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Jamaican Oriole,©Tony Disley

16 Sep Chestnut Sided Warblers ["whitfieldlinda292 AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" ]
15 Sep Olive-sided Flycatcher ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" ]
13 Sep St Marks NWR -- Saturday Morning. ["'Don Morrow' don.morrow AT tpl.org [nflbirds]" ]
13 Sep st george island ["ROC austrina1 AT aol.com [nflbirds]" ]
13 Sep Re: Baltimore Oriole ["Glenda Simmons glendajoyce6009 AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" ]
12 Sep Re: Tram Rd Southeast Water Treatment Facility ["eliza hawkins ehawkins AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" ]
12 Sep Re: Baltimore Oriole ["'N BIVINS ' noonie1939 AT embarqmail.com [nflbirds]" ]
12 Sep Re: Tram Rd Southeast Water Treatment Facility ["'Jim Stevenson' galornsoc AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" ]
12 Sep Re: Tram Rd Southeast Water Treatment Facility ["eliza hawkins ehawkins AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" ]
12 Sep Re: Tram Rd Southeast Water Treatment Facility ["eliza hawkins ehawkins AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" ]
12 Sep Tram Rd Southeast Water Treatment Facility ["Sunny Philllips sunny_phillips AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" ]
12 Sep Tram Southeast Water Facility ["Sunny Philllips sunny_phillips AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" ]
12 Sep Baltimore Oriole ["'Janeen Engleman Langley' jelangley AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
11 Sep Re: Tram Rd report: Baird's sp, Black tern ["Sunny sunny_phillips AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" ]
11 Sep Tram Rd report: Baird's sp, Black tern ["Bill Phelan wmjphelan AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
10 Sep Tallahassee - Koucky Park, cow ponds, and Piney Z on Wednesday ["Edwwjr AT aol.com [nflbirds]" ]
10 Sep Re: Tram Water Treatment Plant, Tallahassee. Baird's Sandpiper ["Sunny Philllips sunny_phillips AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" ]
10 Sep Tram Water Treatment Plant, Tallahassee. Baird's Sandpiper ["'Cavanagh, Jim' jim.cavanagh AT med.fsu.edu [nflbirds]" ]
9 Sep St George Island State Park, Youth Camp Warbing Vireo ["'Cavanagh, Jim' jim.cavanagh AT med.fsu.edu [nflbirds]" ]
9 Sep Canada Warbler Tallahassee ["Elliot Schunke ewschunke AT hotmail.com [nflbirds]" ]
8 Sep Hooded warbler--Tallahassee ["Bill Phelan wmjphelan AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
7 Sep Re: Mourning Warbler ! ["'Jim Stevenson' galornsoc AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" ]
7 Sep Mourning Warbler ! ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" ]
7 Sep Mourning Warbler ! ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
7 Sep Kentucky Warbler ["'Janeen Engleman Langley' jelangley AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
7 Sep Bob Sargent, sad news ["Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
5 Sep Peeps at Tram Road Holding Ponds ["Elliot Schunke ewschunke AT hotmail.com [nflbirds]" ]
5 Sep Swainson's Thrush ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" ]
5 Sep Swainson's Thrush ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
05 Sep St Marks NWR: Friday Morning ["'Don Morrow' don.morrow AT tpl.org [nflbirds]" ]
5 Sep Tram rd treatment plant Tallahassee ["Sunny Yahoo sunny_phillips AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" ]
4 Sep Apalachee Audubon Sept.-Oct. newsletter now available ["Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
4 Sep RE: Baird's sandpiper (and pectoral? sp) at Tram Rd, Leon Co. ["'Cassidy, Rodney' rodney.cassidy AT talgov.com [nflbirds]" ]
3 Sep FOS Eastern Phoebe Tallahassee ["Sunny Philllips sunny_phillips AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" ]
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]" ]

Subject: Chestnut Sided Warblers
From: "whitfieldlinda292 AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Sep 2014 12:10:29 -0700
 I've had 2 Chestnut Sided Warblers feeding in my trees for the last 3 days, I 
also have a Black and White Warbler. 

  
 Linda Whitfield
 Grand Ridge, Fl
Subject: Olive-sided Flycatcher
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:48:06 -0500
Hi all,

 

               Today I spotted the third OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER this month
in my neighborhood. It was in a gated community from about 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.
then disappeared. Usually they hang around all day when found, but not
today. The first, on the 7th, was in about the same location, and Saturday
the Audubon Field trip to Ft. Pickens that we led had another. Not to
mention at least two seen at Dauphin Is. recently. 
GRAY KINGBIRDS are still present at the south end of the Pensacola Bay
Bridge in Gulf Breeze.

 

Good birding,

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Panhandle
Subject: St Marks NWR -- Saturday Morning.
From: "'Don Morrow' don.morrow AT tpl.org [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 19:29:30 -0700
It was a pleasure to bird St Marks after birding metro Miami earlier in the 
week. The few highlights were: 

 
East River Pool had Black Terns.
 
