws and you could see them bringing their claw to the front, bending down their head and having a snack.

There was another melon field north of rt 222 on rt 229 and it had about 15 most of the morning flying around it but parking was not as convenient as it was on rt 222.

A great day! Thanks to all who have been keeping us up to date on their presence.

Wayne Kennedy
Baldwin Park
Orlando, Florida
Orange County



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Date: 7/17/15 11:32 am
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Blue Grosbeaks, Hummingbirds@ Circle B Bar
Hello Birders.
Out to Circle B Bar Reserve Southeast of Lakeland this morning from 7
till 10:30, it was a productive and memorable morning
Best Birds: 14 BLUE GROSBEAKS, 2 RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS, 2
RED-EYED VIREOS, 8+ NORTHERN PARULA, 11 SANDHILL CRANES, 9 WOOD STORKS, 1
TUFTED TITMOUSE, 1 BALD EAGLE, 10+ BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS.
Parking at the first picnic shelter inside the reserve I walked west
on Windmill whisper until I reached Wadingbird Way. There was a large pig
in the grassy area under the windmill and a Bald Eagle gave a close fly-by.
At the end of the marsh the trail goes up a slight hill to a fork in the
trail where I turned right (West) onto Frasier Trail. There were 3
Sandhills that began to trumpet loudly, when they stopped a Bobwhite
started calling. About 150 yards west of the fork in the trail there's a
small dead pine on the left with the top half broken off on the ground. In
between the dead pine and the cure to the right in the trail 150 yards
ahead I found the Blue Grosbeaks in the tree tops on either side of the
trail chasing each other around.
Back to the truck I drove down to the Southern most parking lot near
the Nature Center. There's 2 porta- johns and about 20 yards East of them
there's a large Firebush loaded with orange flowers. There was 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds fighting of possession of the bush.
Down Heron Hideout I turned left onto Alligator Alley at the
intersection and about halfway to the lake came across a band of warbler
sized birds numbering about 20. Mostly Northern Parula there was also 2
Red-eyed Vireo, a Tufted Titmouse and a Carolina Wren and several I could
not ID. You can see more photos from this morning and the past year at my
Flickr page here https://www.flickr.com/photos/129302913@N07/ Good
Birding.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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Date: 7/16/15 7:23 pm
From: Cary Hillegonds <bokmakierie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed ani - Marathon
There was a smooth-billed ani at Crane Point Museum & Nature Center this afternoon. It was along the Adderley Lane trail past the Adderley house and an osprey nest platform, on the west side of the trail where it meets Florida Bay. The bird was actively hunting cicadas.

Cary Hillegonds
Orland Park, IL

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Date: 7/16/15 2:54 pm
From: PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] MINWR+ Jetty Park(Brevard)
A few migrants made the morning at Merritt Is. Wildlife Refuge worthwhile. There were dozens of dragonflies and one very large gator blocking my way for a few minutes on Bio Lab. I didn’t see any newly hatched Black-necked Stilts today, but 40 birds. Included in highlights of 62 species(12 species shorebirds) were:

4 American Avocets- ‘rusty’ ones-Peacock Pocket
4 Semipalmated Plover-Gator Creek
1 Spotted Sandpiper-Peacock Pocket
4 Least Sandpiper-Gator Creek
1 Western Sandpiper-Gator Creek
2 Pectoral Sandpiper-Bio Lab
20 Semipalmated Sandpiper-Gator Creek

While picking up litter at Oak Hammock Parking area, I heard a LEAST FLYCATCHER. It called about 3 minutes. I played the call, but did not locate the bird . Two Carolina Wrens were calling in same spot, north edge of trees. In the hammock, three Red-eyed Vireo were calling, also not seen.

At Jetty Park in Cape Canaveral this week there is an influx of what was termed “seaweed gunk” by the newspaper. It’s dark brown smelly stuff and the birds love it! I had 24 Willets feeding with Laughing Gulls one day and 18 another day. Also saw a Common Tern with 100 Royal Terns. I see the Port got a permit to clean the beach of seaweed. Birds and crabs, not tourists, like it.

Phyllis Mansfield,
Cocoa Beach, FL
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Date: 7/16/15 11:38 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] STKIs picture taken LAST year.
STKIs picture taken in Wildwood over melon fields on 466 on July 25, 2014
The “happening” seems to be about 10+ days earlier this year.
Also, of note, first STKI that I saw in 2015 was March 1, in Marion County.
Other years my first Spring sightings have been about March 10-15th.
It appears that their schedule is changing…. or are we just more aware of Spring arrival and watching more closely?

Alice Horst





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Date: 7/16/15 9:34 am
From: Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Ft. De Soto
Hello, BirdBrains,
We ventured to Ft. De Soto yesterday specifically to look for shorebirds, and we were pleasantly surprised at the numbers of shorebirds that have arrived since our last visit on July 10.  We found 12 different shorebird species:  Am. Oystercatchers (3), Black-bellied Plover (6), SNOWY PLOVERS (9+ at North Beach), Wilson's Plover (many), Semipalmated Plover (20), Willet (50+), Marbled Godwit (25), Ruddy Turnstone (8), Sanderlings (20), Least Sandpiper (12), Western Sandpiper (14), Short-billed Dowitcher (20).  In all, we saw 47 different species of birds at De Soto yesterday. 
 
We also had a wonderful opportunity to visit a dock overlooking Jackass Key (a resident invited us).  I have seen up to 60 (give or take) Magnificent Frigatebirds over the Tiera Verde ponds in the past, but to see 100's of them circling the island and roosting in the trees was an amazing experience.
 
