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21 Apr Audubon Program, Thurs. April 24: Beach-Nesting Birds [Fran Rutkovsky ]
20 Apr ST Marks NWR -- this week ["Don Morrow" ]
20 Apr Re: St Marks NWR Wakulla, Bottoms Rd & Bald Point SP [Helen King ]
20 Apr yard & ravine today [Fran Rutkovsky ]
20 Apr Cerulean, Blk-th Blue, Blackpoll, others - Indianhead Acres, Tallahassee [Elliot Schunke ]
20 Apr Birds []
20 Apr St. Marks Saturday ["Candy and Michael Hill" ]
19 Apr St George Is SP/Saturday [John Murphy ]
19 Apr Re: St. Marks NWR --Saturday [eliza hawkins ]
19 Apr Re: St Marks NWR Wakulla, Bottoms Rd & Bald Point SP []
19 Apr Re: St. Marks NWR --Saturday ["Jeff O'Connell" ]
19 Apr St Marks NWR Wakulla, Bottoms Rd & Bald Point SP [Sunny ]
19 Apr St. Marks NWR --Saturday ["Don Morrow" ]
18 Apr Orchard Orioles ["Peter Homann" ]
18 Apr St Marks NWR 4/18 [Fritz Davis ]
18 Apr Today's bird trip rescheduled to Sat., Apr. 26th [Helen King ]
17 Apr Tuesday and Wednesday at St. George was fabulous [Larry Gridley ]
16 Apr Re: St George Island State Park, Youth Camp today 11:00AM - 4:00 PM [ROC ]
16 Apr Warbling vireo/Bald Pt St Pk [John Murphy ]
16 Apr More migrants from St. Marks [David Houle ]
16 Apr Re: St. Marks 4/16 [Corinne Jörgensen ]
16 Apr St. Marks 4/16 ["Jeff O'Connell" ]
15 Apr Re: St George Island State Park, Youth Camp today 11:00AM - 4:00 PM [John Murphy ]
15 Apr St George Island State Park, Youth Camp today 11:00AM - 4:00 PM ["Cavanagh, Jim" ]
15 Apr Re: St. Marks NWR-Tuesday Afternoon [Elliot Schunke ]
15 Apr St. Marks NWR-Tuesday Afternoon ["Don Morrow" ]
15 Apr St Marks NWR 4/15 [Fritz Davis ]
13 Apr Orchard Orioles ["Janeen Engleman Langley" ]
12 Apr Re: Tallahassee Eastern Kingbirds [Glenda Simmons ]
12 Apr Tallahassee Eastern Kingbirds []
12 Apr Orchard Oriole Tallahasseee []
12 Apr Nashville Warbler, tallahassee [Elliot Schunke ]
9 Apr FW: [FLORIDABIRDS-L] Good day at St George Island State Park ["Cavanagh, Jim" ]
7 Apr Black-crowned Night Heron at Robert White Williams Birding Trail, Tallahassee [Robert Lengacher ]
6 Apr Re: Henslow's and Black rail near St Marks? ["Jim Stevenson" ]
6 Apr Henslow's and Black rail near St Marks? [Sunny Philllips ]
6 Apr Re: St. Marks NWR -- Sunday Morning ["Jim Stevenson" ]
06 Apr St. Marks NWR -- Sunday Morning ["Don Morrow" ]
6 Apr April Audubon Bird Trips [Helen King ]
6 Apr Black-bellied Whistling-ducks [Hank Pfeifer ]
6 Apr Bell's Vireo? St George Is, Franklin County [Bill Phelan ]
5 Apr Re: Townsend's warbler/Ft Pickens [Dana Timmons ]
5 Apr Re: Townsend's warbler/Ft Pickens [Lucy & Bob Email ]
5 Apr Townsend's warbler/Ft Pickens [John Murphy ]
3 Apr Common merganser pair [Sunny Yahoo ]
31 Mar Rodney's duckage ["Jim Stevenson" ]
30 Mar Re: St George Island State Park, YouthCamp [ROC ]
30 Mar St George Island State Park, YouthCamp ["Cavanagh, Jim" ]
28 Mar Visiting Ecuador [John Erickson ]
26 Mar Beginning Birding workshop at Birdsong, Sat.March 29, 8:30-11:30 a.m. [Fran Rutkovsky ]
26 Mar Hummingbird talk at Native Nurseries, Sat.-3/29, 10 a.m. [Fran Rutkovsky ]
23 Mar Audubon program, March 27, Megan Jones, speaker [Fran Rutkovsky ]
23 Mar Godwits at St Marks [Bill Phelan ]
23 Mar Re: Bar-tailed Godwit Report [Elliot Schunke ]
23 Mar Chuck's [Melissa Forehand ]
23 Mar Re: Bar-tailed Godwit Report [Melissa Forehand ]
22 Mar FOS Mississippi Kite, Tallahassee ["Gary Griffin" ]
21 Mar Bar-tailed Godwit Report ["Don Morrow" ]
21 Mar Chuck at Phipps Park []
21 Mar Chuck Will's Widow - Phipps Park, Tallahassee ["Gary Griffin" ]
21 Mar St. Marks NWR-Friday Morning ["Don Morrow" ]
16 Mar Black-and-white Warbler ["Tara Tanaka" ]
16 Mar Swallow-tailed Kite [Glenda Simmons ]
13 Mar Re: FOS Great Crested Flycatchers ["Jim Stevenson" ]
13 Mar Leon County: YB Cuckoo and Ovenbird [Bill Phelan ]
13 Mar FOS Great Crested Flycatchers ["Cassidy, Rodney" ]
12 Mar Re: Swallow-tailed kites [Charles Futch ]
12 Mar Swallow-tailed kites [John Erickson ]
12 Mar Saturday Field Trip [Jim Cox ]
10 Mar Apalachee Audubon newsletter [Fran Rutkovsky ]
07 Mar Fwd: 2014 Breeding Bird Survey Welcome [David Simpson ]
7 Mar Wood Storks in Tally [Alva Stone ]
03 Mar My First return hummingbird for the spring - []
28 Feb Winter reports for FFN [John Murphy ]
27 Feb Re: Summer Tanager ["Jim Stevenson" ]
27 Feb Summer Tanager ["Janeen Engleman Langley" ]