Tower Pool was uncharacteristically quiet at high tide. Perhaps, because the 
water level is high. 

 
Headquarters Pond is still mostly mud and has fewer shorebirds. Semipalmated 
Plover (all in pale plumage), Semipalmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper and two 
Pectoral Sandpipers. In total I had only about fifteen shorebirds. The pond is 
mostly immature gallinules with both common and purple represented. 

 
The Double Bridges had a one-eyed Great Blue Heron and a Yellow-bellied 
Flycatcher. 

 
A hot Fall morning with wildflowers, butterflies and a few good birds. Still 
better than Miami. 

 
Good Birding.


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Subject: st george island
From: "ROC austrina1 AT aol.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 19:22:29 -0400
I had 71 species in 4 hours at SGI. The weather wasn't right for a fallout, 
there were only 6 warbler species present. The best warbler was a single 
Chesnut-sided Warbler. My best bird at the Youth Camp was a Least Flycatcher 
(about a week early??). I will try the beaches and bay tomorrow, maybe I can 
pick up a White-rump Sandpiper and a Baird's in the same day..........it has 
been several years since I've done that in Florida. The Baird's is a good case 
study of primary projections vs exposed rumps. 


Rodney Cassidy
Tallahassee, Florida   
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: 'Jim Stevenson' galornsoc AT earthlink.net [nflbirds] 
 

To: eliza hawkins ; Sunny Philllips 
; North Florida Birds  

Sent: Fri, Sep 12, 2014 7:12 pm
Subject: Re: [nflbirds] Tram Rd Southeast Water Treatment Facility


 
  
    
                  
I do not believe there is a Dunlin in your photo, and in fact, it would be very 
early for one. 


It looks like you have a Least SP on the back right, five Semipalms on the 
front left, one Western in the middle, back left facing a Baird’s just to his 
right. The Baird’s is in the back, with the Western to his left and a Least 
far off to the right. 


If you were really good, you would have gotten a white-rump with them.

Jim in Galveston

From: mailto:nflbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2014 5:45 PM
To: Sunny Philllips ; North Florida Birds 
Subject: Re: [nflbirds] Tram Rd Southeast Water Treatment Facility

The Bairds with a dunlin - face to face just above center. But if I have that 
wrong please say so. 


DSC_0804 Bairds face to face with dunlin

DSC_0804 Bairds face to face with dunlin 
     
      View on flic.kr Preview by Yahoo 
     
     

Eliza Hawkins
ehawkins AT yahoo.com

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 From: "Sunny Philllips sunny_phillips AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" 
 

  To: North Florida Birds  
  Sent: Friday, September 12, 2014 5:52 PM
  Subject: [nflbirds] Tram Rd Southeast Water Treatment Facility

Eliza Hawkins and I arrived at the Tram Rd ponds around 3:00 today and saw the 
following birds: 

 1 Baird's Sandpiper among 10 Least Sandpipers. Eliza took pictures -we noted 
the Baird's field marks included very long wings (primaries) extending well 
past tertials and tail tip; dark-spotted gray-brown chest, black legs, white 
belly and sides, scaly appearance underparts, streaked head and central black 
stripe on upper tail. 


