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6/25/16 11:33 am Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...> [BRDBRAIN] Kites, Kites and more Kites
6/24/16 4:13 pm Don Chalfant <screech-owl...> [BRDBRAIN] amazing news!
6/23/16 7:06 pm Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...> [BRDBRAIN] June Challenge-Brevard
6/23/16 9:54 am Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Pinellas Saltmarsh Sparrow News
6/23/16 4:23 am Renee Stewart <daisyjetstar...> [BRDBRAIN] Common Loon along Indian River Dr. in Brevard
6/22/16 6:02 pm Marvin T Smith <mtsmith...> [BRDBRAIN] Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks in Jefferson Co.
6/22/16 2:52 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Arctic Tern. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia County.
6/21/16 12:30 pm Donna Schromm <dschromm...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Dozens & Dozens ! - ! Mississippi Kite & Swallow-Tailed Kite & Grasshopper Spectacular Phenomenon !
6/21/16 12:03 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Dozens & Dozens ! - ! Mississippi Kite & Swallow-Tailed Kite & Grasshopper Spectacular Phenomenon !
6/21/16 9:22 am Edward Riddle <eriddle...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Dozens & Dozens ! - ! Mississippi Kite & Swallow-Tailed Kite & Grasshopper Spectacular Phenomenon !
6/21/16 8:15 am Roy Peterson <scrubjay33...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] white heron or Cocoi Heron?
6/21/16 4:39 am Steve Klesius <skaway...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] white heron or Cocoi Heron?
6/21/16 3:26 am Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...> [BRDBRAIN] Dozens & Dozens ! - ! Mississippi Kite & Swallow-Tailed Kite & Grasshopper Spectacular Phenomenon !
6/20/16 5:02 pm Edward Kwater <edkwater...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] White-necked Heron, East Pasco, Gray Heron (ardea cinerea) Possible?
6/20/16 1:56 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Great Shearwaters. Band-rumped Storm-Petrel in rehab. Volusia County.
6/20/16 1:31 pm Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] White-necked Heron, East Pasco, Gray Heron (ardea cinerea) Possible?
6/20/16 12:41 pm Diane Reed <0000001567cad33a-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] White-necked Great Blue Heron
6/20/16 10:08 am Diane Reed <0000001567cad33a-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] White-necked Great Blue Heron
6/20/16 9:54 am Lenore McCullagh <lmcstjohns...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] White-necked Great Blue Heron
6/20/16 7:08 am Roy Peterson <scrubjay33...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Great Shearwaters. Band-rumped Storm-Petrel in rehab. Volusia County.
6/20/16 6:21 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Great Shearwaters. Band-rumped Storm-Petrel in rehab. Volusia County.
6/19/16 6:49 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Great Shearwater. Ormond-by-the-Sea. Volusia County.
6/19/16 6:26 pm Stu Wilson <stuwilson...> [BRDBRAIN] Audubon's Shearwater in Sarasota
6/19/16 4:16 pm Vince Capp <00000031300bf63b-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Common Nighthawks in Pasco County- and a question regarding breeding
6/19/16 1:57 pm Lee Herbst <lcherbst...> [BRDBRAIN] Magnificent Frigatebird
6/19/16 1:19 pm Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Black-necked Stilts and Young, West Pasco
6/19/16 9:52 am Susan Killeen <mypuffins...> [BRDBRAIN] Palatka Yellow Crowned Night Heron fledglings
6/19/16 9:20 am Susan Killeen <mypuffins...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Hudsonian Godwit at Six-Mile Landing, St. Johns County (gone already?)
6/19/16 7:34 am Kevin Dailey <000000112b9117fe-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Hudsonian Godwit at Six-Mile Landing, St. Johns County (gone already?)
6/19/16 6:18 am Rex Rowan <rexrowan...> [BRDBRAIN] Hudsonian Godwit at Six-Mile Landing, St. Johns County (gone already?)
6/18/16 12:16 pm Debbie Olavarria <dolavarria...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kite in west Pasco County, 06/18/16
6/18/16 8:20 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kite in west Pasco County, 06/18/16
6/17/16 5:49 pm Eve Parks <hrparks...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] ID help please
6/17/16 2:42 pm Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] White-necked Great Blue Heron
6/17/16 9:08 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Summerfield, Marion County - Swallow-tailed Kites and Mississippi Kites
6/17/16 6:27 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] American Avocets. Black Terns. Volusia Co.
6/16/16 6:25 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Magnificent Frigatebird. Volusia Co.
6/15/16 12:07 pm Bill Dattisman <wdattism...> [BRDBRAIN] Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
6/14/16 6:57 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Birding Marion County
6/14/16 5:46 pm Carolyn Johansson <carolynmj...> [BRDBRAIN] help for visitors
6/14/16 3:25 am Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> [BRDBRAIN] Least Sandpiper odd bill profile / Bio Lab Road, MINWR, Brevard County
6/13/16 7:11 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Common Loon. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
6/12/16 5:53 pm Caren Schoen <0000004fc1367798-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites NO - Swallow-tailed Kites YES Marion County
6/12/16 4:44 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites NO - Swallow-tailed Kites YES Marion County
6/12/16 2:02 pm Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Eastern Screech-Owls, Pasco
6/12/16 10:36 am Vince Capp <00000031300bf63b-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Shiny Cowbird- Robert K. Rees Memorial Park
6/12/16 8:13 am France <00000006c8bbe2de-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Fork-tailed Flycatcher - Lee Co
6/11/16 4:52 am Roy Peterson <scrubjay33...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] county birding resource
6/10/16 7:38 pm Ed Pullen <countyrarebirds...> [BRDBRAIN] county birding resource
6/10/16 1:51 pm Ron Holmes <0000004e73e22790-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] recent photos
6/10/16 12:41 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Roseate Terns. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
6/10/16 7:29 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] June Birds
6/8/16 9:20 pm Dale Goebel <sheirah11...> [BRDBRAIN] Google has gone to the birds...
6/8/16 10:02 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Pelagic Trip Opportunity. July 24th. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
6/8/16 8:26 am Nathan Langwald <soniknate...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Red-footed Booby (Pinellas)
6/8/16 7:40 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Brown Booby. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
6/8/16 4:02 am Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Red-footed Booby (Pinellas)
6/8/16 3:45 am Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Red-footed Booby (Pinellas)
6/7/16 12:01 pm Eve Parks <hrparks...> [BRDBRAIN] ID help please
6/7/16 10:42 am Steve Klesius <skaway...> [BRDBRAIN] Frigatbird, North Hillsborough Cty and my backyard birds
6/7/16 9:38 am Mary Rusch <Lorelielee...> [BRDBRAIN] Frigatebirds
6/7/16 8:57 am Bev Hansen <bevalhansen...> [BRDBRAIN] Magnificent Frigatebirds, Hernando County
6/7/16 8:27 am Ken Allen <fregettat...> [BRDBRAIN] Frigatebirds in Tampa
6/7/16 8:15 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Magnificent Frigatebirds, Pasco Coast
6/6/16 9:20 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Pomarine Jaeger, Green Key
6/6/16 7:49 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] European Storm-Petrel. May 29th Pelagic Trip.
6/6/16 4:17 am Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Glaucous Gull (Pinellas)
6/5/16 3:31 pm Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Fea's Petrel off Miami
6/5/16 3:02 pm Roberto Torres <rtorres...> [BRDBRAIN] Fea's Petrel off Miami
6/5/16 2:16 pm Rex Rowan <rexrowan...> [BRDBRAIN] Surf Scoter at Sanibel
6/4/16 3:14 pm Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Cooper's Hawk
6/3/16 6:49 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Palm Warbler, Singing
6/2/16 7:37 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] birding in Marion County
6/2/16 7:13 pm Roy Peterson <scrubjay33...> [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kite at Sand Lake - NOT!
6/2/16 6:12 pm Roy Peterson <scrubjay33...> [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kite at Sand Lake, Longwood
6/2/16 8:39 am Earl Horn <earl_horn...> [BRDBRAIN] Seminole State Forest & Lower Wekiva Preserve SP 06/01/16
6/1/16 8:23 pm Breanna Perry <serena933...> [BRDBRAIN] Birding Hernando 6/1
6/1/16 9:43 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] Green Key 06/1/16
6/1/16 6:22 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Green Key, June Challenge
6/1/16 6:16 am Trey Mitchell <trey...> [BRDBRAIN] June Challenge - website
6/1/16 5:59 am Trey Mitchell <trey...> [BRDBRAIN] June Challenge - website
5/31/16 5:37 pm Glenn Wilson <wilson...> [BRDBRAIN] Pics from our Florida trip May 16-20
5/31/16 5:24 pm Dale Goebel <sheirah11...> [BRDBRAIN] Help - Looking for a Wisconsin Birder
5/31/16 5:08 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Birding in Marion County
5/31/16 7:59 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Pelagic Trip Report. May 29th
5/30/16 10:28 am Gary Davis <garyrdavis...> [BRDBRAIN] Short-eared Owl- Everglades NP
5/30/16 6:29 am Rex Rowan <rexrowan...> [BRDBRAIN] Birders, start your engines! It's time for The June Challenge!
5/29/16 1:52 pm Mark Burns <markwilsonburns...> [BRDBRAIN] Offshore Key Largo Sunday
5/28/16 5:41 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Birding in Miami-Dade County
5/27/16 1:57 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Mitred VS Red-masked Parakeets Miami-Dade County
5/27/16 1:30 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Miami-Dade County birding
5/27/16 10:33 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] West Pasco
5/26/16 5:03 pm hal snyder <0000002f5f10fd25-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Pelagic Trip openings for May 29th
5/26/16 1:52 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Confusing Parakeets
5/26/16 12:14 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Pelagic Trip openings for May 29th
 
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Date: 6/25/16 11:33 am
From: Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Kites, Kites and more Kites

Hi BirdBrains,
We took a ride up to find the area where the Mississippi Kites have been seen, in good numbers, munching on the invasion of grasshoppers.  It was really quite a sight, as the most kites we have ever seen at one time was 2 or 3...today, I would estimate about 30, both flying and roosting.  The grasshoppers have devoured whole trees of vegetation, so I'm guessing the people there are very happy to see the kites.  Directions:  turnpike to rt 301N-Bellview-Rt 35 (Baseline Rd).  Make a left and start looking for Golf Park subdivision (one the east-right- side of the road).  It is probably no more than a mile from where you turned onto Baseline.  Drive into the subdivision and start looking to the skies.
 