Good Birding!
Joyce Stefancic
Clermont, Fl
 

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Date: 7/16/15 9:26 am
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Anis continue @ Loxahatchee NWR 7/16/2015
Spent yesterday morning birding Jonathan Dickinson State Park (JDSP) in
Martin county before making my way to Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee
National Wildlife Refuge in Palm Beach county with Jared Guerra.

JDSP turned up my lifer Bachman's Sparrow as well as a Florida Scrub-Jay
and several Eastern Coachwhips. Full checklist:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24280524

Afterwards we made the trek to Loxahatchee to try for the SBANs along the
Marsh Trail. We arrived at 1:00 pm and within minutes of getting to the
observation deck were able to see them across the canal in a Sable Palm.
Shortly after the flew out (one at a time) while calling to our side of the
canal and into the water impoundment. Full list below:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24280787


Cheers,

Rangel Diaz

Miami-Dade

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Date: 7/15/15 5:17 pm
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Eagle, Owl, Turkey @ Circle B
Hello Birders.
Out to Circle B Bar Reserve Southeast of Lakeland this morning from 7
till 10.
Best Birds: 2 OSCEOLA TURKEYS, 2 BARRED OWLS, 1 BALD EAGLE, 6
BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS, 2 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS, 12+ WHITE
PELICANS.
I didn't rack up a big number of species but had a few quality
encounters. Starting at the Northern end of Alligator Alley on the lake
portion of the trail I found 2 Barred Owls in the usual spot about 20 yards
north of the public dock on the West side of the trail along the rim canal.
The Owls can be difficult to spot but this morning one of them was calling
with a soft purr that sounds a lot like a chicken. On the public dock i saw
several White Pelicans and 2 Black-crowned Night Herons.
About 100 yards after the trail turns West you will come to the old
Heron's nest in a dead cypress on the right side of the trail. A pair of
Whistling Ducks have a nest in a cavity in that tree and are busy coming
and going from the nest tree.
When I reached Heron Hideout I went North towards the parking lot and
found a pair of Turkeys, a rare treat, at the head of the trail where the
paved path from the parking lot meets the trail, one young Jake and a
juvenile hen.
Up on Eagle's Ridge there was an adult Bald Eagle at their nest tree,
a tall pine in the tree line on the Southern border of the marsh. Only the
second Eagle I've seen out there since April. There were also hundreds of
Gulf and Spangled Fritillaries on Eagle's Ridge trail. Good Birding.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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Date: 7/15/15 5:08 pm
From: Ethan Chaffee <echaffee21...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sooty Tern at siesta key
Sooty Tern at siesta key beach, flying up and down shoreline. Saw briefly
about an hour ago and just now am able to report...

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Date: 7/15/15 3:37 pm
From: Stu Wilson <stuwilson...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Tropical Kingbird Nests Again in Sarasota
For the third year in a row (that we're aware of), "our" female Tropical
Kingbird has fledged what we believe are Tropical Kingbird x Gray Kingbird
hybrid chicks in the parking lot behind Columbia Restaurant on St Armands
Circle in Sarasota (Sarasota Co). In 2014 she fledged three chicks and in
2013, the first year she was observed, she fledged four.

Attached is a photo taken just hours ago by Claire Herzog.

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

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Date: 7/15/15 9:19 am
From: Rex Rowan <rexrowan...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Statewide Results of The June Challenge 2015
Most years I post these results by the Fourth of July, but this year I was
on a family vacation, visiting my son in upstate New York and my sister in
Virginia. Apologies for the delay.

I received 102 submissions from 24 Florida counties, and 24 additional
submissions from eleven counties in seven other states (including all three
counties of Delaware, which is a June Challenge stalwart, as well as
Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Hampshire, and New York).

Justice Antonin Scalia has written that, "the very nature of competitive
sport is the measurement, by uniform rules, of unevenly distributed
excellence." The June Challenge emphasizes competition *within *counties
because the closest we can get to uniform rules and conditions is by having
participants bird the same place: you all have precisely the same
geographical territory to bird in, get out there and explore it and see how
you do. But if, on the other hand, the counties are different, then the
conditions are no longer uniform. Given identical effort, an inland county
will never do as well as a coastal county. A coastal county with tons of
resident exotics will always do better than a coastal county with only a
few. So playing this game as county vs. county doesn't prove much.

All that said, there are a couple of reasons why it doesn't always work out
the way it's supposed to. There are counties with only one participating
birder, so there's no one for him or her to compete with. And there are
counties where the birders simply don't have the same game in mind. They
want to play county vs. county, even though they've got more than enough
birders to make it a good individual competition. All I can say is, hey,
it's a free country. So let's move on to the results.

This year's largest individual lists were amassed by Larry Manfredi and
Philip Manfredi of Miami-Dade, each of whom saw 148 species. In second
place was Rocky Milburn of Hillsborough with 141. And in third place was
Thomas Rohtsalu of Duval, who photographed
<http://jaxbirding.com/june_photo_challenge_2015.php>nearly all of the 133
species on his list. In the county vs. county competion - he said with a
sigh of resignation <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWaLxFIVX1s> - Palm
Beach came in first with 162, Miami-Dade second with 158, and Hillsborough
third with 154. (We don't restrict ourselves to ABA-countable birds in The
June Challenge, but if we did, the individual winners would have been Rocky
Milburn in first place with 140, a three-way tie between Larry Manfredi,
Philip Manfredi, and Thomas Rohtsalu with 131, and Phyllis Mansfield with
126, while the county winners would have been Hillsborough with 153, Palm
Beach with 150, and Pinellas with 149.)

Congratulations to all participants! See you next year.