7 Snowy Egrets
  2 Killdeer
  1American Avocet
  2Spotted Sandpipers
  Numerous Barn Swallows

~~~~~~~~~
  Cheers......Sunny
  850-445-6586

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Subject: Re: Baltimore Oriole
From: "Glenda Simmons glendajoyce6009 AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 08:42:03 -0700
I had my first Baltimore Oriole migrant, in my yard, two weeks ago, on August 
30. I next saw one on Sept.6th and 7th, yesterday, and again, today, I saw 
three, at the same time. I know they were early, last year, as well, but don't 
have my hands on that data, at the moment. I do recall that once I saw the 
first one in the fall, I did not go more than a approx. one week, without 
seeing one, until the winter crew remained. Last season, I went through more 
than twenty-five 32 oz. jars of grape jelly, keeping them content. 


Glenda Simmons
Eastside Tallahassee


On Friday, September 12, 2014 8:08 PM, "'N BIVINS ' noonie1939 AT embarqmail.com 
[nflbirds]"  wrote: 

 


  
I have had a male Baltimore Oriole at my hummingbird feeder, twice this past 
week. My neighbor, Tommy Warren, told me last weekend that he'd just seen one 
also. They are early! Nancy Bivins - Midtown Tallahassee 


________________________________

From: "'Janeen Engleman Langley' jelangley AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" 
 

To: nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2014 4:32:40 PM
Subject: [nflbirds] Baltimore Oriole

  
Had a first of the season
adult male B. Oriole in the yard this morning.  This is the earliest date
I have for this species.
 
Janeen Langley
Northeast Tallahassee
Subject: Re: Tram Rd Southeast Water Treatment Facility
From: "eliza hawkins ehawkins AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:19:42 -0700
Thanks Jim.  At least I knew it was different!  
 
20 or so photos from today (there's probably a white rumped in there somewhere 
: 



https://www.flickr.com/photos/9467770 AT N06/sets/72157647123248040/

  
               
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Eliza Hawkins
ehawkins AT yahoo.com


>________________________________
> From: "'Jim Stevenson' galornsoc AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" 
 

>To: eliza hawkins ; Sunny Philllips 
; North Florida Birds  

>Sent: Friday, September 12, 2014 7:12 PM
>Subject: Re: [nflbirds] Tram Rd Southeast Water Treatment Facility
> 
>
>
>  
>I do not believe there is a Dunlin in your photo, and in fact, it would be 
very early for one. 

>
>It looks like you have a Least SP on the back right, five Semipalms on the 
front left, one Western in the middle, back left facing a Baird’s just to his 
right. The Baird’s is in the back, with the Western to his left and a Least 
far off to the right. 

>
>If you were really good, you would have gotten a white-rump with them.
>
>Jim in Galveston
>
>From: mailto:nflbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com 
>Sent: Friday, September 12, 2014 5:45 PM
>To: Sunny Philllips ; North Florida Birds 
>Subject: Re: [nflbirds] Tram Rd Southeast Water Treatment Facility
>
>The Bairds with a dunlin - face to face just above center. But if I have that 
wrong please say so. 

>
>DSC_0804 Bairds face to face with dunlin
>
>DSC_0804 Bairds face to face with dunlin 
>
>View on flic.kr Preview by Yahoo 
>
>
>
>Eliza Hawkins
>ehawkins AT yahoo.com
>
>----------------------------------------------------------
>From: "Sunny Philllips sunny_phillips AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" 
 

>To: North Florida Birds  
>Sent: Friday, September 12, 2014 5:52 PM
>Subject: [nflbirds] Tram Rd Southeast Water Treatment Facility
>
>Eliza Hawkins and I arrived at the Tram Rd ponds around 3:00 today and saw the 
following birds: 

>1 Baird's Sandpiper among 10 Least Sandpipers. Eliza took pictures -we noted 
the Baird's field marks included very long wings (primaries) extending well 
past tertials and tail tip; dark-spotted gray-brown chest, black legs, white 
belly and sides, scaly appearance underparts, streaked head and central black 
stripe on upper tail. 

>
>7 Snowy Egrets
>2 Killdeer
>1American Avocet
>2Spotted Sandpipers
>Numerous Barn Swallows
>
>~~~~~~~~~
>Cheers......Sunny
>850-445-6586
>
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>
>
>
>
>
Subject: Re: Baltimore Oriole
From: "'N BIVINS ' noonie1939 AT embarqmail.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 20:08:41 -0400 (EDT)
I have had a male Baltimore Oriole at my hummingbird feeder, twice this past 
week. My neighbor, Tommy Warren, told me last weekend that he'd just seen one 
also. They are early! Nancy Bivins - Midtown Tallahassee 


----- Original Message -----

From: "'Janeen Engleman Langley' jelangley AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" 
 

To: nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2014 4:32:40 PM 
Subject: [nflbirds] Baltimore Oriole 







Had a first of the season adult male B. Oriole in the yard this morning. This 
is the earliest date I have for this species. 


Janeen Langley 
Northeast Tallahassee 

 
Subject: Re: Tram Rd Southeast Water Treatment Facility
From: "'Jim Stevenson' galornsoc AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 18:12:19 -0500
I do not believe there is a Dunlin in your photo, and in fact, it would be very 
early for one. 


It looks like you have a Least SP on the back right, five Semipalms on the 
front left, one Western in the middle, back left facing a Baird’s just to his 
right. The Baird’s is in the back, with the Western to his left and a Least 
far off to the right. 


If you were really good, you would have gotten a white-rump with them.



Jim in Galveston

From: mailto:nflbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Friday, September 12, 2014 5:45 PM
To: Sunny Philllips ; North Florida Birds 
Subject: Re: [nflbirds] Tram Rd Southeast Water Treatment Facility

  

The Bairds with a dunlin - face to face just above center. But if I have that 
wrong please say so. 



DSC_0804 Bairds face to face with dunlin

     
           
      DSC_0804 Bairds face to face with dunlin 
     
      View on flic.kr Preview by Yahoo 
     
     




Eliza Hawkins
ehawkins AT yahoo.com


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 From: "Sunny Philllips sunny_phillips AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" 
 

  To: North Florida Birds  
  Sent: Friday, September 12, 2014 5:52 PM
  Subject: [nflbirds] Tram Rd Southeast Water Treatment Facility


    
 Eliza Hawkins and I arrived at the Tram Rd ponds around 3:00 today and saw the 
following birds: 

 1 Baird's Sandpiper among 10 Least Sandpipers. Eliza took pictures -we noted 
the Baird's field marks included very long wings (primaries) extending well 
past tertials and tail tip; dark-spotted gray-brown chest, black legs, white 
belly and sides, scaly appearance underparts, streaked head and central black 
stripe on upper tail. 


  7 Snowy Egrets
  2 Killdeer
  1American Avocet
  2Spotted Sandpipers
  Numerous Barn Swallows

  ~~~~~~~~~
  Cheers......Sunny
  850-445-6586






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Subject: Re: Tram Rd Southeast Water Treatment Facility
From: "eliza hawkins ehawkins AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:45:13 -0700
The Bairds with a dunlin - face to face just above center. But if I have that 
wrong please say so. 


