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Belted Kingfisher,©Barry Kent Mackay

3 Mar Spring Birding Walk at Birdsong, March 7 ["Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
3 Mar Apalachee Audubon March-April newsletter now online ["Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
1 Mar Winter reports for FFN ["John Murphy southmoonunder AT mchsi.com [nflbirds]" ]
26 Feb Pine Siskins ["Charles Futch fhs1959 AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
23 Feb Re: Snow Goose ["dee wilder dwilder_32301 AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" ]
18 Feb Report on: Sax-Zim Bog Birding Festival--Minnesota ["Bill Phelan wmjphelan AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
17 Feb Finches ["Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
17 Feb Re: Snow Goose ["'Judy' judykb AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" ]
16 Feb Snow Goose ["'Judy' judykb AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" ]
15 Feb Baltimore Oriole ["patsya AT gtcom.net [nflbirds]" ]
15 Feb Purple Martin and Purple Finch ["patsya AT gtcom.net [nflbirds]" ]
14 Feb Northern Shovelers - Dixie County ["dixieredhat AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" ]
13 Feb Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz! ["ckatthyr AT hotmail.com [nflbirds]" ]
13 Feb GBBC and Yard Tours this weekend ["Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
13 Feb Re: Cedar Waxwings ["Beth Grant bethgrant AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" ]
13 Feb Purple Finch ["whitfieldlinda292 AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" ]
13 Feb RE: Cedar Waxwings ["'Cassidy, Rodney' rodney.cassidy AT talgov.com [nflbirds]" ]
10 Feb Re: Cedar Waxwings ["Dana Timmons timmons.dana AT gmail.com [nflbirds]" ]
10 Feb Re: Cedar Waxwings ["Linda Most lrmost AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" ]
10 Feb Re: Cedar Waxwings ["Charles Futch fhs1959 AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
10 Feb RE: Cedar Waxwings ["'Becky Pritchard' beckypritchard AT cox.net [nflbirds]" ]
10 Feb RE: Cedar Waxwings ["'Jim Stevenson ' galornsoc AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" ]
10 Feb Cedar Waxwings ["jeanphilli AT gmail.com [nflbirds]" ]
9 Feb RE: Pine Siskins ["'Janeen Engleman Langley' jelangley AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
10 Feb Pine Siskins ["Glenda Simmons glendajoyce6009 AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" ]
9 Feb Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb. 13-16 ["Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
08 Feb Saturday Morning Birds ["Charles Futch fhs1959 AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
8 Feb February Apalachee Audubon Bird Trips ["Helen King thekingsom AT gmail.com [nflbirds]" ]
6 Feb A good day for yard birds ["'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
6 Feb Re: Scaly-breasted Munia (Nutmeg Mannikin) survey resuts ["awilliford AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
6 Feb Purple Finch ["Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
05 Feb Vermilion Flycatcher ["whitfieldlinda292 AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" ]
05 Feb St Marks NWR- Thursday ["'Don Morrow' don.morrow AT tpl.org [nflbirds]" ]
4 Feb Scaly-breasted Munia (Nutmeg Mannikin) survey resuts ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" ]
4 Feb Scaly-breasted Munia (Nutmeg Mannikin) survey resuts ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
4 Feb Apalachee Audubon Wildlife-Friendly Yards Tour, Feb. 14, 10-4 ["Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
4 Feb Painted Bunting ["tracee11 AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" ]
3 Feb Birding for Beginners by Jim Cox, Native Nurseries, Feb. 7 ["Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
3 Feb Wildlife-Friendly Yards Tour, Feb. 14 ["Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
03 Feb Re: Pine Siskins ["Charles Futch fhs1959 AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
3 Feb RE: Pine Siskins ["'Gary Griffin' runlong AT nettally.com [nflbirds]" ]
3 Feb Re: Pine Siskins ["Brad Hartman brad_anna AT att.net [nflbirds]" ]
3 Feb Pine Siskins ["'Janeen Engleman Langley' jelangley AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
31 Jan Western Tanager ["'Janeen Engleman Langley' jelangley AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
28 Jan Request for information - Nutmeg Mannikin (Scaley-breasted Munia) ["Lucy & Bob Duncan" ]
28 Jan Request for information - Nutmeg Mannikin (Scaley-breasted Munia) ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" ]
28 Jan Request for information - Nutmeg Mannikin (Scaley-breasted Munia) ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" ]
28 Jan Winter Morning Trail Ride at Birdsong, Jan. 31 ["Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
27 Jan Apalachee Audubon newsletter now available ["Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
25 Jan St Marks NWR-Sunday ["'Don Morrow' don.morrow AT tpl.org [nflbirds]" ]
23 Jan Re: Trail Ride at Birdsong, Jan. 24--cancelled ["Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
23 Jan Fresh water ponds - Dixie county ["dixieredhat AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" ]
22 Jan TTRS Sparrow Excursion ["Jim Cox Jim AT ttrs.org [nflbirds]" ]
22 Jan Trail Ride at Birdsong, Jan. 24, 10 a.m. ["Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
22 Jan Bird House Build at Native Nurseries, Jan. 24 ["Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
20 Jan Purple Finch ["whitfieldlinda292 AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" ]
19 Jan Winter Birds ["whitfieldlinda292 AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" ]
19 Jan Apalachee Audubon program: Florida Grasshopper Sparrow by Jim Cox; Thurs. Jan. 22 ["Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
17 Jan Purple Finch ["Glenda Simmons glendajoyce6009 AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" ]
17 Jan Carolina Wren Nest ["Glenda Simmons glendajoyce6009 AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" ]
16 Jan Backyard Birds, Native Nurseries, Sat. 10 a.m. ["Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
14 Jan Savannah National Wildlife Refuge ["eatonadventures AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" ]
14 Jan Recent good finds - Western Kingbird, Brown Pelican in Tallahassee ["Robert Lengacher rlengach AT gmail.com [nflbirds]" ]
10 Jan St. Marks NWR- Saturday ["'Don Morrow' don.morrow AT tpl.org [nflbirds]" ]
10 Jan Robins ["cyanoci799 AT aol.com [nflbirds]" ]
9 Jan Long-eared Owl ["'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" ]
8 Jan Apalachee Audubon January Bird Trips ["Helen King thekingsom AT gmail.com [nflbirds]" ]
7 Jan RE: Baltimore Orioles ["'Jim Stevenson ' galornsoc AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" ]
8 Jan Baltimore Orioles ["Glenda Simmons glendajoyce6009 AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" ]
7 Jan Sprague Pipit?, SE Farm, Tram Rd, Tallahassee ["Bill Phelan wmjphelan AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
7 Jan Female Painted Bunting ["'Janeen Engleman Langley' jelangley AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" ]
6 Jan Re: Ducks for Ed, an Snail Kite continues ["Elliot Schunke ewschunke AT hotmail.com [nflbirds]" ]
5 Jan Southeast Farm (Tram Rd) Tallahassee ["Edwwjr AT aol.com [nflbirds]" ]
4 Jan Bon Gull status ["'Jim Stevenson ' galornsoc AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" ]
4 Jan RE: Ochlockonee River Dam ["'Jim Stevenson ' galornsoc AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" ]
04 Jan Ochlockonee River Dam ["reptiluvr AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" ]

Subject: Spring Birding Walk at Birdsong, March 7
From: "Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 16:15:08 +0000 (UTC)

SPRING BIRDING AT BIRDSONG 
Saturday, March 7 
8AM to 11 or so 




Join us for a leisurely morning of early spring birding with Marvin Collins. We 
will visit a variety of excellent birding habitats including open old-field, 
pine woods, swamp and mixed hardwoods. The hike will wrap up with a visit to 
the Bird Window, which is typically a very busy place this time of year. Dress 
for the weather and be prepared for hiking three or four miles. Bring 
binoculars, water and a snack. 


RESERVATIONS, PLEASE. Call or email to let us know you are coming by 4PM 
Friday, March 6th. 

$4 Friends, $8 non-members. 




Birdsong Nature Center 

Mirhi A Childs 

Office Manager 

229-377-4408 

birdsong AT birdsongnaturecenter.org 



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Fran Rutkovsky 
Tallahassee, FL 
franrutkovsky AT comcast.net 
Subject: Apalachee Audubon March-April newsletter now online
From: "Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 15:55:59 +0000 (UTC)

The March-April Apalachee Audubon newsletter is now online at www.apalachee.org 
(just click on the link between the Facebook and Twitter logos at the top 
center of the page) 





We hope you’ll enjoy this issue. Special thanks go to everyone who helped by 
sharing an article, photographs, and time and energy on the many activities! 




Here’re some highlights: 



March and April Speaker Series Programs – Enjoy Dean and Sally Jue in March 
and Dr. Heidi Geisz in April 




A special Wildlife-Friendly Yards Tour ‘THANK YOU!” to this year’s yard 
hosts, volunteers, and guests. Highlights of the tour are included with lots of 
accompanying photographs. Thanks go to Fran Rutkovsky for sharing an "Early 
Yards Tour History”. 




Design for Songbirds – Enjoy lots of great landscaping ideas and information 
from David Copps! 




Blueberries Need Native Bees and Blueberry Growing Tips – Did you know that 
blueberries depend on native bees for pollination? Also we hope you’ll enjoy 
the blueberry growing tips. Now’s a great time to plant blueberries ---you 
and your family will be glad you did and blueberries benefit wildlife too! 




A Book Review for You – In Last Child in the Woods Richard Louv coined the 
term “nature-deficit disorder” and later won the 50th Audubon Medal for 
bringing attention to this important issue. 




Birdathon is Coming! – Announcing one of Apalachee Audubon’s most important 
annual events. If you can help, please let Judy Goldman know. 




In The Yard – Learn about wildlife in your own yard. And, just in time for 
spring, take advantage of Birdsong Nature Center’s Old-Timey Plant Sale on 
March 21 st It’s a great opportunity to add some hard to find native plants 
and “old-timey” plants to your yard. 