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


Apalachee Audubon Society 

April 24, 2014 

BEACH-NESTING BIRDS: FLORIDA’S ORIGINAL BEACH BABIES 

Speaker: Bonnie Samuelsen 

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

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

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


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


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



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

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

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

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

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

 
Good Birding.
 
 


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


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

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


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Subject: yard & ravine today
From: Fran Rutkovsky <franrutkovsky AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:57:18 +0000 (UTC)
Hi all 

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

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

since around November. 

Yesterday at St. Marks was amazing! 


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

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

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

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

Alice
McAlpin, Suwannee

 
Subject: St. Marks Saturday
From: "Candy and Michael Hill" <mchill7 AT embarqmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 10:42:06 -0400
I feel compelled to share with the group that I had the best migrant bird
viewing in many years at SMNWR, mostly around the bathroom trails.  Eddie
White and I took off work on Wednesday, the 16th  and scored 18 warbler
species.  You've seen the list.  Thanks to all who post them!  Then I took
my wife and daughter on Saturday, promising them fine viewing.  (21 warbler
species) They both got several lifers, but the amazing thing was ELEVEN
painted buntings (only three were females)!  We were astonished with nine
PABU, but as we drove home by Stoney Bayou, another pair flew up and stood
alongside the road.  A walk at Cedar Point trail, displayed two male black
throated greens on the ground between the posts of that sign.  Further
along, a beautiful black throated blue male.  Also, 4 Northern waterthrush,
and of course, many indigo buntings, kept us going.  If I wasn't so tired, I
might go back today!

 

Michael Hill, Tallahassee    

 
Subject: St George Is SP/Saturday
From: John Murphy <southmoonunder AT mchsi.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 23:14:39 -0500 (CDT)
Jim Cavanagh, Steve Mullin, Steve Jones, Bob Kornegay & I birded St George Is 
State Park today, and while the numbers weren't quite as good as on Tuesday, 
there was still plenty of migrant activity. In addition to 24 warbler species 
and abundant buntings, grosbeaks, tanagers & cuckoos, we found an ASH-THROATED 
FLYCATCHER and a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO. 


