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8/30/15 7:18 pm Cuneyt Yilmaz <cnytyz...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Silver-beaked Tanager remains at Boyd Hill
8/30/15 4:31 pm charles fisher <chf1shercpa...> [BRDBRAIN] Hillsborough County Fall Migration
8/30/15 2:18 pm Bill Pranty <billpranty...> [BRDBRAIN] Silver-beaked Tanager remains at Boyd Hill
8/30/15 9:52 am Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Tropical Storm Birding
8/30/15 8:20 am Roberto Torres <rtorres...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] White-tailed Tropicbird off Elliot Key, 8/29
8/29/15 9:48 pm Allan Stern <00000014b7b0d186-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Osprey having lunch on my dock. Satellite Beach, Florida 28 August 2015.
8/29/15 6:22 pm Roberto Torres <rtorres...> [BRDBRAIN] White-tailed Tropicbird off Elliot Key, 8/29
8/29/15 5:51 pm Scott Simmons <simmonsphoto...> [BRDBRAIN] Hybrid Warbler at Lake Apopka
8/29/15 3:52 pm Jim McGinity <jimmcginity...> [BRDBRAIN] Banding Dates - Hammock Park, Dunedin
8/29/15 11:03 am Eric Plage <ericplage...> [BRDBRAIN] Silver-beaked Tanager, Pinellas County
8/29/15 10:57 am Diane Reed <0000001567cad33a-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] St Augustine calm seas (so far)
8/29/15 8:37 am Eric Plage <ericplage...> [BRDBRAIN] EXOTIC- Silver-beaked Tanager, Pinellas
8/29/15 6:23 am Helen Mowrer <c_hmowrer...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Erika & Birds
8/29/15 6:20 am T.Donovan <donovanter...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Erika & Birds
8/29/15 5:32 am Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Erika & Birds
8/28/15 3:34 pm Dave Goodwin <0000000df3046576-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Swainson's Warbler, Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, St. Petersburg
8/28/15 5:15 am France <00000006c8bbe2de-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] FOS Ovenbird
8/27/15 4:03 pm Linda McQuaig <lgmcquaig...> [BRDBRAIN] Multiple Great Horned Owls
8/27/15 3:10 pm Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Erika & Pelagic birds?
8/27/15 11:30 am Diane Reed <0000001567cad33a-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] St Augustine birding
8/27/15 5:10 am Marianne Korosy <mkorosy...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] A White Black Tern? Courtney Campbell
8/25/15 6:31 pm Ted Yeatts <yeattst...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Barn Owl locations?
8/25/15 5:18 pm Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Merritt Island NWR 8-25-15
8/24/15 1:59 pm Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Migrants In The Mangroves
8/24/15 1:49 pm EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Circle B Bar Reserve 8/24/15
8/24/15 9:33 am Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> [BRDBRAIN] Barn Owl locations?
8/24/15 4:49 am David Foley <david...> [BRDBRAIN] An Abundance of Plover
8/24/15 12:00 am Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...> [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-Tailed Kite-Land Fields Forever ! Sumter County ! Dozens & Dozens ! Flying On & On ! Both SWTK & MIKI ! The Dozens of SWTK still continues on !
8/23/15 9:46 pm Allan Stern <00000014b7b0d186-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Osprey with mullet on my dock
8/23/15 5:23 pm Ted Yeatts <yeattst...> [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Anis at Loxahatchee
8/23/15 3:31 pm Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Flycatcher ID Help Please
8/23/15 3:14 pm EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Flycatcher ID Help Please
8/23/15 1:26 pm Gallus Quigley <gallusq...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] RFI: Alder and Willow Flycatchers at Lake Apopka
8/23/15 10:57 am Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...> [BRDBRAIN] RFI: Alder and Willow Flycatchers at Lake Apopka
8/23/15 10:52 am Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...> [BRDBRAIN] Fort de Soto August 22nd
8/23/15 4:31 am France <00000006c8bbe2de-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Blue wing teal
8/23/15 4:05 am Renne Leatto <renne...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] "Crested Duck" Mallard vs. Crested Duck ID in Cape Coral, Lee County
8/22/15 8:26 pm Allan Stern <00000014b7b0d186-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Osprey, Satellite Beach, Floroida, 20 Aug 2015
8/22/15 6:55 am Bill Pranty <billpranty...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] A White Black Tern? Courtney Campbell
8/22/15 6:49 am Breanna Perry <serena933...> [BRDBRAIN] A White Black Tern? Courtney Campbell
8/22/15 5:07 am Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...> [BRDBRAIN] "Crested Duck" Mallard vs. Crested Duck ID in Cape Coral, Lee County
8/21/15 11:04 pm Jenny Welch <mwelch...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snail Kite - Orlando-Kissimmee
8/21/15 11:33 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] 8/21 birding Sumter County 6:00-7:30pm
8/21/15 11:13 am beachbirder <beachbirder...> [BRDBRAIN] Moss Park (Orange)
8/21/15 9:01 am Ted Yeatts <yeattst...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snail Kite - Orlando
8/21/15 6:43 am EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar Reserve 8/21/15
8/21/15 1:34 am Chad Witko <chadjwitko...> [BRDBRAIN] From a NH Birder- Many Thanks
8/21/15 12:52 am T.Donovan <donovanter...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snail Kite - Orlando
8/21/15 12:36 am Amy Johnson <amy.johnson85...> [BRDBRAIN] Snail Kite - Orlando
8/21/15 12:35 am Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] HAWK ID HELP
8/20/15 8:57 pm Cole Fredricks <cfredricks...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] HAWK ID HELP
8/20/15 1:36 pm Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] HAWK ID HELP
8/20/15 12:26 pm Dan Irizarry <rdirizarry...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] HAWK ID HELP
8/20/15 11:36 am EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] HAWK ID HELP
8/20/15 5:45 am EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] HAWK ID HELP
8/19/15 9:49 am Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Pinellas' Birds (19 Aug 2015)
8/19/15 8:18 am EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar Reserve 8/19/15
8/18/15 9:16 am Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-Tailed Kite-Land Fields Forever ! Sumter County ! Dozens & Dozens ! Flying On & On ! Both SWTK & MIKI !
8/17/15 10:12 pm Breanna Perry <serena933...> [BRDBRAIN] 9 Nighthawks this morning in Spring Hill!
8/17/15 8:16 pm Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...> [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-Tailed Kite-Land Fields Forever ! Sumter County ! Dozens & Dozens ! Flying On & On ! Both SWTK & MIKI !
8/17/15 3:56 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Short-tailed Hawks, Green Key
8/17/15 3:14 am Bill Pranty <billpranty...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Tern ID help for a friend
8/16/15 10:47 pm Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> [BRDBRAIN] Tern ID help for a friend
8/16/15 6:23 am Doug Wassmer <dwassme1...> [BRDBRAIN] World Record Eagle Cam Flight
8/15/15 7:01 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Barn Swallows Sumter County
8/15/15 6:01 pm Bill Pranty <billpranty...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Albino Mourning Dove, Harris Hill Rd., Pasco County
8/15/15 5:58 pm S. Dale Goebel <sheirah11...> [BRDBRAIN] Albino Mourning Dove, Harris Hill Rd., Pasco County
8/15/15 2:27 pm EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Red-shouldered Hawk with Crayfish
8/15/15 2:23 pm EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Red-shouldered Hawk with Crayfish
8/15/15 1:42 pm beachbirder <beachbirder...> [BRDBRAIN] Turkey Creek Sanctuary (Brevard)
8/14/15 1:58 pm EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar Reserve 8/14/15
8/13/15 4:40 pm EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Immature Hawk ID Help
8/13/15 3:12 pm Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] West Pasco
8/13/15 11:04 am EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Immature Hawk ID Help
8/13/15 10:59 am SUBSCRIBE BRDBRAIN Lucille Lane <croomwalker...> [BRDBRAIN] Reddish Egret plumage/age
8/13/15 10:42 am Tom de Boor <tomdb2...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] The Merritt Island egret
8/13/15 8:52 am Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Newbie Question
8/13/15 8:48 am Jeff Timmons <jeffreytimmons...> [BRDBRAIN] SET BRDBRAIN NOMAIL
8/13/15 8:43 am Lee Herbst <lcherbst...> [BRDBRAIN] Newbie Question
8/13/15 6:14 am Joe Misiaszek <jjmjrfl...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Cuban Bird
8/13/15 5:30 am Barry Rossheim <nethoppers...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Cuban bird
8/13/15 4:45 am Andy Kratter <kratter...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] The Merritt Island egret
8/12/15 10:33 pm Bill Pranty <billpranty...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Cuban bird
8/12/15 8:43 pm Barry Rossheim <nethoppers...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Cuban bird
8/12/15 7:42 pm Larry Albright <LALBRIGHT6...> [BRDBRAIN] Cuban bird
8/12/15 6:39 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-tailed /Mississippi Kites Sumter County
8/11/15 4:02 pm Tom de Boor <tomdb2...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] The Merritt Island egret
8/11/15 3:36 pm <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] The Merritt Island egret
8/11/15 1:19 pm David Simpson <simpsondavid...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] The Merritt Island egret
8/11/15 11:24 am Tom Mast <tmast...> [BRDBRAIN] Anderson Park, Pinellas Co. FL
8/11/15 9:58 am Bill Pranty <billpranty...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] The Merritt Island egret
8/11/15 5:29 am EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar Reserve 8/10/15
8/11/15 4:36 am Shelley Rutkin <shelleyr...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] The Merritt Island egret
8/11/15 2:49 am Dave Goodwin <0000000df3046576-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] The Merritt Island egret
8/10/15 2:17 pm Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> [BRDBRAIN] American Redstarts at Lori Wilson Park / Brevard County
8/10/15 11:47 am David Simpson <simpsondavid...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] The Merritt Island egret
8/9/15 5:52 pm Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] West Pasco Coast Migrants
8/9/15 4:38 pm T.Donovan <donovanter...> [BRDBRAIN] STKI's Lake Apopka NSRA
8/8/15 12:29 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kite(s) Marion County
8/8/15 11:44 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kite(s)
8/8/15 10:10 am PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...> [BRDBRAIN] Lori Wilson-Cocoa Beach(Brevard)
8/8/15 6:05 am Linda McQuaig <lgmcquaig...> [BRDBRAIN] Great Horned Owls
8/7/15 4:41 pm Bob Landry <robertlandry...> [BRDBRAIN] Everglades Agricultual Area
8/7/15 3:13 pm Bill Pranty <billpranty...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] id bronze cowbird please
8/7/15 3:00 pm jw callis <soturin...> [BRDBRAIN] baldpoint, fl one new species for me
8/7/15 2:16 pm jw callis <soturin...> [BRDBRAIN] id bronze cowbird please
8/6/15 10:10 am Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...> [BRDBRAIN] Wildwood Melon Fields
8/5/15 2:48 pm Sarah Linney <smljay12...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] BRDBRAIN Digest - 4 Aug 2015 (#2015-141)
8/5/15 12:40 pm EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Prothonotary Warbler @ Circle B Bar Reserve
8/5/15 9:19 am Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Historic UK birding and eBird
8/5/15 8:27 am Cheri Pierce <cheripierce...> [BRDBRAIN] American Redstart
8/5/15 7:12 am Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> [BRDBRAIN] Historic UK birding and eBird
8/4/15 9:55 am Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Pinellas Birds (04 Aug 2015)
8/4/15 7:30 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Twins, Second Brood
8/4/15 7:27 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Twins, Second Brood
8/3/15 4:30 am Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> [BRDBRAIN] Duck ID help - Biolab Road MINWR / Brevard County
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
 
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Date: 8/30/15 7:18 pm
From: Cuneyt Yilmaz <cnytyz...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Silver-beaked Tanager remains at Boyd Hill
Bill,

It's most likely an escaped bird from somewhere, but isn't there a remote
possibility it arrived here by other means? Last week I stumbled upon some
unusual sightings, and one of them was a few dozens of Eurasian Jackdaws in
North East a couple of decades ago. Since they are neither migrant birds
nor long distant fliers, the leading theory is they hopped on a ship in
Europe and were stranded there until they come to US. My question is, if
this bird took a similar journey or something like that, would it be
considered a vagrant? One way or the other it was a fun bird to observe.

Happy birding,

Cuneyt Yilmaz
Clearwater, FL

On Sun, Aug 30, 2015 at 5:18 PM, Bill Pranty <billpranty...> wrote:

> Good afternoon,
>
> The epic Silver-beaked Tanager (*Ramphocelus carbo*) found yesterday at
> Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, St. Petersburg, was seen and heard again today.
> I first found it at 0900 in the Firebush clump east of the bathrooms in the
> picnic area, but it spent most of its time in the Firebush/Beautyberry
> clump just east of the amphitheater.
>
> Although it unquestionably came from a cage, it is not banded. It seems to
> be an immature male.
>
> I managed to get some audio of the tanager calling, which to me sounds
> like a very loud cross between an Acadian Flycatcher and a Louisiana
> Waterthrush. The video, which does NOT show the bird, is here:
>
> <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv2sDAriWKQ&feature=youtu.be>
> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv2sDAriWKQ
>
> Thanks to all for posting about the bird yesterday; thanks also to Ron
> Smith and Eric Plage.
>
> Two cell-phone photos by Valeri Ponzo are attached.
>
>
> Best regards,
>
> Bill Pranty
> Bayonet Point, Florida
>
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Date: 8/30/15 4:31 pm
From: charles fisher <chf1shercpa...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Hillsborough County Fall Migration
I found a Kentucky Warbler today in migrant-challenged Hillsborough County. The location is Riverside Preserve in the city of Temple Terrace, at the end of the Pavilion Trail (where blocked by a fallen tree). This is only my second Kentucky Warbler in Hillsborough.

I also had multiple Northern Waterthrushes today, both there and along the C-135 Tampa Bypass Canal.

Yesterday, I relocated and recorded the Alder Flycatcher found by Brian Ahern along the Ft. King Trail on the west end of Hillsborough River State Park. Sorry for the late info here, but it looks like the bird is happy for now in its location, so maybe it will stick a while longer. Here are the directions to the Alder Flycatcher courtesy of Cameron Cox--"There is a trailhead on the right side of Dead River Road. Enter the park here and walk in 300-400 yard until you reach a
pair of roofed wooden benches. From here continue on the same trail
into a more open area. About another 150-200 yard past the benches the
first large mud puddle you reach is where the bird was calling. I made a
pile of dead sticks right in the middle of the puddle. Just beyond this
spot the trail makes a hard right. If you reach this right you have
gone too far. The trail is very muddy and fairly buggy so be forewarned."

