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Cuban Emerald,©David Sibley

29 Aug Apalachee Audubon September Bird Trips ["Helen King thekingsom AT gmail.com [nflbirds]" ]
29 Aug Bob Sargent update ["Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
28 Aug 1st year Lark Sparrow in Jefferson County ["mark.kiser AT myfwc.com [nflbirds]" ]
27 Aug Baird's sandpiper (and pectoral? sp) at Tram Rd, Leon Co. ["Bill Phelan wmjphelan AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
26 Aug Re: Baird's Sandpiper, Leon County ["Robert bbpictures AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" ]
25 Aug St George Island State Park. Cerulean Warbler, etc ["'Cavanagh, Jim' jim.cavanagh AT med.fsu.edu [nflbirds]" ]
25 Aug Baird's Sandpiper, Leon County ["Elliot Schunke ewschunke AT hotmail.com [nflbirds]" ]
20 Aug Re: Western Tanager in NW FL ["'Jim Stevenson' galornsoc AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" ]
19 Aug Western Tanager in NW FL ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" ]
19 Aug Western Tanager in NW FL ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
19 Aug Dickcissel/Dog Island ["John Murphy southmoonunder AT mchsi.com [nflbirds]" ]
18 Aug Tallahassee Bird Club Summer Newsletter ["Elliot Schunke ewschunke AT hotmail.com [nflbirds]" ]
14 Aug Yellow Warbler ["Glenda Simmons glendajoyce6009 AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" ]
13 Aug Return from Ecuador ["jwerick AT gmail.com [nflbirds]" ]
13 Aug Tropical/Couch's kingbird - Dog Island ["John Murphy southmoonunder AT mchsi.com [nflbirds]" ]
12 Aug Eleven Black-bellied Whistling Ducks babies ["'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
9 Aug Re: St. Marks today ["'Jim Stevenson' galornsoc AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" ]
10 Aug St. Marks today ["Marvin T Smith mtsmith AT valdosta.edu [nflbirds]" ]
7 Aug tower issue ["'Jim Stevenson' galornsoc AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" ]
6 Aug new park in Jefferson Co ["parulablue AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
3 Aug Summer reports for FFN ["John Murphy southmoonunder AT mchsi.com [nflbirds]" ]
3 Aug Apalachee Audubon August Birding Trips ["Helen King thekingsom AT gmail.com [nflbirds]" ]
2 Aug St Marks NWR, Saturday August 2 ["Bill Phelan wmjphelan AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
31 Jul White-eyed Vireo ["'Judy' judykb AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" ]
30 Jul Wild turkey young ["'White, Eddie' Eddie.White AT MyFWC.com [nflbirds]" ]
30 Jul Jefferson County today ["Marvin T Smith mtsmith AT valdosta.edu [nflbirds]" ]
30 Jul Limpkins ["Harry Hooper sn_egret AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" ]
28 Jul subscribe to nflbirds ["dreedster AT aol.com [nflbirds]" ]
28 Jul Cerulean Warbler ["'Janeen Engleman Langley' jelangley AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
28 Jul Possible Cerulean Warbler ["'Janeen Engleman Langley' jelangley AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
26 Jul Suffering, schmuffering ["David Houle dhoule AT bio.fsu.edu [nflbirds]" ]
26 Jul St Marks NWR -- Saturday ["'Don Morrow' don.morrow AT tpl.org [nflbirds]" ]
26 Jul Re: Catbird ["'Jim Stevenson' galornsoc AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" ]
26 Jul Catbird ["Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
24 Jul White-faced Ibis, Tallahassee ["Elliot Schunke ewschunke AT hotmail.com [nflbirds]" ]
22 Jul Miami Herald article about the Red-necked stint ["Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
18 Jul Limpkin ["Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
13 Jul Apalachee Audubon bird trip to Lake Jackson ["Helen King thekingsom AT gmail.com [nflbirds]" ]
10 Jul Summer Bird Workshop, Native Nurseries, July 12 ["Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
8 Jul Wood Storks and Wood Ducks ["'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
8 Jul Jefferson County Birding today ["Marvin T Smith mtsmith AT valdosta.edu [nflbirds]" ]
6 Jul Re: Vanguard of fall migration on the move ["Rex Rowan rexrowan AT gmail.com [nflbirds]" ]
6 Jul More migrants! ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" ]
06 Jul St Marks NWR- Sunday morning ["'Don Morrow' don.morrow AT tpl.org [nflbirds]" ]
05 Jul Re: Vanguard of fall migration on the move ["David Simpson simpsondavid AT mac.com [nflbirds]" ]
5 Jul Re: Vanguard of fall migration on the move ["Janice Neitzel janiceneitzel AT ymail.com [albirds]" ]
5 Jul RE: Vanguard of fall migration on the move ["'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
5 Jul Vanguard of fall migration on the move ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
5 Jul Vanguard of fall migration on the move ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" ]
27 Jun Audubon July Birding Trips ["Helen King thekingsom AT gmail.com [nflbirds]" ]
16 Jun Swallow-tailed kite downtown Tallahassee ["Sunny Yahoo sunny_phillips AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" ]
15 Jun Re: Brown headed cowbird juvenile ["'Jim Stevenson' galornsoc AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" ]
15 Jun Brown headed cowbird juvenile ["Barry Johnson bearj1506 AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" ]
14 Jun Lake Killarney limpkin ["Edwwjr AT aol.com [nflbirds]" ]
1 Jun Spring reports for FFN ["John Murphy southmoonunder AT mchsi.com [nflbirds]" ]
30 May Apalachee Audubon June Birding Trips ["Helen King thekingsom AT gmail.com [nflbirds]" ]
28 May CORRECTION: Atlasing Port St. Joe Now ["RickLWest AT aol.com [nflbirds]" ]
28 May Atlasing Port St. Joe Now ["RickLWest AT aol.com [nflbirds]" ]
20 May Frigate Bird ["rabrooksjr AT hotmail.com [nflbirds]" ]
18 May Jefferson County Kites and Whistling Ducks ["Linda most lrmost AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" ]
16 May Youth Camp, St George Island State Park, 5/15/14 ["'Cavanagh, Jim' jim.cavanagh AT med.fsu.edu [nflbirds]" ]
5 May Audubon newsletter, banquet, field trips [Fran Rutkovsky ]
2 May St. George [ROC ]
2 May Audubon May bird trips [Helen King ]
2 May St George Island State Park Youth Camp 5/1/14 ["Cavanagh, Jim" ]
01 May Catbird with no tail [Beth Grant ]
29 Apr New e-mail address [Daniel Barica ]
27 Apr SMNWR Tropical/Cassin's Kingbird Cedar Point Trail 4/27/14 ["Cavanagh, Jim" ]
27 Apr Bobolinks ["awilliford AT comcast.net" ]
26 Apr St. Marks NWR -- Saturday morning ["Don Morrow" ]
21 Apr Audubon Program, Thurs. April 24: Beach-Nesting Birds [Fran Rutkovsky ]
20 Apr ST Marks NWR -- this week ["Don Morrow" ]
20 Apr Re: St Marks NWR Wakulla, Bottoms Rd & Bald Point SP [Helen King ]
20 Apr yard & ravine today [Fran Rutkovsky ]
20 Apr Cerulean, Blk-th Blue, Blackpoll, others - Indianhead Acres, Tallahassee [Elliot Schunke ]
20 Apr Birds []

Subject: Apalachee Audubon September Bird Trips
From: "Helen King thekingsom AT gmail.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:47:39 -0400
There will be two trips this month:

*Sat., Sept. 6:  Wakulla Springs State Park*
Prior to the annual Swift Night Out, which occurs at 7:30 pm at the Lodge,
we will take a walk around the property. Meet at 5:30 pm at the Wakulla
Lodge parking lot. No need to confirm; just show up.

*Sat., Sept. 13:*  *Lanark Reef Canoe/Kayak Trip*
Since nesting season is over, we will attempt this trip once more. Meet at
8 am at the Publix parking lot at the intersection of Capital Circle and
Crawfordville Road (61) or directly at the boat launch at Lanark Village at
9 am. Please email me at thekingsom AT gmail.com if you plan to attend.

Helen Jelks King
Apalachee Audubon

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Subject: Bob Sargent update
From: "Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 16:38:43 +0000 (UTC)
I'm re-posting this message from Lanny Chambers on the HumNet email listserv. 
Bob and Martha Sargent are the 

co-founders of the Hummer/Bird Study Group. 


Subject: Bob Sargent 
Date: Thu Aug 28 2014 10:30 am 
From: lanny AT hummingbirds.net 

Friends, 
As some of you may already know, Bob Sargent recently suffered complications 
from a previous heart surgery. In addition, an infection has resulted in loss 
of vision in both of his eyes. I just spoke with Martha, and Bob is at home 
now, in hospice care. He's feeling pretty lonely, and would very much 
appreciate hearing from his hummingbird-crazy friends. Please join me in 
sending a card or note for Martha to read to Bob. Here's the address: 


Bob Sargent 
7570 Mack Hicks Road 
Trussville AL 35173 
Thanks, 
Lanny 

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Fran Rutkovsky 
Tallahassee, FL 
franrutkovsky AT comcast.net 
Subject: 1st year Lark Sparrow in Jefferson County
From: "mark.kiser AT myfwc.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Aug 2014 07:55:36 -0700
Selena located an unusual sparrow on our lawn this morning. We managed to get a 
few looks at it from inside the house before it flew off. We've concluded it 
was a 1st year Lark Sparrow. It had already lost the heavy streaking of its 
juvenile stage shown in Sibley but it had not quite attained the full, bold 
head pattern shown for 1st winter birds. It had acquired the small white 
auricular patch and the bold white malar stripe shown in the immature stage in 
the Smithsonian guide (best photo match). Its bold white-cornered tail markings 
were evident when it flew. 