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Fran Rutkovsky 
Tallahassee, FL 
franrutkovsky AT comcast.net 
Subject: Winter reports for FFN
From: "John Murphy southmoonunder AT mchsi.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 13:15:32 -0600 (CST)
Big Bend Birders, 

I am currently accepting reports of significant winter (1 December - 28 
February) sightings from the Big Bend (Gadsden, Liberty, Gulf, Franklin, 
Wakulla, Leon & Jefferson counties) for possible publication in FLORIDA FIELD 
NATURALIST & 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: Pine Siskins
From: "Charles Futch fhs1959 AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:01:09 -0500
Pine siskins have taken over the thistle seed feeders.  I estimate we 
have 60+ swirling around the feeders.   There are 25 or so in the 
attached photo.
Chas. Futch


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Subject: Re: Snow Goose
From: "dee wilder dwilder_32301 AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:08:14 +0000 (UTC)
The Snow Goose arrived at the Cowpond last night just after the Whooping Cranes 
flew in at 6:30 p.m. It chose to "hang" with the cranes and not the Canada 
Geese. A Loggerhead Shrike was also present. 
Subject: Report on: Sax-Zim Bog Birding Festival--Minnesota
From: "Bill Phelan wmjphelan AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 01:26:45 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all, 
If you want to see those northern/arctic birds that never/rarely come to 
Florida, and if you like birding festivals, you might consider the Sax-Zim Bog 
Festival in Meadowlands, Minnesota--30 miles from Duluth. I just got back and 
lived to tell about it. 

Field trips went to Sax-Zim Bog; Duluth (and Superior, WI across the river) and 
to Lake County (between Lake Superior and Canada). 


Among the life birds I saw were: 
Great Gray Owl (Also Snowy Owls, but not a life bird) 
Northern Hawk Owls 
Northern Goshawk 
Ruffed Grouse 
Spruce Grouse 
Glaucous Gull--1st year and adult 
Thayer's Gull 
Bohemian Waxwing 
Pine Grosbeak (also Evening Grosbeaks, but not a life bird) 
Red Crossbill 
Common Redpoll 
Hoary Redpoll 

Also saw these birds although not life birds: Snowy Owl, Northern Shrike, Black 
Billed Magpie, Gray Jay, American Black Duck, Common Eider, Boreal Chickadee. 

I missed on these birds that were also in the area: Gyrfalcon, White Winged 
Crossbill, Boreal Owl, 

The birds are few in number (except for the flocks of redpolls, pine siskins, 
mallards, etc. But the species are the ones you don't see here. 


Weather: cold/frigid and snowy. Temp lows were commonly 5-10 degrees below 
zero, with wind chills 10-20 or 30 below. Highs ranged from -5 to +21 

You need to invest in some arctic wear, although I did well buying locally. 
Layering with thermal underwear is a must, and good hiking boots and 
gloves/mittens. 

The website gives good info on how to prepare. 
Since the Festival trips are usually attended by folks over 60, the organizers 
transport you in school buses and make sure you are not outside for very long. 

The leaders were very solicitous and made sure that you don't go home without 
seeing at least one Great Gray Owl and Hawk Owl, etc. 

If you are driving (e.g. rental car) it helps to have experience in winter 
driving, but the roads are very passable. The DOT folks know how to deal with 
winter. 

The Minnesotans I met were very warm and welcoming. And the Meadowlands 
community was very much so. 

The locals feed the birds (at great cost) all winter in support of the 
Festival. And it makes a big difference in what birds you can see very easily. 

You can contact me for more information. Or check the website: www.saxzim.org 
Bill Phelan 
Tallahassee 


Subject: Finches
From: "Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 22:26:13 +0000 (UTC)
Today I had 3 Purple Finches mixed in with about a dozen Goldfinches, 3 House 
Finches, and 4 or 5 Pine Siskins at the feeders. 

In the winter of 1997 I had about 50 Purple Finches coming to the feeder. Maybe 
that will happen again! 



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Fran Rutkovsky 
Tallahassee, FL 
franrutkovsky AT comcast.net 
Subject: Re: Snow Goose
From: "'Judy' judykb AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 08:31:38 -0500
It was around 6:30 pm last night that the Snow Goose arrived and a person that 
was there early this morning did not see it, but did see the Whooping Cranes 
leave. If you want the exact location of the Cow Pond, please email as I 
believe they dont want the location of the Whooping Cranes posted online. 


Judy Lyle
Subject: Snow Goose
From: "'Judy' judykb AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2015 23:20:52 -0500
A Snow Goose flew in with two Whooping Cranes at the Cow Pond late this 
evening. 


Judy Lyle
Subject: Baltimore Oriole
From: "patsya AT gtcom.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Feb 2015 18:28:59 -0800
My first of the season Baltmore Oriole showed up today he was at my bird baths 

 

Subject: Purple Martin and Purple Finch
From: "patsya AT gtcom.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Feb 2015 08:25:55 -0800
Had my first Purple Martin of the season this morning also the male and female 
Purple Finches were back at the feeders at Altha, Fl, Calhoun County 
Subject: Northern Shovelers - Dixie County
From: "dixieredhat AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Feb 2015 11:18:55 -0800
Had 22 northern shovelers this morning on rt 353, Dixie county. 29.43.928 & 
083.02.099 

 Several nice colorful males.
 Also 2 yellowlegs and Wilson snipe on 370th st which is off 351. 29.41.508 & 
083.04.054 

 

 Sharon Fronk 
 Old Town
Subject: Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz!
From: "ckatthyr AT hotmail.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Feb 2015 09:42:14 -0800
Have you heard a squeaky-hinge song lately, or seen a flash of rust-tipped 
feathers under a bright yellow eye? Although occasionally overlooked as “just 
another blackbird,” Rusty Blackbirds face an unfortunate and remarkable 
notoriety: this species has endured a decline more severe than that of any 
other once-common landbird. In 2014, the International Rusty Blackbird Working 
Group, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Vermont 
Center for Ecostudies, eBird, and many other state, federal, and local 
partners, launched a three-year Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz that 
challenged birders to scour the landscape for Rusty Blackbirds during this 
species’ northward migration. Between 1 March and 15 June, 4750 birders 
submitted 13,400 checklists containing Rusty Blackbird observations to eBird, a 
hugely successful first season that has allowed us to start looking at 
potential Rusty Blackbird migratory hotspots, habitat use, and potential 
migratory pathways. 

  
 We hope you’ll consider participating in Year 2 of the Blitz this spring! 
It’s easy- bird as you normally do during the Blitz window (1 March through 
15 June) and submit your data to eBird using the “Rusty Blackbird Spring 
Migration Blitz” observation type. To help you figure out when Rusties might 
be passing through your area, each region is assigned a set of target dates 
found here: 
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/states-and-dates/ 
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/states-and-dates/ We’re 
collecting Blitz data from anywhere within our target states and provinces, but 
this year, we’d also like birders to revisit Areas of Interest identified 
from 2014 data to assess the consistency of Rusty Blackbird habitat use and 
migratory timing. Check out our map of Areas of Interest for 2015 at 
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/2015-areas-of-interest/ 

  
 To learn more about Rusty Blackbirds and the Blitz effort, please visit our 
Migration Blitz website (http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/ 
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/), or check out our Blitz 
Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/rustyblackbirdspringblitz 
https://www.facebook.com/rustyblackbirdspringblitz). 

  
 
 We hope you’ll join us to Blitz for Blackbirds this spring!
 

Subject: GBBC and Yard Tours this weekend
From: "Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 17:06:38 +0000 (UTC)

GREAT BACKYARD BIRD COUNT starts today! Feb. 13-16, 2015 




Go to the web site and click on Explore Data. Enter Leon, FL in the box for 
Region and find out what's being seen locally. 





http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/ 










8th Annual Wildlife-friendly Yards Tour 
Saturday — February 14, 2015 
10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m. 

Celebrate Valentine's Day with a tour of five Tallahassee wildlife-friendly 
yards, sponsored by Apalachee Audubon Society. 





Tickets ($10) are now on sale at Wild Birds Unlimited , 1505-2 Governor’s 
Square Blvd., and Native Nurseries , 1661 Centerville Road.Ticket holders will 
receive addresses and maps to each location at the time of purchase. 





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




http://www.facebook.com/ApalacheeAudubon 




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Fran Rutkovsky 
Tallahassee, FL 
franrutkovsky AT comcast.net 
Subject: Re: Cedar Waxwings
From: "Beth Grant bethgrant AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 08:52:49 -0800
I hoped for this to go to everyone:
Please everyone get rid of your ligustrum, both Japanese and Chinese, as the 
birds are spreading these highly destructive invasives! Exotic invasives and 
habitat loss are the leading causes of the dramatic loss of biodiversity in 
recent years. Add climate change to that, and we are in SERIOUS trouble. 
Already 40% or more of our terrestrial birds are in dangerous decline. The 
general public knows nothing or little about this, so all of we nature-lovers 
need to lead the way and teach them! 


We have a crew of volunteers that have literally removed tens of thousands of 
ligustrum from the floodplain at Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve in Grady Co, 
GA. By the way, the tens of millions of trout lilies are in full bloom there 
NOW. For more info., go to the website, www.wolfcreektroutlilypreserve.com. 


I do Dr. Tallamy's slide presentation of his book Bringing Nature Home, which 
explains how we all can make a difference in saving biodiversity by planting 
native plants. I would be happy to do this for any Audubon or other group. 
Insects depend on native plants, spiders depend on insects, and 97% of birds 
feed their babies ONLY insects and spiders. 4800 caterpillars for one nest of 
chickadees! Oak trees support the most caterpillars. 


 
Beth Wiggins Grant 


On Friday, February 13, 2015 9:40 AM, Beth Grant  
wrote: 

 


Please everyone get rid of your ligustrum, both Japanese and Chinese, as the 
birds are spreading these highly destructive invasives! Exotic invasives and 
habitat loss are the leading causes of the dramatic loss of biodiversity in 
recent years. Add climate change to that, and we are in SERIOUS trouble. 
Already 40% or more of our terrestrial birds are in dangerous decline. The 
general public knows nothing or little about this, so all of we nature-lovers 
need to lead the way and teach them! 


