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12/8/16 4:52 pm Ed Rizer <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar Reserve 12/8/16
12/8/16 12:43 pm Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] St. Mark's NWR
12/8/16 12:39 pm Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] St. Mark's NWR
12/8/16 11:24 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Glaucous Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
12/8/16 8:18 am Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> [BRDBRAIN] Western Spindalis Chase Walk
12/6/16 12:49 pm Margaret England <sta5birding...> [BRDBRAIN] STA 5/6 Hendry County Dec. 3: 64 species
12/6/16 11:21 am Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Followup Red-naped Sapsucker, West Pasco
12/6/16 10:04 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach / Pinellas County
12/5/16 6:22 pm Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Followup Red-naped Sapsucker, West Pasco
12/5/16 10:39 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Red-breasted Nuthatch 2, Winter Wren 0, Key Vista
12/5/16 8:08 am Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> [BRDBRAIN] Both Western Spindalis continue, Bill Baggs 12/5/16
12/4/16 12:09 pm Vince Capp <00000031300bf63b-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Winter Wren Continues- Pasco County
12/4/16 4:59 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Western Kingbirds - Marion County
12/4/16 1:56 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] Panhandle Birding! 12/03/16
12/3/16 7:13 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Marion County Western Kingbirds
12/3/16 7:04 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Park Whimbrel Addition / Pinellas Co
12/3/16 6:46 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Ben Davis Beach American Avocet Continues / Hillsborough Co
12/2/16 5:09 pm robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Park Whimbrel Continues / Pinellas Co
12/2/16 3:45 pm Micheline Ouellet <micheline.ouellet30...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Another Bird ID request for help
12/2/16 2:06 pm Jamie Pipher <jamie.pipher...> [BRDBRAIN] Another Bird ID request for help
12/2/16 12:36 pm Jim McGinity <jimmcginity...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID help request
12/2/16 12:27 pm Jamie Pipher <jamie.pipher...> [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID help request
12/1/16 10:04 am Debbie <dolavarria...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bobolink, West Pasco
12/1/16 9:28 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Bobolink, West Pasco
12/1/16 6:29 am Andy Kratter <kratter...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Sea Watch Juno Pier Cory's SW and Scoter Question
12/1/16 4:15 am Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> [BRDBRAIN] Double Thick-billed Vireo day in Miami-Dade 11/30/2016
12/1/16 4:00 am Andy Kratter <kratter...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Sea Watch Juno Pier Cory's SW and Scoter Question
11/30/16 6:12 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] Clay-colored Sparrows, Old Keystone Rd. Pinellas County; November 30, 2016
11/30/16 6:07 am Daniel J Young <dyoung...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Sea Watch Juno Pier Cory's SW and Scoter Question
11/30/16 6:04 am Daniel J Young <dyoung...> [BRDBRAIN] Sea Watch Juno Pier Cory's SW and Scoter Question
11/30/16 5:29 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach Bonaparte's Gulls
11/29/16 3:01 pm Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Park-Craig Park, Tarpon Springs
11/29/16 12:16 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Snow Geese. Magnificent Frigatebird. Black Scoters, Purple Sandpipers. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
11/29/16 12:12 pm Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Park-Craig Park, Tarpon Springs
11/29/16 9:33 am Margaret England <sta5birding...> [BRDBRAIN] STA-5/6 Hendry County, South of Lake Okeechobee
11/29/16 8:57 am Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Park-Craig Park, Tarpon Springs
11/29/16 7:15 am Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Park-Craig Park, Tarpon Springs
11/28/16 7:26 pm David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] Eastern Panhandle on November 27 and 28 2016
11/28/16 8:54 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Park Whimbrel Continues / Pinellas Co
11/28/16 8:38 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Park Whimbrel Continues / Pinellas Co
11/28/16 7:46 am Diane Reed <dreedster14...> [BRDBRAIN] Ani still present at Clay Island Trail
11/27/16 2:40 pm Will Johnson <willjohnson2000...> [BRDBRAIN] Seaduck ID Question
11/26/16 9:51 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] Southern Pasco/Northern Pinellas Counties; November 26, 2016
11/26/16 9:01 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Saturday Morning Pinellas County Birding Memories
11/25/16 5:48 pm Jim Swarr <jhschwarr...> [BRDBRAIN] Red-throated Loons-Tomoka State Park, Ormond Beach, FL
11/25/16 4:19 pm David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] Groove-billed Anis at Clay Island Trail Lake Apopka; November 25, 2016
11/25/16 2:27 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] White-winged Scoter. Tomoka Basin. Ormond Beach. Volusia Co.
11/25/16 12:58 pm Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> [BRDBRAIN] Western Spindalis @ Deering Estate 11/25/2016
11/25/16 6:20 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Sapsucker Followup (Red-naped)
11/25/16 6:12 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Ben T. Davis Beach American Avocet Continues / Hillsborough Co
11/23/16 6:13 pm Ed Rizer <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar Reserve 11/23/16
11/23/16 3:50 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...> [BRDBRAIN] Glaucous Gull. Ormond by the Sea. Volusia Co
11/23/16 11:51 am Sam Fried <sam.fried...> [BRDBRAIN] Finding plovers
11/23/16 9:44 am Bev Hansen <bevalhansen...> [BRDBRAIN] Franklin's Gull at Bayport, Hernando County
11/23/16 3:09 am Lucille <croomwalker...> [BRDBRAIN] Sibley Field Guide found
11/22/16 12:45 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Franklin's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
11/22/16 12:34 pm robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Thoughts On The Pretty In Pink Laughing Gull
11/22/16 11:28 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] Winter Wren and Red-breasted Nuthatch, Key Vista Park, Pasco County; November 22, 2016
11/22/16 7:34 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] CCC Beach Bonaparte's Gull / Pinellas County
11/22/16 6:22 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Glaucous Gull. Ponce Inlet. Volusia Co.
11/22/16 5:23 am Melissa Forehand <birdingtreefrog...> [BRDBRAIN] Lakeside ranch. Water treatment area
11/21/16 3:55 pm Jim McGinity <jimmcginity...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Winter Painted Bunting Research Project
11/21/16 2:49 pm David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] Winter Wren and Nuthatches, Key Vista Park, Holiday, Pasco County;November 21, 2016
11/21/16 1:29 pm Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Red-breasted Nuthatch, Jay B. Starkey Park, Pasco
11/21/16 7:46 am ann starck <tstarck...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Pretty In Pink Laughing Gull / Pinellas County
11/21/16 7:31 am Lee Snyder <anipa...> [BRDBRAIN] Ruff
11/21/16 6:44 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Pretty In Pink Laughing Gull / Pinellas County
11/21/16 6:30 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Sapsucker ID
11/20/16 12:41 pm David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] Black Scoters, Craig Park, Tarpon Springs, Pinellas County; 11-20-16
11/20/16 12:33 pm Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka Wildlife Dr. & Clay Isl. Tr.
11/20/16 11:06 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] BAR-TAILED GODWIT: Anclote Gulf PArk Pier, Holiday PAsco County; November 20, 2016
11/20/16 10:51 am dwassme1 <dwassme1...> [BRDBRAIN] FOS goldfinch
11/20/16 9:49 am Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka Wildlife Dr. & Clay Isl. Tr.
11/20/16 2:43 am Bob Carroll <00000057709288d4-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Vermilion Flycatcher
11/19/16 7:36 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Red-throated Loon. Tomoka Basin. Ormond Beach. Volusia Co.
11/19/16 5:10 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Marion County : Bald Eagles at nest
11/19/16 2:44 pm Margaret Haas <mhaas...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Elegant Tern or Cayenne
11/19/16 1:40 pm Claire Herzog <ceherzog...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Elegant Tern
11/19/16 12:13 pm Cuneyt Yilmaz <cnytyz...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Elegant Tern
11/19/16 11:50 am Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Elegant Tern
11/19/16 11:38 am Cuneyt Yilmaz <cnytyz...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Elegant Tern
11/19/16 11:22 am Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Elegant Tern
11/19/16 11:21 am Robin Diaz <rd4birds...> [BRDBRAIN] La Sagra's Flycatcher - Bill Baggs Cape Florida SP (Miami-Dade)
11/19/16 10:56 am Jim McGinity <jimmcginity...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Elegant Tern
11/19/16 10:50 am Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Elegant Tern
11/19/16 10:26 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Elegant Tern
11/19/16 8:30 am Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> [BRDBRAIN] Western Spindalis @ Deering Estate 11/19/2016
11/19/16 3:26 am Kathryn Young <kathwren4...> [BRDBRAIN] Cayenne vs Elegant both at Siesta Key Beach
11/18/16 5:22 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] AMERICAN ROBINS are here: Marion County - Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area
11/18/16 3:53 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] incorrect ID
11/17/16 6:42 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] DUCKS, etc. in Marion County
11/17/16 6:18 pm Ed Rizer <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Catfish Creek Scrub jays
11/17/16 5:53 pm Richard Cressman <w_ouzel...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] eBird Report - Egyptian Goose
11/17/16 12:28 pm David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH New Port Richey, Pasco County; November 17, 2016
11/17/16 11:38 am David Bowman <dsbowman4...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Winter Wren, Pasco County; November 17, 2016
11/17/16 10:08 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] Red-necked Grebe and Winter Wren, Pasco County; November 17, 2016
11/17/16 8:39 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Franklin's Gull; Purple Sandpipers. Ponce Inlet. Volusia Co.
11/17/16 5:41 am Judy or Ray Smart <000000325294f8b2-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Robins
11/16/16 5:10 pm beachbirder <beachbirder...> [BRDBRAIN] Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival (SCBWF)
11/16/16 10:15 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] WINTER WREN Key Vista Nature Park, Holiday, Pasco County; November 16, 2016
11/16/16 7:28 am Lee Herbst <lcherbst...> [BRDBRAIN] Bald Eagle
11/16/16 5:17 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Red-necked Grebe Continues / Hudson Beach
11/15/16 1:23 pm robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Eighteen American Avocets / Honeymoon Island Pet Beach
11/15/16 10:44 am Thomas Ford <tomf97...> [BRDBRAIN] FW: Merritt Island Tuesday
11/15/16 10:42 am Thomas Ford <tomf97...> [BRDBRAIN] Merritt Island Tuesday
11/15/16 10:36 am Kathryn Young <kathwren4...> [BRDBRAIN] Cayenne Tern at Siesta Key Beach
11/15/16 10:36 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Red-breasted Nuthatch, Key Vista Park
11/15/16 10:23 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] SWALLOWS
11/15/16 8:47 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Purple Sandpipers. Ponce Inlet. Volusia Co.
11/14/16 12:46 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Marion County - Nancy Lopez Golf Course Ponds in The Villages
11/14/16 10:56 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] RED-NECKED GREBE! Hudson Beach, Pasco County; November 14, 2016
11/14/16 10:51 am Renne Leatto <renne...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Red-breasted Nuthatch - Pinellas County (13 Nov 2016)
11/14/16 10:01 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Purple Sandpipers. Ponce Inlet. Volusia Co.
11/13/16 7:20 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County Birding
11/13/16 4:43 pm David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] SHORT-EARED OWL! Lust Road entrance gate 11/13/16
11/13/16 2:07 pm Linda Gammello <lindagammello...> [BRDBRAIN] Black throated gray warbler
11/13/16 1:51 pm Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Red-breasted Nuthatch - Pinellas County (13 Nov 2016)
11/13/16 5:33 am Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> [BRDBRAIN] Black-legged Kittiwake @ Boynton Inlet 11/13/16
11/13/16 1:17 am Allan Stern <00000014b7b0d186-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Green Heron, Satellite Beach, Florida, 11 November 2016.
11/12/16 2:55 pm Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] South Lake Howard Nature Park - Roseate Spoonbill, etc.
11/11/16 6:58 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Sherman's Fox Squirrels
11/11/16 6:36 pm Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...> [BRDBRAIN] Merritt Island
11/11/16 5:58 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County Birding
11/11/16 10:35 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Franklin's Gull. Hybrid Gull. Ponce Inlet. Volusia Co.
11/10/16 6:59 pm Ed Rizer <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Red-headed Woodpecker
11/10/16 12:04 pm Lee Snyder <anipa...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Black Morph Short Tailed Hawk - redux
11/10/16 10:23 am Marianne Korosy <mkorosy...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Black Morph Short Tailed Hawk
11/10/16 9:41 am David Hartgrove <birdman9...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Black Morph Short Tailed Hawk
11/10/16 9:04 am Jim McGinity <jimmcginity...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Black Morph Short Tailed Hawk
11/10/16 8:34 am Bill Argo <billargo...> [BRDBRAIN] Black Morph Short Tailed Hawk - redux
11/10/16 8:29 am Eric Plage <ericplage...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Black Morph Short Tailed Hawk
11/10/16 8:22 am Bill Argo <billargo...> [BRDBRAIN] Black Morph Short Tailed Hawk
11/9/16 9:08 am Wally Jones <gin.wal...> [BRDBRAIN] Polk County-Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
11/9/16 4:12 am Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Black-throated Green Warbler, etc. - Gator Creek
 
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Date: 12/8/16 4:52 pm
From: Ed Rizer <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar Reserve 12/8/16
Hello Birders.
Out to Circle B Bar Reserve Southeast of Lakeland this morning from
7:00 till 11:00, it was cool and gloomy but the birding was good.
Best Birds : 1 VIRGINIA RAIL, 1 SNAIL KITE, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, 1
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK, 4 BALD EAGLE, 1 BLUE-HEADED and 1 WHITE-EYED VIREO, 1
ROSEATE SPOONBILL, 1 AMERICAN BITTERN, 8 YELLOWLEGS species, 6 VESPER
SPARROW. Also 100+ Black-bellied Whistling Duck, 1 Mottled Duck, several
Wilson Snipe, Swamp and Savannah Sparrow, Palm, Yellow-throated,
Yellow-rumped and Common Yellowthroat Warbler, Tufted Titmouse.
Heading South on Heron Hideout I found the Virginia Rail at the second
Spillway on the East side of the trail; this rail is seldom seen at Circle
B and hopefully will be found on the Christmas count. The Yellowlegs came
zipping by low over the marsh calling and are the first I've seen out there
in a while. The water level has been high for over a year but is dropping
so maybe some sandpiper types and such will show up.
I've noticed that when the Marsh Marigolds start blooming the
Black-bellied Ducks start showing up in ever increasing numbers, there were
quite a few juveniles and a few ducklings in the mix this morning.
Yesterday morning I had an immature Cooper's Hawk, the first Sora I've
found this Fall and 2 Painted Bunting female type. Good Birding and God
Bless.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.