Best regards,

Charlie Fisher
Tampa, FL

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Date: 8/30/15 2:18 pm
From: Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Silver-beaked Tanager remains at Boyd Hill
Good afternoon,

The epic Silver-beaked Tanager (Ramphocelus carbo) found yesterday at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, St. Petersburg, was seen and heard again today. I first found it at 0900 in the Firebush clump east of the bathrooms in the picnic area, but it spent most of its time in the Firebush/Beautyberry clump just east of the amphitheater.

Although it unquestionably came from a cage, it is not banded. It seems to be an immature male.

I managed to get some audio of the tanager calling, which to me sounds like a very loud cross between an Acadian Flycatcher and a Louisiana Waterthrush. The video, which does NOT show the bird, is here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cv2sDAriWKQ

Thanks to all for posting about the bird yesterday; thanks also to Ron Smith and Eric Plage.

Two cell-phone photos by Valeri Ponzo are attached.


Best regards,

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida



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Date: 8/30/15 9:52 am
From: Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Tropical Storm Birding
Hey all,
I got no less than 11 e-mails from people asking me to forward the private responses I'd gotten from other birders about tropical storm birding. I did get a lot of good responses, but unfortunately the wretchedly incompetent service known as Yahoo! Mail has mangled them such that I can't really forward them to the list in an efficient way.
So let me instead point everyone to this link:
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/hurricane_irene_redux/

The first part of that article is all about Hurricane Irene back in 2011, but the second part is a general guide to hurricane birding. It's very thorough and very helpful, and it generally agrees with the responses I got from people on this list.
Daniel EstabrooksWinter Haven, FL

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Date: 8/30/15 8:20 am
From: Roberto Torres <rtorres...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] White-tailed Tropicbird off Elliot Key, 8/29
Sorry, I forgot to complete the message.

Roberto
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Date: 8/29/15 9:48 pm
From: Allan Stern <00000014b7b0d186-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Osprey having lunch on my dock. Satellite Beach, Florida 28 August 2015.
Osprey having lunch on my dock. Satellite Beach, Florida 28 August 2015.


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Date: 8/29/15 6:22 pm
From: Roberto Torres <rtorres...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] White-tailed Tropicbird off Elliot Key, 8/29
Decided to do a pre-Erika pelagic trip to see if the storm would blow stuff our way. Joining me were Alex Harper, Ben Woodard, Brandon Trentler, Rangel Diaz, and Trey. Conditions were choppy but we did have a good trip despite only going out to 800 feet of water. The seas got pretty heavy to continue any deeper, and most of the birds were seen shallower in the 300-400 foot range. Our best bird was a White-tailed Tropicbird that Alex spotted as if flew low to the water and then disappeared. He described it as a white bird, which in 440 feet of water usually means tropicbird. The disappearance meant it landed on the water, which is another sign of a tropicbird. I maneuvered the boat in the general vicinity of where it was last seen and after some effort, we found it sitting on the water. As we got close it took off and shot up real high, where a frigatebird started chasing it. Luckily it made a couple of circles west of us allowing me to give chase and we got close enough to get some distant, but diagnostic photos. Thanks to the adventurous crew that braved the seas and squalls on this stormy day.

The list:

Cory's Shearwater (both nominate and Scopolis's race)
White-tailed Tropicbird
Brown Booby
Red-necked Phalarope
Pomarine Jaeger
Brown Noddy
Sooty Tern
Bridled Tern
Common Tern


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Date: 8/29/15 5:51 pm
From: Scott Simmons <simmonsphoto...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Hybrid Warbler at Lake Apopka
Hello all,

One my friends, Richard Merrigan, found a very interesting warbler at Lake
Apopka but has been unable to send the email to brdbrains with the photo
attachments, so he asked me to send them to you. Please see his email
below.

Thanks!

Scott Simmons
Winter Park, FL


Hi All,

I spotted an unusual warbler on Friday at Lake Apopka see attached
pictures...

The bird looks like a female American Restart, but with tons of additional
yellow coloration reminiscent of a Yellow warbler especially the wings...It
has an incomplete eye-ring and the yellow band and dark end tail feathers
of an AMRE..., it also seems to have a throat necklace...Other possible
crosses mentioned by birding friends include Northern Parula, Magnolia, and

So is it a AMRE/YEWA cross or something else...?

I do have several other photos if required.

Your input would be much appreciated...

Thanks,

Richard Merrigan
Winter Park

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Date: 8/29/15 3:52 pm
From: Jim McGinity <jimmcginity...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Banding Dates - Hammock Park, Dunedin
Good evening.

I wanted to let everyone know the dates that we will be banding in the Hammock this fall. As per usual, we are open for the public from 8 am - noon (weather permitting). Check the blog for details on the project, photos, etc. We will be skipping a Sunday in mid October (the 11th) so please make a note of that. It will be 3 consecutive sunday mornings, a break, then 3 more.

Blog: hammockbirdbanding.wordpress.com
I hope you will be able to come visit the banding station this season.

Regards,

Jim McGinity
Dunedin, Florida

Banding Dates:
September 20th & 27th
October 4th, 18th, & 25th
November 1st

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Date: 8/29/15 11:03 am
From: Eric Plage <ericplage...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Silver-beaked Tanager, Pinellas County
Hey All,

The Silver-beaked Tanager is still being seen at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St Petersburg. It has been feeding in the landscaped vegetation east of the parking lot.


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Date: 8/29/15 10:57 am
From: Diane Reed <0000001567cad33a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] St Augustine calm seas (so far)
Greetings
So far, the situation at the St Augustine Beach has been hot, mild breezes and sunny. There was one water spout that appeared off shore, but otherwise no rain made it to shore. As pictured, the seas remain fairly calm and high tide is not much higher than usual. We're waiting and watching.
Sincerely
Diane Reed
St Johns County
Vilano Beach
St Augustine, FL






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Date: 8/29/15 8:37 am
From: Eric Plage <ericplage...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] EXOTIC- Silver-beaked Tanager, Pinellas
Joanna Clayton found a Silver-beaked Tanager at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, Pinellas. Bird is feeding on dragonflies in large clump of fire bush east of parking lot. Calling regularly, being seen right now!

Eric Plage
St. Pete, FL

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Date: 8/29/15 6:23 am
From: Helen Mowrer <c_hmowrer...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Erika & Birds
I was interested in response but did not see it sent to all??????
craig mowrerellas co st. pete fl
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Date: Sat, 29 Aug 2015 12:32:16 +0000
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Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Erika & Birds
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Hello all,
Just wanted to say thank you for the many responses I got regarding Erika's potential effect on birds. I have a lot of helpful information to work with now :-)
Daniel EstabrooksWinter Haven, FL
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Date: 8/29/15 6:20 am
From: T.Donovan <donovanter...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Erika & Birds
Has the information been posted on the Listserv?
If not, I’m sure many of us would be interested in reading about the effect on birds.
Terry Donovan
Windermere,FL

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Hello all,

Just wanted to say thank you for the many responses I got regarding Erika's potential effect on birds. I have a lot of helpful information to work with now :-)

Daniel Estabrooks
Winter Haven, FL
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Date: 8/29/15 5:32 am
From: Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Erika & Birds
Hello all,
Just wanted to say thank you for the many responses I got regarding Erika's potential effect on birds. I have a lot of helpful information to work with now :-)
Daniel EstabrooksWinter Haven, FL

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Date: 8/28/15 3:34 pm
From: Dave Goodwin <0000000df3046576-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Swainson's Warbler, Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, St. Petersburg
I tried sending this earlier but may have exceeded size limitations. If this appears twice, I apologize.My final day working at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in St. Petersburg turned up several goodies including a male Cerulean Warbler, several Blackburnian Warblers, other expected warbler species and lots of Red-eyed Vireos. The real special bird was a Swainson's Warbler working the leaves under a firebush by the environmental center, 25 feet from the back door. A participant on the afternoon tram tour casually mentioned that there was a little bird under the bush with the ranger saying that it was a warbler. Erik Haney was standing nearby, heard the conversation, took a look and quickly came in the building to get me. Attached is a shot which is, according to Ron Smith, the first photo of a Swainson's at Boyd Hill. I have never seen one at Boyd Hill ever, so it was a great finish to a nice season of summer camps.


Dave Goodwin
Brandon FL
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Date: 8/28/15 5:15 am
From: France <00000006c8bbe2de-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] FOS Ovenbird
Hey bird folks, I saw my 2 FOS Ovenbirds along the Shipley Trail this morning. It is best to access this area from the Periwinkle parking lot because with all the rain we had, the Pond Apple Trail leading to the Shipley Trail is under water.
France Paulsen
Sanibel Florida
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Date: 8/27/15 4:03 pm
From: Linda McQuaig <lgmcquaig...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Multiple Great Horned Owls
I emailed a few weeks ago about determining the identity of two Great
Horned Owls. This afternoon after the storm in Ponce Inlet, there were not
two but four owls!!! Sorry for the quality of the photos but I took the
photos via iPhone and scope.

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Date: 8/27/15 3:10 pm
From: Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Erika & Pelagic birds?
Forgive me for asking a relatively dumb newbie question, but this is an area of birding that I've never taken the time to look into...
Can anyone give me an explanation of what effect Tropical Storm/Hurricane Erika will (or will not) likely have on pelagic birds as it moves up the east coast? Given that tropical storms in the Northern Hemisphere spin counterclockwise, I'm assuming birds caught up at the northern edge of the storm could potentially get dumped inland?
Thanks!
Daniel EstabrooksWinter Haven, FL

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Date: 8/27/15 11:30 am
From: Diane Reed <0000001567cad33a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] St Augustine birding
Greetings
Sue Killeen, Cindy Elder and I took the trek onto the yellow trail at the GTM NERR (http://www.gtmnerr.org/)


Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve slightly north of St Augustine on A1A.
The trip list will be in eBird later today, but the most satisfying migrants were:

Northern Parula
Black & White Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Pine Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Ovenbird
Yellow-throated Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
American Redstart
Worm-eating Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler (seen by me, but questionable, since it passed by in a blur)

Red-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo

Great-crested Flycatcher
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Glossy Ibis
Spotted Sandpiper
Roseate Spoonbill
American Oystercatcher

The rest of the usual resident birds were seen as well. The trails are dry and the weather is muggy with not as many mosquitoes as in the past few weeks. We birded for several hours to find the above birds and probably all of them were seen on the yellow trail. There are maps at the entrance to the trails.

We'll be watching the progress of the latest storm and be back in touch as things develop.

Sincerely
Diane Reed
Vilano Beach (St Johns County)
St Augustine FL



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Date: 8/27/15 5:10 am
From: Marianne Korosy <mkorosy...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] A White Black Tern? Courtney Campbell
That is definitely a juvenile Least Tern, likely hatched in a second
nest/renest. The first-hatched juvenile Least Terns are already well on
their way to South America. One of the uniquely color-banded juveniles
hatched on a rooftop in Tampa Bay this spring was sighted on the north end
of Marco Island about 10 days ago.

Marianne Korosy
Palm Harbor, FL

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On Sat, Aug 22, 2015 at 4:49 PM, Breanna Perry <serena933...>
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> There were probably hundreds of black terns along with many other of the
> usual shorebirds at Courtney Campbell (Ben T Davis Beach) around 1:30PM
> today. One did not look like the rest; he was almost all white. Can
> anyone tell me why this is? I am attaching a photo too.
>
> Thank you,
> Breanna Perry
> Spring Hill
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Date: 8/25/15 6:31 pm
From: Ted Yeatts <yeattst...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Barn Owl locations?
I'm not sure if anyone replied directly to Christopher or not, but I
actually have the same question. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks!

Ted Yeatts
Port Orange, Volusia County

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> Would anyone here know of some central Florida Barn Owl observing
> locations that don't require much special access?
>
> Christopher Ferro
> Melbourne/Brevard County
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Date: 8/25/15 5:18 pm
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Merritt Island NWR 8-25-15
Took a drive out to the refuge hoping to see some shore birds. Bio lab road closed for repair. Went on Black Point drive where things were pretty much dead. No shore birds. Area dried up. I did see Yellow Warblers in the mangroves there though. Also Black Point road is very bumpy, and will probably be closed soon for repairs I'm guessing. Next went to Gator Creek area which was also dried up. Need more rain.....

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/20690133130

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/20690885029


Danny Bales
Titusville, Fla.
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Date: 8/24/15 1:59 pm
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Migrants In The Mangroves
Hello,
I found two birds that I normally do not see in the mangroves along the Pasco coast.  A Orchard Oriole at Eagle Point and a Ruby-throated hummingbird at Green Key.
Ken TraceyNew Port Richey, FL

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Date: 8/24/15 1:49 pm
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Circle B Bar Reserve 8/24/15
Hello Birders.
Out to Circle B Bar Reserve Southeast of Lakeland this morning from
7:30 till 10:30. I met Mark Schocken and his lovely wife on the trail this
morning, always nice to meet fellow Brainers in the field.
Best Birds:1 YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, 1 RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, 1
YELLOW WARBLER, 1 BLACK&WHITE WARBLER, 3 NORTHERN PARULA, 2 BLUE GROSBEAKS,
1 WHITE-EYED VIREO, 2 RED-EYED VIREO, 2 TUFTED TITMOUSE, 2 BELTED
KINGFISHER, 4 GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, 2 juv. BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, 1
WOOD DUCK, 2 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK.
There was a Hummingbird at the Firebush at the South end of the
parking lot. Heading South on Heron Hideout there was a Yellow Warbler
trail side halfway to the intersection.
Turning East on Alligator Alley there's tall Oaks for fifty yards and
at the first open portion there's a dead fall tree in the marsh on the left
(North) side. I found a nice group of the listed migrants including the
Yellow-billed Cuckoo. About fifty yards down the trail and another band of
birds on the right side on the other side of the canal including 2 male
Blue Grosbeaks, first time I've found the Grosbeaks on Alligator Alley or
mixed in with other birds. I spent the morning on Alligator Alley; there
were lots of warbler types flitting high in the tree tops and as usual I
could not ID most of them but what a difference a few days makes. I saw
zero warblers a few day ago. Good Birding

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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Date: 8/24/15 9:33 am
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Barn Owl locations?
Would anyone here know of some central Florida Barn Owl observing locations
that don't require much special access?

Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County
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Date: 8/24/15 4:49 am
From: David Foley <david...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] An Abundance of Plover
RE: Piping, Semipalmated, & Wilson's Plovers. A Family Reunion took me up to St. Augustine's Anastasia Park Saturday (8/22/15). I walked north to the inlet. The number of plover I saw on that walk was worth noting here on BRDBRAIN. I never see that many in one place (don't get about enough); I saw near or more than three hundred all quietly resting just above the high tide line. Secluded and accessible only by foot or bicycle, the area is a protected breeding ground. There were other birds and other sights that made the long walk well worthwhile, including Reddish Egret feeding at the mouth of the Matanzas, and a hundred plus Brown Pelican - most the soft uniform brown of fresh juveniles - standing on the shore facing into the breeze.

SEE: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Anastasia+State+Park,+300+Anastasia+Park+Road,+St+Augustine,+FL+32080,+United+States/@29.8970933,-81.2802466,15z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x88e42768d2b404bf:0x9d524dcc94481e75

David
Orlando

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Date: 8/24/15 12:00 am
From: Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-Tailed Kite-Land Fields Forever ! Sumter County ! Dozens & Dozens ! Flying On & On ! Both SWTK & MIKI ! The Dozens of SWTK still continues on !
Sunday Aug 23th on CR 233 & 466 all along both sides of the road & also down to the end of CR 233. Also following the tree line down from where it starts on 466 down to around 755 Rt 466 a (big steel gate) along both sides of 466 but especially the grass fields on the right where the trees are is the best view to watch !

Yesterday was just another awesome birding day to be able see dozens of Precious Swallow-Tailed Kites flying on & migrating, as groups of them would be coming thru 4-8-12 or more at a time quickly working an area of the sky and then moving on thru ! They were fly mostly at higher elevations but some did come down to at least tree level. Again most definitely well worth the trip !

There were no other birders present there except one nice couple from Atlanta, Georgia that had just returned from seeing The Smooth- Billed Ani in the south and were very happy to be able to witness some SWTK at work performing their various aerial displays .

I also witnessed at least a couple of MIKI a couple of Bald Eagles a Juvenile Red-Tailed Hawk which kept flying back and forth all over the area vocalizing & calling. There were also Red Headed Woodpeckers and several Kestrels on the wires present close to the dead tree at the Melon Fields at CR-222. Enjoy !

Steve Petruniak
Daytona Beach, Fl

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Date: 8/23/15 9:46 pm
From: Allan Stern <00000014b7b0d186-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Osprey with mullet on my dock
Osprey with a mullet, on my dock, Satellite Beach, Florida, 20 August 2015.

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Date: 8/23/15 5:23 pm
From: Ted Yeatts <yeattst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Anis at Loxahatchee
Hi everyone,

I just wanted to share an update on the anis that have been regularly
reported on eBird and this forum.

This morning I made the 3.5 hour drive from Port Orange and arrived at 8:30
a.m. Within seconds of arriving at the observation tower area, I spotted
both anis. A life bird for me! They were very active and I watched them for
the next hour and a half as they called to one another and followed each
other from tree to tree around the area of the tower.

At one point, one of them flew into a large cocoplum bush (I believe) at
the water's edge just to the north of the tower with some nesting material
in its mouth. The second one followed shortly afterward. I saw their
movement in the bush from about 50 yards north and was able to focus my
scope on them through an opening in the foliage. A few seconds later, I
witnessed what I can only assume was them mating.

In the end, I was very glad I made the trip. From what I understand,
smooth-billed anis tend to be tough to find because their population is so
localized and they don't always continue in the same area for long. Anis
have been seen at this location for nearly two months, presumably the same
pair. Hopefully they are able to successfully nest. I feel pretty lucky to
not only have seen them, but to witness them mating. If you are at all
considering chasing this pair, I highly recommend it. Search the BRDBRAIN
archives for the coordinates and detailed directions.

Ted Yeatts
Port Orange (Volusia County), Florida

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Date: 8/23/15 3:31 pm
From: Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Flycatcher ID Help Please
Hi Ed & all,

The photo of the flycatcher is a Wood-Pewee and not any type of Empid
Flycatcher. Notice the lack of any eye-ring, dusky vest, fairly long wing
projection compared to the length of the tail and also it's behavior of
sitting out on an exposed perch in an alert upright position. In Florida
Eastern Wood-Pewees have a long drawn out fall migration with early birds
being seen in early August and late birds still passing through in very
early November.

Best,
Brian Ahern
Tampa, FL.


On Sun, Aug 23, 2015 at 6:14 PM, EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> wrote:

> Hello Birders.
> Had a nice band of migrants come through the neighborhood this
> afternoon, hadn't witnessed anything like it in my neighborhood. There were
> at least 4 Empidonax type Flycatchers? and at least 6 Red-eyed Vireos. Also
> Northern Parula, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and others, they never made a sound.
> Can anyone ID the Empidonax? Good Birding.
>
> Ed Rizer
> Winter Haven FL.
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Date: 8/23/15 3:14 pm
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Flycatcher ID Help Please
Hello Birders.
Had a nice band of migrants come through the neighborhood this
afternoon, hadn't witnessed anything like it in my neighborhood. There were
at least 4 Empidonax type Flycatchers? and at least 6 Red-eyed Vireos. Also
Northern Parula, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and others, they never made a sound.
Can anyone ID the Empidonax? Good Birding.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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Date: 8/23/15 1:26 pm
From: Gallus Quigley <gallusq...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] RFI: Alder and Willow Flycatchers at Lake Apopka
I don't think anyone reported them yesterday. Willow was there this morning
calling about 20' from gate. Alder was a maybe, I had a "pet" call where
the Alders were but there was so much background noise from other species I
wanted to be conservative and I never got looks of bird.
Dotty Robbins, Gerald Walker, and I birded there this morning.
On Aug 23, 2015 13:57, "Janet Leavens" <janet.leavens1...> wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> I noticed that there were no eBird rarity reports yesterday for the Alder
> and Willow Flycatchers that were being seen at Lake Apopka (Lake County/CR
> 448 entrance). So, were these birds seen and reported elsewhere? Or
> just not refound?
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> Thanks for the info.
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> Happy birding!
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> Janet Leavens
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Date: 8/23/15 10:57 am
From: Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] RFI: Alder and Willow Flycatchers at Lake Apopka
Hi all,

I noticed that there were no eBird rarity reports yesterday for the Alder
and Willow Flycatchers that were being seen at Lake Apopka (Lake County/CR
448 entrance). So, were these birds seen and reported elsewhere? Or
just not refound?

Thanks for the info.

Happy birding!

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Date: 8/23/15 10:52 am
From: Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fort de Soto August 22nd
Hi all,

Gary and I got down to Fort de Soto yesterday and had a wonderful time. We
didn't see any super rare birds, but had a nice mix of shorebirds, with the
best being Piping Plovers and quite a few American Oystercatchers. We also
picked up Frigatebirds and Common Terns which we still "needed" for our
year list.

However, the absolutely best part about the outing was the fact that we had
the beach (from Gulf pier to the beginning of the protected area) almost
entirely to ourselves for over two hours, from 6:40-9am. In all that time,
we saw lots of birds, but only one other person! Cool, birdy, quiet bliss!
Why was the beach deserted? Because there was a triathlon being held on
Anderson Blvd and the park had blocked off the road to traffic, so no one
else could make it out to the beach between 7 and 9am. So, if you want to
bird Fort de Soto beaches on the weekend in peace and quiet, I suggest
marking the triathlon date on your calendar for next year ... And getting
there before 7am!!

Happy birding,

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Oviedo, FL

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Date: 8/23/15 4:31 am
From: France <00000006c8bbe2de-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Blue wing teal
My FOS Blue Wing Teal at the Bailey Tract, 7 of them .
I'm so looking forward to more ducks.
France Paulsen
Sanibel Florida

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Date: 8/23/15 4:05 am
From: Renne Leatto <renne...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] "Crested Duck" Mallard vs. Crested Duck ID in Cape Coral, Lee County
A note about the crested duck breed (mallard-derived): They are rampant as feral pets/livestock all over Florida. Sometimes the crests are big and puffy, sometimes a smaller crest of fluff.



They are often white but not always. In fact, they can be any color or combo of colors, including colors that mimic the wild crested duck species. But the body shape is so different from the crested duck species, close analysis should make confusion unlikely.



Renee Leato

Windermere, Orange County











From: Brian Ahern [mailto:<barredantshrike...>]
Sent: Saturday, August 22, 2015 3:07 PM
Subject: "Crested Duck" Mallard vs. Crested Duck ID in Cape Coral, Lee County



Hi All,



On eBird over the last couple of months I've been seeing reports of an exotic species called Crested Duck in Cape Coral where the resident male Eurasian Wigeon has been present for several years.



There seems to be a bit of confusion over the exact ID. A true Crested Duck (Lophonetta specularioides) is dark brown with a slight crest on the nape and white secondaries. It is native to the southern Andes and Patagonia. This species has never been documented in Florida as an escaped exotic.



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crested_duck



The duck at Cape Coral is all white with an orange bill and a weird fluffy crest on the top of the head. This is a domestic type of Mallard frequent in aviculture and should be correctly reported on eBird as "Mallard (domestic type)"



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crested_duck_(breed)



I would encourage those eBirders who have reported this species on their checklists to go back and make the correction.



Best,

Brian Ahern

Tampa Bay, FL.

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Date: 8/22/15 8:26 pm
From: Allan Stern <00000014b7b0d186-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Osprey, Satellite Beach, Floroida, 20 Aug 2015
A magnificent osprey, Satellite Beach, Florida, 20 August 2015.


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Date: 8/22/15 6:55 am
From: Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] A White Black Tern? Courtney Campbell
HI Breanna,

Definitely not a Black Tern. It's hard to judge size, but I'd guess juvenile Least Tern.


Best regards,

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida




> Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2015 16:49:18 -0400
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> Subject: [BRDBRAIN] A White Black Tern? Courtney Campbell
> To: <BRDBRAIN...>
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> There were probably hundreds of black terns along with many other of the usual shorebirds at Courtney Campbell (Ben T Davis Beach) around 1:30PM today. One did not look like the rest; he was almost all white. Can anyone tell me why this is? I am attaching a photo too.
>
> Thank you,
> Breanna Perry
> Spring Hill
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Date: 8/22/15 6:49 am
From: Breanna Perry <serena933...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] A White Black Tern? Courtney Campbell
There were probably hundreds of black terns along with many other of the usual shorebirds at Courtney Campbell (Ben T Davis Beach) around 1:30PM today. One did not look like the rest; he was almost all white. Can anyone tell me why this is? I am attaching a photo too.

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Date: 8/22/15 5:07 am
From: Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] "Crested Duck" Mallard vs. Crested Duck ID in Cape Coral, Lee County
Hi All,

On eBird over the last couple of months I've been seeing reports of an
exotic species called Crested Duck in Cape Coral where the resident male
Eurasian Wigeon has been present for several years.

There seems to be a bit of confusion over the exact ID. A true Crested Duck
(*Lophonetta specularioides) *is dark brown with a slight crest on the nape
and white secondaries. It is native to the southern Andes and Patagonia.
This species has never been documented in Florida as an escaped exotic.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crested_duck

The duck at Cape Coral is all white with an orange bill and a weird fluffy
crest on the top of the head. This is a domestic type of
Mallard frequent in aviculture and should be correctly reported on eBird as
"Mallard (domestic type)"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crested_duck_(breed)

I would encourage those eBirders who have reported this species on their
checklists to go back and make the correction.

Best,
Brian Ahern
Tampa Bay, FL.

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Date: 8/21/15 11:04 pm
From: Jenny Welch <mwelch...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snail Kite - Orlando-Kissimmee
You can see snail kites without an air boat ride by visiting the St. Cloud lakefront.

The best location is to the very end of Lakeshore Drive at the far East end where you can park your car get out and view them easily.

This is free (without the cost of an airboat ride).

You usually also see limpkin, sandhill cranes, and other birds at this location.



Close by is Lake Runnymede Conservation Area if you have time.

Huge live oak trees provide shade for most of the trails with a scrub area for a small portion of the trails.

It is a small park but you can see vireos, summer tanagers, flycatchers, owls, brown thrashers, and other birds.



Jenny

Jenny Welch

Kissimmee, Florida





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Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snail Kite - Orlando



I agree with Terry Donovan. Also, if you want some added fun, take an airboat ride on East Lake. I saw about a dozen earlier this year during a short ride from Boggy Creek Airboats.



Ted Yeatts

Port Orange (former Orlando, until last month!)


On Friday, August 21, 2015, Amy Johnson <amy.johnson85...> wrote:

Hello all!

I'm in Orlando for the day and I was wondering if any central Florida folks could tell me where I could spot a snail kite in the area. I checked ebird and a few spots came up so I was curious if one was better than the other/more recommended or if there were specific directions, etc.

Thanks so much!

Amy
Jacksonville, Florida

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Date: 8/21/15 11:33 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] 8/21 birding Sumter County 6:00-7:30pm
I drove my usual loop from 475 to 246s and back to 475. Not a single Swallow-tailed or Mississippi Kite!
A couple of surprises: 4 Sandhill Cranes at “play”?; 1 Blue Grosbeak, dreadful picture; a number of Chimney Swifts catching the bugs that were biting me!
There is a reason those “Cigars with Wings” are called “Swifts” and not “Slows”!
They were challenging for me to photograph in motion…. it looks like Grosbeak (sitting) was just as hard! YIKES!

No Bald Eagle checking out the nest YET. Could not find a Great Horned Owl.
There were a few American Crows, Blue Jays, Red-Bellied Woodpeckers, Great Blue Heron eating a snake and a couple of Little Blue Herons.

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



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Date: 8/21/15 11:13 am
From: beachbirder <beachbirder...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Moss Park (Orange)
Went to Moss park today, in Orlando, trying to locate some new dragonflies. While there I observed a Louisiana Waterthrush and Hairy
Woodpecker. Photos attached.