We have a crew of volunteers that have literally removed tens of thousands of 
ligustrum from the floodplain at Wolf Creek Trout Lily Preserve in Grady Co, 
GA. By the way, the tens of millions of trout lilies are in full bloom there 
NOW. For more info., go to the website, www.wolfcreektroutlilypreserve.com. 


I do Dr. Tallamy's slide presentation of his book Bringing Nature Home, which 
explains how we all can make a difference in saving biodiversity by planting 
native plants. I would be happy to do this for any Audubon or other group. 
Insects depend on native plants, spiders depend on insects, and 97% of birds 
feed their babies ONLY insects and spiders. 4800 caterpillars for one nest of 
chickadees! Oak trees support the most caterpillars. 

 
Beth Wiggins Grant 


On Friday, February 13, 2015 8:27 AM, "'Cassidy, Rodney' 
rodney.cassidy AT talgov.com [nflbirds]"  wrote: 

 


  
We had 250 Cedar Waxwings in our yard on Monday, not the super flocks we will 
see in the holly and ligustrum trees and bushes later, but still fun to watch 
and listen. As others have posted this has been a good year for Pine Siskins 
locally, we have had them in the yard off and on for a couple of months. Their 
Zzzzeeee call is very distinctive. I had a winter bird trifecta in Wilcox 
County, Alabama on Sunday, Brown Creeper ---Pine Siskin---Purple Finch. The 
raft of 3000 to 5000 (depending on the year) Redhead that flock up this time of 
year near Carrabelle is back for at least the 12th year in a row. We go from 
it’s hard to find a large flock of Redhead to this every year at this time. 
Thanks to Ed Woodruff for tips on finding the Snail Kite. 

 
Rodney Cassidy
Tallahassee
 
 
 
From:nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
Dana Timmons timmons.dana AT gmail.com [nflbirds] 

Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 5:41 PM
To: jeanphilli AT gmail.com
Cc: 
Subject: Re: [nflbirds] Cedar Waxwings
 
  


Dana Timmons
"Let's go birding"
 

On Feb 10, 2015, at 11:33 AM, "jeanphilli AT gmail.com [nflbirds]" 
 wrote: 

  
>The FSU campus in Tallahassee is awash in Cedar Waxwings today. There are many 
small flocks that seem to be joining up. I have heard them and seen them alight 
all around Strozier Library. 

> 
>Just in case you need to get your Waxwing fix.
> 
>Jean
Subject: Purple Finch
From: "whitfieldlinda292 AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Feb 2015 08:42:20 -0800
My sister in Altha had a pair of Purple Finches this morning and my brother in 
Blountstown has had 2 male and 3 female Purple Finches this week. I have also 
had at least a dozen Pine Siskins at my feeders this week. 

 

 Linda Whitfield
 Grand Ridge, Fl
Subject: RE: Cedar Waxwings
From: "'Cassidy, Rodney' rodney.cassidy AT talgov.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 13:26:52 +0000
We had 250 Cedar Waxwings in our yard on Monday, not the super flocks we will 
see in the holly and ligustrum trees and bushes later, but still fun to watch 
and listen. As others have posted this has been a good year for Pine Siskins 
locally, we have had them in the yard off and on for a couple of months. Their 
Zzzzeeee call is very distinctive. I had a winter bird trifecta in Wilcox 
County, Alabama on Sunday, Brown Creeper ---Pine Siskin---Purple Finch. The 
raft of 3000 to 5000 (depending on the year) Redhead that flock up this time of 
year near Carrabelle is back for at least the 12th year in a row. We go from 
it’s hard to find a large flock of Redhead to this every year at this time. 
Thanks to Ed Woodruff for tips on finding the Snail Kite. 


Rodney Cassidy
Tallahassee



From: nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
Dana Timmons timmons.dana AT gmail.com [nflbirds] 

Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 5:41 PM
To: jeanphilli AT gmail.com
Cc: 
Subject: Re: [nflbirds] Cedar Waxwings




Dana Timmons
"Let's go birding"


On Feb 10, 2015, at 11:33 AM, 
"jeanphilli AT gmail.com [nflbirds]" 
> 
wrote: 



The FSU campus in Tallahassee is awash in Cedar Waxwings today. There are many 
small flocks that seem to be joining up. I have heard them and seen them alight 
all around Strozier Library. 




Just in case you need to get your Waxwing fix.



Jean

Subject: Re: Cedar Waxwings
From: "Dana Timmons timmons.dana AT gmail.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 16:40:30 -0600

Dana Timmons
"Let's go birding"


> On Feb 10, 2015, at 11:33 AM, "jeanphilli AT gmail.com [nflbirds]" 
 wrote: 

> 
> The FSU campus in Tallahassee is awash in Cedar Waxwings today. There are 
many small flocks that seem to be joining up. I have heard them and seen them 
alight all around Strozier Library. 

> 
> 
> 
> Just in case you need to get your Waxwing fix.
> 
> 
> 
> Jean
> 
> 
Subject: Re: Cedar Waxwings
From: "Linda Most lrmost AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 20:13:22 +0000 (UTC)
I noticed and heard several groups of Waxwings around the Valdosta State campus 
today as well.  

last year we were lucky enough to find ourselves in the middle of an enormous 
flock of waxwings busily devouring every berry they could find on campus and in 
Drexel Park.  then they descended into the campus creek for group bathing and 
Karen Seward got some fabulous photos.  I hope to experience this again some 
day! 

 Linda MostValdosta GA
----------------------
Bird where you are.
 From: "jeanphilli AT gmail.com [nflbirds]"  

 To: nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com 
 Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 12:33 PM
 Subject: [nflbirds] Cedar Waxwings
   
  The FSU campus in Tallahassee is awash in Cedar Waxwings today.  There are 
many small flocks that seem to be joining up.  I have heard them and seen them 
alight all around Strozier Library. 

Just in case you need to get your Waxwing fix.
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Subject: Re: Cedar Waxwings
From: "Charles Futch fhs1959 AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 13:13:35 -0500
I saw a flock of at least 100 birds on Mahan Drive at Blair Stone yesterday.
Chas.
On 2/10/2015 12:48 PM, 'Becky Pritchard' beckypritchard AT cox.net 
[nflbirds] wrote:
>
> EXCITING!  I’m a couple of hours west of Tally but always look forward 
> to the glut that appears in the holly trees on my street, once it is 
> ‘time’.
>
> Thanks!
>
> *From:*nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com] *On 
> Behalf Of *jeanphilli AT gmail.com [nflbirds]
> *Sent:* Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:34 AM
> *To:* nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com
> *Subject:* [nflbirds] Cedar Waxwings
>
> The FSU campus in Tallahassee is awash in Cedar Waxwings today.  There 
> are many small flocks that seem to be joining up.  I have heard them 
> and seen them alight all around Strozier Library.
>
> Just in case you need to get your Waxwing fix.
>
> Jean
>
> 
Subject: RE: Cedar Waxwings
From: "'Becky Pritchard' beckypritchard AT cox.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 11:48:29 -0600
EXCITING! I’m a couple of hours west of Tally but always look forward to the 
glut that appears in the holly trees on my street, once it is ‘time’. 


 

Thanks!

 

 

From: nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
jeanphilli AT gmail.com [nflbirds] 

Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:34 AM
To: nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [nflbirds] Cedar Waxwings

 

  

The FSU campus in Tallahassee is awash in Cedar Waxwings today. There are many 
small flocks that seem to be joining up. I have heard them and seen them alight 
all around Strozier Library. 


 

Just in case you need to get your Waxwing fix.

 

Jean


Subject: RE: Cedar Waxwings
From: "'Jim Stevenson ' galornsoc AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 11:41:27 -0600
February is the month some of our wintering land birds begin moving
northward, often at a slow rate. Stuff like Jean's waxwings, plus robins and
such begin flocking more and beginning their spring push. 

 

The interesting thing about waxwings is that well after all our wintering
ones have left, we get a few through that wintered in places such as the
Yucatan. They can be quite late - well into May. 

 

Good birding,

 

Jim

Galveston

 

  _____  

From: nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of jeanphilli AT gmail.com [nflbirds]
Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:34 AM
To: nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [nflbirds] Cedar Waxwings

 

  

The FSU campus in Tallahassee is awash in Cedar Waxwings today.  There are
many small flocks that seem to be joining up.  I have heard them and seen
them alight all around Strozier Library.

 

Just in case you need to get your Waxwing fix.

 

Jean


Subject: Cedar Waxwings
From: "jeanphilli AT gmail.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 10 Feb 2015 09:33:39 -0800
The FSU campus in Tallahassee is awash in Cedar Waxwings today. There are many 
small flocks that seem to be joining up. I have heard them and seen them alight 
all around Strozier Library. 

 

 Just in case you need to get your Waxwing fix.
 

 Jean
Subject: RE: Pine Siskins
From: "'Janeen Engleman Langley' jelangley AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 22:26:32 -0500
I’ve had small flocks of 20 or so Pine Siskins at my feeders the past week or 
so. Looks like this will be a good year for them in our area. 


 

Janeen Langley

NE Tallahassee

 

From: nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
Glenda Simmons glendajoyce6009 AT yahoo.com [nflbirds] 

Sent: Monday, February 9, 2015 10:23 PM
To: Nflbirds Birds
Subject: [nflbirds] Pine Siskins

 






The past few days, I have had Pine Siskins, in my yard, for the first time. 
Yesterday, there was a small flock of 50, but generally seeing 4-10. The Purple 
Finch, I previous;y reported, was only seen for two days. Still have 10-15 
Baltimore Orioles. 


 

Glenda Simmons

Eastside Tallahassee







Subject: Pine Siskins
From: "Glenda Simmons glendajoyce6009 AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 03:23:09 +0000 (UTC)
The past few days, I have had Pine Siskins, in my yard, for the first time. 
 Yesterday, there was a small flock of 50, but generally seeing 4-10.  The 
Purple Finch, I previous;y reported, was only seen for two days.  Still have 
10-15 Baltimore Orioles. 

