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15 Apr Re: St George Island State Park, Youth Camp today 11:00AM - 4:00 PM [John Murphy ]
15 Apr St George Island State Park, Youth Camp today 11:00AM - 4:00 PM ["Cavanagh, Jim" ]
15 Apr Re: St. Marks NWR-Tuesday Afternoon [Elliot Schunke ]
15 Apr St. Marks NWR-Tuesday Afternoon ["Don Morrow" ]
15 Apr St Marks NWR 4/15 [Fritz Davis ]
13 Apr Orchard Orioles ["Janeen Engleman Langley" ]
12 Apr Re: Tallahassee Eastern Kingbirds [Glenda Simmons ]
12 Apr Tallahassee Eastern Kingbirds []
12 Apr Orchard Oriole Tallahasseee []
12 Apr Nashville Warbler, tallahassee [Elliot Schunke ]
9 Apr FW: [FLORIDABIRDS-L] Good day at St George Island State Park ["Cavanagh, Jim" ]
7 Apr Black-crowned Night Heron at Robert White Williams Birding Trail, Tallahassee [Robert Lengacher ]
6 Apr Re: Henslow's and Black rail near St Marks? ["Jim Stevenson" ]
6 Apr Henslow's and Black rail near St Marks? [Sunny Philllips ]
6 Apr Re: St. Marks NWR -- Sunday Morning ["Jim Stevenson" ]
06 Apr St. Marks NWR -- Sunday Morning ["Don Morrow" ]
6 Apr April Audubon Bird Trips [Helen King ]
6 Apr Black-bellied Whistling-ducks [Hank Pfeifer ]
6 Apr Bell's Vireo? St George Is, Franklin County [Bill Phelan ]
5 Apr Re: Townsend's warbler/Ft Pickens [Dana Timmons ]
5 Apr Re: Townsend's warbler/Ft Pickens [Lucy & Bob Email ]
5 Apr Townsend's warbler/Ft Pickens [John Murphy ]
3 Apr Common merganser pair [Sunny Yahoo ]
31 Mar Rodney's duckage ["Jim Stevenson" ]
30 Mar Re: St George Island State Park, YouthCamp [ROC ]
30 Mar St George Island State Park, YouthCamp ["Cavanagh, Jim" ]
28 Mar Visiting Ecuador [John Erickson ]
26 Mar Beginning Birding workshop at Birdsong, Sat.March 29, 8:30-11:30 a.m. [Fran Rutkovsky ]
26 Mar Hummingbird talk at Native Nurseries, Sat.-3/29, 10 a.m. [Fran Rutkovsky ]
23 Mar Audubon program, March 27, Megan Jones, speaker [Fran Rutkovsky ]
23 Mar Godwits at St Marks [Bill Phelan ]
23 Mar Re: Bar-tailed Godwit Report [Elliot Schunke ]
23 Mar Chuck's [Melissa Forehand ]
23 Mar Re: Bar-tailed Godwit Report [Melissa Forehand ]
22 Mar FOS Mississippi Kite, Tallahassee ["Gary Griffin" ]
21 Mar Bar-tailed Godwit Report ["Don Morrow" ]
21 Mar Chuck at Phipps Park []
21 Mar Chuck Will's Widow - Phipps Park, Tallahassee ["Gary Griffin" ]
21 Mar St. Marks NWR-Friday Morning ["Don Morrow" ]
16 Mar Black-and-white Warbler ["Tara Tanaka" ]
16 Mar Swallow-tailed Kite [Glenda Simmons ]
13 Mar Re: FOS Great Crested Flycatchers ["Jim Stevenson" ]
13 Mar Leon County: YB Cuckoo and Ovenbird [Bill Phelan ]
13 Mar FOS Great Crested Flycatchers ["Cassidy, Rodney" ]
12 Mar Re: Swallow-tailed kites [Charles Futch ]
12 Mar Swallow-tailed kites [John Erickson ]
12 Mar Saturday Field Trip [Jim Cox ]
10 Mar Apalachee Audubon newsletter [Fran Rutkovsky ]
07 Mar Fwd: 2014 Breeding Bird Survey Welcome [David Simpson ]
7 Mar Wood Storks in Tally [Alva Stone ]
03 Mar My First return hummingbird for the spring - []
28 Feb Winter reports for FFN [John Murphy ]
27 Feb Re: Summer Tanager ["Jim Stevenson" ]
27 Feb Summer Tanager ["Janeen Engleman Langley" ]
25 Feb Sedge Wren, etc. [ROC ]
24 Feb Placement of GCF Box [Glenda Simmons ]
24 Feb St. Marks program on whooping cranes ["Beth W. Grant" ]
23 Feb Re: Pine siskin [Fran Rutkovsky ]
23 Feb Audubon program: History of Bird Migration by Todd Engstrom, Feb. 27 [Fran Rutkovsky ]
23 Feb Pine siskin [Beth Grant ]
22 Feb Orange Avenue birding in Tallahassee, Leon County [Robert Lengacher ]
21 Feb White-faced Ibis at St Marks NWR ["Cavanagh, Jim" ]
18 Feb BT Godwit, BH Gull, 3 Scoters--Yes! [Bill Phelan ]
15 Feb Tall Timbers Saturday []
14 Feb White-winged Scoters Tallahassee [Elliot Schunke ]
14 Feb GBBC + AAS yard tour [Fran Rutkovsky ]
13 Feb purple martins on the move []
12 Feb Re: L-T duck/Shell Point ["Jim Stevenson" ]
12 Feb L-T duck/Shell Point [John Murphy ]
12 Feb St Marks on Tuesday: Goldeneyes and Red Throated Loons [Bill Phelan ]
11 Feb Pat McTarsney's service [Pam Flynn ]
11 Feb Sandhill Cranes [John Erickson ]
10 Feb Pat McTarsney [Melissa Forehand ]
10 Feb Apalachee Audubon Yard Tour, Sat. Feb. 15, 10-4 [Fran Rutkovsky ]
08 Feb St. Marks NWR--Saturday ["Don Morrow" ]
06 Feb Looking for geese [J Pat Valentik ]

Subject: Re: St George Island State Park, Youth Camp today 11:00AM - 4:00 PM
From: John Murphy <southmoonunder AT mchsi.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:43:11 -0500 (CDT)
In addition to Jim's list, I & a few others also observed:

Chimney swift - 2
R-T hummingbird - 4
Acadian flycatcher - 2
Wood thrush - 2
Northern waterthrush - 1
C. yellowthroat - 5
Bay-breasted warbler - 3
Blackburnian warbler - 1
Yellow-throated warbler - 1

John Murphy
Alligator Pt, FL

----- Original Message -----
From: Jim Cavanagh 
To: nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Sent: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:28:01 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: [nflbirds] St George Island State Park, Youth Camp today 11:00AM - 
4:00 PM 


I arrived at the Youth Camp at 11:00AM and was soon joined by John Erickson
and Bob from Ohio. We were inudated by Catbirds and a fair number of Orchard
Orioles, Scarlet Tanagers and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks plus a few warblers.
The big NW wind began around noon. Later John Murphy arrived after finishing
his bird survey.
Findings incliuded:
 
Warblers: Blue-winged 2, Tennessee 1, N. Parula 5, Yellow 6, Chestnut-sided
1, Magnolia 1, Cape May 1, Black-throated Blue 2 (John Erickson only),
Yellow-rumped 10, Black-throated Green 3, Pine 3, Prairie 3, Palm 2,
Blackpoll 1, Black and White 6, American Redstart 3, Prothonotary 3,
Worm-eating 2, Ovenbird 1, Hooded 6, Kentucky 1.
 
Vireos: Red-eyed 25+,White-eyed and Yellow-throated.
 
Summer Tanager  6, Scarlet Tanager 20+, Rose-breasted Grosbeak 30+, Blue
Grosbeak 3, Indigo Buntind 200+ (John Erickson, Bob and I observed large
flocks pouring into the Youth Camp over a 3 hour period after noon often
landing in the tops of trees. We recognized that some flocks eventually
circled but still concluded that there were at least 200 birds), Painted
Bunting 3, Orchard Oriole 20+, Northern Oriole 1.
 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1, Common Nighthawk 1, Eastern Wood Pewee 6, N
Rough-winged Swallow 5, Bank Swallow 1,
Swainson's Thrush 1, Gray Catbird 50+.
 
Peregrin Falcon 1 (John Ecickson).
 
Nevertheless we envy Fritz Davis's Swainson's Warbler at St Marks Refuge
today.
 
Jim Cavanagh
Tallahassee



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Subject: St George Island State Park, Youth Camp today 11:00AM - 4:00 PM
From: "Cavanagh, Jim" <jim.cavanagh AT med.fsu.edu>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:28:01 -0400
I arrived at the Youth Camp at 11:00AM and was soon joined by John Erickson
and Bob from Ohio. We were inudated by Catbirds and a fair number of Orchard
Orioles, Scarlet Tanagers and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks plus a few warblers.
The big NW wind began around noon. Later John Murphy arrived after finishing
his bird survey.
Findings incliuded:
 
Warblers: Blue-winged 2, Tennessee 1, N. Parula 5, Yellow 6, Chestnut-sided
1, Magnolia 1, Cape May 1, Black-throated Blue 2 (John Erickson only),
Yellow-rumped 10, Black-throated Green 3, Pine 3, Prairie 3, Palm 2,
Blackpoll 1, Black and White 6, American Redstart 3, Prothonotary 3,
Worm-eating 2, Ovenbird 1, Hooded 6, Kentucky 1.
 
Vireos: Red-eyed 25+,White-eyed and Yellow-throated.
 