John Murphy
Alligator Pt, FL


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Subject: Re: St. Marks NWR --Saturday
From: eliza hawkins <ehawkins AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:37:46 -0700 (PDT)
I saw most of the birds below but also blue gross beaks and a solitary 
sandpiper .. got pictures of a lot of them including a very tame painted 
bunting..also nice bobcat encounter and a barred owl which flew down and 
grabbed a crawfish about 15 feet from me.   Pictures below: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/9467770 AT N06/sets/72157644110367762/

 
 
Eliza Hawkins
ehawkins AT yahoo.com


>________________________________
> From: Jeff O'Connell 
>To: Don Morrow  
>Cc: "nflbirds AT yahoogroups.com" ; robin_will AT fws.gov 
>Sent: Saturday, April 19, 2014 5:31 PM
>Subject: Re: [nflbirds] St. Marks NWR --Saturday
> 
>
>
>  
>In addition to Don’s list, I had a Swainson’s Warbler and a Bay-breasted 
Warbler at St. Marks this afternoon. Both birds were just behind the fire 
tower, as you re-enter the woods on the backside of the hill. The Swainson’s 
was in the leaf litter immediately to the left of the trail. I re-found it 
easily about 30 minutes after I first saw it.  

>
>
>
>On Sat, Apr 19, 2014 at 3:33 PM, Don Morrow  wrote:
>
> 
>>  
>>On a cool, gloomy Spring morning, St Marks provided slow and steady birding. 
In seven hours beginning at 6:30 am I logged exactly 100 species including 21 
warbler species. Some of the spring migrants were leftovers from the Tuesday 
fallout and some were newly arriving birds sitting on the coastal strand at the 
lighthouse where I had 6 warbler species as well as 7 other spring migrants. 
Some highlights were: 

>>
>>Lighthouse area
>>Common Loon (two sitting just offshore, no migrants)
>>Red-breasted Merganser (still in low numbers)
>>Tree Swallow
>>Bank Swallow
>>Cliff Swallow
>>Barn Swallow (the predominant species, some were just sitting on the road)
>>Swainson's Thrush
>>Gray Catbird
>>Yellow Warbler
>>Cape May Warbler
>>Palm Warbler
>>Prothonotary Warbler
>>Northern Waterthrush (probably eight)
>>Common Yellowthroat
>>Hooded Warbler
>>Scarlet Tanager (male sitting on the lighthouse lawn)
>>Rose-breasted Grosbeak (two sitting on the lawn, others moving along the 
road) 

>>Indigo Bunting (over fifty, some just sitting, others moving along the road)
>>Painted Bunting (three males)
>>
>>Tower Pond Trail (most of the warblers were single birds, a few species were 
in small numbers but were scattered out along the trail) 

>>Eastern Kingbird
>>Ruby-crowned Kinglet
>>Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
>>Wood Thrush (singing)
>>Gray Catbird (still common)
>>White-eyed, Red-eyed and Yellow-throated Vireos (Red-eyed Vireo may have been 
the most common bird in the canopy) 

>>Blue-winged Warbler
>>Tennessee Warbler
>>Northern Parula
>>Yellow Warbler
>>Chestnut-sided Warbler
>>Magnolia warbler
>>Cape May Warbler
>>Black-throated Blue Warbler
>>Yellow-rumped Warbler
>>Black-throated Green Warbler
>>Prairie Warbler
>>Palm Warbler
>>Blackpoll Warbler
>>Black-and-white Warbler
>>American Redstart
>>Worm-eating Warbler
>>Kentucky Warbler
>>Common Yellowthroat
>>Hooded warbler
>>Hooded Warbler
>>Summer Tanager
>>Scarlet Tanager
>>Rose-breasted Grosbeak
>>Indigo Bunting ( still about twenty hanging around)
>>Painted Bunting (single male behind the bathrooms)
>>
>>I understand that Ovenbird was seen along the Tower Trail and that several 
other warbler species were recorded from the coastal strand. There were a 
number of birders out, braving the intermittent light mist. 

>>
>>
>>[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>>
>>
>
>
>
>
Subject: Re: St Marks NWR Wakulla, Bottoms Rd & Bald Point SP
From: Barive AT aol.com
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:15:58 -0400
This photo taken at approximately 4:30pm at Alligator Point today. This was one 
of at least two, possibly more! Maybe we saw the same ones? 





Barbara


Sent from my iPad

> On Apr 19, 2014, at 5:01 PM, Sunny  wrote:
> 
> 66 species total at SMNWR - Wakulla included a a Horned Grebe (cannot 
remember which pond) and an Eastern Meadowlark in the short grass at the 
helipad while looking for the Henslow's Sparrow and. It was a shock for all of 
us. 

