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5/22/15 6:27 pm Robert Bowden <rr_bowden...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snowy x ? Hybrid or Western Reef Heron MINWR (Brevard)
5/22/15 3:17 pm Bill Pranty <billpranty...> [BRDBRAIN] The Merritt Island egret
5/22/15 2:44 pm David Simpson <simpsondavid...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Western reef heron?
5/22/15 2:41 pm Sam Fried <sam.fried...> [BRDBRAIN] Reef Heron?
5/22/15 2:13 pm Sam Fried <sam.fried...> [BRDBRAIN] Western reef heron?
5/22/15 8:49 am Clay henderson <0000000f87e54537-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Wow!! Good morning!
5/22/15 8:26 am Bill Pranty <billpranty...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Wow!! Good morning!
5/22/15 5:02 am Janet Conover <conover.janet...> [BRDBRAIN] Wow!! Good morning!
5/21/15 7:37 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] SnowyXTricolor Emeralda Marsh Lake County Feb 2013
5/21/15 7:24 pm SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] SnowyXTricolor Emeralda Marsh Lake County Feb 2013
5/21/15 7:17 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] SnowyXTricolor Emeralda Marsh Lake County Feb 2013
5/21/15 5:20 pm David Simpson <simpsondavid...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snowy x ? Hybrid or Western Reef Heron MINWR (Brevard)
5/21/15 5:04 pm Gail Becker <gbecker053...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snowy x ? Hybrid or Western Reef Heron MINWR (Brevard)
5/21/15 5:02 pm Gail Becker <gbecker053...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snowy x ? Hybrid or Western Reef Heron MINWR (Brevard)
5/21/15 4:42 pm Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst...> [BRDBRAIN] Merritt Island heron
5/21/15 4:06 pm Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snowy x ? Hybrid or Western Reef Heron MINWR (Brevard)
5/21/15 3:55 pm Jim Eager <beachbirder...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snowy x ? Hybrid or Western Reef Heron MINWR (Brevard)
5/21/15 3:37 pm David Simpson <simpsondavid...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snowy x ? Hybrid or Western Reef Heron MINWR (Brevard)
5/21/15 3:11 pm Sam Fried <sam.fried...> [BRDBRAIN] Putative Western Reef Heron
5/21/15 2:27 pm Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snowy x ? Hybrid or Western Reef Heron MINWR (Brevard)
5/21/15 2:19 pm SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snowy x ? Hybrid or Western Reef Heron MINWR (Brevard)
5/21/15 10:15 am David Simpson <simpsondavid...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snowy x ? Hybrid or Western Reef Heron MINWR (Brevard)
5/21/15 9:17 am Laura Marsh <laurakmarsh...> [BRDBRAIN] Visiting FL--seeking local birders to meet up with
5/21/15 5:40 am Eric Plage <ericplage...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snowy x ? Hybrid or Western Reef Heron MINWR (Brevard)
5/20/15 7:48 pm Eric Plage <ericplage...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snowy x ? Hybrid or Western Reef Heron MINWR (Brevard)
5/20/15 6:31 pm Dan Irizarry <rdirizarry...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snowy x ? Hybrid or Western Reef Heron MINWR (Brevard)
5/20/15 5:52 pm mitchell harris <petreltime...> [BRDBRAIN] Snowy x ? Hybrid or Western Reef Heron MINWR (Brevard)
5/20/15 4:18 pm Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...> [BRDBRAIN] American Goldfinch feathers
5/20/15 1:57 pm Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...> [BRDBRAIN] Fwd: Blackpoll Warbler
5/20/15 6:45 am Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...> [BRDBRAIN] Blackpoll
5/20/15 3:50 am Mark H. Vance <mark...> [BRDBRAIN] A Video of Purple Martins (Sarasota)
5/18/15 3:28 pm Alan Zoellner <arzoe...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Need ID on bird
5/18/15 1:41 pm Thomas Malone <birdman6847...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] [mou-net] massive reverse migration on the North Shore
5/17/15 6:53 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] message with previous Swallow-tailed Kite Nest picture
5/17/15 6:44 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Swllow-tailed Kite Nest South Miami
5/17/15 2:52 pm jw callis <soturin...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] the NEED ID help is a night heron
5/17/15 2:46 pm jw callis <soturin...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] bird ID help
5/17/15 12:24 pm Mike Ranck <0000000ec1899b62-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] White Ibis Gular Pouch
5/17/15 11:51 am Charles Crawford <cr4d...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Need ID on bird
5/17/15 11:21 am Alan Zoellner <arzoe...> [BRDBRAIN] Need ID on bird
5/17/15 7:58 am Wally Jones <gin.wal...> [BRDBRAIN] White Ibis Gular Pouch
5/16/15 9:16 am Graham Williams <grahamevanwilliams...> [BRDBRAIN] Connecticut Warbler, Leffis Key, Manatee Co.
5/15/15 5:59 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-tailed Kite pictures South Miami
5/15/15 3:26 pm Wally Jones <gin.wal...> [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive-Lust Road
5/15/15 12:36 pm jw callis <soturin...> [BRDBRAIN] ID please, some kind of young blackbird maybe
5/15/15 12:29 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-tailed Kite nest South Miami
5/15/15 10:10 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Light Bulb Kestrel
5/15/15 9:08 am cress <w_ouzel...> [BRDBRAIN] Notes on Maty Help of Christian hotspot
5/15/15 7:14 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Arctic Tern. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
5/14/15 2:26 pm Jenn Anselmo <jennanselmo...> [BRDBRAIN] Piping Plover, Indian River Cty: Sebastian Inlet
5/14/15 10:34 am Janet Conover <conover.janet...> [BRDBRAIN] Phoebe nestlings
5/14/15 9:06 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Southeastern American Kestrels
5/13/15 3:14 pm WILLIAM HADDAD <photobill9...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] [SpaceCoastAudubon] Judith Thurman
5/13/15 9:53 am Jim Eager <beachbirder...> [BRDBRAIN] Space Coast Audubon (Brevard)
5/13/15 9:32 am Dave Goodwin <0000000df3046576-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites. South Daytona. Volusia County
5/13/15 9:16 am Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites. South Daytona. Volusia County
5/13/15 6:31 am Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites. South Daytona. Volusia County
5/13/15 4:10 am Dave Goodwin <0000000df3046576-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites. South Daytona. Volusia County
5/13/15 4:07 am Dave Goodwin <0000000df3046576-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites. South Daytona. Volusia County
5/12/15 5:08 pm Rex Rowan <rexrowan...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites. South Daytona. Volusia County
5/12/15 4:17 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites. South Daytona. Volusia County
5/12/15 7:07 am Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Florida Grasshopper Sparrow - report date 5/12/15
5/12/15 6:59 am Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Florida Grasshopper Sparrow - report date 5/12/15
5/11/15 5:55 pm Jay Pitocchelli <jpitocch...> [BRDBRAIN] Citizens Science Project – Mourning Warbler Song Mapper
5/11/15 3:12 pm David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper a NO SHOW Merrit Island; 05/11/15
5/11/15 11:13 am Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> [BRDBRAIN] Fwd: [BRDBRAIN] MINWR Plover ID help
5/11/15 10:44 am Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] MINWR Plover ID help
5/10/15 4:57 pm Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Plover ID Help / Wilson's
5/10/15 3:41 pm Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> [BRDBRAIN] MINWR Plover ID help
5/10/15 2:52 pm Linda Most <0000000cb795e170-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper (Brevard)
5/10/15 2:41 pm Jim Eager <beachbirder...> [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper (Brevard)
5/10/15 10:54 am David Hartgrove <birdman9...> [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper, No
5/10/15 9:50 am Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] "Great White Heron" still at Hudson, 10 May 2015
5/10/15 9:11 am Bill Pranty <billpranty...> [BRDBRAIN] "Great White Heron" still at Hudson, 10 May 2015
5/9/15 7:20 pm Thomas Ford <tomf97...> [BRDBRAIN] Is this a Ruby-throated or a Black-chinned Hummingbird
5/9/15 4:59 pm Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...> [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper
5/9/15 4:08 pm Bill Pranty <billpranty...> [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper at Merritt Island NWR, 9 May 2015
5/9/15 8:02 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] CORY'S SHEARWATER Green Key May 09, 2015
5/9/15 4:36 am Scott Simmons <simmonsphoto...> [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper still present, 9 May 2015)
5/8/15 1:26 pm Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper ( 4:15 PM, 8 May 2015)
5/8/15 8:23 am Trey Mitchell <trey...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper
5/8/15 5:30 am Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper?
5/7/15 9:23 pm Reinhard Geisler <r102...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper
5/7/15 6:44 pm mitchell harris <petreltime...> [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper Pumphouse MINWR (Brevard)
5/7/15 5:58 pm <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...> [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper tips
5/7/15 2:53 pm Leann Streeper <leann.jackson...> [BRDBRAIN] Glossy/White Faced Ibis help
5/7/15 1:32 pm Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper
5/7/15 12:43 pm Gary Davis <garyrdavis...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper
5/7/15 12:22 pm Reinhard Geisler <r102...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper
5/7/15 11:06 am Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper
5/7/15 11:00 am Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Polk County - Red Knots!
5/7/15 10:56 am Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper
5/7/15 10:46 am Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...> [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper
5/6/15 7:50 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper. MINWR.
5/6/15 5:42 pm <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...> [BRDBRAIN] A test, please ignore
5/6/15 4:52 pm Bill Pranty <billpranty...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Thrush ID Help?
5/6/15 4:49 pm Breanna Perry <serena933...> [BRDBRAIN] Thrush ID Help?
5/6/15 3:33 pm Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper MINWR
5/6/15 3:26 pm David Simpson <simpsondavid...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] MINWR-Pump House-RE-Mitchell Harris(Brevard)
5/6/15 3:07 pm PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...> [BRDBRAIN] MINWR-Pump House-RE-Mitchell Harris(Brevard)
5/6/15 2:50 pm Leann Streeper <leann.jackson...> [BRDBRAIN] Glossy/White Faced Ibis help
5/6/15 11:42 am Mark H. Vance <mark...> [BRDBRAIN] A video of a Meadowlark (Sarasota)
5/6/15 6:32 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Brown Booby. Whimbrels. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
5/5/15 7:32 pm GB Hoyt <qrprat77...> [BRDBRAIN] Polk County Birders for Global Big Day
5/5/15 12:08 pm Jodi <desertangel7...> [BRDBRAIN] Fwd: [BRDBRAIN] Song ID? Honeymoon Island
5/5/15 11:27 am David Hartgrove <birdman9...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] ID help please?
5/5/15 9:36 am James Morris <jmorrisbirding...> [BRDBRAIN] ID help please?
5/4/15 8:15 pm Juanita Baker <bakerj...> [BRDBRAIN] Join the historic FIRST EVER Global Big Day! May 9, 2015!
5/4/15 5:07 pm Gail Becker <gbecker053...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Song ID? Honeymoon Island
5/4/15 3:33 pm Jodi <desertangel7...> [BRDBRAIN] Song ID? Honeymoon Island
5/4/15 2:36 pm Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Merritt Island NWR 5-4-15
5/4/15 5:36 am Breanna Perry <serena933...> [BRDBRAIN] Ft DeSoto Migrants & ID help
5/3/15 6:45 pm Bob Snow <blsnow11...> [BRDBRAIN] Neighborhood birding.
5/3/15 5:15 pm EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Birding in the Hood
5/3/15 4:23 pm Linda McQuaig <lgmcquaig...> [BRDBRAIN] Backyard Birding
5/3/15 4:16 pm Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> [BRDBRAIN] Lori Wilson Park / Cruickshank Sanctuary [Brevard County]
5/2/15 9:41 pm Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> [BRDBRAIN] Shiny Cowbirds @ Everglades National Park 5/3/2015
5/2/15 3:52 pm Mark McShane <marksmcshane...> [BRDBRAIN] Hudsonian Godwit - Tower Pond, St Marks NWR - 5/2/2015 - Yes
5/2/15 11:36 am Susan Daughtrey <susansd...> [BRDBRAIN] Amendment to previous post
5/2/15 11:33 am Susan Daughtrey <susansd...> [BRDBRAIN] Pinecraft Park today
5/2/15 6:40 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Green Key Funnel
5/1/15 5:33 pm Rosemary Harris <rharris133...> [BRDBRAIN] Fort De Soto
5/1/15 5:12 pm Tom Mast <tmast...> [BRDBRAIN] Avocet
5/1/15 2:33 pm PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...> [BRDBRAIN] Lori Wilson Park, Cocoa Beach
5/1/15 1:51 pm Matthew Press <0000000b4f429e34-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Dickcissel at Celery Fields
5/1/15 1:24 pm Renee Thomas <vegewren...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Cedar Key birds?
5/1/15 11:10 am Steve Klesius <skaway...> [BRDBRAIN] Brown Trasher and fledgling In North Tampa
5/1/15 10:51 am Beth McBroom <bethmcb...> [BRDBRAIN] Orlando to Miami
5/1/15 9:33 am Patricia Burns <0000000a73dd8fad-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Cedar Key birds?
5/1/15 9:27 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Pelagic Birding Trip Opportunity. June 7
5/1/15 6:53 am Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Sandpiper ID help
4/30/15 8:55 pm Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Pelagic Birding Trip Opportunity. June 7
4/30/15 7:13 pm Renee L Thomas <vegewren...> [BRDBRAIN] Cedar Key birds?
4/30/15 6:19 pm Beth McBroom <bethmcb...> [BRDBRAIN] Birding from Orlando to Miami
4/30/15 4:48 pm Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Pelagic Birding Trip Opportunity. June 7
4/30/15 4:22 pm Robert Penhollow <bobpenhollow...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Pelagic Birding Trip Opportunity. June 7
4/30/15 1:50 pm Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] West Pasco/Pinellas
4/30/15 1:29 pm Shelley Rutkin <shelleyr...> [BRDBRAIN] FW: [BRDBRAIN] Mottled or hybrid?
4/30/15 1:16 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Pelagic Birding Trip Opportunity. June 7
4/30/15 11:51 am PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...> [BRDBRAIN] Lori Wilson, Cocoa Beach(Brevard)
4/30/15 6:11 am Mark H. Vance <mark...> [BRDBRAIN] A video of a Shrike Tearing apart it's food.(Sarasota)
4/30/15 2:17 am Eve Gaige <egaige...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] BRDBRAIN Digest - 28 Apr 2015 to 29 Apr 2015 (#2015-11)
4/29/15 3:58 pm <smljay12...> <smljay12...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] [SpaceCoastAudubon] Lori Wilson, Cocoa Beach(Brevard)
4/29/15 10:57 am PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...> [BRDBRAIN] Lori Wilson, Cocoa Beach(Brevard)
4/29/15 10:08 am Christopher Ferro <0000000919b5b0ac-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Turkey Creek Sanctuary [Brevard County] 4/29/2015
4/29/15 10:05 am Steve Klesius <skaway...> [BRDBRAIN] Catbirds left Monday and Brown Thrasher visited today
4/28/15 5:57 pm beachbirder <beachbirder...> [BRDBRAIN] Lori Wilson Pk (Brevard)
4/28/15 4:16 pm william haddad <photobill9...> [BRDBRAIN] Fwd: Good migrants at Turkey Creek Sanct. today
4/28/15 3:57 pm william haddad <photobill9...> [BRDBRAIN] Good migrants at Turkey Creek Sanct. today
4/28/15 3:55 pm Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] James E Grey Preserve, West Pasco
4/28/15 1:27 pm PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...> [BRDBRAIN] Lori Wilson-Cocoa Beach(Brevard)
4/28/15 1:07 pm Tom Mast <tmast...> [BRDBRAIN] Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, part II
4/28/15 12:57 pm Tom Mast <tmast...> [BRDBRAIN] Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
4/28/15 7:50 am Christopher Ferro <0000000919b5b0ac-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Erna Nixon Park, Brevard County (before the rain)
4/27/15 7:18 pm Bill Pranty <billpranty...> [BRDBRAIN] Tarpon Springs/Dunedin area, 27 Apr 2015
4/27/15 2:43 pm David Simpson <simpsondavid...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Dowitcher help
4/27/15 9:55 am Martin G Young <00000008ce12263c-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] NOMAIL
4/27/15 9:18 am Brad Alexander <bwalexander...> [BRDBRAIN] Wilson's Phalarope at St Marks NWR
4/26/15 5:06 pm Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Black Swan
4/26/15 12:30 pm David Crockett <david...> [BRDBRAIN] Black Swan
4/26/15 5:58 am Shelley Rutkin <shelleyr...> [BRDBRAIN] Mottled or hybrid?
4/26/15 4:48 am Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Saddle Creek Park - Swainson's Thrush, etc.
4/25/15 8:29 pm EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-tailed Kite
4/25/15 3:45 pm Steve Klesius <skaway...> [BRDBRAIN] Any ideas about Ft DeSoto Sunday and the coming week
4/25/15 12:47 pm Margie Wilkinson <wilmar4...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Birding news aba not showing recent posts
4/25/15 10:05 am France <00000006c8bbe2de-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Birding Lee Co in SW FLorida
4/25/15 10:03 am Joe Zygala <shilohdad01...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Birding news aba not showing recent posts
4/25/15 9:59 am Joe Zygala <shilohdad01...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Birding news aba not showing recent posts
4/25/15 9:56 am Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Blue-crowned Parakeet vs. "Black-hooded Parakeet"
4/25/15 9:45 am Steve Klesius <skaway...> [BRDBRAIN] Birding news aba not showing recent posts
4/25/15 9:34 am Bill Pranty <billpranty...> [BRDBRAIN] "Great White Heron" at Hudson, 25 Apr 2015
4/25/15 6:57 am Janet Conover <conover.janet...> [BRDBRAIN] Little guys
4/24/15 10:39 pm Phillip Simmons <00000004c766f705-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Owl with egret
4/24/15 7:39 pm EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Black-necked Stilts
4/24/15 4:44 pm Larry Albright <LALBRIGHT6...> [BRDBRAIN] Owl with egret
4/24/15 3:20 pm Larry Albright <LALBRIGHT6...> [BRDBRAIN] Set mail
4/24/15 12:44 pm merle hubbard <merlinhubb...> [BRDBRAIN] Honeymoon island nature trail
4/24/15 12:42 pm Rick Schofield <brdbrain...> [BRDBRAIN] Audubon Society of the Everglades Pelagic trip report
4/24/15 11:14 am SG Rabe <0000000372c41a13-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Flamingo
4/24/15 11:13 am SG Rabe <0000000372c41a13-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Flamingo
4/24/15 9:47 am Melissa <birdingtreefrog...> [BRDBRAIN] Browns farm road
4/24/15 9:43 am Melissa <birdingtreefrog...> [BRDBRAIN] Spot breasted oriole
4/24/15 9:26 am <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Ani at Ft. desoto
4/24/15 9:07 am Alison Fox <alison.fox90...> [BRDBRAIN] White-tailed Kites- Osceola Co.
4/24/15 8:51 am Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Mead Gardens (Orange Co.) birdiness!
4/24/15 8:50 am Melissa <birdingtreefrog...> [BRDBRAIN] Flamingo
4/24/15 8:49 am Mark H. Vance <mark...> [BRDBRAIN] A video of Virginia Rail (Sarasota)
4/24/15 8:49 am Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...> [BRDBRAIN] Mead Gardens (Orange Co.) birdiness!
4/24/15 8:47 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] RE; Blue-winged Warbler
4/24/15 8:47 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] "Blue-winged" Warbler at Fort De Soto on 04/22/15
4/24/15 8:46 am Steve Klesius <skaway...> [BRDBRAIN] Ani at Ft. desoto
4/24/15 8:46 am Steve Klesius <skaway...> [BRDBRAIN] Grove-bill Ani reported at Ft. DeSoto
4/24/15 8:45 am Bill Argo <billargo...> [BRDBRAIN] Ani @ Ft. DeSoto
4/22/15 6:25 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] West Pasco Migrants
 
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Date: 5/22/15 6:27 pm
From: Robert Bowden <rr_bowden...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snowy x ? Hybrid or Western Reef Heron MINWR (Brevard)
Just wanted to point out that a short video of the mystery bird from two years ago, almost certainly the same individual, was recorded by Steve Byland and posted to the nemesisbird page which documented its occurrence. Here's the direct link for anyone who's interested.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_byland/8618463087/in/photostream

It's definitely the most thought-provoking bird of 2015 (and 2013!). You have to wonder where it's been in the intervening time.

Rob Bowden
Gainesville, FL


Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 00:20:35 +0000
From: <simpsondavid...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snowy x ? Hybrid or Western Reef Heron MINWR (Brevard)
To: <BRDBRAIN...>

Interesting stuff.
At least one of the purported hybrids is similar to the MINWR bird.
It would be interesting to hear from some folks who are familiar with Western reef-heron. Perhaps someone could shoot a video. Pictures can be very deceptive.
David SimpsonFellsmere, FL
On May 21, 2015, at 07:07 PM, Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...> wrote:

Hi All,
Below are some links to eBird checklists with photos of other Snowy Egret X Tricolored Heron from elsewhere in the country:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23052697

http://ebird.org/ebird/nh/view/checklist?subID=S23185993

http://ebird.org/ebird/nh/view/checklist?subID=S19226923

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19131215

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S14920804

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S14325011

I guess there will be a few birders who would also like to call these Western Reef-Herons too. I think the MINWR-Brevard bird is a Snowy Egret X Tricolored Heron like the above examples. Sometimes hybrids will show traits not expected in either parent species. I'm willing to wager that there are more Snow Egret X Tricolored Herons found in North America than Western Reef-Herons.
Best,Brian AhernTampa Bay, FL.


On Thu, May 21, 2015 at 6:37 PM, David Simpson <simpsondavid...> wrote:
This bird was found in 2013 and again a couple weeks ago and was posted on various forums. In 2013, it was inexplicably identified as a Tricolored X Snowy egret hybrid even though it is clearly not that combination. The plumes on the back of the head are not found in either species but are found in both Little egret and Western reef-heron. I am fascinated by this fascination with hybrids. In the wild are considerably rare. Yes, there are some well-known exceptions among the 10,000 or so species of birds in the world. Well-known hybrid zones exist, but as a rule, hybrids are very rare. When hybrids do occur in the wild, it is usually at the frontier of a range expansion where a species is moving into the range of a similar species or where a vagrant of a species was forced to mate outside the bounds of it's species when the only other choice was not to mate at all. We have seen this in the eastern advance of Great-tailed grackle into the range of Boat-tailed grackle where hybrids occurred at the eastern edge of the range of Great-tailed grackle, but as the species invaded the area, hybrids ceased to exist. Lesser black-backed gulls are hybridizing with Herring gulls at the western frontier of their range (as are many "large white-headed gulls" where populations meet). We are perhaps seeing Glossy and White-faced ibises hybridize as these species expand their ranges. We have also seen this when a vagrant Sandwich tern hybridized for years with Elegant terns in California and California returned the favor by lending us one of their Elegant terns to hybridize with our Sandwich terns. Tricolored heron and Snowy egret are quite abundant in Florida and therefore would not be expected to hybridize very often, if at all. Considering that the world population of Tricolored X Snowy hybrids is probably in the range of 0-1 and the population of Western reef-herons is almost certainly greater than that and that Western reef-heron has been known to occur north and south of Florida, I find in interesting that so many people want to cram this bird in the hybrid category, especially a combination not supported by the evidence. Structurally and plumage-wise, there is nothing that suggests to me that it is not a Western reef-heron. My only experience with the species is with image searches on the internet (my, there are is lot a variation in Western reef-herons!) I have no field experience with Western reef-heron, expect perhaps this afternoon. I do have decades of experience with Snowy egret and Tricolored heron and this bird does not suggest either of those species to me. The bill is longer and thinner than any Tricolored heron I have seen and certainly longer than any Snowy egret I have seen. The plumage does not strongly match either Snowy egret or Tricolored heron in many ways but is well within the range of Western reef-heron. The only other species that seems worth considering as a hybrid partner (with Western reef-heron) is Little egret, which might even be the same species.
David SimpsonFellsmere, FL

On May 21, 2015, at 05:28 PM, Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...> wrote:

Hi David & all,
OK, I'll bite. Can you elaborate as to why you said "Certainly there are reef-heron genes in this bird" ?
Thanks,Brian AhernTampa Bay, FL.
On Thu, May 21, 2015 at 1:15 PM, David Simpson <simpsondavid...> wrote:
Now that I've seen the bird I would like it to be a Western reef-heron. Got some pics. Will await analysis. Certainly there are reef-heron genes in this bird.
Still there at the moment, ca 100m before Stop 3 on Blackpoint Wildlife Drive on the right. Merritt Island NWR.
David SimpsonFellsmere, FL

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On May 20, 2015, at 20:52, mitchell harris <petreltime...> wrote:

On 5/18 I found what is either a Snowy x Little Blue or Tri-colored Heron or a Western Reef Heron. I first thought it was most likely a hybrid, but tonight I was able to do a little research and feel theres a good possibility it is a Reef Heron. Reef Herons are highly variable and come in grey morph, white morph and mottled morph/grey and white. The MINWR bird is larger than a Snowy, has a heavier and longer bill and the legs are thicker. I was worried that the legs and feet didnt show enough yellow and the lores didnt have a bluish cast, but have since found images from Africa showing both lores and leg/foot coloration just like the MINWR bird. The one thing that has me most convinced the bird is a Reef Heron I havent seen mentioned in any literature. I was looking through and comparing images of Reef Heron, Snowy Egret, Little Blue and Tri-colored with the images I took of the MINWR bird. The shape and length of the feathering under the lower mandible in the MINWR bird fits every image of Reef Heron I looked at and does not fit Snowy, Little Blue or Tri-colored. Ive uploaded images of the MINWR bird to my flickr page here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/87459132@N02/17290210414/in/dateposted-public/The bird was found near stop 3 on Blackpoint Dr MINWR in the late afternoon.Mitchell HarrisTitusvilleTo subscribe, unsubscribe or view archives of the brdbrain listserv list, please visit us on the web at: http://listserv.usf.edu/archives/brdbrain.html To set to no mail send a message: SET BRDBRAIN NOMAIL to <LISTSERV...> To reinstate mail service after NOMAIL send a message: SET BRDBRAIN MAIL to <LISTSERV...> Report any problems to the listserv administrator: <listadmin...> ____________________________________________________________________________To subscribe, unsubscribe or view archives of the brdbrain listserv list, please visit us on the web at: http://listserv.usf.edu/archives/brdbrain.html To set to no mail send a message: SET BRDBRAIN NOMAIL to <LISTSERV...> To reinstate mail service after NOMAIL send a message: SET BRDBRAIN MAIL to <LISTSERV...> Report any problems to the listserv administrator: <listadmin...> ____________________________________________________________________________
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Date: 5/22/15 3:17 pm
From: Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] The Merritt Island egret



Good afternoon all,

I have wanted to stay out of the controversy, since I have no experience in life with Little Egret, Western Reef Egret, or hybrid ardeids, but since others with equally no experience have now made a conclusive ID of the Merritt Island egret as a Western Reef Egret (as posted to eBird), then I thought I would add some points.

My copy of "The Herons Handbook" is in storage and it may be a while before I can get my hands on it. So for now, my main source is wikipedia and Google images.

