2. 1 February - Thursday on the left side of the
Birdwalk at Myakka River State Park, sitting
atop a tall stalk of grass was a female Dickcissel. She
only showed up for about 30 seconds in the morning and did not reappear during
the next three hours I was out there. Three observers sighted it.
Last year in the early spring we had at least two Dickcissels,
male and female, around the Birdwalk for several weeks. Also, I sighted
the first of the season Purple Martins. Owen Comora
3. Correction - There is some debate now as to the ID of the sparrow
seen at the Celery Fields. Due to the rusty brown flanks and the yellow at the
base of the bill, it is now thought that the sparrow is just your garden variety
swamp sparrow, not a white throated
sparrow. Rick Greenspun
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