BirdBrains
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12/20/14 12:49 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Scoter Trifecta. Tomoka State Park. Ormond Beach.
12/20/14 12:09 pm william haddad <photobill9...> [BRDBRAIN] A Brevard County Birding Ramble
12/19/14 2:56 pm Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Northern Pintail + Bobcat @ Circle B Bar 12/19/14
12/19/14 12:22 pm Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Almost White Red-breasted Merganser
12/19/14 9:49 am Susan Pulling Robinson <spulling...> [BRDBRAIN] Jacksonville Eagles hatching tomorrow - webcam
12/19/14 7:53 am Marianne Korosy <mkorosy...> [BRDBRAIN] Weekiwachee sparrow drives - Jan 24 and Feb 7, 2015
12/19/14 5:08 am Dana Fox <danafox...> [BRDBRAIN] Egyptian Goose on Dec 22nd?
12/18/14 7:16 pm John Thomton <jthomton...> [BRDBRAIN] Bay Lake CBC Highlights (12/18/14)
12/18/14 6:50 pm Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Sora @ Circle B Bar
12/18/14 4:20 pm Avery Chan <gatedancer93...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Lettuce Lake Thrush + Flycatcher ID Help 12/17/14
12/18/14 3:54 pm Avery Chan <gatedancer93...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Lettuce Lake Thrush + Flycatcher ID Help 12/17/14
12/18/14 2:28 pm Thomas Ford <tomf97...> [BRDBRAIN] Ash-Throated Flycatcher
12/18/14 1:03 pm Breanna Perry <serena933...> [BRDBRAIN] Lettce Lake Name & City
12/18/14 1:00 pm Breanna Perry <serena933...> [BRDBRAIN] Lettuce Lake Thrush + Flycatcher ID Help 12/17/14
12/17/14 4:53 pm Joe Zygala <shilohdad01...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye X 2 (Pinellas, 17 Dec 2014)
12/17/14 4:29 pm Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye X 2 (Pinellas, 17 Dec 2014)
12/17/14 3:28 pm Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye X 2 (Pinellas, 17 Dec 2014)
12/17/14 10:18 am Fred Hileman <fredleeh...> [BRDBRAIN] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
12/17/14 10:18 am Fred Hileman <fredleeh...> [BRDBRAIN] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
12/17/14 7:11 am Cameron Cox <kumlieni...> [BRDBRAIN] Re :Sterna ID
12/17/14 7:05 am Cameron Cox <kumlieni...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Sterna ID
12/17/14 4:55 am Avery Chan <gatedancer93...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Blue-feathered Tern
12/16/14 3:43 pm SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Port Orange/Volusia county/Common Merganser
12/16/14 10:27 am Will Chatfield-Taylor <willc-t...> [BRDBRAIN] Key West Quail Dove RFI thanks
12/16/14 10:19 am Jeff Bouton <jbouton2...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] RFI Key West Quail Dove
12/16/14 10:06 am Mary Rusch <Lorelielee...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] RFI Key West Quail Dove
12/16/14 9:53 am Will Chatfield-Taylor <willc-t...> [BRDBRAIN] RFI Key West Quail Dove
12/16/14 9:25 am Brook Rohman <Brookrohman...> [BRDBRAIN] Port Orange/Volusia county/Common Merganser
12/16/14 7:53 am Wally Jones <gin.wal...> [BRDBRAIN] Snail Kite/Lake Parker, Lakeland, Polk County
12/16/14 6:22 am Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar 12/15/14 +Hairy WP update
12/15/14 6:31 pm Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...> [BRDBRAIN] BOLO for Prothonotary Warbler Lake Apopka
12/15/14 5:39 pm Daniel Estabrooks <hyla514...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar 12/15/14 +Hairy WP update
12/15/14 5:36 pm Avery Chan <gatedancer93...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Sterna tern ID
12/15/14 2:31 pm Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst...> [BRDBRAIN] Small Canada's
12/15/14 1:09 pm Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar 12/15/14 +Hairy WP update
12/15/14 10:59 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Common Eider. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
12/15/14 10:36 am Eric Plage <ericplage...> [BRDBRAIN] 25 Pine Siskins, Fort De Soto Park, Pinellas County
12/15/14 6:17 am charles fisher <chf1shercpa...> [BRDBRAIN] FW: Alafia Banks CBC Dec 14, 2014
12/15/14 5:12 am Jeff Bouton <jbouton2...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Some highlights from the Alafia CBC-Hillsborough County
12/15/14 4:19 am Joe Zygala <shilohdad01...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Canada Goose at Gibsonton, 14 Dec 2014
12/14/14 8:18 pm charles fisher <chf1shercpa...> [BRDBRAIN] Alafia Banks CBC Dec 14, 2014
12/14/14 7:12 pm Bill Pranty <billpranty...> [BRDBRAIN] Canada Goose at Gibsonton, 14 Dec 2014
12/14/14 6:21 pm Cameron Cox <kumlieni...> [BRDBRAIN] Some highlights from the Alafia CBC-Hillsborough County
12/14/14 4:42 pm Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Sparrows & Swallows Pasco
12/14/14 3:58 pm Avery Chan <gatedancer93...> [BRDBRAIN] Blue-feathered Tern
12/14/14 3:47 pm robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Clearwater Eastern Bluebirds / Pinellas County
12/14/14 3:11 pm Breanna Perry <serena933...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar 12/11/14 warbler ID help
12/14/14 2:44 pm Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye (Pinellas, 14 Dec 2014
12/13/14 5:03 pm Avery Chan <gatedancer93...> [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant at Sebastian Inlet
12/13/14 4:56 pm Avery Chan <gatedancer93...> [BRDBRAIN] Sterna tern ID
12/13/14 2:18 pm David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] Snow Geese; Gulf Harbors in New Port Richey, Pasco County, 12/13/14
12/13/14 11:43 am Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> [BRDBRAIN] UPDATE: Flammulated Owl in Miami-Dade County
12/13/14 11:38 am Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye (Pinellas, 13 Dec 2014
12/12/14 7:52 pm Reinhard Geisler <r102...> [BRDBRAIN] Common Merganser - Port Orange - Volusia County
12/12/14 4:52 pm Thomas Ford <tomf97...> [BRDBRAIN] Pair of Horned Grebes
12/12/14 3:18 pm Chuck Tague <kingrail...> [BRDBRAIN] Ash-throated Flycatcher, Brevard County
12/12/14 10:02 am Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar 12/11/14 warbler ID help
12/12/14 9:20 am Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Miracle on Tropic St. -Clay-colored Sparrow- Titusville 12/12/14
12/12/14 4:59 am Sandy Turner <tmsprgrn...> [BRDBRAIN] Flammulated Owl
12/12/14 4:34 am Sandy Turner <tmsprgrn...> [BRDBRAIN] Flammulated Owl
12/12/14 1:10 am Graham Etherington <britishbirder...> [BRDBRAIN] FL advice request - Feb 2015 visit
12/11/14 5:28 pm Dave Hoffman <davehoffma...> [BRDBRAIN] MINWR
12/11/14 4:09 pm Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar 12/11/14 warbler ID help
12/11/14 3:56 pm Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Eared Grebe (Pinellas, 11 Dec 2014)
12/11/14 12:47 pm Greg Schrott <gschrott...> [BRDBRAIN] APAFR CBC still needs volunteers!
12/11/14 12:25 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Maion County Birding
12/10/14 9:08 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County birding
12/10/14 6:05 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Common Merganser. Port Orange. Volusia Co.
12/10/14 4:14 pm Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...> [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka NSRA (Lake Co.) 12/10/14
12/10/14 3:57 pm Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Eared Grebe (Pinellas, 10 Dec 2014)
12/10/14 3:53 pm Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> [BRDBRAIN] Flammulated Owl in Miami-Dade County
12/10/14 4:38 am Jenny Welch <mwelch...> [BRDBRAIN] Kissimmee Christmas Bird Count
12/9/14 8:36 pm Mitchell Harris <petreltime...> [BRDBRAIN] Jetty Park (Brevard)
12/9/14 7:17 pm Earl Horn <earl_horn...> [BRDBRAIN] Possible Broad-winged Hawk Lake Apopka RA
12/9/14 7:15 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Thayer's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
12/9/14 6:25 pm Phil Graham <pg1941...> [BRDBRAIN] Duval County: Hanna Park
12/9/14 3:10 pm Donald Margeson <donatdonlo...> [BRDBRAIN] St. Petersburg CBC, Dec. 20th
12/9/14 9:48 am Thomas Ford <tomf97...> [BRDBRAIN] merritt island national wildlife refuge Scoter
12/8/14 7:39 pm John Thomton <jthomton...> [BRDBRAIN] Bay Lake CBC, Thursday, December 18'th
12/8/14 5:26 pm Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Fort De Soto Park (Pinellas, 8 Dec 2014)
12/8/14 4:17 pm PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...> [BRDBRAIN] Sebastian Inlet-Great Cormorant(Brevard)
12/8/14 11:09 am Christopher Ferro <arachnid43...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Viera Wetlands Canvasback and Redhead
12/8/14 11:04 am Larry Rosen <larryrosen...> [BRDBRAIN] Viera Wetlands Canvasback and Redhead
12/8/14 9:34 am Christopher Ferro <arachnid43...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Tern ID, Viera Wetlands, Brevard County (attempt 2)
12/8/14 7:45 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Clearwater East Highlights / Pinellas County
12/8/14 6:39 am Audrey Whitlock <Ajw...> [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant continues Sebastian Inlet SP, Brevard County
12/8/14 6:08 am Edward Kwater <edkwater...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Fwd: Unidentified Goshawk lunch
12/8/14 4:54 am Christopher Ferro <arachnid43...> [BRDBRAIN] Tern ID, Viera Wetlands, Brevard County (attempt 2)
12/7/14 6:45 pm Miles Brengle <mbrengle154...> [BRDBRAIN] Questions from a Massachusetts Birder
12/7/14 6:25 pm Christopher Ferro <arachnid43...> [BRDBRAIN] Tern ID help, Viera Wetlands (Brevard County)
12/7/14 6:18 pm Phil Graham <pg1941...> [BRDBRAIN] Greater White-fronted Goose--Duval County
12/7/14 3:47 pm David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka Restoration Area December 07, 2014
12/7/14 9:09 am Audrey Whitlock <Ajw...> [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant, Sebastian Inlet SP, Brevard side
12/7/14 6:41 am Andy Kratter <kratter...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Fwd: Unidentified Goshawk lunch
12/7/14 6:40 am Chris Goodfellow <chrisgoodfella...> [BRDBRAIN] Unidentified Goshawk Lunch location
12/6/14 10:11 pm Chris Goodfellow <chrisgoodfella...> [BRDBRAIN] Unidentified Goshawk lunch
12/6/14 9:22 pm Chris Goodfellow <chrisgoodfella...> [BRDBRAIN] Fwd: Unidentified Goshawk lunch
12/6/14 4:55 pm Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...> [BRDBRAIN] Merlin experience, Red-tailed special, Lake Apopka (Lake, 6 Dec 2014)
12/6/14 4:16 pm Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar reserve 12/6/14
12/6/14 10:35 am Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...> [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka NSRA, Lake County (12/06/2014)
12/6/14 9:35 am Dave Goodwin <dave.goodwin...> [BRDBRAIN] Eurasian Wigeons - Merritt Island
12/6/14 7:47 am Cameron Cox <kumlieni...> [BRDBRAIN] A few central FL highlights
12/6/14 3:19 am Dave Goodwin <dave.goodwin...> [BRDBRAIN] Zellwood Christmas Count
12/5/14 7:24 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Frankin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
12/5/14 5:22 pm Phil Graham <pg1941...> [BRDBRAIN] Duval County: Beach & San Pablo Ponds
12/5/14 9:12 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Alachua County birding
12/5/14 8:43 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Marion County birding Common Loon
12/5/14 7:55 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] Snow Geese, Holiday, Pasco County; 12/05/14
12/4/14 7:49 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County birding Wilson's Snipes
12/4/14 6:57 pm Bill Pranty <billpranty...> [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Park, 4 Dec 2014
12/4/14 4:30 pm Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Scissor-tail, yes ! at Kingbird roost
12/4/14 3:50 pm Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant (Pinellas, 4 Dec 2014)
12/4/14 3:49 pm Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...> [BRDBRAIN] Part II, ID of accipiter
12/4/14 1:44 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County birding Wilson's Snipes
12/4/14 1:33 pm Stu Wilson <stuwilson...> [BRDBRAIN] Yellow-breasted Chat & Tennessee Warbler at Leffis Key
12/4/14 7:10 am Thomas Ford <tomf97...> [BRDBRAIN] FW: North Merritt Island Duck Check
12/3/14 5:57 pm Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Pasco
12/3/14 4:21 pm Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka Restoration Area; 12/03/14
12/3/14 4:18 pm Cheri Pierce <cheripierce...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka Restoration Area; 12/03/14
12/3/14 4:13 pm Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...> [BRDBRAIN] ID of accipiter (Orange, 3 Dec 2014)
12/3/14 2:43 pm Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka Restoration Area; 12/03/14
12/3/14 1:45 pm David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka Restoration Area; 12/03/14
12/3/14 6:46 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Purple Sandpiper. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
12/2/14 6:39 pm Lawrence McQueen <larmcqueen...> [BRDBRAIN] CBC
12/2/14 4:42 pm Bruce Minsley <bruceminsley...> [BRDBRAIN] western grebe
12/2/14 1:25 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Common Merganser. Port Orange. Volusia Co.
12/2/14 11:14 am Christian Newton <dexterdevon68...> [BRDBRAIN] Any updates on White-fronted Geese in Jacksonville area?
12/2/14 6:07 am Breanna Perry <serena933...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Collier Co - Ducks galore
12/1/14 3:19 pm Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar 12/1/14
12/1/14 12:36 pm Dave Goodwin <dave.goodwin...> [BRDBRAIN] CBC Update - Forgot Subject on Previous Post
12/1/14 12:35 pm Dave Goodwin <dave.goodwin...> [BRDBRAIN]
11/30/14 4:41 pm Bob Snow <blsnow11...> [BRDBRAIN] Kingbird Roost.
11/30/14 2:32 pm Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Bronzed Cowbird, West Pasco
11/30/14 2:21 pm Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Western Kingbirds @ Winter Haven airport
11/30/14 10:07 am Jason Gerard <jay_bird519...> [BRDBRAIN] Snail Kite, Middle Lake, Pasco County
11/30/14 9:31 am Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Merritt Island NWR and Yard 11/30/14
11/29/14 7:32 pm STA5 Birding <sta5birding...> [BRDBRAIN] STA5 combined list Nov. 22 Hendry County
11/29/14 6:55 pm Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...> [BRDBRAIN] Correct county and eBird spot Groove-billed Ani
11/29/14 4:37 pm Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Eagles at Circle B Bar
11/29/14 2:51 pm John Thomton <jthomton...> [BRDBRAIN] Help on CBCs!
11/29/14 10:25 am Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...> [BRDBRAIN] Florida Caverns State Park, Jackson County (11/29/2014)
11/29/14 6:52 am James Stevenson <jstevenson...> [BRDBRAIN] Northern Shovelers, Largo
11/28/14 3:22 pm Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...> [BRDBRAIN] Purple Finches & Horned Larks, Jackson County (11/28/2014)
11/28/14 1:51 pm Monica Higgins <monicahiggins...> [BRDBRAIN] snow goose in Collier County
11/28/14 12:39 pm David Gagne <oporornis77...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Up coming CBC help!!
11/27/14 5:10 pm Renne Leatto <renne...> [BRDBRAIN] RFI- Groove-billed Anis
11/27/14 1:00 pm Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Red-headed W.P. + Paintd Bunting @ Circle B Bar
11/27/14 12:03 pm Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst...> [BRDBRAIN] Snail Kite, Pasco County
11/27/14 9:33 am Jason Gerard <jay_bird519...> [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant continues, Ft De Soto
11/27/14 8:02 am Gary Germano <gary.germano...> [BRDBRAIN] question
11/27/14 6:02 am SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Clay-colored Sparrow Injuries CORRECTION11-26-14
11/26/14 8:41 pm Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Clay-colored Sparrow Injuries 11-26-14
11/26/14 12:34 pm Joyce Stefancic <jws2735...> [BRDBRAIN] Lake County Clay-colored Sparrow
11/26/14 10:48 am Charlene Schaefer <beenchar...> [BRDBRAIN] Baltimore Oriole Daytona
11/26/14 9:19 am Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Clay-colored Sparrow Returns 11-26-14
11/26/14 8:26 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant still present 11/26/14
11/25/14 1:58 pm Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Could this be a Common Tern?
11/25/14 10:20 am Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...> [BRDBRAIN] Waxwings
11/25/14 9:07 am Daniel Estabrooks <hyla514...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant today
11/25/14 7:36 am Daniel J Young <dyoung...> [BRDBRAIN] Crested caracara - Ormond Beach, Vol Co
11/25/14 6:10 am Sharon Pratt <sprattm...> [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant - Yes
11/25/14 5:47 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] AD Barnes Park Miami
11/25/14 5:10 am Earl Horn <earl_horn...> [BRDBRAIN] FW: eBird Report - Lake Apopka North Shore Restoration Area--CR448A entrance (Lake Co.), Nov 24, 2014
11/24/14 6:36 pm Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...> [BRDBRAIN] Could this be a Common Tern?
11/24/14 5:59 pm Diane Reed <dreedster...> [BRDBRAIN] St Augustine banded Cooper's Hawk
11/24/14 2:47 pm Mike Judd <ebwilderae...> [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant today
11/24/14 12:35 pm David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] Snail Kite and Western Kingbirds, East Pasco County; 11/24/14
11/24/14 12:17 pm jw callis <soturin...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] st. marks its a vermilion flycatcher
11/24/14 10:56 am Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant (Pinellas, 24 Nov 2014)
11/24/14 10:51 am jw callis <soturin...> [BRDBRAIN] st. marks WLR wakulla county
11/24/14 9:03 am Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Vermilion Flycatcher near Ani (Lake, 24 Nov 2014)
11/24/14 8:37 am Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...> [BRDBRAIN] Vermilion Flycatcher near Ani (Lake, 24 Nov 2014)
11/24/14 8:17 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Hudson Beach, West Pasco
11/23/14 5:10 pm Joyce Stefancic <jws2735...> [BRDBRAIN] Lake County Groove-billed Ani directions
11/23/14 3:19 pm Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...> [BRDBRAIN] Ani pair in Lake County
11/23/14 1:21 pm Joyce Stefancic <jws2735...> [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka Anis
11/23/14 9:14 am Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...> [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant at Fort De Soto Park, Pinellas (11/23/2014)
11/23/14 8:03 am Dave Goodwin <dave.goodwin...> [BRDBRAIN] Christmas Bird Count Update 11/23
11/23/14 4:57 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Jaegers and scoters. Canaveral National Seashore. Volusia Co.
11/22/14 6:25 pm Diane Reed <dreedster...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] White-Winged Scoters, Black Scoters, Jaegers, and mystery gull
11/22/14 5:05 pm jw callis <soturin...> [BRDBRAIN] snow geese and ross's geese at st. marks
11/22/14 3:57 pm Eric Plage <ericplage...> [BRDBRAIN] Surreal Birding Experience
11/22/14 1:14 pm willj1 <willjohnson2000...> [BRDBRAIN] White-Winged Scoters, Black Scoters, Jaegers, and mystery gull
11/22/14 12:09 pm Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant (Pinellas, 2 Nov 2014)
11/22/14 11:27 am S. Dale Goebel <sheirah11...> [BRDBRAIN] Grasshopper Sparrow - Possum Branch Preserve, Pinellas County
11/22/14 11:23 am jw callis <soturin...> [BRDBRAIN] st. marks WLR wakulla county
11/22/14 10:49 am Tim Kalbach <pbdipper...> [BRDBRAIN] Honeymoon Island SP and Dunn Water Reclamation Facility, northern Pinellas County
11/22/14 8:08 am Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...> [BRDBRAIN] RFI: Shiloh Marsh (Merritt Island NWR)
11/21/14 5:32 pm Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar 11/21/14
11/21/14 3:52 pm Jodi <desertangel7...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Caracara at TGO Titusville
11/21/14 12:33 pm murray Gardler <mangrovefirst...> [BRDBRAIN] Brewer's Blackbird
11/21/14 4:47 am France <france4fa...> [BRDBRAIN] Bailey tract in lee co
11/21/14 4:28 am Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Eastern Whip-poor-will (Pinellas, 19-20 Nov 2014)
11/20/14 7:18 pm Mike Judd <ebwilderae...> [BRDBRAIN] white-winged scoter redux, sort of
11/20/14 6:40 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Marion County birding
11/20/14 6:07 pm Phil Graham <pg1941...> [BRDBRAIN] Duval County:Hanna Park
11/20/14 5:59 pm Phil Graham <pg1941...> [BRDBRAIN] Duval County:Hanna Park
11/20/14 5:45 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County birding
11/20/14 2:09 pm Mike Judd <ebwilderae...> [BRDBRAIN] any word on the white-winged scoter?
11/20/14 11:55 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] Snail Kite continues @ Middle Lake, Pasco County; November 20, 2014
11/20/14 10:22 am Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Nesting Eagles question
11/20/14 7:31 am Mike Judd <ebwilderae...> [BRDBRAIN] cave swallows still in Alachua Co today?
 
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Date: 12/20/14 12:49 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Scoter Trifecta. Tomoka State Park. Ormond Beach.
This morning, 12/20, at dawn I checked out the ducks on the Tomoka Basin at Tomoka State Park, Ormond Beach, Volusia Co. Among the large flocks of Lesser Scaup, I found 4 Black Scoters ( 3 female and one young male), one immature male Surf Scoter, and one female White-winged Scoter. There were also 9 Redheads, 6 Canvasbacks, 5 Buffleheads, 4 Ruddy Ducks and 2 Greater Scaup and there must have been at least 1 partridge in a pear tree.

Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL





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Date: 12/20/14 12:09 pm
From: william haddad <photobill9...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] A Brevard County Birding Ramble
On Thurs. and Fri. of this week (Dec. 18th and 19th), I was joined by Betty
Butcher from Port Orange - formerly from Polk County and a fellow member of
the Lake Region Audubon Birding Club. We sampled Brevard birding in three
different habitats: upland pine and scrub ( Sebastion Buffer Preserve);
fresh water wetlands (Viera Wetlands); and coastal wetlands (Merritt Island
National Wildlife Refuge).We saw 87 species (and heard several more),
enjoying good looks at many.

Highlights at the Buffer Preserve were the many Pine Warblers, a
Yellow-throated warbler, R.C. Kinglet and Brown-headed Nuthatches. Our
movements were somewhat restricted by signs restricting hiking because of
some recent controlled burns. We saw a Scrub Jay on the way out. We lost
count of the number of Kestrels seen there. We also saw more Kestrels than
usual at the other two areas we visited. The usual Wild Turkeys were
present on the berms alongside the dirt road.

Highlights at Viera Wetlands included American Bittern, Marsh Wren, Redhead
and Canvasback as well as the more usual Ducks. A Mockingbird harassed a
perched Red-shouldered Hawk which ignored it for a good while before flying
off. Access to the "Click Ponds" which previously was cut off to vehicular
traffic was unfortunately now cut off to foot traffic as well. Anyone
coming from a distance should be aware of that and anyone with more info on
the matter would be most welcome, I would think, to divulge it on this list
serve.