Summer Tanager  6, Scarlet Tanager 20+, Rose-breasted Grosbeak 30+, Blue
Grosbeak 3, Indigo Buntind 200+ (John Erickson, Bob and I observed large
flocks pouring into the Youth Camp over a 3 hour period after noon often
landing in the tops of trees. We recognized that some flocks eventually
circled but still concluded that there were at least 200 birds), Painted
Bunting 3, Orchard Oriole 20+, Northern Oriole 1.
 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1, Common Nighthawk 1, Eastern Wood Pewee 6, N
Rough-winged Swallow 5, Bank Swallow 1,
Swainson's Thrush 1, Gray Catbird 50+.
 
Peregrin Falcon 1 (John Ecickson).
 
Nevertheless we envy Fritz Davis's Swainson's Warbler at St Marks Refuge
today.
 
Jim Cavanagh
Tallahassee
Subject: Re: St. Marks NWR-Tuesday Afternoon
From: Elliot Schunke <ewschunke AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:41:49 -0400
To add to Don's warblers, I had single males of Blackpoll, Bay-breasted,
and Chestnut-sided all behind the restrooms on Tower Trail this evening
between 5:30 and 7:15

Elliot Schunke
Tallahassee


On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 7:21 PM, Don Morrow  wrote:

>
>
> I showed up at the refuge later in the day than Fritz Davis and had the
> benefit of more time for birds to arrive. There were many Barn Swallows
> everywhere with a few Rough-winged and Cliff Swallows mixed in. I saw a
> mixed flock of Shovelers and BW Teal numbering about fifty birds that were
> flying and landing, acting very skittish.
>
> There were flocks of Indigo Bunting and Blue Grosbeak along the road.
> Catbirds were flying across the road and I saw one tree with three Eastern
> Kingbirds.
>
> Most of the action was in the woods just North of the firetower on Tower
> Pond trail. Some highlights were:
>
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo
> Red-eyed Vireos were abundant
> Wood Thrush
> 12 species of warbler, mostly individuals and mostly male
> Northern Parula
> Tennessee Warbler
> Yellow Warbler
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (males in breeding plumage)
> Black-throated Green Warbler
> Prairie Warbler
> Pine Warbler
> Worm-eating Warbler
> Prothonotary Warbler
> Redstart
> Kentucky Warbler
> Hooded Warbler
> Scarlet Tanager (males were common)
> Summer Tanager (males were common)
> Indigo Bunting (common)
> Painted Bunting (two males)
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak (males were common)
> Orchard Oriole
>
> Birding at the refuge should still be good tomorrow morning. You should
> reconsider your work ethic.
>
>
>
>
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>
>  
>
Subject: St. Marks NWR-Tuesday Afternoon
From: "Don Morrow" <don.morrow AT tpl.org>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:21:26 -0700
I showed up at the refuge later in the day than Fritz Davis and had the benefit 
of more time for birds to arrive. There were many Barn Swallows everywhere with 
a few Rough-winged and Cliff Swallows mixed in. I saw a mixed flock of 
Shovelers and BW Teal numbering about fifty birds that were flying and landing, 
acting very skittish. 

 
There were flocks of Indigo Bunting and Blue Grosbeak along the road. Catbirds 
were flying across the road and I saw one tree with three Eastern Kingbirds. 

 
Most of the action was in the woods just North of the firetower on Tower Pond 
trail. Some highlights were: 

 
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Red-eyed Vireos were abundant
Wood Thrush
12 species of warbler, mostly individuals and mostly male
Northern Parula
Tennessee Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler (males in breeding plumage)
Black-throated Green Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Pine Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Redstart
Kentucky Warbler
Hooded Warbler
Scarlet Tanager (males were common)
Summer Tanager (males were common)
Indigo Bunting (common)
Painted Bunting (two males)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (males were common)
Orchard Oriole
 
Birding at the refuge should still be good tomorrow morning. You should 
reconsider your work ethic. 

 
 
 
 


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Subject: St Marks NWR 4/15
From: Fritz Davis <davisfritz AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:25:50 -0700 (PDT)
My plan this morning was to visit St. George Island State Park but when a 
meeting ran over, I redirected my efforts to St. Marks. Following the 
encouraging predictions from the Duncans and Badbirdz, I was hopeful that there 
might be fallout conditions and this proved to be the case. I started at Cedar 
Point where the birds seemed to be arriving in loose flocks between periods of 
heavy rain and despite strong winds: 


Cedar Point

Palm Warbler 5
Yellow-rumped 1
Worm-eating 2
Hooded 1 female
Northern Parula 2 female

Red-eyed Vireo 4
Yellow-throated Vireo 1


Blue Grosbeak 6
Indigo Bunting 6+
Orchard Oriole 4+
Summer Tanager 2
Scarlet Tanager 3

There were many other birds flying over including a flock of Eastern Kingbirds.

Then I moved to the woods near Tower Pond, which was more protected from the 
wind 


Hooded 4
Worm-eating 2
Black and White 1
American Redstart 1 male
Northern Parula 5+
Ovenbird 1

Swainson's Warbler 1 (thanks to a couple for alerting me to the presence of 
this bird in the area) 

Red-eyed Vireo many

There was also a report of a Kentucky Warbler that I missed. 


Scarlet Tanager 4+ males and 2 females

Rose-breasted Grosbeak 5
Summer Tanager 2
Indigo Bunting 3
Painted Bunting 1 male
Blue Grosbeak 2
Wood Thrush 2


I should note that I could only spend about 2 hours birding so this list is 
necessarily partial. There were many more birds flying over and landing briefly 
(even along the road through the refuge). But it was nice to get a quick 
picture of what should be a significant arrival of birds. 



Fritz Davis
Tallahassee, Florida
davisfritz at yahoo.com
Subject: Orchard Orioles
From: "Janeen Engleman Langley" <jelangley AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 06:40:32 -0400
Glenda,  I've had Orchards nest in my yard before, but not in several years.
They were often seen visiting tubular-shaped flowers in my yard.  I've seen
them on coral honeysuckle, Cherokee or coral bean and sinningia.  I still
hear them in my area every spring and summer, but haven't seen one so far
this season.

 

Janeen Langley

Northeast Tallahassee

 

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From: nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of Glenda Simmons
Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2014 1:07 AM
To: Edwwjr AT aol.com; nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [nflbirds] Tallahassee Eastern Kingbirds

 






This is an open reply to Ed, regarding your Orchard Oriole.  How long, and
how often have you been seeing the Orchard Oriole?  Have you had them in the
past, and how long do they stay?  Do others have them in their yards now?
I'm very interested, as I'm having my first experience with these orioles,
in my yard.   I had one female pass through, for one day, years ago, but,
currently, have had a group, in my yard, for eighteen days.  I see daily, at
least, one adult male, and generally one immature male and a female, but
have a picture of three adult males on a jelly feeder, at the same time, as
well as orchards and baltimores, together. I usually only see migrants for
one second to three days, so this eighteen day stretch, has me believing
they have decided they like my yard.  From what I have read, my yard has
suitable habitat for this bird.  I would love to have input from anyone that
is more familiar with the orchards.  Are they likely to stay, the rest of
the season?

 

I had Baltimore Orioles spend the winter in my yard, and assume that group
has headed north, but still seeing Baltimore's almost daily, generally
several.  I believe the next 32 oz. jar of jelly I open will be number 30
since last fall.

 

Thanks,

 

Glenda Simmons

Eastside Tallahassee

On Saturday, April 12, 2014 3:37 PM, "Edwwjr AT aol.com" 
wrote:

  

Today must be an arrival day for migrants to Killearn. Each year I have
eastern kingbirds breeding in the neighborhood and a pair arrived in the
backyard about 1:00 pm today. Within a few minutes I also had a pair of
ruby-throated hummers playing chase through the bottlebrush plant. The
orchard oriole continues to be an active feeder.

Ed Woodruff
Tallahassee

 







Subject: Re: Tallahassee Eastern Kingbirds
From: Glenda Simmons <glendajoyce6009 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 22:06:44 -0700 (PDT)
This is an open reply to Ed, regarding your Orchard Oriole.  How long, and how 
often have you been seeing the Orchard Oriole?  Have you had them in the past, 
and how long do they stay?  Do others have them in their yards now?  I'm very 
interested, as I'm having my first experience with these orioles, in my yard. 
  I had one female pass through, for one day, years ago, but, currently, have 
had a group, in my yard, for eighteen days.  I see daily, at least, one adult 
male, and generally one immature male and a female, but have a picture of three 
adult males on a jelly feeder, at the same time, as well as orchards and 
baltimores, together. I usually only see migrants for one second to three days, 
so this eighteen day stretch, has me believing they have decided they like my 
yard.  From what I have read, my yard has suitable habitat for this bird.  I 
would love to have input from anyone that is more familiar with the orchards. 
 Are they likely to 

 stay, the rest of the season?

I had Baltimore Orioles spend the winter in my yard, and assume that group has 
headed north, but still seeing Baltimore's almost daily, generally several.  I 
believe the next 32 oz. jar of jelly I open will be number 30 since last fall. 


Thanks,

Glenda Simmons
Eastside Tallahassee
On Saturday, April 12, 2014 3:37 PM, "Edwwjr AT aol.com"  wrote:
 
  
Today must be an arrival day for migrants to Killearn. Each year I have eastern 
kingbirds breeding in the neighborhood and a pair arrived in the backyard about 
1:00 pm today. Within a few minutes I also had a pair of ruby-throated hummers 
playing chase through the bottlebrush plant. The orchard oriole continues to be 
an active feeder. 


