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Early Friday afternoon a local birder saw an immature dark-morph Reddish
Egret (i.e., a Grayish Egret) fly into Chapmans Pond in SW Gainesville.
He was puzzled by the bird, but its identity didn't dawn on him until
Judy Bryan spotted it this morning and spread the word. It was still
being seen this afternoon, mostly at Chapmans Pond but occasionally at a
shallow pond across the fence immediately to the west.

This is a first Alachua County record. Reports of ca. 1500 pairs nesting
here in 1907-08 were almost certainly fabricated. Stevenson and
Anderson's "The Birdlife of Florida"  regarded four "Reddish Egret" egg
sets collected at that time as "open to question." A few years ago Dr.
Tom Webber of the Florida Museum of Natural History followed up on those
egg sets: they were examined by the curators of the museums in which
they are currently housed and pronounced Little Blue Heron (1 set) and
Tricolored Heron (3) eggs. Not, you know, that anyone really cared. The
point is, first county record! Yay!

Rex Rowan
Gainesville

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