Our great Merritt Island Refuge did not disappoint. Highlights included
beautiful Marbled Godwits, and posing male and female Painted Buntings in a
tree in the remote parking lot of the nature center . Although they were
also at the feeders, seeing them in the woods area was more enjoyable and
they were accompanied by a scolding White-eyed Vireo and a Blue-gray
Gnatcatcher as well as Yellow-rumped Warblers and a hidden scolding
Catbird. A Blue-headed Vireo in back of the nature center in full sunlight
highlighting his colors lingered at very close range. We saw eight species
of Duck but the Gadwalls were special because I thought I saw one in the
distance at Black point which we did not count and then we saw two on our
way out of the Refuge at the beginning of Pumphouse road ( right after
lamenting missing them!). Pintails are now present in several places.

We could easily have seen over 100 species but this was to be a leisurely
two days and Betty was trying out her new, and first, scope. For example,
we did not even bird Bio lab road or the Scrub Ridge trail at MINWR and the
lack of access to the Click Ponds at Viera undoubtedly also restricted our
species count. We enjoyed the good weather and the good fresh seafood at a
Palm Bay restaurant.

Bill Haddad
Palm Bay, Fl.
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Date: 12/19/14 2:56 pm
From: Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Northern Pintail + Bobcat @ Circle B Bar 12/19/14
Hello Birders,
Out to Circle B Bar southeast of Lakeland from 7:30 till 11:30. Heading
south down Heron Hideout a Red-shouldered Hawk was perched on top of
the lone cypress to the right; as I approached he dropped down in a half
hearted pass at the Black-bellied Ducks sitting in the dense weeds below.
They jumped out of the way protesting loudly.
Turning right on Rabbit Run I was a hundred yards down the trail when
I spotted a Bobcat. The cat was a hundred yards down the trail trotting my
way. As the cat drew near I could see it was wet, the kitty was looking me
in the eye as it came close passing by not 6 feet away. I've never been
frightened in my half dozen encounters with Bobcats but as I was taking
the photo above there were serious butterflies and the hair on my neck
was standing up. Fear mixed with excitement equals a big trill, kinda like a
rollercoaster ride but better. Down at the end of the oaks in the big pool
along with the BBWD's and the Teal I was delighted to find a pair of
Northern Pintail, that might not raise any eyebrows at Merritt Island and
others have seen Pintails out here but it was a Polk county first for me. The
Sora was where I found it yesterday, at the second little Elderberry stand
past the last oak up against the trail bank.
When I reached Wading Bird I turned left a big Gator was basking on
the side of the trail with his back to me I didn't know it but the Gator
wasn't aware of me. As I was looking at the Gator I finally noticed the
imm. Red-shouldered perched in the top of a dead Bean Bush 15 feet away
at eye level. I've never been this close to a Hawk before and started
snapping photos, moving for a better vantage point I spooked the unaware
Gator, he spun around looking for an escape route and so did I. It's not
good for a Gator that is digesting in the sun to jump in the cool water so I
was glad I didn't scare him into jumping in the water but it was the end of
the line for my underwear! Good Birding.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.


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Date: 12/19/14 12:22 pm
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Almost White Red-breasted Merganser
Hello,
Found this almost white Red-breasted Merganser among 40+ flock in a bayou off Green Key Road, West Pasco, yesterday.
Ken TraceyNew Port Richey, FL

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Date: 12/19/14 9:49 am
From: Susan Pulling Robinson <spulling...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Jacksonville Eagles hatching tomorrow - webcam
Here is a link to a webcam showing an eagle's nest near Jacksonville, FL.

First hatch is expected tomorrow, Saturday, December 20th. Fun to watch!

http://www.eagles.org/Cams/FloridaNest.html

Best regards, Susan Pulling, Dunedin, FL

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Date: 12/19/14 7:53 am
From: Marianne Korosy <mkorosy...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Weekiwachee sparrow drives - Jan 24 and Feb 7, 2015
Hello all and Happy New Year!

It's almost time for our 8th annual Weekiwachee Preserve sparrow drives and
volunteers are needed to help us complete this fun, volunteer-based
research project.

Information about the Preserve and a map can be found here:
http://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/recreation/areas/weekiwachee.html


Here are the dates for 2015 sparrow drives needing additional volunteers:

Sat. Jan 24th - Weekiwachee Preserve, Hernando County
Sat. Feb 1st - Weekiwachee Preserve Hernando County

Volunteers will walk in lines through the grass and short shrubs, flushing
sparrows and other grassland birds into a long line of mist nets for
capture and banding. You will be able to see and photograph wintering
grassland sparrows up close as birds are removed from mist nets and at the
banding station on site. Terrain is uneven ground with grass and most
shrubs not more than thigh-high on a 6' tall person. The area was burned
earlier this year so we anticipate good capture numbers this year.

At the Weekiwachee Preserve sites, likely captures are Henslow's, Le
Conte's, Grasshopper, Swamp, and Savannah sparrows in addition to other
grassland birds such as Sedge and House Wren.

Email me for more information and to sign up.


Marianne Korosy

Palm Harbor, FL

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Marianne

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Date: 12/19/14 5:08 am
From: Dana Fox <danafox...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Egyptian Goose on Dec 22nd?
Bob and I will be visiting family in Orlando and would love to catch up with
the newly listed Egyptian Goose on our trip.



We plan to go southeast from Orlando on Monday the 21st.



We would really appreciate suggestions of where we could find it that day.



Many thanks from Massachusetts,

Dana Duxbury-Fox



44 Old Village Lane

North Andover, MA 01845

978-682-9553 (H)

978-886-2330 (Cell)

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Date: 12/18/14 7:16 pm
From: John Thomton <jthomton...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bay Lake CBC Highlights (12/18/14)
Hey everyone,

The inaugural Bay Lake CBC was held today, and everyone had a great time. This count circle is centered on Disney Property in southwestern Orange County and northwestern Osceola County. This circle has been surveyed in late January since 2011, but it's sure great to be official this year!

Each year we notice how development is changing the landscape and the birds in this count circle. New large chunks are developed as subdivisions and strip malls at an alarming rate. Plus we're way inland, so we don't have many seabirds in the mix. Still, we manage to have a lot of fun finding what's out there. Today we identified 112 species, plus one hybrid and four Count Week species. With all that in mind, highlights of the count today included two Buffleheads, a Clay-Colored Sparrow, a couple of Spotted Sandpipers (new to the count), five Red-Headed Woodpeckers, four Brown-Headed Nuthatches, two Bachman's Sparrows, a White-Throated Sparrow, two Baltimore Orioles, four Eastern Meadowlarks (likely won't be in the Bay Lake circle for too many more years) and a Partridge in a pear tree. We missed Black-Bellied Whistling-Duck and Bonaparte's Gull, plus we almost missed Wood Duck (only 9 recorded by one party) and Common Ground-Dove (2 from one party).

Thanks to all the amazing volunteers who came out and birded today! You all are amazing! Let's do it again next year.

John Thomton
Orlando, FL (Orange Co.)
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Date: 12/18/14 6:50 pm
From: Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sora @ Circle B Bar
Hello Birders,
Out to Circle B Bar southeast of Lakeland this afternoon from 1:30 till
4:00. Heading south on Heron Hideout nothing unusual.
Turning left on Alligator Alley more of the same. Down near the lake
about 50 yards before the nesting Eagles sign a pair of Sandhills were
starting to build their nest about 20 yards out in the marsh, the Blue Heron
was sitting in it's nest and the Eagles were near their nest. Down at the
lake vista at the outflow there were several hundred White Pelicans in the
north end of Lake Hancock.
Down Rabbit Run to the west the hot spot was the big pool at the end
of the oaks about 100 yards before Wading Bird there were at least 50
Black-bellied Ducks and a dozen Blue-winged Teal. The bird of the day was
a Sora that was in a little opening next to the trail, the first I've ever seen
out there.
On Wading Bird behind the rest shelter a pair of Shovelers in with the
Coots also a Savannah Sparrow.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.

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Date: 12/18/14 4:20 pm
From: Avery Chan <gatedancer93...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Lettuce Lake Thrush + Flycatcher ID Help 12/17/14
Someone said the flycatcher is only an Eastern Phoebe, a very common wintering
flycatcher. The bird is in bad lighting but you kind of can tell that there not any distinct eye
ring which distinguishes it from the Least Flycatcher. Even from the photo, the bird is
obviously not a Western Kingbird or Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. In conclusion, the flycatcher
is an Eastern Phoebe and the thrush is a Hermit Thrush.

Avery Chan
Oviedo, Florida

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Date: 12/18/14 3:54 pm
From: Avery Chan <gatedancer93...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Lettuce Lake Thrush + Flycatcher ID Help 12/17/14
I am not entirely sure about the flycatcher. The thrush, however, is a Hermit Thrush. It
has a light eye-ring in the photo unlike Gray-cheeked Thrushes or Veeries and too many
spots to be a Swainson's Thrush or Veery. The thrush does not look very buffy on the
breast like a Swainson's Thrush or Veery. Also, according to my field guide, it says,
"cocking tail and dropping it slowly". In the previous BrdBrain, it was noted that the thrush
was bobbing its tail. Finally, the Hermit Thrush is the only bird in the area at the time.

Avery Chan
Oviedo, Florida

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Date: 12/18/14 2:28 pm
From: Thomas Ford <tomf97...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Ash-Throated Flycatcher
This Flycatcher has been in the same 20 foot radius for at least two weeks.
He has arrived between 8:20 and 9:00am. He is behind the Viera Wetland as
reported by others. He is across the bridge on the left side. It is on the
south side of the bushes. He moves back and forth from a bush to the fence
wire.



Tom Ford

Merritt Island


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Date: 12/18/14 1:03 pm
From: Breanna Perry <serena933...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lettce Lake Name & City
Hi Everyone,

Forgot to attach my name and city to last post. My apologies!

Breanna Perry
Spring Hill, FL

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Date: 12/18/14 1:00 pm
From: Breanna Perry <serena933...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lettuce Lake Thrush + Flycatcher ID Help 12/17/14
Got to stop at Lettuce Lake Park in Tampa for a couple hours yesterday from 10AM-12PM.
All the birds you would probably expect there this time of year were easily found (common
yellowthroat, black and white warbler, etc.). However, there were two unique birds I
couldn't identify at the species level. The flycatcher was at the intersection of the 3 parts of
the boardwalk, and the thrush was along the swamp trail at the end of the boardwalk. The
thrush was continuously bobbing its tail and stayed in the low trees. Any help would be
appreciated!

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Date: 12/17/14 4:53 pm
From: Joe Zygala <shilohdad01...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye X 2 (Pinellas, 17 Dec 2014)
Pardon a little aside here, but this reminded me of something.

First, I am a Noo Yawkuh. Several years ago a bunch of us did a trip to Jamaica Bay refuge. Along with us came a Californian who was temporarily working in New York. As the car approached the refuge I looked out the window. Circling over us was an American White Pelican. I started yelling, "White Pelican! White Pelican!" The California woman did not understand the excitement, as she saw American White Pelicans all the time. She did not understand that this was maybe the 6th state record. Yo, lady, we don't see these things all that often!

Joe Zygala
South Salem, NY, but probably a Gainesvillean in the future. Go Gators!

Sent from my iPad

> On Dec 17, 2014, at 7:29 PM, Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> wrote:
>
> Good evening again,
>
> I received an e-mail from a BrdBrainer who asked why "all the fuss" about a Common Goldeneye and "don't ya'll get them regularly?"
>
> In my best Gruden-like typed imitation I responded, "Man, are you kiddin' me?"
>
> The St. Pete CBC, which was held for the first time in 1919, has recorded the species just twice before - in 1977 and last year, when one hung around a freshwater lake with 300 Hooded Mergs for over a month!
>
> The North Pinellas CBC, which began in 1976, has also recorded the species twice; 2 birds in 1990 and 4 in 1996.
>
> Ron Smith
> St. Pete, FL
> www.PinellasBirds.com
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Date: 12/17/14 4:29 pm
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye X 2 (Pinellas, 17 Dec 2014)
Good evening again,

I received an e-mail from a BrdBrainer who asked why "all the fuss" about a
Common Goldeneye and "don't ya'll get them regularly?"

In my best Gruden-like typed imitation I responded, "Man, are you kiddin'
me?"

The St. Pete CBC, which was held for the first time in 1919, has recorded
the species just twice before - in 1977 and last year, when one hung around
a freshwater lake with 300 Hooded Mergs for over a month!

The North Pinellas CBC, which began in 1976, has also recorded the species
twice; 2 birds in 1990 and 4 in 1996.

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL
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Date: 12/17/14 3:28 pm
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye X 2 (Pinellas, 17 Dec 2014)
This afternoon I saw again the male Common Goldeneye at Lake Maggiore's
north end in south St. Petersburg. It's now a CBC Count Week bird and,
hopefully, will stick around to Saturday.

On a Facebook site a Darcia Hooey posted a photograph of a female Common
Goldeneye she found at Fred Howard Park today. Howard Park is where the
Bar-tailed Godwit was seen occasionally last winter.

Ron Smith
St. Pete, Fl
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Date: 12/17/14 10:18 am
From: Fred Hileman <fredleeh...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is again on SW 38th St near SW 60th Ave behind the Ocala
Airport. The coordinates are N29 09.005 W082 13.318 There is an excavation company
with a large yellow sign and the Flycatcher was across the street on the wire.

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Date: 12/17/14 10:18 am
From: Fred Hileman <fredleeh...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
The Scissor-tailed Flycatcher is again on SW 38th St near SW 60th Ave behind the Ocala
Airport. The coordinates are N29 09.005 W082 13.318 There is an excavation company
with a large yellow sign and the Flycatcher was across the street on the wire.

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Date: 12/17/14 7:11 am
From: Cameron Cox <kumlieni...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Re :Sterna ID
Forgot to attach the photos!

Avery,

The two terns you posted a few days ago are both Forster's as you had
already ascertained. They are, however, both adults not an adult and a
first-cycle individual. The differences between the two are cause by the
abnormally dark head of the first bird, likely due to higher than average
hormone levels when it was undergoing its prebasic molt, and the fact that
the second bird is still in the midst of the prebasic molt while the first
bird has completed that molt. Looking at my photos of Forster's the
majority have completed the prebasic molt by late fall, but I have images
of several adults that are just beginning to molt inner primaries in late
November, similar to your second bird. I suspect these represent either
late or longer distance migrants. The difference in tail length between
your two birds is likely due to the outermost tail feather on the second
bird being dropped as part of the molt or being broken off, which happens
frequently. It is worth noting that, unlike most terns, Forster's Tern does
not replace primaries in the preformative molt and therefore should not be
molting primaries at this time of year as your second bird is clearly
doing.

Contra to what was suggested to you, first-cycle Forster's Terns usually
show some dark mottling on the nape/crown while adults typically have
immaculate white heads, like your second bird, except for the "bandit
mask". The first place to look when aging terns is the tertials, usually
dark-centered on most first-cycle terns (excluding tropical terns and
noddies) and often on second-cycle birds as well. The dark-centered
tertials are often not as apparent on Forster's Terns as some other terns,
but are visible if you look for them. I've included several examples of
different ages of Forster's Terns on this email with explanations below.

1. A first-cycle Forster's Tern from Nov 27. This bird is a bit darker than
average for first-cycle Forster's, but notice the dark-centered tertials,
dark mottling on the crown and nape, and primaries are all of the same
generation. Notice the out-of-focus birds in the background with the clean
white heads are all adults.

2. A first-cycle Forster's Tern in the spring, April 1st. The tertials
still have dark centers but they have faded and likely were never as
heavily marked as #1. The mottling on the head is still evident and the
primaries are still all of the same generation but are now noticeably
darker. Usually late in the first-cycle (first spring/first summer) is the
only time a Forster's Tern will show blackish outer primaries like a Common
Tern.

3. A second-cycle Forster's from Titusville in January. Note the
dark-centered tertials and mottled head, but the primaries are adult-like.

4. An adult Forster's from Nov 3rd on the GA coast. The primary molt is
complete but the tail streamers are shorter than the folded primaries. This
could be because the bird is still growing those streamers, but zooming in
on the streamers the tips look jagged and I believe they have already
broken off. This illustrates that full length streamers can give you a bit
of info about the age of a Forster's Tern, but abnormally short steamers
can occur for several reasons and therefore no conclusions can be drawn
when terns have short tail streamers. This bird has a bit clouding to the
nape and could possibly be a younger (3rd/4th cycle) adult or just be a bit
of an exception to the rule that adults have clean crowns and napes.

Best,

Cameron Cox
Tampa, FL

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Date: 12/17/14 7:05 am
From: Cameron Cox <kumlieni...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Sterna ID
Avery,

The two terns you posted a few days ago are both Forster's as you had
already ascertained. They are, however, both adults not an adult and a
first-cycle individual. The differences between the two are cause by the
abnormally dark head of the first bird, likely due to higher than average
hormone levels when it was undergoing its prebasic molt, and the fact that
the second bird is still in the midst of the prebasic molt while the first
bird has completed that molt. Looking at my photos of Forster's the
majority have completed the prebasic molt by late fall, but I have images
of several adults that are just beginning to molt inner primaries in late
November, similar to your second bird. I suspect these represent either
late or longer distance migrants. The difference in tail length between
your two birds is likely due to the outermost tail feather on the second
bird being dropped as part of the molt or being broken off, which happens
frequently. It is worth noting that, unlike most terns, Forster's Tern does
not replace primaries in the preformative molt and therefore should not be
molting primaries at this time of year as your second bird is clearly
doing.

Contra to what was suggested to you, first-cycle Forster's Terns usually
show some dark mottling on the nape/crown while adults typically have
immaculate white heads, like your second bird, except for the "bandit
mask". The first place to look when aging terns is the tertials, usually
dark-centered on most first-cycle terns (excluding tropical terns and
noddies) and often on second-cycle birds as well. The dark-centered
tertials are often not as apparent on Forster's Terns as some other terns,
but are visible if you look for them. I've included several examples of
different ages of Forster's Terns on this email with explanations below.

1. A first-cycle Forster's Tern from Nov 27. This bird is a bit darker than
average for first-cycle Forster's, but notice the dark-centered tertials,
dark mottling on the crown and nape, and primaries are all of the same
generation. Notice the out-of-focus birds in the background with the clean
white heads are all adults.

2. A first-cycle Forster's Tern in the spring, April 1st. The tertials
still have dark centers but they have faded and likely were never as
heavily marked as #1. The mottling on the head is still evident and the
primaries are still all of the same generation but are now noticeably
darker. Usually late in the first-cycle (first spring/first summer) is the
only time a Forster's Tern will show blackish outer primaries like a Common
Tern.

3. A second-cycle Forster's from Titusville in January. Note the
dark-centered tertials and mottled head, but the primaries are adult-like.

4. An adult Forster's from Nov 3rd on the GA coast. The primary molt is
complete but the tail streamers are shorter than the folded primaries. This
could be because the bird is still growing those streamers, but zooming in
on the streamers the tips look jagged and I believe they have already
broken off. This illustrates that full length streamers can give you a bit
of info about the age of a Forster's Tern, but abnormally short steamers
can occur for several reasons and therefore no conclusions can be drawn
when terns have short tail streamers. This bird has a bit clouding to the
nape and could possibly be a younger (3rd/4th cycle) adult or just be a bit
of an exception to the rule that adults have clean crowns and napes.

Best,

Cameron Cox
Tampa, FL

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Date: 12/17/14 4:55 am
From: Avery Chan <gatedancer93...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Blue-feathered Tern
According to a response I received, the blue collar was only a blue stain. Gulls often can
have stains, but terns are usually clean, however. Anything can happen I guess.

Avery Chan
Oviedo, FL

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Date: 12/16/14 3:43 pm
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Port Orange/Volusia county/Common Merganser
I was there around 1 until 4:30 PM. The mergansers never came in close like it did for Michael, and Reinhard. I shot it far out with all I had (700mm).. This is a shot of it with a Red-breasted Merganser way out there.
www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15853181367

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

> Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 12:25:30 -0500
> From: <Brookrohman...>
> Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Port Orange/Volusia county/Common Merganser
> To: <BRDBRAIN...>
>
> Hello -
>
> Brad took a spontaneous half-day today and we came out to try our luck for the Common
> Merganser first found by Michael Brothers. We were able to get on the bird right away in a
> large flock of busily feeding Red-breasted Mergansers. A man and two dogs went out into
> the water and flushed the flock north towards the bridge. We found the Common Merganser
> again and got excellent looks through my scope. The chin patch is very evident and the bird
> is overall a bit bigger than the other Mergansers it was with. Lifer!!
>
> Brook Rohman
> Winter Park, FL
> Orange county
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Date: 12/16/14 10:27 am
From: Will Chatfield-Taylor <willc-t...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Key West Quail Dove RFI thanks
Thanks to everyone for the quick replies to my RFI, and the links to
other good sources: it was most appreciated!
I'll share with anyone who is interested.

Will


On Dec 16, 2014, at 12:18 PM, Joe Zygala wrote:

> Check out http://birding.aba.org/maillistdigest/FL05
>
> That is the Florida RBA. The most recent entry for the Key West
> Quail Dove is the fifth entry, at least when I just looked. That
> entry gives detailed instructions on where to find the dove. Good
> luck!
>
> Joe Zygala
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
>> On Dec 16, 2014, at 12:45 PM, Will Chatfield-Taylor <willc-
>> <t...> wrote:
>>
>> Hi All,
>>
>> Could someone provide me with directions to the trail that the Key
>> West Quail Dove is being seen on? I'm heading to Florida on
>> Thursday and I want to go after it as soon as I can. The ebird
>> reports aren't quite specific enough and I can't find anything in
>> the archives.
>>
>> Thanks
>>
>> Will Chatfield-Taylor
>>
>> Lawrence, KS
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Date: 12/16/14 10:19 am
From: Jeff Bouton <jbouton2...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] RFI Key West Quail Dove
Will,
Long Key Park only has a single parking lot where the nature trail leaves from and then a camping area. From the parking area there are two trail system entrances. One to the south of the parking area where the restrooms are and one to the north. It's impossible to miss. On the satellite image of the map attached you can see the black & white cross hashes of the crosswalk across the drive on the north side of the loop (due NE of the restrooms) enter the trail here on the north and look along the lush tropical habitat along the first 1/4 mile or so of trail.
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Hi All,

Could someone provide me with directions to the trail that the Key 
West Quail Dove is being seen on? I'm heading to Florida on Thursday 
and I want to go after it as soon as I can. The ebird reports aren't 
quite specific enough and I can't find anything in the archives.

Thanks

Will Chatfield-Taylor

Lawrence, KS

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Date: 12/16/14 10:06 am
From: Mary Rusch <Lorelielee...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] RFI Key West Quail Dove
Check out birding.aba.org. They list rare bird. Sightings you will find where it's at there
Mary Rusch
dunedin Fl

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Date: 12/16/14 9:53 am
From: Will Chatfield-Taylor <willc-t...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] RFI Key West Quail Dove
Hi All,

Could someone provide me with directions to the trail that the Key
West Quail Dove is being seen on? I'm heading to Florida on Thursday
and I want to go after it as soon as I can. The ebird reports aren't
quite specific enough and I can't find anything in the archives.

Thanks

Will Chatfield-Taylor

Lawrence, KS

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Date: 12/16/14 9:25 am
From: Brook Rohman <Brookrohman...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Port Orange/Volusia county/Common Merganser
Hello -

Brad took a spontaneous half-day today and we came out to try our luck for the Common
Merganser first found by Michael Brothers. We were able to get on the bird right away in a
large flock of busily feeding Red-breasted Mergansers. A man and two dogs went out into
the water and flushed the flock north towards the bridge. We found the Common Merganser
again and got excellent looks through my scope. The chin patch is very evident and the bird
is overall a bit bigger than the other Mergansers it was with. Lifer!!

