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5/3/16 7:33 pm Mark McShane <marksmcshane...> [BRDBRAIN] CUBAN VIREO - Fort Zachary Taylor Historic SP, Key West - 4/22/2016 - Video Post
5/3/16 12:50 pm Scott Simmons <simmonsphoto...> [BRDBRAIN] Ruff at Marl Bed Flats, 5/3/2016 (Seminole Co)
5/3/16 10:39 am PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...> [BRDBRAIN] Lori Wilson Park, Cocoa Beach(Brevard)
5/3/16 10:28 am william haddad <photobill9...> [BRDBRAIN] Good birding at Turkey Creek this morning
5/3/16 7:48 am Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Tern ID help / Ft. De Soto / Pinellas County
5/3/16 7:15 am Janice <janiskay...> [BRDBRAIN] Unidentifiable wader
5/3/16 6:15 am Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Black Skimmer Pair, West Pasco
5/2/16 8:54 am Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-tail Kite
5/2/16 8:26 am Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-tail Kite
5/2/16 6:12 am Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Tern ID help / Ft. De Soto / Pinellas County
5/2/16 3:55 am Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> [BRDBRAIN] Tern ID help / Ft. De Soto / Pinellas County
5/2/16 2:49 am Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...> [BRDBRAIN] What is this birds name? Warbler ID Please ?‏
5/1/16 9:35 pm Kathy Greider <hhibirder...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Miami area RFIe
5/1/16 4:41 pm Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Bobolinks, West Pasco
5/1/16 1:11 pm Cindy Ahern <songbird5212...> [BRDBRAIN] Miami area RFI
5/1/16 7:27 am Randy Harrod <0000004b5d20dc06-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Celery fields. Shiny cowbird
4/30/16 6:58 pm Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi kite
4/30/16 6:33 pm Gloria <gloria...> [BRDBRAIN] Black-whispered Vireo
4/30/16 3:36 pm Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> [BRDBRAIN] Possible Caribbean Martin, Fort Zachary Taylor Key West
4/30/16 5:56 am Tom <tledford1207...> [BRDBRAIN] Black-whispered Vireo
4/29/16 8:21 pm Dale Goebel <sheirah11...> [BRDBRAIN] Pasco County eBird Report - Cool Springs Retention Pond, Apr 29, 2016
4/29/16 6:12 pm Danny Bales <sueredfish...> [BRDBRAIN] Endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrow - 3 Lakes WMA 4-29-16
4/29/16 3:46 pm Jim Swarr <jhschwarr...> [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites-Nesting in our yard-Melrose, FL
4/29/16 11:51 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kite Marion County, FL
4/29/16 11:18 am Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Singing Marsh Wren, West Pasco
4/29/16 8:39 am PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...> [BRDBRAIN] Lori Wilson, Cocoa Beach(Brevard)
4/29/16 6:56 am Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Odd pink-billed sandpiper, Fort De Soto
4/28/16 6:07 pm Sharon Dewart-Hansen <smdewarthansen...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Female Tropical Kingbird Returns to Sarasota
4/28/16 4:36 pm Stu Wilson <stuwilson...> [BRDBRAIN] Female Tropical Kingbird Returns to Sarasota
4/28/16 12:15 pm EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Bobolink at Circle B Bar
4/28/16 10:03 am Danny Sauvageau <lee4138...> [BRDBRAIN] Gray-cheeked Thrush Ft Desoto
4/28/16 7:19 am Thomas Lee <tlee8...> [BRDBRAIN] No Kirtland's Wabler
4/28/16 7:03 am Margaret Cady <wcady3...> [BRDBRAIN] MULBERRY TREES
4/28/16 5:45 am Allan Stern <00000014b7b0d186-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Beautiful Green Heron on my dock.
4/27/16 4:17 pm Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi kite
4/27/16 1:20 pm Thomas Lee <tlee8...> [BRDBRAIN] Additional pictures of the Kirtland's Warbler
4/27/16 1:01 pm Thomas Lee <tlee8...> [BRDBRAIN] Kirkland's Warbler not relocated
4/27/16 11:20 am Fred Hileman <fredleeh...> [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites
4/27/16 10:13 am Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> [BRDBRAIN] Kirtland's Warbler, New Smyrna 4/27/16
4/27/16 9:20 am Rex Rowan <rexrowan...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Sanibel, Lee Co - Little Blue
4/27/16 7:56 am Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Messages
4/27/16 7:51 am France <00000006c8bbe2de-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Sanibel, Lee Co - Little Blue
4/27/16 7:22 am william haddad <photobill9...> [BRDBRAIN] Magnolia Warbler at Turkey Creek this morning
4/27/16 7:00 am Bill Argo <billargo...> [BRDBRAIN] Ft. De Soto Thrush - correction
4/27/16 6:53 am Bill Argo <billargo...> [BRDBRAIN] Ft. De Soto Thrush
4/27/16 6:37 am EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Fort DeSoto 4/26/16
4/27/16 3:46 am Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...> [BRDBRAIN] Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ever Ends ! 25-30 Plus Swallow-Tailed Kites ! Call It Absolutely Magic ! Just a Flock Of Birds ! Now Appearing at Central Park, Ormond ! Volusia County ! The Ultimate Sublime Flying Creatures of th
4/26/16 8:21 pm Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] messages
4/26/16 11:06 am Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] West Pasco Sandpipers
4/26/16 6:57 am Earl Horn <earl_horn...> [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kite Mount Dora Lake County 04/25/2016
4/26/16 6:54 am Earl Horn <earl_horn...> [BRDBRAIN] Southeast Leesburg 04/25/16
4/25/16 8:58 pm Doug.W <dwassme1...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Common loon Pinellas County
4/25/16 4:47 pm Richard Cressman <w_ouzel...> [BRDBRAIN] Eagles out of the nest near East Lake Tampa
4/25/16 2:33 pm Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst...> [BRDBRAIN] Cuban Vireo
4/25/16 11:04 am Rick Schofield <brdbrain...> [BRDBRAIN] Illegal access to Stormwater Treatment Area 2
4/25/16 10:27 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites, Marion County
4/25/16 5:18 am birdman6847 <birdman6847...> [BRDBRAIN] Common loon Pinellas County
4/24/16 10:35 am PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...> [BRDBRAIN] Lori Wilson Park, Cocoa Beach, Brevard Co.
4/24/16 6:11 am Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Long-billed Dowitchers, Zephyrhills
4/23/16 6:17 pm Will Johnson <willjohnson2000...> [BRDBRAIN] Vero Beach migrants
4/23/16 5:16 pm Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Fort De Soto Park ( 23 Apr 2016 )
4/23/16 12:06 pm PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...> [BRDBRAIN] Turkey Creek + Lori Wilson(Brevard)
4/23/16 10:40 am william haddad <photobill9...> [BRDBRAIN] Excellent SCAS walk at Turkey Creek this a.m.
4/23/16 10:39 am Tom <tledford1207...> [BRDBRAIN] Lori Wilson Park Vireo
4/22/16 1:41 pm Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Nesting Black-hooded Parakeets
4/22/16 10:59 am Andy Kratter <kratter...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Black-whiskered Vireo question
4/22/16 8:02 am Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...> [BRDBRAIN] Black-whiskered Vireo continues at Lori Wilson Park / Brevard County
4/22/16 6:34 am John Ogden <jogden...> [BRDBRAIN] FOUND Laser Pointer
4/21/16 7:03 pm Rex Rowan <rexrowan...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Black-whiskered Vireo question
4/21/16 6:49 pm Margie Wilkinson <wilmar4...> [BRDBRAIN] Black-whiskered Vireo question
4/21/16 6:09 pm thomas malone <birdman6847...> [BRDBRAIN] Gray kingbirds at Honeymoon Island and Caladesi island state park
4/21/16 5:41 pm <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Night Birding Lake County 4/20/16
4/21/16 3:29 pm Joseph Knoll <jcknoll...> [BRDBRAIN] time for you
4/21/16 11:58 am Earl Horn <earl_horn...> [BRDBRAIN] Night Birding Lake County 4/20/16
4/21/16 10:04 am Andy Kratter <kratter...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Pacific Golden Plover
4/21/16 9:40 am Tom <tledford1207...> [BRDBRAIN] Pacific Golden Plover
4/21/16 8:36 am Diane Reed <0000001567cad33a-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] St Augustine birding - Gray Kingbird back in town
4/21/16 7:40 am Andy Kratter <kratter...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Cuban Birds as Caged Birds
4/20/16 2:55 pm Barry Rossheim <nethoppers...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Cuban Birds as Caged Birds
4/20/16 12:53 pm David Dees <davidkdeesjr...> [BRDBRAIN] Blue Grosbeak or Indigo Bunting
4/20/16 12:24 pm Jeff Hooks <jeff.hooks...> [BRDBRAIN] Cape May Warbler, Fort De Soto Park, Pinellas
4/20/16 11:31 am Mark Eden <000000238cffadbe-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] backyard grossbeak still around (pics)
4/20/16 11:18 am EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Waxwings and G.C.Flycatchers
4/20/16 9:17 am Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Cuban Vireo
4/20/16 9:11 am Barry Rossheim <nethoppers...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Cuban Vireo
4/20/16 8:20 am Bev Hansen <bevalhansen...> [BRDBRAIN] Cuban Vireo
4/19/16 8:34 pm Richard Cressman <w_ouzel...> [BRDBRAIN] Specialties on Mary Help of Christians Center, Apr 19, 2016
4/19/16 5:39 pm Kate Petrella <ktpetrella...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Yellow House Finch, West Pasco
4/19/16 5:21 pm Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Cape May & Red Silk CottonTree
4/19/16 12:01 pm Larry Connor <llconnor52...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Yellow Footed & Legged Anhinga - Largo / Pinellas County
4/19/16 11:59 am Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Probable Cuban Vireo in Ft. Zachary Taylor SP, Key West
4/19/16 11:57 am Dale Goebel <sheirah11...> [BRDBRAIN] Ignore: Yellow Footed & Legged Anhinga - Largo / Pinellas County
4/19/16 11:16 am Dale Goebel <sheirah11...> [BRDBRAIN] Yellow Footed & Legged Anhinga - Largo / Pinellas County
4/19/16 11:06 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Fort Desoto North Beach Whimbrel / Pinellas County
4/19/16 10:52 am PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...> [BRDBRAIN] Lori Wilson Park, Cocoa Beach, Brevard Co.
4/19/16 7:50 am Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Yellow House Finch, West Pasco
4/19/16 7:44 am Bev Hansen <bevalhansen...> [BRDBRAIN] Probable Cuban Vireo in Ft. Zachary Taylor SP, Key West
4/18/16 1:41 pm Robert Penhollow <bobpenhollow...> [BRDBRAIN] stop mail
4/18/16 1:03 pm Richard Cressman <w_ouzel...> [BRDBRAIN] Black-necked Stilts East Lake Tampa
4/18/16 12:05 pm Jeff Hooks <jeff.hooks...> [BRDBRAIN] Great Crested Flycatcher, Abercrombie Park, Pinellas
4/18/16 11:09 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Bay Care Pond Dark-morph Short-tailed Hawk / Pinellas County
4/18/16 10:44 am Mark Eden <000000238cffadbe-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] best backyard birding weekend ever
4/17/16 7:02 pm Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Inland Sandpipers, West Pasco
4/17/16 2:31 pm Kathy Duncan <0000004a435ff409-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Prothonotary with spot on head Pinellas Co 4/14/2016
4/17/16 10:56 am Eric Plage <ericplage...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Prothonotary with spot on head Pinellas Co 4/14/2016
4/17/16 9:52 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Largo Canada Geese / Pinellas County
4/17/16 9:01 am Bev Hansen <bevalhansen...> [BRDBRAIN] Fwd: [FLARBA] 4/16/16--Pacific Golden Plover, Palm Beach County (continues)
4/17/16 9:00 am Renne Leatto <renne...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Prothonotary with spot on head Pinellas Co 4/14/2016
4/17/16 6:11 am Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Blackpoll Warblers, Green Key
4/17/16 5:43 am Susan Pulling Robinson <spulling...> [BRDBRAIN] Bluebirds! Jerry Lake, Dunedin
4/16/16 6:32 pm Dale Goebel <sheirah11...> [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Park - Tarpon Springs - Pinellas County eBird report
4/16/16 6:24 pm Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...> [BRDBRAIN] RFI -- Pacific Golden Plover
4/16/16 3:01 pm Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> [BRDBRAIN] Thick-billed Vireo @ John U. Lloyd State Park, Broward 4/16/16
4/16/16 12:51 pm Diane Reed <0000001567cad33a-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] St Augustine - Northern Fulmar
4/16/16 11:53 am PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...> [BRDBRAIN] Lori Wilson Prk, Cocoa Beach, Brevard
4/16/16 11:45 am william haddad <photobill9...> [BRDBRAIN] Bird walk at Turkey Creek Sanct. this a.m. - results
4/16/16 9:05 am Mark McShane <marksmcshane...> [BRDBRAIN] Lazuli Bunting - Sugar Hill Campground, St. George Island State Park, Franklin County - 4/10/2016 - Video Post
4/16/16 5:05 am Allan Stern <00000014b7b0d186-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Green Heron
4/16/16 4:54 am Roy Peterson <scrubjay33...> [BRDBRAIN] Bird Call
4/16/16 4:46 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER CONTINUES, Palm Beach County - 4/13/2016
4/16/16 3:57 am william haddad <photobill9...> [BRDBRAIN] Update on today's bird walk at Turkey Creek
4/15/16 6:50 pm Patricia Burns <0000000a73dd8fad-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Cedar Keys, Levy Co. 4/14 & 15, 2016
4/15/16 5:17 pm Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...> [BRDBRAIN] Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Monroe Country 4/15/16
4/15/16 4:10 pm Kathy Duncan <0000004a435ff409-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Prothonotary with spot on head Pinellas Co 4/14/2016
4/15/16 3:20 pm Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bird call
4/15/16 2:04 pm robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach Least Tern Bonanza
4/15/16 1:28 pm PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...> [BRDBRAIN] Lori Wilson Park, Cocoa Beach, Brevard Co.
4/15/16 11:49 am Robert Penhollow <bobpenhollow...> [BRDBRAIN] temporary unsubscribe
4/15/16 11:21 am Eric Plage <ericplage...> [BRDBRAIN] Triathlon @ Fort De Soto Park, Tomorrow, 4/16
4/15/16 11:06 am Richard Cressman <w_ouzel...> [BRDBRAIN] East Lake at MHC, Tampa significant 2s
4/15/16 10:10 am Roy Peterson <scrubjay33...> [BRDBRAIN] Bird call
4/15/16 9:08 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Our First Gray Knigbird Of The Season / Pinellas County
4/15/16 8:33 am william haddad <photobill9...> [BRDBRAIN] Prothonotary Warbler and 8 other Warbler species at Turkey Creek this morning
4/15/16 7:20 am Audrey Whitlock <Ajw...> [BRDBRAIN] Pacific Golden Plover continues west Palm Beach, 6 mile bend
4/14/16 2:22 pm Robert Epstein <rob77897...> [BRDBRAIN] Panama pics
4/14/16 11:18 am william haddad <photobill9...> [BRDBRAIN] Good birding this a.m. at West Regional Wetland
4/14/16 7:43 am <anhinga42...> <anhinga42...> [BRDBRAIN] Bunche Beach press release
4/14/16 6:48 am Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Green Key, West Pasco
4/14/16 4:45 am Bill Argo <billargo...> [BRDBRAIN] Bunche Beach
4/13/16 6:24 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Marion County birding
4/13/16 4:43 pm Lauren Deaner <lauren.deaner...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Nelsons/Saltmarsh Sparrow at Ft. DeSoto 4/12
4/13/16 2:47 pm Bill Argo <billargo...> [BRDBRAIN] Bunche Beach
4/13/16 11:46 am Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Loyce Harpe Park, Bartow/Mulberry
4/13/16 11:05 am Breanna Perry <serena933...> [BRDBRAIN] Nelsons/Saltmarsh Sparrow at Ft. DeSoto 4/12
4/13/16 9:38 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Pelagic Trip Opportunity Scheduled for May 29.
4/13/16 7:17 am Mark McShane <marksmcshane...> [BRDBRAIN] PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER CONTINUES, Palm Beach County - 4/13/2016
4/13/16 5:32 am S. Dale Goebel <sheirah11...> [BRDBRAIN] Ed Kwater - Is about to Fly the Coop
4/12/16 2:44 pm Carolyn <0000003c3bab1191-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Turkey Creek today
4/12/16 2:08 pm Carolyn <0000003c3bab1191-dmarc-request...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Vero Snail Kites
4/12/16 1:36 pm Linda Helm <ldhelm...> [BRDBRAIN] Fw: new message
4/12/16 1:36 pm Linda Helm <ldhelm...> [BRDBRAIN] Fw: new message
4/12/16 12:10 pm Jams Ash <jash...> [BRDBRAIN] Upland Plovers
4/12/16 11:52 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Response To / Osprey Nest "Sharing"
4/12/16 10:16 am EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...> [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar 4/11/16
4/12/16 7:04 am Dave Hoffman <davehoffma...> [BRDBRAIN] Vero Beach Water Treatment Facilty
4/12/16 6:33 am Ken White <khw210...> [BRDBRAIN] Osprey Nest "Sharing"
4/12/16 5:37 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach / Pinellas County
4/12/16 4:43 am Roy Peterson <scrubjay33...> [BRDBRAIN] RFI: Nanday Parakeets
4/11/16 5:58 pm robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Clearwater BayCare Pond / Pinellas County
4/11/16 9:12 am Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] 400 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, West Pasco
4/11/16 7:06 am Bob Landry <robertlandry...> [BRDBRAIN] Fort De Soto 4/10
4/11/16 6:27 am Margie Wilkinson <wilmar4...> [BRDBRAIN] Directions to Pacific Golden Plover, 4/11/16
4/11/16 5:39 am Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Message From Listowner
4/10/16 6:38 pm Bob Landry <robertlandry...> [BRDBRAIN] Fort DeSoto 4/10
4/10/16 6:19 pm Daphne <rakufirefly...> [BRDBRAIN] Lazuli Bunting
4/10/16 5:46 pm Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Short-tailed Hawk. Central Park. Ormond Beach. Volusia Co.
4/10/16 3:23 pm Joseph Misiaszek <jjmjrfl...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] What am I doing wrong?
4/10/16 1:53 pm Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Upland Sandpiper, Keystone Rd, Pinellas
4/10/16 1:52 pm <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...> [BRDBRAIN] Pacific Golden-Plover
4/10/16 11:25 am Sarah Linney <smljay12...> [BRDBRAIN] FOS Blue Grosbeak
4/10/16 11:07 am Carol Besse <csbesse...> [BRDBRAIN] Scissor-tailed FC
4/9/16 6:16 pm Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...> [BRDBRAIN] Fort de Soto birding -- April 9th.
4/9/16 2:45 pm Ken White <khw210...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Fort DeSoto question
4/9/16 1:32 pm Bob Paxson <rpaxson...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] What am I doing wrong?
4/9/16 11:06 am Diane Reed <0000001567cad33a-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] St Augustine birding
4/9/16 9:20 am Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Red Silk Cotton Tree, West Pasco
4/9/16 6:23 am Shelley Bowden <goldyfinch...> [BRDBRAIN] Fort DeSoto question
4/9/16 5:59 am Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Pasco's Mulberry Tree
4/8/16 6:56 pm Kristine Ashley <kashley4...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] What am I doing wrong?
4/8/16 5:51 pm thomas malone <birdman6847...> [BRDBRAIN] Lost bird jam at Hammock park in Dunedin/reward offered
4/8/16 3:57 pm Renne Leatto <renne...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] What am I doing wrong?
4/8/16 3:33 pm Renee Stewart <daisyjetstar...> [BRDBRAIN] Clapper Rail at MINWR
4/8/16 10:46 am Margie Wilkinson <wilmar4...> [BRDBRAIN] What am I doing wrong?
4/8/16 9:26 am Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Birds on Wire - Marion County
4/7/16 6:25 pm Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...> [BRDBRAIN] Fort De Soto Park ( 7 Apr 2016 )
4/6/16 3:05 pm Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Nesting Boat-tailed Grackles, West Pasco, Safe Date BBA
4/6/16 12:25 pm Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Nesting Boat-tailed Grackles, West Pasco
4/6/16 12:12 pm Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...> [BRDBRAIN] Nesting Boat-tailed Grackles, West Pasco
4/6/16 10:30 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...> [BRDBRAIN] Glaucous Gull. Purple Sandpiper. Volusia Co.
4/5/16 3:59 pm Robert Bowden <rr_bowden...> Re: [BRDBRAIN] Yellow Rail??
4/5/16 12:24 pm Thad Roller <thadroller...> [BRDBRAIN] Yellow Rail??
4/5/16 5:59 am Mike Judd <ebwilderae...> [BRDBRAIN] One day wonder ? UPSA
4/4/16 7:38 pm Alice Horst <ahorst...> [BRDBRAIN] Birding at Fort De Soto Park - Pinellas County
4/4/16 6:39 pm Allan Stern <00000014b7b0d186-dmarc-request...> [BRDBRAIN] Male cardinal
4/4/16 11:53 am Michael Brothers <mbrothers...> [BRDBRAIN] Northern Rough-winged Swallows possibly nesting. Port Orange. Volusia Co.
4/4/16 7:55 am Mike Judd <ebwilderae...> [BRDBRAIN] Upland sp still around!
4/4/16 7:06 am robert lane <ohiomagpie...> [BRDBRAIN] Pinellas Park Black-necked Stilts / Pinellas County
 
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Date: 5/3/16 7:33 pm
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] CUBAN VIREO - Fort Zachary Taylor Historic SP, Key West - 4/22/2016 - Video Post
Hi All,

Thought some might enjoy handheld phonescoped video clips and video still frames of The CUBAN VIREO recently in Key West and taken on 4/22. There is one short clip of the bird vocalizing (please turn the volume up to hear the bird) which is only on my Box site.

