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Florida RBA 1 Feb 2002

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    * RBA * Florida * Peninsular Florida from Leon County south to Monroe County * Date 1 February 2002 * FLFL0202.01 -Birds mentioned: RED-THROATED LOON TUNDRA
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 1, 2002
      * RBA
      * Florida
      * Peninsular Florida from Leon County south to Monroe County
      * Date 1 February 2002
      * FLFL0202.01

      -Birds mentioned:
      CASSIN'S KINGBIRD (possible)

      message: 941-242-ZEET (9338)
      to report: 941-242-ZEET (9338) or
      email: FLRBA@...
      compilers: Charlie Ewell and Arlyne Salcedo
      transcribers: Same

      This is Charlie Ewell reporting the Florida Rare Bird Alert for
      2/1/02. This report is sponsored by FLORIDA NATURE TOURS, which
      offers two April and three May tours to the Dry Tortugas, South
      Florida tours and private guiding. For information go to
      http://www.floridanaturetours.com or call 407-363-1360. Reports are
      followed by coordinates from the DeLorme Florida Atlas & Gazatteer
      and the page number of Bill Pranty's ABA guide "A Birder's Guide to
      Florida" when possible. To leave a message or report, press any key
      now and begin speaking after the tone. The next update will be on
      2/8/02 or when there is new information.

      In Alligator Point, a male ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD continues as of 31
      Jan, but visits may becoming less regular (banded by Fred Bassett).
      The bird is located at the home of Jack Dozier, who sends the
      following note: Going west on US-98 through Panacea cross the
      Ochlockonee Bay, take the next left (CR370--Alligator DR.), go about
      four miles and turn left on Bald Pt. Rd., take a left two miles down
      on Dunes Blvd., keep to the left again (turns into Lakeview Dr.), and
      I'm the 2nd house on the left. Tan vinyl sided, tin roofed cottage.
      Either come in or sit at the picnic table and watch the feeders in
      back. The bird is shy and is seen most frequently early in the
      morning and later in the afternoon. Welcome, and good luck. DeLorme
      p. 61, D3; Pranty p. 73

      At Tallahassee, a RED-THROATED LOON reported from a pond behind the
      fast food restaurant Church's Chicken since 27 Jan was reported
      present 31 Jan in the AM (Keith MacVicar), but reported missed by 12
      noon (Brent Kemker). This site is located south of FSU's Campbell
      Stadium on the east side of Lake Bradford Rd (SR-371).

      At Springhill sewage treatment plant in Tallahassee, a TUNDRA SWAN is
      still being reported present as of 31 Jan (reported by S.P.
      MacCumhail). It has been located in the large pool on the east side
      of the facility. From SR-61 (Monroe St) just south of the Capitol, go
      west on CR-362 (Gaines St) to CR-371 (Lake Bradford Rd) and turn
      left. Bear left onto CR-373A, which soon becomes CR-373 the facility
      is on the left just past CR-263 (Capitol Circle Southwest). Obtain
      permission from the plant office (open 8 am to 4 pm Monday – Friday
      and sporadically on weekends). DeLorme p. 50, A2; Pranty p. 68

      In DeBary, a male VERMILION FLYCATCHER was reported 27 Jan (Roy
      Peterson). From the intersection of US-17/92 and Dirksen Drive at the
      south end of DeBary, go east about 1/8 mile to a parking lot for
      Gemini Springs County Park. At the west end of the parking lot, the
      bicycle trail makes a loop and just beyond that loop on your left you
      will see an open gate and a powerline maintenance road heading south.
      Walk south along a barbed wire fence until you pass through three
      more open gates - perhaps 3/4 mile (an easy 10 minute walk). Here you
      should notice a faint track leading southeast away from the power
      lines. Follow that for a couple hundred yards and look for a single
      wooden power pole that has two wires anchoring it on one side. The
      flycatcher perched on the wires in this area. DeLorme p. 80, A2

      In Spring Hill, an adult female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD has been banded
      and is still present as of 30 Jan (Bev Hansen). The hummingbird has
      been coming to the yard less frequently lately, being absent for a
      few days earlier this week. Andy and Elaine Maywalt invite birders to
      see the hummers whether they are home or not. They live at 5194
      Mosquero in Spring Hill, phone (352) 686-8195.

      Coming on SR-50 from the east, turn left on Deltona (CR-589), and
      right at the second light onto Northcliffe. Take the sixth road on
      the left,
      Mosquero, and continue as it curves right. Park in front of their
      house, which is on the left. The best view is from the cement slab,
      which is on the left side of their house, behind the trailer.