ALACHUA 138 (132/6)
Lloyd Davis 129 (124/5) TIE
Mike Manetz 129 (124/5) TIE
Peter Polshek 128 (122/6)
Howard Adams 123 (119/4)
Danny Shehee 120 (118/2) (photographed 107 species during the month!)
Brad Hall 118 (115/3)
Barbara Shea 117 (114/3)
Susan Jacobson 115 (113/2)
Chris Cattau 114 (111/3)
Rex Rowan 111 (111/0)
Ron Robinson 110 (108/2)
Dean Ewing 110 (106/4)
Bob Carroll 109 (106/3)
Ben Ewing 109 (105/4)
Sam Ewing 109 (105/4) (14 years old)
Deena Mickelson 107 (105/2)
John Hintermister 106 (106/0)
Marie Davis 106 (101/5)
Anne Casella 103 (103/0)
Ellen Frattino 103 (99/4)
Will Sexton 101 (99/2)
Sharon Kuchinski 100 (97/3)
Katherine Edison 100 (96/4)
Jennifer Donsky 98 (98/0)
Erika Simons 98 (94/4)
Bob Simons 97 (93/4)
John Martin 96 (93/3)
Tina Greenberg 96 (92/4)
Debbie Segal 95 (92/3)
Anne Barkdoll 93 (90/3)
Becky Enneis 92 (92/0)
Trina Anderson 88 (88/0)
Geoff Parks 85 (84/1)
Bob Knight 82 (82/0)
Andy Kratter 81 (81/0)
Cindy Boyd 78 (78/0)
Linda Holt 77 (77/0)
Nora Parks-Church 77 (76/1) (11 years old)
Erin Kalinowski 76 (76/0)
Maddy Knight 69 (66/3) (5 years old)
Isaac Ewing 65 (65/0) (6 years old)
Emily Schwartz 65 (64/1)
Scott Knight 60 (60/0)
Owen Parks-Church 55 (55/0) (7 years old)
Bill Enneis 52 (52/0)
Sue Ann Enneis 52 (52/0)

BREVARD 136 (135/1)
Phyllis Mansfield 128 (126/2)
Jim Eager 88 (88/0)
Jim Armstrong 85 (85/0)
Doug Stuckey 74 (74/0)

BROWARD 120 (100/20)
Steven Kaplan 107 (90/17)

CHARLOTTE
Susan Daughtry 107 (105/2)

CLAY
Jan Morgan 62 (62/0)
Martha Fethe 60 (60/0)
Debbie Cusick 57 (56/1)

COLLIER
Monica Higgins 94 (94/0)

DUVAL
Thomas Rohtsalu 133 (131/2)
Bob Richter 113 (112/1)

GLADES
Ann Starck 74 (72/2)

HENDRY
Kim Willis 84 (84/0)
Alan Murray 76 (76/0)
Margaret England 54 (54/0)

HERNANDO 123 (121/2)
Jane Mann 118 (116/2)
Stephen Mann 118 (116/2)
Breanna Perry 87 (86/1)
Jim McKay 83 (82/1)
Darcy Love 61 (57/4)

HILLSBOROUGH 154 (153/1)
Rocky Milburn 141 (140/1)
Jason Guerard 113 (113/0)

INDIAN RIVER
Doug Sutherland 58 (58/0)

LEE
Bob Hargrave 42 (41/1)

MANATEE 127 (121/6)
Billie Knight 115 (110/5)
Jerry Knight 115 (110/5)
Deb Yodock 86 (83/3)

MARTIN
Nancy Price 89 (88/1)

MIAMI-DADE 158 (145/20)
Larry Manfredi 148 (131/17)
Philip Manfredi 148 (131/17)

OKALOOSA
Bruce Purdy 109 (105/4)

ORANGE
Bob Sicolo 126 (119/7)
Lori Mathis 123 (116/7)
Brook Rohman 116 (110/6)
Larry Martin 110 (105/5)
Deb Machamer 105 (105/0)
Bob Sanders 105 (105/0)
Bill Stefancic 105 (105/0)
Joyce Stefancic 105 (105/0)
Ellen Rocco 88 (81/7)

PALM BEACH 162 (150/12)
Susan McKemy 121 (112/9)
Jane Wiewora 101 (94/7)
Nancy Price 97 (92/5)

PASCO
Jason Guerard 56 (56/0)

PINELLAS 152 (149/3)
Joanna Clayton 124 (123/1)

ST. JOHNS
Diane Reed 126 (125/1)
Cindy Elder 119 (118/1)
Sue Killeen 119 (117/2)
Lia Sansom 68 (67/1)
Debbie Cusick 53 (52/1)
C.J. McCartney 44 (43/1)

SARASOTA
Claire Herzog 130 (123/7)
Nancy Edmondson 122 (118/4)
Jason Guerard 50 (50/0)

SEMINOLE
Scott Simmons 114 (112/2)

*OUT OF STATE SUBMISSIONS*

DELAWARE--KENT COUNTY
Chris Bennett 137 (137/0)
Heidi Krofft 96 (96/0)
Paul Krofft 96 (96/0)
Joel Martin 64 (64/0)
Sue Killeen 48 (48/0)

DELAWARE--NEW CASTLE COUNTY
Sally O'Byrne 113 (113/0)
Mike Hudson 112 (112/0)
Bill Stewart 101 (101/0)
Chris Bennett 77 (77/0)
Lisa Smith 75 (75/0)
Ken Watt 71 (71/0)

DELAWARE--SUSSEX COUNTY
Sue Gruver 145 (145/0)
John Long 83 (83/0)
Chris Bennett 73 (73/0)
Ken Bass 55 (55/0)