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Date: 12/8/16 12:43 pm
From: Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] St. Mark's NWR
Thought I would share some photos of this photogenic magnificent little guy.

Dorothy Dunlap
Ocala, Fl.

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Date: 12/8/16 12:39 pm
From: Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] St. Mark's NWR
Visited St. Mark's NWR yesterday. I certainly could use help in identifying these diving ducks in winter plumage. I don't want to list the wrong birds on ebird. Thank you very much.

Dorothy Dunlap
Ocala, Fl.

The buffleheads identifiable. Redheads and greater scaups? Or lesser scaups?

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Date: 12/8/16 11:24 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Glaucous Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
Yesterday evening, 12/07, I found a 1st cycle Glaucous Gull on the beach at Daytona Beach Shores. There was also a possible 1st cycle European Herring or possibly Vega Gull with very sparse barring on the undertail coverts and a narrow tail band with diffuse spotting rather than barring on the uppertail coverts. I have sent photos to Europe to get some opinions. The identification criteria for separating 1st cycle European Herring from Vega Gull have not been worked out very well yet. Either species would be a long way from home. There was also an adult Lesser Black-backed x Herring Gull hybrid and an odd Thayer's-like Gull. Yesterday there were thousands more gulls than on Tuesday. There was a major influx of birds with this cold front. The main body of gulls was just south of Frank Rendon Park.

Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL


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Date: 12/8/16 8:18 am
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Western Spindalis Chase Walk
I will be leading the monthly bird walk at Deering Estate (Miami-Dade) this
Saturday, December 10th. We will be meeting in the visitor center parking
lot (16701 SW 72 ave Miami, Fl 33157) at 7am where participants will handle
admission payment. We will leave at 7:30am and drive over to the north end
of the property where will have easy access to the pine rockland and the
general location of the bird. No reservations are needed, just show up!

More info here:
http://www.deeringestate.org/bird-walk/

Cheers,
Rangel Diaz
Miami-Dade

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Date: 12/6/16 12:49 pm
From: Margaret England <sta5birding...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] STA 5/6 Hendry County Dec. 3: 64 species
<http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32844274>
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32844274

Register online for the STA 5/6 Driving trips go to:
<http://www.hendrygladesaudubon.org/> www.hendrygladesaudubon.org

Next Trip Saturday Dec. 17 south of Lake Okeechobee, FL

Margaret England

LaBelle

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








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Date: 12/6/16 11:21 am
From: Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Followup Red-naped Sapsucker, West Pasco

Ken et al.:


You are correct about the back pattern of this bird vis-a-vis Red-naped Sapsucker. The primary concern in this ID is for a hybrid Yellow-bellied x Red-naped, which are not all that rare, and probably a lot more likely to show up in FL than is a pure Red-naped. With better pix and more-complete preformative molt, the bird's head pattern may, or may not, firm up.


I'm most concerned about the black border to the red chin/throat. With the entire chin and throat apparently being red, the bird should be a male (though one must be careful about max-red female Red-napeds; http://cobirds.org/CFO/ColoradoBirds/InTheScope/34.pdf). If the bird is a male, the black border should be superseded by red, at least at the upper ends of the frame. This one character suggests to me the possibility that the bird is a hybrid. I encourage you to keep track of the beast and monitor and photo-document the continuing change in plumage.


Enjoy,


Tony


Tony Leukering
Largo, FL
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-----Original Message-----
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
To: BRDBRAIN <BRDBRAIN...>
Sent: Mon, Dec 5, 2016 9:22 pm
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Followup Red-naped Sapsucker, West Pasco


Hello,

I have continued to look for the Sapsucker that I photographed on 11/20, which I identified as a Red-naped Sapsucker. Although I have no experience with that species, which has never been recorded in Florida, I continue to try to locate it and get photographs of it.

Update;

A.No comments from the birding community on ID.
B.I have re-found the bird in question 4 times; 11/20, 11/27, 12/3, & 12/4.
C.The bird has two rows of white feathers on its back which as I understand it is the most important characteristic for defining Red-naped.
D. My identification is that it is a first year male, which means that it will not have a complete molt to adult plumage until late January. At that time a red nape may appear with a better definition of red in the lower malar. Characteristics that along with the two rows of white feathers on the back would completely define this bird as a Red-naped. See another photo from 11/20.
E. I have attached my latest photo which shows the bird in a drooped wing posture as it clung to a tree after being attacked by a Red-bellied Woodpecker pair. It has also been harassed by Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, at one time by 4 birds. Note the two rows of white on dorsal are evident in photo.
F. I have attached a map of the area I have found it in. Note; most of the woods is a no trespassing area with some construction going on for a future community park.
G. I have attached a composite photo of a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker from the Starkey Ranch along with a photo of the Red-naped Sapsucker in question to show the back difference. Note; there are many Yellow-bellied Sapuckers in this area and along the nearby south branch of the Anclote River.

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL
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Date: 12/6/16 10:04 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach / Pinellas County
This morning, Tuesday, at 6:50AM, we found something new at CCC Beach,

three kite boarders zipping along just offshore, twenty minutes before sunrise. With a high tide and super strong winds, the beach area was almost totally under water. The sandy areas that remained had birds hunkered down everywhere, seemingly not bothered by the sometimes high flying kites. By the time we departed at 10:20AM, we had recorded 36 species of birds. It was just starting to rain hard as we left. Some of the highlights were 148 Red Knots, 14 Bonaparte's Gulls, 2 Brown Boobies out over the bay, 8 Wilson's Plovers, 125 Short-billed Dowitchers, and peeps galore, just to name a few. During our 3 1/2 hour visit, the birds were constantly coming and going. What an exciting morning! CCC Beach at its best! Today's sightings with photos can be found on our E-bird list.


Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 12/5/16 6:22 pm
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Followup Red-naped Sapsucker, West Pasco
Hello,

I have continued to look for the Sapsucker that I photographed on 11/20, which I identified as a Red-naped Sapsucker. Although I have no experience with that species, which has never been recorded in Florida, I continue to try to locate it and get photographs of it.

Update;

A.No comments from the birding community on ID.
B.I have re-found the bird in question 4 times; 11/20, 11/27, 12/3, & 12/4.
C.The bird has two rows of white feathers on its back which as I understand it is the most important characteristic for defining Red-naped.
D. My identification is that it is a first year male, which means that it will not have a complete molt to adult plumage until late January. At that time a red nape may appear with a better definition of red in the lower malar. Characteristics that along with the two rows of white feathers on the back would completely define this bird as a Red-naped. See another photo from 11/20.
E. I have attached my latest photo which shows the bird in a drooped wing posture as it clung to a tree after being attacked by a Red-bellied Woodpecker pair. It has also been harassed by Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, at one time by 4 birds. Note the two rows of white on dorsal are evident in photo.
F. I have attached a map of the area I have found it in. Note; most of the woods is a no trespassing area with some construction going on for a future community park.
G. I have attached a composite photo of a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker from the Starkey Ranch along with a photo of the Red-naped Sapsucker in question to show the back difference. Note; there are many Yellow-bellied Sapuckers in this area and along the nearby south branch of the Anclote River.

Ken Tracey
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Date: 12/5/16 10:39 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Red-breasted Nuthatch 2, Winter Wren 0, Key Vista
Hello,

This morning I found 2 Red-breasted Nuthatch on the same tree, but no Winter Wren, at Key Vista.

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL


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Date: 12/5/16 8:08 am
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Both Western Spindalis continue, Bill Baggs 12/5/16
Both Western Spindalis continue at Bill Baggs State Park but no sign of the
Thick-billed Vireo as of 10:45am.

Cheers,
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Miami-Dade

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Date: 12/4/16 12:09 pm
From: Vince Capp <00000031300bf63b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Winter Wren Continues- Pasco County
Hi, all.

I went to Key Vista Nature Park this morning fully expecting that the Winter
Wren that David Gagne found here 2 weeks ago had moved on, but that I would
still find a Red-breasted Nuthatch or two 'yanking' away within the stand of
pines here. What I actually found was just the opposite. I re-located the
Winter Wren less than 40 yards southeast of the bathrooms, chattering away
while it moved around in the tangles of a fallen pine tree. It was calling
quite a bit- doing the drier, sharp 'kit-kit-kit' chatter, not the
'shup-shup' reminiscent of a Song Sparrow. Kudos to Dave for finding this
bird- a great find, Gagne.



I then spent the better part of an hour listening for the familiar calls of
the Red-breasted Nuthatch as I moved around the pine woods- but came up
empty-handed.



Good Birding-

Vince Capp

Bayonet Point



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Date: 12/4/16 4:59 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Western Kingbirds - Marion County
The one bird that I reported as a possible Scissor-tailed Flycatcher has been ID'd as Western Kingbird from the emails I received.

The coloring of the bird is that of a WEKI not a STFL.
I was told to keep watching because STFL has been seen recently in Alachua County, not too far away.

Thank you everyone.

Alice Horst
Marion County, FL
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All birds below are Western Kingbirds:

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Date: 12/4/16 1:56 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Panhandle Birding! 12/03/16
Hi All,

Birded Florida Caverns SP, the Apalachicola Airport and Alligator Point
today and SCORED some SUPERB species with Charlie Fisher, Val Ponzo and
Bill Pranty.

The MAIN highlight was an immature PACIFIC LOON scrutinized carefully for
over 45 minutes at Alligator Point Drive!!!

Other highlights included the following:

Alligator Point:

Surf Scoter 1
Black Scoter 28

Apalachicola Airport:

SPARAGUE' PIPIT 2 at least!

Florida Caverns SP:
Hairy Woodpecker 1 seen, heard and photograped
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1 ditto
Brown Creeper 2 Superb photos
Winter Wren 6 including 1 very cooperative bird that was videod
Hermit Thrush 4 photos

Today we will going back to Alligator Point as Val saw the Red-throated
Loon we found last weekend and to try and get some recognizable photos of
the Pacific Loon. We will then hit ST. Marks NWR and then somewhere in
Tallahassee to score a White-breasted Nuthatch.

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey FL

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Date: 12/3/16 7:13 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Marion County Western Kingbirds
Yesterday a report on EBIRD by Doug Richards about Western Kingbirds at an electrical
substation near Big Sun soccer complex, Marion, Florida reminded me of the Western Kingbirds and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers that roosted here in The Villages a couple of years ago.
For at least 3 years we had 20+ WEKIs accompanied by 3-4 STFLs roosting at our SECO substation here.
I went up to Big Sun Soccer Complex , just hoping that as Doug is reporting the numbers are increasing, STFLs might arrive also.

It was approaching 5:00pm when I arrived at the complex. The sub-station is a distance away, but I saw 5 birds sitting separately on adjacent wires. They had their backs turned to me and I could see very little color, even with binocs.

I started taking pictures as it was getting darker. Then I noticed one bird that looked different. I took pictures, they are not good, as the sun was setting.

I believe there is a single STFL with them. One bird seems to have a longer tail than the WEKIs, but not very long
Richard Crossley describes a young STFL as "having a shorter tail, paler underparts, browner wings than an adult bird. Tail is spread as it lands revealing lots of white”.

I am submitting my photos if any birders will confirm or not.
Thank you



WESTERN KINGBIRD (sun has enhanced its color)



Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, juv ???


Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, juv ??


Western Kingbird and Scissor-tailed Flycatcher juv??

Alice Horst
Marion County, Fl
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Date: 12/3/16 7:04 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Park Whimbrel Addition / Pinellas Co
While viewing the American Avocet at Ben Davis Beach with Peter Brannon this morning, he and I compared our sightings from yesterday, Friday, at Fred Howard County Park. He informed me that after Denise and my departure from Fred Howard, a second Whimbrel came in just before dark. So to anyone going out there today, keep an eye out for two Whimbrels. If seen again today, it will be at least Day #9 at this location. Look in the grassy area between the south backside beach parking and the cove beach mudflats.


Bob Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 12/3/16 6:46 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Ben Davis Beach American Avocet Continues / Hillsborough Co
The American Avocet I originally found on Thanksgiving, November 24th, was still present a short time ago, today Saturday, at 9:10AM, feeding in front of Whiskey Joe's Restaurant. With the low tide, over 30 species of birds in good numbers were found on the beach mudflats and in the bay. This is at least Day #10 for the avocet at this location.


Bob Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 12/2/16 5:09 pm
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Park Whimbrel Continues / Pinellas Co
The Whimbrel that Denise found eight days ago on November 26th at Fred Howard County Park, was still present this afternoon during our visit, today Friday, from 4:00PM to 4:50PM. Best viewed from the backside south beach parking lot looking east into the grassy area before the traditional mudflat bird hangout area. All the regular species were in good numbers. 12 Caspian Terns was an impressive sight. The Whimbrel seems to be tolerating the inconsiderate people that find the need to walk thru the birds. Maybe it will stay thru the Winter. Time will tell!!!


Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 12/2/16 3:45 pm
From: Micheline Ouellet <micheline.ouellet30...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Another Bird ID request for help
This looks to me like a nice female Red-winged Blackbird
I’m new in this forum so I’m not sure if a I should answer privately or with the mail service.