I wish that the THICK-BILLED VIREO out on the Barrier Island Nature Trail at John U. Lloyd Beach State Park in Broward County had posed so well much earlier in the day, but that did not diminish my sincere gratitude that the Thick-billed showed up in such a timely manner, or at all. I hope many folks are or were able to capture even better video footage of The CUBAN VIREO. Stunning still photos are always amazing, but there's a lot of the life of a bird to be captured via video, even in this rudimentary form!

Thanks again Florida!

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Coordinates: 24.546859,-81.808516
GPS: N 24 32.812 W 81 48.511
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Handheld phonescoped video clips and still frames
(iPhone 5/Nikon Fieldscope 25-75x82mm ED Angled, with 30x/50x wide-angle as well)

of The Vireo can be downloaded from the

042216 CUBAN VIREO Fort Zachary Taylor Historic SP Key West FL

folder on my Box site at:
https://app.box.com/shared/2yxtdkm3ta
Video quality should be best when viewing the actual video files (MOV files) there as Flickr or eBird, etc., may downsample video quality a bit during upload processing. The entire folder can be downloaded or just individual files may be.
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All also easily available on Flickr at:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/50282116@N04/
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Handheld phonescoped video and still frames may be best viewed on a large screen.
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A quick and easy view of some of the video still frames of the The Vireo can be had via the eBird checklist as well:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29259273
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Information concerning how to use Apple MOV movie files can be read in my MOV Video File How-To.txt available at:
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Some of the video files on the site can be a bit large and may take some minutes to download if you don't have high-speed internet access, but it may be best to download them to your desktop or somewhere on your computer before running them in QuickTime. That way they may run faster and you can keep them if you like them too. Being handheld and usually at a very high magnification they can sometimes get a little jittery, but they are still worth a look, especially since you can drag through frame by frame in QuickTime and pause the video on the best parts, playing at half speed in QuickTime can also be a good idea.
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Good Birding All,

Mark

Mark McShane
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Date: 5/3/16 12:50 pm
From: Scott Simmons <simmonsphoto...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Ruff at Marl Bed Flats, 5/3/2016 (Seminole Co)
Hello all,

This morning I found a Ruff at Marl Bed Flats. It was in the grasses just
north of Lake Jesup. It was with several yellowlegs, Black-necked Stilts
and perhaps 150+ Bobolinks.

Happy birding!

Scott Simmons
Winter Park, FL

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Date: 5/3/16 10:39 am
From: PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lori Wilson Park, Cocoa Beach(Brevard)
A tiny bit of rain helped to put down a few warblers at Lori Wilson this morning. Migrating species and numbers have definitely been on the decline this year in our part of the state, so a number of birders were pleased to see around 80-100 birds in the Hammock this morning. Activity seemed to decrease by late morning and we could not, after several rounds of boardwalk, find warbler specie # 10. Greatest numbers seemed to be: American Redstart, Black and White, Blackpoll, and Black-throated Blue. Male and female of each of those species appeared and several first year male American Redstarts. There were several Northern Parula, and single Cape May, Common Yellowthroat, Prairie and Ovenbird.

Tom spotted a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. There was no sign of the Black-whiskered Vireo which was seen for 11 days; I don’t think anyone spotted it after Saturday. This bird is a fairly regular visitor to the Hammock and I’ve seen it every couple of years since 2004. There were two birds in 2014, while in 2013 one stayed for 13 days.

Phyllis Mansfield,
Cocoa Beach, FL
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Date: 5/3/16 10:28 am
From: william haddad <photobill9...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Good birding at Turkey Creek this morning

The rain and wind brought a good number of migrants down but not a great number of species’
Saw a FOY Rose breasted Grosbeak and a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. Warblers seen:

1. Amer. Redstart (14) most I’ve seen there in one morning – seen in six places.
2. Back-throated Blue (9) – many females
3. Blackpoll (4)
4. Cape May (5)
5. Black and White (3)
6. Oven bird (3)
7. Common Yellowthroat (1)
8. No. Parula (5)

The Parula young which I had been hearing at the beginning of the tree house section of the wide boardwalk have hatched and were flying around. Three Peacocks walked through the sanctuary parking lot – probably from close housing developments east of there. Heard only – Great-crested Flycatcher, Downy and Red-bellied Woodpecker. Also saw about seven common species of nonmigrants and many butterflies including both sexes of the less common Julia.

Bill Haddad
Palm Bay, Fl.
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Date: 5/3/16 7:48 am
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Tern ID help / Ft. De Soto / Pinellas County
Based on the evidence and validated by a good consensus, I'm calling this a
Common Tern. Thank you to everyone that weighed in!

Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County
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>
> *From:* Christopher Ferro [mailto:<lonelybirder43...>]
> *Sent:* Monday, May 02, 2016 6:56 AM
> *Subject:* Tern ID help / Ft. De Soto / Pinellas County
>
>
>
> Hello, 'Brainers.
>
>
>
> Would anyone help confirm the ID of this tern I saw two weekends ago at
> Fr. De Soto? Based on the plumage cues, I had it as Common Tern (short
> legs, primaries longer than tail, etc.). Is this correct, or is this a
> transitioning Forster's? The partial cap v. "ear" patch makes me still
> think Common, but some of you are much better with tern ID than I am.
>
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> Christopher Ferro
>
> Melbourne/Brevard County
>
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Date: 5/3/16 7:15 am
From: Janice <janiskay...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Unidentifiable wader
Terrible picture sent to me for an ID from a friend that volunteers for Flamingo Gardens. The pink legs are throwing me off. Any ideas or thought would be appreciated.


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Date: 5/3/16 6:15 am
From: Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Black Skimmer Pair, West Pasco

Hello,

After sunset at the Cool Springs Pkwy pond two Black Skimmers that had been fishing on the pond settled down on a small flat. The larger, male, had a fish and preceded to present it to the female. After much encouragement the female accepted the fish. I assume this is a mating ritual and could mean a nearby nesting attempt. Although inland, there are numerous new retention ponds and sand bars for a nesting attempt.

Kenneth F Tracey
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Date: 5/2/16 8:54 am
From: Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-tail Kite
Thank you everyone. Now that it has been said, it does look like a katydid. Thank you for the compliment on my photo.
I do forget to sign out, my apologies.
Hope to participate in next years birdbrain list. Have a nice summer.

Dorothy Dunlap
Ocala, Fl.

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Date: 5/2/16 8:26 am
From: Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Swallow-tail Kite
This photo of this swallow tail was taken yesterday. He/she has something in its beak, Can anyone ID the something?
I have tried, and cannot identify it. Thank you in advance.

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Date: 5/2/16 6:12 am
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Tern ID help / Ft. De Soto / Pinellas County
So far I have several people saying it is a Common Tern, based on legs,
carpal bar, and apparent tail length. One person says Forster's, saying the
legs would be even shorter for Common and the black bill is diagnostic in
this plumage. I'll see what some more people have to say. Thanks to those
who've pitched in so far.

Such fun!

Christopher

Melbourne/Brevard County
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On Mon, May 2, 2016 at 9:04 AM, Torres, Roberto (RER) <torrero...>
> wrote:

> Notice the dark bar on the wing. This is diagnostic for Common Tern in
> this plumage. While this bird has an all black bill, it will start getting
> some red in the coming weeks. I can also see that this bird has a short
> tail, which is another field mark for Common.
>
>
>
> Hope this helps,
>
>
>
> Roberto
>
> Miami-Dade
>
>
>
> *From:* Birdbrains - Florida Birds/Natural History [mailto:
> <BRDBRAIN...>] *On Behalf Of *Christopher Ferro
> *Sent:* Monday, May 02, 2016 6:56 AM
> *To:* <BRDBRAIN...>
> *Subject:* [BRDBRAIN] Tern ID help / Ft. De Soto / Pinellas County
>
>
>
> Hello, 'Brainers.
>
>
>
> Would anyone help confirm the ID of this tern I saw two weekends ago at
> Fr. De Soto? Based on the plumage cues, I had it as Common Tern (short
> legs, primaries longer than tail, etc.). Is this correct, or is this a
> transitioning Forster's? The partial cap v. "ear" patch makes me still
> think Common, but some of you are much better with tern ID than I am.
>
>
>
> Thanks,
>
> Christopher Ferro
>
> Melbourne/Brevard County
>
> lonelybirder.wordpress.com
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Date: 5/2/16 3:55 am
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Tern ID help / Ft. De Soto / Pinellas County
Hello, 'Brainers.

Would anyone help confirm the ID of this tern I saw two weekends ago at Fr.
De Soto? Based on the plumage cues, I had it as Common Tern (short legs,
primaries longer than tail, etc.). Is this correct, or is this a
transitioning Forster's? The partial cap v. "ear" patch makes me still
think Common, but some of you are much better with tern ID than I am.

Thanks,
Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County
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Date: 5/2/16 2:49 am
From: Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] What is this birds name? Warbler ID Please ?‏
Hello Fellow Birders,

Can Anyone Please tell me what Warbler this might Be ? I was trying to post these pictures to
Birdbrain but was having trouble doing it . Hopefully this will now attach to the post. I was hoping that someone might be able to help figure this one out ? This seems to be a tough one! If there is no pictures here then perhaps someone can explain how to attach them on to a post is done now ? The system to attach them seems to have changed ?

Thanks,

Steve Petruniak

Daytona Beach ,FL


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Date: 5/1/16 9:35 pm
From: Kathy Greider <hhibirder...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Miami area RFIe
Nature is Awesome is a wonderful bird/nature guide service. Angel and
Mariel are young and eager well trained naturalists.

The only pronlem is next week they will be leading tours in OH 1st The
Biggest Birding Week. Try to use them when your son starts school.

Check out their website and Facebook.

Have fun
On May 1, 2016 4:30 PM, "Cindy Ahern" <songbird5212...> wrote:

Hello BirdBrainers!

I will be visiting Miami for a few days next weekend. I will have exactly
ONE day for birding, plus a few hours at U of Miami campus while my son
visits Frost Music School. I am most interested in S. Florida specialties
that are not regularly seen north of the Everglades.

Your recommendations are welcome and appreciated, thanks in advance!

Cindy Ahern
Huntingdon Valley, PA
Ocala, FL


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Date: 5/1/16 4:41 pm
From: Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bobolinks, West Pasco

Hello,

This afternoon while slogging through a marsh area at the Starkey Ranch Development I found several groups of Bobolinks. They were well hidden and feeding on the seed buds of the Hardstem Bulrush (schoenoplectus acutus - my best guess at plant ID), that dominates several created marshes there. Estimated a total of 300 in 3 different groups I saw.

Kenneth F Tracey
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Date: 5/1/16 1:11 pm
From: Cindy Ahern <songbird5212...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Miami area RFI
Hello BirdBrainers!

I will be visiting Miami for a few days next weekend. I will have exactly ONE day for birding, plus a few hours at U of Miami campus while my son visits Frost Music School. I am most interested in S. Florida specialties that are not regularly seen north of the Everglades.

Your recommendations are welcome and appreciated, thanks in advance!

Cindy Ahern
Huntingdon Valley, PA
Ocala, FL



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Date: 5/1/16 7:27 am
From: Randy Harrod <0000004b5d20dc06-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Celery fields. Shiny cowbird
Refound shiny cowbird this morning about 10 am. Bird along with 3 male bh cowbirds flew up and landed on west side of mound. Was able to photograph bird before
The group then flew north along mound

Randy Harrod
St Pete. Pinellas county fl

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Date: 4/30/16 6:58 pm
From: Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi kite
There were two Mississippi Kites soaring around at the Ocala East Village. Beautiful site.

Dorothy Dunlap
Ocala, Fl.

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Date: 4/30/16 6:33 pm
From: Gloria <gloria...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Black-whispered Vireo
After reading Tom's posting, I hurried to Lori Wilson. I had no idea what a
gumbo tree looked like. Thankfully there were 2 members of the Seminole
Audubon club on the boardwalk. They were watching a redstart and a
blackburian - but HAD seen the vireo earlier. They took me to the gumbo
tree. A dark mahogany shiny red. Perhaps, 20 feet from the boardwalk. I saw
it in a minute! And watched it flit around for ten minutes. Even peeled a
little bit of bark off. Great views! A lifer!

Then, headed North on A1A and stopped at Motel 6. More "poop" marks on the
asphalt parking lot - still not that many birds. No babies. Still waiting
for our job to begin of putting baby Least Terns back on the roof.

Gloria LeBlanc
Indialantic


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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Black-whispered Vireo

The vireo is present at Lori
Wilson Park. Another birder saw it earlier and photographed it. I'm not
sure of his name, but his assistance is greatly appreciated.
Tom Ledford
Indialantic, FL

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Date: 4/30/16 3:36 pm
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Possible Caribbean Martin, Fort Zachary Taylor Key West
I am not familiar with the species but just got this eBird rarity alert.
The photographed bird by Lee Dunn definitely has a clear demarcation
between the breast and the clean white belly. I think I need to move
further south.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29282003

Cheers,
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Date: 4/30/16 5:56 am
From: Tom <tledford1207...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Black-whispered Vireo
The vireo is present at Lori
Wilson Park. Another birder saw it earlier and photographed it. I'm not sure of his name, but his assistance is greatly appreciated.
Tom Ledford
Indialantic, FL

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Date: 4/29/16 8:21 pm
From: Dale Goebel <sheirah11...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pasco County eBird Report - Cool Springs Retention Pond, Apr 29, 2016
Hi All,

This is the retention pond Ken Tracey brought to our attention. I stopped there on my way home and so enjoyed watching the Sandhill Cranes, Roseate Spoonbills, Lesser Yellow-legs and Black-necked Stilt coming into roost for the night in this neighborhood retention pond. There are pics in eBird. I also enjoyed watching 3 Common Nighthawks feeding. One came down about eye level and about 20 feet from me. Fun to watch and listen to.

Happy birding,
Dale

S. Dale Goebel
Dunedin, FL

Cool Springs Retention Pond, Pasco, Florida, US Apr 29, 2016 7:45 PM - 8:30 PM
Protocol: Historical
1.0 ac
0.0 mile(s)
Comments: I was birding on my way home from work after seeing on BB about this hot spot.
15 species (+2 other taxa)

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 12 Fly over
Mallard x Mottled Duck (hybrid) 32 Evening roost.
Wood Stork 4
Great Egret 1
Little Blue Heron 1
Roseate Spoonbill 24 Adults and juveniles
Limpkin 2
Sandhill Crane 43 This was obviously an evening roost. I watched as crane after crane flew in for the night.
Black-necked Stilt 6
Lesser Yellowlegs 4
Stilt Sandpiper 4
Least Sandpiper 8
White-rumped Sandpiper 1 Pleased to find this White-rumped Sandpiper
peep sp. 12 Not sure the ID on these.
Common Nighthawk 3
Chimney Swift 1
Eastern Meadowlark 1 Heard only

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29293159

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Date: 4/29/16 6:12 pm
From: Danny Bales <sueredfish...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Endangered Florida Grasshopper Sparrow - 3 Lakes WMA 4-29-16
Every year I like checking on the status of the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow. I go to 3 Lakes WMA.. I got to talking to the biologist there this morning. They told me they may have the Sparrow in a stable situation now. Not really going up or down in numbers. They still don't have an answer as to why the bird's numbers were going down. I just hope that we will get some kind of positive data with numbers going up in the future. It appears that a lot of the Florida Grasshopper Sparrows have already gone to nesting at the present time..

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/26624064642

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/26445933760

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/26719980075

www.flickr.com/photos/mudhen/26718185255

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

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Date: 4/29/16 3:46 pm
From: Jim Swarr <jhschwarr...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites-Nesting in our yard-Melrose, FL
Yesterday Joyce King heard a Kite during our breakfast on the porch. She
then found a MX Kite in a tree in our front yard. I then saw a MX Kite
with a 7" stick in beak flying. Later we saw one in a large tree in front
yard, and she saw it break a twig and fly.

Today, Ap. 20 she saw two MS Kites flying into a tall Sweet Gi, Tree om
our yard. The vegetation is too think to see the nest.

We are in Bradford County. If you want to see the kites, call us
at home, 352-475-1999

Happy Birding.

--
Jim Swarr, Melrose, FL

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Date: 4/29/16 11:51 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kite Marion County, FL
Had 1 MIKI soaring away from me in Summerfield, Marion County around noon.








Alice Horst, Marion County, FL
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Date: 4/29/16 11:18 am
From: Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Singing Marsh Wren, West Pasco

Hello,

I was on the closed down old Timber Oaks golf course. I went in on the west side; no "No Trespass" signs yet on this Pasco County owned property! The large pond had several Common Gallinule, Mallard Ducks, and two Redheads. At the north end of the pond a Marsh Wren was singing loudly. The photos show a very plain male, not reddish as I would expect. This bird appears more like the coloring of the coastal Marian's Marsh Wrens which started singing a week ago?.

Kenneth F Tracey
<kftracey...>
New Port Richey FL


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Date: 4/29/16 8:39 am
From: PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lori Wilson, Cocoa Beach(Brevard)
If it’s the same BLACK-WHISKERED VIREO, this makes day # 10 for it in the Hammock at Lori Wilson! I’ve never had one stay longer than 10 days. Kitty, Rachel, Al and I all had great looks and bird was singing. Later Audrey and Paula had the bird in Gumbo Limbo and a bit west of that tree.

Few other migrants today: Ovenbird, Black and White, American Redstart(2-with 1 first year male), and Black-throated Blue.

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

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Date: 4/29/16 6:56 am
From: Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Odd pink-billed sandpiper, Fort De Soto
My dad and I went out to Fort De Soto yesterday, in a (successful) attempt to get him his biggest nemesis bird - Northern Waterthrush. Up in the lagoons at the north end of North Beach, I saw a very odd sandpiper. Unfortunately it ran out of sight behind some grass before we were able to get a photo, but I wanted to at least post something about it here in case it is a genuine rarity, so maybe someone else can go look for it.Its general body shape was basically Willet-like, but it seemed to be a little bigger. (It was hanging out with a mixed group of WIllets and Marbled Godwits, and it was closer in size to the Willets - much smaller than the Marbleds.) What caught my attention was that the first third or so of its bill (going from base to tip) was pink. The upperparts were dark mottled gray, and the belly was basically white with some dark mottling on the flanks. There was no buff coloration at all. I also very briefly noticed (before it ran away) that the back end of the bird was solid black, but it happened so quickly that I'm not sure if I was looking at black primaries or a black tail. I didn't notice the bill being distinctly upturned like a godwit. At the very least, it wasn't as obious as on a Marbled.So that's that. The bird really didn't look like a typical Willet or any kind of godwit, but I'm stumped because there just aren't that many sandpipers with extensive pink on the bill. (Dowitchers, of course, have a little at the very base, but this was much more extensive, and the bird was much bigger.) My gut feeling is that it was probably just some weird aberrant Willet, but of course the first thought that crossed my mind when I saw the bill was, "The Bar-tailed Godwit came back!" LOL. But in any case, as heavily as Fort De Soto is birded, I feel like there's a good chance someone else will see it and know what it is.
Daniel EstabrooksWinter Haven, FL

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Date: 4/28/16 6:07 pm
From: Sharon Dewart-Hansen <smdewarthansen...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Female Tropical Kingbird Returns to Sarasota


Last night she was aggressively "suggesting" that a crow leave the
parking lot. She is feisty!