Ed Woodruff
Tallahassee
 
Subject: Tallahassee Eastern Kingbirds
From: Edwwjr AT aol.com
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 15:37:20 -0400 (EDT)
Today must be an arrival day for migrants to Killearn. Each year I have eastern 
kingbirds breeding in the neighborhood and a pair arrived in the backyard about 
1:00 pm today. Within a few minutes I also had a pair of ruby-throated hummers 
playing chase through the bottlebrush plant. The orchard oriole continues to be 
an active feeder. 


Ed Woodruff
Tallahassee
Subject: Orchard Oriole Tallahasseee
From: Edwwjr AT aol.com
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:11:42 -0400 (EDT)
Had my first of the season orchard oriole in the backyard bottlebrush in north 
Killearn this morning. 


Ed Woodruff
Tallahassee
Subject: Nashville Warbler, tallahassee
From: Elliot Schunke <ewschunke AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 08:25:57 -0400
Currently a Nashville Warbler at the new railroad bridge at the NE side of
Lake Piney Z.

Elliot Schunke
Tallahassee
Subject: FW: [FLORIDABIRDS-L] Good day at St George Island State Park
From: "Cavanagh, Jim" <jim.cavanagh AT med.fsu.edu>
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 2014 09:13:02 -0400
In addition , 6 Yellow-throated Vireos, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Wood Thrushes.
Often there would be an explosion of small winged insects out of the ground
like a water spout which attracted all birds around. Think of Blue Grosbeaks
competing with Yellow and Tennessee Warblers.

________________________________

From: Florida Birds on behalf of Cavanagh, Jim
Sent: Tue 4/8/2014 10:08 PM
To: FLORIDABIRDS-L AT LISTS.UFL.EDU
Subject: Re: [FLORIDABIRDS-L] Good day at St George Island State Park



Same story re birds and weather at St George Island State Park.
I joined John Erickson and Steve Jones 8:15-3:00 but birds stopped landing
there when the srong west wind began around 1:00 PM. Rainfall on 4/8 there
was over 3 inches.

Warblers:Tennessee 3, N, Parula 3, Yellow 2, Y. Rumped 5, Pine 3, Prairie 6,
Palm 6, Black and White 5, Worm-eating 1, La Waterthrush 1, C. Yellowthroat
1, Hooded 6

Also: Summer Tanager 6, Blue Grosbeak 30 including a flock leaving the area
that Steve saw, Indigo Bunting also a large number, Baltimore and Orchard
Orioes and an Eastern Wood Pewee

Jim Cavanagh
Tallahassee

________________________________

From: Florida Birds on behalf of Lucy & Bob Duncan
Sent: Tue 4/8/2014 9:20 PM
To: FLORIDABIRDS-L AT LISTS.UFL.EDU
Subject: [FLORIDABIRDS-L] Good day in Gulf Breeze



Hi all,



               Anytime we tally 67 species at home it has to be considered a
"good day birding!" Lucy and I marveled at the number of Orchard Orioles, 13
warbler species and other migrant species present in our yard and immediate
neighborhood. Some of these birds apparently came in overnight and were not
present yesterday a dusk, perhaps they started their movement from points
farther south than Yucatan or encountered bad weather. They were, however,
not exhausted. Conditions in the southern Gulf and Yucatan are not favorable
for further movement for at least tonight but there are plenty of
"leftovers" to entertain birders.

             

Good Birding,

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Florida Panhandle


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Subject: Black-crowned Night Heron at Robert White Williams Birding Trail, Tallahassee
From: Robert Lengacher <rlengach AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 15:10:47 -0400
I was surprised by two Black-crowned Night Herons this morning before work
at Robert White Williams Birding Trail. This was my 100th species for this
patch this year, and the first record of this species at this site
according to the bird list at the kiosk and on eBird.

One probable first spring bird that looked like an adult, but seemed to
have a few remnants of immature plumage was seen at the far southern end of
the trail flying parallel to Munson Slough headed west (perhaps over to
Black Swamp Nature Preserve) and the other was seen about 200 yards from
the end in the area where the trail widens. It was a definite adult and was
seen flying east over the creek and then south over the pines.

Here's a link to my checklist:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17785868

By the way, I only saw 1 Common Loon flyover.

Rob Lengacher
Tallahassee, FL
Subject: Re: Henslow's and Black rail near St Marks?
From: "Jim Stevenson" <galornsoc AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 22:34:12 -0500
Twenty years ago there used to be Henslow’s Sparrows (I think it has an 
apostrophe???) under the power lines, in the broom sedge, just south of US 98 
on the road to the town of St. Mark’s, on the east side. They are buggers to 
get a good look at but with repeated flushing they’ll sometimes sit on 
visible stalks momentarily. Pishing and tapes can help with sparrows. Savannahs 
are obviously larger and fly farther. Other species unlikely there. 


I hate to hog this discussion so I’ll let others give directions to a Black 
Rail! 


Jim
Galveston

From: Sunny Philllips 
Sent: Sunday, April 06, 2014 10:21 PM
To: North Florida Birds 
Subject: [nflbirds] Henslow's and Black rail near St Marks?

  
A birder from Tampa is coming to bird St Marks and areas nearby and is looking 
for these two species. I haven't been back in Florida for over a year and just 
got back. Anyone know where we might see these species? Any limpkins? 


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Subject: Henslow's and Black rail near St Marks?
From: Sunny Philllips <sunny_phillips AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 23:21:46 -0400
A birder from Tampa is coming to bird St Marks and areas nearby and is looking 
for these two species. I haven't been back in Florida for over a year and just 
got back. Anyone know where we might see these species? Any limpkins? 


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Subject: Re: St. Marks NWR -- Sunday Morning
From: "Jim Stevenson" <galornsoc AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 19:35:20 -0500
Good post, Don.

I just wanted to mention that every spring (or fall) migration has its 
peculiarities. Often, birds will tend to bend toward the eastern or western 
Gulf, depending largely on steering winds. This year, so far, we in Texas are 
getting our turn. We’ve had huge numbers of eastern migrants, like parulas, 
Hoodeds and Louisiana Waterthrushes, plus many other birds more typically seen 
in Florida. However, as the winds change, the pendulum may swing and favor you 
guys in Florida. 


Today, in my yard, we had an absolutely mind-boggling day for this early, even 
with Blackburnian, many Tennessees and a Kentucky. It is not uncommon for a 
great day in Florida to come a day or two later than a bonanza in Texas, given 
the movement of frontal systems. Hope so. 


Now, to the dictionary to look up Don’s word, “desultory.” Hmmmm...   

Jim
Galveston

From: Don Morrow 
Sent: Sunday, April 06, 2014 7:11 PM
To: nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Cc: robin_will AT fws.gov 
Subject: [nflbirds] St. Marks NWR -- Sunday Morning

  
An epic morning for Common Loon migration at the refuge. Paul Spitzer and I 
recorded 484 loons headed North. Weather radar showed a strong storm system 
just across the Georgia line that resulted in 209 returning birds. Loons were 
streaming in both directions. 


Otherwise, Spring migration is a desultory affair so far. Two Cattle Egrets 
were sitting on the old pilings at dawn. Least Bitterns are now easily found 
near the lighthouse, where I also recorded Caspian, Royal, Forster's and Common 
Tern. High-flying duck flocks numbering in the hundreds were moving along the 
coast. Over the course of the morning I probably saw 2,000 ducks that all 
seemed to be scaup, but could have included Redhead flying at about 500 feet. I 
observed some of them spiraling higher and disappearing to the North. 
Buffleheads seem to be thinning out, but Red-breasted Mergansers are still much 
in evidence. Blue-winged Teal are common on several of the refuge ponds. 


Heading back on the entrance road, Black-necked Stilts are more evident, I saw 
about twenty. Lesser Yellowlegs seem to outnumber Greaters. I did not see the 
flock of dark ibis that has included up to fifteen White-faced Ibis, recently. 
Nick Baldwin sent me some great photos of the White-faced Ibis taken last week. 


I had a single Eastern Kingbird along the road and had Black&White Warbler, 
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Parula and Northern Waterthrush at the Double Bridges. 


Good Birding



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Subject: St. Marks NWR -- Sunday Morning
From: "Don Morrow" <don.morrow AT tpl.org>
Date: Sun, 06 Apr 2014 17:11:34 -0700
An epic morning for Common Loon migration at the refuge. Paul Spitzer and I 
recorded 484 loons headed North. Weather radar showed a strong storm system 
just across the Georgia line that resulted in 209 returning birds. Loons were 
streaming in both directions. 

 
Otherwise, Spring migration is a desultory affair so far. Two Cattle Egrets 
were sitting on the old pilings at dawn. Least Bitterns are now easily found 
near the lighthouse, where I also recorded Caspian, Royal, Forster's and Common 
Tern. High-flying duck flocks numbering in the hundreds were moving along the 
coast. Over the course of the morning I probably saw 2,000 ducks that all 
seemed to be scaup, but could have included Redhead flying at about 500 feet. I 
observed some of them spiraling higher and disappearing to the North. 
Buffleheads seem to be thinning out, but Red-breasted Mergansers are still much 
in evidence. Blue-winged Teal are common on several of the refuge ponds. 

 
Heading back on the entrance road, Black-necked Stilts are more evident, I saw 
about twenty. Lesser Yellowlegs seem to outnumber Greaters. I did not see the 
flock of dark ibis that has included up to fifteen White-faced Ibis, recently. 
Nick Baldwin sent me some great photos of the White-faced Ibis taken last week. 