Glenda SimmonsEastside Tallahassee
Subject: Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb. 13-16
From: "Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 17:07:29 +0000 (UTC)

Great Backyard Bird Count, 2015 

http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/ 




The annual Great Backyard Bird Count takes place Feb. 13-16, 2015. This event 
provides a "winter snapshot" of birds across the United States and Canada. 
Participants observe and count the birds at a given location and enter the 
results at http://www.birdcount.org. At this web site you can watch the tallies 
grow all weekend, with thouands of observations reported. The counts can be 
conducted anywhere--yards, parks, trails, etc.--but make sure a separate 
checklist is made for each location. 





Click on Explore Data to find out what's been reported in any region. 
Tallahassee area participants always submit a high number of checklists and 
species, so let's continue that this weekend. Happy counting! 



-------- 
Fran Rutkovsky 
Tallahassee, FL 
franrutkovsky AT comcast.net 
Subject: Saturday Morning Birds
From: "Charles Futch fhs1959 AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 08 Feb 2015 14:03:35 -0500
On the morning of 7 February, this is a list of birds seen on and around 
our feeders.
20 American Goldfinchs
20 Chipping Sparrows
10 Northern Cardinals
8 Blue Jays
2 Tufted Titmouses
2 Mourning Doves
2 Carolina Chickadees
2 Pine Siskins
1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Brown Thrasher
1 Orange-crowned Warbler
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 Carolina Wren
Some Cedar Waxwings up in the trees

Our yard is part of the February 14th Apalachee Audubon's 2015 Yard 
Tour. Please come and see our birds, and our efforts to turn a horse 
pasture into Florida.
Thanks,

Susan Drake and Charles Futch

**


      8TH ANNUAL WILDLIFE-FRIENDLY YARDS TOUR


      SATURDAY — FEBRUARY 14, 2015
      10:00 A.M. — 4:00 P.M.

The Apalachee Audubon Society invites you to join us in our 8th annual 
Wildlife-Friendly Yards Tour and fundraiser to benefit Apalachee Audubon 
Society--- Valentine's Day, February 14, 2015, 10-4

Take a self-guided tour of five local yards that are wildlife havens. 
Tickets are $10 per person and are available for purchase at Native 
Nurseries and Wild Birds Unlimited. Ticket holders will receive 
addresses and maps to each location at the time of purchase. Make a 
difference for wildlife, one yard at a time!


For more information, contact: Ann Bruce, annbruce7 AT gmail.com 
, (850) 766-3061, or Tammy Brown, 
tcbrown798 AT aol.com , (850) 933-8154.

http://www.apalachee.org/aas/events/special-events/2015-yard-tour/
Subject: February Apalachee Audubon Bird Trips
From: "Helen King thekingsom AT gmail.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 11:50:52 -0500
Here are the two trips lined up for this month:

*Friday, February 13- J Alford Greenway*

Hoping to see migrating raptors and woodland birds, we will meet in the
parking lot at 8 a.m. and be finished by noon.

*Sunday, February 22- Tall Timbers Research Station*

Jim Cox has graciously offered to tour us around the property, looking for
woodpeckers and nuthatches in particular.  Meet at 8 am at Tall Timbers. We
will be finished by noon.

Please email me at thekingsom AT gmail.com if you plan to attend or have
questions.

Helen Jelks King
Apalachee Audubon



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Subject: A good day for yard birds
From: "'Tara Tanaka' h2otara AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2015 22:23:07 -0500
This is a partial list of the birds I saw today in our yard and in our
backyard cypress swamp:

 

5 Great Egrets, 4 of which just arrived late today for the nesting season.
Hopefully more will be arriving this week.

~20 Wood Ducks

3 Rusty Blackbirds

Great Blue Heron - observed getting nesting material

Little Blue Heron

Snowy Egret

White Ibis

Common Yellowthroat

Yellow-throated Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler

Pine Warbler

Belted Kingfisher

 

Ours is one of the yards on the upcoming Apalachee Audubon's 2015 Yard Tour.
Hope you can make it.  

 


8TH ANNUAL WILDLIFE-FRIENDLY YARDS TOUR


SATURDAY - FEBRUARY 14, 2015
10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.


 

The Apalachee Audubon Society invites you to join us in our 8th annual
Wildlife-Friendly Yards Tour and fundraiser to benefit Apalachee Audubon
Society--- Valentine's Day, February 14, 2015, 10-4

 

Take a self-guided tour of five local yards that are wildlife havens.
Tickets are $10 per person and are available for purchase at Native
Nurseries and Wild Birds Unlimited. Ticket holders will receive addresses
and maps to each location at the time of purchase. Make a difference for
wildlife, one yard at a time! 


For more information, contact: Ann Bruce,  
annbruce7 AT gmail.com, (850) 766-3061, or Tammy Brown,
 tcbrown798 AT aol.com, (850) 933-8154.

 

http://www.apalachee.org/aas/events/special-events/2015-yard-tour/

 

 

 

Tara Tanaka & Jim Stevenson

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

http://vimeo.com/channels/taratanaka 

 

 

 
Subject: Re: Scaly-breasted Munia (Nutmeg Mannikin) survey resuts
From: "awilliford AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2015 23:33:42 +0000 (UTC)
I've never seen a mannikin but I would really like to. Can someone please point 
me to a location/site where there would be a good chance to see one? 


Thanks so much! 

April Williford 
Tallahassee, Florida 

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

From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" 
 

To: nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com, albirds AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 8:17:45 PM 
Subject: [nflbirds] Scaly-breasted Munia (Nutmeg Mannikin) survey resuts 






Hi all, 



Many thanks for all of you who responded with information about the number of 
Scaly-breasted Munias (Nutmeg Mannikins) in our area, whether or not you had 
birds during the 4 day survey period. Maximum counted went from a low of 145 on 
Sat 31 Jan, to a high of 181 – 201 on Sun 1 Feb. That is up from an estimated 
135 to 145 in the 2009 survey (Florida Field Naturalist 37:3). I had 9 reports 
of birds in NW FL, from Pace to west Pensacola. A feeding station in Lillian, 
AL which normally has dozens of birds, only had a few because of an inundation 
of Cowbirds. That would have added substantially to the total for the area, but 
that’s the way it goes. I also received two reports from Diamondhead on the 
MS Gulf Coast. Apparently there is a substantial population over there that has 
been there for several years. 




This information has been forwarded to the FL Ornithological Society Records 
Committee for review so that they can evaluate it and consider the species for 
inclusion on the state list. I will not speculate on what conclusion they will 
reach but based on what I know (and you know) the population here is well 
established, growing and expanding and we know the birds are now part of the 
local avifauna, having suffered through a major hurricane and at least two hard 
freezes. 




Once again, thanks for your reports, 



Bob Duncan 



 
Subject: Purple Finch
From: "Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2015 22:42:08 +0000 (UTC)
I had a female Purple Finch at the sunflower seed feeder about mid-day today. I 
still have an adult male Rufous hummingbird 

and a female Summer Tanager. 


-------- 
Fran Rutkovsky 
Tallahassee, FL 
franrutkovsky AT comcast.net 
Subject: Vermilion Flycatcher
From: "whitfieldlinda292 AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 05 Feb 2015 18:29:26 -0800
Finally got to see the Vermilion Flycatcher today at St. Marks! It stayed 
around and let us get great photos of it. It was a lifer for my husband and I. 

 

 Linda Whitfield
 Grand Ridge, Fl.
Subject: St Marks NWR- Thursday
From: "'Don Morrow' don.morrow AT tpl.org [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 05 Feb 2015 17:08:20 -0800
Just a quick note on a field trip recon.
 
The immature male Vermillion Flycatcher was easily seen all day at the Double 
Dikes near the East River Pool boat ramp. As reported by Bill Phelan, the bird 
is increasingly showing red as it molts into breeding plumage. 

 
I had fifteen species of ducks. Most of the pools have a few species, but Stony 
Bayou II, Mounds Pool III and Lighthouse Pond are the most productive. Common 
Goldeneye is easy offshore, as well as, Horned Grebe and Common Loon. Go to 
Headquarters Pond for Ring-necked Ducks. 

 
For shorebirds Stony Bayou I is best, along with any low tide exposed flat. 
Stony Bayou I almost always has Avocets. 

 
I racked up 83 species in four hours before I had to leave to go to work.
 
Good Birding.
 
 


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Subject: Scaly-breasted Munia (Nutmeg Mannikin) survey resuts
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 19:17:45 -0600
Hi all,

 

               Many thanks for all of you who responded with information
about the number of Scaly-breasted Munias (Nutmeg Mannikins) in our area,
whether or not you had birds during the 4 day survey period. Maximum counted
went from a low of 145 on Sat 31 Jan, to a high of 181 - 201  on Sun 1 Feb.
That is up from an estimated 135 to 145 in the 2009 survey (Florida Field
Naturalist 37:3). I had 9 reports of birds in NW FL, from Pace to west
Pensacola. A feeding station in Lillian, AL which normally has dozens of
birds, only had a few because of an inundation of Cowbirds. That would have
added substantially to the total for the area, but that's the way it goes. I
also received two reports from Diamondhead on the MS Gulf Coast. Apparently
there is a substantial population over there that has been there for several
years.

 

               This information has been forwarded to the FL Ornithological
Society Records Committee for review so that they can evaluate it and
consider the species for inclusion on the state list. I will not speculate
on what conclusion they will reach but based on what I know (and you know)
the population here is well established, growing and expanding and we know
the birds are now part of the local avifauna, having suffered through a
major hurricane and at least two hard freezes.

 

               Once again, thanks for your reports,

 

Bob Duncan
Subject: Scaly-breasted Munia (Nutmeg Mannikin) survey resuts
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 19:17:45 -0600
Hi all,

 

               Many thanks for all of you who responded with information
about the number of Scaly-breasted Munias (Nutmeg Mannikins) in our area,
whether or not you had birds during the 4 day survey period. Maximum counted
went from a low of 145 on Sat 31 Jan, to a high of 181 - 201  on Sun 1 Feb.
That is up from an estimated 135 to 145 in the 2009 survey (Florida Field
Naturalist 37:3). I had 9 reports of birds in NW FL, from Pace to west
Pensacola. A feeding station in Lillian, AL which normally has dozens of
birds, only had a few because of an inundation of Cowbirds. That would have
added substantially to the total for the area, but that's the way it goes. I
also received two reports from Diamondhead on the MS Gulf Coast. Apparently
there is a substantial population over there that has been there for several
years.