Jim Eager
Cape Camaveral, FL

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Date: 8/21/15 9:01 am
From: Ted Yeatts <yeattst...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snail Kite - Orlando
I agree with Terry Donovan. Also, if you want some added fun, take an
airboat ride on East Lake. I saw about a dozen earlier this year during a
short ride from Boggy Creek Airboats.

Ted Yeatts
Port Orange (former Orlando, until last month!)

On Friday, August 21, 2015, Amy Johnson <amy.johnson85...> wrote:

> Hello all!
>
> I'm in Orlando for the day and I was wondering if any central Florida
> folks could tell me where I could spot a snail kite in the area. I checked
> ebird and a few spots came up so I was curious if one was better than the
> other/more recommended or if there were specific directions, etc.
>
> Thanks so much!
>
> Amy
> Jacksonville, Florida
>
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Date: 8/21/15 6:43 am
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar Reserve 8/21/15
Hello Birders.
Out to Circle B Bar Southeast of Lakeland this morning from 7:30 til
10:30
Best Birds: 1 RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, 2 BALD EAGLES, 16+ SANDHILL
CRANES, 100+ WOODSTORKS, 6 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS, 2 PURPLE
GALLINULES, 4 PILEATED WOODPECKERS.
After the excitement over my Broad-winged Hawk that wasn't it was time
to go back out to Circle B! The marsh is still in flood stage and the
birding was slow. heading South on Heron Hideout I decided to go up on
Eagle's Ridge trail to check on the Eagle's nest and see if I could find
the Blue Grosbeaks. There were several Sandhill Cranes on the trail, some
flying off others landing. The pair of adult Eagles were at the nest.
looking down Wading-bird Way there was about a hundred Woodstorks standing
in and around the trail along with cranes and waders.
Heading on West on the Frasier trail I found no Grosbeaks where I had
seen them a month ago; maybe because a Red-shouldered Hawk was in the top
of young Pine in the spot where I had seen them.
Back on Heron Hideout I turned East on Alligator Ally. About 150 yards
down the trail there's a little old rest bench that's leaning over, it's
the only bench on the left(north) side of the trail. There's Cherry Laurels
here and it's my warbler hot spot but I found no warblers here or anywhere
else this morning.
The heat index was oppressive, if you walk way out there you can get
over heated before you get back. I took a quart of water and could have
used more, I also like to drape a wet hand towel around my neck under my
shirt. Take care and Good Birding

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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Date: 8/21/15 1:34 am
From: Chad Witko <chadjwitko...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] From a NH Birder- Many Thanks
Greetings,

Many thanks to all of you who were so gracious as to help give suggestions
to me as my wife and I took a two week road trip from NH to FL as part of
our Honeymoon during the first two weeks of August. Birds and birding were
a key feature of the trip, but it was far from a birding vacation. We
birded between stops and made short ventures, but never more than an hour
or two of birding effort in any given day.

In spite of that, with the help of many on this listserv (in addition to a
great friend living in Gainesville), I was able to track down some 23 life
birds- a number I wasn't quite sure I could reach. There were several
species I never was able to track down due to the nature of my vacation,
but I filled in a lot of gaps along the way, and I was able to really enjoy
the many sights and sounds of the birds of Florida, even during the early
parts of August.

Thank you to all who gave suggestions, your hospitality was greatly
received.

From a humbled Northeast birder (and his wife)- many, many thanks.

Cheers,
Chad Witko

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Date: 8/21/15 12:52 am
From: T.Donovan <donovanter...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snail Kite - Orlando
Brinson Park, by Lake Toho in Kissimmee is usually pretty reliable...the nearest I can think of to Orlando.
http://www.kissimmee.org/index.aspx?page=309&recordid=42
Good luck,
Terry Donovan
Windermere

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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Snail Kite - Orlando

Hello all!

I'm in Orlando for the day and I was wondering if any central Florida folks could tell me where I could spot a snail kite in the area. I checked ebird and a few spots came up so I was curious if one was better than the other/more recommended or if there were specific directions, etc.

Thanks so much!

Amy
Jacksonville, Florida

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Date: 8/21/15 12:36 am
From: Amy Johnson <amy.johnson85...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Snail Kite - Orlando
Hello all!

I'm in Orlando for the day and I was wondering if any central Florida folks could tell me where I could spot a snail kite in the area. I checked ebird and a few spots came up so I was curious if one was better than the other/more recommended or if there were specific directions, etc.

Thanks so much!

Amy
Jacksonville, Florida

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Date: 8/21/15 12:35 am
From: Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] HAWK ID HELP
Hello Birders.
My hero is fallen, I am crushed! LOL.

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Date: 8/20/15 8:57 pm
From: Cole Fredricks <cfredricks...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] HAWK ID HELP
I stand corrected. (Not the first time and definitely not the last time.) 

Cole Fredricks
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<div>-------- Original message --------</div><div>From: Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...> </div><div>Date:08/20/2015 11:36 PM (GMT-05:00) </div><div>To: <BRDBRAIN...> </div><div>Cc: </div><div>Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] HAWK ID HELP </div><div>
</div>Hello,

To add a bit to Dan's notes, the "fingers" have the markings (bars) of an accipiter, not a Broad-winged Hawk (BWHA), in addition to some other wingtip traits, such as shape and length. Also, the fingers of a BWHA are dark. If this were a juvenile BWHA, there tail banding would be different and even though the dark border of the trailing edge may not be as dark as an adult BWHA, it still would have those dark wingtips not seen here in this accipiter.

On Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 10:25 PM, Dan Irizarry <rdirizarry...> wrote:
This is an accipiter, not a buteo. The tail is way too long. Broad-winged hawk would have a different tail band pattern as well as dark borders to the wings:


Dan Irizarry
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On Aug 20, 2015, at 9:36 PM, EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> wrote:

Hello Birders.
Several knowledgeable birders e-mailed me telling me that my hawk was a Cooper's hawk and not a Sharp-shinned as I had presumed. They all pointed out the same field marks that identified the bird as a Cooper's and I was about to post the results when I got a bombshell from Cole Fredricks. Broad-winged Hawk! Great bird for Polk County. I am jealous. Cole

Well Well, even a blind hog finds an acorn from time to time! Now that's what I call a good yardbird.

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Winter Haven Fl.


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Date: 8/20/15 1:36 pm
From: Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] HAWK ID HELP
Hello,

To add a bit to Dan's notes, the "fingers" have the markings (bars) of an
accipiter, not a Broad-winged Hawk (BWHA), in addition to some other
wingtip traits, such as shape and length. Also, the fingers of a BWHA are
dark. If this were a juvenile BWHA, there tail banding would be different
and even though the dark border of the trailing edge may not be as dark as
an adult BWHA, it still would have those dark wingtips not seen here in
this accipiter.

On Thu, Aug 20, 2015 at 10:25 PM, Dan Irizarry <rdirizarry...> wrote:

> This is an accipiter, not a buteo. The tail is way too long. Broad-winged
> hawk would have a different tail band pattern as well as dark borders to
> the wings:
> [image: image1.PNG]
>
> Dan Irizarry
> Ruskin FL
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Aug 20, 2015, at 9:36 PM, EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> wrote:
>
> Hello Birders.
> Several knowledgeable birders e-mailed me telling me that my hawk was
> a Cooper's hawk and not a Sharp-shinned as I had presumed. They all pointed
> out the same field marks that identified the bird as a Cooper's and I was
> about to post the results when I got a bombshell from Cole Fredricks. Broad-winged
> Hawk! Great bird for Polk County. I am jealous. Cole
>
> Well Well, even a blind hog finds an acorn from time to time! Now that's
> what I call a good yardbird.
>
> Ed Rizer
> Winter Haven Fl.
>
>
>
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Date: 8/20/15 12:26 pm
From: Dan Irizarry <rdirizarry...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] HAWK ID HELP
This is an accipiter, not a buteo. The tail is way too long. Broad-winged hawk would have a different tail band pattern as well as dark borders to the wings:


Dan Irizarry
Ruskin FL

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 20, 2015, at 9:36 PM, EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> wrote:
>
> Hello Birders.
> Several knowledgeable birders e-mailed me telling me that my hawk was a Cooper's hawk and not a Sharp-shinned as I had presumed. They all pointed out the same field marks that identified the bird as a Cooper's and I was about to post the results when I got a bombshell from Cole Fredricks. Broad-winged Hawk! Great bird for Polk County. I am jealous. Cole
>
> Well Well, even a blind hog finds an acorn from time to time! Now that's what I call a good yardbird.
>
> Ed Rizer
> Winter Haven Fl.
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Date: 8/20/15 11:36 am
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] HAWK ID HELP
Hello Birders.
Several knowledgeable birders e-mailed me telling me that my hawk was
a Cooper's hawk and not a Sharp-shinned as I had presumed. They all pointed
out the same field marks that identified the bird as a Cooper's and I was
about to post the results when I got a bombshell from Cole Fredricks.
Broad-winged
Hawk! Great bird for Polk County. I am jealous. Cole

Well Well, even a blind hog finds an acorn from time to time! Now that's
what I call a good yardbird.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.



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Date: 8/20/15 5:45 am
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] HAWK ID HELP
Hello Birders.
I spotted this hawk from my backyard this afternoon, it was about 100
yards away and seemed to be about the size of a Boat-tailed Grackle.
because of the size and the squared off tail I'm thinking it's a
Sharp-shinned; what about the light windows in the middle of the bottom of
the wings, is that a clue?
Also is the butterfly that I've labeled Barred Sulphur correct? The
butterfly activity has picked up in the past week, had a Polydamus or Gold
Rim stop long enough for a photo, a rare occurrence in my experience.Good
Birding.

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Date: 8/19/15 9:49 am
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pinellas' Birds (19 Aug 2015)
Good evening,

Today, Dan Sauvageau found and photographed a Wilson's Phalarope and a
Stilt Sandpiper at the south end of Anclote Key. Last Sunday Lauren Cox
reported yet another Stilt Sandpiper at Gandy Beach, the 2nd one reported
there this month.

Warblers have been steady with a Blackburnian found today at Sawgrass Lake
Park being the recent best (M.Burns). At area parks birders have found
Yellows, Yellow-throateds, the occasional Hooded and Prothonotary, and
Prairies.

JoAnna Clayton has had a male Shiny Cowbird visiting her north St.
Petersburg yard since the 9th. Back on the 13th Eric Plage had a
Black-whiskered Vireo and two Orchard Orioles at the Mulberry Trees Area of
Fort De Soto Park.

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St. Pete, FL

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Date: 8/19/15 8:18 am
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar Reserve 8/19/15
Hello Birders.
Out to Circle B Bar Reserve Southeast of Lakeland this morning from
7:30 Till 10:30
Best Birds: 1 YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, 2 NORTHERN PARULA, 2 TUFTED
TITMOUSE, 4 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK, 4 SANDHILL CRANE, SEVERAL WOOD
STORK, 1 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON.
Heading South on Heron Hideout, just before the intersection with
Alligator Alley/Marsh Rabbit Run I had a mystery bird fly across the trail
from the willows on the West side to the willows on the East. The bird was
about 4 feet off the ground and 20 feet in front of me; warbler sized with
a golden orange body and dark blue head. I suspect the bird was a
Prothonotary and I inverted the color pattern but anyway that's what I saw.
The water level in the marsh was as high as I've seen; about 30 yards
down Marsh Rabbit Run the water was pouring across the trail in a stream 20
yards wide with a 10 foot Gator in it waiting for goodies. Word is the
observation dock their building in the mid-section of Marsh Rabbit Run is
almost complete and they will reopen the trail soon. Good Birding

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Date: 8/18/15 9:16 am
From: Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-Tailed Kite-Land Fields Forever ! Sumter County ! Dozens & Dozens ! Flying On & On ! Both SWTK & MIKI !
Hello,

Steve, re your "These Kites were all on the move migrating" ... "Flying &
working the grass fields coming down all the way to the ground !" is a
foraging behavior, not a migration behavior.

Re, "I believe this area to be a SWTK & MIKI Flyway" ... flyways cover a
large area, often spanning oceans. Usually, there are topographical
features that either funnel the birds, such as the Kittatinny Ridge at Hawk
Mountain in PA or the constriction of the land at Curry Hammock SP at the
Florida Keys Hawkwatch. There are no major rivers in Sumter County like
the Missouri or Mississippi rivers like in the Mississippi and Central
flyways or no major topographical feature like the Rocky Mountains in the
Pacific Flyway.

What you see in Sumter County is not a flyway but simply an area where
Swallow-tailed Kites (STKI) forage. It is possible that those melon fields
can be close to a line followed by some STKI from a roost as they head SW
toward the main jumping off point in SW Florida but this movement of STKI
is usually over a broad front covering most of the width of the peninsula
if you look at the tracking of the GPS tagged STKI.

IMO, you are seeing foraging, not migration and you are seeing birds that
are part of a broad front, not through a flyway or a funnel.




On Tue, Aug 18, 2015 at 6:16 AM, Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...>
wrote:

> I have been coming to Sumter County now for the past several weekends and
> have not been disappointed yet and this weekend was no exemption to the
> rule !
>
> Sunday Aug 16th on CR 233 & 466 both sides of the road & down to the end
> of CR 233 The SWTK & MIKI were Flying & working the grass fields coming
> down all the way to the ground ! More info to come !
>
> There were some juveniles amongst them, but I was there watching for
> several hours on Sunday afternoon watching literally dozens & dozens of
> SWTK passing thru, mainly adults . These Kites were all on the move
> migrating and there were some MIKI flying along with them as well ! Very
> Cool ! & well worth the wait and the trip !
>
> I believe this area to be a SWTK & MIKI Flyway ! One simply has to watch &
> wait ! This area is close to the Black Gold Compost Site which The SWTK &
> MIKI flyover as well !
>
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Date: 8/17/15 10:12 pm
From: Breanna Perry <serena933...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] 9 Nighthawks this morning in Spring Hill!
On my way to work along Spring Hill Drive at 6:45AM I saw 4 nighthawks. Then I saw 1 more along Corporate Parkway. Finally, I saw 4 feeding together at the intersection of Ayers and 41 about 7:05AM.