Next, we stopped at the melon fields where the Swallow-tailed Kites gathered last year, in Wildwood.  It is a bit early, but there were about a dozen or so STKI over the melon fields.  We checked out the melon field on CR 223.
 
Good Birding!
Joyce Stefancic
Clermont, Fl

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Date: 6/24/16 4:13 pm
From: Don Chalfant <screech-owl...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] amazing news!
Hey,
This news is gonna amaze you, I'm telling you! Just check it out <http://slesijidi.iangcollins.com/xyzwufun>
Yours, <screech-owl...>


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Date: 6/23/16 7:06 pm
From: Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] June Challenge-Brevard
Hi BrdBrains,
Although I am not personally doing this years' June Challenge, I thought some of you doing Brevard, and have not gotten Am. White Pelican, we saw 3 today on Black Point Drive (about stop 3-4) at Merritt Island.  Also, at stops 5 and 6 there were a couple plovers (Wilson's and another that I'm not sure about).  I am posting a pic for an ID.  It was VERY far off, and the pic is fuzzy and poor, but yiou can see the light coloring, light yellow legs, complete collar.  The plovers were near a gathering of gulls, terns and skimmers.
Good Birding,
Joyce Stefancic
Clermont, Fl.

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Date: 6/23/16 9:54 am
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pinellas Saltmarsh Sparrow News
Good afternoon,

Lauren Deaner, who has been banding sharp-tailed sparrows each winter for a
St. Pete Audubon project based at Shell Key in southern Pinellas County,
advised me of a neat finding concerning one of the banded sparrows. A
female Saltmarsh Sparrow banded at Shell last October is on four eggs in
the Jacob's Point Salt Marsh in Rhode Island. It was discovered this past
weekend by biologists monitoring the site.

Though we have had several sparrows return to the Shell Key spartina marsh
in consecutive winters we've never had a bird sighted in summer at its
breeding grounds.

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL

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Date: 6/23/16 4:23 am
From: Renee Stewart <daisyjetstar...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Loon along Indian River Dr. in Brevard
Yesterday evening my husband told me he saw a Common Loon sitting in the grass along Indian River Drive in front of the Brookhill subdivision. I got on my bike to take a look, and found a bird that was lethargic and making no attempt to get away. Went back to the house for the pet carrier and some towels, and convinced my DH to get the bird in the carrier so I could take it to Florida Wildlife Hospital in Palm Shores. A couple of neighbors helped us, and one believed it was an older bird that was near the end of its life. Regardless, I couldn't leave it to be torn apart by the resident coyote. I will check with FWH in a few days to find out the bird's fate.

Renee Stewart
Cocoa, FL

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Date: 6/22/16 6:02 pm
From: Marvin T Smith <mtsmith...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks in Jefferson Co.
On the way home from St. Marks NWR, we stopped at the Jefferson County Recycling center on Hwy 146 east of Monticello, Fl. We found 30 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, two White Ibis, a couple of Cattle Egret, one Great Blue Heron, one Great Egret, one Little Blue Heron, and a Red-shouldered Hawk.

Marvin T. Smith Valdosta, GA

Robert Emond Hahira, GA


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Date: 6/22/16 2:52 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Arctic Tern. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia County.
Today, 6/22, I spent several hours on Disappearing Island looking at terns and shorebirds. Most surprising was a 1st summer Arctic Tern. The bird immediately stood out by the very round head and steep forehead, with a small, all dark bill that is relatively short compared to a Common Tern. The dark hood also extends far down on the face, even below the eye. The reddish legs were also very short in comparison with Common Terns nearby. The primaries were all even aged. This is significant because 1st summer Common Terns have several retained juvenile primaries at this age, while Arctic Terns molt on their wintering grounds and now have fresh primaries. The tail had distinct dark outer vanes to the outer retrices. In flight, the bird appeared very short-necked and the weight if the bird appears far forward, giving it a different profile than Common Terns. On the underside of the wings, there was a very clean dark line on the primary tips. The bird also showed a very subdued carpel bar. A Common Tern would show a bold dark carpel bar.


Also present were:
3 Common Terns
2 Forster's Terns
2 Caspian Terns
35 Royal Terns
8 Sandwich Terns
160+ Least Terns
3 Black Skimmers
25 Laughing Gulls
1 Lesser Black-backed Gull
19 Wilson's Plovers
37 Semipalmated Plovers
18 Black-bellied Plovers
11 Willets
17 Ruddy Turnstones
1 Semipalmated Sandpiper
1 Short-billed Dowitcher


Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL


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Date: 6/21/16 12:30 pm
From: Donna Schromm <dschromm...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Dozens & Dozens ! - ! Mississippi Kite & Swallow-Tailed Kite & Grasshopper Spectacular Phenomenon !



I went there today at 1 PM and there were 50+ Mississippi kites and several swallow tailed kites. Donna
Donna Schromm, Summerfield





Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Dozens & Dozens ! - ! Mississippi Kites & several Swallow-Tailed Kites & Grasshopper Spectacular Phenomenon !


They were still there this morning. Slow to come, but around 10:30 they arrived by the dozen.


cid:<image002.png...>


Edward H Riddle, RPh, RET
Leesburg, FL
Sent from my iPad





On Jun 21, 2016, at 6:26 AM, Steve Petruniak < <raeliancaver...> > wrote:




This past Sunday I witnessed the most Spectacular sight that I have ever seen in my whole birding life ! Going on a tip from my friend Cleber C. Ferreira I went out in a Subdivision in the town of Belleview and what I saw literally made me speechless !
There were dozens and dozens & dozens of Mississippi Kites flying which way fewer Swallow- Tailed Kites in which seemed to be a feeding frenzy ! They were going after of all things an invasion of Grasshoppers ! I have never ever seen this many Mississippi Kites in one place which out numbered the Swallow-Tailed Kites by at least 20 to 1 !

There had to have been at least 200-250 Plus Mississippi Kites in the area conceivably, and a lesser amount of Swallow-Tailed
Kites.

This Subdivision has been overrun and invaded by flying Grasshoppers and there was an article all about it in Sundays Ocala Star Banner check the link http://www.ocala.com/article/20160618/ARTICLES/160619818/0/search

I discovered a tree in which the Mississippi Kites would come in and land with the Grasshoppers and then take off & catch some more and then return again ! A leader Mississippi Kite sounded a alarm call and the whole tree would disperse and the sky was then filled with over a hundred Mississippi Kites ! I kid You not ! This Phenomenon has to be seen to be believed ! I would encourage anyone who has not seen lots and lots of Mississippi Kites & Swallow-Tailed Kites together before to come and witness this Spectacular event while it is still going on ! The article in the paper explains where this area & Subdivision is . Happy Birding !


Steve Petruniak

Daytona Beach, Fl

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Date: 6/21/16 12:03 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Dozens & Dozens ! - ! Mississippi Kite & Swallow-Tailed Kite & Grasshopper Spectacular Phenomenon !
Donna Schromm, Marion County, asked me to post this for her, Alice Horst, Marion County:

50 + MIKI's were in the Golf Park residential area in Belleview today at 1 PM today. They were scattered around the homes and open areas, Flying alone and
in groups. Low enough for great views. A few swallow tailed kites were seen and many cattle egrets.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jun 21, 2016, at 6:22 PM, Edward Riddle <eriddle...> wrote:
>
> They were still there this morning. Slow to come, but around 10:30 they arrived by the dozen.
>
>
>
>
> Edward H Riddle, RPh, RET
> Leesburg, FL
> Sent from my iPad
>
>
>
>> On Jun 21, 2016, at 6:26 AM, Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...> wrote:
>>
>> This past Sunday I witnessed the most Spectacular sight that I have ever seen in my whole birding life ! Going on a tip from my friend Cleber C. Ferreira I went out in a Subdivision in the town of Belleview and what I saw literally made me speechless !
>> There were dozens and dozens & dozens of Mississippi Kites flying which way fewer Swallow- Tailed Kites in which seemed to be a feeding frenzy ! They were going after of all things an invasion of Grasshoppers ! I have never ever seen this many Mississippi Kites in one place which out numbered the Swallow-Tailed Kites by at least 20 to 1 !
>>
>> There had to have been at least 200-250 Plus Mississippi Kites in the area conceivably, and a lesser amount of Swallow-Tailed
>> Kites.
>>
>> This Subdivision has been overrun and invaded by flying Grasshoppers and there was an article all about it in Sundays Ocala Star Banner check the link http://www.ocala.com/article/20160618/ARTICLES/160619818/0/search
>>
>> I discovered a tree in which the Mississippi Kites would come in and land with the Grasshoppers and then take off & catch some more and then return again ! A leader Mississippi Kite sounded a alarm call and the whole tree would disperse and the sky was then filled with over a hundred Mississippi Kites ! I kid You not ! This Phenomenon has to be seen to be believed ! I would encourage anyone who has not seen lots and lots of Mississippi Kites & Swallow-Tailed Kites together before to come and witness this Spectacular event while it is still going on ! The article in the paper explains where this area & Subdivision is . Happy Birding !
>>
>>
>> Steve Petruniak
>>
>> Daytona Beach, Fl
>>
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Date: 6/21/16 9:22 am
From: Edward Riddle <eriddle...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Dozens & Dozens ! - ! Mississippi Kite & Swallow-Tailed Kite & Grasshopper Spectacular Phenomenon !
They were still there this morning. Slow to come, but around 10:30 they arrived by the dozen.