Micheline Ouellet
Mercier, Quebec, Canada

Provenance : Courrier pour Windows 10

De : Jamie Pipher
Envoyé le :2 décembre 2016 17.07
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Objet :[BRDBRAIN] Another Bird ID request for help

At the same time I saw my American Goldfinch that many of you just now help me ID, this bird was in the same tree. I have searched my books and not finding it. I know most of the birds that come to my feeder, but this day, I missed the boat. Thank you again for any help and I promise I will not try again... for a long while....


--
Jamie
863-491-6958
 

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Date: 12/2/16 2:06 pm
From: Jamie Pipher <jamie.pipher...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Another Bird ID request for help
At the same time I saw my American Goldfinch that many of you just now help
me ID, this bird was in the same tree. I have searched my books and not
finding it. I know most of the birds that come to my feeder, but this day,
I missed the boat. Thank you again for any help and I promise I will not
try again... for a long while....

--
Jamie
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Date: 12/2/16 12:36 pm
From: Jim McGinity <jimmcginity...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID help request
Jamie,

That is a nice shot of an American Goldfinch.

Jim

Jim McGinity
Dunedin, FL

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> On Dec 2, 2016, at 3:27 PM, Jamie Pipher <jamie.pipher...> wrote:
>
> This bird was seen 12/1 in my yard in Arcadia. Might be a juvie male Cape May Warbler, but I am probably wrong. Help is appreciated
>
> --
> Jamie
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Date: 12/2/16 12:27 pm
From: Jamie Pipher <jamie.pipher...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID help request
This bird was seen 12/1 in my yard in Arcadia. Might be a juvie male Cape
May Warbler, but I am probably wrong. Help is appreciated

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Date: 12/1/16 10:04 am
From: Debbie <dolavarria...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bobolink, West Pasco
Great find, Ken.
Congrats.

Debbie
Land O Lakes, FL

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> On Dec 1, 2016, at 12:28 PM, Ken Tracey <kftracey...> wrote:
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> Hello,
>
> This morning I found a Bobolink at the Starkey Ranch Development in the first wetland on the right as you enter the development. According to "Florida Bird Species, An Annotated List" 2014; there are only two verifiable winter records, so this would be the third.
>
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Date: 12/1/16 9:28 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bobolink, West Pasco
Hello,

This morning I found a Bobolink at the Starkey Ranch Development in the first wetland on the right as you enter the development. According to "Florida Bird Species, An Annotated List" 2014; there are only two verifiable winter records, so this would be the third.

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL

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Date: 12/1/16 6:29 am
From: Andy Kratter <kratter...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Sea Watch Juno Pier Cory's SW and Scoter Question
After waking up and getting a few prods from others, I think this is a Cory's Shearwater.
humblely
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Gaiensville, Florida

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Date: 12/1/16 4:15 am
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Double Thick-billed Vireo day in Miami-Dade 11/30/2016
Yesterday there were two separate birds found in Miami-Dade County. One was
found and photographed by Dan O'Malley at Bill Baggs State Park (BBSP) and
the other found by Carlos Sanchez in Everglades National Park (ENP).

Here is a link to the Tropical Audubon Society's Birdboard for more info on
the BBSP bird:

http://www.tropicalaudubon.org/blog/bird-board/thick-billed-vireo-in-cape-florida

The ENP bird was found at Royal Palm in a Gumbo Limbo at the very beginning
of Old Ingraham Highway.

Good luck to anyone chasing.

Cheers,
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Miami-Dade

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Date: 12/1/16 4:00 am
From: Andy Kratter <kratter...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Sea Watch Juno Pier Cory's SW and Scoter Question
Your collage looks like a Bermuda Petrel, which would be a first Florida record. The only thing off is that Bermuda usually has more black on underwing. The lack of white collar and very reduced white in the rump eliminates Black-capped Petrel. Do you have any other photos? The long very narrow wings eliminate all shearwaters. Please submit photos to FOSRC (disregard error message generated by the submission).
http://www.fosbirds.org/content/fos-bird-records-species-documentation
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Date: 11/30/16 6:12 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Clay-colored Sparrows, Old Keystone Rd. Pinellas County; November 30, 2016
Hi All,

Earlier this morning Debbie Olavarria, Pamela Graber Tom Mast and I
relocated 2 Clay-colored Sparrows on this road about 150 yards apart. The
one was at the large turnaround and the second bird was seen east of here
on the north side of the road opposite the pond. The bird at the
turnaround was easily photographed.

Great Birding!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey FL

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Date: 11/30/16 6:07 am
From: Daniel J Young <dyoung...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Sea Watch Juno Pier Cory's SW and Scoter Question
You have read the attached text in the first message. Posting messages is a difficult task for me

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Date: 11/30/16 6:04 am
From: Daniel J Young <dyoung...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sea Watch Juno Pier Cory's SW and Scoter Question
Trying this again. The message wouldn't post b/c the photos were too large, so I screen shotted them.

This past Monday I did a sea watch from the Juno Pier. I had a close fly by from a Cory's shearwater. Two ID photos posted and one just b/c their flight pattern is amazing.

The No. gannets were coming by about every ten minutes, mostly in groups of about 9, but ranged from 2 to 13.

Was hoping for scoters. Saw one small group of 9 that was likely black scoters moving south at rapid pace. Then had two moving north, low to the surface and moving at rapid pace. I got the scope on them and saw dark birds with very obvious white wing patch. I would assume these are white-wing scoters, but scaups would seem likely as well. Does anyone have tips on how to differentiate when seen at a great distance and moving away rapidly? And don't scoters usually travel in much larger groups?

After Juno I went to the municipa park just south of Blowing Rocks Preserve (which were blowing nicely). There was a lot of tubenose activity, but the combination of distance, low light, heavy wind and not enough clothes to protect me from the wind led to no IDs. It was very active there though, at least 6 tubenoses in the 40 or so minutes I stayed.

Happy Birding,
Danny Young
Volusia County

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Date: 11/30/16 5:29 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach Bonaparte's Gulls
This morning, Wednesday, at about 7:15AM, after a beautiful sunrise, nine Bonaparte's Gulls arrived on the beach along with numerous terns and gulls. The significance of this is, that this Fall, we have only seen one other Bonaparte's Gull, a single back on November 22nd, at this same Pinellas County location. The water level in the bay seemed high, thus a great variety of birds on the beach.


Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 11/29/16 3:01 pm
From: Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Park-Craig Park, Tarpon Springs
Hello Dorothy, nice photos, so are the terns Common or Forster's ?? Thanks.



Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.

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Date: 11/29/16 12:16 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Snow Geese. Magnificent Frigatebird. Black Scoters, Purple Sandpipers. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
This morning I was conducting a shorebird survey in Ponce de Leon Inlet with Jennifer Winters, Becki O'Keefe, Amber Bridges, Eli Schaperow and Ken Hunter when we found three white morph Snow Geese on Disappearing Island. There were two adults and one juvenile bird. We also had a flock of 40+ Black Scoters fly across the mouth of the Inlet. Later, we also had a male Magnificent Frigatebird fly over. Early this morning I also had 6 female Black Scoters floating in the Inlet and two Purple Sandpipers on the north jetty.

Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL


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Date: 11/29/16 12:12 pm
From: Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Park-Craig Park, Tarpon Springs
Thank you all for IDing both the terns and the yellowlegs. I thought it was but wasn't really sure. And thanks for the reminder to sign my messages. It seems like I forgot to do that the last time I subscribed to Birdbrain.
Thank you all again.
Dorothy Dunlap
Ocala, Fl.

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Date: 11/29/16 9:33 am
From: Margaret England <sta5birding...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] STA-5/6 Hendry County, South of Lake Okeechobee
Next Driving Trip to STA 5/6 Saturday Dec. 3 Reservations required:
www.hendrygladesaudubon.org <http://www.hendrygladesaudubon.org>

Reminder Walking/Bicycle access Friday, Saturday and Monday only.

Margaret England

LaBelle

Hendry-Glades Audubon.



Stormwater Treatment Area 5/6, Hendry, Florida, US Nov 19, 2016 8:00 AM -
2:00 PM

Protocol: Traveling

20.0 mile(s)

Comments: Includes Tropical (Brian Rapoza), Caloosa Bird Club,
Photographers and Hendry-Glades Escorted group

65 species



Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Fulvous Whistling-Duck

Gadwall

American Wigeon

Mottled Duck 2

Blue-winged Teal

Northern Shoveler

Ring-necked Duck

Double-crested Cormorant

Anhinga

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 9

Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Osprey

Snail Kite 2

Northern Harrier

Red-shouldered Hawk

Sora

Purple Gallinule

Gray-headed Swamphen

Common Gallinule

American Coot

Limpkin

Black-necked Stilt

Killdeer

Stilt Sandpiper 5

Dunlin

Least Sandpiper

Long-billed Dowitcher

Greater Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Gull-billed Tern 1 confirmed by Brian Rapoza

Common Ground-Dove

Mourning Dove

Smooth-billed Ani 1 confirmed with photos and calls inside STA it was
down the path that is closest to the restrooms, where the public parking is,
to the right of the main road. Only about 200yds down that path off to
right. There is a metal railing and grate there I'm sure it some kind of
water flow equipment. It was seen there off to the right at that 1st canal.

Belted Kingfisher

Crested Caracara

American Kestrel

Peregrine Falcon

Eastern Phoebe

Tropical Kingbird 3 returning birds. 2 on east levee and 1 at G343 G
(not F)

Gray Kingbird 1 returning bird confirmed by group

Loggerhead Shrike

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Tree Swallow

Gray Catbird

Common Yellowthroat

Palm Warbler

Savannah Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

Red-winged Blackbird

Eastern Meadowlark

Common Grackle

Boat-tailed Grackle



View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32676496



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Date: 11/29/16 8:57 am
From: Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Park-Craig Park, Tarpon Springs
Dorothy et al.:


I couldn't get the 4th and 5th pix to open. However, I had a comment on your Black Scoter picture. Notice that there is a bit of yellow on the bill, indicating that this is an immature male. I've noted a number of reports on this venue reporting female Black Scoter. Many young-of-the-year male Black Scoters are still even more female-like than the bird in this picture and will be for quite a while to come. While adult males are readily discernible from females, as are some immature males, at this season, many immature males are not. If such birds fly or stand up and flap such that their bellies are visible, ageing the bird -- adults have black bellies, immatures pale ones -- can assist in determining the sex.


Enjoy,


Tony


Tony Leukering
Largo, FL
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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Park-Craig Park, Tarpon Springs

Visited Fred Howard Park and Craig Park in Tarpon Springs. Thanks to whomever pointed these parks out. I'm going to try to post some photos of the whimbrel, marbled godwits, and 4 black scoters at Craig Park. I'm also going to post photos of 2 terns I'm not able to ID and a shore bird behind a willet I can not ID. Your input would be greatly appreciated. Have a happy birding day.

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Date: 11/29/16 7:15 am
From: Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Park-Craig Park, Tarpon Springs
Visited Fred Howard Park and Craig Park in Tarpon Springs. Thanks to whomever pointed these parks out. I'm going to try to post some photos of the whimbrel, marbled godwits, and 4 black scoters at Craig Park. I'm also going to post photos of 2 terns I'm not able to ID and a shore bird behind a willet I can not ID. Your input would be greatly appreciated. Have a happy birding day.

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Date: 11/28/16 7:26 pm
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Eastern Panhandle on November 27 and 28 2016
Hi All,

Debbie Olavarria, Don Fraser and I made an impromptu trip to the eastern
part of the Panhandle. We hit 5 locations starting with St. Marks NWR and
Alligator Point on Sunday and then hit Wakulla Springs SP, Tall Timbers
Research Station and Fred George Basin Greenway in Talahasse today. We
scored 134 species in 1 and a half days of intense birding including 110
species at St. Marks in 7 and a half hours!!!

These were our highlight for the weekend:

St. Marks NWR; November 27, 2016:

Snow Goose 6 including 4 "Blue's"; Mound trail
Common Goldeneye 1 drake; end of the Lighthouse Trail; scope needed!

White-faced Ibis 7 6 Mounds Trail and 1 easily photographed at the Stony
Brook Pool along the road at 75 feet. Red eye and pink facial skin easily
visible

Franklin's Gull 1 Stony Brook Pool: Photographed 1st cycle: Seen and
photographed at Stony Brook Pool

Great Black-backed Gull 1 Adult at the end of the Lighthouse Trail.
Scope needed.

Vermilion Flycatcher 1 BRILLIANT ADULT MALE!! seen and photographed at
the Double Dikes on the main road within 25 feet!

Winter Wren 4 3 easily heard at dawn opposite the headquarters parking
lot and another heard later on. Many people blow this off as a House Wren
chattering, but it is not. Very easily overlooked species.

Unfortunately we missed the American Black Ducks (seen earlier in the day)
and the 2 Long-tailed Ducks see earlier in the week!!!


Alligator Point: November 27, 2016

RED-THROATED LOON 1 Seen and digiscoped along Alligator Point Drive! The
road is not there in many places, as the hurricane basically eroded most
off the road in some places but we able to scope offshore at one location
and scored! There are new permanent roads built for these poor resident's
who got the brunt of this storm!

Common loon 23
Northern Gannet 32 Very Numerous!

Tall Timber Research Station: November 28, 2016

Red-breasted Nuthatch 1 easily heard "yanking!"
White-breasted Nuthatch 4 seen heard and photographed
Brown-headed Nuthatch 1

RUSTY BLACKBIRD 4 Possibly photographed as they were in front of the sun,
but easily heard and seen otherwise, possibly several more

Pine Siskin 1 easily heard the "clee-ip" call as it was southbound

Fred George Basin Greenway, Tallahassee: November 28, 2016

COMMON LOON 1 Migrating bird fling extremely high!! Southbound
Double-crested Cormorant 5 ditto
Winter Wren 1 easily heard but went unseen!
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1 seen right above our heads at 15 feet.

Wakulla Springs SP:

Pretty quiet, as I will my bypass here on my next trip to the Panhandle in
2 weeks!

I hope that this wasn't too long winded, but I wanted to share the last 1
and a half days with you.