Brook Rohman
Winter Park, FL
Orange county

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Date: 12/16/14 7:53 am
From: Wally Jones <gin.wal...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Snail Kite/Lake Parker, Lakeland, Polk County
Spotted a female Snail Kite hunting on the southwest side of Lake Parker
this morning. She perched a few minutes in a snag, continued hunting
over the reeds and then flew across the lake in a south-easterly direction.

Didn't see any record in eBird for previous Snail Kite sightings at Lake
Parker.


Wally Jones
Lakeland, FL

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Date: 12/16/14 6:22 am
From: Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar 12/15/14 +Hairy WP update
Hello Birders,
I wish I had known that Breanna Perry's woodpecker photo was that of
a Downy and not that of a Hairy as I assumed, sorry my bad.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.

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Date: 12/15/14 6:31 pm
From: Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] BOLO for Prothonotary Warbler Lake Apopka
Greetings,

Yesterday, while at Lake Apopka NSRA, near where the Ani pair are, our
group talked with a couple who stated they observed a close in Prothonotary
Warbler (PROW). Talking with them, the report could be credible as they
seemed to be experienced birders based on the conversation. I do not see
any eBird report or a listserv report of this.

Because the CBC that includes that location is this week, I thought I would
give a notice since no report has appeared as of yet.

A documented sighting of a PROW in December in Central Florida would
be vary rare--perhaps, there never has been one.

The location given to us was about 150 yards east of "the turn", south
of where the Ani have been, as the trail turns east.

--
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Longwood, FL

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Date: 12/15/14 5:39 pm
From: Daniel Estabrooks <hyla514...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar 12/15/14 +Hairy WP update
I haven't seen the bird in question, so I can't say that it's NOT a Hairy, but I will say that I've seen Downies with pure white outer tail feathers. Size and shape must always trump coloration in bird ID because they're less variable. A photo that shows the bird's bill well would be the easiest way to confirm that it's a Hairy.
Daniel EstabrooksWinter Haven, FL

On Monday, December 15, 2014 4:09 PM, Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...> wrote:


Hello Birders,
    Out to Circle B southeast of Lakeland this morning from 9 till 12  it was
a beautiful morning. Concerning the Hairy Woodpecker I ran into my buddy
Dave and started to tell him about Al's Hairy WP photo and he cut me
short, he was there. Dave said 2 Audubon experts were on the bird when
he and Al walked up. The birders explained that it was a Hairy pointing out
the solid white outside tail feathers. This bird is a male, Breanna Perry told
me her bird in May was a female so maybe they will stay out there.
    Heading south on Heron Hideout 3 imm. Eagles flew over in single file.
Near the second spillway on the right there was 3 Swamp Sparrows.
    Down Alligator Alley to the left a Red-shouldered Hawk was bringing in
soft nesting material also plenty of Blue-gray Gnat catchers, Palm,
Common Yellow-throats and Yellow-rumps. The Eagle and Blue Heron were
at their nests and there were Brown Pelicans and Caspian Terns flying over
the lake.
    Down Rabbit Run to the west there was the most warblers and other
small birds that I've seen out there. The birds would fly from the trees on
the dike trail across the little weedy canal and into the tree line on the old
dike to the south. I had lots of U.L.B.'s (unidentified little birds) I noticed
the birds were mostly in the occasional mature oak. In one tree I counted
Palm, Black & white, Pine, Yellow-throated, Common Yellow-throat, and
Yellow-rumped also Blue-headed Vireo, Carolina Wren Common Grackle
Red-winged Blackbird and Red-bellied WP. There were plenty of Black-
bellied Ducks and at the intersection with Wading Bird a tame Snipe has
made himself at home. Good Birding

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.

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Date: 12/15/14 5:36 pm
From: Avery Chan <gatedancer93...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Sterna tern ID
According to some people, the mystery tern is an adult Forster's Tern. That's the reason the
tail streamers are much longer than in the first cycle Forster's Tern directly below that
image. On the adult you can see that some of the black crown feathers have molted out and
been replaced by white feathers. As this replacement process continues the tell tale black
"bandit mask" will be left. You can see a suggestion of that on this bird.

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Date: 12/15/14 2:31 pm
From: Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Small Canada's
See what David SIBLEY has to say about Cackling and small Canada's.

http://www.sibleyguides.com/2014/12/cackling-ish-geese/

Sent from my iPad
Murray Gardler
Weeki Wachee, FL

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Date: 12/15/14 1:09 pm
From: Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar 12/15/14 +Hairy WP update
Hello Birders,
Out to Circle B southeast of Lakeland this morning from 9 till 12 it was
a beautiful morning. Concerning the Hairy Woodpecker I ran into my buddy
Dave and started to tell him about Al's Hairy WP photo and he cut me
short, he was there. Dave said 2 Audubon experts were on the bird when
he and Al walked up. The birders explained that it was a Hairy pointing out
the solid white outside tail feathers. This bird is a male, Breanna Perry told
me her bird in May was a female so maybe they will stay out there.
Heading south on Heron Hideout 3 imm. Eagles flew over in single file.
Near the second spillway on the right there was 3 Swamp Sparrows.
Down Alligator Alley to the left a Red-shouldered Hawk was bringing in
soft nesting material also plenty of Blue-gray Gnat catchers, Palm,
Common Yellow-throats and Yellow-rumps. The Eagle and Blue Heron were
at their nests and there were Brown Pelicans and Caspian Terns flying over
the lake.
Down Rabbit Run to the west there was the most warblers and other
small birds that I've seen out there. The birds would fly from the trees on
the dike trail across the little weedy canal and into the tree line on the old
dike to the south. I had lots of U.L.B.'s (unidentified little birds) I noticed
the birds were mostly in the occasional mature oak. In one tree I counted
Palm, Black & white, Pine, Yellow-throated, Common Yellow-throat, and
Yellow-rumped also Blue-headed Vireo, Carolina Wren Common Grackle
Red-winged Blackbird and Red-bellied WP. There were plenty of Black-
bellied Ducks and at the intersection with Wading Bird a tame Snipe has
made himself at home. Good Birding

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.

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Date: 12/15/14 10:59 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Eider. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
This morning, 12/15, I had a female Common Eider fly by the mouth of Ponce de Leon Inlet. Yesterday morning, 12/14, I had a fly-over Pine Siskin in the pine flatwoods of Tiger Bay State Forest off rt 40 west of Ormond Beach and on Saturday morning, 12/13, there was a female Surf Scoter in with a large flock of Lesser Scaup, Buffleheads and Ruddy Ducks in the Tomoka Basin, Tomoka State Park, Volusia County.

Michael

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Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL

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Date: 12/15/14 10:36 am
From: Eric Plage <ericplage...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] 25 Pine Siskins, Fort De Soto Park, Pinellas County
Hey All-

With the number of Pine Siskin reports around the state in recent weeks,
I've been spending the majority of my lunch our walking through the
Australian Pines at Ft De Soto hoping to hear/see one flying over. Today I
found a mixed flock of roughly 25 Pine Siskins and similar amount of
American Goldfinches feeding in the pines at the southern end of North
Beach. The Siskins could be fairly quiet at times, but were prone to an
irruption of ZREEEETS every couple of minutes. Left them in the pines over
Shelter 10, just to the west of where the parking lot widens. Pretty sure
theres a few more on the way.....

--
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St. Petersburg, FL

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Date: 12/15/14 6:17 am
From: charles fisher <chf1shercpa...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] FW: Alafia Banks CBC Dec 14, 2014
Cole Fredricks has clarified a misattribution I made in my original email... While he is proud to have co-led the team that found the first Short-tailed Hawk seen on the Alafia count, the bird was actually found by his co-leaders Doug and Pam DeNeve, and Cheryl Merz. Thanks for the information Cole, and thanks Doug, Pam & Cheryl for a great bird!

Best regards,

Charlie Fisher
Tampa, FL

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Subject: Alafia Banks CBC Dec 14, 2014
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 23:18:25 -0500




Today the Alafia Banks CBC (tentatively) recorded the highest species count total in is history, 168.

We had five new species for the count, being a real-deal Canada Goose (Lauren Cox), Franklin's Gull (Cameron Cox), Hairy Woodpecker (Dan Irizarry), Short-tailed Hawk (Cole Fredricks), and Pine Siskin (several groups). Some odd misses included Black Skimmer, Red Knot, Barn Owl, and Carolina Chickadee. You can't have 'em all, but we got a lot so we aren't complaining. And seeing all those shooting stars during the nocturnal birding was really neat; it was the time of the Geminid meteor shower.

My sincerest thanks to the great volunteer group that came out and made it happen.

Best regards,

Charlie Fisher
Tampa, FL
Alafia Banks CBC compiler



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Date: 12/15/14 5:12 am
From: Jeff Bouton <jbouton2...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Some highlights from the Alafia CBC-Hillsborough County
Nice Cameron,
We had our first here in Charlotte County as well yesterday flying over Stump Pass Beach State Park. Also a county lifer for me, #263 for Charlotte! Looks like the invasion into the southern portion of the state has officially begun. Keep those feeders stocked folks.
Best,
Jeff

On Sunday, December 14, 2014 9:21 PM, Cameron Cox <kumlieni...> wrote:


All,
Lauren Cox and I celebrated our one week wedding anniversary by doing the Alafia Banks CBC. Highlights included 2 different flyover Pine Siskins, Hillsborough County bird #275 for me, a Northern Waterthrush, a Canada Goose, and a 1st cycle Franklin's Gull.
The Franklin's landed in the middle of my scope view while I was looking at ducks on a pond on Bull Frog Creek Rd, between Symmes Rd and Big Bend Rd, south of the town of Gibsonton. Most of the time it was in flight though, circling back and forth above the pond. Several other nearby CBCers responding to my text got to see the bird as well. 
The Canada Goose was probably the more significant bird though since it appeared to be a small-bodied, migratory race of Canada Goose, not not one of the feral maxima mutts. We were checking out a pond that has held a number of Canvasbacks recently, behind the Publix at the corner of Big Bend and 301. Lauren yelled "Hey there is a goose over there!" and there it sat! It seemed to fall within the range of variation shown by a 1st cycle parvipes Canada Goose, sometimes called Lesser Canada Goose, though I tend to avoid that name since it originally also included taverneri Cackling Goose. Pinning down subspecies in Canada Goose with absolute certainty can be nearly impossible, but it is certain that this bird came from someplace far away, not the local golf course.
We were not the only team on the count with several good birds. Every team had some highlights and collectively the count did quite well but I'll let a compiler give that info.
Best,
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Date: 12/15/14 4:19 am
From: Joe Zygala <shilohdad01...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Canada Goose at Gibsonton, 14 Dec 2014
Could this be a Cackling Goose rather than a Canada Goose?

Joe Zygala
South Salem, NY

Sent from my iPad

> On Dec 14, 2014, at 10:12 PM, Bill Pranty <billpranty...> wrote:
>
> Good evening,
>
> As Cameron Cox just posted, he and Lauren found a Canada Goose in the Gibsonton area (refer to Cameron's post for precise directions) today during the Alafia Banks CBC. The CBC group I was in, also with Dave Goodwin, Brian Ahern, Erik Haney, and Valeri Ponzo, headed over to the pond shortly after we heard about the goose from Cameron. It was very different looking from the exotic _maxima_ geese I'm used to seeing at Bayonet Point; it was small (not much larger than a Mottled Duck in direct comparison, with a big-headed look and a short, stubby bill. This individual was probably the first wild Canada Goose I've seen in 36 years in Florida.
>
> Thanks to Cameron and Lauren for finding this bird and for getting out the word immediately.
>
>
> Best regards,
>
> Bill Pranty
> Bayonet Point,Florida
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Date: 12/14/14 8:18 pm
From: charles fisher <chf1shercpa...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Alafia Banks CBC Dec 14, 2014
Today the Alafia Banks CBC (tentatively) recorded the highest species count total in is history, 168.

We had five new species for the count, being a real-deal Canada Goose (Lauren Cox), Franklin's Gull (Cameron Cox), Hairy Woodpecker (Dan Irizarry), Short-tailed Hawk (Cole Fredricks), and Pine Siskin (several groups). Some odd misses included Black Skimmer, Red Knot, Barn Owl, and Carolina Chickadee. You can't have 'em all, but we got a lot so we aren't complaining. And seeing all those shooting stars during the nocturnal birding was really neat; it was the time of the Geminid meteor shower.

My sincerest thanks to the great volunteer group that came out and made it happen.

Best regards,

Charlie Fisher
Tampa, FL
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Date: 12/14/14 7:12 pm
From: Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Canada Goose at Gibsonton, 14 Dec 2014
Good evening,

As Cameron Cox just posted, he and Lauren found a Canada Goose in the Gibsonton area (refer to Cameron's post for precise directions) today during the Alafia Banks CBC. The CBC group I was in, also with Dave Goodwin, Brian Ahern, Erik Haney, and Valeri Ponzo, headed over to the pond shortly after we heard about the goose from Cameron. It was very different looking from the exotic _maxima_ geese I'm used to seeing at Bayonet Point; it was small (not much larger than a Mottled Duck in direct comparison, with a big-headed look and a short, stubby bill. This individual was probably the first wild Canada Goose I've seen in 36 years in Florida.

Thanks to Cameron and Lauren for finding this bird and for getting out the word immediately.


Best regards,

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point,Florida

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Date: 12/14/14 6:21 pm
From: Cameron Cox <kumlieni...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Some highlights from the Alafia CBC-Hillsborough County
All,

Lauren Cox and I celebrated our one week wedding anniversary by doing the
Alafia Banks CBC. Highlights included 2 different flyover Pine Siskins,
Hillsborough County bird #275 for me, a Northern Waterthrush, a Canada
Goose, and a 1st cycle Franklin's Gull.

The Franklin's landed in the middle of my scope view while I was looking at
ducks on a pond on Bull Frog Creek Rd, between Symmes Rd and Big Bend Rd,
south of the town of Gibsonton. Most of the time it was in flight though,
circling back and forth above the pond. Several other nearby CBCers
responding to my text got to see the bird as well.

The Canada Goose was probably the more significant bird though since it
appeared to be a small-bodied, migratory race of Canada Goose, not not one
of the feral *maxima *mutts. We were checking out a pond that has held a
number of Canvasbacks recently, behind the Publix at the corner of Big Bend
and 301. Lauren yelled "Hey there is a goose over there!" and there it sat!
It seemed to fall within the range of variation shown by a 1st cycle *parvipes
*Canada Goose, sometimes called Lesser Canada Goose, though I tend to avoid
that name since it originally also included taverneri Cackling Goose.
Pinning down subspecies in Canada Goose with absolute certainty can be
nearly impossible, but it is certain that this bird came from someplace far
away, not the local golf course.

We were not the only team on the count with several good birds. Every team
had some highlights and collectively the count did quite well but I'll let
a compiler give that info.

Best,

Cameron Cox
Tampa, FL

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Date: 12/14/14 4:42 pm
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sparrows & Swallows Pasco
Hello,
Today I found a Lincoln's, Grasshopper, and 2 Song Sparrows near the bike trail parking lot at the Suncoast Toll Road on Hwy 54.Photo of the Grasshopper Sparrow which has dark ochraceous markings.Also had my first of winter Tree Swallow flock in the Trinity area just off Little Rd.. (300+)
Ken TraceyNew Port Richey, FL

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Date: 12/14/14 3:58 pm
From: Avery Chan <gatedancer93...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Blue-feathered Tern
I am just curious, but I saw this Royal Tern on the beach at Lighthouse Point Park last week,
the same day I also saw another strange tern. The Royal Tern was baffling because its
feathers were blue around the collar. Maybe a tern expert will know what is going on.
Here is a link to the page:
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Date: 12/14/14 3:47 pm
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Clearwater Eastern Bluebirds / Pinellas County
This afternoon, Sunday, from about 3:30PM to 3:45PM, we watched a flock of Eastern Bluebirds on the northwest corner of McMullen Booth Road and Sunset Point Road, in extreme east central Clearwater, just across the road from Safety Harbor. What is unusual to us about this sighting, is the fact that we normally don't find bluebirds this far south in the county. Five males and three females were seen on the utility wires and going down to the ground apparently feeding. This location is a building site surrounded by a chain linked fence. The birds were still present upon our departure. Adding to the birding excitement, was a sometimes hard to find Red-tailed Hawk, soaring overhead.

Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 12/14/14 3:11 pm
From: Breanna Perry <serena933...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar 12/11/14 warbler ID help
I saw this bird at Circle B in May and was pretty sure it was a hairy woodpecker. I see a lot
of downeys and this one sounded different, acted different, and seems to have the correct
bill length and all white under the tail (photo attached). Also thought I saw him again there
recently, but didn't get a photo. See what you think. If it is one, he was in some oak trees
behind the visitors center along the paved road.

Breanna Perry
Spring Hill

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Date: 12/14/14 2:44 pm
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye (Pinellas, 14 Dec 2014
Good evening,

The goldeneye was present again today. It moved quite a bit to the north,
yet closer to shore. If you are going to look for it, try the boat ramp
area first, which enables you to scan most of the lake. The second viewing
site is at the north end of Lake Maggiore (pronounced Ma-gory) Park atop
the little hill at the covered pavilion. It allows you to look over the
cattails.

Also seen today were three Canvasbacks and a few Redheads, Lesser Scaup and
Ring-necked Ducks.

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL
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Date: 12/13/14 5:03 pm
From: Avery Chan <gatedancer93...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant at Sebastian Inlet
Today, my dad and I spotted the Great Cormorant sitting on his rock in the tide pool with
some brown and white pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants. It was seen between 8:05
am - 8:15 am. It was a lifer for me, but my dad saw it earlier on Monday. White belly and
larger size helped differentiate it from the nearby Double-crested Cormorants.

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Date: 12/13/14 4:56 pm
From: Avery Chan <gatedancer93...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sterna tern ID
I found this bird about a week ago at Lighthouse Point Park. It is definitely a Sterna tern,
but I am unclear of what species. My thoughts were leaning toward Forster's Tern or even
Roseate. Hopefully someone more experienced will know.
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Date: 12/13/14 2:18 pm
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Snow Geese; Gulf Harbors in New Port Richey, Pasco County, 12/13/14
Hi All,

Waded around the abandoned golf course for several hours this afternoon and
was rewarded by relocating the 2 white-morph Snow Geese that Thad Roller
and I discovered on December 5th, roughly due south of here along Strauber
Memorial Highway in Holiday. Photographed both these birds here today.

It IS VERY wet out here, as the water in some places is thigh deep!! I
don't usually go here in the middle of the afternoon, but was intrigued to
see what the water levels were, and to see what birds were here.

Did get 54 species in the 2 hours I was here, and the winds were rather
strong at times out of the north at 10-15 MPH. Missed numerous landbirds
on account of the winds and time of day.

VERY few ducks here compared to past Decembers other than what is listed
below, as last December, there were over 3000 Redhead here and today I only
counted 27!

Here are my other highlights:

Gadwall 11 (my personal Pasco County High Count!!)
Northern Shoveler 16
Bufflehead 5
Glossy Ibis 54
Nelson's Sparrow 2

ALSO of note at about 145 PM at my house here in New Port Richey, I had my
3rd calling southbound Pine Siskin of the fall fly over!

Great Birding!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FLorida

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Date: 12/13/14 11:43 am
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] UPDATE: Flammulated Owl in Miami-Dade County
Unfortunately the bird did not make it.

Cheers,
Rangel Diaz
Miami-Dade

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Date: 12/13/14 11:38 am
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye (Pinellas, 13 Dec 2014
This morning I found a male Common Goldeneye on Lake Maggiore in south St.
Petersburg. It is the first one I've seen on the lake since Dec 1991 when
Bruce Neville found one on Dec 21st, when a Long-tailed Duck was also
present. See a photo of today's bird by Sue Tavaglione, attached.

The best viewing spot was at Lake Maggiore Park at 36th Av and ML King St
S. Along the park's south end is an entranceway for a trash/brush site.
Pull in there to a boat ramp and look straight out (west). The duck was
75-100 yards out and diving often. A scope was helpful.

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL
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Date: 12/12/14 7:52 pm
From: Reinhard Geisler <r102...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Merganser - Port Orange - Volusia County
This afternoon at approx. 4 PM we observed the previously reported
Common Merganser at the Halifax River. We observed the bird between
Flemming Ave and Commonwealth Blvd.



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Reinhard Geisler
Oviedo, FL


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Date: 12/12/14 4:52 pm
From: Thomas Ford <tomf97...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pair of Horned Grebes
There was a pair of Horned Grebes at Viera Wetlands today. Conditions bad
for pics but clear viewing with 10x42 at the far distance.



Tom Ford

Merritt Island


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Date: 12/12/14 3:18 pm
From: Chuck Tague <kingrail...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Ash-throated Flycatcher, Brevard County
Greeting,

The Ash-throated Flycatcher is back at the parking area of the River Lakes Conservation Area in Brevard County. This is the same spot it wintered last year.

Twelve members of Hailfax River Audubon located the bird this afternoon. It was at the end of the road that crosses Duda Farms and begins at the entrance to Click Ponds and Parallels Viera Wetlands.

Chuck tague

Field Trip Chair
Halifax River Audubon
Daytona Beach, FL


Chuck Tague
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Date: 12/12/14 10:02 am
From: Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar 12/11/14 warbler ID help
Hello Birders,
In my post yesterday I reported that my friend had seen and
photographed a Hairy Woodpecker at Circle B Bar. Cole Fredricks has
informed me that Hairy Woodpeckers have never been documented at
Circle B and furthermore are not known to live in that portion of Polk
County as the habitat is not right. The woodpecker in the image my friend
showed me on his camera had his back to the camera with his head turned
slightly so it was hard to judge bill length. My friend is a knowledgeable
birder and I took his word for it. In all likelihood the bird is a Downy, my
mistake sorry about that. On a more positive note the mystery warbler is
An Orange-crowned. Good Birding

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.

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Date: 12/12/14 9:20 am
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Miracle on Tropic St. -Clay-colored Sparrow- Titusville 12/12/14
November 29 was the last I saw of the Clay-colored Sparrow. He was in bad
shape with an eye gone, and a badly swollen foot. I figured he had passed
away from his injuries. I looked diligently for him daily with no sightings.
To my amazement this morning he reappeared again with approximately 50 to 75
Chipping Sparrows! He looks so much better. His foot is going down. His eye
appears gone, but the area is healing. I've never seen anything like it!
What a bird!!

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15383319934

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

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Date: 12/12/14 4:59 am
From: Sandy Turner <tmsprgrn...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Flammulated Owl
A Flammulated Owl is in rehab and unavailable to the public in Miami.

Sandy Turner

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Date: 12/12/14 4:34 am
From: Sandy Turner <tmsprgrn...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Flammulated Owl
We certainly hope this list will keep people informed about the well-being
and
RELEASE date and site of the Flammulated Owl.

Sandy and Mark Turner

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Date: 12/12/14 1:10 am
From: Graham Etherington <britishbirder...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] FL advice request - Feb 2015 visit
Dear birders,
I'll be visiting Florida to attend a conference on Marco Island between 25
- 28 Feb 2015 and wanted to do some birding either before or after the
conference. Although I live in the UK, I've done quite a lot of birding in
North America (I have an ABA list of 654) so although it would be nice to
see some of the resident Florida endemics, which I haven’t seen for a
number of years, I’m particularly interested in seeing vagrant species such
as Key West Quail-dove, Bahama Swallow, Smooth (and Grooved)-billed Ani,
Bahama Mockingbird, La Sagra’s Flycatcher etc, so I'm trying to plan my
trip accordingly.
So I have a few questions that I hoped you would try to answer, as I don't
really have an appreciation of the timing of certain species in Florida.