1) mottled Western Reef Egrets are juveniles, similar to "calico" Little Blue Herons. If the May 2015 egret is the same individualas was photographed at Emeralda Marsh and at Merritt Island in 2013, then it cannot possibly be a juvenile. Therefore, its randomly mottled plumage would be inconsistent for Western Reef Egret.

2) Little Egrets and Western Reef Egrets both seem to have precisely two occiptal plumes. Photos of the Merritt Island egret that have been to BRDBRAIN by Mitchell Harris and Danny Bales show the bird having many small occiptal plumes, which again would seem to eliminate Western Reef Egret.

3) The totally random coloring of the bird's blue vs white feathering screams aberrancy. I was surprised that David Simpson tried to downplay the idea that this individual is a hybrid by claiming that hybrids are rare. In fact, some hybrids are common. Recent CBC data and observations by a few of us have shown that in some urban areas of the peninsula -- especially Pinellas County -- Mallard x Mottled Duck hybrids far outnumber Mottled Ducks, based on various plumage features.

4) Aberrant birds do not have to be hybrids. Every year in Florida, Boat-tailed Grackles are found with all-white feathers on the body. Every year in Florida, Laughing Gulls with red or orange bills, legs, or feet are found, etc.

My own guess is that the Emeralda Marsh and Merritt Island egret is a hybrid. The slate-gray plumage would suggest Little Blue Heron as one parent, while the long, slender bill, yellow lores, and yellow feet would suggest Snowy Egret as the second parent. (And let's not overlook the fact that tthis individual could be the offspring of a hybrid pairing with a "pure" egret (what is called an backcross, which may be breeding several generations. "Lawrence's Warbler" is a backcross between a Blue-winged Warbler or Golden-winged Warbler and a hybrid, called a "Brewster's Warbler"), rather than the offspring of two "pure" birds. I can see why some might think that Tricolored Heron might be one parent, but to me, the plumage coloration does not support that species.

Rex Rowan has asked members of the ID Frontiers listserve to weigh in on the identity of the Florida egret, and I suspect that within a week we will have several opinions -- but whether or not these opinions are welcomed will depend on whose side of the ID fence one is on.


Best regards,

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida


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Date: 5/22/15 2:44 pm
From: David Simpson <simpsondavid...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Western reef heron?
Thanks Sam for gathering more data.

I have not had time to do any more research, neither am I an expert on either Little egret or Western reef-heron.  I did manage to look at the pics of a strange heron from Florida in 2013 (Nemesisbird?) and another from Blackpoint a couple weeks ago (FB Bird ID page?) and it appears that all three are the same individual.  Previously (2013) and more recently (two weeks ago) it was presumed or implied to be a Tricolored X Snowy hybrid despite to obvious evidence to the contrary.  Curious how we can look at the white belly contrasting with the darker neck and white line down the throat (i.e. Tricolored heron), yet we dismiss the giant white plumes sticking out of the back of the head (i.e. Little egret) as "hybrids can show characteristics not found in either parent species."  Add to that the structural attributes (thick legs and ridiculously long bill) and some still want to force this peg into the Snowy hole.

Anyway, it will be interesting to see what people with extensive experience with Little egret and Western reef-heron have to say.

Daddy needs a life bird!

David Simpson
Fellsmere, FL


On May 22, 2015, at 05:13 PM, Sam Fried <sam.fried...> wrote:

May 22, 2015: I don't know if any expert conclusions have been reached about this bird, but I wanted to weigh in based on my limited experience with little egrets in both Trinidad and Tanzania.  One of the structural things that struck me about little egrets, which are very similar to and may be conspecific with, western reef heron, is the thickness and blackness of their legs, compared to either of the wading birds that have been suggested to have hybridized.  The MINWR bird seemed to possess this same characteristic, in addition to other similarities.  

I did get some video of the bird, as well as flight shots.  Unfortunately, my photo program is completely screwed up, preventing me from sending out anything.

Sam Fried
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Date: 5/22/15 2:41 pm
From: Sam Fried <sam.fried...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Reef Heron?
May 22, 2015: I've got very good pix of this bird from all aspects. I don't see it as being "skinny" at all, with no buff cast to back plumes, just pure gray. The nuchal plumes are completely distinctive from either snowy or trike, resembling only little egret. The facial skin pattern and color is different as well. Behavior was completely different from either of the alleged parents. I'm still thinking reef heron, especially because of the legs, which certainly don't resemble the spindly legs of either snowy or trike.

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Date: 5/22/15 2:13 pm
From: Sam Fried <sam.fried...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Western reef heron?
May 22, 2015: I don't know if any expert conclusions have been reached about this bird, but I wanted to weigh in based on my limited experience with little egrets in both Trinidad and Tanzania. One of the structural things that struck me about little egrets, which are very similar to and may be conspecific with, western reef heron, is the thickness and blackness of their legs, compared to either of the wading birds that have been suggested to have hybridized. The MINWR bird seemed to possess this same characteristic, in addition to other similarities.
I did get some video of the bird, as well as flight shots. Unfortunately, my photo program is completely screwed up, preventing me from sending out anything.

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Date: 5/22/15 8:49 am
From: Clay henderson <0000000f87e54537-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Wow!! Good morning!
Unusual siting today: three roseate spoonbills in downtown DeLand, flying above the Sanborn Conference Center. I've been traveling back and forth to DeLand for over 40 years and this is a first. Arnette Sherman of West Volusia Audubon Society got pictures.
clay Henderson
New Smyrna beach

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> On May 22, 2015, at 11:25 AM, Bill Pranty <billpranty...> wrote:
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> Good morning Janet,
>
> Cool photo, but the slim body and long, banded tail make this a Cooper's Hawk, not a Red-atiled Hawk.
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> Best regards,
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> Bill Pranty
> Bayonet Point, Florida
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> Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 08:01:55 -0400
> From: <conover.janet...>
> Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Wow!! Good morning!
> To: <BRDBRAIN...>
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> Every morning, I walk our dog Joey along the Venetian Water Trail on Venice Island. Typically, it's uneventful, and I witness Nanday Parakeets taking over a Pileated Woodpecker's cavity in a telephone pole, and lots of doves, blue jays, etc.
>
> BUT THIS MORNING....A red-tailed hawk nearly knocked me over as he flew out of the sea grapes onto a community's fence with his prey (bottom half of a rabbit)!! I know my iphone photo isn't clear, but I was shaking and in awe at once!
>
> I love how the sign says: Private Property. Please Do Not Enter.
> Good thing hawks can't read ; )
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> HAVE A GREAT DAY ALL!
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> <Image.jpeg>
> Jan
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Date: 5/22/15 8:26 am
From: Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Wow!! Good morning!
Good morning Janet,

Cool photo, but the slim body and long, banded tail make this a Cooper's Hawk, not a Red-atiled Hawk.


Best regards,

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida

Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 08:01:55 -0400
From: <conover.janet...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Wow!! Good morning!
To: <BRDBRAIN...>

Every morning, I walk our dog Joey along the Venetian Water Trail on Venice Island. Typically, it's uneventful, and I witness Nanday Parakeets taking over a Pileated Woodpecker's cavity in a telephone pole, and lots of doves, blue jays, etc.
BUT THIS MORNING....A red-tailed hawk nearly knocked me over as he flew out of the sea grapes onto a community's fence with his prey (bottom half of a rabbit)!! I know my iphone photo isn't clear, but I was shaking and in awe at once!
I love how the sign says: Private Property. Please Do Not Enter. Good thing hawks can't read ; )
HAVE A GREAT DAY ALL!



Jan




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Date: 5/22/15 5:02 am
From: Janet Conover <conover.janet...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Wow!! Good morning!
Every morning, I walk our dog Joey along the Venetian Water Trail on Venice Island. Typically, it's uneventful, and I witness Nanday Parakeets taking over a Pileated Woodpecker's cavity in a telephone pole, and lots of doves, blue jays, etc.

BUT THIS MORNING....A red-tailed hawk nearly knocked me over as he flew out of the sea grapes onto a community's fence with his prey (bottom half of a rabbit)!! I know my iphone photo isn't clear, but I was shaking and in awe at once!

I love how the sign says: Private Property. Please Do Not Enter.
Good thing hawks can't read ; )

HAVE A GREAT DAY ALL!



Jan





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Date: 5/21/15 7:37 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] SnowyXTricolor Emeralda Marsh Lake County Feb 2013


> I found a Snowy XTricolor in Feb 2013. I relocated the bird in th same area twice a couple of weeks later. Other birders from The Villages also saw the bird.
Yellow feet, yellow lores, but size of Trcolor heron with other attributes of a Tricolor. Very cool bird.
Alice Horst
The Villages, Marion County
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Date: 5/21/15 7:24 pm
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] SnowyXTricolor Emeralda Marsh Lake County Feb 2013
Who with authority is calling these birds Snowy Egret x Tri-colored Heron? How do you just assume that? I can say Snowy Egret x Western Reef Heron too, but I'm not an authority. These birds should just be Unknown Heron or Egret.

Danny Bales
Titusville, Fla.
Brevard


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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] SnowyXTricolor Emeralda Marsh Lake County Feb 2013
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I found a Snowy XTricolor at Emeralda Marsh, Lake County, in Feb 2013. I relocated the bird twice a couple of weeks later in the same area. Other birders from the Villages also saw the bird. The pictures show yellow legs, yellow lores. Bird was size of Tricolor with other Tricolor attributes. Very cool bird! Alice Horst Marion CountySubject: SnowyXTricolor Emeralda Marsh Lake County Feb 2013
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Date: 5/21/15 7:17 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] SnowyXTricolor Emeralda Marsh Lake County Feb 2013
I found a Snowy XTricolor at Emeralda Marsh, Lake County, in Feb 2013. I relocated the bird twice a couple of weeks later in the same area. Other birders from the Villages also saw the bird.
The pictures show yellow legs, yellow lores. Bird was size of Tricolor with other Tricolor attributes. Very cool bird!
Alice Horst
Marion County
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Date: 5/21/15 5:20 pm
From: David Simpson <simpsondavid...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snowy x ? Hybrid or Western Reef Heron MINWR (Brevard)
Interesting stuff.

At least one of the purported hybrids is similar to the MINWR bird.

It would be interesting to hear from some folks who are familiar with Western reef-heron.  Perhaps someone could shoot a video.  Pictures can be very deceptive.

David Simpson
Fellsmere, FL

On May 21, 2015, at 07:07 PM, Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...> wrote:

Hi All,

Below are some links to eBird checklists with photos of other Snowy Egret X Tricolored Heron from elsewhere in the country:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23052697

http://ebird.org/ebird/nh/view/checklist?subID=S23185993

http://ebird.org/ebird/nh/view/checklist?subID=S19226923

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19131215

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S14920804

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S14325011

I guess there will be a few birders who would also like to call these Western Reef-Herons too. I think the MINWR-Brevard bird is a Snowy Egret X Tricolored Heron like the above examples. Sometimes hybrids will show traits not expected in either parent species. I'm willing to wager that there are more Snow Egret X Tricolored Herons found in North America than Western Reef-Herons.

Best,
Brian Ahern
Tampa Bay, FL.



On Thu, May 21, 2015 at 6:37 PM, David Simpson <simpsondavid...> wrote:
This bird was found in 2013 and again a couple weeks ago and was posted on various forums.  In 2013, it was inexplicably identified as a Tricolored X Snowy egret hybrid even though it is clearly not that combination.  The plumes on the back of the head are not found in either species but are found in both Little egret and Western reef-heron.  I am fascinated by this fascination with hybrids.  In the wild are considerably rare.  Yes, there are some well-known exceptions among the 10,000 or so species of birds in the world.  Well-known hybrid zones exist, but as a rule, hybrids are very rare.  When hybrids do occur in the wild, it is usually at the frontier of a range expansion where a species is moving into the range of a similar species or where a vagrant of a species was forced to mate outside the bounds of it's species when the only other choice was not to mate at all.  We have seen this in the eastern advance of Great-tailed grackle into the range of Boat-tailed grackle where hybrids occurred at the eastern edge of the range of Great-tailed grackle, but as the species invaded the area, hybrids ceased to exist.  Lesser black-backed gulls are hybridizing with Herring gulls at the western frontier of their range (as are many "large white-headed gulls" where populations meet).  We are perhaps seeing Glossy and White-faced ibises hybridize as these species expand their ranges.  We have also seen this when a vagrant Sandwich tern hybridized for years with Elegant terns in California and California returned the favor by lending us one of their Elegant terns to hybridize with our Sandwich terns.  Tricolored heron and Snowy egret are quite abundant in Florida and therefore would not be expected to hybridize very often, if at all.  Considering that the world population of Tricolored X Snowy hybrids is probably in the range of 0-1 and the population of Western reef-herons is almost certainly greater than that and that Western reef-heron has been known to occur north and south of Florida, I find in interesting that so many people want to cram this bird in the hybrid category, especially a combination not supported by the evidence.  Structurally and plumage-wise, there is nothing that suggests to me that it is not a Western reef-heron.  My only experience with the species is with image searches on the internet (my, there are is lot a variation in Western reef-herons!)  I have no field experience with Western reef-heron, expect perhaps this afternoon.  I do have decades of experience with Snowy egret and Tricolored heron and this bird does not suggest either of those species to me.  The bill is longer and thinner than any Tricolored heron I have seen and certainly longer than any Snowy egret I have seen.  The plumage does not strongly match either Snowy egret or Tricolored heron in many ways but is well within the range of Western reef-heron.  The only other species that seems worth considering as a hybrid partner (with Western reef-heron) is Little egret, which might even be the same species.

David Simpson
Fellsmere, FL


On May 21, 2015, at 05:28 PM, Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...> wrote:

Hi David & all,

OK, I'll bite. Can you elaborate as to why you said "Certainly there are reef-heron genes in this bird" ? 

Thanks,
Brian Ahern
Tampa Bay, FL.

On Thu, May 21, 2015 at 1:15 PM, David Simpson <simpsondavid...> wrote:
Now that I've seen the bird I would like it to be a Western reef-heron.  Got some pics.  Will await analysis.  Certainly there are reef-heron genes in this bird.

Still there at the moment, ca 100m before Stop 3 on Blackpoint Wildlife Drive on the right.  Merritt Island NWR.

David Simpson
Fellsmere, FL

Sent from my iPhone

On May 20, 2015, at 20:52, mitchell harris <petreltime...> wrote:

On 5/18 I found what is either a Snowy x Little Blue or Tri-colored Heron or a Western Reef Heron. I first thought it was most likely a hybrid, but tonight I was able to do a little research and feel there’s a good possibility it is a Reef Heron. Reef Herons are highly variable and come in grey morph, white morph and mottled morph/grey and white. The MINWR bird is larger than a Snowy, has a heavier and longer bill and the legs are thicker. I was worried that the legs and feet didn’t show enough yellow and the lores didn’t have a bluish cast, but have since found images from Africa showing both lores and leg/foot coloration just like the MINWR bird. The one thing that has me most convinced the bird is a Reef Heron I haven’t seen mentioned in any literature. I was looking through and comparing images of Reef Heron, Snowy Egret, Little Blue and Tri-colored with the images I took of the MINWR bird. The shape and length of the feathering under the lower mandible in the MINWR bird fits every image of Reef Heron I looked at and does not fit Snowy, Little Blue or Tri-colored. I’ve uploaded images of the MINWR bird to my flickr page here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/87459132@N02/17290210414/in/dateposted-public/
The bird was found near stop 3 on Blackpoint Dr MINWR in the late afternoon.
Mitchell Harris
Titusville
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Date: 5/21/15 5:04 pm
From: Gail Becker <gbecker053...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snowy x ? Hybrid or Western Reef Heron MINWR (Brevard)
Everyone seems to think this is the same bird from 2013. Can someone
explain the logic behind that assumption?

Just curious,

Gail Becker
Orlando, FL

On Thu, May 21, 2015 at 7:06 PM, Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...>
wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> Below are some links to eBird checklists with photos of other Snowy Egret
> X Tricolored Heron from elsewhere in the country:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23052697
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/nh/view/checklist?subID=S23185993
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/nh/view/checklist?subID=S19226923
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19131215
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S14920804
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S14325011
>
> I guess there will be a few birders who would also like to call these
> Western Reef-Herons too. I think the MINWR-Brevard bird is a Snowy Egret X
> Tricolored Heron like the above examples. Sometimes hybrids will show
> traits not expected in either parent species. I'm willing to wager that
> there are more Snow Egret X Tricolored Herons found in North America than
> Western Reef-Herons.
>
> Best,
> Brian Ahern
> Tampa Bay, FL.
>
>
>
> On Thu, May 21, 2015 at 6:37 PM, David Simpson <simpsondavid...>
> wrote:
>
>> This bird was found in 2013 and again a couple weeks ago and was posted
>> on various forums. In 2013, it was inexplicably identified as a Tricolored
>> X Snowy egret hybrid even though it is clearly not that combination. The
>> plumes on the back of the head are not found in either species but are
>> found in both Little egret and Western reef-heron. I am fascinated by
>> this fascination with hybrids. In the wild are considerably rare. Yes,
>> there are some well-known exceptions among the 10,000 or so species of
>> birds in the world. Well-known hybrid zones exist, but as a rule,
>> hybrids are very rare. When hybrids do occur in the wild, it is usually at
>> the frontier of a range expansion where a species is moving into the range
>> of a similar species or where a vagrant of a species was forced to mate
>> outside the bounds of it's species when the only other choice was not to
>> mate at all. We have seen this in the eastern advance of Great-tailed
>> grackle into the range of Boat-tailed grackle where hybrids occurred at the
>> eastern edge of the range of Great-tailed grackle, but as the species
>> invaded the area, hybrids ceased to exist. Lesser black-backed gulls are
>> hybridizing with Herring gulls at the western frontier of their range (as
>> are many "large white-headed gulls" where populations meet). We are
>> perhaps seeing Glossy and White-faced ibises hybridize as these species
>> expand their ranges. We have also seen this when a vagrant Sandwich tern
>> hybridized for years with Elegant terns in California and California
>> returned the favor by lending us one of their Elegant terns to hybridize
>> with our Sandwich terns. Tricolored heron and Snowy egret are quite
>> abundant in Florida and therefore would not be expected to hybridize very
>> often, if at all. Considering that the world population of Tricolored X
>> Snowy hybrids is probably in the range of 0-1 and the population of Western
>> reef-herons is almost certainly greater than that and that Western
>> reef-heron has been known to occur north and south of Florida, I find in
>> interesting that so many people want to cram this bird in the hybrid
>> category, especially a combination not supported by the evidence.
>> Structurally and plumage-wise, there is nothing that suggests to me that it
>> is not a Western reef-heron. My only experience with the species is with
>> image searches on the internet (my, there are is lot a variation in
>> Western reef-herons!) I have no field experience with Western reef-heron,
>> expect perhaps this afternoon. I do have decades of experience with Snowy
>> egret and Tricolored heron and this bird does not suggest either of those species
>> to me. The bill is longer and thinner than any Tricolored heron I have
>> seen and certainly longer than any Snowy egret I have seen. The plumage
>> does not strongly match either Snowy egret or Tricolored heron in many ways
>> but is well within the range of Western reef-heron. The only other species
>> that seems worth considering as a hybrid partner (with Western reef-heron)
>> is Little egret, which might even be the same species.
>>
>> David Simpson
>> Fellsmere, FL
>>
>>
>> On May 21, 2015, at 05:28 PM, Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...>
>> wrote:
>>
>> Hi David & all,
>>
>> OK, I'll bite. Can you elaborate as to why you said "Certainly there are
>> reef-heron genes in this bird" ?
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Brian Ahern
>> Tampa Bay, FL.
>>
>> On Thu, May 21, 2015 at 1:15 PM, David Simpson <simpsondavid...>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Now that I've seen the bird I would like it to be a Western reef-heron.
>>> Got some pics. Will await analysis. Certainly there are reef-heron genes
>>> in this bird.
>>>
>>> Still there at the moment, ca 100m before Stop 3 on Blackpoint Wildlife
>>> Drive on the right. Merritt Island NWR.
>>>
>>> David Simpson
>>> Fellsmere, FL
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>
>>> On May 20, 2015, at 20:52, mitchell harris <petreltime...> wrote:
>>>
>>> On 5/18 I found what is either a Snowy x Little Blue or Tri-colored
>>> Heron or a Western Reef Heron. I first thought it was most likely a hybrid,
>>> but tonight I was able to do a little research and feel there’s a good
>>> possibility it is a Reef Heron. Reef Herons are highly variable and come in
>>> grey morph, white morph and mottled morph/grey and white. The MINWR bird is
>>> larger than a Snowy, has a heavier and longer bill and the legs are
>>> thicker. I was worried that the legs and feet didn’t show enough yellow and
>>> the lores didn’t have a bluish cast, but have since found images from
>>> Africa showing both lores and leg/foot coloration just like the MINWR bird.
>>> The one thing that has me most convinced the bird is a Reef Heron I haven’t
>>> seen mentioned in any literature. I was looking through and comparing
>>> images of Reef Heron, Snowy Egret, Little Blue and Tri-colored with the
>>> images I took of the MINWR bird. The shape and length of the feathering
>>> under the lower mandible in the MINWR bird fits every image of Reef Heron I
>>> looked at and does not fit Snowy, Little Blue or Tri-colored. I’ve uploaded
>>> images of the MINWR bird to my flickr page here:
>>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/87459132@N02/17290210414/in/dateposted-public/
>>>
>>> The bird was found near stop 3 on Blackpoint Dr MINWR in the late
>>> afternoon.
>>>
>>> Mitchell Harris
>>>
>>> Titusville
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Date: 5/21/15 5:02 pm
From: Gail Becker <gbecker053...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snowy x ? Hybrid or Western Reef Heron MINWR (Brevard)
Everyone seems to think this is the same bird from 2013. Can someone
explain the logic behind that assumption?

Just curious,

Gail Becker
Orlando, FL

On Thu, May 21, 2015 at 4:06 PM, Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...>
wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> Below are some links to eBird checklists with photos of other Snowy Egret
> X Tricolored Heron from elsewhere in the country:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23052697
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/nh/view/checklist?subID=S23185993
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/nh/view/checklist?subID=S19226923
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19131215
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S14920804
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S14325011
>
> I guess there will be a few birders who would also like to call these
> Western Reef-Herons too. I think the MINWR-Brevard bird is a Snowy Egret X
> Tricolored Heron like the above examples. Sometimes hybrids will show
> traits not expected in either parent species. I'm willing to wager that
> there are more Snow Egret X Tricolored Herons found in North America than
> Western Reef-Herons.
>
> Best,
> Brian Ahern
> Tampa Bay, FL.
>
>
>
> On Thu, May 21, 2015 at 6:37 PM, David Simpson <simpsondavid...>
> wrote:
>
>> This bird was found in 2013 and again a couple weeks ago and was posted
>> on various forums. In 2013, it was inexplicably identified as a Tricolored
>> X Snowy egret hybrid even though it is clearly not that combination. The
>> plumes on the back of the head are not found in either species but are
>> found in both Little egret and Western reef-heron. I am fascinated by
>> this fascination with hybrids. In the wild are considerably rare. Yes,
>> there are some well-known exceptions among the 10,000 or so species of
>> birds in the world. Well-known hybrid zones exist, but as a rule,
>> hybrids are very rare. When hybrids do occur in the wild, it is usually at
>> the frontier of a range expansion where a species is moving into the range
>> of a similar species or where a vagrant of a species was forced to mate
>> outside the bounds of it's species when the only other choice was not to
>> mate at all. We have seen this in the eastern advance of Great-tailed
>> grackle into the range of Boat-tailed grackle where hybrids occurred at the
>> eastern edge of the range of Great-tailed grackle, but as the species
>> invaded the area, hybrids ceased to exist. Lesser black-backed gulls are
>> hybridizing with Herring gulls at the western frontier of their range (as
>> are many "large white-headed gulls" where populations meet). We are
>> perhaps seeing Glossy and White-faced ibises hybridize as these species
>> expand their ranges. We have also seen this when a vagrant Sandwich tern
>> hybridized for years with Elegant terns in California and California
>> returned the favor by lending us one of their Elegant terns to hybridize
>> with our Sandwich terns. Tricolored heron and Snowy egret are quite
>> abundant in Florida and therefore would not be expected to hybridize very
>> often, if at all. Considering that the world population of Tricolored X
>> Snowy hybrids is probably in the range of 0-1 and the population of Western
>> reef-herons is almost certainly greater than that and that Western
>> reef-heron has been known to occur north and south of Florida, I find in
>> interesting that so many people want to cram this bird in the hybrid
>> category, especially a combination not supported by the evidence.
>> Structurally and plumage-wise, there is nothing that suggests to me that it
>> is not a Western reef-heron. My only experience with the species is with
>> image searches on the internet (my, there are is lot a variation in
>> Western reef-herons!) I have no field experience with Western reef-heron,
>> expect perhaps this afternoon. I do have decades of experience with Snowy
>> egret and Tricolored heron and this bird does not suggest either of those species
>> to me. The bill is longer and thinner than any Tricolored heron I have
>> seen and certainly longer than any Snowy egret I have seen. The plumage
>> does not strongly match either Snowy egret or Tricolored heron in many ways
>> but is well within the range of Western reef-heron. The only other species
>> that seems worth considering as a hybrid partner (with Western reef-heron)
>> is Little egret, which might even be the same species.
>>
>> David Simpson
>> Fellsmere, FL
>>
>>
>> On May 21, 2015, at 05:28 PM, Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...>
>> wrote:
>>
>> Hi David & all,
>>
>> OK, I'll bite. Can you elaborate as to why you said "Certainly there are
>> reef-heron genes in this bird" ?
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Brian Ahern
>> Tampa Bay, FL.
>>
>> On Thu, May 21, 2015 at 1:15 PM, David Simpson <simpsondavid...>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Now that I've seen the bird I would like it to be a Western reef-heron.
>>> Got some pics. Will await analysis. Certainly there are reef-heron genes
>>> in this bird.
>>>
>>> Still there at the moment, ca 100m before Stop 3 on Blackpoint Wildlife
>>> Drive on the right. Merritt Island NWR.
>>>
>>> David Simpson
>>> Fellsmere, FL
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>
>>> On May 20, 2015, at 20:52, mitchell harris <petreltime...> wrote:
>>>
>>> On 5/18 I found what is either a Snowy x Little Blue or Tri-colored
>>> Heron or a Western Reef Heron. I first thought it was most likely a hybrid,
>>> but tonight I was able to do a little research and feel there’s a good
>>> possibility it is a Reef Heron. Reef Herons are highly variable and come in
>>> grey morph, white morph and mottled morph/grey and white. The MINWR bird is
>>> larger than a Snowy, has a heavier and longer bill and the legs are
>>> thicker. I was worried that the legs and feet didn’t show enough yellow and
>>> the lores didn’t have a bluish cast, but have since found images from
>>> Africa showing both lores and leg/foot coloration just like the MINWR bird.
>>> The one thing that has me most convinced the bird is a Reef Heron I haven’t
>>> seen mentioned in any literature. I was looking through and comparing
>>> images of Reef Heron, Snowy Egret, Little Blue and Tri-colored with the
>>> images I took of the MINWR bird. The shape and length of the feathering
>>> under the lower mandible in the MINWR bird fits every image of Reef Heron I
>>> looked at and does not fit Snowy, Little Blue or Tri-colored. I’ve uploaded
>>> images of the MINWR bird to my flickr page here:
>>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/87459132@N02/17290210414/in/dateposted-public/
>>>
>>> The bird was found near stop 3 on Blackpoint Dr MINWR in the late
>>> afternoon.
>>>
>>> Mitchell Harris
>>>
>>> Titusville
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Date: 5/21/15 4:42 pm
From: Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Merritt Island heron
Suggest someone go to an expert on HERONS.
Perhaps Andy Kratter can suggest someone.
None of us is an expert or experienced with reef herons, including me.