  
 Keep your eyes open, you never know what the day will bring!
  
 Happy trails,
  
 Mark and Selena Kiser
 Monticello, FL
Subject: Baird's sandpiper (and pectoral? sp) at Tram Rd, Leon Co.
From: "Bill Phelan wmjphelan AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 18:57:06 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all, 
Thanks to Elliot for the posting and directions.  
I went to the Tram Rd waste water recycling holding ponds (aka the Southeast 
Farm) which is 2.3 miles Southeast from Capital Circle on Tram Rd. 

  
I found the Baird's sandpiper in the northwest holding pond (the other ponds 
all have water in them now) today ~11 am 

This juvenile looked just like the picture that Andy/Elliot posted.  
Short, straight, black bill; dark and scaly looking on the back; light buffy 
colored head; light buffy streaks on breast; wings longer than tail; black 
legs. 

A few minutes later, another juv. Baird's joined it.  Looked identical and 
foraged companionably with the first. 

  
Then another sandpiper came in.  It was a little larger and bulkier looking, 
with yellowish legs and pale buffy streaked breast with sharp demarcation 
between breast and white belly.  Its bill looked straight to me, but otherwise 
it fit the picture of a Pectoral sp.  Its wings did not project beyond the 
tail. 

It did not get along so well with the Baird's, and began to bully a smaller 
sandpiper that just came in:  this one was smaller than the Baird's and looked 
a lot like the Pectoral sp.--and had yellowish legs  Of course it was a Least 
sp. 

  
Using a scope, I could tell the difference in size between the various birds, 
but using binoculars, they all seemed about the same size--partly because they 
were all pretty far away, but also because there is just not that much 
difference in size.  That is what makes shorebirds so challenging for me (and 
probably for a lot of folks). 

But then later in the migration they will all be in basic plumage--and they 
will all be the same colors as well.  Don't we look forward to that?   

Bill Phelan 
Tallahassee 
Subject: Re: Baird's Sandpiper, Leon County
From: "Robert bbpictures AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:44:46 -0400
Subject bird was seen today around noon. Elliot, thanks for sharing the 
sighting with nflbirds. 


Keep birding,
Robert Bowman


Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 25, 2014, at 1:09 PM, "Elliot Schunke ewschunke AT hotmail.com 
[nflbirds]"  wrote: 

> 
> Hi All,
> 
> Andy Wraithmell found a Baird's Sandpiper on his lunch break today. I just 
returned from seeing it. It is a gorgeous juvenile. The bird was on the 
northern most east-west oriented pond at the Tram Road Holding Ponds on the 
Southeast Farm in SE Tallahassee. As far as we can tell, this is the first of 
the species in Leon County since 2002-ish. 

> 
> Andy's eBird Checklist where he'll eventually add photos:
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19569382
> 
> 
> Thanks,
> Elliot Schunke
> Tallahassee
> 
Subject: St George Island State Park. Cerulean Warbler, etc
From: "'Cavanagh, Jim' jim.cavanagh AT med.fsu.edu [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 21:27:46 +0000
Today at SGISP there was a strong NE wind until 11:30 preceeded by rain (3.3 
inches) and strong winds yesterday PM. The following birds were all found in 
the Oak Hammock west of the restroom building and they left when the wind 
decreased and shifted to the east. 




Warblers:



Blue-winged            1

N. Parula                2

Yellow                    1

Yellow-throated       2

Pine                        6

Prairie                    4

Cerulean                1 (adult male)

Black and White      2

American Redstart  1

Hooded                  2 (male/female)



Also present were Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Eastern Kingbird and Summer Tanager. No 
vireos found. 




Jim Cavanagh

Tallahassee
Subject: Baird's Sandpiper, Leon County
From: "Elliot Schunke ewschunke AT hotmail.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:09:17 -0400
Hi All,

Andy Wraithmell found a Baird's Sandpiper on his lunch break today.  I just
returned from seeing it.  It is a gorgeous juvenile.  The bird was on the
northern most east-west oriented pond at the Tram Road Holding Ponds on the
Southeast Farm in SE Tallahassee.  As far as we can tell, this is the first
of the species in Leon County since 2002-ish.

Andy's eBird Checklist where he'll eventually add photos:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19569382


Thanks,
Elliot Schunke
Tallahassee
Subject: Re: Western Tanager in NW FL
From: "'Jim Stevenson' galornsoc AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:13:35 -0500
Western Tanagers are not unheard of in the East, and also not in August. In 
fact, many western birds are very early migrants, such as Lark Sparrows, 
various hummers, Olive-sided Flycatchers, and much more. I was just in SE AZ on 
the border and we saw dozens and dozens of Hermit Warblers. And while it is a 
good time for eastern empids, it’s entirely possible that one of the western 
species might sneak over. 


Good birding,

Jim
Galveston, TX

From: mailto:nflbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 8:10 PM
To: nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com ; albirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [nflbirds] Western Tanager in NW FL

  

Hi all,


 While looking for an Olive-sided Flycatcher in my neighborhood in Gulf Breeze 
this afternoon, I got great looks at an adult male WESTERN TANAGER in almost 
complete alternate plumage. The bird was perched at eye level in a shrub at the 
end of the Gulf Breeze Peninsula and allowed an excellent leisurely look. What 
a surprise, for it was a migrant-less day overall and the only passerine I 
encountered on my walk! The last two weeks in August are the best time to look 
for Olive-sided here in Gulf Breeze. No Olive-sided today, but I’ll settle 
for the tanager. 



Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle
Subject: Western Tanager in NW FL
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:10:27 -0500
Hi all,

 

               While looking for an Olive-sided Flycatcher in my
neighborhood in Gulf Breeze this afternoon, I got great looks at an adult
male WESTERN TANAGER in almost complete alternate plumage. The bird was
perched at eye level in a shrub at the end of the Gulf Breeze Peninsula and
allowed an excellent leisurely look. What a surprise, for it was a
migrant-less day overall and the only passerine I encountered on my walk!
The last two weeks in August are the best time to look for Olive-sided here
in Gulf Breeze. No  Olive-sided today, but I'll settle for the tanager.

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle
Subject: Western Tanager in NW FL
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 20:10:27 -0500
Hi all,

 

               While looking for an Olive-sided Flycatcher in my
neighborhood in Gulf Breeze this afternoon, I got great looks at an adult
male WESTERN TANAGER in almost complete alternate plumage. The bird was
perched at eye level in a shrub at the end of the Gulf Breeze Peninsula and
allowed an excellent leisurely look. What a surprise, for it was a
migrant-less day overall and the only passerine I encountered on my walk!
The last two weeks in August are the best time to look for Olive-sided here
in Gulf Breeze. No  Olive-sided today, but I'll settle for the tanager.

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle
Subject: Dickcissel/Dog Island
From: "John Murphy southmoonunder AT mchsi.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:28:54 -0500 (CDT)
This morning I found a somewhat early migrant Dickcissel on Dog Island. It 
appeared to be a female/immature-type...faint yellow wash on breast; rusty 
shoulder patch; grayish-brown crown & auriculars. 


John Murphy
Alligator Pt, FL



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Subject: Tallahassee Bird Club Summer Newsletter
From: "Elliot Schunke ewschunke AT hotmail.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:16:47 -0400
Hi All,

Just a note that the Summer 2014 Tallahassee Twitch is available for
reading.

http://flbirding.com/TBC/docs/TTT-Summer2014.pdf

Thanks,
Elliot Schunke
Tallahassee
Subject: Yellow Warbler
From: "Glenda Simmons glendajoyce6009 AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 20:24:38 -0700
I had a Yellow Warbler in my yard, this evening, in my Abelia shrub, where a 
mister had been turned on, a few minutes prior. There is also a bird bath 
fountain, in front of this shrub, that can be heard, a distance away. Within a 
couple of minutes of spotting the Yellow Warbler, I observed a Red-eyed Vireo, 
gleaning in the next shrub. The vireo is a new yard bird for me. 


My resident Carolina Wren pair's 5th! brood should fledge this week-end. I'm 
certain this is the same, early nesting, pair from last season, that had a nest 
started in Jan. 


Glenda Simmons
Eastside Tallahassee
Subject: Return from Ecuador
From: "jwerick AT gmail.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Aug 2014 13:06:32 -0700
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Ecuador. The birding is fantastic and the country is safe and affordable. The 
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Subject: Tropical/Couch's kingbird - Dog Island
From: "John Murphy southmoonunder AT mchsi.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 05:32:26 -0500 (CDT)
Yesterday (Aug 12) I came across a Tropical/Couch's kingbird on the powerlines 
at Dog Is. At times it was in close proximity to a Gray kingbird which allowed 
for good comparisons. Structurally, the birds were very similar - long, thick 
bill; long tail; large head. The Tropical-type had an olive-brown back, brown 
tail (with no white in the rectrices), and was bright yellow below from vent to 
mid-breast changing to greenish-yellow on the upper breast. 