Edward H Riddle, RPh, RET
Leesburg, FL
Sent from my iPad



> On Jun 21, 2016, at 6:26 AM, Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...> wrote:
>
> This past Sunday I witnessed the most Spectacular sight that I have ever seen in my whole birding life ! Going on a tip from my friend Cleber C. Ferreira I went out in a Subdivision in the town of Belleview and what I saw literally made me speechless !
> There were dozens and dozens & dozens of Mississippi Kites flying which way fewer Swallow- Tailed Kites in which seemed to be a feeding frenzy ! They were going after of all things an invasion of Grasshoppers ! I have never ever seen this many Mississippi Kites in one place which out numbered the Swallow-Tailed Kites by at least 20 to 1 !
>
> There had to have been at least 200-250 Plus Mississippi Kites in the area conceivably, and a lesser amount of Swallow-Tailed
> Kites.
>
> This Subdivision has been overrun and invaded by flying Grasshoppers and there was an article all about it in Sundays Ocala Star Banner check the link http://www.ocala.com/article/20160618/ARTICLES/160619818/0/search
>
> I discovered a tree in which the Mississippi Kites would come in and land with the Grasshoppers and then take off & catch some more and then return again ! A leader Mississippi Kite sounded a alarm call and the whole tree would disperse and the sky was then filled with over a hundred Mississippi Kites ! I kid You not ! This Phenomenon has to be seen to be believed ! I would encourage anyone who has not seen lots and lots of Mississippi Kites & Swallow-Tailed Kites together before to come and witness this Spectacular event while it is still going on ! The article in the paper explains where this area & Subdivision is . Happy Birding !
>
>
> Steve Petruniak
>
> Daytona Beach, Fl
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Date: 6/21/16 8:15 am
From: Roy Peterson <scrubjay33...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] white heron or Cocoi Heron?
Steve, that looks like a Great Egret with some weird coloring around the head and neck - I have never seen anything like it here or in Panama.
Roy Peterson, DeBary



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Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] white heron or Cocoi Heron?

On May 1, 2016 I photographed a heron as our cruise ship passed though the Panama Canal.  At the time I had no idea what it was, but later it seemed to be a Cocoi Heron.  I read that in Panama the Great Blue Herons have left by this date and the decsriptions of the Cocoi Heron say the' thighs are white'.  This one has a dark but not black head so it might be a juv.    What is it?        Steve Klesius,  north Hillsborough County, Tampa

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Date: 6/21/16 4:39 am
From: Steve Klesius <skaway...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] white heron or Cocoi Heron?
On May 1, 2016 I photographed a heron as our cruise ship passed though the Panama Canal. At the time I had no idea what it was, but later it seemed to be a Cocoi Heron. I read that in Panama the Great Blue Herons have left by this date and the decsriptions of the Cocoi Heron say the' thighs are white'. This one has a dark but not black head so it might be a juv. What is it? Steve Klesius, north Hillsborough County, Tampa

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Date: 6/21/16 3:26 am
From: Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Dozens & Dozens ! - ! Mississippi Kite & Swallow-Tailed Kite & Grasshopper Spectacular Phenomenon !
This past Sunday I witnessed the most Spectacular sight that I have ever seen in my whole birding life ! Going on a tip from my friend Cleber C. Ferreira I went out in a Subdivision in the town of Belleview and what I saw literally made me speechless !
There were dozens and dozens & dozens of Mississippi Kites flying which way fewer Swallow- Tailed Kites in which seemed to be a feeding frenzy ! They were going after of all things an invasion of Grasshoppers ! I have never ever seen this many Mississippi Kites in one place which out numbered the Swallow-Tailed Kites by at least 20 to 1 !

There had to have been at least 200-250 Plus Mississippi Kites in the area conceivably, and a lesser amount of Swallow-Tailed
Kites.

This Subdivision has been overrun and invaded by flying Grasshoppers and there was an article all about it in Sundays Ocala Star Banner check the link http://www.ocala.com/article/20160618/ARTICLES/160619818/0/search

I discovered a tree in which the Mississippi Kites would come in and land with the Grasshoppers and then take off & catch some more and then return again ! A leader Mississippi Kite sounded a alarm call and the whole tree would disperse and the sky was then filled with over a hundred Mississippi Kites ! I kid You not ! This Phenomenon has to be seen to be believed ! I would encourage anyone who has not seen lots and lots of Mississippi Kites & Swallow-Tailed Kites together before to come and witness this Spectacular event while it is still going on ! The article in the paper explains where this area & Subdivision is . Happy Birding !


Steve Petruniak

Daytona Beach, Fl

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Date: 6/20/16 5:02 pm
From: Edward Kwater <edkwater...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] White-necked Heron, East Pasco, Gray Heron (ardea cinerea) Possible?
Ken and BirdBrains,

This bird is not a Gray Heron. For one thing the bill is just too big and
it has rufous thighs which Gray Heron lacks. It is also not a White-necked
(Cocoi) Heron since the black on the crown of that species extends below
the eye. In my opinion it is a slightly unusual Great Blue Heron.

Hope this helps.

Ed Kwater
Colombia, S.A.
On Jun 20, 2016 3:43 PM, "Ken Tracey" <kftracey...> wrote:

> Hello,
>
> From my photos of the east Pasco heron (which I have just posted all
> taken) I do not think the head pattern fits Cocoi Heron of South America,
> but I think the head pattern and over all plumage is an exact match for
> Gray Heron (Ardea cinerea) a European species. EBird does show a Bermuda
> record and a 2014 record in southern West Indies for Gray Heron.
>
> Ken Tracey
> New Port Richey FL
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Date: 6/20/16 1:56 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Great Shearwaters. Band-rumped Storm-Petrel in rehab. Volusia County.
We had very strong NE winds up to 25-35 knots on Sunday to through the first part of today. These birds came in exhausted, washed up on the beach. We have gotten a 5th Great Shearwater in that is also still alive. It is not unusual for us to get shearwaters in this time of year, especially with strong winds off the ocean. I saw three more Great Shearwaters just offshore today.
Here are some photos of the Band-rumped Storm-Petrel and the Great Shearwater. Note the three retained primaries on the wing of the Band-rumped Storm-Petrel which is typical for the Grant's form at this time of year.

Michael

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Date: 6/20/16 1:31 pm
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] White-necked Heron, East Pasco, Gray Heron (ardea cinerea) Possible?
Hello,

From my photos of the east Pasco heron (which I have just posted all taken) I do not think the head pattern fits Cocoi Heron of South America, but I think the head pattern and over all plumage is an exact match for Gray Heron (Ardea cinerea) a European species. EBird does show a Bermuda record and a 2014 record in southern West Indies for Gray Heron.

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL

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Date: 6/20/16 12:41 pm
From: Diane Reed <0000001567cad33a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] White-necked Great Blue Heron
Greetings,
Oops, Sorry Lenore. I'm sure you have seen them in your travels, as I probably have as well. The question was meant for Ken Tracey. I wondered if there are any more photos of the Heron photographed from June 17, 2016.
thanks
Diane Reed
St Augustine, FL






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Sent: Mon, Jun 20, 2016 2:18 pm
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] White-necked Great Blue Heron



No I do not have a photo, have seen them though. To quote Steve Hility with ill. by G Tutor, they show Black extending from base of eye "crown and sides of head black". RS Ridgley with ill. by Greenfield "Adult has striking white neck contrasting sharply with entirely black crown...." Photo in HBW p. 379, excellent detail showing black crown and back of neck.

Guess I stand corrected. So what is he?

Lenore



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Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] White-necked Great Blue Heron




Do you have any other photos of the bird? Cocoi photos show an all black cap covering most of the face.
thanks
Diane Reed




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Sent: Mon, Jun 20, 2016 12:54 pm
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] White-necked Great Blue Heron



Ken,

This bird looks like the Cocoi Heron or the White-necked Heron. Range most of S America excluding Andes, from E Panama to Chile and Argentina. If so, where did he come from? Most interesting.

Lenore McCullagh
Orange Park, FL



From: "Ken Tracey" <kftracey...>
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Sent: Friday, June 17, 2016 5:42:06 PM
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] White-necked Great Blue Heron



Hello,



While in east Pasco yesterday at Lake Pasadena I photo'd this Great Blue Heron with all white neck. Although with black cap it may not qualify as a "Wurdemann's" morph.



Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL
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Date: 6/20/16 10:08 am
From: Diane Reed <0000001567cad33a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] White-necked Great Blue Heron

Do you have any other photos of the bird? Cocoi photos show an all black cap covering most of the face.
thanks
Diane Reed




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Ken,

This bird looks like the Cocoi Heron or the White-necked Heron. Range most of S America excluding Andes, from E Panama to Chile and Argentina. If so, where did he come from? Most interesting.

Lenore McCullagh
Orange Park, FL



From: "Ken Tracey" <kftracey...>
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Sent: Friday, June 17, 2016 5:42:06 PM
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] White-necked Great Blue Heron



Hello,



While in east Pasco yesterday at Lake Pasadena I photo'd this Great Blue Heron with all white neck. Although with black cap it may not qualify as a "Wurdemann's" morph.



Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL
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Date: 6/20/16 9:54 am
From: Lenore McCullagh <lmcstjohns...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] White-necked Great Blue Heron
Ken,
 
This bird looks like the Cocoi Heron or the White-necked Heron.  Range most of S America excluding Andes, from E Panama to Chile and Argentina.  If so, where did he come from? Most interesting.
 
Lenore McCullagh
Orange Park, FL

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Sent: Friday, June 17, 2016 5:42:06 PM
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] White-necked Great Blue Heron

Hello,

While in east Pasco yesterday at Lake Pasadena I photo'd this Great Blue Heron with all white neck.  Although with black cap it may not qualify as a "Wurdemann's" morph.

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL
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Date: 6/20/16 7:08 am
From: Roy Peterson <scrubjay33...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Great Shearwaters. Band-rumped Storm-Petrel in rehab. Volusia County.
Hi Michael - any clues as to what is distressing these seabirds or have they been injured in some way?
Roy Peterson, DeBary



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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Great Shearwaters. Band-rumped Storm-Petrel in rehab. Volusia County.

This morning, 6/20, we had 4 Great Shearwaters and one Band-rumped Storm-Petrel brought in to the Marine Science Center bird hospital. So far, only one Great Shearwater is still alive. The Band-rumped Storm-Petrel appears to be a Grant's Storm-Petrel. The Atlantic Band-rumped Storm-Petrel complex may contain as many as four distinct species (or subspecies depending on various interpretations).  This one has a square tail and limited carpel bar and has 3 retained primaries on each wing. This is consistent with the Grant's Storm-Petrel, the most common group of this complex in the U.S.

