BirdBrains
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1/23/17 5:40 pm jw callis <soturin...> [BRDBRAIN] red shoulder hawk tallahassse, fl
1/23/17 1:48 pm Tom <tledford1207...> [BRDBRAIN] Short-tailed Hawk
1/23/17 11:31 am Janice <janiskay...> [BRDBRAIN] Crows by the hundreds
1/23/17 8:57 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Whimbrels Plus / Pinellas County
1/23/17 7:12 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] European Herring Gull. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
1/23/17 5:47 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Bald Eagle Nest #MR971
1/22/17 5:46 pm Caren Schoen <0000004fc1367798-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] IMG_8706.jpg
1/22/17 3:49 pm Carolyn Keene <cckeene7...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Long-Tailed Duck & Common Eider
1/22/17 3:01 pm Rex Rowan <rexrowan...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Long-Tailed Duck & Common Eider
1/22/17 2:31 pm Thomas Ford <tomf97...> [BRDBRAIN] Long-Tailed Duck & Common Eider
1/22/17 11:01 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Marion County Purple Martins
1/21/17 2:40 pm Carolyn <0000003c3bab1191-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Brevard County birding
1/21/17 1:35 pm Thomas Ford <tomf97...> [BRDBRAIN] Common Eider @ Rodney Ketcham Park C.C.
1/21/17 1:21 pm Thomas Ford <tomf97...> [BRDBRAIN] Long-Tailed Duck Rodney Ketcham Park C.C.
1/20/17 12:55 pm David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] Long-tailed Duck, Rodney Ketchum Park, Port Canaveral Brevard County 012017
1/19/17 5:49 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Marion County Western Kingbirds
1/19/17 3:47 pm James.poling <james.poling...> [BRDBRAIN] Common Yellowthroat, Orlando Wetlands
1/19/17 3:46 pm James.poling <james.poling...> [BRDBRAIN] Wilsons Snipe, Orlando Wetlands
1/19/17 2:30 pm marys1000 <marys1000...> [BRDBRAIN] Calling Ani
1/19/17 11:41 am Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Hilochee WMA - Sedge Wrens!
1/19/17 5:10 am Marvin T Smith <mtsmith...> [BRDBRAIN] Scissor-tailed flycatcher in Gainesville
1/18/17 7:47 pm Margaret England <sta5birding...> [BRDBRAIN] eBird Report - Stormwater Treatment Area 5/6, Jan 14, 2017
1/18/17 6:10 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Birding Alachua County Paynes Prairie La Chua Trail
1/18/17 5:58 pm robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Bartow-Cox Road Kingbird Roost / Polk County
1/18/17 4:47 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Tuesday Ani trip to Viera Wetland GHO unfriendly eyes
1/18/17 4:38 pm Carolyn <0000003c3bab1191-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Viera closed
1/18/17 4:36 pm Thomas Ford <tomf97...> [BRDBRAIN] Tuesday Ani trip to Viera Wetland GHO unfriendly eyes
1/18/17 11:06 am David Simpson <simpsondavid...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani at Viera
1/17/17 6:28 pm Jim McGinity <jimmcginity...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Good Birding at Merritt Island NWR & Viera Wetlands
1/17/17 2:34 pm James Poling <james.poling...> [BRDBRAIN] Whooping Crane, Kenansville, FL today
1/17/17 11:42 am Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka Wildlife Dr.
1/17/17 11:41 am James.poling <james.poling...> [BRDBRAIN] Ebird report. whooping Crane, double c bar ranch, Kenansville FL
1/17/17 11:34 am William Haddad <photobill9...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Flagler County Vermilion Flycatcher still there
1/17/17 9:45 am Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst...> [BRDBRAIN] Brewer'sBlackbird
1/17/17 9:03 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Park Whimbrels / Pinellas County
1/17/17 6:24 am Cathy Meilak <cathymeilak...> [BRDBRAIN] Boobies Pinellas County
1/17/17 5:26 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach / Pinellas County
1/17/17 5:03 am Cecile DeRouin <cd01741...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Flagler County Vermilion Flycatcher still there
1/17/17 2:21 am Joseph Misiaszek <jjmjrfl...> [BRDBRAIN] Re; Bizarre Hummingbird eye feathers
1/16/17 7:53 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Pinellas County Birding
1/16/17 5:19 pm James Poling <james.poling...> [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani, Viera Wetlands, Florida
1/16/17 3:37 pm David Hartgrove <birdman9...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bizarre Hummingbird eye feathers
1/16/17 3:21 pm Joseph Misiaszek <jjmjrfl...> [BRDBRAIN] Bizarre Hummingbird eye feathers
1/16/17 1:51 pm Vince Capp <00000031300bf63b-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID
1/16/17 1:43 pm Peg Urban <pegpixfl...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Clay Island Lake County FL- Ani's
1/16/17 1:28 pm James.poling <james.poling...> [BRDBRAIN] Ani at Viera Wetlands at 3:30 pm today
1/16/17 1:22 pm Leann Streeper <leann.jackson...> [BRDBRAIN] Clay Island Lake County FL- Ani's
1/16/17 12:31 pm James.poling <james.poling...> [BRDBRAIN] Ani here now Viera Wetlands
1/16/17 12:06 pm Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID
1/16/17 11:19 am Diane Reed <dreedster14...> [BRDBRAIN] Flagler County Vermilion Flycatcher still there
1/16/17 11:17 am Diane Reed <dreedster14...> [BRDBRAIN] Fwd: Flagler County Vermilion Flycatcher still there
1/16/17 10:57 am FL Bird <0000005d113eb0c8-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID
1/16/17 10:03 am Bob Landry <robertlandry...> [BRDBRAIN] American Golden-Plover (not)
1/16/17 8:58 am Judi Hopkins <judi740...> [BRDBRAIN] The Birds of Pinellas County
1/16/17 7:29 am Bob Paxson <rpaxson...> [BRDBRAIN] January Cape May warbler
1/16/17 4:23 am dwassme1 <dwassme1...> [BRDBRAIN] FOY purple martins
1/15/17 4:58 pm Thomas Ford <tomf97...> [BRDBRAIN] ANI @ Viera Wetlands OMG what a day for this lifer bird
1/15/17 3:25 pm Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Goldeneye-Inverness
1/15/17 3:07 pm Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka Wildlife Dr.
1/15/17 1:53 pm Avery Chan <gatedancer93...> [BRDBRAIN] Hernando County Birding
1/15/17 1:33 pm Bob Landry <robertlandry...> [BRDBRAIN] American Golden Plover
1/15/17 11:29 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Harris's Sparrow 01/15/17: Kettering Road, Hernando County FL
1/15/17 11:16 am Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Common Hill Myna -- Circle B Bar Reserve, 15 Jan
1/15/17 11:07 am William Haddad <photobill9...> [BRDBRAIN] Viera this morning
1/15/17 9:55 am Bob Paxson <rpaxson...> [BRDBRAIN] SB Ani, Viera
1/15/17 9:50 am Bob Paxson <rpaxson...> [BRDBRAIN] SB Ani, Viera
1/15/17 8:33 am SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Duck ID help 1-14-17
1/15/17 7:50 am Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> [BRDBRAIN] Large white gulls on FL-528 Yesterday / Orange County
1/15/17 5:15 am Roy Peterson <scrubjay33...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] American Kestrel question
1/14/17 9:00 pm Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Tuscawilla Park, Ocala
1/14/17 7:47 pm Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Duck ID help 1-14-17
1/14/17 7:25 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Orange County - Lake Apopa Wildlife Drive
1/14/17 6:56 pm Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Henslow Sparrow - St. Marks NWR - Report Date 1/14/17
1/14/17 4:45 pm T.Donovan <donovanter...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and possible Greater Scaup at Viera
1/14/17 4:32 pm Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> [BRDBRAIN] American Kestrel question
1/14/17 4:30 pm Avery Chan <gatedancer93...> [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and possible Greater Scaup at Viera
1/14/17 2:17 pm Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...> [BRDBRAIN] Common Hill Myna & Least Flycatcher - Circle B Bar Reserve, Polk co., 01/14/2017
1/14/17 1:08 pm Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> [BRDBRAIN] Common Eider & Western Spindalis on Key Biscayne 1/14/17
1/14/17 12:01 pm Tom <tledford1207...> [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani
1/14/17 11:13 am Sharon Pratt <sprattm...> [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani Ft. DeSoto - Yes
1/14/17 10:19 am Dan Click <dan.click2...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani at Viera
1/14/17 10:02 am PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani at Viera
1/14/17 9:25 am <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani at Viera
1/14/17 9:03 am PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani at Viera
1/14/17 7:33 am Dan Click <dan.click2...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani at Viera
1/13/17 2:20 pm Scott Simmons <simmonsphoto...> [BRDBRAIN] RFI -- Harris's Sparrow
1/13/17 1:57 pm Matthew Johnson <mdjohnson920...> [BRDBRAIN] Owls vs chickens
1/13/17 1:53 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Marion County birding - Bald Eagles nest in The Villages
1/13/17 12:49 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Thayer's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
1/13/17 12:04 pm Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Tenoroc FMA, Bridgewater Tract - Hooded Mergansers, etc.
1/13/17 11:00 am Matthew Press <0000000b4f429e34-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Question about locations of rarities at Ft. Desoto
1/13/17 6:52 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Thayer's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
1/13/17 6:43 am Linda McQuaig <Lgmcquaig...> [BRDBRAIN] Harbour Village Birding
1/12/17 4:05 pm Bob Paxson <rpaxson...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani at Viera
1/12/17 3:56 pm Helen Mowrer <c_hmowrer...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye still at Rialto Place (Hilton), Melbou rne / Brevard County
1/12/17 3:50 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] POLK County - Circle B Bar Reserve
1/12/17 3:32 pm <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye still at Rialto Place (Hilton), Melbou rne / Brevard County
1/12/17 1:21 pm Richard Cressman <w_ouzel...> [BRDBRAIN] Egyptian geese East Lake Tampa
1/12/17 11:04 am Stephen Gross <sgrocolret...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye still at Rialto Place (Hilton), Melbou rne / Brevard County
1/12/17 8:54 am <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye still at Rialto Place (Hilton), Melbou rne / Brevard County
1/12/17 8:21 am SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye still at Rialto Place (Hilton), Melbourne / Brevard County
1/12/17 4:26 am Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye still at Rialto Place (Hilton), Melbourne / Brevard County
1/11/17 3:53 pm Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Green Swamp East Tract - Ovenbirds, Barred Owls, etc.
1/11/17 11:19 am Kathy Doddridge <kathydoddridge56...> [BRDBRAIN] Possible Cayenne Tern
1/11/17 10:26 am Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Possible European Herring Gull. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Vo lusia Co.
1/11/17 10:22 am Andy Kratter <kratter...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Possible European Herring Gull. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
1/11/17 9:41 am <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Possible European Herring Gull. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Vo lusia Co.
1/11/17 8:35 am Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Possible European Herring Gull. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
1/11/17 8:17 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Possible European Herring Gull. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
1/11/17 8:03 am Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] LaChua Trail-Paynes Prairie
1/11/17 7:35 am Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani at Viera
1/11/17 4:20 am William Haddad <photobill9...> [BRDBRAIN] St Marks
1/10/17 4:15 pm Bill Scheuerman <warbirdphotographs...> [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani at Viera
1/10/17 4:09 pm Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Pinellas County Birds: January 10, 2017
1/10/17 2:54 pm David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] Pinellas County Birds: January 10, 2017
1/10/17 11:25 am Edward H Riddle <Eriddle...> [BRDBRAIN] Groove Bill Ani
1/9/17 4:48 pm Eric Plage <ericplage...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Owl killing chickens, help needed
1/9/17 3:39 pm Vince Capp <00000031300bf63b-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] White-faced x Glossy Ibis in Hudson
1/9/17 3:25 pm Glenn Wilson <wilson...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Owl killing chickens, help needed
1/9/17 2:37 pm burtonian <burtonian...> [BRDBRAIN] White-faced x Glossy Ibis in Hudson
1/9/17 9:30 am Matthew Johnson <mdjohnson920...> [BRDBRAIN] Owl killing chickens, help needed
1/8/17 11:55 am Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...> [BRDBRAIN] Bananaquit seems to be gone
1/8/17 10:21 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Eaglets in nest 2017 in The Villages, Marion County
1/8/17 10:15 am Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] White-faced Ibis, Pasco County
1/8/17 9:58 am Vince Capp <00000031300bf63b-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] White-faced Ibis, Pasco County
1/8/17 9:52 am Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] White-faced Ibis, Pasco County
1/8/17 9:48 am Vince Capp <00000031300bf63b-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] White-faced Ibis, Pasco County
1/8/17 9:47 am David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] Harris's Sparrow Continues; Kettering Rd. Hernando Co. 01/08/17
1/7/17 7:44 am Stephen Gross <sgrocolret...> [BRDBRAIN] Valrico Male Painted Bunting
1/7/17 7:41 am Allan Stern <00000014b7b0d186-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Young Ibis transitioning to white.
1/7/17 6:11 am Jim McGinity <jimmcginity...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani Location
1/7/17 5:58 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach / Pinellas County
1/6/17 8:03 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Clay Island - Lake County
1/6/17 7:37 pm Carolyn <0000003c3bab1191-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka: Groove-billed Ani and Ash-throated Flycatcher
1/6/17 5:32 pm Eric Plage <ericplage...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] New pictures for hybrid Great Heron x Great Egret
1/6/17 4:38 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...> [BRDBRAIN] Scoter trifecta. Tomoka state park. Ormond Beach
1/6/17 3:47 pm Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Shiloh Report 1-6-17
1/6/17 2:18 pm Micheline Ouellet <micheline.ouellet30...> [BRDBRAIN] New pictures for hybrid Great Heron x Great Egret
1/6/17 1:11 pm Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Tenoroc FMA - Main Tract: Short-tailed Hawk, Ovenbird, etc.
1/6/17 1:10 pm Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...> [BRDBRAIN] RFI: Bananaquit
1/6/17 10:23 am Nathan Langwald <Soniknate...> [BRDBRAIN] Harris's Sparrow Continues - Hernando Co. - 1/6/17
1/5/17 1:49 pm Diane Reed <dreedster14...> [BRDBRAIN] St Augustine Birding - Western Kingbird
1/5/17 1:10 pm David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] Harris' Sparrow Herhnando County: 01/05/17
1/5/17 10:19 am Margie Wilkinson <wilmar4...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bananaquit - Richardson Historic Park & Nature Preserve, Wilton Manor, FL
1/5/17 9:43 am Roy Morris <beetlesandbirds...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bananaquit - 2nd Jan - Richardson Historic Park & Nature Preserve, Wilton Manor, FL
1/5/17 8:51 am SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bananaquit - 2nd Jan - Richardson Historic Park & Nature Preserve, Wilton Manor, FL
1/5/17 8:22 am Tom Riggs <tcriggs1...> [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani (Fort De Soto Park, Pinellas) -- yes!
1/5/17 6:19 am Sue Herring <sue.zq.herring...> [BRDBRAIN] Bronze-headed Cowbird still at Celery Fields in Sarasota
1/4/17 4:58 pm Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani (Fort De Soto Park 4 Jan 2016)
1/4/17 11:06 am Jim Morris <jmorrisbirding...> [BRDBRAIN] RFI - Sabine's Gull
1/4/17 10:11 am Micheline Ouellet <micheline.ouellet30...> [BRDBRAIN] Help for identification please
1/4/17 7:43 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Bad news - Sumter County Good News - Marion County
1/4/17 6:15 am Steven Gasser <cavehiker...> [BRDBRAIN] Birding North Port and Vicinity
1/4/17 6:11 am Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] One-toed Amphiuma & Gr.Blue Heron Jan.3,'17 Jim Swarr
1/4/17 6:01 am Steven Gasser <cavehiker...> [BRDBRAIN] Birding trip to North Port and vicinity
1/4/17 2:51 am Jim Swarr <jhschwarr...> [BRDBRAIN] One-toed Amphiuma & Gr.Blue Heron Jan.3,'17 Jim Swarr
1/3/17 1:26 pm Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bananaquit - 2nd Jan - Richardson Historic Park & Nature Preserve, Wilton Manor, FL
1/3/17 10:56 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Honeymoon Causeway Magnificent Frigatebirds / Pinellas Co
1/3/17 10:44 am Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst...> [BRDBRAIN] Brewers Blackbird(female)
1/3/17 9:51 am Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Van Fleet Trail - Sedge Wren, etc.
1/3/17 9:29 am Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Flycatcher, Hammond's or Least?
1/3/17 8:12 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Franklin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
1/3/17 6:04 am Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bananaquit - 2nd Jan - Richardson Historic Park & Nature Preserve, Wilton Manor, FL
1/3/17 5:56 am Reinhard Geisler <r102...> [BRDBRAIN] Bananaquit - 2nd Jan - Richardson Historic Park & Nature Preserve, Wilton Manor, FL
1/2/17 4:37 pm Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Laughing Gull with Unusual Tag
1/2/17 2:11 pm Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> [BRDBRAIN] Brant (2) Continue - Lee County, San Carlos Bay-Bunche Beach Preserve - 1/2/2017
1/2/17 1:55 pm Jenny Welch <flnaturegirl...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Laughing Gull with Unusual Tag
1/2/17 1:45 pm Tina <mtjmoss...> [BRDBRAIN] FYI, National Cemetery, Sarasota.
1/2/17 1:33 pm Vince Capp <00000031300bf63b-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Laughing Gull with Unusual Tag
1/2/17 1:30 pm Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar Reserve 1/1/17
1/2/17 1:00 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Laughing Gull with Unusual Tag
1/2/17 12:59 pm Ted Yeatts <tedyeatts...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Laughing Gull with Unusual Tag
1/2/17 12:55 pm Bev Hansen <bevalhansen...> [BRDBRAIN] Laughing Gull with Unusual Tag
1/2/17 10:30 am Ed Rizer <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar Reserve 1/1/17
1/2/17 10:04 am Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Message From The Listserv Owner
1/2/17 7:43 am Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...> [BRDBRAIN] BANANAQUIT - Broward County, Wilton Manors, Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve - 1/2/2017
1/2/17 7:39 am Sean C <dan...> [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID help
1/2/17 6:57 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Brown Boobies Continue / Pinellas County
1/2/17 4:29 am marys1000 <marys1000...> [BRDBRAIN] Trip planning help request
1/1/17 8:46 pm Deborah Payne <deborah...> [BRDBRAIN] FOY birdie 2017
1/1/17 8:42 pm Deborah D. Payne <deborah...> [BRDBRAIN] FOY 2017
1/1/17 6:37 pm Lenore McCullagh <lmcstjohns...> [BRDBRAIN] FOY 2017
1/1/17 5:38 pm Sean C <dan...> [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID help
1/1/17 5:24 pm Jenn Anselmo <0000005c81788ded-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] 2017 FOY bird
1/1/17 5:17 pm Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...> [BRDBRAIN] FOY
1/1/17 4:42 pm Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] First of the Year - Jan. 1, 2017
1/1/17 4:04 pm Roxanne Palmer <roxannedpalmer...> [BRDBRAIN] FOY 2017
1/1/17 3:44 pm Sean C <dan...> [BRDBRAIN] 1st Birds of 2017 and Bird ID help.
1/1/17 2:06 pm Katherine Whitley <whitleykathy...> [BRDBRAIN] First bird
1/1/17 1:34 pm Janice <janiskay...> [BRDBRAIN] First bird 2017
1/1/17 10:11 am Diana Miller <thunderoaks...> [BRDBRAIN] FOY
1/1/17 10:03 am Ted Yeatts <tedyeatts...> [BRDBRAIN] First birds 2017
1/1/17 8:35 am Roy Peterson <scrubjay33...> [BRDBRAIN] FOY Birds
1/1/17 8:11 am Thomas Ford <tomf97...> [BRDBRAIN] italian school lunch
1/1/17 7:11 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] First birds of 2017
1/1/17 7:02 am Beth Becker <bethabecker...> [BRDBRAIN] 1st birds of the year
1/1/17 7:01 am Charlene Nelson <birdnird57...> [BRDBRAIN] FOY bird
1/1/17 6:33 am Sue Herring <sue.zq.herring...> [BRDBRAIN] First Birds of 2017
1/1/17 6:21 am brinda curran <0000005bf09150f7-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] 2017 Surprise
1/1/17 6:02 am Avery Chan <gatedancer93...> [BRDBRAIN] First birds of 2017
1/1/17 6:01 am Thomas Ford <tomf97...> [BRDBRAIN] FW: Italian School Lunch
1/1/17 5:56 am Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] First Bird of 2017
1/1/17 5:54 am Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...> [BRDBRAIN] FIRST BIRD OF 2017
1/1/17 5:46 am Larry Connor <llconnor52...> [BRDBRAIN] First bird of 2017
12/31/16 7:55 pm Caren Schoen <0000004fc1367798-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] HAPPY NEW YEAR!
12/31/16 7:47 pm Sean C <dan...> [BRDBRAIN] HAPPY NEW YEAR!
12/31/16 6:42 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] birding in South Florida
12/31/16 3:05 pm John Young <jryoungjr...> [BRDBRAIN] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
12/31/16 11:57 am Sarah Linney <smljay12...> [BRDBRAIN] scissor-tailed flycatcher--no
12/31/16 9:31 am Thomas Ford <tomf97...> [BRDBRAIN] Sabine's gull
12/31/16 8:11 am Brook Rohman <brookrohman...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] ID
12/31/16 7:51 am Debbie <dolavarria...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Sebastian Inlet - 12-30-16
12/31/16 7:41 am Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Sebastian Inlet - 12-30-16
12/31/16 3:57 am Ken Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Flycatcher, Hammond's or Least?
12/30/16 5:27 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Birding in South Miami
12/30/16 4:27 pm David Dees <davidkdeesjr...> [BRDBRAIN] ID
12/30/16 3:26 pm Avery Chan <gatedancer93...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Sebastian Inlet SP--Sabine's Gull continues
12/30/16 2:25 pm Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Sebastian Inlet SP--Sabine's Gull continues
12/30/16 11:49 am Avery Chan <gatedancer93...> [BRDBRAIN] Sebastian Inlet SP--Sabine's Gull continues
12/30/16 6:52 am Sherri <0000005a34ef62cb-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Scissor tail flycatcher Brevard County
12/29/16 6:00 pm Bob Paxson <rpaxson...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Hawk Help - Titusville, Fla. - 12-29-16
12/29/16 4:26 pm Ted Yeatts <tedyeatts...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Hawk Help - Titusville, Fla. - 12-29-16
12/29/16 4:10 pm Sherri <0000005a34ef62cb-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Hawk Help - Titusville, Fla. - 12-29-16
12/29/16 3:34 pm Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Hawk Help - Titusville, Fla. - 12-29-16
12/29/16 1:18 pm James Poling <james.poling...> [BRDBRAIN] ID help--Willet
12/29/16 11:11 am Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Seven Springs STP diving ducks: ageing and sexing
12/29/16 10:29 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Park Whimbrels / Pinellas Co
12/29/16 10:08 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] South Miami -Groove-billed Ani
12/29/16 10:07 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Christmas Morning Greetings From Eastern Pinellas County
12/29/16 5:43 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Birding in South Miami
12/28/16 6:23 pm PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...> [BRDBRAIN] RFI Sabine's Gull
12/28/16 5:59 pm David Gagne <oporornis77...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Common Merganser
12/28/16 5:53 pm SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Shiloh - Sharptail Sparrows - Merritt Island NWR - 12-28-16 -correction last picture is www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31944566815
12/28/16 5:53 pm Dave Goodwin <0000000df3046576-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Common Merganser at Seven Springs
12/28/16 5:45 pm Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Shiloh - Sharptail Sparrows - Merritt Island NWR - 12-28-16
12/28/16 5:02 pm David Gagne <oporornis77...> [BRDBRAIN] Common Merganser in Pasco County; December 28 2016
12/28/16 3:31 pm Lenore McCullagh <lmcstjohns...> [BRDBRAIN] FOS Cedar Waxwings
12/28/16 1:55 pm Joseph Misiaszek <jjmjrfl...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Hummingbird ID please
12/28/16 1:09 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Hummingbird ID please
12/28/16 6:45 am Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> [BRDBRAIN] Groove-billed Ani Continues 12/28/16
12/27/16 9:38 pm Allan Stern <00000014b7b0d186-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Great Blue Heron, drying its wings.
12/27/16 4:30 pm Thomas Ford <tomf97...> [BRDBRAIN] Sabine's Gull at Sabastin Inlet 2
12/27/16 2:54 pm Sean C <dan...> [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID help
12/27/16 2:53 pm Thomas Ford <tomf97...> [BRDBRAIN] FW: Sabine's Gull at Sabastin Inlet 1
12/27/16 2:34 pm Thomas Ford <tomf97...> [BRDBRAIN] FW: Sabine's Gull at Sabastin Inlet
12/27/16 2:23 pm Thomas Ford <tomf97...> [BRDBRAIN] Sabine's Gull at Sabastin Inlet3
12/27/16 2:18 pm Thomas Ford <tomf97...> [BRDBRAIN] Sabine's Gull at Sabastin Inlet
12/27/16 10:21 am Avery Chan <gatedancer93...> [BRDBRAIN] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and MINWR Birding
12/27/16 8:23 am Susan Killeen <mypuffins...> [BRDBRAIN] Rusty Blackbirds at the William F Sheffield Regional Park
12/27/16 7:27 am Richard Cressman <w_ouzel...> [BRDBRAIN] Am White Pelicans Tampa
12/26/16 7:48 pm Nathan Langwald <soniknate...> [BRDBRAIN] Sabine's Gull Continuing - San Sebastian Inlet - 12/26/16
12/26/16 4:58 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Birding in Miami, FL
12/26/16 3:26 pm robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] BayCare Canada Geese / Eastern Pinellas County
12/26/16 12:10 pm Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> [BRDBRAIN] Groove-billled Ani - No, Smith's Longspur - No 12/26/16
12/26/16 12:04 pm Bev Hansen <bevalhansen...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Brewer's Blackbird- Jenkin's Creek (Hernando County)
12/26/16 11:15 am Vince Capp <00000031300bf63b-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Brewer's Blackbird- Jenkin's Creek (Hernando County)
12/26/16 7:16 am Tom <tledford1207...> [BRDBRAIN] Sabine's Gull
12/25/16 5:15 pm Sean C <dan...> [BRDBRAIN] MERRY CHRISTMAS!
12/25/16 2:07 pm Richard Cressman <w_ouzel...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] "Muddled" Ducks in eBird and on the CBC
12/25/16 9:09 am Avery Chan <gatedancer93...> [BRDBRAIN] Castellow Hammock Park and Hummingbirds
12/25/16 7:29 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Christmas Morning Greetings From Eastern Pinellas County
12/25/16 6:51 am David Simpson <simpsondavid...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] White-faced Ibis ID help
 
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Date: 1/23/17 5:40 pm
From: jw callis <soturin...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] red shoulder hawk tallahassse, fl

late post just got electric back, yea 20 mph gusts turned into 60 or better, but out in the woods during that on the low side of the hill it was nice noisy, calm weather, not much happening though a Great egret, GBH, anhinga, and cardinals and this Red Shoulder hawk that was watching everything/ Think its a young adult that I photographed couple years ago. How do you tell the age of these fella's? This was Lake Lafayette Park very overcast and about 65 degrees or so.

jwcallis
tallahassee,fl
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Date: 1/23/17 1:48 pm
From: Tom <tledford1207...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Short-tailed Hawk
I had a light morph Short-tailed Hawk with vultures at Orlando Wetlands Park this morning.
Tom Ledford
Indialantic, FL

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Date: 1/23/17 11:31 am
From: Janice <janiskay...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Crows by the hundreds
Right now in Hollywood, FL in the vicinity of 5300 Washington street, 33021
I have been watching them for some time. They are on the condo roof tops, on the wires and flying all over. I tried for some pictures but haven't checked them yet. At first I thought they were coming from the south but then I saw them from the north east and west. They were circling the area then landing and drinking water on the roof top.

Unfortunately I can no longer hear them. Was a great sight while it lasted. I wished I could have been in more then one spot at a time.

Janice Steel
Hollywood, Fl

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Date: 1/23/17 8:57 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Whimbrels Plus / Pinellas County
It is presently 11:55AM Monday morning. It is super windy but a birding bonanza. There are 6 Whimbrels, 42 Marbled Godwits, and 680 Black Skimmers, just to name a few. All the birds are hunkered down on the back side of the beach.

Bob & Denise Lane / Clearwater, Florida
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Date: 1/23/17 7:12 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] European Herring Gull. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
I wanted to provide an update on the 1st cycle Herring-type Gull I found on January 11, 2017 at Ponce de Leon Inlet, Florida that I thought looked like a good candidate for European Herring Gull, but could not rule out Vega Gull. I had sent photos to European observers and had posted the photos on Western Palearctic Gulls. All of the comments that I had received thought that the bird looked fine for a European Herring Gull. I have also just received comments from the Ujiharas in Japan. I have copied their comments here:

"We are not good at separating 1st winter Vega Gull and European Herring Gull, but we feel this gull looks closer to European Herring Gull rather than Vega Gull. In comparison to your bird, Vega Gulls have strong tendency to show:
1)Relatively sparser, smaller dark markings on greater coverts instead of continuous thick markings of your bird.
2)Thicker arrow-shaped or diamond-shaped dark spots to the inner primaries that range well on both outer and inner webs, instead of thinner arrow-shaped markings of your bird.
3)Darker ground color of new scapulars (though it become whitish when bleached).
And Vega Gulls tend to be late molters as one of the comments from Europe pointed out. We don't have any field experience of European Herring Gull, but we feel your bird looks identical to that."

I think that this makes a good case that this bird actually is a European Herring Gull. Here are some photos of the bird.

Michael

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Date: 1/23/17 5:47 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bald Eagle Nest #MR971
Eagle Watch, to whom I report the Bald Eagle’s nest on Mulberry Recreation Trail, emailed me to check the nest ASAP after the storms passed through last night.
I did not hold out much hope for our “skinny” nest.
At dawn’s first light, 7:10am, I could see the nest was intact. I counted 1 adult and both chicks, now about a month old.