 
I had a single Eastern Kingbird along the road and had Black&White Warbler, 
Yellow-rumped Warbler, Parula and Northern Waterthrush at the Double Bridges. 

 
Good Birding
 
 


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Subject: April Audubon Bird Trips
From: Helen King <thekingsom AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 17:46:00 -0400
Since migration is upon us, we will concentrate on finding those little
guys.

 One trip will be to *St. George Island* and this will be a *spontaneous
date* at a time when we think we will have success in being present for a
fall out. We will meet at the Publix on Crawfordville Highway that is just
beyond Capital Circle SW. I will send an email about 24 hours in advance to
notify you. It may not necessarily be a morning trip.

  Our second trip will be on *Friday, April 18th*. We will meet at *Lake
Munson Recreation Area*, which is on Crawfordville Highway just beyond the
Publix at 7:30 a.m. After discovering what we can there, we will then drive
down to *St. Mark's WMA* to the Headquarter's Restroom area.

  Please email me at thekingsom AT gmail.com if you are interested in the
April 18th trip.

Helen Jelks King
Audubon

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Subject: Black-bellied Whistling-ducks
From: Hank Pfeifer <hank6864 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 14:32:18 -0700 (PDT)
I am staying at Sawgrass, a gated community in Ponte Vedra near Jacksonville on 
a1a. I just saw a flock of about 20 Black-bellied Whistling-ducks on the banks 
of a pond right next to the main road thru the community. I didn't know there 
are Whistling-ducks in Florida. 


Hank Pfeifer
hank6864 AT yahoo.com
Subject: Bell's Vireo? St George Is, Franklin County
From: Bill Phelan <wmjphelan AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2014 16:37:18 +0000 (UTC)


There was no fallout at SGI today or yesterday:  one prairie warbler, 2 
parulas, 1 BG Gnatcatcher, 1 RC Kinglet, 1 Summer tanager, 1 Grea t crested 
F/C. 




My best bird today was a probable Bell's vireo.  Small, active vireo with thin 
bill, unimpressive facial markings--no spectacles, but a thin white line near 
the  eye. 


Olive color on top, bright yellow wash  below.  White wing bars. 

More active than most vireos (vs the several white eyed vireos in the youth 
camp area). So I only got brief looks.  I didn't see tail bobbing. 


No picture. 

I  wanted to post it so that others might confirm. 

Bill Phelan 

Tallahassee
Subject: Re: Townsend's warbler/Ft Pickens
From: Dana Timmons <timmons.dana AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 16:31:47 -0500
Still at D9 at 4:30 pm

Dana Timmons
Gulf Breeze, Fl
"Let's go birding"


> On Apr 5, 2014, at 4:09 PM, Lucy & Bob Email  
wrote: 

> 
> At 3pm the bird was at site D 9.
> Lucy
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
>> On Apr 5, 2014, at 4:18 PM, John Murphy  wrote:
>> 
>>  
>> I just had a call from Lucy Duncan passing along a report of a Townsend's 
warbler seen this morning at the Ft Pickens camping area (Santa Rosa Island, 
west of Pensacola Beach). Lucy did not see the bird, but she saw a photo 
confirming the identification. 

>> 
>> Unfortunately, the only directions she received were "campground loop B, C, 
D, E". I checked the map of that campground and it covers a fairly large area. 
It may require a bit of searching to find the bird again. 

>> 
>> John Murphy
>> Alligator Pt, FL
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Townsend's warbler/Ft Pickens
From: Lucy & Bob Email <robertaduncan AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 17:09:08 -0400
At 3pm the bird was at site D 9.
Lucy

Sent from my iPhone

> On Apr 5, 2014, at 4:18 PM, John Murphy  wrote:
> 
> I just had a call from Lucy Duncan passing along a report of a Townsend's 
warbler seen this morning at the Ft Pickens camping area (Santa Rosa Island, 
west of Pensacola Beach). Lucy did not see the bird, but she saw a photo 
confirming the identification. 

> 
> Unfortunately, the only directions she received were "campground loop B, C, 
D, E". I checked the map of that campground and it covers a fairly large area. 
It may require a bit of searching to find the bird again. 

> 
> John Murphy
> Alligator Pt, FL
> 
Subject: Townsend's warbler/Ft Pickens
From: John Murphy <southmoonunder AT mchsi.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 15:18:31 -0500 (CDT)
I just had a call from Lucy Duncan passing along a report of a Townsend's 
warbler seen this morning at the Ft Pickens camping area (Santa Rosa Island, 
west of Pensacola Beach). Lucy did not see the bird, but she saw a photo 
confirming the identification. 


Unfortunately, the only directions she received were "campground loop B, C, D, 
E". I checked the map of that campground and it covers a fairly large area. It 
may require a bit of searching to find the bird again. 


John Murphy
Alligator Pt, FL


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Subject: Common merganser pair
From: Sunny Yahoo <sunny_phillips AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Apr 2014 20:07:53 -0400
St marks NWR today at 5:00 at Bayou Pond. 

Staying in my security zone is safe; however, traveling in this zone is not as 
much fun as shifting gears. 

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Subject: Rodney's duckage
From: "Jim Stevenson" <galornsoc AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 18:37:42 -0500
Rodney said:

Ironically, there were more species of duck than last week.  
Rodney et al,
There may be an explanation for this, other than dumb luck. Quite a few species 
of ducks have a few of their population that continues down to the Tropics for 
the winter. This time of year they return, so species like pintail, shoveler, 
both teal, L Scaup, Gadwall, wigeon and in Texas, FW Ducks, will begin showing 
up as spring (Neotropical) migrants. It’s really a departure from the 
(erroneous) thinking that ducks are just winter residents. 

Here in Texas, we had a great March! Hope yall’s was equally pro “duck” 
tive. 

Jim
Galveston
.
 
Subject: Re: St George Island State Park, YouthCamp
From: ROC <austrina1 AT aol.com>
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 22:27:46 -0400 (EDT)
Lydia and I had 3 male Orchard Orioles in one yaupon bush at St. Marks NWR on 
Saturday (we also had an Orchard Oriole singing near our house today). The 
migrant trap behind the bathrooms was very slow. Ironically, there were more 
species of duck than last week. We found 105 species in 6.5 hours of "midday" 
birding. We did walk the dikes at several locations. We found a few "good" 
warblers including an FOS Northern Waterthrush. Has anyone else noticed how 
hard it is to find Reddish Egret at St. Marks compared to 10 years ago? 



Rodney, Lydia, Samantha and Aurora B. Cassidy
Tallahassee, Florida      


  



-----Original Message-----
From: Cavanagh, Jim 
To: nflbirds 
Sent: Sun, Mar 30, 2014 9:09 pm
Subject: [nflbirds] St George Island State Park, YouthCamp


 
  
    
                  

Today at St George Island 8:15-2:15 there was a steady 15 k NW wind throughout 
with temps 50s to 70s 

Fall out was modest but steady and strongest between 1:00-2:00 PM
I was joined initially by Bob Kornegay and Rene Todd and John Erickson and 
later by an Ontario couple with arrival at 1:00 PM coinsiding with the Kentucky 
Warbler's arrival. 

 
Warblers Northern Parula 4, Yellow-rumped 10+, Yellow-throated 1, Pine 4, Palm 
4. Black and white 5, Prothonotary 10+, Louisiana Waterthrush 3 ( including one 
at the trailer park), Kentucky 1 (images taken since date is early), Hooded 
10+. 

 
Vireos White eyed 15+, Yellow-throated 1, Red-eyed 1
 
Others: Wood Thrush 3 (1 at trailer Park), Indigo Bunting 7 with Chipping 
Sparrows at trailer park, Great Horned Owl 1, Green Heron 2. 

 
Jim Cavanagh
 
Tallahassee

    
             

  
Subject: St George Island State Park, YouthCamp
From: "Cavanagh, Jim" <jim.cavanagh AT med.fsu.edu>
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 21:09:35 -0400
Today at St George Island 8:15-2:15 there was a steady 15 k NW wind
throughout with temps 50s to 70s
Fall out was modest but steady and strongest between 1:00-2:00 PM
I was joined initially by Bob Kornegay and Rene Todd and John Erickson and
later by an Ontario couple with arrival at 1:00 PM coinsiding with the
Kentucky Warbler's arrival. 
 
Warblers Northern Parula 4, Yellow-rumped 10+, Yellow-throated 1, Pine 4,
Palm 4. Black and white 5, Prothonotary 10+, Louisiana Waterthrush 3 (
including one at the trailer park), Kentucky 1 (images taken since date is
early), Hooded 10+.
 
Vireos White eyed 15+, Yellow-throated 1, Red-eyed 1
 
Others:  Wood Thrush 3 (1 at trailer Park), Indigo Bunting 7 with Chipping
Sparrows at trailer park, Great Horned Owl 1, Green Heron 2.
 
Jim Cavanagh
 
Tallahassee
Subject: Visiting Ecuador
From: John Erickson <jwerick AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2014 08:10:04 -0400
I will be touring Ecuador for 3 months beginning in May. Does anyone have any 
advise, birding info or recommendations? I will depend on buses and trains for 
the most part and traveling light. 

Thanks!
jwerick AT gmail.com

John Erickson

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Subject: Beginning Birding workshop at Birdsong, Sat.March 29, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
From: Fran Rutkovsky <franrutkovsky AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2014 18:08:21 +0000 (UTC)



Dear Friends, 

Please join us this Saturday at Birdsong for the following programs: 



Beginning Birding with Nancy Ann Thomas, 8:30 - 11:30am: It is springtime, a 
wonderful time to learn all about birds. Join us for an excellent introduction 
to the enjoyable activity of birdwatching. Please see full program description 
below. Class space is limited to 8 people, so please contact us by noon on 
Friday to reserve your space. 




