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RBA
* Florida
* Statewide
* Date July 18, 2003
* FLFL0307.18

-Birds mentioned:
++HEERMANN'S GULL**++

Audubon's Shearwater
Short-tailed Hawk
Long-billed Curlew
Bridled Tern
Mangrove Cuckoo
Smooth-billed Ani
ANTILLEAN NIGHTHAWK
Shiny 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 07/18/03. This
report is sponsored by FLORIDA NATURE TOURS, which offers tours to the Dry
Tortugas, South Florida, 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 & Gazetteer and the page number of Bill Pranty's
ABA guide "A Birder's Guide to Florida" when possible.

PLEASE NOTE: During the months of June, July, & August the FL. RBA may not be
sent out on a weekly basis, but as needed in response to the decrease of bird
activity during the hot summer.

FRANKLIN COUNTY
On the 12th three SHINY COWBIRDS showed up at a feeder at John Murphy's house
in Alligator Point. [log in to unmask] (J. Murphy). DeLorme p. 61;
Pranty p. 74

DUVAL COUNTY
On the 13th on Big Bird Island in Nassau Sound one LONG-BILLED CURLEW was
fond. Note: this site accessible via the north end of Little Talbot Island State
Park (P. Leary). DeLorme p. 58;

LAKE COUNTY
On the 12th at least one SHORT-TAILED HAWK was back along CR 445 at the
entrance
road to Alexander Springs in the Ocala National Forest (J. Puschock). DeLorme
p. 73

VOLUSIA COUNTY
On the 11th on a fishing trip out from Ponce Inlet one AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER
and 30 BRIDLED TERNS were seen (B. Wallace). DeLorme p. 75

POLK COUNTY
On the 16th two light morph SHORT-TAILED HAWKS were seen soaring over the
nature trail at Saddle Creek Park and another was heard calling farther away (B.
Ahern). DeLorme p. 85; Pranty p. 158

PINELLAS COUNTY
MANGROVE CUCKOOS are still being spotted at Weedon Island. On the 12th one
was seen at the end of the Bay Boardwalk. Early morning is best (D. Richardson).
DeLorme p. 90; Pranty p. 126

"Herman" the HEERMANN'S GULL continues to be seen on East Beach at Ft. DeSoto
Park. Early mornings and evening seem to be the best time (V. Lucas & all).
Also the LONG-BILLED CURLEW has returned to North Beach. On the 12th it was
seen near the wooden footbridge to the beach (D. Richardson & all). DeLorme p.
90; Pranty p. 126

COLLIER COUNTY
On the 15th two ANTILLEAN NIGHTHAWKS were first heard and then seen flying in
the vicinity of the Tradewinds condominium on Collier Road (T. Davidowicz).
DeLorme p. 111


PALM BEACH COUNTY
On the 12th at Holeyland/Rotenberger W.M.A. on the Palm Beach/Broward County
line one SMOOTH-BILLED ANI was seen where the paved road ends on the south
side of the canal (P. Bithorn & all). DeLorme p. 113/114

MONROE COUNTY
ANTILLEAN NIGHTHAWKS have been seen this past week on Big Torch Key. On Dorn
Road, go about 300 yards past the houses. Flights (and " pitty pik-piks ")
begin about 8:45 p.m. (M. Hubbard). DeLorme p. 124

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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