GEORGIA--FAYETTE COUNTY
Bob Hargrave 28 (28/0)


KANSAS--DOUGLAS COUNTY
Monica Higgins 30 (30/0)

KANSAS--SHAWNEE COUNTY
Monica Higgins 19 (19/0)

KANSAS--JOHNSON COUNTY
Monica Higgins 54 (54/0)


KENTUCKY--JEFFERSON COUNTY
James Wheat 95 (95/0)


MISSISSIPPI--HANCOCK COUNTY
Susan Epps 76 (73/3)
Barbara Bowen 76 (73/3)


NEW HAMPSHIRE--ROCKINGHAM COUNTY
Phil Laipis 83 (83/0)


NEW YORK--JEFFERSON COUNTY
Rex Rowan 55 (55/0)

Apologies if I left anyone out or transcribed any numbers wrong.

Rex Rowan
Gainesville

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Date: 7/15/15 9:14 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fledgling, chicks, and Swallow-tailed Kites
Group of us could NOT find nest of Mississippi Kite in Summerfield, but did get better pictures of the fledged MIKI in tree.
Both adults were present and feeding.
Common Nighthawk with 2 chicks in Sumter County was cooperative for pictures. Did not move one single feather.
Swallow-tailed Kites around “melon” fields were incredible today in Wildwood.
Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!
Alice Horst


> MIKI fledgling, Summerfield, Marion County
>
>
>> Common Nighthawk with 2 chicks, Sumter County

>
>>
> Swallow-tailed Kites, Sumter County


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Date: 7/14/15 6:47 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] NEED HELP Marion County - Mississippi Kite fledgling (???)
I got pictures of this MIKI this morning in Summerfield near the nest area. My thoughts are that this is a fledgling(?) 1 adult was on the usual snag tree in the area, I just happened to catch this guy huddled behind a trunk of the tree.
Picture isn’t great, but it was all I could get.
Any thoughts?

THX
Alice Horst
The Villages, Marion County

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Date: 7/14/15 6:36 pm
From: Liz Childress <echildress03...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Loon, Marbled Godwit on Caladesi
Apologies for the way-late post! On the morning of July 7, we saw a Common Loon and a Marbled Godwit, near the border of Clearwater Beach & Caladesi Island. Details:



Common Loon: saw it just north of Caladesi State Park border. It was pushing itself out of the dunes towards the gulf. The loon apparently made it to the gulf. On our return walk, we saw the push track extended to the water’s edge. Bird was in alternate plumage. It’s head was in fine feather, but the feathers on the back appeared worn & disheveled--so worn the spots weren’t evident.


Marbled Godwit. Saw this further north on Caladesi, near the beach flags/main boardwalk





Have not seen either since. We walk the beach frequently. The pictures are here https://www.facebook.com/LazlaPigeonNatureNotes They are a bit blurry, but that’s how it goes…



Liz Childress

Clearwater

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Date: 7/13/15 11:13 am
From: Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Kites, Short-tailed Hawk (Sumter, 13 July 2015)
Hello,

After reading Steve's report from yesterday about high kite numbers in
Sumter, I made my first trip there this year this morning.

At 9:12am I saw the first kites coming in from west of I-75, heading east
toward the melon fields, so these are not Lake Woodruff kites, at least
these 20 or so early ones. It was very slow between 915 and1045.

On 466, six of us observed a light morph Short-tailed Hawk along with about
20 Swallow-tailed Kites (STKI). A bit later at the same location, there
was one Mississippi Kite (MIKI).

Driving around the area, there were small numbers of STKI, 10-20, here and
there over the many fields.

The heaviest concentration of STKI was west of 223 on 222, between 1100 and
1200. I made three counts of 175, 190 and 210 STKI so the median is 190.
On three different occasion, a MIKI was sighted.

There were about 12 of us and it was nice seeing some old friends. We did
not get the 1,000 to 1,500 that was reported yesterday but the observers
were pretty happy to see the 200 or so that stayed at least a full hour. I
left after1200 and the numbers were still very good at that time.

--
Bob Stalnaker
Longwood, FL

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Date: 7/13/15 2:51 am
From: Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County,Wildwood- Kites- CR-223 - Additional info
I just wanted to add some info from my last post that I missed, is that this Melon Field is located in Sumter County,Wildwood Fl
and on the same County Route 223 that the Smith's Farrier Melon Field was located on last year.

Thanks , Good Birding,


Steve Petruniak

Daytona Beach, FL

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Date: 7/12/15 10:17 pm
From: Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Call It Absolutely Really Magic ! Swallow-Tailed Kite-land Fields Forever ! Just a Flock Of Birds ! CR-223 1000-Plus Swallow-Tailed Kite-Bonanza !
Yesterday, Sunday July 12 may be one for the record books as the amounts of Swallow-Tailed Kites that came into this Melon Field/and surrounding other fields and the surrounding areas were absolutely phenomenal to say the least ! I arrived there along with Kitty Albee about 8:45 AM and the Kites were there already at least a couple of dozen at that time & they slowly began working the fields and I really did not expect or anticipate as to what was going to happen next ! As time progressed more and more Kites began to come in and not only were they flying over the main melon fields but they were flying on both sides of the road both high and low and in every direction one would look 360 degrees around there were Swallow- Tailed Kites that were flying!

I would be walking up and down the road several times during the course of the next 3 hours to try get a better perspective as to the size and scope of the amount of Kites that were coming in & flying and was just dumbfounded & just awestruck as the Swallow-Tailed Kites just kept on coming & coming in and filling up the skies ! There had to be at least 1000 or more flying and I would estimate that at the peak time closer to 1500 Swallow-Tailed Kites that were there in the whole surrounding areas including the melon fields as well ! The Kites would even be flying between the electric wires as they flew back and forth across the road ! What was more unexpected was that there were no other Birders that were present there at the time other than the 2 of us that were there to witness this historic spectacle and event !