1. Taking my conference dates (25-28 Feb), would you recommend a visit
aimed at vagrant species be planned for before (3rd week of April) or after
(1st week of March) my conference?
2. Is there much migration of American migrants (warblers, thrushes,
flycatchers, etc) in the first week of March, or is it still too early?
3. If I get the opportunity, does anyone know any good areas for birding
around Marco Island?
4. Am I correct in thinking that if I want to look for my own vagrants, I
should plan a trip along the Florida Keys?
5. Any other advice that I might not have thought about.

Many thanks for any help and advice you might be able to put my way.
Best wishes,
Graham

--
Dr. Graham Etherington
Norwich, UK
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Date: 12/11/14 5:28 pm
From: Dave Hoffman <davehoffma...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] MINWR
I went to MINWR yesterday and saw quite a few duck species. On the main road in the fee
area at pool 8 I saw a horned grebe.

Dave Hoffman, Merritt Island, FL

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Date: 12/11/14 4:09 pm
From: Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar 12/11/14 warbler ID help
Hello Birders,
Out to Circle B Bar southeast of Lakeland today from 10:00 till 1:00. On
the drive in there were 50 + White Pelicans circling above the Nature
Center and hundreds of buzzards lined the tops of the trees. On the way in
I saw my friend Al and he showed me a pic of a male Hairy Woodpecker he
found at the intersection of Heron Hideout and Rabbit Run. Down Heron
Hideout I counted 7 kettles of buzzards ascending for their morning flight.
Down Rabbit Run I found a Northern Parula and 2 Blue-headed Vireos.
Then down where the oaks end and the open water starts there were
around 30 Black-bellied Ducks and a couple of Blue-winged Teal and at the
intersection with Wading Bird a fearless Snipe was posing with
photographers 15 feet away.
About half way down Alligator Alley I found a troop of birds with lots of
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and Palm Warblers but also 4 Blue-headed Vireos
one of them had a piece of flesh it was whacking against a limb. Also a
Yellow-throated Warbler a Pileated Woodpecker and then the mystery
warbler flew in. I believe the bird in the third image is an Orange-crowned
or perhaps a Tennessee Warbler. Thanks and Good Birding

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.

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Date: 12/11/14 3:56 pm
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Eared Grebe (Pinellas, 11 Dec 2014)
Several local birders checked on the Eared Grebe throughout the day today,
from 7 AM thru 5:30 PM, but no one saw it. We'll keep checking from
time-to-time.

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL
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Date: 12/11/14 12:47 pm
From: Greg Schrott <gschrott...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] APAFR CBC still needs volunteers!
The Avon Park Air Force Range Christmas Bird Count is being held next
Wednesday (Dec. 17th) and is still in need of folks to come out and help
cover the area. APAFR is located in Polk and Highlands Counties and is one
of the best birding areas in Florida (and probably one of the most
under-birded considering its ecological and ornithological diversity).
Species likely to turn up on the count include: Red-cockaded Woodpecker,
Florida Scrub-jay, Burrowing Owl, Crested Caracara, Limpkin, Purple
Gallinule, American Woodcock, Hairy Woodpecker (this is one of the best
places in FL to see them!), Red-headed Woodpecker, Sedge Wren, Eastern
Meadowlark, Eastern Bluebirds by the dozen, and various sparrows (including
Bachmans, Grasshopper, and Henslows).

If you are interested in participating, contact Brian Scofield at the APAFR
Outdoor Recreation office (<brian_scofield...> or (863) 452-4213).

P.S. I've tried to post this a couple times today and it hasn't seemed to go
through, but I apologize if you get multiple copies of this.

- Greg Schrott
Avon Park, FL

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Date: 12/11/14 12:25 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Maion County Birding
12/11/14:
At Hope Boat Ramp on Lake Weir I found a Common Loon again. I only saw the
one today, again. The water was choppy and you are not being able to see the
entire lake from the boat dock. COLOs generally winter at Lake Weir so more
should be coming.
Otherwise, quite a few Lesser Scaup, Forster's Terns, 1 Osprey, Pied-billed Grebes.

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

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Date: 12/10/14 9:08 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County birding
Driving towards Nichol's Cemetery,off of 475, there were flocks of birds on the dirt
road and trees.
Many Palm Warblers, Blue Birds were around. There were birds flitting in the trees.
This particular bird was so bright yellow that he stood out.
I am ID'ing him as a Pine Warbler because of the broken eyering, yellow breast,
white undertail coverts. His bill color is confusing to me.
Am I correct?



Thank you
Alice Horst
The Villages, Marion County



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Date: 12/10/14 6:05 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Merganser. Port Orange. Volusia Co.
This evening, 12/10, I was leaving work on my way to look for the Thayer's Gull when I got a phone call from Bob Wallace that he had re-found the Common Merganser in Port Orange. I was only about 10 minutes away and we found the bird very close to the road in a narrow section with a Red-breasted Merganser. Here are a couple photos, including one with a Red-breasted Merganser for comparison.

The bird was found along Halifax Drive in Port Orange, near the intersection with Commonwealth Avenue. There is a lot of water in this area. However, Red-breasted Mergansers roost in the open water near here in the late afternoon. I have sometimes found as many as 75 RB Mergansers together here. The Common Merganser probably roosts with these birds and then the birds disperse during the day. Halifax Drive runs south from Dunlawton Avenue right beside Aunt Catfish's Restaurant.

Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL




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Date: 12/10/14 4:14 pm
From: Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka NSRA (Lake Co.) 12/10/14
Hi all,

Today, Dotty Robbins, Audrey Whitlock, Debbie Segal and I met up at Lake
Apopka NSRA -- CR 448A entrance early (around 6:45 am) to go for the
Groove-billed Anis. We walked 1.8 miles out on the loop trail, taking the
short leg East from the parking lot, then turning South and walking the
entire length of this much longer, relatively straight section before
heading back the way we came.

Stars of the outing:

*2 Groove-billed Ani*: Refound today by Audrey on our return trip at about
10:30 am. About 1/3 mile South of the intersection with the trail to Clay
Island, one Ani flew in from the West and landed in a bush on the West side
of the trail within feet of Audrey. She got the attention of the rest of
our party and as we ran back, we saw first one, then a second Ani fly East
across the trail, perch for a moment in a bush on the far side, then
disappear into the grasses, not to be seen again (although we did hear one
calling briefly).

*1 Yellow-breasted Chat*: First spotted by another group of birders (from
Halifax Audubon, sorry can't remember names!) about 20 yards to the South
of the intersection with the trail to Clay Island. The Chat didn't call,
but was working its way slowly through relatively open brush, offering
terrific views on and off for about 10-15 minutes. This was also
mid-morning. (This was my best view ever of a YBCH and a county life bird!)

Also featured:

4 Fulvous Whistling Duck : a small mid-morning flyover flock.
2+ Least Flycatcher
1 Northern Waterthrush
1+ Painted Buntings
1 White-crowned Sparrow

and ... for those who got out earlier than 6:45 am (i.e. not me):

1 calling Barn Owl and
1 calling juvenile Great Horned Owl.

All in all, it was a terrific outing. Great birds, pleasant weather and
wonderful company!


Happy Birding!

Janet Leavens
Oviedo, FL

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Date: 12/10/14 3:57 pm
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Eared Grebe (Pinellas, 10 Dec 2014)
Good evening,

Though not a Flammulated Owl, or anything as exciting as that! JoAnna
Clayton did, however, find an Eared Grebe late this afternoon right out
from North Shore Park, which is north of downtown St. Petersburg. Her
photo was too large to post here, but can be seen at the link below.

http://www.pinellasbirds.com/page05.html

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL
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Date: 12/10/14 3:53 pm
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Flammulated Owl in Miami-Dade County
This afternoon (12/10/2014) I received a text from Christopher Boykin from P
<https://www.facebook.com/pelicanharbor>elican Harbor Seabird Station about
an owl that was admitted. At first I didn't think anything of it but once a
photo was sent to me with the bird in question next to an Eastern
Screech-Owl I knew we had something on our hands. I ran over and was able
to get the following photographs. He has posted on the T
<https://www.facebook.com/TropicalAudubonSociety>ropical Audubon
Society's board
bird and asked me to let the public know that bird will NOT be available to
be viewed by the public, HOWEVER if it does survive and makes a full
recovery, there will be a public release for all to attend. You are
encouraged to follow them on FaceBook for updates on the status of the
bird. They will be celebrating their 35 year anniversary in 2015 and ask
that the public consider a donation of $10 to help with the costs of
rehabbing patients like this in the future. Please check out,
http://pelicanharbor.org/
<http://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fpelicanharbor.org%2F&h=0AQGul4Tp&enc=AZP2Jpa3SNKZE01OC2wp6FJUFX5R2l0-LMCGEjKeEgBsdTTPuayDbP4XIzlOIz07H7jKGBn_MHTpjWCUSLoraRkfXPh6U_yoFUiHSYJP5zTO9in9smfkTGjYBFzGQW-trYM6FmXfjS9t6i3x89I8cDzL&s=1>
for
more information.

Cheers,
Rangel Diaz
Miami-Dade

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Date: 12/10/14 4:38 am
From: Jenny Welch <mwelch...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Kissimmee Christmas Bird Count
Hello everyone.



We could use some additional volunteers for our Kissimmee Valley Audubon
Society Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, December 27, 2014.

Kissimmee Valley Audubon Society counts within a 15-mile diameter circle
centered in Lake Toho.

Areas where we could still use coverage include Disney Wilderness Preserve,
Valencia College-Osceola Campus, Shingle Creek, and parts of St. Cloud.



Thank you,



Jenny



Jenny Welch

407-847-2488 home

407-319-2488 cell

Kissimmee Valley Audubon Society

President Pine Lily Chapter of Florida Native Plant Society

Audubon Eagle Watch Volunteer

Osceola County Master Gardener

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Date: 12/9/14 8:36 pm
From: Mitchell Harris <petreltime...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Jetty Park (Brevard)
There were 10's of thousands of gulls in the ocean off Jetty Park this afternoon. I didn't find
any rare gulls, but did have a single Black Scoter and an immature Brown Booby flying around
with the hundreds of Gannets. Attached are a few pics of the booby.

Mitchell Harris
Titusville

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Date: 12/9/14 7:17 pm
From: Earl Horn <earl_horn...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Possible Broad-winged Hawk Lake Apopka RA
Today, after dipping on the Groove-billed Anis for the second day in a row I
saw a juvenile hawk perched on a snag almost back at the parking area.
Unfortunately, the sun was directly behind and above the bird making photos
difficult. I did not get to see it fly since it dropped down below the brush
level and never reappeared. Although it doesn't match any of the guides I
have I believe it may be a Broad-winged Hawk mostly due to the dark
horizontal barring on the breast. I've not seen any Red-tailed or
Red-shouldered Hawks with horizontal barring rather than vertical striping.
The primaries are short of the tail so it can't be Short-tailed Hawk. I
think Broad-winged Hawk would be fairly rare this far north in the winter so
I would appreciate any help and/or comments regarding this hawk. The best of
my poor pictures are attached.

Earl Horn
Mount Dora, Florida

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Date: 12/9/14 7:15 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Thayer's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
This evening, 12/09, I found a 1st cycle Thayer's Gull on the beach at Daytona Beach Shores. The bird was flushed by a skim-boarder and flew north along the beach until it was out of sight. Shortly later, I met Doug Gotchfeld, Tom Johnson and two friends. I told them about the bird I had seen. A short while later they called and they had re-located the bird about .75 miles north on the beach near the Hawaiian Inn. I drove up to meet them and was able to see the bird again.

This is one of the darker-type Thayer's Gulls. The bird looks like a 1st cycle Herring Gull, but noticeably smaller, and with a few noticeable characteristics. The bird is medium brown with dark brown primaries that had thin whitish edges. The head was gently rounded. The bill was solidly black. The legs were rather short. In flight, the bird showed the classic "Venetian" Blind effect in the primaries caused by pale inner webs and dark outer webs to the outer primaries. In addition, the underside of the primaries and secondaries were very pale with slight dark terminal tips to the underside of the outer primaries.

The bird was just south of Frank Rendon Park, and then was re-found about .75 miles north.


Michael


Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL




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Date: 12/9/14 6:25 pm
From: Phil Graham <pg1941...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Duval County: Hanna Park
I saw a dozen Ruddy ducks at the east end of the lake today, including one
adult male. Also, a pair of scaup (probably lesser), but poor light angle
yielded little detail on the one bird I was able to photograph.

A female Shoveler was at the west end of the lake with a companion juvenile
I think, though the bill looks like it has a ways to grow.

Phil Graham
Jacksonville, Florida

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Date: 12/9/14 3:10 pm
From: Donald Margeson <donatdonlo...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] St. Petersburg CBC, Dec. 20th
I need a couple of expert birders to cover one of our most important areas. The Person who has covered it for many years can't help this year because he has to work that day. This area has produced a rare bird for our area in winter almost every year and covers a wide area of natural lands with a diversity of habitat. Please respond off list if you'd like to volunteer.


Thanks!


Don Margeson
St. Petersburg CBC Coordinator
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727-415-1371


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Date: 12/9/14 9:48 am
From: Thomas Ford <tomf97...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] merritt island national wildlife refuge Scoter
On Dec 7th Sunday there were many ducks of many types at the Merritt Island
Black Point Loop. There were a record number of birders also as the rain
finally stopped. I have seen no listing so far on the Scoter that was seen.
Has it was way out and in a large group of ducks the view was hard for a
clear line of sight. The first call was Surf Scoter. Later other experts , I
am not in that group, where leaning toward White-winged Scoter. All agreed
it was a female. Reviewing my photos on a larger viewer, I believe the
Scoter was a Female Surf Scoter. The bill and the loral-patch which was more
vertical than oval points to Surf Scoter. The duck is common on open salt
water and uncommon to rare inland. Has it was on a pond feed from the Indian
River, I would like someone else who saw this bird to confirm. This is a
first for me in MINWR.



Tom Ford

Merritt Island


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Date: 12/8/14 7:39 pm
From: John Thomton <jthomton...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bay Lake CBC, Thursday, December 18'th
Hey everyone,

Thanks for the response to my earlier e-mail! As a result, the new Bay Lake CBC is looking pretty good. We can run a good count with what we have, but I think it will be even better with 1-2 more people who can participate all day. Is there anyone out there that can help out? Again, the count is in southwestern Orange County, primarily centered on Disney property, and it's being held on Thursday, December 18'th.

Central Florida birders, this is the day before the Zellwood-Mt. Dora CBC. Think of it as Zellwood-Mt. Dora Eve. Isn't it always fun to open that one present on Christmas Eve before the big day? Think of Bay Lake as that sweet taste of what's to come on Friday the 19'th. You've scouted that Zellwood circle a million times this year and in previous years. Make this year's Zellwood-Mt. Dora Eve count for something that's not just Count Week.

I know, I should have gone into marketing, right? 😊 If one or two more folks can help out (more than that are welcome), wonderful! If not, maybe I'll see you the next day at the Zellwood-Mt. Dora CBC! Have a great CBC season, everyone!

John ThomtonOrlando, FL (Orange Co.)
 

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Date: 12/8/14 5:26 pm
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fort De Soto Park (Pinellas, 8 Dec 2014)
For the record Matt Hafner found and photographed a Chestnut-sided Warbler
at the park this afternoon. According to The Robertson and Woolfenden
Florida Bird Species: An Annotated List by Greenlaw, Pranty & Bowman (2014)
it is just the 2nd-ever documented winter record for the species in
Florida. It was found at the far north end of the park,.

No word of anyone seeing the Great Cormorant the past few days.

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL
www.PinellasBirds.com

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Date: 12/8/14 4:17 pm
From: PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sebastian Inlet-Great Cormorant(Brevard)
It’s a really good friend who will stand in a constant rain with a GREAT CORMORANT in view in her scope, then lower the scope for short people to view, as did Audrey Whitlock today at the north side of Sebastian Inlet when we four stepped from the car!!!!!! It was a lifer for Karen, only the second one for Carol, and good find for Howard and me. This bird turned for good looks at the back and front and spread the wings, while defending the territory-on the rocks just to the south of the cove and west of the bridge.

Phyllis Mansfield,
Cocoa Beach, FL
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Date: 12/8/14 11:09 am
From: Christopher Ferro <arachnid43...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Viera Wetlands Canvasback and Redhead
Yes, sir - I saw them too. I have some not-as-good-as-your photos in my blog (and some I haven't posted yet)
Striking it Ritch in Viera
ChristopherMelbourne/Brevard County, FL

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From: Larry Rosen <larryrosen...>
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Sent: Monday, December 8, 2014 2:04 PM
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Viera Wetlands Canvasback and Redhead

Yesterday (Sun., Dec. 7) I was at Viera Wetlands and, in a group of about 10
ducks and Coots, saw the ducks in the attached photos.  I believe one of the
photos shows a female Canvasback with a male Redhead.  The other photo
shows another view of the Redhead with a Ring-necked Duck.  They were in
Cell 4 about 2/3 of the way to the northwest corner of the wetlands.

Larry Rosen
Kissimmee

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Date: 12/8/14 11:04 am
From: Larry Rosen <larryrosen...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Viera Wetlands Canvasback and Redhead
Yesterday (Sun., Dec. 7) I was at Viera Wetlands and, in a group of about 10
ducks and Coots, saw the ducks in the attached photos. I believe one of the
photos shows a female Canvasback with a male Redhead. The other photo
shows another view of the Redhead with a Ring-necked Duck. They were in
Cell 4 about 2/3 of the way to the northwest corner of the wetlands.

Larry Rosen
Kissimmee

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Date: 12/8/14 9:34 am
From: Christopher Ferro <arachnid43...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Tern ID, Viera Wetlands, Brevard County (attempt 2)
Thanks Vincent, that will really help with future sightings! (and thanks to everyone else who chimed in!).
-CJSF

From: Vincent McGrath <mcavian...>
To: Christopher Ferro <arachnid43...>
Sent: Monday, December 8, 2014 12:23 PM
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Tern ID, Viera Wetlands, Brevard County (attempt 2)

Hi Chris, Good photo. One of the best ways to ID intermediate sized terns is the color pattern of the tail. Yours is clearly a Forster's Tern based on the 'gray' inner tail feathers. Here's the lowdown-Common gray is outer rectrices
Forster's inner grayRoseate all white Arctic all gray but paler 
Vince McGrathFt Myers, Fl


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Sorry  - Yahoo! didn't attach my photo of the tern I need help with.
Hello listers! Among several tern species I saw this morning in Viera, I snapped this shot. I am not 100% sure what species it is. My thought when taking the shot was "Forster's" but the mantle seems too dark and the wing edges didn't seem right either. I am thinking Common, but was hoping someone with more tern experience could weigh in.
Thanks,ChristopherMelbourne/Brevard County, FL



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Date: 12/8/14 7:45 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Clearwater East Highlights / Pinellas County
This morning in light rain I birded The Old Tampa Bay Area from about 7:15AM to 8:15AM. The temperature was fifty-seven degrees and the tide was low. Sixty-five species in good numbers were recorded. At the end of Bayview Avenue south of Gulf To Bay Boulevard was a single Ruddy Duck along with numerous Horned Grebes. This is at least the third winter that there has been a Ruddy Duck here. The usual Reddish Egrets were putting on their dance show. At Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach were 18 Bonaparte's Gulls, hanging with Black Skimmers, Laughing Gulls, and Royal Terns. 2 unbanded Red Knots were feeding with Short-billed Dowitchers and Dunlins. 2 Wilson's Plovers were hiding in the high tide wrack. In the new Baycare Pond southwest of Drew Street and Bayview Avenue, a pair of Redhead's and a Green Heron have been being seen daily. A word of caution if visiting Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach; you must park on the northwest corner of Damascus Road and cross Gulf To Bay Boulevard to access the beach. You must be patient. On my return across the busy highway to my vehicle, the traffic light did not change for over twenty minutes. Pushing the crosswalk button did me no good.

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Date: 12/8/14 6:39 am
From: Audrey Whitlock <Ajw...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant continues Sebastian Inlet SP, Brevard County
Great Cormorant just swam in and jumped up on the rocks 0842 by Tidal Basin on the north
side of Sebastian Inlet in State Park (west side of bridge). I watched it ride the fast current
under the bridge then swim over to the rocks where it is now drying out its wings. It's 0935
and still preening.

Audrey Whitlock
Merritt Island FL

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Date: 12/8/14 6:08 am
From: Edward Kwater <edkwater...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Fwd: Unidentified Goshawk lunch
Chris,

That is a European Golden-Plover.

Ed Kwater
Brandon, FL

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> This photo was taken by friend of mine that works on the oil rigs in the
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> He said it was a Goshawk kill.
> Any ideas On the ID.
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Date: 12/8/14 4:54 am
From: Christopher Ferro <arachnid43...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Tern ID, Viera Wetlands, Brevard County (attempt 2)
Sorry  - Yahoo! didn't attach my photo of the tern I need help with.
Hello listers! Among several tern species I saw this morning in Viera, I snapped this shot. I am not 100% sure what species it is. My thought when taking the shot was "Forster's" but the mantle seems too dark and the wing edges didn't seem right either. I am thinking Common, but was hoping someone with more tern experience could weigh in.
Thanks,ChristopherMelbourne/Brevard County, FL




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Date: 12/7/14 6:45 pm
From: Miles Brengle <mbrengle154...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Questions from a Massachusetts Birder
Hi FL Birders,

My name is Miles Brengle and I am visiting the
Sanibel - Fort Myers area in February 2015. I was wondering if someone on
this list could tell me where a reliable spot for Florida Scrub-Jay is in
the aforementioned area. I heard that 47th W near Harns Marsh hosts a
small colony of this species. If anyone knows of anywhere reliable for
this species I'd gladly accept that information! Thanks.

Good Birding,

--
Miles Brengle
Ipswich, Mass.
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Date: 12/7/14 6:25 pm
From: Christopher Ferro <arachnid43...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Tern ID help, Viera Wetlands (Brevard County)
Hello listers! Among several tern species I saw this morning in Viera, I snapped this shot. I am not 100% sure what species it is. My thought when taking the shot was "Forster's" but the mantle seems too dark and the wing edges didn't seem right either. I am thinking Common, but was hoping someone with more tern experience could weigh in.
Thanks,ChristopherMelbourne/Brevard County, FL

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Date: 12/7/14 6:18 pm
From: Phil Graham <pg1941...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Greater White-fronted Goose--Duval County
Thanks to reports by local birders I was finally able to locate this bird
after several attempts. Today I saw 5 mixed in with a small group of Canada
geese. They were in the fields about half way between the distant cattle
feeding
station where they were first reported more than 2 weeks ago, and the front
fence by the main road facing the M&M Dairy in north Jacksonville, placing
them in reach of my camera. This was a new "life bird" for me.

Phil Graham
Jacksonville, FL

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Date: 12/7/14 3:47 pm
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka Restoration Area December 07, 2014
Hi All,

Melissa James and I took the 2 hour trip here in the dark and fog from New
Port Richey to be here at dawn, and were rewarded with one of the two
Groove-billed Anis which Melissa was able to photograph. The bird was not
as cooperative as on Wednesday as it hung out along the brush about 0.3
miles south of the first intersection that you come to after the first bend
to the south from the parking lot.

The bird was also seen by rough 10 other observers and photographed by many.