Hope you all will have as much luck seeing them in your area this time of year too!

Breanna Perry
Spring Hill

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Date: 8/17/15 8:16 pm
From: Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-Tailed Kite-Land Fields Forever ! Sumter County ! Dozens & Dozens ! Flying On & On ! Both SWTK & MIKI !
I have been coming to Sumter County now for the past several weekends and have not been disappointed yet and this weekend was no exemption to the rule !

Sunday Aug 16th on CR 233 & 466 both sides of the road & down to the end of CR 233 The SWTK & MIKI were Flying & working the grass fields coming down all the way to the ground ! More info to come !

There were some juveniles amongst them, but I was there watching for several hours on Sunday afternoon watching literally dozens & dozens of SWTK passing thru, mainly adults . These Kites were all on the move migrating and there were some MIKI flying along with them as well ! Very Cool ! & well worth the wait and the trip !

I believe this area to be a SWTK & MIKI Flyway ! One simply has to watch & wait ! This area is close to the Black Gold Compost Site which The SWTK & MIKI flyover as well !


Steve Petruniak

Daytona Beach, Fl

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Date: 8/17/15 3:56 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Short-tailed Hawks, Green Key
Hello,
I found two dark morph Short-tailed Hawks hunting over the mangroves at Green Key this morning.  Several dives low into mangroves hints at their hunting the numerous White-winged, Ground, and Morning Doves we see there.
Ken TraceyNew Port Richey FL

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Date: 8/17/15 3:14 am
From: Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Tern ID help for a friend
I Chris,

All 4 terns are Sandwich.


Best regards,

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida

Date: Mon, 17 Aug 2015 08:47:11 -0400
From: <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Tern ID help for a friend
To: <BRDBRAIN...>

Good Monday, 'Brainers!
My friend Camille took a day-trip to Ft. DeSoto this weekend and had some ID questions she asked me to help with. In the attached photo there are 4 perch terns. From the left, the second and fourth are clearly Sandwich Terns, but the first and third seem a little less straightforward.
The first bird (on the left) doesn't have the yellow tip of a Sandwich Tern, and there's a subtle area of blacking feathers below the scapulars that the Sandwich Terns don't seem to have. It's doesn't quite have the profile of a Gull-billed Tern, but I'm not sure.
The third bird (from the left) has orange legs and a mottled bill that. It's likely a young bird, but I can't quite figure out what it is.
Thanks for any help!
Christopher Ferro Melbourne/Brevard Countylonelybirder.wordpress.com

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Date: 8/16/15 10:47 pm
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Tern ID help for a friend
Good Monday, 'Brainers!

My friend Camille took a day-trip to Ft. DeSoto this weekend and had some
ID questions she asked me to help with. In the attached photo there are 4
perch terns. From the left, the second and fourth are clearly Sandwich
Terns, but the first and third seem a little less straightforward.

The first bird (on the left) doesn't have the yellow tip of a Sandwich
Tern, and there's a subtle area of blacking feathers below the scapulars
that the Sandwich Terns don't seem to have. It's doesn't quite have the
profile of a Gull-billed Tern, but I'm not sure.

The third bird (from the left) has orange legs and a mottled bill that.
It's likely a young bird, but I can't quite figure out what it is.

Thanks for any help!

Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County
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Date: 8/16/15 6:23 am
From: Doug Wassmer <dwassme1...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] World Record Eagle Cam Flight
Slightly off topic eagle cam flight record shows an Imperial Eagle's descent
from world's tallest building. See
http://www.flixxy.com/world-record-eagle-flight-from-worlds-tallest-building
.htm?utm_source=nl



Doug Wassmer & Lilian Saul

Tampa, Fl


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Date: 8/15/15 7:01 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Barn Swallows Sumter County
Sumter County :
At 4:00pm, today, I went to cr246 off of 475 to check on Swallow-tailed Kites. It was cloudy, stormy when I parked on cr246. I saw THOUSANDS of Barn Swallows. I could not ID all of the individuals well enough to see if other Swallows were in the mix. They didn’t all look alike but the light and huge numbers of Swallows made it impossible for me to tell.
Light was gloomy and birds were on wires quite far away. I watched a couple of birds on a wire and little by little they filled in every spot on all the wires.
Swallow-tailed Kites (12) were flying over fields and wires also. When STKIs approached the wires the Swallows would fly off in a cloud. When the coast was clear they would begin landing on the wires again, one by one. I was anticipating a STKI picking off a BARS, but it began raining and I left.

Any help with ID of other Swallows in pictures would be appreciated.
I will go back and try again tomorrow.

Alice Horst
Marion County


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Date: 8/15/15 6:01 pm
From: Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Albino Mourning Dove, Harris Hill Rd., Pasco County
Good evening Dale et al.,

With its short, squared-off tail, your dove is a Rock Pigeon.


Best regards,

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida



> Date: Sat, 15 Aug 2015 20:58:50 -0400
> From: <sheirah11...>
> Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Albino Mourning Dove, Harris Hill Rd., Pasco County
> To: <BRDBRAIN...>
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> Hello Birders,
>
> Took a trip over the Kettering, Powerline, Harris Hill and Trilby Roads after working in Brooksville. I got there about noon, it was hot. I got lucky, had a cooperative BobWhite Quail (male, pics attached) sitting on the barbed wire. I've heard them in the area but had never seen them. I was very pleased. Had an American Kestrel, heard Red-headed Woodpeckers, E. Meadowlark, saw Barn Swallows, and Summer Tanagers (M&F).
>
> The albino Mourning Dove (pics attached) was nearly to Trilby Rd. on a wire on Harris Hill Rd.. A first for me.
>
> Hoped to find the Burrowing Owls but was unable to locate them. I'm sure they were probably in their burrows chilling out.
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> Any day of birding, is a GREAT Day!!!!
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> S. Dale Goebel
> Dunedin, FL
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Date: 8/15/15 5:58 pm
From: S. Dale Goebel <sheirah11...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Albino Mourning Dove, Harris Hill Rd., Pasco County
Hello Birders,

Took a trip over the Kettering, Powerline, Harris Hill and Trilby Roads after working in Brooksville. I got there about noon, it was hot. I got lucky, had a cooperative BobWhite Quail (male, pics attached) sitting on the barbed wire. I've heard them in the area but had never seen them. I was very pleased. Had an American Kestrel, heard Red-headed Woodpeckers, E. Meadowlark, saw Barn Swallows, and Summer Tanagers (M&F).

The albino Mourning Dove (pics attached) was nearly to Trilby Rd. on a wire on Harris Hill Rd.. A first for me.

Hoped to find the Burrowing Owls but was unable to locate them. I'm sure they were probably in their burrows chilling out.

Any day of birding, is a GREAT Day!!!!

S. Dale Goebel
Dunedin, FL

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Date: 8/15/15 2:27 pm
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Red-shouldered Hawk with Crayfish
I hit send instead of attach, I hate it when I do that. Here's the other
two photos

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Winter Haven Fl.

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Date: 8/15/15 2:23 pm
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Red-shouldered Hawk with Crayfish
Hello Birders.
i was out to Lake Blue Park Southeast of Auburndale this morning, it's
a little park on a little lake. There wasn't much happening until a
Red-shouldered Hawk flew down and nabbed a crayfish that had ventured out
onto land. I've seen crayfish crawling around in the grass the last couple
of times I've been to this park, anyway the Hawk flew up in the Pine Tree
next to me and enjoyed his meal. Good Birding

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.

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Date: 8/15/15 1:42 pm
From: beachbirder <beachbirder...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Turkey Creek Sanctuary (Brevard)
After seeing a few posts lately with migrants starting to show up in small numbers I went to Turkey Creek Sanctuary in Palm Bay really looking
for new dragonflies, which I got one new one, but I was also treated to 3 Northern Parula, 1 female or 1st yr male American Redstart and 1 northern Waterthrush. Viewed on the Flood Plain Tr that is at the end of the wide boardwalk as it goes from the wooden boardwalk to the sand trail.

Jim Eager
Cape Canaveral, FL

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Date: 8/14/15 1:58 pm
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar Reserve 8/14/15
Hello Birders.
Out to Circle B Bar Reserve Southeast of Lakeland this morning from
7:00 till 10:30.
Best Birds: 3 YELLOW WARBLER, 2 RED-EYED VIREO, 2 PRAIRIE WARBLER, 6
NORTHERN PARULA, 1 BLACK&WHITE WARBLER, 2 TUFTED TITMOUSE, 2 BLUE GRAY
GNAT-CATCHER, 1 GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER, 2 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON,
50+ WOOD STORK, 15 WHITE PELICAN, 1 BARN SWALLOW, 2 CHIMNEY SWIFT, 4
BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS, 4 SANDHILL CRANES.
Heading South on Heron Hideout past the intersection in the Southwest
cell there were 50+ Wood Storks perched in the Cypress out in the marsh and
a Black-crowned Night Heron on the East side of the trail.
Walking back North to the intersection I turned East onto Alligator
Alley and about halfway to the lake I found a band of warblers and such;
I've found the birds here for the last 3 trips. There's Cherry Laurels in
this area and the birds are feeding in them and in the trees on the South
side of the canal that parallels the trail. There was also Downy,
Red-bellied and Pileated Woodpeckers. It's feast or famine though once the
birds move through it's over. Two of my photo buddies prefer the tall oaks
at the beginning of the trail, the first 75 yards East of Heron Hideout,
but I like the mid-section better. Also I flushed a hawk on Alligator Alley
that I think was a Short-tailed but I'm not sure.
If you don't care to tromp around on long hikes the area around the
parking lot and Nature Center is a good alternative, there's also a big
Florida Firebush at the South end of the parking lot that holds butterflies
and sometimes Hummingbirds. Good Birding.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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Date: 8/13/15 4:40 pm
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Immature Hawk ID Help
Hello Birders.
Reliable sources tell me that the immature hawk is a Cooper's, Good
Birding.

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Date: 8/13/15 3:12 pm
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] West Pasco
Hello,
The warbler flow through the mangrove coast was pretty good today with, Yellow, Prairie, Prothonotary, Northern Waterthrush and Northern Parula found.  The best surprise was 3 American Redstarts at Brasher Park. 
Ken TraceyNew Port Richey, FL

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Date: 8/13/15 11:04 am
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Immature Hawk ID Help
Hello Birdes.
Out to Lake Blue Park Southeast of Auburndale this morning and came
across the immature hawk in the images above. I"m thinking it's a Cooper's
Hawk; it looks long in the tail and not as wide in the shoulders as a
Red-shouldered. Also the streaking doesn't look as heavy as a
red-shouldered and the streaks look teardrop shaped. Now watch it be a
Red-shouldered I wouldn't be surprised. Good Birding.

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Date: 8/13/15 10:59 am
From: SUBSCRIBE BRDBRAIN Lucille Lane <croomwalker...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Reddish Egret plumage/age
The Reddish Egret in the attached image was photographed this morning (13 Aug 2015) under dull lighting conditions at Pine Island Beach in Hernando County. I had never before noticed different colored feathers on a Reddish Egret's wings. The image does not quite capture the pale pink of some of the feathers. Could someone please help me understand whether this is standard, whether the bird is a molting adult, a juvenile coming into adult plumage, or is there some other explanation.
Thanks to all who respond!
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Date: 8/13/15 10:42 am
From: Tom de Boor <tomdb2...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] The Merritt Island egret
Thanks for the explanation, Andy--makes sense to me!

Best,

Tom de Boor
Northford, CT

On Thu, Aug 13, 2015 at 7:45 AM, Andy Kratter <kratter...> wrote:

> Tom
> Regarding why there are no records of Western Reef-Heron from Florida:
> Looking at a map of Florida, you can see that the Atlantic coast of
> Florida is quite a bit west of the east coast of the North America from
> Cape Hatteras north, and that the Bahamas lie between southern Florida and
> the north and west bound ocean currents of the Atlantic east of the
> Bahamas. For this reason, north bound potential vagrants flying over the
> Atlantic from the southern hemisphere continue east of the Bahamas and make
> landfall from Cape Hatteras north. Many seabirds show this pattern of
> vagrancy as well, like Black-browed Albatross, Trindade Petrel,
> Black-belleid Storm-Petrel, and White-faced Storm-Petrel, and Madieran
> seabirds like Cape Verde Shearwater, Bulwer's Peterl, and Madeiran Petrel.
>
> Andy Kratter
> Gainesville, Florida
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Date: 8/13/15 8:52 am
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Newbie Question
Lee,

Yes, Red-bellied Woodpeckers often do perch on wires and branches,
including the woodpeckers right in my backyard. It's probable other
woodpecker species do, too (though I can't recall seeing it).

Christopher

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On Thu, Aug 13, 2015 at 11:43 AM, Lee Herbst <lcherbst...> wrote:

> I have birding for only a year, but I have been interested in birds for as
> long as I can remember and today I have seen something that I have never
> seen before (not that that is unusual for me right now). What appeared to
> be a red-bellied woodpecker (RBWO) perched on a power line. It was preening
> itself for a couple minutes and then flew to the top of a snag where it
> perched on a twig and continued to preen. It then flew off into a stand of
> trees where I could no longer observe it.
>
> My bins are el cheapos and the bird was distant, but it had the right
> shape for RBWO, although I couldn't discern color, the overall pattern was
> right for RBWO, it had the expected undulating, roller coaster kind of
> flight that is expected for woodpeckers.
>
> I have seen woodpeckers sitting on top of utility poles, hitching around
> tree limbs and trunks, hitching around utility poles, and even walking
> around on the ground, but I have never seen them perch like that.
>
> So, I guess my question is was it an RBWO? Can woodpeckers perch like
> passerines?
>
> Thanks,
>
> --
> Lee Herbst - AK4WN
> Ocala, FL
>
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Date: 8/13/15 8:43 am
From: Lee Herbst <lcherbst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Newbie Question
I have birding for only a year, but I have been interested in birds for as
long as I can remember and today I have seen something that I have never
seen before (not that that is unusual for me right now). What appeared to
be a red-bellied woodpecker (RBWO) perched on a power line. It was preening
itself for a couple minutes and then flew to the top of a snag where it
perched on a twig and continued to preen. It then flew off into a stand of
trees where I could no longer observe it.