> 
> Lots of Clapper Rails at Bottoms Rd (19 species total) but the treat of the 
day was the Bald Eagle, 13 Red-breasted Mergansers and 5 Canvasbacks (1 male 
and 4 females). 

> 
> Bald Point State Park provided 17 species total which included a pair of 
Eastern Kingbirds spotted along the road in on a wire/utility pole. 

> 
> Not bad for the visiting birding pal from Massachusetts. Thanks to all of you 
that helped steer us in the right direction. James sent the full reports to 
eBird. 

> 
Subject: Re: St. Marks NWR --Saturday
From: "Jeff O'Connell" <jeff.m.oconnell AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:31:25 -0400
In addition to Don’s list, I had a Swainson’s Warbler and a Bay-breasted
Warbler at St. Marks this afternoon. Both birds were just behind the fire
tower, as you re-enter the woods on the backside of the hill. The
Swainson’s was in the leaf litter immediately to the left of the trail. I
re-found it easily about 30 minutes after I first saw it.


On Sat, Apr 19, 2014 at 3:33 PM, Don Morrow  wrote:

>
>
> On a cool, gloomy Spring morning, St Marks provided slow and steady
> birding. In seven hours beginning at 6:30 am I logged exactly 100 species
> including 21 warbler species. Some of the spring migrants were leftovers
> from the Tuesday fallout and some were newly arriving birds sitting on the
> coastal strand at the lighthouse where I had 6 warbler species as well as 7
> other spring migrants. Some highlights were:
>
> Lighthouse area
> Common Loon (two sitting just offshore, no migrants)
> Red-breasted Merganser (still in low numbers)
> Tree Swallow
> Bank Swallow
> Cliff Swallow
> Barn Swallow (the predominant species, some were just sitting on the road)
> Swainson's Thrush
> Gray Catbird
> Yellow Warbler
> Cape May Warbler
> Palm Warbler
> Prothonotary Warbler
> Northern Waterthrush (probably eight)
> Common Yellowthroat
> Hooded Warbler
> Scarlet Tanager (male sitting on the lighthouse lawn)
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak (two sitting on the lawn, others moving along the
> road)
> Indigo Bunting (over fifty, some just sitting, others moving along the
> road)
> Painted Bunting (three males)
>
> Tower Pond Trail (most of the warblers were single birds, a few species
> were in small numbers but were scattered out along the trail)
> Eastern Kingbird
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
> Wood Thrush (singing)
> Gray Catbird (still common)
> White-eyed, Red-eyed and Yellow-throated Vireos (Red-eyed Vireo may have
> been the most common bird in the canopy)
> Blue-winged Warbler
> Tennessee Warbler
> Northern Parula
> Yellow Warbler
> Chestnut-sided Warbler
> Magnolia warbler
> Cape May Warbler
> Black-throated Blue Warbler
> Yellow-rumped Warbler
> Black-throated Green Warbler
> Prairie Warbler
> Palm Warbler
> Blackpoll Warbler
> Black-and-white Warbler
> American Redstart
> Worm-eating Warbler
> Kentucky Warbler
> Common Yellowthroat
> Hooded warbler
> Hooded Warbler
> Summer Tanager
> Scarlet Tanager
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak
> Indigo Bunting ( still about twenty hanging around)
> Painted Bunting (single male behind the bathrooms)
>
> I understand that Ovenbird was seen along the Tower Trail and that several
> other warbler species were recorded from the coastal strand. There were a
> number of birders out, braving the intermittent light mist.
>
>
> [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
>
>  
>
Subject: St Marks NWR Wakulla, Bottoms Rd & Bald Point SP
From: Sunny <sunny_phillips AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:01:02 -0700 (PDT)
66 species total at SMNWR - Wakulla included a  a Horned Grebe (cannot remember 
which pond) and an Eastern Meadowlark in the short grass at the helipad while 
looking for the Henslow's Sparrow and.  It was a shock for all of us.   


Lots of Clapper Rails at Bottoms Rd  (19 species total) but the treat of the 
day was the Bald Eagle, 13 Red-breasted Mergansers and 5 Canvasbacks (1 male 
and 4 females). 


Bald Point State Park provided 17 species total which included a pair of 
Eastern Kingbirds spotted along the road in on a wire/utility pole. 


