* Florida
* Peninsular Florida from Leon County south to Monroe County
* Date 5 October 2001
* FLFL0110.05

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This is Charlie Ewell reporting the Florida Rare Bird Alert for 10/5/01.
This report is sponsored by FLORIDA NATURE TOURS, which offers South Florida
tours and private guiding. For information go to 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 10/12/01 or when there is new

At the campus of Florida State University, a possible CASSIN’S/AIMOPHILA
type sparrow was photographed 1 Oct (Tom Curtis). Check the bushes around
the buildings across from Bill’s Bookstore on Copeland behind the Psychology
Building. DeLorme p. 50, A2. The photos can be viewed at the FLORIDABIRDS-L

And discussion can presently be read at Jack Siler’s website:

At Ft DeSoto County Park, an ELEGANT TERN was seen 2 Oct at the Gulf Pier.
It was observed later flying toward North Beach (reported by Lyn Atherton).
It is recommended to check any group of terns foraging or roosting along the
many beaches throughout the park. To get to Ft. DeSoto, take Exit 4 off
I-275 and go west on SR-682 (54th Ave South) to SR-679 (Pinellas Bayway).
Turn south and follow to the park. Stop at the park headquarters for a map
and sightings info. DeLorme p. 90, D3; Pranty p. 126

At Alligator Point in Franklin County, an Olive-sided Flycatcher was
reported 29 Sep (Jack Dozier and John Murphy). To read the report on  the

At Tallahassee, a Black-chinned Hummingbird was reported 29 Sep (Jim
Cavanagh). To read the report:

At Sunshine Farms Turf Farm west of St Augustine, a Buff-breasted Sandpiper
was reported 30 Sep (John Hintermister). To read the report:

At Sanibel Lighthouse, a sub-adult Mississippi Kite was reported 30 Sep
(Vince McGrath et al.). To read the report:

At Homestead, an Antillean Nighthawk was reported calling over the parking
lot south of the Towne Square Publix (Bryant Roberts). To read the report:

Last week’s cold front and low pressure system set up an excellent weekend
of both passerine and raptor migration reports.  Fall-out conditions were
reported from Key West, with 24 warbler species including Nashville,
Swainson’s, 100 Northern Parula, and 70 Tennessee.  Wood Thrush and Warbling
Vireo were also reported. A Tropical Audubon Society field trip to Corkscrew
Swamp Sanctuary in Collier County reported 19 warbler species highlighted by
Golden-winged, Nashville, and Canada. Turkey Creek Sanctuary in Brevard
County reported 21 warbler species including Blue-winged, Golden-winged, and

Sanibel Lighthouse benefited from strong north winds and reported a
sub-adult Mississippi Kite, all 3 expected falcon species, and 13
Broad-winged Hawks on 30 Sep, with a follow-up of 47 Broad-winged on 1 Oct.
At least 200 hawks and falcons were reported from Bill Baggs Cape Florida
State Park, with an interesting dark morph hawk that went unidentified. An
outstanding report came from the Curry Hammock Hawk Watch, just north of
Marathon in the Keys, with 960+ raptors 30 Sep and 1100 on 1 Oct. Notable
were at least 3 Mississippi Kites, 10+ Northern Harriers, 100+ Broad-winged
Hawks, and between 700-800 American Kestrels! At Everglades Natl Park, 100+
Broad-winged Hawks were reported 5 Oct.

Migration reports slowed as mild weather settled in during the week, but
western annuals like Wilson’s Warbler were reported from Lakes Park in Lee
County and A.D. Barnes Park in Miami, and Western Kingbird was reported from
Everglades Natl Park.

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.

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Charlie Ewell
Arlyne Salcedo
Cape Coral, FL
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