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* Florida
* Statewide
* Date July 4, 2003
* FLFL0307.04

-Birds mentioned:
++YELLOW-NOSED ALBATROSS**++
++HEERMANN'S GULL**++

White-Tailed Kite
Parasitic Jaeger
Lesser Black-backed Gull
ROSEATE TERN
Smooth-billed Ani
Mangrove Cuckoo
ANTILLEAN NIGHTHAWK

**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

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This is Brian Ahern reporting the Florida Rare Bird Alert for 07/04/03. 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.

SANTA ROSA
A probable YELLOW- NOSED ALBATROSS was seen over the Milton airport and
Wrights Basin in Santa Rosa County (just a few miles north of I-10) on Wednesday
the 2nd (M Wilson). DeLorme p. 27

DUVAL COUNTY
Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen on Little Bird Island, Nassau Sound
on the 3rd. However, this site is only accessible by vessel (P. Leary). DeLorme
p. 58; Pranty p. 100

A PARASITIC JAEGER was seen on Sunday 29th at Huguenot Park in Jacksonville.
The bird appeared to be sick but was able to fly. The bird was seen both on
the beach and in the lagoon area and reportedly had been robbing nests in the
gull colony on the north end. Also a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was present at the
jetties. To get to Huguenot take Hecksher Dr (A1A) east to the Atlantic Ocean
(B. Richter). On Monday the Jaeger was seen several times on the north beach
of Huguenot Park (A. Turner). DeLorme p. 58; Pranty p. 102

PINELLAS COUNTY
MANGROVE CUCKOOS are still present along the Bay Boardwalk of Weedon Island
(R. Smith & all). DeLorme p. 90/91; Pranty p. 126

"The" HEERMANN'S GULL was seen several times this week along East Beach at
Ft. DeSoto Park (C. Newton & all). DeLorme p. 90; Pranty p. 126

BROWARD COUNTY
At the Fort Lauderdale airport on Sunday morning 29th, five SMOOTH-BILLED
ANIS were easily spotted on the fence along the south side of the airport, right
near the park (D. & S. Humeston, & all). DeLorme p. 115; Pranty p. 216

EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK
On Saturday a WHITE-TAILED KITE was seen at the very end of Research Road and
a ROSEATE TERN in full breeding plumage was seen on the sandbar at Flamingo
(D. Powell & all). DeLorme p. 121/122; Pranty p. 234

MONROE COUNTY
An ANTILLEAN NIGHTHAWK was seen at Marathon airport on Saturday evening
around 7:15pm while the sun was still up (D. Powell & all). DeLorme p. 125; Pranty
p. 252

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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