Also seen/heard here today were the following:

Fulvous Whistling Duck 12 including a flock of 9 circling birds for over
an hour
Sora 14 at least this many
Least Flycatcher 2 one well seen and heard and the other just didn't
cooperate!
White-crowned Sparrow 2 adult and immature
Song Sparrow 1

Also, there were several people that reported a Lincoln's Sparrow at
the far end of the road near the intersection about 1/2 mile south of the
Ani flag.

We did not see or hear any of the 3 Ash-throated Flycatchers here today, as
the wind picked up and they can be real sticklers when it is windy!!

Just wanted to let you all know, that this is a GREAT location and plenty
of great birds to be seen!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 12/7/14 9:09 am
From: Audrey Whitlock <Ajw...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant, Sebastian Inlet SP, Brevard side
Immature Great Cormorant (noon) now sitting on jetty rocks by tidal cove on North side of
inlet.

Audrey Whitlock
Merritt island FL

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Date: 12/7/14 6:41 am
From: Andy Kratter <kratter...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Fwd: Unidentified Goshawk lunch
Looks like a Golden Plover (presumably European there)

Andy Kratter
Gainesville, FL

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Date: 12/7/14 6:40 am
From: Chris Goodfellow <chrisgoodfella...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Unidentified Goshawk Lunch location
A little more information:
Location was in the vicinity of the "Siri" platform in the Danish sector of the North Sea, and is approx 160 miles off the NW Coast of Denmark.
Probably either an
American Golden Plover or the European Golden Plover.
Chris Goodfellow
Clermont

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Date: 12/6/14 10:11 pm
From: Chris Goodfellow <chrisgoodfella...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Unidentified Goshawk lunch
I have been asked to give prior warning before posting a picture of a dead bird.
So, my apologies if the picture offended or upset anyone.
Although, I would of thought the heading of "Goshawk Lunch" might of given a clue.
Chris Goodfellow
Clermont

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Date: 12/6/14 9:22 pm
From: Chris Goodfellow <chrisgoodfella...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fwd: Unidentified Goshawk lunch
This photo was taken by friend of mine that works on the oil rigs in the North Sea off the Scottish mainland.
He said it was a Goshawk kill.
Any ideas On the ID.

Chris Goodfellow
Clermont

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Date: 12/6/14 4:55 pm
From: Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Merlin experience, Red-tailed special, Lake Apopka (Lake, 6 Dec 2014)
Yesterday, Earl Horn and I walked from the 448A entrance at Lake Apopka
NSRA all the way to Clay Island, including going to the Ani hangout. It
was a 7.3 mile walk, but the birds were well worth it.

I forgot my camera at home but Bud (Earl) was able to photograph a
leucistic Red-tailed Hawk (RTHA), or perhaps a Krider's X Eastern RTHA. I
have not seen the final images yet but what we saw in the field showed a
very clean/white belly without bands and the underwing was very clean, but
it did show some degree of "commas" on the underwing, a white patch on the
rump with a light pink tail with white toward the base.

We saw a Red-shouldered Hawk that had the darkest head I ever saw on that
species here in Florida.

In January of this year, I was fortunate to photograph an excellent
specimen of a Krider's Red-tailed Hawk that was so clean underneath that
even the patagial marks were nearly totally absent. Author Jerry Liguori
stated it was one of the best examples he had ever seen. Two months
previous to that, I was able to photograph an Eastern X Krider's Red-tailed
Hawk.

Both of these can be seen by going to the link below, then > Albums
>Accipitriformes.

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

Bud and I also saw a Merlin snatch a bird very close to us. It was a deep
slate blue, male Merlin and it was a jaw-dropping experience. The Merlin
was oblivious to us, both as it beamed in on the bird and exiting after the
catch. No bins needed, I just froze and watched it all happen right in
front of me. I guess when it is time to eat, the Merlin could care less
what's in his way. That's the way Sharpies and Merlins are.

A lot of you are going out to Lake Apopka to see the Ani and some other
nice birds. Others are reporting a Merlin out there. If you see a Merlin,
see if you can tell if it is a blue or blue/gray on the dorsum (male) or
brown on the dorsum (female) and don't be afraid to ID it as male or female.

Re the Red-tails .... it seems every winter season, we see pale Red-tailed
Hawks on that property (and across the state). Some have been leucistic
and some have had some degree of "Krider's input" into them, including a
full boat Krider's. Be on the lookout for these birds while you chase the
flycatchers, Ani, Chat and the other birds out there. My photos linked are
some things to look out for if you see (and hopefully photograph) a pale
Red-tail.

--
Bob Stalnaker
Longwood, FL

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Date: 12/6/14 4:16 pm
From: Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar reserve 12/6/14
Hello Birders,
Out to Circle B Bar southeast of Lakeland from 9:00 till 11:00 the
weather was nice but the birding was slow once again. I guess there's not
enough food available to hold the birds or something but it's been slow
since I started going out there in July. Still there has been plenty of fun
stuff to see every time.
Heading south on Heron Hideout the Purple Gallinules were climbing the
Alligator Flag in a quest for seeds, the one in the first image is doing his
best Michael Jorden impersonation. At the second spillway on the right
there were 4 or 5 Swamp Sparrows.
Turning left on Alligator Alley and about 40 yards down the trail a pair
of Red-shouldered Hawks are nesting high in a oak directly above the trail.
In the second image one of the hawks appears to be sitting on eggs. Down
near the lake at the Eagle-Heron nest sight I ran into Bob Snow and some
of the Lake Region Audubon, on the way out I showed them the Hawk's
and their nest, a little later they pointed out a Black and White Warbler, it
was birder symbiosis.
Then on Rabbit Run I got to watch a Pileated Woodpecker up close for
several minutes, cool. Also a flock of Black-bellied Ducks and a pair of Blue-
wings. I did manage to find Palm, Pine, Black and White, Common Yellow-
throat and a Prairie Warbler. Good Birding

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.


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Date: 12/6/14 10:35 am
From: Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka NSRA, Lake County (12/06/2014)
Hi All,

From about 6:45 to 10:30 this morning I birded along the CR-448A trail
(North Shore trailhead) at Lake Apopka NSRA from the parking area south to
the 90-degree east turn at the north side of the lake. I'm guessing round
trip was a total of 4 miles at most. Highlights were:

2 Fulvous Whistling-Duck
1 American Bittern
30 Sora
3 Long-billed Dowitcher
2 GROOVE-BILLED ANI
1 Great Horned Owl
1 Merlin
4 LEAST FLYCATCHER
2-3 ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER
1 Northern Waterthrush
1-2 Eastern White-crowned Sparrow
1 Gambel's White-crowned Sparrow
2 Blue Grosbeak
2 Painted Bunting

Complete checklist and notes:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20806717

Best,
Brian Ahern
Tampa Bay, FL.

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Date: 12/6/14 9:35 am
From: Dave Goodwin <dave.goodwin...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Eurasian Wigeons - Merritt Island
Hi all,


I am posting this for Jim Eager:



Blackpoint Dr past Stop 11 at Adopt an Area sign with the name JoAnne on it. In pond on left there are Many American Wigeons and I located 2 Eurasian Wigeons among them at 12:15. I have a couple of distant photos I will post when I get home.




Dave




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Date: 12/6/14 7:47 am
From: Cameron Cox <kumlieni...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] A few central FL highlights
Yesterday, 12/05, Adam Kent, Jen Brumfield, and France Kehas-Dewaghe and I did a medium day hitting several locations in central Florida. We had planned to do a big day but soon realized a medium day was a more accurate description! A key indication you are doing a medium day rather than a big day is spending dawn in an IHOP finishing breakfast rather than birding! We ended with 129 species but hopefully this experience will lay ground work for better efforts in the future. Highlights below:

Daytona Beach Shore: Pomarine Jaeger, 2 Brown Boobies*

Ponce Inlet North Jetty: Purple Sandpiper (first reported by Michael Brothers)

Merritt Island-Black Point: adult male American x Eurasian Wigeon hybrid^
1st cycle male Eurasian Wigeon

Lake Apopka NSRA-
2-3 Least Flycatchers
Blue Grosbeak
Northern Waterthrush

*Noticeably small sulids staying almost glued the surface of the ocean rather than arcing up and down like the gannets. One was an adult or near-adult with a white belly, brown chest and uniform brown upperparts, the other appeared to be a juv)

^gorgeous striking bird! Abnormally plumaged. Flanks and back a mix of pink and gray. Head mostly gray with bronze colored post ocular stripe.

Cheers,

Cameron Cox
Tampa, FL

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Date: 12/6/14 3:19 am
From: Dave Goodwin <dave.goodwin...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Zellwood Christmas Count
Hi all,


This is from co-compilers Wes Biggs and Gallus Quigley:



Hi All,


The Zellwood Christmas Count will take place on Friday December 19, 2014. If you have not already emailed me regarding taking part, please do so as soon as possible. If you have contacted me about the count but did not include your land line & cell phone numbers & your vehicle information please do so. When putting together the individual parties it helps to know if you will be able to take people with you in your vehicle or if you'll need to go with someone else.


The meeting place will be at a new location this year, the Zellwood Community Center, & It's located very close to the previous meeting place. The address is 3160 Union Street, Zellwood, Fl 32798. At the intersection of West Ponkan & US 441 go East on West Ponkan at the Advance Auto Parts store. The first cross street is Union Street, turn left, (North) there, the Community Center is located a few hundred meters up Union on the left. Please be there at 6:00 AM.


We'll have dinner & do the count down at 7:00 PM at the Community Center.


Gallus Quigley is the co-compiler. His cell phone number is 407-242-7833. My home number is 407-384-9766 & my cell is 407-376-6967. Please try the home number first as the cell does not work well where I live.


If you have questions please give Gallus or me a call.


Many thanks, we'll see you in a couple of weeks,



Wes


Good birding all,


Dave


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Brandon FL
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Date: 12/5/14 7:24 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Frankin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
This evening, 12/5, I found two 1st cycle Franklin's Gulls on the beach at Daytona Beach Shores. I was surprised to find them this late in the year. There has been a large influx of gulls. There must have been 20,000+ gulls on the beach. There has been an influx Herring Gulls and Lesser Black-backed Gulls. The Franklin's Gulls are harder to find now with the many thousands of Laughing Gulls. It is a needle in a haystack now. Attached are photos of both Franklin's Gulls and the huge concentration of gulls. The main body of birds has been south of Frank Rendon Park. It is better to park at Van Avenue Park. The birds tonight were north and south of Van Avenue.

Michael

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Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL






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Date: 12/5/14 5:22 pm
From: Phil Graham <pg1941...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Duval County: Beach & San Pablo Ponds
For the past couple of weeks Ring-necked ducks have been visiting the larger
pond. This week they were joined by Redheads and Buffleheads. Also,
possibly Canvasback and Teal, which were beyond the reach of my camera.
But all the birds should be easily viewable with a scope.

There were also a small contingent of gulls on the water and Killdeer on the
banks. The ponds are less than a quarter mile south of Beach Blvd on the
west side of San Pablo Rd.

Phil Graham
Jacksonville, FL

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Date: 12/5/14 9:12 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Alachua County birding
12/4 La Chua Trail, Paynes Prairie, from 8:15am - 10:30am

Not the expected activity or numbers for this time of year at La Chua Trail:

NORTHER HARRIER FOS
Eastern Phoebe
Northern Mockingbird
Grey Catbird
Savannah Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Green Heron
Great Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron
Great Egret
Cattle Egret
Snowy Egret
White Ibis
Wood Stork
Palm Warbler
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Northern Cardinal
Eastern Towhee
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Common Yellowthroat
Common Gallinule
Turkey Vulture
Black Vulture
Double-crested Cormorant
Anhinga
Sandhill Crane
Tree Swallow
Boat-tailed Grackle
American Goldfinch
Red-winged Blackbird

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

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Date: 12/5/14 8:43 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Marion County birding Common Loon
Hope Boat Ramp, Lake Weir, Weirsdale, 8:30am:
1 COMMON LOON FOS
1 male Wood Duck in vegetation off shore
18 Lesser Scaup
2 Bufflehead
12 Forster's Terns
1 Adult Bald Eagle flying overhead

Every Day is a GREAT day to go birding!

Alice Horst
The Villages, Marion County

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Date: 12/5/14 7:55 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Snow Geese, Holiday, Pasco County; 12/05/14
Hi All,

Thad Roller and I discovered and photographed 2 white-morph Snow Geese
feeding with 7 Sandhill Cranes along Strauber Memorial Highway in Holiday
earlier this morning. The geese were seen just south of the large canal on
the east side of the road where there is a triangular yellow sign. We
looked there about 90minutes after seeing the birds, but they were not in
view at that time.

Other highlights of the 3 miles of Strauber Highway that we birded
including the following:

Least Bittern 1
King Rail 1
Glossy Ibis 110
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Painted Bunting 1 female, Eagle Point Park

We saw and heard 64 species along this very productive stretch of road in
under 3 hours!

Great Birding!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 12/4/14 7:49 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County birding Wilson's Snipes
To clarify my earlier post 12/3is
We have had a great deal of rain and the area on 475 north of 44 where the large
numbers of Sandhill Cranes and 2 Whooping Cranes foraged last winter is under
water deep enough for American Coots to swim in it. There were NO Sandhill
Cranes visible.

I will continue to check the area and will post if 2 Whooping Cranes return.
Alice Horst
Marion County

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Date: 12/4/14 6:57 pm
From: Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Park, 4 Dec 2014
Good evening,

Eva Dupuis and I birded Fred Howard Park for two hours this afternoon, specifically the sandflats on the east side of the artificial island mostly south of the road. The tide was incoming and disturbance from people was surprisingly minimal. We looked carefully for the Bar-tailed Godwit but did not see it.

Since we had so few non-shorebirds, I'll post our complete list here:

1 Red-breasted Merganser
2 Horned Grebe
2 Brown Pelican
40 Double-crested Cormorant
2 Anhinga
1 Snowy Egret
2 Osprey
1 Black-bellied Plover
19 Semipalmated Plover
2 Piping Plover -- 1 unbanded and 1 marked silver (UR), yellow (LR) - orange flag (UL), (faded) red, (faded) azure (LL)
130 Willet
23 Marbled Godwit
11 Ruddy Turnstone
4 Sanderling
1 Western Sandpiper
12 Least Sandpiper
6 Dunlin
20 Short-billed Dowitcher
290 Laughing Gull
42 Ring-billed Gull
2 Herring Gull
8 Caspian Tern
14 Sandwich Tern
5 Forster's Tern
40 Royal Tern
14 Sandwich Tern
265 Black Skimmer
1 Mourning Dove
15 Fish Crow
1 Loggerhead Shrike
4 Boat-tailed Grackle

Best regards,

Bill Pranty
Bayonet Point, Florida


















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Date: 12/4/14 4:30 pm
From: Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Scissor-tail, yes ! at Kingbird roost
Hello Birders,
After reading Bob Snow's Nov. Kingbird roost post I went out to the Cox
road roost this afternoon and was not disappointed finding over 20 Western
Kingbirds and 2 Scissor-tails.
I wasn't able to bird for about 10 years and it's been that long since
I've seen a Scissor-tail, very nice to see them, thanks Bob. Good Birding.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.

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Date: 12/4/14 3:50 pm
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant (Pinellas, 4 Dec 2014)
Good evening,

The Great Cormorant was found again this afternoon by the boat ramp area of
Fort De Soto Park. The fishing line and hook issue is becoming more of a
problem for the bird - see attached photos. It allowed a closer approach by
me than before - perhaps 8 yards - before it flew off the dock and onto one
of the pilings. I have made the park's supv. aware of the bird and its
problem, etc...

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL
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Date: 12/4/14 3:49 pm
From: Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Part II, ID of accipiter
Greetings,

(Image linked below to compare to yesterday's image)

While birding this morning, I ran into a friend who asked me what I meant
by wingbeat differences (and flight behavior) in my post yesterday.

At migration hawkwatch sites (usually mid to high altitude):

Buoyancy ..... The Sharp-shinned Hawk is more buoyant than a Cooper's
Hawk--it bounces around more in heavy winds; for that matter, the American
Kestrel is more buoyant than a Merlin--simple physics and weight of the
birds.

Wingbeat cadence ..... The Sharp-shinned Hawk has a faster wingbeat than a
Cooper's Hawk.

Flapping style .....The Sharp-shinned Hawk appears to flap its wings with
most action coming from the "hands", the outermost part of the wing, and
the flapping can look shallow and furious. The Cooper's Hawk has a more
full arm length stroke, deeper and more powerful than a Sharp-shinned Hawk,
along with a slower cadence.

Powered level flight ..... Both do the stereotypical flap-flap-flap-glide,
but the "Sharpie" tends to do more flapping and less gliding versus the
"Coop". This is also true at high altitude when not in a level flight or
in powering for altitude gain.

Turn radius ..... The Sharp-shinned Hawk often shows a tighter turn when
doing a 180 or 360 than a Cooper's Hawk.

Profile ..... The Sharp-shinned Hawk's head appears to disappear at times.
The Cooper's Hawk has a head that is both bigger and protrudes more from
the leading edge of the wing. This is analogous to the short tail of a
Black Vulture versus the long tail of a Turkey Vulture when ID'ing at a
distance. There is literature out there that gets into accipiter wing
length relative to body, tail length, wing shape and other profile
differences.

*What about away from migration spots in Florida during this time of year? *
Like my observation yesterday, you will often see accipiters at low
altitude where buoyancy and turn radius will not be seen, but when they do
get up in the air, watch that flapping style to be a key for your ID.
Wingbeat cadence can also work but you need something to compare to. Short
of a Sharpie and a Coop flying together, you will have to rely on
experience for cadence comparisons, so focus on flapping style as your key
ID and the overall profile.

The image linked shows a big difference from yesterday's image. You can
see part of the "black cap" on the crown, just behind the eye. Note the
heavy white on the terminal band (tip of the tail). That was not seen in
yesterday's image. Also, didn't that tail look just a bit square
(somewhat) yesterday? Today, that tail "has the curves", underscoring the
point that you can't rely on tail shape to make an ID. Same hawk, a few
seconds apart, and you have a different look. Just remember, experienced
birders make mistakes too when it comes to accipiter ID.

If you use eBird and you really are not sure what you saw, it is far better
to click "+ Add Species" and enter "Sharp-shinned/Cooper's Hawk" than it is
to enter one or the other and be wrong. Accurate science comes first.

Image at:

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

Click to enlarge.

--
Bob Stalnaker
Longwood, FL

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Date: 12/4/14 1:44 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County birding Wilson's Snipes
On 12/3, I checked out my favorite Sumter County spots.

Nichols Cemetery off of 475 west of The Villages was quiet: Loggerhead Shrikes,
Eastern Phoebes, Palm Warblers, American Kestrel, few Bluebirds, Northern
Mockingbirds, Blue Jays, Northern Cardinals, Sandhill Cranes. These is no
evidence that the Bald Eagle's nest is occupied, although the farmer at the
property told me that he sees 2 Bald Eagles regularly flying over the wetlands.

There are large wetland areas on both sides of 475 at intersection of 475 and
246s. There were hundreds of American Coots, many Hooded Mergansers, and I
found 4 WILSON'S SNIPES, FOS, on the west side of 475.
There are many American Coots, Hooded Mergansers, other sp of Ducks in the
wetlands on the east side of 475, but there is no place to pull off of 475 to scope
what is there.

I also checked the area on 475 just north of 44 where we had the many Sandhill
Cranes and the 2 Whooping Cranes last winter. The area is filled with enough
water to support swimming AMCOs.

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

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Date: 12/4/14 1:33 pm
From: Stu Wilson <stuwilson...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Yellow-breasted Chat & Tennessee Warbler at Leffis Key
In searching for the Yellow-breasted Chat that John Ginaven had found
earlier in the morning at Leffis Key Preserve (Manatee County) today, we
uncovered something even more unexpected: a Tennessee Warbler. The chat
was not seen after 8:30am to my knowledge.

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

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Date: 12/4/14 7:10 am
From: Thomas Ford <tomf97...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] FW: North Merritt Island Duck Check




Subject: North Merritt Island Duck Check



With 6.45" of rain at RT3/528 I noticed the river was up to a very high
level. When to North Merritt Island at 7am the wind was up and the
temperature was 42F. Water is everywhere and duck are by the thousands. Here
is my list of just water birds on the water as I found them.

1) Northern Shoveler m/fe 100+

2) Gadwall m/fe 7

3) Blue-winged Teal m/fe 50+

4) Lesser Scaup m/fe 50+

5) Redhead m/fe 25+

6) Ring-necked Duck m/fe 6

7) Northern Pintail just one male with 6 Caspian Terns

8) American Wigeon m/fe 50+

9) Hooded Merganser m/fe 10+

10) Green-winged Teal m/fe 10+

11) Mottled Duck 1 pr

12) Ruddy Duck 2 pr Looks like it is going
to be a great winter for Ducks



Tom Ford

Merritt Island



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Date: 12/3/14 5:57 pm
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pasco
Hello,
A Common Loon swam right up to me at the bulkhead at the county park in Hudson; it may have been feed up north because it appeared to be waiting for me to toss it something.
The Southeastern American Kestrel pair along Cecelia Rd in New Port Richey are defending their territory all ready. Last year they appeared to rear 2 broods. My guess is they are starting now to breed and will have their first fledglings by Feb., giving them time to 2nd brood and fledge again in May or June.  
Today on Jessamine Rd in East Pasco I found 2 Ash-throated Flycatchers along with 5 Western Kingbirds.  Also Merlin, American Kestrels, Coopers Hawks, House Finches, and Chipping Sparrows.
Ken TraceyNew Port Richey, FL

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Date: 12/3/14 4:21 pm
From: Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka Restoration Area; 12/03/14
Very nice, Cheri. That same intersection is where the Chat was last seen,
about 30 yards west of the intersection.

On Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 7:18 PM, Cheri Pierce <cheripierce...>
wrote:

> I found a Clay-colored Sparrow on Friday just before the 4 way
> intersection as you are going to the Ani location.
>
> Cheri Pierce
> Sorrento
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> > On Dec 3, 2014, at 4:45 PM, David Gagne <oporornis77...> wrote:
> >
> > Hi All,
> >
> > I am posting this, as nobody has to my knowledge posted any of these
> birds from here, but there are some GREAT birds to be seen at this location
> including the following highlights out of the 53 species Steve Reardon and
> I saw and heard this morning.
> >
> > Groove-billed Ani 2 Seen and photographed at close range within 30 feet
> > Ash-throated Flycatcher 3 seen and very vocal!!
> > Vermilion Flycatcher 1 female seen at a distance, too far for any photos
> > Least Flycatcher 3 including one giving the full che-bek song, which
> is the first time I've heard at this time of year.
> > Fulvous Whistling-Duck 2 Fly overs
> > Sora 16 Calling ALL over the place, but didn't see any!
> > Northern Waterthrush 3
> > White-crowned Sparrow 2
> > Blue Grosbeak 1 female
> > Painted Bunting 2 females
> >
> > The only unusual bird we missed that has been seen recently was the
> Yellow-breasted Chat, which can be very elusive or very cooperative at this
> time of year.
> >
> > Great Birding!!
> >
> > Dave Gagne
> > New Port Richey, FL
> >
> >
> >
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Date: 12/3/14 4:18 pm
From: Cheri Pierce <cheripierce...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka Restoration Area; 12/03/14
I found a Clay-colored Sparrow on Friday just before the 4 way intersection as you are going to the Ani location.

