1. 7 June - Stonybrook, Sarasota - Masked Duck in Sarasota
A male Masked Duck was discovered in Sarasota yesterday, but word didn’t get
out to the birding community until this afternoon. Maintenance folks at
Stoneybrook, a section in Palmer Ranch, spotted it and Tommy Elliott, a birder from
Venice was alerted to it today. Stonybrook is a gated community. The guards at
the gate let us in this afternoon. We told them that others would follow.
They seemed OK with that. If you go, please be considerate of them and the
private property. Direx: I-75 south to Clark Road, Rte 72 in Sarasota. Go west. Make
a left onto McIntosh, just past the railroad tracks, and keep going until
Sarasota Central Parkway. Make a left. Go about ½ mile to Stoneybrook which will
be on your right. Stop at the gate and then proceed to Meadow Wood (Meadow
something). Make a left. The bird was in a pond on your right about 4/10 mile
along. Someone put a pink flag in front of the pond. Jeanne Dubi—Sarasota
Directions by Jeff Palmer who saw the bird this afternoon.
Take I-75 to Clark Road (SR 72)
West 1.9 mi to McIntosh Rd (the first left past the RR tracks)
South 3.45 mi to Central Sarasota Parkway
East 0.5 mi to Stoney Brook Blvd
Turn South and stop at the Guard House. Tell them you have come to see the
Proceed Southwest 0.4 mi to Glen Meadow Drive
Go South 0.4 mi to a small street on the left named Veranda Way, there is a
small pond opposite the street
Look for the duck about 40' out from the pink flag in the grass.
2. 6 June - Ft. DeSoto Park - Shiny Cowbirds
From 2.45pm to 3pm on 6/6/05 at Ft. De Soto in St.
Pete I had the 2 male Shiny Cowbirds, together with 2
male Brown-headed Cowbirds, on the grass between the
Bay Pier parking lot and the road, within yards of the
Bay Pier concrete sign (supported by stone posts)
(just past the Mulberry Tree area).
During the 15 mins I observed, I noticed that the
Shinys had a tendency to cock their tail up and drop
their wings. This made them distinguishable from a
fair distance. I'm not sure if this is typical or
not. Cosmo Bloom Tampa, FL cosmo_bloom@...
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SW Florida bird watching related links that may be of interest:
Manatee Audubon Society
Venice Audubon Society
Caloosa Bird Club (Ft. Myers, FL)
Peace River Audubon (Charlotte County, Florida)
SW Florida Birdline
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