While the bill shape seemed more indicative of Tropical kingbird, the bird 
never vocalized so I'm unable to absolutely rule out Couch's. 


Tropical kingbirds were discovered in Franklin County in the fall of 2012 & 
2013, and they've recently become fairly regular visitors throughout Florida. 


John Murphy
Alligator Pt, FL


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Subject: Eleven Black-bellied Whistling Ducks babies
From: "'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:02:23 -0400
We put up a box about 3 years ago for BBWD's, after seeing them here for the
first time.  The big one we built them was occupied by a Wood Duck, so when
a Wood Duck vacated another box we replaced it with the biggest Wood Duck
box we had, enlarged the opening, and she started laying eggs about a week
later.  On Sunday I videoed 11 babies jumping from the box.  There was
almost more excitement than I could stand, and I am very happy to be able to
share it with fellow birders:  https://vimeo.com/103181731   There were 3
eggs remaining in the box and we took them to St. Francis Wildlife that
morning.  One hatched yesterday and we've got our fingers crossed that the
others will too, and that they'll be able to join their siblings in the
swamp in a couple of months.

 

Tara Tanaka

NW Tallahassee

http://www.flickr.com/photos/focused-on-birds

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http://www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliates.aspx?code=CC-368

 

 

 
Subject: Re: St. Marks today
From: "'Jim Stevenson' galornsoc AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2014 20:08:36 -0500
Hi Marvin,

This is about the time we get our first harriers. In Texas, a few pairs breed.

Jim
Sydney, Aust.

From: mailto:nflbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Saturday, August 09, 2014 7:46 PM
To: nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [nflbirds] St. Marks today

  



I birded St. Marks today from about 8:45 to 2:30. My main goal was to find a 
life Stilt Sandpiper, so I spent two hours at Tower pond, but I think I dipped 
(still analyzing 399 photos!). Best birds today: Yellow Warbler, a nice Least 
Bittern fly-by, 3 Reddish Egrets (two white morph), nice flock of Skimmers, one 
Marbled Godwit, 11 Spoonbills, and what I felt sure was a Northern Harrier 
(white band on rump clearly visible, long striped tail). Isn't this early? ​ 
It flew over the road while I was driving so I didn't get a photo. There were 
lots of the usual Plovers, Yellowlegs, etc. Another birder showed me a Great 
Horned Owl he had found. It was a great day until it started to get hot. 

Marv

Marvin T. Smith

Valdosta, GA

Subject: St. Marks today
From: "Marvin T Smith mtsmith AT valdosta.edu [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 00:46:03 +0000
I birded St. Marks today from about 8:45 to 2:30. My main goal was to find a 
life Stilt Sandpiper, so I spent two hours at Tower pond, but I think I dipped 
(still analyzing 399 photos!). Best birds today: Yellow Warbler, a nice Least 
Bittern fly-by, 3 Reddish Egrets (two white morph), nice flock of Skimmers, one 
Marbled Godwit, 11 Spoonbills, and what I felt sure was a Northern Harrier 
(white band on rump clearly visible, long striped tail). Isn't this early? ? It 
flew over the road while I was driving so I didn't get a photo. There were lots 
of the usual Plovers, Yellowlegs, etc. Another birder showed me a Great Horned 
Owl he had found. It was a great day until it started to get hot. 

Marv
Marvin T. Smith
Valdosta, GA
Subject: tower issue
From: "'Jim Stevenson' galornsoc AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 22:42:03 -0500
Hi Peter,

I appreciate your concern and now you have my 12-year-old Eddress.  

I will copy the list as others may have an interest here. 

Your estimations are very sound with regard to the timing of trans-Gulf (or 
circum-Gulf) migration, and I wonder how you read my master’s thesis? 


My biggest suggestion would be that certain nights would be far more productive 
(lethal) than others. The passage of a cold front brings by far the greatest 
number of birds over, and we don’t even GET much frontal activity until well 
into October these days. I mention this as perhaps a partial shutting down of 
the lights (i.e. a few nights each fall) would “fly” [so to speak] better 
than cold turkey for two months. And one of my more surprisingly discoveries in 
grad school work with these birds was that the VAST majority of birds fly the 
FIRST night of a front, and not the second, or later. The only birds that were 
tardy arriving were cuckoos, so maybe a good clunk on the head would wisen them 
up. And as you noted, the disorganized, drizzly fronts where the wind shifts 
before the clear skies arrive probably kill the most birds, such as the initial 
kill in 1953, when ~20,000 birds went down. [The good news was that half were 
Red-eyed Vireos.] 


I wouldn’t underestimate the importance of spring, either, as the vast 
majority are adult birds headed to breed. However, it would be more like the 
first few hours of the night, as they probably leave the coastal areas around 
dusk (right after arrival from the Tropics), and by midnight (easily) would 
pass from the Panhandle into other states with fewer tall structures and lower 
IQs. 


BTW, New Zealand (June) seems like eons ago, as I just finished an Australian 
tour, from Townsville, up to the Cairns/Atherton area, and across the Outback 
to Darwin (where I sit). We exceeded 250 species for the first time, had loads 
of wonderful marsupials, and best of all, I got to catch some of the World’s 
deadliest snakes. We birds guides get all the fun. 


Tell your son hi for me. Great kid!

And hi to all my Tallahassee friends. Go Noles!

Jim

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Subject: Re: [nflbirds] no - not Brown headed cowbird juvenile

Hi Jim:



I somehow lost your erythrogaster AT  e-mail address, that’s why I try via 
nflbirds. 




Maybe you have seen in the Tallahassee Democrat the picture of the monstrous 
art piece to be erected on the roundabout of our renovated Gaines Street (if 
not, I attach a copy when I know your address). I am not going into my personal 
opinion about the whole thing but tell you that I have complained on various 
occasions about light pollution and energy waste, and recently about the 
hazards that the structure’s vertical beam of light could be present to 
migrating birds. 




Regarding the latter issue I contacted the artist, Kenneth von Roenn, who 
replied that he regrets not having been aware of this possibility. I had 
suggested that he look at information about “city lights and bird 
migration” on the web and, having done so, he wrote: 




“If I had known the facts of the problem that city lights cause migrating 
birds I may have conceived of something a bit different. But we are now pretty 
far down the road though I would like to find some way of addressing this 
issue. From what I read it seems that simply turning off the troublesome light 
during the migration season is an effective solution. What is your opinion 
about this? Do you have other ideas? I would like to find a solution that 
addresses this problem and still allows the work to be the symbol that I 
anticipate that it will become.” 




About specific suggestions I could make to the artist I contacted two experts 
on “birds and lights” but have not received any reply. Now I thought why 
not Jim Stevenson, but this e-mail may reach you (if at all) in New Zealand 
where you undoubtedly have a marvelous time and other things on your mind. 
Anyway, perhaps you can help the artist, me and the birds by suggesting 
remedies, for example regarding the most active times of nocturnal bird 
migration during which the bean should be turned off: My experience tells me 
second half September to first half November (especially after midnight?), 
special consideration to be given to foggy nights? According to the local tower 
kills, spring probably is not as big a problem as fall. 


I would be grateful for any suggestions I can communicate to the artist.



Thank you.



All the best.



Peter 

__________________________

Peter H. Homann

117 Ridgeland Road

Tallahassee FL 32312

e-mail: ph-homann AT comcast.net. 


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Subject: new park in Jefferson Co
From: "parulablue AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2014 13:59:13 +0000 (UTC)

This past weekend, Andy, Maisie and I got to meet some of the dedicated folks 
who created the new Water Street Park in Monticello (Jefferson Co.). This cool 
little park has some beautiful bottomland forest with  terrific boardwalk 
spans that fly you over a streambed and provide a nice vantage of the canopy. 
These impressive volunteers managed to secure FRDAP grants to acquire the park, 
construct the trails and boardwalks and are now continuing to recruit volunteer 
support to maintain the park and its habitat. Ultimately, they hope it will be 
an outdoor classroom for Jefferson County students as well as tourist visitors 
to the county. 


One way we can support this worthy cause is to help them develop their bird 
list for the site-- we saw some nice birds on our casual (noisy), late 
morning stroll around the trail loop including Mississippi Kite, Yellow-billed 
Cuckoo and Hooded Warbler, and the habitat looks fantastic. If you're looking 
for a new place to explore (or for those rabid county birders, if you need 
to pad your Jefferson Co. list), check out the site and be sure to REPORT YOUR 
SIGHTINGS to EBIRD so that they contribute to the site's bird list. 


An eBird "hotspot" has already been set up for the site: 
http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L3016283 


Water Street Park's entrance is located on the west side of the intersection of 
Seminole and Water streets just south of downtown Monticello in Jefferson 
County. Parking is along the roadside at the entrance; pedestrian access is 
open during daylight hours. The park is <30 acres and there are no facilities. 
The portions of the trail that are not boardwalked are easy but in places may 
be uneven (roots/soft ground but not muddy). 