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Weeki Wachee, FL

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Date: 5/21/15 4:06 pm
From: Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snowy x ? Hybrid or Western Reef Heron MINWR (Brevard)
Hi All,

Below are some links to eBird checklists with photos of other Snowy Egret X
Tricolored Heron from elsewhere in the country:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23052697

http://ebird.org/ebird/nh/view/checklist?subID=S23185993

http://ebird.org/ebird/nh/view/checklist?subID=S19226923

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19131215

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S14920804

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S14325011

I guess there will be a few birders who would also like to call these
Western Reef-Herons too. I think the MINWR-Brevard bird is a Snowy Egret X
Tricolored Heron like the above examples. Sometimes hybrids will show
traits not expected in either parent species. I'm willing to wager that
there are more Snow Egret X Tricolored Herons found in North America than
Western Reef-Herons.

Best,
Brian Ahern
Tampa Bay, FL.



On Thu, May 21, 2015 at 6:37 PM, David Simpson <simpsondavid...> wrote:

> This bird was found in 2013 and again a couple weeks ago and was posted on
> various forums. In 2013, it was inexplicably identified as a Tricolored X
> Snowy egret hybrid even though it is clearly not that combination. The
> plumes on the back of the head are not found in either species but are
> found in both Little egret and Western reef-heron. I am fascinated by
> this fascination with hybrids. In the wild are considerably rare. Yes,
> there are some well-known exceptions among the 10,000 or so species of
> birds in the world. Well-known hybrid zones exist, but as a rule,
> hybrids are very rare. When hybrids do occur in the wild, it is usually at
> the frontier of a range expansion where a species is moving into the range
> of a similar species or where a vagrant of a species was forced to mate
> outside the bounds of it's species when the only other choice was not to
> mate at all. We have seen this in the eastern advance of Great-tailed
> grackle into the range of Boat-tailed grackle where hybrids occurred at the
> eastern edge of the range of Great-tailed grackle, but as the species
> invaded the area, hybrids ceased to exist. Lesser black-backed gulls are
> hybridizing with Herring gulls at the western frontier of their range (as
> are many "large white-headed gulls" where populations meet). We are
> perhaps seeing Glossy and White-faced ibises hybridize as these species
> expand their ranges. We have also seen this when a vagrant Sandwich tern
> hybridized for years with Elegant terns in California and California
> returned the favor by lending us one of their Elegant terns to hybridize
> with our Sandwich terns. Tricolored heron and Snowy egret are quite
> abundant in Florida and therefore would not be expected to hybridize very
> often, if at all. Considering that the world population of Tricolored X
> Snowy hybrids is probably in the range of 0-1 and the population of Western
> reef-herons is almost certainly greater than that and that Western
> reef-heron has been known to occur north and south of Florida, I find in
> interesting that so many people want to cram this bird in the hybrid
> category, especially a combination not supported by the evidence.
> Structurally and plumage-wise, there is nothing that suggests to me that it
> is not a Western reef-heron. My only experience with the species is with
> image searches on the internet (my, there are is lot a variation in
> Western reef-herons!) I have no field experience with Western reef-heron,
> expect perhaps this afternoon. I do have decades of experience with Snowy
> egret and Tricolored heron and this bird does not suggest either of those species
> to me. The bill is longer and thinner than any Tricolored heron I have
> seen and certainly longer than any Snowy egret I have seen. The plumage
> does not strongly match either Snowy egret or Tricolored heron in many ways
> but is well within the range of Western reef-heron. The only other species
> that seems worth considering as a hybrid partner (with Western reef-heron)
> is Little egret, which might even be the same species.
>
> David Simpson
> Fellsmere, FL
>
>
> On May 21, 2015, at 05:28 PM, Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...>
> wrote:
>
> Hi David & all,
>
> OK, I'll bite. Can you elaborate as to why you said "Certainly there are
> reef-heron genes in this bird" ?
>
> Thanks,
> Brian Ahern
> Tampa Bay, FL.
>
> On Thu, May 21, 2015 at 1:15 PM, David Simpson <simpsondavid...>
> wrote:
>
>> Now that I've seen the bird I would like it to be a Western reef-heron.
>> Got some pics. Will await analysis. Certainly there are reef-heron genes
>> in this bird.
>>
>> Still there at the moment, ca 100m before Stop 3 on Blackpoint Wildlife
>> Drive on the right. Merritt Island NWR.
>>
>> David Simpson
>> Fellsmere, FL
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> On May 20, 2015, at 20:52, mitchell harris <petreltime...> wrote:
>>
>> On 5/18 I found what is either a Snowy x Little Blue or Tri-colored Heron
>> or a Western Reef Heron. I first thought it was most likely a hybrid, but
>> tonight I was able to do a little research and feel there’s a good
>> possibility it is a Reef Heron. Reef Herons are highly variable and come in
>> grey morph, white morph and mottled morph/grey and white. The MINWR bird is
>> larger than a Snowy, has a heavier and longer bill and the legs are
>> thicker. I was worried that the legs and feet didn’t show enough yellow and
>> the lores didn’t have a bluish cast, but have since found images from
>> Africa showing both lores and leg/foot coloration just like the MINWR bird.
>> The one thing that has me most convinced the bird is a Reef Heron I haven’t
>> seen mentioned in any literature. I was looking through and comparing
>> images of Reef Heron, Snowy Egret, Little Blue and Tri-colored with the
>> images I took of the MINWR bird. The shape and length of the feathering
>> under the lower mandible in the MINWR bird fits every image of Reef Heron I
>> looked at and does not fit Snowy, Little Blue or Tri-colored. I’ve uploaded
>> images of the MINWR bird to my flickr page here:
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/87459132@N02/17290210414/in/dateposted-public/
>>
>> The bird was found near stop 3 on Blackpoint Dr MINWR in the late
>> afternoon.
>>
>> Mitchell Harris
>>
>> Titusville
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Date: 5/21/15 3:55 pm
From: Jim Eager <beachbirder...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snowy x ? Hybrid or Western Reef Heron MINWR (Brevard)
Earlier today I shared the photo with Michael O'Brien, on Facebook, to get his opinion. His response was "Super skinny proportions, long bill, neck/breast pattern and slight buff to back plumes make me think Snowy X Tricolored".

Jim Eager
Cape Canaveral, Fl

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> On May 21, 2015, at 6:37 PM, David Simpson <simpsondavid...> wrote:
>
> This bird was found in 2013 and again a couple weeks ago and was posted on various forums. In 2013, it was inexplicably identified as a Tricolored X Snowy egret hybrid even though it is clearly not that combination. The plumes on the back of the head are not found in either species but are found in both Little egret and Western reef-heron. I am fascinated by this fascination with hybrids. In the wild are considerably rare. Yes, there are some well-known exceptions among the 10,000 or so species of birds in the world. Well-known hybrid zones exist, but as a rule, hybrids are very rare. When hybrids do occur in the wild, it is usually at the frontier of a range expansion where a species is moving into the range of a similar species or where a vagrant of a species was forced to mate outside the bounds of it's species when the only other choice was not to mate at all. We have seen this in the eastern advance of Great-tailed grackle into the range of Boat-tailed grackle where hybrids occurred at the eastern edge of the range of Great-tailed grackle, but as the species invaded the area, hybrids ceased to exist. Lesser black-backed gulls are hybridizing with Herring gulls at the western frontier of their range (as are many "large white-headed gulls" where populations meet). We are perhaps seeing Glossy and White-faced ibises hybridize as these species expand their ranges. We have also seen this when a vagrant Sandwich tern hybridized for years with Elegant terns in California and California returned the favor by lending us one of their Elegant terns to hybridize with our Sandwich terns. Tricolored heron and Snowy egret are quite abundant in Florida and therefore would not be expected to hybridize very often, if at all. Considering that the world population of Tricolored X Snowy hybrids is probably in the range of 0-1 and the population of Western reef-herons is almost certainly greater than that and that Western reef-heron has been known to occur north and south of Florida, I find in interesting that so many people want to cram this bird in the hybrid category, especially a combination not supported by the evidence. Structurally and plumage-wise, there is nothing that suggests to me that it is not a Western reef-heron. My only experience with the species is with image searches on the internet (my, there are is lot a variation in Western reef-herons!) I have no field experience with Western reef-heron, expect perhaps this afternoon. I do have decades of experience with Snowy egret and Tricolored heron and this bird does not suggest either of those species to me. The bill is longer and thinner than any Tricolored heron I have seen and certainly longer than any Snowy egret I have seen. The plumage does not strongly match either Snowy egret or Tricolored heron in many ways but is well within the range of Western reef-heron. The only other species that seems worth considering as a hybrid partner (with Western reef-heron) is Little egret, which might even be the same species.
>
> David Simpson
> Fellsmere, FL
>
>
>> On May 21, 2015, at 05:28 PM, Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...> wrote:
>>
>
>> Hi David & all,
>>
>> OK, I'll bite. Can you elaborate as to why you said "Certainly there are reef-heron genes in this bird" ?
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Brian Ahern
>> Tampa Bay, FL.
>>
>>> On Thu, May 21, 2015 at 1:15 PM, David Simpson <simpsondavid...> wrote:
>>> Now that I've seen the bird I would like it to be a Western reef-heron. Got some pics. Will await analysis. Certainly there are reef-heron genes in this bird.
>>>
>>> Still there at the moment, ca 100m before Stop 3 on Blackpoint Wildlife Drive on the right. Merritt Island NWR.
>>>
>>> David Simpson
>>> Fellsmere, FL
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>
>>>> On May 20, 2015, at 20:52, mitchell harris <petreltime...> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> On 5/18 I found what is either a Snowy x Little Blue or Tri-colored Heron or a Western Reef Heron. I first thought it was most likely a hybrid, but tonight I was able to do a little research and feel there’s a good possibility it is a Reef Heron. Reef Herons are highly variable and come in grey morph, white morph and mottled morph/grey and white. The MINWR bird is larger than a Snowy, has a heavier and longer bill and the legs are thicker. I was worried that the legs and feet didn’t show enough yellow and the lores didn’t have a bluish cast, but have since found images from Africa showing both lores and leg/foot coloration just like the MINWR bird. The one thing that has me most convinced the bird is a Reef Heron I haven’t seen mentioned in any literature. I was looking through and comparing images of Reef Heron, Snowy Egret, Little Blue and Tri-colored with the images I took of the MINWR bird. The shape and length of the feathering under the lower mandible in the MINWR bird fits every image of Reef Heron I looked at and does not fit Snowy, Little Blue or Tri-colored. I’ve uploaded images of the MINWR bird to my flickr page here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/87459132@N02/17290210414/in/dateposted-public/
>>>>
>>>> The bird was found near stop 3 on Blackpoint Dr MINWR in the late afternoon.
>>>>
>>>> Mitchell Harris
>>>>
>>>> Titusville
>>>>
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Date: 5/21/15 3:37 pm
From: David Simpson <simpsondavid...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snowy x ? Hybrid or Western Reef Heron MINWR (Brevard)
This bird was found in 2013 and again a couple weeks ago and was posted on various forums.  In 2013, it was inexplicably identified as a Tricolored X Snowy egret hybrid even though it is clearly not that combination.  The plumes on the back of the head are not found in either species but are found in both Little egret and Western reef-heron.  I am fascinated by this fascination with hybrids.  In the wild are considerably rare.  Yes, there are some well-known exceptions among the 10,000 or so species of birds in the world.  Well-known hybrid zones exist, but as a rule, hybrids are very rare.  When hybrids do occur in the wild, it is usually at the frontier of a range expansion where a species is moving into the range of a similar species or where a vagrant of a species was forced to mate outside the bounds of it's species when the only other choice was not to mate at all.  We have seen this in the eastern advance of Great-tailed grackle into the range of Boat-tailed grackle where hybrids occurred at the eastern edge of the range of Great-tailed grackle, but as the species invaded the area, hybrids ceased to exist.  Lesser black-backed gulls are hybridizing with Herring gulls at the western frontier of their range (as are many "large white-headed gulls" where populations meet).  We are perhaps seeing Glossy and White-faced ibises hybridize as these species expand their ranges.  We have also seen this when a vagrant Sandwich tern hybridized for years with Elegant terns in California and California returned the favor by lending us one of their Elegant terns to hybridize with our Sandwich terns.  Tricolored heron and Snowy egret are quite abundant in Florida and therefore would not be expected to hybridize very often, if at all.  Considering that the world population of Tricolored X Snowy hybrids is probably in the range of 0-1 and the population of Western reef-herons is almost certainly greater than that and that Western reef-heron has been known to occur north and south of Florida, I find in interesting that so many people want to cram this bird in the hybrid category, especially a combination not supported by the evidence.  Structurally and plumage-wise, there is nothing that suggests to me that it is not a Western reef-heron.  My only experience with the species is with image searches on the internet (my, there are is lot a variation in Western reef-herons!)  I have no field experience with Western reef-heron, expect perhaps this afternoon.  I do have decades of experience with Snowy egret and Tricolored heron and this bird does not suggest either of those species to me.  The bill is longer and thinner than any Tricolored heron I have seen and certainly longer than any Snowy egret I have seen.  The plumage does not strongly match either Snowy egret or Tricolored heron in many ways but is well within the range of Western reef-heron.  The only other species that seems worth considering as a hybrid partner (with Western reef-heron) is Little egret, which might even be the same species.

David Simpson
Fellsmere, FL


On May 21, 2015, at 05:28 PM, Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...> wrote:

Hi David & all,

OK, I'll bite. Can you elaborate as to why you said "Certainly there are reef-heron genes in this bird" ? 

Thanks,
Brian Ahern
Tampa Bay, FL.

On Thu, May 21, 2015 at 1:15 PM, David Simpson <simpsondavid...> wrote:
Now that I've seen the bird I would like it to be a Western reef-heron.  Got some pics.  Will await analysis.  Certainly there are reef-heron genes in this bird.

Still there at the moment, ca 100m before Stop 3 on Blackpoint Wildlife Drive on the right.  Merritt Island NWR.

David Simpson
Fellsmere, FL

Sent from my iPhone

On May 20, 2015, at 20:52, mitchell harris <petreltime...> wrote:

On 5/18 I found what is either a Snowy x Little Blue or Tri-colored Heron or a Western Reef Heron. I first thought it was most likely a hybrid, but tonight I was able to do a little research and feel there’s a good possibility it is a Reef Heron. Reef Herons are highly variable and come in grey morph, white morph and mottled morph/grey and white. The MINWR bird is larger than a Snowy, has a heavier and longer bill and the legs are thicker. I was worried that the legs and feet didn’t show enough yellow and the lores didn’t have a bluish cast, but have since found images from Africa showing both lores and leg/foot coloration just like the MINWR bird. The one thing that has me most convinced the bird is a Reef Heron I haven’t seen mentioned in any literature. I was looking through and comparing images of Reef Heron, Snowy Egret, Little Blue and Tri-colored with the images I took of the MINWR bird. The shape and length of the feathering under the lower mandible in the MINWR bird fits every image of Reef Heron I looked at and does not fit Snowy, Little Blue or Tri-colored. I’ve uploaded images of the MINWR bird to my flickr page here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/87459132@N02/17290210414/in/dateposted-public/
The bird was found near stop 3 on Blackpoint Dr MINWR in the late afternoon.
Mitchell Harris
Titusville
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Date: 5/21/15 3:11 pm
From: Sam Fried <sam.fried...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Putative Western Reef Heron
May 21, 2015, 5:00PM, MINWR: Gale and I just spent about 1/2 hour with the heron, getting great views and photos of it feeding, flying and generally chasing around at the reported location. The facial skin, foot colors (black on top, peachy/yellow underneath), width of legs and nuchal plume reminded me only of a little egret, but this bird fed much more dynamically, reminding me of a cross between a reddish egret and a tri-colored heron. Like nothing else I've seen anywhere. Ultimately, a violent lightning-filled squall came through and the bird disappeared, but hopefully will be back tomorrow.

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Date: 5/21/15 2:27 pm
From: Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snowy x ? Hybrid or Western Reef Heron MINWR (Brevard)
Hi David & all,

OK, I'll bite. Can you elaborate as to why you said "Certainly there are
reef-heron genes in this bird" ?

Thanks,
Brian Ahern
Tampa Bay, FL.

On Thu, May 21, 2015 at 1:15 PM, David Simpson <simpsondavid...> wrote:

> Now that I've seen the bird I would like it to be a Western reef-heron.
> Got some pics. Will await analysis. Certainly there are reef-heron genes
> in this bird.
>
> Still there at the moment, ca 100m before Stop 3 on Blackpoint Wildlife
> Drive on the right. Merritt Island NWR.
>
> David Simpson
> Fellsmere, FL
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On May 20, 2015, at 20:52, mitchell harris <petreltime...> wrote:
>
> On 5/18 I found what is either a Snowy x Little Blue or Tri-colored Heron
> or a Western Reef Heron. I first thought it was most likely a hybrid, but
> tonight I was able to do a little research and feel there’s a good
> possibility it is a Reef Heron. Reef Herons are highly variable and come in
> grey morph, white morph and mottled morph/grey and white. The MINWR bird is
> larger than a Snowy, has a heavier and longer bill and the legs are
> thicker. I was worried that the legs and feet didn’t show enough yellow and
> the lores didn’t have a bluish cast, but have since found images from
> Africa showing both lores and leg/foot coloration just like the MINWR bird.
> The one thing that has me most convinced the bird is a Reef Heron I haven’t
> seen mentioned in any literature. I was looking through and comparing
> images of Reef Heron, Snowy Egret, Little Blue and Tri-colored with the
> images I took of the MINWR bird. The shape and length of the feathering
> under the lower mandible in the MINWR bird fits every image of Reef Heron I
> looked at and does not fit Snowy, Little Blue or Tri-colored. I’ve uploaded
> images of the MINWR bird to my flickr page here:
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/87459132@N02/17290210414/in/dateposted-public/
>
> The bird was found near stop 3 on Blackpoint Dr MINWR in the late
> afternoon.
>
> Mitchell Harris
>
> Titusville
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Date: 5/21/15 2:19 pm
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snowy x ? Hybrid or Western Reef Heron MINWR (Brevard)
I left the heron about an hour ago. It had flown north after feeding a while. It feed like no other heron I've seen in Florida. I'm just going to call it Harris's Heron instead of unknown, because I have no idea what hybrid it is or isn't. I have some flight shots of it, and a standing shot. Very pretty bird.

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/17918889376

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/17945973291

Danny Bales
Titusville,Fla.
www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen
Brevard
Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 13:15:13 -0400
From: <simpsondavid...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snowy x ? Hybrid or Western Reef Heron MINWR (Brevard)
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Now that I've seen the bird I would like it to be a Western reef-heron. Got some pics. Will await analysis. Certainly there are reef-heron genes in this bird.
Still there at the moment, ca 100m before Stop 3 on Blackpoint Wildlife Drive on the right. Merritt Island NWR.
David SimpsonFellsmere, FL

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On May 20, 2015, at 20:52, mitchell harris <petreltime...> wrote:

On 5/18 I found what is either a Snowy x Little Blue or
Tri-colored Heron or a Western Reef Heron. I first thought it was most likely a
hybrid, but tonight I was able to do a little research and feel theres a good
possibility it is a Reef Heron. Reef Herons are highly variable and come in
grey morph, white morph and mottled morph/grey and white. The MINWR bird is
larger than a Snowy, has a heavier and longer bill and the legs are thicker. I
was worried that the legs and feet didnt show enough yellow and the lores didnt
have a bluish cast, but have since found images from Africa showing both lores
and leg/foot coloration just like the MINWR bird. The one thing that has me most convinced the bird is a Reef Heron I havent seen mentioned in any literature.
I was looking through and comparing images of Reef Heron, Snowy Egret, Little
Blue and Tri-colored with the images I took of the MINWR bird. The shape and
length of the feathering under the lower mandible in the MINWR bird fits every
image of Reef Heron I looked at and does not fit Snowy, Little Blue or
Tri-colored. Ive uploaded images of the MINWR bird to my flickr page here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/87459132@N02/17290210414/in/dateposted-public/

The bird was found near stop 3 on Blackpoint Dr MINWR in the
late afternoon.

Mitchell Harris

Titusville
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Date: 5/21/15 10:15 am
From: David Simpson <simpsondavid...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snowy x ? Hybrid or Western Reef Heron MINWR (Brevard)
Now that I've seen the bird I would like it to be a Western reef-heron. Got some pics. Will await analysis. Certainly there are reef-heron genes in this bird.

Still there at the moment, ca 100m before Stop 3 on Blackpoint Wildlife Drive on the right. Merritt Island NWR.

David Simpson
Fellsmere, FL

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> On May 20, 2015, at 20:52, mitchell harris <petreltime...> wrote:
>
> On 5/18 I found what is either a Snowy x Little Blue or Tri-colored Heron or a Western Reef Heron. I first thought it was most likely a hybrid, but tonight I was able to do a little research and feel there’s a good possibility it is a Reef Heron. Reef Herons are highly variable and come in grey morph, white morph and mottled morph/grey and white. The MINWR bird is larger than a Snowy, has a heavier and longer bill and the legs are thicker. I was worried that the legs and feet didn’t show enough yellow and the lores didn’t have a bluish cast, but have since found images from Africa showing both lores and leg/foot coloration just like the MINWR bird. The one thing that has me most convinced the bird is a Reef Heron I haven’t seen mentioned in any literature. I was looking through and comparing images of Reef Heron, Snowy Egret, Little Blue and Tri-colored with the images I took of the MINWR bird. The shape and length of the feathering under the lower mandible in the MINWR bird fits every image of Reef Heron I looked at and does not fit Snowy, Little Blue or Tri-colored. I’ve uploaded images of the MINWR bird to my flickr page here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/87459132@N02/17290210414/in/dateposted-public/
>
> The bird was found near stop 3 on Blackpoint Dr MINWR in the late afternoon.
>
> Mitchell Harris
>
> Titusville
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Date: 5/21/15 9:17 am
From: Laura Marsh <laurakmarsh...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Visiting FL--seeking local birders to meet up with
Hello,

My name is Laura Marsh from Chattanooga, TN. My husband and I are visiting
a few national parks in FL next week and were interested in potentially
meeting up with other birders.

Here is a rough schedule for our trip. If anyone local is birding in those
areas on those days, I'd love to meet up and learn a bit! I am not by any
means a birding expert, nor do I enjoy birding all day long (I'm pregnant
and will have to go slow, take breaks). However, I like birding with other
locals in the area to get an idea of places to go and to help confirm the
birds I am seeing.

5/25: Miami
5/26: Biscayne NP
5/27: Key West
5/28: Boat out to Dry Tortugas NP
5/29: Everglades NP
5/30: Everglades NP

Feel free to email me with any questions.

Thank you,
Laura Marsh

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Date: 5/21/15 5:40 am
From: Eric Plage <ericplage...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snowy x ? Hybrid or Western Reef Heron MINWR (Brevard)
Apologies, didn't sign off.

Eric Plage
St. Petersburg, FL

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Date: 5/20/15 7:48 pm
From: Eric Plage <ericplage...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snowy x ? Hybrid or Western Reef Heron MINWR (Brevard)
And wasn't consensus on that bird a Little Egret X Tricolored Heron hybrid from the Barbados/Aruba rookery?

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> On May 20, 2015, at 9:31 PM, Dan Irizarry <rdirizarry...> wrote:
>
> Isn't this the same bird that was found back in 2012?
>
> Dan Irizarry
> Ruskin, Fl
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On May 20, 2015, at 8:52 PM, mitchell harris <petreltime...> wrote:
>>
>> On 5/18 I found what is either a Snowy x Little Blue or Tri-colored Heron or a Western Reef Heron. I first thought it was most likely a hybrid, but tonight I was able to do a little research and feel there’s a good possibility it is a Reef Heron. Reef Herons are highly variable and come in grey morph, white morph and mottled morph/grey and white. The MINWR bird is larger than a Snowy, has a heavier and longer bill and the legs are thicker. I was worried that the legs and feet didn’t show enough yellow and the lores didn’t have a bluish cast, but have since found images from Africa showing both lores and leg/foot coloration just like the MINWR bird. The one thing that has me most convinced the bird is a Reef Heron I haven’t seen mentioned in any literature. I was looking through and comparing images of Reef Heron, Snowy Egret, Little Blue and Tri-colored with the images I took of the MINWR bird. The shape and length of the feathering under the lower mandible in the MINWR bird fits every image of Reef Heron I looked at and does not fit Snowy, Little Blue or Tri-colored. I’ve uploaded images of the MINWR bird to my flickr page here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/87459132@N02/17290210414/in/dateposted-public/
>>
>> The bird was found near stop 3 on Blackpoint Dr MINWR in the late afternoon.
>>
>> Mitchell Harris
>>
>> Titusville
>>
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Date: 5/20/15 6:31 pm
From: Dan Irizarry <rdirizarry...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Snowy x ? Hybrid or Western Reef Heron MINWR (Brevard)
Isn't this the same bird that was found back in 2012?

Dan Irizarry
Ruskin, Fl

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> On May 20, 2015, at 8:52 PM, mitchell harris <petreltime...> wrote:
>
> On 5/18 I found what is either a Snowy x Little Blue or Tri-colored Heron or a Western Reef Heron. I first thought it was most likely a hybrid, but tonight I was able to do a little research and feel there’s a good possibility it is a Reef Heron. Reef Herons are highly variable and come in grey morph, white morph and mottled morph/grey and white. The MINWR bird is larger than a Snowy, has a heavier and longer bill and the legs are thicker. I was worried that the legs and feet didn’t show enough yellow and the lores didn’t have a bluish cast, but have since found images from Africa showing both lores and leg/foot coloration just like the MINWR bird. The one thing that has me most convinced the bird is a Reef Heron I haven’t seen mentioned in any literature. I was looking through and comparing images of Reef Heron, Snowy Egret, Little Blue and Tri-colored with the images I took of the MINWR bird. The shape and length of the feathering under the lower mandible in the MINWR bird fits every image of Reef Heron I looked at and does not fit Snowy, Little Blue or Tri-colored. I’ve uploaded images of the MINWR bird to my flickr page here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/87459132@N02/17290210414/in/dateposted-public/
>
> The bird was found near stop 3 on Blackpoint Dr MINWR in the late afternoon.
>
> Mitchell Harris
>
> Titusville
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Date: 5/20/15 5:52 pm
From: mitchell harris <petreltime...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Snowy x ? Hybrid or Western Reef Heron MINWR (Brevard)
On 5/18 I found what is either a Snowy x Little Blue or Tri-colored Heron
or a Western Reef Heron. I first thought it was most likely a hybrid, but
tonight I was able to do a little research and feel there’s a good
possibility it is a Reef Heron. Reef Herons are highly variable and come in
grey morph, white morph and mottled morph/grey and white. The MINWR bird is
larger than a Snowy, has a heavier and longer bill and the legs are
thicker. I was worried that the legs and feet didn’t show enough yellow and
the lores didn’t have a bluish cast, but have since found images from
Africa showing both lores and leg/foot coloration just like the MINWR bird.
The one thing that has me most convinced the bird is a Reef Heron I haven’t
seen mentioned in any literature. I was looking through and comparing
images of Reef Heron, Snowy Egret, Little Blue and Tri-colored with the
images I took of the MINWR bird. The shape and length of the feathering
under the lower mandible in the MINWR bird fits every image of Reef Heron I
looked at and does not fit Snowy, Little Blue or Tri-colored. I’ve uploaded
images of the MINWR bird to my flickr page here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/87459132@N02/17290210414/in/dateposted-public/

The bird was found near stop 3 on Blackpoint Dr MINWR in the late afternoon.

