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* Florida
* Statewide
* Date March 21, 2003
* FLFL0303.21

-Birds mentioned:
++EURASIAN KESTREL++**

Long-tailed Duck
Short-tailed Hawk
"BAHAMIAN" American Kestrel (possible)**
Long-billed Curlew
Parasitic Jaeger
Mangrove Cuckoo
Smooth-billed Ani
Least Flycatcher
BROWN-CRESTED FLYCATCHER
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE (not reported)**
LINCOLN'S SPARROW
Dickcissel
BRONZED COWBIRD

**This is a review species in Florida. Any details of 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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This is Brian Ahern reporting the Florida Rare Bird Alert for 03/21/03. This
report is sponsored by FLORIDA NATURE TOURS, which offers tours to the Dry
Tortugas, South Florida, private guiding and a special Pelagic Trip off of
Ponce Inlet on May 17th. 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.

ESCAMIBA COUNTY
On Friday 14th a female LONG-TAILED DUCK was seen off of Langdon Beach, Gulf
Islands National Seashore on the Gulf, at the Fort Pickens Unit (D. White).
DeLorme p. 42; Pranty p. 42

ORANGE COUNTY
The EURASIAN KESTREL at Lake Apopka Restoration Area, which is northwest of
Orlando, has been seen on a daily basis since Wednesday Feb. 26th. It is in a
restricted area but birders will be allowed in again this Saturday the 22nd
at 8am. Access will not continue on a daily basis. Harold Weatherman will be
at the Lust Rd. gate between 8 & 8:30AM to guide people to the bird. Please
meet promptly at 8am at the gate at the end of Lust Road. Directions: From
441 (Orange Blossom Trail) in Apopka turn south onto SR-437. Follow SR-437
for several miles and Lust Rd will be on your right. If you reach Magnolia
Park you have gone too far! Follow Lust Rd. all the way to where it ends at
the gate and make sure to be there by 8am. (H. Robinson & all). DeLorme p. 79

PINELLAS COUNTY
On Friday 21st at Ft. DeSoto Park the LONG-BILLED CURLEW was found at North
Beach, between the concession area and the footbridge. Also a light adult
PARASITIC JAEGER was seen with a scope off of North Beach just before a big
storm came in (B. Ahern). DeLorme p. 90; Pranty p. 126

HIGHLANDS COUNTY
Two dark morph SHORT-TAILED HAWKS were seen soaring at the end of Bluff
Hammock Rd north of Lorida on Wednesday 19th and another seen on Friday 21st.
(B. & L. Cooper). DeLorme p. 100

CHAROLETTE COUNTY
At Ponce De Leon Park in Punta Gorda two MANGROVE CUCKOOS were heard calling
from the mangroves near the flats on Saturday 15th (J. Bouton). DeLorme p.
104; Pranty p. 188

LEE COUNTY
A SMOOTH-BILLED ANI has been seen several times in the last week along the
Wildlife Drive at "Ding" Darkling NWR on Sanibel Island (S. Hatcher). DeLorme
p. 110; Pranty p. 191

COLLIER COUNTY
The DICKCISSEL in down town Naples is still present. The bird frequents the
southwest corner of the intersection at Third Street South and 13th Avenue
near Tony's on Third (restaurant) and the immediate surrounding area. Friday,
the Dickcissel was found in the oak tree (possibly a Water Oak) to the left
of the Sassy Boutique where the stairs go up to the second floor shops (V.
Lucas). DeLorme p. 111

The group of BRONZED COWBIRDS is still being seen at Eagle Lakes Community
Park in Naples (V. Lucas & all). To reach the park from I-75, take exit 101,
go south on CR 951 (Collier Blvd.) @ 8 miles to US 41 (Tamiami Trail), then
west @ 1 mile to the park which will be on the right (north side of US 41). .
DeLorme p.111

PALM BEACH COUNTY
At Loxahatchee a LEAST FLYCATCHER was seen off of Lox. Rd on Saturday 15th
and SMOOTH-BILLED ANIS were seen on the 17th (M. Reid). DeLorme p. 108;
Pranty p. 258

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY
On Saturday 15th at the "annex" south of Lucky Hammock a BROWN-CRESTED
FLYCATCHER and LINCOLN'S SPARROW was seen, plus a SHORT-TAILED HAWK was in
the area. The LEAST FLYCATCHER that has wintered at Lucky Hammock was also
present (R. Diaz).DeLorme p. 122

A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was seen in an area known as Flynn's on the loop
between S.W. 209 Ave. and S.W. 212th Ave, well described in the third
paragraph on Page 232 of Pranty's; A Birder's Guide to Florida, just off of
the main road into Everglades National Park (SR-9336) in Florida City (R.
Diaz). DeLorme p. 122; Pranty p. 232

MONROE COUNTY
An AMERICAN KESTREL found on Key Largo could possibly be of the Bahamian
race. To reach the area, take Card Sound road south to Ocean St. Go to the
end of Ocean to Oleander. The Kestrel was perched on a telephone pole near
the intersection of Oleander and Ocean. There are a couple of American
Kestrels in the neighborhood, one with very little streaking, but a very
buffy breast, another with lots of dark breast streaking. If you see the bird
you will know it, it is white! It does have a couple of buffy spots on the
upper breast, but that is it (K. Radamaker). There is also a silver band on
it's leg. DeLorme p. 122/123; Pranty p. 244

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.fosbirds.org/

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

Florida Birding website: http://www.javaswift.com/floridabirds/
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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
FLABIRDING: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FlaBirding/
FLORIDABIRDS-L: http://www.lists.ufl.edu/archives/floridabirds-l.html
Regional sightings/discussion listservs:
North Florida: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nflbirds/
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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