Congrats and thanks to the dedicated Jefferson County residents who are 
making this gem available to all of us! 


Julie Wraithmell 

Tallahassee, FL 
Subject: Summer reports for FFN
From: "John Murphy southmoonunder AT mchsi.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 16:18:42 -0500 (CDT)
Big Bend Birders, 


I am currently accepting reports of significant summer (1 June - 31 July ) 
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: Apalachee Audubon August Birding Trips
From: "Helen King thekingsom AT gmail.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 3 Aug 2014 11:33:24 -0400
Hello:

    Even though we are in the depths of summer, here are a couple of trips
planned:

*Saturday, August 23- Florida Caverns State Park*
Meet at 8 a.m. at the Pilot gas station at the intersection of I-10 and US
90 West or meet directly at the park at 9 a.m. at the main parking lot.
Please indicate if you are a willing driver. The riding fee is $5. There
will be some walking required.

*Thursday, August 28- St. Mark's Wildlife Refuge*
Meet at 8 a.m. at the Visitor's Center parking lot. We will be
concentrating on the peeps. Wear insect repellent to avoid yellow flies and
mosquitos.

Please email me at thekingsom AT gmail.com if you plan to attend. If
questions, call 850-765-2488.

Regards,
Helen Jelks King
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Subject: St Marks NWR, Saturday August 2
From: "Bill Phelan wmjphelan AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 2 Aug 2014 18:55:25 +0000 (UTC)
Went to St Marks NWR on Tuesday 1 hr before Low Tide and did not see many 
shorebirds at Tower Pond--only a few Willets, SB Dowitchers and G & L 
Yellowlegs. 

Today, I went 2.5 hrs before Low Tide and saw many shorebirds, including these 
highlights: 

       1 Stilt Sandpiper, in breeding plumage 
        1.Semipalmated sandpiper and 1. Least sandpiper, both in 
breeding plumage 

        lots of Willets, several SB Dowitchers 
        Plovers:  Black bellied, semipalmated 
Also seen: 
       1 reddish egret 
       6 juv. Yellow crown night-herons 
       4 Gull billed terns, 3 Forster's, 6-8 Skimmers 
What a difference the tide makes. 
Nice day: not many yellow flies.  Gentle, cool breeze.  
Bill Phelan 
Tallahassee 
Subject: White-eyed Vireo
From: "'Judy' judykb AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:56:38 -0400
This White-eyed Vireo was in my yard this morning. I live near Maclay State 
Park. Is it a juvenile? 


http://judyb.zenfolio.com/img/s7/v159/p587663357.jpg

http://judyb.zenfolio.com/img/s6/v139/p538335990.jpg

Judy Lyle


Subject: Wild turkey young
From: "'White, Eddie' Eddie.White AT MyFWC.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:47:03 -0400
Saw a hen turkey on Iron Bridge Road in Havana Florida this morning with six 
young. They looked to be about four weeks old. They were not chicks, but they 
were way too small for this time of year. A very late nester or a second 
nester. 
Subject: Jefferson County today
From: "Marvin T Smith mtsmith AT valdosta.edu [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:09:19 +0000
I drove down to Jefferson County, FL today from my base in Valdosta. GA via 
Quitman and Hwy 221. Near the intersection of 221/146 in what the map calls 
Ashville I found 24 Swallow-tailed Kites over a recently plowed field (SE 
quadrant of the intersection). At nearby Jeffco Dairy, I found the usual 
abundance of Cattle Egrets and Cowbirds, a flock of Barn Swallows, several 
White Ibis including many juveniles, one Swallow-tailed Kite, and one 
Black-bellied Whistling Duck. The best birds at the Dairy today were a Solitary 
Sandpiper and a Pectoral Sandpiper. After the dairy, I moved west on Hwy 146 
toward Monticello. About 2.5 miles down the road from the intersection with 
221, I saw a Mississippi Kite. Just west of the Aucilla, there is a farm pond 
with many Cattle Egret and one distant Sandpiper which I believe was a Spotted. 
Continuing on the the Jefferson County Collection Station pond (approximately 7 
miles from the 221 intersection), I found seven Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, 
a group of Cattle Egret, a Little Blue Heron, and three White Ibis. On the way 
back, I stopped at Pinckney Plantation to check the pond just off Hwy 146. Here 
I found 3 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks and three White Ibis. 

Marvin T. Smith
Valdosta, GA.?

Subject: Limpkins
From: "Harry Hooper sn_egret AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:15:38 -0700
Afternoon nflbirders,

A great place to view limpkins up close in Tallahassee is the Rhoden Cove Road 
boat landing on the southeast side of Lake Jackson. Lynn and I were at the 
landing yesterday morning (0900-0930) observing butterflies and the limpkins 
were quite vocal, primarily due to a small boat returning to the landing. One 
limpkin was feeding approximately 150 feet outfrom the landing, unperturbed 
with the passing boat and our presence. Another was perchedhigh in the nearby 
pines calling and therewere at leasttoadditional limpkins calling in the 
close proximity southeast of the landing. 


Each time we visit the landing to bird and butterfly, we 
arealwaysguaranteedat least two to three of these beautiful and unique 
waders. 


Harry Hooper
Tallahassee, Florida
Subject: subscribe to nflbirds
From: "dreedster AT aol.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:19:13 -0400 (EDT)
I cannot access the recent posts for nflbirds.  dianereed241 AT yahoo.com.
thanks
Diane Reed 
St Augustine FL
Subject: Cerulean Warbler
From: "'Janeen Engleman Langley' jelangley AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:05:57 -0400
I posted 2 photos of the female Cerulean Warbler to the Yahoo! site.  They
are not the best quality, but they are all I have.  

 

 

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/nflbirds/photos/photostream

 

Janeen Langley

NE Tallahassee

 

 

 
Subject: Possible Cerulean Warbler
From: "'Janeen Engleman Langley' jelangley AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:02:59 -0400
Yesterday afternoon I had a Northern Parula at the mister.  I saw another
warbler with it and was able to get a couple of poor photos.  After posting
them on Facebook and having 3 good birders look at them, it appears that it
may be a female Cerulean warbler.  I am working on getting the photos posted
on the Yahoo! site.

 

Janeen Langley

Northeast Tallahassee
Subject: Suffering, schmuffering
From: "David Houle dhoule AT bio.fsu.edu [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:58:40 -0400
I was just setting out to post about our surprisingly pleasant late 
July morning at St. Marks, when I got Don Morrow's bulletin about 
suffering at the same time and location. Jeepers. There were flies in 
one spot, and yes they bit, but it is July  ;).

In addition to the Tower pond birds Don mentioned, we had a 
Sanderling and scads of Least Bitterns at the Lighthouse, and legions 
of Purple Gallinules, squads of Green Herons.  Pleasant breeze off 
the Gulf, hardly a mosquito in the air.  Ah, July in Florida!


David Houle

Phone:  850-645-0388            FAX: 850-645-8447
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Tallahassee, FL 32306-4295
Subject: St Marks NWR -- Saturday
From: "'Don Morrow' don.morrow AT tpl.org [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:27:40 -0700
It is said that you have to suffer to sing the blues. Apparently, a modicum of 
suffering is necessary to see good birds on a late morning in late July. Tower 
Pond is a good birding location and not a far walk. There are, however, 
numerous biting deer flies out at this time of the year. I killed as many as I 
could. (I know that it's a wildlife refuge, but I don't think that USFWS 
protection extends to pestilential biting insects.) Some birding highlights 
were: 

 
Snowy Egret
Tricolored Heron
Reddish Egret
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (two immature birds)
Black-bellied Plover (several in various plumage stages)
Semipalmated Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Willet
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper (single individual in breeding plumage)
Short-billed Dowitcher ( about twenty, mostly in breeding plumage)
Laughing Gull
Gull-billed Tern ( a small flock of breeding plumage adults and immatures)
Forster's Tern
Least Tern
Black Skimmer
 
It's a great opportunity to study shorebird identification --especially the 
peeps. The birds are close and in good light. 

 
Good Birding.
 


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Subject: Re: Catbird
From: "'Jim Stevenson' galornsoc AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 03:56:49 -0500
My last few years in Tally I had catbirds at both residences – Mayhew Drive 
near FSU and Cochran Drive, near Rickards HS. 


They are scarce breeders, but they are dark and in the shade a lot, plus their 
song is not well known by us grits. 


Jim
Currently in the Outback

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Sent: Friday, July 25, 2014 9:23 PM
To: North FL Birds 
Subject: [nflbirds] Catbird

  

Yesterday when I was at my former residence on the west side of town near the 
stadium, I enjoyed listening to the 

rambling song of a Gray Catbird in the yard. This was one of my favorite yard 
birds when we lived there. I didn't know it was 

unusual to have them in the yard in summer until I took a class with Jim Cox 
--I think that was 1995. So the birds are still there 

in summer, even with all the over-development of apartment buildings nearby. I 
used to also see Robins in that area and 

occasionally Goldfinches. 

