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* RBA
* Florida
* Peninsular Florida from Leon County south to Monroe County
* Date 12 May 2002
* FLFL0205.12

-Birds mentioned:
BLACK NODDY
ZENAIDA DOVE (not seen???)
KEY WEST QUAIL-DOVE
ANTILLEAN NIGHTHAWK
WESTERN SPINDALIS
YELLOW-FACED GRASSQUIT
SHINY COWBIRD
BRONZED COWBIRD
SIGHTINGS OF NOTE
-Connecticut Warbler
-Long-tailed Jaeger
-Surf Scoter
-Crested Caracara
-White-tailed Kite
-Florida Grasshopper Sparrow

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

This is Charlie Ewell reporting the Florida Rare Bird Alert for 5/12/02.
This report is sponsored by FLORIDA NATURE TOURS, which offers May tours to
the Dry Tortugas (for substantial discounts call today!), South Florida
tours and 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 5/17/02 or when there is new
information.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY
At Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, a male WESTERN SPINDALIS was reported
6 May (Robin Diaz). Enter Key Biscayne from US-1 in South Miami via
Rickenbacker Causeway ($1) and follow the signs for the park. After entering
(fee), go to Area D (southernmost) and park on west end. Enter the paved
bike path and walk north about 200 yards. Look for a faint, white "6" on the
right edge of the path. The bird was first seen across the path and worked
its way north feeding in the fruiting Strangler Figs.  DeLorme p. 119, C2;
Pranty p. 223

At Elliot Key in Biscayne National Park, a KEY WEST QUAIL-DOVE was reported
9 May about 300 yards south of the main crossroads east of the
marina/visitors center (Bryant Roberts). Elliot Key is offshore of the main
Visitor’s Center at Convoy Point and requires a boat to access it. DeLorme
p. 123, A2; Pranty p. 231

MONROE COUNTY
At Key Largo, the ZENAIDA DOVE has not been reported consistently since the
weekend of 4-5 May. There were a few possible brief sightings early in the
week, but nothing since. There were two negative reports of not seen on 9
May, and no reports at all since. The dove was in the area of Valois Blvd
and Marseilles St. Please be conscientious of the fact that this area is a
neighborhood, and some locals may not be fond of the attention this bird is
receiving. Do not enter private property in search of the dove. It may be
best to park on Marseilles St and walk around to Valois Blvd. This area is
located about two miles north of US-1. From US-1 take CR-905 north to Valois
Blvd., and turn east (right). To get to Marseilles take the first dirt road
on the right. Coming from Card Sound Rd (CR-905A), take CR-905 south about 7
miles to Valois Blvd. Turn to the east (left). DeLorme p. 123, C1; Pranty p.
244

DRY TORTUGAS
At Loggerhead Key, a YELLOW-FACED GRASSQUIT was reported singing for 15
minutes 4 May (Dave Goodwin). Loggerhead Key can not be accessed from Garden
Key without a boat. At the north coaling docks outside Ft Jefferson (Garden
Key), the BLACK NODDY was reported still present as of 9 May (John
Puschock). Pranty p. 260

SIGHTINGS OF NOTE
SHINY COWBIRD continues its strong showing this spring, as it was reported
this week from multiple locations: Bahia Honda State Park (Bahia Honda Key)
in a grassy area near the old railway trestle, a feeder in Tampa, a feeder
in Crawfordville (Wakulla Co.), and previously at the Lodge in Flamingo
(Everglades NP). BRONZED COWBIRD was reported from a feeder in Port St.
Lucie 8 May.

ANTILLEAN NIGHTHAWK continues on Stock Island (the small island immediately
before entering Key West). One was reported 4 May from the field behind the
Texaco station on US-1. Another was reported from the corner of 2nd Ave and
3rd St (near Bernstein Park on the Atlantic Ocean side of US-1).

Two Connecticut Warblers were reported from the end of the East Beach Woods
trail in Ft De Soto County Park (Pinellas Co) 10-12 May, and one from Boca
Ciega Park just before Foxtail Run loops back (Pinellas Co) 11-12 May.

A Long-tailed Jaeger was reported from a fishing trip 15 miles off the east
coast near Miami 5 May.

Two Surf Scoters were reported from Captiva Island 6 May (Lee Co.).

Three Crested Caracara were reported from SR-78, three miles west Minute
Maid Rd in St Lucie Co. 10 May.

From Linda Cooper, posted to the FLORIDABIRDS-L and BIRDBRAINS listservs 10
May: Parks Small, manager at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, invites
the birding public in to see nesting White-tailed Kites and Florida
Grasshopper Sparrows. Two pairs of kites are within easy walking distance
from public access areas. They are willing to assist interested birders with
in-park travel to guide them to the birds if prearranged. Florida
Grasshopper Sparrows are doing great and can also be easily observed from
areas open to public vehicles. For More Information Call Park office:
863/462-5360 The park is north west of Lake Okeechobee and can be accessed
in a round about way from Hwy 98 via 700A just east of Basinger or from Hwy
441 via 724 and following signs to park. It is best to call ahead as there
is limited personnel.


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Good Birding!

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/

Florida Rare Bird Alert Maillist: To subscribe go to:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FLRBA

For more information on Florida bird sightings, locations, and
discussion please visit the following websites to subscribe:

Statewide sightings/discussion listserv:
FLORIDABIRDS-L: http://www.javaswift.com/floridabirds/

Regional sightings/discussion listservs:
North Florida: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nflbirds/
Central Florida:
http://listserv.admin.usf.edu/listserv/wa.exe?SUBED1=brdbrain&A=1
Southwest Florida: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SWFLBirdline/
East Florida: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Eastbirders/
Southeast Florida: http://tropicalaudubon.org/tasboard//index.html

Charlie Ewell
Arlyne Salcedo
Cape Coral, FL
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