PS: I am NOT a photographer, but many of the species seen were
photographed.

Great Birding!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 11/28/16 8:54 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Park Whimbrel Continues / Pinellas Co
It is presently 11:35AM Monday morning, the Whimbrel my wife Denise found on Saturday is presently at the same location in the grass as it was when she first found it. The grassy area can be viewed from the south end of the back side of the beach parking lot overlooking the usual shorebird hangout. With it being about high tide there are plenty of birds on the mudflat.


Bob Lane / Clearwater



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Date: 11/28/16 8:38 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Park Whimbrel Continues / Pinellas Co
It is presently 11:35AM Monday morning, the Whimbrel my wife Denise found on Saturday is presently at the same location in the grass as it was when she first found it. The grassy area can be viewed from the south end of the back side of the beach parking lot overlooking the usual shorebird hangout. With it being about high tide there are plenty of birds on the mudflat.


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Date: 11/28/16 7:46 am
From: Diane Reed <dreedster14...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Ani still present at Clay Island Trail
Greetings
Ani still present at Clay Island Trail yesterday. It's a very
comfortable mile each way walk out there. Only had a quick tour into the
Lust Rd property and the winds really picked up, so birds were not very
visible. Good-looking Bittern out there - nice to see you Chris. Nice finds
by others.
Diane Reed
St Augustine FL

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Date: 11/27/16 2:40 pm
From: Will Johnson <willjohnson2000...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Seaduck ID Question
With the strong northeast winds today I decided to go down to the beach and look for some migrating seabirds. Gannets were migrating in a constant stream down the coast along with Laughing, Ring-Billed, and Lesser-Black Backed Gulls and Pomarine Jaegers. There were also two flocks of Black Scoters that flew by with about 30-40 birds in each flock. Also seen was a flock of about 10 ducks that were initially seen on the surface bobbing up and down between the large waves directly off where I was sitting. They soon took flight heading south out of view. These ducks were about the size of a black scoter and had all dark brown backs and dark brown wings which were pointed in shape. The head and especially breast seemed to be the darkest brown. The very dark brown breast faded into a much lighter shade of brown on the underside. The head itself seemed to resemble a Surf Scoter in shape, and the bill was clearly a dark brown/black. If I had to place an ID, I would say Surf Scoter, but the slightly smaller size (which may actually not be the case since I had no other birds in the flock to use for size reference), lack of any visible white patches on side of face (the birds were so far out that they may have been imperceptible), and the much darker breast give me pause. I’ve narrowed my search down to either female Harlequin ducks (VERY unlikely) or juvenile female Surf Scoters. Again, these birds were seen from a good distance away so I couldn’t see most of the ducks’ features very well beyond color and shape which could be relatively easily discerned. Any help would be appreciated!!

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Vero Beach, FL
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Date: 11/26/16 9:51 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Southern Pasco/Northern Pinellas Counties; November 26, 2016
Hi All,

A group of us birded Key Vista Park in Holiday (Pasco County), Old Keystone
Road (Pinellas County) and Craig Park, Tarpon Springs (Pinellas County)
this morning.

Here were our highlights for the morning;

Key Vista Park:

WINTER WEREN 1 heard well by all, but briefly glimpsed; continuing
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH 2 easily seen and heard
PINE SISKIN 1 calling flyover heard by several in the group

Old Keystone Road:

Mottled Duck 2 photographed; appeared pure
Glossy Ibis 1 photographed
Chipping Sparrow 6

Debbie Olavarria also photographed the CLAY-COLRED SPARROW prior to our
arrival at the wide turnaround near the sewage plant!

Craig Park:

BLACK SCOTER 4 photographed! seen by Charlie Fisher and I and Bob and
Denise Lane, whos scored them earlier in the morning.

I also saw 172 American White Pelicans soaring south over my residence at
1215 this afternoon!

GREAT BIRDING!!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 11/26/16 9:01 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Saturday Morning Pinellas County Birding Memories
We started off the day with a Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach gorgeous sunrise at about 7:00AM. A birding trifecta started with a Clay-colored Sparrow at Old Keystone Road about 8:30AM. Four female Black Scoters at Spring Bayou in Tarpon Springs were the next highlight at about 10:00AM. Off to Fred Howard Park to complete the trifecta. While being amazed at the sight of over four hundred Black Skimmers on the back beach at about 10:30AM, Denise found a Whimbrel resting close-by in the foreground in the grass. As the old saying goes, "It just doesn't get any better than this". These three species are just a sampling of the mornings finds.


Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 11/25/16 5:48 pm
From: Jim Swarr <jhschwarr...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Red-throated Loons-Tomoka State Park, Ormond Beach, FL
After reading Michael Brothers recent posting of seeing Black Scoters, and
a Red-throated Loon in Tomoka Basin on Nov. 10th, I emailed him for
directions, which
he kindly sent.

Joyce King and I went over to the park, went to the very north end, and
parked
before the statue. Although there is construction work, it is possible to
walk
north on the right side of the statue on the dirt path, a distance of less
than 50
yards to the very north tip of land.

We both had scopes.

Looking due east, near the far shore. there were almost 100 Black Scoters,
male and female (I really did count them).

Going to the most western of the path ends, which basically faces due north,
there were 7 (seven) birds in the water,in a line, relatively close to the
shore.
They were just west of two DC Cormorants on a rock.

They were dark, with thin, upturned bills. They were not diving.

They had the shape of Red-throated Loons, with thin, upturned bills--which
I
had previously only seen in MA--where they were in breeding plumage.

These did not have white on their necks,I think they were juvenile, winter
birds,
and am claiming them as such.

--
Jim Swarr, Melrose, FL

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Date: 11/25/16 4:19 pm
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Groove-billed Anis at Clay Island Trail Lake Apopka; November 25, 2016
Hi All,

Don Fraser and I hit both the Clay Island Trail and Lust Road locations at
Lake Apopka today and scored some really cool birds: Here are our
highlights from each location.

Clay Island Trail:

GROOVE-BILLED ANI 2
Sora 31
Lest Flycatcher 1
Yellow-breasted Chat

Lust Road:

VERMILION FLYCATCHER 1 female seen just right of the metal bridge near
the pump house; a scope is necessary to get good identifiable looks.

Fulvous Whistling Duck A WHOPPING EXACT COUNT OF 58!!! included was a
group of 47 seen in view at one time!

Ruddy Duck 4
Least Flycatcher 1

Great Birding!!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 11/25/16 2:27 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] White-winged Scoter. Tomoka Basin. Ormond Beach. Volusia Co.
This afternoon, 11/25, I was out fishing with my son and found a White-winged Scoter with a flock of about 100 Black Scoters on the Tomoka Basin. Tomoka State Park, Ormond Beach, Volusia Co.
Michael

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Date: 11/25/16 12:58 pm
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Western Spindalis @ Deering Estate 11/25/2016
I was able to relocate the Western Spindalis today at Deering Estate. I
have arranged for there to be access to the bird tomorrow morning
(Saturday, November 26). Visitors will meet at the Deering Estate visitor's
center parking lot (16701 SW 72nd AVE Miami, Fl. 33157) between 7 and
7:30am. After checking in with Karen Solms and paying the $12 admission
fee, you will follow Eduardo Ibarra over to SW 152nd street to enter the
pineland through a north gate. He can only stay until noon, which at that
time everyone will have to leave for the day. Good luck for anyone chasing!

Cheers,
Rangel Diaz
Miami-Dade

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Date: 11/25/16 6:20 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sapsucker Followup (Red-naped)
Hello,

After receiving no suggestions on Sapsucker ID I did some research. I also reviewed some additional photos of mine of the Sapsucker in question and read some manuscripts on the four species in the Sapsucker complex. I believe the following characteristics show that the photographed bird is a first year male Red-naped Sapsucker.
1. A juvenile male nuchalis (Red-naped) lacks the black breast shield, with a full yellow chest expected on a first fall bird. (Shunk S. A. 2005) (photo 1&2)
2. The presence of red feathers in the black malar is a reliable characteristic for Red-naped, separating it from Yellow-bellied (Robbins M.B., Siebel D.E., & Cirero C.) Some appear in malar (photo 1&2)
3. The dorsal that has two rows of white or yellowish feathers eliminates Yellow-bellied and is a reliable characteristic of Red-naped Sapsucker. (Sibley D. A.and Robbins M.B., Siebel D.E., & Cirero C.) (photo 3)

I will submit this to FOSRC

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey

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Date: 11/25/16 6:12 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Ben T. Davis Beach American Avocet Continues / Hillsborough Co
It is presently 9:10AM Friday morning, the American Avocet we found yesterday morning, Thanksgiving, is still hanging out at Ben T. Davis Beach on the east end of The Courtney Campbell Causeway. The avocet is straight out in the water from the temporary orange cones east of Whiskey Joe's.


Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 11/23/16 6:13 pm
From: Ed Rizer <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar Reserve 11/23/16
Hello Birders.
Out to Circle B Bar Reserve Southeast of Lakeland this morning from
7:00 till 11:00 it was a beautiful morning for birding.
Best Birds : 3 PAINTED BUNTING, 1 AMERICAN BITTERN, 4 VESPER'S SPARROW,
3 BELTED KINGFISHER, 3 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, 1 PRAIRIE,1 BLACK&WHITE
WARBLER, CAROLINA, HOUSE MARSH AND SEDGE WREN, 2 TUFTED TITMOUSE, 4 BALD
EAGLE also Palm, Yellow-rumped and Common Yellowthroat Warbler, a flock of
about 20 Swallows that I think were Tree Swallows. 25+ Black-bellied
Whistling Duck, 4 Blue-winged Teal and a pair of Wood Ducks.
Just West of the parking-lot a pair of Barred Owls were hooting, they
nested in this area last year. Heading down Heron Hideout look for Marsh
and Sedge Wrens and Common Yellowthroats. SAt the end of heron Hideout and
the marsh the trail starts a slight incline and curves to the right,
looking to the right there's 6 small Sand Pine close to the trail that has
been holding the Vesper's Sparrows, they're usually on the ground and fly
up in the pines as you approach.
Back down at the intersection of Heron Hideout and Alligator
Alley/Marsh Rabbit Run heading East on Alligator Alley is where I've been
finding the most activity; the second half of the trail has been holding
the Painted Buntings. Good Birding and God Bless and have a Happy
Thanksgiving.


Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.

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Date: 11/23/16 3:50 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Glaucous Gull. Ormond by the Sea. Volusia Co
This afternoon I found a 1st cycle Glaucous Gull on the beach at Ormond by the Sea, Volusia Co. A few hundred yards south of Tom Renick Park. There were also 100 Black Scoters offshore and 82 Red Knots foraging on the beach.
Michael Brothers
Ormond Beach


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Date: 11/23/16 11:51 am
From: Sam Fried <sam.fried...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Finding plovers
Many thanks to all for providing information on where best to find all of Florida's winter plovers in one spot. For those who are interested, the "Pet Beach" at the south end of Honeymoon Island State Park, at or near high tide, was loaded with snowy, piping, Wilson's, semi-palmated and black-bellied plovers, plus red knots, loads of terns and skimmers. The first three and knot were important year birds for me as I managed to break my year ABA record. Plus I added monk and Nanday parakeets in the afternoon while playing golf at the nearby Dunedin Golf Club to bring my year total to 509. Great fun!


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Date: 11/23/16 9:44 am
From: Bev Hansen <bevalhansen...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Franklin's Gull at Bayport, Hernando County
About 8 this morning Al and I found a Franklin's Gull at Bayport Park
(Hernando County). It was sitting on one of the poles near the closed
fishing pier.

Bev Hansen
Spring Hill, FL
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Date: 11/23/16 3:09 am
From: Lucille <croomwalker...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sibley Field Guide found
Found: Sibley Field Guide in the grass on the south side of S.R. 52 just
west of Darby Road, near the small pond in a pasture. The guide has
handmade tabs for quick ID of bird families and there are check marks
throughout against various species. This leads me to believe that it might
be a birder's record of species seen. The guide is still in fair condition.
The heavy cover seems to have protected it although it was damp when found.
Lucille Lane
Brooksville

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Date: 11/22/16 12:45 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Franklin's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
Today, 11/22, at lunch I stopped off at the beach at Daytona Beach Shores and found a 1st cycle Franklin's Gull. The bird was just north of the Van Avenue approach to the beach. Another oddity for the beach was a Killdeer foraging in the surf.

Michael

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Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL


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Date: 11/22/16 12:34 pm
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Thoughts On The Pretty In Pink Laughing Gull
A thank you to all that responded with thoughts on the pink gull. With his permission, the following is a message from Ed Kwater that gives an interesting explanation about this gulls coloration. Recently Ed moved from birding the Gulf Coast of Florida to fantastic birding, as he says, in Columbia, South America. For years Ed contributed many numerous and valuable bird sightings from Pinellas County and the surrounding area. Thank you Ed.


Bob Lane

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Bob,

The conventional wisdom on this pink coloration in some species of gulls and terns is that it is due to the presence of a carotenoid pigment called asthaxanthin in the diet. Having said that your bird is exceptionally pink.

Ed Kwater
Colombia, S.A.

On Nov 21, 2016 8:45 AM, "robert lane" <ohiomagpie...><mailto:<ohiomagpie...>> wrote:

Yesterday, Sunday, from about 2:00PM to 5:00PM, at Fred Howard County Park at Tarpon Springs, there was an almost totally pink colored Laughing Gull hanging out with the rest of the gulls and Black Skimmers. Does anyone have an explanation of how this beautiful bird ended up this way? I will try to attach a photo of the bird. If it does not come thru with this message and you are interested in seeing some photos, let me know.


Bob Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 11/22/16 11:28 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Winter Wren and Red-breasted Nuthatch, Key Vista Park, Pasco County; November 22, 2016
Hi All,

Bill Pranty and EASILY heard and then saw the Winter Wren within 5 minutes
from the car. We then proceeded to the Red-breasted Nuthatch spot and the
female was easily seen, heard and photographed.