Photos:




From a distance I could see the nest was intact!


At first light, 7:10, this morning


Older chick is clearly visible. I could also see younger chick.
They hatched right around Christmas.
So I have named them Merry and Noel.

I am glad they are safe.
Alice Horst, Marion County, Fl
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Date: 1/22/17 5:46 pm
From: Caren Schoen <0000004fc1367798-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] IMG_8706.jpg
American Kestral in my neighborhood on Sanibel. Stayed in the top of the pine tree while I ran in and got my camera.


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Date: 1/22/17 3:49 pm
From: Carolyn Keene <cckeene7...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Long-Tailed Duck & Common Eider
A bit more…..

My copy of Florida’s Fabulous Seashells and Other Seashore Life lists two names for them: sea roach and Rock Louse. It is a scavenger which doesn’t like direct sunlight and is more active on cloudy days or around sunset. It has several interesting habits which you might look up for a laugh.


> On Jan 22, 2017, at 6:01 PM, Rex Rowan <rexrowan...> wrote:
>
> Hi, Tom -
>
> These look like an isopod (an order of crustaceans) commonly known as the Wharf Roach: http://bugguide.net/node/view/1083380 <http://bugguide.net/node/view/1083380>
>
> Rex Rowan
> Gainesville
>
> On Sun, Jan 22, 2017 at 5:31 PM, Thomas Ford <tomf97...> <mailto:<tomf97...>> wrote:
> The target duck was there most of the mid-day that I was there with several birders. The picture is the bugs that this duck as been feeding on the last two days. It was easier yesterday at high tide. Anyone know what they are?
>
>
>
> Also it was reported by a lady who lives on one of the boats that it has been diving around their boat for at least three weeks. Sound like other should find it with a trip over to the Cape.
>
>
>
> A birder up from Ft. Lauderdale had great pictures of the Common Eider that he saw off the pier at Jetty Park today.
>
>
>
> Tom Ford
>
> Merritt Island
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Date: 1/22/17 3:01 pm
From: Rex Rowan <rexrowan...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Long-Tailed Duck & Common Eider
Hi, Tom -

These look like an isopod (an order of crustaceans) commonly known as the
Wharf Roach: http://bugguide.net/node/view/1083380

Rex Rowan
Gainesville

On Sun, Jan 22, 2017 at 5:31 PM, Thomas Ford <tomf97...> wrote:

> The target duck was there most of the mid-day that I was there with
> several birders. The picture is the bugs that this duck as been feeding on
> the last two days. It was easier yesterday at high tide. Anyone know what
> they are?
>
>
>
> Also it was reported by a lady who lives on one of the boats that it has
> been diving around their boat for at least three weeks. Sound like other
> should find it with a trip over to the Cape.
>
>
>
> A birder up from Ft. Lauderdale had great pictures of the Common Eider
> that he saw off the pier at Jetty Park today.
>
>
>
> Tom Ford
>
> Merritt Island
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Date: 1/22/17 2:31 pm
From: Thomas Ford <tomf97...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Long-Tailed Duck & Common Eider
The target duck was there most of the mid-day that I was there with several
birders. The picture is the bugs that this duck as been feeding on the last
two days. It was easier yesterday at high tide. Anyone know what they are?



Also it was reported by a lady who lives on one of the boats that it has
been diving around their boat for at least three weeks. Sound like other
should find it with a trip over to the Cape.



A birder up from Ft. Lauderdale had great pictures of the Common Eider that
he saw off the pier at Jetty Park today.



Tom Ford

Merritt Island


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Date: 1/22/17 11:01 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Marion County Purple Martins
Saw my first Purple Martins of season, yesterday, while driving.
3 PUMAs flew across 441 near intersection of 42. No pictures.

Alice Horst
Marion County, FL
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Date: 1/21/17 2:40 pm
From: Carolyn <0000003c3bab1191-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Brevard County birding
Finally got up to Brevard County with two fellow Connecticut friends to check out Merritt Island and then do what I cynically call "birding by address". Whatever, it works sometimes.

A great morn at Merritt with nothing that has not been reported lately, except for 1 F. Canvasback. There were also three Marbled Godwits on West Gator Creek. Many Avocets there too. Abundant Snipe and Sora on wildlife drive. Very few duck species. But hundreds of N. Pintails.

Please excuse my generalizations and subjectivity. My eBird report is much more accurate.

Bio lab road closed. Hunting going on in Gator Creek area. Scary to hear gunshots but we have to remember how much duck hunters contribute to our NWR.

Just to let everyone know that the Common Goldeneye, Scissor-tail Flycatcher, Smooth-billed Ani, and Western Kingbirds are still in their respective locations. Thanks to all of you who have either found them or provided good info about locations or behaviors. The three of us could not have done it without all of your previous input today.

Carolyn Cimino
Vero Beach



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Date: 1/21/17 1:35 pm
From: Thomas Ford <tomf97...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Eider @ Rodney Ketcham Park C.C.
Which watching the Long-Tailed Duck for an hour this Common Eider (immature
male) can slowly in for sea all the way to the base of the blue bridge. It
turned and went back out along the south side next to the boats docks.



In and out in 15 minutes, just luck to be there. Very close for my small
camera to get good bird file pic.


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Date: 1/21/17 1:21 pm
From: Thomas Ford <tomf97...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Long-Tailed Duck Rodney Ketcham Park C.C.
As reported earlier the Long-Tailed Duck is working the boat ramp. It also
went over to the left and worked around the hundreds of bridge supports. The
blue bridge. Was there at 2:20pm when I arrived and 3:28pm when I left.



Thanks to David for the find. Not a lifer but my best close up view.



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Merritt Island


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Date: 1/20/17 12:55 pm
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Long-tailed Duck, Rodney Ketchum Park, Port Canaveral Brevard County 012017
Hi All,

3 of us trekked over from the west coast this morning and easily
photographed this bird just after dawn this morning. The bird was sitting
on the beach opposite the boat ramp and then swam basically to within 10
feet of us!!!

Great Birding!!

Dave Gagne,
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 1/19/17 5:49 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Marion County Western Kingbirds
I checked the site where I had seen Western Kingbirds on Dec. 13, 2016, hoping there might be Scissor-tailed Flycatchers with the birds.
I counted 10 WEKIs tonight between 5:15pm and 5:50pm flitting about, changing positions on the wires and acting a bit feisty at times.I

I didn’t find any STFLs today.


Beautiful birds

There was a variety of colors on these birds, perhaps age related.



Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!
Alice Horst
Marion County, FL
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Date: 1/19/17 3:47 pm
From: James.poling <james.poling...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Yellowthroat, Orlando Wetlands
common Yellowthroat, Orlando Wetlands


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Date: 1/19/17 3:46 pm
From: James.poling <james.poling...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Wilsons Snipe, Orlando Wetlands
Wilson's Snipe, Orlando Wetlands


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Date: 1/19/17 2:30 pm
From: marys1000 <marys1000...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Calling Ani
Agreed, although it doesn't matter to me whether its rare or not. But
its not uneducated people. Its birders. Birders who should know better
and even those that do but, you know, "its just meeeeeeee". I've seen
it a lot but when you complain you get all sorts of pushback from
birders who say its not a problem
because they want to believe its not a problem so they can do it to and
not feel guilty. That is why some parks are making it illegal
because its the only thing that my work somewhat.

Marie Schatz
Greene County, OH
> Date: Wed, 18 Jan 2017 19:47:10 -0500
> From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
> Subject: Re: Tuesday Ani trip to Viera Wetland GHO unfriendly eyes
>
> WHY would anyone call a RARE bird out with anything?
> ON the subject: I took a group at Circle B Bar last Tuesday and we saw 2 Barred Owls in a tree less than 25 feet from us at eye level and a photographer, obviously not a birder, was calling them with a wooden “Barred Owl” call.
> It is upsetting that people are so uneducated about our feathered friends.
>
> Alice Horst
> Marion County, FL
> <ahorst...>
>

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Date: 1/19/17 11:41 am
From: Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Hilochee WMA - Sedge Wrens!
This morning I birded the Osprey Unit of Hilochee Wildlife Management Area, northwest of Haines City. Got all four local species of wrens, including four Sedge Wrens (which is three more than I've ever seen in one day before - LOL). I also saw an interesting dark-ish Red-tailed Hawk and a bunch of Yellow Palm Warblers, which usually aren't common here in the winter.
Full eBird list (with more information) below:
Hilochee WMA--Osprey Unit, Polk, Florida, US
Jan 19, 2017 7:15 AM - 11:05 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:    Walked the entire East Trail and the southern part of Roger Loop, plus the unmapped connecting trail that joins the two.
49 species (+1 other taxa)

Hooded Merganser  5    A group of 3 flew over, plus a pair swimming on the tiny little farm pond at 28.2031, -81.6884.
Wood Stork  1
Anhinga  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  8
Little Blue Heron  4
Tricolored Heron  1
Cattle Egret  14
Glossy Ibis  2
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  1
Cooper's Hawk  1    Seen very well. Circling in a thermal.
Red-shouldered Hawk  6
Red-tailed Hawk  1    Dark young bird. The ground color of its chest & lower belly (above & below the belly band) was a dark dingy gray, rather than white.
Sandhill Crane  2
Killdeer  28
Caspian Tern  1    Flyover
Mourning Dove  17
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  1
American Kestrel  3
Eastern Phoebe  7
White-eyed Vireo  6
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  4
Tree Swallow  55
House Wren  8
Sedge Wren  4    All individuals in grassy marsh habitat along the East Trail. All seen, three of them well. I didn't see the fourth one well enough to eliminate Marsh Wren, but it was giving loud "sip!" calls, which are typical of Sedge (and not of Marsh). One bird mapped at 28.2109, -81.6719. I didn't mark the other three.
Marsh Wren  1    28.2099, -81.6749. Seen well at very close range. Not more than 6 feet away from me.
Carolina Wren  8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  9
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
American Robin  6
Gray Catbird  15
Northern Mockingbird  5
European Starling  5
Common Yellowthroat  12
Palm Warbler (Western)  2
Palm Warbler (Yellow)  4    It's very unusual to see so many Yellow Palms in the winter in this part of the state. I've been seeing above-average numbers of them almost everywhere I've birded this winter.
Yellow-rumped Warbler  100    At least a few individuals present at almost every point along my route.
Swamp Sparrow  8
Eastern Towhee  3
Northern Cardinal  5
Red-winged Blackbird  18
Common Grackle  10
Boat-tailed Grackle  1
American Goldfinch  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33786060

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

Daniel EstabrooksWinter Haven, FL

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Date: 1/19/17 5:10 am
From: Marvin T Smith <mtsmith...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Scissor-tailed flycatcher in Gainesville
Anyone want to go?

Marv

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Date: 1/18/17 7:47 pm
From: Margaret England <sta5birding...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] eBird Report - Stormwater Treatment Area 5/6, Jan 14, 2017
Some of the highlights of last Saturday's STA 5/6 driving trip included a Smooth-billed Ani that has been reported along the canal south of the Deer Fence Public Access Parking Lot shelter
And the wintering Tropical and Gray Kingbirds. The combined list included 74 species.

Walking or bicycle access Friday, Saturday, or Monday.
Driving trips by reservation only at: www.hendrygladesaudubon.org

Information: Margaret England
LaBelle

Stormwater Treatment Area 5/6, Hendry, Florida, US Jan 14, 2017 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
22.0 mile(s)
Comments: Everglades Birding Festival, Highlands Audubon, Escorted Group with Brian Garrett
74 species (+1 other taxa)


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Date: 1/18/17 6:10 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Birding Alachua County Paynes Prairie La Chua Trail

>
> I was sure it would be a good day when we began the day with a Barred Owl.
> Followed by a perched Peregrine Falcon and Red-tailed Hawk (Krider’s - I think).
> We couldn’t walk all the way to the observation tower because of Bison interference. We saw wild horses and wild hogs along with 60 species of birds.
> OH, I forgot to mention the 5000 (low estimate) of Sandhill Cranes and 1 Whooping Crane.
>
> Bison interference….
>
> wild horses - youngster on ground?
>
>
> Barred Owl near “train trestle” at beginning of trail
>
> Red-tailed Hawk (Krider’s ?)
>
>
> Sandhill Cranes - thousands + 1 Whooping crane (not in picture)
>
>
> I almost forgot these: we stopped counting at 100.
>
> Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!
> Alice Horst
> Marion County, FL
> <ahorst...> <mailto:<ahorst...>

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Date: 1/18/17 5:58 pm
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bartow-Cox Road Kingbird Roost / Polk County
Tonight, Wednesday, about 5:30PM, we lucked into being at the right place at the right time. On the west side of the road, at the intersection of 80 Foot Road and Cox Road, Western Kingbirds and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers were staging on the utility wires. Apparently this is this winters nightly roost area. By 5:35PM there were no less than 28 bright yellow bellied Western Kingbirds and 9 exquisitely tailed Scissor-tailed Flycatchers in view. For about twenty minutes, until 5:55PM, they could be found lined up on the wires. By 6:00PM, they had all descended down into the adjacent orange grove for the night. Best viewing of the utility lines, and to not disturb the birds coming to the wires, is to park up 80 Foot Road to the north a short distance by a gray utility building on the right. The area where the somewhat traditional kingbird roost is located, is southeast of the town of Bartow and south of SR60.


Bob & Denise Lane / Clearwater, Florida

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Date: 1/18/17 4:47 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Tuesday Ani trip to Viera Wetland GHO unfriendly eyes
WHY would anyone call a RARE bird out with anything?
ON the subject: I took a group at Circle B Bar last Tuesday and we saw 2 Barred Owls in a tree less than 25 feet from us at eye level and a photographer, obviously not a birder, was calling them with a wooden “Barred Owl” call.
It is upsetting that people are so uneducated about our feathered friends.

Alice Horst
Marion County, FL
<ahorst...>



> On Jan 18, 2017, at 7:36 PM, Thomas Ford <tomf97...> wrote:
>
> When over to Viera Wetlands to look for the Great Horned Owl that several postings had commented on in the area of the Ani. We stopped to help a few out of state birders on where we had seen the Ani on Monday.
>
> Well someone used his iphone call for the Ani and in came the Great Horned Owl at full speed 3 feet above the grass field. He made 6 passes over the field over the next 20 minutes. A pair of gulls finally drove him off. I hope our Ani which was not seen by 1pm is still with us.
>
> Note how he keep the ears down flat as the gulls came within one foot of his head as he sat on a telephone pole.
>
> Tom Ford
> Merritt Island
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Date: 1/18/17 4:38 pm
From: Carolyn <0000003c3bab1191-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Viera closed
Just for anyone planning on coming to Viera Wetlands looking for the Ani or looking to bird in the wetlands:

It is closed all week.

Three of us as well as some others tried for the Smooth-billed Ani for most of the afternoon with no luck.

But we did get the Ash-throated Flycatcher at the Riverlakes conservation area down the road, although we had to leave quickly due to a prescribed burn going on in the area.

Carolyn Cimino
Vero Beach

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Date: 1/18/17 4:36 pm
From: Thomas Ford <tomf97...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Tuesday Ani trip to Viera Wetland GHO unfriendly eyes
When over to Viera Wetlands to look for the Great Horned Owl that several
postings had commented on in the area of the Ani. We stopped to help a few
out of state birders on where we had seen the Ani on Monday.



Well someone used his iphone call for the Ani and in came the Great Horned
Owl at full speed 3 feet above the grass field. He made 6 passes over the
field over the next 20 minutes. A pair of gulls finally drove him off. I
hope our Ani which was not seen by 1pm is still with us.



Note how he keep the ears down flat as the gulls came within one foot of
his head as he sat on a telephone pole.



Tom Ford

Merritt Island


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Date: 1/18/17 11:06 am
From: David Simpson <simpsondavid...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani at Viera
Last I saw in Brevard was Jan 7, 1989 on Bio Lab Dike, Merritt Island NWR.  I remember seeing them in various places western Palm Beach County in the early 2000's.  After that, the locations just seemed to dry up.  Recently there has been a pair nesting at Loxahatchee NWR.

David Simpson
Fellsmere, FL

On Jan 14, 2017, at 01:19 PM, Dan Click <dan.click2...> wrote:

I have half a dozen south FL records from the late 80's - Loxahatchee, Homestead, and the Duda Farm near Belle Glade. Latest is Jan 1991 in Loxahatchee. I think they persisted there much longer, but my record keeping didn't.

Dan Click
Merritt Island

On Sat, Jan 14, 2017 at 12:24 PM, <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...> wrote:
Interesting.  I remember seeing SB Anis regularly at Loxahatchee NWR in Palm Beach county.
 
Sad to see these birds singly--they are usually in groups, so are probably stressed to be alone..
 
Would be good if these old records were put into eBird.  Can be entered as "historic" with the best info available.
 
Dotty Robbins
High Springs 

---------- Original Message ----------
From: PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...>
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani at Viera
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:03:29 -0500

Last Smooth-billed Ani for us was in 1989; there was a pair in south Cocoa Beach.  That area was developed( a friend then built a compound of homes-no more Ani’s!).
 
Phyllis Mansfield,
Cocoa Beach, FL
Brevard
 
From: Dan Click
Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2017 10:33 AM
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani at Viera
 
Last one I had in central Brevard was in Cape Canaveral in December 1984. Last one I saw anywhere in the county was in Long Point Park during the 1986 South Brevard CBC. Another was reported by someone else in the 1987 SBCBC.

Dan Click
Merritt Island
 
On Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 7:05 PM, Bob Paxson <rpaxson...> wrote:
Great find. I need to get out there tomorrow to see if it sticks. I've had Groove Billed Ani on a Christmas count about ten or 15 years ago. CCC, found just outside Cocoa High by the sports fields off of Clearlake, calling and briefly had a recording on a sh****ty cassette tape that degraded quickly.  The last SB Ani were back in the  late 1980's.....perhaps Dave Simpson could help us out(they were gone after the big freezes in the late eighties.
Bob
 <rpaxson...>
Merritt Island Fl
---- Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> wrote:
> Thanks for sending this out, Bill.
>
> Yes. I only found out yesterday when a friend was trolling eBird lists and
> saw it reported there!
>
> I cannot confirm nor deny that I may or may not have left work to find the
> bird around 4pm yesterday (1/10), which (hypothetically, of course) was
> sitting quite in the open in the grassy area just north of the entrance
> road to the Viera Wetlands, across from the water treatment facility's
> large tanks (one of which is under construction). There were great and
> close views from the side of the road (I'm led to understand, of course).
> If it's in the same area when you go, be careful of traffic. Try to either
> park in the Wetland's lot and walk back out, or pull well off the pavement,
> away from the bird.
>
> Does anyone know when the last, previous Brevard sighting of this species
> was? I don't have my Annotated List with me.
>
> Christopher Ferro
> Melbourne/Brevard County
> lonelybirder.wordpress.com
>
> On Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 7:14 PM, Bill Scheuerman <
> <warbirdphotographs...> wrote:
>
> > Seen since Saturday, Smooth-billed Ani has been near entrance to Viera
> > Wetlands.
> > I have had excellent looks yesterday and today.
> >
> > http://www.pbase.com/sannabill/image/164816560/original.jpg
> >
> > http://www.pbase.com/sannabill/image/164816559/original.jpg
> >
> > Bill Scheuerman
> > Viera, FL
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Date: 1/17/17 6:28 pm
From: Jim McGinity <jimmcginity...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Good Birding at Merritt Island NWR & Viera Wetlands
Spent the weekend driving the refuge (mostly Black Point Drive) and Viera Wetlands. Lots of nice birds plus a few unexpected ones (like the Sora at the end of the drive) and this very hungry YB Sapsucker feeding on Florida Privet berries right in front of the visitor center.

Happy Birding:)

Jim


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On Jan 14, 2017, at 7:32 PM, Rangel Diaz wrote:

> While looking for the Western Spindalis, I photographed this American Kestrel at Crandon Park on Key Biscayne that I think may be from a Caribbean race but I don't have any experience with them. Any ideas? Thanks!
>
> Rangel Diaz
> Miami-Dade
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Date: 1/17/17 2:34 pm
From: James Poling <james.poling...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Whooping Crane, Kenansville, FL today
US-FL-Kenansville-3600-3646 N Canoe Creek Rd - 28.0006x-81.1836 double c ranch, Osceola County, Florida, US today at 2:15 pm




James Poling
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Date: 1/17/17 11:42 am
From: Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka Wildlife Dr.
Hello Dorothy, the hawk is a Red-shouldered and the white object in the tree is a Paper Wasp nest, if you blow the photo up you can see the individual larva cells.

Ed Rizer

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Date: 1/17/17 11:41 am
From: James.poling <james.poling...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Ebird report. whooping Crane, double c bar ranch, Kenansville FL
US-FL-Kenansville-3600-3646 N Canoe Creek Rd - 28.0006x-81.1836 double c ranch
Jan 17, 2017
2:15 PM
Stationary
30 Minutes
All birds reported? No
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

1 Whooping Crane

Number of Taxa: 1


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Date: 1/17/17 11:34 am
From: William Haddad <photobill9...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Flagler County Vermilion Flycatcher still there
Here is the picture of one I took at St. Marks about a week ago. Bill Haddad – Palm Bay,Fl.

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Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Flagler County Vermilion Flycatcher still there

I've only ever seen an adult male of this species, in south Texas.  Would a young male have so little red at this time of year?  The black mask seems prominent for an adult female: is it in fact typical for a female?  

Thanks.  

Cecile DeRouin
Sanibel FL

On Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 2:19 PM, Diane Reed <dreedster14...> wrote:
Greetings
   The Vermilion Flycatcher was relocated yesterday, as originally found and reported by Meret Wilson.
    Traveling on County Road 304 about 7-8 miles west of US-1 in Bunnell, the bird was hanging around the BEEF, what's for dinner sign. The bird was actually sitting on the power line behind the sign. It is just opposite the Sweetwater Development.  Note that the bird is actively feeding and tends to move around.  It was found at around 10 am.
     thanks
Diane Reed
St Augustine FL

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Date: 1/17/17 9:45 am
From: Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Brewer'sBlackbird
At Jenkin's creek today, Hernando County!


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Date: 1/17/17 9:03 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Park Whimbrels / Pinellas County
A short time ago at 11:45AM, at the southwest cove beach at the west end of the causeway, there were 3 Whimbrels standing all together in the middle of the sand flats. This is the first time we have ever had three here, and also with them standing together. Also nearby in Tarpon Springs at noon a single female Black Scoter is still present in Spring Bayou at Craig Park.


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Date: 1/17/17 6:24 am
From: Cathy Meilak <cathymeilak...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Boobies Pinellas County
Yesterday my husband got a nice view of the boobies on the tower in Old
Tampa Bay, southeast of Philippe Park in Pinellas County. [image: Inline
image 1]

Cathy Meilak
Tampa, Hillsborough County

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Date: 1/17/17 5:26 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach / Pinellas County
I was at the beach for a beautiful reddish sunrise this morning. 28 species of birds were recorded shortly after daybreak. A first for the beach was a single American White Pelican. Some of the other highlights were 152 Bonaparte's Gulls, 8 Wilson's Plovers, a single adult Lesser Black-backed Gull, 32 Black Skimmers, and peep species galore in the sandy depressions in the soft sand on the beach.


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Date: 1/17/17 5:03 am
From: Cecile DeRouin <cd01741...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Flagler County Vermilion Flycatcher still there
I've only ever seen an adult male of this species, in south Texas. Would a
young male have so little red at this time of year? The black mask seems
prominent for an adult female: is it in fact typical for a female?

Thanks.

Cecile DeRouin
Sanibel FL

On Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 2:19 PM, Diane Reed <dreedster14...> wrote:

> Greetings
> The Vermilion Flycatcher was relocated yesterday, as originally found
> and reported by Meret Wilson.
> Traveling on County Road 304 about 7-8 miles west of US-1 in Bunnell,
> the bird was hanging around the BEEF, what's for dinner sign. The bird was
> actually sitting on the power line behind the sign. It is just opposite the
> Sweetwater Development. Note that the bird is actively feeding and tends
> to move around. It was found at around 10 am.
> thanks
> Diane Reed
> St Augustine FL
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Date: 1/17/17 2:21 am
From: Joseph Misiaszek <jjmjrfl...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Re; Bizarre Hummingbird eye feathers
Please correct my last post to reflect that the original banding occurred in
2010 (not 2000). The bird is 8 yrs. old, not 17 or 18 !!!!!!

I apologize for my carelessness in the post, and subsequent comments it
generated.



Joe Misiaszek

Lakeland






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Date: 1/16/17 7:53 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pinellas County Birding
Our search for Smooth-billed Ani and Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Fort DeSoto was successful.
Both birds were near their latest reported sightings.
We only saw each one briefly. Other birds of interest at Ft D: Common Loons, Reddish Egret, Yellow-crowned Night-heron, American White and Brown Pelicans, American Oystercatchers and Black Skimmers. Peeps and shorebirds very far away - low tide.

Sawgrass Lake Park: We had fun watching a single Roseate Spoonbill with Limpkin and a Wood Duck.
Warblers: Yellow-throated, Black-and-White, Palms, Yellow-rumps.
A couple of feeding flocks mostly consisting of Blue-Gray Gnats and Yellow-rumps.

Beautiful day to be outside birding with friends.


Smooth-billed Ani

Limpkin, Roseate Spoonbill, and Wood Duck

Roseate Spoonbill


Roseate Spoonbill harassing Wood Duck.

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Marion County, Fl
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Date: 1/16/17 5:19 pm
From: James Poling <james.poling...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani, Viera Wetlands, Florida
Some people waited from 8am to see the Smooth-billed Ani. I arrived at 12:30 pm and the bird made its appearance about 3:30 and stayed for hour or so. A fair number of birders were there to witness and photograph the bird. I will attach some pictures but I am not sure whether the listserve will accept them. Also the Great Horned Owl continues in the pine tree and I saw it flying around once. Jim Poling, NC birder




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Date: 1/16/17 3:37 pm
From: David Hartgrove <birdman9...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bizarre Hummingbird eye feathers
Having limited knowledge of hummingbird physiology I can only go by what I’ve read but this bird just blew the doors off all previous estimates of their potential life spans. Prior to seeing this evidence I’d have guessed their life expectancy at no more than 5 years. Since there are no other references to this phenomena of the white feathers around the eye I’d say advanced age and its usual result of color change in other organisms, like us, is a good guess.


David Hartgrove
Daytona Beach, FL



> On Jan 16, 2017, at 6:21 PM, Joseph Misiaszek <jjmjrfl...> wrote:
>
> A “bander” shared this photo with me of an adult female Ruby-throat recaptured and examined in Brooksville yesterday the 15th of Jan. 2017.
> It was first captured and banded in Jan. 2000 as a 2nd year bird, so this gal is getting on in years for a ruby-throat.
> Upon examination the bander noted immediately that the eye feathers were white and having banded many thousand hummingbirds over the years he had never seen this anomaly.
>
> Apparently no others in the his banding community has ever noted it either.
>
> Only reason I’m posting this is to inquire if this occurs in other species and might old age be a factor in this pigment change?
> Comments would be appreciated.
>
> Joe Misiaszek
> Lakeland
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Date: 1/16/17 3:21 pm
From: Joseph Misiaszek <jjmjrfl...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bizarre Hummingbird eye feathers
A "bander" shared this photo with me of an adult female Ruby-throat
recaptured and examined in Brooksville yesterday the 15th of Jan. 2017.

It was first captured and banded in Jan. 2000 as a 2nd year bird, so this
gal is getting on in years for a ruby-throat.

Upon examination the bander noted immediately that the eye feathers were
white and having banded many thousand hummingbirds over the years he had
never seen this anomaly.



Apparently no others in the his banding community has ever noted it either.



Only reason I'm posting this is to inquire if this occurs in other species
and might old age be a factor in this pigment change?

Comments would be appreciated.



Joe Misiaszek

Lakeland




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Date: 1/16/17 1:51 pm
From: Vince Capp <00000031300bf63b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID
Yup, a Roughie.



Vince Capp

Bayonet Point, FL



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A Northern Rough-winged Swallow?



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On Jan 16, 2017 1:57 PM, "FL Bird" <0000005d113eb0c8-dmarc-request...> wrote:

Can someone tell me what this bird is?


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Date: 1/16/17 1:43 pm
From: Peg Urban <pegpixfl...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Clay Island Lake County FL- Ani's
Welcome back and glad you saw some goodies!
Peg

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> Hello all!
>
> Been a while. I am still alive. We took a trip out to Clay Island in
> Astatula Lake County to visit with the Groove-billed Ani’s. Both present
> right in front of the tower. Thank you to birder/photographer for help.
> Also, had a possible Yellow breasted Chat past tower on main road 2 power
> poles up from tower. Nice yellow/orange breast and mocha brown back. No
> photo for confirmation. No lifer. YET! Pretty sure of what I saw. Also a
> cute Least Flycatcher on way back to car. On main gravel road 3 power poles
> up from west to east if walking towards tower from Clay Island parking lot.
> North side. Very sweet and cooperative. Was making soft squeak chip note.
>
> Happy Birding to all,
>
> Leann Streeper
> Leesburg, FL
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Date: 1/16/17 1:28 pm
From: James.poling <james.poling...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Ani at Viera Wetlands at 3:30 pm today
SB Ani at Viera Wetlands at 3:30 pm today

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Date: 1/16/17 1:22 pm
From: Leann Streeper <leann.jackson...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Clay Island Lake County FL- Ani's
Hello all!

Been a while. I am still alive. We took a trip out to Clay Island in Astatula Lake County to visit with the Groove-billed Ani’s. Both present right in front of the tower. Thank you to birder/photographer for help. Also, had a possible Yellow breasted Chat past tower on main road 2 power poles up from tower. Nice yellow/orange breast and mocha brown back. No photo for confirmation. No lifer. YET! Pretty sure of what I saw. Also a cute Least Flycatcher on way back to car. On main gravel road 3 power poles up from west to east if walking towards tower from Clay Island parking lot. North side. Very sweet and cooperative. Was making soft squeak chip note.