Cheri Pierce
Sorrento

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> On Dec 3, 2014, at 4:45 PM, David Gagne <oporornis77...> wrote:
>
> Hi All,
>
> I am posting this, as nobody has to my knowledge posted any of these birds from here, but there are some GREAT birds to be seen at this location including the following highlights out of the 53 species Steve Reardon and I saw and heard this morning.
>
> Groove-billed Ani 2 Seen and photographed at close range within 30 feet
> Ash-throated Flycatcher 3 seen and very vocal!!
> Vermilion Flycatcher 1 female seen at a distance, too far for any photos
> Least Flycatcher 3 including one giving the full che-bek song, which is the first time I've heard at this time of year.
> Fulvous Whistling-Duck 2 Fly overs
> Sora 16 Calling ALL over the place, but didn't see any!
> Northern Waterthrush 3
> White-crowned Sparrow 2
> Blue Grosbeak 1 female
> Painted Bunting 2 females
>
> The only unusual bird we missed that has been seen recently was the Yellow-breasted Chat, which can be very elusive or very cooperative at this time of year.
>
> Great Birding!!
>
> Dave Gagne
> New Port Richey, FL
>
>
>
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Date: 12/3/14 4:13 pm
From: Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] ID of accipiter (Orange, 3 Dec 2014)
Greetings,

Image linked below .... (Northern Goshawk is excluded from discussion)

Accipiter is a genus that presents ID problems, even for many experienced
birders, even for experts at times. Often with accipiters, I find ID easy
after seeing mega-thousands of them over the years at hawk watch sites. At
other times, it is more difficult to ID.

I saw an accipiter today that, at the first second or two, appeared to be a
Sharp-shinned Hawk due to its wingbeat style. Later, after a better look
at it emerging from a tree, its protruding head beyond the leading edge of
the wings, the more extensive white on its tail tip and a few other things,
including the dark crown and rounded tail tip pointed to a Cooper's Hawk.
I took 15 photos and a number of these marks are not seen on the one linked
image.

The biggest mistake made in incorrect ID of accipiters usually revolves
around the tail shape. Even though this tail looks a bit square, a closer
look shows the outer tail feathers a bit shorter than the central tail
feathers; usually, the outer feathers are noticeably shorter than the
central feathers in a Cooper's Hawk.

In the field, this hawk's tail looked even more square than my image shows
because my image is magnified. Many birders could have called this a
Sharp-shinned Hawk, relying on just the tail shape. I have another image
where the tail looks very rounded and the white on the tip is extensive
like the usual Cooper's Hawk look, at least before feather tip wear.

Bottom line ..... never use tail shape alone to ID an accipiter.

The best way to ID an accipiter in-flight, when it is at mid to high
altitude, is the wingbeat style and flight behavior. My accipiter today
was at low altitude and in pursuit of prey so the wingbeat was not a good
indicator of ID.

It is amazing to think that just a few decades ago, tail shape was the "key
trait" in accipiter ID. The body of literature since then places tail
shape near the rear in terms of importance, at least for in-flight
accipiters. For perched birds up close, tail shape is very important.

Image at:

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

First image currently. Click to enlarge.

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Date: 12/3/14 2:43 pm
From: Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka Restoration Area; 12/03/14
Excellent find, Dave and Steve, on the female Vermilion Flycatcher. A male
Vermilion Flycatcher was seen by a number of the Groove-billed Ani
onlookers but this is the first recent report of a female as far as I
know. We had a female on the property for last year's CBC. Maybe, she's
back.

On Wed, Dec 3, 2014 at 4:45 PM, David Gagne <oporornis77...> wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> I am posting this, as nobody has to my knowledge posted any of these birds
> from here, but there are some GREAT birds to be seen at this location
> including the following highlights out of the 53 species Steve Reardon and
> I saw and heard this morning.
>
> Groove-billed Ani 2 Seen and photographed at close range within 30 feet
> Ash-throated Flycatcher 3 seen and very vocal!!
> Vermilion Flycatcher 1 female seen at a distance, too far for any photos
> Least Flycatcher 3 including one giving the full che-bek song, which is
> the first time I've heard at this time of year.
> Fulvous Whistling-Duck 2 Fly overs
> Sora 16 Calling ALL over the place, but didn't see any!
> Northern Waterthrush 3
> White-crowned Sparrow 2
> Blue Grosbeak 1 female
> Painted Bunting 2 females
>
> The only unusual bird we missed that has been seen recently was the
> Yellow-breasted Chat, which can be very elusive or very cooperative at this
> time of year.
>
> Great Birding!!
>
> Dave Gagne
> New Port Richey, FL
>
>
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Date: 12/3/14 1:45 pm
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka Restoration Area; 12/03/14
Hi All,

I am posting this, as nobody has to my knowledge posted any of these birds
from here, but there are some GREAT birds to be seen at this location
including the following highlights out of the 53 species Steve Reardon and
I saw and heard this morning.

Groove-billed Ani 2 Seen and photographed at close range within 30 feet
Ash-throated Flycatcher 3 seen and very vocal!!
Vermilion Flycatcher 1 female seen at a distance, too far for any photos
Least Flycatcher 3 including one giving the full che-bek song, which is
the first time I've heard at this time of year.
Fulvous Whistling-Duck 2 Fly overs
Sora 16 Calling ALL over the place, but didn't see any!
Northern Waterthrush 3
White-crowned Sparrow 2
Blue Grosbeak 1 female
Painted Bunting 2 females

The only unusual bird we missed that has been seen recently was the
Yellow-breasted Chat, which can be very elusive or very cooperative at this
time of year.

Great Birding!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 12/3/14 6:46 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Purple Sandpiper. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
This morning, 12/03, I found a Purple Sandpiper on the north jetty at Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia County. This is the first one I have seen back this year.

Michael

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Date: 12/2/14 6:39 pm
From: Lawrence McQueen <larmcqueen...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] CBC
To anyone who can help,

I will be staying in Palm Beach again this winter and would like to participate on a couple of CBCs. I would appreciate a contact from the compiler of any CBC in PB and Martin Co.

I am unsuccessful in getting useful information online.

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Date: 12/2/14 4:42 pm
From: Bruce Minsley <bruceminsley...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] western grebe
two western grebes seen this am around 7:15 at Englewood Beech,
Charlotte County, right near shore. Went back around 8 am and could not
find them.

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Date: 12/2/14 1:25 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Merganser. Port Orange. Volusia Co.
This afternoon, 12/2, I went by the spot where the Great Cormorant had been, but there was no sign of the Great Cormorant. I went a little farther along Halifax Avenue and saw a few Horned Grebes and Red-breasted Mergansers out in the open water. I took a quick look with my binoculars from the car and saw a bird that seemed to have a white chin. The birds were far out in the water so I pulled over on a side street and parked and got out the scope to look and sure enough, it was a female-plumaged Common Merganser. It is the first record I know of for Volusia County. The darker rusty head and neck had a very clear-cut demarcation with the chest and the white chin was clearly visible. The bill was also larger and with a more robust base than the nearby Red-breasted Mergansers.

The bird was in the open water along Halifax Drive, south of Aunt Catfish's Restaurant, near the intersection with Fox Place. It is best to park on a side street, not on Halifax Drive, and walk back toward the river to observe. The river front is private property, but you can see well from the side walk along Halifax Drive.

Michael

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Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL


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Date: 12/2/14 11:14 am
From: Christian Newton <dexterdevon68...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Any updates on White-fronted Geese in Jacksonville area?
Hey all, was wondering if any one has any positive or negative reports on
the Greater White-fronted Geese in Duval County at the dairy farm fields.
Respond on list or email me personally.
Thanks and good birding
Chris Newton
Kissimmee, FL

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Date: 12/2/14 6:07 am
From: Breanna Perry <serena933...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Collier Co - Ducks galore
I found Oil Well Rd. in Naples on a map. Could you tell me exactly where to look for the
ducks and snow goose? Thank you so much!

Breanna Perry
Spring Hill, FL

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Date: 12/1/14 3:19 pm
From: Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar 12/1/14
Hello Birders,
Out to Circle B Bar southeast of Lakeland from 6:30 till !0:00, the
weather was lovely. Heading south on Heron Hideout there was a Sharp-
shinned Hawk perched low in the willows on the right just before the
intersection. This is the third time I've found the Sharpie in this location, if
the bird is facing you it is well camouflaged and hard to see.
Heading west on Rabbit Run not much until the last 1/3 of the trail,
there were about 25 Black-bellied ducks, the first I've seen in 2 weeks, on
the north side. In the last 50 yards there were plenty of Palms, a few
Common Yellow-throats and Yellow-rumps, a couple of Swamp and
Savannah Sparrows and a Snipe.
Heading south on Wading Bird there was a pair of Blue-wings, a
Shoveler and more sparrows. There was no Eagles at the nest at the south
end of the marsh. Behind the marsh on Eagle Ridge 2 Kestrels and more
Sparrows.
Down Alligator Alley not much, the Eagles and the Herons were working
on their nest down by the lake. There were several terns all flying towards
the lake, some were Caspian but most were smaller with yellow bills maybe
Forster's?
As I was leaving on Heron Hideout there was a pig on the other side of
the open water, as he walked along a Cattle Egret hopped up on his back
and rode the pig Ox-pecker style or should I say piggy-back style. Good
Birding

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.

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Date: 12/1/14 12:36 pm
From: Dave Goodwin <dave.goodwin...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] CBC Update - Forgot Subject on Previous Post
Hi all,


Here is the latest update:



Florida Christmas Bird Counts 2014-15


Sunday 12/14


Alafia Banks Charlie Fisher <chf1shercpa...>
Crystal River Fred Hileman <president...>
Gainesville Andy Kratter <kratter...>
co-compiler Bob Carroll <gatorbob23...>
Long Pine Key Robin Diaz <robin...>
Orange River Don Doggett <dwdoggett...>
Peace River Tony Licata <alicata...>
Venice Bob Clark <rlwclark...>


Monday 12/15


Emeralda Marsh Peg Lindsay <pegcondor...>
Ft. Myers Charlie Ewell <anhinga42...>
Merritt Island NWR Ned Steel <nedsteel...>
Myakka River SP Ken Alvarez <kencalvarez...>


Tuesday 12/16


Ichetucknee/Santa Fe Ginger Morgan <ginger.morgan...> or
(386) 208-4313


Wednesday 12/17


Avon Park Air Force Range Brian Scofield <brian_scofield...> or
863-452-4213
Dry Tortugas NP Elsa Alvear Invitation only


Thursday 12/18


Bay Lake (new) John Thomton <jthomton...>
Melrose Joyce King <sjoyceking...>

Friday 12/19


Biscayne National Park Vanessa McDonough <vanessa_mcdonough...>
Zellwood Wes Biggs <birdsatfnt...>


Saturday 12/20


Bay County/Panama City Rayna Pruner <raya.Pruner...>
Co-compiler Marvin Friel <marvin.bojo.friel...>
Bradenton Dick Comeau <dickcomeau3...>
Brooksville Clay Black (352) 592-4949
Broward Co. (Ft. Lauderdale) Paddy Cunningham <birdpaddy...>
Cocoa Mitchell Harris <knmharris...>
Ft Pierce Ed Bowes <slacbc2010...>
Lakeland Cole Fredricks <cfredricks...>
Marion County Larry Sutton <mfs11...>
Miami/Dade County Brian Rapoza <fieldtrips...>
Pensacola Bill Bremser (828) 733-7444
St. Augustine Diane Reed <dreedster...>
St. Marks Jim Cox &
Katy Nesmith <necox...>
St. Petersburg Don Margeson <donatdonlo...>
Wekiva Jay Exum <jay.exum...>
West Volusia Harry Robinson <sirharrydeland...>


Monday 12/22


Aripeka-Bayport Bev Hansen <bevalhansen...>


Friday 12/26


West Pasco Bill Pranty <billpranty...>


Saturday 12/27


Daytona Beach David Hartgrove <birdman9...>
Jacksonville Anne Turner <sungrebe86...>
Kendall Bill Boeringer <bill...>
Kissimmee Valley Jenny Welch <mwelch...>
Lake Wales Sharon Allen <shred1909...>
North Pinellas Paul Trunk <ptrunk...>


Sunday 12/28


East Pasco Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
Econlockhatchee Lorne Malo <lornemalo...>
Jonathan Dickenson SP Lis Wright <felicitawight...>
Port St. Joe Donna Wells <dwells...>


Monday 12/29


Apalachicola Bay John Murphy <southmoonunder...>


Tuesday 12/30


Cedar Key Ron Christen <ronrun...>
Lake City Valerie Thomas <v.thomas57...> or (386) 466-2193
Lake Placid Jon Greenlaw <jgreenlaw...>


Friday 1/2


Clermont John Thomton <jthomton...>

Saturday 1/3


Coot Bay/Everglades Brian Rapoza <fieldtrips...>
Jackson County Andy Wraithmell <andy.wraithmell...>
Ponce Inlet Richard Domroski <rdomroski...>
Sarasota Stu Wilson <stuwilson...>
South Brevard Dee Simpson <SouthBrevardCBC...>
Co-compiler David Simpson <simpsondavid...>
STA5-Clewiston Margaret England <sta5birding...>
Tampa Dave Bowman <dsbowman4...>
West Palm Beach Chuck Weber <cweber4aves...>


Sunday 1/4


Ft. DeSoto Don Margeson <donatdonlo...>
Lake Seminole/Torreya Andy Wraithmell <andy.wraithmell...>
Stuart Elizabeth Hailman <ehailman...>


Monday 1/5


Key Largo/Plantation Pete Frezza pfrezza@tropical audubon.org


(62 counts)





Dave Goodwin
Brandon FL
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Date: 12/1/14 12:35 pm
From: Dave Goodwin <dave.goodwin...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN]
Hi all,


Here is the latest update:



Florida Christmas Bird Counts 2014-15


Sunday 12/14


Alafia Banks Charlie Fisher <chf1shercpa...>
Crystal River Fred Hileman <president...>
Gainesville Andy Kratter <kratter...>
co-compiler Bob Carroll <gatorbob23...>
Long Pine Key Robin Diaz <robin...>
Orange River Don Doggett <dwdoggett...>
Peace River Tony Licata <alicata...>
Venice Bob Clark <rlwclark...>


Monday 12/15


Emeralda Marsh Peg Lindsay <pegcondor...>
Ft. Myers Charlie Ewell <anhinga42...>
Merritt Island NWR Ned Steel <nedsteel...>
Myakka River SP Ken Alvarez <kencalvarez...>


Tuesday 12/16


Ichetucknee/Santa Fe Ginger Morgan <ginger.morgan...> or
(386) 208-4313


Wednesday 12/17


Avon Park Air Force Range Brian Scofield <brian_scofield...> or
863-452-4213
Dry Tortugas NP Elsa Alvear Invitation only


Thursday 12/18


Bay Lake (new) John Thomton <jthomton...>
Melrose Joyce King <sjoyceking...>

Friday 12/19


Biscayne National Park Vanessa McDonough <vanessa_mcdonough...>
Zellwood Wes Biggs <birdsatfnt...>


Saturday 12/20


Bay County/Panama City Rayna Pruner <raya.Pruner...>
Co-compiler Marvin Friel <marvin.bojo.friel...>
Bradenton Dick Comeau <dickcomeau3...>
Brooksville Clay Black (352) 592-4949
Broward Co. (Ft. Lauderdale) Paddy Cunningham <birdpaddy...>
Cocoa Mitchell Harris <knmharris...>
Ft Pierce Ed Bowes <slacbc2010...>
Lakeland Cole Fredricks <cfredricks...>
Marion County Larry Sutton <mfs11...>
Miami/Dade County Brian Rapoza <fieldtrips...>
Pensacola Bill Bremser (828) 733-7444
St. Augustine Diane Reed <dreedster...>
St. Marks Jim Cox &
Katy Nesmith <necox...>
St. Petersburg Don Margeson <donatdonlo...>
Wekiva Jay Exum <jay.exum...>
West Volusia Harry Robinson <sirharrydeland...>


Monday 12/22


Aripeka-Bayport Bev Hansen <bevalhansen...>


Friday 12/26


West Pasco Bill Pranty <billpranty...>


Saturday 12/27


Daytona Beach David Hartgrove <birdman9...>
Jacksonville Anne Turner <sungrebe86...>
Kendall Bill Boeringer <bill...>
Kissimmee Valley Jenny Welch <mwelch...>
Lake Wales Sharon Allen <shred1909...>
North Pinellas Paul Trunk <ptrunk...>


Sunday 12/28


East Pasco Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
Econlockhatchee Lorne Malo <lornemalo...>
Jonathan Dickenson SP Lis Wright <felicitawight...>
Port St. Joe Donna Wells <dwells...>


Monday 12/29


Apalachicola Bay John Murphy <southmoonunder...>


Tuesday 12/30


Cedar Key Ron Christen <ronrun...>
Lake City Valerie Thomas <v.thomas57...> or (386) 466-2193
Lake Placid Jon Greenlaw <jgreenlaw...>


Friday 1/2


Clermont John Thomton <jthomton...>

Saturday 1/3


Coot Bay/Everglades Brian Rapoza <fieldtrips...>
Jackson County Andy Wraithmell <andy.wraithmell...>
Ponce Inlet Richard Domroski <rdomroski...>
Sarasota Stu Wilson <stuwilson...>
South Brevard Dee Simpson <SouthBrevardCBC...>
Co-compiler David Simpson <simpsondavid...>
STA5-Clewiston Margaret England <sta5birding...>
Tampa Dave Bowman <dsbowman4...>
West Palm Beach Chuck Weber <cweber4aves...>


Sunday 1/4


Ft. DeSoto Don Margeson <donatdonlo...>
Lake Seminole/Torreya Andy Wraithmell <andy.wraithmell...>
Stuart Elizabeth Hailman <ehailman...>


Monday 1/5


Key Largo/Plantation Pete Frezza pfrezza@tropical audubon.org


(62 counts)





Dave Goodwin
Brandon FL
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Date: 11/30/14 4:41 pm
From: Bob Snow <blsnow11...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Kingbird Roost.
I stopped by the Kingbird roost on Cox Road (Off 80 Foot Road, which is off Highway 60), near Bartow this afternoon and counted 25 Western Kingbirds and two Scissor-tailed Flycatchers.

Bob Snow
Lakeland, Florida

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Date: 11/30/14 2:32 pm
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bronzed Cowbird, West Pasco
Hello,
I found a Bronzed Cowbird that was in a field along with Brown-headed Cowbirds.  This was along Hwy 54 just south of Trinity Blvd in a construction area.

Ken TraceyNew Port Richey, FL

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Date: 11/30/14 2:21 pm
From: Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Western Kingbirds @ Winter Haven airport
Hello Birders'
I found a pair of Western Kingbirds near the Winter Haven airport this
afternoon. The birds have been wintering at this location for years. To get
there from Havendale Blvd. turn north on 21st Street and go about a mile
and you will come to the airport and a 90 degree right hand curve but
about 200 yards before the curve is Pearce road on the right, it's a short
road with no outlet. On the right side of Pearce is an old abandoned orange
grove and the power lines, the birds were on the lines but sometimes their
perched in the top of the orange trees.
If you stay on 21st street there's the 90 degree right curve and starting
at the curve you might find the birds on the perimeter fence that's around
the airport. You could also use U.S. 92 and turn south on 21st street. In
the past I've seen as many as 8 birds. Good Birding

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.

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Date: 11/30/14 10:07 am
From: Jason Gerard <jay_bird519...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Snail Kite, Middle Lake, Pasco County
At approx 11:45 am today a Snail Kite finally made an appearance at Middle Lake, after about a 45 min wait. The area was fairly birdy so lots of other stuff to look at while waiting for the kite to appear. I was told by Bob and Denise Lane that there were 4 Western Kingbirds along James & Jessamine Roads off of Blanton Rd.

Jason Guerard
Land O Lakes

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Date: 11/30/14 9:31 am
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Merritt Island NWR and Yard 11/30/14
I have noticed that my injured Clay-colored Sparrow has yet another injury
to his body under his right leg. Apparently the talon of the hawk grasped
the leg, and entered the body of the poor thing. Then the hawk pecked his
eye out. It's truly a miracle the sparrow escaped. (see picture)
My wife and I drove Black Point the other day on the Merritt Island NWR,
and saw a few ducks. I found some divers. The Red Head duck was my favorite.
Also saw a Marbled Godwit. The drive is starting to get more active. The
water level is high with plenty of food so hopefully the duck population
will increase this Winter.

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15888638776

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15279176904

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15902970205

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15717163697

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

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Date: 11/29/14 7:32 pm
From: STA5 Birding <sta5birding...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] STA5 combined list Nov. 22 Hendry County
Walking/bicycle access daylight hours Friday, Saturday, and Monday. (No
Driving access)



Driving trip:

Next Driving trip to STA5 Saturday December 13th. Reservations required.

Margaret England

LaBelle

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



Stormwater Treatment Area 5, Hendry, US-FL Nov 22, 2014 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Protocol: Traveling

20.0 mile(s)

Comments: Tropical and Martin County Audubon brought groups.

86 species



Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Fulvous Whistling-Duck

Snow Goose 3 Confirmed flyovers by Tropical Audubon lead by Brian
Rapoza

Gadwall

American Wigeon

Mottled Duck

Blue-winged Teal

Northern Shoveler

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal

Redhead

Ring-necked Duck

Lesser Scaup

Ruddy Duck

Pied-billed Grebe

Wood Stork

Double-crested Cormorant

Anhinga

American White Pelican

American Bittern

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron

Cattle Egret

Green Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron

White Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Roseate Spoonbill

Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Osprey

Snail Kite

Northern Harrier

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Sora

Purple Swamphen

Purple Gallinule

Common Gallinule

American Coot

Limpkin

Black-necked Stilt

Killdeer

Greater Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Dunlin

Least Sandpiper

Long-billed Dowitcher

Wilson's Snipe

Caspian Tern

Forster's Tern

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Common Ground-Dove

Mourning Dove

Belted Kingfisher

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Crested Caracara carrying nesting material

American Kestrel

Merlin

Peregrine Falcon

Eastern Phoebe

Tropical Kingbird 1 Confirmed with photos by Tropical Audubon lead by
Brian Rapoza

Western Kingbird X

Gray Kingbird X Confirmed at Deer Fence Canal Road roost in same location
as previous years.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Loggerhead Shrike

American Crow

Fish Crow

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Tree Swallow

Marsh Wren

Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

Common Yellowthroat

Palm Warbler

Savannah Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow confirmed with photo

Northern Cardinal

Painted Bunting

Red-winged Blackbird

Eastern Meadowlark

Common Grackle

Boat-tailed Grackle X



View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20651632



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




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Date: 11/29/14 6:55 pm
From: Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Correct county and eBird spot Groove-billed Ani
FYI, to the many birders who continue to enter the wrong Hot Spot on eBird
for the Groove-billed Ani, it is not Orange County but Lake County.

In Find Location, for County enter "Lake". Find the Hot Spot that reads:
Lake Apopka North Shore Restoration Area--CR448A entrance (Lake Co.)
There are rectangular County Road marks on the eBird map showing "448A",
and the Hot Spot is adjacent to one of these spots.

Current birds in this general location recently, besides the Ani pair, have
been Yellow-breasted Chat, Ash-throated Flycatcher, male Vermilion
Flycatcher and Least Flycatcher. When entering the Lake Apopka North Shore
RA from CR 448A, this is the (Lake County) Hot Spot to use.