A reminder on the Winter Wren; The bird is VERY unresponsive to playing
the calls, as it has been calling every 10-minutes from where it is, but is
DOES move around! IT has always been seen within 2 feet of the ground,
which is diagnostic for this species.

Great Birding!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 11/22/16 7:34 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] CCC Beach Bonaparte's Gull / Pinellas County
This morning, Tuesday, at about 9:45AM, at Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach in eastern Clearwater, I recorded my first Bonaparte's Gull of the fall. A single bird hanging amongst the largest group of Sandwich Terns I have ever seen at this site, actual count of 63. This location in the past has been a traditional Bonaparte's Gull hangout during the winter. Most of the usual CCC Beach birds were also present , including Red Knots, numerous peeps, and plenty of terns and gulls. With the cool temperature, only myself and two fishermen were present.


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Date: 11/22/16 6:22 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Glaucous Gull. Ponce Inlet. Volusia Co.
This morning, 11/22, I found a 1st cycle Glaucous Gull on the beach about 1/4 mile north of the North Jetty in Ponce Inlet.

Michael

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Date: 11/22/16 5:23 am
From: Melissa Forehand <birdingtreefrog...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lakeside ranch. Water treatment area
Seen yesterday. In the pasture just a little past the bend when u come in a clump of high grass was a partridge. Thick bill. Longish tail. Speckled back. Clear chest. Got very crappy picture. Has anyone else seen this bird? Know what kind?
Also where r the burrowing owls seen there?
Thanks
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Date: 11/21/16 3:55 pm
From: Jim McGinity <jimmcginity...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Winter Painted Bunting Research Project
Hi All,

A fellow bander from the east coast is working with the University of North Carolina to color band Painted Buntings in Florida. She is interested in learning of any buntings that are coming to feeders on the West coast of Florida as well. Listed below is a description of the project and her e-mail/blog for you to contact her.

Regards,

Jim McGinity
Dunedin, FL

Color Banding Painted Buntings
If you are not familiar with banding, you may want to read the page about banding first! Though this activity is not just happening at Possum Long, the Painted Buntings we caught there and banding team had quite an influence on my new activity. I am now color banding Painted Buntings in association with University of North Carolina Wilmington and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC). If you have overwintering buntings we might consider banding them based on a set of criteria. Email <keepbirding2...>

http://brdbander.blogspot.com/p/color-banding-painted-buntings.html



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Date: 11/21/16 2:49 pm
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Winter Wren and Nuthatches, Key Vista Park, Holiday, Pasco County;November 21, 2016
Hi All,

Don Fraser, Debbie Olavarria and I easily heard and saw 3 times this
afternoon the Winter Wren between 250 and 325. Also, 2 Red-breasted
Nuthatches were seen together.

These 2 species were in the same or near the same location where we saw
them yesterday!

Great Birding!!

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New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 11/21/16 1:29 pm
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Red-breasted Nuthatch, Jay B. Starkey Park, Pasco
Hello,

This afternoon I found a Red-breasted Nuthatch in the Sand Pines next to the corral in Starkey Park.

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL

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Date: 11/21/16 7:46 am
From: ann starck <tstarck...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Pretty In Pink Laughing Gull / Pinellas County
Wild looking! Not the same color, but we had a cattle egret in our field
which was turqoise=colored on it's belly. Ag agent explained that
farmers spray fertilizer (?appply seed?) with a dye in to show where
field has been treated/planted. Any chance this gull could have swum in
water with a dye/coloring that would stain it so? The color is so much
more intense between its legs/

On 11/21/2016 09:44 AM, robert lane wrote:
>
> Yesterday, Sunday, from about 2:00PM to 5:00PM, at Fred Howard County
> Park at Tarpon Springs, there was an almost totally pink colored
> Laughing Gull hanging out with the rest of the gulls and Black
> Skimmers. Does anyone have an explanation of how this beautiful bird
> ended up this way? I will try to attach a photo of the bird. If it
> does not come thru with this message and you are interested in seeing
> some photos, let me know.
>
>
> Bob Lane / Clearwater
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Date: 11/21/16 7:31 am
From: Lee Snyder <anipa...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Ruff
Saturday, a.m. (19 November) at Myakka River State Park, Sarasota: probable
Ruff near boardwalk. No photo. Returned to photo Sunday, a.m. without
rediscovering the bird. Activity of a photographer with his young son along
the water's edge north of the boardwalk kept birds in flight.



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Saint Petersburg, FL


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Date: 11/21/16 6:44 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pretty In Pink Laughing Gull / Pinellas County
Yesterday, Sunday, from about 2:00PM to 5:00PM, at Fred Howard County Park at Tarpon Springs, there was an almost totally pink colored Laughing Gull hanging out with the rest of the gulls and Black Skimmers. Does anyone have an explanation of how this beautiful bird ended up this way? I will try to attach a photo of the bird. If it does not come thru with this message and you are interested in seeing some photos, let me know.


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Date: 11/21/16 6:30 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sapsucker ID

Hello,

At the Starkey Ranch Development I found up to 5 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers chasing each other from tree to tree. Going through several photographs this one stood out as not a standard plumage for Yellow-bellied. It has no black chest "v" just a plain yellow chest and its back pattern more closely fits the Red-breasted Sapsucker description of narrow rows of gold spots, not the extensive white barring of a Yellow-bellied. Although lacking the extensive red on head and chest as Red-breasted (slight pink coloring is evident on part of face), could this be a young Yellow-bellied, or a young Red-breasted, or a Red-breasted with worn plumage?

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL


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Date: 11/20/16 12:41 pm
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Black Scoters, Craig Park, Tarpon Springs, Pinellas County; 11-20-16
Hi ALL,

Tammy Knuth, Sig Olsen and I saw these birds at this very UN:LIKELY spot
away from the immediate coast, as 3 females were easily seen and
photographed!

Great Birding!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 11/20/16 12:33 pm
From: Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka Wildlife Dr. & Clay Isl. Tr.
Hello again:

Yes, more info on where the grooved-bill Ani is located. Specifically, I went to Carolyn Ln. (dead end). Walked left to kiosk, followed trail to Ranch Rd. turned right, went left at first road, walked at least 1 mile to observation tower on left. With my back to the road the Anis were on the right side of the observation tower. Coordinates are 28.674423 -81.691993. There are 2 of them but only one came in to view. I was happy to see one. Good luck and happy birding.

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Date: 11/20/16 11:06 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] BAR-TAILED GODWIT: Anclote Gulf PArk Pier, Holiday PAsco County; November 20, 2016
Hi All,

Tammy Knuth, Sig Olsen and I relocated this bird that was previously found
at Fred Howard Park which is roughly 5 miles south (as the Godwit flies!).
It was scoped on the north side of the pier several hundred yards north.
It was associating with a small group of Marbled Godwits and Willets. Tammy
may have got an identifiable photo.

ALSO at Key Vista prior to seeing the Godwit, we relocated both the
Red-breasted Nuthatch and Winter Wren at the exact same time along the
trail heading south east past the bathroom. They were roughly 200 east of
the first trail on the right. This several hundred yards east of where we
discovered the Wren earlier in the week.

Great Birding!!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey FL

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Date: 11/20/16 10:51 am
From: dwassme1 <dwassme1...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] FOS goldfinch
Three at the feeders.

Lilian Saul and Doug Wassmer

Tampa, Florida

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Date: 11/20/16 9:49 am
From: Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka Wildlife Dr. & Clay Isl. Tr.
Hello everyone: Back from NY. Went looking for the grooved-bill Ani at Lake Apopka, Clay Osl. Tr. Found one thanks to two birders already there. He used his phone recorder to give a call and one Ani came up to investigate. Got some good photos. Hope they will attach. Went for ride around the Lust Rd., Wildlife Dr., many many birds. Much more water in the wetland then the last time I was there. 2 lifers for me. Happy birding.

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Date: 11/20/16 2:43 am
From: Bob Carroll <00000057709288d4-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Vermilion Flycatcher
A group of birders from Alachua County traveled to Orange County on Friday to bird the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive.  We tallied about 50 species including both Black-bellied and Fulvous Whistling-Ducks and one Gadwall.  However the highlight of the day was a female Vermilion Flycatcher that we saw near the pump house parking lot.  Initially we thought the bird might be a Say's Phoebe, but a photograph taken by Becky Enneis helped establish the proper ID.  We also got decent looks at both male and female Painted Buntings near the Lust Road entrance.
Happy Thanksgiving!Bob CarrollGainesville, Florida

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Date: 11/19/16 7:36 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Red-throated Loon. Tomoka Basin. Ormond Beach. Volusia Co.
This afternoon, 11/19, I found a Red-throated Loon on the open water of the Tomoka Basin, Tomoka State Park, Ormond Beach. The bird was far out, but quite recognizable with a scope. There were also 82 Black Scoters, including 6 males, and one female plumaged Surf Scoter. The RT Loon was so far out I could only get very distant photos.
Michael

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Date: 11/19/16 5:10 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Marion County : Bald Eagles at nest
I saw one bird while I was checking one of the Bald Eagles’ nests that I watch:



Then I saw the 2nd bird:


As I was hunting for the hooting Great Horned Owl (which I could NOT find)
a commotion arose - both Bald Eagles were in the nest




and then:



They watched the sunset together:



THIS is why I go birding!
Alice Horst
Marion County, FL
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Date: 11/19/16 2:44 pm
From: Margaret Haas <mhaas...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Elegant Tern or Cayenne
 

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Date: 11/19/16 1:40 pm
From: Claire Herzog <ceherzog...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Elegant Tern
Could you send us the picture that goes with your sighting David?

On Sat, Nov 19, 2016 at 1:26 PM, David Gagne <oporornis77...> wrote:

> Hi ALL,
>
> I sent a photo of the bird in question regarding an ELEGANT TERN or a
> Sandwich "Cayenne's" Tern to an exceptional expert, Ed Kwater, and the bird
> we photographed yesterday morning is definately an Elegant!
>
> I am not sure if some of you are seeing this same bird in different light
> or an additional bird, but ED is THE MAN when it comes to IDing the species.
>
> Thanks as always for your time!!
>
> Dave Gagne
> New Port Richey, FL
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Date: 11/19/16 12:13 pm
From: Cuneyt Yilmaz <cnytyz...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Elegant Tern
One more non-expert input; in the original email from Kathryn, a tern with an orangesh bill is a different bird than this one as you can also see from the difference in amount of shaggy crests between the two. If this one is an Elegant. There might be two Elegant Terns over there.

Cuneyt Yilmaz

On November 19, 2016, at 2:50 PM, Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...> wrote:

All:

Just because the yellow/orange-billed bird MIGHT be a parent, does not make the bird a Cayenne Tern.  Elegant and Sandwich are known or suspected to hybridize.  Of course, more important is that we cannot know what the Sandwich Tern is doing in the picture.  We cannot even determine the bird's age, as it shows no sign of juvenile plumage, something that I suspect most young-of-the-year Sandwich Terns would show, even this late in the year.  To me, this looks like an adult Sandwich.

Tony


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-----Original Message-----
From: Cuneyt Yilmaz <cnytyz...>
To: Tony Leukering <greatgrayowl...>; BIRDBRAIN <BRDBRAIN...>
Sent: Sat, Nov 19, 2016 2:38 pm
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Elegant Tern

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Not that I'm any expert, but in that picture, young tern acts like the tern with the yellow bill is the parent. In turn, it should make it a Cayenne. 😃

Cuneyt Yilmaz
Clearwater, fl



On November 19, 2016, at 2:22 PM, Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...> wrote:


At Jim's request:





Tony


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-----Original Message-----
From: Jim McGinity <jimmcginity...>
To: BRDBRAIN <BRDBRAIN...>
Sent: Sat, Nov 19, 2016 1:56 pm
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Elegant Tern

Tony/Dave,


Any chance you could attach the photo you are referring to?  I'd like to learn the finer points on IDing the species.


Thanks,


Jim


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On Nov 19, 2016, at 1:40 PM, Tony Leukering wrote:


All:

I agree with what I take Dave's main point to be:  that the "two" birds are, in fact, the same bird photographed under differing light conditions.  My primary concern about the reported Cayenne Tern is that it appears larger and, particularly, larger-billed than the Sandwich Tern next door.  To me these differences are precisely correct for the difference between Sandwich and Elegant, not Sandwich and Cayenne.  Cayenne Tern is considered to be a subspecies of Sandwich and differs little in appearance from New World Sandwich Terns, except for bill COLOR.  In addition, that bird shows the paler bill tip relative to the rest of the bill typical of Elegant Tern.  Like Dave, I have requested opinions from noted experts with both forms and will let all know their thoughts.

Tony



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Largo, FL
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-----Original Message-----
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
To: BRDBRAIN <BRDBRAIN...>
Sent: Sat, Nov 19, 2016 1:26 pm
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Elegant Tern

Hi ALL,


I sent a photo of the bird in question regarding an ELEGANT TERN or a Sandwich "Cayenne's" Tern to an exceptional expert, Ed Kwater, and the bird we photographed yesterday morning is definately an Elegant!


I am not sure if some of you are seeing this same bird in different light or an additional bird, but ED is THE MAN when it comes to IDing the species.


Thanks as always for your time!!


Dave Gagne

New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 11/19/16 11:50 am
From: Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Elegant Tern

All:

Just because the yellow/orange-billed bird MIGHT be a parent, does not make the bird a Cayenne Tern. Elegant and Sandwich are known or suspected to hybridize. Of course, more important is that we cannot know what the Sandwich Tern is doing in the picture. We cannot even determine the bird's age, as it shows no sign of juvenile plumage, something that I suspect most young-of-the-year Sandwich Terns would show, even this late in the year. To me, this looks like an adult Sandwich.