Sharon Dewart-Hansen

Helena, MT

-----------------------------------------From: "Stu Wilson"
To:
Cc:
Sent: Thu, 28 Apr 2016 19:36:30 -0400
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Female Tropical Kingbird Returns to Sarasota

"Our" tenacious female Tropical Kingbird has returned to the parking
lot
behind Columbia Restaurant on St Armands Circle in Sarasota for the
4th
straight year (that we're aware of). She nested and produced 4, 3,
and 2
Tropical Kingbird x Gray Kingbird hybrid fledglings in 2013, 2014,
and
2015, respectively. Her 2013 exploits were the first confirmed case
of
Tropical Kingbird nesting east of the Mississippi River.

In the past several days, besides the usual Gray Kingbirds, she has
been
skirmishing with a Western Kingbird (sex unknown at present). When
she
arrived at the site on 24April, she was greeted with a just-completed
Gray
Kingbird nest (no eggs yet) in her original nesting tree. (Gray
Kingbirds
are regular nesting birds in Sarasota County, but Tropical and
Western
Kingbirds are both rarities.)

The annual spring kingbird soap opera continues here in Sarasota...

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

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Date: 4/28/16 4:36 pm
From: Stu Wilson <stuwilson...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Female Tropical Kingbird Returns to Sarasota
"Our" tenacious female Tropical Kingbird has returned to the parking lot
behind Columbia Restaurant on St Armands Circle in Sarasota for the 4th
straight year (that we're aware of). She nested and produced 4, 3, and 2
Tropical Kingbird x Gray Kingbird hybrid fledglings in 2013, 2014, and
2015, respectively. Her 2013 exploits were the first confirmed case of
Tropical Kingbird nesting east of the Mississippi River.

In the past several days, besides the usual Gray Kingbirds, she has been
skirmishing with a Western Kingbird (sex unknown at present). When she
arrived at the site on 24April, she was greeted with a just-completed Gray
Kingbird nest (no eggs yet) in her original nesting tree. (Gray Kingbirds
are regular nesting birds in Sarasota County, but Tropical and Western
Kingbirds are both rarities.)

The annual spring kingbird soap opera continues here in Sarasota...


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

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Date: 4/28/16 12:15 pm
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bobolink at Circle B Bar
Hello Birders.
Out to Circle B Bar Reserve Southeast of Lakeland this morning from 7
till 11. The migrants that wintered at the reserve have pretty much left
but I did manage to find a pair of Bobolinks. There were a few Sandhill
Cranes, Wood Storks and Black-bellied Whistling Duck and the usual waders
and such. Although the bird activity has sharply declined the butterflies
are on the increase. Good Birding and God Bless.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.

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Date: 4/28/16 10:03 am
From: Danny Sauvageau <lee4138...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Gray-cheeked Thrush Ft Desoto
Gray-cheeked and Swainson's Thrush - Ft Desoto Park in Pinellas County, FL. Both thrushes in the same frame! (Not really) I photoshopped these two thrushes so you can see the differences. They were both together under the same tree just feet from each other though. I have seen a couple Gray-cheeked before, but did not have a definitive photo before. Overall a slow day.......Other highlights Wood Thrush, Worm Eater Warbler, Scarlet Tanager and Indigo Bunting.

If there are any experts that can rule out Bicknell's Thrush........I have plenty of other photos!

Danny Sauvageau
St Petersburg, FL

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Date: 4/28/16 7:19 am
From: Thomas Lee <tlee8...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] No Kirtland's Wabler
Hi Florida Birders, I’m sorry to say that there have been no more sightings of the Kirtland’s Warbler on my property as of 10:00 am this morning. I believe the bird is well on its way back to Michigan as the southerly winds continue. However, I’ll keep looking and if located I’ll post right away. If no post then no show.

If was a fun day yesterday. Good birding to all,

Tom Lee
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Date: 4/28/16 7:03 am
From: Margaret Cady <wcady3...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] MULBERRY TREES
We have three mulberry trees in our yard. This is the second year that they are loaded with berries. The native tree is very tall and has the largest berries. This is its first year with a heavy berry crop. We planted it three years ago. The other native berry tree is ever barring and has several crops each year. It is not very tall but very fat and the berries are smaller. I think this size berry is best for small birds. The third tree is not native, it was the first we planted about 6 years ago. It was bare root and has taken a long time to get established. I think native trees are the best (no kidding) and the ever bearing grows the fastest and needs a largest amount of space to grow. Don’t plant one where you park cars, as some berries fall down when they are ripe. We live in Clermont and bought the native trees here. Cat birds love them, cedar waxwings come all day long in flocks. Wish I could sit out there and have a big sit day.We are getting more species of warblers and other migrating birds this year. Margaret Cady

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Date: 4/28/16 5:45 am
From: Allan Stern <00000014b7b0d186-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Beautiful Green Heron on my dock.



Beautiful Green Heron on my dock.


Satellite Beach, Florida, 27 April 2016.

>
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1232779220097887&set=gm.608783045954319&type=3&theater <





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Date: 4/27/16 4:17 pm
From: Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi kite
My first siting of a Mississippi kite soaring over Ocala West Villas. Hope I can get a good photo. Thanks for the alerts.

Dorothy Dunlap
Ocala, Fl.

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Date: 4/27/16 1:20 pm
From: Thomas Lee <tlee8...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Additional pictures of the Kirtland's Warbler
Hi again Birders,

Additional pictures of the Kirtland’s Warbler can be seen with my ebird posting: Check List # S29239008

Tom Lee

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Date: 4/27/16 1:01 pm
From: Thomas Lee <tlee8...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Kirkland's Warbler not relocated
Hello Birders,

I’m sorry to say that the Kirkland’s Warbler has not been relocated since about 10:30am this morning. I’m afraid it’s continuing its journey. If I do see again I’ll post a message right away.

Tom Lee
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Date: 4/27/16 11:20 am
From: Fred Hileman <fredleeh...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites
Mississippi Kites are back today and are checking out the tree where they nested last year. Good to see.

Fred Hileman, Dunnellon, FL

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Date: 4/27/16 10:13 am
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Kirtland's Warbler, New Smyrna 4/27/16
Just saw this pop up:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29239008

Good luck to those chasing!

Cheers,
Rangel Diaz
Miami-Dade

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Date: 4/27/16 9:20 am
From: Rex Rowan <rexrowan...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Sanibel, Lee Co - Little Blue
Hi, France and all -

Several of us in Gainesville were wondering about a similar Little Blue. We
consulted a wading bird specialist at the University, and the answer seems
to be - assuming that I understood him correctly - that this bird's
hormones were not in synch with its molt. The molt started before the
hormones kicked in. So it molted in some new feathers before the hormones
took effect, causing it to have an immature white plume on its nape rather
than an adult blue one, and more white plumage in general. But now the
hormones have taken effect, and it has bare parts characteristics of an
adult bird in breeding condition, like the intense blue facial skin and
bill base, legs that are black instead of yellow-green, and eyes that are
olive-green instead of yellow (some breeding-condition Little Blues have
nearly black eyes).

Steve Howell touches on this briefly in *Molt in North American Birds:*
"...the physiological processes that govern feather pigmentation and molt
timing are independent....Basically, what this means is that if a molt
occurs a little late or early, or if the hormones controlling pigmentation
kick in a little late or early, then colors and patterns different from the
typical ones might be produced."

Rex Rowan
Gainesville

On Wed, Apr 27, 2016 at 10:50 AM, France <
<00000006c8bbe2de-dmarc-request...> wrote:

> Good Morning Bird Folks;
>
> I had an interesting walk this morning - then again, every time I get to
> go birding makes for an interesting day! I walked the Pond Apple Trail and
> found an Ovenbird along the trail - always a nice surprise, then I saw a
> Little Blue Heron which looked odd to me - it had a pale yellow undertone
> neck, it had a white body with some blue spots but the bill is what was
> interesting because it was bright blue as if in a breeding stage - just
> odd....your thoughts?
>
> Then I made a quick stop at the Lighthouse just in case some migrants flew
> in, I ended up seeing a Cape May Warbler and a Common Yellow-throat in an
> uncommon location. Also, someone mentioned a White-crowned Pigeon but no
> one could find it.
>
> Happy Birding,
> France Paulsen
> Sanibel, Florida
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Date: 4/27/16 7:56 am
From: Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Messages
Thank you all for answering my questions inquiring about my messages and my photos. I am new on this list. What a bunch of great people you are. I'm not computer savvy enough to make my photos smaller, but I will work on this when I go back up North next week. I was inquiring about Shrikes. I didn't realize at the time that Loggerheads also had hooked bills, but I looked them up on All about Birds at Cornell, and I am sure that is what I have a photo of at the Sand Key CP in Pinellas Co. I thought it was Northern Shrike. (rare in that area). I also have photos of that lone Common Loon on the Dunnedin Causeway, which I thought unusual for this time of year.
Once again, thanks to all. Hope to see that Mississippi Kite before I leave.

Dorothy Dunlap
Ocala, Fl.

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Date: 4/27/16 7:51 am
From: France <00000006c8bbe2de-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Sanibel, Lee Co - Little Blue
Good Morning Bird Folks;
I had an interesting walk this morning - then again, every time I get to go birding makes for an interesting day! I walked the Pond Apple Trail and found an Ovenbird along the trail - always a nice surprise, then I saw a Little Blue Heron which looked odd to me - it had a pale yellow undertone neck, it had a white body with some blue spots but the bill is what was interesting because it was bright blue as if in a breeding stage - just odd....your thoughts?
Then I made a quick stop at the Lighthouse just in case some migrants flew in, I ended up seeing a Cape May Warbler and a Common Yellow-throat in an uncommon location. Also,  someone mentioned a White-crowned Pigeon but no one could find it.
Happy Birding,France PaulsenSanibel, Florida

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Date: 4/27/16 7:22 am
From: william haddad <photobill9...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Magnolia Warbler at Turkey Creek this morning

Very slow at Turkey Creek Sanct. (Ft. Desoto has us beat). Only saw four warbler species but one was a FOY Magnolia Warbler in all its beautiful breeding plumage. Parula, Blackpoll and a number of redstarts were the only other ones. Had a possible Ovenbird before walkers chased it away. Good looks at a Manatee eating foliage on the banks of the creek, coming part way out of the water and working its way up the creek.

Bill Haddad
Palm Bay, Fl.

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Date: 4/27/16 7:00 am
From: Bill Argo <billargo...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Ft. De Soto Thrush - correction
oops, I was too fast on the trigger, I realized I had typed thrush in error just after I hit the send button. I should have said Veery.

Verry, verry sorry.

Thanks again,

Bill Argo
N. Ft. Myers (Lee County)

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Date: 4/27/16 6:53 am
From: Bill Argo <billargo...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Ft. De Soto Thrush
Good Morning all:

Took what I believe to be a gray-cheeked Thrush yesterday at the East Beach area of Fort De Soto. Can anyone (Bill, Bob) weigh-in on what might be the cause of the "split bill". Is this a birth-defect, a fight, a new variety of crossbill - ? Oh yes, and is this indeed a gray-cheeked?

Many thanks, best to all and good birding.!

Bill Argo
N. Ft. Myers (Lee County)


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Date: 4/27/16 6:37 am
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fort DeSoto 4/26/16
Hello Birders.
I joined my friends Walter Coleman and Dave Martin for a trip to Fort
D in St. Pete yesterday morning from 7 till 2 for a beautiful day of
birding and also saw fellow Birdbrainers Bob Landry and Wally Barns. First
stop was the North end of North Beach and then the Mulberry Tree and
Fountain area at the Bay Pier and then the East Beach picnic area.
Birds at North Beach: SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER,
WILSON'S PLOVER, SIMIPALMATED PLOVER, SANDERLING, WILLET, REDDISH EGRET,
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER.
Best Birds at Bay Pier Mulberry Tree and fountain and East Beach:
Warblers : TENNESSEE, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, BLACK-THROATED BLUE, BLACKPOLL
AMERICAN REDSTART, CAPE MAY, HOODED, BLACK&WHITE, PALM. Also: BALTIMORE
ORIOLE, GRAY KINGBIRD, INDIGO BUNTING, SUMMER TANAGER, SCARLET TANAGER,
GRAY-CHEEKED, THRUSH SWANSON'S THRUSH, WOOD THRUSH, VEERY, RUBY-THROATED
HUMMINGBIRD, MOTTLED DUCK, BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD, SANDWICH TERN, ROYAL TARN,
BARN SWALLOW, CHIMNEY SWIFT and NANDAY PARAKEET.
At East Beach there was about 8-10 Chimney Swifts feeding over the bay
just off the beach, first time I recall seeing them over saltwater. Good
Birding and God Bless.


Ed Rizer
Winter Haven, Fl.

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Date: 4/27/16 3:46 am
From: Steve Petruniak <raeliancaver...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ever Ends ! 25-30 Plus Swallow-Tailed Kites ! Call It Absolutely Magic ! Just a Flock Of Birds ! Now Appearing at Central Park, Ormond ! Volusia County ! The Ultimate Sublime Flying Creatures of th
Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ever Ends ! 25-30 Plus Swallow-Tailed Kites ! Call It Absolutely Magic ! Just a Flock Of Birds ! Now Appearing at Central Park, Ormond ! Volusia County ! The Ultimate Sublime Flying Creatures of the Skies !
This evenings show at Central Park in Ormond was really quite superb & spectacular and had the feeling of sort of being early in the season for the number of SWTK 's that were seen as the high winds caused all the SWTK to fly seemingly everywhere in the Central Park area , at both lakes on Hand Ave and also on Fleming Ave and all around the surrounding areas as well.

At the very end as the sun set and well after all of a sudden out of nowhere a group of 25-30- Plus Swallow-Tailed Kites appeared and put on quite a show flying in their familiar Swallow-Tailed Kite Kettles going round and round ! They continued flying well after dark till after 8:15 PM ! Truly, Call It Absolutely Magic ! Indeed !


Steve Petruniak

Daytona Beach, FL

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Date: 4/26/16 8:21 pm
From: Dorothy Dunlap <00000048180262c2-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] messages
Is anyone on this birdbrain list getting my messages. I send messages with photos and they get rejected. I wrote to the lestservor twice and have not received a reply. Can someone help me here? Thank you all in advance

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Date: 4/26/16 11:06 am
From: Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] West Pasco Sandpipers

Hello,

At a small retention pond along Cool Spring Pkwy in back of the new Publix off Hwy 54, I found a good mix of sandpipers. My first inland Semipalmated Sandpipers of the spring, a White-rumped Sandpiper, Least, both yellowlegs, 6 Short-billed Dowitchers, 4 Black-necked Stilts.

Kenneth F Tracey
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New Port Richey

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Date: 4/26/16 6:57 am
From: Earl Horn <earl_horn...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kite Mount Dora Lake County 04/25/2016
Yesterday afternoon I had an adult Mississippi Kite fly low over the trees
and houses in the neighborhood. Unfortunately it was flying too low to get a
picture.

Earl Horn
Mount Dora, Fl

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Date: 4/26/16 6:54 am
From: Earl Horn <earl_horn...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Southeast Leesburg 04/25/16
I had an appointment yesterday morning in Tavares and decided to do a run
through the BBA Leesburg East Block 6 even though it has already been
covered well. Found a few warblers: Blackpoll, Cape May, Prairie,
Black-and-white, Northern Parula, and Common Yellowthroat. A full list can
be seen here http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29216380

Earl Horn
Mount Dora, Fl

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Date: 4/25/16 8:58 pm
From: Doug.W <dwassme1...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Common loon Pinellas County
While camping at Ft De Soto, Pinellas County, Apr 3-9 , I observed 5 Common Loons together in Mullet Bayou. They were making a peculiar sound, calling to each other with one note calls that I had never heard before, as they were foraging. One of the birds was a male in breeding plumage. I suspect these were courtship sounds, and I expected that they would be gone very soon. I am surprised to hear that some are still around. Well, perhaps I shouldn’t be as Rex Rowan (Gainesville) usually lets us know when he sees flocks of common loons over Gainesville headed ENE or NE, presumably to stage before heading up north to breed.



Doug Wassmer (& Lilian Saul)

Tampa, FL



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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common loon Pinellas County



On my way out to Caladesi Island SP at 0810 today I saw a COLO in winter plummage. Is this a late bird? I know they are being reported in Minnesota.



Tom Malone

Dunedin Florida





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Date: 4/24/2016 13:35 (GMT-05:00)

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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lori Wilson Park, Cocoa Beach, Brevard Co.



This is day # 6 that BLACK-WHISKERED VIREO has been in the Hammock at Lori Wilson Park. Again seen in the Gumbo Limbo Tree, along with a few warblers.



Warblers on the decrease this morning; no rain to set them down. Only 7 species seen today, and fewer birds of each species.



Phyllis Mansfield,

Cocoa Beach, FL

Every Day a New Adventure

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Date: 4/25/16 4:47 pm
From: Richard Cressman <w_ouzel...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Eagles out of the nest near East Lake Tampa
2 young Bald Eagles with their mom were on the soccer field at Mary Help of Christians Center today, apparently being trained to eat. The adult brought a fish and a snake for them to consume. Presumably, they came from the nest on the communication tower near the casino on the other side of East Lake.

Richard Cressman

Tampa FL


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Date: 4/25/16 2:33 pm
From: Murray Gardler <mangrovefirst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Cuban Vireo
Carl Goodrich looked for several hours, without success, in Fort Zachary Taylor after the subject bird was not at its usual location. There were others there but no posting indicating the bird had been refound.

He also looked in indigenous park without success.

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Murray Gardler
Weeki Wachee, FL
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Date: 4/25/16 11:04 am
From: Rick Schofield <brdbrain...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Illegal access to Stormwater Treatment Area 2
As many of you may know, Flamingos were seen on the last day of field trips organized by the Audubon Society of the Everglades (ASE) to Stormwater Treatment Area 2. Water levels had been too high until recently but have dropped considerably therein providing a much more hospitable foraging habitat for these birds.

I need to point out that STA-2 is a restricted area with no public access except by specific arrangement with the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). Since the ASE field trip, some people have entered the property illegally. We are highly concerned that these rarities are left alone and not disturbed. The field trips that we have offered (and will continue to offer) are scheduled so to be spread out over specific dates and are timed so that we are out of the area when the birds prepare to roost for the night.

Law enforcement patrols have been stepped up to prevent unauthorized access to this sensitive area.

I hope that we can count on you all to spread the word that no one should consider violating the law by entering this area unless participating in an organized, authorized field trip such as those offered by ASE. ASE is working with SFWMD to possibly add field trip(s) in the near future.

Rick Schofield
Field Trip Chair
Audubon Society of the Everglades
West Palm Beach, FL


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Date: 4/25/16 10:27 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Mississippi Kites, Marion County
They are back!!!!
I got lucky while checking out the area where the MIKIs were last year.
I saw 3 soaring and then got picture of 1 eating “lunch”.

I will keep everyone informed.
YAHOO!



Mississippi Kite with “lunch”


After “lunch"

Alice Horst
Marion County, Fl.


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Date: 4/25/16 5:18 am
From: birdman6847 <birdman6847...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Common loon Pinellas County
On my way out to Caladesi Island SP at 0810 today I saw a COLO in winter plummage.  Is this a late bird?  I know they are being reported in Minnesota. 
Tom Malone Dunedin Florida 

Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device-------- Original message --------From: PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...> Date: 4/24/2016 13:35 (GMT-05:00) To: <BRDBRAIN...> Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lori Wilson Park, Cocoa Beach, Brevard Co.



This is day # 6 that BLACK-WHISKERED VIREO has been in the Hammock at Lori
Wilson Park. Again seen in the Gumbo Limbo Tree, along with a few
warblers.
 