--
Bob Stalnaker
Longwood, FL

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Date: 11/29/14 4:37 pm
From: Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Eagles at Circle B Bar
Hello birders,
Out to circle B Bar southeast of Lakeland from 7:00 till 10:30 it was
slow but I was mainly interested in the nesting Eagles on Alligator Alley
down by the lake. To get there go south on Heron Hideout, turn left at the
first intersection and go down Alligator Alley about 300 yards until you
come to the "nesting eagles" sign. There will be 2 tall dead cypress on the
left with Blue Herons building a nest. Go about 20 yards past the Heron's
nest and the incomplete Eagles nest is on the left in the top of one of the
cypress bordering the marsh away from the trail, it is difficult to locate.
A week ago I watched the Eagles fight the Blue Heron for the nest sight
and I thought the Herons had prevailed but a week later the Herons have
moved to the dead cypress and the Eagles are back in the nest.
I would like to mention that I did not press the Eagle in the second
image to fly. The trail is a small dike so you can't deviate and sneak up on
them. The Eagles decided to nest there with bikers often 2 at a time,
joggers and hikers passing by all the time. I haven't once heard the Eagles
protest and they are at ease with people traffic. If they don't close the trail
it will be a wonderful opportunity to watch the Eagles up close.
I also found the Red-headed Woodpecker again in the line of dead trees
on the right side of Rabbit Run about 50 yards west of the intersection.
Good Birding.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.

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Date: 11/29/14 2:51 pm
From: John Thomton <jthomton...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Help on CBCs!



Hey everyone,
I'm compiling TWO Christmas Bird Counts this year, and it's looking like I may need a little more help on both of them. They are both inland counts in rapidly-urbanizing landscapes (where isn't in Florida nowadays?!), but they are both still fun areas to explore.
The first one is the Bay Lake CBC. This count is a new CBC, but Disney has performed a CBC-style count in this circle since 2011 at the end of January each year, calling it the Holiday Bird Count (HBC). This year, it's becoming an official CBC with an entire volunteer effort. The center of the circle is Spaceship Earth (the big, shiny golf ball that is the symbol of EPCOT). The circle includes all of Disney Property, which itself includes several green spaces. Also falling within the circle is the Tibet-Butler Preserve, several large lakes and marshy areas, the Shingle Creek Trail, the International Drive corridor, more than a few suburban communities and neighborhoods (including some with mature trees), old citrus groves, and open, hilly terrain along Avalon Road in (still, just barely) rural southwestern Orange County. It will be held on Thursday, December 18'th.
The second one is the Clermont CBC. This will be the third year for this count. It's center is on the peninsula on the northern shore of Lake Minnehaha. This count encompasses the communities of Clermont, Minneola, Groveland and Montverde in southern Lake County. While suburban sprawl is hitting this area hard, there are still lots of good birding spots, including the Scrub Jay Trail, Lake Louisa State Park, Five Mile Road, Lake Minneola, and lots of undeveloped, hilly terrain and lightly-developed neighborhoods. This CBC will be held on Friday, January 2'nd.
If anyone has any questions about either count (or if you've participated in the Clermont CBC and still need to tell me you can participate 😊), please shoot me an e-mail. The good news is they are both on days that don't have a lot of competing CBC's!
Thanks, all! Good birding!
John ThomtonOrlando, FL (Orange Co.)
 

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Date: 11/29/14 10:25 am
From: Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Florida Caverns State Park, Jackson County (11/29/2014)
Hi All,

Ron & Lori Smith found the following at Florida Caverns State Park in
Jackson County this morning:

1 Winter Wren
1 Brown Creeper
2 Dark-eyed Junco
3 Golden-crowned Kinglet
"lots of" Pine Siskins

Best,
Brian Ahern
Tampa Bay, FL.

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Date: 11/29/14 6:52 am
From: James Stevenson <jstevenson...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Northern Shovelers, Largo
Spotted four Northern Shovelers at the Largo Central Park Nature Preserve
yesterday. Here is a shoddy photo of what we believe is a male in eclipse. The
other three were females. Also watched a Limpkin catch and dispatch several
mussels.

James Stevenson and Liz Childress
Clearwater

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Date: 11/28/14 3:22 pm
From: Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Purple Finches & Horned Larks, Jackson County (11/28/2014)
Hi All,

I spoke with Ron & Lori Smith this evening. They are birding around Florida
Caverns State Park for the weekend and had some great sightings this
afternoon in Jackson County including:

5 Purple Finches (2 adult males) - Concord Road, 0.8 miles south of Highway
2 along with at least four Horned Larks 1.1 miles further south on Concord
Road. This was about 1 PM today.

Concord Road is just south of the Alabama/Florida State Line, east of
Malone.

Best,
Brian Ahern
Tampa Bay, FL.

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Date: 11/28/14 1:51 pm
From: Monica Higgins <monicahiggins...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] snow goose in Collier County
4 snow geese in Collier at Oil Well Road tomato field. Here are a couple poor pictures.Monica Higgins, Naples

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Date: 11/28/14 12:39 pm
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Up coming CBC help!!
Hi All,

I hope that you ate too much Turkey and had a GREAT Thanksgiving!!

This year, there are some of my usual birders can't participate in major
CBC'S here in Paso and Hernando Counties.

I am looking for birders to help out on the following CBC counts:

Monday, December 22nd: Aripeka-Bayport: Helping out at Wekiwachee
Preserve, as we regularly along with get Le Conte's, Grasshopper and
occasional Henslow's, and Field Sparrows. also Florida Scrub Jay is a stake
out bird, but only have scored it on the count on once in the past 4
years. American Woodcocks are given as are King Rails, barring the
weather however. We bird at Weekiwachee Preserve, and meet at the Denny's
at 545 AM and will bird until dark.

We always see/hear between 80-90 species in here and it is a GREAT area.

Friday, December 26th: West Pasco CBC: Could use some help here in the
Holiday Area, as we ALWAYS record over 120 species in a 5X3 mile stretch as
this is a great area to bird here at this time of year.

Sunday, December 28th: East Pasco CBC: This is a very UNDERBIRDED AREA!!
AS there are great birds out here, such as possibly 10+ species of
sparrows, Ash-throated Fly, Western Kingbird and who know what else can be
found!! Last year we recorded as a party 110 species!!

Thanks for your time and let me know if you can help out on any of these
counts!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 11/27/14 5:10 pm
From: Renne Leatto <renne...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] RFI- Groove-billed Anis
Hi All,



If anyone has seen the Grove-billed anis on Thursday, could you kindly
report and let us know if they are still there?

Also, a few have reported an approximately 3 mile walk to see them. Would
that be one-way or roundtrip?

Thanks so much in advance,



Renee Leato

Windermere, Orange County






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Date: 11/27/14 1:00 pm
From: Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Red-headed W.P. + Paintd Bunting @ Circle B Bar
Hello Birders Happy Thanksgiving,
Out to Circle B Bar southeast of Lakeland from 7:30 till 10:30, it was
sunny and cool. Although it was sunny a thin blanket of fog shrouded the
marsh at first. Heading south on Heron Hideout a Falcon glided low over
the marsh.
Turning right onto Rabbit Run I was delighted to find a Red-headed
Woodpecker in the line of dead skeleton oaks on the right near the
intersection, the first I have ever seen out there. Then fifty yards down the
trail a female Painted Bunting that was a vibrant green.
Down Alligator Alley a pair of Raccoons were keeping pace as we
walked along. About 300 yards down the trail you will see a "notice nesting
Eagles" sign then a little wooden bench and kiosk for your smart phone on
the right; on the left 2 tall dead cypress that Blue Herons have just started
a nest in. This has been an amazing area; this morning I saw the nesting
Herons, another Red-headed W.P. a Pileated W.P. an Eagle flew in and
landed in the cypress next to the Herons and two Gray Catbirds were
chasing a male Painted Bunting through the vines on a bush all in a few
minutes.
I saw dozens of Common Yellow-throats, Palm and Yellow-rumped
Warblers a few cranes and storks but no spoonbills or White Pelicans.
I only saw 1 duck a Blue-winged Teal hen, I'm puzzled by the lack of
ducks. Good Birding.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.

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Date: 11/27/14 12:03 pm
From: Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Snail Kite, Pasco County
At Middle Lake this AM. A continuing bird with today's sighting including an adult male eating a snail. Another bird also observed but could not be aged and sexed.
My 9 year old granddaughter confirmed the ID as she could see it eating a snail, overall dark gray color, hooked beak, white under tail coverts and upper white tail. Harrier male eliminated.

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Weeki Wachee, FL
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Date: 11/27/14 9:33 am
From: Jason Gerard <jay_bird519...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant continues, Ft De Soto
The Great Cormorant continues at Ft. De Soto, seen (12:15ish) on a diamond shaped "shallow water" sign on the east side of the bridge. Also in water near by was a Lesser Black-backed Gull.

Jason Guerard
Land O Lakes

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Date: 11/27/14 8:02 am
From: Gary Germano <gary.germano...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] question
how can I start <birdbrain...> in the current year. My opening
page is 2012,,,

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Date: 11/27/14 6:02 am
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Clay-colored Sparrow Injuries CORRECTION11-26-14
The picture link sent was incorrect. It is https://www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15701153248/

Danny Bales
Titusville, Fla.
www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen
Brevard
> Date: Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:41:22 -0500
> From: <sueredfish...>
> Subject: Clay-colored Sparrow Injuries 11-26-14
> To: <BRDBRAIN...>
> CC: <sueredfish...>
>
> After examining my pictures I noticed that the Clay-colored Sparrow's foot
> is injured along with his eye. This is more like a predator attack to me. It
> really saddens me, because this bird was a comfort to me during the
> passing of my wife last year. I hope he survives.
>
> www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15701153
>
> Danny Bales
> Titusville, Fla.
> www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen
> Brevard
>

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Date: 11/26/14 8:41 pm
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Clay-colored Sparrow Injuries 11-26-14
After examining my pictures I noticed that the Clay-colored Sparrow's foot
is injured along with his eye. This is more like a predator attack to me. It
really saddens me, because this bird was a comfort to me during the
passing of my wife last year. I hope he survives.

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15701153

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

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Date: 11/26/14 12:34 pm
From: Joyce Stefancic <jws2735...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lake County Clay-colored Sparrow
Hi BirdBrains,

Among the 100s of Chipping Sparrows that have invaded our yard, I finally
spotted a Clay-colored mixed in among them. Don't know if it's the same one
that has been wintering at our yard for the past 2 seasons or not. I'll
have to see if I see him regularly or not.

Good Birding,

Joyce Stefancic

Clermont, Fl




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Date: 11/26/14 10:48 am
From: Charlene Schaefer <beenchar...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Baltimore Oriole Daytona
First sighting this season. Honeysuckle in my backyard on Raleigh Ave.
Daytona Beach. Have been coming to this honeysuckle ( and the occasional
treat of grape jelly and orange slices) since 2010 or before. I'd have to
look back at photos and notes.

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Date: 11/26/14 9:19 am
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Clay-colored Sparrow Returns 11-26-14
My Clay-colored Sparrow I had last year in my yard returned with this
passing cold front today. I'm sad to report it's right eye is badly injured
or missing. I was surprised to see him since I've been checking my 50 or so
Chipping Sparrows daily for him. I don't know if he encountered a predator
or flew into something.

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15882956301

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/15262678174

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

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Date: 11/26/14 8:26 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant still present 11/26/14
Hi All,

Just got a call from Pamela Graber and she saw the Great Cormorant under
the Bunces Pass bridge just north of Fort De Soto.

Wanted to pass this along to let anyone that wants to look for the bird and
that it is still present.

Great Birding!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 11/25/14 1:58 pm
From: Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Could this be a Common Tern?
Results:

I had a few experienced birders who said something like: "Looks like a
Common Tern to me ... but don't quote me on it."

Then I had someone who I recognized as a bona fide expert write in with the
following anaylsis: "Your bird is a first cycle Forster's Tern. It has a
distinct black "bandit mask". It also completely lack a dark patagial bar
(on the leading edge of the wing between the carpal joint and the body)
which all Common Terns would show at this time of year."

Well, there you have it.

Although "our" tern does seem to match artistic renderings of first winter
Forster's Tern in our various guide books, it does match some first winter
FOTEs in a google image search.

Still so much to learn about terns ...

Thanks to all who responded!

Happy Birding!

Janet Leavens
Oviedo, FL

Thanks so much

On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 9:36 PM, Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...>
wrote:

> Hi all,
>
> I realize that Common Terns are mostly out of season now, but was still
> wondering if the tern that Gary & I observed on Black Point Drive was
> indeed one. (See photos at:
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/gary_leavens/sets/72157649447772301/ ).
> These were taken late in the day -- about 1/2 hour before sunset, so the
> lighting isn't terrific. Still, the upper side of the wings looks entirely
> dark grey -- with some variations, but definitely without the "silvery
> white" upper wing of Forster's Tern. Also, there just seems to be too much
> black in the facial pattern -- including the hind crown -- to be consistent
> with Forster's in basic plumage.
>
> Since we don't get out to the coast nearly as much as we'd like and don't
> get to see interesting terns & gulls every day, I thought I'd tap
> BRDBRAINers collective wisdom and experience.
>
> Thanks in advance,
>
> Janet Leavens
> Oviedo, FL
>
>
>

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Date: 11/25/14 10:20 am
From: Meret Wilson <wilsonsplover7...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Waxwings
16 in my yard just now. About 40 robins yesterday. New cold front makes "winter" official! Now for the caracara in Town!!!

Meret Wilson
Volusia County, FL

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Date: 11/25/14 9:07 am
From: Daniel Estabrooks <hyla514...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant today
I saw a cormorant with this exact same underparts pattern (pale brown neck & white belly) on a lightpole on the Tampa side of the Frankland bridge about a month ago. I didn't feel comfortable calling it as a Great at 75 mph, but it very well may have been the same bird. Just thought it was worth mentioning.
Daniel EstabrooksWinter Haven, FL

On Monday, November 24, 2014 4:48 PM, Mike Judd <ebwilderae...> wrote:


As per Pinellas County bird-whisperer Ron Smith the bird was very visible today from the middle of the bridge when we were there.  The aforementioned hook leader goes to a swivel but there appears to be a second line of leader present as well.  Photos attached.


Also seen were several south bound Magnificent Frigatebirds.  Thanks Ron.

--
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Dunedin, FL
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Date: 11/25/14 7:36 am
From: Daniel J Young <dyoung...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Crested caracara - Ormond Beach, Vol Co
Second try on posting this.

This morning I observed two fish crow mobbing a ccc over my office. Followed them, ccc
landed in live oak next to dead squirrel in road. crows left, ccc hopped down, walked out to
squirrel, carried to side of road and enjoyed bfast.

My office is at 300 Interchange Blvd. The squirrel was 200' north, next to the borrow pit.

I also saw a ccc in Oak Hill on the side of US 1 two Sundays ago, 16 Nov, just south of the
Oak Hill flea market

eBird post: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20666990

FB post (lots of pics):
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?
fbid=827921243932067&set=oa.923165047694960&type=1&theater
(not sure how to link to FB, hopefully that worked)

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Date: 11/25/14 6:10 am
From: Sharon Pratt <sprattm...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant - Yes
The Great Cormorant was present this morning at 8:00 on a piling on the west side of Bunces Pass bridge.

Good birding! 

Sharon Pratt 
St. Petersburg

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Date: 11/25/14 5:47 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] AD Barnes Park Miami
Yesterday, 11/24, I was at AD Barnes Park, Miami.
Fairly quiet:
Palm Warblers, Blue Jays, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers.

Overhead was a group of 24+ Turkey Vultures circling overhead. 1 raptor stood out
in the crowd. I ID'd him as a Short-tailed Hawk. 10 minutes later they came
back towards me. I am not sure 2nd was the same individual, it appeared lighter
in color.
Attaching picture of 2nd raptor.


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

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Date: 11/25/14 5:10 am
From: Earl Horn <earl_horn...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] FW: eBird Report - Lake Apopka North Shore Restoration Area--CR448A entrance (Lake Co.), Nov 24, 2014
Yesterday, I was able to see the two Groove-billed Anis in the same area as previously reported. There were several other birders there when I got there and they had seen them earlier but we had to wait a while for them to show themselves. One of them called and then both popped up right on the trail. They moved along the trail a ways and then just disappeared. Later they were seen coming out of a thick bush where they sat and preened for a while before disappearing again in the same thick bush. As a bonus, while looking for the Anis a male Vermilion Flycatcher showed up and hung around for about a half hour before being chased off by one of the many Eastern Phoebes.

Others have posted the directions to the site. Once you park go east on the trail for about a third of a mile then follow the trail to the right (south). Continue following the trail south to the area which is marked with a couple of orange ribbons.

Best regards,

Earl Horn
Mount Dora, Fl

-----Original Message-----
From: <ebird-checklist...> [mailto:<ebird-checklist...>]
Sent: Tuesday, November 25, 2014 7:31 AM
To: <earl_horn...>
Subject: eBird Report - Lake Apopka North Shore Restoration Area--CR448A entrance (Lake Co.), Nov 24, 2014

Lake Apopka North Shore Restoration Area--CR448A entrance (Lake Co.), Lake, US-FL Nov 24, 2014 9:00 AM - 2:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
39 species

Blue-winged Teal 6
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Wood Stork 5
Double-crested Cormorant 35
Anhinga 3
American Bittern 3
Great Egret 2
Little Blue Heron 3
Green Heron 1
White Ibis 4
Glossy Ibis 5
Black Vulture 12
Turkey Vulture 4
Osprey 6
Northern Harrier 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Sora 8
Common Gallinule 18
American Coot 9
Wilson's Snipe 1
Ring-billed Gull 6
Common Ground-Dove 3
Groove-billed Ani 2 The same two birds that have been previously repoted
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
American Kestrel 2
Eastern Phoebe 8
Vermilion Flycatcher (Vermilion) 1 Male, in the same area of the trail where the Anis were reported
Tree Swallow 28
Marsh Wren 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
Gray Catbird 1
Common Yellowthroat 3
Palm Warbler 12
Eastern Towhee 2
Swamp Sparrow 8
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 45
Common Grackle 25

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20666319

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

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Date: 11/24/14 6:36 pm
From: Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Could this be a Common Tern?
Hi all,

I realize that Common Terns are mostly out of season now, but was still
wondering if the tern that Gary & I observed on Black Point Drive was
indeed one. (See photos at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gary_leavens/sets/72157649447772301/ ). These
were taken late in the day -- about 1/2 hour before sunset, so the lighting
isn't terrific. Still, the upper side of the wings looks entirely dark grey
-- with some variations, but definitely without the "silvery white" upper
wing of Forster's Tern. Also, there just seems to be too much black in the
facial pattern -- including the hind crown -- to be consistent with
Forster's in basic plumage.

Since we don't get out to the coast nearly as much as we'd like and don't
get to see interesting terns & gulls every day, I thought I'd tap
BRDBRAINers collective wisdom and experience.

Thanks in advance,

Janet Leavens
Oviedo, FL

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Date: 11/24/14 5:59 pm
From: Diane Reed <dreedster...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] St Augustine banded Cooper's Hawk
Greetings
There is a Cooper's Hawk hanging around at the GTM/Guana (www.gtmnerr.org) dam slightly north of St Augustine on A1A and I would like to know if anyone is aware of a banding program as this bird has a silver metal band on it's right leg. We think that the metal band says 84-0. Perhaps this is a familiar banding system to someone out there? The bird has been hanging around in the same area for a few days now and is hunting by diving in and walking around in the tall grasses. The area is near where I had recently posted Seaside and Sharp-tailed Sparrows. Photos are courtesy of Craig ONeal.
thanks
Diane Reed
St Augustine FL


















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Date: 11/24/14 2:47 pm
From: Mike Judd <ebwilderae...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant today
As per Pinellas County bird-whisperer Ron Smith the bird was very visible
today from the middle of the bridge when we were there. The aforementioned
hook leader goes to a swivel but there appears to be a second line of
leader present as well. Photos attached.


Also seen were several south bound Magnificent Frigatebirds. Thanks Ron.

--
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Dunedin, FL

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Date: 11/24/14 12:35 pm
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Snail Kite and Western Kingbirds, East Pasco County; 11/24/14
Hi All

Pamela and Erv Graber and I observed a female type Snail Kite at the Middle
Lake boat ramp again today! This is NOT the same bird I observed here last
week, as that easily a male. A spotting is essential for viewing these
birds. It took less than 5 minutes today to get on the bird.

Also of note, there were 4 Western Kingbirds seen at the intersection of
James Road and Jessamine Road, as we spent over an hour and a half looking
for the Ash-throated Flycatcher previously reported in this area, with no
luck, but there were also 2 Baltimore Orioles, an Orange-crowned Warbler,
and several Vesper, Chipping and Savannah Sparrows noted. Hopefully the
Kingbirds will stay around for the East Pasco CBC, as they were very vocal
and feeding on Camphor Tree berries. This is about 1/4 mile inside the
count circle!!

Great Birding!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey FL

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Date: 11/24/14 12:17 pm
From: jw callis <soturin...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] st. marks its a vermilion flycatcher
That is the immature male Vermilion Flycatcher that has been hanging around since it was found on 16 October.

jwcallis
tallahassee,fl
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Date: 11/24/14 10:56 am
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant (Pinellas, 24 Nov 2014)
This morning the Great Cormorant was again observed at the Bunces Bridge /
Boat Ramp Area of Fort De Soto Park. At 10 AM it was perched on the
channel marker just east of the bridge, north end.

A little before noon it was on the only tall piling of the bridge fender,
west side of the bridge.

And then at 1:15 it was on one of the pilings at the boat ramp.

It keeps picking at the fishing line attached to the hook in its face and
is also favoring its right foot. It still seems very alert and flies
strongly.

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL
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Date: 11/24/14 10:51 am
From: jw callis <soturin...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] st. marks WLR wakulla county

back at st. marks,foggy misty windy and cool,what a beautiful day! # 78 is a white eyed vireo spotted among the yellow rump warblers, # 79 is an unknown, looks to be molting into something? Again very active small birds.

canvas back duck
lesser scaup
redhead duck
american widgeon
red tail hawk
bald eagle juvenile


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Date: 11/24/14 9:03 am
From: Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Vermilion Flycatcher near Ani (Lake, 24 Nov 2014)
To add to my previous post re Groove-billed Ani and the flycatcher, Earl
said that the Vermilion Flycatcher (VEFL), like the Ani and the Lark
Sparrow, were observed very close, 20 feet away.

This has been a great few days, with the Lark Sparrow, the Ani and now this
VEFL giving very close views (the VEFL for Earl today--I hope it stays
around) and in the case of the two former birds, long periods of very close
observation.

On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 11:37 AM, Robert Stalnaker <
<wildlife.robert...> wrote:

> My friend Earl Horn reports that the two Grove-billed Ani are at the same
> location they have been for 8 days now. He heard them calling as he
> approached the spot and then saw them.
>
> He also reports that there is a male Vermilion Flycatcher present at the
> same spot.
>
> --
> Bob Stalnaker
> Longwood, FL
>



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Longwood, FL

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Date: 11/24/14 8:37 am
From: Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Vermilion Flycatcher near Ani (Lake, 24 Nov 2014)
My friend Earl Horn reports that the two Grove-billed Ani are at the same
location they have been for 8 days now. He heard them calling as he
approached the spot and then saw them.

He also reports that there is a male Vermilion Flycatcher present at the
same spot.

--
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Longwood, FL

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Date: 11/24/14 8:17 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Hudson Beach, West Pasco
Hello,
This morning; a Magnificent Frigatebird and a lone Greater Scaup at Hudson Beach Park.
Ken TraceyNew Port Richey, FL

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Date: 11/23/14 5:10 pm
From: Joyce Stefancic <jws2735...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lake County Groove-billed Ani directions
Hi BirdBrains,

I have received many requests for directions to the Groove-billed Anis that
have been reported at North Shore Lake Apopka, so.