DSC_0804 Bairds face to face with dunlin

  
             
DSC_0804 Bairds face to face with dunlin  
View on flic.kr Preview by Yahoo  
  

 
Eliza Hawkins
ehawkins AT yahoo.com


>________________________________
> From: "Sunny Philllips sunny_phillips AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" 
 

>To: North Florida Birds  
>Sent: Friday, September 12, 2014 5:52 PM
>Subject: [nflbirds] Tram Rd Southeast Water Treatment Facility
> 
>
>
>  
>Eliza Hawkins and I arrived at the Tram Rd ponds around 3:00 today and saw the 
following birds: 

>1 Baird's Sandpiper among 10 Least Sandpipers. Eliza took pictures -we noted 
the Baird's field marks included very long wings (primaries) extending well 
past tertials and tail tip; dark-spotted gray-brown chest, black legs, white 
belly and sides, scaly appearance underparts, streaked head and central black 
stripe on upper tail. 

>
>7 Snowy Egrets
>2 Killdeer
>1American Avocet
>2Spotted Sandpipers
>Numerous Barn Swallows
>
>~~~~~~~~~
>Cheers......Sunny
>850-445-6586
>
>
>
Subject: Re: Tram Rd Southeast Water Treatment Facility
From: "eliza hawkins ehawkins AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:25:43 -0700
Great opportunity to get comparison shots of the Bairds next to other birds. I 
took 450 pics! See the bairds and a least in the center facing each other 
surrounded by Semipalmated sandpipers. 


DSC_0743 LEast and Semipalmated Sandpiper Bairds right of center

  
             
DSC_0743 LEast and Semipalmated Sandpiper Bairds rig...  
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Eliza Hawkins
ehawkins AT yahoo.com


>________________________________
> From: "Sunny Philllips sunny_phillips AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" 
 

>To: North Florida Birds  
>Sent: Friday, September 12, 2014 5:52 PM
>Subject: [nflbirds] Tram Rd Southeast Water Treatment Facility
> 
>
>
>  
>Eliza Hawkins and I arrived at the Tram Rd ponds around 3:00 today and saw the 
following birds: 

>1 Baird's Sandpiper among 10 Least Sandpipers. Eliza took pictures -we noted 
the Baird's field marks included very long wings (primaries) extending well 
past tertials and tail tip; dark-spotted gray-brown chest, black legs, white 
belly and sides, scaly appearance underparts, streaked head and central black 
stripe on upper tail. 

>
>7 Snowy Egrets
>2 Killdeer
>1American Avocet
>2Spotted Sandpipers
>Numerous Barn Swallows
>
>~~~~~~~~~
>Cheers......Sunny
>850-445-6586
>
>
>
Subject: Tram Rd Southeast Water Treatment Facility
From: "Sunny Philllips sunny_phillips AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:52:54 -0400
Eliza Hawkins and I arrived at the Tram Rd ponds around 3:00 today and saw the 
following birds: 

1 Baird's Sandpiper among 10 Least Sandpipers. Eliza took pictures -we noted 
the Baird's field marks included very long wings (primaries) extending well 
past tertials and tail tip; dark-spotted gray-brown chest, black legs, white 
belly and sides, scaly appearance underparts, streaked head and central black 
stripe on upper tail. 