      Coming from the north or south on US-19, Turn east at the light on
      Northcliffe. (This is the first traffic light south of SR-50, and the
      fifth light north of (CR-574) Spring Hill Drive.) Take the fourth
      onto Beachview, and, when it dead ends, turn right onto Mosquero, and
      follow the above directions. DeLorme p. 83, A1

      At Merritt Island NWR, a drake EURASIAN WIGEON first reported 27 Jan
      (Cheri Pierce and Carol Paine), was relocated 31 Jan (Tom Rodriguez).
      The duck was first reported on Black Point Wildlife Drive in a mixed
      flock of American Wigeons and American Coots. It was located in the
      open water on the right side of the drive at marker #6. The most
      recent report was from between markers #2 and 3 on the drive. There
      are many flocks of wigeons around the refuge, so it is advised to
      check each one carefully. From US-1 in Titusville, go east on SR-406
      across the Indian River. Follow SR-406 beyond where it meets SR-402
      and continue to the entrance to Black Point Wildlife Drive on your
      left. DeLorme p. 81, C3; Pranty p. 177

      In Merritt Island, an immature female BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD has
      been banded by Fred Bassett and is still present as of 26 Jan
      (reported by Bob Paxson). Entering Merritt Island on SR-520 from
      Cocoa, go south on SR-3(Courtney Parkway) about 8 miles to the Island
      Grove Subdivision on your right. Turn right onto Island Grove Drive
      and continue to the end of the cul-de-sac to address 171. Do not
      block any driveways or mailboxes. Walk up the driveway, which curves
      to left and look for the feeder in some Spanish Moss that is draped
      over a dead orange tree. This is the home of Bob Paxson. DeLorme p.
      88, B1

      At Providence Road in east Brevard County, a possible CASSIN'S
      KINGBIRD was reported 27 Jan (Ken Allie). The bird was in the same
      area one was found last January. Western Kingbirds have also been
      present. From I-95 take Exit 75 which puts you on Rt-520. Head west
      on Rt-520 and take your first left on Tucker Lane. After a few turns
      Tucker Lane ends up next to I-95. Take Tucker Lane south for a little
      over 1 mile and take a right on Providence Road. Head west on
      Providence about 1 mile until you see Mullet Road on your left. The
      kingbirds were seen in this general area flycatching from the utility
      lines on the southern side of the road and the snags across the canal
      on the north side of the road. DeLorme p. 88, A1

      At William Dunn Sewage Treatment Plant-Palm Harbor, a female LONG-
      TAILED DUCK has been reported both 31 Jan and 1 Feb (Irene
      Hernandez). The plant is requiring the following procedure be
      followed: Drive your car to the office and let them know you are
      there before proceeding. Park out of the way, near the oaks. Walking
      in between ponds is not allowed and you must stay back some from the
      edge of the ponds. To get to the office, proceed along the road
      between the ponds and the buildings until you are near the North
      Pond. Turn right. At the first yield go left and at the second yield
      go right. Report in at the building with the American Flag. The plant
      is located at the end of Dunn Rd off of ALT. US-19, about 4.5 miles
      north of Curlew Rd (SR-586), which is north of Dunedin. DeLorme p.
      82, D3

      At Ft De Soto County Park, the HEERMANN'S GULL was reported from the
      North Beach lagoon 31 Jan (Jason Guerard). The lagoon is located west
      of the North Beach parking area and extends around to the north. To
      get to Ft. DeSoto, take Exit 4 off I-275 and go west on SR-682 (54th
      Ave South) to SR-679 (Pinellas Bayway). Turn south and follow to the
      park. Stop at the park headquarters for a map and sightings info.
      DeLorme p. 90, D3; Pranty pp. 126-130

      At Skyview Golf Course in Lakeland, 5 BRONZED COWBIRDS were reported
      1 Feb (Brian Ahern). From Lakeland take US-92 (Memorial Highway) east
      past Lake Parker as if you are going to Saddle Creek Park. About one-
      half mile before Saddle Creek Park, turn south (right) at the traffic
      light for Reynolds Rd. At the second light make a right turn on to
      Skyview Dr. Look for a right turn just before the BP Gas Station (BP
      is on the left side). Take this street all the way to the end and the
      golf course. Two cowbirds were reported at a feeder hanging on a
      clothesline at the last house on the left, and the other three were
      flying in and out of the tall trees around the parking lot. Please be
      discreet and respectful when you go; it's a residential area. DeLorme
      p. 84, D3

      At the Belle Glade Marina and Campground, the male VERMILION
      FLYCATCHER was reported still present as of 27 Jan (reported by Linda
      Most). The flycatcher has been seen in the area of the volleyball
      field. From US-441 in Belle Glade, take SR-717 (West Canal St North)
      west to the levee, going up the levee road and over a one lane
      bridge. The volleyball field and parking area are ahead on your left.
      DeLorme p. 108, C1; Pranty p. 204