The Kites mainly were flying much higher up in altitude but then later on they did drop down and at times almost flew down to ground level and certainly flew below tree top level and even lower still ! Finally well after 11 AM a couple from Tampa arrived and the numbers had dwindled down significantly by then ! I believe that only one other vehicle arrived later still but the main body of the numbers by noon time were then down below 100 surely. I can safely say that I personally have never witnessed the amount of Swallow-Tailed Kites and the sheer magnitude and scope of this performance that was being performed by these aerial acrobats & and that I can only hope that others will be able to see a similar such a wonderful show as good as this one was that was was being performed by our precious Swallow-Tailed Kites here yesterday ! Bravo , Oh Precious ones, Fly On ! Indeed !


Steve Petruniak

Daytona Beach , FL

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Date: 7/12/15 6:10 pm
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Lake Hancock Outfall Wetland 7/12/15
Hello Birders.
I was fortunate to be included in the Cole Fredricks lead tour this
morning and had a great time. I wanted to wait until Cole or Bob Snow
posted as they are much better birders and aren't prone to mistakes the way
I am.
Best Birds: 3 AMERICAN AVOCET, 15+ BLACK-NECKED STILT( 1 JUV. ), 12+
BLACK SKIMMER, 20+ MOTTLED and or MOTTLED/MALLARD DUCKS, 5 LEAST BITTERN,
20+ WHITE PELICAN, 5 ROSEATE SPOONBILL, 1 BARN SWALLOW.
The best birds for me were the Avocets, first time I've seen them in
their summer plumage in Polk County. Good Birding.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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Date: 7/12/15 5:35 pm
From: Cole Fredricks <cfredricks...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lake Hancock Outfall Wetland 7/12/15
Thirteen participants joined me this morning for an enjoyable tour of the Lake Hancock Outfall Wetland in Bartow, Polk County. A total of 60 bird species were observed. My eBird checklist - http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24236030. Additional species observed by other parties included Northern Parula, Lesser Yellowlegs, Blue Jay, Tufted Titmouse, and Barn Swallow. The Outfall Wetland is not open to the public and no future tours are scheduled at this time.

Cole Fredricks
Winter Haven, FL

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Date: 7/12/15 4:08 pm
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Warblers West Pasco
Hello,
I was surprised when I looked out into my back yard an hour ago and found a small flock of warblers catching insects on the shrubbery.  This was just after a rain shower had passed.  The only ones I could identify as they flitted around and flew off were 2 Yellow-throated Warblers and the attached photo which shows a "first fall" Prairie Warbler. 
I assume this was an early group of migrants as it would be highly unusual to see a local "first fall" Prairie Warbler, S.d.paludicola, 5 miles inland from the mangrove coast. (Migrant S.discolor are seen in "Florida as early as the second week in July", reference Dunn/Garrett "Warblers")
Ken TraceyNew Port Richey, FL

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Date: 7/12/15 3:46 pm
From: Sharon Pratt <sprattm...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani and Snail Kite - Loxahatchee NWR
Thanks everyone for the quick responses on the Snail Kite (not a hawk).

Sharon Pratt
St. Petersburg

From: Sharon Pratt
Sent: Sunday, July 12, 2015 6:14 PM
To: Bird Brains
Subject: Smooth-billed Ani and possible Short-tailed Hawk - Loxahatchee NWR

Hi birders,

We took a trip across the state to see the Smooth-billed Ani at Loxahatchee NWR. This is the first time we have seen them in the US. Take the Marsh Trail and look across the canal from the observation tower. There are two Ani’s at this location.

We are looking for ID help on the hawk photo. I think it is a Short-tailed Hawk but want to make sure before I enter it on my list.

Thank you all!

Sharon Pratt
St. Petersburg

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Date: 7/12/15 3:32 pm
From: Sharon Pratt <sprattm...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani and possible Short-tailed Hawk - Loxahatchee NWR
Hi birders,

We took a trip across the state to see the Smooth-billed Ani at Loxahatchee NWR. This is the first time we have seen them in the US. Take the Marsh Trail and look across the canal from the observation tower. There are two Ani’s at this location.

We are looking for ID help on the hawk photo. I think it is a Short-tailed Hawk but want to make sure before I enter it on my list.

Thank you all!

Sharon Pratt
St. Petersburg

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Date: 7/12/15 3:10 pm
From: Sharon Pratt <sprattm...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Arizona Duck
Thank you everyone that helped identify the duck as a male Wood Duck in alternate or eclipse plumage.

Sharon Pratt
St Petersburg

From: Sharon Pratt
Sent: Saturday, July 11, 2015 7:30 PM
To: Bird Brains
Subject: Arizona Duck

Hi Birders,

This is off topic but we saw this duck in Arizona and would like some ID help. It looks like a Wood Duck but there seems to be too much white on the face and size is large. We saw it last weekend in Arizona keeping company with Black-bellied Whistling Ducks and Mallards.

Please let me know what you think.