Mitchell Harris

Titusville

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Date: 5/20/15 4:18 pm
From: Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] American Goldfinch feathers
Hello,

This goldfinch is one of two lingering in my yard. It has an unusual look
to its side with the white puffy feathers. The right side of this
individual looks the same--long upturned hairy/puffy white feathers.

Is this a known type of feather condition or just a different "style" of
wardrobe?

Image at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/idneeded/17871262765/in/dateposted-public/


--
Bob Stalnaker
Longwood, FL

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Date: 5/20/15 1:57 pm
From: Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fwd: Blackpoll Warbler
Forwarding for a chap from Bellevue, NE, Allen Reyer for those in the area of birds seen.

Meret Wilson
Volusia County, FL

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From: Allen <allenreyer...>
Date: May 20, 2015 at 4:50:51 PM EDT
To: "<wilsonsplover7...>" <wilsonsplover7...>
Subject: Blackpoll Warbler

Meret,

I'm down visiting from NE, and not set up to post on FL birds, but wanted to let someone know that we saw a pair of Blackpoll Warblers at the Key West Botanical Gardens this morning. Yesterday afternoon, we had a Connecticut Warbler there (just past the entrance gate) but looked for it today, without luck. Also, had a Northern Waterthrush there yesterday and today.

Al Reyer
Bellevue, NE

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Date: 5/20/15 6:45 am
From: Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Blackpoll
Surprise lateish migrant in yard this AM. He was feeding like crazy, up high naturally.

Meret Wilson
Volusia County, FL

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Date: 5/20/15 3:50 am
From: Mark H. Vance <mark...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] A Video of Purple Martins (Sarasota)
Here is a video of Purple Martin Maven, Terry Anne Suchma showing her own personal Martin House. She gives many facts and tips about the Purple Martins and shows us a newly born Martin.
Click the following link to watch - https://youtu.be/jQ7tVS1pacA
Thanks, Mark Vance
Sarasota, Florida

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Date: 5/18/15 3:28 pm
From: Alan Zoellner <arzoe...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Need ID on bird
Greetings,
I want to thank everyone for their many responses to my question below. As of a few minutes ago, the vast majority of them said it was a juvenile yellow-crowned night heron.

Alan Zoellner
Merritt Island Florida

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Subject: Need ID on bird

Greetings,
Last week while kayaking on the St. John River west of Cocoa, I saw this small bird on the side of Taylor Creek. I'm sure it is some kind of immature bird.....but I haven't been able to ID it. Does anyone have any ideas?
Thank you in advance.
Alan Zoellner

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Date: 5/18/15 1:41 pm
From: Thomas Malone <birdman6847...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] [mou-net] massive reverse migration on the North Shore
I thought this might be of interest to FL birders. It's very cold in
Minnesota today and warblers etc that recently left you apparently
wish they hadn't. regards,
Tom MaloneMinnetonka MinnesotaSent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone.

From: <jslind...>: Monday, May 18, 2015 10:39To:
<MOU-NET...> To: <jslind...>:
[mou-net] massive reverse migration on the North Shore


Bob Myers just called to report a huge movement of warblers and
flycatchers on the North Shore around Split Rock State Park. He saw
24 warbler species in just a few hours, including many foraging at his
feed in the rocks along the shore. Most of the birds were moving
southwest down the shore. As I was talking to Bob and looking out my
office window in Two Harbors, I saw a Mourning Warbler fly across our
parking lot and dozens of other warblers flying overhead, all going
southwest. It has been cold and wet for the past 3-4 days and the
birding has been incredible in northeast Minnesota. Yesterday at
Lighhouse Point in Two Harbors I saw 22 warbler species, Olive-sided
and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers, and 4 vireo species. We had 4 Scarlet
Tanagers eating oranges in our yard, over a dozen Baltimore Orioles,
20+ Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, and a male Bobolink. On Saturday at Park
Point at least 25 warbler species were reported, including two
Black-throated Blue Warblers (Connecticut was the only "regular"
species not reported). The forecast for tonight in Two Harbors is 35
degrees with drizzle and/or snow, so I suspect the birding will be
good for the next few days. Hopefully it warms up soon for the birds'
sake, though. Jim LindTwo Harbors

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Date: 5/17/15 6:53 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] message with previous Swallow-tailed Kite Nest picture
Last pictures of NEW nest and chick(s) being fed in South Miami.
I won’t be going back for a couple of months - at least that I know of.
Alice Horst
Marion County

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Date: 5/17/15 6:44 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Swllow-tailed Kite Nest South Miami
 

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Date: 5/17/15 2:52 pm
From: jw callis <soturin...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] the NEED ID help is a night heron
this is a night heron I forget which it is 'brown on white' or 'white on
brown' tells the difference between yellow crown and black crown heron


jwcallis
tallahassee,fl
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Date: 5/17/15 2:46 pm
From: jw callis <soturin...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] bird ID help
The best I got and seemed the picture was the same bird, was a juvenile European sterling! The bird was fling with a group of female grackles feeding.


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Date: 5/17/15 12:24 pm
From: Mike Ranck <0000000ec1899b62-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] White Ibis Gular Pouch
Breeding female -- only lasts a short time....

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> On May 17, 2015, at 10:58 AM, Wally Jones <gin.wal...> wrote:
>
> I had never seen a White Ibis with a gular pouch/wattle until the other day. Could only find a couple of references in a Google search so concluded it might not be all that common. Just thought it was interesting enough to share.
>
> Photo here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/106522856@N06/with/17157007763/
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>
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Date: 5/17/15 11:51 am
From: Charles Crawford <cr4d...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Need ID on bird
Solid black bill says Yellow-crowned Night-heron, imm.

Charlie
Henderson KY


> On May 17, 2015, at 1:11 PM, Alan Zoellner <arzoe...> wrote:
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> Greetings,
> Last week while kayaking on the St. John River west of Cocoa, I saw this small bird on the side of Taylor Creek. I'm sure it is some kind of immature bird.....but I haven't been able to ID it. Does anyone have any ideas?
> Thank you in advance.
> Alan Zoellner
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Date: 5/17/15 11:21 am
From: Alan Zoellner <arzoe...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Need ID on bird
Greetings,
Last week while kayaking on the St. John River west of Cocoa, I saw this small bird on the side of Taylor Creek. I'm sure it is some kind of immature bird.....but I haven't been able to ID it. Does anyone have any ideas?
Thank you in advance.
Alan Zoellner

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Date: 5/17/15 7:58 am
From: Wally Jones <gin.wal...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] White Ibis Gular Pouch
I had never seen a White Ibis with a gular pouch/wattle until the other day. Could only find a couple of references in a Google search so concluded it might not be all that common. Just thought it was interesting enough to share.

Photo here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/106522856@N06/with/17157007763/


Wally Jones
Lakeland, FL

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Date: 5/16/15 9:16 am
From: Graham Williams <grahamevanwilliams...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Connecticut Warbler, Leffis Key, Manatee Co.
Just found a Connecticut Warbler at Leffis Key! Under small fruiting fig near: 27°27'07.4"N 82°41'22.1"W


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Date: 5/15/15 5:59 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-tailed Kite pictures South Miami
Pictures of STKIs/nest in South Miami
Alice Horst
Marion County

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Date: 5/15/15 3:26 pm
From: Wally Jones <gin.wal...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive-Lust Road
We made our first visit today to the recently opened 11 mile wildlife drive at Lake Apopka. Very nice morning and this will surely become a very popular area, especially once the fall arrives.

Only managed 42 species during a lazy morning of birding, chasing odonata, photographing flowers and just feeling good about being in such a beautiful area.

Birding highlights included a Yellow-crowned Night Heron, 2 Tree Swallows which have been reported during the past couple of weeks hanging out with Barn Swallows and - babies. Nests with little blackbirds and grackles. Barn Swallows snagging a bug from mom as she flies by without much of a stop. A fluffy Killdeer trying to stay hidden. Mama Common Gallinule jumping on a 'gator's snout while her babies swam across a canal. Fun stuff!

Go Birding -- Now!


Wally Jones
Lakeland FL

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Date: 5/15/15 12:36 pm
From: jw callis <soturin...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] ID please, some kind of young blackbird maybe
St. Marks WLR this morning spotted a few maybe summer tanagers, maybe pine warbles from the back dirty solid yellow underside with brown grey wings as they flew off......

not sure of this brown bird also thanks slow pickins today...


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tallahassee,fl
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Date: 5/15/15 12:29 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-tailed Kite nest South Miami
After searching for an active STKI nest which is 2 miles away from the originally reported nest in South Miami, I found it today.

Pictures are confirmed by Gina Kent of Avian Research and Conservation Institute
Gainesville, Florida, that the bird is MIA. I believe there is a single chick, being fed, but can't confirm from my distance from the nest.

Gina Kent was, actually, the person who had put the GPS on MIA a few years ago.

I am trying to attach pictures, but am unable to for some reason.

Alice Horst
Marion County

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Date: 5/15/15 10:10 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Light Bulb Kestrel
Hello,
As a followup to Robert Stalnaker's question about other nesting cavities I am sending along a photo of a local nesting attempt at the Gulf View Square Mall parking lot.  A pair was first noticed there by Bill Pranty and Valeri Ponzo on 3/15.  I guess a broken light bulb will suffice when kestrels need a nest cavity.
Ken TraceyNew Port Richey, FL

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Date: 5/15/15 9:08 am
From: cress <w_ouzel...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Notes on Maty Help of Christian hotspot
May 15 sightings
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1 young in the nest is about half grown.
Brown Thrasher – there are 2 probable nest sites.
Great-crested Flycatcher – The 2 usual summer residents are active.
American Redstart - male. First I have seen on the property.

Also there are at least 5 active Osprey nests along or near 56th St from
Harney road to Mission Hills Ave.

Richard Cressman
Tampa

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Date: 5/15/15 7:14 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Arctic Tern. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
This morning, 5/15, I stopped by Ponce de Leon Inlet to check for birds possibly blown in by the strong winds and rain we had last night and this morning. I found a lone Arctic Tern flying around inside the Inlet. The bird showed the solidly blood red bill, very short neck, long tail streamers, dark gray underparts with white stripe on the face below the black cap, unmarked upper surface of the wings and a thin black trailing edge on the underside of the primaries.

Michael

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Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL


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Date: 5/14/15 2:26 pm
From: Jenn Anselmo <jennanselmo...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Piping Plover, Indian River Cty: Sebastian Inlet
Apologies for the late post; couldn't be helped... just wanted to mention that we found a Piping Plover at Sebastian Inlet yesterday morning around 8:45 AM. It was feeding at the surf's edge on the south side of the park, about a mile or so south of the south jetty. It had leg flags which were reported appropriately.

~Jenn Anselmo
Palm Bay, FL

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Date: 5/14/15 10:34 am
From: Janet Conover <conover.janet...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Phoebe nestlings

(I am in West Virginia)

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Date: 5/14/15 9:06 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Southeastern American Kestrels
Hello,
I have been monitoring a Southeastern American Kestrel nest in downtown New Port Richey.  Today 3 fledglings came out of the nest.  The nest pole is located in the Burger King parking lot at the corner of US 19 & Main Street.  Far from the ideal habitat for a nest unless they can dodge speeding traffic and forage on fries and burgers?
Ken TraceyNew Port Richey, FL

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Date: 5/13/15 3:14 pm
From: WILLIAM HADDAD <photobill9...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] [SpaceCoastAudubon] Judith Thurman
Amen Phyliss - you hit the nail on the head. A wonderful person as well as a skilled birder. I had really looked forward to seeing her again. My loss and a loss for all of us

"' PHYLLIS & HOWARD' <hpmans...> [SpaceCoastAudubon]" <SpaceCoastAudubon-noreply...> wrote:

This morning when my cell phone rang, there appeared “Judith”, so I knew it was Ken, Judith’s husband. She passed around 1:40 am. today, Ken told me, her family with her. At this point there are no services here as Judith will go to Canada.

Like many others I’ve been through the “stages” of death with this sad news: shock and denial-“not Judith, she’s too young and in good health.” She and Ken did a huge trip to South America, then a visit from a sister, then after that another visit from a niece, then a trip to Georgia over Easter. She’s full of energy and Mayo will help her, I said to myself. It is still a shock- the rapidity of this disease for she first knew only in April.

Then I was angry for Judith is such an incredible person and there are so many out there doing so many terrible things, who in my opinion don’t deserve to live on our planet. She was a terrific asset to Space Coast Audubon Board, a fantastic treasurer, and always volunteering when needed.

Bargaining-I told Judith, “It should be me instead, for I’m old and have not many years left.”

Now I’m just depressed for I’ve lost a wonderful friend and birding companion, who brought me many days of pleasure, fun and happiness. Last spring Judith looked up and found a Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Turkey Creek, probably my only sighting for the spring.
Then she took me to her sub-division for a Prothonotary Warbler. She said she was diligently looking this spring for one, but that didn’t happen. I think her last ‘life bird’ in Brevard Co. was a Vesper Sparrow at the Ti-Co airport. I gave her the directions and she was excited to find it in the same spot. I had some Burrowing Owls located for her to see and she said she thought we could do that, but that didn’t happen. A few months ago I asked Judith if she’d still go birding with me if I lived to 85. She replied, “Yes, but I’ll drive”! That won’t happen. Judith and I planned to bird at Lori Wilson this spring and that didn’t happen either. So looks like I’m not at the acceptance stage. It was over too quickly, but what amazing adventures we had and I’m forever grateful for this marvelous friend.

Phyllis Mansfield,
Cocoa Beach

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Date: 5/13/15 9:53 am
From: Jim Eager <beachbirder...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Space Coast Audubon (Brevard)
Space Coast Audubon Society and the Brevard County birding community has lost a wonderful lady much too soon. Judith Thurman passed away early this morning after a short illness. I know some of you from other close counties have crossed paths with Judith possibly at Turkey Creek Sanctuary and on Space Coast Audubon field trips. She always had a smile and that French/Canadian accent was always so pleasant to listen to when she spoke. Our sincerest condolences go out to her husband Ken and her family.

Jim Eager
Cape Canaveral, FL

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Date: 5/13/15 9:32 am
From: Dave Goodwin <0000000df3046576-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites. South Daytona. Volusia County
Correct Robert. Note several records south of Citrus on the west coast, but in general a diagonal would be correct. This is slightly south of where they bred in the last BBA..


Dave


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Brandon FL
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Dave and others,




Can I assume that "the line" for MIKI is a diagonal line, running SW to NE up to this now confirmed location in Volusia, excluding Seminole, Orange, Osceola? I do not see the MIKI being reported other than rarely in these counties and I do not think have ever been recorded as breeders in those counties.




I believe Gallus Quigley recorded a breeder in Lake County a few years back.




On Wed, May 13, 2015 at 7:07 AM, Dave Goodwin <0000000df3046576-dmarc-request...> wrote:

I would suggest drawing a line from Citrus County across to Volusia - Kites are probably nesting north of this line in all counties.



Dave


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Which peninsular counties now have regularly nesting Mississippi Kites? Or at least occurring throughout the summer every year?


Rex Rowan

Gainesville

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Date: 5/13/15 9:16 am
From: Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites. South Daytona. Volusia County
Dave and others,

Can I assume that "the line" for MIKI is a diagonal line, running SW to NE
up to this now confirmed location in Volusia, excluding Seminole, Orange,
Osceola? I do not see the MIKI being reported other than rarely in these
counties and I do not think have ever been recorded as breeders in those
counties.

I believe Gallus Quigley recorded a breeder in Lake County a few years
back.

On Wed, May 13, 2015 at 7:07 AM, Dave Goodwin <
<0000000df3046576-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> I would suggest drawing a line from Citrus County across to Volusia -
> Kites are probably nesting north of this line in all counties.
>
> Dave
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> Dave Goodwin
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> Which peninsular counties now have regularly nesting Mississippi Kites?
> Or at least occurring throughout the summer every year?
>
> Rex Rowan
> Gainesville
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Date: 5/13/15 6:31 am
From: Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites. South Daytona. Volusia County
Mississippi Kites were noted a number of times throughout safe dates in Bolusia Co last year as well.

Meret Wilson
Volusia County, FL

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On May 13, 2015, at 7:07 AM, Dave Goodwin <0000000df3046576-dmarc-request...> wrote:

I would suggest drawing a line from Citrus County across to Volusia - Kites are probably nesting north of this line in all counties.

Dave

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Brandon FL
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Which peninsular counties now have regularly nesting Mississippi Kites? Or at least occurring throughout the summer every year?

Rex Rowan
Gainesville
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Date: 5/13/15 4:10 am
From: Dave Goodwin <0000000df3046576-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites. South Daytona. Volusia County
Maps show Mississippi Kites as well in Pasco & Hernando during safe dates.


Dave Goodwin
Brandon FL
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Which peninsular counties now have regularly nesting Mississippi Kites? Or at least occurring throughout the summer every year?


Rex Rowan

Gainesville

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Date: 5/13/15 4:07 am
From: Dave Goodwin <0000000df3046576-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites. South Daytona. Volusia County
I would suggest drawing a line from Citrus County across to Volusia - Kites are probably nesting north of this line in all counties.


Dave


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Which peninsular counties now have regularly nesting Mississippi Kites? Or at least occurring throughout the summer every year?


Rex Rowan

Gainesville

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Date: 5/12/15 5:08 pm
From: Rex Rowan <rexrowan...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites. South Daytona. Volusia County
Which peninsular counties now have regularly nesting Mississippi Kites? Or
at least occurring throughout the summer every year?

Rex Rowan
Gainesville

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Date: 5/12/15 4:17 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites. South Daytona. Volusia County
This afternoon, 5/12, I received a call from Steve Petruniac that he had seen a Mississippi Kite in South Daytona. After work I patrolled the area and found a female Mississippi Kite perched in a tree. After a short while the male appeared and I was able to observe the birds mating in an oak tree. For a couple of years we have seen Mississippi Kites in the Ormond Beach area, but this is the first time I have seen them farther south and the first time that there seems to be convincing evidence that they are breeding in the county.

Yesterday, 5/11, there was also an immature Brown Booby sitting on Disappearing Island in Ponce de Leon Inlet.

Michael

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Date: 5/12/15 7:07 am
From: Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Florida Grasshopper Sparrow - report date 5/12/15
Does anyone know if any genetic studies have been done on the Florida populations of Grasshopper Sparrow? Given that they are pretty distantly allopatric with all other Grasshoppers, it would be interesting to know if there's enough genetic distance there to justify classifying them as a full species.
Daniel EstabrooksWinter Haven, FL


On Tuesday, May 12, 2015 10:01 AM, Danny Bales <sueredfish...> wrote:


On the 7th and 8th of this month I went to 3 Lakes WMA near Lake Wales, Florida. I was checking the area out in hopes of hearing, and seeing the Endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrow. The area looks great. It is well maintained by the hard working biologist trying to save this extremely endangered bird. The place was erupted with songs from Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Yellowthroats, Bachman's Sparrow, and Eastern Meadowlark. Unfortunately the song of the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow was missing. The good news is that the birds are pretty much over the singing phase of mating, and are busy taking care of eggs or young! I was fortunate enough to find 4 different individuals. I'm told we have 68 breeding pair (known) this year! One of the birds I picked up as it was flying had a dragon fly. I'm sure it was feeding young. Hopefully after this nesting season the numbers will increase.
  On another note the Red-cockaded Woodpecker at Hal Scott Preserve that had a cast put on it's broken foot was able to successfully mate, and now they have young! What a story, and probably first ever in the conservation of this endangered bird. Hats off to Maria Zondervan, and her crew. These biologist work very hard to increase population of this bird. The male Red-cockaded Woodpecker had a total of two cast put on it's foot. Each cast on for 2 weeks. When the cast was removed just before nesting it was doubtful that it could mate. I guess it showed us!
  During the 7th and the 8th I like many other were able to see a once in a life time bird. The Curlew Sandpiper found on the Merritt Island NWR by Mitchell Harris was on every birder's mind. Many of us got to see the bird. Some even got to see it close without a scope! I unfortunately, only saw it at a distance, and thanks to many birders I was showed where it was. My eyes are bad, and even with binoculars I would have never found that bird. Thank you so much! The bird was last seen on the 9th. I went yesterday trying to re-locate it, but was unsuccessful. I have put up some pictures of it and the Florida Grasshopper Sparrows on my site www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen Yesterday I did pick up a new shore bird migrant that I have not seen yet this Spring. The White-rumped Sandpiper is moving through now. There are birds on the Biolab road, but the view is pretty much obstructed with over grown switch grass. I'm sure that a Ruff will frequent that area before this migration is entirely over.

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/16810665084

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/17247668849

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/17522535511

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/16913740703

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/17407633856

Danny Bales
Titusville, Fla.
Brevard

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Date: 5/12/15 6:59 am
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Florida Grasshopper Sparrow - report date 5/12/15
On the 7th and 8th of this month I went to 3 Lakes WMA near Lake Wales, Florida. I was checking the area out in hopes of hearing, and seeing the Endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrow. The area looks great. It is well maintained by the hard working biologist trying to save this extremely endangered bird. The place was erupted with songs from Red-winged Blackbirds, Common Yellowthroats, Bachman's Sparrow, and Eastern Meadowlark. Unfortunately the song of the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow was missing. The good news is that the birds are pretty much over the singing phase of mating, and are busy taking care of eggs or young! I was fortunate enough to find 4 different individuals. I'm told we have 68 breeding pair (known) this year! One of the birds I picked up as it was flying had a dragon fly. I'm sure it was feeding young. Hopefully after this nesting season the numbers will increase.
On another note the Red-cockaded Woodpecker at Hal Scott Preserve that had a cast put on it's broken foot was able to successfully mate, and now they have young! What a story, and probably first ever in the conservation of this endangered bird. Hats off to Maria Zondervan, and her crew. These biologist work very hard to increase population of this bird. The male Red-cockaded Woodpecker had a total of two cast put on it's foot. Each cast on for 2 weeks. When the cast was removed just before nesting it was doubtful that it could mate. I guess it showed us!
During the 7th and the 8th I like many other were able to see a once in a life time bird. The Curlew Sandpiper found on the Merritt Island NWR by Mitchell Harris was on every birder's mind. Many of us got to see the bird. Some even got to see it close without a scope! I unfortunately, only saw it at a distance, and thanks to many birders I was showed where it was. My eyes are bad, and even with binoculars I would have never found that bird. Thank you so much! The bird was last seen on the 9th. I went yesterday trying to re-locate it, but was unsuccessful. I have put up some pictures of it and the Florida Grasshopper Sparrows on my site www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen Yesterday I did pick up a new shore bird migrant that I have not seen yet this Spring. The White-rumped Sandpiper is moving through now. There are birds on the Biolab road, but the view is pretty much obstructed with over grown switch grass. I'm sure that a Ruff will frequent that area before this migration is entirely over.

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/16810665084

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/17247668849

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/17522535511

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/16913740703

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/17407633856

Danny Bales
Titusville, Fla.
Brevard

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Date: 5/11/15 5:55 pm
From: Jay Pitocchelli <jpitocch...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Citizens Science Project – Mourning Warbler Song Mapper
Citizens Science Project – Mourning Warbler Song Mapper



I am posting an opportunity to participate in a Citizens Science Project
that involves recording migrating Mourning Warbler songs. I am trying to
determine the nature of migratory pathways taken by different populations
of Mourning Warbler males during their spring migration using the
signatures of their songs. The pattern of geographic variation in song on
the breeding range is well known. However, we do not know how members of
these different song populations migrate towards their respective breeding
areas. I plan on collecting your recordings and plotting them on a map of
North America to determine where birds with different song types
(regiolects) separate from each other during spring migration.



All you need is a Smartphone and a singing Mourning Warbler. You can send
the recordings to my e-mail address (<jpitocch...>). The web page
link below describes the project and how to make recordings on your
Smartphone in more detail.



http://www.anselm.edu/homepage/jpitocch/ornithology/MOWAmapper/MOWASongmapper.html



I would really appreciate your help and contributions to this Citizens
Science Project.



Dr. Jay Pitocchelli

Biology Department

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, NH 03102

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Date: 5/11/15 3:12 pm
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper a NO SHOW Merrit Island; 05/11/15
Hi All,

Steve Reardon and I across the state today in the hopes of scoring this
bird, but had no luck! Hundreds of shorebirds were feeding just south of
Pumphouse Road on East Gator Creek Road but a scope didn't even help as
many were too distant to ID with the heat waves.

We did see 5 White-rumped Sandpipers here along with 31 Stilt Sandpipers
and an apparent rare for this location at this time of year Wilson's Plover.

Also at parking lot 7 at Playalinda Beach we scored 4 Black Terns moving
north just offshore including 1 in alternate (breeding) plumage.