--------
Fran Rutkovsky
Tallahassee, FL
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Subject: Catbird
From: "Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 02:23:48 +0000 (UTC)
Yesterday when I was at my former residence on the west side of town near the 
stadium, I enjoyed listening to the 

rambling song of a Gray Catbird in the yard. This was one of my favorite yard 
birds when we lived there. I didn't know it was 

unusual to have them in the yard in summer until I took a class with Jim Cox 
--I think that was 1995. So the birds are still there 

in summer, even with all the over-development of apartment buildings nearby. I 
used to also see Robins in that area and 

occasionally Goldfinches. 

-------- 
Fran Rutkovsky 
Tallahassee, FL 
franrutkovsky AT comcast.net 
Subject: White-faced Ibis, Tallahassee
From: "Elliot Schunke ewschunke AT hotmail.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:17:09 -0400
Hi All,

This afternoon, Andy Wraithmell found an apparent hatching year White-faced
Ibis on "Mom and Dad's Pond" (pond on Apalachee Parkway east of Conner next
to Mom and Dad's Italian restaurant).  In good light, the bird had reddish
eyes and the facial skin was beginning to turn pink in the loral area.
Also present was an adult Glossy Ibis, a number of White Ibis, and loads of
Cattle Egret.

One photo (that doesn't show as much pink and red as was observed through
the scope) is on my flickr.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/25783399 AT N08/14735093541/

Elliot Schunke
Tallahassee
Subject: Miami Herald article about the Red-necked stint
From: "Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:45:10 +0000 (UTC)

Here's a link to a Miami Herald article about the Red-necked stint found in the 
Keys, Boca Chica beach. Reports are that 


the bird was sighted this morning in the same location. 





http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/07/22/4248831/rare-bird-alert-red-necked-stint.html 



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Fran Rutkovsky 
Tallahassee, FL 
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Subject: Limpkin
From: "Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:30:42 +0000 (UTC)
Mike Tucker reports that he has seen a Limpkin at Martha Wellman park all week. 
This is a Leon County park/stormwater retention pond at 

5317 W. Tennessee St., 1/4 mile west of Capital Circle. 


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Tallahassee, FL 
franrutkovsky AT comcast.net 
Subject: Apalachee Audubon bird trip to Lake Jackson
From: "Helen King thekingsom AT gmail.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:20:08 -0400
This is just a reminder that our second trip of the month will be on
Sunday, July 20 at 8 a.m. Meet at Lake Jackson Mounds State Park. We will
also be visiting Crowder and Faulk landings on the lake. Please email Helen
King at thekingsom AT gmail.com if you plan to attend. Any questions call
850-765-2488.

For those of you who missed the trip to Apalachee Wildlife Management Area
in Jackson county, you must discover this gem. There is a wide variety of
habitat suitable for birds year round. On our July morning we logged 42
species in 3 hours.

Helen Jelks King
Apalachee Audubon

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Subject: Summer Bird Workshop, Native Nurseries, July 12
From: "Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 03:27:46 +0000 (UTC)


Summer Bird Workshop with Jody Walthall 

Saturday July 12 th -- 10am - Free 




Jody will cover a variety of topics related to the feeding and nesting habits 
of birds that frequent our yards in summer. 


He will discuss hummingbirds, how to outfox squirrels, nesting birds, 
birdbaths, planting for birds and the seasonal 


rhythms of bird appearances in our yards. 




Native Nurseries 

1661 Centerville Rd., Tallahassee 

386-8882 



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Tallahassee, FL 
franrutkovsky AT comcast.net 
Subject: Wood Storks and Wood Ducks
From: "'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 06:14:46 -0400
Yesterday we received a report from Florida Fish and Wildlife that they'd
flown over our 45-acre swamp that we manage as a wildlife sanctuary, and had
counted between 175 and 200 Wood Stork nests.  I videoed a section of the NW
side of the rookery two days ago, including a couple of time lapse segments
showing both a nesting area and the trees where the just-fledged birds
congregate each morning:  https://vimeo.com/100157334   On 6/25 it was
announced that the US Fish and Wildlife Service is down-listing the Wood
Stork from endangered to threatened.

 

On 6/24 I had the pleasure of videoing 8 baby Wood Ducks jump from one of
our next boxes:  https://vimeo.com/99225207  

 

Tara Tanaka

Tallahassee, FL

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http://vimeo.com/h2otara

http://www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliates.aspx?code=CC-368

 

 

 
Subject: Jefferson County Birding today
From: "Marvin T Smith mtsmith AT valdosta.edu [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2014 01:28:26 +0000
?I drove down to Jefferson County from Valdosta today. As I crossed the State 
line on Hwy 225, I almost immediately spotted a Wood Stork. I continued to the 
Jeffco Dairy near the junction of Hwy 225 and 146. This is usually a reliable 
place for multiple Swallow-tailed Kites, but I only found one today. The ponds 
at the farm were dry, so the usual birds were missing. I did see two Wood 
Storks and many Cattle Egrets. A Green Heron flew over. I next drove down 
Highway 146 toward Monticello. I found a Mississippi Kite near a small airport 
only a couple of miles from Hwy 225. When I crossed the Aucilla, I saw a Great 
Egret and a juvenile (white) Little Blue Heron. About a quarter of mile down 
the road on the right is a small farm pond. Today it had many, many Cattle 
Egrets and a Little Blue Heron. About 10:15 I arrived at the Jefferson County 
Collection or Recycling Center. The small farm pond nearby had 10 Black-bellied 
Whistling Ducks (five obvious pairs), a Red-shouldered Hawk, 2 Cattle Egret, a 
Little Blue Heron, Great Crested Flycatcher, and both Vulture species. I heard 
a Red-bellied Woodpecker and a Bobwhite Quail. In the distance to the south 
(probably a quarter to a half mile away), I watched nine kites hunting past the 
tree line. Most appeared to be Swallow-tailed Kites, but at least one was 
definitely a Mississippi Kite. From the Recycling center, I retraced my path 
back toward Georgia. I found three Swallow-tailed Kites on Hwy 146 and one more 
near the junction of 225/146. I rechecked the Jeffco Dairy and added Eastern 
Kingbird. 


 If there are any Georgians out there, I found six Wood Storks, two 
Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks, two White Ibis, a Kingbird and a Little Blue 
Heron near Blackwater Plantation on Hwy 225. Blackwater is perhaps two or three 
miles north of the Florida line. Earlier in the morning a couple of miles south 
of Quitman, GA I found a juvenile Black-Crowned Night Heron sitting on a 
powerline near a bridge over a creek. I had never seen one sitting on a 
Powerline before. 


Marvin T. Smith

Valdosta

________________________________

Subject: Re: Vanguard of fall migration on the move
From: "Rex Rowan rexrowan AT gmail.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 20:50:35 -0400
Hi, David and all -

Game and Fish Commission game manager William Frankenberger wrote of a much
later nesting in *The Florida Naturalist*: “On 10 September, 1972, while
inspecting Wood Duck nesting boxes in the River Styx area of Orange Lake in
Alachua County, I found one nest with two eggs. This is an unusually late
date for a Wood Duck nest. The female Wood Duck was gone. The eggs were
covered with down indicating that she was in the process of laying the
clutch. On 27 September, I checked the nest box again and found the female
sitting on the nest. I did not want to disturb her so did not count the
eggs at this time. On 2 October, the female was not on the nest. I
investigated and found only one egg remaining; it was rotten. No eggshells
or shell fragments were present. Rat snakes frequently visit these boxes
hunting eggs, so this nest may have been predatorized [sic] by a snake”
(“Wood Ducks (*Aix sponsa*) in Alachua County,” *The Florida Naturalist*
46(1):28)

Rex Rowan
Gainesville


On Sat, Jul 5, 2014 at 11:56 AM, David Simpson simpsondavid AT mac.com
[nflbirds]  wrote:

>
>
> Interesting note about Wood ducks.  Black-bellied whistling ducks are
> notoriously late nesters but I had not heard of Wood ducks nesting this
> late in the year.
>
> Florida's extended growing season offers many species an opportunity to
> raise second or even third broods.
>
> David Simpson
> Fellsmere, FL
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Jul 5, 2014, at 10:20, "'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <
> nflbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:
>
>
>
> Fall migration?  We have Wood Ducks and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks that
> just started laying in two boxes in our  backyard swamp!  It’s interesting
> how different the cycles are for the various species.
>
>
>
> Thank you for the report.
>
>
>
> Tara Tanaka
>
> Tallahassee, FL
>
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/focused-on-birds
>
> http://vimeo.com/h2otara
>
> http://www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliates.aspx?code=CC-368
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> *From:* nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com
> ] *On Behalf Of *'Lucy & Bob Duncan'
> town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]
> *Sent:* Saturday, July 5, 2014 10:15 AM
> *To:* nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com; 'FLORIDABIRDS'; AL-BIRDS
> *Subject:* [nflbirds] Vanguard of fall migration on the move
>
>
>
>
>
> Hi all,
>
>
>
> This morning there were 12 Orchard Orioles feeding on Sand Grapes in my
> neighborhood where they do not breed. Traditionally, they and Yellow
> Warblers are the first fall migrants to appear. They were a day early
> compared to other years going back to 2010, possibly as a result of the
> front that eked through and brought unseasonably cool and dry weather here
> in the western Panhandle. I also heard a warbler call note overhead and
> there was a skulker in our yard. After a dull birding summer, a pleasant
> surprise.
>
>
>
> Bob Duncan
>
> Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle
>
>    
>
Subject: More migrants!
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2014 19:02:48 -0500
Hi all,

 

               Two immature or female Black & White Warblers and a
Yellow-throated Warbler showed up at our pond late today, somewhat on
schedule. Our first B & W occurred July 2 in the period 2010 to present, so
it was not particularly early, the Yellow-throated was early by 2 days for
that period (our records go back over 40 yrs, but I am too lazy to ferret
them out at the moment). So a trickle of migrants can be expected from now
on. Oddly, Yellow Warblers are usually the first fall migrants to appear.
Maybe tomorrow.