Good birding,

Sharon Pratt
St. Petersburg

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Date: 7/12/15 1:53 pm
From: Susan Killeen <mypuffins...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bachman's Sparrow in St Johns County
Graham Williams sent a note to us that he had seen some Bachman's
Sparrows at Gourd Island Conservation Area so Diane Reed, Kevin Dailey,
Cindy Elder and I decided to go for a walk. I was not at all familiar
with this location in St Johns County but it is a really great location
with open areas with grasses and saw palmettos, pine forests and heavy
under cover areas with streams. We first walked out to the open area on
the red trail and found the Bachman's Sparrow. They were singing loudly
and can be found by their song (it does sound like 'here, kitty, kitty,
kitty'). Although all I saw were 2 apparent adults Graham indicated that
he had seen 2 adults with 2 fledglings so I am assuming that they are
nesting in this area. In addition to the Bachman's there were Blue
Grosbeak, Summer Tanagers, Yellow-billed cuckoos, Yellow-throated
Vireo, Common Nighthawks, Red-tailed Hawk and many of the resident
birds. (http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S24238611)

All in all it was a great day birding.

Sue Killeen
St Augustine

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Date: 7/12/15 12:32 pm
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] "Great White" Heron continues in Pasco County 07/12/15
Hi All,

Charlie Fisher and I again scored this continuing bird at the Hudson Road
wet area, which is 1/4 mile east of Hays Road.

There were also 4 young Black-necked Stilts here with 2 adults and a
migrant Barn Swallow went cruising by heading south.

Great Birding!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 7/12/15 8:00 am
From: Susan Pulling Robinson <spulling...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] What happened to the birds?
Wow - that is amazing and scary? I do hope the mystery gets solved soon!


On Jul 11, 2015, at 10:39 PM, Allan Stern wrote:

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Date: 7/11/15 10:10 pm
From: Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Call It Absolutely Magic ! Swallow-Tailed Kite-land Fields Forever ! Just a Flock Of Birds ! 200-800 Plus ! CR-229 Wild‏wood, Sumter County
Hello Fellow Birders and Kite-Watchers !

I just have to start and say that Yesterday just outside of Wildwood in Sumter County was just pure Swallow-Tailed Kite Heaven ! Cinema-photographer & Film-Maker Steven Brown and myself arrived a little later than we expected but still in plenty of time to witness & catch several of the excellent Swallow-Tailed Kite flying shows as we were driving down County Route 229, we ran into one of the 3 to 4 New Melon Fields that had many Countless Swallow-Tailed Kites Flying both High & low that were catching all of the many stink bugs that were flying everywhere ! I even had one try to hitch a ride on my arm that came into the vehicle which later got into the film shot !

It was really such a Wonderful and Beautiful Show of Pure Magic and Graceful flying as was performed by these several hundreds of Frenzy Feeding Swallow-Tailed Kites as they flew and fed over these melon fields and all of the surrounding areas . There were only 2 other vehicles there with fellow Kite Watchers that were filming the spectacle as well and told us what other events we had missed a little bit earlier !

Also there was a single Mississippi Kite that was also seen flying around and doing a feeding frenzy as well and did just a spectacular flight show that Steve Brown captured on film that will probably be in the upcoming Documentary which will be called appropriately " City Raptors" !

We ran across a family of Red Headed Woodpeckers as well that were feeding their offspring and witnessed several Kestrels that were also performing aerial antics as well ! Even though it was well into the afternoon the SWTK'S still continued flying until almost 2 PM ! Amazing ! Several times the Swallow-Tailed Kites actually flew and buzzed right past and over our heads ! As a tribute to these Graceful Flying Swallow-Tailed Kites & the amazing beginning of the Pre-Migration Rituals being performed here now I include an excellent song by Coldplay, The song simply called -O- Fly On :

Check Link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZX2KJKRViPA

I just want to include this excellent description of how to get to the Melon Fields written by Joyce Stefancic of Clermont, Fl and want to personally Thank her for posting initially about her wonderful find this year ! Thanks Joyce ! "The melon fields that we go to are easy to find: Turnpike to Wildwood rt 301 exit. Rt 301 north to rt 466 and go left (west). Continue until you see a large yellow and black road side sign that says: Black Gold Compost (it will be on the left side of the road). Just before that road, there will be melon fields along rt 466. Check to see if there are kites there, but the road is busy. At the road where the sign is (CR rt 237 I believe) turn left and look for melon fields along that road, to the left for kites. There will be areas to park along the road. If you continue farther, you will come to CR rt 229. Turn left and look for more melon fields. We drove the back county routes throughout the area, and would suggest doing the same for more "kite-like" areas. Finally, please be respectful of people's property and park well off the road.


Enjoy !


Steve Petruniak


Daytona Beach, FL

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Date: 7/11/15 7:40 pm
From: Allan Stern <00000014b7b0d186-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] What happened to the birds?
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Date: 7/11/15 7:21 pm
From: Edward Kwater <edkwater...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Least bittern
Hello Katie,

Nice photo. That is a juvenile bird, hatched and fledged this year.Note the
crisp pale feather edges to the dark brown mantle feathers and scapulars.

Ed Kwater
Brandon, FL

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> Spotted a least bittern on Lake Apopka North Shore Restoration Area -
> Wildlife Drive - July 10 on the right side mid-way along the road. Many
> green herons along with little blues. Also a female belted kingfisher
> perched in the waterway in front of the pump house.
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> Katie Houvener
> Clermont, Fl
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Date: 7/11/15 6:15 pm
From: Diana Doyle <diana...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Ruff, Intracoastal Waterway, Guana NERR
This morning while moving our boat along the ICW, among scores of mixed roosting shorebirds I spotted a dowitcher-sized shorebird with long, thickish, bright orange legs. The legs were long, not stubby like a turnstone, and stand-out bright orange, not yellow like a yellowlegs. Several other field marks also matched a ruff/reeve, including long floppy tertials, dark scalloped back feathers, clean white belly and under tail coverts, gray head etc.

