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* Florida
* Peninsular Florida from Leon County south to Monroe County
* Date 1 June 2001
* FLFL0106.01

-Birds mentioned:
BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING-DUCK
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
MASKED DUCK
WHITE-TAILED KITE

hotline: FLORIDA RARE BIRD ALERT
message: 941-242-ZEET (9338)
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compilers: Charlie Ewell and Arlyne Salcedo
transcribers: Same

This is Charlie Ewell reporting the Florida Rare Bird Alert for 6/1/01. This
report is sponsored by FLORIDA NATURE TOURS, which offers several South
Florida tours, as well as private guiding.  For information go to
http://www.floridanaturetours.com or call 407-363-1360.  Reports are
followed by coordinates from the DeLorme Florida Atlas & Gazatteer and the
page number of Bill Pranty’s ABA guide “A Birder’s Guide to Florida” when
possible.  To leave a message or report, press any key now and begin
speaking after the tone.  The next update will be on 6/8/01 or when there is
new information.

BREVARD COUNTY
At the Click Ponds near the Viera Wetlands, a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
was reported 28 May.  Take I-95 to Wickham Road (Exit 73) and go west.  A
warning sign "NO TRESSPASSING..." means this: stay on the road, but do NOT
park on side of road or bird the areas on either side of road.  This is an
agricultural area owned by Duda and is monitored.  Take Wickham Road west
from I-95 about 2 miles.  As the road bends to the right where pavement ends
go to the left.  This is the office where you need to sign in (sightings
book on counter).  To get to the Click Ponds after signing in, back out the
way you came in and go to the left (north) at the first dirt road.   The
road will jog west and then north. Proceed north a hundred yards or so and
you will reach the first of the two ponds.  Do not drive on the dividing
berm.

The Viera Wetland is due west of the office.  Four BLACK-BELLIED
WHISTLING-DUCKS were present 1 June perched in the southernmost dead pine
tree in the impoundment due south of the main pond.  DeLorme p. 88, C1

BROWARD COUNTY
In Pembroke Pines, at a mitigation wetlands adjacent to the Broward County
SW Regional Library on Sheridan Street, two male MASKED DUCKS are still
present as of 30 May (Wally George).  The ducks are mostly being reported
from two areas: (1) the stretch of boardwalk just after the entrance area,
more often in the vegetation to the north, but also to the south.  (2) On
the western side of the northern fork of the boardwalk, often at or after
the bend and extending to the end of the boardwalk.  Look for any movement
in the dense vegetation, as well as the brightly colored blue bill.  Early
morning seems to be the best time to view the ducks.  Take I-75 south from
I-595 to Sheridan Street.  Go west on Sheridan a little over one-half mile
and the library will be on the right (north).  The wetland and boardwalk is
east of the parking lot.  DeLorme p. 115, D1

At Price Park, a pair of WHITE-TAILED KITES with at least two young have
been reported.  They are viewable from a distance along a hedge on the north
side of the park.  Pass through the hedge and use a scope if possible.  From
US-27, turn east onto Johnson, which is two intersections south of Sheridan
St. Go straight at the stop sign at 208th.  The park is on the left just
past the intersection.  DeLorme p. 114, D3

Good Birding!

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Documentation of rarities for FL Ornithological Society Records
Committee should be sent to:
FOSRC, c/o Archbold Biological Station, PO Box 2057,
Lake Placid FL 33862.
Website: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fos/

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Charlie Ewell
Arlyne Salcedo
Cape Coral, FL
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