Michael

Michael Brothers
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Ponce Inlet, FL

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Date: 6/20/16 6:21 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Great Shearwaters. Band-rumped Storm-Petrel in rehab. Volusia County.
This morning, 6/20, we had 4 Great Shearwaters and one Band-rumped Storm-Petrel brought in to the Marine Science Center bird hospital. So far, only one Great Shearwater is still alive. The Band-rumped Storm-Petrel appears to be a Grant's Storm-Petrel. The Atlantic Band-rumped Storm-Petrel complex may contain as many as four distinct species (or subspecies depending on various interpretations). This one has a square tail and limited carpel bar and has 3 retained primaries on each wing. This is consistent with the Grant's Storm-Petrel, the most common group of this complex in the U.S.

Michael

Michael Brothers
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Ponce Inlet, FL

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Date: 6/19/16 6:49 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Great Shearwater. Ormond-by-the-Sea. Volusia County.
This afternoon, 6/19, I stopped off at the beach at Ormond-by-the-Sea for a few minutes to scan the ocean for birds driven in by the strong 25 knot NE winds today. I did not find much activity, however, I did find a single Great Shearwater and a late 1st summer Northern Gannet.

Michael

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Date: 6/19/16 6:26 pm
From: Stu Wilson <stuwilson...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Audubon's Shearwater in Sarasota
While on turtle patrol, Kristen Mazzarella found a deceased Audubon's
Shearwater on Casey Key (Sarasota County), a likely first county
record. The carcass is now on ice and in reasonably good condition. If
there is interest in creating a specimen, please contact Kristen
<kristen...>.

*************
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Sarasota, FL USA
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Date: 6/19/16 4:16 pm
From: Vince Capp <00000031300bf63b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Nighthawks in Pasco County- and a question regarding breeding
Hi, all-

I found a female Common Nighthawk on a nest containing two eggs this morning
at Aripeka Sandhills Preserve, here in Pasco County. This bird and her eggs
were less than 10 feet away from the spot where I found one on a nest back
on 4-28-16. Looking closely at the photos- I'm fairly certain it's the same
bird. My question: Are these birds known to lay and rear multiple broods in
a season? I know it's possible that the first clutch was lost, prompting a
second attempt, but I was wondering if these birds were known to double or
triple clutch. There's not a lot of detailed information out there regarding
this matter.



A photo of this rather bold (and gorgeous!) female can be seen here:



https://www.flickr.com/photos/vincecapp/



Good Birding!

Vince Capp

Bayonet Point






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Date: 6/19/16 1:57 pm
From: Lee Herbst <lcherbst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Magnificent Frigatebird
Leaving Ft DeSoto on Pinellas byway. Saw 100+ magnificent frigatebirds
circling just off the road. Less than 5 minutes ago.

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Date: 6/19/16 1:19 pm
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Black-necked Stilts and Young, West Pasco
Hello,

At one large field that was leveled and planted with ground cover at the Starkey Ranch Development this morning I found that as I walked out into the field I was on Black-necked Stilt nesting grounds. I counted 12 different adults as they took turns dive bombing me and then doing broken-wing or other distraction displays. Two young stilts were evident in a small mud puddle, but I am sure many other young and nests with eggs are there. There was also a pair of resting Caspian Terns which I have seen there 2 other times over the last 3 weeks. Nesting nearby?

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL

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Date: 6/19/16 9:52 am
From: Susan Killeen <mypuffins...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Palatka Yellow Crowned Night Heron fledglings
While doing some BBA work this morning I refound the nest of
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron. I did not observe the adult but there were
3 fledglings in the nest located on Cedar Creek Rd at the bridge over
the Elbow Branch. It is way in the back over the river on the west side
of the bridge.

Sue Killeen
St Augustine

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Date: 6/19/16 9:20 am
From: Susan Killeen <mypuffins...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Hudsonian Godwit at Six-Mile Landing, St. Johns County (gone already?)
I was able to locate it while standing on the North Beach tower thanks
to Kevin's directions and the cooperative Reddish Egret. It was still
there as of 11:30 feeding with some Black-necked Stilts and Killdeer.
East and just a bit south of the tower.

A big thanks to Diane!!

Sue Killeen
St Augustine

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On 6/19/2016 10:35 AM, Kevin Dailey wrote:
>
> Marie and I are back on it as of now. Roughly parallel to north beach
> parking lot and tower. We reached it by walking north along the creek
> from the boat ramp. Boots recommended.
>
> It's feeding it the middle of a grassy area, associating with a
> Reddish Egret. Not possible to see it here from the Six Mile Ramp.
>
> Another great June find by Diane!
>
> Kevin Dailey
> Jacksonville
>
> On Jun 19, 2016, at 9:19 AM, Rex Rowan <rexrowan...>
> <mailto:<rexrowan...>> wrote:
>
> This morning while doing The June Challenge (yes!), Diane Reed
> found a Hudsonian Godwit at Six-Mile Landing off A1A north of St.
> Augustine.
>
> Inline image 1
>
> She says it flew north at about 9:00 and she doesn't know if it's
> still in the area. If you want to try your luck, here's a map
> showing the location:
> https://www.google.com/maps/place/Six+Mile+Landing/@30.1100234,-81.4847698,62293m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x88e43083e3157687:0xf3e4c81bc1d98cb0!8m2!3d30.110085!4d-81.3446644?hl=en
> <https://www.google.com/maps/place/Six+Mile+Landing/@30.1100234,-81.4847698,62293m/data=%213m1%211e3%214m5%213m4%211s0x88e43083e3157687:0xf3e4c81bc1d98cb0%218m2%213d30.110085%214d-81.3446644?hl=en>
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Date: 6/19/16 7:34 am
From: Kevin Dailey <000000112b9117fe-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Hudsonian Godwit at Six-Mile Landing, St. Johns County (gone already?)
Marie and I are back on it as of now. Roughly parallel to north beach parking lot and tower.  We reached it by walking north along the creek from the boat ramp. Boots recommended.

It's feeding it the middle of a grassy area, associating with a Reddish Egret. Not possible to see it here from the Six Mile Ramp.

Another great June find by Diane!

Kevin Dailey
Jacksonville



On Jun 19, 2016, 9:19 AM, at 9:19 AM, Rex Rowan <rexrowan...> wrote:
>This morning while doing The June Challenge (yes!), Diane Reed found a
>Hudsonian Godwit at Six-Mile Landing off A1A north of St. Augustine.
>
>[image: Inline image 1]
>
>She says it flew north at about 9:00 and she doesn't know if it's still
>in
>the area. If you want to try your luck, here's a map showing the
>location:
>https://www.google.com/maps/place/Six+Mile+Landing/@30.1100234,-81.4847698,62293m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x88e43083e3157687:0xf3e4c81bc1d98cb0!8m2!3d30.110085!4d-81.3446644?hl=en
>
>Rex Rowan
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Date: 6/19/16 6:18 am
From: Rex Rowan <rexrowan...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Hudsonian Godwit at Six-Mile Landing, St. Johns County (gone already?)
This morning while doing The June Challenge (yes!), Diane Reed found a
Hudsonian Godwit at Six-Mile Landing off A1A north of St. Augustine.

[image: Inline image 1]

She says it flew north at about 9:00 and she doesn't know if it's still in
the area. If you want to try your luck, here's a map showing the location:
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Six+Mile+Landing/@30.1100234,-81.4847698,62293m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x88e43083e3157687:0xf3e4c81bc1d98cb0!8m2!3d30.110085!4d-81.3446644?hl=en

Rex Rowan
Gainesville

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Date: 6/18/16 12:16 pm
From: Debbie Olavarria <dolavarria...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kite in west Pasco County, 06/18/16
I saw one flying over your neighborhood this morning on my way to an event around 1030am.

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> On Jun 18, 2016, at 11:20 AM, David Gagne <oporornis77...> wrote:
>
> Hi All,
>
> For the 4th year in a row Mississippi Kites have been observed here along Rowan Road in New Port Richey. They have been seen from my yard (today) and from James Grey Preserve, which is a mile south of the house.
>
> Unfortunately, didn't have the camera with me as it drifted to the north.
>
> Great Birding!!
>
> Dave Gagne
> New Port Richey, FL
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Date: 6/18/16 8:20 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kite in west Pasco County, 06/18/16
Hi All,

For the 4th year in a row Mississippi Kites have been observed here along
Rowan Road in New Port Richey. They have been seen from my yard (today)
and from James Grey Preserve, which is a mile south of the house.

Unfortunately, didn't have the camera with me as it drifted to the north.

Great Birding!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 6/17/16 5:49 pm
From: Eve Parks <hrparks...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] ID help please
Thanks to all who responded. We are agreed that the bird in question is a
large gull, but the dark bill has puzzled everyone. The gull seems to be in
adult plumage, but maybe it is not quite fully mature and still has a dark
bill. Anyway, western gull and glaucous-winged gull were suggested, and
both of those do occur in Vancouver, so maybe it's of those. Some other
large gulls that might fit the description so not occur there.

With much appreciation,

Eve



From: Eve Parks [mailto:<hrparks...>]
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Subject: ID help please





The attached photo was taken in Vancouver BC yesterday. Can anyone helpID
the white-headed bird with the 3 Canada geese? It is a distant shot but
seems to enlarge well even viewing it on my phone. I hope it is sufficient.

Thank you.

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Date: 6/17/16 2:42 pm
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] White-necked Great Blue Heron
Hello,

While in east Pasco yesterday at Lake Pasadena I photo'd this Great Blue Heron with all white neck. Although with black cap it may not qualify as a "Wurdemann's" morph.

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL

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Date: 6/17/16 9:08 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Summerfield, Marion County - Swallow-tailed Kites and Mississippi Kites
At 9:00am, with a storm approaching, I assumed that birds would be out feeding. I was right!
I saw 5 Swallow-tailed Kites flying. I followed them and finally saw 2 of the 5, fledglings, land in a tree. The remaining 3 adult birds fed the squawking birds. The 2 youngsters flew from tree to tree, being fed several times by the adults.
I loved watching their behavior. The youngsters are able to fly with the adults, but still demand to be fed!



2 Mississippi Kites were soaring and 1 eventually perched. I only got one picture of the perched bird.




Then I saw 2 White Ibis on a telephone wire. I don’t know what they were eating, but they had found something up there.




A Great-crested Flycatcher was out and about:



Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!