Happy Birding to all,

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Leesburg, FL

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Date: 1/16/17 12:31 pm
From: James.poling <james.poling...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Ani here now Viera Wetlands
Amy here. Now Viera Wet lands

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Date: 1/16/17 12:06 pm
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Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID
A Northern Rough-winged Swallow?

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On Jan 16, 2017 1:57 PM, "FL Bird" <
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Can someone tell me what this bird is?


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Date: 1/16/17 11:19 am
From: Diane Reed <dreedster14...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Flagler County Vermilion Flycatcher still there
Greetings
The Vermilion Flycatcher was relocated yesterday, as originally found
and reported by Meret Wilson.
Traveling on County Road 304 about 7-8 miles west of US-1 in Bunnell,
the bird was hanging around the BEEF, what's for dinner sign. The bird was
actually sitting on the power line behind the sign. It is just opposite the
Sweetwater Development. Note that the bird is actively feeding and tends
to move around. It was found at around 10 am.
thanks
Diane Reed
St Augustine FL

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Date: 1/16/17 11:17 am
From: Diane Reed <dreedster14...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fwd: Flagler County Vermilion Flycatcher still there
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Diane Reed <dreedster14...>
Date: Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 9:01 AM
Subject: Flagler County Vermilion Flycatcher still there
To: <BRDBRAIN...>


Greetings
The Vermilion Flycatcher was relocated yesterday, as originally found
and reported by Meret Wilson.
Traveling on County Road 304 about 7-8 miles west of US-1 in Bunnell,
the bird was hanging around this sign (attached). The bird was actually
sitting on the power line in that photo. It is just opposite the Sweetwater
Development. Note that the bird is actively feeding and tends to move
around. It was found at around 10 am.
thanks
Diane Reed
St Johns County
St Augustin FL

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Date: 1/16/17 10:57 am
From: FL Bird <0000005d113eb0c8-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID
Can someone tell me what this bird is?


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Date: 1/16/17 10:03 am
From: Bob Landry <robertlandry...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] American Golden-Plover (not)
One of Florida’s birding experts has advised that the overall structure and bill size of the shorebird I photographed at St Mark’s, identifies it as a Black-bellied Plover. My apologies to anyone who chased it today. In my defense, the pattern of this bird is far from that of the “normal” wintering Black-bellied Plover and closely matches some field guide depictions and internet photos of American Golden-Plover. More proof that each ID characteristic must be carefully evaluated before finalizing an ID.

Bob Landry
Brandon, FL

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Date: 1/16/17 8:58 am
From: Judi Hopkins <judi740...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] The Birds of Pinellas County
Hi Everyone,

St. Petersburg Audubon (a not for profit entity) is very proud to announce
the publication of THE BIRDS OF PINELLAS COUNTY. It is a revised and more
complete version of our previous 2011 publication. It includes a history of
Pinellas County birding, a chapter on the best parks and places to go
within Pinellas, a chapter on the Pinellas birding year and, of course, an
annotated checklist of all 413 species reported in Pinellas. This is a
must-have book if you plan on visiting Pinellas this winter or spring.

You may order on line at www.stpeteaudubon.org or you can call me to find
out how you can pick up one. They will be available at all our field trips
and programs.

By the way, Ron donated his time and effort and is not receiving any
proceeds from the sales. All the proceeds go directly to St. Petersburg
Audubon.

Judi Hopkins, President
St. Petersburg Audubon

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Judi Hopkins
727-526-3725
St. Petersburg FL 33714
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Date: 1/16/17 7:29 am
From: Bob Paxson <rpaxson...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] January Cape May warbler
Hi all,
Spring must be here, nearly 80* and a nearly full alternate plumaged male Cape May warbler eating native Firebush berries near my dripper today !
bob
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Merritt Island, Fl

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Date: 1/16/17 4:23 am
From: dwassme1 <dwassme1...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] FOY purple martins
Three arrived yesterday. I have had gourds since 1994.

Lilian Saul

Tampa, Florida

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Date: 1/15/17 4:58 pm
From: Thomas Ford <tomf97...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] ANI @ Viera Wetlands OMG what a day for this lifer bird
My first pic was 1:02pm the last one 3:24pm and the ANI was still sitting
still for 20+ cameras when I left. Over 2 and a half hours this
Smooth-billed Ani came up 8 to 9 times to be seen by 50+ birders that I
counted. He moved from one green bush to another. When he when down in the
grass he moved around out of sight. There were many asking what was it
feeding on? Well looking over 417 pics I found 4 different yellow/light
green grasshoppers in his bill when he was in the grassy areas. He appeared
to good down in the grass for 20 to 30 minutes and then pops up for about 15
minutes. He has no fear of people. Three young ladies were eating lunch on a
blanket beside their car and it called out and popped up in front of them.
They jumped up and got great pictures.

Check out the bill! Sorry I had to cut the pics down by 90% it hurts the
quality&focus.



Tom Ford

Merritt Island


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Date: 1/15/17 3:25 pm
From: Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Goldeneye-Inverness
Went to Inverness today to catch a photo of the female goldeneye in a Walmart retention pond. There were many types of ducks. I caught a glimpse of the goldeneye twice in the binoculars, picked up the camera, she was gone. Once again "Thanks" to another birder who came upon me and pointed her out to me. Finally, able to get some photos. This large raptor was flying overhead. Looks like a juvenile bald eagle.(?)
Another lifer and a great day.

Dorothy Dunlap
Ocala

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Date: 1/15/17 3:07 pm
From: Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka Wildlife Dr.
Visited Lust Rd. at Lake Apopka on Fri. 1-13. Photos of the Ash-throated, thanks to other birders who pointed it out to me. I went around the loop and came back to the gate, since the first time was cloudy and rainy, hoping to get better photos. I didn't, but this was in a tree, (quick photo, thought it was a bird) and can not distinguish what it is. Any ideas?
And an unidentifiable bird on the wire on the way out. Any ideas on it? A juvenile hawk (red-shoulder?).
It was a great day.

Dorothy Dunlap
Ocala, Fl.

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Date: 1/15/17 1:53 pm
From: Avery Chan <gatedancer93...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Hernando County Birding
Hello birders,

Today, my dad and I drove to Hernando County to see the Harris' Sparrow. Naturally, by the time we got there, all of the sparrows seemed to have settled down and disappeared. There weren't too many other birds of interest there, but there were several types of butterflies on the mustard plants.
After about an hour of no sparrows, we headed over to Bayport Park because there were reports of a Brewer's Blackbird. There were several Boat-tailed Grackles, but the Brewer's Blackbird was nowhere to be found. It may have been at a park across the water. Interestingly, when someone deliberately spilled popcorn for the grackles, one female had a pale eye, so I think it was of the subspecies that resides from coastal Mississippi to northwest Florida. Buffleheads were also out diving in the water, too.

Good luck to everyone looking for birds!

Avery Chan
Seminole County, Florida

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Date: 1/15/17 1:33 pm
From: Bob Landry <robertlandry...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] American Golden Plover
I just returned from a short birding trip to the Tallahassee area. In reviewing my photos, I found that I had photographed an American Golden- Plover at St Marks. It was located in the southwest corner of Mounds Pool 3 adjacent to the Nature Trail behind the restrooms. A very heavily cropped photo is attached.
Good birding,
Bob Landry
Brandon, Fl

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Date: 1/15/17 11:29 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Harris's Sparrow 01/15/17: Kettering Road, Hernando County FL
Hi All,

The Harris's Sparrow was present earlier this morning and it actually sang
several times!! You need a scope to get identifiable views of this bird
however.

Great Birding!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 1/15/17 11:16 am
From: Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Hill Myna -- Circle B Bar Reserve, 15 Jan
Hi all:


My experience here was like Brian Ahern's -- the bird was readily detected, as it called frequently, even if it wasn't all that easy to find. The specifics of the bird's location are noted in my eBird checklist.


What a great place!


Tony


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Largo, FL
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Date: 1/15/17 11:07 am
From: William Haddad <photobill9...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Viera this morning

The SB Ani was very cooperative this morning on my second time around stopping there. Earlier a Great Horned Owl was perched watching the birders looking for the Ani. Was somewhat concerned the Owl was waiting for the Ani also! But it was probably eyeing nearby Grackles and the many BH Cowbirds. In any event, the Owl was harassed by a Peregrine Falcon as it flew away. The Falcon probably knew better than to catch the Owl.

Saw 48 species of birds total. The most Savannah Sparrows I have ever seen in one area – 23 – and probably missed some as I unsuccessfully was looking for the Ash-throated Flycatcher in the parking lot of the conservation area. Unfortunately, also saw the most Cowbirds I have ever seen (close to the sod buildings).

Bill Haddad
Palm Bay, Fl.

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Date: 1/15/17 9:55 am
From: Bob Paxson <rpaxson...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] SB Ani, Viera
Hi all,
Subject bird seen well at previously posted location, calling about 10:45am. Smaller bird lacking huge culmen and molting in new tail feathers.....young bird? But calling at close range, definitely a SB Ani.
bob
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Merritt Island, Fl

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Date: 1/15/17 9:50 am
From: Bob Paxson <rpaxson...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] SB Ani, Viera
Hi all, subject bird seen well by all, calling at @10:45 am. Small bird without the huge culmen, and molting in new tail feathers....young bird? Definitely a SB Ani as calling at close range.
bob
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Date: 1/15/17 8:33 am
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Duck ID help 1-14-17
I am sorry for making such a mistake on duck id. I was tired, because I had no sleep in almost 2 days. They are Green-winged Teal. The distance, and the lighting had me fixated on Gadwall. I thought the ducks were a lot larger. That's what I get for pretending to be a birder [😊] . It probably wont be the last time I make a mistake, but by now everybody should be use to it. Thank-you all for replying to my help question. It seemed just like the old days on the listservs!


Danny Bales

Titusville, Fla.

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Brevard


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From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2017 10:47 PM
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Cc: Danny Bales
Subject: Duck ID help 1-14-17

At St. Marks on the 13th I saw these ducks at a long distance. They appeared to be Gadwalls. However the wing coloring, and the plumage is different in several ways than a Gadwall. I have never seen this plumage combination in a full blooded Gadwall. Any ideas as to what hybrid or other these ducks might be. Look at the green in the wing. Not in a Gadwall's wing.

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Titusville, Fla.
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Brevard


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Date: 1/15/17 7:50 am
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Large white gulls on FL-528 Yesterday / Orange County
I need some help, and and maybe Michael Brothers or other gull experts can
weigh in:

Yesterday, around 11:30am while heading west on FL-528, past the new
interchange being constructed (east Orange County), I noticed a small group
of mixed gulls sitting on the dirt piles in the construction site. As I got
nearer, a few of them went airborne. 2 large birds, which I thought were
maybe Cattle Egrets or something like that, at first, flew over the
roadway, not too high up as I passed under them.

They were definitely NOT egrets, but very large gulls - much larger than
the others that took flight or were sitting on the dirt piles (I can't be
sure, but my impression was Ring-billed). These 2 large white-ish gulls had
no black primary tips above or below, and looked almost flecked with tan or
cream and dark bill tips. In other words, like immature Glaucous Gulls. Is
this even a remote possibility? Could they have been something else?

I'm sorry for not posting this before today, but yesterday I spent with my
family in Sumter County (my Dad is sick) and I didn't get back here until
well after dark. If any 'brainers passing through there want to look, maybe
these birds are hanging around there for a reason?

Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County
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Date: 1/15/17 5:15 am
From: Roy Peterson <scrubjay33...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] American Kestrel question
Hi Rangel,
Here's a photo of a Kestrel I took at Grand Turk 12/31/08.
Roy Peterson, DeBary


From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2017 7:32 PM
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] American Kestrel question

While looking for the Western Spindalis, I photographed this American Kestrel at Crandon Park on Key Biscayne that I think may be from a Caribbean race but I don't have any experience with them. Any ideas? Thanks!
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Date: 1/14/17 9:00 pm
From: Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Tuscawilla Park, Ocala
Went to Tuscawilla Park here in Ocala. There were a few small flocks of black belly whistlers. Just beautiful ducks.
Talk about strange pondfellows, this juvenile red-tail? was in the water with the wood ducks swimming around and near him.
The hawk eventually climbed out, flew to a sign and just watched the ducks. Had something on his mind, for sure.

Happy birding
Dorothy Dunlap
Ocala

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Date: 1/14/17 7:47 pm
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Duck ID help 1-14-17
At St. Marks on the 13th I saw these ducks at a long distance. They appeared to be Gadwalls. However the wing coloring, and the plumage is different in several ways than a Gadwall. I have never seen this plumage combination in a full blooded Gadwall. Any ideas as to what hybrid or other these ducks might be. Look at the green in the wing. Not in a Gadwall's wing.

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32165525222

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32315069345
Danny Bales
Titusville, Fla.
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Brevard

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Date: 1/14/17 7:25 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Orange County - Lake Apopa Wildlife Drive
Went looking for Ash-throated Flycatcher and found the bird near the entrance gate. We watched the bird flitting and sitting for 20 minutes. Incredibly when I thought I saw a sleeping Wilson’s Snipe and stopped the car we saw a Grey-headed Swamphen looming
behind him. Pictures aren’t perfect because I had to lighten them a good bit.
2 Painted Buntings, female; Vesper Sparrows, Merlin, American Kestrel, and at least 6 Northern Harriers, female. Warblers: Prairie, Palm, yellow-rumped and Common Yellow-throat.
Ducks: Black-bellied Whistling, Northern Shoveler, Ruddy, Blue-winged Teal, Ring-necked.

We had 57 species and a wonderful day.


Grey-headed Swamphen


Wilson’s Snipe dwarfed by Grey-headed Swamphen


Merlin

Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!
Alice Horst
Marion County, Fl
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Date: 1/14/17 6:56 pm
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Henslow Sparrow - St. Marks NWR - Report Date 1/14/17
I went to St. Marks on Friday after I read the post about St. Marks on Brdbrain. My main objective was the Henslow's Sparrow The last Henslow's I saw were the 8 that I found at North Lake Jessup Conservation Area years ago. This bird was much harder to get than those let alone get a picture. After 3 hours of searching the grasses I finally was able to flush a bird that posed for me. I did see briefly the immature Vermilion Flycatcher today. The bird showed today for a very short time then hawked out of sight in the marshes. Unfortunately all the ducks that were seen by on William's post had migrated on with the last cold front. Not very many ducks, but there was a Red-throated Loon scope range in the Gulf off the Lighthouse. Looking for the Henslow's I saw 2 Red-cockaded Woodpeckers. The habitat at St. Marks is incredible. It's like combining Hal Scott Preserve with Merritt Island NWR. :)

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31500818053

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31935269420

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32314380595

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32192643071

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32311975145

Danny Bales
Titusville, Fla.
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Brevard

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Date: 1/14/17 4:45 pm
From: T.Donovan <donovanter...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and possible Greater Scaup at Viera
Hi Avery,

For what it's worth, your description of the whereabouts of the Ash-throated
is exactly where I saw and photographed it yesterday.

Terry Donovan
Orange County, FL

-----Original Message-----
From: Avery Chan
Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2017 7:30 PM
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and possible
Greater Scaup at Viera

Hello birders,

This afternoon, I went to Viera Wetlands with my dad to see the
Smooth-billed Ani. While waiting for the ani to appear, a Crested Caracara
flew by and about 50 White Pelicans flew together in the distance. Roughly
half an hour later, the ani appeared in the Brazilian Pepper bush just north
of the water treatment facility (around 3:00PM).
After finding the ani, we headed down the road to the River Lakes CA to
check for the Ash-throated Flycatcher. After crossing the bridge, I am
fairly confident I heard it calling from a nearby bush on the left side
(facing the trail). I only got silhouetted, brief looks, so I didn't get
any photos.
At around 4 o' clock, we went back to Viera Wetlands and actually drove
around inside. Lots of egrets, cormorants, anhingas, coots, and grebes were
out and about. In the trees were yellow-rumps, phoebes, and a robin. At
one point on the road, we stepped out to see what others were looking at.
Some people were waiting for some Hooded Mergansers farther out to come
closer again. Others were looking at a close Great Blue Heron and Green
Heron. What caught my eye was a scaup dabbling in the distance with two
teal. My dad brought the scope, and I took terrible photos with his phone.
I think it might be a Greater Scaup, but I would like to ask for
confirmation. I listed it under Greater Scaup in eBird.

Here are my eBird checklists:
Viera Wetlands1 (Smooth-billed Ani):
http://ebird.org/ebird/ybn/view/checklist/S33671460

River Lakes CA (Ash-throated Flycatcher):
http://ebird.org/ebird/ybn/view/checklist/S33671830

Viera Wetlands2 (Greater Scaup?):
http://ebird.org/ebird/ybn/view/checklist/S33671608

Avery Chan
Seminole County, Florida

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Date: 1/14/17 4:32 pm
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] American Kestrel question
While looking for the Western Spindalis, I photographed this American
Kestrel at Crandon Park on Key Biscayne that I think may be from a
Caribbean race but I don't have any experience with them. Any ideas? Thanks!

Rangel Diaz
Miami-Dade

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Date: 1/14/17 4:30 pm
From: Avery Chan <gatedancer93...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and possible Greater Scaup at Viera
Hello birders,

This afternoon, I went to Viera Wetlands with my dad to see the Smooth-billed Ani. While waiting for the ani to appear, a Crested Caracara flew by and about 50 White Pelicans flew together in the distance. Roughly half an hour later, the ani appeared in the Brazilian Pepper bush just north of the water treatment facility (around 3:00PM).
After finding the ani, we headed down the road to the River Lakes CA to check for the Ash-throated Flycatcher. After crossing the bridge, I am fairly confident I heard it calling from a nearby bush on the left side (facing the trail). I only got silhouetted, brief looks, so I didn't get any photos.
At around 4 o' clock, we went back to Viera Wetlands and actually drove around inside. Lots of egrets, cormorants, anhingas, coots, and grebes were out and about. In the trees were yellow-rumps, phoebes, and a robin. At one point on the road, we stepped out to see what others were looking at. Some people were waiting for some Hooded Mergansers farther out to come closer again. Others were looking at a close Great Blue Heron and Green Heron. What caught my eye was a scaup dabbling in the distance with two teal. My dad brought the scope, and I took terrible photos with his phone. I think it might be a Greater Scaup, but I would like to ask for confirmation. I listed it under Greater Scaup in eBird.

Here are my eBird checklists:
Viera Wetlands1 (Smooth-billed Ani):
http://ebird.org/ebird/ybn/view/checklist/S33671460

River Lakes CA (Ash-throated Flycatcher):
http://ebird.org/ebird/ybn/view/checklist/S33671830

Viera Wetlands2 (Greater Scaup?):
http://ebird.org/ebird/ybn/view/checklist/S33671608

Avery Chan
Seminole County, Florida

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Date: 1/14/17 2:17 pm
From: Brian Ahern <barredantshrike...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Hill Myna & Least Flycatcher - Circle B Bar Reserve, Polk co., 01/14/2017
Hi All,

This morning Eric Plage, Peter Plage and I birded Circle B Bar Reserve in
Polk County for the morning. We easily found the Common Hill Myna that has
been present in the oaks just to the west of the visitor's center and heard
a Least Flycatcher calling fequently from a willow marsh along the trail on
the western edge of Lake Hancock. Eric spotted a adult dark morph
Short-tailed Hawk soaring with a kettle of Turkey Vultures just before we
left.

Our total for 3.5 hours was 72 species. See our eBird checklist below for
details:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33660271

Best,
Brian Ahern
Tampa Bay, FL.

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Date: 1/14/17 1:08 pm
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Eider & Western Spindalis on Key Biscayne 1/14/17
Both the Common Eider (Crandon Marina) and Western Spindalis (Crandon Park
South Beach) continue as of this afternoon on Key Biscayne.

Cheers,
Rangel Diaz
Miami-Dade

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Date: 1/14/17 12:01 pm
From: Tom <tledford1207...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani
The Smooth-billed Ani is present at the entrance to Viera Wetlands.

Tom Ledford
Indialantic, FL

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Date: 1/14/17 11:13 am
From: Sharon Pratt <sprattm...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani Ft. DeSoto - Yes
The Smooth-billed Ani was in it’s usual location between 11:00 and 1:00 today. Pull in the first parking lot at the North Beach. There is a path to the beach and the bird was in a group of bushes on the left before the water. Did not find the Lark Sparrow. Please post the new location if you see it.

Good birding,

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St. Petersburg

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Date: 1/14/17 10:19 am
From: Dan Click <dan.click2...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani at Viera
I have half a dozen south FL records from the late 80's - Loxahatchee,
Homestead, and the Duda Farm near Belle Glade. Latest is Jan 1991 in
Loxahatchee. I think they persisted there much longer, but my record
keeping didn't.

Dan Click
Merritt Island

On Sat, Jan 14, 2017 at 12:24 PM, <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...>
wrote:

> Interesting. I remember seeing SB Anis regularly at Loxahatchee NWR in
> Palm Beach county.
>
> Sad to see these birds singly--they are usually in groups, so are probably
> stressed to be alone..
>
> Would be good if these old records were put into eBird. Can be entered as
> "historic" with the best info available.
>
> Dotty Robbins
> High Springs
>
> ---------- Original Message ----------
> From: PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...>
> To: <BRDBRAIN...>
> Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani at Viera
> Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:03:29 -0500
>
> Last Smooth-billed Ani for us was in 1989; there was a pair in south Cocoa
> Beach. That area was developed( a friend then built a compound of homes-no
> more Ani’s!).
>
> Phyllis Mansfield,
> Cocoa Beach, FL
> Brevard
>
> *From:* Dan Click <dan.click2...>
> *Sent:* Saturday, January 14, 2017 10:33 AM
> *To:* <BRDBRAIN...>
> *Subject:* Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani at Viera
>
> Last one I had in central Brevard was in Cape Canaveral in December 1984.
> Last one I saw anywhere in the county was in Long Point Park during the
> 1986 South Brevard CBC. Another was reported by someone else in the 1987
> SBCBC.
>
> Dan Click
> Merritt Island
>
> On Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 7:05 PM, Bob Paxson <rpaxson...> wrote:
>
>> Great find. I need to get out there tomorrow to see if it sticks. I've
>> had Groove Billed Ani on a Christmas count about ten or 15 years ago. CCC,
>> found just outside Cocoa High by the sports fields off of Clearlake,
>> calling and briefly had a recording on a sh****ty cassette tape that
>> degraded quickly. The last SB Ani were back in the late
>> 1980's.....perhaps Dave Simpson could help us out(they were gone after the
>> big freezes in the late eighties.
>> Bob
>> <rpaxson...>
>> Merritt Island Fl
>> ---- Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> wrote:
>> > Thanks for sending this out, Bill.
>> >
>> > Yes. I only found out yesterday when a friend was trolling eBird lists
>> and
>> > saw it reported there!
>> >
>> > I cannot confirm nor deny that I may or may not have left work to find
>> the
>> > bird around 4pm yesterday (1/10), which (hypothetically, of course) was
>> > sitting quite in the open in the grassy area just north of the entrance
>> > road to the Viera Wetlands, across from the water treatment facility's
>> > large tanks (one of which is under construction). There were great and
>> > close views from the side of the road (I'm led to understand, of
>> course).
>> > If it's in the same area when you go, be careful of traffic. Try to
>> either
>> > park in the Wetland's lot and walk back out, or pull well off the
>> pavement,
>> > away from the bird.
>> >
>> > Does anyone know when the last, previous Brevard sighting of this
>> species
>> > was? I don't have my Annotated List with me.
>> >
>> > Christopher Ferro
>> > Melbourne/Brevard County
>> > lonelybirder.wordpress.com
>> >
>> > On Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 7:14 PM, Bill Scheuerman <
>> > <warbirdphotographs...> wrote:
>> >
>> > > Seen since Saturday, Smooth-billed Ani has been near entrance to Viera
>> > > Wetlands.
>> > > I have had excellent looks yesterday and today.
>> > >
>> > > http://www.pbase.com/sannabill/image/164816560/original.jpg
>> > >
>> > > http://www.pbase.com/sannabill/image/164816559/original.jpg
>> > >
>> > > Bill Scheuerman
>> > > Viera, FL
>> > >
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Date: 1/14/17 10:02 am
From: PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani at Viera
Which reminded me~large flocks of Blue-crowned Parakeet used to fly over the house calling, nearly every day! ; the last one I saw around Cocoa Beach was at the feeder at Lori Wilson Park a few years ago.

Phyllis Mansfield,
Cocoa Beach

From: <dotrobbins...>
Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2017 12:24 PM
To: <hpmans...>
Cc: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani at Viera

Interesting. I remember seeing SB Anis regularly at Loxahatchee NWR in Palm Beach county.

Sad to see these birds singly--they are usually in groups, so are probably stressed to be alone..

Would be good if these old records were put into eBird. Can be entered as "historic" with the best info available.

Dotty Robbins
High Springs

---------- Original Message ----------
From: PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...>
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani at Viera
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:03:29 -0500


Last Smooth-billed Ani for us was in 1989; there was a pair in south Cocoa Beach. That area was developed( a friend then built a compound of homes-no more Anis!).

Phyllis Mansfield,
Cocoa Beach, FL
Brevard

From: Dan Click
Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2017 10:33 AM
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani at Viera

Last one I had in central Brevard was in Cape Canaveral in December 1984. Last one I saw anywhere in the county was in Long Point Park during the 1986 South Brevard CBC. Another was reported by someone else in the 1987 SBCBC.


Dan Click
Merritt Island

On Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 7:05 PM, Bob Paxson <rpaxson...> wrote:

Great find. I need to get out there tomorrow to see if it sticks. I've had Groove Billed Ani on a Christmas count about ten or 15 years ago. CCC, found just outside Cocoa High by the sports fields off of Clearlake, calling and briefly had a recording on a sh****ty cassette tape that degraded quickly. The last SB Ani were back in the late 1980's.....perhaps Dave Simpson could help us out(they were gone after the big freezes in the late eighties.
Bob
<rpaxson...>
Merritt Island Fl
---- Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> wrote:
> Thanks for sending this out, Bill.
>
> Yes. I only found out yesterday when a friend was trolling eBird lists and
> saw it reported there!
>
> I cannot confirm nor deny that I may or may not have left work to find the
> bird around 4pm yesterday (1/10), which (hypothetically, of course) was
> sitting quite in the open in the grassy area just north of the entrance
> road to the Viera Wetlands, across from the water treatment facility's
> large tanks (one of which is under construction). There were great and
> close views from the side of the road (I'm led to understand, of course).
> If it's in the same area when you go, be careful of traffic. Try to either
> park in the Wetland's lot and walk back out, or pull well off the pavement,
> away from the bird.
>
> Does anyone know when the last, previous Brevard sighting of this species
> was? I don't have my Annotated List with me.
>
> Christopher Ferro
> Melbourne/Brevard County
> lonelybirder.wordpress.com
>
> On Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 7:14 PM, Bill Scheuerman <
> <warbirdphotographs...> wrote:
>
> > Seen since Saturday, Smooth-billed Ani has been near entrance to Viera
> > Wetlands.
> > I have had excellent looks yesterday and today.
> >
> > http://www.pbase.com/sannabill/image/164816560/original.jpg
> >
> > http://www.pbase.com/sannabill/image/164816559/original.jpg
> >
> > Bill Scheuerman
> > Viera, FL
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Date: 1/14/17 9:25 am
From: <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani at Viera
Interesting. I remember seeing SB Anis regularly at Loxahatchee NWR in Palm Beach county. Sad to see these birds singly--they are usually in groups, so are probably stressed to be alone.. Would be good if these old records were put into eBird. Can be entered as "historic" with the best info available. Dotty RobbinsHigh Springs

---------- Original Message ----------
From: PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...>
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani at Viera
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 12:03:29 -0500


Last Smooth-billed Ani for us was in 1989; there was a pair in south Cocoa Beach. That area was developed( a friend then built a compound of homes-no more Ani&rsquo;s!). Phyllis Mansfield,Cocoa Beach, FLBrevard From: Dan ClickSent: Saturday, January 14, 2017 10:33 AMTo: <BRDBRAIN...>: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani at Viera Last one I had in central Brevard was in Cape Canaveral in December 1984. Last one I saw anywhere in the county was in Long Point Park during the 1986 South Brevard CBC. Another was reported by someone else in the 1987 SBCBC.

Dan ClickMerritt Island On Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 7:05 PM, Bob Paxson <rpaxson...> wrote:
Great find. I need to get out there tomorrow to see if it sticks. I've had Groove Billed Ani on a Christmas count about ten or 15 years ago. CCC, found just outside Cocoa High by the sports fields off of Clearlake, calling and briefly had a recording on a sh****ty cassette tape that degraded quickly. The last SB Ani were back in the late 1980's.....perhaps Dave Simpson could help us out(they were gone after the big freezes in the late eighties.
Bob
<rpaxson...>
Merritt Island Fl
---- Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> wrote:
> Thanks for sending this out, Bill.
>
> Yes. I only found out yesterday when a friend was trolling eBird lists and
> saw it reported there!
>
> I cannot confirm nor deny that I may or may not have left work to find the
> bird around 4pm yesterday (1/10), which (hypothetically, of course) was
> sitting quite in the open in the grassy area just north of the entrance
> road to the Viera Wetlands, across from the water treatment facility's
> large tanks (one of which is under construction). There were great and
> close views from the side of the road (I'm led to understand, of course).
> If it's in the same area when you go, be careful of traffic. Try to either
> park in the Wetland's lot and walk back out, or pull well off the pavement,
> away from the bird.
>
> Does anyone know when the last, previous Brevard sighting of this species
> was? I don't have my Annotated List with me.
>
> Christopher Ferro
> Melbourne/Brevard County
> lonelybirder.wordpress.com
>
> On Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 7:14 PM, Bill Scheuerman <
> <warbirdphotographs...> wrote:
>
> > Seen since Saturday, Smooth-billed Ani has been near entrance to Viera
> > Wetlands.
> > I have had excellent looks yesterday and today.
> >
> > http://www.pbase.com/sannabill/image/164816560/original.jpg
> >
> > http://www.pbase.com/sannabill/image/164816559/original.jpg
> >
> > Bill Scheuerman
> > Viera, FL
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Date: 1/14/17 9:03 am
From: PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani at Viera
Last Smooth-billed Ani for us was in 1989; there was a pair in south Cocoa Beach. That area was developed( a friend then built a compound of homes-no more Ani’s!).

