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> Topics of the day:
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>   1. NGS Field Guides
>   2. Gannet question (2)
>   3. Both Whistling Ducks, Canvasback; Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area,
> 112/5
>   4. male Rufous hummer, 12/5 (2)
>   5. MacGillivray's Warbler still at Treetops Park
>   6. BLACK SCOTER-Lee County, Fort Myers Beach
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> Date:    Fri, 5 Dec 2003 07:43:03 -0500
> From:    Jeff Bouton <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: NGS Field Guides
>
> All,
>
> While not an urgent note on some great sighting, I did note something that
> may be
> of interest to many on the group. While roaming through Port Charlotte's Town
> Center
> Mall. I noted that Walden's Books had about 20 copies of the hard cover
> version
> of the National Geographic Guide to Birds of North America on its clearance
> rack
> for $7.99 ea. This is a great value (soft cover usually $22) for anyone
> wanting
> a new field guide or to give as gifts to nature loving friends. They are the
> 3rd
> edition (4th edition is now in print), but still very accurate as very few
> changes
> were made between the 3rd and 4th eds. (main differences are that the range
> maps
> were overhauled and there were revisions to reflect name changes brought
> about by
> the most recent splits/lumps by the American Ornithologist Union (e.g. - now
> "Wilson's
> Snipe" will still be called Common Snipe, etc.))
>
> You may want to check your local Walden Books if interested.
>
> Happy Holidays,
>
> Jeff Bouton
> Port Charlotte, FL
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>
> Date:    Fri, 5 Dec 2003 08:39:03 EST
> From:    Marie Gonsalo <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Gannet question
>
> In a message dated 11/28/2003 3:12:23 PM Eastern Standard Time,
> [log in to unmask] writes:
>
> > I was studying up on gannets etc. using Sibley's book.  It is mentioned
> > that Brown Boobies will occasionally use very shallow angle plunges.  Does
> > this mean that gannets NEVER use such plunges?  Maybe someone on the east
> > coast who sees a lot of gannets can shed some light.
> >
> > Thanks, and have fun,
> >
> > Tom Curtis
> >
> >
>
> Hi everybody,
> Been looking at some older email-in reply to Tom's question-an adult Gannet
> dives straight down, but the brown jobbies, the immatures dive in at a 45
> degree angle.  Saw a lot off the coast of Massachusetts (sigh) not so
> fortunate
> down here on the West Coast of Florida.
>
> Have fun out there,
> Marie
> Marie Gonsalo
> Fort Myers
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date:    Fri, 5 Dec 2003 08:53:25 -0500
> From:    Noel Wamer <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Gannet question
>
> Yes, Northern Gannets do use very shallow dive angles at times.  I have
> observed this frequently off the NE FL coast.  I suspect that this hunting
> action is used when the birds have a large school of fish near the surface.
>
> Noel Wamer
> Jacksonville, FL
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date:    Fri, 5 Dec 2003 14:02:36 -0500
> From:    Peter May <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Both Whistling Ducks, Canvasback; Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area,
>          112/5
>
> I identified 76 species at EMCA (Eustis, FL) this morning between 0635 and
> 1235. The complete list with approximate counts is below.  Directions and
> info
> on birding EMCA can be found at
> <http://www.stetson.edu/~pmay/emeralda/direct.htm>http://www.stetson.edu/~p
> may/emeralda/direct.htm
>
> The main roads through EMCA will be open tomorrow and Sunday morning before
> dawn to allow access to duck hunters.  It's a war zone out there on hunting
> days (Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday), so the chances of seeing the Whistling
> Ducks and Canvasback this weekend are probably pretty slim.
>
> 50+ Pied-billed Grebes
> 25+ Anhingas
> 75+ DC Cormorants
> 25+ GB Herons
> 10+ Great Egrets
> 50+ Snowy Egrets
> 10+ LB Herons
> 20+ Tricolored Herons
> 25+ Glossy Ibis
> 8 White Ibis
> 13 Fulvous Whistling Ducks
> 9 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
> 3 Gadwall
> 20+ Blue-winged Teal
> 8  Green-winged Teal
> 50+ Ring-necked Ducks
> 1  Canvasback (male)
> 1 Black Vulture
> 15 Turkey Vultures
> 10+ Osprey
> 3 Sharp-shinned Hawks
> 2 Cooper's Hawks
> 8 N. Harriers
> 6 Red-shouldered Hawks
> 2 Red-tailed Hawks
> 4 Bald Eagles
> 2 A. Kestrels
> 6 Soras
> 750+ Common Moorhens
> 2500+ American Coots
> 8 Purple Gallinules
> 25+ Sandhill Cranes
> 3 Limpkins
> 8 Wilson's Snipe
> 5 Mourning Doves
> 1 E. Screech Owl
> 6  Belted Kingfishers
> 4 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers
> 8 Red-bellied Woodpeckers
> 1 Downy Woodpecker
> 1 Pileated Woodpecker
> 1 N. Flicker
> 1 Empidonax sp.
> 30+ E. Phoebes
> 6 WE Vireos
> 2 Blue-headed Vireos
> 10 Blue Jays
> 1 American Crow
> 50+ Tree Swallows
> 2 Tufted Titmice
> 15+ House Wrens
> 20+ Carolina Wrens
> 10 RC Kinglets
> 40+ BG Gnatcatchers
> 1 Hermit Thrush
> 5 A. Robins
> 20+ Gray Catbirds
> 6 N. Mockingbirds
> 4 Orange-crowned Warblers
> 50+ Yellow-rumped Warblers
> 20+ Palm Warblers
> 1 Prairie Warbler
> 1 Black-and-White Warbler
> 25+ Common Yellowthroats
> 1 N. Waterthrush
> 2 Blue Grosbeaks
> 3 Indigo Buntings
> 40+ N. Cardinals
> 30+ Savannah Sparrows
> 15+ Swamp Sparrows
> 1 Song Sparrow
> 1 N. Oriole
> 30+ Common Grackles
> 40+ Boat-tailed Grackles
> 75+ Red-winged Blackbirds
> 5 A. Goldfinch
>
> Peter May
> DeLand, FL
>
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