      In an area north of the Big Cypress Seminole Travel Plaza on I-75,
      the male VERMILION FLYCATCHER was still reported present as of 27 Jan
      (Linda Most). Take Government Rd (CR-833) north from the Travel
      Plaza. At about 14 miles, look for a shiny new galvanized cattle
      water trough a ways off the road on your right (east). The Vermilion
      Flycatcher often forages from the overhanging power-line that crosses
      the canal near the watering trough. If not found at this location,
      look across Government Rd for a small sign on a closed gate that
      reads "Field #1-A, MJR & No Trespassing". The flycatcher sometimes
      perches on the telephone line in this area. Also check the Live Oak
      nearby. Scissor-tailed Flycatchers and Western Kingbirds have also
      been present in the same general area. Two White-tailed Kites (has
      ranged from 3.5 to 1.4 miles north), Yellow-breasted Chat, and White-
      throated Sparrow have been reported recently 3.5 miles north of the
      travel plaza at a cow pen area. DeLorme p. 113, B2

      In Eagle Lakes Community Park in Naples, up to 12 BRONZED COWBIRDS
      were reported 31 Jan (Vince Lucas). One male SHINY COWBIRD was also
      present. Check any area with blackbird flocks, particularly the
      impoundment with the cypress and willow trees. From the junction of
      CR-951 (Collier Blvd.) and US-41 (Tamiami Trail) in Naples, go north
      on US-41 for approximately one mile until you see the sign for the
      park on your right. Park near the sports field. Walk east until you
      see the mitigation impoundments. DeLorme p. 111, D2

      At Lucky Hammock just outside Everglades NP, the BELL'S VIREO was
      reported still present 27 Jan (Doug Wassmer). Other species of note
      reported recently are Least Flycatcher, Wilson's Warbler, Black-
      throated Green Warbler, and Yellow-breasted Chat. The area is located
      about one mile before entering Everglades NP on SR-9336 from Florida
      City. Look for a road going south (left) with a sign for a Youth
      Camp. Take this road a few hundred yards and look for the hammock on
      your right (Lucky Hammock). Park at the south end of the hammock.
      There is a dirt road going left through a brushy area. The Bell's
      Vireo has often been seen along here. DeLorme p. 122, A2; Pranty p.

      -end transcript

      At the south jetty of Ponce Inlet/Smyrna Dunes Park, two Purple
      Sandpipers were reported 30 Jan. To read the report from the
      FLORIDABIRDS-L archive:

      At the Emeralda Marsh Conservation Area, Wilson's Warbler, Northern
      Waterthrush, and Fulvous Whistling Duck were reported 27 Jan. To read
      a report from the FLORIDABIRDS-L archive:

      In Pinellas County, 5 Snow Geese were reported from the north end of
      Honeymoon Island State Park. At Ft De Soto County Park, a Long-billed
      Curlew was reported from the North Beach lagoon. To read the report
      from the Birdbrains listserv:

      In Sarasota at the Celery Fields, 2 Snow Geese were still being
      reported 21 Jan. To read the report from the FLORIDABIRDS-L archive:

      At Bunche Beach in south Ft Myers, a Long-billed Curlew was reported
      24 Jan.

      At Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Ft Myers, a Yellow-throated
      Vireo and Magnolia Warbler were reported 28 Jan. To read the report
      from the SWFLBirdline list:

      At Eco Pond in Flamingo, Everglades National Park, an unidentified
      Mannikin/Munia type finch of unknown origin has been reported since
      at least 29 Jan. A photo is available at:

      A descriptive report from the FLORIDABIRDS-L archive:

      Good Birding!

      Documentation of rarities for FL Ornithological Society Records
      Committee should be sent to:
      FOSRC, c/o Archbold Biological Station, PO Box 2057,
      Lake Placid FL 33862.
      Website: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fos/

      Florida Rare Bird Alert Maillist: To subscribe go to:

      For more information on Florida bird sightings, locations, and
      discussion please visit the following websites to subscribe:

      Statewide sightings/discussion listserv:
      FLORIDABIRDS-L: http://www.javaswift.com/floridabirds/

      Regional sightings/discussion listservs:
      North Florida: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nflbirds/
      Central Florida: http://listserv.admin.usf.edu/listserv/wa.exe?
      Southwest Florida: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SWFLBirdline/
      East Florida: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Eastbirders/
      Southeast Florida: http://tropicalaudubon.org/tasboard//index.html

      Charlie Ewell
      Arlyne Salcedo
      Cape Coral, FL
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