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle
Subject: St Marks NWR- Sunday morning
From: "'Don Morrow' don.morrow AT tpl.org [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 06 Jul 2014 15:41:41 -0700
A beautiful mid-summer morning. It didn't even get hot until 8:30 am. Except 
for the managed ponds, water levels are low. The area around the Double bridges 
has water in the two creeks and scattered puddles, but also still has 
Prothonotary Warblers and Red-eyed Vireo. I was still able to find Acadian 
Flycatcher there two weeks ago, but did not see one this morning. 

 
Based on the Duncan's report from Pensacola, I looked for Yellow Warbler, 
usually the earliest migrant songbird. I did not find any, but they should be 
watched for along the edges of the entrance road. 

 
The best birding was in Tower Pond, which is being managed for migrant 
shorebirds. The Dowitchers and Western Sandpipers are likely returning 
migrants. It's already getting cold up North with lows in the mid-thirties on 
their breeding grounds. 

 
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Tricolored Heron
Reddish Egret
Black-bellied Plover (two were in transitional plumage)
Greater Yellowlegs
Willet
Western Sandpiper (most were in breeding plumage)
Short-billed Dowitcher (most were in breeding plumage)
Laughing Gull
Caspian Tern
Sandwich Tern
Forster's Tern
Least Tern
Black Skimmer. 
 
In early July you have to watch closely for signs of migration. Soon though, 
Yellow Warblers will be easy to find along the entrance road and Black Terns 
will show up. Birding at the refuge is still pleasant (and not life 
threatening) in the morning. Get up early and go birding. 



[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]



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Subject: Re: Vanguard of fall migration on the move
From: "David Simpson simpsondavid AT mac.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 05 Jul 2014 11:56:04 -0400
Interesting note about Wood ducks. Black-bellied whistling ducks are 
notoriously late nesters but I had not heard of Wood ducks nesting this late in 
the year. 


Florida's extended growing season offers many species an opportunity to raise 
second or even third broods. 


David Simpson
Fellsmere, FL

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 5, 2014, at 10:20, "'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" 
 wrote: 

> 
> Fall migration? We have Wood Ducks and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks that 
just started laying in two boxes in our backyard swamp! It’s interesting how 
different the cycles are for the various species. 

> 
>  
> 
> Thank you for the report.
> 
>  
> 
> Tara Tanaka
> 
> Tallahassee, FL
> 
> http://www.flickr.com/photos/focused-on-birds
> 
> http://vimeo.com/h2otara
> 
> http://www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliates.aspx?code=CC-368
> 
>  
> 
>  
> 
>  
> 
> From: nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds] 

> Sent: Saturday, July 5, 2014 10:15 AM
> To: nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com; 'FLORIDABIRDS'; AL-BIRDS
> Subject: [nflbirds] Vanguard of fall migration on the move
> 
>  
> 
>  
> 
> Hi all,
> 
>  
> 
> This morning there were 12 Orchard Orioles feeding on Sand Grapes in my 
neighborhood where they do not breed. Traditionally, they and Yellow Warblers 
are the first fall migrants to appear. They were a day early compared to other 
years going back to 2010, possibly as a result of the front that eked through 
and brought unseasonably cool and dry weather here in the western Panhandle. I 
also heard a warbler call note overhead and there was a skulker in our yard. 
After a dull birding summer, a pleasant surprise. 

> 
>  
> 
> Bob Duncan
> 
> Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle
> 
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Vanguard of fall migration on the move
From: "Janice Neitzel janiceneitzel AT ymail.com [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 09:46:59 -0500
We also have Orchard
Orioles in our backyard today.

Janice Neitzel
Fort Morgan, Al.

> On Jul 5, 2014, at 9:14 AM, "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net 
[albirds]"  wrote: 

> 
> Hi all,
> 
>  
> 
> This morning there were 12 Orchard Orioles feeding on Sand Grapes in my 
neighborhood where they do not breed. Traditionally, they and Yellow Warblers 
are the first fall migrants to appear. They were a day early compared to other 
years going back to 2010, possibly as a result of the front that eked through 
and brought unseasonably cool and dry weather here in the western Panhandle. I 
also heard a warbler call note overhead and there was a skulker in our yard. 
After a dull birding summer, a pleasant surprise. 

> 
>  
> 
> Bob Duncan
> 
> Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle
> 
> 
Subject: RE: Vanguard of fall migration on the move
From: "'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 10:20:56 -0400
Fall migration?  We have Wood Ducks and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks that
just started laying in two boxes in our  backyard swamp!  It's interesting
how different the cycles are for the various species.  

 

Thank you for the report.

 

Tara Tanaka

Tallahassee, FL

 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/focused-on-birds

  http://vimeo.com/h2otara

 
http://www.thinktankphoto.com/affiliates.aspx?code=CC-368

 

 

 

From: nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of 'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]
Sent: Saturday, July 5, 2014 10:15 AM
To: nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com; 'FLORIDABIRDS'; AL-BIRDS
Subject: [nflbirds] Vanguard of fall migration on the move

 

  

Hi all,

 

This morning there were 12 Orchard Orioles feeding on Sand Grapes in my
neighborhood where they do not breed. Traditionally, they and Yellow
Warblers are the first fall migrants to appear. They were a day early
compared to other years going back to 2010, possibly as a result of the
front that eked through and brought unseasonably cool and dry weather here
in the western Panhandle. I also heard a warbler call note overhead and
there was a skulker in our yard. After a dull birding summer, a pleasant
surprise.

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle


Subject: Vanguard of fall migration on the move
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 09:14:44 -0500
Hi all,

 

This morning there were 12 Orchard Orioles feeding on Sand Grapes in my
neighborhood where they do not breed. Traditionally, they and Yellow
Warblers are the first fall migrants to appear. They were a day early
compared to other years going back to 2010, possibly as a result of the
front that eked through and brought unseasonably cool and dry weather here
in the western Panhandle. I also heard a warbler call note overhead and
there was a skulker in our yard. After a dull birding summer, a pleasant
surprise.

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle
Subject: Vanguard of fall migration on the move
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Jul 2014 09:14:44 -0500
Hi all,

 

This morning there were 12 Orchard Orioles feeding on Sand Grapes in my
neighborhood where they do not breed. Traditionally, they and Yellow
Warblers are the first fall migrants to appear. They were a day early
compared to other years going back to 2010, possibly as a result of the
front that eked through and brought unseasonably cool and dry weather here
in the western Panhandle. I also heard a warbler call note overhead and
there was a skulker in our yard. After a dull birding summer, a pleasant
surprise.

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle
Subject: Audubon July Birding Trips
From: "Helen King thekingsom AT gmail.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2014 17:53:26 -0400
Happy Friday!

Since the summer heat is on, we will travel to areas with water where other
living things tend to hang out.

*Friday, July 11: Apalachee Wildlife Management Area- *Meet at the Pilot
gas station at the intersection of I-10 and US 90 West at 8 a.m. This will
mainly be a driving event, stopping at wetlands/ponds to check out birds.
Bring snacks, as we'll be home for a late lunch. The riding fee will be $5.

*Sunday, July 20: Lake Jackson-* Meet at Lake Jackson Mounds State Park
parking lot at 8 a.m. We will also travel to Crowder and Faulk landings.

Please email Helen King at thekingsom AT gmail.com if you plan to attend.
Please indicate if you are a willing driver for the Apalachee trip. Call
850-765-2488 with any questions.

Helen Jelks King
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Subject: Swallow-tailed kite downtown Tallahassee
From: "Sunny Yahoo sunny_phillips AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jun 2014 12:57:48 -0400
I just observed a Swallow-tailed Kite being chased by a Red-shouldered Hawk 
above the downtown streets of Tallahassee. 