Alice Horst
Marion County, FL.
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Date: 6/17/16 6:27 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] American Avocets. Black Terns. Volusia Co.
Yesterday evening after work, 6/16, I stopped off at the Port Orange Bridge on Dunlawton Ave. and found 4 American Avocets foraging on the sandbar just west of the pelican colony. From the bill shape, they all appeared to be males. There was also a beautiful breeding plumaged Gull-billed Tern. This morning, 6/17, I stopped off at Lighthouse Point Park, at Ponce de Leon Inlet, and found 2 Black Terns with the 150+ Least Terns, 6 Common Terns, many Royal Terns and few Black Skimmers. There were also 4 Reddish Egrets, including one white morph. All of these birds were on Disappearing Island in the Inlet. A scope is required.

Michael

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Ponce Inlet, FL


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Date: 6/16/16 6:25 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Magnificent Frigatebird. Volusia Co.
Yesterday evening after work, 6/15, I found a juvenile Magnificent Frigatebird soaring high over the Halifax River near the Port Orange Bridge, Volusia County.


Michael

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Date: 6/15/16 12:07 pm
From: Bill Dattisman <wdattism...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Pair of BBWDs in pond behind house yesterday. Lived here 18 years and this is first sighting in this pond. Palm Harbor

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Date: 6/14/16 6:57 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Birding Marion County
I had a very fun hour this afternoon watching Swallow-tailed Kites, Mississippi Kites.
3 STKIs were soaring, seemingly playing, talking back and forth. Higher up I spotted a couple of MIKIs.
They were harassing each other and eventually the MIKIs disappeared.
3 STKIs continued to dive, soar, and play.
I believe there were 2 adults and a single youngster. I could still see the coloring on his throat/chest and tail was very short.
MIKI pictures were awful. Most of STKI pix were not of the “sharing” kind.
I’ll keep posting about my favorite birds……….


Juvie - because of coloring on neck/chest area and because of short tail.




Adult

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Date: 6/14/16 5:46 pm
From: Carolyn Johansson <carolynmj...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] help for visitors


My husband and I are planning a birding trip to Florida in mid-July. We are especially interested in: Swallow-tailed Kites, Snail Kites and Short-tailed Hawks. My husband likes to get pictures of the birds that we see. And there are several that we’d love to get pictures of and a few that would be new birds. We had planned to go to the area around Lake Okeechobee because we read that the Swallow-tailed Kites massed there in mid-July before migrating, but we are driving so we are very flexible. At present we think that we would be in Florida by July 11, but that too is flexible.

We would greatly appreciate any advice that you could give us.

Thank you,

Carolyn & Andy Johansson,

Old Hickory, TN

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Date: 6/14/16 3:25 am
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Least Sandpiper odd bill profile / Bio Lab Road, MINWR, Brevard County
While birding along Bio Lab Road on Sunday I noticed this Least Sandpiper
with an odd bill profile. It's a little fuzzy in this photo, but this was
not something hanging out the bottom of its bill or anything. I know peeps'
bills can vary, but this just looks weird.

There were about a dozen White-rumped Sandpipers there, too, and a
bajillion Black-necked Stilts, some with chicks.

Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County
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Date: 6/13/16 7:11 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Loon. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
This morning, 6/13, before work I stopped off at Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia County, and found a late Common Loon floating in with incoming tide.

Michael

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Date: 6/12/16 5:53 pm
From: Caren Schoen <0000004fc1367798-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites NO - Swallow-tailed Kites YES Marion County
Great pics!!

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jun 12, 2016, at 7:44 PM, Alice Horst <ahorst...> wrote:
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> June 12, 2016
> I had a few minutes before I needed to be somewhere at 9:30am. I decided to look, one more time, for MIKIs nest in Summerfield. I drove through the area, searching trees. I saw no MIKIs but one Swallow-tailed Kite was flying low over the trees. I suddenly saw a STKI roosting in a pine tree and I stopped, took pictures. I then saw a 2nd bird in the tree, and finally an adult flew into the tree to feed a frog to one fledgling.
>
> <DSCN8538.jpeg><DSCN8541 (1).jpeg><DSCN8546.jpeg>
>
> I returned at 11:00am. I found the “family” in a different tree, same area.
>
> <DSCN8585.jpeg><DSCN8588.jpeg><DSCN8595 (1).jpeg><DSCN8604 (1).jpeg>
> Here comes lunch! YUMMY!
>
>
> <DSCN8614.jpeg>
> “THANKs MOM"
>
> Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!
> Alice Horst
> Marion County, FL
> <ahorst...>
>
>
>
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Date: 6/12/16 4:44 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites NO - Swallow-tailed Kites YES Marion County
June 12, 2016
I had a few minutes before I needed to be somewhere at 9:30am. I decided to look, one more time, for MIKIs nest in Summerfield. I drove through the area, searching trees. I saw no MIKIs but one Swallow-tailed Kite was flying low over the trees. I suddenly saw a STKI roosting in a pine tree and I stopped, took pictures. I then saw a 2nd bird in the tree, and finally an adult flew into the tree to feed a frog to one fledgling.



I returned at 11:00am. I found the “family” in a different tree, same area.


Here comes lunch! YUMMY!



“THANKs MOM"

Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!
Alice Horst
Marion County, FL
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Date: 6/12/16 2:02 pm
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Eastern Screech-Owls, Pasco

Hello,

At noon today I stopped by the Bald Eagle nest tree in the Long Lake Development off Sunlake Rd. and Hwy 54. I was surprised to find two Eastern Screech-Owls at the base of the tree.

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL

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Date: 6/12/16 10:36 am
From: Vince Capp <00000031300bf63b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Shiny Cowbird- Robert K. Rees Memorial Park
Hi, all.

The previously reported Shiny Cowbird continues to show along the causeway
here, and is still associating with the local Brown-headed Cowbirds. This
adult male bird has been here since at least 5-28-16.

A doc shot can be seen embedded within my eBird report:



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S30193554



Good Birding!



Vince Capp

Bayonet Point, Florida



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Date: 6/12/16 8:13 am
From: France <00000006c8bbe2de-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fork-tailed Flycatcher - Lee Co
Hello Bird Folks;
I had the great fortune of stumbling upon a Fork-tailed Flycatcher at the Sanibel Garden Preserves this morning in Sanibel. It appeared to be an immature with a shorter tail. It was very early and just enough light to capture its photo.
I'm dancing with glee to have seen it and to recognize that I was seeing something that I wasn't familiar with - a lifer for me :).
France PaulsenSanibel, Florida

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Date: 6/11/16 4:52 am
From: Roy Peterson <scrubjay33...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] county birding resource
Wow, Ed - this is great - not only sightings and locations but checklists and maps all in one location. Very convenient and easy to use. Thanks a lot!
Roy Peterson, DeBary



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County birding, or at least county listing has exploded with eBird fueling competition and cooperation between birders.  Here is a great resource to use to see rare or uncommon sightings in your home county, or in any county in the US or Canada. 
http://countyrarebirds.com/

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Date: 6/10/16 7:38 pm
From: Ed Pullen <countyrarebirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] county birding resource
County birding, or at least county listing has exploded with eBird fueling competition and cooperation between birders. Here is a great resource to use to see rare or uncommon sightings in your home county, or in any county in the US or Canada.
http://countyrarebirds.com/

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Date: 6/10/16 1:51 pm
From: Ron Holmes <0000004e73e22790-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] recent photos
Hi,

I've got those photos from our last meeting, just take a look <http://thunkafanko.jaybcohen.co/lnztmxn>

Sent from a prehistoric stone tablet, <rahglass...>


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Date: 6/10/16 12:41 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Roseate Terns. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
This afternoon, 6/10, I made a quick trip over to Disappearing Island in Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia County. I found two beautiful breeding plumaged Roseate Terns among the Royal, Sandwich, Common, Forster's and Least Terns.
This is the third consecutive June when I have found Roseate Terns in the Inlet.

Michael

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Date: 6/10/16 7:29 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] June Birds

Hello,

Found a couple of good June birds;

Walked outside the house and photo'd a dark morph Short-tailed hawk high overhead.

Then found an Indigo Bunting along Jasmine Rd in east Pasco. This is the sixth year in a row that I have found an Indigo Bunting nesting at this location. The landowner has planted slash pines that are now taking over the habitat making this area unsuitable in the future for the bunting.

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New Port Richey FL

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Date: 6/8/16 9:20 pm
From: Dale Goebel <sheirah11...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Google has gone to the birds...
Hello Friends,



You will want to check out today's Google Doodle…it's gone to the birds!



<http://www.cnet.com/news/google-doodle-goes-to-the-birds-for-birdwatcher-phoebe-snetsinger/> http://www.cnet.com/news/google-doodle-goes-to-the-birds-for-birdwatcher-phoebe-snetsinger/


Google Doodle goes to the birds for bird-watcher Phoebe Snetsinger


By the time of her death, Snetsinger had seen 8,398 species of birds.

Passionate and dedicated birder Phoebe Snetsinger, born in 1931, remains one of the world's most prolific. At the time of her death, in 1999, she had seen 8,398 species of the estimated 10,000 known species in the world, more than anyone else in history at the time. On June 9, 2016, she would have been 85, and Google is remembering her life with a special Doodle <https://www.google.com/doodles/phoebe-snetsingers-85th-birthday> .

Snetsinger's interest in birds was piqued in 1965, when she spotted a Blackburnian Warbler <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackburnian_warbler> , but she didn't become truly dedicated until 1981, when, at the age of 50, she was diagnosed with terminal melanoma, with just one year to live. Rather than spend that time at home, Snetsinger took herself to Alaska to search for birds.

When she returned home, she found her cancer was in remission. Using money inherited from her father, advertising magnate Leo Burnett, Snetsinger devoted her life to traveling the globe looking for birds, taking copious notes that helped reclassify subspecies as species. When she visited Kenya, she saw over 500 birds in just three weeks.

Her new life was not without cost. She was injured several times, and one injury, a broken wrist, crippled her arm permanently. During a trip to Papua New Guinea, her guide was beaten and Snetsinger herself gang-raped by five men. On her final trip, to Madagascar, the van she was in crashed and rolled, killing her instantly. She was 68.

