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* RBA
* Florida
* Peninsular Florida from Leon County south to Monroe County
* Date 3 May 2002
* FLFL0205.03

-Birds mentioned:
WHITE-FACED IBIS
BLACK NODDY
SHORT-EARED OWL (Caribbean race)
BANANAQUIT
WESTERN SPINDALIS
SHINY COWBIRD

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 5/3/02. 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 5/10/02 or when there is new information.


POLK COUNTY
At Lake Hollingsworth, a WHITE-FACED IBIS is still being reported as of 28
Apr (many observers). The White-faced Ibis is often reported from the area
of the yacht club. Parking is available at the city lot near the yacht club.
Alternative parking exists at the REAR of the Presbyterian Church parking
lot (not Sunday mornings), as well as along the streets leading to Lake
Hollingsworth Drive (unless posted not to). Parking is not recommended along
shoulders where there is an adjacent bike path, and it is prohibited at
Florida Southern College.

Coming on I-4 east-bound, take the exit for CR-546/US-92 and continue to
Florida Ave. Turn right (south) and continue just over 3 miles to Beacon Rd.
Turn left (east) and continue to Lake Hollingsworth Drive. Turn right and
proceed to the lake. If you are coming on I-4 west-bound, take the exit for
US-98, proceed to the intersection with CR-546/US-92, continue straight on
Florida Ave, and follow the above directions. From this direction you can
also take the exit for CR-33, continue to US-92, turn right and continue a
short distance to the intersection with Florida Ave, turn left, and follow
the directions above to Lake Hollingsworth Drive. DeLorme p. 84, D3

PALM BEACH COUNTY
At Spanish River Park in Boca Raton, a male WESTERN SPINDALIS was reported
both 27 and 28 Apr (Brian Hope). It was not seen 1 May (Annabelle McKie).
The bird was originally reported from the Gumbo Limbo trees near the
entrance to the maintenance building. 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

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY
At Crandon Gardens on Key Biscayne, a female WESTERN SPINDALIS was reported
26-27 Apr near the entrance to the gardens. It has not been reported since.
When entering the main gate, bear right; there will be a low, yellow,
concrete wall that used to be the alligator pit for the zoo. Look in the
large Strangler Fig trees and listen for the high-pitched call note. From
US-1 in Miami, take the Rickenbacker Causeway ($1) to Key Biscayne. After
entering Key Biscayne go to the Crandon Park beach parking area (fee). Drive
to the southernmost parking area and the Crandon Gardens entrance. DeLorme
p. 119, C2; Pranty p. 222

MONROE COUNTY
At Flamingo in Everglades Natl Park, both male and female SHINY COWBIRDS
were reported from the area of Flamingo Lodge (Barry Lyon, Kim Eckert). To
enter ENP, take SR-9336 west out of Florida City. After entering the park
(fee), take the entry road all the way to Flamingo. DeLorme p. 121, C2;
Pranty p. 234

At Key Largo, the male WESTERN SPINDALIS was last reported 25 Apr (fide
Murray Gardler). It has not been reported since. The bird was first
reported from the front yard of 134 Valois Blvd, located about one mile
north of the Key Largo Botanical Site. From US-1 take CR-905 north to Valois
Blvd., which will be on the east side of the road. DeLorme p. 123, C1;
Pranty p. 244

At Bahia Honda State Park, a male SHINY COWBIRD was reported 29 Apr from the
grass near the railroad trestle (David Powell). Bahia Honda SP is located at
mile marker 39 along US-1 on Bahia Honda Key. DeLorme p. 124, C2

At Stock Island, ANTILLEAN NIGHTHAWK was reported 24 Apr from Bernstein Park
on Stock Island (on the Atlantic Ocean side of US-1 near the dog track). The
intersection of Second Ave and Third St has also been mentioned in reports
(Barry Lyon, Kim Eckert). DeLorme p. 127, D1; Pranty p. 258

DRY TORTUGAS
At the north coaling docks outside Ft Jefferson, the BLACK NODDY was
relocated 29 Apr. An immature BANANAQUIT was last reported 29 Apr. Also
reported recently were SHINY COWBIRD, SHORT-EARED OWL (Caribbean race), and
Dickcissel (fide David LaPuma). Pranty p. 260

SIGHTINGS OF NOTE
The following reports/locations may be of interest:

Smooth-billed Ani are still being reported from Fairchild Tropical Gardens
in Miami. Ask the staff for recent sightings. Directions: Fairchild Tropical
Gardens are located in SW Miami, surrounded on three sides by Matheson
Hammock Park, which is on Biscayne Bay. Approaching the Gardens from the
north, on Old Cutler Rd, they are on the left (east) side of the road. There
is a small parking lot for about twenty cars, with the entrance on the south
side of the lot. DeLorme p. 119, C1.5

Three dark morph Short-tailed Hawks were reported 21 Apr where Fisheating
Creek intersects with US-27 in Palmdale (Glades Co.). This site has
historically been a breeding area.  DeLorme p. 106, A2; Pranty p. 169

-end transcript

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/

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Charlie Ewell
Arlyne Salcedo
Cape Coral, FL
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