Warblers on the decrease this morning; no rain to set them down.  Only
7 species seen today, and fewer birds of each species.
 
Phyllis Mansfield,
Cocoa Beach, FL
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Date: 4/24/16 10:35 am
From: PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lori Wilson Park, Cocoa Beach, Brevard Co.
This is day # 6 that BLACK-WHISKERED VIREO has been in the Hammock at Lori Wilson Park. Again seen in the Gumbo Limbo Tree, along with a few warblers.

Warblers on the decrease this morning; no rain to set them down. Only 7 species seen today, and fewer birds of each species.

Phyllis Mansfield,
Cocoa Beach, FL
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Date: 4/24/16 6:11 am
From: Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Long-billed Dowitchers, Zephyrhills

Hello,

Late yesterday evening I found 5 Long-billed Dowitchers still in the sunken retention pond in back of the Zephyr Commons shopping plaza in Zephyrhills. They are in almost full breeding plumage. Scope needed. A good mix of other sandpipers there also.

Kenneth F Tracey
<kftracey...>
New Port Richey FL


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Date: 4/23/16 6:17 pm
From: Will Johnson <willjohnson2000...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Vero Beach migrants
This morning in Vero Beach I walked outside in the morning to find flocks of hundreds of warblers flying low beneath the fog and fighting the west winds. I then proceeded to spend a little time in my neighborhood looking through overgrown, abandoned lots which ended up yielding 12 species (Ovenbird, Worm-Eating, Northern Waterthush, Black and White Warbler, Northern Parula, American Redstart, Cape May Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Black-Throated Blue Warbler, Palm Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Common Yellowthroat). I then biked up to the Riomar area of Vero Beach on the barrier island which is heavily wooded with oak and strangler fig trees where I found larger numbers of the species listed above as well as 2 new species of warbler (Black-Throated Green, and TENNESSEE!) which rounded off the day with 14 species of warblers. The warbler species and their numbers are listed below:

Warblers:
Ovenbird 15
Worm-Eating Warbler 10
Northern Waterthush 3
Black and White Warbler 30
Northern Parula 20
American Redstart 15
Cape May Warbler 50
Blackpoll Warbler 40
Black-Throated Blue Warbler 20
Palm Warbler 2
Prairie Warbler 10
Common Yellowthroat 5
Black-Throated Green Warbler 3 (all adult males!)
Tennessee Warbler 1 (My first spring sighting in Indian River County! male)

Other Migrants:
Spotted Sandpiper 3 (calling flyovers)
Merlin 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Barn Swallow 10
Purple Martin 1
Northern Rough-Winged Swallow 2 (probable pair)

I think that Indian River county has great migrant potential as evidenced by the numbers of warblers around today, but we need better birder coverage here!

Will Johnson
Vero Beach, FL
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Date: 4/23/16 5:16 pm
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fort De Soto Park ( 23 Apr 2016 )
Good evening,

Though there were NOT lots of birds at the park today there WAS a nice
variety reported including E. Wood-Pewee, Acadian Flycatcher, Eastern &
Gray Kingbird, Wood, Swainson's & Gray-cheeked Thrushes, Veery, Scarlet &
Summer Tanager, and 20 spp. of warblers (Ovenbird, Worm-eating, Northern
Waterthrush, Blue-winged, Black-&-white, Tennessee, Kentucky, Common
Yellowthroat, Hooded, American Redstart, Cape May, Northern Parula,
Magnolia, Yellow, Blackpoll, Black-throated Blue, Palm, Yellow-throated,
Prairie & Black-throated Green.

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL

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Date: 4/23/16 12:06 pm
From: PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Turkey Creek + Lori Wilson(Brevard)
To our delight a plethora of warblers awaited us at Turkey Creek Sanctuary this morning. The SCAS field trip led by Bill Haddad was an outstanding success; dozens of warblers were on the move in the Hammock. 9 species of warblers were seen, but many birds of several species, largest numbers include Cape May, Black and White, American Redstart, Northern Parula, Black-throated Blue. Ovenbird was crossing and re-crossing trail on my way out. Always it’s a thrill seeing the Swallow-tailed Kites.

I stopped at Lori Wilson at 11:30 and am always amazed that with hundreds of cars in parking and hundreds of people on beach, the Hammock was mostly devoted to birders. There were 9 species of warblers seen today with many Cape May, Black and White, Black-throated Blue, American Redstart, and Blackpoll. A few Ovenbird were seen and Claire spotted the Worm-eating for me on way out. The BLACK-WHISKERED VIREO came in to the big Gumbo-limbo(west side of Hammock) at 1 pm for me, and seen afterwards by a few birders. ( If I needed it for a lifer I’d take a chair and sit looking at the Gumbo)!. The most unusual bird in the Hammock today was a male BOBOLINK, spotted by Ted, up high in an oak tree!

Phyllis Mansfield,
Cocoa Beach, FL
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Date: 4/23/16 10:40 am
From: william haddad <photobill9...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Excellent SCAS walk at Turkey Creek this a.m.
Based on reports on this coast the last couple of days, and results I had two days ago, I did not expect much for today’s bird walk. I should have known it would be good, when I had more birds in the parking lot than I had in my entire trip there two days ago. About 8 people showed up for the walk, most got some good birds in the parking lot and I did not start the hike into the sanctuary until about quarter to 8. Had two really large flocks in the sanct. and some action in other places. Warblers I got my binocs on, not counting possible repeats:

1. Parula (5), heard others in many places.
2. Prairie (1)
3. Blackpoll (5)
4. Cape May (9)
5. Palm (1)
6. Black-throated Blue (10), including one female
7. Am. Redstart (9)
8. Black and White (8)
9. Ovenbird (1) seen by a member of the group after the walk – sorry I can’t recall your name!

There were many close looks and everyone saw at least some of each species and one participants had two of the Warblers as life birds – always gratifying on a bird walk. Also seen:

1. Yellow-billed Cuckoo
2. Swallow-tailed Kites
3. Carolina Wrens
4. Blue Jays
5. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers
6. Red-bellied Woodpecker
7. Cardinals
8. Catbirds
9. Boat-tailed Grackle
10. Great Egret
11. Wood Stork
12. Black Vulture
13. Mourning Dove
14. Great-crested Flycatcher – heard these several times from the trails but I finally found one in the parking lot at the end of the walk. So the outing ended as it began, with some activity in the parking lot!

Bill Haddad
Palm Bay, Fl.
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Date: 4/23/16 10:39 am
From: Tom <tledford1207...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lori Wilson Park Vireo
Pretty good morning at Lori Wilson Park. Seven warbler species, plus the Black-whispered Vireo which is continuing at that location. The following warblers were seen at that location:
Black and White Warbler
N. Parula
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Blackpoll Warbler
American Redstart.

Tom Ledford
Indialantic, FL
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Date: 4/22/16 1:41 pm
From: Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Nesting Black-hooded Parakeets

Hello,

This afternoon I found this pair of Black-hooded Parakeets in nest hole along Ballies Rd in New Port Richey. The larger male, I assume, was doing a strange head display which included enlarging its head then bobbing it up and down.
Of note was that this cavity was used last year by a Southeastern American Kestrel pair. Obvious completion for our native birds by these non-native cavity nesters.

Kenneth F Tracey
<kftracey...>
New Port Richey FL


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Date: 4/22/16 10:59 am
From: Andy Kratter <kratter...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Black-whiskered Vireo question
There are much more northerly records from Virginia (1991), North Carolina (1994, 2001) and Bermuda! (1999, 2015).

Andy Kratter
Gainesville, FL

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Date: 4/22/16 8:02 am
From: Christopher Ferro <lonelybirder43...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Black-whiskered Vireo continues at Lori Wilson Park / Brevard County
The Black-whiskered Vireo was seen this morning at Lori Wilson Park (from
about 8:30 to 9:30, when I had to leave) in the larger Gumbo Limbo tree
where it has been seen all week (northern part of the boardwalk, to the
right if you're walking north). Good looks, sub-par photos, and some
singing (not me, the bird, thank goodness).

Also saw a female Blackpoll Warbler, and a probable berry-stained female
Hooded Warbler (I was just getting bins on it when the Black-whiskered
Vireo flew past my view, so I had to choose which bird to watch....).
Otherwise, things were quiet, besides singing catbirds and cardinals and a
few grackle and Chimney Swift overflights.

Christopher Ferro
Melbourne/Brevard County
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Date: 4/22/16 6:34 am
From: John Ogden <jogden...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] FOUND Laser Pointer
I found a laser pointer (green) at 5:30pm Thursday, April 21 on the entrance trail to the Mulberry Trees at Ft. De Soto Park. Contact me if it is yours.

John Ogden
St. Petersburg

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Date: 4/21/16 7:03 pm
From: Rex Rowan <rexrowan...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Black-whiskered Vireo question
A first eBird record isn't the same as a first record; most eBird records
are concentrated into the past five years or so. There have been other St.
George Island records, but even more northerly was one seen at Orchard Pond
in northern Leon County on July 9, 1952 (according to Stevenson and
Anderson's *The Birdlife of Florida*).

Rex Rowan
Gainesville

On Thu, Apr 21, 2016 at 9:48 PM, Margie Wilkinson <wilmar4...>
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> A message was sent today to the FL Rare Bird Alert (FLARBA) that a
> Black-whiskered Vireo was spotted on St. George Island, Franklin County, in
> the FL panhandle. ( It was on private property so exact location not
> given.) Question: Is this the most northern sighting of this species? It
> was said to be the first ebird record for Franklin County.
>
> Margie Wilkinson
> Palm Harbor
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Date: 4/21/16 6:49 pm
From: Margie Wilkinson <wilmar4...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Black-whiskered Vireo question
A message was sent today to the FL Rare Bird Alert (FLARBA) that a
Black-whiskered Vireo was spotted on St. George Island, Franklin
County, in the FL panhandle. ( It was on private property so exact
location not given.) Question: Is this the most northern sighting of
this species? It was said to be the first ebird record for Franklin
County.

Margie Wilkinson
Palm Harbor
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Date: 4/21/16 6:09 pm
From: thomas malone <birdman6847...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Gray kingbirds at Honeymoon Island and Caladesi island state park
A bit late, for which I apologize, but on Monday the 18th, while assisting park rangers in bird surveys, we noted GRKI at both locations. They were in the Mangroves on the lee side of Caladesi and by the boat dock area on Honeymoon.

Tom Malone
Dunedin, Pinellas County

On April 21, 2016, at 11:36, Diane Reed <0000001567cad33a-dmarc-request...> wrote:

Greetings

  The Gray Kingbird that traditionally nests in St Augustine is back in town.  It can be heard before you see it at the intersection of San Marco and the Ripley's Museum.  It's flying back and forth between the parking deck and the powerlines and so far, there is only one.  Here's the bird and here's where I parked (15 minute parking there) across the street from the parking deck.

  thanks

Diane Reed

Vilano Beach

St Augustine, FL







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Date: 4/21/16 5:41 pm
From: <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Night Birding Lake County 4/20/16
Wow, Earl, that's impressive!. Nice effort for the BBA! Dotty RobbinsHigh Springs

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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Night Birding Lake County 4/20/16
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2016 18:58:16 +0000

I started last night at about 8:30pm looking for Chuck-wills-widows in the
remaining BBA Quads for Lake County and finished up at 4am this morning. In
spite of some high cloud cover that obscured the moon at various times I had
pretty good luck. I was able to find them in eleven different quads for a
total of 85 Chucks in Lake County and 1 in Marion County. I also had 8
Barred Owls.

Earl Horn (Bud)
Mount Dora, Fl

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Date: 4/21/16 3:29 pm
From: Joseph Knoll <jcknoll...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] time for you
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Date: 4/21/16 11:58 am
From: Earl Horn <earl_horn...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Night Birding Lake County 4/20/16
I started last night at about 8:30pm looking for Chuck-wills-widows in the
remaining BBA Quads for Lake County and finished up at 4am this morning. In
spite of some high cloud cover that obscured the moon at various times I had
pretty good luck. I was able to find them in eleven different quads for a
total of 85 Chucks in Lake County and 1 in Marion County. I also had 8
Barred Owls.

Earl Horn (Bud)
Mount Dora, Fl

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Date: 4/21/16 10:04 am
From: Andy Kratter <kratter...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Pacific Golden Plover
eBird ! eBird! eBird!

Reported yesterday:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29088807

Andy Kratter
Gaiensville, Florida

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Date: 4/21/16 9:40 am
From: Tom <tledford1207...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pacific Golden Plover
I just moved to Florida from North Carolina; I'm wondering if the plover is still present at the sod farm in Palm Beach County. I'm considering riding down from Brevard County to try for it. Thanks for any help.
Tom Ledford
Indialantic, FL
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Date: 4/21/16 8:36 am
From: Diane Reed <0000001567cad33a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] St Augustine birding - Gray Kingbird back in town
Greetings
The Gray Kingbird that traditionally nests in St Augustine is back in town. It can be heard before you see it at the intersection of San Marco and the Ripley's Museum. It's flying back and forth between the parking deck and the powerlines and so far, there is only one. Here's the bird and here's where I parked (15 minute parking there) across the street from the parking deck.
thanks
Diane Reed
Vilano Beach
St Augustine, FL







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Date: 4/21/16 7:40 am
From: Andy Kratter <kratter...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Cuban Birds as Caged Birds
For many different reasons, the Cuban Vireo in Key West is a almost certainly a natural vagrant, despite the Cubans predilection for keeping cage birds and traveling to the States. First, The Dry Tortugas are much closer to Cuba (108 or so miles) than they are to Miami, which is about 200 miles from the Dry Tortugas. Cubans traveling to Miami with exotic birds are unlikely to travel to Key West, an expensive tourist town at the end of a long drive with not much Cuban culture, and release their birds. Cuban immigrants may arrive in Key West now and then, but these folks are usually in makeshift boats and desperate for food and water and are incredibly unlikely to be bringing pet birds (as Robin Diaz pointed out when discussing grassquits and munias). Vireos may be kept occasionally, but no where near the numbers of brightly colored birds, like Red-legged Honeycreepers, or good singers like bullfinches and grasssquits. Lastly, as Jeff Bouton just pointed out on FB, Thick-billed Vireo, a closely related species to Cuban Vireo and also a non-migratory resident (but in the Bahamas not Cuba), has dispersed overwater several times to the US (about 65 miles), so a 100 miles overwater dispersal by the similar Cuban Vireo is not that far-fetched.

Andy Kratter
Gainesivlle, Florida

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Date: 4/20/16 2:55 pm
From: Barry Rossheim <nethoppers...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Cuban Birds as Caged Birds
While that does sound logical, I think that is more true about why Americans keep caged birds. In my experience the Cubans will put anything they can catch with feathers in a cage either for personal use or to sell. I have seen bullfinch to pigeons captive and for sale. Transporting wild birds to the USA is common enough for Cuban Officials to tell our group it is a problem when we visited in 2013 and 2016. I did see many caged Cuban Grassquit, so they are popular caged birds, but by no means are only colorful or melodious birds held captive.

My point is any bird native to Cuba found in the Miami area might have gotten there by airplane, even a Cuban Vireo. I am NOT saying the current Cuban Vireo is a caged bird, but I am saying I personally wouldn't drive to the FL Keys to see it. I did however drive to Jacksonville to see a Snowy Owl in 2013, which is one of the few birds I did not see caged when I was in Cuba.

Good luck to everyone going to see the vireo, it very well could have flown in from Cuba on vireo wings which is the most probable scenario.

Cheers,
Barry Rossheim
Venice, FL

Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 12:17:47 -0400
From: <rangelsaurus...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Cuban Vireo
To: <BRDBRAIN...>

Hi Barry,
As far as I know, the Cuban Vireo is not known for having a beautiful song like the Cuban Grassquit and does not have the striking colors of a Painted Bunting so they are not kept as cage birds. In the culture, it's all about the song/appearance that determines whether a species is sought after for the cage trade. Hope this helps.
Cheers,Rangel DiazMiami-Dade
On Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 12:11 PM, Barry Rossheim <nethoppers...> wrote:



How can you tell if a bird like a Cuban Vireo seen in southern Florida is a released caged bird or an accidental vagrant. When I was in Cuba last month Cuban Bullfinch, Painted Bunting, Cuban Oriole, Northern Mockingbird, etc were all in cages outside of buildings. When Cubans come into Miami birds are sedated and smuggled into the USA. It is a part of Cuban culture. I am not saying the vireo was a caged bird, I'm just asking how would anyone ever really know?

Barry Rossheim
Venice, FL

> Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 11:19:28 -0400
> From: <bevalhansen...>
> Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Cuban Vireo
> To: <BRDBRAIN...>
>
> Murray Gardler asked me to report that the Cuban Vireo was again seen
> and heard at 8:30 this morning (Wednesday) in the same location at
> Zachary Taylor State Park in Key West.
>
> Bev Hansen
> Spring Hill, FL
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Date: 4/20/16 12:53 pm
From: David Dees <davidkdeesjr...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Blue Grosbeak or Indigo Bunting
A local in my town hit a bird and was very upset. She wanting to know what
kind of bird.

And go! :-)


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Date: 4/20/16 12:24 pm
From: Jeff Hooks <jeff.hooks...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Cape May Warbler, Fort De Soto Park, Pinellas
Sea Grape flowering
a Cape May Warbler feasting
Fort De Soto Park

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Date: 4/20/16 11:31 am
From: Mark Eden <000000238cffadbe-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] backyard grossbeak still around (pics)
the rose breasted grosbeak has been a regular at my feeder since sunday. he was even there this morning. I left work early yesterday to try to get some shots from my tent blind. and then again this morning I had another first in backyard bird land a cape may warbler so cool. I am attaching a link of a photo gallery that has him in there along with some other backyard birds from yesterday and a few from turkey creek the last 2 weekends enjoy.

http://s151.photobucket.com/user/mrbass111/library/april%2020116


mark j. eden
palm bay, fl.

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Date: 4/20/16 11:18 am
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Waxwings and G.C.Flycatchers
Hello Birders.
I've been hearing Great Crested Flycatchers in my neighborhood since
early March and now there's a few pairs nesting within walking distance of
my house. A pair has acquired an old Red-bellied Woodpecker nest cavity for
their own and have started lining the nest with chicken feathers and they
use the nearby Pine Tree as a perch to hunt insects from, offering great
views.
Since November there's been a flock of Cedar Waxwings flying around in
the neighborhood but now that the Mulberries have started to ripen they
stay in or by the big Mulberry Tree down the street; I was hoping some
Orioles or other goodies would show up in the Mulberries but not yet. Good
Birding and God Bless.

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.

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Date: 4/20/16 9:17 am
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Cuban Vireo
Hi Barry,

As far as I know, the Cuban Vireo is not known for having a beautiful song
like the Cuban Grassquit and does not have the striking colors of a Painted
Bunting so they are not kept as cage birds. In the culture, it's all about
the song/appearance that determines whether a species is sought after for
the cage trade. Hope this helps.

Cheers,
Rangel Diaz
Miami-Dade

On Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 12:11 PM, Barry Rossheim <nethoppers...> wrote:

> How can you tell if a bird like a Cuban Vireo seen in southern Florida is
> a released caged bird or an accidental vagrant. When I was in Cuba last
> month Cuban Bullfinch, Painted Bunting, Cuban Oriole, Northern Mockingbird,
> etc were all in cages outside of buildings. When Cubans come into Miami
> birds are sedated and smuggled into the USA. It is a part of Cuban culture.
> I am not saying the vireo was a caged bird, I'm just asking how would
> anyone ever really know?
>
> Barry Rossheim
> Venice, FL
>
> > Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 11:19:28 -0400
> > From: <bevalhansen...>
> > Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Cuban Vireo
> > To: <BRDBRAIN...>
> >
> > Murray Gardler asked me to report that the Cuban Vireo was again seen
> > and heard at 8:30 this morning (Wednesday) in the same location at
> > Zachary Taylor State Park in Key West.
> >
> > Bev Hansen
> > Spring Hill, FL
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Date: 4/20/16 9:11 am
From: Barry Rossheim <nethoppers...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Cuban Vireo
How can you tell if a bird like a Cuban Vireo seen in southern Florida is a released caged bird or an accidental vagrant. When I was in Cuba last month Cuban Bullfinch, Painted Bunting, Cuban Oriole, Northern Mockingbird, etc were all in cages outside of buildings. When Cubans come into Miami birds are sedated and smuggled into the USA. It is a part of Cuban culture. I am not saying the vireo was a caged bird, I'm just asking how would anyone ever really know?