Join Nancy Ann Thomas for an introduction to the enjoyable activity of bird 
watching. Meet at the Bird Window for some up-close bird viewing and Nancy will 
teach you how to adjust your binoculars and use a field guide. She will then 
lead the group out in the field on a birding hike for some guided practice. 
This class is ideal for adults and mature children. You will get plenty of 
personal help to get started on what we are sure will be a life-long love of 
birding. 


RESERVATIONS, PLEASE. Class space is limited to eight people. Please call or 
email by Friday, March 28 at noon. Bring binoculars and dress for the weather. 
You are welcome to bring a picnic and stay for the day! 


$4 Friends, $8 nonmembers, children half-price. 





Birdsong History: The Dickey Plantation Era, 10am to 2:30pm: Learn all about 
Birdsong's rich history and visit nearby related historical sites with Betty 
Ashler. Class space is limited to 15 people, so please contact us by noon on 
Friday to reserve a space. 






Birdsong Nature Center has had a long and rich history, featuring many 
interesting people and a legacy of excellent land use and care. Board member 
Betty Ashler, with assistance from Kathleen Scott, has examined and sorted the 
archival collections of papers found and saved by Betty and Ed Komarek, 
Birdsong’s founders. Betty has actively reviewed all these papers, a huge 
undertaking. She has discovered many fascinating personal letters and other 
family writings, put together a detailed family tree, and created a power point 
presentation for this program. Selected Dickey letters and poems will be on 
display. After the presentation we will show you some of the historic features 
of the house. 


After the tour we will take a short lunch break, and then head out to view 
Birdsong’s Dickey-era terraces and old schoolhouse well. We will then leave 
the property to visit an old private cemetery and a landmark church located 
within the former Duncanville District. If you are interested in local history, 
or just interested in Birdsong, you will find this to be an intriguing and 
enlightening program. 


RESERVATIONS, PLEASE. Class space is limited to fifteen people. Please call or 
email by Friday, March 28th, at noon. Bring a picnic lunch and dress for being 
outside in the afternoon. 


$10 Friends, $14 nonmembers, children half-price. Drinks and dessert included 
in the cost. 





Birdsong Nature Center 

229-377-4408 

birdsong AT birdsongnaturecenter.org 






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Subject: Hummingbird talk at Native Nurseries, Sat.-3/29, 10 a.m.
From: Fran Rutkovsky <franrutkovsky AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:28:15 +0000 (UTC)
HUMMINGBIRD HOMECOMING 
Saturday March 29th 10am Free 

Ruby-throated hummingbirds return from Central America around mid-March. Jody 
Walthall will explore the fascinating 

natural history of hummingbirds and teach you how to attract them to your yard. 




Native Nurseries of Tallahassee 
1661 Centerville Road 
Tallahassee, FL 32308 
www.nativenurseries.com 
850-386-8882 

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Fran Rutkovsky 
Tallahassee, FL 
franrutkovsky AT comcast.net 
Subject: Audubon program, March 27, Megan Jones, speaker
From: Fran Rutkovsky <franrutkovsky AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2014 23:45:05 +0000 (UTC)


March 27, 2014 




Apalachee Audubon Program 




WHY COOPERATE? 
COSTS AND BENEFITS OF COOPERATIVE COURTSHIP DISPLAYS IN A SYSTEM WITH VARIABLE 
COOPERATIVE PARTNERSHIPS 


Speaker: Megan Jones 

Thursday, March 27, 2014 
Social at 7:00 p.m. 
Program at 7:30 p.m. 
Historic Amtrak Station, 918 Railroad Avenue 

Megan, a Ph.D. Candidate at Florida State University, is intereste in many 
aspects of behavioral and evolutionary ecology. Her dissertation research at 
FSU looks at the costs and benefits of cooperative courtship display to 
dominant individuals within tropical manakins. The work addresses a previously 
unexplored aspect of cooperative courtship display and contributes 
significantly to the more general understanding of the costs and benefits of 
cooperation. Understanding cooperation among manakins groups sheds light on how 
cooperation may have evolved in other animals, including humans, and her work 
involves field work in Costa Rica and Panama as well as genetic studies at FSU. 


After completing a B.S. in Wildlife Biology at Humboldt State University, Megan 
pursued her interests in avian behavior ecology while working on field jobs 
around the world. Her interest in the natural world goes beyond research to a 
passion for teaching and sharing nature with others. To support her goals of 
teaching alongside research, Megan is dual-enrolled in a Master’s of 
Science-Teaching at FSU. She enjoys the opportunity to mentor undergraduate 
students and recent graduates during her field work. When teaching lab-based 
taxonomy courses, her goal is to serve as a guide while each student first 
learns to see differences and similarities, and then to identify species. 
Through this learning process she hopes to draw out a student’s curiosity in 
the natural world and scientific processes. For Megan, science and natural 
history are not only a career but also a passion. 

http://www.apalachee.org/ 

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Fran Rutkovsky 
Tallahassee, FL 
franrutkovsky AT comcast.net 
Subject: Godwits at St Marks
From: Bill Phelan <wmjphelan AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2014 22:25:53 +0000 (UTC)

Intrigued by Don Morrow's posting of a Bar Tailed Godwit seen at St Marks, I 
went there this afternoon and found 6 Marbled Godwits. 


One of them was noticeably smaller than the others but didn't look like the Bar 
Tailed Godwit that I saw at Huguenot. 


The one at Huguenot looked like the picture in Sibley's-- gray and plain (not 
mottled/scalloped) on the back/wings . 


The one today had a scalloped look on the feathers of the back/wings but was 
only slightly more gray than the other godwits.  


(Interestingly, Nat Geo shows a gray and scalloped look in juveniles.) 

So was this the Bar Tailed Godwit?  (Unfortunately, I forgot to bring a 
camera) 


Hope someone else sees this bird. 



Other birds of note were: 

  black-necked stilts at Tower Pond, among other shorebirds 

At Double Bridges:  Blue-gray gnatcatchers, black & white warbler, parula 
singing 


Nice day to be out. 

Bill Phelan 

Tallahassee
Subject: Re: Bar-tailed Godwit Report
From: Elliot Schunke <ewschunke AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2014 18:09:14 -0400
The Bar-tailed Godwit was in Tower Pond at St. Marks NWR.  The Duncans's
initial report was at approx 5 pm on Wednesday (19 Mar, 2014).  That would
have been about 2 hours after high tide.  I was there on Thursday and
Friday at comparable times in terms of tide with no luck on the Bar-tailed
but had a good number of other shorebirds, including 2 Whimbrel both
evenings.

Elliot Schunke
Tallahassee


On Sun, Mar 23, 2014 at 8:48 AM, Melissa Forehand  wrote:

>
>
> Where? At Fort Pickens?
>
> Melissa Forehand
> Tallahasssee
>
>
> On Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 5:14 PM, Don Morrow  wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> Lucy and Bob Duncan and their son Scot reported a Bar-tailed Godwit
>> earlier this week on the Firetower Pool behind the restrooms. Worth
>> checking to see if it's still there.
>>
>> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>>
>>
>  
>
Subject: Chuck's
From: Melissa Forehand <birdingtreefrog AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2014 08:50:52 -0400
FOS chuck-wills-widow at St Joseph SP primitive camping area

Melissa Forehand
Tallahassee
Subject: Re: Bar-tailed Godwit Report
From: Melissa Forehand <birdingtreefrog AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2014 08:48:22 -0400
Where? At Fort Pickens?

Melissa Forehand
Tallahasssee


On Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 5:14 PM, Don Morrow  wrote:

>
>
> Lucy and Bob Duncan and their son Scot reported a Bar-tailed Godwit
> earlier this week on the Firetower Pool behind the restrooms. Worth
> checking to see if it's still there.
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>
>  
>
Subject: FOS Mississippi Kite, Tallahassee
From: "Gary Griffin" <runlong AT nettally.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2014 12:49:32 -0400
My wife Peg had a Mississippi Kite near the intersection of 27N and
Lakeshore Drive yesterday (Friday) afternoon.   
 
Gary Griffin
Tallahassee
 
"... let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us." 
Hebrews 12:1
 
Subject: Bar-tailed Godwit Report
From: "Don Morrow" <don.morrow AT tpl.org>
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:14:35 -0700
Lucy and Bob Duncan and their son Scot reported a Bar-tailed Godwit earlier 
this week on the Firetower Pool behind the restrooms. Worth checking to see if 
it's still there. 



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Subject: Chuck at Phipps Park
From: Edwwjr AT aol.com
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 21:23:29 -0400 (EDT)
Gary, Thanks for the heads up of the chuck-will's-widow at Phipps Park. 

I sat at the picnic table just inside Gate A (First entrance past the soccer 
complex when traveling west) Friday night and the chuck began to call a couple 
of minutes after 8 PM. It was still calling when I left about 10 minutes later. 


Ed Woodruff
Tallahassee
Subject: Chuck Will's Widow - Phipps Park, Tallahassee
From: "Gary Griffin" <runlong AT nettally.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:40:03 -0400
Heard a Chuck calling repeatedly in the 6:30 darkness of Phipps Park near
Gate A yesterday morning.
 
Gary Griffin
Tallahassee
 
"... let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us." 
Hebrews 12:1
 
Subject: St. Marks NWR-Friday Morning
From: "Don Morrow" <don.morrow AT tpl.org>
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:37:37 -0700
I went down to the refuge early this morning to join Dr. Paul Spitzer for the 
first day of Loon Migration Monitoring. Twenty Common Loons headed north -- two 
turned back. Paul is looking for volunteers to help watch for loons. If you 
don't mind getting up early, head down to the refuge and join him on the 
platform next to the lighthouse. Loons start flying about 15 minutes before 
sunrise. 