From Orlando, go to 441 north to Zellwood. West on Jones Avenue, then south
on county road 448A. Follow that (past the field station which will be on
the right, across the small bridge) until it dead ends in the grassy parking
area. Park and walk past the gate (which will be closed, but a walk-through
on the right) to the dirt trail. Follow the dirt trail until the 1st fork
in the road. Take the trail to the right (south). The birds were seen
about a mile or so down that trail. They have been seen on both sides of
the trail, but if you don't see them, look across the canal. They were
calling to each other today, so listen. The total walking distance is about
2.6-3 miles, depending on where they are.

Good Luck,

Joyce Stefancic

Clermont


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Date: 11/23/14 3:19 pm
From: Robert Stalnaker <wildlife.robert...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Ani pair in Lake County
The pair of Ani in Lake County continues today on Sunday, after not being
seen on Friday. There were a total of 10 observers while our group was
there.

It was nice to hear the Ani calling. I expected a louder call but all the
times the Ani called, it was clear but subdued.

A photo link is at:

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

Click to enlarge.

eBird checklist at:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20649972

Bob Stalnaker
Longwood, FL

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Date: 11/23/14 1:21 pm
From: Joyce Stefancic <jws2735...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka Anis
Hi Birdbrains,

We went to Lake Apopka North Shore to try to find the 2 Groove-billed Anis
that were reported earlier in the week. They were at about the same area
that was reported and gave very good looks, calling to each other and flying
from tree to tree. The total distance, round trip, from the parking lot is
about 2.6 miles.

Good Birding!

Joyce Stefancic

Clermont, Fl


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Date: 11/23/14 9:14 am
From: Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant at Fort De Soto Park, Pinellas (11/23/2014)
Hi All,

At 10:10 AM the juvenile Great Cormorant flew in from under the Bunces Pass
Bridge and landed on one of the concrete posts at the east end of the Boat
Ramp area at Fort De Soto Park. It stayed perched there for at least an
hour where many birders were able to watch and photograph it. Last I heard
shortly before 12 PM it flew off and started to dive & feed from under the
bridge.

I only birded the the Boat Ramp area of the park this morning but didn't
hear of any other unusual sightings from other birders today.

Best,
Brian Ahern
Tampa Bay, FL.

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Date: 11/23/14 8:03 am
From: Dave Goodwin <dave.goodwin...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Christmas Bird Count Update 11/23
Hi all,


Here is the latest update. We now have 61 CBCs listed. Thanks to all who have responded.



Florida Christmas Bird Counts 2014-15


Sunday 12/14


Alafia Banks Charlie Fisher <chf1shercpa...>
Crystal River Fred Hileman <president...>
Gainesville Andy Kratter <kratter...>
co-compiler Bob Carroll <gatorbob23...>
Long Pine Key Robin Diaz <robin...>
Orange River Don Doggett <dwdoggett...>
Peace River Tony Licata <alicata...>
Venice Bob Clark <rlwclark...>


Monday 12/15


Emeralda Marsh Peg Lindsay <pegcondor...>
Ft. Myers Charlie Ewell <anhinga42...>
Merritt Island NWR Ned Steel <nedsteel...>
Myakka River SP Ken Alvarez <kencalvarez...>


Tuesday 12/16


Ichetucknee/Santa Fe Ginger Morgan <ginger.morgan...> or
(386) 208-4313


Wednesday 12/17


Avon Park Air Force Range Brian Scofield <brian_scofield...> or
863-452-4213
Dry Tortugas NP Elsa Alvear Invitation only


Thursday 12/18


Bay Lake (new) John Thomton <jthomton...>
Melrose Joyce King <sjoyceking...>

Friday 12/19


Biscayne National Park Vanessa McDonough <vanessa_mcdonough...>
Zellwood Wes Biggs <birdsatfnt...>


Saturday 12/20


Bay County/Panama City Rayna Pruner <raya.Pruner...>
Co-compiler Marvin Friel <marvin.bojo.friel...>
Bradenton Dick Comeau <dickcomeau3...>
Brooksville Clay Black (352) 592-4949
Broward Co. (Ft. Lauderdale) Paddy Cunningham <birdpaddy...>
Cocoa Mitchell Harris <knmharris...>
Ft Pierce Ed Bowes <slacbc2010...>
Lakeland Cole Fredricks <cfredricks...>
Marion County Larry Sutton <mfs11...>
Miami/Dade County Brian Rapoza <fieldtrips...>
Pensacola Bill Bremser (828) 733-7444
St. Augustine Diane Reed <dreedster...>
St. Marks Jim Cox &
Katy Nesmith <necox...>
St. Petersburg Don Margeson <donatdonlo...>
Wekiva Jay Exum <jay.exum...>
West Volusia Harry Robinson <sirharrydeland...>


Monday 12/22


Aripeka-Bayport Bev Hansen <bevalhansen...>


Friday 12/26


West Pasco Bill Pranty <billpranty...>


Saturday 12/27


Daytona Beach David Hartgrove <birdman9...>
Jacksonville Anne Turner <sungrebe86...>
Kendall Bill Boeringer <bill...>
Kissimmee Valley Jenny Welch <mwelch...>
Lake Wales Sharon Allen <shred1909...>
North Pinellas Paul Trunk <ptrunk...>


Sunday 12/28


East Pasco Bill Pranty <billpranty...>
Econlockhatchee Lorne Malo <lornemalo...>
Port St. Joe Donna Wells <dwells...>


Monday 12/29


Apalachicola Bay John Murphy <southmoonunder...>


Tuesday 12/30


Cedar Key Ron Christen <ronrun...>
Lake City Valerie Thomas <v.thomas57...> or (386) 466-2193
Lake Placid Jon Greenlaw <jgreenlaw...>


Friday 1/2


Clermont John Thomton <jthomton...>

Saturday 1/3


Coot Bay/Everglades Brian Rapoza <fieldtrips...>
Jackson County Andy Wraithmell <andy.wraithmell...>
Ponce Inlet Richard Domroski <rdomroski...>
Sarasota Stu Wilson <stuwilson...>
South Brevard Dee Simpson <SouthBrevardCBC...>
Co-compiler David Simpson <simpsondavid...>
STA5-Clewiston Margaret England <sta5birding...>
Tampa Dave Bowman <dsbowman4...>
West Palm Beach Chuck Weber <cweber4aves...>


Sunday 1/4


Ft. DeSoto Don Margeson <donatdonlo...>
Lake Seminole/Torreya Andy Wraithmell <andy.wraithmell...>
Stuart Elizabeth Hailman <ehailman...>


Monday 1/5


Key Largo/Plantation Pete Frezza pfrezza@tropical audubon.org


(61 counts)




Dave Goodwin
Brandon FL
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Date: 11/23/14 4:57 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Jaegers and scoters. Canaveral National Seashore. Volusia Co.
Yesterday, 11/22, I spent about 3 hours doing a sea watch at Canaveral National Seashore, Volusia Co. The strong east winds were ripping at about 25 knots at times. Although it is a little late for the big push in jaegers, I still had 69 jaegers fly by. There were 39 Pomarine Jaegers and 6 Parasitic Jaegers. The rest were too far out to say for sure. There were also good numbers of Black Scoters, about 100 total, far below the 3,000 I had last year. I also had flocks of Horned Grebes, Buffleheads, loads of Lesser Scaup, Red-breasted Mergansers, Green-winged Teal, 2 Shovelers, a few Northern Pintail, and 500+ Northern Gannets.
On Thursday, 11/20, I stopped at the agricultural field in Flagler County and found about 200 American Pipits. I searched for rarer species, but only came up with a few Vesper Sparrows and a lot of Savannah Sparrows.

Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL.






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Date: 11/22/14 6:25 pm
From: Diane Reed <dreedster...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] White-Winged Scoters, Black Scoters, Jaegers, and mystery gull
Hello Will
Where did you go seawatching today?
thanks
Diane Reed
St Augustine, FL




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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] White-Winged Scoters, Black Scoters, Jaegers, and mystery gull


I went sea watching this morning and produced some pretty neat species. The best
birds by far were six White -Winged Scoter interspersed among many Black
Scoters. Also seen were many Parasitic and Pomarine Jaegers. Great-Black Backed
Gull, Lesser-Black Backed Gull, Herring Gull, and another gull that was most
likely a Bonapartes. This gull had black primaries on the outside and white
primaries on the inside. The secondaries, back, and shoulders were all a light
slate gray. The tale was mostly white except for a few black markings toward the
end. I wasn't able to make out any markings on the head. He was flying
southbound and swooping down between the waves. Do any of you have any ideas?
The only thing that eleminates Black-Legged Kittiwake or Sabines Gull are the
gray secondaries and there was not a full black "m" on the back.

Thank for any help!

Will Johnson
Vero Beach, FL
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Date: 11/22/14 5:05 pm
From: jw callis <soturin...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] snow geese and ross's geese at st. marks
Well got a report back on rose's geese and snow geese, seems both were at
St. Marks, I didn't know Ross's geese and they were to far to see the
bill size. The birds did fit the Rosses geese id from the pictures I
have looked at and did get a report that both are in the St. Marks WLR
area. Thanks


jwcallis
tallahassee,fl
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Date: 11/22/14 3:57 pm
From: Eric Plage <ericplage...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Surreal Birding Experience
Hey All-

Typically I chime in to report rare sightings at Fort De Soto, but today
was an amazing day! Early in the morning I had a restoration project a
Cockroach Bay. Around 11am Ron Smith texted me that there was a immature
Great Cormorant on the pilings at the Fort De Soto boat ramp. Fast forward
to 2pm when my co-workers and I returned to Tampa Bay Watch (just outside
the park). I was antzy to go look for the Cormorant when I received a call
from my father, Peter Plage who alerted me that there was a SNOW GOOSE
doing circles around the north tip of Fort De Soto. I ran upstairs to my
office and spent the next 10 minutes searching the sky for the Goose with
no success. I had told my father to come pick me up (carpooled to work).
Apon his arrival I jumped in the car and got 20 feet before he spotted the
Snow Goose flying east in the REAR VIEW MIRROR!!!!!!! From there it was
only 200 yards to the Great Cormorant sitting on a channel marker under the
Buncess Pass Bridge! I have never experienced such a ridiculous set of
birding circumstances!!!

What makes it that much better is that these two species put me at 270
species in Pinellas County for the year.....an unbelievable number
considering I have only one Pelagic (Pomarine Jaeger). This entire year
would have not been remotely possible without the help of one man, RON
SMITH. His vigilance and guidance has helped more than I can state in my
quest for 270 species in Pinellas for the year. However, the year is still
not over and 275 is so close that I can taste it.......If anyone happens to
locate any of these "easy" species in Pinellas, let me know......

Grasshopper Sparrow
Parasitic Jaeger
Lincoln's Sparrow
Surf Scoter
Ash-throated Flycather
Pine Siskin
Golden-crowned Kinglet

--
Eric Plage
St. Petersburg, FL

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Date: 11/22/14 1:14 pm
From: willj1 <willjohnson2000...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] White-Winged Scoters, Black Scoters, Jaegers, and mystery gull
I went sea watching this morning and produced some pretty neat species. The best birds by far were six White -Winged Scoter interspersed among many Black Scoters. Also seen were many Parasitic and Pomarine Jaegers. Great-Black Backed Gull, Lesser-Black Backed Gull, Herring Gull, and another gull that was most likely a Bonapartes. This gull had black primaries on the outside and white primaries on the inside. The secondaries, back, and shoulders were all a light slate gray. The tale was mostly white except for a few black markings toward the end. I wasn't able to make out any markings on the head. He was flying southbound and swooping down between the waves. Do any of you have any ideas? The only thing that eleminates Black-Legged Kittiwake or Sabines Gull are the gray secondaries and there was not a full black "m" on the back.

Thank for any help!

Will Johnson
Vero Beach, FL
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Date: 11/22/14 12:09 pm
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Great Cormorant (Pinellas, 2 Nov 2014)
John & Ivy Gibbons and I found an immature Great Cormorant at Fort De Soto
Park today. It was fist found on a piling by the boat ramp and was last
seen just a short time ago on a channel marker just to the east of the
Bunces Pass Bridge. This bridge is the first bridge you come to after
passing the Tierra Verde duck ponds - or - the bridge you drive over just
before entering the park.

Unfortunately, the bird has a hook and some line attached to it.

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL
www.PinellasBirds.com

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Date: 11/22/14 11:27 am
From: S. Dale Goebel <sheirah11...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Grasshopper Sparrow - Possum Branch Preserve, Pinellas County
This morning at about 11AM at Possum Branch Preserve in Clearwater I found a
Grasshopper Sparrow along the canal. It had popped up from the grasses into
the scrubby mangroves and stayed put. I knew it was a special sparrow but
it took me flagging down Melissa James for a quick ID a Grasshopper Sparrow.

Great birding,

S. Dale Goebel
Dunedin, FL

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Date: 11/22/14 11:23 am
From: jw callis <soturin...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] st. marks WLR wakulla county

Two snow geese on the Stony Pond, yellow rump warbler completely invaded the refuge, they were everywhere along with many swamp sparrows. Several large groups of redhead ducks and a few at the lighthouse pond also


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Date: 11/22/14 10:49 am
From: Tim Kalbach <pbdipper...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Honeymoon Island SP and Dunn Water Reclamation Facility, northern Pinellas County
This morning around 11:15 I checked the William E. Dunn 'lake' and
found good numbersof Redheads and Lesser Scaup, but also: 2 Ruddy
Ducks, 2 Greater Scaup females, 8 Hooded Mergansers, and Ring-necked
Ducks mixed with the scaup.

Total morning 76 species including Dunedin Causeway and Honeymoon
Island SP where I had an American Pipit fly right overhead, calling,
and out of sight at the Pet Beach. A Saltmarsh Sparrow near the north
parking lot was also nice.

--
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Clearwater, Florida

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Date: 11/22/14 8:08 am
From: Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] RFI: Shiloh Marsh (Merritt Island NWR)
Hi all,

I've never been to Shiloh Marsh before and am interested in going to look
for Nelson's/Saltmarsh Sparrows. However, I read online that Shiloh Marsh
Rd. is "closed during waterfowl season." So, is it waterfowl season? If it
is and the road is closed, does this mean we can't access Shiloh Marsh (and
the sparrows), or can it be viewed/accessed from another road (like Rt. 3)?

Also, if the road is still open, would anyone happen to know the best spot
to find Nelson's/Saltmarsh Sparrows. (I do remember that high tide is best.)

Thanks in advance,

Janet Leavens
Oviedo, FL

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Date: 11/21/14 5:32 pm
From: Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar 11/21/14
Hello Birders,
Out to Circle B Bar southeast of Lakeland from 7:00 till 10:00. I was
out early eager to see if the Eagles had won the nest site from the Blue
Herons. I met some photo buds at the trail head and they told me the
Herons had prevailed and the Eagles had moved on, bummer.
Heading south on Heron Hideout not much was happening. At the half-
way point is the intersection with the Alligator Alley-Rabbit Run trail, a
short distance further is the first spillway on the left where I flushed an
American Bittern who flew across the trail and landed in the big pool on the
right side opposite the spillway, this big pool is holding a lot of birds. We
have been finding the Bittern from the spillway to the start of the willows.
Then I found a Pie-billed Grebe trying to eat a little Bluegill, he was trying
his best and was still trying when I moved on.
Alligator Alley and Rabbit Run were really slow, a Black and White
Warbler on Rabbit and on Alligator Alley a victorious Blue Heron in it's nest
and no Eagles.
As I was leaving on Heron Hideout near the beginning of the marsh a
Kingfisher was hunting minnows, hovering before dive-bombing his prey;
he was hungry catching 4 or 5 in a few minutes. Then the only Spoonbill of
the day flew in and landed with the Egrets.
Ducks were scarce 6 Blue-wings and a pair of Mergansers flew over.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.

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Date: 11/21/14 3:52 pm
From: Jodi <desertangel7...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Caracara at TGO Titusville
They were back at the exact same spot today at 3pm. And they are likely visible from Blue Heron Wetlands near the turn east where you can see into the TGO construction site. They are near a tree with a disgarded cooler under it. A local photographer told me he photographed three on Monday sitting near the Midway fan boat docks on Rte 50.

The two birds seem smaller and less red in the face than the ones I see in Texas. I would assume they are juveniles. I will try to get them in my digiscope tomorrow afternoon if they show. Im really hoping this contruction has not disturbed a historical nesting area.

Attached is an image with a drop pin on the exact location of these birds.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 21, 2014, at 6:30 PM, <RickLWest...> wrote:
>
> Hi Jody [Joe Smith] --
> Unlike Diane. I just Googled "TGO Titusville" and located The Great Outdoors: a RV nature and golf business on Plantation Drive. Thanks for your post!
> Brevard County is a on the edge of the expected breeding range for Caracaras, and so it is very important for the Breeding Bird Atlas.
>
> PLEASE keep your eye out and don't fail to contact me if you see them (or one) after December 1, and anytime for the next 8 months thereafter. See if you can distinguish adults from non-breeding juvenals.
>
> My guess is that the "construction site near the entrance" is less than 0.6 miles south of SR 50. If more than that, please also let me know; it appears to be in the Titusville-2 block -- in Atlas jargon.
>
> Good find.
> Many thanks,
> Rick
> Rick West, Tallahassee
> State Coordinator, FL BBA II
> Florida Ornithological Society
> Information about FL BBA II can be found at
> http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bba/index.cfm?fa=explore.ProjectHome&BBA_ID=FL2011
> and
> http://www.fosbirds.org/
>
> In a message dated 11/19/2014 8:26:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time, <dreedster...> writes:
> Can you please explain the abbreviation TGO for us not so local locals here in NE FL? Thanking you in advance.
> Sincerely,
> Diane Reed
> St Augustine, FL
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jodi <desertangel7...>
> To: BRDBRAIN <BRDBRAIN...>
> Sent: Wed, Nov 19, 2014 4:03 pm
> Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Caracara at TGO Titusville
>
> Pair sitting on the ground at the construction site near the entrance. Iphone6
> photo center and left under tree. Joe Smith. TGO Titusville
>
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Date: 11/21/14 12:33 pm
From: murray Gardler <mangrovefirst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Brewer's Blackbird
Bayport, continuing bird/
Murray Gardler
Brooksville, FL

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Date: 11/21/14 4:47 am
From: France <france4fa...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bailey tract in lee co
Bird folks, this very minute I am looking at a Canada goose in the mangrove head pond, wow!
France Paulsen
Sanibel Florida
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Date: 11/21/14 4:28 am
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Eastern Whip-poor-will (Pinellas, 19-20 Nov 2014)
Good morning,

For the past two evenings, precisely at 6:10 PM (Wed) and then 6:08
PM (Thr), an Eastern Whip-poor-will has shown up in the backyard of my
north St. Petersburg home, a most unexpected yard bird. The question is
whether it will remain in the neighborhood for the winter or move on.

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

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Date: 11/20/14 7:18 pm
From: Mike Judd <ebwilderae...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] white-winged scoter redux, sort of
My ability to type, spell or read is clearly in question as per my previous
post.

I would be grateful for any info on the white-winged scoter if such is
available. Thanks.

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Mike Judd
Dunedin, FL

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Date: 11/20/14 6:40 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Marion County birding
I posted within the last 30 minutes about birding in Marion County.

It's not terribly important, mainly Ring-necked Ducks, Hooded Mergansers and
White Pelicans in The Villages.

Most inrteresting is the number of White-winged Doves that roost in a SECO
substation on Belle Meade Circle in The Villages at 5:00pm.
I can't possibly count them, hundreds, I believe.
I included 2 pictures with my post.
Somehow MY White-winged Dove picture ended up on Phil Graham's post.
I'll try again.

Alice Horst
The Villages,
Marion County

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Date: 11/20/14 6:07 pm
From: Phil Graham <pg1941...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Duval County:Hanna Park
Looks like the listserv substituted someone's pigeons for my R-T hawk.
Here's another attempt.

Phil Graham
Jacksonville, Fl

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Date: 11/20/14 5:59 pm
From: Phil Graham <pg1941...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Duval County:Hanna Park
I saw a Merlin at the park for the first time today, darting about the dunes
near the ocean. Also, the first Red-tailed hawk there for me, and a pair of
FOS Ruddy ducks on the lake.

Phil Graham
Jacksonville,FL

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Date: 11/20/14 5:45 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County birding
11/20/14
Sumter County: I went "in search of" today.....
On cr100, south of 466, 2 adult Bald Eagles were perched/flying. I think there is
a nest in that area, but I couldn't see it from the road.

At Lake Ella substation in Fruitland Park 2 Red-tailed Hawks and 2 American
Kestrels were perched on the wires. 1 Pileated Woodpecker was on a telephone
pole.

On cr475 near rt44 I checked the fields where hundreds of Sandhill Cranes and 2
Whooping Cranes wintered in 2014. The area is filled with water, probably too
deep for the Cranes, and there were none there, today. There was a Bald Eagle,
2nd year - no white tail, flying over the fields.

There are some wetlands on cr475 near Nichols's Cemetery where I could see
many American Coots and perhaps other waterbirds. There is no place to stop on
cr475 to look into this very large area, which is a shame.

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

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Date: 11/20/14 2:09 pm
From: Mike Judd <ebwilderae...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] any word on the white-winged scoter?
Great find by Bill & Val...reminded me of the hours I spent last winter on
the Oregon coast scoping rafts of surf and black scoters in the January
waves of ocean and not finding a single wwco in the cold and wind.

Any word if it is still around? Thanks for any.

--
Mike Judd
Dunedin, FL

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Date: 11/20/14 11:55 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Snail Kite continues @ Middle Lake, Pasco County; November 20, 2014
Hi All,

Wendy Meehan and I hit numerous locations here in the eastern part of Pasco
County earlier today and scored 77 species for our efforts.

These were the highlights:

Snail Kite 1 Continuing male seen at Middle Lake! A scope is essential
for viewing this bird!!

FIELD SPARROW 1 Bird seen in with Chipping Sparrows and Palm Warbler
roughly 1/4 mile south of Blanton Road (CR 41) in the first old orange
grove you come to!! This is my first County Field Sparrow!

Broad-winged Hawk 1 Immature bird seen soaring at the intersection of
Rowan Road and Massachusetts Avenue in New Port Richey. Thought I saw this
bird less than 1/4 mile north of here last week, but it dove into the trees
before I could ID it.

Great Birding!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey FL

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Date: 11/20/14 10:22 am
From: Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Nesting Eagles question
Hello Birders,
I my "Northern Shovelers" post yesterday I mentioned a squabble
between 2 Eagles and a Blue Heron and it dawned on me that if the Eagles
do nest there then it will be a great opportunity to watch and photo the
birds up close.
I don't have that much experience with Eagles but outside of Circle B an
Eagle wont let me get closer than about 200 yards, especially if you are
eyeballing them.
These Eagles on Alligator Alley are building their nest about 25 yards
from the trail with people walking by all the time.
Here's my question. I'm afraid that the authorities are compelled by law
to shut down the trail and I wonder if that is true?
The big gator in the 3rd image was sunning close to the nest sight,
check out the neck on the big Guy.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.

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Date: 11/20/14 7:31 am
From: Mike Judd <ebwilderae...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] cave swallows still in Alachua Co today?
Per the FL RBA some cave swallows have been spotted cavorting with some
bank swallows at Newnans Lake-Palm Point Park. Anyone seeing them this
morning? Thanks.

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Mike Judd
Dunedin, FL

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