Tony




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From: Cuneyt Yilmaz <cnytyz...>
To: Tony Leukering <greatgrayowl...>; BIRDBRAIN <BRDBRAIN...>
Sent: Sat, Nov 19, 2016 2:38 pm
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Elegant Tern



Not that I'm any expert, but in that picture, young tern acts like the tern with the yellow bill is the parent. In turn, it should make it a Cayenne. 😃
Cuneyt Yilmaz
Clearwater, fl


On November 19, 2016, at 2:22 PM, Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...> wrote:



At Jim's request:






Tony




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-----Original Message-----
From: Jim McGinity <jimmcginity...>
To: BRDBRAIN <BRDBRAIN...>
Sent: Sat, Nov 19, 2016 1:56 pm
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Elegant Tern


Tony/Dave,


Any chance you could attach the photo you are referring to? I'd like to learn the finer points on IDing the species.


Thanks,


Jim




Jim McGinity
Dunedin, FL


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On Nov 19, 2016, at 1:40 PM, Tony Leukering wrote:



All:

I agree with what I take Dave's main point to be: that the "two" birds are, in fact, the same bird photographed under differing light conditions. My primary concern about the reported Cayenne Tern is that it appears larger and, particularly, larger-billed than the Sandwich Tern next door. To me these differences are precisely correct for the difference between Sandwich and Elegant, not Sandwich and Cayenne. Cayenne Tern is considered to be a subspecies of Sandwich and differs little in appearance from New World Sandwich Terns, except for bill COLOR. In addition, that bird shows the paler bill tip relative to the rest of the bill typical of Elegant Tern. Like Dave, I have requested opinions from noted experts with both forms and will let all know their thoughts.

Tony






Tony Leukering
Largo, FL
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/tony_leukering/

http://aba.org/photoquiz/





-----Original Message-----
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
To: BRDBRAIN <BRDBRAIN...>
Sent: Sat, Nov 19, 2016 1:26 pm
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Elegant Tern



Hi ALL,


I sent a photo of the bird in question regarding an ELEGANT TERN or a Sandwich "Cayenne's" Tern to an exceptional expert, Ed Kwater, and the bird we photographed yesterday morning is definately an Elegant!


I am not sure if some of you are seeing this same bird in different light or an additional bird, but ED is THE MAN when it comes to IDing the species.


Thanks as always for your time!!


Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL
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Date: 11/19/16 11:38 am
From: Cuneyt Yilmaz <cnytyz...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Elegant Tern
Not that I'm any expert, but in that picture, young tern acts like the tern with the yellow bill is the parent. In turn, it should make it a Cayenne. 😃

Cuneyt Yilmaz
Clearwater, fl

On November 19, 2016, at 2:22 PM, Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...> wrote:

At Jim's request:





Tony


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-----Original Message-----
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To: BRDBRAIN <BRDBRAIN...>
Sent: Sat, Nov 19, 2016 1:56 pm
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Elegant Tern

Tony/Dave,


Any chance you could attach the photo you are referring to?  I'd like to learn the finer points on IDing the species.


Thanks,


Jim


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On Nov 19, 2016, at 1:40 PM, Tony Leukering wrote:


All:

I agree with what I take Dave's main point to be:  that the "two" birds are, in fact, the same bird photographed under differing light conditions.  My primary concern about the reported Cayenne Tern is that it appears larger and, particularly, larger-billed than the Sandwich Tern next door.  To me these differences are precisely correct for the difference between Sandwich and Elegant, not Sandwich and Cayenne.  Cayenne Tern is considered to be a subspecies of Sandwich and differs little in appearance from New World Sandwich Terns, except for bill COLOR.  In addition, that bird shows the paler bill tip relative to the rest of the bill typical of Elegant Tern.  Like Dave, I have requested opinions from noted experts with both forms and will let all know their thoughts.

Tony



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Largo, FL
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/tony_leukering/

http://aba.org/photoquiz/



-----Original Message-----
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
To: BRDBRAIN <BRDBRAIN...>
Sent: Sat, Nov 19, 2016 1:26 pm
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Elegant Tern

Hi ALL,


I sent a photo of the bird in question regarding an ELEGANT TERN or a Sandwich "Cayenne's" Tern to an exceptional expert, Ed Kwater, and the bird we photographed yesterday morning is definately an Elegant!


I am not sure if some of you are seeing this same bird in different light or an additional bird, but ED is THE MAN when it comes to IDing the species.


Thanks as always for your time!!


Dave Gagne

New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 11/19/16 11:22 am
From: Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Elegant Tern

At Jim's request:






Tony




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-----Original Message-----
From: Jim McGinity <jimmcginity...>
To: BRDBRAIN <BRDBRAIN...>
Sent: Sat, Nov 19, 2016 1:56 pm
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Elegant Tern


Tony/Dave,


Any chance you could attach the photo you are referring to? I'd like to learn the finer points on IDing the species.


Thanks,


Jim




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Dunedin, FL


"Deviation from Nature is Deviation from Happiness"













On Nov 19, 2016, at 1:40 PM, Tony Leukering wrote:



All:

I agree with what I take Dave's main point to be: that the "two" birds are, in fact, the same bird photographed under differing light conditions. My primary concern about the reported Cayenne Tern is that it appears larger and, particularly, larger-billed than the Sandwich Tern next door. To me these differences are precisely correct for the difference between Sandwich and Elegant, not Sandwich and Cayenne. Cayenne Tern is considered to be a subspecies of Sandwich and differs little in appearance from New World Sandwich Terns, except for bill COLOR. In addition, that bird shows the paler bill tip relative to the rest of the bill typical of Elegant Tern. Like Dave, I have requested opinions from noted experts with both forms and will let all know their thoughts.

Tony






Tony Leukering
Largo, FL
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/tony_leukering/

http://aba.org/photoquiz/





-----Original Message-----
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
To: BRDBRAIN <BRDBRAIN...>
Sent: Sat, Nov 19, 2016 1:26 pm
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Elegant Tern



Hi ALL,


I sent a photo of the bird in question regarding an ELEGANT TERN or a Sandwich "Cayenne's" Tern to an exceptional expert, Ed Kwater, and the bird we photographed yesterday morning is definately an Elegant!


I am not sure if some of you are seeing this same bird in different light or an additional bird, but ED is THE MAN when it comes to IDing the species.


Thanks as always for your time!!


Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL
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Date: 11/19/16 11:21 am
From: Robin Diaz <rd4birds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] La Sagra's Flycatcher - Bill Baggs Cape Florida SP (Miami-Dade)
All,

This morning (11/19) I found a La Sagra's Flycatcher in Bill Baggs Cape Florida SP (Miami-Dade County). Unfortunately, it was in an area with no public access but I'll try to keep track of it and hope that it goes toward a "viewable" location. This park seems to attract this species almost annually. It was at mid-level in a Gumbo Limbo tree but was uncooperative and didn't vocalize. It had classic field marks for La Sagra’s: slim Myiarchus; brownish cap; long dark bill; tertial edging; short primary projection; blackish legs; cream colored throat, breast and upper belly; soft yellowish wash on lower belly; slight rufous in primaries and tail. I'll update if it moves out of the restricted area. A Great Crested Flycatcher was nearby, offering good comparison.

Robin Diaz
Key Biscayne, FL

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Date: 11/19/16 10:56 am
From: Jim McGinity <jimmcginity...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Elegant Tern
Tony/Dave,

Any chance you could attach the photo you are referring to? I'd like to learn the finer points on IDing the species.

Thanks,

Jim

Jim McGinity
Dunedin, FL

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On Nov 19, 2016, at 1:40 PM, Tony Leukering wrote:

> All:
>
> I agree with what I take Dave's main point to be: that the "two" birds are, in fact, the same bird photographed under differing light conditions. My primary concern about the reported Cayenne Tern is that it appears larger and, particularly, larger-billed than the Sandwich Tern next door. To me these differences are precisely correct for the difference between Sandwich and Elegant, not Sandwich and Cayenne. Cayenne Tern is considered to be a subspecies of Sandwich and differs little in appearance from New World Sandwich Terns, except for bill COLOR. In addition, that bird shows the paler bill tip relative to the rest of the bill typical of Elegant Tern. Like Dave, I have requested opinions from noted experts with both forms and will let all know their thoughts.
>
> Tony
>
>
> Tony Leukering
> Largo, FL
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> http://www.flickr.com/photos/tony_leukering/
> http://aba.org/photoquiz/
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
> To: BRDBRAIN <BRDBRAIN...>
> Sent: Sat, Nov 19, 2016 1:26 pm
> Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Elegant Tern
>
> Hi ALL,
>
> I sent a photo of the bird in question regarding an ELEGANT TERN or a Sandwich "Cayenne's" Tern to an exceptional expert, Ed Kwater, and the bird we photographed yesterday morning is definately an Elegant!
>
> I am not sure if some of you are seeing this same bird in different light or an additional bird, but ED is THE MAN when it comes to IDing the species.
>
> Thanks as always for your time!!
>
> Dave Gagne
> New Port Richey, FL
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Date: 11/19/16 10:50 am
From: Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Elegant Tern

All:

I agree with what I take Dave's main point to be: that the "two" birds are, in fact, the same bird photographed under differing light conditions. My primary concern about the reported Cayenne Tern is that it appears larger and, particularly, larger-billed than the Sandwich Tern next door. To me these differences are precisely correct for the difference between Sandwich and Elegant, not Sandwich and Cayenne. Cayenne Tern is considered to be a subspecies of Sandwich and differs little in appearance from New World Sandwich Terns, except for bill COLOR. In addition, that bird shows the paler bill tip relative to the rest of the bill typical of Elegant Tern. Like Dave, I have requested opinions from noted experts with both forms and will let all know their thoughts.

Tony






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Sent: Sat, Nov 19, 2016 1:26 pm
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Elegant Tern



Hi ALL,


I sent a photo of the bird in question regarding an ELEGANT TERN or a Sandwich "Cayenne's" Tern to an exceptional expert, Ed Kwater, and the bird we photographed yesterday morning is definately an Elegant!


I am not sure if some of you are seeing this same bird in different light or an additional bird, but ED is THE MAN when it comes to IDing the species.


Thanks as always for your time!!


Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL
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Date: 11/19/16 10:26 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Elegant Tern
Hi ALL,

I sent a photo of the bird in question regarding an ELEGANT TERN or a
Sandwich "Cayenne's" Tern to an exceptional expert, Ed Kwater, and the bird
we photographed yesterday morning is definately an Elegant!

I am not sure if some of you are seeing this same bird in different light
or an additional bird, but ED is THE MAN when it comes to IDing the species.

Thanks as always for your time!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 11/19/16 8:30 am
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Western Spindalis @ Deering Estate 11/19/2016
While leading a birdwalk this morning at Deering Estate in Miami-Dade I
came across this Western Spindalis in the same location I had the Key West
Quail-Dove a few years back. I'll be going back in around 12:30pm to look
if anyone is in the area.

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Date: 11/19/16 3:26 am
From: Kathryn Young <kathwren4...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Cayenne vs Elegant both at Siesta Key Beach
Both the Cayenne and the Elegant are being seen at Siesta Key Beach but people are mixing the two and reporting Cayenne as an Elegant. It looks like the Elegant was only seen yesterday morning and Cayenne was there in the afternoon and evening. Thanks to John Haas for pointing out the differences of these two Terns for others around 3:30pm. Also be aware weekends on Siesta Key are BUSY at the public beach with many people chasing the birds. Best time to go is early morning before 9:00.

Here are 2 photos for comparison of these two species.

Elegant Tern is smaller than a Royal and a bit larger than a Sandwich with anOrange bill and a different shade of yellow or orange at tip and slightly down sloping.
Cayenne Tern is the size of a Sandwich Tern with an all Yellow bill.

Kathryn Young
Sarasota





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Date: 11/18/16 5:22 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] AMERICAN ROBINS are here: Marion County - Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area
Ocklawaha Prairie Restoration Area, Ocala, off of CR 314A. We walked from the parking area, crossed the bridge over the river, to a small covered deck overlooking a very dry prairie.

Nice variety of birds: Many AMERICAN ROBINs. White-eyed and Blue-headed Vireos, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Bluebird, Eastern Phoebe, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Downy, Red-bellied, and Piliated Woodpeckers, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Swamp Sparrow, Carolina and House Wrens, Bald Eagle, Red-shoulder Hawk, Common Grackles, Northern Cardinals, Blue Jays, American Crows, Great Blue Heron, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Tree Swallows, Turkey and Black Vultures.
Warblers: Prairie, Yellow-throated, Palm, Pine, Yellow-rumped, Common Yellowthroat.

View from the bridge over the Ocklawaha River:



Bald Eagle (2nd year?) Below:



Observation area to look out over the prairie:


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


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Date: 11/18/16 3:53 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] incorrect ID

I incorrectly ID’d the bird, below, as a Cooper’s Hawk.
It's an immature Red-shoulded Hawk.
Alice Horst
Marion County


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Date: 11/17/16 6:42 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] DUCKS, etc. in Marion County
I couldn’t find the Canvasback behind Summerfield Suites today that Jim Dinsmore reported yesterday but I did have:
Bufflehead
Redhead
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Hooded Merganser
Ring-necked
Pied-billed Grebe
Greater Yellowlegs

At Lopez Ponds I added:
Northern Shoveler
American Coot
Common Gallinule
Am White Pelican (30)
Egyptian Goose: (11)
Canada Goose
Cooper’s Hawk
Wood Stork
and other wading birds

At SECO Substation on Belle Meade Circle:
White-winged Dove (21 - that I could see)

l
Redhead



Bufflehead female on left, male on right






Northern Shoveler


Cooper’s Hawk




White-winged Dove roosting at SECO Station

Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!
Alice Horst
Marion County, FL
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Date: 11/17/16 6:18 pm
From: Ed Rizer <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Catfish Creek Scrub jays
Hello Birders.
Out to Allen David Broussard Catfish Creek Preserve South of Haines
City 11/16/16 from 7:30 till 11:30, this was my first visit to the
Preserve. Catfish Creek is located on the Lake Wales Ridge and has diverse
habitat but was predominantly oak scrub laced with small ponds in the
section I hiked. The trails are jeep trails in mostly loose sand and parts
were hilly. I was the only person there and had a great time.
Best Birds: FLORIDA SCRUB JAYS about 30, EASTERN TOWHEE were numerous,
3 RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, 2 NORTHERN FLICKER, 1 OSCEOLA TURKEY a big Tom, 6
TUFTED TITMOUSE, 2 WHITE-EYED VIREO, CHIPPING SPARROWS, YELLOW-THROATED,
PALM, YELLOW-RUMPED AND COMMON YELLOWTHROAT WARBLERS, 3 RED-TAILED HAWKS.
also 5 White Tail Deer.
The walking in the sugar sand was a little bit difficult but i took
my time and also walked on the wide shoulders of the trails and it wasn't
to bad. I was surprised to find 5 clans of Scrub Jays although I guess
maybe some birds flew across their territory and I was seeing the same
birds sometimes but at any rate it's the most Scrub Jays I've ever seen and
in hind sight I don't remember seeing any birds wearing bands. Good Birding
and God Bless

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.

