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* Florida
* Statewide
* Date November 29, 2002
* FLFL0211.29

-Birds mentioned:
EARED GREBE
GREATER FLAMINGO
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
Snow Goose
EURASIAN WIGEON
LONG-TAILED DUCK
Surf Scoter
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
Black Scoter
White-Tailed Kite
Short-Tailed Hawk
SWAINSON'S HAWK
Pomarine Jaeger
Smooth-Billed Ani
LESSER NIGHTHAWK
Rufous Hummingbird
VERMILION FLYCAHER
ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER
TROPICAL/COUCH'S FLYCATCHER**
Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher
CAVE SWALLOW
Brown Creeper
Winter Wren
Golden-Crowned Kinglet
SPRAGUE'S PIPIT
BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER
Clay-Colored Sparrow
Henslow's Sparrow
LECONTE'S SPARROW
Bobolink
BRONZED COWBIRD
RUSTY BLACKBIRD

** This is a review species in FL. Details of any sightings should be sent
to the FOS Records Committee at the address given at the end of this
report.

Hotline: FLORIDA RARE BIRD REPORT
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compiler: Brian Ahern
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This is Brian Ahern reporting the Florida Rare Bird Alert for 11/29/02. This
report is sponsored by FLORIDA NATURE TOURS, which offers tours to the Dry
Tortugas, South Florida, and private guiding, plus a special Pelagic Trip off
of Ponce Inlet on Saturday, December 7th.  For information go to
http://www.floridanaturetours.com or call 407-363-1360. Reports are followed
by coordinates from the DeLorme Florida Atlas & Gazetteer and the page number
of Bill Pranty's ABA guide "A Birder's Guide to Florida" when possible.


OKALOOSA COUNTY
On Saturday 23rd a WINTER WREN and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW (in with Chipping
Sparrows) were seen along Vagrant Trail at the Ft. Walton Beach Spray Fields.
At the WFB Holding Pond an EARED GREBE was present, plus 7 SNOW GEESE, 3
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, & a SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER were seen at the
Mama Rosa Pond on Tuesday 26th (B. Monk & D. Simpson). DeLorme p. 44; Pranty
p. 52

On Friday 22nd, a BROWN CREEPER was spotted at Fred Gannon State Park, off of
Hwy 20, in Niceville.  The bird was among a mixed flock on the Rocky Bayou
trail, seen about at the halfway point on the loop (L. Fenimore). DeLorme p.
28

JACKSON COUNTY
Two WINTER WRENS were found on Monday 25th at Florida Caverns State Park.
Park at the canoe launch site parking area on the road to the picnic and
camping areas, then follow the trail along the stream into the swamp for
about 50 - 100 yards and start checking fallen logs and piles for the wrens
(D. Goodwin & all). DeLorme p. 32; Pranty p. 66

LIBERTY COUNTY
A large group of HENSLOW'S SPARROWS were found in a field along SR 379 in
Apalachicola National Forest on Monday 25th.  They are located on CR 379 in
Apalachicola National Forest, several miles northwest of it's intersection
with SR 65 at Sumatra. Look for a very large open grassy wet prairie on the
east side of the road. The field is also full of Pitcher Plants and Sedge
Wrens (D. Goodwin & all). DeLorme p. 48; Pranty p. 63

FRANKLIN COUNTY
On Monday evening 25th, a LESSER NIGHTHAWK was seen flying over the
Apalachicola Bay Causeway (E. Haney & all). DeLorme p. 60; Pranty p. 56

On Tuesday 26th 2 SPRAGUE'S PIPITS were found at the Apalachicola Airport (D.
Goodwin & all). DeLorme p. 60; Pranty p. 56

BLACK, SURF, & WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS have been seen off Alligator point, close
into shore from the KOA Campgrounds over the past week (J. Dozier, D. Goodwin
& all). DeLorme p. 61; Pranty p. 74

WAKULLA COUNTY
On Saturday 23rd a probable LESSER NIGHTHAWK was seen at St. Marks NWR, over
mounds pool #1 in the late afternoon/evening (S.P. McCool). On Sunday 24th a
late BOBOLINK was found on the south dike of Stony Bayou #2, ca. 100-200
yards west of the oak tree where Vermilion Flycatchers have been found in
past winters. At the intersection of the double dikes with the northwest
corner of Stony Bayou #2, near a metal marker with the number "127" on it:
VERMILION (imm. male), WESTERN, & TROPICAL/COUCH'S KINGBIRDS have been
present (D. & S. Jue). On Tuesday 26th, a LECONTE'S SPARROW, along with more
HENSLOW'S SPARROWS, was found in the Stony Bayou Field at St. Marks NWR.
After passing the two bridges on the main road, park at the first dike gate
on the east side of the road. This is the trailhead for the Stony Bayou and
Deep Creek Trails. Walk east about 100 yards to the first trail that turns to
the right (south). The LeConte's was flushed in the northern 1/3 of the large
field on the right along with Swamp Sparrows, Sedge Wrens, and Henslow's
Sparrows. This field is sometimes used as a helicopter-landing site (D.
Goodwin & all). Several RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were found around the second bridge
past the Visitor Center on Wednesday 27th (R. Smith & all). DeLorme p. 50;
Pranty p. 76

DUVAL COUNTY
A sea watch off of 16th Ave. South in Jacksonville produced 2 POMARINE
JAEGERS & 3 BLACK SCOTERS (N. Wamer). 7 LONG-TAILED DUCKS were seen from
another sea watch off of Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island (E. Colborn).
DeLorme p. 58

ALACHUA COUNTY
Bob Wallace has an immature male RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD coming to his feeder, if
interested in viewing the bird please contact Bob at 386-462-5825.