 

               This information has been forwarded to the FL Ornithological
Society Records Committee for review so that they can evaluate it and
consider the species for inclusion on the state list. I will not speculate
on what conclusion they will reach but based on what I know (and you know)
the population here is well established, growing and expanding and we know
the birds are now part of the local avifauna, having suffered through a
major hurricane and at least two hard freezes.

 

               Once again, thanks for your reports,

 

Bob Duncan
Subject: Apalachee Audubon Wildlife-Friendly Yards Tour, Feb. 14, 10-4
From: "Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 22:35:26 +0000 (UTC)
Apalachee Audubon's 2015 Yard Tour 
8TH ANNUAL WILDLIFE-FRIENDLY YARDS TOUR 
SATURDAY — FEBRUARY 14, 2015 
10:00 A.M. — 4:00 P.M. 



The Apalachee Audubon Society invites you to join us in our 8th annual 
Wildlife-Friendly Yards Tour and fundraiser to benefit Apalachee Audubon 
Society--- Valentine's Day, February 14, 2015, 10-4 





Take a self-guided tour of five local yards that are wildlife havens. Tickets 
are $10 per person and are available for purchase at Native Nurseries and Wild 
Birds Unlimited. Ticket holders will receive addresses and maps to each 
location at the time of purchase. Make a difference for wildlife, one yard at a 
time! 



For more information, contact: Ann Bruce, annbruce7 AT gmail.com , (850) 766-3061, 
or Tammy Brown, tcbrown798 AT aol.com , (850) 933-8154. 





http://www.apalachee.org/aas/events/special-events/2015-yard-tour/ 

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Subject: Painted Bunting
From: "tracee11 AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2015 08:15:12 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
This morning there was a male Painted Bunting at one the yard feeders (which 
had no millet in it). The feeder was very busy with Northern Cardinals and 
others but he held his perch for short durations despite the flurry. 


Tracee Strohman
Indianhead Acres
Tallahassee


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Subject: Birding for Beginners by Jim Cox, Native Nurseries, Feb. 7
From: "Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2015 17:41:33 +0000 (UTC)

Native Nurseries presents this workshop on Feb. 7: 




BIRDING FOR BEGINNERS 

Saturday February 7th 10 am $3.00 

Proceeds will benefit research at the Stoddard Bird Lab at Tall Timbers 

Learn how to identify the birds you are seeing in your yard and in the field as 
well. Jim Cox, Director of the Stoddard Bird Lab at Tall Timbers, is a 
biologist studying Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, Brown-headed Nuthatches, 
Bachman’s Sparrow and other songbirds. He is a wonderful teacher! 


Drop by the nursery anytime from January 2nd until this workshop to purchase 
raffle tickets. Proceeds will benefit the Stoddard Bird Lab and help their 
conservation efforts and solution-oriented research for rare and declining 
birds. Jim will lead field tours of Tall Timbers for the winners and up to 10 
family members and friends. There will be one winner for each 100 tickets sold, 
so your chances of winning are much better than usual for raffles. The drawing 
will take place during the workshop. 





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



Tickets for Apalachee Audubon's Wildlife-Friendly Yards Tour are available for 
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Subject: Wildlife-Friendly Yards Tour, Feb. 14
From: "Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2015 17:38:20 +0000 (UTC)
Tickets for our annual Wildlife-Friendly Yards tour--on Valentine's Day this 
year-- are now on sale at Native Nurseries and Wild Birds Unlimited. 

Only $10 per person gives you access to five wildlife-friendly yards in the 
Tallahassee area. More information is available at the following web page: 


http://www.apalachee.org/aas/events/special-events/2015-yard-tour/ 




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Subject: Re: Pine Siskins
From: "Charles Futch fhs1959 AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2015 12:37:33 -0500
In East Tallahassee we are feeding about 40 goldfinches, and have seen 
one pine siskin.
Chas. Futch
  On 2/3/2015 11:36 AM, Brad Hartman brad_anna AT att.net [nflbirds] wrote:
> We have in excess of 30 goldfinches eating thistle and black oil 
> sunflower, but no pine siskins.
>
> Anna Marie Hartman
> Havana
>
>
> Brad Hartman
> HP 850-539-9355
> Cell 850-445-1410
>
> On Feb 3, 2015, at 9:20 AM, 'Janeen Engleman Langley' 
> jelangley AT comcast.net  [nflbirds] 
>  > wrote:
>
>> *I have a flock of 8 Pine Siskins at the thistle feeder this 
>> morning.  I’ve only had 2-3 goldfinches so far this season.*
>>
>> **
>>
>> *Janeen Langley*
>>
>> *Northeast Tallahassee*
>>
> 
Subject: RE: Pine Siskins
From: "'Gary Griffin' runlong AT nettally.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2015 12:04:25 -0500
A flock of 20 or so Siskins has been at the Phipps Soccer Fields parking area 
on Miller Landing Road in Tallahassee for the past week. Lots of Goldfinches 
there as well. Last evening I observed a flock of 30 or so Pine Siskins at 
McCord Park in Tallahassee. 


 

Gary Griffin

Tallahassee

 

"… let us run with endurance the race that is set before us …"

 

Hebrews 12:1c

 

From: nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
Brad Hartman brad_anna AT att.net [nflbirds] 

Sent: Tuesday, February 03, 2015 11:37 AM
To: Janeen Engleman Langley
Cc: 
Subject: Re: [nflbirds] Pine Siskins

 

  

We have in excess of 30 goldfinches eating thistle and black oil sunflower, but 
no pine siskins. 


 

Anna Marie Hartman

Havana



Brad Hartman

HP 850-539-9355

Cell 850-445-1410


On Feb 3, 2015, at 9:20 AM, 'Janeen Engleman Langley' jelangley AT comcast.net 
 [nflbirds]  > wrote: 


  

I have a flock of 8 Pine Siskins at the thistle feeder this morning. I’ve 
only had 2-3 goldfinches so far this season. 


 

Janeen Langley

Northeast Tallahassee





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Subject: Re: Pine Siskins
From: "Brad Hartman brad_anna AT att.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2015 11:36:40 -0500
We have in excess of 30 goldfinches eating thistle and black oil sunflower, but 
no pine siskins. 


Anna Marie Hartman
Havana


Brad Hartman
HP 850-539-9355
Cell 850-445-1410

> On Feb 3, 2015, at 9:20 AM, 'Janeen Engleman Langley' jelangley AT comcast.net 
[nflbirds]  wrote: 

> 
> I have a flock of 8 Pine Siskins at the thistle feeder this morning. I’ve 
only had 2-3 goldfinches so far this season. 

> 
>  
> 
> Janeen Langley
> 
> Northeast Tallahassee
> 
> 
Subject: Pine Siskins
From: "'Janeen Engleman Langley' jelangley AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2015 09:20:38 -0500
I have a flock of 8 Pine Siskins at the thistle feeder this morning.  I've
only had 2-3 goldfinches so far this season.

 

Janeen Langley

Northeast Tallahassee
Subject: Western Tanager
From: "'Janeen Engleman Langley' jelangley AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 12:50:47 -0500
I had a female Western Tanager in my yard today eating grape jelly.

I posted several photos on the Yahoo site.

 

Janeen Langley

Northeast Tallahassee
Subject: Request for information - Nutmeg Mannikin (Scaley-breasted Munia)
From: "Lucy & Bob Duncan" <town_point AT bellsouth.net>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:31:28 -0600
Hi all,

 

               It has been 15 years since the first nesting Nutmeg Mannikins
(now named Scaly-breasted Munias, [Lonchura punctulata] ) were reported in
our area of Northwest Florida and then south Alabama. According to the
Florida Ornithological Society's criteria for placing a species on the
official Florida state list, a bird must have an established population for
at least 15 years. In 2009, I requested reports from birders in our area
whom I was able to contact and an estimate of 135 - 144 individual Mannikins
were reported (Florida Field Naturalist 37:3). Since then I have gotten
numerous reports of birds from as far away as the Miss. Gulf Coast and
Milton FL. A specimen was salvaged from a road kill as well and nests and
both have been deposited in the Florida Museum of Natural History (FMNH) in
Gainesville. So we are in a good position here in the Pensacola area to add
a species to the Florida list. Therefore, I am requesting birders in the
area whom I am able to contact to send me their reports. Also, if birders
know of someone not in the "birding scene" whom I can't contact, I would
appreciate their reports as well. For you folks in MS who receive this
information, I would appreciate your reports too.

 

               Please record the maximum number of Mannikins seen at your
feeders or elsewhere on each of the following days: Friday Jan 30, Sat Jan
31,  Sun Feb 1, Mon Feb 2. If you can't report for each of those days, send
whatever days you are able to record. Please give your location where the
birds are being seen and the maximum number each day.

 

With many thanks,

 

Bob Duncan

Regional Compiler, Field Observations Committee

Florida Ornithological Society

Gulf Breeze, FL 

 

850-932-4792
Subject: Request for information - Nutmeg Mannikin (Scaley-breasted Munia)
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [albirds]" <albirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:31:28 -0600
Hi all,

 

               It has been 15 years since the first nesting Nutmeg Mannikins
(now named Scaly-breasted Munias, [Lonchura punctulata] ) were reported in
our area of Northwest Florida and then south Alabama. According to the
Florida Ornithological Society's criteria for placing a species on the
official Florida state list, a bird must have an established population for
at least 15 years. In 2009, I requested reports from birders in our area
whom I was able to contact and an estimate of 135 - 144 individual Mannikins
were reported (Florida Field Naturalist 37:3). Since then I have gotten
numerous reports of birds from as far away as the Miss. Gulf Coast and
Milton FL. A specimen was salvaged from a road kill as well and nests and
both have been deposited in the Florida Museum of Natural History (FMNH) in
Gainesville. So we are in a good position here in the Pensacola area to add
a species to the Florida list. Therefore, I am requesting birders in the
area whom I am able to contact to send me their reports. Also, if birders
know of someone not in the "birding scene" whom I can't contact, I would
appreciate their reports as well. For you folks in MS who receive this
information, I would appreciate your reports too.