Not bad for the visiting birding pal from Massachusetts.  Thanks to all of you 
that helped steer us in the right direction.  James sent the full reports to 
eBird. 
Subject: St. Marks NWR --Saturday
From: "Don Morrow" <don.morrow AT tpl.org>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:33:56 -0700
On a cool, gloomy Spring morning, St Marks provided slow and steady birding. In 
seven hours beginning at 6:30 am I logged exactly 100 species including 21 
warbler species. Some of the spring migrants were leftovers from the Tuesday 
fallout and some were newly arriving birds sitting on the coastal strand at the 
lighthouse where I had 6 warbler species as well as 7 other spring migrants. 
Some highlights were: 

 
Lighthouse area
Common Loon (two sitting just offshore, no migrants)
Red-breasted Merganser (still in low numbers)
Tree Swallow
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Barn Swallow (the predominant species, some were just sitting on the road)
Swainson's Thrush
Gray Catbird
Yellow Warbler
Cape May Warbler
Palm Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler
Northern Waterthrush (probably eight)
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
Scarlet Tanager (male sitting on the lighthouse lawn)
Rose-breasted Grosbeak (two sitting on the lawn, others moving along the road)
Indigo Bunting (over fifty, some just sitting, others moving along the road)
Painted Bunting (three males)
 
Tower Pond Trail (most of the warblers were single birds, a few species were in 
small numbers but were scattered out along the trail) 

Eastern Kingbird
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Wood Thrush (singing)
Gray Catbird (still common)
White-eyed, Red-eyed and Yellow-throated Vireos (Red-eyed Vireo may have been 
the most common bird in the canopy) 

Blue-winged Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Northern Parula
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Magnolia warbler
Cape May Warbler
Black-throated Blue Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Palm Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Worm-eating Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded warbler
Hooded Warbler
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting ( still about twenty hanging around)
Painted Bunting (single male behind the bathrooms)
 
I understand that Ovenbird was seen along the Tower Trail and that several 
other warbler species were recorded from the coastal strand. There were a 
number of birders out, braving the intermittent light mist. 

 


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Subject: Orchard Orioles
From: "Peter Homann" <ph-homann AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:46:28 -0400
When we moved to the Lakeshore area of Tallahassee 40 years ago, Orchard 
Orioles nested in our Live Oak year after year and the male's lovely song was 
part of the hot and humid early summer days. At that time I located two other 
pairs less than about 500 m from our home to the south and north. Then 
Brown-headed Cowbirds showed up and parasitized the orioles on a regular basis 
(as they did towhees, gnatcatchers, parulas etc), and in the late eighties the 
orioles had disappeared from all three locations. Cowbirds eventually became a 
rarity near my home, presumably because there was not much left for them to 
parasitize. While doing Breeding Bird Atlas surveys in the 1980s, I encountered 
orioles feeding young cowbirds several times in the Tallahassee area and I 
feared for their status as relatively common breeders, The recent observations 
by Janeen, Glenda and Ed are encouraging news, but we may have to wait for new 
Breeding Bird Atlas to tell the whole story. 


 

Peter Homann

North Tallahassee

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Subject: St Marks NWR 4/18
From: Fritz Davis <davisfritz AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:42:48 -0700 (PDT)
Many of the warblers reported on Tuesday and Wednesday from the Tower Pond 
Trail (behind the restrooms) at St Marks are still present. 


I saw 18 species of warblers this morning in the rain (at times it was really 
pouring; the birds didn't seem to mind). 


Highlights included:

Cape May 2 (males)
Worm-eating  3 (1 singing about an octave above what I consider typical)
Kentucky 3
Hooded 6 (males were singing and there were also females)
Blackpoll 1 (female)
Tennessee 1
Prothonotary 1
Am Redstart 2 (1 imm male)
Chestnut-sided 1
Magnolia 1

There were also many Red-eyed Vireos as well as Yellow-throated, White-eyed, 
and Blue-headed Vireos and several Wood Thrushes (occasionally singing). 



Given the current weather pattern, some or all of these birds will likely be 
present at least through tomorrow morning. 