Phyllis Mansfield,
Cocoa Beach, FL
Brevard

From: Dan Click
Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2017 10:33 AM
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani at Viera

Last one I had in central Brevard was in Cape Canaveral in December 1984. Last one I saw anywhere in the county was in Long Point Park during the 1986 South Brevard CBC. Another was reported by someone else in the 1987 SBCBC.


Dan Click

Merritt Island


On Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 7:05 PM, Bob Paxson <rpaxson...> wrote:

Great find. I need to get out there tomorrow to see if it sticks. I've had Groove Billed Ani on a Christmas count about ten or 15 years ago. CCC, found just outside Cocoa High by the sports fields off of Clearlake, calling and briefly had a recording on a sh****ty cassette tape that degraded quickly. The last SB Ani were back in the late 1980's.....perhaps Dave Simpson could help us out(they were gone after the big freezes in the late eighties.
Bob
<rpaxson...>
Merritt Island Fl
---- Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> wrote:
> Thanks for sending this out, Bill.
>
> Yes. I only found out yesterday when a friend was trolling eBird lists and
> saw it reported there!
>
> I cannot confirm nor deny that I may or may not have left work to find the
> bird around 4pm yesterday (1/10), which (hypothetically, of course) was
> sitting quite in the open in the grassy area just north of the entrance
> road to the Viera Wetlands, across from the water treatment facility's
> large tanks (one of which is under construction). There were great and
> close views from the side of the road (I'm led to understand, of course).
> If it's in the same area when you go, be careful of traffic. Try to either
> park in the Wetland's lot and walk back out, or pull well off the pavement,
> away from the bird.
>
> Does anyone know when the last, previous Brevard sighting of this species
> was? I don't have my Annotated List with me.
>
> Christopher Ferro
> Melbourne/Brevard County
> lonelybirder.wordpress.com
>
> On Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 7:14 PM, Bill Scheuerman <
> <warbirdphotographs...> wrote:
>
> > Seen since Saturday, Smooth-billed Ani has been near entrance to Viera
> > Wetlands.
> > I have had excellent looks yesterday and today.
> >
> > http://www.pbase.com/sannabill/image/164816560/original.jpg
> >
> > http://www.pbase.com/sannabill/image/164816559/original.jpg
> >
> > Bill Scheuerman
> > Viera, FL
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Date: 1/14/17 7:33 am
From: Dan Click <dan.click2...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani at Viera
Last one I had in central Brevard was in Cape Canaveral in December 1984.
Last one I saw anywhere in the county was in Long Point Park during the
1986 South Brevard CBC. Another was reported by someone else in the 1987
SBCBC.

Dan Click
Merritt Island

On Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 7:05 PM, Bob Paxson <rpaxson...> wrote:

> Great find. I need to get out there tomorrow to see if it sticks. I've had
> Groove Billed Ani on a Christmas count about ten or 15 years ago. CCC,
> found just outside Cocoa High by the sports fields off of Clearlake,
> calling and briefly had a recording on a sh****ty cassette tape that
> degraded quickly. The last SB Ani were back in the late
> 1980's.....perhaps Dave Simpson could help us out(they were gone after the
> big freezes in the late eighties.
> Bob
> <rpaxson...>
> Merritt Island Fl
> ---- Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> wrote:
> > Thanks for sending this out, Bill.
> >
> > Yes. I only found out yesterday when a friend was trolling eBird lists
> and
> > saw it reported there!
> >
> > I cannot confirm nor deny that I may or may not have left work to find
> the
> > bird around 4pm yesterday (1/10), which (hypothetically, of course) was
> > sitting quite in the open in the grassy area just north of the entrance
> > road to the Viera Wetlands, across from the water treatment facility's
> > large tanks (one of which is under construction). There were great and
> > close views from the side of the road (I'm led to understand, of course).
> > If it's in the same area when you go, be careful of traffic. Try to
> either
> > park in the Wetland's lot and walk back out, or pull well off the
> pavement,
> > away from the bird.
> >
> > Does anyone know when the last, previous Brevard sighting of this species
> > was? I don't have my Annotated List with me.
> >
> > Christopher Ferro
> > Melbourne/Brevard County
> > lonelybirder.wordpress.com
> >
> > On Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 7:14 PM, Bill Scheuerman <
> > <warbirdphotographs...> wrote:
> >
> > > Seen since Saturday, Smooth-billed Ani has been near entrance to Viera
> > > Wetlands.
> > > I have had excellent looks yesterday and today.
> > >
> > > http://www.pbase.com/sannabill/image/164816560/original.jpg
> > >
> > > http://www.pbase.com/sannabill/image/164816559/original.jpg
> > >
> > > Bill Scheuerman
> > > Viera, FL
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Date: 1/13/17 2:20 pm
From: Scott Simmons <simmonsphoto...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] RFI -- Harris's Sparrow
I'm planning to to visit the Harris's Sparrow tomorrow, but I noticed the
last checklist that reported the sparrow on eBird is dated 1/11. It looks
like there were no checklists submitted on 1/12 and one today that did not
report the Sparrow. Does anyone know if it's been seen today or yesterday?

Thanks!
Scott


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Date: 1/13/17 1:57 pm
From: Matthew Johnson <mdjohnson920...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Owls vs chickens
Hello all!

Thanks for all the great advice! Some asked for updates so I'll keep it
short..

The chickens are safe. I have not seen the owl but assume great horned. The
project was rushed based on some advice here so I was not able to assist.
I'll try to get some pics of the owl and post.

Thanks again!

Matt Johnson
Oviedo, FL

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Date: 1/13/17 1:53 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Marion County birding - Bald Eagles nest in The Villages
Our Bald Eagles on Mulberry Recreational Trail are doing well.
I stopped by the nest at 10:15 today and got a glimpse of 1 chick in nest, I returned at 1:15pm and Mom (or Dad) was feeding the 2 little ones. One is definitely older than the other. After the older one was fed it moved over to the other side of nest and Mom fed the other chick.. Pretty neat.
This is the 2nd year for this sorry looking “skinny” nest!
2 fledged last year from it.



Mom feeding older eaglet


Big brother moved out of the way - kind of hopping over to the right


younger chick popped it’s head up and got fed



Mom and younger brother (sister)
Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!
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Marion County, FL
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Date: 1/13/17 12:49 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Thayer's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
I have gotten some comments from a few sources that think that this bird is probably is an intergrade of Thayer's and Kumlien's after all, as I thought initially. An observer from the west coast mentioned that the west coast Thayer's have not molted their scapulars yet and still have juvenile scapulars. This bird has molted its scapulars. This would also explain the paleness of this bird.

Michael

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Date: 1/13/17 12:04 pm
From: Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Tenoroc FMA, Bridgewater Tract - Hooded Mergansers, etc.
I spent the morning at the Bridgewater Tract of Tenoroc Fish Management Area, northeast of Lakeland. One of the ugliest places I've ever birded, but the birds are there despite the seeming lack of habitat. The only real bird of note was a pair of flyover Hooded Mergansers, but any birding trip with 50+ species is a good birding trip ;-)
Full eBird list (with more information) below...
Tenoroc Fish Management Area--Bridgewater tract, Polk, Florida, US
Jan 13, 2017 7:10 AM - 11:05 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
54 species

Hooded Merganser  2    A pair flying over.
Pied-billed Grebe  5
Double-crested Cormorant  45
Anhinga  7
American White Pelican  3
Brown Pelican  1
Great Blue Heron  6
Snowy Egret  3
Little Blue Heron  6
Tricolored Heron  2
White Ibis  1
Glossy Ibis  1
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  3
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1    Perched in the open at the top of a small scraggly tree. It's not often I get such a good view of this species!
Bald Eagle  2    One individual repeatedly dropped down into a mowed field at the northern edge of the management area and picked up footfuls of grass. I assume this is a nesting behavior, but I'd never seen or heard of it before.
Red-shouldered Hawk  3
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Common Gallinule  18
American Coot  12
Common Ground-Dove  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  4    One bird gave high-pitched squealing calls and did not appear to have any black barring on the outer tail feathers, but it was clearly a Downy by size and facial structure.
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
American Kestrel  1
Eastern Phoebe  6
White-eyed Vireo  3
Blue-headed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  8
Fish Crow  5
Tufted Titmouse  1
House Wren  4
Carolina Wren  7
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  30
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  5
Hermit Thrush  1
American Robin  60
Gray Catbird  4
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
Common Yellowthroat  11
Palm Warbler  12
Pine Warbler  35    Two large flocks - one of at least 10 and another of at least 20 - plus a few scattered lone individuals. Lots of pines at this location, so it makes sense that this species would be abundant, especially in winter.
Yellow-rumped Warbler  30
Yellow-throated Warbler  1
Prairie Warbler  3
Eastern Towhee  2
Northern Cardinal  12
Red-winged Blackbird  30
Common Grackle  7
Boat-tailed Grackle  2
American Goldfinch  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33642005

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

Daniel EstabrooksWinter Haven, FL

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Date: 1/13/17 11:00 am
From: Matthew Press <0000000b4f429e34-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Question about locations of rarities at Ft. Desoto
I will be heading to Ft. Desoto this weekend and hope to find the following species:

Smooth-billed Ani
Lark Sparrow
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Nelson's Sparrow

Does anyone know where they have been sighted at the North Beach? Directions are a plus.

Matthew Press
Sarasota, FL

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Date: 1/13/17 6:52 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Thayer's Gull. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
Yesterday afternoon, 1/12, I found this 1st cycle gull that looks like a bleached out 1st cycle Thayer's Gull at Daytona Beach Shores, Volusia County. Luckily, I was meeting a nice group of folks from the West Volusia Audubon Society and we were able to re-find the bird. The solid brown primaries with nice crisp white edges, the solidly dark-centered tertials, solidly dark secondaries, the all-dark tail, and dark bill all seemed fine for Thayer's. The bird was large, nearly the size of nearby Herring Gulls and noticeably larger than an adjacent Lesser Black-backed Gull. The bird clearly showed the classic "Venetian-blind" pattern in the primaries, caused by having dark outer vanes and pale inner vanes on the outer primaries. Also the underside of the primaries were virtually white, except for the darkish tips, another good feature for Thayer's. It seems early in the year for one to look this pale, but all of the features seem to point to Thayer's. I had at first wondered if it could have some Kumlien's genes mixed in, but all of the basic features for Thayer's Gull are there.

Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL


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Date: 1/13/17 6:43 am
From: Linda McQuaig <Lgmcquaig...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Harbour Village Birding
Loved seeing the bird activity at our condo pond this morning.

Great Blue Heron
Little Blue Heron
Mottled Duck 4
Hooded Merganser 5 F 1 M
White Ibis
Snowy Egret
Great Egret

Also saw a Red-shouldered Hawk and observed a Sharp-skinned Hawk grooming itself in the mangroves.

Linda McQuaig
Ponce Inlet

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Date: 1/12/17 4:05 pm
From: Bob Paxson <rpaxson...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani at Viera
Great find. I need to get out there tomorrow to see if it sticks. I've had Groove Billed Ani on a Christmas count about ten or 15 years ago. CCC, found just outside Cocoa High by the sports fields off of Clearlake, calling and briefly had a recording on a sh****ty cassette tape that degraded quickly. The last SB Ani were back in the late 1980's.....perhaps Dave Simpson could help us out(they were gone after the big freezes in the late eighties.
Bob
<rpaxson...>
Merritt Island Fl
---- Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> wrote:
> Thanks for sending this out, Bill.
>
> Yes. I only found out yesterday when a friend was trolling eBird lists and
> saw it reported there!
>
> I cannot confirm nor deny that I may or may not have left work to find the
> bird around 4pm yesterday (1/10), which (hypothetically, of course) was
> sitting quite in the open in the grassy area just north of the entrance
> road to the Viera Wetlands, across from the water treatment facility's
> large tanks (one of which is under construction). There were great and
> close views from the side of the road (I'm led to understand, of course).
> If it's in the same area when you go, be careful of traffic. Try to either
> park in the Wetland's lot and walk back out, or pull well off the pavement,
> away from the bird.
>
> Does anyone know when the last, previous Brevard sighting of this species
> was? I don't have my Annotated List with me.
>
> Christopher Ferro
> Melbourne/Brevard County
> lonelybirder.wordpress.com
>
> On Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 7:14 PM, Bill Scheuerman <
> <warbirdphotographs...> wrote:
>
> > Seen since Saturday, Smooth-billed Ani has been near entrance to Viera
> > Wetlands.
> > I have had excellent looks yesterday and today.
> >
> > http://www.pbase.com/sannabill/image/164816560/original.jpg
> >
> > http://www.pbase.com/sannabill/image/164816559/original.jpg
> >
> > Bill Scheuerman
> > Viera, FL
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Date: 1/12/17 3:56 pm
From: Helen Mowrer <c_hmowrer...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye still at Rialto Place (Hilton), Melbou rne / Brevard County
There r a lot of us older people miss a lot
I don't get as much anymore Craig mowrer st. Pete Fl
Pinellas Fl

Sent from my iPhone

On Jan 12, 2017, at 6:51 PM, <dotrobbins...><mailto:<dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...><mailto:<dotrobbins...>> wrote:

Hi Steve,

Haven't run into you in a long time--nice to hear from you.

Yes, there are many pages on facebook about bird news, some devoted specifically to one county (Pinellas, for example). I just cited the two that carry info about unusual sightings in the state.

The advantage to FB is that the dialog flows. You will see a string of comments from various birders, and updates about recent sightings, without having to open individual emails. So while it is one more place to check, it is pretty slick about delivering the info.

Now that it's clear that the listservs don't carry all the news, adding FB or eBird makes sense. Reporting your sightings on eBird also adds to a data base of worldwide birding info, which has some scientific relevance. (I don't use it as religiously as some, but I'm trying!)

Jump in, what are you waiting for?

Dotty

---------- Original Message ----------
From: Stephen Gross <sgrocolret...><mailto:<sgrocolret...>>
To: <BRDBRAIN...><mailto:<BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye still at Rialto Place (Hilton), Melbou rne / Brevard County
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:03:38 -0500

Hi Dottie and Danny,

I use neither facebook nor e-bird. Thanks for the notice on which facebook sites would be most useful when I get around to joining. I have been told there are many facebook sites. Is that true? What I really appreciate about Floridabirds and Brdbrains is that there are/were only two places to go to see what of interest was happening around the State of Florida. As much as I enjoy birding, if I have to check a dozen sites a day to see what there is to see, birding goes from a hobby to an obsession. (I think Rex said that). I prefer birding as a hobby rather than an obsession.

Steve Gross
Valrico, FL
<sgrocolret...><mailto:<sgrocolret...>

From: Birdbrains - Florida Birds/Natural History [mailto:<BRDBRAIN...>] On Behalf Of <dotrobbins...><mailto:<dotrobbins...>
Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2017 11:54 AM
To: <BRDBRAIN...><mailto:<BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye still at Rialto Place (Hilton), Melbou rne / Brevard County

Danny,

The listservs simply aren't getting the reports like they used to. You have to start using eBird and facebook in addition to the listservs.. On FB, the 2 most useful pages are: Birding Florida, and Florida Birding and Rarities. It's possible to join FB without revealing any personal info, other than your birthday, and you can fake that.

To see where the hen Goldeneye is, type this address into Google Maps: 200 Rialto Pl, Melbourne, FL 32901

You will be able to see that there are 3 ponds at this location. The Goldeneye has been hanging out in the ridiculously small triangular pond on the NW. I actually glimpsed it as I drove by on Airport Blvd., before I turned east on Rialto into the Hilton parking lot.

Dotty Robbins

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From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...><mailto:<sueredfish...>>
To: <BRDBRAIN...><mailto:<BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye still at Rialto Place (Hilton), Melbourne / Brevard County
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:21:38 +0000

I have seen pictures of this bird on flickr. No location given. I'd like to thank-you for reporting it. Over a month now, and as far as I can see it has not been reported on the listserv. Again Thank-you so much!



Danny Bales

Titusville, Fla.

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Brevard
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Brevard

________________________________
From: Birdbrains - Florida Birds/Natural History <BRDBRAIN...><mailto:<BRDBRAIN...>> on behalf of Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...><mailto:<lonelybirder43...>>
Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2017 7:26 AM
To: <BRDBRAIN...><mailto:<BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye still at Rialto Place (Hilton), Melbourne / Brevard County

As of yesterday afternoon, the female Common Goldeneye at the northern, triangular retention pond at Rialto Place (the Hilton) in Melbourne is still there. She's been at this location for the last month or so, often associating with Hooded Mergansers. Yesterday she had the pond almost to herself - just one Mottled-esque Duck with her. About 5 female Hooded Mergansers and a bunch more Mottled-ish Ducks were in the southern triangular pond, including one definite Mallard/Mottled hybrid male.

A young Red-shouldered Hawk kept watch from the edge of the hotel roof.

Urban birding can be fun!

Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County
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Date: 1/12/17 3:50 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] POLK County - Circle B Bar Reserve
Great birding at Circle B - We totalled 58 species today

My target bird was Common Hill Myna which has been seen at venue for a couple of weeks. We arrived at 8:00am and a photographer pointed to the noisy bird in top of tree near parking lot.

Highlights:
Roseate Spoonbills, 7 White Pelicans, 2 nesting Bald Eagles, 2 Barred Owls,
Tree Swallows, Wilson’s Snipe, Black-crowned Night-heron, Marsh Wren, Purple Gallinule + the usual wading birds.

Duck species were low: Mottled, Blue-winged Teal and many Black-bellied Whistling Ducks.

We took the tram ride around the perimeter of property accompanied by a volunteer who was a history buff, naturalist, and birder!
a couple of pictures:




Common Hill Myna



Barred Owls
Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!
Alice Horst
Marion County, FL
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Date: 1/12/17 3:32 pm
From: <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye still at Rialto Place (Hilton), Melbou rne / Brevard County
Hi Steve, Haven't run into you in a long time--nice to hear from you. Yes, there are many pages on facebook about bird news, some devoted specifically to one county (Pinellas, for example). I just cited the two that carry info about unusual sightings in the state. The advantage to FB is that the dialog flows. You will see a string of comments from various birders, and updates about recent sightings, without having to open individual emails. So while it is one more place to check, it is pretty slick about delivering the info. Now that it's clear that the listservs don't carry all the news, adding FB or eBird makes sense. Reporting your sightings on eBird also adds to a data base of worldwide birding info, which has some scientific relevance. (I don't use it as religiously as some, but I'm trying!) Jump in, what are you waiting for? Dotty
---------- Original Message ----------
From: Stephen Gross <sgrocolret...>
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye still at Rialto Place (Hilton), Melbou rne / Brevard County
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 14:03:38 -0500


Hi Dottie and Danny,

I use neither facebook nor e-bird. Thanks for the notice on which facebook sites would be most useful &ndash; when I get around to joining. I have been told there are &ldquo;many&rdquo; facebook sites. Is that true? What I really appreciate about Floridabirds and Brdbrains is that there are/were only two places to go to see what of interest was happening around the State of Florida. As much as I enjoy birding, if I have to check a dozen sites a day to see what there is to see, birding goes from a hobby to an obsession. (I think Rex said that). I prefer birding as a hobby rather than an obsession.

Steve Gross
Valrico, FL
<sgrocolret...>

From: Birdbrains - Florida Birds/Natural History [mailto:<BRDBRAIN...>] On Behalf Of <dotrobbins...>
Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2017 11:54 AM
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye still at Rialto Place (Hilton), Melbou rne / Brevard County

Danny,

The listservs simply aren't getting the reports like they used to. You have to start using eBird and facebook in addition to the listservs.. On FB, the 2 most useful pages are: Birding Florida, and Florida Birding and Rarities. It's possible to join FB without revealing any personal info, other than your birthday, and you can fake that.

To see where the hen Goldeneye is, type this address into Google Maps: 200 Rialto Pl, Melbourne, FL 32901

You will be able to see that there are 3 ponds at this location. The Goldeneye has been hanging out in the ridiculously small triangular pond on the NW. I actually glimpsed it as I drove by on Airport Blvd., before I turned east on Rialto into the Hilton parking lot.

Dotty Robbins

---------- Original Message ----------
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...>
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye still at Rialto Place (Hilton), Melbourne / Brevard County
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:21:38 +0000
I have seen pictures of this bird on flickr. No location given. I'd like to thank-you for reporting it. Over a month now, and as far as I can see it has not been reported on the listserv. Again Thank-you so much!

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



















Brevard

From: Birdbrains - Florida Birds/Natural History <BRDBRAIN...> on behalf of Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2017 7:26 AM
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye still at Rialto Place (Hilton), Melbourne / Brevard County

As of yesterday afternoon, the female Common Goldeneye at the northern, triangular retention pond at Rialto Place (the Hilton) in Melbourne is still there. She's been at this location for the last month or so, often associating with Hooded Mergansers. Yesterday she had the pond almost to herself - just one Mottled-esque Duck with her. About 5 female Hooded Mergansers and a bunch more Mottled-ish Ducks were in the southern triangular pond, including one definite Mallard/Mottled hybrid male.

A young Red-shouldered Hawk kept watch from the edge of the hotel roof.

Urban birding can be fun!

Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County
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Date: 1/12/17 1:21 pm
From: Richard Cressman <w_ouzel...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Egyptian geese East Lake Tampa
2 Egyptian geese on Ease Lake in Mary Help of Christian C enter (hotspot)

Present NOW 4 :15 pm

RIch Cressman

Tampab

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Date: 1/12/17 11:04 am
From: Stephen Gross <sgrocolret...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye still at Rialto Place (Hilton), Melbou rne / Brevard County
Hi Dottie and Danny,



I use neither facebook nor e-bird. Thanks for the notice on which facebook
sites would be most useful - when I get around to joining. I have been told
there are "many" facebook sites. Is that true? What I really appreciate
about Floridabirds and Brdbrains is that there are/were only two places to
go to see what of interest was happening around the State of Florida. As
much as I enjoy birding, if I have to check a dozen sites a day to see what
there is to see, birding goes from a hobby to an obsession. (I think Rex
said that). I prefer birding as a hobby rather than an obsession.



Steve Gross

Valrico, FL

<sgrocolret...>




From: Birdbrains - Florida Birds/Natural History
[mailto:<BRDBRAIN...>] On Behalf Of <dotrobbins...>
Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2017 11:54 AM
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye still at Rialto Place (Hilton),
Melbou rne / Brevard County



Danny,



The listservs simply aren't getting the reports like they used to. You have
to start using eBird and facebook in addition to the listservs.. On FB, the
2 most useful pages are: Birding Florida, and Florida Birding and Rarities.
It's possible to join FB without revealing any personal info, other than
your birthday, and you can fake that.



To see where the hen Goldeneye is, type this address into Google Maps: 200
Rialto Pl, Melbourne, FL 32901



You will be able to see that there are 3 ponds at this location. The
Goldeneye has been hanging out in the ridiculously small triangular pond on
the NW. I actually glimpsed it as I drove by on Airport Blvd., before I
turned east on Rialto into the Hilton parking lot.



Dotty Robbins


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From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...> <mailto:<sueredfish...> >
To: <BRDBRAIN...> <mailto:<BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye still at Rialto Place (Hilton),
Melbourne / Brevard County
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:21:38 +0000

I have seen pictures of this bird on flickr. No location given. I'd like to
thank-you for reporting it. Over a month now, and as far as I can see it has
not been reported on the listserv. Again Thank-you so much!



Danny Bales

Titusville, Fla.

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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye still at Rialto Place (Hilton),
Melbourne / Brevard County



As of yesterday afternoon, the female Common Goldeneye at the northern,
triangular retention pond at Rialto Place (the Hilton) in Melbourne is still
there. She's been at this location for the last month or so, often
associating with Hooded Mergansers. Yesterday she had the pond almost to
herself - just one Mottled-esque Duck with her. About 5 female Hooded
Mergansers and a bunch more Mottled-ish Ducks were in the southern
triangular pond, including one definite Mallard/Mottled hybrid male.



A young Red-shouldered Hawk kept watch from the edge of the hotel roof.



Urban birding can be fun!



Christopher Ferro


Melbourne/Brevard County

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Date: 1/12/17 8:54 am
From: <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye still at Rialto Place (Hilton), Melbou rne / Brevard County
Danny, The listservs simply aren't getting the reports like they used to. You have to start using eBird and facebook in addition to the listservs.. On FB, the 2 most useful pages are: Birding Florida, and Florida Birding and Rarities. It's possible to join FB without revealing any personal info, other than your birthday, and you can fake that. To see where the hen Goldeneye is, type this address into Google Maps: 200 Rialto Pl, Melbourne, FL 32901 You will be able to see that there are 3 ponds at this location. The Goldeneye has been hanging out in the ridiculously small triangular pond on the NW. I actually glimpsed it as I drove by on Airport Blvd., before I turned east on Rialto into the Hilton parking lot. Dotty Robbins
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To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye still at Rialto Place (Hilton), Melbourne / Brevard County
Date: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:21:38 +0000


I have seen pictures of this bird on flickr. No location given. I'd like to thank-you for reporting it. Over a month now, and as far as I can see it has not been reported on the listserv. Again Thank-you so much!

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

Brevard


From: Birdbrains - Florida Birds/Natural History <BRDBRAIN...> on behalf of Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2017 7:26 AM
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye still at Rialto Place (Hilton), Melbourne / Brevard County As of yesterday afternoon, the female Common Goldeneye at the northern, triangular retention pond at Rialto Place (the Hilton) in Melbourne is still there. She's been at this location for the last month or so, often associating with Hooded Mergansers. Yesterday she had the pond almost to herself - just one Mottled-esque Duck with her. About 5 female Hooded Mergansers and a bunch more Mottled-ish Ducks were in the southern triangular pond, including one definite Mallard/Mottled hybrid male. A young Red-shouldered Hawk kept watch from the edge of the hotel roof. Urban birding can be fun!
Christopher FerroMelbourne/Brevard Countylonelybirder.wordpress.com Lonely Birderlonelybirder.wordpress.comBirdwatching from a singular perspective, but willing to share.To subscribe, unsubscribe or view archives of the brdbrain listserv list, please visit us on the web at: http://listserv.usf.edu/archives/brdbrain.html To set to no mail send a message: SET BRDBRAIN NOMAIL to <LISTSERV...> To reinstate mail service after NOMAIL send a message: SET BRDBRAIN MAIL to <LISTSERV...> Report any problems to the listserv administrator: <listadmin...> ____________________________________________________________________________To subscribe, unsubscribe or view archives of the brdbrain listserv list, please visit us on the web at: http://listserv.usf.edu/archives/brdbrain.html To set to no mail send a message: SET BRDBRAIN NOMAIL to <LISTSERV...> To reinstate mail service after NOMAIL send a message: SET BRDBRAIN MAIL to <LISTSERV...> Report any problems to the listserv administrator: <listadmin...> ____________________________________________________________________________

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Date: 1/12/17 8:21 am
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye still at Rialto Place (Hilton), Melbourne / Brevard County
I have seen pictures of this bird on flickr. No location given. I'd like to thank-you for reporting it. Over a month now, and as far as I can see it has not been reported on the listserv. Again Thank-you so much!


Danny Bales

Titusville, Fla.

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Brevard
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From: Birdbrains - Florida Birds/Natural History <BRDBRAIN...> on behalf of Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2017 7:26 AM
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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye still at Rialto Place (Hilton), Melbourne / Brevard County

As of yesterday afternoon, the female Common Goldeneye at the northern, triangular retention pond at Rialto Place (the Hilton) in Melbourne is still there. She's been at this location for the last month or so, often associating with Hooded Mergansers. Yesterday she had the pond almost to herself - just one Mottled-esque Duck with her. About 5 female Hooded Mergansers and a bunch more Mottled-ish Ducks were in the southern triangular pond, including one definite Mallard/Mottled hybrid male.

A young Red-shouldered Hawk kept watch from the edge of the hotel roof.

Urban birding can be fun!

Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County
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Date: 1/12/17 4:26 am
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Goldeneye still at Rialto Place (Hilton), Melbourne / Brevard County
As of yesterday afternoon, the female Common Goldeneye at the northern,
triangular retention pond at Rialto Place (the Hilton) in Melbourne is
still there. She's been at this location for the last month or so, often
associating with Hooded Mergansers. Yesterday she had the pond almost to
herself - just one Mottled-esque Duck with her. About 5 female Hooded
Mergansers and a bunch more Mottled-ish Ducks were in the southern
triangular pond, including one definite Mallard/Mottled hybrid male.

A young Red-shouldered Hawk kept watch from the edge of the hotel roof.

Urban birding can be fun!

Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County
lonelybirder.wordpress.com

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Date: 1/11/17 3:53 pm
From: Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Green Swamp East Tract - Ovenbirds, Barred Owls, etc.
I just recently found out that you can access the East Tract of Green Swamp Wilderness Preserve from FL-471, north of Lakeland, so I decided to hike in this morning and see what I could find. Best birds were three Ovenbirds (a pair together, plus a lone bird farther down the trail) and a duetting pair of Barred Owls. Not much else going on, which is not surprising given the quality (and homogeneity) of the habitat there, but any morning spent birding is always a good morning :-)
Full eBird list (with more information) below:
Green Swamp WP -- East Tract (FL-471 Entrance), Polk, Florida, US
Jan 11, 2017 7:15 AM - 10:20 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:    Walked the Florida Trail east from FL-471 to the Sumter County line (at the Withlacoochee River).
34 species

Great Egret  4
White Ibis  18
Turkey Vulture  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  4
Limpkin  2
Barred Owl  2    Male and female singing to each other.
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2
Downy Woodpecker  4
Pileated Woodpecker  4
Eastern Phoebe  4
White-eyed Vireo  4
Blue-headed Vireo  5
American Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  4    A group of three individuals at 28.3178, -82.0424, plus a single bird a little farther west along the trail.
Tufted Titmouse  7
House Wren  4
Carolina Wren  12
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  10
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  8
Hermit Thrush  4
American Robin  5
Ovenbird  3    Two individuals at 28.3181, -82.0385, plus a third farther east.
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  3
Palm Warbler  2    One Western Palm and one Yellow Palm.
Pine Warbler  6    One bird foraging on the ground, kicking leaf litter. I've never seen this behavior before from this species.
Yellow-rumped Warbler  13
Yellow-throated Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  2
Eastern Towhee  2
Northern Cardinal  3
American Goldfinch  5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33607097

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

Daniel Estabrooks
Winter Haven, FL

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Date: 1/11/17 11:19 am
From: Kathy Doddridge <kathydoddridge56...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Possible Cayenne Tern
 

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Date: 1/11/17 10:26 am
From: Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Possible European Herring Gull. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Vo lusia Co.

Dotty et al.:


Nothing new for a bit. I believe that the AOU awaits a more-complete analysis, with a larger geographic distribution of sampling of things called Herring Gull, but Andy K. could tell us about that.


Tony


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Sent: Wed, Jan 11, 2017 12:41 pm
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Possible European Herring Gull. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Vo lusia Co.



Tony et all, are there rumblings that this split will occur? ...any time soon? I thought we were on the brink of this a dozen or so years ago, but nothing happened. Yet. What do you hear?

Thanks,
Dotty Robbins
High Springs

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To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Possible European Herring Gull. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:34:58 -0500

Nice find, Michael!


I just thought that I'd point out to all that a couple of genetics assays of large, white-headed gulls has strongly suggested that the North American form (smithsonianus; termed Smithsonian Gull) is specifically distinct from Old World forms. Carrying the logic forward, Michael's bird would be a state tick for nearly all of us (once the AOU splits the species).

Tony


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-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
To: BRDBRAIN <BRDBRAIN...>
Sent: Wed, Jan 11, 2017 11:17 am
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Possible European Herring Gull. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.

This morning, Jan. 11th, I found an interesting tail-banded 1st cycle Herring Gull on the beach at Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia County, FL. Unlike the normal tail-banded Herring Gulls that appear here, this one had a exceptionally narrow tail band with only sparse markings on the bases of the outer retrices. The bird also had almost no dark marking on the undertail coverts. The upper tail coverts were also pale and sparsely marked. In addition, the inner primaries had almost no dark terminal marks on the inner or outer webs. This seems to make this bird a possible candidate for a European Herring or Vega Gull. I have had one response from Europe that said that there was nothing wrong with this bird for being an argentatus European Herring Gull. I hope to get additional responses from Europe and possibly Asia as there is little information on how to differentiate 1st cycle European Herring Gulls from Vega Gulls. For what it is worth, this does not seem to be an American Herri
ng Gull.

Michael

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Ponce Inlet, FL





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Date: 1/11/17 10:22 am
From: Andy Kratter <kratter...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Possible European Herring Gull. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
Tony et al.
The genetic relationships of large white-headed gulls are a complete mess. Most taxa are not monophyletic, and the proposed relationships derived from the DNA data often make little sense, including that European (argenteus/argentatus ) and American (smithsonianus) Herring gulls are not close. The AOU-NACC had a proposal a few years ago to split smithsonianus based on these findings, but the proposal did not pass. My own personal thought is that the rampant hybridization in these gulls has erased the signal of the true relationships. Thus, smithosnianus clusters with other gulls in North America and argenteus/argentatus cluster with other Old World species. Other molecular markers may prove to be better able to find the true relationships.

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Date: 1/11/17 9:41 am
From: <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Possible European Herring Gull. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Vo lusia Co.
Tony et all, are there rumblings that this split will occur? ...any time soon? I thought we were on the brink of this a dozen or so years ago, but nothing happened. Yet. What do you hear? Thanks,Dotty RobbinsHigh Springs

---------- Original Message ----------
From: Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...>
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Possible European Herring Gull. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:34:58 -0500

Nice find, Michael!
I just thought that I'd point out to all that a couple of genetics assays of large, white-headed gulls has strongly suggested that the North American form (smithsonianus; termed Smithsonian Gull) is specifically distinct from Old World forms. Carrying the logic forward, Michael's bird would be a state tick for nearly all of us (once the AOU splits the species). Tony

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-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
To: BRDBRAIN <BRDBRAIN...>
Sent: Wed, Jan 11, 2017 11:17 am
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Possible European Herring Gull. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.

This morning, Jan. 11th, I found an interesting tail-banded 1st cycle Herring Gull on the beach at Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia County, FL. Unlike the normal tail-banded Herring Gulls that appear here, this one had a exceptionally narrow tail band with only sparse markings on the bases of the outer retrices. The bird also had almost no dark marking on the undertail coverts. The upper tail coverts were also pale and sparsely marked. In addition, the inner primaries had almost no dark terminal marks on the inner or outer webs. This seems to make this bird a possible candidate for a European Herring or Vega Gull. I have had one response from Europe that said that there was nothing wrong with this bird for being an argentatus European Herring Gull. I hope to get additional responses from Europe and possibly Asia as there is little information on how to differentiate 1st cycle European Herring Gulls from Vega Gulls. For what it is worth, this does not seem to be an American Herring Gull.

Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL





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Date: 1/11/17 8:35 am
From: Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Possible European Herring Gull. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
Nice find, Michael!


I just thought that I'd point out to all that a couple of genetics assays of large, white-headed gulls has strongly suggested that the North American form (smithsonianus; termed Smithsonian Gull) is specifically distinct from Old World forms. Carrying the logic forward, Michael's bird would be a state tick for nearly all of us (once the AOU splits the species).


Tony


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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Possible European Herring Gull. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.

This morning, Jan. 11th, I found an interesting tail-banded 1st cycle Herring Gull on the beach at Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia County, FL. Unlike the normal tail-banded Herring Gulls that appear here, this one had a exceptionally narrow tail band with only sparse markings on the bases of the outer retrices. The bird also had almost no dark marking on the undertail coverts. The upper tail coverts were also pale and sparsely marked. In addition, the inner primaries had almost no dark terminal marks on the inner or outer webs. This seems to make this bird a possible candidate for a European Herring or Vega Gull. I have had one response from Europe that said that there was nothing wrong with this bird for being an argentatus European Herring Gull. I hope to get additional responses from Europe and possibly Asia as there is little information on how to differentiate 1st cycle European Herring Gulls from Vega Gulls. For what it is worth, this does not seem to be an American Herrin
g Gull.

Michael

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Date: 1/11/17 8:17 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Possible European Herring Gull. Ponce de Leon Inlet. Volusia Co.
This morning, Jan. 11th, I found an interesting tail-banded 1st cycle Herring Gull on the beach at Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia County, FL. Unlike the normal tail-banded Herring Gulls that appear here, this one had a exceptionally narrow tail band with only sparse markings on the bases of the outer retrices. The bird also had almost no dark marking on the undertail coverts. The upper tail coverts were also pale and sparsely marked. In addition, the inner primaries had almost no dark terminal marks on the inner or outer webs. This seems to make this bird a possible candidate for a European Herring or Vega Gull. I have had one response from Europe that said that there was nothing wrong with this bird for being an argentatus European Herring Gull. I hope to get additional responses from Europe and possibly Asia as there is little information on how to differentiate 1st cycle European Herring Gulls from Vega Gulls. For what it is worth, this does not seem to be an American Herring Gull.

Michael

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Date: 1/11/17 8:03 am
From: Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] LaChua Trail-Paynes Prairie
I walked LaChua Trail yesterday at Paynes Prairie in Gainesville. What a sight! At least 800 to 1000 Sandhill Cranes have gathered there. This estimate was confirmed by many other birders. I was told 2008 was the last year of such a gathering. Only one Whooping Crane could be found. Photos attached, I hope.

Dorothy Dunlap
Ocala, Fl.

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Date: 1/11/17 7:35 am
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani at Viera
Thanks for sending this out, Bill.

Yes. I only found out yesterday when a friend was trolling eBird lists and
saw it reported there!

I cannot confirm nor deny that I may or may not have left work to find the
bird around 4pm yesterday (1/10), which (hypothetically, of course) was
sitting quite in the open in the grassy area just north of the entrance
road to the Viera Wetlands, across from the water treatment facility's
large tanks (one of which is under construction). There were great and
close views from the side of the road (I'm led to understand, of course).
If it's in the same area when you go, be careful of traffic. Try to either
park in the Wetland's lot and walk back out, or pull well off the pavement,
away from the bird.

Does anyone know when the last, previous Brevard sighting of this species
was? I don't have my Annotated List with me.

Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County
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<warbirdphotographs...> wrote:

> Seen since Saturday, Smooth-billed Ani has been near entrance to Viera
> Wetlands.
> I have had excellent looks yesterday and today.
>
> http://www.pbase.com/sannabill/image/164816560/original.jpg
>
> http://www.pbase.com/sannabill/image/164816559/original.jpg
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> Bill Scheuerman
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Date: 1/11/17 4:20 am
From: William Haddad <photobill9...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] St Marks
Spent almost three days birding the varied habitat of the beautiful St. Marks National Wildlife Preserve, a real jewel in the crown of Florida’s natural areas. I was joined by Tom and Carla Ledford who had never birded St. Marks before, being recent residents of Florida. I had spoken of St. Marks to them in glowing terms with regard to birding and was somewhat apprehensive when we encountered some inclement weather – rain and high winds as well as the expected cold (27 degrees one morning). However, St. Marks did not disappoint – I had 100 bird species (the same as last year) and Tom and Carla, with their sharper vision, had a few more. A few of the highlights:

1. 18 Duck species plus Horned as well as Pied-billed Grebes.

2. Tom’s life Henslow’s Sparrow – within a few feet of where I saw it last year!

3. A good-sized raft of Black Ducks.

4. A male Goldeneye in full sunlight with several females. I had never seen a male of that species before.

5. Extended and very close looks at Canvasbacks of both sexes.

6. Good flocks of Winter upland bird flocks, including Brown-headed Nuthatches, very close to the ponds with Ducks and shorebirds.

7. In a low area with small trees, being surrounded by large numbers of Ruby-crowned Kinglets – several of which were flashing their ruby colored crown. We did not see, but others reported, a Golden-crowned that day.

8. An Eagle diving on and flushing a very large flock of ducks.

9. Good looks at a mature Vermillion Flycatcher, in the same place it took up winter residence in the past few years.

Bill Haddad
Palm Bay, Fl.




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Date: 1/10/17 4:15 pm
From: Bill Scheuerman <warbirdphotographs...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani at Viera
Seen since Saturday, Smooth-billed Ani has been near entrance to Viera Wetlands.
I have had excellent looks yesterday and today.

http://www.pbase.com/sannabill/image/164816560/original.jpg

http://www.pbase.com/sannabill/image/164816559/original.jpg

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Date: 1/10/17 4:09 pm
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Pinellas County Birds: January 10, 2017
Good evening,

To add to Dave's post, two Scissor-tailed Flycatchers have been seen on and
off the past week or so at Fort De Soto, as well! They've been seen
anywhere between the pull off road into the boat ramp, south to the
entrance into the campground! At least one is a "short-tailed" bird!

Further north at Sawgrass Lake Park 2 of the 4 wintering Black-throated
Green Warblers were reported today!!!

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL

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Date: 1/10/17 2:54 pm
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pinellas County Birds: January 10, 2017
Hi All,

Don Fraser and I spent most of today in Pinellas County starting at Fort De
Soto and then headed north to Mobley Beach Park. Here are our highlights
out of the 90 species seen/heard/photographed:

Fort De Soto:

SMOOTH-BILLED ANI 1 photographed 200 yards south of the end of the North
Beach Parking lot

Lark Sparrow 1 photographed opposite the west end of the southern most
North Beach Parking lot

Saltmarsh Sparrow 1 easily seen in the west lagoon north of the North
Beach Parking lot
Nelson's Sparrow 1 see above

Mobley Beach Park;

Brown Booby 5 On the high tension line tower where they have been seen
for months!

R.E. Olds City Park: Oldsmar

Greater Scaup 1 female easily seen within binocular view south of the end
of the pier
Lesser Scaup 12,000 A VERY CONSERVATIVE COUNT!!! Most I've ever seen
here in Florida!!

Ruddy Duck 36 35 south of the pier and 1 north! Exceptional count for
this area!

Great Birding!!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, Florida

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Date: 1/10/17 11:25 am
From: Edward H Riddle <Eriddle...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Groove Bill Ani
At close to 11am today, Tom Jones and I found the pair of Ani near the Clay Island Trailhead. Alice Horst found them near Telephone pole 122254, but we found them just west of number 122259. Both were very near the road and posed for quite some time for pictures.

Ed Riddle, Leesburg

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Date: 1/9/17 4:48 pm
From: Eric Plage <ericplage...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Owl killing chickens, help needed
Raccoons have always been the "chicken killer" with both of my friends coops. They most likely need to placed in an enclosure every night where they are protected.

Eric Plage
St Pete, FL

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> On Jan 9, 2017, at 6:25 PM, Glenn Wilson <wilson...> wrote:
>
> When we had chickens they had to be locked in their coop at night, not because of birds but mammals would kill them left and right.
>
> Glenn Wilson
> Endicott, NY
> www.WilsonsWarbler.com
>
> On Jan 9, 2017, at 12:20 PM, Matthew Johnson <mdjohnson920...> wrote:
>
> Hello all!
>
> We have some friends in DeLand that have a unique problem. They raise chickens and have lost 3 in as many days to an owl. I have not seen the owl but they are certain it is an owl, not a hawk.
>
> Does anyone have any advice on how to keep an owl away from chickens? We're going to try and build a top to their coop this weekend but I thought I'd see if anyone had other suggestions!
>
> Thanks! Happy 2017!
>
> Matt Johnson
> Oviedo, FL
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Date: 1/9/17 3:39 pm
From: Vince Capp <00000031300bf63b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] White-faced x Glossy Ibis in Hudson
I’m glad you were able to relocate this intriguing bird today, Dan. (you too, Pam!)



Looking through the photographs I took yesterday, I found four more that show the bird well enough for the purposes of this discussion. They are mega-cropped long shots, but I thought the curious would benefit from my sharing them. I think we all can learn something from these photos- I know I have. I also added a photo of one of the bird in questions companions, a much more cooperative Glossy- for comparison.



As Tony pointed out, and Dan reiterated, this bird does indeed show would appears to be a blend of features of each species. I also believe it’s very likely a White-faced/ Glossy hybrid.



The very minimally processed ( some image sharpening only ) photos can be viewed here- feel free to comment on them:



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



Vince Capp

Bayonet Point, FL







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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] White-faced x Glossy Ibis in Hudson



We went to look at the Ibis found by Vince Capp this afternoon (thanks Vince!). It definitely has a red eye. White-faced always have red eyes. The legs are black, but I caught a glint of pinkish color high up where the thigh meets the body. Glossy's typically have black legs and White-faced are usually reddish. The facial skin is mainly pink, typical of White-faced, but tended to be grayish nearest the beak. Glossy Ibis has gray facial skin; White-faced Ibis has pink facial skin. The face did not appear to be continuous around the eye, which is a Glossy Ibis feature. For these reasons, I believe this is definitely a hybrid, and worth having a look at. Vince's photo is very representative of the bird.

Directions: Follow the walking trail to the rear of the Veteran's Park in Hudson. There is a pond in a cattle field on the other side of the fence.



Dan Burton,

Port Richey.





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Date: 1/9/17 3:25 pm
From: Glenn Wilson <wilson...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Owl killing chickens, help needed
When we had chickens they had to be locked in their coop at night, not because of birds but mammals would kill them left and right.

Glenn Wilson
Endicott, NY
www.WilsonsWarbler.com

On Jan 9, 2017, at 12:20 PM, Matthew Johnson <mdjohnson920...> wrote:

Hello all!

We have some friends in DeLand that have a unique problem. They raise chickens and have lost 3 in as many days to an owl. I have not seen the owl but they are certain it is an owl, not a hawk.

Does anyone have any advice on how to keep an owl away from chickens? We're going to try and build a top to their coop this weekend but I thought I'd see if anyone had other suggestions!

Thanks! Happy 2017!

Matt Johnson
Oviedo, FL
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Date: 1/9/17 2:37 pm
From: burtonian <burtonian...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] White-faced x Glossy Ibis in Hudson

We went to look at the Ibis found by Vince Capp this afternoon (thanks Vince!). It definitely has a red eye. White-faced always have red eyes. The legs are black, but I caught a glint of pinkish color high up where the thigh meets the body. Glossy's typically have black legs and White-faced are usually reddish. The facial skin is mainly pink, typical of White-faced, but tended to be grayish nearest the beak. Glossy Ibis has gray facial skin; White-faced Ibis has pink facial skin. The face did not appear to be continuous around the eye, which is a Glossy Ibis feature. For these reasons, I believe this is definitely a hybrid, and worth having a look at. Vince's photo is very representative of the bird. 

Directions: Follow the walking trail to the rear of the Veteran's Park in Hudson. There is a pond in a cattle field on the other side of the fence.





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Port Richey.










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Date: 1/9/17 9:30 am
From: Matthew Johnson <mdjohnson920...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Owl killing chickens, help needed
Hello all!

We have some friends in DeLand that have a unique problem. They raise
chickens and have lost 3 in as many days to an owl. I have not seen the owl
but they are certain it is an owl, not a hawk.

Does anyone have any advice on how to keep an owl away from chickens? We're
going to try and build a top to their coop this weekend but I thought I'd
see if anyone had other suggestions!

Thanks! Happy 2017!

Matt Johnson
Oviedo, FL

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Date: 1/8/17 11:55 am
From: Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bananaquit seems to be gone
Hi all,

I RFI'd about the Bananaquit on Fri. and got two responses that the bird had *not* been seen that day. Gary and I went down to try for it on Sat. anyway (partly because we were still hopeful and partly because the weather seemed better down there than at the Harris's Sparrow spot). We didn't find the bird. Last we heard no one else had seen it on Sat. either.
I don't know about today, but I'm assuming it is gone.


Happy Birding!

Janet Leavens
Oviedo, FL

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Date: 1/8/17 10:21 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Eaglets in nest 2017 in The Villages, Marion County
On Jan 4, 2017, I posted the below pictures of our new eaglets with my report to EagleWatch.
I asked about the general age of the chicks because this was the first time I had seen them.
A number of people have asked me about our eaglets on the Mulberry Recreational Trail.
I guess that this means the chicks are about 2 weeks old now.

EAGLEWATCH’s reply was:

There's a nice progression of eaglet photos on the EagleWatch website and they look a lot like the 10 day old chicks. Normally they say you don't see them that first week because they aren't large enough to be seen over the rim of the nest, but this nest is pretty shallow. Here's a link to the photos on the website.

http://eaglewatchflorida.org/eaglet_biology.ht <http://eaglewatchflorida.org/eaglet_biology.ht>



Picture confirmed an eaglet on Jan.4, 2017


Picture on Jan 4, 2017, confirmed 2 eaglets in nest.
Alice Horst
Marion County, FL
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Date: 1/8/17 10:15 am
From: Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] White-faced Ibis, Pasco County
Vince:


Hybrids are almost certainly much more common than reported/known. In Colorado, they are found/reported at rates nearing those of reporting rates of Glossy Ibis (though whether all the reported Glossies are actually Glossies or are hybrids is unknown). I believe that hybrids are greatly under-reported everywhere, but particularly in the East. This is probably due to the fact that all (or nearly so) of the published papers on dark ibis hybrids has been based on work in the middle of the continent (specifically OK, WY, and CO).


I also looked more closely at your picture after I sent my previous message and thought that the eye color was much more brown than I would expect for a White-faced at this time of the year (though the apparent color will probably vary by individual screen). While your bird may not be a hybrid, its apparent features suggest such to me.


Tony


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Largo, FL
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Sent: Sun, Jan 8, 2017 12:58 pm
Subject: RE: [BRDBRAIN] White-faced Ibis, Pasco County



Interesting. I thought the bird looked a little too green. In my limited experience with White-faced the one’s that I’ve seen were a little more golden/reddish. Perhaps someone with a little more lens than I had out there will get a more detailed shot of this individual, and we’ll all be able to make a more comfortable ID.

I imagine that hybrids are not all that uncommon, correct Tony?

Vince capp
Bayonet Point





From: Tony Leukering [mailto:<greatgrayowl...>]
Sent: Sunday, January 8, 2017 12:53 PM
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Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] White-faced Ibis, Pasco County


Hi Vince et al.:



That's a nice pic of the ibis. However, I have some concerns with the identification. The pattern on the face is more like that of Glossy Ibis, and the bare facial skin is a mix of reddish and violet/dark blue, both features that MAY suggest that the bird is actually a hybrid.



Tony

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Sent: Sun, Jan 8, 2017 12:48 pm
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] White-faced Ibis, Pasco County


Hi, all-



I found a White-faced Ibis at Veteran’s memorial Park in Hudson, Pasco County this morning. The bird is keeping company with the local White/Glossy flock and was utilizing both of the grassy lakes that are just over the fence to the west and north, respectively. At one point a Peregrine Falcon buzzed the mixed duck flock on the north pond scattering the ducks, but the Ibises- including the White-faced held tight. They must know just how much Peregrines like duck.



Here’s a link to my eBird report, with a shot of the White-faced Ibis:



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33535118



Good Birding!

Vince Capp

Bayonet Point, FL



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Date: 1/8/17 9:58 am
From: Vince Capp <00000031300bf63b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] White-faced Ibis, Pasco County
Interesting. I thought the bird looked a little too green. In my limited experience with White-faced the one’s that I’ve seen were a little more golden/reddish. Perhaps someone with a little more lens than I had out there will get a more detailed shot of this individual, and we’ll all be able to make a more comfortable ID.



I imagine that hybrids are not all that uncommon, correct Tony?



Vince capp

Bayonet Point









From: Tony Leukering [mailto:<greatgrayowl...>]
Sent: Sunday, January 8, 2017 12:53 PM
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Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] White-faced Ibis, Pasco County



Hi Vince et al.:



That's a nice pic of the ibis. However, I have some concerns with the identification. The pattern on the face is more like that of Glossy Ibis, and the bare facial skin is a mix of reddish and violet/dark blue, both features that MAY suggest that the bird is actually a hybrid.



Tony

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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] White-faced Ibis, Pasco County

Hi, all-



I found a White-faced Ibis at Veteran’s memorial Park in Hudson, Pasco County this morning. The bird is keeping company with the local White/Glossy flock and was utilizing both of the grassy lakes that are just over the fence to the west and north, respectively. At one point a Peregrine Falcon buzzed the mixed duck flock on the north pond scattering the ducks, but the Ibises- including the White-faced held tight. They must know just how much Peregrines like duck.



Here’s a link to my eBird report, with a shot of the White-faced Ibis:



<http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33535118> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33535118



Good Birding!

Vince Capp

Bayonet Point, FL



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Date: 1/8/17 9:52 am
From: Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] White-faced Ibis, Pasco County
Hi Vince et al.:


That's a nice pic of the ibis. However, I have some concerns with the identification. The pattern on the face is more like that of Glossy Ibis, and the bare facial skin is a mix of reddish and violet/dark blue, both features that MAY suggest that the bird is actually a hybrid.


Tony


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Sent: Sun, Jan 8, 2017 12:48 pm
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] White-faced Ibis, Pasco County



Hi, all-

I found a White-faced Ibis at Veteran’s memorial Park in Hudson, Pasco County this morning. The bird is keeping company with the local White/Glossy flock and was utilizing both of the grassy lakes that are just over the fence to the west and north, respectively. At one point a Peregrine Falcon buzzed the mixed duck flock on the north pond scattering the ducks, but the Ibises- including the White-faced held tight. They must know just how much Peregrines like duck.

Here’s a link to my eBird report, with a shot of the White-faced Ibis:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33535118

Good Birding!
Vince Capp
Bayonet Point, FL

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Date: 1/8/17 9:48 am
From: Vince Capp <00000031300bf63b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] White-faced Ibis, Pasco County
Hi, all-



I found a White-faced Ibis at Veteran's memorial Park in Hudson, Pasco
County this morning. The bird is keeping company with the local White/Glossy
flock and was utilizing both of the grassy lakes that are just over the
fence to the west and north, respectively. At one point a Peregrine Falcon
buzzed the mixed duck flock on the north pond scattering the ducks, but the
Ibises- including the White-faced held tight. They must know just how much
Peregrines like duck.



Here's a link to my eBird report, with a shot of the White-faced Ibis:



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33535118



Good Birding!

Vince Capp

Bayonet Point, FL



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Date: 1/8/17 9:47 am
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Harris's Sparrow Continues; Kettering Rd. Hernando Co. 01/08/17
Hi All,

Steve Reardon and I saw the Harris's Sparrow at roughly 810 AM today.
While scoping the few White-crowned Sparrows that were visible on the far
fence line on the east side of the road, 12 sparrows took flight and landed
on the west side of the road! We saw the Harris's Sparrow really well for
several moments before it hunkered down in the thick brush. A total of 11
White-crowned Sparrows were seen and some were even singing in the 32
degree heat!

Also of note, the female Brewer's Blackbird was seen within 5 minutes at
it's usual spot at Bayport Park.

Great Birding!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, Florida

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Date: 1/7/17 7:44 am
From: Stephen Gross <sgrocolret...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Valrico Male Painted Bunting
Brdbrains, I stocked my feeders last night in anticipation of the cold
front. Lots of hungry birds this morning. Nicest was my FOY male painted
bunting. On the pond, adult Bald Eagle and a two pair of hooded mergansers.


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Date: 1/7/17 7:41 am
From: Allan Stern <00000014b7b0d186-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Young Ibis transitioning to white.



This trusting young Ibis just landed on my dock fairly close to me. It is
in the process of changing from its brown color as a juvenile to its pure
white color as an adult.


(Satellite Beach FL, 7 Jan 2017)

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1501010836608056

and

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1501010843274722




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Date: 1/7/17 6:11 am
From: Jim McGinity <jimmcginity...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani Location
I went out to the spot described by Ron Smith yesterday. It was right where Ron described (thanks, Ron!). There were 3 photographers/birders there looking. After walking the dirt cart path for about 20 minutes, it popped up on top of one of the shrubs in the field. It was very cooperative for photos but it was tough to get good photos of it in flight. Twice it called which was very distinctive.

I hope it sticks around after this cold front moves through.

Jim McGinity
Dunedin, FL


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On Jan 6, 2017, at 4:11 PM, Daniel Estabrooks wrote:

> I went out to the main tract of Tenoroc Fish Management Area, east of Lakeland, today. Got several good birds, including a flyover dark-morph Short-tailed Hawk, a good look at a presumably overwintering Ovenbird, an American Bittern in the marshy area in the southwestern part of the management area, and a Carolina Chickadee. The chickadee was a nice surprise, as it's always been my understanding that in Polk County they only occur in the Green Swamp and at Lake Kissimmee State Park.
>
> Full eBird list (with more information) below:
>
> Tenoroc Fish Management Area, Polk, Florida, US
> Jan 6, 2017 7:15 AM - 11:25 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 3.0 mile(s)
> 57 species
>
> Wood Duck 7
> Blue-winged Teal 1
> Pied-billed Grebe 1
> Double-crested Cormorant 7
> Anhinga 10
> American Bittern 1 Seen from the trail at 28.0789, -81.8822. A little ways out in the marsh to the west.
> Great Blue Heron 2
> Great Egret 1
> Little Blue Heron 1
> Green Heron 1
> White Ibis 1
> Black Vulture 12
> Turkey Vulture 150
> Osprey 2
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 1 Not seen well, but it was small enough that I feel confident about the ID. About the size of a Blue Jay. It attacked a mixed flock of titmice, Pine Warblers, and gnatcatchers. I never saw if it actually got anything, but at first it seemed to have something pinned against a branch, and then it fell to the ground and struggled for a few seconds before flying back into the forest.
> Bald Eagle 2
> Red-shouldered Hawk 2
> Short-tailed Hawk 1 Dark morph. Flying low and seen well. Heading north with a huge flock of Turkey Vultures. Buteo with solid dark brown body.
> Common Gallinule 4
> Limpkin 2
> Sandhill Crane 2
> White-winged Dove 7
> Mourning Dove 1
> Belted Kingfisher 2
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 9
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
> Downy Woodpecker 6
> Northern Flicker 1
> Pileated Woodpecker 3
> American Kestrel 1
> Eastern Phoebe 8
> White-eyed Vireo 4
> Blue-headed Vireo 8
> Blue Jay 5
> American Crow 2 Heard calling around sunrise.
> Fish Crow 150
> Carolina Chickadee 1 Surprised to see this guy. In a mixed flock of gnatcatchers, titmice, and Pine Warblers. I didn't think chickadees were present in this part of the county. I forgot to mark the coordinates, but it was along the southern section of the horse trail, near Saddle Creek Rd.
> Tufted Titmouse 6
> House Wren 15
> Carolina Wren 13
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 50
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 12
> American Robin 170
> Gray Catbird 9
> Ovenbird 1 28.0879, -81.8686. Must be an overwintering bird.
> Black-and-white Warbler 2
> Common Yellowthroat 17
> Palm Warbler 5
> Pine Warbler 8
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 40
> Yellow-throated Warbler 2
> Swamp Sparrow 2
> Northern Cardinal 15
> Red-winged Blackbird 1
> Common Grackle 4
> Boat-tailed Grackle 10
> American Goldfinch 2
>
> View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33487275
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
>
> Daniel Estabrooks
> Winter Haven, FL
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Date: 1/7/17 5:58 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach / Pinellas County
At daybreak in the rain this morning, there were birds everywhere on the beach, 24 species were counted by 8:00AM. 58 Red Knots, 5 Marbled Godwits, 128 Bonaparte's Gulls, 7 Wilson's Plovers, peep species galore, and Lesser Scaup everywhere, just to name a few. My only company was three commercial fisherman and a new one for CCC Beach, a duck hunter at the west end of the beach, with 28 decoys. At daybreak he was on foot out in the bay, palm fronds on his arms, being a human duck blind. By 7:30AM we hear Bang! Bang! Bang! Even the fishermen were shocked at what they were seeing. Discharging a firearm within the city limits is supposedly illegal. The authorities were notified. Everyday is something new!