7 Snowy Egrets
2 Killdeer
1American Avocet
2Spotted Sandpipers
Numerous Barn Swallows

~~~~~~~~~
Cheers......Sunny
850-445-6586

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Subject: Tram Southeast Water Facility
From: "Sunny Philllips sunny_phillips AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:37:34 -0400
Eliza Hawkins and I birded the Tram 

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Subject: Baltimore Oriole
From: "'Janeen Engleman Langley' jelangley AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:32:40 -0400
Had a first of the season adult male B. Oriole in the yard this morning.
This is the earliest date I have for this species.

 

Janeen Langley

Northeast Tallahassee
Subject: Re: Tram Rd report: Baird's sp, Black tern
From: "Sunny sunny_phillips AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:06:51 -0700
wow; a lot of us are seeing the Baird's Sandpiper that isn't there. Cool. I saw 
it again today about 10; plus: 

1 Spotted Sandpiper
2 Red-shouldered Hawks
1 Semipalmated Sandpiper
1 Snowy Egret
 
Home is not where you live but where you are wanted....
Sunny 850-445-6586 (h) or 850-445-6555 (c)


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 From: "Bill Phelan wmjphelan AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" 
 

To: nflbirds Birds  
Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2014 3:42 PM
Subject: [nflbirds] Tram Rd report:  Baird's sp, Black tern
 


  
Before and after noon today, the Southeast Farm (Tram Rd water recycling plant) 
had in the middle pond: 

1 Baird's sandpiper--with wingtips clearly extending beyond tail. A juvenile 
like the one seen before. 

1 semipalmated sandpiper--a slightly smaller bird that looked much like the 
Baird's but with shorter bill and wingtips not projecting past tail 

1 Spotted sandpiper--teetering along
1 Killdeer
and 1 black tern in non-breeding plumage, dipping its bill in the green water
Also two snowy egrets and some barn swallows
Bill Phelan
Subject: Tram Rd report: Baird's sp, Black tern
From: "Bill Phelan wmjphelan AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:42:45 +0000 (UTC)
Before and after noon today, the Southeast Farm (Tram Rd water recycling plant) 
had in the middle pond: 

1 Baird's sandpiper--with wingtips clearly extending beyond tail. A juvenile 
like the one seen before. 

1 semipalmated sandpiper--a slightly smaller bird that looked much like the 
Baird's but with shorter bill and wingtips not projecting past tail 

1 Spotted sandpiper--teetering along 
1 Killdeer 
and 1 black tern in non-breeding plumage, dipping its bill in the green water 
Also two snowy egrets and some barn swallows 
Bill Phelan 
Subject: Tallahassee - Koucky Park, cow ponds, and Piney Z on Wednesday
From: "Edwwjr AT aol.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:38:45 -0400
Koucky Park trail was relatively quiet at noon today. Red and white-eyed vireo, 
yellow-throated vireo and Acadian flycatcher were the best birds. The usual 
resident chickadees, cardinal, titmouse, Carolina wren, red-bellied woodpecker, 
and red-shouldered hawk were present. 


At 6:15, the avocet was not present at the cow ponds however a lesser 
yellowlegs, pectoral sandpiper, 2 least sandpipers, and 2 cattle egrets were 
present. At about 6:25 PM, all of the crows in Leon County arrived. I stopped 
counting when I got to 110 and they were still streaming in. 


At about 6:45 stopped by Piney Z and saw 4 green herons but there was little 
other activity. 


Ed Woodruff
Tallahassee
Subject: Re: Tram Water Treatment Plant, Tallahassee. Baird's Sandpiper
From: "Sunny Philllips sunny_phillips AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:33:39 -0400
I saw the Baird's also. 

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Cheers......Sunny
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> On Sep 10, 2014, at 18:02, "'Cavanagh, Jim' jim.cavanagh AT med.fsu.edu 
[nflbirds]"  wrote: 

> 
> There was a Baird's Sandpiper in company with two Semipalmated Sandpipers 
today 4:00-5:00PM initially found in the large pool but eventually back to the 
far end of the "northern" pool which has been refilled. They were feeding on 
debris at water's edge. The Baird's is about 1and 1/2 times larger with a 
longer straight black bill. Today I noted nice streaking on the buff breast and 
the black primary extension beyond the tail seemed longer. i will let others 
decide if this is the same Baird's. 

> 
>  
> 
> Jim Cavanagh
> 
> Tallahassee
> 
> 
Subject: Tram Water Treatment Plant, Tallahassee. Baird's Sandpiper
From: "'Cavanagh, Jim' jim.cavanagh AT med.fsu.edu [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:02:47 +0000
There was a Baird's Sandpiper in company with two Semipalmated Sandpipers today 
4:00-5:00PM initially found in the large pool but eventually back to the far 
end of the "northern" pool which has been refilled. They were feeding on debris 
at water's edge. The Baird's is about 1and 1/2 times larger with a longer 
straight black bill. Today I noted nice streaking on the buff breast and the 
black primary extension beyond the tail seemed longer. i will let others decide 
if this is the same Baird's. 




Jim Cavanagh

Tallahassee
Subject: St George Island State Park, Youth Camp Warbing Vireo
From: "'Cavanagh, Jim' jim.cavanagh AT med.fsu.edu [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 22:16:29 +0000
Today I was hopeful at the Youth Camp after a 3+ inch rain plus a weak NW wind 
when I arrived at 8:30. 


However by 1:00PM I had only seen Chuck-will's -widow, Veery and a Tennessee 
Warbler. A small flock arrived in the Oak Hammock to the left of the restroom 