Great Birding!!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey FL

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Date: 5/11/15 11:13 am
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fwd: [BRDBRAIN] MINWR Plover ID help
Everyone has weighed in that it was a Wilson's Plover (sorry, with Gmail
sometimes it is hard to tell who is reply to whom and such)

Christopher

On Mon, May 11, 2015 at 2:05 PM, Amy Johnson <amy.johnson85...>
wrote:

> What is everyone saying? Did they identify it? I'm curious too...
>
> On Mon, May 11, 2015 at 1:44 PM, Christopher Ferro <
> <lonelybirder43...> wrote:
>
>> Wow - getting all sorts of great information. Thank you everyone, I
>> really appreciate the pointers!
>>
>> Christopher Ferro
>> Melbourne/Brevard County
>>
>> On Mon, May 11, 2015 at 12:58 PM, Harold Snyder <sny302...> wrote:
>>
>>> wilson's plover.
>>>
>>> In the U.S. the only non-vagrant plovers all have much smaller bills.
>>>
>>> Another trick is that the Wilson's isn't generally seen in large
>>> flocks. Normally one or two or three. Semipalmated tend to be in large
>>> flocks, piping in smaller flocks. piping does not in general like to be
>>> close to semipalmated plover (my personal observations ... have not seen
>>> this in any books).
>>>
>>> Shape separates this bird from Pluvialis plovers(Black-bellied etc).
>>> The Pluvialis tend to be more upright looking and more like a football
>>> shape.
>>>
>>> Another aspect is the Wilson's is noticeably larger .. although without
>>> reference points this can be tricky ...
>>>
>>> Leg color on mud is alway tricky but this time of year bill color is
>>> helpful ...
>>>
>>> For a vagrant the greater sandplover of asia has a bill size approaching
>>> the wilson's; but, even it's bill is smaller. (plumage is kind-of similar
>>> to wilson's). However this bird is seen in China, Australia and Africa.
>>>
>>> Hal Snyder
>>>
>>> .
>>>
>>> On Sun, May 10, 2015 at 6:41 PM, Christopher Ferro <
>>> <lonelybirder43...> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Good evening! While fruitlessly looking for the Curlew Sandpiper along
>>>> the Pumphouse road late this morning/early afternoon, I saw this bird, at
>>>> first quite distant, then a bit closer. Can anyone give me some idea what
>>>> this is? It looks closest to a Wilson's Plover, given the bill and legs.
>>>> The photo makes the bird a bit more washed out in places than it was in the
>>>> binoculars, so I don't think it was really that pale. At first I thought
>>>> Piping, but the bill looks too robust? Maybe? What are the chances of
>>>> Snowy? I couldn't get anything better, sorry.
>>>>
>>>> The legs were muddy on the lower part. The uppers were clear, and not
>>>> yellow. They were grayish with maybe pinkish?
>>>>
>>>> Any diagnostic marks anyone can see? I'm awful at shorebirds, mostly.
>>>>
>>>> Thanks.
>>>>
>>>> Christopher Ferro
>>>> Melbourne/Brevard County
>>>>
>>>>
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Date: 5/11/15 10:44 am
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] MINWR Plover ID help
Wow - getting all sorts of great information. Thank you everyone, I really
appreciate the pointers!

Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County

On Mon, May 11, 2015 at 12:58 PM, Harold Snyder <sny302...> wrote:

> wilson's plover.
>
> In the U.S. the only non-vagrant plovers all have much smaller bills.
>
> Another trick is that the Wilson's isn't generally seen in large flocks.
> Normally one or two or three. Semipalmated tend to be in large flocks,
> piping in smaller flocks. piping does not in general like to be close to
> semipalmated plover (my personal observations ... have not seen this in any
> books).
>
> Shape separates this bird from Pluvialis plovers(Black-bellied etc). The
> Pluvialis tend to be more upright looking and more like a football shape.
>
> Another aspect is the Wilson's is noticeably larger .. although without
> reference points this can be tricky ...
>
> Leg color on mud is alway tricky but this time of year bill color is
> helpful ...
>
> For a vagrant the greater sandplover of asia has a bill size approaching
> the wilson's; but, even it's bill is smaller. (plumage is kind-of similar
> to wilson's). However this bird is seen in China, Australia and Africa.
>
> Hal Snyder
>
> .
>
> On Sun, May 10, 2015 at 6:41 PM, Christopher Ferro <
> <lonelybirder43...> wrote:
>
>> Good evening! While fruitlessly looking for the Curlew Sandpiper along
>> the Pumphouse road late this morning/early afternoon, I saw this bird, at
>> first quite distant, then a bit closer. Can anyone give me some idea what
>> this is? It looks closest to a Wilson's Plover, given the bill and legs.
>> The photo makes the bird a bit more washed out in places than it was in the
>> binoculars, so I don't think it was really that pale. At first I thought
>> Piping, but the bill looks too robust? Maybe? What are the chances of
>> Snowy? I couldn't get anything better, sorry.
>>
>> The legs were muddy on the lower part. The uppers were clear, and not
>> yellow. They were grayish with maybe pinkish?
>>
>> Any diagnostic marks anyone can see? I'm awful at shorebirds, mostly.
>>
>> Thanks.
>>
>> Christopher Ferro
>> Melbourne/Brevard County
>>
>>
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Date: 5/10/15 4:57 pm
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Plover ID Help / Wilson's
Thank you everyone. I appreciate the help. Wilson's it is!

Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County

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Date: 5/10/15 3:41 pm
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] MINWR Plover ID help
Good evening! While fruitlessly looking for the Curlew Sandpiper along the
Pumphouse road late this morning/early afternoon, I saw this bird, at first
quite distant, then a bit closer. Can anyone give me some idea what this
is? It looks closest to a Wilson's Plover, given the bill and legs. The
photo makes the bird a bit more washed out in places than it was in the
binoculars, so I don't think it was really that pale. At first I thought
Piping, but the bill looks too robust? Maybe? What are the chances of
Snowy? I couldn't get anything better, sorry.

The legs were muddy on the lower part. The uppers were clear, and not
yellow. They were grayish with maybe pinkish?

Any diagnostic marks anyone can see? I'm awful at shorebirds, mostly.

Thanks.

Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County

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Date: 5/10/15 2:52 pm
From: Linda Most <0000000cb795e170-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper (Brevard)
We left the refuge at 3:00 today and no one we crossed paths with had seen it as of that time.

Thanks again for posting your maps to Facebook. They were very helpful.

Linda Most
Valdosta GA

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> On May 10, 2015, at 5:41 PM, Jim Eager <beachbirder...> wrote:
>
> Anyone out looking for the Curlew Sandpiper today at Pumphouse at Merritt Island NWR?
>
> Jim Eager
> Cape Canaveral, FL
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Date: 5/10/15 2:41 pm
From: Jim Eager <beachbirder...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper (Brevard)
Anyone out looking for the Curlew Sandpiper today at Pumphouse at Merritt Island NWR?

Jim Eager
Cape Canaveral, FL

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Date: 5/10/15 10:54 am
From: David Hartgrove <birdman9...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper, No
Hi,
I've been watching the list today for reports of the CUSA. So far, no excited posts announcing the bird's continued presence. I arrived yesterday about 17:00, perhaps 1/2 an hour after the bird was last seen in company with a flock of Dunlin evading a Merlin by flying off toward East Gator Creek Road. We found a nice flock of Bobolinks feeding on grass seed and I saw what could have been the target bird. However, the light couldn't have been worse looking west into the setting sun and the glare off the water. The flock flushed again and I never relocated the bird in question.


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Daytona Beach, FL

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Date: 5/10/15 9:50 am
From: Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] "Great White Heron" still at Hudson, 10 May 2015
Very nice comparison.

Meret Wilson
Volusia County, FL

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On May 10, 2015, at 12:11 PM, Bill Pranty <billpranty...> wrote:

Good afternoon,

This morning, Valeri Ponzo, Helen Lovell-Wayne, and I found the "Great White Heron" at the pond at the southeastern corner of Hudson and Hays roads in Hudson. This marks the 16th day that the bird has been present since its discovery on 25 April. Attached is an image showing the heron with a Great Egret.


Best regards,

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida
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Date: 5/10/15 9:11 am
From: Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] "Great White Heron" still at Hudson, 10 May 2015
Good afternoon,

This morning, Valeri Ponzo, Helen Lovell-Wayne, and I found the "Great White Heron" at the pond at the southeastern corner of Hudson and Hays roads in Hudson. This marks the 16th day that the bird has been present since its discovery on 25 April. Attached is an image showing the heron with a Great Egret.


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Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida

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Date: 5/9/15 7:20 pm
From: Thomas Ford <tomf97...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Is this a Ruby-throated or a Black-chinned Hummingbird
I was looking at a Baltimore Oriole making a nest when this Hummingbird set
on the dead top of the same tree. I shot only these two pics before the male
Baltimore Oriole crashed him away. I feel it should be a Ruby-throated but
it looks like a Black-chinned in the chin area. If one of you who knows
Hummingbirds better than I , could help me out, I would be most thankful.



Tom Ford

Merritt Island


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Date: 5/9/15 4:59 pm
From: Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper
Michael Brothers posted a photo Weds night. I posted mine on FB and sent in to reviewer.


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Date: 5/9/15 4:08 pm
From: Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper at Merritt Island NWR, 9 May 2015
Good afternoon,

As others have posted but without providing details or photos, the Curlew Sandpiper was observed today at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Valeri Ponzo, Brian Ahern, and I left Tampa at 0700 and arrived at Pumphouse Road at 0900. We did not see the sandpiper for certain during our first two attempts in the morning -- the lighting was pretty bad even with a scope; the birds were several hundred feet from the berm -- but we were successful around 1340 with better lighting. The Curlew Sandpiper was with several hundred other shorebirds, primarily peeps but also including lots of Dunlin in alternate plumage. (As a cautionary note, there were at least three dowitchers in the same area, all in alternate plumage).

There is little water left in the impoundment, and so the shorebirds are far from the berm. A scope is not essential for finding the bird -- Brian found it using his binocular -- but is necessary for obtaining decent views. (And belief that a Spoonbill Sandpiper is *also* present along Pumphouse Road persists, at least for one man we spoke with).

Attached are three images of the Curlew Sandpiper, which, although of very low resolution, are diagnostic when viewed in combination. Note the size in relation to nearby Dunlin and Semipalmated Plover, the chestnut head and breast with white belly and undertail coverts, the downcurved bill (barely visible in photo 1), and the longish legs that force the bird to forage with its body at a roughly 45-degree angle. We twice saw the sandpiper in flight and the white rump was conspicuous, even at a distance.

The spot with the shorebirds is a 0.3-mile walk from the parking area; note that there is absolutely no shade along the walk.

Thanks to Mitchell for finding this bird.


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Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida

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Date: 5/9/15 8:02 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] CORY'S SHEARWATER Green Key May 09, 2015
Hi All,

A southbound Cory's Shearwater was seen just offshore through the scope
from the beach at roughly 900 AM!!! This is only my 2nd county sighting of
this species and both were seen here.

Otherwise there were very few migrants but here were some other species
present from Boy Scout Preserve to the end of the Park:

Common Loon 1 LATE
Horned Grebe 1 LATE
White-winged Dove 6
Marsh Wren 7 All Singing
Prairie Warbler 8 7 singing males

Great Birding!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 5/9/15 4:36 am
From: Scott Simmons <simmonsphoto...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper still present, 9 May 2015)
It's still in the same location at 7:15am. Best seen with a scope.

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Date: 5/8/15 1:26 pm
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper ( 4:15 PM, 8 May 2015)
Bob Epstein called me and advised the bird was back again at the same
location as of 4:15 PM today, Friday, the 8th.

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL

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Date: 5/8/15 8:23 am
From: Trey Mitchell <trey...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper
On the bird now. Curlew Sandpiper. Trey Mitchell. Merrit island

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> On May 8, 2015, at 12:23 AM, Reinhard Geisler <r102...> wrote:
>
> I was there in the morning from 7 to 9, but looking into the sun we were unable to find it.
>
> Came back in the afternoon and saw it until 8 PM. The last 2 hours of the day provide excellent light. The bird was still somewhat distant, but with a scope we had excellent views. Was able to get a few distant shots.
> <Curlew Sandpiper!RI3_6388.jpg>
>
>
> <Curlew Sandpiper!RI3_6713.jpg>
>
> <Curlew Sandpiper!RI3_6506.jpg>
>
> Reinhard Geisler
> Oviedo, FL
>
>> On 5/7/2015 3:22 PM, Reinhard Geisler wrote:
>> It was seen to what we now as of 2 PM.
>>
>> Scope needed.
>>
>> We are heading there now and should be there prior 4:30. Will have scope.
>>
>> I assume there will be others with scope as well.
>>
>> Reinhard Geisler
>> Oviedo, FL - Seminole County
>>
>> On May 7, 2015, at 2:06 PM, Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...> wrote:
>>
>>> Same ?. Am scopeless rt now.
>>>
>>> Meret Wilson
>>> Volusia County, FL
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>
>>> On May 7, 2015, at 1:56 PM, Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> wrote:
>>>
>>> Also, is a 'scope required to get a good look at this and the other 1000s of shorebirds? In other words, if I show up with my 8x42s am I going to be disappointed?
>>>
>>> Christopher Ferro
>>> Melbourne/Brevard County
>>>
>>> On Thu, May 7, 2015 at 1:46 PM, Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...> wrote:
>>>> Is it still there? Am 1.5 hrs away. Chances good still?
>>>>
>>>> Meret Wilson
>>>> Volusia County, FL
>>>>
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Date: 5/8/15 5:30 am
From: Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper?
Is anyone seeing the Curlew Sandpiper at MINWR this morning? I have some time to drive out there today if the bird is still around.
Daniel EstabrooksWinter Haven, FL

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Date: 5/7/15 9:23 pm
From: Reinhard Geisler <r102...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper
I was there in the morning from 7 to 9, but looking into the sun we were
unable to find it.

Came back in the afternoon and saw it until 8 PM. The last 2 hours of
the day provide excellent light. The bird was still somewhat distant,
but with a scope we had excellent views. Was able to get a few distant
shots.







Reinhard Geisler
Oviedo, FL


On 5/7/2015 3:22 PM, Reinhard Geisler wrote:
> It was seen to what we now as of 2 PM.
>
> Scope needed.
>
> We are heading there now and should be there prior 4:30. Will have scope.
>
> I assume there will be others with scope as well.
>
> Reinhard Geisler
> Oviedo, FL - Seminole County
>
> On May 7, 2015, at 2:06 PM, Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...>
> <mailto:<wilsonsplover7...>> wrote:
>
>> Same ?. Am scopeless rt now.
>>
>> Meret Wilson
>> Volusia County, FL
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> On May 7, 2015, at 1:56 PM, Christopher Ferro
>> <lonelybirder43...> <mailto:<lonelybirder43...>> wrote:
>>
>> Also, is a 'scope required to get a good look at this and the other
>> 1000s of shorebirds? In other words, if I show up with my 8x42s am I
>> going to be disappointed?
>>
>> Christopher Ferro
>> Melbourne/Brevard County
>>
>> On Thu, May 7, 2015 at 1:46 PM, Meret Wilson
>> <wilsonsplover7...> <mailto:<wilsonsplover7...>> wrote:
>>
>> Is it still there? Am 1.5 hrs away. Chances good still?
>>
>> Meret Wilson
>> Volusia County, FL
>>
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Date: 5/7/15 6:44 pm
From: mitchell harris <petreltime...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper Pumphouse MINWR (Brevard)
The Curlew was still there late this afternoon. I've a few shots of the
bird to my Flickr site listed below. https://flic.kr/p/swMDTi

Mitchell Harris
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Date: 5/7/15 5:58 pm
From: <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper tips
I was lucky enough to find the Curlew Sandpiper this morning. Here are a few comments that may be helpful. One must look east to see the bird, and that means the light in the morning is very poor. Initially it was difficult to even tell if this bird was red! But that became apparent as we continued to view it. The best light would be in the afternoon. I've only been out at Pump House once before (many years ago, to see a Ruff), and I wasn't sure how to get there. Once on Pump House Loop, step over the barricade (a rope or chain), and turn right (east). Walk until you see the pump house, then turn left (north). The mud flats are on the right. This morning, the Curlew Sandpiper was on the southern end of the mud flats, and I think this is where it was when Mitchell and Michael saw it yesterday. As soon as there is an opening where you can view the flats, stop and look. I found the bird just north of the line of vertical wooden posts. A scope is required, but I'm sure others will share. Good luck! Dotty Robbins
High Springs

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Date: 5/7/15 2:53 pm
From: Leann Streeper <leann.jackson...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Glossy/White Faced Ibis help
Thank you to everyone who responded. Looks like an ordinary Glossy. I will keep searching. I will look for the Hot Pink eye.

Thanks again.

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Leesburg, FL

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Date: 5/7/15 1:32 pm
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper
Doesn't look like I can get out of work early, so I am likely going to miss
this one today. Hope you all get lovely views and post us some photos when
you get a chance!

Christopher
Melbourne/Brevard County

On Thu, May 7, 2015 at 3:43 PM, Gary Davis <garyrdavis...> wrote:

> In response to questions I see posted Re:the Curlew Sandpiper. I arrived
> at 7:15 this morning and finally saw the bird with several other birders
> from about 10:45 till 11:20, in the same area as it was seen last night.
>
> Gary Davis
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Date: 5/7/15 12:43 pm
From: Gary Davis <garyrdavis...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper
In response to questions I see posted Re:the Curlew Sandpiper. I arrived at 7:15 this morning and finally saw the bird with several other birders from about 10:45 till 11:20, in the same area as it was seen last night.

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Date: 5/7/15 12:22 pm
From: Reinhard Geisler <r102...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper
It was seen to what we now as of 2 PM.

Scope needed.

We are heading there now and should be there prior 4:30. Will have scope.

I assume there will be others with scope as well.

Reinhard Geisler
Oviedo, FL - Seminole County

> On May 7, 2015, at 2:06 PM, Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...> wrote:
>
> Same ?. Am scopeless rt now.
>
> Meret Wilson
> Volusia County, FL
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On May 7, 2015, at 1:56 PM, Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> wrote:
>
> Also, is a 'scope required to get a good look at this and the other 1000s of shorebirds? In other words, if I show up with my 8x42s am I going to be disappointed?
>
> Christopher Ferro
> Melbourne/Brevard County
>
>> On Thu, May 7, 2015 at 1:46 PM, Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...> wrote:
>> Is it still there? Am 1.5 hrs away. Chances good still?
>>
>> Meret Wilson
>> Volusia County, FL
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Date: 5/7/15 11:06 am
From: Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper
Same ?. Am scopeless rt now.

Meret Wilson
Volusia County, FL

Sent from my iPhone

On May 7, 2015, at 1:56 PM, Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> wrote:

Also, is a 'scope required to get a good look at this and the other 1000s of shorebirds? In other words, if I show up with my 8x42s am I going to be disappointed?

Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County

> On Thu, May 7, 2015 at 1:46 PM, Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...> wrote:
> Is it still there? Am 1.5 hrs away. Chances good still?
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Date: 5/7/15 11:00 am
From: Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Polk County - Red Knots!
In southwestern Polk County, roughly midway between Bowling Green & Fort Meade, District Line Rd. passes by a reclaimed phosphate pit that's situated at road level. (Most of the old pits in this area have berms built up around them so you can't see into them from the roadside.) For the past couple years, it's been a fairly reliable spot for rare shorebirds like Ruddy Turnstone, Dunlin, etc. (I can hear all the coastal birders laughing right now, but these birds are legitimately rare inland!)
Just north of the wetland, the road crosses Whidden Creek (which is actually dry right now) and goes through a small wooded area that's usually pretty good for passerines.
Anyway, I spent a few hours down there this morning and finished with 60 species total, including the first ever eBird record of RED KNOT in Polk County. (Two of them.) The sandy habitats in the phosphate pit are gradually being reclaimed by marsh plants, but there's still enough habitat left that it merits checking at least through what's left of spring migration.
Full eBird list below:
District Line Rd., Polk, US-FL
May 7, 2015 6:35 AM - 9:35 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.8 mile(s)
Comments:    Birded the marsh at the eBird marker and the Whidden Creek crossing to the north.
60 species

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  2
Mottled Duck  1
Northern Shoveler  2
Northern Bobwhite  1
Wood Stork  1
Double-crested Cormorant  5
Anhinga  4
American White Pelican  5
Great Blue Heron  4
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  1
Tricolored Heron  2
Cattle Egret  2
Green Heron  1
Black-crowned Night-Heron  2
White Ibis  3
Glossy Ibis  9
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  8
Common Gallinule  1
American Coot  1
Black-necked Stilt  6
Semipalmated Plover  1
Killdeer  3
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  2
Red Knot  2    Both in breeding plumage. Very distinctive red color. Large, chunky sandpiper with dowitcher-like size and shape but much shorter bill. Seen and confirmed by Cole Fredricks.
Stilt Sandpiper  3
Semipalmated Sandpiper  2
Least Tern  3
Caspian Tern  2
Forster's Tern  7
Black Skimmer  15
White-winged Dove  1
Mourning Dove  3
Common Nighthawk  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Loggerhead Shrike  1
White-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  1
Fish Crow  1
Barn Swallow  1
Tufted Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Northern Mockingbird  6
Ovenbird  1
Common Yellowthroat  5
American Redstart  2    Heard two birds singing. Saw an adult male and a female-plumaged individual. So there may have been three birds.
Blackpoll Warbler  1
Eastern Towhee  4
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  12
Eastern Meadowlark  5
Common Grackle  1
Boat-tailed Grackle  12
Brown-headed Cowbird  1

Daniel EstabrooksWinter Haven, FL

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Date: 5/7/15 10:56 am
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper
Also, is a 'scope required to get a good look at this and the other 1000s
of shorebirds? In other words, if I show up with my 8x42s am I going to be
disappointed?

Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County

On Thu, May 7, 2015 at 1:46 PM, Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...>
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> Is it still there? Am 1.5 hrs away. Chances good still?
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Date: 5/7/15 10:46 am
From: Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper
Is it still there? Am 1.5 hrs away. Chances good still?

Meret Wilson
Volusia County, FL

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Date: 5/6/15 7:50 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper. MINWR.
This evening, 5/6, Mitchell Harris found a Curlew Sandpiper off Pumphouse Road, Merritt Island NWR. I arrived about 7:00 p.m. and the bird was still in the same location to the east of the trail leading north from the pump house. The bird was gaining its rich dark rusty breeding plumage. The evenly down-curved bill was visible and on two occasions the bird flew a short way and showed its distinctive white rump. There were several thousand shorebirds in the area, including several White-rumped Sandpipers. A big thank you and congratulations to Mitchell. I had not seen a Curlew Sandpiper in Florida since a bird at Ponce de Leon Inlet on April 29, 1980 -- 35 years ago!

Michael

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Date: 5/6/15 5:42 pm
From: <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] A test, please ignore
Apologies, but I'm having trouble receiving messages from the listserv, and just wanted to try this. Dotty Robbins
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Date: 5/6/15 4:52 pm
From: Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Thrush ID Help?
Good afternoon Breanna,

From the left, your birds are Gray-cheeked Thrush, Swainson's Thrush, Indigo Bunting, and Swainson's Thrush.


Best regards

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida


> Date: Wed, 6 May 2015 19:49:43 -0400
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> Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Thrush ID Help?
> To: <BRDBRAIN...>
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> Got these photos of three different birds at Ft. Desoto over the weekend. I uploaded them once already, but realized they could be slightly better quality, so I am re-uploading. Have not gotten any positive IDs yet, but maybe gray cheeked thrush, or swainson's thrush? Thanks for your help!
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Date: 5/6/15 4:49 pm
From: Breanna Perry <serena933...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Thrush ID Help?
Got these photos of three different birds at Ft. Desoto over the weekend. I uploaded them once already, but realized they could be slightly better quality, so I am re-uploading. Have not gotten any positive IDs yet, but maybe gray cheeked thrush, or swainson's thrush? Thanks for your help!

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Date: 5/6/15 3:33 pm
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Curlew Sandpiper MINWR
Mitchel Harris just informed me it's a Curlew Sandpiper. It's about 75 yards out.... It is not a spoonbill sandpiper. it is where Phyllis said it was. It just is NOT a spoonbill sandpiper

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Titusville, Fla.
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BrevardI

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Date: 5/6/15 3:26 pm
From: David Simpson <simpsondavid...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] MINWR-Pump House-RE-Mitchell Harris(Brevard)
Curlew Sandpiper! Lest we cause a stir.

David Simpson
Fellsmere FL

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> On May 6, 2015, at 18:07, PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...> wrote:
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> Mitchell Harris just called with a fantastic observation of SPOONBILL SANDPIPER in breeding plumage on east side of Pump House-MIN!! Earlier this afternoon Al Brayton reported 18 species of shorebirds including Whimbrel and Wilson’s Plover in same area. Thousands of shorebirds are there NOW- a big opportunity to see before they head north. One must walk in and carry scope from Pump House Rd.
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Date: 5/6/15 3:07 pm
From: PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] MINWR-Pump House-RE-Mitchell Harris(Brevard)
Mitchell Harris just called with a fantastic observation of SPOONBILL SANDPIPER in breeding plumage on east side of Pump House-MIN!! Earlier this afternoon Al Brayton reported 18 species of shorebirds including Whimbrel and Wilson’s Plover in same area. Thousands of shorebirds are there NOW- a big opportunity to see before they head north. One must walk in and carry scope from Pump House Rd.

Phyllis Mansfield,
Cocoa Beach, FL.

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Date: 5/6/15 2:50 pm
From: Leann Streeper <leann.jackson...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Glossy/White Faced Ibis help
Attached photo of Ibis found today at Lake Hollywood, Leesburg (Lake County). It is up for debate on Glossy or White Faced. Needed some added information from the brains for the positive ID. I like how the white line seems to go around the eye. Hoping for a White Faced for me and for Gallus’ Big Year.

Thanks for help
Leann Streeper
Leesburg, FL

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Date: 5/6/15 11:42 am
From: Mark H. Vance <mark...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] A video of a Meadowlark (Sarasota)
Here is a video of an Eastern Meadowlark at The Celery Fields.
Remember you can join The Celery Fields Facebook Group to see lots of great pictures of the birds there.
Thanks, Mark Vance
Sarasota FL
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https://youtu.be/wvrgshgXKGE

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Date: 5/6/15 6:32 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Brown Booby. Whimbrels. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
Yesterday, 5/05, after work I found an immature Brown Booby on the tower at the end of the north jetty at Ponce de Leon Inlet. This morning two Whimbrels flew across the Inlet heading north.

Michael

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Ponce Inlet, FL

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Date: 5/5/15 7:32 pm
From: GB Hoyt <qrprat77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Polk County Birders for Global Big Day
I have to work starting at noon and going to midnight, but the girls want to get out in the morning.
We're planning on hitting Circle B, Holloway Park, and Lake Hollingsworth.
We'll spend no more than an hour at each place. We'll see how it goes. Since a Big Day is something like a birding game, I think we can have some fun doing it. I'll try to take pics.

Who else will be out there?

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Lakeland, FL

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Date: 5/5/15 12:08 pm
From: Jodi <desertangel7...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fwd: [BRDBRAIN] Song ID? Honeymoon Island
Mr Rex Rowan (read string below) was the first to reply with the correct ID. This is the song of the Gray Kingbird - confirmed by the Peterson's app recording and many other bird brains from this listserv. They are reported to have nested at Honeymoon Island SP and are apparently a regular there.

Thank you to all who replied.

Joe Smith
Titusville

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> From: Rex Rowan <rexrowan...>
> Date: May 4, 2015 at 6:39:28 PM EDT
> To: Jodi <desertangel7...>
> Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Song ID? Honeymoon Island
>
> Hi, Joe -
>
> Sounds like a Gray Kingbird to me. Here's a video in which one sings twice (they're called Pitirre in Puerto Rico, because that's what their call sounds like): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWafAszAVGM
>
> Rex Rowan
> Gainesville
>
>> On Mon, May 4, 2015 at 6:33 PM, Jodi <desertangel7...> wrote:
>> Would like your help in ID of this bird song. It was in a Cedar Tree while we picnicked at Honeymoon Island SP yesterday (Pasco Co?) Kept singing the whole time we were there.
>>
>> Wave file attached.
>>
>> Joe Smith
>> Titusville FL
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Date: 5/5/15 11:27 am
From: David Hartgrove <birdman9...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] ID help please?
Hi,
I'm going to say you were right with your first inclination. I say this because of where the bird is. That's a cell phone tower he's in front of and House Sparrows are notorious for nesting in all kinds of man made structures.