Barry Rossheim
Venice, FL

> Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2016 11:19:28 -0400
> From: <bevalhansen...>
> Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Cuban Vireo
> To: <BRDBRAIN...>
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> Murray Gardler asked me to report that the Cuban Vireo was again seen
> and heard at 8:30 this morning (Wednesday) in the same location at
> Zachary Taylor State Park in Key West.
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Date: 4/20/16 8:20 am
From: Bev Hansen <bevalhansen...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Cuban Vireo
Murray Gardler asked me to report that the Cuban Vireo was again seen
and heard at 8:30 this morning (Wednesday) in the same location at
Zachary Taylor State Park in Key West.

Bev Hansen
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Date: 4/19/16 8:34 pm
From: Richard Cressman <w_ouzel...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Specialties on Mary Help of Christians Center, Apr 19, 2016
East Lake, Tampa FL
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Excerpts from my observations tonight along our shore on East Lake

I was off campus all day, but the stilts were there when I got back, still actively feeding like they were very hungry as long I could see them in the dark. They seem to like our smorgasbord a lot, so may stick around for a while. They flush easily but just move to a different nearby area.

Another pleasant surprise were the BB Whistling Ducks. They even sounded off in flight for me. They were here in pairs last year. I am sure they do nest hear here but I have not determined where yet. I believe along the streams on the north side.

The spoonbill has been a regular visitor for the 4 years I have been here. I did see 2 once or twice.

A caveat: as spring comes and preparations for our great summer camp progresses, the place will become increasingly busy during the day all day in the summer. Also we will have a Cristo Rey High School starting in August (9th grade only for this year). That will increase our active youth activity. However our whole 120 acres of property are now accessible. Much of it will be used for camp, but some of it is still a semi-wild area, esp., along the stream on the north side.
Anyone who wants to search for nesters are esp. welcome, there are several species I am sure that nest on our property or in the near vicinity but haven't been able to verify them yet.

For a map of the area go to the ebird checklist.
You may email me at <r.cressman.xyz.1928...> if you wish to make some direct contact about coming to the property. I use the Hotmail only for Birdrain.

Rich Cressman
Tampa FL
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Subject: eBird Report - Mary Help of Christians Center, Apr 19, 2016

Mary Help of Christians Center, Hillsborough, Florida, US
Apr 19, 2016 6:40 PM - 7:15 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Dusk approaching. Few birds bu some special ones.
14 species (+1 other taxa)

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis) 8
Roseate Spoonbill (Platalea ajaja) 1
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) 2
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 2
Royal Tern (Thalasseus maximus) 3
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Date: 4/19/16 5:39 pm
From: Kate Petrella <ktpetrella...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Yellow House Finch, West Pasco
The male of the resident pair at my backyard feeders is light orange. (Venice)

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Date: 4/19/16 5:21 pm
From: Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Cape May & Red Silk CottonTree

Hello,

At 3:00pm I stopped by the Red Silk Cotton Tree at Wiltshire and Moog Rd in West Pasco. The tree had a lot of Cape May Warblers feeding on the nectar in the bottom of the red blossoms. Half the bird disappears when they drink the nectar. Also had several Baltimore Orioles there. At the Mulberry Tree near the state park off Cinema Drive a Swainson Thrush was feeding on the mulberrys along numerous Gray Catbirds.

Kenneth F Tracey
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Date: 4/19/16 12:01 pm
From: Larry Connor <llconnor52...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Yellow Footed & Legged Anhinga - Largo / Pinellas County
Dan,

Have you considered breeding versus non-breeding coloration?

Larry Connor
Eustis, FL

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 19, 2016, at 2:17 PM, Dale Goebel <sheirah11...> wrote:
>
> Ok folks,
>
> I sent a dear friend (one of our precious snowbird birders) a pic today and she sent me back a sequence of photos that her daughter had taken here at Largo Nature Preserve of a male Anhinga downing a large fish. I went from pic to pic, then I noticed feet seemed to be kind of drawn up, Hum, what???? They're not supposed to have Yellow legs and feet!!! I went back and thought the bill was awfully yellow as well. So the bird looks like a mature male Anhinga except for the legs, feet and bill.
>
> I did some research and can't find anything. The obvious would be a DC Cormorant Anhinga hybrid but it looks like an Anhinga.
>
> Help & Thanks!
>
> Dale
>
> S. Dale Goebel
> Dunedin, FL
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Date: 4/19/16 11:59 am
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Probable Cuban Vireo in Ft. Zachary Taylor SP, Key West
The bird continues as of 2:40pm!!

Rangel Diaz
Miami-Dade
On Apr 19, 2016 10:44 AM, "Bev Hansen" <bevalhansen...> wrote:

> Murray Gardler called to report that he and others saw a probable Cuban
> Vireo at 10 am this morning in Fort Zachary Taylor SP in Key West. The bird
> was singing. It has been well photographed, and attempts will be made to
> catch its song digitally.
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> Spring Hill, FL
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Date: 4/19/16 11:57 am
From: Dale Goebel <sheirah11...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Ignore: Yellow Footed & Legged Anhinga - Largo / Pinellas County
Thanks!

Dale


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Date: 4/19/16 11:16 am
From: Dale Goebel <sheirah11...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Yellow Footed & Legged Anhinga - Largo / Pinellas County
Ok folks,



I sent a dear friend (one of
our precious snowbird birders)
a pic today and she sent me
back a sequence of photos that
her daughter had taken here at
Largo Nature Preserve of a
male Anhinga downing a large
fish. I went from pic to pic,
then I noticed feet seemed to
be kind of drawn up, Hum,
what???? They're not supposed
to have Yellow legs and
feet!!! I went back and
thought the bill was awfully
yellow as well. So the bird
looks like a mature male
Anhinga except for the legs,
feet and bill.



I did some research and can't
find anything. The obvious
would be a DC Cormorant
Anhinga hybrid but it looks
like an Anhinga.



Help & Thanks!



Dale



S. Dale Goebel

Dunedin, FL




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Date: 4/19/16 11:06 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fort Desoto North Beach Whimbrel / Pinellas County
It is presently 2:00PM, Tuesday afternoon, for anyone at Fort Desoto, looking for a warbler alternative, the protected area along the gulf behind Pavilion #9 at North Beach is a goldmine of birds right now. The tide is high so the birds are gathered along the shore. In the last half hour we have recorded 32 species right here. Our highlights are a single Whimbrel, a single Piping Plover, 2 Wilson's Plovers, 8 Least Terns, a single white phase Great Egret, and 3 American Oystercatchers, along with loads of shorebirds and terns. Additionally at about 1 PM we had a single Worm-eating Warbler, same location as a week ago, at The North Beach Oak Woods.


Bob and Denise Lane

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Date: 4/19/16 10:52 am
From: PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lori Wilson Park, Cocoa Beach, Brevard Co.
Splendid mid-morning birding at Lori Wilson with Lora, Matt and Bill; I spotted a Red-eyed Vireo and said, “Too bad it isn’t a Black-whiskered Vireo”. In two seconds, I exclaimed, “It is a BLACK-WHISKERED VIREO”!!! It was originally on south side of Hammock, south of boardwalk, but seems to prefer the big Gumbo-Limbo, (which still has lots of ‘food’ )to the north of boardwalk(west side of Hammock). It was seen with a RED-EYED VIREO and a BLUE-HEADED VIREO was nearby. A YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO flew from same area.

At the feeder a male PAINTED BUNTING was observed. All over the place, Gray Catbirds are singing; they will soon leave our area!

Warblers today:

Worm-eating
Black and White-several -m,f
Cape May-several stunning m, a few f
Blackpoll
Palm-1
Prairie-several mostly m(singing)

Phyllis Mansfield,
Cocoa Beach, FL
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Date: 4/19/16 7:50 am
From: Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Yellow House Finch, West Pasco

Hello,

Just found a singing male yellowish House Finch at the Duck Slough shopping plaza in West Pasco.

Kenneth F Tracey
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Date: 4/19/16 7:44 am
From: Bev Hansen <bevalhansen...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Probable Cuban Vireo in Ft. Zachary Taylor SP, Key West
Murray Gardler called to report that he and others saw a probable Cuban
Vireo at 10 am this morning in Fort Zachary Taylor SP in Key West. The
bird was singing. It has been well photographed, and attempts will be
made to catch its song digitally.

Bev Hansen
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Date: 4/18/16 1:41 pm
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Subject: [BRDBRAIN] stop mail
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Date: 4/18/16 1:03 pm
From: Richard Cressman <w_ouzel...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Black-necked Stilts East Lake Tampa
4/18/16

Mary Help of Christian Center, Tampa FL

2 Black-necked Stilts present at 10 am and still there at 4 pm actively feeding in the shallows along the shoreline of East Lake.

They were reported on Friday. I didn't get to look for them over the weekend, but those days are rather busy at out place, probably too much so for these to be foraging here. There is plenty of other shore line available.

Rich Cressman

Tampa FL

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Date: 4/18/16 12:05 pm
From: Jeff Hooks <jeff.hooks...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Great Crested Flycatcher, Abercrombie Park, Pinellas
isn't it garish!
the Great Crested Flycatcher
in bougainvillea

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St. Petersburg, FL
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Date: 4/18/16 11:09 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bay Care Pond Dark-morph Short-tailed Hawk / Pinellas County
A first time sighting for us at BayCare Pond and our adjacent backyard was a dark-morph Short-tailed Hawk, soaring overhead for about fifteen minutes around 1:15PM today, Monday. Of recent times, Steve and Jane Mann, who live just to the northeast, have had one actually in a tree in their backyard . Both sighting areas are just south of the heavily wooded parks of Kapok and Del Oro, good locations for this species to expand its range in Pinellas County. Some of the other highlights at the pond were another first sighting for this location, of a Gray Kingbird, in the parking lot to the north of the pond, the continuing three male ducks, a Redhead, a Blue-winged Teal, and a Lesser Scaup, and out of the ordinary, three female Red-breasted Mergansers. One of the resident Green Herons could be found at the west end. A pair of Black-hooded Parakeets can be found nesting in a hole in the top of the wooden pole on the southeast corner of Drew Street and McMullen Booth Road. BayCare Pond is in eastern Clearwater west of the intersection of Bayview Avenue and Virginia Avenue.


Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 4/18/16 10:44 am
From: Mark Eden <000000238cffadbe-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] best backyard birding weekend ever
on top of my 6 painted buntings, brown thrashers, chipping sparrows etc on Saturday I had a Baltimore oriole land in my back yard. it was only the second time I have seen one in florida. then an hour later an indigo bunting landed in my honnysuckle and posed for about 3 minutes. and If that was not great enough on sunday late afternoon I got a real surprise. a male rose breasted grosbeak landed at my feeder and fed. and came back several times before the sun went down. not a bad weekend just sitting in my lazyboy!

mark j.. eden
palm bay, fl.

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Date: 4/17/16 7:02 pm
From: Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Inland Sandpipers, West Pasco

Hello,

This afternoon at the Starkey Ranch Development in west Pasco I found the following sandpipers at the numerous retention ponds in this development;

1 White-rumped Sandpiper
4 Spotted Sandpiper
2 Solitary Sandpiper
2 Greater Yellowlegs
4 Black-necked Stilt
22 Least Sandpiper

Kenneth F Tracey
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New Port Richey FL


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Date: 4/17/16 2:31 pm
From: Kathy Duncan <0000004a435ff409-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Prothonotary with spot on head Pinellas Co 4/14/2016
Hello Everyone,

Thanks for your replies. Most people suggested that it was stains from eating mulberries.

Also one person wondered if it could be stains from food eaten in Central America. Or stains from its normal habitat.

Here is a link with more thoughts on the subject.

http://www.ilbirds.com/index.php?topic=53013.0

Thanks again.

Kathy Duncan
Clearwater, FL

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Date: 4/17/16 10:56 am
From: Eric Plage <ericplage...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Prothonotary with spot on head Pinellas Co 4/14/2016
Mulberry juice from eating the berries.

Eric Plage
St Pete, FL
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> On Apr 15, 2016, at 7:10 PM, Kathy Duncan <0000004a435ff409-dmarc-request...> wrote:
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> Hello Everyone,
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> I saw this protonotary warbler at Ft. Desoto yesterday in the Arrowhead picnic area. Wondering what the spot is on the head of the bird? Any ideas? Stain was suggested.
>
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> Kathy Duncan
> Clearwater,FL.
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Date: 4/17/16 9:52 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Largo Canada Geese / Pinellas County
A little after the fact, but probably noteworthy, last evening, Saturday, about 7:45PM, while traveling eastbound on East Bay Drive just west of the Starkey/Keene Road intersection, two Canada Geese passed low over us heading south and appearing to be going down in the direction of The East Bay Golf Club.


Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 4/17/16 9:01 am
From: Bev Hansen <bevalhansen...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fwd: [FLARBA] 4/16/16--Pacific Golden Plover, Palm Beach County (continues)
Murray Gardler left a message on my answering machine saying that the
Pacific Golden-Plover was in its usual spot at 8:45 this morning
(Sunday), but that you had to be determined to find it.

Bev Hansen
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Subject: [FLARBA] 4/16/16--Pacific Golden Plover, Palm Beach County
(continues)
Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2016 19:12:49 -0400
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4/16/16--Pacific Golden Plover, Palm Beach County, Sod Farms, Six Mile
Bend. Observers: M. Ob. Directions: Seen on sod field at Six Mile Bend
on CR 880 east of Belle Glade. From Belle Glade, continue east on CR
880 (E. Canal St) to a sign that says Six Mile Bend. Park and scan sod
field to the right (south). Pacific Golden Plover seen in company with
Black-bellied Plovers. The Plovers will sometimes sit on a berm located
at the east side of the field. Other times they will forage in the
field. An eBird report with map and photos can be seen at

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S28868931

Coordinates to the spot are a follows:
26° 38' 52" N 80° 34' 32" W

*Be very careful when observing from the side of the road. The shoulder
is very narrow and traffic on CR880 will sometimes travel at high
speeds.
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Date: 4/17/16 9:00 am
From: Renne Leatto <renne...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Prothonotary with spot on head Pinellas Co 4/14/2016
We saw several stained birds yesterday. Pretty sure that's what it is.

Renee Leato
Windermere, Orange County



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From: Kathy Duncan [mailto:<kate7angels...>]
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Subject: Prothonotary with spot on head Pinellas Co 4/14/2016

Hello Everyone,

I saw this protonotary warbler at Ft. Desoto yesterday in the Arrowhead picnic area. Wondering what the spot is on the head of the bird? Any ideas? Stain was suggested.


Kathy Duncan
Clearwater,FL.

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Date: 4/17/16 6:11 am
From: Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Blackpoll Warblers, Green Key

Hello,

We spent 1 hour at the funnel this morning and counted 225 warblers. Most were flying high but we did identify;
20 Palm
15 Blackpoll (first of the migration)
2 Prairie
1 Cape May
1 Black-and-White
1 Prothonotary
1 Northern Parula

Also had our first ever Eastern Phoebe migrating through the funnel.

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Date: 4/17/16 5:43 am
From: Susan Pulling Robinson <spulling...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bluebirds! Jerry Lake, Dunedin
I have been keeping a records for Jerry Lake since 2006, and these are the first
Bluebirds ever! Obviously there are no owls in the box. I will have to put up some Bluebird boxes!

Susan Pulling Robinson, Dunedin, FL


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Date: 4/16/16 6:32 pm
From: Dale Goebel <sheirah11...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fred Howard Park - Tarpon Springs - Pinellas County eBird report
Hello,



Clearwater Audubon Society had a field trip/walk this morning at Howard Park. It was a lovely morning for birding. We had one new bird to add to the park list (once approved of course)…a Magnolia Warbler seen by myself, Mad Bohrer, Mardy Hornsby and Cuneyt Yilmaz at the mulberry area. He was gorgeous!!



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Great birding,

Dale



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Date: 4/16/16 6:24 pm
From: Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] RFI -- Pacific Golden Plover
Hi all,

Have there been any reports of the Pacific Golden Plover today? The latest
reports I remember seeing (and found in my search) were from yesterday.

Just though I'd check before potentially heading down there tomorrow.

Thanks,

Janet Leavens
Oviedo, FL

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Date: 4/16/16 3:01 pm
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Thick-billed Vireo @ John U. Lloyd State Park, Broward 4/16/16
Just saw this posted on the Tropical Audubon Society Bird Board by Mark
Berney,

Thick-billed Vireo @ John U. Lloyd State Park, Broward:

http://www.tropicalaudubon.org/blog/bird-board/thick-billed-vireo-at-john-u-lloyd-state-park-broward

Good luck to those chasing!

Rangel Diaz
Miami-Dade

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Date: 4/16/16 12:51 pm
From: Diane Reed <0000001567cad33a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] St Augustine - Northern Fulmar
Greetings
This bird was picked up this morning on the GTM NERR (St Augustine) beaches during turtle patrol. Unfortunately, it deceased after an hour or two after transporting it to the office. Third photo is post-mortem. Photos can be seen on <BRDBRAIN...>

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Date: 4/16/16 11:53 am
From: PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lori Wilson Prk, Cocoa Beach, Brevard
It was great to see so many birding friends today at Lori Wilson Park! Blustery winds from the NE seemed to keep the birds from yesterday in the Hammock. However activity wasn’t much before 9 am, quiet after 11:30. It was a lot more work today tracking down the warblers; low or mid-section of the trees. I birded with Camille and Bob today. Many Gray Catbirds were still around, singing, calling and picking through the leaves and we hoped one would turn into a Swainson’s (no). There was a Red-eyed Vireo and the most uncommon today-a Green Heron! Bob spotted a very yellow-breasted, white undertail bird(maybe the Yellow-breasted Chat), but after much effort we couldn’t relocate. He also had an “orangy-necked” bird that wasn’t relocated(possible Blackburnian).

Warblers:

Ovenbird
Worm-eating-6-8
Black and White-6-8
Common Yellowthroat-2
American Redstart-2, m, f
Cape May-at least 8-10, m,f
Northern Parula
Blackpoll-1 m(maybe 2)
Black-throated Blue, m
Prairie-12, m,f

Phyllis Mansfield,
Cocoa Beach, FL
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Date: 4/16/16 11:45 am
From: william haddad <photobill9...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bird walk at Turkey Creek Sanct. this a.m. - results

Despite the threatening weather, about 10 birders came for the bird walk and all birded well into the
Morning and some stayed until after 12! Unfortunately, it was a slow morning, perhaps because of the
Unusual winds, although it did pick up some after 10:30. The list of sightings is a collective list, although all
Who stayed very late saw the great majority of these birds. The birds were very scattered and not in large
Flocks and generally did not forage long in any spot:

Warblers seen:

1. BLACK AND WHITE (4)
2. PARULA (3, more heard)
3. OVENBIRD (2)
4. WORM-EATING (3)
5. PRAIRIE (1)
6. CAPE MAY (2)
7. HOODED (1)
8. BLACK-THROATED BLUE (1)

Three Vireo species were seen -Blue-headed, Yellow-throated and Red-eyed. Swallow-tailed Kites were seen late, once in the parking lot as we were leaving. Also seen were a Carolina Wren, Cardinals, Catbirds, several Purple Martins, Red-shouldered Hawk, White Ibis and Little-Blue Heron in the air, Black Vulture, Mourning Dove and a Wood Duck.

A nice surprise as we were leaving were two male Indigo Buntings adjacent to the parking lot. The length of the walk
and time spent, especially because much was seen late, made this only an o.k. day – perhaps better if started later. But
the participants were intrepid and it was a pleasant morning.

Bill Haddad
Palm Bay, Fl.
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Date: 4/16/16 9:05 am
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lazuli Bunting - Sugar Hill Campground, St. George Island State Park, Franklin County - 4/10/2016 - Video Post
Hi All,

Sorry for the late post but have chased birds twice this week in Florida from metro Atlanta and just now catching up.