 
There were lots of calling Soras and Clappers. GH Owls were calling from the 
woods to the North and Marsh Wrens are already singing. While I had to leave at 
8:30 to get into work, I did note some ducks still present on Lighthouse Pool 
and the Gulf; Bufflehead, Lesser Scaup, BW Teal and RB Merganser. There were 
many shorebirds; Willet, Dunlin, SB Dowitcher and American Oystercatcher. I had 
a small flock of Barn Swallows. 

 
It was a beautiful sunrise and a nice morning on the Gulf coast.


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Subject: Black-and-white Warbler
From: "Tara Tanaka" <h2otara AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2014 15:14:28 -0400
I just looked up in the black gum tree outside my window to see a FOS
Black-and-white Warbler looking for a meal.  Water isn't hard to find.

 

Tara Tanaka

NW Tallahassee

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http://vimeo.com/h2otara

 

 
Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite
From: Glenda Simmons <glendajoyce6009 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2014 11:53:54 -0700 (PDT)
About a hour ago, I watched my FOS Swallow-tailed Kite soaring over my yard, in 
East side Tallahassee, off Buck Lake Road. I believe I heard the call of a 
Great-crested Flycatcher, twice in a fifteen minute period, if not, a good 
mimick call, and just in time, as my GCF box was re-installed today with great 
predator proofing. 


Glenda Simmons
Eastside Tallahassee
Subject: Re: FOS Great Crested Flycatchers
From: "Jim Stevenson" <galornsoc AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:11:34 -0500
Rodney said:
The late cold front didn't seem to put off these harbingers of spring.
Yes, and in fact, it may have brought them down. That front dumped quite a few 
birds, including Louisiana Waterthrush in my yard (Galveston). We are also 
lousy with B&W Warblers and parulas, WE Vireos and other early stuff like 
martins and RT Hummers. Some fronts deliver a LOT more birds than others, and 
the variables are almost innumerable. 

Bird on,
Jim
G’ton

Subject: Leon County: YB Cuckoo and Ovenbird
From: Bill Phelan <wmjphelan AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:09:40 +0000 (UTC)

Had my FOS YB Cuckoo calling yesterday in my yard. 

Ovenbird was walking below the feeders--4th time this winter. 

Bill Phelan 

East of Tallahassee 
Subject: FOS Great Crested Flycatchers
From: "Cassidy, Rodney" <rodney.cassidy AT talgov.com>
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:47:11 +0000
Two Great Crested Flycatchers were calling in downtown Tallahassee this 
morning. The late cold front didn't seem to put off these harbingers of spring. 


Rodney Cassidy
Tallahassee, Florida




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Subject: Re: Swallow-tailed kites
From: Charles Futch <fhs1959 AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 16:08:03 -0400
We saw one swallow-tailed kite crossing US 19 about 5 miles north of 
Monticello today at 11:45 AM.
Chas. Futch
On 3/12/2014 1:40 PM, John Erickson wrote:
>
> I saw 7 STK's in Tate's Hell at the dwarf cypress boardwalk. Parulas 
> are showing up as well. It's amazing what a brief south breeze will 
> produce.
>
> John Erickson
>
> 
Subject: Swallow-tailed kites
From: John Erickson <jwerick AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:40:40 -0400
I saw 7 STK's in Tate's Hell at the dwarf cypress boardwalk. Parulas are 
showing up as well. It's amazing what a brief south breeze will produce. 


John Erickson

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Subject: Saturday Field Trip
From: Jim Cox <Jim AT ttrs.org>
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 09:01:31 -0400
There's a bird field trip this weekend that might be of interest to those 
living near Tallahassee. I'll be leading a tour on Pebble Hill Plantation (just 
south of Thomasville, GA) on Saturday, March 15, from 9-12. We'll take a wagon 
ride through their nice stands of mature longleaf looking for lingering 
sparrows and pineland specialties. There's no charge, but Pebble Hill is asking 
that people make reservations by contacting Lori Curtis (229-227-5390, 
256-856-2923 or lcurtis AT pebblehill.com). There 
are about 4 spaces left. 


For more information...


http://www.pebblehill.com/Content/Default/7/273/0/news/birding-field-trip.html#201 


Thanks,
Jim

Jim Cox
Tall Timbers Research Station
13093 Henry Beadel Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32312
(850) 893-4153 ext. 223
fax:  (850) 893-6470
Stoddard Bird Lab Web Site
Subject: Apalachee Audubon newsletter
From: Fran Rutkovsky <franrutkovsky AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2014 21:42:24 +0000 (UTC)
The March-April issue of the Apalachee Audubon Society newsletter is now 
available online. Go to : 


http://www.apalachee.org/aas/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/2014-03-04.pdf 

Birdsong Nature Center's "Old-Timey Plant Sale" is this Saturday (March 15), 
9am-1pm. Looks like the weather will 

be great to go out and shop for plants, take a hike, have a picnic, and look 
for birds. I'll be greeting visitors in 

the Bird Window room from 10-12, though the window will be openthe usual hours 
of 9-4. Stop in and say hello and 

see who's coming in to eat and bathe. 

http://www.birdsongnaturecenter.org 






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Tallahassee, FL 
franrutkovsky AT comcast.net 
Subject: Fwd: 2014 Breeding Bird Survey Welcome
From: David Simpson <simpsondavid AT mac.com>
Date: Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:03:14 +0000 (GMT)
Hi y'all,

Check the email below for info about Breeding Bird Survey Routes in Florida. 
The links help to show where the routes are, what species have been seen, etc. 
There are some openings in the panhandle if folks are interested. I am 
looking to unload Seminole Hills II if anyone is interested. I hope to replace 
it with a route that is clustered with some of my other routes. 


David Simpson

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Ragheb, Erin" 
Date: March 07, 2014 11:35:06 AM
To: "Wraithmell, Andy" ," 
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(birderfreedman AT gmail.com)" ," (brianrapoza AT aol.com)" 
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,"Throm, Rio" ,"Roger Clark 
(rogclark77 AT yahoo.com)" ,"Brinkley, Steven" 
,Stu Wilson ,"Nuttall, Susie" 
 

Subject: 2014 Breeding Bird Survey Welcome

Dear BBS Participants,

Greetings! Spring is quickly approaching and it is time to confirm your 
Breeding Bird Survey route assignments for the 2014 season. As you know, the 
BBS is a powerful source of bird population trend data used by state agencies, 
research institutions and conservation organizations. Additionally, the BBS 
serves as the most extensive monitoring program for breeding birds in the state 
of Florida. You are receiving this email because you are currently listed in 
our database as an active BBS participant or someone who has expressed an 
interest in joining. 


I have attached a list of current route assignments. Please review the 
spreadsheet and confirm that you have been assigned to the correct route(s) or 
if youd like to add any additional routes. Please reply to this email by March 
21st confirming your participation this year. If you need to change a route 
assignment, or if your contact information has changed please let me know and I 
will make updates to the coordinator's website. If your name is highlighted in 
yellow, it means that you still need to take the online training module 
(https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/participate/training/). 


There are currently 14 vacant routes this year. If you know of any skilled 
birders who may be interested in volunteering, please encourage them to contact 
me for more information on how to get started. An interactive map of the vacant 
routes can be found at the USGS BBS website: 
https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/RouteMap/Map.cfm 


Unfortunately, the State of Florida will no longer be providing the $25 
reimbursement for BBS route completion. Florida was one of the only states to 
provide a monetary stipend and the amount has decreased gradually over time. I 
sincerely hope that this change will not discourage anyone from participating. 


Thanks again for your service to the BBS.

Sincerely,

Erin


-------------------------------------------------------------
Erin L. Hewett Ragheb, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Scientist
Upland Nongame Birds
Florida Wildlife Research Institute
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
1105 SW Williston Road
Gainesville, FL 32601
Office: 352-334-4208
Email: Erin.Ragheb AT myFWC.com

Please Note: Under Florida law, email addresses and message content sent to 
this email address are public records. If you do not want your address or 
content released in response to a public records request, do not send 
electronic mail to this entity. Instead, please contact me by telephone or 
Columbidae carrier. 

Subject: Wood Storks in Tally
From: Alva Stone <auntalva AT embarqmail.com>
Date: Fri, 7 Mar 2014 08:50:07 -0500
3 Wood Storks just flew in near my backyard. They are doing the systematic 
search around the perimeter of Pedrick Crossing pond, looking for frogs(?) -- 
this is the natural pond at corner of Mahan (US 90) and Pedrick Road; not the 
man-made pond next to the Eastside Library.32 


Alva Stone



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Subject: My First return hummingbird for the spring -
From: <mmarmstrong112024 AT comcast.net>
Date: 03 Mar 2014 10:02:48 -0800
Saw my First return Ruby Throat at lunch today in the Indian Head Acres 
neighborhood in Tallahassee 

  
 March 3, 2014
  
 John Armstrong

Subject: Winter reports for FFN
From: John Murphy <southmoonunder AT mchsi.com>
Date: Fri, 28 Feb 2014 18:42:03 -0600 (CST)
Big Bend Birders, 

I am currently accepting reports of significant winter (1 December - 28 
February) sightings from the Big Bend (Gadsden, Liberty, Gulf, Franklin, 
Wakulla, Leon & Jefferson counties) for possible publication in FLORIDA FIELD 
NATURALIST and NORTH AMERICAN BIRDS. Please use the following format, listing 
observations in phylogenetic order: 



Species 

Number of individuals 

Location 

Date 

Observer(s) 


Additionally, please include field notes, detailed description or photographs 
of any rare species, or species which present an identification challenge. 