entrance including 2 Blackbunian Warblers (M/F), a Redstart, a Red-eyed Vireo, 
Great-creasted Flycatcher and a Warbling Vireo-my first in Florida after 38 
years though I have seen many elsewhere. I immediately wrote my description on 
my SGISP Bird List and did not bring along a Bird Field Guide. Thus: "Smaller 
than Red-eyed,more sluggish than the warblers. Gray above with no contrast 
between crown and back. White narrow slightly elongated arc above eye and 
shorter white arc below. Pale lores. Eyeline in back of eye only. Thick bill 
compared to needle bill of earlier seen Tennessee Warbler. Underparts 
white-especially throat and undertail coverts. Some yellow on flanks". 




While watching I did think of Bob Sargent and Lucy and Bob's comments about 
their feelings when seeing the Mourning Warbler. 




Jim Cavanagh

Tallahassee
Subject: Canada Warbler Tallahassee
From: "Elliot Schunke ewschunke AT hotmail.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 16:28:12 -0400
Hi All,

I had a Canada Warbler across the creek from the baseball field at Optimist
Park this afternoon.

Complete eBird checklist with photos:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19783933

Elliot Schunke
Tallahassee
Subject: Hooded warbler--Tallahassee
From: "Bill Phelan wmjphelan AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 15:37:35 +0000 (UTC)
Just had a hooded warbler male in the bush outside my computer desk window--not 
5 feet from where I'm sitting. 

Bill Phelan 
Tallahassee 
Subject: Re: Mourning Warbler !
From: "'Jim Stevenson' galornsoc AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 18:59:58 -0500
Great birds, Lucy! I have seen ONE Mourning Warbler in Florida in 43 years of 
birding there! 


Just wanted to mention that despite it being pretty early, there seems to be a 
cold front that should move through later this week. BY ALL MEANS, you should 
quit school, resign your job and/or get a divorce so you can BE ON THE COAST 
when that front is moving through. Don’t be late! 


It might be a good mourning. Get it?

Jim in Galveston

From: mailto:nflbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Sunday, September 7, 2014 6:33 PM
To: nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com ; albirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Subject: [nflbirds] Mourning Warbler !

  

Friends,


Watching the sprinkler douse the azaleas surrounding the pond area, we just had 
an imm MOURNING WARBLER ! This has been a day of good birds – Chestnut sided 
Warbler, two Canadas in the yard, and an Olive-sided Flycatcher this morning 
close by in the neighborhood. Migrants are trickling through, but we’re still 
waiting for the first big “push” to come through. 



One of the joys of birding is that you never really know what you’ll find 
when you’re looking. I will say that almost each time one of our birding 
friends has passed in the last decade or so, some fabulous bird has shown up. 
The Mourning Warbler is a fabulous bird, rarely seen in our area, and it 
occurred today on the day that Bob Sargent passed on to the great banding 
station in the sky. When Fairly Chandler (Fairhope) passed on, a Scissor=tailed 
Flycatcher showed up at his funeral, and when Jackie Porter passed, a 
Tropical/Couch’s Kingbird alit on the wires on Dauphin Island. There are more 
examples, but I’ll spare you. 



We could use some more fabulous birds, but don’t volunteer on our behalf!


Lucy and Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze

Subject: Mourning Warbler !
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 18:33:28 -0500
Friends,

 

Watching the sprinkler douse the azaleas surrounding the pond area, we just
had an imm  MOURNING WARBLER !  This has been a day of good birds - Chestnut
sided Warbler, two Canadas in the yard, and an Olive-sided Flycatcher this
morning close by in the neighborhood. Migrants are trickling through, but
we're still waiting for the first big "push" to come through. 

 

One of the joys of birding is that you never really know what you'll find
when you're looking. I will say that almost each time one of our birding
friends has passed in the last decade or so, some fabulous bird has shown
up. The Mourning Warbler is a fabulous bird, rarely seen in our area, and it
occurred today on the day that Bob Sargent passed on to the great banding
station in the sky. When Fairly Chandler (Fairhope) passed on, a
Scissor=tailed Flycatcher showed up at his funeral, and when Jackie Porter
passed, a Tropical/Couch's Kingbird alit on the wires on Dauphin Island.
There are more examples, but I'll spare you.

 

We could use some more fabulous birds, but don't volunteer on our behalf!

 

Lucy and Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze

 
Subject: Mourning Warbler !
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 18:33:28 -0500
Friends,

 

Watching the sprinkler douse the azaleas surrounding the pond area, we just
had an imm  MOURNING WARBLER !  This has been a day of good birds - Chestnut
sided Warbler, two Canadas in the yard, and an Olive-sided Flycatcher this
morning close by in the neighborhood. Migrants are trickling through, but
we're still waiting for the first big "push" to come through. 

 

One of the joys of birding is that you never really know what you'll find
when you're looking. I will say that almost each time one of our birding
friends has passed in the last decade or so, some fabulous bird has shown
up. The Mourning Warbler is a fabulous bird, rarely seen in our area, and it
occurred today on the day that Bob Sargent passed on to the great banding
