* Florida
* Peninsular Florida from Leon County south to Monroe County
* Date 29 October 2001
* FLFL0110.29

-Birds mentioned:
Franklinís Gull

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compilers: Charlie Ewell and Arlyne Salcedo
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This is Charlie Ewell reporting the Florida Rare Bird Alert for 10/29/01.
This report is sponsored by FLORIDA NATURE TOURS, which offers two April and
three May tours to the Dry Tortugas, 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 Prantyís ABA guide ďA Birderís
Guide to FloridaĒ when possible. To leave a message or report, press any key
now and begin speaking after the tone. The next update will be on 11/2/01 or
when there is new information.

At Alligator Pt, a BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK was seen 24-25 Oct at the feeder of
a private residence. A Selasphorus species hummingbird was also present
(reported by Jack Dozier).

At Ft DeSoto County Park, a first year THAYERíS GULL was reported and
photographed 24 Oct in the area of the Gulf Pier. The gull has not been seen
since 25 Oct (Lyn Atherton). The photos can be viewed at the BIRDBRAINS
Listserv archive:

Also seen 24 Oct in the park at the North Beach tip, an adult ELEGANT TERN
(reported by Lyn Atherton and Jill Gaetzi).

The HEERMANNíS GULL has returned to Ft DeSoto as of 26 Oct. It has been seen
at the Gulf Pier and the East Beach Picnic Area.

At the extreme northern end of the park, two Franklinís Gulls were reported
28 Oct (Lyn Atherton). Go beyond the restrooms located to the right of the
northeast corner of the parking area for North Beach and check the beaches.

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 pp. 126-130

At Spanish River Park, a BELLíS VIREO was reported 22 Oct seen behind the
No. 8 picnic cabin midway towards the restroom (Brian Hope). To reach the
park, take I-95 exit 40 onto SR-794 (Yamato Rd) and go east. At US-1 turn
right to CR-800 (Spanish River Blvd). Turn left onto it, cross over the
Intracoastal Waterway, and park on the right outside the park.  Walk south
through the Australian Pines into the park. Parking is available inside the
park, but it is at least ten dollars on the weekend.  DeLorme p. 115, A3;
Pranty p. 213

At Sanibel Island, a SURFBIRD was reported 26-28 Oct (Bev and Clair
Postmus), but was not seen by many reporters 29 Oct. The Surfbird has ranged
along the Gulf shoreline from 1.5 miles to 200 yards north (to the right) of
the Sanibel Lighthouse parking area. Coming from I-75, take Exit 21 (this is
the exit for SWFL International Airport) onto Daniels Road and go west
approx. 6 miles to Summerlin Road. Turn left onto Summerlin and take this
road all the way to the causeway toll plaza. The toll is $3.  To reach the
lighthouse, turn left at the 4-way stop after entering the island from the
causeway. Take Periwinkle Way to its conclusion and enter the lighthouse
parking area to the right. Don't forget to pay the parking fee mentioned
above. Pranty p. 191; DeLorme p. 110, A2

Photos are posted in Member Photos on the FLORIDABIRDS-L website:

At A.D. Barnes Park in Miami, a LA SAGRAíS FLYCATCHER was reported 26 Oct
(Mickey Wheeler) and was still present 29 Oct. As you enter the park, turn
right and park in the first large parking area. The flycatcher has often
been seen in this general area. The park is located just east of SR-826 (the
Palmetto Expressway) at SW 72 Ave and SW 40 St (Bird Road).  Go north 0.2
miles on SW 72 Ave and the entrance is on the right.  DeLorme p. 119, C1;
Pranty p. 226

At Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge (Levy Co), a Red-breasted
Nuthatch was reported 25 Oct. To read the report from the FLORIDABIRDS-L

At North Pinellas County, a blue morph Snow Goose was reported. To read the
report and directions from the Birdbrains archives:

At Castellow Hammock Park north of Homestead, an adult male Rufous
Hummingbird was present as of 20 Oct. To read the original report from the
Tropical Audubon Miami Bird Board:

At Snake Bight Trail in Everglades National Park, Greater Flamingoes are
being seen from the end of the trail. To read the most recent report from
the FLORIDABIRDS-L archives:

Good Birding!

-end transcript

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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