If you have any questions, please contact me at southmoonunder AT mchsi.com

Thanks very much. 


John Murphy 
Alligator Pt, FL






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Subject: Re: Summer Tanager
From: "Jim Stevenson" <galornsoc AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:20:26 -0600
That is a very interesting record, and leaves me wondering if this is a spring 
migrant. It would be very early, and we certainly have many winter records, but 
it is late enough that an incoming bird could be considered. As Sgt. Schultz 
used to say, “Very interesting.” 


Jim
Tucacas, Venezuela

From: Janeen Engleman Langley 
Sent: Thursday, February 27, 2014 3:00 PM
To: nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [nflbirds] Summer Tanager

  

I had a male Summer Tanager bathing in the yard today. This seems very early. I 
was able to get a bunch of fuzzy photos, and will try to post one on the Yahoo 
site. 



Janeen Langley

Northeast Tallahassee
Subject: Summer Tanager
From: "Janeen Engleman Langley" <jelangley AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 16:00:44 -0500
I had a male Summer Tanager bathing in the yard today.  This seems very
early.  I was able to get a bunch of fuzzy photos, and will try to post one
on the Yahoo site.

 

Janeen Langley

Northeast Tallahassee
Subject: Sedge Wren, etc.
From: ROC <austrina1 AT aol.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:54:04 -0500 (EST)
I recently saw a post from Rob that listed, among other observations, a Sedge 
Wren. I don't see Sedge Wren on many local posts. My experience may be of use 
to the newer birders and those that don't get out nearly every day. I have 
found that the Sedge Wren has a couple of traits that make it a little harder 
to find. My easiest place to find them locally is along the edge of lakes where 
they hang out in very dense grass. My experience has taught me to be more 
patient with the Sedge Wren. Unlike the Carolina, Marsh and House Wren species, 
Sedge Wren are often quite when called and sneak in on the ground. I sit very 
still and often they silently, furtively and slowly come in up to five plus 
minutes after they are called. 



Today was the first day this "Spring" that I had a Wood Stork riding the 
thermals over a local colony site. The Anhinga (three pair) that nest near them 
stay visible on the thermals all winter with the vultures but the Wood Stork 
from this colony generally seem to have more pressing matters to attend to in 
December and January. 



The three Mississippi Kite nests in my backyard (they fledged young again last 
year) are visible for only a couple of months every year. They have used the 
same "gum" tree three years in a row, and all three nests are almost identical 
in height from the ground (50') and size, two are close to the main trunk and 
one is on a limb that parallels the main trunk. The new buds are so thick on 
the Sweet Gum that the nests will be impossible to spot from the ground within 
a few days. 



I'm gearing up for spring again, last year I found two active Am. Robin nests, 
one of which I filmed and photographed the adult birds and young during nest 
building, feeding young, etc. I'm still not sure if the robins I see nesting 
locally are edge of range "pioneers" that are replaced every year, or a true 
resident population. One robin nest may have made a police report as a downtown 
resident called in a suspicious person report that led to my speaking with an 
officer at a nest site. 



Rodney Cassidy
Tallahassee, Florida  


      



          
Subject: Placement of GCF Box
From: Glenda Simmons <glendajoyce6009 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:48:02 -0800 (PST)
Good Evening,

I'm in the process of putting up a new GCF box, to protect it, better, from 
predators. I have had GCF use my box for two years, so know the general 
requirements, for the box placement, and obviously placed it at a location they 
will use, but the old box was on a wood structure, and the new one will be on a 
free standing pole with a stovepipe predator guard. I was planning to place 
the new box, as close to the existing location, as possible, knowing the same 
pair could return, but in doing so, it would not have any shade, during the 
day, at all. Before it had some protection from the roof overhang of the 
structure. If I move the pole to the edge of my hedgerow, it would get some 
relief from the afternoon sun, and would still be in the general area of the 
previous placement, but the box opening would be facing opposite direction. 
I'm just not sure how close to vegetation, this species is comfortable with. 
If anyone has had good luck with GCF 

 using your nest box, I would be, most, appreciative to know what has worked, 
best.  


Thank you,

Glenda Simmons
Eastside Tallahassee
Subject: St. Marks program on whooping cranes
From: "Beth W. Grant" <bethgrant AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Mon, 24 Feb 2014 20:34:57 -0500
St. Marks program on whooping cranes:

Sunday, March 2 - 2 pm - join Brooke Pennypacker in the Barred Owl Room 
for First Sunday lecture about our whooping cranes. So interesting!

-- 
*/Robin M. Will/*
*/Supervisory Refuge Ranger/*
*/St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge /*
*/P.O. Box 68/*
*/St. Marks, Florida 32355/*
*/ph  850/925-6121/*
*/fax 850/925-6930/*
*//*
*/St. Marks Refuge Association, Inc. /*

Subject: Re: Pine siskin
From: Fran Rutkovsky <franrutkovsky AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2014 21:55:49 +0000 (UTC)
Winter Finch Forecast 2013-2014 
http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/wf1314/ 

PINE SISKIN: Siskins will winter across the north because conifer crops (except 
white pine) are excellent. They should be attracted to heavy cone crops in 
southern Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains, New York’s Adirondacks and northern 
New England. Watch for siskins on spruce and hemlock. They prefer nyger seeds 
at feeders.. 


 
Subject: Audubon program: History of Bird Migration by Todd Engstrom, Feb. 27
From: Fran Rutkovsky <franrutkovsky AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2014 18:00:20 +0000 (UTC)


A SHORT HISTORY OF BIRD MIGRATION 

Speaker:R. Todd Engstrom 

Thursday, February 27, 2014 
Social at 7:00 p.m. 
Program at 7:30 p.m. 
Historic Amtrak Station, 918 Railroad Avenue 

http://www.apalachee.org/aas/ 

Migration is one of nature’s most amazing spectacles. From now until the end 
of May, millions of birds will collective fly millions of miles as they move 
from winter homes that lie as far away as Argentina to summer haunts well north 
of the Canadian border. The mass movement of whole populations provides a great 
time to experience the beauty of some of our most colorful songbirds. For 
example, Purple Martins aleady have begun to move through North Florida and 
very soon we’ll be hearing the buzzy songs of Parula Warblers in the trees 
and the harsh “wheeps” of Great Crested Flycatchers. 


Todd Engstrom has over 30 years of experience with the migration phenomenon in 
North Florida. Todd received his Ph.D. from Florida State University in 1986 
and was the Vertebrate Ecologist at Tall Timbers Research Station from 
1990-2002. With Bobby Crawford, he published a 29-year review of the avian 
mortality that occurred during migration at the WCTV tower in northern Leon 
County in 2001. This long-term study provides an unparalleled look at migration 
in our region, and Todd continues to monitor migration through his connections 
with the eBird Program at Cornell Lab of Ornithology and his work with 
professional ornithological societies. 


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Subject: Pine siskin
From: Beth Grant <bethgrant AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Sun, 23 Feb 2014 09:24:10 -0500
I haven't noticed any pine siskin at all this year, and I talked with 
Harriet Hawkins who lives out in the country south of town and she said 
she hasn't seen a single one either.  There are plenty of goldfinch at 
both of our feeders.

Are others seeing them?  Any ideas?

Also Harriet has daily bird lists from many years ago at her property.  
Multiple years are on each page, with a clever technique she developed.  
Would anyone like to have copies of them to enter into any databases?  
She is willing to make paper copies that I would deliver to you.

Beth Grant, Thomasville, GA
Subject: Orange Avenue birding in Tallahassee, Leon County
From: Robert Lengacher <rlengach AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 18:35:32 -0500
Birds of note today (Feb. 22, 2014)

Robert White Williams Birding Trail:

   - American White Pelicans: 18 - flying in V-formation to the west at
   high altitude.
   - Northern Parula: 1 - Heard and seen - First of year

Black Swamp Nature Trail: Decided to hit it since I figured it would have
water following yesterday's storm.

   - American Bittern: 1 - Flushed in the section just after the levee
   turns from North-South to East-West. My first for this site and not on the
   posted list at the kiosk.
   - Sedge Wren: 1 Same general section

Rob Lengacher
Tallahassee, FL
Subject: White-faced Ibis at St Marks NWR
From: "Cavanagh, Jim" <jim.cavanagh AT med.fsu.edu>
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 18:20:10 -0500
Today  at the "common fall butterfly" sign on mounds 1 picnic area on the
left there was at least one White-faced Ibis (red eye and facial skin) in a
flock of 27 mostly Glossy Ibises at 3:30 PM. Also an overhead Osprey.
 
Jim Cavanagh
Tallahassee
Subject: BT Godwit, BH Gull, 3 Scoters--Yes!
From: Bill Phelan <wmjphelan AT comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 18 Feb 2014 00:12:56 +0000 (UTC)

Hi all, 

On Sunday, I and several others s aw the Bar Tailed Godwit at Fred Howard Park, 
Tarpon Springs, on Sunday 12 - 12:30 on lowering tide.  (Low tide at 1:34 ) 




Today around 8 am, I and several others saw the Black Headed Gull at the Fish 
Hatchery--Beecher Unit, down 309 about a mile from the main unit.  It was 
feeding with many Bonaparte's gulls and stood out from them with its larger 
size and red bill and legs. 




Then around noon I and two local birders saw all three types of scoter (Black, 
White-Winged and Surf) at the Salt Run location on Comares St  that was 
recommended by Diane Reed.  Thank you, Diane.  (I had struck out on scoters 
at Anastasia SP .) 