Fritz Davis

 
Frederick R. Davis
Tallahassee, Florida
davisfritz at yahoo.com
Subject: Today's bird trip rescheduled to Sat., Apr. 26th
From: Helen King <thekingsom AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:37:52 -0400
Good Wet Morning:

    Due to the weather, the trip was cancelled for today. It is rescheduled
for Sat. , meeting at Lake Munson Recreation Area at 7:30 a.m. We will
carpool down to St. Mark's Wildlife Refuge, so please indicate if you are a
willing driver. Please email me at thekingsom AT gmail.com if you plan to
attend.

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Subject: Tuesday and Wednesday at St. George was fabulous
From: Larry Gridley <eelriver74 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:15:54 -0700 (PDT)
Every birders dream!!! Fallout on Tuesday!! Got the call today at work after 
the storm front moved through the panhandle . I went home and grabbed some 
clothes and headed to St George Island. I got there at 6 pm and what a treat. 
Best birding I have ever had. Every scrub tree and bush had warblers and 
tanagers and grosbeaks. I left for the hotel at 7:30 pm and had 22 species of 
warbler under my belt. I saw 12 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and 9 Scarlet Tanagers 
in one scrub oak at the same time . The birds were still feeding heavy as the 
sun was setting. Wednesday was also a banner day. 


 Here is my warbler list (24) for Tuesday and Wednesday and a few photos. Most 
warblers ever in one day for me (22). 

 1. Bay-breasted
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/13907323715/
 2. N. Parula
 3. Ovenbird
 4. Bl- throated Green, 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/13884181492/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/13907356913/
 5. B&W
 6. Yellow
 7. Blackpoll
 8. Redstart
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/13907358113/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/13907358523/
 9. Kentucky
 10. Hooded
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/13907295325/
 11. Tennessee
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/13884172482/
 12. Magnolia
 13. Cape May
 14. Blue-winged
 15. Chestnut-sided
 16. Palm
 17. Prairie
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/13907707934/in/photostream/
 18. Pine
 19. Worm-eating
 20. Yellow-rumped
 21. Northern Waterthrush
 22. Louisianan Watertrush
 23. Common Yellowthroat
 24. Prothonatary
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/13884170821/
Red-eyed Vireo
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/13907290425/
Yellow-throated Vireo
https://www.flickr.com/photos/grmann/13907343073/

 Bird on my friends!!!!!

Larry Gridley
Albany, Ga
Dougherty County


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Subject: Re: St George Island State Park, Youth Camp today 11:00AM - 4:00 PM
From: ROC <austrina1 AT aol.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:44:13 -0400 (EDT)
A few interesting observations from today at SGI (11-7 Birding the island). 
Birding picked up a little about 5 pm. 24 warbler species 



Philadelphia Vireo.....1.........my 1st in a while and I spend way too much 
time at SGI. 

Bank Swallow...........1
Louisiana Waterthrush..................8
Northern Waterthrush....................9
Cliff Swallow..............1
Kentucky..............................8
Willow.......Traill's Flycatcher....1


I also had a Louisiana Waterthrush singing, plus a Kentucky Warbler singing. 
(They are generally pretty quite at the SGI migrant trap.) 



I've been making 2-3 trips a week to the Youth Camp/SGI.........but my highest 
warbler species count (this spring) was less than 10 in a day prior to today. 
The higher winds (NE) helped this evening. Most of the birders I talked to had 
22 plus species (if they stayed most of the day)........volume was generally 
low, with a trickle like fall in. Waterthrush and (coincidental, no relation) 
GC/Swainson's Thrush numbers picked up late. Most of the waterthrush were at 
the sugar hill camp ground. 




Rodney and Lydia Cassidy
Tallahassee, Florida




-----Original Message-----
From: John Murphy 
To: Jim Cavanagh 
Cc: nflbirds 
Sent: Tue, Apr 15, 2014 9:43 pm
Subject: Re: [nflbirds] St George Island State Park, Youth Camp today 11:00AM - 
4:00 PM 



 
  
    
                  
In addition to Jim's list, I & a few others also observed:

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

John Murphy
Alligator Pt, FL

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


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


    
             

  
Subject: Warbling vireo/Bald Pt St Pk
From: John Murphy <southmoonunder AT mchsi.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:02:13 -0500 (CDT)
This evening I ran out to Bald Pt SP to see what remained of yesterday's 
birding largess. In a relatively short amount of time I found 14 species of 
warbler as well as the thrushes, tanagers, grosbeaks & buntings mentioned 
frequently in recent posts. However the highlight was a WARBLING VIREO a couple 
of hundred feet south of the main parking lot. It was working its way north in 
the oak hammock along the beach side of the road. 