More details later, because I'm still underway for another day to GA and it's been a tough day since we turned around miles away to unsuccessfully try for better photos. I do have poor photos. But I wanted to get the word out for the location, in case others have boat access or it shows up at nearby Six-Mile-Landing. This location is probably only accessible by boat:
N30 2.58 W081 21.99
ICW Statute mile about 765.1; just south of Capo Creek, on the west side of the ICW.
This location is about midway in GTMNERR, about 5 miles in either direction to boat ramps at Guana or Palm Valley Bridge.

It was in a large flock of mostly dowitchers and willets, when the tide was 3'+ of 5' so the shorebirds were in large groups on the remaining limited exposed shoals.

Diana Doyle
m/v Semi-Local
Underway near Amelia Island

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Date: 7/11/15 4:49 pm
From: Sharon Pratt <sprattm...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Arizona Duck
Hi Birders,

This is off topic but we saw this duck in Arizona and would like some ID help. It looks like a Wood Duck but there seems to be too much white on the face and size is large. We saw it last weekend in Arizona keeping company with Black-bellied Whistling Ducks and Mallards.

Please let me know what you think.

Good birding,

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St. Petersburg

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Date: 7/11/15 3:38 pm
From: Katie Houvener <khouvener...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Least bittern
Spotted a least bittern on Lake Apopka North Shore Restoration Area - Wildlife Drive - July 10 on the right side mid-way along the road. Many green herons along with little blues. Also a female belted kingfisher perched in the waterway in front of the pump house.

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Date: 7/11/15 6:23 am
From: Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sumter kite addition
Hi BirdBrains,
A couple people asked about time of day to see the kites at the Sumter County melon fields:  we got there about 9:30 AM and there were only a couple, but they started to gather a bit later (10ish) and were there in numbers when we left at about 11:30.  If you don't see them right away, be patient.  But they are a mid to late morning bird, when the dragonflies and bugs are out there.
Good Luck,
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Clermont

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Date: 7/10/15 3:55 pm
From: Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County Kites
Hi BirdBrains,
Bill and I took our first of (probably) several trips to the melon fields in Sumter County on July 8.  When we arrived we saw just a couple, but the numbers ballooned while we watched until there were probably about 50-60 Swallow-tailed Kites.  We looked for Mississippis, but could not find any.
 
The melon fields that we go to are easy to find:  Turnpike to Wildwood rt 301 exit.  Rt 301 north to rt 466 and go left (west).  Continue until you see a  large yellow and black road side sign that says:  Black Gold Compost (it will be on the left side of the road).  Just before that road, there will be melon fields along rt 466.  Check to see if there are kites there, but the road is busy.  At the road where the sign is (CR rt 237 I believe) turn left and look for melon fields along that road, to the left for kites.  There will be areas to park along the road.  If you continue farther, you will come to CR rt 229.  Turn left and look for more melon fields.  We drove the back county routes throughout the area, and would suggest doing the same for more "kite-like" areas.  Finally, please be respectful of people's property and park well off the road.
Good Birding (is there any other kind?),
Joyce Stefancic
Clermont, Fl 

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Date: 7/10/15 12:07 pm
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] South Lake Howard+ Hummingbird question. amendment
UT-OH I forgot the Hummingbird photo.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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Date: 7/10/15 12:00 pm
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] South Lake Howard + Hummingbird question
Hello Birders.
Out to South Lake Howard Nature Park this morning from 7 till 9.
Best Birds: 2 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, 4 CHIMNEY SWIFT, 1 NORTHERN
FLICKER, 3 PURPLE GALLINULE, 1 GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, 10+ MONK PARAKEET.
Around noon I had a Ruby-throated Hummingbird visit the Firebush in my
backyard, 4 days ago I had a Hummer at Circle B Bar. Are these migrants? do
we have resident Hummingbirds? I didn't see a gorget on ether bird so I
suppose they're females.
Yesterday I was out at Circle B Bar and saw 2 birders up ahead stopped
looking and taking photos of a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. The bird was at it's
usual haunt at the intersection of Alligator Alley and Heron Hideout
Northwest corner in the willows. Good Birding.

Ed Rizer
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Date: 7/9/15 8:49 pm
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Red-cockaded Woodpeckers
Hey, thanks everyone for the input and ideas! I think getting the
woodpeckers at St. Sebastian will be great, but not for my adventures this
weekend. We'll head to Three Lakes and see if we can get the woodpeckers
and maybe a Bachman's Sparrow or two. We have some unfinished business out
in that general area. I have some good pointers for Three Lakes too.

Ocala NF is a little bit of a bigger trip, and one that I have planned
closer to autumn. But I'll keep all these ideas in mind!

Thanks again,
Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County
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Date: 7/9/15 2:34 pm
From: Jim Armstrong <harpo57...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Red-cockaded Woodpeckers question
Chris, I found 5 of them on the "yellow trail" at the St. Sebastian River Preserve on June 14th for the June Challenge. You don't have to leave Brevard Co. to find them.


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West Melbourne, FL

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Date: 7/9/15 9:27 am
From: Juanita Baker <bakerj...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Red-cockaded Woodpeckers question
Maybe its the people hunkering down, not the woodpeckers.

On Jul 9, 2015, at 9:34 AM, Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...><mailto:<lonelybirder43...>>
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I have noticed that eBird listings of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in central Florida have pretty well stopped since about the 3rd week in June. I was wondering if there might be a particular reason for this. I realize it's summer and hot, so are the birds just REALLY hunkering down, even in the mornings, or is this likely reflecting who'd going out birding in the gosh-awful heat?