LAKE COUNTY
At the Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area on Saturday 23rd, an ASH-THROATED
FLYCATCHER was found in the thickets along the Yale-Griffin Canal, a little
less than a mile east of Emeralda Island Rd. For more directions go to:
http://www.stetson.edu/~pmay/emeralda/emindex.htm (P. May). DeLorme p. 79

BREVARD COUNTY
On Tuesday 26th at Merritt Island NWR a male EURASIAN WIDEON was found along
Black Point Drive. The bird was in the impoundment to the east of Sign Post
#7 among 200-300 American Wigeon. This is the same area where one was seen
last winter (K. Allie). DeLorme p. 81/82; Pranty p. 176

PASCO COUNTY
The 3 SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHERS (two short tailed, one long) are still in
the same area as previously reported on SR54, 1/4 to 1 mile east of where
Little Road intersects with SR54 (R. Smart & K. Tracey). DeLorme p. 82;
Pranty p. 116

PINELLAS COUNTY
The four SNOW GEESE at Ft. DeSoto were seen near the Mulberry Tree area on
Saturday 23rd (N. Miller), but unfortunately 3 of the Geese were killed from
cars later on. One still remains around the Mulberry Tree & Bay Pier area. 3
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS were present in the Tower area on Monday 25th, plus
WESTERN & EASTERN KINGBIRDS were reported along the wire near the Fort (L.
Atherton & I. Hernandez). DeLorme p. 90; Pranty p. 126

At Walsingham Park, Wednesday 27th, at least 2 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS were
seen across from shelter #5 (J. Fisher). DeLorme p. 90

SARASOTA COUNTY
At Stump Pass State Park on Manasota Key, Saturday morning, 3+ GOLDEN-CROWNED
KINGLETS were found feeding in black mangroves (M. & B. Dunson). DeLorme p.
97

OKCHOBEE COUNTY
On Saturday 23rd at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park, a pair of
WHITE-TAILED KITES can be easily observed in the park. The birds are located
approx 300 yards north of the park office.  Follow the road north from the
parking lot across from the office.  As the road turns to the left look
straight ahead.  Both birds are perch in one of three oak trees, which are
lacking leaves in the upper halves of the trees. To reach the park take 441
south, then head west on SR-724 (Eagle Island Rd.), follow the signs to the
park from here (P. Small). DeLorme p. 101

LEE COUNTY
At Ft. Myers Beach and Bodwitch Point Park, a female SURF SCOTER was seen out
in Estero Pass from the north end of Bodwitch Point. Better viewing might be
possible at Bunche Beach as the Scoter was closer to shore from there (V.
Lucas). DeLorme p.110; Pranty p. 191

COLLIER COUNTY
At Eagle Lakes Park in Naples, a group of 5 BRONZED COWBIRDS were seen in a
mixed flock of Boat-tailed Grackles and Red-winged Blackbirds on Monday 25th.
The birds were in the central bermed pond behind the baseball fields (D.
Suitor). The park is located on South US 41 1-2 miles north of CR951. DeLorme
p. 111

HENRY COUNTY
The male VERMILION FLYCATCHER continues to be seen on Government Rd., 13.5
miles north from the Miccosukee Plaza off of Exit 49 on I-75 (Alligator
Alley). Two SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHERS and a WESTERN KINGBIRD are also in the
same area (V. Lucas & all). DeLorme p. 113

PALM BEACH COUNY
Monday 25th at Loxahatchee along the Lox Road Impoundment Trails, a
SMOOTH-BILLED ANI flock (4), was roosting near the trail in the Fragmites,
about one half of a mile up the S side, just before the first lock (M. Reid).
Delorme p. 115; Pranty p. 211

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY
Three SWAINSON'S HAWKS were seen soaring with Vultures over Lucky Hammock on
Sunday 24th (B. Roberts). DeLorme p. 122

On Nov. 27th the BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER was refound at Royal Palm
Hammock (Anhinga/Gumbo Limbo Trails) in Everglades National Park. The bird
was first seen near the small building on the right side of the road just
before reaching the parking lot to Royal Palm Hammock. On the 27th it was
about 25 meters before that small building and across the street, hanging
around with a couple of blue-gray gnatcatchers and myrtle warblers (L.
Morales). DeLorme p. 122; Pranty p. 234

MONROE COUNTY
At the end of Snake Bight Trail, 14 GREATER FLAMINGOS flew in around 9:45am
on Monday 18th. Also in the area was a lone CAVE SWALLOW (B. Labio & T.
Hince). At Eco Pond on Saturday 23rd 3 LESSER NIGHTHAWKS showed up around
6:30pm over the pond and parking lot. Earlier in the afternoon over Eco Pond
were 2 SHORT-TAILED HAWKS and 6 CAVE SWALLOWS of the Mexican race (L.
Manfredi). DeLorme p. 121; Pranty p. 234

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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For more information on Florida bird sightings, locations, and
discussion please visit the following archives:
Statewide sightings/discussion listserv:
BIRDBRAINS: http://listserv.admin.usf.edu/archives/brdbrain.html
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Regional sightings/discussion listservs:
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East Florida: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Eastbirders/
Southwest Florida: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SWFLBirdline/
Southeast Florida: http://tropicalaudubon.org/tasboard/index.html

Brian Ahern
Tampa, FL.
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