A security zone is safe; however, it is not as much fun as shifting gears. 
~~~~
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Subject: Re: Brown headed cowbird juvenile
From: "'Jim Stevenson' galornsoc AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2014 16:31:44 -0500
Some young cowbirds are able to push out the native babies from the nest, 
killing them. 


Jim, boarding a plane to New Zealand

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Sent: Sunday, June 15, 2014 4:00 PM
To: N. Fl Birds 
Subject: [nflbirds] Brown headed cowbird juvenile

  

I was just looking out at my bird feeder and noticed a adult male N. Cardinal 
feeding a juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird. Just thought I would share it as not 
that common to see, I know Cowbirds lay their eggs in other birds nests. I 
assume that is what happened here. Did not see any juvenile Cardinals 
associated with this adult , just the juvenile Cowbird. 
Subject: Brown headed cowbird juvenile
From: "Barry Johnson bearj1506 AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2014 14:00:40 -0700 (PDT)
I was just looking out at my bird feeder and noticed a adult male N. Cardinal 
feeding a juvenile Brown-headed Cowbird. Just thought I would share it as not 
that common to see, I know Cowbirds lay their eggs in other birds nests. I 
assume that is what happened here. Did not see any juvenile Cardinals 
associated with this adult , just the juvenile Cowbird. 
Subject: Lake Killarney limpkin
From: "Edwwjr AT aol.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 14 Jun 2014 09:22:56 -0400 (EDT)
A neighbor emailed me he is seeing limpkins at Lake Killarney as he kayaks on 
the lake. He did not specify where they were seen. Has anyone else seen them? 


Ed Woodruff
Tallahassee
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Subject: Spring reports for FFN
From: "John Murphy southmoonunder AT mchsi.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2014 17:30:46 -0500 (CDT)
Big Bend Birders, 

I am currently accepting reports of significant spring (1 March - 31 May) 
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 
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Subject: Apalachee Audubon June Birding Trips
From: "Helen King thekingsom AT gmail.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 30 May 2014 13:57:15 -0400
Good Afternoon:

This is woodpecker season so we will plan trips around those birds.

*Saturday, June 7: Munson Bike Trail*
 We will ride a leisurely 10 miles through pine and oak forest with
depressions looking for target species, many already families. Meet at the
St. Mark's trailhead on Woodville highway at 8 a.m. For those without an
off road bike, The Great Bicycle Shop will rent them to pick up at 1909
Thomasville Road ( 224-7461) on Friday. The rental is $35 and they can be
returned at their shop on Woodville highway which is next to the bike trail.

*Friday, June 27:  Letchworth Mound State Park*
   Meet in the parking lot, located off US 90 east at 8 a.m. We will also
visit Lake Miccasukee.

Please email me at thekingsom AT gmail.com if you plan to attend either trip.

Helen Jelks King
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Subject: CORRECTION: Atlasing Port St. Joe Now
From: "RickLWest AT aol.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 May 2014 22:28:29 -0400 (EDT)
There was a mistake about the dates for the reservation at Buffer Preserve. 
 The reservation is set for June 6-8, so the block-busting weekend will be 
next  weekend (June 6-8), instead of this weekend. 
 
Also, if you plan to come and stay at Buffer Preserve, you will need to  
bring your own linens including towels and pillows, as they are not provided. 
 
Sorry for the confusion. 
Rick West
 
 
In a message dated 5/28/2014 10:10:31 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
RickLWest AT aol.com writes:

Hi All,
 
We are having a block-busting weekend THIS WEEKEND in Port St. Joe  
(staying at Buffer Preserve). We will be atlasing Saturday and Sunday mornings, 

with free time in the afternoons. There will be FREE  lodging for atlasers 
Friday and Saturday nights at Buffer Preserve,  dormitory-style with a kitchen 
available for use. 
 
If you plan to come, or for more information, please contact me as soon  as 
possible via email (_ricklwest AT aol.com_ (mailto:ricklwest AT aol.com) ) or 
cell phone: (850)  766-9041 in the daytime after 9am. During the evening, 
please send an  email.
 
 

Rick West,  Tallahassee
State Coordinator, FL BBA II
Florida Ornithological  Society
Information about FL BBA II can be found at
http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bba/index.cfm?fa=explore.ProjectHome&BBA_ID=FL2011
and
_http://www.fosbirds.org/_ (http://www.fosbirds.org/bba2news)   


Subject: Atlasing Port St. Joe Now
From: "RickLWest AT aol.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 May 2014 22:10:31 -0400 (EDT)
Hi All,
 
We are having a block-busting weekend THIS WEEKEND in Port St. Joe (staying 
 at Buffer Preserve). We will be atlasing Saturday and Sunday mornings, 
with free  time in the afternoons. There will be FREE lodging for atlasers 
Friday  and Saturday nights at Buffer Preserve, dormitory-style with a kitchen 
available  for use. 
 
If you plan to come, or for more information, please contact me as soon as  
possible via email (_ricklwest AT aol.com_ (mailto:ricklwest AT aol.com) ) or  
cell phone: (850) 766-9041 in the daytime after 9am. During the evening, 
please  send an email.
 
 
Rick West,  Tallahassee
State Coordinator, FL BBA II
Florida Ornithological  Society
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Subject: Frigate Bird
From: "rabrooksjr AT hotmail.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 May 2014 13:22:15 -0700
We observed a frigate bird that appeared to be hunting over the east end of the 
Dog Island Reef around noon today. Several seagulls were attempting to harass 
it. 
Subject: Jefferson County Kites and Whistling Ducks
From: "Linda most lrmost AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 18 May 2014 17:23:17 -0400
> Marvin Smith and I birded Jefferson County today. We found 44 Black-bellied 
Whistling Ducks at the Jefferson County Recycling Center pond on Highway 146 
east of Monticello. If you continue approximately five more miles to the east, 
we found a flock of around 30 Kites; about half Swallow-tails and half 
Mississippi. This was approximately two miles west of the junction of Hwy 146 
and 221. They were hunting over a plowed field on the north/west side of 146 in 
the "s" curve area between the speed bumps. We found another mixed flock of 
around 30 Kites just south of Quitman, GA. 

> 
   Linda Most
> Valdosta, GA

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Subject: Youth Camp, St George Island State Park, 5/15/14
From: "'Cavanagh, Jim' jim.cavanagh AT med.fsu.edu [nflbirds]" <nflbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 16 May 2014 03:00:48 +0000
Sheila Klink and I were the only observers today. We did not find a Connecticut 
Warbler but did find a modest fall-out: 




Warblers: Tennessee, N. Parula, Yellow, Chestnut-sided, Magnolia, Cape May, 
Black-throated Blue, Yellow-rumped, Pine, Bay-breasted 4, Blackpoll 6, Am. 
Redstart 25+, N. Waterthrush, N. Yellowthroat. 




Also Red-eyed Vireo 25+, Blue Grosbeak, Indigo buntings, Orchard Orioles, 
Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Common Nighthawks and a Gray-cheeked Thrush. 




Jim Cavanagh

Tallahassee
Subject: Audubon newsletter, banquet, field trips
From: Fran Rutkovsky <franrutkovsky AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 5 May 2014 16:51:37 +0000 (UTC)
The May-June Newsletter is now available and features the following topics: 

    * Annual Awards Banquet/Guest Speaker Susan Cerulean 
    * President’s Message 
    * Officers & Directors 
    * Slate of Officers 
    * White Ibises 
    * In Your Yard 
    * Roadside Cooperation 
    * Lake Lafayette 
    * Audubon Academy 2014 
    * Water & Land Amendment 
    * Sharing Books 
    * AAS History 
    * Hummer Report 
    * Beach Stewards 
    * Birdathon 2014 
    * AAS & Our Friends 

Banquet tickets are $10 and are available for purchase at Native Nurseries and 
Wild Birds Unlimited. Or you can make a reservation by calling Tim Smith at 
(850) 933-5979. Non-members are welcome to purchase tickets and join us for 
this fun event. 


May field trips have been scheduled for May 10 and either May 22 or May 24. 
More information is available at our web site. 


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



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Subject: St. George
From: ROC <austrina1 AT aol.com>
Date: Fri, 2 May 2014 23:50:35 -0400 (EDT)
Just a couple of things to add/update from Jim C. post. Lydia and I (along with 
a couple from Columbus, Georgia) birded the island from 6 to 8 pm. We had 14 
warbler species, and plenty of rain............. and it is continuing off and 
on. We did not find the BB Cuckoo, but we weren't at the youth camp for very 
long. The wind was coming from the north and should continue, however, I don't 
get too excited with wind this light and clearing skies (forecast) for just 
after daylight. Our best birds included: 



Philadelphia Vireo..........my 2nd of the spring, about 90 yards SSE of the 
bathrooms (top of a dune). 

Whimbrel.............feeding by the picnic table closest to the bathrooms.
Lydia got pics of the 4 Yellow-crowned Night Herons actually catching and 
eating critters (it's a biological term) out of the standing puddles at the 
youth camp. 

Black Tern..........
Bobolinks.............
etc.


The volume of birds is very low............however, given this might be the 
last cool Saturday with rain and north winds.........we will be there in the 
morning. 



Rodney and Lydia Cassidy
Tallahassee, Florida 
   


   
Subject: Audubon May bird trips
From: Helen King <thekingsom AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 2 May 2014 17:22:51 -0400
Good Afternoon:

This month we will visit two diverse spots:

*Saturday, May 10: Lake Lafayette Heritage Park*- meet in the parking lot
at 7:30 a.m. We will walk to the newly erected canopy bridge that crosses