I added the best of several poor photos to the NFLbird site on Yahoo.

John Murphy
Alligator Pt, FL


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Subject: More migrants from St. Marks
From: David Houle <dhoule AT bio.fsu.edu>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:19:31 -0400
We went out this morning intending to go several places along the 
coast, starting with the Tower Pond Trail at St. Marks.  Well, we 
basically never left Tower Pond.  The birding was that interesting, 
and we kept finding new things all day.  The weather was beautiful, 
the bugs benign mostly.  The highlights were 24 warbler species:

Ovenbird 4
Worm-eating Warbler 4
N. Waterthrush 1 (at two bridges)
Blue-winged W. 2
Black and white Warbler >25
Prothonotary W. 2
Tennessee W. 6
Kentucky W. 3
C. Yellowthroat 6
Hooded Warbler 15
Am. Redstart 4
Cerulean W. 1 female - thank you Andy Wraithmell
N. Parula 10
Magnolia W. 1
Yellow W. 1
Chestnut-sided W. 1
Blackpoll W. 1
Black-Throated Blue 1
Palm Warbler 10
Pine Warbler 10
Yellow-rumps 12
Yellow-throated W. 10
Prairie W. 1
Black-throated Green W. 2

Other notable migrants:
Whimbrels 3
Pectoral Sandpiper 3
C. Nighthawk 1
Yellow-thr vireos 8
Scarlet Tanagers 20
Summer Tanagers 10
Rose -breasted Grosbeak 10
Indigo Bunting 20
Blue Grosbeak 6
Filed Sparrow 1
White-thr. Sp. 1
Wood Thrush 3
Field Sp. 1

And did anyone mention Red-eyed Vireos?


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: Re: St. Marks 4/16
From: Corinne Jörgensen <corinnejorgensen1 AT mac.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:13:09 -0400
How long does anyone expect the good birding at St. Marks to last? I see the 
East wind is slightly shifting to the Northeast tomorrow sometime. 


thanks,

Corinne

Corinne Jörgensen
corinnejorgensen1 AT mac.com

"The moral test of government is how [it] treats those who are in the dawn of 
life -- the children; those who are in the twilight of life --- the elderly; 
and those who are in the shadows of life -- the sick, the needy, and the 
handicapped." 


Hubert Humphrey

On Apr 16, 2014, at 2:48 PM, Jeff O'Connell wrote:

> 
> Despite the draconian demands of my professors to spend every waking second 
locked indoors reading, I spent a good part of the morning birding St. Marks 
today. The woods around firetower trail proved very productive. I managed to 
find 17 species of warbler, the best of which was a very cooperative 
Blue-winged warbler. Full list below. 

> 
> Yellow Warbler 1
> Chestnut-sided Warbler  2
> Magnolia Warbler  1
> Black-throated Green Warbler  3
> Yellow-rumped Warbler  4
> Palm Warbler  >5
> Pine Warbler  >5
> Prairie Warbler  2
> Yellow-throated Warbler  >5
> Tennessee Warbler  1
> Blue-winged Warbler  1
> Northern Parula  >5
> Black-and-white Warbler  5
> Prothonotary Warbler  2
> Worm-eating Warbler  2
> Common Yellowthroat  2
> Hooded Warbler  5
> 
> Scarlet Tanager  3
> Rose-breasted Grosbeak  >5
> Veery  2
> Wood Thrush  2
> 
> Red-eyed Vireos were absolutely everywhere.
> 
> 
Subject: St. Marks 4/16
From: "Jeff O'Connell" <jeff.m.oconnell AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:48:45 -0400
Despite the draconian demands of my professors to spend every waking second
locked indoors reading, I spent a good part of the morning birding St.
Marks today. The woods around firetower trail proved very productive. I
managed to find 17 species of warbler, the best of which was a very
cooperative Blue-winged warbler. Full list below.


