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Hi John,
Any birds are good birds on this list... keep em' coming!
Good birding and welcome to FLA.
-Chris

PS
Floridabirders:
Casey Lott of the Raptor Migration Project and myself banded ten wintering
falcons and buteos this past weekend... the highlight was a gorgeous adult
broad-winged.  We'll be trying for short-tailed's in Key West in a few
days... wish us luck!


>From: John Puschock <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: [FLORIDABIRDS-L] Canaveral Natl Seashore -- 11/25 and 26
>Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000 14:13:18 -0000
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>I birded Canaveral Natíl Seashore on Saturday (11/25) and Sunday (11/26)
>for
>pelagic species.  On Saturday, I had ~40 N. Gannets and 1 unidentified
>jaeger between 8:30 and 10:00 at Turtle Mound.  I then moved down to
>parking
>area 2, and the birding picked up: ~60 N. Gannets, 1 female Black Scoter,
>and 44 jaegers Ė all, or almost all, Pomarines.  The bulk of the jaegers
>came through in flocks of 11, 6, and 25.  There was also an adult Lesser
>Black-backed Gull patrolling the beach.  I stayed until ~2:00 PM.
>Visibility was probably <1 mi for most of the day, and winds were mainly
>from the southwest.
>
>In general, Sunday wasnít as good as the previous day.  I had 143 N.
>Gannets
>and 5 Common Loons between 8:20 and 11:00 AM, but I think numbers may have
>been higher due to improved visibility and calm sea conditions and not a
>greater number of birds actually migrating.  The number of ducks was
>dramatically reduced Ė I saw several hundred mergansers and scaup on the
>previous day but much less on Sunday, and there were also more ducks flying
>north instead of south.  No jaegers, either.  The highlight of the day for
>me was a flock of ~30 Fulvous Whistling-Ducks flying north.
>
>I gave up when the rain started at 11 and headed down to Merritt Island
>NWR.
>  Best birds there were outstanding looks at Saltmarsh and Nelsonís
>Sharp-tailed Sparrows and two very cooperative Sedge Wrens along the Black
>Point Wildlife Drive.  Unfortunately, I didnít check e-mail over the
>weekend, so I was unaware of the Great Cormorant I must have driven right
>past.
>
>As a new Florida resident as of last week and first-time poster to this
>list
>(so I apologize if all the birds I mentioned are run-of-the-mill ho-hum
>birds around here), I have several questions: 1) Is anybody conducting a
>formal, or semi-formal, seawatch in this area (or anywhere in the state for
>that matter)?, and 2) How unexpected are Whistling-Ducks this far north
>(and
>flying along the coast)?  The range maps Iím familiar with donít appear to
>show them up that far.
>
>Thanks,
>John Puschock
>somewhere in Lake County (if anybody has a place to rent around Umatilla or
>Eustis, e-mail me!  Iím still homeless.)
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