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Date: 11/17/16 5:53 pm
From: Richard Cressman <w_ouzel...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] eBird Report - Egyptian Goose
Egyptian Goose
Eastlake,HillsboroughCounty



rich Cressman. Tampa FL

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Sent: Thursday, November 17, 2016 8:41 PM
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Subject: eBird Report - Mary Help of Christians Center, Nov 17, 2016

Mary Help of Christians Center, Hillsborough, Florida, US
Nov 17, 2016 4:30 PM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments: on shore of East Lake
1 species

Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca) 10 Photo on phone available from the poster. I don't know how to add it. Birds were on the shore of East Lake on the property of Mary Help of Christian Center

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32598963

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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Date: 11/17/16 12:28 pm
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH New Port Richey, Pasco County; November 17, 2016
Hi All,

Just scored a calling Red-breasted Nuthatch in my backyard and will attach
some photos if it finds the feeders!!

Great Birding!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 11/17/16 11:38 am
From: David Bowman <dsbowman4...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Winter Wren, Pasco County; November 17, 2016
I saw the tiny Winter Wren near the bench on the south trail around 8:30. It moved across the trail then went north into the palmettos. No song or scolding, but the chirp is distinctive. One Red-breasted Nuthatch was seen traveling with a large flock of Pine Warblers through the central area of the park. I did not see the Golden-crowned Kinglet.


On Nov 17, 2016, at 1:08 PM, David Gagne wrote:

> Hi All,
>
> The Red-necked Grebe was seen this morning, however it was very low tide and the bird was seen further out, feeding along the channel. A scope is a must to view this bird. All of us who were there saw the bird.
>
> Also, Dave Bowman scored the Winter Wren at Key Vista Nature Park near where we discovered it yesterday. No update was heard of the Red-breasted Nuthatch or Golden-crowned Kinglet seen yesterday at this time.



Dave Bowman
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Pasco Co. ,Lutz, FL

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Date: 11/17/16 10:08 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Red-necked Grebe and Winter Wren, Pasco County; November 17, 2016
Hi All,

The Red-necked Grebe was seen this morning, however it was very low tide
and the bird was seen further out, feeding along the channel. A scope is a
must to view this bird. All of us who were there saw the bird.

Also, Dave Bowman scored the Winter Wren at Key Vista Nature Park near
where we discovered it yesterday. No update was heard of the Red-breasted
Nuthatch or Golden-crowned Kinglet seen yesterday at this time.

Great Birding!!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 11/17/16 8:39 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Franklin's Gull; Purple Sandpipers. Ponce Inlet. Volusia Co.
This morning, 11/17, I found another 1st cycle Franklin's Gull on the beach near the base of the north jetty at Ponce de Leon Inlet. I also found 6 Purple Sandpipers on the rocks of the north jetty.
Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL








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Date: 11/17/16 5:41 am
From: Judy or Ray Smart <000000325294f8b2-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Robins
Hi all,



Saw 5 American Robins this morning on my morning walk through the
neighborhood, first ones of the season.



Good birding,

Ray Smart

New Port Richey, FL


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Date: 11/16/16 5:10 pm
From: beachbirder <beachbirder...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival (SCBWF)
All birders and wildlife lovers,

First off I want to say thanks to the administrators of this listserv for allowing me to post the following:

Registration for the 2017 20th Anniversary Space Coast Birding & Wildlife Festival (SCBWF) is now open at www.scbwf.org. Hope to see folks
at the festival.


Jim Eager
Cape Canaveral, FL

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Date: 11/16/16 10:15 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] WINTER WREN Key Vista Nature Park, Holiday, Pasco County; November 16, 2016
Hi All,

This morning around 820 AM Debbie Olavarria and I found a WINTER WREN
along the southernmost trail from the parking lot. The bird was first
identified by it's distinctive calling, as growing up with these birds in
upstate New York, they grow on you. Finally the bird came out from the low
vegetation 3 times before we let the bird be. Pamela Graber joined us and
we again heard the bird. After we left she got SUPERB photos of the bird.
Any one wanting to see this do email me directly and I will forward it to
you.

Also, in the parking area we heard 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch, which was our
target bird for going there and also saw a Golden-crowned Kinglet.

Not bad for a couple hours of birding!

Great Birding!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 11/16/16 7:28 am
From: Lee Herbst <lcherbst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bald Eagle
No pictures, but an adult Bald Eagle is currently perched at the top of a
tree near the intersection of SE 25th Ave and Fort King in Ocala near the
McPherson Government Complex. I have seen an adult flying low over the
complex several times over the past month or so. This is the first time I
have seen it perched. I'm assuming it is the same individual I have been
spotting. Gorgeous bird!


Lee Herbst - AK4WN
Ocala, FL

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Date: 11/16/16 5:17 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Red-necked Grebe Continues / Hudson Beach
It is presently 8:15AM Wednesday morning, the previously reported Red-necked Grebe is in view near the square Green 29 Channel Marker. Best viewing is from the crow's nest up the steps at the picnic shelter. What a beautiful Pasco County morning. Great to get a new Florida Life Bird for both of us.


Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 11/15/16 1:23 pm
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Eighteen American Avocets / Honeymoon Island Pet Beach
A visit a short time ago, to Honeymoon Island State Park in Pinellas County, was very rewarding. We birded The Pet Beach Area from 12:30PM to 2:30PM. The tide appeared high. At about 1:00PM Denise spotted the highlight of the day come flying in, eighteen American Avocets in winter plumage. Upon our departure at 2:30PM, even after they had been flushed no less than six times, by those wonderful people that have to walk right thru the birds, the celebrity visitors were still there to greet Steve Mann, who was also able to view and photograph them. Some of the other highlights were 2 Snowy Plovers, 8 Wilson's Plovers, 2 juvenile Northern Gannets offshore, 2 Reddish Egrets, and 32 Marbled Godwits. For a complete list of our sightings go to our e-bird posting.


Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 11/15/16 10:44 am
From: Thomas Ford <tomf97...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] FW: Merritt Island Tuesday
Sorry hit send too quickly.



Tom Ford

Merritt Island



From: Thomas Ford [mailto:<tomf97...>]
Sent: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 1:43 PM
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Subject: Merritt Island Tuesday



Great day on Merritt Island NWR. Sunny until 11:30.

45 types

Water has dropped and sandpipers and ducks have arrived.



Those list as uncommon on Wildlife Service check list



Black-crowned Night-Heron...at railroad crossing north side before Black
Point loop.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker..in pine tree just before paved exit

Blue-headed Vireo..in dead tree north of restrooms

Red-tailed Hawk...after stop #3 flying low over hundreds of coots rushing
for their lives.


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Date: 11/15/16 10:42 am
From: Thomas Ford <tomf97...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Merritt Island Tuesday
Great day on Merritt Island NWR. Sunny until 11:30.

45 types

Water has dropped and sandpipers and ducks have arrived.



Those list as uncommon on Wildlife Service check list



Black-crowned Night-Heron...at railroad crossing north side before Black
Point loop.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker..in pine tree just before paved exit

Blue-headed Vireo..in dead tree north of restrooms

Red-tailed Hawk...after stop #3 flying low over hundreds of coots rushing
for their lives.


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Date: 11/15/16 10:36 am
From: Kathryn Young <kathwren4...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Cayenne Tern at Siesta Key Beach
At Siesta Key Beach last evening I found a Cayenne Tern (sub species of a Sandwich Tern) in amongst all the terns with a young tern begging.

I have a short video of it and a photo - the last photo shows comparisons of Cayenne, Sandwich and Royal Terns.

https://youtu.be/1Tfz9-2IA0I <https://youtu.be/1Tfz9-2IA0I>

Kathryn Young
Sarasota, FL



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Date: 11/15/16 10:36 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Red-breasted Nuthatch, Key Vista Park
Hello,


Found 2 Red-breasted Nuthatch at Key Vista Park this morning.

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL

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Date: 11/15/16 10:23 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] SWALLOWS
Marion County today at Hope Boat Ramp over Lake Weir:
I was scoping the lake and kept hearing peeping sounds. I looked up and there were
1000’s of, I assume, Tree Swallows in the sky.
I got my binocs on a couple of them, white bellies, never could see anything else for ID.
In 20 minutes they were gone.
The sky was very light and doesn’t show the numbers too well.
Unbelievable!!!

Alice Horst, Marion County, FL.

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Date: 11/15/16 8:47 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Purple Sandpipers. Ponce Inlet. Volusia Co.
This morning, 11/15, I found four Purple Sandpipers on the rocks of the north jetty at Ponce de Leon Inlet. As I mentioned yesterday, they are easiest to find at high tide. At high tide, all of their foraging areas are covered up and they gather on the rocks with the Ruddy Turnstones in small groups. At lower tides, the birds can disperse anywhere along the jetty and can be more difficult to locate.
Michael

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Date: 11/14/16 12:46 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Marion County - Nancy Lopez Golf Course Ponds in The Villages
RIng-necked Ducks, Hooded Mergansers (30+), Northern Shovelers, Egyptian Geese, American White Pelicans (25+) plus other species



RIng-necked Ducks

Hooded Mergansers (30+)


Northern Shovelers


Egyptian Geese


American White Pelicans (25+)

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

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Date: 11/14/16 10:56 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] RED-NECKED GREBE! Hudson Beach, Pasco County; November 14, 2016
Hi All!

The Red-necked Grebe first found by Bill Pranty yesterday morning WAS seen
and photographed by 7 of us from 800-1000 AM!! This is only the 3rd state
record for this species here in Florida.

The bird is roughly 300 yards off shore, and a scope is a must if proper
identification is to be obtained.

Also, 4 of us went to Jenkin's Landing about 2 miles north of Hernando
Beach in Hernando County and scored the female Brewer's Blackbird, as it
hangs out with the Boat-tailed Grackle flock.

Great Birding!!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, Fl

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Date: 11/14/16 10:51 am
From: Renne Leatto <renne...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Red-breasted Nuthatch - Pinellas County (13 Nov 2016)
Have they been seen at Key Vista or any other accessible places yet this year?



Renee Leato

Windermere, Orange County













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Sent: Sunday, November 13, 2016 4:52 PM
Subject: Red-breasted Nuthatch - Pinellas County (13 Nov 2016)



The Red-breasted Nuthatch invasion into Florida has drifted a bit further south. Sue Tavaglione & Randy Harrod discovered two this morning at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve in south St. Petersburg. I found one of them just past 1 PM.






Ron Smith

St. Petersburg, FL



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Date: 11/14/16 10:01 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Purple Sandpipers. Ponce Inlet. Volusia Co.
This morning, 11/14, I found two Purple Sandpipers on the rocks of the north jetty at Ponce de Leon Inlet. They are easiest to find at high tide. At high tide, all of their foraging areas are covered up and they gather on the rocks with the Ruddy Turnstones in small groups. At lower tides, the birds can disperse anywhere along the jetty and can be more difficult to locate.
Michael

Michael Brothers
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Ponce Inlet, FL








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Date: 11/13/16 7:20 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County Birding
I drove my usual loop 475-246s-475 today near Nichol’s Cemetery:

of note:
2 Red-tailed Hawks, soaring
5 Vesper Sparrows hopped up on barbed wire
Pileated Woodpecker sounded as though he was drilling for oil
I heard Great Horned Owl, but I just couldn’t find him - again!



Chipping Sparrow sitting with Vesper Sparrow discussing Sunday football


Chipping Sparrow: rufous crown, black-striped brown back, gray patch on back


Pileated Woodpecker sounded as though he was drilling for oil


Vesper Sparrow: obvious white eye-ring, white outer tail feathers, striped breast

Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!
Alice Horst
Marion County, Fl
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Date: 11/13/16 4:43 pm
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] SHORT-EARED OWL! Lust Road entrance gate 11/13/16
Hi All!!

Charlie Fisher, Debbie Olavarria, Tammy Knuth and I scored a Short-eared
Owl at around 800 AM this morning flying from east to west over the road,
roughly 1/4 mile north of the entrance gate! Jaws dropped and no arms
reached for the cameras, as this was a state bird for me and Lifers for
Debbie and Tammy and Charlie has only seen it once before.

We then hit the Clay Island area and scored the following highlights:

GROOVE-BILLED ANI 2 seen easily and photographed roughly 1/2 mile east of
the tower
Least Flycatcher 1 seen, heard and photographed
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
American Redstart 1
Yellow-breasted Chat 1 calling but went unseen, AGAIN!! 75 feet west of
the tower
Painted Bunting 2

Great Birding!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 11/13/16 2:07 pm
From: Linda Gammello <lindagammello...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Black throated gray warbler
I am a bit late in the chase for the black throated gray warbler and wondering if anyone has seen the bird today, Sunday. Hoping to go see it tomorrow. Thank you, Linda Gammello-Sarasota
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Date: 11/13/16 1:51 pm
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Red-breasted Nuthatch - Pinellas County (13 Nov 2016)
The Red-breasted Nuthatch invasion into Florida has drifted a bit further
south. Sue Tavaglione & Randy Harrod discovered two this morning at Boyd
Hill Nature Preserve in south St. Petersburg. I found one of them just
past 1 PM.