Very rare that I can get all fi ve target birds in one trip.  (3 were 
lifers.)  Thank you to all for good directions. 


Bill Phelan 

Tallahassee 
Subject: Tall Timbers Saturday
From: Edwwjr AT aol.com
Date: Sat, 15 Feb 2014 19:45:58 -0500 (EST)
Spent the morning at Lake Iamonia Landing/Road and Tall Timbers. Whiffed on 3 
species I was specifically looking for: red-cockaded, brown-headed nuthatch, 
and bob white. Don't know if it was the wind or what but there was a lot less 
calling than I had expected. Noticed someone else (FSU Ornithology) had gotten 
brown-headed nuthatch. I've also visited both spots I have seen pipits and 
meadowlarks before and missed both times. 


If you haven't checked the county listing for Leon County on the GBBC website, 
it showed we were in 19th place when last I checked. 


Ed Woodruff
Tallahassee
Subject: White-winged Scoters Tallahassee
From: Elliot Schunke <ewschunke AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:16:22 -0500
Hi All,

Ed Woodruff called me this afternoon to let me know that he had found two
White-winged Scoters at the Tram Road Holding Ponds.  I got over there
quickly and was able to get a look.  More info and photos at the forum:

http://www.flbirding.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=361

Elliot Schunke
Tallahassee
Subject: GBBC + AAS yard tour
From: Fran Rutkovsky <franrutkovsky AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2014 17:40:12 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all 

Just a reminder that the Great Backyard Bird Count starts today and goes 
through Monday. Go to http://gbbc.birdcount.org/ 

for instructions on how to submit your observations. 

Also, tomorrow (Feb. 15) is the Apalachee Audubon Wildlife-Friendly Yards Tour 
from 10-4. Tickets ($10) may be purchased 

at Native Nurseries or WildBirds Unlimited. This is the 7th year for this fun 
fundraiser for our local chapter. 

http://www.apalachee.org/aas/ 


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Fran Rutkovsky 
Tallahassee, FL 
franrutkovsky AT comcast.net 
Subject: purple martins on the move
From: <cherylgfn AT yahoo.com>
Date: 13 Feb 2014 07:47:18 -0800
Living along the coast - Carrabelle Beach - we are fortunate to see lots of 
migrating feathered friends - 

 this AM - right on schedule - colony of 30 M/F PM stopped by -- looked very 
tired and straggled -- and the un-friendly welcoming committee - 
mockingbirds-fish crows didn't help. They're coming - 

 on time - as my maiden name would suggest - Happy Balentyne's Day :) (always 
on the 13th) 


Subject: Re: L-T duck/Shell Point
From: "Jim Stevenson" <galornsoc AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:00:39 -0600
Nice record, John. I’ve often wondered if they mate in that plumage coz 
it’s more beautiful than the summer garb. 


From: John Murphy 
Sent: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 12:53 PM
To: NFLBirds 
Subject: [nflbirds] L-T duck/Shell Point

  
This morning I found an adult male Long-tailed duck, nee Oldsquaw, along the 
public beach at Shell Point (Wakulla Co.). It was by far the best-looking of 
that species I've seen in Florida...it's even sporting a long tail. I added a 
couple of mediocre photos to the NFLbirds Yahoo site. 


John Murphy
Alligator Pt, FL

Subject: L-T duck/Shell Point
From: John Murphy <southmoonunder AT mchsi.com>
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:53:05 -0600 (CST)
This morning I found an adult male Long-tailed duck, nee Oldsquaw, along the 
public beach at Shell Point (Wakulla Co.). It was by far the best-looking of 
that species I've seen in Florida...it's even sporting a long tail. I added a 
couple of mediocre photos to the NFLbirds Yahoo site. 


John Murphy
Alligator Pt, FL


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Subject: St Marks on Tuesday: Goldeneyes and Red Throated Loons
From: Bill Phelan <wmjphelan AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2014 18:14:26 +0000 (UTC)




St Marks NWR was foggy most of the day, Tuesday. 

Highlights included: 

  

Offshore from Lighthouse Trail, 1-2 pm 

2 C. Goldeneyes 

2 Red Throated Loons  

1 Common loon 

  

Stony Bayou I: 

3 Avocets 

2 spotted sandpipers  



Nice day, shared with several nice birders from Michigan. 

Bill Phelan 

Tallahassee
Subject: Pat McTarsney's service
From: Pam Flynn <tallypfly57 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2014 14:02:33 -0500
The service for Pat McTarsney will be held Sat. Feb. 22 at 4 pm at Culley's
Funeral Home, 1737 Riggins Rd., here in Tallahassee, FL.
Subject: Sandhill Cranes
From: John Erickson <jwerick AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Feb 2014 13:09:43 -0500
Paynes Prairie, Gainesville. Today was the day for cranes to head north. 
Watched at least 8,000 start north along the boardwalk on 441. 


John Erickson

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Subject: Pat McTarsney
From: Melissa Forehand <birdingtreefrog AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:59:48 -0500
I am very sad to say that yesterday Pat McTarsney passed away. I will post
when the funeral and /or service is later.

Melissa Forehand
Tallahassee
Subject: Apalachee Audubon Yard Tour, Sat. Feb. 15, 10-4
From: Fran Rutkovsky <franrutkovsky AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:23:58 +0000 (UTC)

7th Annual Wildlife-Friendly Yard Tour 

Saturday, Feb. 15 th 

10 am - 4 pm 



We hope you’ll join us for this year’s Apalachee Audubon Wildlife-Friendly 
Yard Tour. Tickets are $10 and available at Native Nurseries at 1661 
Centerville Road, www.nativenurseries.com , and at Wild Birds Unlimited at 
1505-2 Governor’s Square Boulevard, www.tallahassee.wbu.com , and will be 
available through the day of the tour. 




Once you purchase your ticket, you will be given all the information you need 
for the tour. The final slate of yard hosts includes Russ and Robin Frydenborg, 
Sarah and Terry Sherradan, Robin Preston, Francie and Jim Stoutamire, Rick and 
Jovita Ashton. Special thanks to our wonderful yard hosts and the great 
Apalachee Audubon volunteers who have been working hard to make this a tour not 
to be missed! 




For additional information about the event, go to www.apalachee.org or contact 
Pam Flynn at tallypfly57 AT yahoo.com or (850)322-6287. 




Here’s some additional information we hope you’ll enjoy: 
http://www.tallahassee.com/article/20140207/TLHLOCAL05/302060088/Apalachee-Audubon-Society-sponsors-annual-yard-tour 




We’re looking forward to seeing you Saturday! 





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Tallahassee, FL 
franrutkovsky AT comcast.net 
Subject: St. Marks NWR--Saturday
From: "Don Morrow" <don.morrow AT tpl.org>
Date: Sat, 08 Feb 2014 17:57:58 -0800
The final Wildlife Tour of the season took place on a cold and gloomy morning 
that slowly improved all day. Slowly. Intermittent drizzling rain lasted until 
late morning. Over the course of the day with some freelance birding in the 
early morning and the late afternoon, I logged 95 species in ten hours 
including 16 waterfowl species. Diversity and total numbers of wintering 
species are starting to drop. Some highlights were: 

 
Double Bridges
Wood Duck (flying in around 7:00 am)
Four woodpecker species (Red-belly, Sapsucker, Flicker and Pileated)
No Rusty Blackbirds (some likely candidates, but in poor light in the rain)
 
Stony Bayou I (large numbers of shorebirds in late afternoon)
Red-breasted Merganser (about twenty)
Rails (Sora and Virginia in the wet area between the double dikes)
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover 
Killdeer
American Avocet (numbers are decreasing)
Greater yellowlegs
Willet
Least sandpiper
Dunlin
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Caspian Tern (probably the same Caspian that has been hanging out at the refuge 
all winter) 

 
Stony Bayou II (could not find Cinnamon Teal or YC Night-heron)
Green-winged Teal (probably two hundred but numbers decreasing)
Mallard
Pintail
Blue-winged Teal
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Redhead
 
Mounds Pool III (duck numbers are way down)
Black-necked Stilt
Common Goldeneye
Dead Duck (being fed on by an adult Bald Eagle)
 
Lighthouse Pond (mostly Coots, Canvasbacks and Ruddies)
Northern Shoveler
Canvasback
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Ruddy Duck
 
Offshore
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Lesser Scaup
Redhead
Common Goldeneye
Bufflehead
Red-breasted Merganser
 
We're beginning the slow shift into migration and Spring. Get out and go 
birding. 

 
 


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Subject: Looking for geese
From: J Pat Valentik <jettpakk AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 06 Feb 2014 11:48:41 -0600
Anything but Canadas, though they're probably unavoidable.  I'm planning 
on being in the panhandle in about a week, having been chased south by a 
rigorous 1970s style winter in Arkansas.  Canadas are the only species 
I've seen in FL and I was hoping to find some others pushed south just 
like me.  I'll be crossing N Florida all the way to the Atlantic which 
maybe allows some leeway.  I'm also looking for any Scoters; I saw the 
post about the St George Island group, and seem to recall one about 
Alligator Point.  If anyone can provide more details on those, or 
others, or other hard-bottom spots, that would be very helpful.  A final 
RFI is any places in the Pensacola area where I might find a Nutmeg 
Mannikins.  I've never seen one (well, maybe in a pet store, but I don't 
recall).  Anywhere actually, since eventually I'll loop the whole 
Peninsula.  Many thanks for whatever leads anyone provides.  Cheers,  J 
Pat Valentik

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