station in the sky. When Fairly Chandler (Fairhope) passed on, a
Scissor=tailed Flycatcher showed up at his funeral, and when Jackie Porter
passed, a Tropical/Couch's Kingbird alit on the wires on Dauphin Island.
There are more examples, but I'll spare you.

 

We could use some more fabulous birds, but don't volunteer on our behalf!

 

Lucy and Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze

 
Subject: Kentucky Warbler
From: "'Janeen Engleman Langley' jelangley AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 16:48:11 -0400
I had my first ever Kentucky warbler at my bird bath this afternoon.  I will
post a photo on the website.

 

Janeen Langley

Northeast Tallahassee
Subject: Bob Sargent, sad news
From: "Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 16:54:50 +0000 (UTC)
Re-posted from the ALABAMA Birds email list: 


Subject: the saddest news 
Date: Sun Sep 7 2014 7:53 am 
From: albirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com 
Dear friends, 
It is with the heaviest of hearts that I must report that Bob Sargent went to 
be with his Lord this morning at 2 am. It is hard to overestimate the wonderful 
legacy Bob is leaving behind. The gentlest man I've ever know. Words simply 
fail me. 


There will not be a funeral. His body is be cremated. There will be a 
celebration of Bob wonderful life some time in the near future. 

Please keep Martha Gail in your prayers. 

Bob Reed 
Tallassee 
- See more at: 
http://birding.aba.org/message.php?mesid=763542&MLID=AL&MLNM=Alabama#sthash.J3CzXpwB.dpuf 



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Tallahassee, FL 
franrutkovsky AT comcast.net 
Subject: Peeps at Tram Road Holding Ponds
From: "Elliot Schunke ewschunke AT hotmail.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 20:38:46 -0400
Hi All,

Andy Wraithmell asked me to post this on his behalf:

"It seems some folks are still claiming the Baird's Sandpiper(s) are still
present at the holding ponds. The ponds have been covered daily for the
last couple of weeks by several birders who have not seen any Baird's since
Andy found a juvenile on August 25th. [Bird was also photographed on the
26th by Rob Williams.]  Bill Phelan reported 2 there on August 27th but
since that no Baird's was seen by anybody until Rodney Cassidy reported 2
on September 3rd around noon. On the same day between 11:57 and 12:19 Andy
visited the ponds and saw a nice selection of shorebirds but no Baird's
(eBird checklist from Andy's visit: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist?subID=S19657510

). 

There were no other birders present. There were 5 juvenile Semipalmated
Sandpipers present. Juvenile Semipalmated Sandpipers are often confused as
Baird's so make sure you know how to tell them apart if you visit the
holding ponds. Baird's Sandpiper is a very rare bird in Leon County and
Semipalmated is a common spring and fall migrant here. Check out my
pictures for help with telling the two species apart.

Another birder reported the Baird's again this morning but later in the day
the same 2 juvenile Semipalmated from September 3rd were still present."


this post with the illustrative photos can be found on Tallahassee Bird
Club's facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.294767300726686.1073741837.151038171766267&type=1 


Thanks,
Elliot Schunke
Tallahassee
Subject: Swainson's Thrush
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 16:43:05 -0500
Hi all,

 

               To my surprise, I found a very early SWAINSON'S THRUSH eating
Beautybush berries in my neighborhood this afternoon. Yesterday at our pond
and in the vicinity, I had MAGNOLIA, HOODED, PROTHON, KY and REDSTART,
ORCHARD ORIOLE, E. PEWEE AND E. KINGBIRD. Lucy spotted two GRAY KINBIRDS at
the south end of the Pensacola Bay Bridge a while ago. Fall migration is
underway!

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the W. Panhandle
Subject: Swainson's Thrush
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 16:43:05 -0500
Hi all,

 

               To my surprise, I found a very early SWAINSON'S THRUSH eating
Beautybush berries in my neighborhood this afternoon. Yesterday at our pond
and in the vicinity, I had MAGNOLIA, HOODED, PROTHON, KY and REDSTART,
ORCHARD ORIOLE, E. PEWEE AND E. KINGBIRD. Lucy spotted two GRAY KINBIRDS at
the south end of the Pensacola Bay Bridge a while ago. Fall migration is
underway!

 

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the W. Panhandle
Subject: St Marks NWR: Friday Morning
From: "'Don Morrow' don.morrow AT tpl.org [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 05 Sep 2014 14:22:54 -0700
A morning sweep through the refuge produced resident birds and migrants. Water 
levels are very low. The two streams at the Double Bridges have only shallow 
water in their stream beds. An otter was hunting the second stream and stopped 
to watch me. I found no passerine migrants, but did hear Pileated Woodpecker 
and Red-shouldered Hawk. 

 
East River Pool had eight Roseate Spoonbills that have been seen regularly for 
the last few weeks, plus Purple Gallinule and a flock of Blue-winged Teal. I 
saw Green Heron there and commonly throughout the refuge. This may represent 
northern birds moving through. 

 
Because it was high tide, Tower Pond was loaded with several hundred birds A 
lot of these are likely transmigrants or early arrival wintering birds.A 
partial list follows: 

Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Reddish Egret (two dark phase birds)
Black-bellied Plover (probably 20 or so in every plumage variation)
Semipalmated Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Willet