Bob Lane / Clearwater, Florida

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Date: 1/6/17 8:03 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Clay Island - Lake County
After searching for some time our group saw the 2 Groove-billed Ani on the Clay Island Trailhead at 10:00am.
2 other treats today: 2 Barn Owls and a very cool Bobcat, sunning himself.
We didn’t get into Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive until 2:00pm, missed the Ash-throated Fly.
Oh, well, next time.
Alice Horst
Marion County, FL


How cute is this guy?


we didn’t expect to see 2 GBANs together today



Below is the pole on Clay Island Trailhead close to where we saw the GBANs.

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Date: 1/6/17 7:37 pm
From: Carolyn <0000003c3bab1191-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lake Apopka: Groove-billed Ani and Ash-throated Flycatcher
As previously reported, both the Ash-throated Flycatcher and the two Groove-Billed Anis continue at Lake Apopka.

The Ash-throated Flycatcher was at the very beginning of Lust Road and appeared on both sides of the road. Also seen this morn in the same spot were a Vesper Sparrow, 2 Painted Buntings and a Blue Grosbeak.

The pair of Groove-billed Anis were at the same spot referenced on eBird yesterday: Clay Island Trailhead. After leaving the parking lot and once on the trail, you will come to a confusing intersection. Bear left/east for one mile or less to the tower. The Anis have been seen in that area. Today we had them just immediately north of the tower, in low bushes and grass on the right side of the berm, adjacent to the canal. Yesterday they were reported in the low bushes on the road in front of the tower. Do not take the loop trail going south at the intersection previously mentioned. There is a tower there, too, but not the one with the Anis.

Hope this makes sense.

Just got back to FL, so I will not ramble on about all the other good birds I saw today which were my first for the season. Gotta love seeing those BB Whistling Ducks for the first time this year!

Carolyn Cimino, Vero Beach, with Ioa Byrne, Indialantic Beach



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Date: 1/6/17 5:32 pm
From: Eric Plage <ericplage...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] New pictures for hybrid Great Heron x Great Egret
Micheline et All,

I believe this hybrid heron was originally observed by Melissa James sometime in July 2016 at Fort De Soto. The bird has ranged from around Gulf Pier up to North Beach, being seen regularly. The consensus at the time was the it was a Great Blue Heron X Great Egret (hybrid).

Eric Plage
St Petersburg, FL

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> On Jan 6, 2017, at 5:18 PM, Micheline Ouellet <micheline.ouellet30...> wrote:
>
> Hi all,
>
> This afternoon, I took 22 more pictures of the bird when it flew back to the fishing pier at 13h45. (Sorry Rosemary,you missed it.) I tried to take as many different angles as I could. We can see that the bill seems mostly pink below the lower mandible and there's some pink too at the top. We can also see a certain design in the shades of the neck that resembles somewhat the one of the Great Heron. The legs are rather grey at the top. Notice also the small stripes all along the front of the neck.
>
> You can see those pictures in my photostream at this address:, after those of the Piping Plover
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/paruline30
>
> Micheline Ouellet, Mercier, P.Q.
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Date: 1/6/17 4:38 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Scoter trifecta. Tomoka state park. Ormond Beach
Yesterday evening I found all three scoter species in the Tomoka Basin at Tomoka State Park, Ormond Beach. There were 20 Black Scoters, 9 Surf Scoters and 2 White-winged Scoters.

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL

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> On Jan 5, 2017, at 4:49 PM, Diane Reed <dreedster14...> wrote:
>
> Happy New Year
> I observed a Western Kingbird today at the St Augustine Airport just off Hwy US-1. It was working from a barbed-wire fence along the airport property line and was there for over an hour, mid-day. It can be seen from a public black-topped road but is on airport property, which is under surveillance.
> thanks,
> Diane Reed
> St Johns County
> St Augustine FL
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Date: 1/6/17 3:47 pm
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Shiloh Report 1-6-17
This morning I went to Shiloh to try and find more Sharptail Sparrows. The conditions were perfect for locating them. It was a beautiful light wind dewy morning. When those saltmarsh grasses get wet you make practically no noise stepping on them. I searched hard for over 2 hours. I saw a handful of Sasvannah Sparrows, 2 Common Yellowthroat Warblers, 3 Marsh Wrens, and 3 Nelson's Sparrows. For almost 10 years I have kept tract of these Sharptail Sparrows, and this is the lowest count that Shiloh has produced for me. There appears to be plenty of food. However the water level is extremely low. Completely the opposite of what it was when the Sharptails arrived. Has anyone else tried to search for the Sharptails in the last couple of months? I'd appreciate hearing from you. One other thing I noticed is the marsh was completely void of Herons and Egrets. They eat the birds if they find them, and they are always out there hunting for food. Another thing missing was the calling Clapper Rails. I was very lucky to get photos of the Nelson's. They were almost unapproachable.

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www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31336890613

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Danny Bales
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Date: 1/6/17 2:18 pm
From: Micheline Ouellet <micheline.ouellet30...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] New pictures for hybrid Great Heron x Great Egret
Hi all,

This afternoon, I took 22 more pictures of the bird when it flew back to
the fishing pier at 13h45. (Sorry Rosemary,you missed it.) I tried to
take as many different angles as I could. We can see that the bill seems
mostly pink below the lower mandible and there's some pink too at the top.
We can also see a certain design in the shades of the neck that resembles
somewhat the one of the Great Heron. The legs are rather grey at the top.
Notice also the small stripes all along the front of the neck.

You can see those pictures in my photostream at this address:, after those
of the Piping Plover

https://www.flickr.com/photos/paruline30

Micheline Ouellet, Mercier, P.Q.

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Date: 1/6/17 1:11 pm
From: Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Tenoroc FMA - Main Tract: Short-tailed Hawk, Ovenbird, etc.
I went out to the main tract of Tenoroc Fish Management Area, east of Lakeland, today. Got several good birds, including a flyover dark-morph Short-tailed Hawk, a good look at a presumably overwintering Ovenbird, an American Bittern in the marshy area in the southwestern part of the management area, and a Carolina Chickadee. The chickadee was a nice surprise, as it's always been my understanding that in Polk County they only occur in the Green Swamp and at Lake Kissimmee State Park.
Full eBird list (with more information) below:
Tenoroc Fish Management Area, Polk, Florida, US
Jan 6, 2017 7:15 AM - 11:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
57 species

Wood Duck  7
Blue-winged Teal  1
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  7
Anhinga  10
American Bittern  1    Seen from the trail at 28.0789, -81.8822. A little ways out in the marsh to the west.
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  1
Little Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  1
White Ibis  1
Black Vulture  12
Turkey Vulture  150
Osprey  2
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1    Not seen well, but it was small enough that I feel confident about the ID. About the size of a Blue Jay. It attacked a mixed flock of titmice, Pine Warblers, and gnatcatchers. I never saw if it actually got anything, but at first it seemed to have something pinned against a branch, and then it fell to the ground and struggled for a few seconds before flying back into the forest.
Bald Eagle  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Short-tailed Hawk  1    Dark morph. Flying low and seen well. Heading north with a huge flock of Turkey Vultures. Buteo with solid dark brown body.
Common Gallinule  4
Limpkin  2
Sandhill Crane  2
White-winged Dove  7
Mourning Dove  1
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  9
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  3
Downy Woodpecker  6
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  3
American Kestrel  1
Eastern Phoebe  8
White-eyed Vireo  4
Blue-headed Vireo  8
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  2    Heard calling around sunrise.
Fish Crow  150
Carolina Chickadee  1    Surprised to see this guy. In a mixed flock of gnatcatchers, titmice, and Pine Warblers. I didn't think chickadees were present in this part of the county. I forgot to mark the coordinates, but it was along the southern section of the horse trail, near Saddle Creek Rd.
Tufted Titmouse  6
House Wren  15
Carolina Wren  13
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  50
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  12
American Robin  170
Gray Catbird  9
Ovenbird  1    28.0879, -81.8686. Must be an overwintering bird.
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  17
Palm Warbler  5
Pine Warbler  8
Yellow-rumped Warbler  40
Yellow-throated Warbler  2
Swamp Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  15
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Common Grackle  4
Boat-tailed Grackle  10
American Goldfinch  2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33487275

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

Daniel Estabrooks
Winter Haven, FL

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Date: 1/6/17 1:10 pm
From: Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] RFI: Bananaquit
Hi all,

Does anyone know if the Bananquit was seen today?

Thanks,

Janet Leavens
Oviedo, FL

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Date: 1/6/17 10:23 am
From: Nathan Langwald <Soniknate...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Harris's Sparrow Continues - Hernando Co. - 1/6/17
The Harris's Sparrow was very briefly seen again by a group of fellow birders this morning a little before 10am on the south end of Kettering Road, just north of Powerline Road. It was hanging out with a small group of White-crowned Sparrows on a brushy fence line, between a green oak tree and a fence line intersection, across a field just to the east of the road (marked with a gray pin in the attached image). You will likely need a scope to see it.

Thanks to Bev Hanson for spotting it this morning and for the use of your scope!

Nathan Langwald
Lakeland, FL

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Date: 1/5/17 1:49 pm
From: Diane Reed <dreedster14...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] St Augustine Birding - Western Kingbird
Happy New Year
I observed a Western Kingbird today at the St Augustine Airport just off
Hwy US-1. It was working from a barbed-wire fence along the airport
property line and was there for over an hour, mid-day. It can be seen from
a public black-topped road but is on airport property, which is under
surveillance.
thanks,
Diane Reed
St Johns County
St Augustine FL

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Date: 1/5/17 1:10 pm
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Harris' Sparrow Herhnando County: 01/05/17
Hi All,

At 1045 AM today the Harris' Sparrow finally made an appearance for the 9
birders who were present. Many had been waiting until dawn!

The bird is being seen roughly 1/3 mile north of Powerline Road on
Kettering Road.

Great Birding!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey, FL

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Date: 1/5/17 10:19 am
From: Margie Wilkinson <wilmar4...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bananaquit - Richardson Historic Park & Nature Preserve, Wilton Manor, FL
Yes, Bananaquit was seen mid-morning today.

Margie Wilkinson
Palm Harbor
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Date: 1/5/17 9:43 am
From: Roy Morris <beetlesandbirds...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bananaquit - 2nd Jan - Richardson Historic Park & Nature Preserve, Wilton Manor, FL
Danny, we had it twice yesterday, Jan 4, morning. 8 am and then again at
9:15 am. I have not heard anything today.
Roy

On Thu, Jan 5, 2017 at 11:51 AM, SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...>
wrote:

> Is there any reports on the Banaquit or the Harris's Sparrow?
>
>
> Danny Bales
>
> Titusville, Fla.
>
> www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen
> <https://www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31748312600/>
> <https://www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32123123265/>
> <https://www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31281888334/>
> <https://www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32073901596/>
> <https://www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32073896456/>
> <https://www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32073893276/>
> <https://www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/32112962525/>
> <https://www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31989017421/>
>
> Brevard
>
> ------------------------------
> *From:* Birdbrains - Florida Birds/Natural History <
> <BRDBRAIN...> on behalf of Rangel Diaz <
> <rangelsaurus...>
> *Sent:* Tuesday, January 3, 2017 4:25 PM
> *To:* <BRDBRAIN...>
> *Subject:* Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bananaquit - 2nd Jan - Richardson Historic Park
> & Nature Preserve, Wilton Manor, FL
>
> It made three appearances today. First, at 8am above the Coral Bean in the
> NW corner of the park. Second, at 10:45 in the same Live Oak as earlier and
> finally at 2:20pm where it gave the best looks at a Coral Bean just west of
> the large pavilion. Good luck!
>
> Cheers,
> Rangel Diaz
> Miami-Dade
>
> On Jan 3, 2017 9:03 AM, "Rangel Diaz" <rangelsaurus...> wrote:
>
>> Continues this morning as of 8am but hasn't been seen again since then.
>>
>> Cheers,
>> Rangel Diaz
>> Miami-Dade
>>
>> On Jan 3, 2017 8:56 AM, "Reinhard Geisler" <r102...> wrote:
>>
>>> Just to update that we made a full day birding trip to Richardson
>>> Historic Park & Nature Preserve in Wilton Manor. After a 6.5 hour wait we
>>> finally saw the Bananaquit at 3:30 PM and briefly at 4:45 PM.
>>>
>>> It should been noted, that yesterday we looked at the park webpage and
>>> it does state it opens at 9 AM and accordingly we arrived shortly before
>>> that. However we found out it does open at 8 AM. It was well seen at 8:15
>>> AM yesterday as well at 8 AM this morning. So if you are interest seeing
>>> this bird, you should consider going early.
>>>
>>> This bird was a nemesis bird for us and marked my FOS bird #420.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> --
>>>
>>> Reinhard Geisler
>>> Oviedo, FL
>>>
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Date: 1/5/17 8:51 am
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bananaquit - 2nd Jan - Richardson Historic Park & Nature Preserve, Wilton Manor, FL
Is there any reports on the Banaquit or the Harris's Sparrow?


Danny Bales

Titusville, Fla.

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________________________________
From: Birdbrains - Florida Birds/Natural History <BRDBRAIN...> on behalf of Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
Sent: Tuesday, January 3, 2017 4:25 PM
To: <BRDBRAIN...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bananaquit - 2nd Jan - Richardson Historic Park & Nature Preserve, Wilton Manor, FL

It made three appearances today. First, at 8am above the Coral Bean in the NW corner of the park. Second, at 10:45 in the same Live Oak as earlier and finally at 2:20pm where it gave the best looks at a Coral Bean just west of the large pavilion. Good luck!

Cheers,
Rangel Diaz
Miami-Dade

On Jan 3, 2017 9:03 AM, "Rangel Diaz" <rangelsaurus...><mailto:<rangelsaurus...>> wrote:
Continues this morning as of 8am but hasn't been seen again since then.

Cheers,
Rangel Diaz
Miami-Dade

On Jan 3, 2017 8:56 AM, "Reinhard Geisler" <r102...><mailto:<r102...>> wrote:

Just to update that we made a full day birding trip to Richardson Historic Park & Nature Preserve in Wilton Manor. After a 6.5 hour wait we finally saw the Bananaquit at 3:30 PM and briefly at 4:45 PM.

It should been noted, that yesterday we looked at the park webpage and it does state it opens at 9 AM and accordingly we arrived shortly before that. However we found out it does open at 8 AM. It was well seen at 8:15 AM yesterday as well at 8 AM this morning. So if you are interest seeing this bird, you should consider going early.

This bird was a nemesis bird for us and marked my FOS bird #420.

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Reinhard Geisler
Oviedo, FL

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Date: 1/5/17 8:22 am
From: Tom Riggs <tcriggs1...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani (Fort De Soto Park, Pinellas) -- yes!
All,

My first bird photo of the year was a life bird, the Smooth-billed Ani reported yesterday by Ron Smith. It was moving back and forth among various bushes at the previously-reported spot this morning about 0945. Several other birders were there, but none were pressing the bird so far.

Good luck to those chasing it.

Tom Riggs, Clearwater, FL

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Date: 1/5/17 6:19 am
From: Sue Herring <sue.zq.herring...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bronze-headed Cowbird still at Celery Fields in Sarasota
The Bronze-headed Cowbird was back again this morning at the feeders at the
Audubon Nature Center at the Celery Fields in Sarasota. We saw it with
several visitors at 9 am.

Sue Herring, Docent
SAS Nature Center
Sarasota

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Date: 1/4/17 4:58 pm
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Smooth-billed Ani (Fort De Soto Park 4 Jan 2016)
Good evening,

I heard through the grapevine that a non-birder located an ani at Fort De
Soto Park on Monday and thought he had found some type of parrot. I never
thought of one like that, but I can see his way of thinking.

This morning the bird was re-located at a distance - and when I arrived at
3:30 with Lori we discovered that it was a Smooth-billed Ani. It was heard
calling when we saw it chase both a shrike and a mockingbird out of its
apparent "zone". My distant photos reveal no signs of any grooves and the
upper mandible stands tall, taller than its crown.





Smooth-billed Ani's were once resident in Pinellas County, having been
known to breed there from the 1940s into the late 1970s. In fact, 23 were
reported on the 1977 St. Petersburg CBC. The population soon crashed and I
am only aware of three other reports since 1980 - until this one.

Keep in mind that tapes/p[laybacks are strictly *prohibited* at Fort De
Soto Park. There certainly was no need for any this afternoon. If we keep
our distance and treat the bird with some respect perhaps it'll stick
around until the weekend - though the weather is suppose to get much colder
by then.

The bird was seen in the scrubby area west of the southern most parking
spaces of the North Beach parking lot. I would be on the lookout for a
shrike.

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL

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Date: 1/4/17 11:06 am
From: Jim Morris <jmorrisbirding...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] RFI - Sabine's Gull
Has anyone seen the Sabine's Gull recently? I know it wasn't doing well and I haven't seen any reports for a few days but would like to chase it now that I have some time.

Thanks!

Jim Morris
Deltona, Fl

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Date: 1/4/17 10:11 am
From: Micheline Ouellet <micheline.ouellet30...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Help for identification please
Hi to all,

I took this picture at Fort de Soto this week, at the Fishing Pear. It
appears to be some kind of hybrid but I don't know which one. It's about
the size of a Reddish Egret. There are some other pictures on my
photostream.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/paruline30/31718923550/in/dateposted-public/

Micheline Ouellet, Mercier, P.Q

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Date: 1/4/17 7:43 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bad news - Sumter County Good News - Marion County
Could not find the American Avocet in Sumter County this morning, BUT when I went to check our “skinny” Bald Eagle’s Nest on Mulberry Recreation Trail I confirmed what I thought I saw 2 days ago: 2 EGLETS:


When I got to the nest both adults were visible but not on the nest.
I saw this little fuzzy head!


As I got closer, this little one popped his head up to check out my golf cart!



Then little sister or brother peeked out also!
The other night when an adult was ON the nest, I thought I saw movement through the sticks. Last year 2 birds were hatched and fledged from this dreadful looking nest.

How cool to have this in our back yard!
They are totally used to people, golf carts, bikers and walkers, right under them!
I do report this to EAGLEWATCH, as I am monitoring this nest this year.
Alice Horst
Marion County, FL
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Date: 1/4/17 6:15 am
From: Steven Gasser <cavehiker...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Birding North Port and Vicinity
We are visiting the North Port area mid next month and hope to get some birding in. Will be birding from Sarasota to Fort Myers. I was wondering if anyone could please help me with some tips in looking for the following list of birds when I am down there( or any cool birds or interest). Please reply to my email address. I thank you in advance for any time and help you can give me. Thank you.


Steve Gasser
Saginaw, MI

Black bellied Whistling Duck
Fulvous Whistling Duck
Great White Heron
Yellow crowned Night Heron
Snail Kite
Short tailed Hawk
Clapper Rail
Black Rail
Purple Gallinule
Snowy Plover
Wilson's Plover
American Oystercatcher
Long billed Curlew
Red Knot
White crowned Pigeon
Barn Owl
Burrowing Owl
Mangrove Cuckoo
Seaside Sparrow


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Date: 1/4/17 6:11 am
From: Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] One-toed Amphiuma & Gr.Blue Heron Jan.3,'17 Jim Swarr
Jim,
Your critter would have been a Two-toed Amphiuma (Amphiuma means), which is common throughout Florida. They are essentially indistinguishable from the One-toed Amphiuma in the field, unless you were able to get a truly astounding photograph. Still a very cool sighting nonetheless!
Daniel

On Wednesday, January 4, 2017 4:52 AM, Jim Swarr <jhschwarr...> wrote:


Yesterday morning, when Joyce and I were eating breakfast on our roof-coveredoutdoor screened porch with a view of a small creek on the S. border of our lot--we saw a rare sight.
A Great Blue Heron had the back of the head0neck in its beak, shaking the living One-toes Amphiuma, which was very much alive--triying to kill it.
The creature was about a foot long, dark gray-brown above, lighter below.Being near-sighted, I did not discern the small arms, which Joyce saw.
I went in the house to get a camera, but unfortunately, when I returned,I frightened the Gr. Blue Heron who flew away with the prey still squirming.
This creature, which I had never hearn of, is well described by:RARE AND ENDANGERED BIOTA of FLORIDA,  Vol III, Amphibians andReptiles.  It is edited by Paul E. Moler and published by Un. Press of FL.
Our creek is spring fed about 0.3 mile west of us, and forms the southernproperty foundries of seven horses, before it empties into a section ofLake Geneva in Bradford County, FL.  It is slow flowing, and depth is  alittle less than 3 feet.  There is duck weed on the top.
We use no fertilizer on our lawn, and rarely water it.
A brief search of the literature does not show this creature ever seen in BradfordCounty Florida, and one account states that it is unknown whether is is east ofthe Spine of Florida in north Florida.
Amazing things out there!   Keep on looking!
Happy and Productive New Year to all.
Jim Swarr, Melrose, FL
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Date: 1/4/17 6:01 am
From: Steven Gasser <cavehiker...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Birding trip to North Port and vicinity
We are visiting the North Port area mid next month and hope to get some birding in. Will be birding from Sarasota to Fort Myers. I was wondering if anyone could please help me with some tips in looking for the following list of birds when I am down there( or any cool birds or interest). Please reply to my email address. I thank you in advance for any time and help you can give me. Thank you.



Steve Gasser

Saginaw, MI


Black bellied Whistling Duck

Fulvous Whistling Duck

Great White Heron

Yellow crowned Night Heron

Snail Kite

Short tailed Hawk

Clapper Rail

Black Rail

Purple Gallinule

Snowy Plover

Wilson's Plover

American Oystercatcher

Long billed Curlew

Red Knot

White crowned Pigeon

Barn Owl

Burrowing Owl

Mangrove Cuckoo

Seaside Sparrow

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Date: 1/4/17 2:51 am
From: Jim Swarr <jhschwarr...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] One-toed Amphiuma & Gr.Blue Heron Jan.3,'17 Jim Swarr
Yesterday morning, when Joyce and I were eating breakfast on our
roof-covered
outdoor screened porch with a view of a small creek on the S. border of our
lot--
we saw a rare sight.

A Great Blue Heron had the back of the head0neck in its beak, shaking the
living One-toes Amphiuma, which was very much alive--triying to kill it.
The creature was about a foot long, dark gray-brown above, lighter below.
Being near-sighted, I did not discern the small arms, which Joyce saw.

I went in the house to get a camera, but unfortunately, when I returned,
I frightened the Gr. Blue Heron who flew away with the prey still squirming.

This creature, which I had never hearn of, is well described by:
RARE AND ENDANGERED BIOTA of FLORIDA, Vol III, Amphibians and
Reptiles. It is edited by Paul E. Moler and published by Un. Press of FL.

Our creek is spring fed about 0.3 mile west of us, and forms the southern
property foundries of seven horses, before it empties into a section of
Lake Geneva in Bradford County, FL. It is slow flowing, and depth is a
little less than 3 feet. There is duck weed on the top.

We use no fertilizer on our lawn, and rarely water it.

A brief search of the literature does not show this creature ever seen in
Bradford
County Florida, and one account states that it is unknown whether is is
east of
the Spine of Florida in north Florida.

Amazing things out there! Keep on looking!

Happy and Productive New Year to all.

Jim Swarr, Melrose, FL

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Date: 1/3/17 1:26 pm
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bananaquit - 2nd Jan - Richardson Historic Park & Nature Preserve, Wilton Manor, FL
It made three appearances today. First, at 8am above the Coral Bean in the
NW corner of the park. Second, at 10:45 in the same Live Oak as earlier and
finally at 2:20pm where it gave the best looks at a Coral Bean just west of
the large pavilion. Good luck!

Cheers,
Rangel Diaz
Miami-Dade

On Jan 3, 2017 9:03 AM, "Rangel Diaz" <rangelsaurus...> wrote:

> Continues this morning as of 8am but hasn't been seen again since then.
>
> Cheers,
> Rangel Diaz
> Miami-Dade
>
> On Jan 3, 2017 8:56 AM, "Reinhard Geisler" <r102...> wrote:
>
>> Just to update that we made a full day birding trip to Richardson
>> Historic Park & Nature Preserve in Wilton Manor. After a 6.5 hour wait we
>> finally saw the Bananaquit at 3:30 PM and briefly at 4:45 PM.
>>
>> It should been noted, that yesterday we looked at the park webpage and it
>> does state it opens at 9 AM and accordingly we arrived shortly before that.
>> However we found out it does open at 8 AM. It was well seen at 8:15 AM
>> yesterday as well at 8 AM this morning. So if you are interest seeing this
>> bird, you should consider going early.
>>
>> This bird was a nemesis bird for us and marked my FOS bird #420.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> --
>>
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>> Oviedo, FL
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Date: 1/3/17 10:56 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Honeymoon Causeway Magnificent Frigatebirds / Pinellas Co
It is presently 1:55PM Tuesday afternoon. Frigatebirds are soaring, seeming hanging low in air over the last bridge. Also they can be seen at their old roost on the island to the north with hundreds of Double-created Cormorants. Bob & Denise Lane / Clearwater, Florida

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Date: 1/3/17 10:44 am
From: Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Brewers Blackbird(female)
Observed yesterday at Bayport Park, Hernando County.

For some reason it is not showing up on the eBird FL. Rare Bird Alert.

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Weeki Wachee, FL

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Date: 1/3/17 9:51 am
From: Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Van Fleet Trail - Sedge Wren, etc.
I walked the Van Fleet Trail, north of Polk City, for the first time today. Walked about 3 miles south from the Green Pond Trailhead. Best bird was a Sedge Wren. Also a Chipping Sparrow, which are not terribly common around here.
eBird list with more information below...
James Van Fleet Trail -- Green Pond Trailhead, Polk, Florida, US
Jan 3, 2017 7:20 AM - 11:35 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments:    Walked south from the trailhead.
44 species

Anhinga  2
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  1
Tricolored Heron  1
Cattle Egret  1
White Ibis  8
Black Vulture  14
Turkey Vulture  14
Red-shouldered Hawk  8
Killdeer  2
Mourning Dove  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  9
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  3
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  4
White-eyed Vireo  10
Blue-headed Vireo  8
American Crow  4
Tree Swallow  70
Carolina Chickadee  2    28.2971, -81.8527
Tufted Titmouse  8
House Wren  7
Sedge Wren  1    28.2990, -81.8535
Carolina Wren  10
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  23
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  15
Eastern Bluebird  1    At the trailhead.
Hermit Thrush  4    Three seen well, one heard only. All between 2-3 miles south of the trailhead.
American Robin  13
Gray Catbird  8
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Black-and-white Warbler  4
Common Yellowthroat  13
Palm Warbler  6
Pine Warbler  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler  45
Yellow-throated Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  1    28.3040, -81.8557
Swamp Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  12
American Goldfinch  20

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33408906

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

Daniel Estabrooks
Winter Haven, FL

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Date: 1/3/17 9:29 am
From: Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Flycatcher, Hammond's or Least?
Ken:


Are there more pix of this beast? I've forwarded your original message to a couple of real hot shots (Michael O'Brien and Tom Johnson), and like me, they are not convinced of any ID for the bird.


Tony


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-----Original Message-----
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
To: BRDBRAIN <BRDBRAIN...>
Sent: Sat, Dec 31, 2016 6:57 am
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Flycatcher, Hammond's or Least?


Hello,

Found this flycatcher while trying to find Groove-billed Ani at Lake Apopka. It has a notched tail, dark bill, and eye ring with tear drop shape, all good for Hammond's.

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL
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Date: 1/3/17 8:12 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Franklin's Gulls. Daytona Beach Shores. Volusia Co.
Yesterday evening, 1/02, I stopped off at the beach at Daytona Beach Shores and found two Franklin's Gulls. One is a 1st cycle bird and one is a 2nd cycle. I also found a Royal Tern that had a fully dark crown, which seemed very odd for early January.

Michael

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Date: 1/3/17 6:04 am
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bananaquit - 2nd Jan - Richardson Historic Park & Nature Preserve, Wilton Manor, FL
Continues this morning as of 8am but hasn't been seen again since then.

Cheers,
Rangel Diaz
Miami-Dade

On Jan 3, 2017 8:56 AM, "Reinhard Geisler" <r102...> wrote:

> Just to update that we made a full day birding trip to Richardson Historic
> Park & Nature Preserve in Wilton Manor. After a 6.5 hour wait we finally
> saw the Bananaquit at 3:30 PM and briefly at 4:45 PM.
>
> It should been noted, that yesterday we looked at the park webpage and it
> does state it opens at 9 AM and accordingly we arrived shortly before that.
> However we found out it does open at 8 AM. It was well seen at 8:15 AM
> yesterday as well at 8 AM this morning. So if you are interest seeing this
> bird, you should consider going early.
>
> This bird was a nemesis bird for us and marked my FOS bird #420.
>
>
>
>
>
> --
>
> Reinhard Geisler
> Oviedo, FL
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Date: 1/3/17 5:56 am
From: Reinhard Geisler <r102...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bananaquit - 2nd Jan - Richardson Historic Park & Nature Preserve, Wilton Manor, FL
Just to update that we made a full day birding trip to Richardson
Historic Park & Nature Preserve in Wilton Manor. After a 6.5 hour wait
we finally saw the Bananaquit at 3:30 PM and briefly at 4:45 PM.

It should been noted, that yesterday we looked at the park webpage and
it does state it opens at 9 AM and accordingly we arrived shortly before
that. However we found out it does open at 8 AM. It was well seen at
8:15 AM yesterday as well at 8 AM this morning. So if you are interest
seeing this bird, you should consider going early.

