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Just to be clear, Wes your bird was a PeFa?

Alison Levin Bishop
Sarasota

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On Sep 28, 2011, at 9:56 PM, WES BIGGS <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> I've birded that very spot every other week since last November
> Brian,
> 
> I've birded that very spot every other week since last November, & so has David 
> Simpson. Where have you been?? I saw a bird that looks like yours except for 
> size on the morning of Sept. 23rd. about 2.5 miles SE of the flooded field where 
> you had yours. My bird was exhibiting the exact same behavior, hunting a flooded 
> field south of the Duda landing strip. You can see it on Google Maps. The only 
> difference is that my bird was a male, not that big at all. It's a classic juv. 
> anatum, & good enough to have captured a Stilt Sandpiper! Maybe you had his big 
> sister. Last winter there was a big female working the area just north of the 
> landing strip, & a fantastic adult male tundrius that worked Gator Rd about a 
> mile west of Sam Senter Rd. The whole area is good for PEFAs. When they start 
> burning the cane in a couple of months it will be Swainson's time.
> 
> Wes Biggs
>   Orlando
> 
> 
> ing strip 
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> From: Brian C. Monk <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Wed, September 28, 2011 6:24:02 PM
> Subject: [FLORIDABIRDS-L] VERY LARGE, dark falcon, Palm Beach Co.
> 
> Hi y'all!
> 
> I rarely post, because I rarely see anything that I think is worthy of  
> notice.  I content myself to birding the St 27 corridor from 75 to  Belle 
> Glade, and occasionally 98 from Belle Glade to Southern Blvd.  It is  an 
> excellent route, and I am fascinated by the transient nature of the bird  
> populations in this part of the Everglades and the agricultural land it has 
> been  
> 
> turned into. I have seen ONE (!) birder on this route in the last 5 years,  
> since I moved my greenhouse to Belle Glade and make the weekly trip.  Which  is 
> a shame, because this place is very birdy.  Especially right now.
> 
> Rt. 827 is familiar to most of you, because it is the road that one takes  
> west from 27 to a stand of trees, which has been reliable for Barn Owls.  
> Most Florida birders have made that trip at least once.  But on the other  
> side of 27, if one takes 827 EAST, there is another jewel - at least it is a  
> jewel this year.  At the corner of 827, where it jogs immediately north  
> from its easterly path, there is a flooded field just to the east, beyond the  
> canal.  It is easily visible from the road. This is the first year  that the 
> field has been allowed to lay fallow and flood (something that is done  to 
> control nematodes, I am told.).  The population of waders, shorebirds,  and 
> waterfowl in this place is enormous, and reminds me a little of Bombay Hook  
> at perpetual low tide in August.  Of course, all of these birds are the  
> usual suspects, including huge flocks of Blue-Winged Teal and peeps.
> 
> Today, while glassing the area from the roof of my truck, I spotted the  
> tell-tale signs of a predator - large flocks of shorebirds and waterfowl 
> rapidly  flying in coordinated waves.  The bird responsible confused me briefly, 
> 
> as  it was so large that I immediately thought "Buteo."  But it was not a  
> RTHa, as I was expecting.  Instead it was a tremendously large and very  
> dark falcon.  My first thought then was, Peregrine.  But I have seen  many 
> Peregrines, including one actually carrying a teal after capturing  it.  This 
> bird was bigger.  My intial impressions was that there was  less contrast 
> between the facial markings, and less contrast between dorsal and  ventral 
> plumage, than the typical PeFa juveniles I have seen at this time in  Florida.  
> The bird did appear to behave as though it were immature, as its  hunting 
> strategy seemed to include a great deal of missing and perching on  the ground. 
> Unfortunately, the bird was a very long way away, and I only  had my bins 
> - no scope or photos.  In short, while I wouldn't bet my life  on it, I did 
> consider the idea that this might be an immature Gyrfalcon.  I  can see no 
> reason to immediately cull this identification, at least without  further 
> examination.  While I think that immature Gyr is unlikely, it  certainly fit 
> into the size, time of year, and behavior of this bird.  I  would strongly 
> recommend that someone go to this place and look for this bird; I  will not be 
> able to.
> 
> Brian Monk,  DVM
> 
> 
> 954-802-6710
> 
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