Spotted Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Dunlin
Short-billed Dowitcher
Laughing Gull
Royal Tern
Forster's Tern
Black Tern (two in adult non-breeding plumage)
Black Skimmer
 
Headquarters Pond is almost dry. At first glance, you see very few birds. Look 
more closely and it's loaded. 

Purple Gallinule ( mostly juvenile plumage birds)
Common Gallinule (mostly juvenile plumage birds)
Semipalmated Plover
Least Sandpiper (the most common bird)
Pectoral Sandpiper (at least one juvenile plumage bird that was close and 
easily observed, there may have been two others that I couldn't verify) 

Short-billed Dowitcher
 
Migration season is gaining strength and this is a good time to get out on the 
refuge to find migrants. 

 
On my way back into town I stopped at Tram Road and found the three Lesser 
Yellowlegs, an American Avocet, two Killdeer, a Least Sandpiper, the Baird's 
Sandpiper and about twenty Blue-winged Teal. This was about two hours after 
Sunny Phillips post. 

 
Good Birding.
 
 


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Subject: Tram rd treatment plant Tallahassee
From: "Sunny Yahoo sunny_phillips AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 13:18:43 -0400
This morning I checked out all the ponds and saw:
1 Baird's Sandpiper
1 Spotted Sandpiper
3 Lesser Yellowlegs
2 Snowy Egrets
No ducks


Sunny Phillips
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Subject: Apalachee Audubon Sept.-Oct. newsletter now available
From: "Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 16:20:01 +0000 (UTC)
The September-October newsletter for Apalachee Audubon Society is now 
available. 



http://www.apalachee.org/aas/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Newsletter-of-AAS-September-October-2014-Final.pdf 



From the AAS email list for announcements: 

September is here and for Apalachee Audubon that means it's time for our 
program meetings to resume! Below, you'll find save the date information for 
our entire program year and Backyard Wildlife Tour. A reminder that our venue 
for programs has changed--we'll be meeting at the Unitarian church on Meridian 
Rd. See map at: http://www.apalachee.org/aas/events/programs/ 


2014-15 Programs 
September 25 - Hummingbird banding 
October 23 - Wetlands 
November 20 
January 22, 2015 
February 26 
March 26 
April 23 
May (Banquet, Date TBA) 

Wildlife Friendly Yard Tour: 
February 14, 2015 

Visit our web site for the latest newsletter with descriptions about our first 
two meetings and more: http://www.apalachee.org/ 





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Subject: RE: Baird's sandpiper (and pectoral? sp) at Tram Rd, Leon Co.
From: "'Cassidy, Rodney' rodney.cassidy AT talgov.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 15:41:39 +0000
The two Baird’s Sandpiper along with 4 Pectoral Sandpiper and a like number 
of Least Sandpiper were present at noon yesterday. There were BW Teal, a N. 
Shoveler several Snowy Egret and a Lesser Yellowlegs. The birds spent most of 
the time at the eastern end of what can loosely be described as the NW pond. 
The shorebird diversity had improved over recent weeks in Franklin County as 
well. 


Rodney Cassidy
Tallahassee

From: nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
Bill Phelan wmjphelan AT comcast.net [nflbirds] 

Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 2:57 PM
To: nflbirds Birds
Subject: [nflbirds] Baird's sandpiper (and pectoral? sp) at Tram Rd, Leon Co.


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



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Subject: FOS Eastern Phoebe Tallahassee
From: "Sunny Philllips sunny_phillips AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 22:02:50 -0400
Although I miss seeing the Swallow-tailed Kites and Mississippi Kites soaring 
overhead it was nice to hear and see my FOS Eastern Phoebe at Hiliaman golf 
course today. We also have 3 Barred Owls; one which is probably a juvenile that 
regularly sits on a post near the street light in early eve. Nothing else 
spectacular or out of the ordinary. 


What could have been can still be....Sunny

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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.

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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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includes 103 seen in Peru where I spent 12 days. I HIGHLY recommend travel to 
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

http://vimeo.com/h2otara

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

From: mailto:nflbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Thursday, August 07, 2014 10:14 PM
To: galornsoc AT earthlink.net 
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
Apalachee Audubon

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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
http://bio.fsu.edu/~dhoule/
Department of Biological Science
Florida State University
319 Stadium Drive
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
franrutkovsky AT comcast.net

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 



-------- 
Fran Rutkovsky 
Tallahassee, FL 
franrutkovsky AT comcast.net 
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. 


-------- 
Fran Rutkovsky 
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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Fran Rutkovsky 
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

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

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
>
>    
>