David Hartgrove
Daytona Beach, FL



On May 5, 2015, at 12:36 PM, James Morris wrote:

> This bird was photographed by a friend of mine in Texas. Can anyone help us out with ID here? I initially thought House Sparrow but the deep notch in the tail is making me question that and the bird seems a bit bigger than a House Sparrow. I thought maybe Black-chinned Sparrow but the tail facial markings don't quite match up there either.
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Date: 5/5/15 9:36 am
From: James Morris <jmorrisbirding...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] ID help please?
This bird was photographed by a friend of mine in Texas. Can anyone help
us out with ID here? I initially thought House Sparrow but the deep notch
in the tail is making me question that and the bird seems a bit bigger than
a House Sparrow. I thought maybe Black-chinned Sparrow but the tail facial
markings don't quite match up there either.

Thanks!

Jim

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Date: 5/4/15 8:15 pm
From: Juanita Baker <bakerj...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Join the historic FIRST EVER Global Big Day! May 9, 2015!
Are you joining the FIRST EVER Global Big Day!?



The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society have collaborated on ebird.org<http://ebird.org/> to establish the biggest database of any science in the world. Citizens anywhere in the world can contribute to this database and it is helping scientists know what is happening to the birds due to Global Warming. Wherever you are in the world now, you can get on ebird.org<http://ebird.org/> and record the birds you see at your specific GPS location. Monitoring birds will allow us to see what is happening to birds and our world. So we want to have a record of all birds, not just rare ones, as to what birds are in the world at this specific time and where. So ebird.org<http://ebird.org/> is asking everyone around the world to join in this day to see how many birds every person who participates can count that day. How many different species in the world will Global citizens enter... 4,000 of the 10,000 ? Let’s be a part of it!

Where will you be on Saturday? Will you be participating?

The Global Big Day is a rare opportunity to get our county and our state covered as to what birds are where on this specific date. Where will you be on Saturday, If everyone on this list serve recorded, we'd do a great job for this FIRST historical Global Big Day. I also am holding a course at our Audubon House to train others to participate that may not be experienced, so that we get more interested in becoming experts, more dedication to the birds and conserving them, and support for conservation issues. If they feel a part of the global effort they more likely will appreciate birds more, notice them, and learn more and get more involved and accurate in the future. So encourage others and share with your friends and media.

Let's maximize our seeing and reporting all the birds we can find on Saturday. Let's see what we can all do for that special day.


Juanita

Juanita Baker
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Join the FIRST EVER Global Big Day! May 9, 2015! Be a CITIZEN SCIENTIST!

Wherever you are, record all the birds you see and/or hear at that specific location that day for any amount of time…or longer, to find the unique birds in your location...whatever and wherever you can give. This specific data is so powerful as it gives us information about what bird on Earth is where (using GPS coordinates) and when.

For those who haven't joined ebird, just get on ebird and sign up, explore data for your area, see the hotspots and common birding areas in your county. Or see PIAS's brief ebird tutorial to get you started: http://www.pelicanislandaudubon.org/video_archive.html




Wherever you plan on covering for the Global Big Day, even if it is just your local park for 1 hour, it is still worth scouting! And really, why wouldn’t you want to scout? It is an excuse to get out birding, understand more fully the behavior of the birds in your area, and now also contribute to global bird conservation. You never know what you’ll find until you look! Honestly, in many ways the most enjoyable part of big days is the preparation leading up to it.

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If you can’t get out in the field to scout before the day, we’re sorry to hear that. But do not despair! eBird has many tools that can help you plan *almost* as though you did go birding.

* Explore A Region<http://ebird.org/ebird/places>: Do you want to know what people are seeing in your area? This page can tell you the top Hotspots, the last place that a species was seen, and all recent visits by eBirders!
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Bonus:

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1 May 2015
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This month’s eBirder of the month challenge, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics<http://sportsoptics.zeiss.com/nature/en_us/home.html>, is all about the Global Big Day<http://ebird.org/globalbigday/>. As you may have seen or heard over the past couple weeks, May 9th is the inaugural Global Big Day, where eBird and the Cornell Lab are trying to record 4,000 species of birds in a single day, while raising $500,000 for global bird conservation. To encourage participation in this, our challenge this month revolves around submitting checklists towards the Global Big Day effort. The eBirder of the month will be drawn from eBirders who submit at least 5 complete checklists from May 9th. These checklists must be entered by May 12th in order to qualify for the drawing. Winners will be notified by the 10th of the following month.


















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Date: 5/4/15 5:07 pm
From: Gail Becker <gbecker053...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Song ID? Honeymoon Island
Hi Jodi,

I believe your bird is a Gray Kingbird. I've seen them there myself in the
picnic area.

Gail Becker
Orlando, FL

On Mon, May 4, 2015 at 3:33 PM, Jodi <desertangel7...> wrote:

> Would like your help in ID of this bird song. It was in a Cedar Tree
> while we picnicked at Honeymoon Island SP yesterday (Pasco Co?) Kept
> singing the whole time we were there.
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> Wave file attached.
>
> Joe Smith
> Titusville FL
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Date: 5/4/15 3:33 pm
From: Jodi <desertangel7...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Song ID? Honeymoon Island
Would like your help in ID of this bird song. It was in a Cedar Tree while we picnicked at Honeymoon Island SP yesterday (Pasco Co?) Kept singing the whole time we were there.

Wave file attached.

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Date: 5/4/15 2:36 pm
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Merritt Island NWR 5-4-15
Last week and today I have been searching the Refuge for shore birds. I've been concentrating on Peacock Pocket road. I've seen a nice flock of Bobolinks off it this past Friday. The shore birds have been practically non existent until yesterday when a few started showing up. I've seen Western Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plovers, Spotted Sandpiper, Short-billed Dowitcher, Black-bellied Plover, Stilt Sandpiper, and Red Knot. All in very small numbers. The Boat-tailed Grackel, Red-winged Blackbirds have been busy feeding fledglings all up and down the road. The Green Heron has also been busy to feeding young. Hoping to find a Ruff like they had last year on the Bio Lab Road. The Bio Lab road is difficult to bird now, because vegetation is blocking the view in most places. I had an interesting find today when about a dozen American Wigeon set down from migrating. It's pretty late for them now. However there are still a number of Blue-winged Teal around.
I always looked forward to April because of the Gulf migrants coming in at Ft. Desoto. I had a first several days ago when I went there. It's the first time I've ever been, and not seen a single migrant. I guess that migration is pretty much well over. Maybe this week we'll start seeing some Connecticut Warblers on these east winds.

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Titusville, Fla.
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Brevard

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Date: 5/4/15 5:36 am
From: Breanna Perry <serena933...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Ft DeSoto Migrants & ID help
Many great migrants at Ft Desoto Sunday 5/3. Best day of the year so far. Any help with ID-ing the attached photos would be much appreciated!! Here are the highlights I did identify:

East Beach South side of Parking Lot Area
Scarlet Tanager 2
Summer Tanager 1
Cedar Waxwing – flock
Rose Breasted Grosbeak -2
Blackpoll – 1+
Red-eyed Vireo 1
Hummingbird 1


East Beach Trails
Louisiana Waterthrush 1
Black and White Warbler 1
Hummingbird 3
Parula 1
Veery 2
Nandy Parrot 1
Great Horned Owl – 3
Palm Warblers – many
Black Throated Blue-many
Common Yellowthroat- 1
Blackpoll-many

Mulberry Tree Area
Blackpoll-1
Black Throated Blue-1
Eastern King Bird-1

North Beach Oaks
Ovenbird-1
Palm Warblers –many



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Date: 5/3/15 6:45 pm
From: Bob Snow <blsnow11...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Neighborhood birding.
A walk around my neighborhood late this afternoon, resulted in about 50 Cedar Waxwings flying overhead, a Cooper's Hawk at a nest, 20 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in a retention pond, two Red-shouldered Hawks, three Great-crested Flycatchers, two Parula Warblers, four young Carolina Wrens, several Cardinals and Gnatcatchers.

Bob Snow
Lakeland, Florida

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Date: 5/3/15 5:15 pm
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Birding in the Hood
Hello Birders.
This afternoon I walked down to the retention pond 100 yards from my
house just West of Winter Haven, just East of Westwood Middle School, and
the birding was pretty darn good.
BEST BIRDS: 2 BLACK-NECKED STILTS, 7 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS,
1 GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER, 20+ CEDAR WAXWINGS flyover.
Other birds: 2 WOOD DUCKS, 2 GREAT EGRETS, 20+ WHITE IBIS,
COMMON&BOAT-TAILED GRACKLES, 1 SNOWY EGRET, 2 RED-BELLIED WOODPECKERS,
MOURNING DOVES.
To get there from ave. G N.W. take 34th St. North a short distance,
turn right on ave. I the pond is at the curve. Good Birding.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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Date: 5/3/15 4:23 pm
From: Linda McQuaig <lgmcquaig...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Backyard Birding
At our home in Alma,GA. Great birding…

House finches- males and females
Northern Cardinals- males and females
Brown Thrasher
Morning Dove
Blue Jay
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Ruby Throated Hummingbirds
Mallard Duck- male and female

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Date: 5/3/15 4:16 pm
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lori Wilson Park / Cruickshank Sanctuary [Brevard County]
I met up with Camille over at Lori Wilson Park, on the odd chance something
might be going on. There wasn't much. We saw a few people (including
Phyllis) at the "pond" near the boardwalk entrance and watched a few doves,
some grackles, and House Sparrows for a bit before doing the boardwalk
loop. Nothing much going on there, as expected. In the end we saw quite a
few cardinals, a couple of catbirds, a redstart, several yellowthroats, and
one or two Palm Warblers. I caught a couple of glimpses of a two (probably)
separate Ovenbirds, but that was about it. We also saw a couple of
super-cute baby bunnies and one adult rabbit.

We decided to pop over to Cruickshank and see what was going on there. We
had a much more exciting day, with Scrub Jays landing on our heads, some
towhees, a Pileated Woodpecker feeding two very LOUD chicks, a Northern
Flicker, an active Osprey nest, 3 (probably - we saw one, but heard others)
bobwhites, an airborne Sandhill Crane, and a few other birdy visitors here
and there among the scrub. It turned out to be a fun morning! I even caught
a Roseate Spoonbill on the way back out to US-1. It was hard to estimate
how many of the jays we saw, since they're pretty mobile, but probably at
least a dozen. Near the end of the walk we had 6 (including one fledgling)
in one small sapling by the path.

Cheers,
Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County

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Date: 5/2/15 9:41 pm
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Shiny Cowbirds @ Everglades National Park 5/3/2015
Mark Kosiewski and I had at least 2 Shiny Cowbirds this afternoon foraging
with roughly 37 Brown-headed Cowbirds in the front lawn of the Flamingo
Visitor Center, Everglades National Park.

Cheers,
Rangel Diaz
Miami-Dade

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Date: 5/2/15 3:52 pm
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Hudsonian Godwit - Tower Pond, St Marks NWR - 5/2/2015 - Yes
Hi All,

The Hudsonian Godwit is still present right now as of 6:47pm Atlanta time. eBird with photos to follow later.

GPS coordinates of observation:

N 30 05.240 W 084 09.558

Good Birding All,

Mark

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

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Date: 5/2/15 11:36 am
From: Susan Daughtrey <susansd...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Amendment to previous post
Apologies for the incomplete sign-off on the previous post.



Susan Daughtrey

Englewood, Charlotte County


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Date: 5/2/15 11:33 am
From: Susan Daughtrey <susansd...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pinecraft Park today
Hi All,



Things are winding down at Pinecraft Park in Sarasota, with only a handful
of warbler species still present - Blackpoll, Black-and-White, Common
Yellowthroat, Black-throated Blue, Ovenbird, and Northern Parula. However,
we had three male Scarlet Tanagers, a female Scarlet, and a female Summer
Tanager all out in the same bush at one point. Also seen were a female
Indigo Bunting, a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak,
two Red-eyed Vireos, and a Yellow-throated Vireo. There were at least five
Swainson's Thrushes in various areas of the park, and a Gray-cheeked, too.
The Wood Ducks and Barred Owls always make a visit enjoyable, and Northern
Flickers and Downy Woodpeckers are busy defending their nest holes. The
northeast corner of the park, near the house with feeders, is the primary
hotbed of action. Beautiful 62 degree temperatures at the start made this a
really wonderful outing today.



Best,

Susan Daughtrey


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Date: 5/2/15 6:40 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Green Key Funnel
Hello,
Although the NE winds were lighter than predicted we did get a good flow of warblers at the entrance gate to Robert K Rees Park on Green Key Road this morning.  
From 7:00am till 8:00am  275 warblers flew past with the following identified;62 Blackpoll10 Cape May7 Black-throated Blue6 American Redstart5 Northern Parula4 Prairie1 Palm1 OvenbirdAlso;8 Bobolink2 Barn Swallow2 Gray Catbird1 Eastern Kingbird
Ken TraceyNew Port Richey, FL

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Date: 5/1/15 5:33 pm
From: Rosemary Harris <rharris133...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fort De Soto



Visited Fort De Soto this morning until noon and although it was slow there were a few birds around, but you had to work for them as they were not in great numbers.

East Beach 2 Scarlet Tanagers male, Northern Parula, 2 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds female by washroom at flowering shrubs, approx 75 Cedar Waxwings flying overhead and landing in trees by the second entrance, 2 baby Great Horned Owls high in a tree some distance from original nest area, Great Crested Flycatchers calling but not seen, Nanday Parakeet.

Mulberry Tree & Fountain area 1 Summer Tanager male, 1 Scarlet Tanager male, Rose-breasted Grosbeak male & female, several Blackpoll and Tennessee Warblers, Northern Parula, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Indigo Buntings, Eastern Kingbird, Cape May Warbler.

I have seen no other reports and this is just to update people who may be going on the week-end.

Rosemary Harris.
Bradenton/Ontario


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Date: 5/1/15 5:12 pm
From: Tom Mast <tmast...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Avocet
Fred Howard Park, Pinellas County, FL

There was not much activity at Fred Howard Park today but I did manage to find a very cooperative Avocet.

Tom Mast
Tampa, FL

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Date: 5/1/15 2:33 pm
From: PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lori Wilson Park, Cocoa Beach
The only activity I could detect in the Hammock today at Lori Wilson for a short stroll through was a small flock at pond of 7 species of warblers:

Black and White-2
Common Yellowthroat, 2
American Redstart-1 first year male
Blackpoll-3 m, f
Black-throated Blue -2, m,f
Palm-1
Prairie,1 f

Gave me time to look at butterflies; still have plenty of Great Southern White, Zebra Heliconian, a Giant Swallowtail, and Julie Heliconian.

Phyllis Mansfield,
Cocoa Beach, FL
Every Day a New Adventure

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Date: 5/1/15 1:51 pm
From: Matthew Press <0000000b4f429e34-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Dickcissel at Celery Fields
There was one adult male Dickcissel at the Celery Fields in the field area northwest of the parking lot. The bird was mixed in with a flock of Bobolinks.

Matthew Press

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Date: 5/1/15 1:24 pm
From: Renee Thomas <vegewren...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Cedar Key birds?
Thank you so much! We're here now. Going birding soon!

Renee

Sent from my iPhone

> On May 1, 2015, at 12:33 PM, Patricia Burns <0000000a73dd8fad-dmarc-request...> wrote:
>
> April 29-Twelve warblers species were reported: Black- throated green, Cape May, Blackpoll, Black & white, C. Yellowthroat, Ovenbird, N. Waterthrush, Redstart, Magnolia, N. Parula, Palm & Black-throated Blue.
> Also seen were :Gray-cheeked Thrush, Indigo Buntings, Scarlet Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeak
>
> April 30- A special day spent with my five favorite birding friends and some great birds.
> The front brought a fall-out of Scarlet (26+) & Summer (5) Tanagers and Red-eyed Vireo (18).
> Also seen: Cape May, Blackpoll, Black & white, C. Yellowthroat, N. Waterthrush, Redstart, N. Parula, Pine, Palm,
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Blue & Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Buntings, Gray-cheeked & Swainson's Thrush, Veery, Eastern Kingbirds.
>
> Pat
>
> Patricia Burns
> Alachua, FL
>
>
>
>
>
>
>> On Apr 30, 2015, at 10:13 PM, Renee L Thomas wrote:
>>
>> I am spending the weekend in Cedar Key. I haven't seen any reports yet about bird activity. Can anyone provide an update on this? I need to know if it's worth my time to bring my binoculars, camera, bike, etc. Thanks for any info!
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Date: 5/1/15 11:10 am
From: Steve Klesius <skaway...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Brown Trasher and fledgling In North Tampa
Yesterday a Brown Thrasher showed up (again) about 6 pm. Next, out of the palmetto and underbrush area in front of an oak head, a fledgling ventured out a bit. The adult went over twice and fed it. Soon they both retreated into the underbrush area. The aduly bird searched for nuts or seeds on the ground under the seed feeder. I am hoping they will show up again. Steve Klesius

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Date: 5/1/15 10:51 am
From: Beth McBroom <bethmcb...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Orlando to Miami
Thanks for all the helpful suggestions. Just left Turkey Creek with a
lifer Black-throated Blue Warbler. Having a great trip!

Beth McBroom
Texas

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Date: 5/1/15 9:33 am
From: Patricia Burns <0000000a73dd8fad-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Cedar Key birds?
April 29-Twelve warblers species were reported: Black- throated green,
Cape May, Blackpoll, Black & white, C. Yellowthroat, Ovenbird, N.
Waterthrush, Redstart, Magnolia, N. Parula, Palm & Black-throated Blue.
Also seen were :Gray-cheeked Thrush, Indigo Buntings, Scarlet
Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeak

April 30- A special day spent with my five favorite birding friends
and some great birds.
The front brought a fall-out of Scarlet (26+) & Summer (5) Tanagers
and Red-eyed Vireo (18).
Also seen: Cape May, Blackpoll, Black & white, C. Yellowthroat, N.
Waterthrush, Redstart, N. Parula, Pine, Palm,
Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Blue & Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Buntings,
Gray-cheeked & Swainson's Thrush, Veery, Eastern Kingbirds.

Pat

Patricia Burns
Alachua, FL






On Apr 30, 2015, at 10:13 PM, Renee L Thomas wrote:

> I am spending the weekend in Cedar Key. I haven't seen any reports
> yet about bird activity. Can anyone provide an update on this? I
> need to know if it's worth my time to bring my binoculars, camera,
> bike, etc. Thanks for any info!
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Date: 5/1/15 9:27 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Pelagic Birding Trip Opportunity. June 7
Hi Bob et all,
I did not realize that Bob had posted this when I wrote to him individually earlier.


The pelagic trips of the Marine Science Center are not a for-profit venture.


These trips are public educational opportunities sponsored by the Friends of the Marine Science Center - a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity. If we make any proceeds beyond the cost of the boat rental and supplies (which seldom happens), the proceeds go the Marine Science Center and its seabird and sea turtle hospitals. None of the guides, including myself, are paid, or even reimbursed for our rooms or expenses. We all do this as volunteers. The announcements are all made with the permission of the Brdbrain Listserv owners.

Best wishes,
Michael


Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL

>>> Robert Penhollow 04/30/15 7:12 PM >>>
Isn't this a for profit advertisement?
Bob Penhollow
North Ft. Myers, FL

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Date: 5/1/15 6:53 am
From: Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sandpiper ID help
Hey BirdBrainers,
This is a few weeks old now, but it was brought to my attention yesterday so I figured I'd put it up here and see what people think...
I was at Fort De Soto Park on April 11 and saw what I believe was a Semipalmated Sandpiper. It flagged on my eBird report, and the local reviewer (sorry, I don't know who it is) didn't accept it. So I'm hopeful that someone can educate me on why it is or is not a Semi. Gotta get better at shorebird ID!
Anyway, the following is copied and pasted from my eBird report, and I've attached a good photo from a bad angle that was taken by Rod Macivor (who was also looking at the bird). You can see two Leasts on the right and the mystery bird on the left.
"Foraging with a small group of Westerns at East Beach turnaround, just a few feet from me. Bill was distinctly shorter, straighter, and thicker-based than both the Westerns and some Leasts that were nearby. There was no droop to the bill at all (not even as much as a Least would have). Bill tip was a little more bulbous than that of the Westerns. (In other words, if you were to run your imaginary finger along the top of the bill, it would go up at the tip on this bird, unlike the Westerns or Leasts.) I grabbed a nearby photographer with a big lens and asked him to take a photo of the bird for me. Unfortunately the photo doesn't show the bill in profile, so it's not terribly helpful. But here it is anyway. The bird in question is the one at far left."
Daniel EstabrooksWinter Haven, FL 

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Date: 4/30/15 8:55 pm
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Pelagic Birding Trip Opportunity. June 7
In either case, if I had it:



Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County

On Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 7:47 PM, Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> wrote:

> If I'm not mistaken the money goes to the Marine Science Center. In my
> opinion, it is one of the best visitor centers in the state. After working
> at the Crandon Park Visitor and Biscayne Nature Center through Miami-Dade
> County Parks and Recreation I can honestly say we were one-upped. Not to
> mention this is a great opportunity to see some of the most difficult birds
> to track down in the state. Come on Cahow!
>
> Cheers,
> Rangel Diaz
> Miami-Dade
>
> On Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 7:12 PM, Robert Penhollow <bobpenhollow...>
> wrote:
>
>> Isn't this a for profit advertisement?
>> Bob Penhollow
>> North Ft. Myers, FL
>>
>> On Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 4:16 PM, Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Hi To All,
>>> I still have spaces for you to join us for our next public exploration
>>> off the east coast of
>>> Florida that will explore the entire width of the Gulf Stream and the
>>> 3000’ deep canyons 100 miles offshore on Sunday, June 7.
>>>
>>> “The Pastime Princess” is a 100-foot, all-aluminum boat with
>>> excellent observation areas on the upper deck, bow and stern. Meet for
>>> this exciting trip at 1:30 a.m. at the Dolphin View Restaurant and
>>> Marina on Riverside Drive near Canal Street in downtown New Smyrna
>>> Beach. We will depart at 2:00 a.m. Return is at 9:00 p.m.
>>>
>>> The trip leaves from the New Smyrna side of Ponce de Leon Inlet,
>>> travels out over 100 miles, crosses the entire Gulf Stream, past the
>>> east wall of the Gulf Stream into the area known as the “Tuna
>>> Grounds.” This trip holds high probability of encountering numerous
>>> pelagic species. We will be in the Gulf Stream at the perfect time to
>>> have multiple sightings of Black-capped Petrel. In addition, migrants
>>> such as Cory’s, Great, Sooty and Audubon’s Shearwaters, all three
>>> Storm-Petrels (Leach’s, Wilson’s and Band-rumped), both
>>> Tropicbirds, Long-tailed Jaeger and Arctic Tern are possibilities.
>>> Previous explorations of this area at this time of year have gotten
>>> Black-caps every trip. In 2011, we had both White-tailed and
>>> Red-billed
>>> Tropicbirds. The year before, we found the largest group of Arctic
>>> Terns
>>> ever seen in Florida – 62! In addition, we had several Black-capped
>>> Petrels, all three Storm-Petrels, all three jaegers, and even three
>>> White-tailed Tropicbirds! In 2009, we had a South Polar Skua on this
>>> trip, as well as a White-tailed Tropicbird.
>>>
>>> Potential Species include (* indicates good probability):
>>> Black-capped Petrel*
>>> Cory’s Shearwater*
>>> Great Shearwater*
>>> Sooty Shearwater
>>> Audubon’s Shearwater*
>>> Wilson’s Storm Petrel *
>>> Leach’s Storm-Petrel *
>>> Band-rumped Storm-Petrel *
>>> Brown Booby*
>>> Masked Booby
>>> Red-footed Booby
>>> White-tailed Tropicbird
>>> Red-billed Tropicbird
>>> Pomarine Jaeger
>>> Long-tailed Jaeger
>>> Arctic Tern
>>> Common Tern*
>>> Black Tern*
>>> Sooty Tern*
>>> Bridled Tern *
>>> Brown Noddy
>>>
>>> Participants should bring: food and beverages, seasickness medicine,
>>> sunscreen and personal items. Food service will be not available on
>>> the
>>> boat.
>>>
>>> COST: $235/person.
>>> Call or email NOW to reserve your space. Additional information, maps
>>> and available accommodations will be forwarded to participants.
>>> DON’T
>>> MISS this exceedingly rare opportunity to bird in almost unexplored
>>> state waters, with the chance at seeing some of the rarest birds in
>>> Florida!
>>>
>>> To sign up please contact: Please make
>>> checks payable to:
>>> Michael Brothers
>>> Friends of the Marine Science Center
>>> Marine Science Center Mail to :
>>> 386-304-5543 Friends of the
>>> Marine Science Center
>>> <mbrothers...> c/o
>>> Marine Science Center
>>> 100 Lighthouse
>>> Drive
>>> Ponce Inlet, FL
>>> 32127
>>>
>>> Michael
>>>
>>> Michael Brothers
>>> Marine Science Center
>>> Ponce Inlet, FL
>>>
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Date: 4/30/15 7:13 pm
From: Renee L Thomas <vegewren...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Cedar Key birds?
I am spending the weekend in Cedar Key. I haven't seen any reports yet about bird activity. Can anyone provide an update on this? I need to know if it's worth my time to bring my binoculars, camera, bike, etc. Thanks for any info!

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Date: 4/30/15 6:19 pm
From: Beth McBroom <bethmcb...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Birding from Orlando to Miami
Dear Florida Birders,

Visiting from Texas and driving along coast from Orlando to Miami
tomorrow. What are the best spots to stop along the way to see migrants?
I'm hoping someone is still checking email and help me out. Having a great
time in FL. Six lifers so far! Thank you!

Beth McBroom
Texas

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Date: 4/30/15 4:48 pm
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Pelagic Birding Trip Opportunity. June 7
If I'm not mistaken the money goes to the Marine Science Center. In my
opinion, it is one of the best visitor centers in the state. After working
at the Crandon Park Visitor and Biscayne Nature Center through Miami-Dade
County Parks and Recreation I can honestly say we were one-upped. Not to
mention this is a great opportunity to see some of the most difficult birds
to track down in the state. Come on Cahow!