The Google Doodle includes five birds significant to Snetsinger: the blackburnian warbler, the red-shouldered vanga (the last bird she ever documented), the village weaverbird, the eastern bluebird and the red-capped manakin. Her adventures are documented in her memoir, "Birding on Borrowed Time <http://www.amazon.com/Birding-Borrowed-Time-Phoebe-Snetsinger/dp/1878788418?tag=theindep0f-20> ."

Happy Birding!

Dale



S. Dale Goebel

Dunedin, FL


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Date: 6/8/16 10:02 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pelagic Trip Opportunity. July 24th. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
Hi to all,
I wanted to let everyone know that the Friends of the Marine Science
Center will have another pelagic trip on Sunday, July 24th. After last
week's amazing trip with a European Storm-Petrel, 2 White-tailed
Tropicbirds and 25 Black-capped Petrels, I can't wait to get back
offshore.

Join us for another public exploration offered off the east coast of
Florida that will explore out to the middle of the Gulf Stream about 60
miles offshore.

“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 2:30 a.m. at the Dolphin View Restaurant and
Marina on Riverside Drive near Canal Street in downtown New Smyrna Beach
for a 3:00 a.m. departure
. Return is at 4:00 p.m.

The trip leaves from the New Smyrna side of Ponce de Leon Inlet and
travels out about 60 miles to the middle of the Gulf Stream. This trip
holds high probability of encountering exciting pelagic species. We will
be in the Gulf Stream at one of the best times to find White-tailed
Tropicbird. In addition, summer visitors such as Cory’s, Great and
Audubon’s Shearwaters, and all three Storm-Petrels (Leach’s,
Wilson’s and Band-rumped) are possibilities. There is also a good
chance of also finding Black-capped Petrels.

Potential Species include (* indicates good probability):
Black-capped Petrel*
Cory’s Shearwater *
Great Shearwater *
Audubon’s Shearwater *
Wilson’s Storm Petrel *
Leach’s Storm-Petrel*
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel*
Brown Booby*
Masked Booby
White-tailed Tropicbird*
Red-billed Tropicbird
Sooty Tern*
Bridled Tern*
Brown Noddy

Participants should bring: food and beverages, seasickness medicine,
sunscreen and personal items.

COST: $185/person. Maximum 55 = (minimum of 30 people for the trip to
go)
Call or email NOW to reserve your space. Additional information 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!

Let me know if you would like to sign up.

Best wishes,
Michael

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Date: 6/8/16 8:26 am
From: Nathan Langwald <soniknate...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Red-footed Booby (Pinellas)
I just called the sanctuary a few minutes ago to see how it was doing and was told that unfortunately it died of a seizure this morning. They didn't seem to know what the underlying cause was. Very sad...

Nathan Langwald
Lakeland, FL

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Date: 6/8/16 7:40 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Brown Booby. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
This morning, 6/8, I found a Brown Booby sitting on the "Bell Buoy" off the north jetty at Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia County. This is the farthest buoy out. It is one mile from shore. A scope is needed to see the bird.
Yesterday evening, 6/7, I was doing some breeding bird survey work in Flagler County and found a dark morph Short-tailed Hawk at Russell Landing at Haw Creek Preserve. On Monday, there were two Gull-billed Terns sitting on Disappearing Island.
Michael

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Date: 6/8/16 4:02 am
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Red-footed Booby (Pinellas)
What a great record but I have heard some horror stories about that
location and this recent article doesn't make me feel better about the odds
of this bird making it;

http://wfla.com/2016/05/16/turtles-seized-from-suncoast-seabird-sanctuary-founder-ralph-heath/

Cheers,
Rangel Diaz
Miami-Dade
On Jun 8, 2016 6:45 AM, "Ron Smith" <rsmithbirds...> wrote:

> Good morning,
>
> Yesterday morning as the last bit of rain from Tropical Storm Colin passed
> through south Pinellas County a non-birder found an immature Red-footed
> Booby standing in the road on Pass-A-Grille Beach. It was taken to the
> Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary where it seems to be doing fine. It will be
> moved to another out-of-county facility for testing today and then,
> hopefully, will be well enough to be released offshore at some point.
> Thank you to SSS's Amy Nulph for passing along the information.
>
> It represents the 3rd Pinellas record of the species. A photo of the bird
> can be seen at the below link.
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S30121795
>
> Ron Smith
> St. Pete, FL
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Date: 6/8/16 3:45 am
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Red-footed Booby (Pinellas)
Good morning,

Yesterday morning as the last bit of rain from Tropical Storm Colin passed
through south Pinellas County a non-birder found an immature Red-footed
Booby standing in the road on Pass-A-Grille Beach. It was taken to the
Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary where it seems to be doing fine. It will be
moved to another out-of-county facility for testing today and then,
hopefully, will be well enough to be released offshore at some point.
Thank you to SSS's Amy Nulph for passing along the information.

It represents the 3rd Pinellas record of the species. A photo of the bird
can be seen at the below link.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S30121795

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL

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Date: 6/7/16 12:01 pm
From: Eve Parks <hrparks...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] ID help please

The attached photo was taken in Vancouver BC yesterday. Can anyone helpID the white-headed bird with the 3 Canada geese? It is a distant shot but seems to enlarge well even viewing it on my phone. I hope it is sufficient.
Thank you.

Sent from my iPhone

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Date: 6/7/16 10:42 am
From: Steve Klesius <skaway...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Frigatbird, North Hillsborough Cty and my backyard birds
Saw a lone Frigatebird at 9:30 am on B. B. Downes below Cross Creek Blvd. Storm blown!
Two Brown Thrashers have returned to the backyard here in North Tampa off Countyline Road. Also there have been two Northern Parula coming to the oak tree and birdbath for the last 2 weeks. They come about 8:30 in the morning and 4:30/5 pm. One came again this past Sunday. Steve Klesius North Tampa 33647

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Date: 6/7/16 9:38 am
From: Mary Rusch <Lorelielee...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Frigatebirds
25 counted over Dunedin Causeway late yesterday afternoon between bands of rain. So cool they were flying at eye level on the bridge.
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Date: 6/7/16 8:57 am
From: Bev Hansen <bevalhansen...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Magnificent Frigatebirds, Hernando County
To add to the Magnificent Frigatebird tally, 7 were seen in Weekiwachee
Preserve at 7 am, and one there at 8, and three at Bayport Park at 7:45,
for a total of 11 in Hernando County.

Bev Hansen
Spring Hill
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On 6/7/2016 11:15 AM, Ken Tracey wrote:
> Hello,
> Many Frigatebirds were sighted along the Pasco coast early this
> morning, Joe Colontonio Had 56 at Hudson Beach and I had 6 at Green Key.
> Ken Tracey
> New Port Richey FL
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Date: 6/7/16 8:27 am
From: Ken Allen <fregettat...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Frigatebirds in Tampa

While stopped at the traffic light at Nebraska and Fowler. I noticed a group of ten frigatebirds circling just to the North about 8:30 this morning..



Ken Allen
Tampa, FL

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Date: 6/7/16 8:15 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Magnificent Frigatebirds, Pasco Coast

Hello,

Many Frigatebirds were sighted along the Pasco coast early this morning, Joe Colontonio Had 56 at Hudson Beach and I had 6 at Green Key.

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL

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Date: 6/6/16 9:20 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pomarine Jaeger, Green Key

Hello,

This morning between rain bands I had a Pomarine Jaeger fly by chasing 2 Laughing Gulls. As it caught up to the gulls it flew between them within a few feet. Its larger size with a much longer wingspan compared to the laughing Gulls was evident.

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL

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Date: 6/6/16 7:49 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] European Storm-Petrel. May 29th Pelagic Trip.
Hi to all,
We had an interesting storm-petrel appear behind the boat in the chum slick on our pelagic trip on May 29th. Several of us commented that we thought we could see a storm-petrel with white under the wings, but just could not get a good look at it. We had very difficult conditions with the large swells in the Gulf Stream that made keeping any bird in view very hard. I saw a dark bird enter the chum slick, but it quickly disappeared behind the waves. I never got a good look at it. In looking through my photos, I found a single photo of the upper side of a bird that appeared very dark above and had no apparent carpel bar and was not in wing molt and did not appear to have legs trailing beyond the tail tip. I also had two very poor shots of what appeared to be a white area under the wings. I sent out the request to all of the participants to check for other photos of this bird. Luckily Rob Norton came up with two photos that show the white stripe on the underside of the wing very well and one photo shows it with a Wilson's Storm-Petrel and you can see the small comparative size and the white wing stripe. In addition Joseph Mileyka got a great photos of the upper surface of the bird. Here are the four best photos with my photo of the dorsal view, Joseph's photo of the upper side, and Rob's 2 photos of the underwing. Thanks so much to Joseph Mileyka and Rob Norton for these photos.

It appears that this is a European Storm-Petrel and represents Florida's first record for this species, if accepted by the FOS Records Committee.
I will submit this sighting to the Florida Ornithological Society Records Committee.

Thanks,
Michael

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Date: 6/6/16 4:17 am
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Glaucous Gull (Pinellas)
Good morning,

An immature Glaucous Gull (2nd cycle) was at Three Rooker Bar over the
weekend. Presumably this is the same bird seen in Hillsborough County
during the winter season, at Fort De Soto for a minute in mid-April, and
discovered by Cuneyt Yilmaz at Three Rooker May 21st. This weekend's bird,
again recorded by Yilmaz and seen by others, made our June Challenge list
!!!

The only other verified record of Glaucous Gull for Pinellas was one
discovered at the former Toytown Landfill 3-9-1981 by Lyn Atherton.

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL

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Date: 6/5/16 3:31 pm
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Fea's Petrel off Miami
Great spot and documentation!!

Rangel Diaz
Miami-Dade
On Jun 5, 2016 6:19 PM, "Roberto Torres" <rtorres...> wrote:

> While on a pelagic trip today we found Florida's 2nd record, and first
> visual and photographic record, Fea's Petrel about 10 miles off Elliot Key
> in Miami-Dade County. It was flying fast to the north and we had to run 15
> minutes at 25 knots to catch up. Luckily it made a couple of turns to the
> south allowing for some decent photos. More photos can be seen at
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/52157777@N05/
>
> Toe
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Date: 6/5/16 3:02 pm
From: Roberto Torres <rtorres...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fea's Petrel off Miami
While on a pelagic trip today we found Florida's 2nd record, and first visual and photographic record, Fea's Petrel about 10 miles off Elliot Key in Miami-Dade County. It was flying fast to the north and we had to run 15 minutes at 25 knots to catch up. Luckily it made a couple of turns to the south allowing for some decent photos. More photos can be seen at https://www.flickr.com/photos/52157777@N05/

Toe
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Date: 6/5/16 2:16 pm
From: Rex Rowan <rexrowan...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Surf Scoter at Sanibel
Lee County June Challengers might be interested in Greg McDermott's
sighting of a Surf Scoter at Sanibel on June 4th, "at the very end of the
Ding Darling Wildlife Drive, the last body of water on the right before you
exit the refuge."