Ron Smith
St. Petersburg, FL

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Date: 11/13/16 5:33 am
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Black-legged Kittiwake @ Boynton Inlet 11/13/16
Kenny Miller just texted me a photo of a BLKI at Boynton Inlet. The bird
was originally found yesterday by Marcello Gomes and is reported to be very
cooperative as it hovers around the pier.

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Date: 11/13/16 1:17 am
From: Allan Stern <00000014b7b0d186-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Green Heron, Satellite Beach, Florida, 11 November 2016.
Green Heron, Satellite Beach, Florida, 11 November 2016.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1414951741880633

Al Stern, Satellite Beach, FL
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Date: 11/12/16 2:55 pm
From: Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] South Lake Howard Nature Park - Roseate Spoonbill, etc.
I live within walking distance of SLHNP (Winter Haven) but hadn't birded there seriously in several months. The density and diversity of winter birds there in such a small area always amazes me. I have no doubt I would have gotten 50 species if I'd hung around for the twilight flyovers.
Anyway, best bird was a sleeping spoonbill - only the 2nd I've ever seen there. Full eBird list below...
South Lake Howard Nature Park, Polk, Florida, US
Nov 12, 2016 2:30 PM - 3:55 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.7 mile(s)
45 species

Ruddy Duck  29
Pied-billed Grebe  9
Wood Stork  2
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Anhinga  7
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  1
Little Blue Heron  3
Tricolored Heron  2
White Ibis  10
Glossy Ibis  2
Roseate Spoonbill  1
Black Vulture  5
Turkey Vulture  11
Osprey  1
Purple Gallinule  1
Common Gallinule  6
American Coot  5
Limpkin  2
Forster's Tern  18    All swimming on the lake, in one big raft. This is the 2nd time I've seen Forster's Terns do this in central Florida.
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Monk Parakeet  8
Eastern Phoebe  3
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
White-eyed Vireo  2
Blue-headed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  4
Tufted Titmouse  1
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  21
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
Northern Mockingbird  1
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Northern Parula  1
Palm Warbler  3
Pine Warbler  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler  5
Yellow-throated Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  2
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Common Grackle  5
Boat-tailed Grackle  4

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32507083

Daniel EstabrooksWinter Haven, FL

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Date: 11/11/16 6:58 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sherman's Fox Squirrels
I saw 4 Sherman’s Fox Squirrels today on cr246s in Sumter County.
I truly thought that one was going to jump in my open car window.
Perhaps someone feeds them over there. When I drove up and stopped my car he came running, hopped up on a fence post. He resembled Michael Phelps before take-off. ……..WHEW…. he hopped down and ran off with the others. I could see the 4 of them jumping around in the tall grass in the pasture.

Every day is a GREAT day to go “squirreling”
Alice Horst
Marion County, Fl









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Date: 11/11/16 6:36 pm
From: Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Merritt Island

Hi BirdBrains,
We took a ride to Merritt Island today, hoping there were more roads open.  Unfortunately, only the Gators and Black Point were open.  Biolab and Peacock's Pocket had significant damage during the hurricane, and parts of those roads have been washed away, so it will be a while before they are opened. 
 
The good news is that ducks are starting to arrive on Black Point!  Today we saw:  Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal, Wideon (quite a few), Gadwall, Mottled, 2 Pintails, No. Shovelers.  There were lots of Am. Coot and Pied-billed Grebe along the way.  The only place we saw any shorebirds was at stop 6, where we saw, in addition to 2 Caspian Terns, Long-billed Dowitchers, Dunlin, Greater Yellowlegs, Willet.  Closer to the beginning of the drive there was a good sized flock of Am. Avocets, but the only way to see them was from the road, looking along the bank across a turn. 
 
In all, we saw 51 species of birds...not too bad just on those roads.  At Canaveral Seashore-Playalinda, we saw a flock of Black Scoters and No. Gannets, very far off shore. 
 
Things are looking up!  So are we :8o)
 
Good Birding,
Joyce Stefancic
Clermont, Fl
 

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Date: 11/11/16 5:58 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sumter County Birding
Birding my usual loop from 42-475-246s near Nichol’s Cemetery:

Yellow-throated, Palm, Yellow-rumped Warblers
Blue-headed Vireo, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Phoebe, Red-bellied Woodpecker, etc.
BEST today:
Barred Owl (very cooperative)
Red-Headed Woodpecker (very, very far away - first one I have seen there in a year or more)


Barred Owl



Alice Horst
Marion County, Fl.
Red-headed Woodpecker BELOW:


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Date: 11/11/16 10:35 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Franklin's Gull. Hybrid Gull. Ponce Inlet. Volusia Co.
This morning before work, 11/11, I found a 1st cycle Franklin's Gull on the beach about 1/4 mile north of the north jetty at Ponce de Leon Inlet. I have included a photo of the tail which shows that the tail band does not extend to the outer tail feather, unlike in a Laughing Gull. There were also 41 Lesser Black-backed Gulls. With the LBBGs was one adult bird that appeared to be a hybrid Lesser Black-backed x Herring Gull. The mantle color was darker than Herring Gull, but much lighter than the nearby Lesser Black-backed Gulls. The legs were pale yellow with pale pink webbing in the toes. The pattern of the outer primaries of P5, P6, and P7 were more Herring-like than LBBG.

Michael

Michael Brothers
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Ponce Inlet, FL








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Date: 11/10/16 6:59 pm
From: Ed Rizer <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Red-headed Woodpecker
Hello Birders.
Out to Lake Kissimmee State Park Northeast of Lake Wales today from
7:30 till noon; I was pleasantly surprised to find about a dozen Red-headed
Woodpeckers, 3 of them immature. To find this thriving colony as you're
driving in on the entrance road you will find a small designated
parking-lot on the right side of the road about 100 yards before the
campground intersection. This little parking spot is just off the road and
has a little wood rail fence border. Park here and walk back up the paved
road about 150 yards to where the hiking trail crosses the road. Turn right
( East ) on the hiking trail and start looking for the woodpeckers. About
150 yards down the trail you come to a dirt road and power lines. There's
quite a few dead pines along this stretch that the birds frequent. Take a
left on the dirt road and after 30 yards, on the right side the live pines
end and there's several dead oak and pine and the Redheads like this area.
The birds were busy gathering acorns and stashing them in the dead tree
trunks.
I also saw Pileated, Red-bellied, Downy, Flicker and Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker. Also Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Swamp and Chipping Sparrow, Red-eyed
Vireo, Palm, Black&White and Yellow-throated Warbler, House and Carolina
Wren and heard but didn't see several Eastern Towhee. Also 4 Bald Eagle and
about 8 White-tail Deer. Good Birding and God Bless.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.

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Date: 11/10/16 12:04 pm
From: Lee Snyder <anipa...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Black Morph Short Tailed Hawk - redux
BTBW. A dead one. Black-throated Blue Warbler pizza?



Lee Snyder

St Pete



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Here is a little better pix of the Hawk, with the unid'd bird. Looks like
more blue than I first thought.



Thanks again for any help on the ID of the capture.



Best,

Bill Argo

Lee County (N. Ft. Myers)





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Date: 11/10/16 10:23 am
From: Marianne Korosy <mkorosy...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Black Morph Short Tailed Hawk
Blue Jays have black, scaly legs so I don't think that's it, although I do
see blue feathers.

Marianne Korosy
Palm Harbor, FL

Marianne



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> My vote is Black-throated Blue warbler.
>
>
> David Hartgrove
> Daytona Beach, FL
>
>
>
> On Nov 10, 2016, at 12:04 PM, Jim McGinity <jimmcginity...>
> <jimmcginity...>> wrote:
>
> It might be a blue jay. I think it's too big for a gnatcatcher. I got
> photos of a dark morph eating a blue jay in Hammock Park one time (but not
> nearly as good shots as these).
>
> Jim McGinity
> Dunedin, FL
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Nov 10, 2016, at 11:29 AM, Eric Plage <ericplage...> wrote:
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> My voter is a Blue-gray Gnatchatcher.
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> Eric Plage
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Date: 11/10/16 9:41 am
From: David Hartgrove <birdman9...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Black Morph Short Tailed Hawk
My vote is Black-throated Blue warbler.


David Hartgrove
Daytona Beach, FL



> On Nov 10, 2016, at 12:04 PM, Jim McGinity <jimmcginity...> wrote:
>
> It might be a blue jay. I think it's too big for a gnatcatcher. I got photos of a dark morph eating a blue jay in Hammock Park one time (but not nearly as good shots as these).
>
> Jim McGinity
> Dunedin, FL
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Nov 10, 2016, at 11:29 AM, Eric Plage <ericplage...> <mailto:<ericplage...>> wrote:
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>> My voter is a Blue-gray Gnatchatcher.
>>
>> Eric Plage
>> St. Petersburg, FL
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Date: 11/10/16 9:04 am
From: Jim McGinity <jimmcginity...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Black Morph Short Tailed Hawk
It might be a blue jay. I think it's too big for a gnatcatcher. I got photos of a dark morph eating a blue jay in Hammock Park one time (but not nearly as good shots as these).

Jim McGinity
Dunedin, FL

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 10, 2016, at 11:29 AM, Eric Plage <ericplage...> wrote:
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Date: 11/10/16 8:34 am
From: Bill Argo <billargo...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Black Morph Short Tailed Hawk - redux
Here is a little better pix of the Hawk, with the unid'd bird. Looks like more blue than I first thought.

Thanks again for any help on the ID of the capture.

Best,
Bill Argo
Lee County (N. Ft. Myers)

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Date: 11/10/16 8:29 am
From: Eric Plage <ericplage...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Black Morph Short Tailed Hawk
My voter is a Blue-gray Gnatchatcher.

Eric Plage
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Date: 11/10/16 8:22 am
From: Bill Argo <billargo...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Black Morph Short Tailed Hawk
Hi all.

Got a fairly decent pose of what I think is a Black Morph Short-tailed Hawk. But my question is what is the bird he is eating?
Bob or Bill, can you weigh-in on this. Many thanks.

This was taken in the Evergreen Cemetery in Ft. Lauderdale. A friend and I drove over from Ft. Myers to see if we could get the Black-throated grey warbler. Didn't see it after 2 hours of looking, and when we saw this, we thought , "oh no, he has the warbler". But this is not the case, as the Black-throated was seen later - after we left of course.

If any of you see that warbler throughout the winter, please post it, as we will drive back for another chance.

Good birding,

Bill Argo
Lee County (N. Ft. Myers)
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Date: 11/9/16 9:08 am
From: Wally Jones <gin.wal...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Polk County-Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Scissor-tailed Flycatchers have begun to join Western Kingbirds at their known wintering spot near County Road 655A and Cox Road. Observed four last night along with 14 Western Kingbirds (which began arriving around October 20).

Checklist here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32439080



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Lakeland, FL

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Date: 11/9/16 4:12 am
From: Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Black-throated Green Warbler, etc. - Gator Creek
I've been trying to explore the Green Swamp more lately, so I went out to Gator Creek Reserve, north of Lakeland, yesterday. Best bird was a Black-throated Green Warbler. Not sure if he'll overwinter or if he's just a late migrant. Another possible wintering warbler was an Ovenbird. It's getting pretty late for them to be this far north as well. Also lots of Hermit Thrushes. This is the first time I've ever seen more than one in a day in Polk County, but I've never really birded the Green Swamp in winter before, so I guess that's where they all are.
Full eBird list below...
Gator Creek Reserve, Polk, Florida, US
Nov 8, 2016 10:10 AM - 2:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.7 mile(s)
31 species (+1 other taxa)

Black Vulture  5
Turkey Vulture  5
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Eastern Screech-Owl  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1    Very low count for this species in central Florida, and even this bird was only heard calling briefly at a distance, seemingly in response to a Pileated Woodpecker that was going nuts in the same area.
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  6
White-eyed Vireo  6
Blue-headed Vireo  7
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  1
Tufted Titmouse  7
House Wren  11
Carolina Wren  11
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  24
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  21    20 birds counted individually and seen well in various places. Never more than 2 in one location. One bird heard only, calling. I'm not very familiar with Gator Creek Reserve (only my third visit there), but this seems like a very high number for this species.
Hermit Thrush  6    5 individuals seen well, plus a 6th heard giving typical Catharus clucking calls (smoother and less grating than catbird calls). No other Catharus would be expected here at this time of year.

Hermit Thrush is typically considered a regular but scarce winter resident in Polk County, and this would be a very unusual count in most places. But they seem to be common at this location, and I suspect the same would be true throughout the Green Swamp, which is not birded heavily.
Gray Catbird  5
Ovenbird  1    28.1829, -81.9703. Not seen, but heard giving many distinctive loud "chyup!" calls. Ovenbirds are not typically a late migrant, so this bird may overwinter.
Black-and-white Warbler  4
Orange-crowned Warbler  1    FOS in the county for me.
Common Yellowthroat  4
Palm Warbler (Western)  3
Palm Warbler (Yellow)  3    I found this interesting, as I don't typically see Yellow Palms in the fall in Polk County.
Pine Warbler  8
Yellow-rumped Warbler  33
Yellow-throated Warbler  2
Black-throated Green Warbler  1    28.1766, -81.9840. Adult male, seen well. Greenish face with yellow eyeline and yellow line encircling the bottom and rear of the face. Bold wingbars. Black throat. This species is a rare winter resident in Florida, so I'm not sure if this is a wintering bird or just a late migrant.
Eastern Towhee  1
Northern Cardinal  2    Really low count for pretty much any location in central Florida. Not sure where they were hiding.

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S32438019

Daniel EstabrooksWinter Haven, FL

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