Cheers,
Rangel Diaz
Miami-Dade

On Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 7:12 PM, Robert Penhollow <bobpenhollow...>
wrote:

> Isn't this a for profit advertisement?
> Bob Penhollow
> North Ft. Myers, FL
>
> On Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 4:16 PM, Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
> wrote:
>
>> Hi To All,
>> I still have spaces for you to join us for our next public exploration
>> off the east coast of
>> Florida that will explore the entire width of the Gulf Stream and the
>> 3000’ deep canyons 100 miles offshore on Sunday, June 7.
>>
>> “The Pastime Princess” is a 100-foot, all-aluminum boat with
>> excellent observation areas on the upper deck, bow and stern. Meet for
>> this exciting trip at 1:30 a.m. at the Dolphin View Restaurant and
>> Marina on Riverside Drive near Canal Street in downtown New Smyrna
>> Beach. We will depart at 2:00 a.m. Return is at 9:00 p.m.
>>
>> The trip leaves from the New Smyrna side of Ponce de Leon Inlet,
>> travels out over 100 miles, crosses the entire Gulf Stream, past the
>> east wall of the Gulf Stream into the area known as the “Tuna
>> Grounds.” This trip holds high probability of encountering numerous
>> pelagic species. We will be in the Gulf Stream at the perfect time to
>> have multiple sightings of Black-capped Petrel. In addition, migrants
>> such as Cory’s, Great, Sooty and Audubon’s Shearwaters, all three
>> Storm-Petrels (Leach’s, Wilson’s and Band-rumped), both
>> Tropicbirds, Long-tailed Jaeger and Arctic Tern are possibilities.
>> Previous explorations of this area at this time of year have gotten
>> Black-caps every trip. In 2011, we had both White-tailed and
>> Red-billed
>> Tropicbirds. The year before, we found the largest group of Arctic
>> Terns
>> ever seen in Florida – 62! In addition, we had several Black-capped
>> Petrels, all three Storm-Petrels, all three jaegers, and even three
>> White-tailed Tropicbirds! In 2009, we had a South Polar Skua on this
>> trip, as well as a White-tailed Tropicbird.
>>
>> Potential Species include (* indicates good probability):
>> Black-capped Petrel*
>> Cory’s Shearwater*
>> Great Shearwater*
>> Sooty Shearwater
>> Audubon’s Shearwater*
>> Wilson’s Storm Petrel *
>> Leach’s Storm-Petrel *
>> Band-rumped Storm-Petrel *
>> Brown Booby*
>> Masked Booby
>> Red-footed Booby
>> White-tailed Tropicbird
>> Red-billed Tropicbird
>> Pomarine Jaeger
>> Long-tailed Jaeger
>> Arctic Tern
>> Common Tern*
>> Black Tern*
>> Sooty Tern*
>> Bridled Tern *
>> Brown Noddy
>>
>> Participants should bring: food and beverages, seasickness medicine,
>> sunscreen and personal items. Food service will be not available on
>> the
>> boat.
>>
>> COST: $235/person.
>> Call or email NOW to reserve your space. Additional information, maps
>> and available accommodations will be forwarded to participants.
>> DON’T
>> MISS this exceedingly rare opportunity to bird in almost unexplored
>> state waters, with the chance at seeing some of the rarest birds in
>> Florida!
>>
>> To sign up please contact: Please make
>> checks payable to:
>> Michael Brothers
>> Friends of the Marine Science Center
>> Marine Science Center Mail to :
>> 386-304-5543 Friends of the
>> Marine Science Center
>> <mbrothers...> c/o
>> Marine Science Center
>> 100 Lighthouse
>> Drive
>> Ponce Inlet, FL
>> 32127
>>
>> Michael
>>
>> Michael Brothers
>> Marine Science Center
>> Ponce Inlet, FL
>>
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Date: 4/30/15 4:22 pm
From: Robert Penhollow <bobpenhollow...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Pelagic Birding Trip Opportunity. June 7
Isn't this a for profit advertisement?
Bob Penhollow
North Ft. Myers, FL

On Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 4:16 PM, Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
wrote:

> Hi To All,
> I still have spaces for you to join us for our next public exploration
> off the east coast of
> Florida that will explore the entire width of the Gulf Stream and the
> 3000’ deep canyons 100 miles offshore on Sunday, June 7.
>
> “The Pastime Princess” is a 100-foot, all-aluminum boat with
> excellent observation areas on the upper deck, bow and stern. Meet for
> this exciting trip at 1:30 a.m. at the Dolphin View Restaurant and
> Marina on Riverside Drive near Canal Street in downtown New Smyrna
> Beach. We will depart at 2:00 a.m. Return is at 9:00 p.m.
>
> The trip leaves from the New Smyrna side of Ponce de Leon Inlet,
> travels out over 100 miles, crosses the entire Gulf Stream, past the
> east wall of the Gulf Stream into the area known as the “Tuna
> Grounds.” This trip holds high probability of encountering numerous
> pelagic species. We will be in the Gulf Stream at the perfect time to
> have multiple sightings of Black-capped Petrel. In addition, migrants
> such as Cory’s, Great, Sooty and Audubon’s Shearwaters, all three
> Storm-Petrels (Leach’s, Wilson’s and Band-rumped), both
> Tropicbirds, Long-tailed Jaeger and Arctic Tern are possibilities.
> Previous explorations of this area at this time of year have gotten
> Black-caps every trip. In 2011, we had both White-tailed and
> Red-billed
> Tropicbirds. The year before, we found the largest group of Arctic
> Terns
> ever seen in Florida – 62! In addition, we had several Black-capped
> Petrels, all three Storm-Petrels, all three jaegers, and even three
> White-tailed Tropicbirds! In 2009, we had a South Polar Skua on this
> trip, as well as a White-tailed Tropicbird.
>
> Potential Species include (* indicates good probability):
> Black-capped Petrel*
> Cory’s Shearwater*
> Great Shearwater*
> Sooty Shearwater
> Audubon’s Shearwater*
> Wilson’s Storm Petrel *
> Leach’s Storm-Petrel *
> Band-rumped Storm-Petrel *
> Brown Booby*
> Masked Booby
> Red-footed Booby
> White-tailed Tropicbird
> Red-billed Tropicbird
> Pomarine Jaeger
> Long-tailed Jaeger
> Arctic Tern
> Common Tern*
> Black Tern*
> Sooty Tern*
> Bridled Tern *
> Brown Noddy
>
> Participants should bring: food and beverages, seasickness medicine,
> sunscreen and personal items. Food service will be not available on
> the
> boat.
>
> COST: $235/person.
> Call or email NOW to reserve your space. Additional information, maps
> and available accommodations will be forwarded to participants.
> DON’T
> MISS this exceedingly rare opportunity to bird in almost unexplored
> state waters, with the chance at seeing some of the rarest birds in
> Florida!
>
> To sign up please contact: Please make
> checks payable to:
> Michael Brothers
> Friends of the Marine Science Center
> Marine Science Center Mail to :
> 386-304-5543 Friends of the
> Marine Science Center
> <mbrothers...> c/o
> Marine Science Center
> 100 Lighthouse
> Drive
> Ponce Inlet, FL
> 32127
>
> Michael
>
> Michael Brothers
> Marine Science Center
> Ponce Inlet, FL
>
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Date: 4/30/15 1:50 pm
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] West Pasco/Pinellas
Hello,
Not many migrants around but; 
7 Solitary Sandpipers at retention pond corner Melon and E. Tarpon / Keystone Rd. Eastern Kingbird and 1 Blackpoll at Beacon Square Park off Moog Rd, but also pair of Eastern Screech-Owls were out being harassed by Redwing Blackbirds and Brown Thrasher.  One Screech-Owl is a red morph the other a brown morph.
Ken TraceyNew Port Richey, FL

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Date: 4/30/15 1:29 pm
From: Shelley Rutkin <shelleyr...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] FW: [BRDBRAIN] Mottled or hybrid?
A few days ago, I requested help determining if a duck I had photographed in Naples was a pure Mottled Duck or a Mottled/Mallard hybrid. I received only a few replies, which I’m guessing may be because this is a tough ID for a lot of us. One person was certain that the duck had Mallard genes, two leaned towards hybrid, and a few others said that it looked good for pure Mottled. So, I asked Bill Pranty for help and received the following reply (posted here with permission). The photos are attached again.

“Tony Leukering and I agree that this bird shows no obvious signs of being a hybrid, based on the characters that we discuss in the eBird article.”

And, here’s a link to the eBird article <http://ebird.org/content/ebird/wp-content/uploads/sites/55/eBird_Muddled_Ducks.pdf> http://ebird.org/content/ebird/wp-content/uploads/sites/55/eBird_Muddled_Ducks.pdf.

Thank you to everyone who responded.

Shelley Rutkin

------ Original message------
From: Shelley Rutkin
Date: Sun, Apr 26, 2015 8:58 AM
To: <BRDBRAIN...>;
Subject:[BRDBRAIN] Mottled or hybrid?
Hi Birdbrains,
I’m scrutinizing all Mottled Duck candidates that I find after the recent eBird article about identifying hybrids. The duck in the attached photos (same bird) looks good for Mottled to me, but then so did some of the hybrid examples in the article. The photos were taken at Eagle Lakes Park in Naples on 4/17/15. I’d appreciate any comments.
Shelley Rutkin
Winston-Salem, NC
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Date: 4/30/15 1:16 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pelagic Birding Trip Opportunity. June 7
Hi To All,
I still have spaces for you to join us for our next public exploration
off the east coast of
Florida that will explore the entire width of the Gulf Stream and the
3000’ deep canyons 100 miles offshore on Sunday, June 7.

“The Pastime Princess” is a 100-foot, all-aluminum boat with
excellent observation areas on the upper deck, bow and stern. Meet for
this exciting trip at 1:30 a.m. at the Dolphin View Restaurant and
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Date: 4/30/15 11:51 am
From: PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lori Wilson, Cocoa Beach(Brevard)
Another decrease in numbers of warblers at Lori Wilson Hammock; but still we are seeing 9 species, and today it was a real pleasure looking at them coming down to the pond area, two or three at a time.

Ovenbird-4
Black and White- 3 m,f
Common Yellowthroat-2 m
American Redstart 1 m
Cape May-1 m
Northern Parula-1 m
Blackpoll-5 m, f
Black-throated Blue-2 m,f
Palm 1

Phyllis Mansfield,
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Date: 4/30/15 6:11 am
From: Mark H. Vance <mark...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] A video of a Shrike Tearing apart it's food.(Sarasota)
Here is a video of a Loggerhead Shrike using barbed wire to tear apart it's food.
Thanks, Mark Vance
Sarasota, FL
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Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] BRDBRAIN Digest - 28 Apr 2015 to 29 Apr 2015 (#2015-11)
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> 1. Catbirds left Monday and Brown Thrasher visited today
> 2. Turkey Creek Sanctuary [Brevard County] 4/29/2015
> 3. Lori Wilson, Cocoa Beach(Brevard)
> 4. [SpaceCoastAudubon] Lori Wilson, Cocoa Beach(Brevard)
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> From: Steve Klesius <skaway...>
> Subject: Catbirds left Monday and Brown Thrasher visited today
>
> I was hoping the Grey Catbirds would stay. Had two frequently eating everyday at the feeded but I have not seen them since Monday. A Brown Thrasher used the birdbath about noon time today. This is the first one to visit our house in Grand Hampton, North Tampa. Steve Klsius
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> From: Christopher Ferro <arachnid43...>
> Subject: Turkey Creek Sanctuary [Brevard County] 4/29/2015
>
> My friend, and nascent birder, Camille, and I went out to Turkey Creek this morning and met up with Bill Haddad to follow up on the good birding Bill had the previous day. It started out slow, and never got as good as he had it yesterday, but we ended up with a decent morning. Most of the same characters Bill saw at TC and that I saw and Erna Nixon yesterday were present.
> (My numbers are approx - we were in and amongst moving flocks, so some may be repeat birds)
> 8 or 9 Blackpoll Warblers, male and female4-ish American Redstarts, male and female7 or 8 Black-and-white Warblers, male and female4-ish Black-throated Blue Warblers, males and 1 female3 or 4 Cape May Warblers - 1 female, in a tree right above of the car, first thing (had to use fuzzy photo to verify) and a couple of STUNNING males.1 or 2 White-eyed Vireos - probably males, based on the singing?1 Magnolia Warbler male (poor Bill missed this one, he was really hoping!)a Bunch of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers2 Yellow-billed Cuckoos (woohoo!), at one point in the same tree.a few Gray Catbirdsa Wicked Lot of Northern Cardinals2 or 3 Northern Parulas, male and female1 Prairie Warbler, male2 or 3 Common Yellowthroats, malea few Fish Crowsseveral Black Vultures1 Great Blue Heron
> Voice only:Great Crested FlycatchersBarred Owl (in the distance)Sandhill Cranesa Crap Ton of Carolina Wrenspossible Eastern Towhee
> We saw a 3rd cuckoo-looking bird but didn't get a great look at it. Soon after I heard a faint "ku-ku-ku," like a Black-billed Cuckoo, in the direction we saw it fly. I cannot be certain that's what it was. It was very faint.
> Also, something suspiciously like a dark-phase Short-tailed Hawk soared over, but not a good enough look to be sure. That would have been a great one!
> Bill is headed back to the Tarheel State (NC) this weekend for the summer. Safe journey, Bill. See you this fall!
> Christopher FerroMelbourne/Brevard County
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> Date: Wed, 29 Apr 2015 13:57:01 -0400
> From: PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...>
> Subject: Lori Wilson, Cocoa Beach(Brevard)
>
> South winds took most of the big flock from yesterday at Lori Wilson on their way north. Sometimes a post of many warblers one day brings many more birders than birds the next day, which is what happened today. Nevertheless if I’d had the 9 species seen today during the past month I would have been delighted. I don’t think anyone saw the Indigo Buntings today, but Painted Bunting still there as well as Great Crested Flycatcher and Eastern Wood-Pewee. Warblers seen today:
>
> Ovenbird-5
> Worm-eating-2
> Black and White-8 m,f
> Common Yellowthroat-2 m, f
> American Redstart-2 m,f
> Northern Parula-2, m,f
> Prairie Warbler-seen by Sarah
> Blackpoll-12 m,f
> Black-throated Blue-2 m.f
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> Date: Wed, 29 Apr 2015 18:59:48 -0400
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> Subject: Re: [SpaceCoastAudubon] Lori Wilson, Cocoa Beach(Brevard)
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> In addition to the warblers and birds Phyllis mentioned in her post,
> I also had a flock of a dozen or so Cedar Waxwings in the southern
> parking lot and a few Barn Swallows flying north plus about 3 Chimney
> Swifts flying over the hammock several times this morning. I also
> saw a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird (no color in throat
> whatsoever) going after small insects near the first bench "cul-de-
> sac" of the boardwalk and then a bit later heard one chattering as it
> flew by me at great speed--maybe the same bird.
>
> There must be at least 4 male cardinals singing presumably on
> territory in the hammock area.
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> Of course there were the usual fish crows, starlings (dog park),
> house sparrows, catbirds, and a couple of blue jays (ho).
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> Sarah Linney
> Cocoa, FL
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Date: 4/29/15 3:58 pm
From: <smljay12...> <smljay12...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] [SpaceCoastAudubon] Lori Wilson, Cocoa Beach(Brevard)
In addition to the warblers and birds Phyllis mentioned in her post,
I also had a flock of a dozen or so Cedar Waxwings in the southern
parking lot and a few Barn Swallows flying north plus about 3 Chimney
Swifts flying over the hammock several times this morning. I also
saw a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird (no color in throat
whatsoever) going after small insects near the first bench "cul-de-
sac" of the boardwalk and then a bit later heard one chattering as it
flew by me at great speed--maybe the same bird.

There must be at least 4 male cardinals singing presumably on
territory in the hammock area.

Of course there were the usual fish crows, starlings (dog park),
house sparrows, catbirds, and a couple of blue jays (ho).

Sarah Linney
Cocoa, FL

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Date: 4/29/15 10:57 am
From: PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lori Wilson, Cocoa Beach(Brevard)
South winds took most of the big flock from yesterday at Lori Wilson on their way north. Sometimes a post of many warblers one day brings many more birders than birds the next day, which is what happened today. Nevertheless if I’d had the 9 species seen today during the past month I would have been delighted. I don’t think anyone saw the Indigo Buntings today, but Painted Bunting still there as well as Great Crested Flycatcher and Eastern Wood-Pewee. Warblers seen today:

Ovenbird-5
Worm-eating-2
Black and White-8 m,f
Common Yellowthroat-2 m, f
American Redstart-2 m,f
Northern Parula-2, m,f
Prairie Warbler-seen by Sarah
Blackpoll-12 m,f
Black-throated Blue-2 m.f

Phyllis Mansfield,
Cocoa Beach, FL
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Date: 4/29/15 10:08 am
From: Christopher Ferro <0000000919b5b0ac-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Turkey Creek Sanctuary [Brevard County] 4/29/2015
My friend, and nascent birder, Camille, and I went out to Turkey Creek this morning and met up with Bill Haddad to follow up on the good birding Bill had the previous day. It started out slow, and never got as good as he had it yesterday, but we ended up with a decent morning. Most of the same characters Bill saw at TC and that I saw and Erna Nixon yesterday were present.
(My numbers are approx - we were in and amongst moving flocks, so some may be repeat birds)
8 or 9 Blackpoll Warblers, male and female4-ish American Redstarts, male and female7 or 8 Black-and-white Warblers, male and female4-ish Black-throated Blue Warblers, males and 1 female3 or 4 Cape May Warblers - 1 female, in a tree right above of the car, first thing (had to use fuzzy photo to verify) and a couple of STUNNING males.1 or 2 White-eyed Vireos - probably males, based on the singing?1 Magnolia Warbler male (poor Bill missed this one, he was really hoping!)a Bunch of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers2 Yellow-billed Cuckoos (woohoo!), at one point in the same tree.a few Gray Catbirdsa Wicked Lot of Northern Cardinals2 or 3 Northern Parulas, male and female1 Prairie Warbler, male2 or 3 Common Yellowthroats, malea few Fish Crowsseveral Black Vultures1 Great Blue Heron
Voice only:Great Crested FlycatchersBarred Owl (in the distance)Sandhill Cranesa Crap Ton of Carolina Wrenspossible Eastern Towhee
We saw a 3rd cuckoo-looking bird but didn't get a great look at it. Soon after I heard a faint "ku-ku-ku," like a Black-billed Cuckoo, in the direction we saw it fly. I cannot be certain that's what it was. It was very faint.
Also, something suspiciously like a dark-phase Short-tailed Hawk soared over, but not a good enough look to be sure. That would have been a great one!
Bill is headed back to the Tarheel State (NC) this weekend for the summer. Safe journey, Bill. See you this fall!
Christopher FerroMelbourne/Brevard County

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Date: 4/29/15 10:05 am
From: Steve Klesius <skaway...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Catbirds left Monday and Brown Thrasher visited today
I was hoping the Grey Catbirds would stay. Had two frequently eating everyday at the feeded but I have not seen them since Monday. A Brown Thrasher used the birdbath about noon time today. This is the first one to visit our house in Grand Hampton, North Tampa. Steve Klsius

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Date: 4/28/15 5:57 pm
From: beachbirder <beachbirder...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lori Wilson Pk (Brevard)
First off I'd like to say thanks to the birdbrains listserv for their update as I was unsubscribed by the listserv 15 months ago due
a Yahoo software upgrade that caused all the posts sent to me to bounce back thus causing my being unsubscribed.

After seeing posts by Phyllis Mansfield, from Lori Wilson Pk, I headed there late this afternoon in search of warblers. Was not
disappointed although not as productive as Phyllis's report from this morning. I observed the following:

Blackpoll Warbler (m&f)--8
Northern Parula--5
Black-throated Green Warbler--3
Black-throated Blue Warbler--2
Black-and-White Warbler--12
Prairie Warbler--1
Ovenbird--5
American Redstart (m&f)--5

Jim Eager
Cape Canaveral, FL

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Date: 4/28/15 4:16 pm
From: william haddad <photobill9...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fwd: Good migrants at Turkey Creek Sanct. today
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "william haddad" <photobill9...>
Date: Apr 28, 2015 6:57 PM
Subject: Good migrants at Turkey Creek Sanct. today
To: <brdbrain...>
Cc:


In sharp contrast to the bird walk last Sat., there were many migrants in
TC. today. Weather made all the difference as is evident from reports of
birds at Lori Wilson. Warblers I saw:

1. Blackpolls (10)
2. Redstarts (7)
3. Black and Whites (9)
4. Black-throated Blues (8) including 3 females
5. Ovenbirds (2)
6 Parulas (5)
7.Worm-eating (1)
8. Black-throated Green (1)

Notable other birds I saw included a Yellow-throated Vireo and a
Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Briefly saw another Cuckoo that could have been a
Black-billed - will look for it tomorrow and hoping for more birders to
help. Most of the birds were towards the latter part of the Creek Overlook
boardwalk and just beyond, although I saw small flocks at three other
places. Also saw a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at close range as were many of
the birds. A Black and White was actually on the Boardwalk after an insect.
Forgot the Kingfisher and Red-shouldered Hawk I saw.

The above estimate of Warbler numbers were conservative. For example, I put
my binocs on perhaps 30 Blackpolls but figured a good number were repeats.

A photographer had good pictures of a Manatee and baby. Getting wet felt
better than a hot, sunny day. A good day all around. Hope they stay put
here tonight and perhaps a few more to come in.

Bill Haddad
Palm Bay, Fl.

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Date: 4/28/15 3:57 pm
From: william haddad <photobill9...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Good migrants at Turkey Creek Sanct. today
In sharp contrast to the bird walk last Sat., there were many migrants in
TC. today. Weather made all the difference as is evident from reports of
birds at Lori Wilson. Warblers I saw:

1. Blackpolls (10)
2. Redstarts (7)
3. Black and Whites (9)
4. Black-throated Blues (8) including 3 females
5. Ovenbirds (2)
6 Parulas (5)
7.Worm-eating (1)
8. Black-throated Green (1)

Notable other birds I saw included a Yellow-throated Vireo and a
Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Briefly saw another Cuckoo that could have been a
Black-billed - will look for it tomorrow and hoping for more birders to
help. Most of the birds were towards the latter part of the Creek Overlook
boardwalk and just beyond, although I saw small flocks at three other
places. Also saw a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at close range as were many of
the birds. A Black and White was actually on the Boardwalk after an insect.
Forgot the Kingfisher and Red-shouldered Hawk I saw.

The above estimate of Warbler numbers were conservative. For example, I put
my binocs on perhaps 30 Blackpolls but figured a good number were repeats.

A photographer had good pictures of a Manatee and baby. Getting wet felt
better than a hot, sunny day. A good day all around. Hope they stay put
here tonight and perhaps a few more to come in.

Bill Haddad
Palm Bay, Fl.

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Date: 4/28/15 3:55 pm
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] James E Grey Preserve, West Pasco
Hello,
Stopped by park late this afternoon, some migrants & others;
1 Black-throated Green2 Black-throated Blue1 Black-and-white2 Palms2 American Redstart12 Blackpoll
5 Indigo Bunting1 Scarlet Tanager1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo3 Swainson's Thrush7 White-eyed Vireo

1 Chuck-will's-widow
Ken TraceyNew Port Richey, FL

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Date: 4/28/15 1:27 pm
From: PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lori Wilson-Cocoa Beach(Brevard)
It’s my opinion that we were more than due for some warblers at Lori Wilson!! That finally happened in the past two days. Yesterday there were 8 species of warblers and today 6 birders were able to find 14 species. Many were by the pond this morning, but many more back in the Hammock- probably at least 70 birds. I stopped back this afternoon but could find no additional species of warblers, but a Great Crested Flycatcher. Both the Painted and Indigo Buntings were again present today. A pungent odor at the entrance of Hammock made for the discovery of a dead raccoon. The Black Vultures were on duty!!
Warblers today:

Ovenbird-8
Worm-eating-3
Northern Waterthrush-2
Black and White-25 m,f
Common Yellowthroat-2, m, f
American Redstart-8 m,f
Cape May-5 m,f
Northern Parula- 3 m,f
Magnolia-1 f
Blackpoll-25-30 m,f-mostly male
Black-throated Blue-m,f
Palm-2
Prairie-1 m
Black-throated Green-3, (2 m)

Phyllis Mansfield,
Cocoa Beach,FL
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Date: 4/28/15 1:07 pm
From: Tom Mast <tmast...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, part II
Old Keystone Rd Retention Pond, Pinellas County, FL

Attached are the photos of the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks.

Tom Mast
Tampa, FL


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Date: 4/28/15 12:57 pm
From: Tom Mast <tmast...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Old Keystone retention pond, Pinellas County, FL

It rained a lot this morning but I decided to adventure out. At the retention pond on Old Keystone Rd, I found 7 black-bellied Whistling Ducks. That is a first for that pond. There was a lot of other activity including Solitary Sandpiper, Lesser Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, Black-necked Stilts, Wood Ducks and a host of Snowy Egrets, Great Herons, Mottled/Mallard Ducks, Rosette Spoonbills and Wood Storks. I have photos of the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks but for some reason I do not see the option to add attachments to the email.

Tom Mast
Tampa, FL

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Date: 4/28/15 7:50 am
From: Christopher Ferro <0000000919b5b0ac-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Erna Nixon Park, Brevard County (before the rain)
I had a cancelled meeting this morning, so used it as an opportunity to walk nearby Erna Nixon Park. It was actually pretty good for a 35-40 minute jaunt, especially since the rains came about 2/3 of the way through the boardwalk loop (which I walked in "reverse"). By the time I got past Vista II, the rain was really starting to come down, so anything that may have been out at Vista I, I didn't see (that's where I see Ruby-throated Hummingbirds at times). Once passed Vista I and toward the exit it was really pouring.
6 Black-and-white Warblers1 Ovenbird8 American Redstarts7 Black-throated Blue Warblers5 Common Yellowthroats2 Blackpoll Warblers4 Northern Parulas2 Great Crested Flycatchers12 Northern Cardinals1 Gray Catbird2 Blue Jays4 Carolina Wrens
Cheers,Christopher FerroMelbourne/Brevard County
P.S.No Tufted Titmouses or Carolina Chickadees (hee hee, ;-) )

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Date: 4/27/15 7:18 pm
From: Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Tarpon Springs/Dunedin area, 27 Apr 2015
Good evening,

Louise Gomez and I birded the Tarpon Springs/Dunedin area this morning and early afternoon, primarily Fred Howard Park and Dunedin Hammock Park, with a brief stop at the William Dunn Water Reclamation Facility. We were hoping to find some Neotropical migrants but didn't have any great hopes, given the unfavorable winds the past few days. Long story short, we saw almost no Neotrops -- and none that we saw was particularly notable.

Highlights at Howard Park included a late Horned Grebe, a latish Whimbrel, and a Forster's Tern with what appeared to be a carpal bar (but it didn't extend to the shoulder).

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23100977

Highlights at Hammock Park were a low-flying Peregrine Falcon, a latish Belted Kingfisher, a brief look at an Empidonax flycatcher, 3 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, and 3 Indigo Buntings.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23101406

Lingering waterfowl at Dunn WRF were 3 Lesser Scaup, 2 Redheads, and 3 Red-breasted Mergansers.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23101747


Best regards,

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida

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Date: 4/27/15 2:43 pm
From: David Simpson <simpsondavid...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Dowitcher help
Thanks for the tutorial Cam,

One note regarding habitats Merritt Island NWR, all of the shorebird habitats, other than the beach, are brackish. They are relatively far from the nearest salt water inlets, Ponce Inlet to the north and Port Canaveral to the south. They are formed by mosquito control impoundments which occur in place of the historic brackish marshes along the Indian River Lagoon system. Therefore either species could occur in any area at any time. Salinity levels vary greatly within these impoundments. At times of drought, the water can be downright salty as evaporation leaves the salts behind. It would make for an interesting study to measure salinity levels and dowitcher species distribution to see how they sort out.