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Date: 6/4/16 3:14 pm
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Cooper's Hawk

Hello,

Found a Cooper's Hawk that had just taken a Mourning Dove, just off Hwy 54 near Gunn Hwy.

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL

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Date: 6/3/16 6:49 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Palm Warbler, Singing

Hello,

This morning I was at the abandoned Gulf Harbors Golf Course in West Pasco. A Palm warbler (probable eastern subspecies) was in full song?

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL

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Date: 6/2/16 7:37 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] birding in Marion County
Had a few good sightings today that I got pictures of:
Summer Tanager, Purple Martins, and a Laughing Gull (Juvenile)

Summer Tanager Summer Tanager Laughing Gull (Juvenile)


Purple Martins (making plans for lunch) Purple Martins (waiting for lunch)




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Date: 6/2/16 7:13 pm
From: Roy Peterson <scrubjay33...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kite at Sand Lake - NOT!
It was  Red-Shouldered Hawk shot at  a rather unusual angle - I guess you see what you want to see! Sorry for the misinfo!
Roy Peterson, DeBary

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Date: 6/2/16 6:12 pm
From: Roy Peterson <scrubjay33...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kite at Sand Lake, Longwood
Hi birders!
I had seen the postings regarding these kites near Sand Lake.  I thought we would give it a shot so we combined a shopping trip with a stop at  Wekiva Cove on Sand Lake. I had planned on scanning the skies for a while but fortunately I was able to spot the individual in the attached photos within 5 minutes, right at 12:00 noon.

I am puzzled by the fine barring on the belly of this bird as all the photos and illustrations of this species I have seen seem to show adults with plain pale gray underparts or heavily brown-streaked juveniles. Could this be an immature that is almost but not quite an adult?


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Date: 6/2/16 8:39 am
From: Earl Horn <earl_horn...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Seminole State Forest & Lower Wekiva Preserve SP 06/01/16
I biked through Lower Wekiva Preserve SP and Seminole State Forest in
Northeast Lake County yesterday, 06/01/2016. It was hot and since it is
mostly horse trail the going was a little rough in some places due to the
soft sand. However the birding was pretty good. I started in the parking lot
before sun up listening to a pair of raucous Barred Owls, a quieter pair of
Eastern Screech-Owls and three Chuck-wills-widows. Other highlights for me
were another daytime perched Barred Owl, a daytime Common Nighthawk calling
and doing display dives, lots of Northern Bobwhite including a pair that ran
across the road in front of me, lots of Swallow-tailed Kites, a family of
Brown-headed Nuthatches, a couple of Red-headed Woodpeckers, a few Florida
Scrub-Jays, and a couple of Common Yellowthroats. A complete eBird list and
some photos can be seen here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S30038224

Earl Horn (Bud)
Mt Dora, Fl
Lake County

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Date: 6/1/16 8:23 pm
From: Breanna Perry <serena933...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Birding Hernando 6/1
Visited several Hernando Locations this morning 8-12pm and evening 6-8pm. I recorded 68 species (3 were heard only) and photographed all but a couple of the others! Also saw otters, manatee, water snake, gopher tortoise. Birding highlights:

Bayport 7:30am:
common loon
3 horned grebe
heard rail species calling-sounded like king rail rather than clapper, but not 100% sure...definitely a rail

Powerline Rd 11:30am:
Red-headed woodpecker

Withlacoochee/McKethan Lake 6:30pm:
male and female summer tanager calling to each other
yellow-throated vireo

Happy birding!
Breanna Perry
Spring Hill, FL

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Date: 6/1/16 9:43 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Green Key 06/1/16
Hi All,

Unfortunately, Ken missed the 4 Red-breasted Mergansers that Steve Reardon
and I saw before he arrived.

Been really ill since December with Celiac Disease, as I missed the WHOLE
spring migration other than birding from the house.

Rearing to go for June!!

Great Birding!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey

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Date: 6/1/16 6:22 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Green Key, June Challenge

Hello,

This morning at Green Key a Horned Grebe was along the causeway and a Shiny Cowbird was along the road (spotted by Dave Gagne). A little farther south at the Sea Forest bridge the family of Barn Swallows has fledged 4 young along with at least 6 Northern Rough-winged Swallows perched in the mangroves, (another just fledged family group).

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL

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Date: 6/1/16 6:16 am
From: Trey Mitchell <trey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] June Challenge - website
I'm posting a second time because it was rejected the first time for formatting issues? not sure why? but I eliminated things I though may be the problem.

Hello to all the June Challenge participants out there. I purchased the domain June Challenge dot com several years ago and for three years I’ve been trying to build a website to collect and sort the data for June Challenge but something always got in the way. This year I’ve done it. Well at least it is ready enough for everyone participating in June Challenge to enter their data and view this years efforts. The website will do a lot of the work that has been done by hand in the past. Some features are still to come, like downloading data, uploading photos and a chat feature(working but very simple). Anyway I'm posting here to let everyone know it available for use and will be helpful for those overseeing and administering the challenge, like Rex Rowan. Over the next week or so you will see a few feature added to the site that should be helpful and interesting for everyone. If you have any problems with the site, please let me know and I will address them quickly. Also if you have suggestions that would improve the site please contact me.

So I encourage everyone to make use of the website. Best accessed by tablet or computer, although it should work on smart phones, but I haven't tested the site on phones yet.

Anyway, Happy June Challenge Birding.

Trey Mitchell
Miami-Dade County

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Date: 6/1/16 5:59 am
From: Trey Mitchell <trey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] June Challenge - website
Hello to all the June Challenge participants out there. I purchased the domain JuneChallenge.com several years ago and for three years I’ve been trying to build a website to collect and sort the data for June Challenge but something always got in the way. This year I’ve done it. Well at least it is ready enough for everyone participating in June Challenge to enter their data and view this years efforts. The website will do a lot of the work that has been done by hand in the past. Some features are still to come, like downloading data, uploading photos and a chat feature(working but very simple). Anyway I'm posting here to let everyone know it available for use and will be helpful for those overseeing and administering the challenge, like Rex Rowan. Over the next week or so you will see a few feature added to the site that should be helpful and interesting for everyone. If you have any problems with the site, please let me know and I will address them quickly. Also if you have suggestions that would improve the site please contact me.

So I encourage everyone to make use of the website. Best accessed by tablet or computer, although it should work on smart phones, but I haven't tested the site on phones yet.

Anyway, Happy June Challenge Birding.

Trey Mitchell
Miami-Dade Florida
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Date: 5/31/16 5:37 pm
From: Glenn Wilson <wilson...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pics from our Florida trip May 16-20
Thanks to those of you who helped me before and while I was in Florida.



Please feel free to correct me if I've made errors.

Thanks



http://www.wilsonswarblers.com/html_trips/2016_05_16_Florida_Trip_1.html



Glenn Wilson

Endicott, NY




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Date: 5/31/16 5:24 pm
From: Dale Goebel <sheirah11...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Help - Looking for a Wisconsin Birder
Hi All,

I'm headed to Wisconsin Thursday AM for a wedding and wanted to bird the Madison area as well as Horicon NTL Wildlife Refuge. I'd like to connect with a regional birder if possible at least via email. Also I'd like to fulfil a bucket list item which is to hear a Common Loon calling on a lake or in the area.

Yes I looked at eBird and the WI listserv but the listserv has part of the email addresses x'd out...so you can't read the email.

Anyone know of any one/birder in that region please?

Thanks everyone!!!

S. Dale Goebel
Dunedin, FL

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Date: 5/31/16 5:08 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Birding in Marion County
May 31, 2016
While looking for the Mississippi Kite nest in Summerfield, Marion County, which seems to have moved from where I found it 2 weeks ago, I did see 2 Swallow-tailed Kites soaring with 2 Mississippi Kites. I stopped my car to get some pictures and I watched where MIKIs were headed. I drove around trying to follow the MIKIs. I finally went back to where I originally found the MIKI nest and waited but no MIKIs came into that tree, today.

These birds certainly give me a challenge.

Soaring SWALLOW-TAIL and MISSISSIPPI KITES Mississippi Kite



Mississippi Kite


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Date: 5/31/16 7:59 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pelagic Trip Report. May 29th

Pelagic Trip Report. May 29, 2016

On May 29th, 42 stalwart individuals boarded the Pastime Princess in
New Smyrna Beach and headed out of Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia County
at 3:00 a.m. on another Marine Science Center pelagic birding trip. We
traveled out to the Gulf Stream and began to find bird action shortly
after dawn. With the crew chumming heavily, we had an amazing day. By
8:00 a.m. we had already logged Sooty Terns, Pomarine Jaegers,
Wilson’s Storm-Petrels, Cory’s Shearwaters, Black-capped Petrels,
and to top it off a stunning White-tailed Tropicbird. The action
continued for several hours virtually non-stop. We hit a slower period
about lunch time when suddenly we had another White-tailed Tropicbird,
Bridled Tern and Audubon’s Shearwater. We made it out 62 miles
offshore to the edge of a canyon over 2,400 feet deep. We found several
forms of Black-capped Petrel including the "white-faced" type and the
"dark-faced" type. We also found both subspecies of Cory's Shearwater,
including "Scopoli's" Shearwater, the subspecies that breeds in the
Mediterranean. Some of the numbers of certain species are difficult to
be sure about. For example, at one time I saw 4 Black-capped Petrels
simultaneously. However, I had 25 sightings during the day and B-C
Petrels usually do not stay put for long, but it is difficult to know
the exact number.