I had been wanting to see a Lazuli Bunting in the southeast for some years but it had just never quite worked out. I saw Karen Chaisson's eBird report on Wednesday the 6th but was hoping for more and later sighting confirmations prior to chasing the bird as I had to wait until the weekend at least. Well, no reports on the bunting were to be seen through Saturday evening on the 9th so I was kind of wistfully letting the bird go until... right before bed I made a final sweep of Florida listservs for any good news and found John Murphy's earlier 10:24pm Saturday night post of his sighting of the Lazuli that day at around 4pm!

Gloriosky! Instead of going to bed then I packed up a little bit and headed for the coastal Florida panhandle arriving about 380 miles distant at the Sugar Hill Campground of the Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park in Franklin County at about 9:15 Sunday morning, and refound the bird at about 10:45! It was really great to meet Bill Phelan and the other Lazuli chasers who arrived later in the morning, I think everyone was able to see the bunting.

Relocated with several Indigo Buntings near or in campsite 58 and 60 at about 10:45am.
Coordinates: 29.7205675,-84.74603
GPS: N 29 43.234 W 84 44.762

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I was able to get a little handheld phonescoped video of the Lazuli which some may enjoy. The video clips and still frames can be downloaded at the

041016 Lazuli Bunting St George Island SP FL

folder on my Box site at:

https://app.box.com/shared/2yxtdkm3ta

All also easily available on Flickr at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/50282116@N04/

Handheld phonescoped video and still frames may be best viewed on a large screen.

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A quick and easy view of some still frames of the bird can be had via the eBird checklist as well:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S28973121

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Information concerning how to use Apple MOV movie files can be read in my MOV Video File How-To.txt available at:

http://www.box.com/s/ojj2lap6sayrj83n9zzx

Some of the video files on the site can be a bit large and may take some minutes to download if you don't have high-speed internet access, but it may be best to download them to your desktop or somewhere on your computer before running them in QuickTime. That way they may run faster and you can keep them if you like them too. Being handheld and usually at a very high magnification they can sometimes get a little jittery, but they are still worth a look, especially since you can drag through frame by frame in QuickTime and pause the video on the best parts, playing at half speed in QuickTime can also be a good idea.

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Thanks again Florida and Good Birding All!

Mark

Mark McShane
Georgia Birder-At-Large
Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Date: 4/16/16 5:05 am
From: Allan Stern <00000014b7b0d186-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Green Heron
7:30am EDT
Snapped this beautiful Green Heron on my dock this morning.
Satellite Beach, Florida, 16 April 2016.

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Date: 4/16/16 4:54 am
From: Roy Peterson <scrubjay33...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bird Call
HI and thanks to the many of you who made suggestions regarding the calls I heard in my yard. I have played every call mentioned and many more but can not come up with exactly what I heard. As I said the call was fairly loud and the tone REMINDED me of an Osprey; also the tempo of the 3 or 4 notes was similar to some calls of the Titmouse but it was a call I have never heard before and the bird has not returned, at least while I was in earshot.
The birds mentioned so far have been: Gray KingbirdGreat Crested FlycatcherRed-winged BlackbirdBluejayTufted Titmouse
I also heard from a couple of folks who have heard the same call and are also stumped. I am beginning to think that it probably was an aberration - a familiar bird making an unusual call. I am beginning to think it was a Tufted Titmouse with an unusually loud call and instead of the two-noted "Peter-Peter" call, it was doing the "Pete-Pete-Pete-Pete" call as they often do.
If I hear it again I will try to record it.

Roy Peterson, DeBary, Volusia County

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Date: 4/16/16 4:46 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER CONTINUES, Palm Beach County - 4/13/2016
The Pacific Golden-Plover is present in field with Black-bellied Plovers.
Michael Brothers
Ponce Inlet

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> On Apr 13, 2016, at 10:17 AM, Mark McShane <marksmcshane...> wrote:
>
> Hi All,
>
> About 10 birders have seen THE PACIFIC this morning in the location previously posted.
>
> We had a scare when 15 Black-bellied Plovers got up heading east finally out of scope range 2 plus miles out, but Trey McCuen with me relocated the Pacific here.
>
> Cory Callaghan's eBird checklist with location information and photos:
>
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S28868931
>
> Nice end to an all-night drive!
>
> Good Chasing All!
>
> Mark
>
> Mark McShane
> Georgia Birder-At-Large
> Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Date: 4/16/16 3:57 am
From: william haddad <photobill9...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Update on today's bird walk at Turkey Creek
Still on for later if the rain stops, although will commence later when, and if, it does stop. If there is interest, we can
reschedule for tomorrow morning. Anyway, I will be there this morning to greet and update anyone who comes
who does not read this……Bill Haddad…Palm Bay

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Date: 4/15/16 6:50 pm
From: Patricia Burns <0000000a73dd8fad-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Cedar Keys, Levy Co. 4/14 & 15, 2016

Seventeen warbler species were seen in Cedar Keys during the last 2
days. Plus Summer & Scarlet Tanagers, Blue & Rose-breasted Grosbeaks,
Indigo Buntings, Orchard Orioles, and a Grasshopper Sparrow.

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Date: 4/15/16 5:17 pm
From: Rangel Diaz <rangelsaurus...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fork-tailed Flycatcher, Monroe Country 4/15/16
The following was posted (with a photo) on the Florida rarity FaceBook
pages by Stuart Pimm;

New garden bird. Fork-tailed flycatcher.

Now, my garden is at Mariner's Club, Key Largo, which is a gated private
property that will not let you in. 97501 Overseas Highway. However, this
bird moved to the road —route 1 and would have been easily visible from
it. Park at ShellWorld, then walk south on the median side (which is
where Shell world is) 50 metres or so, until you are opposite the entrance
to the property.

Good luck to those chasing!

Cheers,
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Miami-Dade

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Date: 4/15/16 4:10 pm
From: Kathy Duncan <0000004a435ff409-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Prothonotary with spot on head Pinellas Co 4/14/2016
Hello Everyone,

I saw this protonotary warbler at Ft. Desoto yesterday in the Arrowhead picnic area. Wondering what the spot is on the head of the bird? Any ideas? Stain was suggested.


Kathy Duncan
Clearwater,FL.

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Date: 4/15/16 3:20 pm
From: Eddie Rizer <eddierizer...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Bird call
Hey Roy,
Blue Jays often impersonate the cry of a hawk and have fooled me many times. They're not as loud as a hawk but a Blue Jay that's 20 yards away will sound like a hawk that's 50 yards away, they do a very good impersonation.

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Date: 4/15/16 2:04 pm
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach Least Tern Bonanza
At about 4:00PM today, Friday, after the heavy rains, there were 58+ Least Terns on this Pinellas County beach. With the tide level of Old Tampa Bay appearing to be high, and no vehicles or people to cause disturbance, the east end of the beach was full of birds. 32 species were recorded during my half hour visit. Some of the other birds of interest were 16 Red Knots, 24 Sandwich Terns, 2 Caspian Terns, 2 Wilson's Plovers, and 92 Black Skimmers. Just offshore were 2 Horned Grebes in breeding plumage and 2 female Red-breasted Mergansers. Visible to the west by the pollution control facility were the regularly seen 2 Reddish Egrets. At the end of nearby Bayview Avenue, were 2 lingering Spotted Sandpipers in breeding plumage. Along with what is listed were plenty of other terns and shorebirds. CCC Beach is located on the eastern edge of the city of Clearwater opposite the intersection of SR60 and Damascus Road.


Bob Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 4/15/16 1:28 pm
From: PHYLLIS & HOWARD <hpmans...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lori Wilson Park, Cocoa Beach, Brevard Co.
Finally the weather pattern was in our favor at Lori Wilson in Cocoa Beach! Rain yesterday dropped in quite a few warblers, and north wind may keep then in another day. Fun birding today with Kitty, Rachel and Nate.

Also saw a BLUE GROSBEAK in the Hammock.

Warblers:

Ovenbird
Worm-eating-2 or 3
Black-and White-, 6-m.f
Common Yellowthroat-1 m
American Redstart-2 m
Cape May-at least 8 m,f-mostly male
Northern Parula-2 m, f
Blackburnian-1 m, thanks to Nate
Blackpoll-1 m
Black-throated Blue—2 m
Palm-2
Prairie-12-m, f, mostly male
Yellow-breasted Chat-1 m-continuing from a few days this week. Lifer for Rachel and Nate!

Phyllis Mansfield,
Cocoa Beach, FL
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Date: 4/15/16 11:49 am
From: Robert Penhollow <bobpenhollow...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] temporary unsubscribe
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Date: 4/15/16 11:21 am
From: Eric Plage <ericplage...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Triathlon @ Fort De Soto Park, Tomorrow, 4/16
Attention All,

There is a triathlon going on at Fort De Soto Park tomorrow morning from
7am-930am, this means that birders hoping to see any migrants that have
been knocked down by the presumed front this evening will not be able to
access the park during that time period......just a heads up......

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St. Petersburg, FL

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Date: 4/15/16 11:06 am
From: Richard Cressman <w_ouzel...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] East Lake at MHC, Tampa significant 2s

East Lake at Mary Help of Christians Center, Tampa

Significant 2s - possible pairing


Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) 2

- The first time I've seen these in the 4 years I have been here. According to ebird, these have rarely been seen in the immediate area.

Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 2

Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) 2

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
?American Coot (Fulica americana) 3
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 2 One in winter plumage one in summer plumage
Least Tern (Sternula antillarum) 3 On the ground and still in winter plumage

Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 3 (active nest nearby)
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1 (active nest nearby)


View the checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S28962919

Richard Cressman
Tampa FL



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Date: 4/15/16 10:10 am
From: Roy Peterson <scrubjay33...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bird call
Hi all ear birders!
I heard a bird calling from the top of a very large Holly tree in my backyard this noon. It consisted of four  and sometimes three loud, clear notes in fairly rapid succession. In tone and volume it reminded me of an Osprey's call. I never saw the bird clearly as it flew away on the opposite side of the tree but I got the impression that it was medium sized, no larger than a jay or Mockingbird (which I at first thought it was until the call kept repeating with no change in tone or volume.) I played all the possible calls I have and could not find anything that matched it. Any ideas?
Roy Peterson, DeBary, Volusia County

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Date: 4/15/16 9:08 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Our First Gray Knigbird Of The Season / Pinellas County
Today, Friday, about 11:45AM, Denise spotted our first of the season Gray Kingbird on the southwest corner of 7th Avenue NE and Bayshore Drive NE at far north end of Vinoy Park in downtown Saint Petersburg. The bird seemed very territorial chasing all the other birds including Red-bellied Woodpecker, Blue Jay, and Eurasian Collared-Dove. On the beach to the northeast in adjacent North Shore Park, were good numbers of Sandwich Terns, Marbled Godwits, Short-billed Dowitchers, Dunlins, Western Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plovers, and Sanderlings.


Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 4/15/16 8:33 am
From: william haddad <photobill9...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Prothonotary Warbler and 8 other Warbler species at Turkey Creek this morning
The “bad” weather brought “good” birds in. Warblers seen:

1. Parula (4, heard many more)
2. Prairie (2)
3. Black throated Blue (1)
4. Ovenbird (1)
5. Common Yellowthroat (1)
6. Black and White (5)
7. Am. Redstart (1)
8. Worm-eating (1)
9. Prothonatary (1)

Also saw a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Cooper’s Hawk and a singing Blue-headed Vireo, among other birds. Hope
the weather stays “bad” for tomorrows SCAS bird walk there. Leaving the parking lot at 7:35.

Bill Haddad
Palm Bay, Fl.
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Date: 4/15/16 7:20 am
From: Audrey Whitlock <Ajw...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pacific Golden Plover continues west Palm Beach, 6 mile bend
Bird observed in same original location from 0715-0915 this morning. 5 observers

Audrey Whitlock, Merritt Island FL & Nags Head NC

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Date: 4/14/16 2:22 pm
From: Robert Epstein <rob77897...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Panama pics
For those of you who might be interested, I’ve posted photos from my recent trip to Panama on Flickr.

https://flic.kr/s/aHskwGtkBN

Regards,

Robert Epstein
Parrish, Florida
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Date: 4/14/16 11:18 am
From: william haddad <photobill9...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Good birding this a.m. at West Regional Wetland
This place was called Indian River County Wetlands Treatment Facility, as it appears in the East Section of the Great Florida Birding Trail publications. Arrived about 8am and met up with Carolyn Cimino and her group at 9. Highlights of the morning:

1. Three Least Bitterns seen simultaneously in a roughly 50 foot area. Most I have seen that close together.

2. Four Snail Kites.

3. Four Black-crowned Night Herons

4. One Wilson’s Snipe – seen after the group left.

5. Two Black-necked Stilts.

6. One Sora.

Some thirty other species seen included Blue Jays, B.T. Grackles, R.W. Blackbirds, Mottled and Mallard Ducks,
Blue-winged Teal, Anhinga, Great Egret, Common Moorhen, White Ibis, Am. Coot, Little Blue Heron, Green Heron, Cormorant, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Gl. Ibis, Osprey, Catbird, Mockingbird, Tricol. Heron, Bald Eagle, Lesser Scaup, M. Dove, Wood Stork, Yellowlegs (probably a Lesser), Common Yellowthroat, Fish Crow, Cattle Egret, Snowy Egret and a
Pied-billed Grebe.

Here’s hoping for some nasty wet weather so the migrants come down for the Turkey Creek Sanct. Bird walk this
Sat. at 7:30 a.m. To say that it has been slow there so far is an understatement.

Bill Haddad
Palm Bay, Fl.



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Date: 4/14/16 7:43 am
From: <anhinga42...> <anhinga42...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bunche Beach press release


All, 
I've included an initial press release about Bunche Beach below.  The work is scheduled to have been finished by now, so if it isn't yet, I'd expect short of a lasting problem it will be soon.

Charlie EwellCape Coral, <FLanhinga42...>






Bunche Beach roadway to receive improvements Fort Myers, FL, March 29, 2016 — Visitors to San Carlos Bay-Bunche Beach Preserve will see improvements made to the drainage on the road approaching the popular destination next month. Crews
working for Lee County’s Department of Transportation will work along John Morris Road from 7 a.m. Monday, April 11, until the evening of Tuesday, April 12. Visitors heading to the beach during that time will be able to use the parking lot by the preserve
restroom and take the pedestrian walkway to the beach; no drivers will be permitted down the road and beachfront parking will be closed at that time. Bunche’s two paddlecraft launches, two wildlife viewing and fishing piers, 310-foot boardwalk and restrooms
will not be affected by the road closure. An electronic message board will be in place to alert drivers. For more information, visit Lee County Parks & Recreation at www.leeparks.org.
 
 



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Date: 4/14/16 6:48 am
From: Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Green Key, West Pasco

Hello,

With a light Northeast Wind this morning warblers were moving past the causeway (Green Key Funnel). From 6:45 to 7:45 am, 70 warblers were counted with the following identified: 15 Palm, 6 Prairie, 2 Cape May, and 1 Black-throated Blue. A Merlin was following the warblers along with sightings of Gray Kingbird and Scarlet Tanager. Early 2 Chuck-wills-widow were calling along Green Key Rd.

Kenneth F Tracey
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Date: 4/14/16 4:45 am
From: Bill Argo <billargo...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bunche Beach
Has John Morris road just in front of Bunche Beach been opened yet? I was there on Tuesday of this week and there was no access to the beach.

Thanks for any info.

Bill Argo
N. Ft. Myers (Lee County)

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Date: 4/13/16 6:24 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Marion County birding
Kayaking on Silver River from Silver Springs State Park in Marion County.
We heard/saw:
Prothonotary Warbler
White-eyed Vireo(s)
Carolina Wren
Pileated Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Anhinga - many in nests, roosting
Double-crested Cormorants
Pied-billed Grebe
Wood Ducks - 2 Females with 5-6 ducklings each
White Ibis
Snowy Egret
Great Egret
Great Blue Heron

group of 15+ Rhesus Monkeys
2 Barred Owls, calling back and forth.

WONDERFUL day out on Silver River!



Monkeys, Monkeys everywhere!





Barred Owl


Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!


Alice Horst
Marion County, Fl.


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Date: 4/13/16 4:43 pm
From: Lauren Deaner <lauren.deaner...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Nelsons/Saltmarsh Sparrow at Ft. DeSoto 4/12
I contacted Dr. Elphick from University of Connecticut. This is indeed one
of their birds banded by the SHARP project. The bands indicate a male bird,
but the banding location can't be narrowed down without the number on the
federal band. It was one of their sites from MA, NJ, or CT. Sometimes,
even if you can get partial numbers on the silver band, they can narrow it
down a little.

Of the birds I have banded on Shell Key (just north of Ft. DeSoto), we have
had one Saltmarsh Sparrow resighted at Rachel Carson Preserve in Maine. All
of the birds banded at Shell Key have 3 color bands and a silver band.
Nelson's Sparrows will have a hot pink band and Saltmarsh will have a Green
band.

If you would like to know more about the SHARP project, you can visit
http://www.tidalmarshbirds.org/wp-content/uploads/downloads/2012/06/SHARP_Banding_SOP.pdf

Observations of banded birds are fantastic, especially when they are so
hard to see just the bird! Observations like these have provided valuable
information about migratory connectivity for these species.

Excellent Spot!

Lauren Deaner
Riverview, FL



On Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 2:05 PM, Breanna Perry <serena933...>
wrote:

> I am attaching 2 photos I took of a sharp-tailed sparrow (not sure
> which). This was taken at about 3:30PM 4/12 just north of North Beach on
> the little jetty where all the shorebirds and reddish egret hang out (high
> tide). There were actually two sparrows there, and at least one was
> banded. There were also three whimbrels hanging out at the same location
> with two oyster catchers.
>
> Also saw a nighthawk land on the old owl's nest at Gulf Pier picnic tables
> about 2:30PM.
>
> At Tierra Verde pond just north of the park, there were many frigates
> diving in the water up close at about 11AM.
>
> My other best birds of the day were black-throated blue, summer tanager,
> scarlet tanager, indigo bunting, blackpoll warbler, merlin, wood thrush.
>
> Happy birding!
> Breanna Perry
> Spring Hill, FL
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Date: 4/13/16 2:47 pm
From: Bill Argo <billargo...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Bunche Beach
Hi all

Tried to go to Bunche Beach yesterday, but road was closed. Anyone know when it will reopen. Really, really want to see the Avocet herd.

Many thanks,

Bill Argo
N. Ft. Myers (Lee County)

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Date: 4/13/16 11:46 am
From: Daniel Estabrooks <000000078b08fc2d-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Loyce Harpe Park, Bartow/Mulberry
I wanted to pass along my eBird list from Loyce Harpe Park yesterday, since it's a little-known (but quite good) birding site. Best birds were Summer Tanager and Northern Waterthrush. Nothing else really notable, but definitely a good diversity of species.
Loyce E. Harpe Park (Carter Rd.), Polk, Florida, US
Apr 12, 2016 6:55 AM - 11:10 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 mile(s)
Comments:    Walked the main beginner trail from the mountain bike trailhead through Ivy, Sprinkler Hill, and The Field, past Puff N' Stuff, and Moonwalk, across the West Clay Rd., past The Moe and The Beast, and through Modelo Hwy. I then walked the South Clay Road and the 1st Finger before turning around and walking the West Clay Road and the main entrance road back to the trailhead where I started.
46 species

Northern Bobwhite  1
Wood Stork  1
Double-crested Cormorant  13
Anhinga  3
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  3
Little Blue Heron  3
Cattle Egret  5
Green Heron  1    Perched weirdly at the very top of a large hardwood tree.
White Ibis  7
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  2
Osprey  3
Red-shouldered Hawk  4    I heard nestlings calling and saw and heard both adults, but I was never able to locate the nest among the leaves and dense Spanish moss.
Common Gallinule  1
Limpkin  1
Sandhill Crane  2
White-winged Dove  2
Mourning Dove  4
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  7
Downy Woodpecker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
White-eyed Vireo  5
Blue-headed Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  6
Fish Crow  4
Purple Martin  2
Tufted Titmouse  4
House Wren  2
Carolina Wren  12
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Gray Catbird  13
Northern Waterthrush  1    In the exact same location where I found one a couple weeks ago. Presumably the same bird, which makes me wonder if it overwintered here. I heard waterthrush-like "chink!" calls in three other places along my route (all in suitable habitat) but never saw any of them.
Black-and-white Warbler  3
Common Yellowthroat  5
Northern Parula  13
Palm Warbler  1
Summer Tanager  1    Along the main beginner trail, between The Beast and the intersection with Spector Sector.
Northern Cardinal  24
Red-winged Blackbird  6
Common Grackle  2
Boat-tailed Grackle  4

Daniel EstabrooksWinter Haven, FL

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Date: 4/13/16 11:05 am
From: Breanna Perry <serena933...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Nelsons/Saltmarsh Sparrow at Ft. DeSoto 4/12
I am attaching 2 photos I took of a sharp-tailed sparrow (not sure which). This was taken at about 3:30PM 4/12 just north of North Beach on the little jetty where all the shorebirds and reddish egret hang out (high tide). There were actually two sparrows there, and at least one was banded. There were also three whimbrels hanging out at the same location with two oyster catchers.