This bird was a nemesis bird for us and marked my FOS bird #420.





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Oviedo, FL


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Date: 1/2/17 4:37 pm
From: Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Laughing Gull with Unusual Tag
How? Like most gulls, Laughing Gulls range widely on a day-to-day basis. This bird might not be seen at the site again. Of course, gulls also can be faithful to certain foraging, loafing, and/or roosting sites. Regardless, the most difficult hurdle to overcome is to catch an individual bird with full flight capabilities. While it can be done, the effort required would probably be incredible.

Sincerely,

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> On Jan 2, 2017, at 16:45, Jenny Welch <flnaturegirl...> wrote:
>
> Is someone going to attempt to help this poor bird?
>
> Jenny
> Old Town Florida
>
> Sent from BlueMail
>> On Jan 2, 2017, at 1:00 PM, Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...> wrote:
>> That looks like a blow gun dart. Probably someone's Christmas present.
>> Michael Brothers
>> Marine Science Center
>> Ponce Inlet, FL
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>>> On Jan 2, 2017, at 3:55 PM, Bev Hansen <bevalhansen...> wrote:
>>>
>>> Today at Pine Island (Hernando County), Al Hansen spotted a Laughing Gull with an unusual tag. We aren't sure whether this is an unfamiliar type of tag that a researcher has affixed to the bird, or (more likely) something that has become entangled in the bird's feathers or perhaps shot at the bird. Does anyone recognize this object?
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>>
>>> Bev Hansen
>>> Spring Hill, FL
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Date: 1/2/17 2:11 pm
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Brant (2) Continue - Lee County, San Carlos Bay-Bunche Beach Preserve - 1/2/2017
Hi All,

The two Branta continued this afternoon between 2-4:15pm just north of the main beach entrance.

The tide was high and it was almost surrealistic, the birds were just a few hundred yards north of the beach entrance and very close to the beach when I arrived and walked out near them. They eventually came ashore, practically at my feet, to preen and snooze. I think I'll have some pretty good 30x video and stills when I get home to the big screen.

Very close passersby didn't disturb the little geese at all. The birds almost seem to like the adoring paparazzi. It was almost like having a pair of wonderful and much loved family dogs laying on the carpet at your feet in front of a fireplace, in this case the afternoon westering sun... (Well, maybe I have been traveling a bit much with too little sleep for the past few days).

Anyway, the spell was broken when a Peregrine Falcon flashed by and the two little geese instantly took to the air from right in front of me and 30 seconds later they were on the beach of a bar about a half mile north of me! Whew, well, eventually they did come back to the same area before I left.

Good Birding All!

Mark

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Date: 1/2/17 1:55 pm
From: Jenny Welch <flnaturegirl...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Laughing Gull with Unusual Tag
Is someone going to attempt to help this poor bird?

Jenny
Old Town Florida

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On Jan 2, 2017, at 1:00 PM, Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...><mailto:<mbrothers.larids...>> wrote:

That looks like a blow gun dart. Probably someone's Christmas present.
Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL

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Today at Pine Island (Hernando County), Al Hansen spotted a Laughing Gull with an unusual tag. We aren't sure whether this is an unfamiliar type of tag that a researcher has affixed to the bird, or (more likely) something that has become entangled in the bird's feathers or perhaps shot at the bird. Does anyone recognize this object?

Thanks,

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Spring Hill, FL
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Date: 1/2/17 1:45 pm
From: Tina <mtjmoss...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] FYI, National Cemetery, Sarasota.
Hi all,

Just wanted to let people who don't know already, that the National Cemetery in Sarasota, on route 72, is off-limits to birders and photographers.

It's part of my territory for the Sarasota CBC. I get special permission from the director of the cemetery to count the birds there on that morning only.

He asked that I pass the word around to all of you.

Please honor our veterans, by not breaking the rules of no birding or photography there.

Thank you.

Tina Mossbarger
Sarasota, Fl

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Date: 1/2/17 1:33 pm
From: Vince Capp <00000031300bf63b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Laughing Gull with Unusual Tag
It looks like some mouth-breathing knuckle dragger hit this bird with a blow gun dart.

What colossal ignorance.

Vince Capp
Bayonet Point, FL


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Today at Pine Island (Hernando County), Al Hansen spotted a Laughing Gull with an unusual tag. We aren't sure whether this is an unfamiliar type of tag that a researcher has affixed to the bird, or (more likely) something that has become entangled in the bird's feathers or perhaps shot at the bird. Does anyone recognize this object?

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Bev Hansen
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Date: 1/2/17 1:30 pm
From: Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar Reserve 1/1/17
Hello Birders.
I've been informed that the Dowitcher in my photo is a Long-billed and not a Short-billed, notice the sharp cutoff between very dark breast and white belly; someone also mentioned that Dowitchers in freshwater tend to be Long-billed. Also that my Myna is an Indian Hill Myna and not the same species as the Common Mynas infesting South Florida.

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Date: 1/2/17 1:00 pm
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Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Laughing Gull with Unusual Tag
That looks like a blow gun dart. Probably someone's Christmas present.
Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL

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> On Jan 2, 2017, at 3:55 PM, Bev Hansen <bevalhansen...> wrote:
>
> Today at Pine Island (Hernando County), Al Hansen spotted a Laughing Gull with an unusual tag. We aren't sure whether this is an unfamiliar type of tag that a researcher has affixed to the bird, or (more likely) something that has become entangled in the bird's feathers or perhaps shot at the bird. Does anyone recognize this object?
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> Spring Hill, FL
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Date: 1/2/17 12:59 pm
From: Ted Yeatts <tedyeatts...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Laughing Gull with Unusual Tag
Hi Bev,

That's a blowgun dart. Sad.

Ted Yeatts
Port Orange, FL


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> Today at Pine Island (Hernando County), Al Hansen spotted a Laughing
>
> Gull with an unusual tag. We aren't sure whether this is an unfamiliar
>
> type of tag that a researcher has affixed to the bird, or (more likely)
>
> something that has become entangled in the bird's feathers or perhaps
>
> shot at the bird. Does anyone recognize this object?
>
>
>
> Thanks,
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>
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> Bev Hansen
>
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Date: 1/2/17 12:55 pm
From: Bev Hansen <bevalhansen...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Laughing Gull with Unusual Tag
Today at Pine Island (Hernando County), Al Hansen spotted a Laughing
Gull with an unusual tag. We aren't sure whether this is an unfamiliar
type of tag that a researcher has affixed to the bird, or (more likely)
something that has become entangled in the bird's feathers or perhaps
shot at the bird. Does anyone recognize this object?

Thanks,

Bev Hansen
Spring Hill, FL
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Date: 1/2/17 10:30 am
From: Ed Rizer <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar Reserve 1/1/17
Hello Birders.
Out to Circle B Bar Reserve Southeast of Lakeland yesterday afternoon
from 1:00 till 5:30. The water level in the marsh has dropped down to a
level favorable to shorebirds for the first time in over a year; and
although there wasn't lots of shorebirds it was very nice to see some that
I haven't seen out there in a long time.
There's also a Common Hill Myna that's taken up residence and I wonder
if it's an escapee of one of the vagrant population in South Florida that's
expanding their range ??
Best Birds: 1 PAINTED BUNTING, 1 NORTHERN HARRIER, 6 SHORT-BILLED
DOWITCHER (presumably), 2 GREATER and 1 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 2 WILSON'S
SNIPE, 3 KILLDEER, 1 ROSEATE SPOONBILL, 4 VESPER SPARROW, 80+ BLACK-BELLIED
WHISTLING DUCKS, 3 BALD EAGLE. also Savannah and Swamp Sparrow, Palm,
Yellow-throated, Yellow-rumped, Black and White and Common Yellowthroat
Warbler, ,Belted Kingfisher Barred Owl and The Myna Bird
The Myna Bird has been hanging out in the tops of the Oaks near the
Nature Center and can sometimes be heard making a variety of strange loud
calls.
There's also a Red-tailed Hawk that stays perched in the bare trees
across the highway in front ( North ) of the Reserve. Good Birding and God
Bless.



Ed Rizer
Winter Haven, Fl.

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Date: 1/2/17 7:43 am
From: Mark McShane <mcshanebirder...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] BANANAQUIT - Broward County, Wilton Manors, Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve - 1/2/2017
Hi All,

10+ plus birders were overjoyed to see the ABA Code 4 BANANAQUIT earlier this morning in the Coral Bean, the shrubs surrounding, and in the trees above, near the fence just north of the boardwalk, north of the pavilion.

Parking GPS coordinates:
N 26 9.153 W 80 8.472

eBird checklist with map:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33368712

Recommend getting there very early.

Good Birding All!

Mark

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Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Date: 1/2/17 7:39 am
From: Sean C <dan...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID help
Here's the photo from yesterday. I'll take any suggestions on what these are.


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Date: 1/2/17 6:57 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Brown Boobies Continue / Pinellas County
It is presently 9:55AM Monday morning. Ten Brown Boobies can easily be seen with a scope on the tower, from Mobbly Beach Park on the east side of The Safety Harbor Bay in Oldsmar. Bob & Denise Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 1/2/17 4:29 am
From: marys1000 <marys1000...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Trip planning help request
I will be flying into Orlando the end of Jan for approx 7 days (plus 2
travel).
I will spend bracketing weekends in Orlando visiting family. But during
the week when the kids are in school I would like to explore some of the
Gulf Coast (have been to Merritt). I don't want to waste too much time
driving. Obviously I can google distances but hear a lot about traffic
and congestion and between that and winter birding/unfamiliarity with
areas I could really use some help.
I've been told Clearwater is nice and not too far. I see on the Florida
Birding Trail website that Fort DeSoto has a Star. I have never been to
Ding Ding Darling but don't know if that is too far/worth the drive?
I like bird watching, wildlife in general (am starting to get a complex
about the fact that I never have spotted my favorite, a River Otter
anywhere,ever) and in general just want to see the sun and water,
wildlife and birds. I'm am very taken by author Randy White's Dr. Ford
series descriptions of wading around in the water and seeing fish and
plants although that may be fiction.
Also any must see places to stop on the way down or back. I'm
probably going to have my sister with me so recommendations on other
stuff to do/see ?? boating, simple kayaking, I thought Florida Botanical
Garden, restaurants etc. would be great. (no zoo's)

Thank You

Marie, Ohio

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Date: 1/1/17 8:46 pm
From: Deborah Payne <deborah...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] FOY birdie 2017
I am striving to be more active in my birding adventures this year. My first bird was a Bluebird, flew right over me as I got in my car to leave home. This was in New Tampa, right behind Flatwoods park.

Happy New Year!

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Tampa, FL
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Date: 1/1/17 8:42 pm
From: Deborah D. Payne <deborah...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] FOY 2017
I am striving to be more active in my birding adventures.  My first bird was a Bluebird, flew right over me as I got in my car to leave home.  This was in New Tampa, right behind Flatwoods park.



Happy New Year!


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Date: 1/1/17 6:37 pm
From: Lenore McCullagh <lmcstjohns...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] FOY 2017

My FOY was a busy Carolina Chickadee outside my kitchen window. Let's hope 2017 is a good birding year for all of us.
 
Best to all,
 
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Orange Park, Clay County

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Date: 1/1/17 5:38 pm
From: Sean C <dan...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID help
Need some ID help on these Birds. Cormorants?

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Sean C,
Davenport, FL.

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Date: 1/1/17 5:24 pm
From: Jenn Anselmo <0000005c81788ded-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] 2017 FOY bird
My first bird of 2017 was the male Eastern Towhee that nests near my house. He's been with us over a year now and the couple fledged at least one chick last season. Within seconds of his appearance, one of the Grey Catbirds popped up next to him in the same palmetto.

*May all enjoy a peaceful and prosperous 2017!*

~Jenn Anselmo
Palm Bay, FL

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Date: 1/1/17 5:17 pm
From: Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] FOY
Hi all,

Our first heard bird was a Common Gallinule and our first seen bird was a
Black-crowned Night Heron -- before sunrise at Headquarters pond at St.
Mark's NWR.

Happy Birding in 2017!

Janet Leavens
Oviedo, FL

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Date: 1/1/17 4:42 pm
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] First of the Year - Jan. 1, 2017
Got up this morning. Open my kitchen window. Went and got my camera, and set it up to wait for my FOY bird. It was one of my 3 male Painted Buntings spending the Winter with me. I pray 2017 brings lots of great birds for you all!
Someone posted a flycatcher several days ago wanting to know if it was a Least or possible a Hammond's Flycatcher. I have not seen any response to it. Does anyone have any information on the status of that post?

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31920820231

Danny Bales
Titusville, Fla.
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Brevard

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Date: 1/1/17 4:04 pm
From: Roxanne Palmer <roxannedpalmer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] FOY 2017
Four Hooded Mergansers in the little pond at Springhill Park in Gainesville!

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Date: 1/1/17 3:44 pm
From: Sean C <dan...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] 1st Birds of 2017 and Bird ID help.
My 1st Bird was a Northern Mockingbird. Got within 5 ft of it! My 2017 list is up to 19 Sp.
I need some ID help. I put these on Ebird as Bird Sp., but I'm leaning Cormorants.
Any suggestions? Thank You.
The link:

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Date: 1/1/17 2:06 pm
From: Katherine Whitley <whitleykathy...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] First bird
Mine was a Sapsucker on a neighborhood walk in Temple Terrace {Tampa}.

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Date: 1/1/17 1:34 pm
From: Janice <janiskay...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] First bird 2017
I forgot to check if the Sapsucker was back in his palm tree as I left the condo so first bird was a Cattle Egret as I was driving out of the complex.

Janice steel, Hollywood, FL

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Date: 1/1/17 10:11 am
From: Diana Miller <thunderoaks...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] FOY
Happy new year!
FOY - female Painted Bunting at the feeders, followed by a male PABU and a Chipping Sparrow and many others.


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Date: 1/1/17 10:03 am
From: Ted Yeatts <tedyeatts...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] First birds 2017
My first bird of 2017 was a beautiful male northern cardinal on my feeder.
He was quickly following by a palm warbler and chipping sparrow.

Ted Yeatts
Port Orange

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Date: 1/1/17 8:35 am
From: Roy Peterson <scrubjay33...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] FOY Birds
Happy New Year - hope it's a birdy one! The first birds I heard this year were several American Crows and the first seen honors go to a Little Blue Heron and a Glossy Ibis seen next to each other at a local pond.
Roy Peterson, DeBary

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Date: 1/1/17 8:11 am
From: Thomas Ford <tomf97...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] italian school lunch
Sorry for email it was to go to "Bobby" not "Birdbrain" one off on my email
tap.



Tom Ford

Merritt Island






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Date: 1/1/17 7:11 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] First birds of 2017
First I heard was a Blue Jay
First I saw was a Red-shouldered Hawk
Alice Horst
Marion County Fl

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Date: 1/1/17 7:02 am
From: Beth Becker <bethabecker...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] 1st birds of the year
A female N. Cardinal at the feeder with 2 Black Vultures flying through. Our neighborhood has been chosen as a winter roost site for a huge number of black and turkey vultures, much to the chagrin of the Realtors and developers!

Happy Birding in this New Year!
Beth Becker
WGV, St Augustine, FL


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Date: 1/1/17 7:01 am
From: Charlene Nelson <birdnird57...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] FOY bird
Sandhill Cranes trumpeting
Charlene Nelson
Citrus County FL and
Grant County MN

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Date: 1/1/17 6:33 am
From: Sue Herring <sue.zq.herring...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] First Birds of 2017
My first birds of the year were a Pileated Woodpecker calling & a
Red-bellied Woodpecker at our backyard peanut feeder. I wish either or both
would have shown up yesterday for our Sarasota CBC FeederWatch, but oh
well, maybe next time.

Sue Herring
Sarasota

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Date: 1/1/17 6:21 am
From: brinda curran <0000005bf09150f7-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] 2017 Surprise
Peeking out from a Bluebird nesting box on the corner of my property was a female Downy Woodpecker. Perhaps seeking shelter from the cold??
brinda curranCitrus County, Florida

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Date: 1/1/17 6:02 am
From: Avery Chan <gatedancer93...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] First birds of 2017
Hello birders,

The first birds I heard were an American Goldfinch and a Mourning Dove. A few seconds later, I spotted a Common Grackle in a tree. I decided to walk around my local pond where a pair of Killdeer usually hangs out. About halfway through my walk, a Sandhill Crane started calling, which seemed to start a chain reaction with a bunch of other Sandhill Cranes. Soon it seemed as though calls were from every direction. I hope everyone else is seeing or hearing good birds and wish every body a happy new year!

Avery Chan
Seminole County, Florida

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Date: 1/1/17 6:01 am
From: Thomas Ford <tomf97...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] FW: Italian School Lunch
Bobby Happy New Year..for you



From: richard weigand [mailto:<richard_weigand...>]
Sent: Saturday, December 31, 2016 10:08 PM
Subject: Italian School Lunch





Italian School Lunch








IT IS PRICELESS!!!! LOOKS LIKE A NEAT SCHOOL AND LUNCHROOM


As a momentary relief from politics and terrorist activities, I offer for
your viewing and listening pleasure: Watch the kids' faces!






<https://www.youtube.com/embed/JNgCM7zp30M?version=3&start=1&end=198&autopla
y=1&hl=en_US&rel=0>
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y=1&hl=en_US&rel=0> Sacla' Stage a Surprise Opera in a School Lunch Hall -
YouTube

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Date: 1/1/17 5:56 am
From: Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] First Bird of 2017
Hello Birders, Happy New Year everyone. First bird heard and then seen, a Red-shouldered Hawk.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven, Fl.

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Date: 1/1/17 5:54 am
From: Joyce Stefancic <joycestefancic...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] FIRST BIRD OF 2017
Hi BirdBrains,
Simultaneous 1st sighting of Pine Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, Goldfinch, all on the same feeder.
I looked out the window at sun up and saw no birds.  I looked again at 7 and the yard was full of birds.  Robins in the tree tops, Chippers, Goldfinches, RW Blackbirds, Cowbirds (ugh), MODOs, Pine Warblers, etc....all gorging themselves on breakfast.
 
I love birds!!!!  They bring me such joy!
Happy New Year, everyone!
Joyce Stefancic,
Clermont, Fl.

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Date: 1/1/17 5:46 am
From: Larry Connor <llconnor52...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] First bird of 2017
Happy New Year to all. I was greeted this morning by a morning dove flying through our yard. A good start to this year!

Larry Connor
Eustis, FL

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Date: 12/31/16 7:55 pm
From: Caren Schoen <0000004fc1367798-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Thanks ! Happy New Year to all!

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Date: 12/31/16 7:47 pm
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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Want to wish a Happy New Year to everyone on this board!

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Date: 12/31/16 6:42 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] birding in South Florida
I went Sparrow Fields - C-357 looking for White-tailed Kite which I could not find among the dozens of Turkey and Black Vultures soaring and swooping over the canal and fields.
While stopped at a red light on Krome Ave I saw string of color on the wires overhead.


When I got home and enlarged a portion of this group I was intrigued with the rusty brown colored Rock Pigeon(??) Bird just looks different to me.




Is the rusty-brown bird a Rock pigeon? (this is South Miami and other birds show up)
I have never seen a Rock Pigeon this color.
Thanks,
Alice Horst
Marion County, FL
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Date: 12/31/16 3:05 pm
From: John Young <jryoungjr...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
A nice end of year treat right at Pico and Perimiter Titusville (thanks for those posts) Has anyone report a second (prob juvi) Here is my Flickr link the first is the Juvi i think https://flic.kr/s/aHskKTZwg5

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Date: 12/31/16 11:57 am
From: Sarah Linney <smljay12...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] scissor-tailed flycatcher--no
Took a quick drive along Perimeter Rd late this morning and did not see the flycatcher.  Was there Thursday also, about an hour after someone posted they had seen it, and no luck.  Drove along the fence line three times and had shrikes, phoebes, a few kestrels, but no scissor-tailed flycatcher.  Even checked out the power lines and the small bushes and the barbed wire fence on the other side of the road to no avail.  Grrr.  I figured the wind had gotten too strong for it to be in the open?
Sarah LinneyCocoa, FL


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Date: 12/31/16 9:31 am
From: Thomas Ford <tomf97...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sabine's gull
On Dec 27 I watched the subject gull for 23 minutes. As the larger
Ringed-billed Gulls began to move at the smaller gull, it moved toward me, I
noticed that he would trip on is left leg. At the time I thought he walks
like some of my older friends with a bad knee. He did not fall but it was
always the left leg. I was surprised when it just jumped straight up off
the beach and flew south as normal. I hopes it not sick but just a hurt leg.



Tom Ford

Merritt Island


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Date: 12/31/16 8:11 am
From: Brook Rohman <brookrohman...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] ID
Hello!

This is a Northern Harrier, male.

Brook Rohman
Winter Park, FL

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> https://www.facebook.com/buddy.williams.10236/posts/10206104386648557
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Date: 12/31/16 7:51 am
From: Debbie <dolavarria...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Sebastian Inlet - 12-30-16
Hi Danny.

Happy New Year, my friend.

The bird appeared tired, has very worn feathers and looked under nourished to the Park Ranger that was there when I was there on Tuesday. It was able to fly easily and repeatedly landed within a few feet of folks fishing on both jettys eating fish scraps on the walkway.
I sure hope it survives.

Debbie Olavarria
Land O Lakes FL

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> My wife, and I went to Sebastian Inlet yesterday for me to try, and get a look at the 1st Winter Sabine's Gull. As usual we get there, and find a couple of other birders on the same quest. Very nice people indeed! No one had seen it in the group I was with on the North side of the bridge. After about 30 minutes I went to the South side where I spotted a group of birders that appeared to have the gull. When I got there I was surprised. The Sabine's Gull was sitting on its belly away from other gulls on the beach. Immeadiately I recognized that the bird was in duress. It was definitely a sick bird. I was surprised however that when it went airborne it appeared to fly normally. Feeding heavily with the other gulls. I lost it, and I never found it again by 3:00 PM so I left. What ever is wrong with it is why it is in so close to shore. It is unable to compete with it's own kind out a sea. I enclosed a picture of a juvenile Sabine's Gull I got on a trip with Michael so you can get a comparison between the two plumages.
> I am no good with names, but I would like to thank everybody that helped me find, and see this gull. You all were very kind. Thank-you.
>
> www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31163615184
>
> www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31629853900
>
> www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31989463215
>
> www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31629849770
>
> www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31966614626
>
> Danny Bales
> Titusville, Fla.
> www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen
> Brevard
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Date: 12/31/16 7:41 am
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sebastian Inlet - 12-30-16
My wife, and I went to Sebastian Inlet yesterday for me to try, and get a look at the 1st Winter Sabine's Gull. As usual we get there, and find a couple of other birders on the same quest. Very nice people indeed! No one had seen it in the group I was with on the North side of the bridge. After about 30 minutes I went to the South side where I spotted a group of birders that appeared to have the gull. When I got there I was surprised. The Sabine's Gull was sitting on its belly away from other gulls on the beach. Immeadiately I recognized that the bird was in duress. It was definitely a sick bird. I was surprised however that when it went airborne it appeared to fly normally. Feeding heavily with the other gulls. I lost it, and I never found it again by 3:00 PM so I left. What ever is wrong with it is why it is in so close to shore. It is unable to compete with it's own kind out a sea. I enclosed a picture of a juvenile Sabine's Gull I got on a trip with Michael so you can get a comparison between the two plumages.
I am no good with names, but I would like to thank everybody that helped me find, and see this gull. You all were very kind. Thank-you.

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31163615184

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31629853900

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31989463215

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31629849770

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31966614626

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

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Date: 12/31/16 3:57 am
From: Ken Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Flycatcher, Hammond's or Least?
Hello,

Found this flycatcher while trying to find Groove-billed Ani at Lake Apopka. It has a notched tail, dark bill, and eye ring with tear drop shape, all good for Hammond's.

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL

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Date: 12/30/16 5:27 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Birding in South Miami
Went to Bill Baggs State Park, Key Biscayne, trying to find the Western Spindalis pair which were still being seen yesterday. NO, I dipped on them, but had the most beautiful Short-tailed Hawk (dark morph) I have ever seen.
Then I walked on the beach and saw Ruddy Turnstones and Sanderlings running and pecking like chickens, a few Gulls and a ??????






Every day is a GREAT day to go birding, even when you “dip” on a Western Spindalis!!
Alice Horst
Marion County, FL





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Date: 12/30/16 4:27 pm
From: David Dees <davidkdeesjr...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] ID
Hopefully this link will allow access to a video of the bird in question.
I will withhold my option for now. :-)
https://www.facebook.com/buddy.williams.10236/posts/10206104386648557

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Date: 12/30/16 3:26 pm
From: Avery Chan <gatedancer93...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Sebastian Inlet SP--Sabine's Gull continues
Thank you to all of you who responded. The bird in question was most likely a Northern Gannet.

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Seminole County, Florida

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Date: 12/30/16 2:25 pm
From: Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Sebastian Inlet SP--Sabine's Gull continues
'Tis not a "shorebird" at all, though at the shore. It is a sulid and looks like a juvenile Northern Gannet.

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> On Dec 30, 2016, at 14:48, Avery Chan <gatedancer93...> wrote:
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> Hello birders,
>
> Today, I went to the Brevard side of Sebastian Inlet SP again with my dad, brother, and cousin. At the tide pool, there were several gulls including a Great Black-backed Gull, pelicans, mergansers, and skimmers. There were also some cormorants and a group of Willets. On the beach, there was a large group of Royal Terns and some Ruddy Turnstones.
> I found the Sabine's Gull as it flew up from the beach toward the end of the jetty. When I went there, the Sabine's Gull was flying against the wind appearing to stay still. Eventually, it flew over to the Indian River side of the inlet.
> Over the ocean, I found a bird I couldn't identify. I took several terrible pictures. I put them under shorebird sp. in my Sebastian Inlet checklist. If anyone can figure out what the bird is, it would be appreciated.
>
> Here is my eBird checklist for Spessard Holland Park, the place we usually stop at on our way to Sebastian Inlet SP:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/ybn/view/checklist/S33291433
>
> Here is my eBird checklist for Sebastian Inlet SP:
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Date: 12/30/16 11:49 am
From: Avery Chan <gatedancer93...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sebastian Inlet SP--Sabine's Gull continues
Hello birders,

Today, I went to the Brevard side of Sebastian Inlet SP again with my dad, brother, and cousin. At the tide pool, there were several gulls including a Great Black-backed Gull, pelicans, mergansers, and skimmers. There were also some cormorants and a group of Willets. On the beach, there was a large group of Royal Terns and some Ruddy Turnstones.
I found the Sabine's Gull as it flew up from the beach toward the end of the jetty. When I went there, the Sabine's Gull was flying against the wind appearing to stay still. Eventually, it flew over to the Indian River side of the inlet.
Over the ocean, I found a bird I couldn't identify. I took several terrible pictures. I put them under shorebird sp. in my Sebastian Inlet checklist. If anyone can figure out what the bird is, it would be appreciated.

Here is my eBird checklist for Spessard Holland Park, the place we usually stop at on our way to Sebastian Inlet SP:
http://ebird.org/ebird/ybn/view/checklist/S33291433

Here is my eBird checklist for Sebastian Inlet SP:
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Date: 12/30/16 6:52 am
From: Sherri <0000005a34ef62cb-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Scissor tail flycatcher Brevard County
Continues at space coast regional airport.
Seen at 9:25am today on Perimeter Road on fence.



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Date: 12/29/16 6:00 pm
From: Bob Paxson <rpaxson...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Hawk Help - Titusville, Fla. - 12-29-16
Hi Danny/everyone,
Accipiters are a fact of life. And a native species. If you feed birds you're going to feed hawks. Circle of life stuff. Cooper's hawks were rare here 25 years ago....now they breed about 150 yards from my feeding station! Just plant lots of cover shrubs and provide a brush pile nearby for fast escape.
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---- Danny Bales <sueredfish...> wrote:
> Yesterday was the first day that my yard birds showed up after being gone for 3 days. I sure missed them, and expected that a hawk was around. This evening about an hour before sundown a Cooper's Hawk landed about 5 feet in front of me. He landed on a dead grapefruit tree which my bird feeders are on. He came in so quiet it was almost unbelievable. Now I can expect another 3 days or more until my birds will return. Anybody have any suggestions on how to stop the hawk? I love seeing my Painted Buntings, but I don't want to use them as bait for a Cooper's Hawk. Also... has anyone heard anything on the Black-headed Gull Michael found at Daytona Beach Shores not too long ago?
>
> www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31968254575
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Date: 12/29/16 4:26 pm
From: Ted Yeatts <tedyeatts...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Hawk Help - Titusville, Fla. - 12-29-16
Hi Danny,

I've tried fir the black-headed gull three times since it was last
reported, including tonight, with no luck.

Ted Yeatts
Port Orange, FL


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> Yesterday was the first day that my yard birds showed up after being gone
> for 3 days. I sure missed them, and expected that a hawk was around. This
> evening about an hour before sundown a Cooper's Hawk landed about 5 feet in
> front of me. He landed on a dead grapefruit tree which my bird feeders are
> on. He came in so quiet it was almost unbelievable. Now I can expect
> another 3 days or more until my birds will return. Anybody have any
> suggestions on how to stop the hawk? I love seeing my Painted Buntings, but
> I don't want to use them as bait for a Cooper's Hawk. Also... has anyone
> heard anything on the Black-headed Gull Michael found at Daytona Beach
> Shores not too long ago?
>
>
>
> www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31968254575
>
>
>
> www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31771316012
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Date: 12/29/16 4:10 pm
From: Sherri <0000005a34ef62cb-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Hawk Help - Titusville, Fla. - 12-29-16
Danny,

Me and 3 other birders looked for the black headed gull last Friday with no luck. I may try again this weekend.