We ended up with a fantastic day full of excellent birds, at least 10
Loggerhead Sea Turtles and we successfully released a Green Sea Turtle
from the Marine Science Center sea turtle hospital back to the wild at a
weedline in Gulf Stream. Here is my count of species seen beyond 2 miles
offshore:

Black-capped Petrel 25
Cory’s Shearwater 19
Great Shearwater 1
Audubon’s Shearwater 1
Wilson’s Storm-Petrel 36
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel 2
White-tailed Tropicbird 2
Laughing Gull 1
Sooty Tern 9
Bridled Tern 4
Common Tern 2
Royal Tern 3
Pomarine Jaeger 4
Barn Swallow 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Warbler sp. 2
Bobolink 1

Thanks to all of the folks that came with us and a special thanks to
the great leaders that helped me out: Mitchell Harris, Andy Kratter,
Jonathan Mays, Rangel Diaz and Bob Wallace.

The next trip will be on Sunday, July 24th.

Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL


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Date: 5/30/16 10:28 am
From: Gary Davis <garyrdavis...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Short-eared Owl- Everglades NP
Recently I drove to the gate at the end of Research Rd in Everglades National Park, in early evening. Meadowlarks were seen and heard all around and Bobwhites were seen and called repeatedly. Right after the sun went down, a Short-eared owl flew out over the raised earthen berm to the WNW of me.The owl flew along the berm edge and surrounding area for several minutes and then disappeared behind the berm. I have seen Short-eared Owls there in the past at dawn and dusk and they often favor the area around the raised earthen berms from the old Nike base.

Gary Davis
St Johns, Florida

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Date: 5/30/16 6:29 am
From: Rex Rowan <rexrowan...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Birders, start your engines! It's time for The June Challenge!
The June Challenge begins on Wednesday. This will be the seventh statewide
Challenge, the 13th for Alachua County, and the last for which I'll act as
state coordinator. Slip your resume over the transom if you'd like to take
over.

For those new to the list I'll give a quick summary:

The June Challenge is a friendly competition designed to keep us birding
through the summer heat rather than cowering indoors like a bunch of,
pardon my French, non-birders. The aim of the competition is for each
individual contestant to see as many species as possible within the
boundaries of his or her county between June 1st and June 30th. The rules
were laid down in 2004 by Alachua's Becky Enneis, who originated the
Challenge:

1. Count only birds found within a single county, ideally the one you
live in. Explore your home turf and find some new birding spots. (Doing
more than one county is permissible, but each must be reported separately.)
2. Each bird on your list must be seen, not just heard. There have been
complaints in the past about the no-heard-birds rule. The most substantial
objection involved the possibility that secretive birds would be harassed
until they came into view. To this I'll simply say: Don't do that. Respect
the birds. Use tapes judiciously and avoid harassment. Rely on patience and
birding skill.
3. You'll be competing with birders in your own county to see who can
amass the longest individual list, but let the others know if you find
something good so they can go out and look for it. It is, after
all, a *friendly
*competition. (A word about the individual competition. Some birders
don't like it, but it's crucial to the Challenge. Counties with spirited
competition make the most exciting discoveries, because the birders are
always out looking for something new to beat their competitors. So the
competition is both (a.) beside the point and (b.) absolutely essential.
Both.)
4. Any free-flying bird is countable for the purposes of the Challenge,
but keep track of how many ABA-countable and non-countable species are on
your list. Report them in this format: "Total number seen (number that are
ABA countable / number that are not)," e.g., 115 (112 / 3). If your local
population of an exotic species is recognized as established by the ABA,
then any member of that population is an ABA-countable bird. Otherwise put
it on your non-countable list. For instance, a bird belonging to an
established population of Monk Parakeets would be ABA-countable. An escaped
Monk Parakeet, or a Mute Swan in a city park, would not be.
5. Send your list to me for the final compilation by midnight on Friday,
July 1st.

Last year we had 102 submissions from 24 Florida counties, plus submissions
from counties in Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, New
Hampshire, and New York. The results were reported here:

http://listserv.usf.edu/scripts/wa.exe?A2=ind1507&L=BRDBRAIN&F=&S=&P=42470

Hints for new Challengers: Bird as much as you can during the first and
last weeks of the month, to get late spring and early fall migrants. Those
of you in landlocked counties, check your big lakes for coastal strays like
gulls, terns, and pelicans.

Here in Gainesville, we always kick off the Challenge with a field trip on
June 1st, visiting several areas in the course of the morning to get people
started on their lists, and occasionally we'll organize a second trip to
another spot. If you've got a local organization, this might be a good way
to encourage participation, especially among people who are nervous about
birding alone.

And remember! The deadline for results is midnight on Friday, July 1st. We
had a couple of high totals that didn't make it into the compilation a few
years ago because I didn't hear from the birders involved until I'd already
sent out the results.

Rex Rowan
Gainesville

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Date: 5/29/16 1:52 pm
From: Mark Burns <markwilsonburns...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Offshore Key Largo Sunday
Birding was more productive than fishing with calm seas 20 miles offshore of Key Largo today. Many small groups adding up to 35-40 Audubon's Shearwaters were following small tuna, and two Cory's Shearwaters were photo'd. Bridled and Sooty terns were around as expected (roughly 10 total) and one group of four Brown Noddies was working a weed line. On a weed line roughly 10 mi out, one Red-necked Phalarope was photo'd; around that area and further inshore, foraging Least Terns were also observed.

Somewhat surprisingly, no frigatebirds or boobies were seen.

Only one Mahi...

Mark Burns
St. Petersburg / Key Largo

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Date: 5/28/16 5:41 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Birding in Miami-Dade County
First: Noon at Fuchs Park in South Miami:
Mitred Parakeets, Fish Crow (heard first), American Crows, 2 Common Gallinules, 2 Green Herons, 7 Egyptian Geese, many Muscovy Ducks, 2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Blue Jays.

Mitred Parakeet Fish Crow - bill looks more Fish than American to me

2nd: 1:00pm -Swallow-tailed Kite nest area:
A bold STKI chick in nest, (looks about to fledge), and 1 adult flying near nest.
Also: many European Starlings, Boat-tailed Grackles, Northern Mockingbirds.

very bold STKI chick

3rd: Miami Executive Airport

This was the MOST fun. I searched grassy areas for Burrowing Owls (I had seen them a month ago). Their burrows are marked with "cones”
WELL: Cones are around but Owls are marking them! I saw 5 Burrowing Owls in different areas.
Eastern Meadowlarks were singing everywhere. Loggerhead Shrikes - I saw at least 12 on fences.
One American Kestrel.


Also: Monk Parakeets, some with nesting material, were in palm trees.




GREAT, GREAT day…
Birds are around, you just have to look for them!

Alice Horst
Marion County, FL
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Date: 5/27/16 1:57 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Mitred VS Red-masked Parakeets Miami-Dade County
These 3 responses to my question of ID between Red-masked and Mitred Parakeets did help me with these MITRED PARAKEETS in South Miami.
I am only posting this because I received some interest in the answer to my question.


"Red-masked Parakeets have red on the wing at all ages”

"Parrots can randomly have red feathers. Go with the feathers that are red in all the right places for ID."
"No two Mitred Parakeets are alike." They always have redblotches on the face and never have red in the bend of the wing, which a
Red-masked Parakeet would display. Juveniles of the psittacara/aratinga
genus almost always have black at the base of the bill.




THERE IS NO RED AT THE BEND OF THE WING ON THESE BIRDS - therefore - MITRED Parakeets.
Thank you everyone.



Alice Horst
Marion County, FL
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Date: 5/27/16 1:30 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Miami-Dade County birding
Today, driving in the Everglades again, there were many Eastern Meadowlarks, Red-winged Blackbirds.
Saw Red-shouldered Hawk being dive-bombed by a male Red-winged Blackbird.
Poor Hawk was only looking for lunch and was quite surprised by the attack, but persistent RWBB won!


Just looking for lunch………. When out of NO-WHERE…………..


"I guess it is time to leave……………."

Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!

Alice Horst
Marion County, FL
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Date: 5/27/16 10:33 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] West Pasco

Hello,

This morning I found an Eastern Kingbird on nesting territory just east of the intersection of Hwy 54 and Starkey Blvd. This makes the 5 year in a row that the kingbirds have nested here.

The retention pond along Cool Springs Pkwy is low enough now that the sandpipers have returned. A group of Semipalmated Sandpipers were with a White-rumped Sandpiper. (It has been 6 weeks now that a White-rumped Sandpiper has been seen here!) Also had a Lesser Yellowlegs.

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL

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Date: 5/26/16 5:03 pm
From: hal snyder <0000002f5f10fd25-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Pelagic Trip openings for May 29th
Hi there.  We would have loved to come but couldn't get out of prior engagements.  Thanks so much for letting us know though and have a wonderful trip!  Hal and Kirsten Snyder

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Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2016 3:14 PM
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pelagic Trip openings for May 29th

We have had some last minute cancellations and I have a few spaces left for the pelagic trip on May 29th. We meet at 2:30 a.m. and leave the dock at 3:00 a.m. We will return at about 4:00 in the afternoon. This has been a very good trip for Black-capped Petrels, Wilson's, Leach's and Band-rumped Storm-Petrels, White-tailed Tropicbirds, Cory's, Great and Audubon's Shearwaters and much more.  Let me know if you are interested.

Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL



























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Date: 5/26/16 1:52 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Confusing Parakeets
May 26, 2016

Good afternoon, birders, I need help:
From everything I have studied, looked at:
Red-masked Parakeet has red at the wing, Mitred does not.
Red-masked has “bandana-type red on head, Mitred has full red head and specked red feathers.
Are these immature birds that will have red on the edge of wing - Red-masked?
or are they Mitred and will have more red on head later?
I am so confused with these birds.
Can anyone help me with ID of these Parakeets at Fuchs Park in South Miami.
THANK YOU.
Alice Horst
Marion County, Fl.
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Date: 5/26/16 12:14 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pelagic Trip openings for May 29th
We have had some last minute cancellations and I have a few spaces left for the pelagic trip on May 29th. We meet at 2:30 a.m. and leave the dock at 3:00 a.m. We will return at about 4:00 in the afternoon. This has been a very good trip for Black-capped Petrels, Wilson's, Leach's and Band-rumped Storm-Petrels, White-tailed Tropicbirds, Cory's, Great and Audubon's Shearwaters and much more. Let me know if you are interested.

Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL



























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