 

               Please record the maximum number of Mannikins seen at your
feeders or elsewhere on each of the following days: Friday Jan 30, Sat Jan
31,  Sun Feb 1, Mon Feb 2. If you can't report for each of those days, send
whatever days you are able to record. Please give your location where the
birds are being seen and the maximum number each day.

 

With many thanks,

 

Bob Duncan

Regional Compiler, Field Observations Committee

Florida Ornithological Society

Gulf Breeze, FL 

 

850-932-4792
Subject: Request for information - Nutmeg Mannikin (Scaley-breasted Munia)
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 20:31:28 -0600
Hi all,

 

               It has been 15 years since the first nesting Nutmeg Mannikins
(now named Scaly-breasted Munias, [Lonchura punctulata] ) were reported in
our area of Northwest Florida and then south Alabama. According to the
Florida Ornithological Society's criteria for placing a species on the
official Florida state list, a bird must have an established population for
at least 15 years. In 2009, I requested reports from birders in our area
whom I was able to contact and an estimate of 135 - 144 individual Mannikins
were reported (Florida Field Naturalist 37:3). Since then I have gotten
numerous reports of birds from as far away as the Miss. Gulf Coast and
Milton FL. A specimen was salvaged from a road kill as well and nests and
both have been deposited in the Florida Museum of Natural History (FMNH) in
Gainesville. So we are in a good position here in the Pensacola area to add
a species to the Florida list. Therefore, I am requesting birders in the
area whom I am able to contact to send me their reports. Also, if birders
know of someone not in the "birding scene" whom I can't contact, I would
appreciate their reports as well. For you folks in MS who receive this
information, I would appreciate your reports too.

 

               Please record the maximum number of Mannikins seen at your
feeders or elsewhere on each of the following days: Friday Jan 30, Sat Jan
31,  Sun Feb 1, Mon Feb 2. If you can't report for each of those days, send
whatever days you are able to record. Please give your location where the
birds are being seen and the maximum number each day.

 

With many thanks,

 

Bob Duncan

Regional Compiler, Field Observations Committee

Florida Ornithological Society

Gulf Breeze, FL 

 

850-932-4792
Subject: Winter Morning Trail Ride at Birdsong, Jan. 31
From: "Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:01:09 +0000 (UTC)

(This event is rescheduled from Jan. 24, which was canceled due to heavy 
rains.) 





Join us Saturday, January 31, 10 a.m., for a Winter Morning Trail ride! We'll 
make a number of stops to discuss Birdsong’s ecology, land management and 
history, including places such as the Star Pasture, Farm Pond, the Listening 
Place, and others. We'll point out gopher tortoise burrows, and look for birds 
and signs of wildlife. 





RESERVATIONS, PLEASE. Please call by noon on Friday, January 30th to reserve a 
space. We will be taking the truck and trailer and there is room for 12 people. 
Be prepared to be outdoors for several hours; dress for the weather and bring 
binoculars. 


$6 Friends, $10 non-members, children half-price. 




Birdsong Nature Center 

2106 Meridian Rd., Thomasville, GA 31792 - 

(229) 377-4408 




www.birdsongnaturecenter.org 

twitter.com/BirdsongNatureC 

youtube.com/user/BirdsongNatureCenter 

http://www.facebook.com/BirdsongNatureCenter/timeline 


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Subject: Apalachee Audubon newsletter now available
From: "Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:26:32 +0000 (UTC)

The 2015 January-February newsletter is now posted online at Apalachee 
Audubon’s website, www.apalachee.org . 






http://www.apalachee.org/aas/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Newsletter-of-AAS-January-February-2015-Final.pdf 




It includes information about the coming Apalachee Audubon Wildlife-Friendly 
Yards Tour in February, important information about the Upper Lake Lafayette 
Aquifer Protection/Fallschase parcel, coming field trips and activities and 
much more. 




We hope you’ll enjoy the newsletter...thanks go to the many contributors who 
helped with this issue. 




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Tallahassee, FL 
franrutkovsky AT comcast.net 
Subject: St Marks NWR-Sunday
From: "'Don Morrow' don.morrow AT tpl.org [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:45:42 -0800
It was a beautiful crisp late winter day at the refuge. Starting just after 
6:00 am to get owls, rails and Wood Duck I logged 101 species in nine hours of 
birding. I had sixteen waterfowl species and twelve species of shorebirds. Duck 
numbers were surprisingly high for late January. Some highlights were: 

 
Stony Bayou I (rising water kept most of the shorebirds out)
Bufflehead
Semipalmated Plover
Killdeer
Greater Yellowlegs
Dunlin
Short-billed Dowitcher
Caspian Tern (single bird that always seems to come in to the South end at the 
high coastal tide) 

 
Mounds Pool III (best viewed from the T-dike or by using the Mounds Pool trail 
to get to the South end of the pool) 

Glossy Ibis
White-faced Ibis
GW Teal
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Redhead
Bufflehead
Black-necked Stilt
 
Offshore (lots of birds!)
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Redhead (several hundred)
Lesser Scaup
Common Goldeneye
Bufflehead
Red-breasted Merganser
American Oystercatcher (maybe thirty)
Laughing, Ring-billed and Herring Gulls
 
One hundred species is a reasonable goal on a winter day if you put in the 
time, do a lot of walking and have just a bit of luck. Skill has only a small 
part to play in this. I missed thirty species that I know are currently present 
on the refuge. 

 
Good Birding 


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Subject: Re: Trail Ride at Birdsong, Jan. 24--cancelled
From: "Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:06:56 +0000 (UTC)
This was posted on the Birdsong Nature Center Facebook page today: 

"We're sorry that we must cancel the Saturday, January 24 "Winter Morning Trail 
Ride", due to today's heavy rainfall - the trails will likely be too soggy for 
the wagon tour. We will try again another time and hope that you can join us!" 


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


To: "North FL Birds"  
Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2015 10:51:17 AM 
Subject: [nflbirds] Trail Ride at Birdsong, Jan. 24, 10 a.m. 












WINTER MORNING TRAIL RIDE 
Saturday, January 24 
10:00AM - Noon 




Join Executive Director Kathleen Brady for a leisurely winter morning trail 
ride. We will make a number of stops to discuss Birdsong’s ecology, land 
management and history, including places such as the Star Pasture, Farm Pond, 
the Listening Place, and others. We will point out gopher tortoise burrows, and 
look for birds and signs of wildlife. 


RESERVATIONS, PLEASE. Please call by noon on Friday, January 23rd to reserve a 
space. We will be taking the truck and trailer and there is room for 12 people. 
Be prepared to be outdoors for several hours; dress for the weather and bring 
binoculars. $6 Friends, $10 nonmembers, children half-price. 



Birdsong Nature Center 

2106 Meridian Road 

Thomasville, GA 31792 

Phone: 

229-377-4408 

800-953-2473 

Birdsong is 4 miles past the Grady County sign on Meridian Road. 

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franrutkovsky AT comcast.net 

 
Subject: Fresh water ponds - Dixie county
From: "dixieredhat AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Jan 2015 08:20:50 -0800
I haven't been doing any birding in the past several years due to husbands lung 
cancer and passing away. Joined the bird-a-day challenge the first of the year 
to get me back out there. I was pleased to find the ponds in Dixie have water 
again. There are several on 326 ave worth checking out. Have found Wilson 
snipes, yellow legs, killdeer in the drainage ditches and wet pastures right 
before the ponds and ducks of all kinds in the ponds. was least 100 ring-neck 
ducks this morning. lots of coots and other ducks I can't ID. If anyone does 
check the area out please report. would give me a better idea of whats there, 

 Go 3 miles north of cross city on 351. Turn right on 326 ave. ponds start 
about 2 miles after you turn. 

 Sharon Fronk - old town
Subject: TTRS Sparrow Excursion
From: "Jim Cox Jim AT ttrs.org [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 18:06:20 +0000
We'll be hosting a short field trip this Saturday morning on Tall Timbers. The 
goal will be to see as many different wintering sparrows as possible in a 
couple of hours and then disband. We'll meet at the Wade Center at 8 AM and 
then figure out where to go (and how) based on the number of people attending. 


Feeders have been up at the bird window for a while and I've been seeing a few 
LISPs and HESPs here and there during field activities in addition to the 8-10 
more predictable species. 


Drop me a note (jim AT ttrs.org) if you think you'll be 
coming. 


Thanks,
Jim


Jim Cox
Tall Timbers Research Station
13093 Henry Beadel Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32312
(850) 893-4153 ext. 223
fax:  (850) 893-6470
Stoddard Bird Lab Web Site

Subject: Trail Ride at Birdsong, Jan. 24, 10 a.m.
From: "Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:51:17 +0000 (UTC)










WINTER MORNING TRAIL RIDE 
Saturday, January 24 
10:00AM - Noon 




Join Executive Director Kathleen Brady for a leisurely winter morning trail 
ride. We will make a number of stops to discuss Birdsong’s ecology, land 
management and history, including places such as the Star Pasture, Farm Pond, 
the Listening Place, and others. We will point out gopher tortoise burrows, and 
look for birds and signs of wildlife. 


RESERVATIONS, PLEASE. Please call by noon on Friday, January 23rd to reserve a 
space. We will be taking the truck and trailer and there is room for 12 people. 
Be prepared to be outdoors for several hours; dress for the weather and bring 
binoculars. $6 Friends, $10 nonmembers, children half-price. 



Birdsong Nature Center 

2106 Meridian Road 

Thomasville, GA 31792 

Phone: 

229-377-4408 

800-953-2473 

Birdsong is 4 miles past the Grady County sign on Meridian Road. 