Sherri Brown
Winter Springs

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> On Dec 29, 2016, at 6:34 PM, Danny Bales <sueredfish...> wrote:
>
> Yesterday was the first day that my yard birds showed up after being gone for 3 days. I sure missed them, and expected that a hawk was around. This evening about an hour before sundown a Cooper's Hawk landed about 5 feet in front of me. He landed on a dead grapefruit tree which my bird feeders are on. He came in so quiet it was almost unbelievable. Now I can expect another 3 days or more until my birds will return. Anybody have any suggestions on how to stop the hawk? I love seeing my Painted Buntings, but I don't want to use them as bait for a Cooper's Hawk. Also... has anyone heard anything on the Black-headed Gull Michael found at Daytona Beach Shores not too long ago?
>
> www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31968254575
>
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Date: 12/29/16 3:34 pm
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Hawk Help - Titusville, Fla. - 12-29-16
Yesterday was the first day that my yard birds showed up after being gone for 3 days. I sure missed them, and expected that a hawk was around. This evening about an hour before sundown a Cooper's Hawk landed about 5 feet in front of me. He landed on a dead grapefruit tree which my bird feeders are on. He came in so quiet it was almost unbelievable. Now I can expect another 3 days or more until my birds will return. Anybody have any suggestions on how to stop the hawk? I love seeing my Painted Buntings, but I don't want to use them as bait for a Cooper's Hawk. Also... has anyone heard anything on the Black-headed Gull Michael found at Daytona Beach Shores not too long ago?

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31968254575

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31771316012

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Date: 12/29/16 1:18 pm
From: James Poling <james.poling...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] ID help--Willet
I will be in Orlando the week of January 16-19 and then attending the Birdapalooza Festival at Lake Apopka. I would enjoy connecting with some local birders on that trip.

ID Help: Is this a Western Willet? Photographed at Merritt Island WLR, April, 2016. The darker legs and longer bill seems to point in that direction. It would be a life bird for me if it is. If not, nothing lost.




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Date: 12/29/16 11:11 am
From: Tony Leukering <00000005faa06247-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Seven Springs STP diving ducks: ageing and sexing

Hi all:


I've uploaded and edited my pix of the various diving-duck goodies found by Erik Haney and Dave Goodwin yesterday on the West Pasco CBC. While I was able to age both the Common Goldeneye and the Common Merganser in the field as immatures, I left the sex undetermined at the time. Sexing immature Common Mergansers in the field is, as far as I can tell, impossible until males start to get some adult-male-like plumage, a process that can be delayed in mergansers of all species until deep into spring, occasionally well into summer. My pix of the birds can be seen in my eBird checklist:


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33246766.




Bufflehead -- [Picture in the Common Goldeneye entry] Though I didn't note it at the time (I was rather distracted with ogling the two "common" birds), one of the Buffleheads is readily determined to be an immature male, as it has replaced much of its juvenile body plumage with white adult male plumage and it has an extra finger of white on the head that females lack (a sign that the bird is replacing its juvenile head plumage). The sexes of immature Buffleheads, as in mergansers, is not field determinable until males start molting into male-like plumage, and this species can exhibit the same long delay in initiation of the molt into that plumage as shown by mergansers. This is one of the reasons that male Bufflehead seem to be so outnumbered by "females" of the species here in Florida. Another is that there is almost certainly differentiation in migration distance between the sexes.


Common Goldeneye -- The dark eye ages the bird as an immature, and the strong suggestion of a yellow tip to the bill sexes it as a female.


With the bird's yellow eye, we can age the Common Merganser as an immature (adults have dark eyes; see above about sexing).


Another note on a related topic, I agree whole-heartedly with David Simpson's caution about identifying dark ibis in winter. The aforementioned eBird checklist has a photo of the only such bird that I ID'ed to species on the West Pasco CBC yesterday, a bird on which can be seen the dark eye and the typical Glossy Ibis face pattern and coloration.


Enjoy,


Tony


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Largo, FL
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Date: 12/29/16 10:29 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Park Whimbrels / Pinellas Co
At 1:00PM, 2 Whimbrels were at the northwest corner of the causeway. Bob & Denise Lane / Clearwater


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Date: 12/29/16 10:08 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] South Miami -Groove-billed Ani
12/29
I went for the Ani, again, arriving 9:40am only to be told that he was just seen and had disappeared. Then I discovered that my camera battery was DEAD!
So, “what’s the point?” I thought. I ran into Jeanie, a birder and new friend, who had been there at 7:30am and had a long list of birds for the day + the Ani.
I was shown where the Ani was seen this morning. No luck. I decided to take my battery out and reinstall it just in case it might have a last breath of life in it.

Well, we saw the little finch “escapee” and an hour later after I was going to give up on the Ani, Jeanie found it again……….much closer to the iron gate on the path than we had been searching.

This is a wonderful birding spot, many species are being seen in the tall grasses and shrubs: Painted Buntings M and F, Wilson’s Warbler M and F, Eastern Meadowlark, Eastern Phoebe, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Northern Cardinals, Loggerhead Shrike, Palm and Yellow-rumped Warblers.

The Ani, at 10:45am, was about 50 yards past the iron gate on the path just on left side of canal. He was perched atop a tree farther down that path earlier in the morning.

And the good news is that my battery had 2 breaths left in it!


Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!
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Marion County, FL
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Date: 12/29/16 10:07 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Christmas Morning Greetings From Eastern Pinellas County


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On Dec 25, 2016, at 10:29 AM, "robert lane" <ohiomagpie...><mailto:<ohiomagpie...>> wrote:


Christmas morning coffee during our neighborhood tour was a delight! Sixteen Bonaparte's Gulls were on the shore at Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach at sunrise along with all the usual avian visitors. Twelve Ruddy Ducks were off the end of Bayview Avenue on Old Tampa Bay. A pod of five Manatees, three adults and two little ones, were at The Safety Harbor Pier. Five Brown Boobies, four adults and a single immature, were on their normal tower roost on the northeast side of the bay at Safety Harbor. With the gorgeous seventy degree weather, as the old saying goes, "It doesn't get any better than this". Merry Christmas to the birding community and have a wonderful day.


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Date: 12/29/16 5:43 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Birding in South Miami
12/28 I went back to Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport:
2 adorable Burrowing Owls, 2 American Kestrels, and 2 Merlins.
One appeared to have some string or fishing line attached to him. Bird was flying to ground and back to wires. I couldn’t see where the line was attached to him.
Then I went to Castellow Hammock Preserve for the Buff-bellied Hummingbird that has been reported. I saw target bird a dozen times flitting in and around bushes. I only was able to get a picture of the rufous tail to confirm. There were many Ruby-throated Hummingbirds along with a Blue-headed Vireo.



Burrowing Owl


American Kestrel


Merlin - wire is evident from tail or wing feathers




Hummingbird at rest. Bird sat at the top of a shrub like this!!!
Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!
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Date: 12/28/16 6:23 pm
From: PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] RFI Sabine's Gull
Dear Birders,

Has anyone seen the Sabine’s today? Any updates would be appreciated!

By the way, we observed 500 + Black Scoters, offshore, just past the breakers between Lori Wilson and Fourth Street South in Cocoa Beach. Also, there were 40 Red Knots foraging along the surf line at fourth street north in Cocoa Beach this afternoon.

Karen & Phyllis Mansfield
Cocoa Beach, Brevard Co.

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Date: 12/28/16 5:59 pm
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Common Merganser
Hi All,

I understand the last post regarding this area, however I do have access
here.

Do let me know in advance.

Thanks as always for your time.

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey FL

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Date: 12/28/16 5:53 pm
From: SUEREDFISH Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Shiloh - Sharptail Sparrows - Merritt Island NWR - 12-28-16 -correction last picture is www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31944566815



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Subject: Shiloh - Sharptail Sparrows - Merritt Island NWR - 12-28-16

This morning was a pleasant light wind morning. Just right for hunting the Sharptails. The water level in Shiloh was very low. These conditions can make it difficult to find, and photograph the Sharptails. The marsh is much dryer than the beginning of the season. A number of Savannah Sparrows have invaded the Sharptail's turf. With the Savannahs come the egrets, and herons hunting the sparrows. I could hear the Sharptail Sparrows calling, but seeing them was another story. After several hours hunting I gave up, and moved on. I was blessed with seeing 3 Sharptail Sparrows. I had 2 Nelson's and one Saltmarsh. This is unusual, but it happens sometimes. I have noticed that I had no Nelson's at all until today. The Nelson's are spread a distance apart. They prefer the tall weedy stalks with less thick vegetation than the Saltmarsh. The Saltmarsh seem to prefer the thicker vegitation. Go figure?? It was a delightful morning. Fun as always!

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31944375255<http://www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31944375255>
[X]SALTMARSH SPARROW - MINWR - 12-28-16 631<http://www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31944375255>

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[X]DEWY MORNING SPIDER WEB - MINWR - 12-28-16 1670<http://www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/31944523475>

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Danny Bales
Titusville, Fla.
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Brevard





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Date: 12/28/16 5:53 pm
From: Dave Goodwin <0000000df3046576-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Merganser at Seven Springs
Hi all,


Concerning the Common Merganser - the Seven Springs Wastewater Treatment Facility is not open to the public. Access was gained today because of the Christmas Bird Count. Also, correcting a previous post, the bird was first found and identified by Erik Haney and Dave Goodwin in our territory for the West Pasco CBC.


Dave


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Brandon FL
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Date: 12/28/16 5:45 pm
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Shiloh - Sharptail Sparrows - Merritt Island NWR - 12-28-16
This morning was a pleasant light wind morning. Just right for hunting the Sharptails. The water level in Shiloh was very low. These conditions can make it difficult to find, and photograph the Sharptails. The marsh is much dryer than the beginning of the season. A number of Savannah Sparrows have invaded the Sharptail's turf. With the Savannahs come the egrets, and herons hunting the sparrows. I could hear the Sharptail Sparrows calling, but seeing them was another story. After several hours hunting I gave up, and moved on. I was blessed with seeing 3 Sharptail Sparrows. I had 2 Nelson's and one Saltmarsh. This is unusual, but it happens sometimes. I have noticed that I had no Nelson's at all until today. The Nelson's are spread a distance apart. They prefer the tall weedy stalks with less thick vegetation than the Saltmarsh. The Saltmarsh seem to prefer the thicker vegitation. Go figure?? It was a delightful morning. Fun as always!

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Titusville, Fla.
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Brevard

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Date: 12/28/16 5:02 pm
From: David Gagne <oporornis77...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common Merganser in Pasco County; December 28 2016
Hi All,

A female Common Merganser was photographed earlier today at the Seven
Springs Waste Water Treatment Plant on Seven Springs Road. I was alerted
of this bird at 315 PM by Debbie Olavarria, while finishing up my area for
the West Pasco CBC in Holiday. Charlie Fisher, Don Fraser and I met Debbie
and easily scored the bird. There is ALSO a female Common Goldeneye here,
which is less rare than the Merganser, but it is not an annual species in
the area.

Tony Leukering found these birds earlier in the day at some point. THANKS
TONY!!!

This is a restricted area, that is usually only open for the CBC, HOWEVER,
I have access to this area at any time, as long as I give them at least a
days notice.

Anyone who wants to see this bird, please email directly at
<oporornis77...> This location is 5 minutes from my house no less!!

The fog killed our area in Holiday as it didn't lift until 1000 AM, as the
tide was very favorable for shorebirds, but we had no chance, as we did
score 108 species, which is an ALL time low!! Usually we rack up over 120
in this 3 x 5 mile area west of US 19 in Holiday.

The Red-breasted Nuthatch was seen and photographed, but the precious
Winter Wren was nowhere to be found after VERY diligent searching!

Great Birding!!

Dave Gagne
New Port Richey FL

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Date: 12/28/16 3:31 pm
From: Lenore McCullagh <lmcstjohns...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] FOS Cedar Waxwings
My first of the season flock of Cedar Waxwings was heard and then seen near the St Johns River off US 17 along the Southern edge of Orange Park this evening about 5:15 on 12/28/2016. They are right on time date wise.
 
I would like to suggest that we each post a pick for OUR BIRD OF THE YEAR. My bird for 2016 is a Merlin seen in my yard in Orange Park on November 17. This would be a fun exercise. I will suggest this to Lynn and Brooks.
 
Good birding in 2017 to all.
 
Lenore McCullagh
Orange Park, Clay County

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Date: 12/28/16 1:55 pm
From: Joseph Misiaszek <jjmjrfl...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Hummingbird ID please
1st and 3rd photos are quite certainly a Male Ruby-throated. 2nd photo may well be the Buff-bellied you were looking for.

Upper breast showing green and the longer tail with a rufous coloration seems TO “SEAL THE DEAL” in my humble opinion.

Certainly not the best photo to ID the bird with certainty but since others have reported a Buff-bellied in the area the photo would appear to confirm it!

Joe Misiaszek

Lakeland



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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Hummingbird ID please



I went to Castellow Hammock Preserve & Nature Center in Miami today looking for the reported Buff-bellied Hummingbird.



Several other birders were watching for it also.

We all saw the Hummingbird along with Ruby-throated’s.



I wasn’t sure that I got a picture of the Buff-bellied. Can anyone help ID these terrible pictures for me?

I have one of an entire bird, then other pix of a partial bird…..







Buff-bellied??









I think this is a “partial” shot of the same bird in the picture below

Rufous tail is obvious, but bill looks dark, not red.





Bird was zipping around so much That I had trouble getting anything decent of the whole bird.

Thank you,

Alice Horst

Marion County, FL

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Date: 12/28/16 1:09 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Hummingbird ID please
I went to Castellow Hammock Preserve & Nature Center in Miami today looking for the reported Buff-bellied Hummingbird.

Several other birders were watching for it also.
We all saw the Hummingbird along with Ruby-throated’s.

I wasn’t sure that I got a picture of the Buff-bellied. Can anyone help ID these terrible pictures for me?
I have one of an entire bird, then other pix of a partial bird…..



Buff-bellied??




I think this is a “partial” shot of the same bird in the picture below
Rufous tail is obvious, but bill looks dark, not red.


Bird was zipping around so much That I had trouble getting anything decent of the whole bird.
Thank you,
Alice Horst
Marion County, FL
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Date: 12/28/16 6:45 am
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Groove-billed Ani Continues 12/28/16
The Groove-billed Ani continues on the west side of Tamiami Airport in
Miami-Dade County.

Cheers,
Rangel Diaz
Miami-Dade

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Date: 12/27/16 9:38 pm
From: Allan Stern <00000014b7b0d186-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Great Blue Heron, drying its wings.



Great Blue Heron, drying its wings.


(Satellite Beach FL 27 Dec 2016).

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1477935262248947





Al Stern, Satellite Beach, FL
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Date: 12/27/16 4:30 pm
From: Thomas Ford <tomf97...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sabine's Gull at Sabastin Inlet 2
Second email



Thomas Ford Merritt Island


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Date: 12/27/16 2:54 pm
From: Sean C <dan...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bird ID help
Need some ID help. Kestrel? Merlin?

Sean C,
Davenport, FL.

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Date: 12/27/16 2:53 pm
From: Thomas Ford <tomf97...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] FW: Sabine's Gull at Sabastin Inlet 1



Subject: Sabine's Gull at Sabastin Inlet



My target bird was in front of the restrooms north of the inlet in Brevard
Co. Has the sun rose and lighting improved the detail for this little gull
became more clear. I stood by the water's edge shooting pics. A pair of
Ring-billed Gull keep moving toward the smaller gull in an aggressive way.
The Sabine's Gull moved toward me as if fore protection. It became so close
that I needed take off my lens to be able to keep it in focus. After 23
minutes first pic to last. It flew off to land south of the inlet landing
next to another birder. Sorry I had to crop form 4.9m down to 500K to 600K.
It you want a large file pic just email me.

My adobe on low set would not cut the file lower as the Gull was so close. I
and force to send three emails to cover the features Note the yellow on the
bill and the pink on the feet. White fine eye ring.



Thomas Ford

Merritt Island


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Date: 12/27/16 2:34 pm
From: Thomas Ford <tomf97...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] FW: Sabine's Gull at Sabastin Inlet
Sorry my first email was rejected for lack of address



Thomas Ford

Merritt Island



From: Thomas Ford [mailto:<tomf97...>]
Sent: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 5:19 PM
To: BRDDBRAIN (<BRDBRAIN...>)
Subject: Sabine's Gull at Sabastin Inlet



My target bird was in front of the restrooms north of the inlet in Brevard
Co. Has the sun rose and lighting improved the detail for this little gull
became more clear. I stood by the water's edge shooting pics. A pair of
Ring-billed Gull keep moving toward the smaller gull in an aggressive way.
The Sabine's Gull moved toward me as if fore protection. It became so close
that I needed take off my lens to be able to keep it in focus. After 23
minutes first pic to last. It flew off to land south of the inlet landing
next to another birder. Sorry I had to crop form 4.9m down to 500K to 600K.
It you want a large file pic just email me.

My adobe on low set would not cut the file lower as the Gull was so close. I
and force to send three emails to cover the features Note the yellow on the
bill and the pink on the feet. White fine eye ring.



Thomas Ford

Merritt Island


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Date: 12/27/16 2:23 pm
From: Thomas Ford <tomf97...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sabine's Gull at Sabastin Inlet3
3 emails from



Thomas ford

Merritt islan


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Date: 12/27/16 2:18 pm
From: Thomas Ford <tomf97...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sabine's Gull at Sabastin Inlet
My target bird was in front of the restrooms north of the inlet in Brevard
Co. Has the sun rose and lighting improved the detail for this little gull
became more clear. I stood by the water's edge shooting pics. A pair of
Ring-billed Gull keep moving toward the smaller gull in an aggressive way.
The Sabine's Gull moved toward me as if fore protection. It became so close
that I needed take off my lens to be able to keep it in focus. After 23
minutes first pic to last. It flew off to land south of the inlet landing
next to another birder. Sorry I had to crop form 4.9m down to 500K to 600K.
It you want a large file pic just email me.

My adobe on low set would not cut the file lower as the Gull was so close. I
and force to send three emails to cover the features Note the yellow on the
bill and the pink on the feet. White fine eye ring.


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Date: 12/27/16 10:21 am
From: Avery Chan <gatedancer93...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and MINWR Birding
Hello birders,

Today, my dad, cousin, and I went to Perimeter Rd by the Space Coast Regional Airport to look for the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. About an hour later, it showed up and the intersection of Perimeter and Tico Rd. Life bird! In addition, I also saw various sparrows. I took several pictures, but the sparrows were very skittish. I posted them on my eBird checklist under sparrow sp. and Vesper Sparrow. I'm not sure if they are identifiable, but help is appreciated.
After seeing the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, we went to MINWR. On the lamp posts over the bridge, there were three Great Black-backed Gulls. Along Max Brewer Pkwy, there were a lot of egrets along the road. On West Gator Creek Rd, there were some gulls, terns, and egrets.

Complete Checklists:
Space Coast Regional Airport
http://ebird.org/ebird/ybn/view/checklist/S33228253
Parrish Park
http://ebird.org/ebird/ybn/view/checklist/S33229044
West Gator Creek
http://ebird.org/ebird/ybn/view/checklist/S33229118
Max Brewer Parkway Birds
http://ebird.org/ebird/ybn/view/checklist/S33229315

Avery Chan
Seminole County, Florida

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Date: 12/27/16 8:23 am
From: Susan Killeen <mypuffins...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Rusty Blackbirds at the William F Sheffield Regional Park
Sorry for the late post but just busy with CBCs.

While doing the Jacksonville CBC we observed 3 Rusty Blackbirds: Dec.
26th at 3:30pm. We saw them in the soccer fields at the William F
Sheffield Regional Park along with 37 American Pipits.


Sue Killeen
St Augustine

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Date: 12/27/16 7:27 am
From: Richard Cressman <w_ouzel...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Am White Pelicans Tampa
2 Am White Pelicans on East Lake at Mary Help of Christian Center Hotspot this morning.

This is at least 7 years they have appeared in December, but this is the latest for the first time that I have seen them.


Rich Cressman

Tampa

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Date: 12/26/16 7:48 pm
From: Nathan Langwald <soniknate...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sabine's Gull Continuing - San Sebastian Inlet - 12/26/16
The Sabine's Gull found by Avery Chan on 12/22/16 was found again about 3:30pm at the beach on the south (Indian River County) side of the inlet.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33220810


Nathan Langwald
Lakeland, FL

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Date: 12/26/16 4:58 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Birding in Miami, FL
WHEW!
Got back to birding today!!!

Hummingbird at Fuchs Park in South Miami.
Burrowing Owl and Monk Parakeets at Kendall-Tamiami Airport /Miami Executive Airport Miami-Dade County.
I could NOT find the Grove-billed Ani at the airport that was reported recently.



I assume this is a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, female or immature male.


This was the best picture of the Burrowing Owl.
He was staying out of the wind.

Monk Parakeet nest in Palm Tree


Monk Parakeet peeking out of nest
Every day is a GREAT day to go birding.
Alice Horst, Marion County, FL
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Date: 12/26/16 3:26 pm
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] BayCare Canada Geese / Eastern Pinellas County
At about 5:25PM today, Monday, there were six Canada Geese at The BayCare Pond. At about 5:30PM they took off flying over our place in a southerly direction toward Old Tampa Bay. We immediately drove to the end of Bayview Avenue with hopes of finding them in the bay, but no such luck. The consolation prize was the continuing twelve Ruddy Ducks. BayCare also had fifteen Blue-winged Teal, a Gadwall pair, and a single Green Heron. BayCare Pond is located opposite the intersection of Bayview Avenue and Virginia Avenue in eastern Clearwater.


Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 12/26/16 12:10 pm
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Groove-billled Ani - No, Smith's Longspur - No 12/26/16
Chased the continuing Groove-billed Ani on the west side of Tamiami Airport
in Miami-Dade this morning with no luck. Also dipped on the Smith's
Longspur down at Flamingo in Everglades National Park. Hope this helps
anyone chasing.

Cheers,
Rangel Diaz
Miami-Dade

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Date: 12/26/16 12:04 pm
From: Bev Hansen <bevalhansen...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Brewer's Blackbird- Jenkin's Creek (Hernando County)
Vince, how observant of you! I never noticed this, or maybe passed it
off as a reflection. I just went through my photos of this female and
found that white pigment from shots taken in 2012.

Bev Hansen
Spring Hill, FL
<bevalhansen...>

On 12/26/2016 2:14 PM, Vince Capp wrote:
>
> Hi, all-
>
> The much celebrated (to paraphrase Bill Pranty) female Brewers
> Blackbird was present today at Jenkins Creek Park at about 9:15 this
> morning, associating with a flock of Boat-tailed Grackles. Bill notes
> that this is at least the 6^th year in a row that this wandering
> Icterid has Wintered in the area- splitting time between a few coastal
> county parks in the area. I find that amazing.
>
> I managed to get a close-up photo of the bird showing the very
> distinctive blotch of white pigment that shows well in her right eye.
> This unique feature makes her easy to distinguish from any other
> Brewers Blackbirds that may also blunder into our area.
>
> This years shot:
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/vincecapp/31083807243/in/dateposted-public/
>
> A shot of her from December, 2015:
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/vincecapp/23495965376/in/photostream/
>
> How cool is that?
>
> Good birding,
>
> Vince Capp
>
> Bayonet Point
>

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Date: 12/26/16 11:15 am
From: Vince Capp <00000031300bf63b-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Brewer's Blackbird- Jenkin's Creek (Hernando County)
Hi, all-



The much celebrated (to paraphrase Bill Pranty) female Brewer's Blackbird
was present today at Jenkins Creek Park at about 9:15 this morning,
associating with a flock of Boat-tailed Grackles. Bill notes that this is at
least the 6th year in a row that this wandering Icterid has Wintered in the
area- splitting time between a few coastal county parks in the area. I find
that amazing.



I managed to get a close-up photo of the bird showing the very distinctive
blotch of white pigment that shows well in her right eye. This unique
feature makes her easy to distinguish from any other Brewer's Blackbirds
that may also blunder into our area.



This year's shot:



https://www.flickr.com/photos/vincecapp/31083807243/in/dateposted-public/



A shot of her from December, 2015:



https://www.flickr.com/photos/vincecapp/23495965376/in/photostream/



How cool is that?



Good birding,

Vince Capp

Bayonet Point










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Date: 12/26/16 7:16 am
From: Tom <tledford1207...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sabine's Gull
I have re-located the Sabine's Gull which was found by Avery Chan and identified by Michael Brother's. it is currently on the beach about fifty yards north of the fishing pier in the Brevard County portion of Sebastian Inlet State Park.


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Date: 12/25/16 5:15 pm
From: Sean C <dan...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] MERRY CHRISTMAS!
I would like to wish a Merry Christmas and a happy new year to everyone on this board.

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Date: 12/25/16 2:07 pm
From: Richard Cressman <w_ouzel...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] "Muddled" Ducks in eBird and on the CBC
Just a comment. I had been calling a set of ducks, such a hybrid. I tried to verified the presence of true Mottled in the group but failed, but in the process determined that these were hybrids of a white Mallard with a regular Mallard or other hybrid. Over several sets of ducklings there were one or 2 pure white ducklings. Perhaps 3 generations (if they were). Their presence was consistent with the 1:2:1 ratio for a recessive albino gene. And I was usually able to find a couple with full Mallard characteristics. So, if anyone sees Mottled reported it on the ebird hotspot for this site, it should be ignored.
If someone can describe a simple way of correcting these observations, I would be pleased to know them.


Richard Cressman
Tampa
Mary Help of Christian Center on East Lake


From: Birdbrains - Florida Birds/Natural History <BRDBRAIN...> on behalf of Rex Rowan <rexrowan...>
Sent: Thursday, December 15, 2016 10:45 AM
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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] "Muddled" Ducks in eBird and on the CBC






I've noticed a surprising number of Mallard x Mottled Duck hybrids reported in eBird checklists from North Florida, where I think hybridization is rare (except for a couple areas along the northeast coast). In most instances there is no explanation as to how the ID was arrived at. In others the description is more impressionistic than exact.


Tony Leukering and Bill Pranty wrote an excellent ID article on identifying hybrids, which is available here: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/wp-content/uploads/sites/55/eBird_Muddled_Ducks.pdf


eBird ID MODU
ebird.org
eBird-Leukering,andPranty,,Mottled,Duck,Hybridization, 9" Identification" Mottled"Ducks"are"differentiated"fromMallards"by"a"suite"of"plumage"characters"(i.e."field ...



They lay out ten field marks, pertaining to (1.) supercilium, (2.) eyeline, (3.) cheeks, (4.) gape spot, (5.) bill color, (6.) chest, (7.) tertials, (8.) tail coverts, (9.) tail, and (10.) speculum. The article is very well illustrated, and several of the photographs have detailed captions explaining why the authors have identified the birds in them as hybrids.

With Christmas Count season upon us, this would be an excellent time to review the article.

Rex Rowan
Gainesville
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Date: 12/25/16 9:09 am
From: Avery Chan <gatedancer93...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Castellow Hammock Park and Hummingbirds
Hello birders and merry Christmas,

Today, my dad and I visited Castellow Hammock Park in Miami. We saw a Buff-bellied Hummingbird in the bushes to the right of the trail toward the building. Life bird! We also saw a few Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, vultures, doves, and starlings. There were also several butterflies such as Orange-barred Sulphurs and Zebra Heliconians.
Here is my eBird checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/ybn/view/checklist/S33191588

Avery Chan
Seminole County, Florida

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Date: 12/25/16 7:29 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Christmas Morning Greetings From Eastern Pinellas County
Christmas morning coffee during our neighborhood tour was a delight! Sixteen Bonaparte's Gulls were on the shore at Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach at sunrise along with all the usual avian visitors. Twelve Ruddy Ducks were off the end of Bayview Avenue on Old Tampa Bay. A pod of five Manatees, three adults and two little ones, were at The Safety Harbor Pier. Five Brown Boobies, four adults and a single immature, were on their normal tower roost on the northeast side of the bay at Safety Harbor. With the gorgeous seventy degree weather, as the old saying goes, "It doesn't get any better than this". Merry Christmas to the birding community and have a wonderful day.


Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 12/25/16 6:51 am
From: David Simpson <simpsondavid...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] White-faced Ibis ID help
I don't know how many others have weighed in on this bird in private.

I have to wonder about the possibility of a Glossy X White-faced Ibis hybrid.  This is becoming more of an identification problem further west where the expanding ranges of both species are increasing contact.  In most cases where similar species come into contact with each other, hybridization occurs at the edges of one species' range where there are limited mating opportunities with the "right" species.  White-faced Ibis reports drop off in the summer at St. Marks NWR, but it is possible that a few stick around to breed or that they breed before leaving in the spring.  Many wading birds will breed in the south and wander north afterwards.

There are some seemingly intermediate characteristics in this bird.  The eye is not as red as I would expect in White-faced, although that could simply be a function of light or photo angle.  Same could be said for soft part colors, although these are extremely variable in the non-breeding season.  Most non-breeding White-faced Ibis show at least some pink or red in the facial skin, in my limited experience.  Also, there seems to be a mix of green, purple, and bronzy tones in the wing coverts.  White-faced usually shows a distinct bronzy tone in the wing coverts, a feature that is often useful in picking out an odd White-faced among Glossies.  Glossy Ibis is much more green in this area.  Iridescence is another variable characteristic that can vary with light and photo angle.

More pictures would be helpful.  There seems to be more variability within White-faced Ibis than Glossy in my experience (fairly limited experience with White-faced) so this could just be a not so perfect White-faced Ibis. 

David Simpson
Fellsmere, FL

On Dec 24, 2016, at 08:14 PM, Carey Parks <carey...> wrote:

Confirmed.  Thanks to all who responded.  Life bird! 

Carey Parks 
Cape Coral, FL 

On Sat, Dec 24, 2016, 7:15 PM Carey Parks <carey...> wrote:



I believe this is a white-faced ibis, but not having seen one before I'm not sure. Can anyone confirm or refute that this is a white-faced ibis?

We found it while we were burning it in st. Mark's yesterday.

Thanks for the help,

Carey Parks
Cape Coral Florida
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