Nothing as impressive as what Bill Pranty reported for Ed K but 2 MIKI-birds of the year- were seen soaring over US 17 in Clay County at 0810 on 07/26/10, N of where Black Creek enters the St. Johns River. We often see Swallow-tailed Kites in this area and in years past this area has served as a mini staging area for the STKIs usually accompanied by a few MIKIs A couple of years ago 21 STKI were staging here and 1 MIKI was nest building during all this activity. The MIKI left when the SWKIs left. The Kites seem to like the dead trees in the area. It appears that the hydrology of the area has changed due to development, killing many trees.
Someone recently reported a Kingfisher. I had one soaring high over US17 near the kite area on 07/24/10. My first for the season.
At Bayard I am seeing Northern Parulas. Are these migrants? They breed there but I have not seen nor heard NOPA in some time until 07/23/10.
BTW, at 1530 I was out on US17 and my car thermometer read 103.
Lucky birding to all,
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