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Fran Rutkovsky 
Tallahassee, FL 
franrutkovsky AT comcast.net 
Subject: Bird House Build at Native Nurseries, Jan. 24
From: "Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:46:09 +0000 (UTC)




PARENT/CHILD BIRD HOUSE BUILD 

Saturday January 24th 2pm 




$15.00 plus tax for the pre-cut cedar nest box kit; 

call 386-8882 to register – class size limited 




We will start inside with a short slide presentation about birds that depend on 
natural cavities in trees and nest boxes. Then we will teach the children, with 
your help, how to build a chickadee or bluebird house. Don’t forget to bring 
a hammer! 






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



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Fran Rutkovsky 
Tallahassee, FL 
franrutkovsky AT comcast.net 
Subject: Purple Finch
From: "whitfieldlinda292 AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Jan 2015 17:35:25 -0800
I had a Purple Finch at my feeders today. This is the 3rd year in a row that 
I've had one in January. 

 

 Linda Whitfield
 Grand RIdge, Fl
Subject: Winter Birds
From: "whitfieldlinda292 AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 19 Jan 2015 16:48:54 -0800
I've had dozens of Cedar Waxwings and Robins eating berries from my Firethorn 
bush all day today. I have a pair of Common Yellowthroat Warblers and 2 Hermit 
Thrush eating from my suet feeders and lots of Goldfinches and Chipping 
Sparrows now. 

 

 Linda Whitfield
 Grand Ridge, Fl
Subject: Apalachee Audubon program: Florida Grasshopper Sparrow by Jim Cox; Thurs. Jan. 22
From: "Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 17:06:56 +0000 (UTC)


January 22, 2015 

Florida Grasshopper Sparrow: 
Has Science Failed Florida’s Rarest Bird? 




Speaker: Jim Cox 
Tall Timbers Research Station & Land Conservancy 
Tallahassee, FL 
Gainesville, FL 




Date: Thursday, January 22, 2015 
Social: 7:00 p.m. 
Program: 7:30 p.m. 




Our program meetings are held at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 2810 
North Meridian Road. 





The Florida Grasshopper Sparrow is a critically endangered subspecies that 
inhabits the distinctive prairie ecosystem of south central Florida. Public 
lands collectively supported over 1000 individuals as recently as 2001, but 
populations on public lands soon began to decline and today have fallen by more 
than 90%. The steep declines occurred despite intensive research and monitoring 
efforts and may relate in part to changes in how prescribed fire was used to 
manage sparrow habitat. The plight of the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow points to 
the critical need for research that carefully assesses the effects that changes 
in the use of fire may have. At the same time, the decline of the sparrow also 
underscores the need for managing any lands that we purchase. 





Read more about Tall Timbers’ involvement with the Grasshopper Sparrow. 




Jim Cox heads up the Stoddard Bird Lab at Tall Timbers Research Station & Land 
Conservancy and serves on the Board of Apalachee Audubon. The Stoddard Bird Lab 
continues a 50-year tradition of investigating the use of prescribed fire in 
managing habitat for birds associated with southern pinelands. Frequently fire 
is absolutely essential for maintaining stable populations for species such as 
Bachman’s and Florida Grasshopper sparrows, Loggerhead Shrike, Eastern 
Meadowlark, Brown-headed Nuthatch, and Red-cockaded Woodpecker. Jim also taught 
a popular bird-watching class at Florida State University and continues to try 
to lure new bodies into the birding community. 








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

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Fran Rutkovsky 
Tallahassee, FL 
franrutkovsky AT comcast.net 
Subject: Purple Finch
From: "Glenda Simmons glendajoyce6009 AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 18:04:59 +0000 (UTC)
I've had a Purple Finch at my feeders, today, that several other birders 
observed, and was confirmed by Elliot Schunke. I uploaded a few pictures to my 
web site. 

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Subject: Carolina Wren Nest
From: "Glenda Simmons glendajoyce6009 AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 02:05:56 +0000 (UTC)
For the third year in a row, my wren pair appear to be getting a jump start on 
their 2015 nesting season.  I found their first completed nest, in my garage, 
today, after observing behavior, that they were scouting for a  location. 
 They may not use this nest until later, in the season, or not at all, but 
they are definitely starting. Last year they had five successful nesting 
attempts. 

Glenda SimmonsEastside Tallahassee
Subject: Backyard Birds, Native Nurseries, Sat. 10 a.m.
From: "Fran Rutkovsky franrutkovsky AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:42:34 +0000 (UTC)



NATIVE NURSERIES 

1661 Centerville Road, Tallahassee, FL 32308 

Monday-Saturday, 8am-6pm 

850-386-8882 www.nativenurseries.com 



BACK YARD BIRDS - Saturday January 17 th 10am and again at 2pm Free 

Jody Walthall is combining two of his most popular classes into one for this 
special session. Learn how to attract more and varied birds to your feeders, 
how to squirrel-proof your feeder and what birds you are likely to attract this 
winter. In addition, he will teach you how to create a bird garden that goes a 
step beyond a mere feeding station, one that is both aesthetically pleasing and 
good for the birds. 





BACK YARD BIRDS - Thursday January 22 nd Noon Lunch ‘n’ Learn Free 

Jody will repeat this workshop for those who are not able to attend on Saturday 
(1/17). Feel free to bring your lunch. We will serve water with spearmint. 





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Fran Rutkovsky 
Tallahassee, FL 
franrutkovsky AT comcast.net 
Subject: Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
From: "eatonadventures AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Jan 2015 17:24:18 -0800
I'm planning a trip to the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge this weekend, 
hoping to see several different species of ducks, has anyone been ? I would 
appreciate any tips and information you can offer. 

 

 Ken
Subject: Recent good finds - Western Kingbird, Brown Pelican in Tallahassee
From: "Robert Lengacher rlengach AT gmail.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Jan 2015 00:10:21 -0500
Just a quick update. Yesterday I found a Western Kingbird at Lake Elberta
Park in Tallahassee. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21318428

Today, Andy Wraithmell found a Brown Pelican at Lake Lafayette Heritage
Trail Park in Piney Z on the east side of Tallahassee.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21330550

I strongly encourage everyone to regularly use eBird ,
and if you have a smartphone, the BirdLog app is a great way to share your
findings in near real-time.

Also there are additional ways to connect with other birders using social
media that complement the nflbirds listserv.

   - The new Facebook group - Florida Panhandle Birding
   
   - The new Twitter group -  AT FLPandhandleBrds
   
   - The new Flickr photo group - Florida Panhandle Birding
   


Rob Lengacher
Tallahassee, FL
Subject: St. Marks NWR- Saturday
From: "'Don Morrow' don.morrow AT tpl.org [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 16:51:43 -0800
The January edition of the St Marks Wildlife Tours took place on a cold, clear 
winter day. The refuge was infested with birders; both Duval and Alachua 
Audubon were visiting in addition to many local and visiting birders. Arriving 
at 6:00 am to avoid the rush I logged 82 species before and during the tours. I 
had 17 waterfowl species, including Black Duck, but only 13 shorebird species, 
because of a low tide. There is an out-of-season Chuck-wills-widow, first 
reported by John Hintermister, roosting in the pine behind the bathrooms at the 
Mounds Pool Trailhead. Some highlights were: 

 
Alachua Audubon reported Golden-crowned Kinglet and a Parula Warbler on the 
Orchard Pond trail behind the Visitors Center. 

 
East River Pool
Redhead
Lesser Scaup 
Bufflehead
Ruddy Duck
 
Stony Bayou I (all birds seen in the Southeastern end of the pool)
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
American Avocet
Marbled Godwit
Bonaparte's Gull
 
Mounds Pool III (Mallard, Pintail and Redhead are common )
Glossy Ibis
White-faced Ibis (up to 8 individuals associating with Glossies: take the 
Mounds Pool/Firetower trail and walk North along the Mounds Pool dike for about 
a half mile) 

Green-winged Teal
American Black Duck (single bird seen and photographed flying with Mallards)
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Blue-winged Teal
Canvasback
Redhead
 
Headquarters Pond
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
 
Lighthouse Pond
American Wigeon
Redhead
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Ruddy Duck
 
Offshore
Common Loon
Horned Grebe
Redhead
Lesser Scaup
Common Goldeneye
Bufflehead
Red-breasted Merganser
American Oystercatcher
 
It was a good day of birding with lots of good birders out and about. 


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Subject: Robins
From: "cyanoci799 AT aol.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2015 16:22:05 -0500
A good sized flock of Robins is moving through our yard in Old Town, Dixie 
County 

 

 
Subject: Long-eared Owl
From: "'Lucy & Bob Duncan' town_point AT bellsouth.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 9 Jan 2015 19:52:39 -0600
A Long-eared owl was found in northern Okaloosa County on December 13, 2014.
The bird was unfortunately entangled in a fence, and died before a chance at
being rehabilitated. The specimen is being deposited at the Florida Museum
of Natural History in Gainesville. The purpose of this announcement is to
alert birders to the very rare, but occasional presence of this species in
north Florida. 

 

In 2008, another Long-eared Owl was found in a roadside ditch on Garcon
Point, Santa Rosa County. This bird was debilitated, but was successfully
"rehabbed" by The Wildlife Sanctuary of Pensacola and released. 

 

Recordings of the Long-eared Owl's calls can be found at the Xeno Canto site
http://www.xeno-canto.org/explore?query=Asio+otus
 &pg=4  .   

 

 

Lucy and Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze, FL
Subject: Apalachee Audubon January Bird Trips
From: "Helen King thekingsom AT gmail.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 11:48:10 -0500
Happy New Year!

There will be two planned trips, concentrating on wintering waterfowl.

*Friday, January 23- Apalachee Wildlife Management Area*
This place is adjacent to Lake Seminole and a real sleeper for great
viewings. Meet at 8 am ( EST) at the Pilot Gas Station at the intersection
of US90 West and I-10 and we will carpool. Alternatively, meet at 8 am
(CST) at the boat ramp on River Rd   ( CR 271) which is 2.5 miles north of
Three Rivers State Park outside of Sneads. This will mainly be a driving
tour, getting out of vehicles here and there. Please let me know which way
you plan to meet and also if you are a willing driver. The riding fee is
$5. We will return in time for a late lunch.