Yellow Warbler 1

Chestnut-sided Warbler  2

Magnolia Warbler  1

Black-throated Green Warbler  3

Yellow-rumped Warbler  4

Palm Warbler  >5

Pine Warbler  >5

Prairie Warbler  2

Yellow-throated Warbler  >5

Tennessee Warbler  1

Blue-winged Warbler  1

Northern Parula  >5

Black-and-white Warbler  5

Prothonotary Warbler  2

Worm-eating Warbler  2

Common Yellowthroat  2

Hooded Warbler  5


Scarlet Tanager  3

Rose-breasted Grosbeak  >5

Veery  2

Wood Thrush  2


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

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

John Murphy
Alligator Pt, FL

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


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



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

Elliot Schunke
Tallahassee


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

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

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

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

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

 
 
 
 


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


Cedar Point

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

Red-eyed Vireo 4
Yellow-throated Vireo 1


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

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

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


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

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

Red-eyed Vireo many

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


Scarlet Tanager 4+ males and 2 females

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


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


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

 

Janeen Langley

Northeast Tallahassee

 

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

 






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

 

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

 

Thanks,

 

Glenda Simmons

Eastside Tallahassee

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

  

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

Ed Woodruff
Tallahassee

 







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

 stay, the rest of the season?

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


Thanks,

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


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


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


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

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

________________________________

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



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

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

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

Jim Cavanagh
Tallahassee

________________________________

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



Hi all,



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

             

Good Birding,

Bob Duncan

Gulf Breeze in the w. Florida Panhandle


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

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

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

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

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


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


Jim
Galveston

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

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


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


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

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


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


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

Jim
Galveston

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

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


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

 
Good Birding
 
 


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

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

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

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

Helen Jelks King
Audubon

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

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


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




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


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

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


No picture. 

I  wanted to post it so that others might confirm. 

Bill Phelan 

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

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


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

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

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

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

Sent from my iPhone

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

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

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


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


John Murphy
Alligator Pt, FL


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

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

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

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

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

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



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


  



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Subject: [nflbirds] St George Island State Park, YouthCamp


 
  
    
                  

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

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

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

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

 
Jim Cavanagh
 
Tallahassee

    
             

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

Thanks!
jwerick AT gmail.com

John Erickson

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



Dear Friends, 

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



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




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


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


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





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






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


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


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


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





Birdsong Nature Center 

229-377-4408 

birdsong AT birdsongnaturecenter.org 






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

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

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




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

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


March 27, 2014 




Apalachee Audubon Program 




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


Speaker: Megan Jones 

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

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


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

http://www.apalachee.org/ 

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

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


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


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


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


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

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


Hope someone else sees this bird. 



Other birds of note were: 

  black-necked stilts at Tower Pond, among other shorebirds 

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


Nice day to be out. 

Bill Phelan 

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

Elliot Schunke
Tallahassee


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

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

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

Melissa Forehand
Tallahasssee


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

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



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

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


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

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

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


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

 

Tara Tanaka

NW Tallahassee

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

http://vimeo.com/h2otara

 

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


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

Bird on,
Jim
G’ton

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

Had my FOS YB Cuckoo calling yesterday in my yard. 

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

Bill Phelan 

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


Rodney Cassidy
Tallahassee, Florida




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


John Erickson

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


For more information...


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


Thanks,
Jim

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


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

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

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

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

see who's coming in to eat and bathe. 

http://www.birdsongnaturecenter.org 






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

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


David Simpson

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Ragheb, Erin" 
Date: March 07, 2014 11:35:06 AM
To: "Wraithmell, Andy" ," 
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(birderfreedman AT gmail.com)" ," (brianrapoza AT aol.com)" 
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,"Jim Cox (necox AT embarqmail.com)" 
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Subject: 2014 Breeding Bird Survey Welcome

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

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

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

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

 
Thanks again for your service to the BBS.
 
Sincerely,
 
Erin
 
 
-------------------------------------------------------------
Erin L. Hewett Ragheb, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Scientist
Upland Nongame Birds
Florida Wildlife Research Institute
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
1105 SW Williston Road
Gainesville, FL 32601
Office: 352-334-4208
Email: Erin.Ragheb AT myFWC.com
 
Please Note: Under Florida law, email addresses and message content sent to 
this email address are public records. If you do not want your address or 
content released in response to a public records request, do not send 
electronic mail to this entity. Instead, please contact me by telephone or 
Columbidae carrier. 

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


Alva Stone



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

  
 March 3, 2014
  
 John Armstrong

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

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



Species 

Number of individuals 

Location 

Date 

Observer(s) 


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


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

Thanks very much. 


John Murphy 
Alligator Pt, FL






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


Jim
Tucacas, Venezuela

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

  

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



Janeen Langley

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

 

Janeen Langley

Northeast Tallahassee