My bins are el cheapos and the bird was distant, but it had the right shape
for RBWO, although I couldn't discern color, the overall pattern was right
for RBWO, it had the expected undulating, roller coaster kind of flight
that is expected for woodpeckers.

I have seen woodpeckers sitting on top of utility poles, hitching around
tree limbs and trunks, hitching around utility poles, and even walking
around on the ground, but I have never seen them perch like that.

So, I guess my question is was it an RBWO? Can woodpeckers perch like
passerines?

Thanks,

--
Lee Herbst - AK4WN
Ocala, FL

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Date: 8/13/15 6:14 am
From: Joe Misiaszek <jjmjrfl...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Cuban Bird
Cropped the photo, not sure it helps! Gained a bit lost a bit as usual.

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Date: 8/13/15 5:30 am
From: Barry Rossheim <nethoppers...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Cuban bird
Hi All,

I like Bill's call of "Golden" Yellow Warbler. Although I personally can't see breast streaking from that photo, he is obviously correct about the yellow wing bars. The head is what fooled me, the gray extends very far past the ear coverts, which is possible for the highly variable "Golden". Finally the photo being taken in July rules out many warbler possibilities, but not the "Golden" as it is a common Cuban resident.

Cheers,
Barry Rossheim
Venice, FL


Date: Thu, 13 Aug 2015 01:33:28 -0400
From: <billpranty...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Cuban bird
To: <BRDBRAIN...>




Good morning Larry,

It looks like a "Cuban Golden" Yellow Warbler to me; I think I can see some breast streaking, and the yellow wingbars are obvious.


Best regards,

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida


Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2015 22:42:04 -0400
From: <LALBRIGHT6...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Cuban bird
To: <BRDBRAIN...>





All,

For those knowledgeable about Cuban birds, can anyone identify this
bird? Taken at the end of July 2015. Thanks.



Larry Albright
Winter Haven, FL

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Date: 8/13/15 4:45 am
From: Andy Kratter <kratter...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] The Merritt Island egret
Tom
Regarding why there are no records of Western Reef-Heron from Florida:
Looking at a map of Florida, you can see that the Atlantic coast of Florida is quite a bit west of the east coast of the North America from Cape Hatteras north, and that the Bahamas lie between southern Florida and the north and west bound ocean currents of the Atlantic east of the Bahamas. For this reason, north bound potential vagrants flying over the Atlantic from the southern hemisphere continue east of the Bahamas and make landfall from Cape Hatteras north. Many seabirds show this pattern of vagrancy as well, like Black-browed Albatross, Trindade Petrel, Black-belleid Storm-Petrel, and White-faced Storm-Petrel, and Madieran seabirds like Cape Verde Shearwater, Bulwer's Peterl, and Madeiran Petrel.

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Date: 8/12/15 10:33 pm
From: Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Cuban bird
Good morning Larry,

It looks like a "Cuban Golden" Yellow Warbler to me; I think I can see some breast streaking, and the yellow wingbars are obvious.


Best regards,

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida


Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2015 22:42:04 -0400
From: <LALBRIGHT6...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Cuban bird
To: <BRDBRAIN...>





All,

For those knowledgeable about Cuban birds, can anyone identify this
bird? Taken at the end of July 2015. Thanks.



Larry Albright
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Date: 8/12/15 8:43 pm
From: Barry Rossheim <nethoppers...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Cuban bird
It looks a little like a Common Yellowthroat, but I think I am seeing two wing bars from your photo. Possible Juvenile Olive-capped Warbler. I am interested in what others think.

Barry Rossheim
Venice, FL

Date: Wed, 12 Aug 2015 22:42:04 -0400
From: <LALBRIGHT6...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Cuban bird
To: <BRDBRAIN...>





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For those knowledgeable about Cuban birds, can anyone identify this
bird? Taken at the end of July 2015. Thanks.



Larry Albright
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Date: 8/12/15 7:42 pm
From: Larry Albright <LALBRIGHT6...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Cuban bird
All,

For those knowledgeable about Cuban birds, can anyone identify this bird? Taken at the end of July 2015. Thanks.



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Date: 8/12/15 6:39 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-tailed /Mississippi Kites Sumter County
Yesterday @ 3:30pm I found 30-40 STKIs over the fields off of 475/cr246 on the way NIchol’s Cemetery, Sumter County. Also 1 MIKI there.
I found NO STKIs at all around melon field on cr222/cr223/cr216a. The Melon field on cr229 has been plowed up.
So, looks like numbers are dwindling, but there was a report on large numbers at Lake Apopka a few days ago.
Let’s hope they all make it to South America and back for us in the Spring!
Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!

Alice Horst, Marion County

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Date: 8/11/15 4:02 pm
From: Tom de Boor <tomdb2...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] The Merritt Island egret
I'd also be curious to hear hypotheses as to why a Western Reef Heron has
NOT yet shown up in Florida (saw the first one in MA many moons ago--ended
up sleeping on the concrete outside the Hyannisport bus station afterwards,
but it was worth it, even though I was flying to Cameroon as a Peace Corps
volunteer the next day ;) )

Best,

Tom de Boor
Northford, CT

On Tue, Aug 11, 2015 at 6:34 PM, <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...>
wrote:

> Good points from both David and Bill.
>
> But there are those who are still convinced this is a Western Reef-Heron
> (I am not one of those). I don't think there's been a definitive
> statement from experts as to why this is NOT a Western Reef-Heron. That's
> what I would be most interested in hearing, "in the spirit of learning."
> This would be good preparation for that happy day when a Western Reef-Heron
> does actually visit Florida.
>
> Dotty Robbins
> High Springs
>
>
> From: David Simpson <simpsondavid...>
> To: <BRDBRAIN...>
> Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] The Merritt Island egret
> Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2015 20:19:47 +0000
>
> Thanks again Bill,
>
> Interesting followup, but is still fails to tell us what the European
> experts actually said about Western reef-herons or why there are traits of
> an entirely different species in the proposed hybrid. In the spirit of
> learning, I was hoping to hear more about the reasoning that led to the
> conclusion, not just the conclusion.
>
> It seems, as I suspected, the ID of Snowy X Tricolored is based on
> probability rather than actual traits. I would think the probability of
> hybridization is more a function of where the edge of a species' range
> falls within the core of another, rather than the complete overlap. Within
> the core of a species' range, there are plenty of "right" mate choices
> available, thus hybridization within the overlap of core ranges would be
> unlikely. A stray bird in a strange land would be faced with hybridization
> as it's only choice. We saw this with Florida's first Elegant Tern which
> was forced to mate with Sandwich terns in Tampa Bay and the few Neotropic
> cormorants in Florida that are hybridizing with Double-crested cormorants
> in Palm Beach County. As Great-tailed grackles expanded their range east
> into the range of Boat-tailed grackles, hybrid pairs were noted at the
> frontier of the range expansion. These hybrid pairings were reduced or
> nonexistent as colonization proceeded. White-faced and Glossy ibises seem
> to sort out nicely within their broad range overlap in Louisiana. As the
> ranges of each of these ibises appear to be expanding, we are noting some
> questionable birds near the frontiers, but that is to be expected. Eastern
> and Western meadowlarks are known to breed side by side with hybridization
> known mostly or entirely from the periphery of each species' range. The
> point being that broad overlap of range is not necessarily an indication of
> potential for hybridization. However, multiple characteristics of a
> species not involved in the proposed hybrid would seem to require some
> explanation.
>
> Anyway, I guess we'll have to find another venue for learning about this
> interesting bird. I don't have much more time to devote to this either.
>
> Thanks again for your time, your interest, your expertise, and your
> comments.
>
> David Simpson
> Fellsmere, FL
>
> On Aug 11, 2015, at 12:58 PM, Bill Pranty <billpranty...> wrote:,
>
> Good afternoon Shelley,
>
> This will probably be my final post on the matter, as I believe the burden
> of proof is now back where it has always belonged: one those who claim that
> the bird is an undisputed Western Reef-Egret (-Heron). I would change my
> opinion that the bird is a hybrid in a heartbeat if somebody such as
> Killian Mullarney or Hadoram Shirihai offer one of their typically detailed
> analyses of birds, but until that happens ....
>
> To answer your question, let's understand that a hybrid is the product of
> two species interbreeding. Now let's consider the breeding ranges of
> Tricolored Heron, Snowy Egret, and Little Egret (to simplify matters, I am
> excluding Little Blue Heron and Western Reef-Egret but anybody can
> wikipedia these species and get their range maps), which are attached as
> maps that I downloaded from wikipedia. The maps show no overlap between the
> breeding range of Little Egret with that of Tricolored Heron, but
> considerable overlap between Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron. (The maps
> are coarse and they don't show the few pairs of Little Egrets that have
> been breeding in the eastern West Indies the past decade or so).
>
>
> http://ebird.org/content/caribbean/news/little-egret-new-member-of-the-caribbean-avifauna/
>
> Even accounting for the possibility that a Little Egret hybridized with a
> Tricolored Heron at, say, Barbados, that's still a HUGE DISTANCE from
> Florida -- roughly 1,700 miles to Merritt Island -- for the hybrid to
> travel to reach our state. Then let's consider the COMPLETE OVERLAP in
> Florida of the breeding ranges of Tricolored Heron and Snowy Egret, along
> with the fact that there are THOUSANDS OF PAIRS of each species breeding in
> the state.
>
> Now, I know that the unlikely can happen -- Little Egrets and Western
> Reef-Egrets have made it to the northeastern United States -- but until
> there is an undisputed Little Egret or Western Reef-Egret in Florida, then
> the Merritt Island egret should be considered as a much more logical choice
> of a hybrid between two common Florida breeding species.
>
>
> Best regards,
>
> Bill Pranty
> Bayonet Point, Florida
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> From: David Simpson <simpsondavid...>
> To: <BRDBRAIN...>
> Cc:
> Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2015 20:19:47 +0000
> Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] The Merritt Island egret
> Thanks again Bill,
>
> Interesting followup, but is still fails to tell us what the European
> experts actually said about Western reef-herons or why there are traits of
> an entirely different species in the proposed hybrid. In the spirit of
> learning, I was hoping to hear more about the reasoning that led to the
> conclusion, not just the conclusion.
>
> It seems, as I suspected, the ID of Snowy X Tricolored is based on
> probability rather than actual traits. I would think the probability of
> hybridization is more a function of where the edge of a species' range
> falls within the core of another, rather than the complete overlap. Within
> the core of a species' range, there are plenty of "right" mate choices
> available, thus hybridization within the overlap of core ranges would be
> unlikely. A stray bird in a strange land would be faced with hybridization
> as it's only choice. We saw this with Florida's first Elegant Tern which
> was forced to mate with Sandwich terns in Tampa Bay and the few Neotropic
> cormorants in Florida that are hybridizing with Double-crested cormorants
> in Palm Beach County. As Great-tailed grackles expanded their range east
> into the range of Boat-tailed grackles, hybrid pairs were noted at the
> frontier of the range expansion. These hybrid pairings were reduced or
> nonexistent as colonization proceeded. White-faced and Glossy ibises seem
> to sort out nicely within their broad range overlap in Louisiana. As the
> ranges of each of these ibises appear to be expanding, we are noting some
> questionable birds near the frontiers, but that is to be expected. Eastern
> and Western meadowlarks are known to breed side by side with hybridization
> known mostly or entirely from the periphery of each species' range. The
> point being that broad overlap of range is not necessarily an indication of
> potential for hybridization. However, multiple characteristics of a
> species not involved in the proposed hybrid would seem to require some
> explanation.
>
> Anyway, I guess we'll have to find another venue for learning about this
> interesting bird. I don't have much more time to devote to this either.
>
> Thanks again for your time, your interest, your expertise, and your
> comments.
>
> David Simpson
> Fellsmere, FL
>
> On Aug 11, 2015, at 12:58 PM, Bill Pranty <billpranty...> wrote:,
>
> Good afternoon Shelley,
>
> This will probably be my final post on the matter, as I believe the burden
> of proof is now back where it has always belonged: one those who claim that
> the bird is an undisputed Western Reef-Egret (-Heron). I would change my
> opinion that the bird is a hybrid in a heartbeat if somebody such as
> Killian Mullarney or Hadoram Shirihai offer one of their typically detailed
> analyses of birds, but until that happens ....
>
> To answer your question, let's understand that a hybrid is the product of
> two species interbreeding. Now let's consider the breeding ranges of
> Tricolored Heron, Snowy Egret, and Little Egret (to simplify matters, I am
> excluding Little Blue Heron and Western Reef-Egret but anybody can
> wikipedia these species and get their range maps), which are attached as
> maps that I downloaded from wikipedia. The maps show no overlap between the
> breeding range of Little Egret with that of Tricolored Heron, but
> considerable overlap between Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron. (The maps
> are coarse and they don't show the few pairs of Little Egrets that have
> been breeding in the eastern West Indies the past decade or so).
>
>
> http://ebird.org/content/caribbean/news/little-egret-new-member-of-the-caribbean-avifauna/
>
> Even accounting for the possibility that a Little Egret hybridized with a
> Tricolored Heron at, say, Barbados, that's still a HUGE DISTANCE from
> Florida -- roughly 1,700 miles to Merritt Island -- for the hybrid to
> travel to reach our state. Then let's consider the COMPLETE OVERLAP in
> Florida of the breeding ranges of Tricolored Heron and Snowy Egret, along
> with the fact that there are THOUSANDS OF PAIRS of each species breeding in
> the state.
>
> Now, I know that the unlikely can happen -- Little Egrets and Western
> Reef-Egrets have made it to the northeastern United States -- but until
> there is an undisputed Little Egret or Western Reef-Egret in Florida, then
> the Merritt Island egret should be considered as a much more logical choice
> of a hybrid between two common Florida breeding species.
>
>
> Best regards,
>
> Bill Pranty
> Bayonet Point, Florida
>
>
> ------------------------------
> Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2015 07:36:36 -0400
> From: <shelleyr...>
> Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] The Merritt Island egret
> To: <BRDBRAIN...>
>
> Wasn’t one of the theories that it was a Tricolored x Little Egret hybrid?
> How was that ruled out in favor of Tri x Snowy? If reasons for the
> identification could be shared, I think a lot of us would be interested.
>
>
>
> Shelley Rutkin
>
> Winston-Salem, NC
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Date: 8/11/15 3:36 pm
From: <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] The Merritt Island egret
Good points from both David and Bill. But there are those who are still convinced this is a Western Reef-Heron (I am not one of those). I don't think there's been a definitive statement from experts as to why this is NOT a Western Reef-Heron. That's what I would be most interested in hearing, "in the spirit of learning." This would be good preparation for that happy day when a Western Reef-Heron does actually visit Florida. Dotty Robbins
High Springs