Also saw a nighthawk land on the old owl's nest at Gulf Pier picnic tables about 2:30PM.

At Tierra Verde pond just north of the park, there were many frigates diving in the water up close at about 11AM.

My other best birds of the day were black-throated blue, summer tanager, scarlet tanager, indigo bunting, blackpoll warbler, merlin, wood thrush.

Happy birding!
Breanna Perry
Spring Hill, FL

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Date: 4/13/16 9:38 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pelagic Trip Opportunity Scheduled for May 29.
Hi To all,
With permission of the list owners, I wanted to let you all know about
the next pelagic trip going out on May 29, 2016. This one will be a
little shorter. We are leaving the dock at 3:00 a.m. and going out to
the middle of the Gulf Stream, out about 65 miles, and returning about
4:00 p.m. This gets us out to prime Black-capped Petrel and storm-petrel
country, and yet this should make the trip much easier on everyone.

The trip leaves from the New Smyrna side of Ponce de Leon Inlet,
travels out over 60 miles, past the west wall of the Gulf Stream into
the center of the Gulf Stream. This trip holds high probability of
encountering numerous pelagic species. We will be in the Gulf Stream at
the perfect time – middle of spring migration – to have multiple
sightings of Black-capped Petrel. In addition, migrants such as
Cory’s, Great, Sooty and Audubon’s Shearwaters, all three
Storm-Petrels (Leach’s, Wilson’s and Band-rumped), both
Tropicbirds, Long-tailed Jaeger and Arctic Tern are possibilities.
Previous explorations of this area at this time of year have gotten
Black-capped Petrels on every trip. In 2011, we had both White-tailed
and Red-billed Tropicbirds. The year before, we found the largest group
of Arctic Terns ever seen in Florida – 62! In addition, we had several
Black-capped Petrels, all three Storm-Petrels, all three jaegers, and
even three White-tailed Tropicbirds! In 2009, we had a South Polar Skua
on this trip, as well as a White-tailed Tropicbird.

Potential Species include (* indicates good probability):
Black-capped Petrel*
Cory’s Shearwater*
Great Shearwater*
Sooty Shearwater
Audubon’s Shearwater*
Manx Shearwater
Wilson’s Storm Petrel *
Leach’s Storm-Petrel *
Band-rumped Storm-Petrel *
Northern Gannet
Brown Booby
Masked Booby
Red-footed Booby
White-tailed Tropicbird
Red-billed Tropicbird
Red-necked Phalarope*
Pomarine Jaeger *
Parasitic Jaeger
Long-tailed Jaeger
Arctic Tern
Common Tern*
Black Tern*
Sooty Tern*
Bridled Tern *
Brown Noddy

Participants should bring: food and beverages, seasickness medicine,
sunscreen and personal items. Food service will not be available on the
boat.
I have attached a summary of the trip.

Email me if you would like to sign up.

Thanks!
Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL
















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Date: 4/13/16 7:17 am
From: Mark McShane <marksmcshane...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER CONTINUES, Palm Beach County - 4/13/2016
Hi All,

About 10 birders have seen THE PACIFIC this morning in the location previously posted.

We had a scare when 15 Black-bellied Plovers got up heading east finally out of scope range 2 plus miles out, but Trey McCuen with me relocated the Pacific here.

Cory Callaghan's eBird checklist with location information and photos:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S28868931

Nice end to an all-night drive!

Good Chasing All!

Mark

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Lawrenceville, Gwinnett County, Georgia
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Date: 4/13/16 5:32 am
From: S. Dale Goebel <sheirah11...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Ed Kwater - Is about to Fly the Coop
Good Morning Friends,

Today we will lose one of Florida's Best Gentleman birders. Ed Kwater and his lovely wife, Cheryl, will be retiring to Colombia, South America. They leave tonight to begin their adventure. Join me in giving Ed a fond farewell. He will continue to a part of BB listserv and his gmail account will be active <edkwater...>

Ed has always loved Honeymoon Island State Park. He spent countless hours there each year and also headed up the north county's HISP CBC. He also enjoyed a lively competition with Ron Smith and Ft. DeSoto...for the best birds. I'll always remember fondly of the Ft. DeSoto Vermilion Flycatcher and the HISP Townsend's Solitaire November 2nd & 3rd, 2013 weekend. :-)

See the attached photo from the last CBC.

You will be missed!!!

Dale

Dale Goebel
Dunedin, FL



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Date: 4/12/16 2:44 pm
From: Carolyn <0000003c3bab1191-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Turkey Creek today
For those contemplating going to Turkey Creek Sanctuary in Brevard County, there was next to NOTHING
there today. Perhaps a wind or weather event will change that in the next few days.

Carolyn Cimino
Vero Beach

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Date: 4/12/16 2:08 pm
From: Carolyn <0000003c3bab1191-dmarc-request...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Vero Snail Kites
To the person who requested info on the Snail Kites at West Regional Water Treatment Plant in Vero Beach:

Yes, there are many Snail Kites still there. A few days ago I had 7 in one view. They still are putting on quite a show. Several weeks ago I saw one carrying nesting material.

Carolyn Cimino
Vero Beach

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Date: 4/12/16 1:36 pm
From: Linda Helm <ldhelm...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fw: new message
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Date: 4/12/16 12:10 pm
From: Jams Ash <jash...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Upland Plovers
Found 3 Upland Plovers in the sod fields on the road to Camp Lonesome Preserve about 15 miles south of St Cloud off of Canoe Creek Road. They were on the north side of the road past the turn off to the sod company buildings.
There are also 2 maybe 3 pairs of Rough Winged Swallows nesting in the drain pipes in the underpass that goes under the turnpike. I have seen these swallows nesting here for the past 3 or 4 years.
Jim Ash
Narcoossee
Osceola County

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Date: 4/12/16 11:52 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Response To / Osprey Nest "Sharing"
In 2015 at three Osprey nests on utility poles in Pinellas County, two in Clearwater and one in Dunedin, we saw Monk Parakeets (Myiopsitta monachus) nesting in the bottom of the active Osprey nests. Ospreys above and Monks below in the same view, at the same time. Talk about condo living security for the Monks! Monks are communal nesters making this a perfect set-up. In Ohio, we have found House Sparrows (Passer domesticus) nesting in the bottom of Osprey nests that are closer to the ground on old style utility poles, rather than those that are high up on the new cell towers. I guess, Osprey's in theory being fish eaters, should be no threat to the smaller birds. Perfect cohabitation.

Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater

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I always seem to catch the traffic light at the intersection of Seminole Boulevard & Park Avenue in Seminole. Not a bad thing as I enjoy looking at the active osprey nest on a lamp post at the NW corner of the intersection.
Today business as usual with the ospreys tending to the nest but I noticed something I hadn't seen before. Several small birds were flying into and out of the nest material below the ospreys. The ospreys didn't seem to mind. I was too far away to identify the small birds. There're only two things I can imagine they might be doing. Feeding on insects residing in the nest material or, dare I say, nesting?
Any thoughts on this behavior?
Ken White
Citrus Park, FL

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Date: 4/12/16 10:16 am
From: EDDIE RIZER <eddierizer...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Circle B Bar 4/11/16
Hello Birders.
Out to Circle B Bar Reserve Southeast of Lakeland Monday morning from
7:30 till 12:00.
Best Birds: 3 PAINTED BUNTINGS, 1 BLUE GROSBEAK, 2 BLACK-NECKED
STILTS, 1 YELLOWLEGS, 1 WILSON'S SNIPE, 2 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS, 1
YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, 4 WOOD DUCKS, 5 BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCKS,
2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 3 ROSEATE SPOONBILLS, 3 PILEATED WOODPECKERS, 3 BALD
EAGLES, 1 BARRED OWL also 4 Brown Pelicans, Wood Storks and Sandhill
Cranes, some with colts, 4 Swamp and 2 Savannah Sparrows, 1 Black&White
Warbler, 2 Tufted Titmice.
The birding was slow but there was still plenty to see and a few good
birds. I did not see any warblers that could identify but Mark and Linda
Schocken had a Black&White Warbler. I didn't see the seldom seen
Yellow-crowned Night Heron but my Photo Buds Fred and Dave got good shots
of the bird. I did see the Yellowlegs, the first I've seen at Circle B in
over a year, in the open water area on the North side of Alligator Alley
between Heron Hideout and the lake; this is also the section of trail where
the Yellow-crowned Night heron was seen 2 days in a row.
The Pair of Black-necked Slits were on the Northern half of Wading
Bird Way and were fearless allowing close observation, the Blue Grosbeak
and Roseate Spoonbills were also at this location.
I've seen twice as many Painted Buntings as last year at Circle B and
at least three, 2 females and a male at the same time, in my neighborhood
whereas I had only seen one in the past 20 years in my neighborhood. I
wonder if it's just random luck or a bumper crop? Others have been seeing
Indigo Buntings lately but I've struck out.
If you like big Alligators now is the time, they're mating and the big
boys are out in the open calling. I got to see a huge bull Gator make the
water dance on his back, I'd seen it on TV but this was the first time I
saw it, it was awesome! Good Birding and God Bless

Ed Rizer
Winter Haven Fl.

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Date: 4/12/16 7:04 am
From: Dave Hoffman <davehoffma...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Vero Beach Water Treatment Facilty
Just curious, are the snail kites still at this facility?
Thanks,

Dave Hoffman
Merritt Island

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Date: 4/12/16 6:33 am
From: Ken White <khw210...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Osprey Nest "Sharing"
I always seem to catch the traffic light at the intersection of Seminole Boulevard & Park Avenue in Seminole. Not a bad thing as I enjoy looking at the active osprey nest on a lamp post at the NW corner of the intersection.
Today business as usual with the ospreys tending to the nest but I noticed something I hadn't seen before. Several small birds were flying into and out of the nest material below the ospreys. The ospreys didn't seem to mind. I was too far away to identify the small birds. There're only two things I can imagine they might be doing. Feeding on insects residing in the nest material or, dare I say, nesting?
Any thoughts on this behavior?
Ken White
Citrus Park, FL

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Date: 4/12/16 5:37 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Courtney Campbell Causeway Beach / Pinellas County
A short visit to CCC Beach this morning from 7:20AM to 7:35AM was surprisingly productive. With the tide level seemingly high, there were plenty of shorebirds present. 46+ Red Knots, none showing any type of flags or leg bands, were showing signs of breeding plumage coloration. I think most birders visiting Florida are unaware that of the ten species of shorebirds found here this morning, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Willet, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Knot, Sanderling, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Dunlin, and Short-billed Dowitcher, only Willet is known to nest in Florida, the rest are "Snowbirds". To appreciate our winter beachcomber buddies, just think about the spring trip they are about to make to their breeding grounds in extreme northern Canada and some as far west as Alaska. A little icing on the cake this morning was a noisy group of Least Terns. On a disappointing note, no sign of my Wilson's Plover friends. Where I thought they might nest up in the grassy area, were non artistic looking sand castles, apparently built over the weekend. A little bit of "OFF LIMITS" protection at this small area of sand and grass, typical at most beaches, could be so beneficial to the nesting birds.


Bob Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 4/12/16 4:43 am
From: Roy Peterson <scrubjay33...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] RFI: Nanday Parakeets
HI All!
Can anyone provide information as to where Nanday Parakeets can be seen in the Ormond Beach area? The only information I have is that they have been seen in the 2700 and 3600 blocks of north Ocean Shores Blvd.
Roy Peterson, DeBary, Volusia County

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Date: 4/11/16 5:58 pm
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Clearwater BayCare Pond / Pinellas County
Today, Monday, at about 6PM, we recorded a new species for this fairly new birding site, two Least Terns. Also of interest was the fact that 1 male Redhead, 1 male Lesser Scaup, and 2 pairs of Blue-winged Teal remain. 2 pairs of Black-hooded Parakeets (Nanday Conures to parrot people), seem to be showing interest in nesting, one pair off the southwest corner of the retention pond, and the other pair at a nearby traditional nest site, on the southeast corner of Drew Street and McMullen-Booth Road. Adding reptilian excitement to our backyard visit, was a 3.5+/- foot long Black Racer cruising thru the grass by us, seemingly showing no concern for our presence. The neighborhood pairs of Brown Thrasher and Northern Flicker were vocal and zipping all around. BayCare Pond is located in eastern Pinellas County to the west opposite the intersection of Virginia Avenue and Bayview Avenue. A nice variety of freshwater bird species can be found here.


Bob and Denise Lane / Clearwater

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Date: 4/11/16 9:12 am
From: Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] 400 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, West Pasco

Hello,

I stopped by the neighborhood in West Pasco that I counted 102 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks on 2/25/16. This a retention pond in back of Nile Rd. in Heritage Lakes.

This morning I phot'd and counted 400!!

Kenneth F Tracey
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Date: 4/11/16 7:06 am
From: Bob Landry <robertlandry...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fort De Soto 4/10
Forgot to sign off my post of yesterday.

Bob Landry
Brandon, FL

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Date: 4/11/16 6:27 am
From: Margie Wilkinson <wilmar4...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Directions to Pacific Golden Plover, 4/11/16
Continuing today - from FLARBA:

4/11/16--Pacific Golden Plover, Palm Beach County, Sod Farms, Six Mile
Bend. Observers: M. Ob. Directions: Seen on sod field at Six Mile
Bend on CR 880 east of Belle Glade. From Belle Glade, continue east
on CR 880 (E. Canal St) to a sign that says Six Mile Bend. Park
and scan sod field to the right (south). Pacific Golden Plover seen in
company with Black-bellied Plovers. An eBird report with map and
photos can be seen at

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S28868931

Coordinates to the spot are a follows:
26° 38' 52" N 80° 34' 32" W

Pending review, this would be a first record for Florida.

Margie Wilkinson
Palm Harbor, FL
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Date: 4/11/16 5:39 am
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Message From Listowner
Good morning,

Many of you have seen this message many times before, sorry for the
repeated message.

PLEASE remember to include your first/last name and city/state at the end
of EACH and EVERY one of your BrdBrains posts. This seems to occur most
often with those of you posting via your phone.

And for those of you not on FaceBook (which is many, including me) a
Pacific Golden-Plover was reported in Palm Beach County yesterday.
There are eBird reports by several observers through eBird.org.

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL
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Date: 4/10/16 6:38 pm
From: Bob Landry <robertlandry...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fort DeSoto 4/10
The Gulf Pier picnic area seemed to be the hotspot again today with enough birds, mostly singles, bouncing around to keep us busy. While watching a Swainson’s Thrush another one flew into a nearby tree. It wasn’t until I reviewed the days photos that I realized the second one was a Gray-cheeked Thrush. A Veery was also seen in the same area. An apparent adult Redstart with bright yellow, in place of orange markings, was bouncing around as were single Tennessee and Cape May Warblers, several Black and White’s, Palm’s and Redstart’s. A female Baltimore Oriole and juvenile male Summer Tanager added to the nice mix.

Seen at other areas were an adult Scissor-tailed Flycatcher; male Scarlet Tanager; Blue-headed, White-eyed, Yellow-throated, and Red-eyed Vireos.

Sighting of the day was a 3 foot Iguana sunning itself in the North Beach parking lot. It was reported to the Park Rangers in the hopes it would be trapped and removed.

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Date: 4/10/16 6:19 pm
From: Daphne <rakufirefly...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lazuli Bunting
I had great looks at the Lazuli Bunting at the Sugar Hill Camp Ground at St. George Island State Park with Bob and Lucy Duncan this afternoon. The bird was located at the front of the campground near spot # 1 and was seen all through the day according to others who arrived before me.
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Date: 4/10/16 5:46 pm
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Short-tailed Hawk. Central Park. Ormond Beach. Volusia Co.
This morning, 4/10, I found a light morph Short-tailed Hawk soaring over Central Park, Ormond Beach, Volusia County.

Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
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Date: 4/10/16 3:23 pm
From: Joseph Misiaszek <jjmjrfl...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] What am I doing wrong?
Margie,
My last over wintering hummers (all Ruby-throated) were last seen on the 18th of March and none since. The winter season was on the sparse side and unremarkable for hummers here in the Lakeland area with the one exception of a first ever documented Buff-bellied in Polk Co.
I agree with Bob that few hummers passing through are likely to spend much time here if they are bent on heading north to their summer territories, "much further" north.
Over the years I have gravitated to concentrating on winter blooming plants for hummers since I just don't have many hummers in Lakeland during the summer months. If I lived north of the I-4 W-E corridor I would expect to see hummers staying around during the summer but not so much south of that dividing line.
Central and South Fl. Are blessed to have a fair amount of hummers in the winter months but hummers are few and far between during the summer, from most anecdotal evidence.
Nothing we do will change their instinctive behavior! If there was a way I'd give it a try.
Joe Misiaszek
Lakeland, FL

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Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] What am I doing wrong?

---- Margie Wilkinson <wilmar4...> wrote:
Hi Margie et al,
It sounds like you are doing everything right, but RThummingbirds during spring migration seem to be in a much greater hurry than during the protracted seemingly more relaxed Fall flight. Our group of at least nine hummingbirds left with the last front in March and haven't seen or heard any since.

Sometimes it has to do more with the general area you live, is there enough cover, are you in a sea of Chemlawns, etc. We are lucky to have a mostly lapsed tolerant homeowners association that doesn't bother us......my place looks a little like a weedy Sunken Gardens!

Firebush, Neclace Pod, Russelia, Bignonia, trumpet creeper, and Coral Bean are some suggestions to add.

Bob Paxson
Merritt Island Fl

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Date: 4/10/16 1:53 pm
From: Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Upland Sandpiper, Keystone Rd, Pinellas

Hello,

This afternoon just east of the Brooker Creek Nature Center on Keystone/Tarpon Springs Rd., I found an Upland Sandpiper 200 yards off the north side of the road. Scope needed. Also had a Spotted Sandpiper, Least Sandpipers, a pair of Blue-winged Teal, and a pair of Yellow-throated Vireos at the Starkey Ranch Development.

Kenneth F Tracey
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Date: 4/10/16 1:52 pm
From: <dotrobbins...> <dotrobbins...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pacific Golden-Plover
I just now got home to get a phone call and see this message: There is currently an apparent Pacific Golden-Plover at Six Mile Bend Sod Corp. in Western Palm Beach County.Photos and details are on the Birding Florida fb page. That's all I know now. Folks are on their way to see it. Dotty

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Date: 4/10/16 11:25 am
From: Sarah Linney <smljay12...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] FOS Blue Grosbeak
Hi all,
Yesterday we had a FOS, and first sighting in the yard, male Blue Grosbeak.  Saw a smallish, dark bird flit into the trees while out with the dogs and hurried to get my bins.  As I returned to the back yard, hoping the "mystery bird" was still there, it flew to the platform feeder; and there was no mistaking the ID in the sunlight, next to a couple of painted buntings and a ground dove.

Happy birding,Sarah LinneyCocoa, FL

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Date: 4/10/16 11:07 am
From: Carol Besse <csbesse...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Scissor-tailed FC
I had a adult male Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at Fort De Soto today. He was on the wires at the turn in for the fishing pier.
Carol Besse
Gulfport

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Date: 4/9/16 6:16 pm
From: Janet Leavens <janet.leavens1...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fort de Soto birding -- April 9th.
Hi all,

So, you know it's not *such* a great day at the Fort when ... you see 15
birders staring fixedly at an Oak, you walk over hoping, hoping, wondering
what's in that tree and someone says: "It's a Redstart!" or ... you
overhear someone saying how beautiful the cardinals are looking today.

But seriously, the good birds did eventually start adding up. Then
again, we birded for 10 hours and hit most every Fort de Soto hot spot at
least once, some 2x. So, about 1 good bird per birding hour.