*Saturday, January 31- Southwood*
Budd Titlow, accomplished photographer and publisher lives here and has
offered to show us some new hot spots. In addition the Whooping Cranes are
in residence. Meet at Biltmore Pond at 7 am ( to see the whoopers depart).
There will be some walking involved.

Contact me at thekingsom AT gmail.com or call 765-2488 if you plan to attend a
trip.

Helen Jelks King
Apalachee Audubon

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Subject: RE: Baltimore Orioles
From: "'Jim Stevenson ' galornsoc AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2015 20:57:13 -0600
Glenda perhaps inadvertently brought up an interesting phenomenon that I
have been noticing (without explanation) for years. We have all seen
increased bird activity on spring and fall cold fronts - in fact some of us
live for them! But you know, in winter, I'd swear they also produce more
birds. Glenda described those clear, sunny days, and I've just seen it twice
in the last week here on the Texas Coast. Of course, these are not migrants
like we see in spring and fall, but SOMETHING activates avian numbers when
fronts pass, and those clear days with chilly temps arrive. Of course, as
homeotherms, birds (and mammals) need more food, so they may be somewhat
more active, but I think it's more than that. Unfortunately, ornithology is
a science, and I am bereft of the all-important "why." Without getting
anthropomorphic, I'd love to hear some well-considered hypotheses for this
almost-predictable behavior. 

 

Jim in Galveston

(still mourning the Noles...)

 

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From: nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of Glenda Simmons glendajoyce6009 AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]
Sent: Wednesday, January 7, 2015 8:46 PM
To: nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [nflbirds] Baltimore Orioles

 

  

If anyone would like to see Baltimore Orioles, I'll be happy to share mine.
On New Years Day, I counted twelve, at the same time, and there could have
been a few more.  I still have one with the red coloration, I assume, the
same one that arrived on Halloween. Cold and sunny days, especially, they
are very visable at a feeder and Primrose Jasmine thicket, at the end of my
driveway. I should be around a fair amount, this Fri-Sun, but the orioles
will be in my yard, until they head back north.  Here is one video clip, of
"Mr. King of the Hill" defending his pecking order.  

 

Glenda Simmons

Eastside Tallahassee

 

  
http://www.zenfolio.com/glenda6009/p962460055

 


Subject: Baltimore Orioles
From: "Glenda Simmons glendajoyce6009 AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2015 02:46:05 +0000 (UTC)
If anyone would like to see Baltimore Orioles, I'll be happy to share mine. 
 On New Years Day, I counted twelve, at the same time, and there could have 
been a few more.  I still have one with the red coloration, I assume, the same 
one that arrived on Halloween. Cold and sunny days, especially, they are very 
visable at a feeder and Primrose Jasmine thicket, at the end of my driveway. I 
should be around a fair amount, this Fri-Sun, but the orioles will be in my 
yard, until they head back north.  Here is one video clip, of "Mr. King of the 
Hill" defending his pecking order.   

Glenda SimmonsEastside Tallahassee
 http://www.zenfolio.com/glenda6009/p962460055 
Subject: Sprague Pipit?, SE Farm, Tram Rd, Tallahassee
From: "Bill Phelan wmjphelan AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2015 21:05:48 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all, 
Thanks to Eliot's and Ed Woodruff's posting, I went to SE Farm on Tram Rd this 
afternoon. 

I saw the Goldeneyes, etc. also a sharp-shinned hawk. 
Then walking along the water's edge at the southernmost pond was a pipit:  
thin bill, long legs, streaks on the upper breast.. 

But this one was not gray on the back like an American pipit.  It was brown 
with streaks on the back.  I can't say that I noted wing bars, however. 

Face was pale with an eye ring.  The belly was buffy and not streaked. 
I ID'd it as a Sprague's, using the Sibley's Eastern guide and a spotting 
scope. 

But now that I'm home and have access to the bigger Sibley's, I'm thinking it 
could be a paler adult American.  

But the back was definitely brown and prominently streaked. 
It would be nice if someone with more experience would check it out. 
Bill Phelan 
Tallahassee 
Subject: Female Painted Bunting
From: "'Janeen Engleman Langley' jelangley AT comcast.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Jan 2015 13:14:42 -0500
I had a female Painted Bunting eating millet with the Chipping Sparrows at
the feeder this afternoon.

Will post some poor photos on the website.

 

Janeen Langley

Northeast Tallahassee
Subject: Re: Ducks for Ed, an Snail Kite continues
From: "Elliot Schunke ewschunke AT hotmail.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 6 Jan 2015 10:44:45 -0500
Hi Ed and All,

I had 3 Ruddy Duck at Tram Rd today with 5 other duck species, including 4
Common Goldeney.  There were also at least 6 American Pipits and a bunch of
Least Sandpipers.  Full checklist here:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21219820

Lake Jackson, observed from Crowder Landing, has held Canvasback for some
time now and in weeks past has had many Ruddy Duck.  I didn't see them
today from Rhoden Cove, though they're often visible by scoping to the west
from there, too.  It was a bit foggy early this morning.

I finally saw the Snail Kite there this morning, too.  It flew in from
west-ish at approx 7:45 and was only visible for less than 10 seconds
before disappearing to the east and in the fog.

Elliot Schunke
Tallahassee

On Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 10:07 PM, Edwwjr AT aol.com [nflbirds] <
nflbirds-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

>
>
> Had two common goldeneye at the Southeast farm Monday morning. Lesser
> scaup, bufflehead and hooded merganser were also present. Lots of least
> sandpipers and one possible American pipit but I didn't have my scope. Tree
> swallows and crows.
>
> If you haven't been to the Miccosukee Greenway lately, the lake is back
> for at least a little while. Ring-necked ducks, blue-winged teal and lots
> of coots were present.
>
> Lake Elberta has lesser scaup, northern shovelers, pied-billed grebe, and
> palm warblers.
>
> Lake Henrietta had nothing but d c cormorants.
>
> The limpkin remain at Lake Killarney on a regular basis. Also present was
> a tricolored heron.
>
> The pond off Care Drive has hooded mergansers and Canada geese.
>
> The pond near Tallahassee Regional has lesser scaup, hooded mergansers,
> bufflehead, and Canada geese.
>
> A J Henry has wood ducks, lesser scaup, hooded merganser, and bufflehead.
>
> If anyone has ruddies or other different species, would you either post
> their location or drop me an email?
>
> Ed Woodruff
> Tallahassee
>   
>
Subject: Southeast Farm (Tram Rd) Tallahassee
From: "Edwwjr AT aol.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2015 22:07:08 -0500
Had two common goldeneye at the Southeast farm Monday morning. Lesser scaup, 
bufflehead and hooded merganser were also present. Lots of least sandpipers and 
one possible American pipit but I didn't have my scope. Tree swallows and 
crows. 


If you haven't been to the Miccosukee Greenway lately, the lake is back for at 
least a little while. Ring-necked ducks, blue-winged teal and lots of coots 
were present. 


Lake Elberta has lesser scaup, northern shovelers, pied-billed grebe, and palm 
warblers. 


Lake Henrietta had nothing but d c cormorants.

The limpkin remain at Lake Killarney on a regular basis. Also present was a 
tricolored heron. 


The pond off Care Drive has hooded mergansers and Canada geese.

The pond near Tallahassee Regional has lesser scaup, hooded mergansers, 
bufflehead, and Canada geese. 


A J Henry has wood ducks, lesser scaup, hooded merganser, and bufflehead.

If anyone has ruddies or other different species, would you either post their 
location or drop me an email? 


Ed Woodruff
Tallahassee
Subject: Bon Gull status
From: "'Jim Stevenson ' galornsoc AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2015 19:11:26 -0600
All this is very interesting to me. I remembered when I lived in North
Florida (before 1995) I saw Bonies in November, but I haven't seen them here
in Galveston before very late December. I made the (unwarranted) assumption
that they were getting later and later, much like Galveston's Sandhill
Cranes (as well as leaving earlier, in the crane's case). 

 

Now I see from one respondent in Gatorland that they are still arriving
occasionally in November in North Florida, for which I have no explanation.
I can only imagine it's related to food availability, but you know about
assumptions! So all we have is the bare bones data (likely why they call
them bony parts?). 

 

Happy New Year to all my North Florida friends (except the first day wasn't
too hot...). 

 

Jim

Galveston
Subject: RE: Ochlockonee River Dam
From: "'Jim Stevenson ' galornsoc AT earthlink.net [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2015 17:08:34 -0600
Hi Robert,

 

Thanks for reporting!

 

You might wanna check those terns, as Leasts are a very long way from North
Florida right now. I imagine they were Forster's. 

 

Does anyone in North Florida ever see Bonaparte's Gulls before late
December? Here in Texas, we don't get them till Christmas or New Year's. 

 

Regards to all,

 

Jim

 

 

 

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From: nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf
Of reptiluvr AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]
Sent: Sunday, January 4, 2015 8:35 AM
To: nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com
Subject: [nflbirds] Ochlockonee River Dam

 

  

While driving back from Torreya State Park on New Years Eve, I stopped at
the Ochlocknee River dam on SR20. There were Least Terns, Bonaparte's Gulls,
Ring-billed Gulls, American White Pelicans, Bald Eagles and a few more
common birds. I thought the Bonaparte's and Leasts were interesting. White
pelicans are always cool to see.

Robert Gundy
Orlando


Subject: Ochlockonee River Dam
From: "reptiluvr AT yahoo.com [nflbirds]" <nflbirds-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Jan 2015 06:35:04 -0800
While driving back from Torreya State Park on New Years Eve, I stopped at the 
Ochlocknee River dam on SR20. There were Least Terns, Bonaparte's Gulls, 
Ring-billed Gulls, American White Pelicans, Bald Eagles and a few more common 
birds. I thought the Bonaparte's and Leasts were interesting. White pelicans 
are always cool to see. 


Robert Gundy
Orlando

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