From: David Simpson <simpsondavid...>
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] The Merritt Island egret
Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2015 20:19:47 +0000

Thanks again Bill, Interesting followup, but is still fails to tell us what the European experts actually said about Western reef-herons or why there are traits of an entirely different species in the proposed hybrid. In the spirit of learning, I was hoping to hear more about the reasoning that led to the conclusion, not just the conclusion. It seems, as I suspected, the ID of Snowy X Tricolored is based on probability rather than actual traits. I would think the probability of hybridization is more a function of where the edge of a species' range falls within the core of another, rather than the complete overlap. Within the core of a species' range, there are plenty of "right" mate choices available, thus hybridization within the overlap of core ranges would be unlikely. A stray bird in a strange land would be faced with hybridization as it's only choice. We saw this with Florida's first Elegant Tern which was forced to mate with Sandwich terns in Tampa Bay and the few Neotropic cormorants in Florida that are hybridizing with Double-crested cormorants in Palm Beach County. As Great-tailed grackles expanded their range east into the range of Boat-tailed grackles, hybrid pairs were noted at the frontier of the range expansion. These hybrid pairings were reduced or nonexistent as colonization proceeded. White-faced and Glossy ibises seem to sort out nicely within their broad range overlap in Louisiana. As the ranges of each of these ibises appear to be expanding, we are noting some questionable birds near the frontiers, but that is to be expected. Eastern and Western meadowlarks are known to breed side by side with hybridization known mostly or entirely from the periphery of each species' range. The point being that broad overlap of range is not necessarily an indication of potential for hybridization. However, multiple characteristics of a species not involved in the proposed hybrid would seem to require some explanation. Anyway, I guess we'll have to find another venue for learning about this interesting bird. I don't have much more time to devote to this either. Thanks again for your time, your interest, your expertise, and your comments. David SimpsonFellsmere, FL On Aug 11, 2015, at 12:58 PM, Bill Pranty <billpranty...> wrote:,Good afternoon Shelley,

This will probably be my final post on the matter, as I believe the burden of proof is now back where it has always belonged: one those who claim that the bird is an undisputed Western Reef-Egret (-Heron). I would change my opinion that the bird is a hybrid in a heartbeat if somebody such as Killian Mullarney or Hadoram Shirihai offer one of their typically detailed analyses of birds, but until that happens ....

To answer your question, let's understand that a hybrid is the product of two species interbreeding. Now let's consider the breeding ranges of Tricolored Heron, Snowy Egret, and Little Egret (to simplify matters, I am excluding Little Blue Heron and Western Reef-Egret but anybody can wikipedia these species and get their range maps), which are attached as maps that I downloaded from wikipedia. The maps show no overlap between the breeding range of Little Egret with that of Tricolored Heron, but considerable overlap between Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron. (The maps are coarse and they don't show the few pairs of Little Egrets that have been breeding in the eastern West Indies the past decade or so).

http://ebird.org/content/caribbean/news/little-egret-new-member-of-the-caribbean-avifauna/

Even accounting for the possibility that a Little Egret hybridized with a Tricolored Heron at, say, Barbados, that's still a HUGE DISTANCE from Florida -- roughly 1,700 miles to Merritt Island -- for the hybrid to travel to reach our state. Then let's consider the COMPLETE OVERLAP in Florida of the breeding ranges of Tricolored Heron and Snowy Egret, along with the fact that there are THOUSANDS OF PAIRS of each species breeding in the state.

Now, I know that the unlikely can happen -- Little Egrets and Western Reef-Egrets have made it to the northeastern United States -- but until there is an undisputed Little Egret or Western Reef-Egret in Florida, then the Merritt Island egret should be considered as a much more logical choice of a hybrid between two common Florida breeding species.


Best regards,

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida

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Date: 8/11/15 1:19 pm
From: David Simpson <simpsondavid...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] The Merritt Island egret
Thanks again Bill,

Interesting followup, but is still fails to tell us what the European experts actually said about Western reef-herons or why there are traits of an entirely different species in the proposed hybrid.  In the spirit of learning, I was hoping to hear more about the reasoning that led to the conclusion, not just the conclusion.

It seems, as I suspected, the ID of Snowy X Tricolored is based on probability rather than actual traits.  I would think the probability of hybridization is more a function of where the edge of a species' range falls within the core of another, rather than the complete overlap.  Within the core of a species' range, there are plenty of "right" mate choices available, thus hybridization within the overlap of core ranges would be unlikely.  A stray bird in a strange land would be faced with hybridization as it's only choice.  We saw this with Florida's first Elegant Tern which was forced to mate with Sandwich terns in Tampa Bay and the few Neotropic cormorants in Florida that are hybridizing with Double-crested cormorants in Palm Beach County.  As Great-tailed grackles expanded their range east into the range of Boat-tailed grackles, hybrid pairs were noted at the frontier of the range expansion.  These hybrid pairings were reduced or nonexistent as colonization proceeded.  White-faced and Glossy ibises seem to sort out nicely within their broad range overlap in Louisiana.  As the ranges of each of these ibises appear to be expanding, we are noting some questionable birds near the frontiers, but that is to be expected.  Eastern and Western meadowlarks are known to breed side by side with hybridization known mostly or entirely from the periphery of each species' range.  The point being that broad overlap of range is not necessarily an indication of potential for hybridization.  However, multiple characteristics of a species not involved in the proposed hybrid would seem to require some explanation.

Anyway, I guess we'll have to find another venue for learning about this interesting bird.  I don't have much more time to devote to this either.

Thanks again for your time, your interest, your expertise, and your comments.

David Simpson
Fellsmere, FL

On Aug 11, 2015, at 12:58 PM, Bill Pranty <billpranty...> wrote:,
Good afternoon Shelley,

This will probably be my final post on the matter, as I believe the burden of proof is now back where it has always belonged: one those who claim that the bird is an undisputed Western Reef-Egret (-Heron). I would change my opinion that the bird is a hybrid in a heartbeat if somebody such as Killian Mullarney or Hadoram Shirihai offer one of their typically detailed analyses of birds, but until that happens ....

To answer your question, let's understand that a hybrid is the product of two species interbreeding. Now let's consider the breeding ranges of Tricolored Heron, Snowy Egret, and Little Egret (to simplify matters, I am excluding Little Blue Heron and Western Reef-Egret but anybody can wikipedia these species and get their range maps), which are attached as maps that I downloaded from wikipedia. The maps show no overlap between the breeding range of Little Egret with that of Tricolored Heron, but considerable overlap between Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron. (The maps are coarse and they don't show the few pairs of Little Egrets that have been breeding in the eastern West Indies the past decade or so).

http://ebird.org/content/caribbean/news/little-egret-new-member-of-the-caribbean-avifauna/

Even accounting for the possibility that a Little Egret hybridized with a Tricolored Heron at, say, Barbados, that's still a HUGE DISTANCE from Florida -- roughly 1,700 miles to Merritt Island -- for the hybrid to travel to reach our state. Then let's consider the COMPLETE OVERLAP in Florida of the breeding ranges of Tricolored Heron and Snowy Egret, along with the fact that there are THOUSANDS OF PAIRS of each species breeding in the state.

Now, I know that the unlikely can happen -- Little Egrets and Western Reef-Egrets have made it to the northeastern United States -- but until there is an undisputed Little Egret or Western Reef-Egret in Florida, then the Merritt Island egret should be considered as a much more logical choice of a hybrid between two common Florida breeding species.


Best regards,

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida


Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2015 07:36:36 -0400
From: <shelleyr...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] The Merritt Island egret
To: <BRDBRAIN...>

Wasn’t one of the theories that it was a Tricolored x Little Egret hybrid?  How was that ruled out in favor of Tri x Snowy?  If reasons for the identification could be shared, I think a lot of us would be interested.
 
Shelley Rutkin
Winston-Salem, NC
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Date: 8/11/15 11:24 am
From: Tom Mast <tmast...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Anderson Park, Pinellas Co. FL
I checked AL Anderson Park in Pinellas County, FL this morning for migrants.
Although not impressive, I did find 3 Red-eyed Vireos, 2 Prairie Warblers and 1
Yellow-throated Warbler. Maybe with the rains later this week more migrants
will be on the move.

Tom Mast
Tampa, FL

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Date: 8/11/15 9:58 am
From: Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] The Merritt Island egret
Good afternoon Shelley,

This will probably be my final post on the matter, as I believe the burden of proof is now back where it has always belonged: one those who claim that the bird is an undisputed Western Reef-Egret (-Heron). I would change my opinion that the bird is a hybrid in a heartbeat if somebody such as Killian Mullarney or Hadoram Shirihai offer one of their typically detailed analyses of birds, but until that happens ....

To answer your question, let's understand that a hybrid is the product of two species interbreeding. Now let's consider the breeding ranges of Tricolored Heron, Snowy Egret, and Little Egret (to simplify matters, I am excluding Little Blue Heron and Western Reef-Egret but anybody can wikipedia these species and get their range maps), which are attached as maps that I downloaded from wikipedia. The maps show no overlap between the breeding range of Little Egret with that of Tricolored Heron, but considerable overlap between Snowy Egret and Tricolored Heron. (The maps are coarse and they don't show the few pairs of Little Egrets that have been breeding in the eastern West Indies the past decade or so).

http://ebird.org/content/caribbean/news/little-egret-new-member-of-the-caribbean-avifauna/

Even accounting for the possibility that a Little Egret hybridized with a Tricolored Heron at, say, Barbados, that's still a HUGE DISTANCE from Florida -- roughly 1,700 miles to Merritt Island -- for the hybrid to travel to reach our state. Then let's consider the COMPLETE OVERLAP in Florida of the breeding ranges of Tricolored Heron and Snowy Egret, along with the fact that there are THOUSANDS OF PAIRS of each species breeding in the state.

Now, I know that the unlikely can happen -- Little Egrets and Western Reef-Egrets have made it to the northeastern United States -- but until there is an undisputed Little Egret or Western Reef-Egret in Florida, then the Merritt Island egret should be considered as a much more logical choice of a hybrid between two common Florida breeding species.


Best regards,

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida


Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2015 07:36:36 -0400
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Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] The Merritt Island egret
To: <BRDBRAIN...>

Wasnt one of the theories that it was a Tricolored x Little Egret hybrid? How was that ruled out in favor of Tri x Snowy? If reasons for the identification could be shared, I think a lot of us would be interested. Shelley RutkinWinston-Salem, NC
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Date: 8/11/15 5:29 am
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar Reserve 8/10/15
Hello Birders.
Out to Circle B Bar Reserve Southeast of Lakeland Monday Morning from
7:30 till 10:30.
Best Birds: 2 YELLOW WARBLERS, several NORTHERN PARULA, 6 TUFTED
TITMOUSE, 2 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS, 6 GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER,
1 BARN SWALLOW, 1 CHIMNEY SWIFT, SANDHILL CRANE (heard) , 2 PURPLE GALLINULE
It was a S-L-O-W morning with no Dawn Chorus, very few Herons and only
a single fly-over Ibis. The marsh is high with water rushing through the
spillways. Heading South on Heron Hideout I turned east on Alligator Alley
and halfway to the lake found a band of birds containing 2 Yellow Warbles
several Northern Parula, 4 Tufted Titmice, 2 Great Crested Flycatchers,
Downy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers; this was the highlight of the morning.
Because of heat related issues I did not go down to the dock on the
lake to check on the Owls nor have I been down to the Frasier Trail to
check on the Blue Grosbeaks
They are building an observation dock in the mid-section of Marsh
Rabbit Run extending south into the marsh. This is a great location as
there are a few scattered tall Cypress that Eagles and such like to perch
in and ducks like to raft here and you can't see them without a scope from
the trails. Marsh Rabbit is closed until they have finished.
There was a termite tent on the Nature Center, also the picnic
grounds around the Nature Center, with all the Oaks and other good habitat
is a great alternative to hiking elsewhere for birding. Good Birding.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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Date: 8/11/15 4:36 am
From: Shelley Rutkin <shelleyr...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] The Merritt Island egret
Wasn’t one of the theories that it was a Tricolored x Little Egret hybrid? How was that ruled out in favor of Tri x Snowy? If reasons for the identification could be shared, I think a lot of us would be interested.

Shelley Rutkin
Winston-Salem, NC

From: Birdbrains - Florida Birds/Natural History [mailto:<BRDBRAIN...>] On Behalf Of Dave Goodwin
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Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] The Merritt Island egret

Second hand report from very reliable sources - the photos were viewed by several African/European experts who said that in no way was this bird a Western Reef Heron. It is a hybrid something or other...

Dave
Dave Goodwin
Brandon FL
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Sent: Mon, Aug 10, 2015 2:47 pm
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] The Merritt Island egret
Thanks for the update Bill,

It would be a bit more educational if you could elaborate on what the European experts and Marshall actually said regarding this anomaly, or at least a more extensive summary.

I wonder where it will show up next or how many are out there? Apparently a similar bird was found in Maine this year while "our" bird was putting on it's 2015 show.

David Simpson
Fellsmere, FL

On Jul 30, 2015, at 11:25 AM, Bill Pranty <billpranty...> wrote:
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: 8/11/15 2:49 am
From: Dave Goodwin <0000000df3046576-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] The Merritt Island egret
Second hand report from very reliable sources - the photos were viewed by several African/European experts who said that in no way was this bird a Western Reef Heron. It is a hybrid something or other...


Dave


Dave Goodwin
Brandon FL
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From: David Simpson <simpsondavid...>
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Sent: Mon, Aug 10, 2015 2:47 pm
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] The Merritt Island egret



Thanks for the update Bill,




It would be a bit more educational if you could elaborate on what the European experts and Marshall actually said regarding this anomaly, or at least a more extensive summary.