I know not everyone uses eBird, so I thought I'd also ask the e-mail lists: Have any of you, in central or east-central Florida, observed Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in the past couple of weeks, and if so, where were you? I'm planning a trip this weekend and plausible sites to see this species factor into the decision of where to go.

Thanks,
Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County
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Date: 7/9/15 6:34 am
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Red-cockaded Woodpeckers question
I have noticed that eBird listings of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in central
Florida have pretty well stopped since about the 3rd week in June. I was
wondering if there might be a particular reason for this. I realize it's
summer and hot, so are the birds just REALLY hunkering down, even in the
mornings, or is this likely reflecting who'd going out birding in the
gosh-awful heat?

I know not everyone uses eBird, so I thought I'd also ask the e-mail lists:
Have any of you, in central or east-central Florida, observed Red-cockaded
Woodpeckers in the past couple of weeks, and if so, where were you? I'm
planning a trip this weekend and plausible sites to see this species factor
into the decision of where to go.

Thanks,
Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County
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Date: 7/8/15 6:24 am
From: Ethan Chaffee <echaffee21...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] FL Trip
Hi all,

I'm arriving in FL in a couple days and have compiled a list of target
species and destinations, but I'm not sure how to get to some of them:

Where's the best place to go to see Antillean Nighthawks at the Marathon
Airport? People have mentioned picnic tables at the western end of the
airport... would this be the tables at Coconut Cay Resort & Marina? Would
it be more acceptable and useful to park along Aviation Blvd?

Is there a reliable place to see Short-tailed Hawks on east coast / central
FL?

I'm hoping to see White-tailed Kites at Sparrow Fields C-357 or possibly
STA 5. Are there any other reliable areas?

If you were searching for Mangrove Cuckoos and Black-whiskered Vireos,
would you go to Key Largo Hammock State Botanical Site or Dagny Johnson Key
Largo Hammock Botanical SP? The hotspot markers are swapped on ebird's map,
so I'm unsure which is the better/birdier place (I've alerted ebird to this
issue). I'd also like to hit both spots if I have the time, but we'll see...

Thank you!

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Date: 7/7/15 9:18 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Southeastern Amer. Kestrels, Prairie Warblers West Pasco
Hello,
A Southeastern American Kestrel nest I have been watching now has two fledglings ready to leave their nest.  Although late in the season* the original pair had lost the female to predation, I assume, as the male was always around the nest but no female could be found.  The male and a new female took over a new cavity across the road (Cecelia Rd in New Port Richey) from the original nest and now have these two ready to fledge.
*( I also have two other pair that I am following that are working on their second broods, with expected fledglings at least 2 weeks away).
At Green Key this morning a female Prairie Warbler was busy feeding two Brown-headed Cowbirds. Also found this male that has characteristics I see in some paludicola males at Green Key each year; mostly gray backs with white wing bars. 
Ken TraceyNew Port Richey, FL

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Date: 7/6/15 1:07 pm
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar Hummingbird
Hello Birders.
Out to Circle B Bar Reserve Southeast of Lakeland from 7 till 10.
Best Birds : 1 RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, 5 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING
DUCKS, 15+ WHITE PELICANS.
Nothing all that unusual this morning but I was delighted to find the
Ruby-throated Hummingbird along Heron Hideout. The bird was feeding on the
Alligator Flag blooms mid-way on the Northern portion on the East side of
the trail straight across from the lone cypress.
I also saw a flock of what I think were small ducks possibly Teal but
they were a long way off and I'm not sure, seems unlikely this time of year.
I added an unusual sunrise photo from the 4th. Good Birding.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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

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

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

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

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


Best regards,

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meret Wilson
Volusia County, FL

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

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

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

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

Richard Cressman
Tampa FL

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

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

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

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

Richard Cressman
Tampa FL

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

Thanks and happy 4th to everyone,

Robert Bowman
Clermont

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

Christopher Ferro

Melbourne/Brevard County
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> Hello, All.
>
> Yesterday, I posted a shot of a swallow I call a leucistic Barn Swallow.
> After looking through more shots (and getting an interesting suggestion
> from another lister) I am not sure it even IS a Barn Swallow. I have
> attached several shots, including in flight and next to a juv. Barn.
>
> Any thoughts appreciated.
>
> Andrew Boyle
> Orlando, FL
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Date: 7/4/15 8:52 am
From: Andrew Boyle <0000001ca1d83648-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka Swallow
Hello, All. 
Yesterday, I posted a shot of a swallow I call a leucistic Barn Swallow. After looking through more shots (and getting an interesting suggestion from another lister) I am not sure it even IS a Barn Swallow. I have attached several shots, including in flight and next to a juv. Barn. 
Any thoughts appreciated. 
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Date: 7/3/15 6:54 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Broad-winged Hawk. Short-tailed Hawk. Volusia Co.
This afternoon, 7/3, I found a juvenile Broad-winged Hawk off Williamson Avenue in Ormond Beach. Earlier in the afternoon, I had to make a run to the Tomoka Landfill where I found an adult dark morph Short-tailed Hawk.


Michael


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Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL

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


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

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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

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

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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

Meret Wilson
Volusia County, FL

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



Renee Leato

Windermere, Orange County











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



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

Juanita

Sebastian,



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





Contact Fallin' Pines Critter Rescue.

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

Fallin' Pines Critter Rescue, Inc.

23643 Christmas Cemetery Rd.

Christmas, FL 32709

(407) 568-7988



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

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



Please do not release mallard ducks.

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


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




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



Jenny

Kissimmee, Florida



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



Hello, All.



My wife had this question this afternoon:



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

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



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



Andrew Boyle

Orlando, FL

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