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     Any birders out there from Flagler or Volusia County who went over to
see the whooping cranes fly in today?  If so, could you please give me a
call?

    Thanks,
    Dinah Voyles Pulver
    Environment Writer (and novice birder still!)
    The Daytona Beach News-Journal
    (386)668-2426
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> There are 5 messages totalling 157 lines in this issue.
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> Topics of the day:
>
>   1. American Goldfinch -  Pembroke Pines
>   2. Green Key (W.Pasco)
>   3. Whooping Cranes To Fly Over Crystal River Tomorrow
>   4. Painted Bunting, et al. - Jax
>   5. TWO Black Scoters-Lee County, Fort Myers Beach
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> Date:    Sun, 7 Dec 2003 08:00:10 -0500
> From:    Dart Humeston <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: American Goldfinch -  Pembroke Pines
>
> Happy to report that our FOY American Goldfinches returned to our
> feeders in Pembroke Pines this morning.
> (My wife's favorite bird.)
>
> Dart & Suze Humeston
> Pembroke Pines, Florida
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date:    Sun, 7 Dec 2003 11:54:32 -0500
> From:    judenray <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Green Key (W.Pasco)
>
> BlankHi all,
>
>       No snow like up north but still nippy at Green Key this morning. =
> On the way via Strauber Memorial Highway saw 1 lone Roseate Spoonbill =
> feeding in the canal with many Snowy Egrets and assorted other waders. =
> At Green Key:
>
>  Laughing Gulls (couldn't find any other gulls or terns)
>  Peeps (sp)
>  1 Bald Eagle (on the flats; the tide was way out this morning)
>   6 Common Loons (probably more further out)
>  12 Red-breasted Mergansers
>  2 Belted Kingfishers
>  1 Catbird
>  2 Marsh Wrens
>  2 Yellowthroats
>  3 Prairie Warblers (one was ("bathing" in the dew and frost on top of =
> the boardwalk railing!)
>  2 Swamp Sparrows (good views)
>  2 American Goldfinches
>
> Good birding,
> Ray Smart
> New Port Richey, FL
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>
> =20
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>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date:    Sun, 7 Dec 2003 14:33:51 -0500
> From:    Bev Hansen <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Whooping Cranes To Fly Over Crystal River Tomorrow
>
> The Whooping Cranes that are following the ultralights have arrived in
> Gilchrist County. Weather permitting, they are expected to fly over the
> Crystal River Mall tomorrow (Monday) morning. I called the phone number
> mentioned below, and heard that the birds are currently about 60 miles
from
> the mall. It is expected that their flight will take about 1.5 hours.
> Anyone who wants to see the birds should be at the grassy open area just
> north of the mall at 8:30. The mall is on US-19, on the north side of
> Crystal River in Citrus County. The phone message also said that you could
> call that phone number tomorrow morning for updated information on the
> expected arrival.
>
> Here is the message that appears on the web site
> <http://www.bringbackthecranes.org/back/2003fall/12-7-03.htm>:
>
> "Gilchrist County, Florida - The pilots with their 16 whooping cranes left
> Hamilton County and flew 60.6 miles to Gilchrist County, Florida today.
> Once aloft they encountered a headwind so the flight took 2 hours and 3
> minutes."
>
> "There are only 77.8 miles left on the journey to Chassahowitzka National
> Wildlife Refuge. If they're able to complete the migration tomorrow, the
> public is invited to view them as they fly over Chrystal River Mall. You
> may call 904-232-2580 ext. 124 later today to find out if they are likely
> to fly tomorrow. To see the flyover, go to the grassy area on the north
> side of the Mall."
>
> "The total distance traveled so far is 1113.2 miles."
>
> Bev Hansen
> Spring Hill, FL
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> ------------------------------
>
> Date:    Sun, 7 Dec 2003 16:14:58 -0500
> From:    Noel Wamer <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Painted Bunting, et al. - Jax
>
> A Painted Bunting, looking like an adult female to my eye, showed up in
the
> yard this afternoon.  Certainly the latest ever here in the 'hood.
>
> Earlier this morning, there was an Orange-crowned Warbler calling from the
> woods north of the house.  A long overdue addition to the yard list!
>
> Although I have not seen it today, the persistent male Ruby-throated was
> seen several times yesterday in the afternoon.
>
> Noel Wamer
> Jacksonville, FL
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date:    Sun, 7 Dec 2003 19:17:59 EST
> From:    Marie Gonsalo <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: TWO Black Scoters-Lee County, Fort Myers Beach
>
> Hi everybody,
>
> This past Friday I reported one Black Scoter off Fort Myers Beach in gulf
> waters.  Now, its two as my friend Penny Wilbur and I discovered.  They
are in
> the same vicinity as the one I saw on Friday, namely opposite the
Cresciente
> condo.  To see the Scoters, go to the Holiday Inn at the South end of
Estero
> Island.  From the Inn, walk out to the beach and turn left (south).  Start
> scanning the waters right away because they could be anywhere in that
vicinity.
>
> Penny and I were indeed lucky because not only did we see the two Scoters,
> but also four Bald Eages that flew through the Lagoon area.  I think
that's the
> most Bald Eagles I've seen at one time (never been to Alaska).  On the
gulf, 5
> dolphins kept us entertained as they breached and played in the chop.
>
> The Red Knots that  I saw on Friday along the beach were not present, but
> there were good numbers of shorebirds nonetheless with Short Billed
Dowitchers
> and Dunlin leading the group.  Good numbers of Semi-palmated Plover
continued,
> but we could not pull out Snowy nor Piping.  Even Wilson's Plover which
were
> visible on Friday were not seen by us today.  One Oystercatcher flew by us
> headed North and then turned around and flew by us again headed South.
Big numbers
> of Terns continued with Royals leading the pack, a few Sandwich and
> Forster's.  Ruddy Turnstones were out in good numbers and a few Sanderling
were in the
> mix.  A windy and cool day at the beach highlighted by Penny's
companionship.
>
> Hope you go out to see the Scoters-they are very "gettable" being close to
> shore and within binocular view although today we used Penny's scope and
had
> both in the same view:  one foreground and the other in back.  Good to see
both
> diving and eating.
>
> Marie
> Marie Gonsalo
> Fort Myers
>
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>
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