the railroad tracks to the Alford Greenway, hoping to get some tree action.
There is no need to notify me if you plan to attend. Be there.

*Thursday, May 22 or Saturday, May 24:* *Lanark Reef*- some of you have
indicated you would like to do a kayak/canoe bird event. There should be
some nesting birds on this recently acquired spit of land that is 5 miles
west of Carabelle. Since I'm not sure of work schedules, please email me at
thekingsom AT gmail.com if you are interested in this trip and please indicate
which date you prefer. If you don't have a kayak or canoe, I will check on
rental places available.

Happy Birding!

Helen Jelks King
Audubon

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Subject: St George Island State Park Youth Camp 5/1/14
From: "Cavanagh, Jim" <jim.cavanagh AT med.fsu.edu>
Date: Fri, 2 May 2014 03:17:31 +0000
The park received 3 inches of rain which stopped today at 11:00 AM. There was a 
moderate NW wind early in the afternoon. From 11:00-5:00 our random group of 8 
observed a moderate fallout. There were 17 warbler species including 
Bay-breasted, Blackburniam, Black-throated Blue and over 25 Blackpolls. Other 
findings 


included Black-billed Cuckoo (Sheila Klink), 2 Gray-cheeked Thrushes plus 
Veeries and Swainson's Thrushes, 


Scarlet Tanagers and 4 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons.



Jim Cavanagh

Tallahassee
Subject: Catbird with no tail
From: Beth Grant <bethgrant AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Thu, 01 May 2014 16:03:25 -0400
The light is better today, and I can tell I definitely have a catbird 
with no tail feathers at my suet feeder.  How unusual is this?  Is it 
more likely from loss or genetics?  Will it grow back?

Beth Grant, Thomasville


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Hello,

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Subject: SMNWR Tropical/Cassin's Kingbird Cedar Point Trail 4/27/14
From: "Cavanagh, Jim" <jim.cavanagh AT med.fsu.edu>
Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2014 22:32:00 +0000
The kingbird was located in the dead cyprus trees on the west side near the 
entrance and first seen by Anastasia Bowman and Evan Yokum of Tallahassee 
around 1:45 PM. It hawked for insects for an hour and then headed East. 


I took many images but did not get vocalization partly because noisy boats were 
backed up in the channel waiting to land. I noted Bright yellow underparts with 
a greenish upper breast, green above brightest on the lower back, a dark 
notched tail and have good shots of the bill but can't call it without 
vocalization. In the past one hung around for several days so it might be worth 
a shot. Overhead was a flock of 13 White Pelicans. 




Jim Cavanagh

Tallahassee

Subject: Bobolinks
From: "awilliford AT comcast.net" <awilliford@comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2014 14:40:59 -0400
A flock of Bobolinks were seen feeding in the additional parking lot of the 
boat ramp before fort San Marcos near city of St Marks. They were in the grassy 
area on the left after the st marks trail. 


Fun to see them...I haven't seen Bobolinks in awhile!

April Williford
Tallahassee
Subject: St. Marks NWR -- Saturday morning
From: "Don Morrow" <don.morrow AT tpl.org>
Date: Sat, 26 Apr 2014 08:35:31 -0700
A brief foray for loon monitoring (28 headed North into the fog, but 11 headed 
back), revealed a few migrants. 

 
Lighthouse area
4 female Painted Buntings along edge of marsh below viewing platform
Blackpoll Warbler (in large live oak next to lighhouse)
Yellow-throated Warbler (in large live oak next to lighhouse)
Red-eyed Vireo (in large live oak next to lighhouse)
Bufflehead and Red-breasted Merganser offshore
 
Tower Pond Trail
Catbird (flock of at least 7)
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Palm Warbler
Whimbrel
Marbled Godwit
Semipalmated Plover
Black-bellied Plover
 
Mounds Pool I
Blue-winged Teal
Black-necked Stilt
Lesser Yellowlegs
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Dunlin
Wilson's Plover
 
Good Birding.
 


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Subject: Audubon Program, Thurs. April 24: Beach-Nesting Birds
From: Fran Rutkovsky <franrutkovsky AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:09:37 +0000 (UTC)


Apalachee Audubon Society 

April 24, 2014 

BEACH-NESTING BIRDS: FLORIDA’S ORIGINAL BEACH BABIES 

Speaker: Bonnie Samuelsen 

Thursday, April 24, 2014 
Social at 7:00 p.m., Program at 7:30 p.m. 
Historic Amtrak Station, 918 Railroad Avenue 

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

Did you know beach-nesting birds like Snowy Plovers, Black Skimmers, American 
Oystercatchers and Least Terns lay their eggs on top of the sand and raise 
their young on our local beaches? Chicks less than 6 inches tall can be seen 
feeding along dunes, coastal lakes and the tidal zone. Want to see it for 
yourself? Dramatic courtship displays and the sight of adorable chicks taking 
their first steps await you! 


Join Bonnie Samuelsen, Project Manager for Audubon Florida’s Coastal Bird 
Stewardship Program for an amazing photo presentation to learn more about these 
rare and declining birds and the statewide efforts to protect them. 


Bonnie first discovered beach nesting birds over 15 years ago and became 
actively involved in 2005 with state wide efforts. Both volunteering and 
working with Sarasota Audubon Society, Florida Fish and Wildlife Services, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife, she has been busy conducting surveys, posting nest sites, 
working with communities and developing volunteer stewardship programs. She was 
an early member of the Suncoast Shorebird Partnership that ultimately grew into 
FWC’s Florida Shorebird Alliance. Bonnie is now the Project Manager for 
Audubon Florida’s Coastal Bird Stewardship Program in the Panhandle. 



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Subject: ST Marks NWR -- this week
From: "Don Morrow" <don.morrow AT tpl.org>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:38:43 -0700
Certainly this has been a great week of birding at St. Marks and all along the 
Eastern Gulf coast. My personal list this week at St Marks was 118 species with 
25 warbler species. ( I finally got Swainson's Warbler and had Cerulean today). 
Based on the reports of others, 29 of the 33 warbler species on the St Marks 
list were recorded this week. 

 
Other passerines at St Marks this week included Rose-breasted and Blue 
Grosbeak, many Indigo Buntings and a large number of Painted Buntings that 
peaked, today. There were Orchard Orioles, Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Wood and 
Swainson's Thrush. Barn, Bank, Tree, Rough-winged and Cliff Swallow. 

 
Transmigrant shorebirds included Whimbrel, Marbled Godwit, Solitary Sandpiper 
and breeding plumage Dunlin, Dowitcher and Yellowlegs. There were at least five 
tern species and three gull species. 

 
Lingering winter birds included, Common Loon, Horned Grebe, Bufflehead, 
Blue-winged Teal, Red-breasted Merganser, White-faced Ibis, Ruby Crowned 
Kinglet; Savannah, Field, Swamp and White-throated Sparrows. 

 
There were a lot of good birders at the refuge this week and I'm not mentioning 
everything that was seen. Species diversity was high. This was the best week of 
Spring migration in years. 

 
Good Birding.
 
 


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Subject: Re: St Marks NWR Wakulla, Bottoms Rd & Bald Point SP
From: Helen King <thekingsom AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:59:35 -0400
I saw two horned grebes while fishing today at the mouth of the St. Mark's
and East Rivers.
Helen Jelks King


On Sat, Apr 19, 2014 at 6:15 PM,  wrote:

> This photo taken at approximately 4:30pm at Alligator Point today. This
> was one of at least two, possibly more! Maybe we saw the same ones?
>
>
> [image: image.png]
>
> Barbara
>
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> On Apr 19, 2014, at 5:01 PM, Sunny  wrote:
>
>
>
> 66 species total at SMNWR - Wakulla included a  a Horned Grebe (cannot
> remember which pond) and an Eastern Meadowlark in the short grass at the
> helipad while looking for the Henslow's Sparrow and.  It was a shock for
> all of us.
>
> Lots of Clapper Rails at Bottoms Rd  (19 species total) but the treat of
> the day was the Bald Eagle, 13 Red-breasted Mergansers and 5 Canvasbacks (1
> male and 4 females).
>
> Bald Point State Park provided 17 species total which included a pair of
> Eastern Kingbirds spotted along the road in on a wire/utility pole.
>
> Not bad for the visiting birding pal from Massachusetts.  Thanks to all of
> you that helped steer us in the right direction.  James sent the full
> reports to eBird.
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Subject: yard & ravine today
From: Fran Rutkovsky <franrutkovsky AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:57:18 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all 

On this cold gray day, my yard has been colorful and very active with at least 
15 Indigo Buntings (all but 2 were males); 2 Scarlet Tanagers 

in the ravine; and Orchard Orioles flying around, along with the resident birds 
and the female Summer Tanager that's been here 

since around November. 

Yesterday at St. Marks was amazing! 


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Subject: Cerulean, Blk-th Blue, Blackpoll, others - Indianhead Acres, Tallahassee
From: Elliot Schunke <ewschunke AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:23:25 -0400
Hi All,

I had 15 species of warbler and other good migrants in Indianhead Acres in
Tallahassee this afternoon.  Highlights were two Ceruleans.  More info and
photos at the link:

http://www.flbirding.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=377

Thanks,
Elliot Schunke
Tallahassee
Subject: Birds
From: cyanoci799 AT aol.com
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:32:26 -0400 (EDT)
Had a nice treat a little while ago while watching the feeders. Along with a 
few Cardinals, 1 Chippie, 2 CGDoves and a MDove? two? RBGrosbeaks (males) 
stopped at the safflower feeder for a little while. I can't remember the last 
time I saw them here. It's a miserable chilly, damp day 

Alice
McAlpin, Suwannee