I wonder where it will show up next or how many are out there? Apparently a similar bird was found in Maine this year while "our" bird was putting on it's 2015 show.




David Simpson

Fellsmere, FL


On Jul 30, 2015, at 11:25 AM, Bill Pranty <billpranty...> wrote:







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: 8/10/15 2:17 pm
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] American Redstarts at Lori Wilson Park / Brevard County
Camille and I did some lunch-time birding today despite the heat and
lateness (for the birds). It was no surprise that Lori Wilson Park was
pretty quiet at noon, but we ended up with a surprise none-the-less: the
first two American Redstarts of the season, for each of us.

They both appeared to be young males (based on plumage and behavior) and
were quickly moving through the canopy, fluttering about and fanning their
tails.

Aside from those two, we had a couple of Red-bellied Woodpeckers, some
young Blue Jays clowning around and the usual retinue of Northern Cardinals.

The beach was well crowded by then, as you can imagine, but it was a good
jaunt in the end.

Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County
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Date: 8/10/15 11:47 am
From: David Simpson <simpsondavid...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] The Merritt Island egret
Thanks for the update Bill,

It would be a bit more educational if you could elaborate on what the European experts and Marshall actually said regarding this anomaly, or at least a more extensive summary.

I wonder where it will show up next or how many are out there?  Apparently a similar bird was found in Maine this year while "our" bird was putting on it's 2015 show.

David Simpson
Fellsmere, FL

On Jul 30, 2015, at 11:25 AM, Bill Pranty <billpranty...> wrote:

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: 8/9/15 5:52 pm
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] West Pasco Coast Migrants
Hello,
The mangroves along the coast were full of migrant warblers today.  I had time to check for an hour this morning and late this evening for another; Green Key and Eagle Point Parks.
8  Prothonotary4 Northern Waterthrush (attached photo of one has some characteristics of Louisiana; bright reddish pink legs, plain white chin and wide white supercillum that raps around its head, but breast streaks are too dark and uniform and no buff shows near rump)42 Yellow (including my first 3 adult males of the fall)17 Prairie2 Northern Parula 
Ken TraceyNew Port Richey FL

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Date: 8/9/15 4:38 pm
From: T.Donovan <donovanter...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] STKI's Lake Apopka NSRA
On a drive through today, towards the end of the drive at 11.45 am, adjacent to the sod fields, a conservative count of at least 80 Swallow-tailed Kites in the air at one time.

Terry Donovan
Windermere, Orange County

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Date: 8/8/15 12:29 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kite(s) Marion County
Today while on my way to Weirsdale Recycling, after a major rain storm, I saw 2 MIKIs perched on top of pine trees and 1 circling overhead. I did NOT have my camera in the car!!
I returned home, grabbed my camera, raced back to find an INCREDIBLE sight of 5 or 6 MIKIs kiting. The gray sky made photographing the birds difficult.
I tried to get pictures of the different birds as to see adults/kids.
I do not know if I got pictures of all of them or not. I can definitely see 2 different adults, at least 1 youngster.

I had so much fun listening to them “talking” to each other. I actually mimicked their voices and got responses, probably from the youngster(s).
I have NEVER seen MIKIs like this, right in my neighborhood.

I do not know whether these are some of the same individuals that I watched nesting in Summerfield - about 5 miles away.

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





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Date: 8/8/15 11:44 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kite(s)
Today while on my way to Weirsdale Recycling, after a major rain storm, I saw 2 MIKIs perched on top of pine trees and 1 circling overhead. I did NOT have my camera in the car!!
I returned home, grabbed my camera, raced back to find an INCREDIBLE sight of 5 or 6 MIKIs kiting. The gray sky made photographing the birds difficult.
I tried to get pictures of the different birds as to see adults/kids.
I do not know if I got pictures of all of them or not. I can definitely see 2 different adults, at least 1 youngster.

I had so much fun listening to them “talking” to each other. I actually mimicked their voices and got responses, probably from the youngster(s).
I have NEVER seen MIKIs like this, right in my neighborhood.

I do not know whether these are some of the same individuals that I watched nesting in Summerfield - about 5 miles away.

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





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Date: 8/8/15 10:10 am
From: PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lori Wilson-Cocoa Beach(Brevard)


This morning at sunrise I walked a short way at Lori Wilson Park. I try to keep tabs on the flock of 70 or so Black Skimmers with young. A couple of weeks ago my friend, Margie, who works for the city decided to move the Black Skimmer chicks to the beach from Motel 6 roof. The project of continual replacement back to Motel 6 roof was overwhelming and some chicks were being run over in the street. Fish and Wildlife was reluctant since they thought the adults might not locate and feed young on beach and that predators (including humans) might take a toll. But happy to report the flock has done fine. They gradually moved south on the beach and now they are a bit south 4th St. North. This morning I counted 13 young and they are able to fly.

The best birds today for me: 1. a beautiful Red Knot, still in breeding plumage. The Sanderling are increasing in numbers each week and now there is diminishing rufous in the neck and winter plumage appears.

In the Hammock: 2. a female Hooded Warbler. (First warbler I’ve noticed in there this season).

Phyllis Mansfield,
Cocoa Beach,
Every Day a New Adventure
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Date: 8/8/15 6:05 am
From: Linda McQuaig <lgmcquaig...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Great Horned Owls
At Harbour Village in Ponce Inlet, my husband and I have enjoyed observing
a female Great Hormed Owl for the last couple of years. She disappears for
several months.… usually beginning Oct to Nov and reappears several months
later. "Hootie" came back a couple of months ago. As we observed her
through my scope, we noticed that it was not always the same owl.
Yesterday, we confirmed that she brought an owl with her. Is it a juvenile
owl or her mate? We've seen the mate come in the past but he's never
stayed. What are your thoughts??

Linda McQuaig
Ponce Inlet

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Date: 8/7/15 4:41 pm
From: Bob Landry <robertlandry...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Everglades Agricultual Area
Took the opportunity to do some shorebird scouting, east of Belle Glade, while enroute to and from Loxahatchee NWR. Anyone planning to head that way in the near future needs to be aware that CR-880 is closed between the Sem-Chi Rice Plant road and it’s eastern connection with US-80. The nearest connection to CR-880, from the east, is Hatton Hwy which is about half way to Belle Glade. It is about 5 miles from US-80, via Hatton Hwy, Gator Rd (left) and Sam Senter Rd (right). It comes out about 1 mile east of Browns Farm Rd.

Unfortunately, there were no shorebirds seen on any of the sod farms in the area. I found a minimal number of shorebirds in three flooded fields on Gator Rd, however, there were no flooded fields, visible from the road, in the first three miles on Browns Farm Rd or along CR-880. Common Nighthawks have arrived in numbers but Swallows were scarce.

On a side note, I saw a female Northern Harrier east of US-441 about 300 yards south of Boynton Beach Blvd. This seems very early.

Bob Landry
Brandon, FL


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Date: 8/7/15 3:13 pm
From: Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] id bronze cowbird please
Good afternoon J.W.,

Your bird is a juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird; juvenile Bronzed Cowbirds are entirely sooty overall, unlike the bird in your image.


Best regards,

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida



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> is this a bronze cowbird, I photoed at bald point, fl near panacea, fl this morning
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Date: 8/7/15 3:00 pm
From: jw callis <soturin...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] baldpoint, fl one new species for me
earlier post about a bronze cowbird at bald point would be a new species for me, not a lot happening out there before low tide.
2 juvenile night herons
1 great crested flycatcher
3 osprey
12 ruddy turnstones
2 willet
4 laughing gulls

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Date: 8/7/15 2:16 pm
From: jw callis <soturin...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] id bronze cowbird please

is this a bronze cowbird, I photoed at bald point, fl near panacea, fl this morning


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Date: 8/6/15 10:10 am
From: Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Wildwood Melon Fields
Hi BirdBrains,
We took a ride this morning up to the Wildwood Melon fields to see what the kite situation is.  As we suspected, most of the kites are gone (or at least not there).  We saw about 25-possibly 40 STKI, and 2 MIKI over the fields between CR 222 and CR216A.  There were also a few more at other nearby fields, but a total of about 40 is all we are estimating.  We also saw 6 STKI over the valley along Rt 561A near Lonesome Dove. 
 
I am sorry to see them go, and wishing them a safe journey.
GoodBirding,
Joyce Stefancic
Clermont, Fl
 

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Date: 8/5/15 2:48 pm
From: Sarah Linney <smljay12...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] BRDBRAIN Digest - 4 Aug 2015 (#2015-141)
In regards to Ron Smith's post yesterday, I wanted to add that Phyllis Mansfield and I were birding at Merritt Island NWR Aug 4 and found a Stilt Sandpiper and a Marbled Godwit off Peacock's Pocket and about 6 Pectoral Sandpipers off E. Gator Creek along with one lone Blue-winged Teal.  We also had 1, maybe 2, Wilson's Plovers in amongst the Semipalmated Plovers off Pumphouse Rd, and a flock of 14 Am. Avocets fly over.  When we were at the beach, stop #3, we had 2 flocks of about 15 each of Black Terns fly north past us.  Phyllis saw a Gray Kingbird here too, and we both got looks at an Eastern Kingbird.
All in all by my count we had 19 species of shorebirds--pretty decent morning.
Sarah LinneyCocoa, FL

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Date: 8/5/15 12:40 pm
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Prothonotary Warbler @ Circle B Bar Reserve
Hello Birders.
Out to Circle B Bar Reserve Southeast of Lakeland this morning from
7:30 till 10:00.
Best Birds: 2 PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS, 1 BELTED KINGFISHER, 1 BALD
EAGLE, 2 GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHERS, 5 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS.
It was a slow morning but it was nice to see the Prothonotary
Warblers, a Circle B first for me, both birds were on Alligator Alley as
was the Kingfisher, the first since spring. Other photographer friends
posted photos of Prairie and American Redstart on the Flickr Circle B bar
website, also Wally Barns saw and posted 4 Coyotes he spotted on Eagles
Ridge trail at the South end of the marsh and Terence Baker photographed a
Bobcat. You can see these critters at the website here
https://www.flickr.com/groups/995562@N25/

P.S. I was overcome by heat exhaustion this morning even though I stayed
hydrated and was walking in the shade most of the time, I guess I'm not
getting any younger, take care and Good Birding.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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Date: 8/5/15 9:19 am
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Historic UK birding and eBird
Christopher,

On the eBird home page in the upper right hand corner is a HELP tab. Click
there and then look right again where you'll see an Ask The eBird Community
tab. Posing your question to there would seem to be a better fit.

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL

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Date: 8/5/15 8:27 am
From: Cheri Pierce <cheripierce...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] American Redstart
A female American Redstart crashed into our Maitland office building today. Unfortunately, she did not make it. Monday, it was a Northern Parula. I guess migration is getting up to speed in Central Florida although I would prefer to observe it in a different way.

Cheri Pierce
Sorrento, FL

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Date: 8/5/15 7:12 am
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Historic UK birding and eBird
As I continue in my way-back machine and enter historical sightings into
eBird, I came across some photos I took in London in 1999 of Black Swans in
St. James Park.

According to the British Ornithological Union, Black Swans are not on the
"British List" but are considered Category E* (introduced, but has bred in
the wild), but I noticed that eBird has some entries around London for this
species.

Should I enter that species on eBird, or is it more ethical to abide by the
quasi-official BOU/British List for that area and consider it the same as,
say, a Graylag Goose here in the US?

What do any of the international eBirders here have to say?

Thanks,

Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County
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Date: 8/4/15 9:55 am
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pinellas Birds (04 Aug 2015)
Good afternoon,

The crazy weather we've been experiencing has brought several significant
reports/records to Pinellas County the past few days. Yesterday morning a
Leach's Storm-Petrel was found exhausted on the beach at St. Pete Beach.
Unfortunately, it died later in the day. The record is Pinellas' 4th for
the species.

Cerulean Warblers were found this past Sunday at Sawgrass Lake Park
(S.Tavaglione) and Dunedin Hammock (T.Kalbach) providing Pinellas with its
earliest fall record (photographed). Two more Ceruleans were seen at
Sawgrass yesterday and again today (J.Clayton). Kentucky Warblers were
reported the past two days at Sawgrass and Eric Plage had one at Fort De
Soto Park this morning. The first Pinellas Bank Swallow report of the fall
came yesterday when Mark Burns had one flying over the 62nd Ave NE Sewage
Treatment Plant, a traditional gathering site for swallows in the late
afternoon during the fall season.

Yesterday at Fort De Soto Plage had seven Pectoral Sandpipers on the beach
just north of the Gulf Pier. On Sunday Cameron Cox found a Stilt Sandpiper
at Gandy Beach.

The fall migration season is upon us.

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL

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Date: 8/4/15 7:30 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Twins, Second Brood
Sorry forgot to sign previous message.
Ken TraceyNew Port Richey FL

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Date: 8/4/15 7:27 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Twins, Second Brood
Hello,
At the Cecelia Rd electric substation this morning a pair of Southeastern American Kestrels fledged from the steel tube in the substation structure that was their nest.  They perched on the pole together for my photo. There is still one more young in the nest and that one may come out by the next two days.  The kestrel pair at this substation have done a great job producing young this year.  They took up their territory in Dec. of last year, photo from 12/3/14 attached, and by the first of March she was on eggs.  At the end of the first week in May their young starting coming out of the nest. By the second week in May I found that 5 had fledged! Photo of three of those young attached. On May 14th I found the pair copulating and figured a second brood was possible. The female started entering a different steel tube in the structure there.  Today the two fledglings in the photo came out of the second steel tube nest with one more to go.  This will mean that the pair has produced 8 young this season,  even though this second brood had to survive our monsoon rains.  Although the August 4 fledgling date is late, some of the literature refers to mid August as the latest fledgling date recorded for a second brood in the northwest. 

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Date: 8/3/15 4:30 am
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Duck ID help - Biolab Road MINWR / Brevard County
Hello 'Brainers,

I saw this duck along Biolab Road this weekend. My first impression was a
Greater Scaup due to bill and nail width and the head shape; but at certain
angles I think I can see a faint ring on the bill. Could this be a
Ring-necked Duck? It has a maimed right wing (missing half of it) but
otherwise seemed pretty healthy.

Christopher
Melbourne/Brevard County
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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!
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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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