In any case, today's highlights included:

Yellow-billed Cuckoo (3): Mulberry tree area; Arrowhead nature trail
Great Horned Owl -- adult and two juveniles: Gulf Pier picnic area
Eastern Kingbird (1): East Beach woods
Swainson's Thrush (2): Gulf Pier picnic area
Blue-winged Warbler (1): the very Northwestern-most grove at East Beach
Worm-eating Warbler (1): not far from the Blue-winged Warbler.
Hooded Warbler (3): East Beach; Mulberry tree area; Arrowhead Nature trail
Summer Tanager (1): East Beach woods
Indigo Bunting (4 -- all males): East Beech and MTA.
Orchard Oriole (1): MTA

We also heard that Scarlet Tanagers had been seen both at East Beach and at
the MTA and at least one person had an Ovenbird.

North Beach Oaks were a disappointment and we never made it to North Beach
woods.

Happy Biridng!

Janet Leavens
Oviedo, FL (Seminole Co.)

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Date: 4/9/16 2:45 pm
From: Ken White <khw210...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Fort DeSoto question
According to Google Maps, it would be a walk of 1.3 miles. Should take you
about 25 or more minutes.... Depending on how many birds you stop to look
at along the way!
Ken White
Citrus Park

On Sat, Apr 9, 2016 at 9:13 AM, Shelley Bowden <goldyfinch...> wrote:

> I am going birding at Fort DeSoto. If I am at the Mulberry Tree area, how
> many miles would I need to walk to get to East Beach Woods?
> Thanks.
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Date: 4/9/16 1:32 pm
From: Bob Paxson <rpaxson...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] What am I doing wrong?
---- Margie Wilkinson <wilmar4...> wrote:
Hi Margie et al,
It sounds like you are doing everything right, but RThummingbirds during spring migration seem to be in a much greater hurry than during the protracted seemingly more relaxed Fall flight. Our group of at least nine hummingbirds left with the last front in March and haven't seen or heard any since.

Sometimes it has to do more with the general area you live, is there enough cover, are you in a sea of Chemlawns, etc. We are lucky to have a mostly lapsed tolerant homeowners association that doesn't bother us......my place looks a little like a weedy Sunken Gardens!

Firebush, Neclace Pod, Russelia, Bignonia, trumpet creeper, and Coral Bean are some suggestions to add.

Bob Paxson
Merritt Island Fl

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Date: 4/9/16 11:06 am
From: Diane Reed <0000001567cad33a-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] St Augustine birding
Greetings
We had both Summer and Scarlet Tanagers moving through today, plus one fly-by and land for a second male Orchard Oriole. These were seen at a local park in St Augustine and probably one-day wonders. White-eyed, Yellow-throated and Red-eyed Vireos were all present and accounted for. Parula, Prairie and Yellow-throated Warblers were seen. We watched new arrivals of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds fussing all around the bottle-brush plants.
thanks
Diane Reed
St Augustine, FL


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Date: 4/9/16 9:20 am
From: Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Red Silk Cotton Tree, West Pasco

Hello,

Took a few minutes to check out a Red Silk Cotton Tree on Wiltshire Rd off Moog Rd in West Pasco. Besides the Amer. Crows I found 2 Orchard and 3 Baltimore Orioles feeding on the blossom nectar.

Kenneth F Tracey
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New Port Richey FL


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Date: 4/9/16 6:23 am
From: Shelley Bowden <goldyfinch...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fort DeSoto question
I am going birding at Fort DeSoto. If I am at the Mulberry Tree area, how many miles would I need to walk to get to East Beach Woods?
Thanks.
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Date: 4/9/16 5:59 am
From: Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pasco's Mulberry Tree

Hello,

Migrant activity yesterday was apparent at west Pasco's Mulberry Tree off Cinema Drive next to the entrance to the Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park on Scenic Drive. Numerous Gray Catbirds along with a Summer Tanager, 3 Indigo Buntings, and 5 Orchard Orioles were feeding there. (note: be advised the tree is on private property on an empty lot)

Kenneth F Tracey
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Date: 4/8/16 6:56 pm
From: Kristine Ashley <kashley4...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] What am I doing wrong?
I have coral honeysuckle, porterweed and red passion vines. Have had a few hummingbirds everyday now for a couple weeks. I live in Palm Harbor near Lake Tarpon. These are established plants I've had for several years.

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> On Apr 8, 2016, at 1:46 PM, Margie Wilkinson <wilmar4...> wrote:
>
> In my yard there is a fair number of plants now blooming known to be good for attracting hummingbirds, including Chinese Hat tree, many pentas, Cape, Mexican, and Coral Honeysuckles, Shrimp Plants, five Salvia species, Firecracker plants, Powderpuff, petunias, larkspur, and impatiens, to name a few. Also two hummingbird feeders.
>
> Today we had our FOS migrant hummer, so what did he do? He ignored all the flowers, hovered for a few seconds at the oak tree then zoomed off, not to be seen again. Is this yard hexed or what?
>
> Margie Wilkinson
> Palm Harbor
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Date: 4/8/16 5:51 pm
From: thomas malone <birdman6847...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Lost bird jam at Hammock park in Dunedin/reward offered
I lost my iPod,with bird jam loaded into it, today at Hammock park in Dunedin, Pinellas County. It apparently slipped from my pocket.

I am offering a $200.00 reward for the return of this old, tried and true friend.

In the alternative, I would appreciate any advice as to purchasing a replacement North American bird call device.

Tom Malone
Dunedin Florida
952 457 0826

On April 6, 2016, at 18:05, Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...> wrote:

Safe Date Range BBA Explained;

 

 

 

"The nesting date range is NOT the controlling factor for a Safe Date range. It is established by the perceived dates of the species' movements. When ALL (almost) of the individuals has ceased movement and settled on their breeding grounds, then is SAFE to assume that an individual of that species is on its breeding territory. Migration and other seasonal movements are used to establish these dates. It is a crutch to use when no direct breeding evidence is observed. Direct breeding evidence always trumps Safe Dates. Furthermore BBA II is designed to detect population changes, so we are not at liberty to alter parameters such as Safe Dates. Doing so would bias comparisons between the two Atlases."

 



 

 

From email by Rick West; BBA

 

Ken Tracey

New Port Richey FL

 

 

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Date: 4/8/16 3:57 pm
From: Renne Leatto <renne...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] What am I doing wrong?
Margie, when I lived on the west coast (CA and OR), hummingbirds always used our feeders and any good flowers we had for them.



But in FL, they don’t seem to want anything (that I have seen) except the blooms of the bromeliads that grow in the oak trees. The only exception I have observed are the hummers I see at Ft DeSoto, which use the lantana there (or that used to be there).

I’m not even close to being an expert on this, but those have been my hummingbird observations ever since I moved here, 25 years ago.



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Windermere, Orange County







From: Margie Wilkinson [mailto:<wilmar4...>]
Sent: Friday, April 8, 2016 1:47 PM
Subject: What am I doing wrong?



In my yard there is a fair number of plants now blooming known to be good for attracting hummingbirds, including Chinese Hat tree, many pentas, Cape, Mexican, and Coral Honeysuckles, Shrimp Plants, five Salvia species, Firecracker plants, Powderpuff, petunias, larkspur, and impatiens, to name a few. Also two hummingbird feeders.

Today we had our FOS migrant hummer, so what did he do? He ignored all the flowers, hovered for a few seconds at the oak tree then zoomed off, not to be seen again. Is this yard hexed or what?

Margie Wilkinson
Palm Harbor



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Date: 4/8/16 3:33 pm
From: Renee Stewart <daisyjetstar...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Clapper Rail at MINWR
This morning my husband and I drove Black Point Rd. on Merritt Island. It was a beautiful day and we had good looks at many species, notably a Clapper Rail (lifer for me) working the mangroves by the first photography shelter on the trail by the first parking area. Along with the usual residents were a Northern Harrier, four Northern Shovelers, about a dozen Black-necked Stilts, one American Avocet, close to 100 Least Sandpipers (they were wheeling about in a large flock, it was fun to watch), numerous Greater and a few Lesser Yellowlegs, several Black-bellied Plovers, 15 to 20 Short-billed Dowitchers, an Eastern Kingbird, White Pelicans, Caspian Terns, a Sora in the reeds by the bathrooms, and numerous Blue-winged Teal. We also had great looks at Bullfrogs and Leopard Frogs in the pond near the bathrooms and several Eastern Black Snakes engaging in mating behaviors. The Roseate Spoonbills were numerous and stunning. I have attached a mediocre picture of the Clapper Rail.

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Cocoa, FL

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Date: 4/8/16 10:46 am
From: Margie Wilkinson <wilmar4...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] What am I doing wrong?
In my yard there is a fair number of plants now blooming known to be good
for attracting hummingbirds, including Chinese Hat tree, many pentas,
Cape, Mexican, and Coral Honeysuckles, Shrimp Plants, five Salvia
species, Firecracker plants, Powderpuff, petunias, larkspur, and
impatiens, to name a few. Also two hummingbird feeders.

Today we had our FOS migrant hummer, so what did he do? He ignored all
the flowers, hovered for a few seconds at the oak tree then zoomed
off, not to be seen again. Is this yard hexed or what?

Margie Wilkinson
Palm Harbor


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Date: 4/8/16 9:26 am
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Birds on Wire - Marion County

Surprises:
Brown Thrasher on wire, singing and Carolina Chickadee on wire.
I had never seen a CACH on wire before so I stopped my car to get photo and bird shot into nest-hole on other side of the road.
Very fun.




Brown Thrasher Brown Thrasher



Carolina Chickadee in nest hole
Carolina Chickadee

Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!


Alice Horst
Marion County, FL
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Date: 4/7/16 6:25 pm
From: Ron Smith <rsmithbirds...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Fort De Soto Park ( 7 Apr 2016 )
Hi all,

After this morning's hard-driving rain swept through Pinellas County local
birders were hoping for a boatload of birds at the park. It didn't
materialize. However, a few "different" birds were seen than what had been
seen the past few days.

At the East Beach Turnaround a few swallows spent the day including Cliff,
Barn and Bank. Several Cape May Warblers were on hand as was an AM-only
Blue-winged Warbler by the fort and a Black-throated Green Warbler at the
East Beach Picnic Area. There were two Swainson's Thrushes at the fort and
a male Summer Tanager was at the north end. It's still early. The peak
of migration is still two weeks away.

Ron Smith
St. Pete, FL

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Date: 4/6/16 3:05 pm
From: Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Nesting Boat-tailed Grackles, West Pasco, Safe Date BBA

Safe Date Range BBA Explained;





"The nesting date range is NOT the controlling factor for a Safe Date range. It is established by the perceived dates of the species' movements. When ALL (almost) of the individuals has ceased movement and settled on their breeding grounds, then is SAFE to assume that an individual of that species is on its breeding territory. Migration and other seasonal movements are used to establish these dates. It is a crutch to use when no direct breeding evidence is observed. Direct breeding evidence always trumps Safe Dates. Furthermore BBA II is designed to detect population changes, so we are not at liberty to alter parameters such as Safe Dates. Doing so would bias comparisons between the two Atlases."





From email by Rick West; BBA

Ken Tracey
New Port Richey FL








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Date: 4/6/16 12:25 pm
From: Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Nesting Boat-tailed Grackles, West Pasco

Hello,

Checked out a small retention pond that is the ideal nesting place for Boat-tailed Grackles. It is completely enclosed by a concrete wall and a 5 foot high chain-link fence; no predator access. It is in back of the Cracker Barrel Restaurant along US 19 in New Port Richey. Probably 6 or more Boat-tailed Grackle nests with a recent fledgling there. The fledgling was practicing wing flapping as it fell amongst the Cattails. This nesting must have started the first week in March suggesting that the 4/1 safe date on the BBA should be changed.

Kenneth F Tracey
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Date: 4/6/16 12:12 pm
From: Kenneth F Tracey <kftracey...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Nesting Boat-tailed Grackles, West Pasco

Hello,

Checked out a small retention pond that is the ideal nesting place for Boat-tailed Grackles. It is completely enclosed by a concrete wall and a 5 foot high chain-link fence; no predator access. It is in back of the Cracker Barrel Restaurant along US 19 in New Port Richey. Probably 6 or more Boat-tailed Grackle nests with a recent fledgling there. The fledgling was practicing wing flapping as it fell amongst the Cattails. This nesting must have started the first week in March suggesting that the 4/1 safe date on the BBA should be changed.

Kenneth F Tracey
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New Port Richey


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Date: 4/6/16 10:30 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers.larids...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Glaucous Gull. Purple Sandpiper. Volusia Co.
Yesterday, 4/5, I found a 1st cycle Glaucous Gull on a sandbar just west of the pelican rookery just south of the Dunlawton Bridge in Port Orange, Volusia County. This morning, 4/6, I found the Purple Sandpiper on the north jetty at Ponce de Leon Inlet.
Michael

Michael Brothers
Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet

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Date: 4/5/16 3:59 pm
From: Robert Bowden <rr_bowden...>
Subject: Re: [BRDBRAIN] Yellow Rail??
Here's the best "field footage" of Yellow Rails that I've come across. I
don't know at what angle you saw your bird but the white does seem to jump out
quite a bit in the footage.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlbqvG1XWkM

Rob Bowden
Gainesville, FL


> Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2016 15:23:39 -0400
> From: <thadroller...>
> Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Yellow Rail??
> To: <BRDBRAIN...>
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> Hi all,
> So I had a very strange encounter this morning (4-5-16) with a bird that may have been a Yellow Rail at Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park. I realize how secretive and uncommon this species is, and I'm aware of how poor my look was, but I'd like to describe it to you in hopes that you might weigh in (as much as possible) on whether it could have been a Yellow Rail.
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> It was about 8:50 am at the point in the Black Rail Trail (difficult access still, for anyone interested in visiting) where the path arrives at salt marsh habitat (there is a bench here). I had spent about 45 minutes unsuccessfully searching for Black Rails, though Clapper rails were common by voice (I did see one briefly fly over the channel). There were also Soras (by voice) as well as Seaside Sparrows (voice) along with the normal denizens of the marsh. On preparing to leave, I left the salt marsh and crossed into the transitional habitat between it and the woods (still moist & grassy) when I flushed a bird from about 2-3 feet in front of me. It rose about 3 feet in the air, clumsily flapped into the nearest bunch of higher grass and immediately disappeared. I looked at once for it again, but it had seemingly vanished.
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> Even though the bird was only visible for an instant, I had a point black view which revealed a size/shape that immediately made me think of something like a Common Quail or Corn Crake. It really seemed smaller than a Sora, and less gangly. I would guess it's length from bill to tail was between 6-7 inches. I noted a pointy triangular-like bill, and sandy brown plumage with some apparent streaking/mottling at least from the dorsal angle. I did note a lighter underside. I didn't get a look at the trailing edge of the wings (I was so surprised and excited that I didn't think, and made the mistake to try and get binocs on it as it landed in the grass ) so I couldn't honestly say if it had white markings on the secondaries.
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> Anyway I have been trying to come up with plausible alternatives as to what else it could be other than a Yellow Rail. Thoughts?
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> Tampa
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Date: 4/5/16 12:24 pm
From: Thad Roller <thadroller...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Yellow Rail??
Hi all,
So I had a very strange encounter this morning (4-5-16) with a bird that may have been a Yellow Rail at Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park. I realize how secretive and uncommon this species is, and I'm aware of how poor my look was, but I'd like to describe it to you in hopes that you might weigh in (as much as possible) on whether it could have been a Yellow Rail.

It was about 8:50 am at the point in the Black Rail Trail (difficult access still, for anyone interested in visiting) where the path arrives at salt marsh habitat (there is a bench here). I had spent about 45 minutes unsuccessfully searching for Black Rails, though Clapper rails were common by voice (I did see one briefly fly over the channel). There were also Soras (by voice) as well as Seaside Sparrows (voice) along with the normal denizens of the marsh. On preparing to leave, I left the salt marsh and crossed into the transitional habitat between it and the woods (still moist & grassy) when I flushed a bird from about 2-3 feet in front of me. It rose about 3 feet in the air, clumsily flapped into the nearest bunch of higher grass and immediately disappeared. I looked at once for it again, but it had seemingly vanished.

Even though the bird was only visible for an instant, I had a point black view which revealed a size/shape that immediately made me think of something like a Common Quail or Corn Crake. It really seemed smaller than a Sora, and less gangly. I would guess it's length from bill to tail was between 6-7 inches. I noted a pointy triangular-like bill, and sandy brown plumage with some apparent streaking/mottling at least from the dorsal angle. I did note a lighter underside. I didn't get a look at the trailing edge of the wings (I was so surprised and excited that I didn't think, and made the mistake to try and get binocs on it as it landed in the grass ) so I couldn't honestly say if it had white markings on the secondaries.

Anyway I have been trying to come up with plausible alternatives as to what else it could be other than a Yellow Rail. Thoughts?

Thad Roller
Tampa

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Date: 4/5/16 5:59 am
From: Mike Judd <ebwilderae...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] One day wonder ? UPSA
No sign of the bird at present. Probable lesser yellowlegs and stilts
present.

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Dunedin, FL

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Date: 4/4/16 7:38 pm
From: Alice Horst <ahorst...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Birding at Fort De Soto Park - Pinellas County

After seeing yesterday's post at Ft. De Soto, I decided to drive over and check it out.
I spent time at East Beach and Arrowhead Picnic areas as well as Mulberry tree/fountain area and Fort parking lot near Great Horned Owl tree.

Birds appeared in almost every large tree in any area. Only heard Vireos calling.
Vireos: White-eyed (many), Red-eyed (2), Yellow-throated(1), Blue-headed(3)
Warblers: Black-and-white(many) Palm(many), Prairie, Yellow-rumped, Yellow-throated(2), Ovenbird(1),Worm-eating(3),Hooded-males(5), Prothonotary(3),
Others: Summer Tanager(1), Orchard Oriole(1) Indigo Bunting(1), Swainson’s Thrush(1), Ruby-throated Hummingbird(1).

This afternoon seemed birdier than the morning, perhaps more birds came in today.
A couple of Pictures:



Red-eyed Vireo Ruby-throated Hummingbird


Hooded Warbler

Every day is a GREAT day to go birding!


Alice Horst
Marion County, FL
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Date: 4/4/16 6:39 pm
From: Allan Stern <00000014b7b0d186-dmarc-request...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Male cardinal
Handsome male Cardinal on my backyard tower today.
Satellite Beach, Florida, 4 April 2016.

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Date: 4/4/16 11:53 am
From: Michael Brothers <mbrothers...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Northern Rough-winged Swallows possibly nesting. Port Orange. Volusia Co.
Last Wednesday, 3/30, I was driving down US 1 in Port Orange when I spotted an unfamiliar bird sitting on a wire. I went around the block and was surprised to find a Northern Rough-winged Swallow sitting on the wire. The bird flew off toward the Halifax River and I thought I would follow it. I found two RW Swallows sitting on a wire along the river. Today, 4/4, I went back along the river and was much more surprised to find them again. Evidently, these are not just migrants. This time they truly seemed to be a pair. One of the birds flew down and grabbed a bit of nesting material and flew off. Northern Rough-winged Swallows are very scarce nesting birds in Volusia County and I have never seen them nesting this early in the year.

Michael

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Marine Science Center
Ponce Inlet, FL

























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Date: 4/4/16 7:55 am
From: Mike Judd <ebwilderae...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Upland sp still around!
Anyone seen that bird this morning?

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Dunedin, FL

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Date: 4/4/16 7:06 am
From: robert lane <ohiomagpie...>
Subject: [BRDBRAIN] Pinellas Park Black-necked Stilts / Pinellas County
Yesterday, Sunday, about 4:00PM, we found a total of 28 Black-necked Stilts, all in close proximity at these eastern Pinellas County locations. In the deep drainage ditches on both sides of 28th Street south of 118th Avenue, we found an amazing ten pairs scattered here and there. On the shore along the north edge of the county dump lake on 118 Avenue we found a group of six more. Our final pair sighting was in the retention pond on the west side of 43rd Street north of 118th Avenue. As a bonus, at this last area, recently referred to as "The 43rd Street Wetlands", was a single Upland Sandpiper, a single Stilt Sandpiper, two Lesser Yellowlegs, a single Least Tern, and numerous other birds.


Bob & Denise Lane / Clearwater

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