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Subject: STA-5 Trip Results 01/27/2007
From: Vincent Lucas <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Vincent Lucas <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Sat, 27 Jan 2007 21:13:11 -0500

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As promised, here is today's trip results from STA-5 in Hendry  
County. Thanks to Alan Murray, we were able to add an additional new  
species (American Robin) to our ever-expanding checklist for this  
location. Our total now stands at 133 species. Just a few lines about  
birds I saw going to and from STA-5 from Naples. Generally, when  
going out to STA-5 from Naples, I follow the CR846 (Immokalee Rd.) to  
CR833 to CR835 to Blumberg Rd. to STA-5 route. Coming back, I reverse  
this but detour onto CR858 at the Collier/Hendry County line so as to  
look for Tyrant flycathers by the Hendry County Correctional  
Facility. So, today, following this route to STA-5 I had the "usual"  
"expected" birds I/we see most every time following this route:  
Limpkin, Crested Caracara, American White Pelican, Roseate Spoonbill,  
Black-crowned and Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Sandhill Crane,  
American Crow, American Kestrel, Red-shouldered Hawk, Mottled Duck,  
Bald Eagle, Wood Stork and many other more "common" birds. Today I  
found a mixed flock of passerines at the Immokalee Ranch on CR846  
just east of the town of Immokalee. In that flock were many Yellow- 
rumped & Palm Warblers, many Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, one Yellow- 
throated Warbler, one male Pine Warbler, one Common Yellowthroat,  
several Gray Catbirds, one House Wren, one Blue-headed Vireo, one Red- 
bellied Woodpecker and and Eastern Phoebe! Strange to see all of  
those birds in the exact same tree at the exact same time. Noteworthy  
were 21 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons and 3 Black-crowned Night-Herons  
at the L-3 Canal about 1 mile west of Blumberg Rd. on CR835. I  
thought that they would be gone for sure since the SFWMD totally  
annihilated the Brazilian Peppers that lined the L-3 Canal which  
these birds used to perch/hide in during the day. But there they were  
just standing around on the barren banks right out in the open. A  
pair of Sandhill Cranes along Blumberg Rd. (which we include in the  
"official" checklist for STA-5) were new for me. Alan Murray, my  
usual STA-5 traveling companion, saw a huge flock of American Robins  
along Blumberg Rd. which I missed as I came by that spot later than  
he did since we drove separately today. On th ride home, I saw a pair  
of nice lonnggg-tailed Scissor-tailed Flycatchers on the lines along  
CR835 1.2 miles east of Canon Hammock Park. Bruce Anderson, you'd  
have wet your pants they were so long! Sorry, I got carried away. On  
CR 858, the road that is the Collier/Hendry County line, I found  
three Western Kingbirds and three Scissor-tailed Flycatchers (not  
long tailed ones) but much further north on CR858 than their "usual"  
location between the 12th and 13th telephone poles from where CR858  
makes the right turn at the Hendry County Correctional Facility. The  
female Vermilion Flycatcher which has been there all winter, was a no  
show -- probably out hunting insects in the cow pasture somewhere. . . .

Here's the "official" STA-5 list for the day. It includes birds seen  
along Blumberg Rd. Note: not all birders saw all species and some  
birders may have others to add. If so, please e-mail me off list.  

Fulvous Whistling-Duck  >75
American Wigeon  8
Mottled Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail (1 Male)
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup  2
Ruddy Duck  3
Pied-billed Grebe
American White Pelican  >100
Double-crested Cormorant
American Bittern 2
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
White Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill (I can only remember seeing no more than 12 but  
some attendees may have seen many more.) One was banded with "ED".
Wood Stork
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Snail Kite  6
Bald Eagle 3 (2 adults and 1 subadult)
Northern Harrier
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon (I don't think one was actually seen at STA-5 unless  
someone saw one on Blumberg Rd. afterward.)
Sora 1
Purple Swamphen  >40
Purple Gallinule 1
Common Moorhen
American Coot
Limpkin  4
Sandhill Crane (I saw 2 on Blumberg Rd. on the way in before the tour.)
Black-necked Stilt  >25
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Least Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher >50
Wilson's Snipe  >10
Black Skimmer ????  Not sure who reported this species today but we  
have seen them at STA-5 in recent weeks.
Mourning Dove
Common Ground-Dove  2
Belted Kingfisher
Eastern Phoebe
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow >500 -- the most common swallow at  
STA-5 at this time of the year.
Petrochelidon Swallow species. Either Cliff or Cave Swallow but one  
or the other for sure! We need to look closer at these swallows in  
the future!
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
**American Robin (New species for the STA-5 checklist)
European Starling
Northern Mockingbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Palm Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Eastern Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Boat-tailed Grackle

Good birding!


Vincent Lucas
Naples, FL
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