Pelican Island NWR is much closer to a saltwater source, Sebastian Inlet about three miles to the north. Still they maintain brackish water impoundments where Long-billed dowitchers can be found in winter. That probably explains how I saw (heard) a flock of Long-billed dowitchers flying past the west end of Sebastian Inlet in January one day.

As a county lister, I can tell you that it is very hard to find Short-billed dowitcher in inland counties, outside of early fall migration. It seems that by October, the Short-billed make their way back to the coastal brackish and salt water habitats. In spring I'm not sure if they come back through the interior at all. I don't recall any inland sightings in spring, but I might have some.

David Simpson
Fellsmere, FL

On Apr 18, 2015, at 06:55 PM, Cameron Cox <kumlieni...> wrote:

Jim,

Your bird is a Long-billed Dowitcher. The absolute best trait for IDing dowitchers at all seasons (except for voice) is the exact structure of the bill in profile. Your photo shows the perfectly straight bill, typical of Long-billed, as well as the slightly finer tip and lack of expansion at the base of the bill. Other traits that are visible are the big, blocky head shape, long body, and brick red color of the fresh flank feathers.

Two additional notes:

1. The shape of the back as an ID trait for dowitchers is only, only, ONLY usable when they are actively feeding. As in head down, sewing-machine motion going at full speed. In any other posture back shape is totally, completely, and utterly worthless. Even some feeding male Long-billeds can appear fairly flat-backed. This trait has been widely misunderstood, I see it incorrectly applied more frequently than used correctly. If you want to get good at dowitchers A. Learn the calls and learn them cold B. Learn bill shape differences and the age and sex differences that affect bill shape. C. Learn plumage traits for breeding birds and juveniles. This will allow you to ID adults from roughly mid-March-mid-August or later and juvs from August-Nov or later. Note that there are differences in spring adults in breeding plumage vs. fall adults in worn breeding plumage. D. Learn more subtle differences in structure and posture like head shape, back shape, and overall body shape. E. Learn differences in winter plumages F. Wish for all those hours you spent learning these things back so as to have more time to eat chips on the couch!

The Shorebird Guide is still by far the best reference for dowitcher ID.


2. While for most of the winter the Short-billed in saltwater/Long-billed in freshwater thing works pretty well, during migration it doesn't work. I was just birded a spot on the Texas everyday for two weeks and there were Short-billed Dowitchers present every day, however on days with active shorebird migration, migrant Long-billeds would be there as well. The other day I was watching a few hundred Short-billeds, when several flocks of Long-billed flew in, totally over 1000 birds, and when to sleep up to their knee joints in saltwater. Merritt Island is one place in Florida that I know of where it is never safe to make assumptions about what dowitcher you are looking at based on habitat even during the winter. Both Bio Lab and Black Point can have both even in the same flock. Every time I visited this winter I heard both calling from the big shorebird flocks on the north side of Black Point.

Best,

Cameron Cox
Tampa, FL
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Date: 4/27/15 9:55 am
From: Martin G Young <00000008ce12263c-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] NOMAIL

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Date: 4/27/15 9:18 am
From: Brad Alexander <bwalexander...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Wilson's Phalarope at St Marks NWR
My birding group found a Wilson's Phalarope from the observation platform
at the light house. We spotted it on April 26th around 4pm. The bird was
hanging out with a mixed flock of Dunlin, Willets and dowitchers. It was
only a hundred or so meters north east of the observation tower.

We also got a chance to watch a Peregrine Falcon harass some of the shore
birds for a while earlier in the afternoon.

Those sighting combined with a Gray Kingbird sighting made for a great day
of birding.

Brad Alexander

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Date: 4/26/15 5:06 pm
From: Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Black Swan
Very possible it escaped from Vince Carter Restaraunt right next to that banks. They have a pair in a pond just east of the building.

Meret Wilson
Volusia County, FL

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On Apr 26, 2015, at 3:30 PM, David Crockett <david...> wrote:

In Daytona Beach I just spotted a Black Swan (couldn't see and leg bands) in a drainage ditch along LPGA Blvd (2140 LPGA) in front of the Intercoastal Bank near LPGA and Williamson Blvd. That was a surprise.

David Crockett
Daytona Beach, FL
970-586-4514

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Date: 4/26/15 12:30 pm
From: David Crockett <david...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Black Swan
In Daytona Beach I just spotted a Black Swan (couldn't see and leg bands) in a drainage ditch along LPGA Blvd (2140 LPGA) in front of the Intercoastal Bank near LPGA and Williamson Blvd. That was a surprise.

David Crockett
Daytona Beach, FL
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Date: 4/26/15 5:58 am
From: Shelley Rutkin <shelleyr...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Mottled or hybrid?
Hi Birdbrains,

I'm scrutinizing all Mottled Duck candidates that I find after the recent
eBird article about identifying hybrids. The duck in the attached photos
(same bird) looks good for Mottled to me, but then so did some of the hybrid
examples in the article. The photos were taken at Eagle Lakes Park in
Naples on 4/17/15. I'd appreciate any comments.

Shelley Rutkin
Winston-Salem, NC



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Date: 4/26/15 4:48 am
From: Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Saddle Creek Park - Swainson's Thrush, etc.
It's been a miserable spring migration for me so far, with almost no migrant warbler activity anywhere in Polk County (that I can find, at least). I went out to Saddle Creek Park in Lakeland yesterday and basically got more of the same. However, at the southern end of the nature trail, there was a SWAINSON'S THRUSH hanging out in a dense thicket of mostly dead bushes. This is only the 3rd spring eBird record of this species in Polk County in the last 10 years, and it means that I have now seen exactly one interesting spring migrant in the county this year :-P
Full eBird list below:
Saddle Creek Park, Polk, US-FL
Apr 25, 2015 6:40 AM - 9:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.7 mile(s)
Comments:    Birded the nature trail and the road, and took a quick look at the marshy area on the south side of US-92.
42 species (+1 other taxa)

Wood Duck  3
Mallard (Domestic type)  2
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  5    Two birds were engaged in very violent behavior in the water. Not sure if they were fighting or mating.
Anhinga  7
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  3
Little Blue Heron  2
Tricolored Heron  2
Cattle Egret  6
Green Heron  2
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
White Ibis  45
Glossy Ibis  1
Black Vulture  30
Turkey Vulture  3
Osprey  2
Swallow-tailed Kite  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Common Gallinule  9
Limpkin  5
Laughing Gull  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove  1
Mourning Dove  4
Eastern Screech-Owl  1    Heard only. Gave even-pitched trill call many times. Sounded like a male (call was pretty low in pitch).
Barred Owl  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Pileated Woodpecker  2    One bird was calling frequently. The other bird was silent but drummed regularly for about 10 minutes. This is the first time I've ever been able to ID this species conclusively by the drumming pattern (starting out loud and then gradually fading off toward the end).
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Red-eyed Vireo  3    These guys were much harder to find today than they were a couple weeks ago. Either most of my previous visit's birds were migrants, or the breeders are just getting more secretive.
Blue Jay  2
Fish Crow  1
Tufted Titmouse  5    One bird gave a unusual fast "chick-a-dee-dee-dee" call that sounded very much like a chickadee.
Carolina Wren  9
Swainson's Thrush  1    Not seen well, but it definitely was a Catharus with heavy chest spotting and an olive-colored back, which should at least be enough to rule out Veery. No other Catharus would be expected here at this time of year.
Gray Catbird  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Black-and-white Warbler  5    One individual singing.
Northern Parula  25    Includes two nests full of nestlings, based on average clutch size of 5 eggs for this species. I've discovered that parula nests are surprisingly easy to find now that I'm familiar with their nestlings' calls.
Northern Cardinal  17
Red-winged Blackbird  4
Common Grackle  9
Boat-tailed Grackle  10

Daniel EstabrooksWinter Haven, FL

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Date: 4/25/15 8:29 pm
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-tailed Kite
Hello Birders.
Over in Davenport this afternoon when a Swallow-tailed Kite made an
appearance gliding low over the sub-division; a fearless Mockingbird was
quick to confront the nest raider. Good Birding.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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Date: 4/25/15 3:45 pm
From: Steve Klesius <skaway...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Any ideas about Ft DeSoto Sunday and the coming week
Will the weather and wind for Sunday and the coming week be helpful for migrants coming to Ft. DeSoto?
Based on the lack of posts (on both ebird and birdbrains), I guess there has been few birds of note at Ft. DeSoto in the past 5 days.
Wondering if I'll go to Lettuce Lake Park (closer to home) or Ft. DeSoto on Sunday morning!
Steve Klesius, Tampa

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Date: 4/25/15 12:47 pm
From: Margie Wilkinson <wilmar4...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Birding news aba not showing recent posts
There has always been lag time on the ABA site since it replaced
Birdingonthenet. One entry for 4/25 is now showing up but most are still
missing. The Birdbrain archives will show all messages immediately.
http://listserv.usf.edu/scripts/wa.exe?A0=BRDBRAIN. Also the Birding
Lists Digest will do the same, and every birding list is available
there. The Birdbrains page is at
http://digest.sialia.com/?rm=one_list;id=95

Margie Wilkinson
Palm Harbor

On 4/25/2015 12:45 PM, Steve Klesius wrote:
> I get Birdbrains as a digest and read it and other sites on birding news abs, the old birdingonthe.net site. The latest post is for April 22. Is it me or everyone who uses birding news? Thanks, Steve Klesius, Tampa
>
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Date: 4/25/15 10:05 am
From: France <00000006c8bbe2de-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Birding Lee Co in SW FLorida
Good afternoon Bird Folks;
I was reflecting this morning about the fact that migration is just about done and over with - yet - I realized that any day spent birding is a great day whether it's migration time or not.I especially love this time of the year because I get to be a witness to birds getting into their breeding plumage and mating, I get to watch a few bird families being formed and I get the sweet rewards of seeing the baby birds....this morning was such a morning.....not only did I discover the first Sea Turtle nest of the season for Sanibel but I also witnessed a Snowy Plover moving an egg shell away from its nest and returning to a brand new chick - how great is that!
Happy birding indeed!France PaulsenSanibel, Florida

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Date: 4/25/15 10:03 am
From: Joe Zygala <shilohdad01...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Birding news aba not showing recent posts
An addendum to my last post. You can see the BRDBRAIN archives at the following web site:

http://listserv.usf.edu/scripts/wa.exe?A0=BRDBRAIN

All posts are there.

Joe Zygala
South Salem, NY

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Date: 4/25/15 9:59 am
From: Joe Zygala <shilohdad01...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Birding news aba not showing recent posts
I had not thought to look, as I get individual e-mails. However, when I did look at http://birding.aba.org/maillistdigest/FL01, I saw the same as you. I wonder if the problem is a server change made on 4/22/2015, as referenced in this post from the list owner:

LIST OWNERS' MESSAGE: ONE DAY SHUTDOWN BY USF OF BIRDBRAINS OPERATIONS

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 19:34:38 -0400

At 8:00 a.m., on 4/22/15, the server that houses the USF Listserv will be taken offline. This is being done because USF is moving the Listserv to a new server and upgrading the software. During this time all Listserv communications will be down. USF expects the service to be out the entire day. After service is returned you should be able to continue to use Birdbrains as normal. *You do not need to change anything. *You can continue to use the Birdbrains email address for will change from <listserv.admin.usf.edu> to <listserv.usf.edu>. Again, you can continue to use the email address with the old suffix, but the address you will see when you receive email from the list and when you click “reply” to reply to a message from Birdbrains will have the new suffix.

For Birdbrains subscribers who also subscribe to the FLARBA, the same will be true for that listserve, so no rare bird alerts will be able to be sent out on 4/22.

Birdbrains managing list owners
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Perhaps this change broke the connection between BRDBRAIN and the ABA site that mirrors the posts.

Joe Zygala
South Salem, NY
Future Gainesvillean

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Date: 4/25/15 9:56 am
From: Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Blue-crowned Parakeet vs. "Black-hooded Parakeet"
Hi all:


I've tried a couple of times to chase down Blue-crowned Parakeets in Pinellas Co., to no avail. I have wondered about the various recent eBird reports of them at various places in the county, wondering if observers were actually seeing Nanday Parakeets. I wonder, because in the recent second edition to The Sibley Guide, David has continued his nomenclatural mistake from the first edition, in which he called Nanday Parakeet by the old name of "Black-hooded Parakeet." Since eBird does not have an entry for "Black-hooded Parakeet" (because there is no such species), I have wondered about possible confusion in eBird reports. This checklist shows that I was right to wonder.


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S23040467


Because the Pinellas County eBird filter permits at least a small number of Blue-crowned Parakeets without review, it seems to me that review of various reported Blue-crowned Parakeets in eBird is indicated. This subject was also covered here:


http://aba.org/photoquiz/quizans138.html


Enjoy,


Tony


Tony Leukering
Largo, FL
http://cowyebird.blogspot.com/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tony_leukering/

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Date: 4/25/15 9:45 am
From: Steve Klesius <skaway...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Birding news aba not showing recent posts
I get Birdbrains as a digest and read it and other sites on birding news abs, the old birdingonthe.net site. The latest post is for April 22. Is it me or everyone who uses birding news? Thanks, Steve Klesius, Tampa

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Date: 4/25/15 9:34 am
From: Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] "Great White Heron" at Hudson, 25 Apr 2015
Good afternoon,

This morning, Valeri Ponzo and I found a "Great White Heron" in the Hudson area, at the pond at the southeastern
corner of Hudson and Hays roads. This is perhaps only the second record for Pasco County.

There were also four Black-necked Stilts and a Greater Yellowlegs at the pond.

Two hours of birding Aripeka Sandhills Preserve produced not a single Neotropical migrant (not that many were expected, given yesterday's southeastern winds).


Best regards,

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida

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Date: 4/25/15 6:57 am
From: Janet Conover <conover.janet...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Little guys
These two little guys were scooting around Myakka Pines Golf Course yesterday, without a mother in sight or sound. What do you think they are? Coots?


Janet Conover
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Date: 4/24/15 10:39 pm
From: Phillip Simmons <00000004c766f705-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Owl with egret
That's amazing, what time of day? 

Phillip Simmons

Longwood

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From:"Larry Albright" <LALBRIGHT6...>
Date:Sat, Apr 25, 2015 at 12:35 AM
Subject:[BRDBRAIN] Owl with egret

All,

 

This is a picture taken by Paul Fellers on 4/22/15 at Ft. DeSoto County Park, Tierra Verde, Pinellas County, FL.

 

It is a Great Horned Owl with Snowy Egret prey for 2 large chicks at nearby nest.  Taken at 2 PM.

 

Larry Albright (for Paul Fellers)

Winter Haven, FL

 



 



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Date: 4/24/15 7:39 pm
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Black-necked Stilts
Hello Birders.
A pair of Black-necked Stilts have taken up temporary residence in the
retention pond near my house in Winter Haven. Also Mallards and Wood Ducks
can usually be found there and this afternoon a Spotted Sandpiper was
present. From ave. G N.W. take 34th street north a short distance, turn
right on ave. I, the pond is at the curve. Good Birding.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven FL.

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Date: 4/24/15 4:44 pm
From: Larry Albright <LALBRIGHT6...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Owl with egret
All,

This is a picture taken by Paul Fellers on 4/22/15 at Ft. DeSoto County Park, Tierra Verde, Pinellas County, FL.

It is a Great Horned Owl with Snowy Egret prey for 2 large chicks at nearby nest. Taken at 2 PM.

Larry Albright (for Paul Fellers)
Winter Haven, FL



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Date: 4/24/15 3:20 pm
From: Larry Albright <LALBRIGHT6...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Set mail
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Date: 4/24/15 12:44 pm
From: merle hubbard <merlinhubb...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Honeymoon island nature trail
Some of the Spring/Summer migrants this morning:
Gray Kingbirds, 4
Bobolink (male), 1
G.C. Flycatchers, several
Frigatebird, 1

Merle Hubbard
Tarpon Springs, FL

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Date: 4/24/15 12:42 pm
From: Rick Schofield <brdbrain...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Audubon Society of the Everglades Pelagic trip report
Apologies for the late posting. I had intended to post this earlier in the week but was distracted and then forgot to do so.

Rick



Forty-two people joined us Thursday, April 16 for the Inaugural Audubon Society of the Everglades Pelagic trip out of Palm Beach County.

We gathered before dawn to board the 60' Living on Island Time drift fishing boat out of Hypoluxo/Lantana and traveled down the Intracoastal Waterway to the Boynton Inlet (official name: South Lake Worth Inlet, but that's being picky) where we made our way out into the Atlantic on our way to the Gulf Stream.

We had a decent list of birds just from the pier to the inlet. (See eBird list here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22903783)

Once we were out in the open ocean, we had a couple of interesting birds including a Least Bittern flying toward shore and a Brown Booby in the distance off the stern. Pretty good bird for our first pelagic sighting. Oh, and we witnessed two waterspouts attempting to form but ultimately failing.

For those of you not familiar with a pelagic trip, let me say this. First, a definition: pelagic birds are sea birds that never (or rarely) come ashore except to breed. With the exception of breeding, they live all of their lives at sea: eating, sleeping, and drinking (salt water). Second, the reality: one never knows when, where, or if pelagic birds will be sighted. We spend several hours (six, in our case) drifting, running, searching for these birds (or them, us). Weather, sea, wind, and food source conditions all affect what we get to see -- or not.

Our trip could be described in this way: exhilaration over a sighting followed by quite a while of unfulfilled searching. This process just goes with the territory. It's not that these quiet times are full of boredom, they give the attendees a chance to talk, get to know new birders, resurrect old friendships, and prepare for the next exciting sighting.

So, that's the way that our trip went this morning. But I'll tell you that some of the sightings we did manage to get were MEGA. Like our next bird: a Red-billed Tropicbird. We, at first, thought that it was a White-tailed Tropicbird but checking several camera displays closely proved that was, indeed, a Red-billed. It floated overhead quite close to the boat for all to see before drifting off into the distance.

Tick, tock, tick, tock. Time goes by so slowly (and time can do so much. Are you still mine? But I digress). After a while someone yells out, "Shearwater". Cameras kick in. Click, click, click. Again, after examining the camera displays, everyone agrees on Audubon's Shearwater. Not too shabby.

Our route took us southeast out of the Boynton Inlet to a point about 8 miles off of Delray/Highland Beach where we reached a decent weed line to follow. From there, we drifted north in the Gulf Stream, occasionally under power, until we were off of Palm Beach -- Mar-a-Lago, specifically. The Donald sends his regards.

It was along this leg that one of our leaders, Michael Brothers, spotted a bird of interest. Captain Max gunned it and we followed the bird for a short distance before it kited and dove for a fish. It became clear that this was not a Northern Gannett but, instead, a Masked Booby. Another MEGA sighting. Cheers erupted all over the boat as the bird sat bobbing in the water for a few minutes before taking off and disappearing.

Along the way back to port, our First Mate, Matthew, tossed bait fish into the air to a very obliging Magnificent Frigatebird that snatched them out of the air and swallowed them whole.

And a fine time was had by all.

The complete eBird list is below.


Rick Schofield
Delray Beach, FL




Boynton Inlet to 8 miles offshore, Boca to West Palm, Palm Beach, US-FL
Apr 16, 2015 7:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
45.0 mile(s)
Comments: Audubon Society of the Everglades Pelagic Trip. 42 birders + 2 crew. Michael Brothers and Carlos Sanchez, leaders; Rick Schofield and Susan McKemy, ASE coordinators.

This list based on Chuck Weber's with additions from Carlos Sanchez, Warren Parker, Roy Netherton. Photos courtesy of Michael Brothers and Ted Center. Thanks, all.

15 species (+2 other taxa)

Red-breasted Merganser 2
Audubon's Shearwater 1
Red-billed Tropicbird 1
Magnificent Frigatebird 5
Masked Booby 1
Brown Booby 1
Northern Gannet 1
Brown Pelican 1
Least Bittern 1
Pomarine Jaeger 1
Parasitic Jaeger 1
Pomarine/Parasitic Jaeger 2
Laughing Gull 6
Bridled Tern 1
Sooty/Bridled Tern 2
Least Tern 4
Royal Tern 5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22903779

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

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Date: 4/24/15 11:14 am
From: SG Rabe <0000000372c41a13-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Flamingo
EDIt ...
STA 2 is a CLOSED area.

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Date: 4/24/15 11:13 am
From: SG Rabe <0000000372c41a13-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Flamingo
Stormwater Treatment Area 2 is a close area with restricted public access.

South Florida Water Managment District contracted with Palm Beach County Audubon group (Audubon Society of the Everglades ASE) to conduct tours into the area on specific days to *hopefully see the Flamingos.

The demand for spaces on the scheduled trips GREATLY EXCEEDED the spaces available. All trips are FULL with LONG WAIT LISTS.

Check the ASE web page for more info : http://www.auduboneverglades.org/info-for-the-flamingo-carpool-trips/

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Date: 4/24/15 9:47 am
From: Melissa <birdingtreefrog...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Browns farm road
Went on tues, saw 30 plus common nighthawks about 6 sitting on wires, got photos, then it was fun watching them flap around chasing each other.

Also saw about a hundred tree swallows

Happy migration
Melissa forehand
visiting west palm from tallahassee

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Date: 4/24/15 9:43 am
From: Melissa <birdingtreefrog...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Spot breasted oriole
Is the spot breasted oriole being seen in west palm area ?

Thank u
Melissa forehand

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Date: 4/24/15 9:26 am
From: <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Ani at Ft. desoto
Are recent sightings of the GB Ani still in the same area it's been for the past few months? Thanks,
Dotty Robbins
High Springs

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From: Steve Klesius <skaway...>
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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Ani at Ft. desoto
Date: Thu, 23 Apr 2015 12:51:34 -0400

Ron Smith poated on EBird that the Grove-billed ani was seen at 8:25 am this morning. Confirm at eBird.
Steve Klesius, Tampa

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Date: 4/24/15 9:07 am
From: Alison Fox <alison.fox90...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] White-tailed Kites- Osceola Co.
This morning I saw two WHITE-TAILED KITES at the Hwy 60 Unit of Three Lakes WMA. They were perched on the exact same snag I saw them perched on April 10th. Hopefully they're intending to nest in the area.

The birds are easily scoped from Road 10. There is a small wetland on both sides of Road 10, I'd recommend you park near that marsh with a clear view to the west. The birds were perched in a tall snag on the edge of the large hammock NW of the wetland.

Alison Fox
Kenansville, FL

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Date: 4/24/15 8:51 am
From: Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Mead Gardens (Orange Co.) birdiness!
And a Blue-winged Warbler (which I'm now looking for).

Janet Leavens
Oviedo, FL

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> On Apr 24, 2015, at 11:24 AM, Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...> wrote:
>
> Hi all,
>
> Just wanted to say that it's been very birdy here this morning. Nothing rare, but relatively high numbers of 10 warbler sp., including Ovenbird 5; Worm-eating 3; redstart 7; black-throated blue 5; blackpoll 4; cape may 2; etc.
>
> Had a mystery warbler in warbler corner area. Warbler with Yellow undertail coverts, dark tail, no wing bars, and yellow on face with a pattern I did not recognize. Only got 1 look unfortunately. ???
>
> Happy birding!
>
> Janet Leavens
> Oviedo, FL
>
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 4/24/15 8:50 am
From: Melissa <birdingtreefrog...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Flamingo
On tues I went to storm water treatment area 2 to look for the flamingos . I went over the bridge into the area went right and followed that road for many miles back until it ended at a gate. Did not see the flamingos. Did I go the wrong way?

I'm going to try again on sun so any help would b appreciated

Thanks
Melissa forehand


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Date: 4/24/15 8:49 am
From: Mark H. Vance <mark...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] A video of Virginia Rail (Sarasota)
Here is a video of the ever elusive Virginia Rail at The Celery Fields on 4-23-15. Be sure to join The Celery Fields Facebook Group.
https://youtu.be/qLOdfs4DdU4
Thanks, Mark Vance
Sarasota, FL
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Date: 4/24/15 8:49 am
From: Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Mead Gardens (Orange Co.) birdiness!
Hi all,

Just wanted to say that it's been very birdy here this morning. Nothing rare, but relatively high numbers of 10 warbler sp., including Ovenbird 5; Worm-eating 3; redstart 7; black-throated blue 5; blackpoll 4; cape may 2; etc.

Had a mystery warbler in warbler corner area. Warbler with Yellow undertail coverts, dark tail, no wing bars, and yellow on face with a pattern I did not recognize. Only got 1 look unfortunately. ???

Happy birding!

Janet Leavens
Oviedo, FL



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Date: 4/24/15 8:47 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] RE; Blue-winged Warbler
Hi All,

Well, I have received several other photos of apparently the same bird
which clearly shows white wing bars!

If anyone that saw the bird and photographed it, please send me the photos!!

Thanks!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 4/24/15 8:47 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] "Blue-winged" Warbler at Fort De Soto on 04/22/15
Hi All!!

I searched for this bird several times with no luck! But received numerous
photos of the bird and IT is a hybrid! Apure Blue-winged does not possess
yellow wing bars which can be clearly seen in the photos, as some photos
even show a few white feathers on the upper right side of the wing. Also,
there is a little more black on the face than a typical Blue-winged.

For anyone who uses eBird, please do not put this in as a Blue-winged
Warbler, as it is a hybrid!!

Great Birding!!

Dave

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Date: 4/24/15 8:46 am
From: Steve Klesius <skaway...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Ani at Ft. desoto
Ron Smith poated on EBird that the Grove-billed ani was seen at 8:25 am this morning. Confirm at eBird.
Steve Klesius, Tampa

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Date: 4/24/15 8:46 am
From: Steve Klesius <skaway...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Grove-bill Ani reported at Ft. DeSoto
Ron Smith reported on E Bird that a (the) Grove-bill Ani was seen at 8:25 this am. Confirm at E Bird. I did not see it listed on Birdbrains this morning.
Steve Klesius, Tamps

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Date: 4/24/15 8:45 am
From: Bill Argo <billargo...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Ani @ Ft. DeSoto
Hi all.

Good birding to you. Has anyone seen the Ani at Ft. DeSoto lately?



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Date: 4/22/15 6:25 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] West Pasco Migrants
Hello,
Although migrants were wide spread, with some effort by visiting local sites at Green Key, State Park, and downtown New Port Richey I did find some migrants yesterday evening and this morning; 
At Green Key 5 Canada Geese were flying south? 
Warblers;
KentuckyBlackpoll
YellowAmerican RedstartBlack-throated BlueCape MayCommon YellowthroatPrairie
Also;
Indigo BuntingOrchard Oriole
Rose-breasted GrosbeakScarlet TanagerSummer Tanager - found 4 in a flowering blue tree where they were catching wasps.
Ken TraceyNew Port Richey, FL


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