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Florida RBA 22 Feb 2002 (Heermann's Gull in Lee County)

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    Note the Heermann s Gull in Lee County this week: * RBA * Florida * Peninsular Florida from Leon County south to Monroe County * Date 22 February 2002 *
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      Note the Heermann's Gull in Lee County this week:

      * RBA
      * Florida
      * Peninsular Florida from Leon County south to Monroe County
      * Date 22 February 2002
      * FLFL0202.22

      -Birds mentioned:
      RED-THROATED LOON
      TUNDRA SWAN
      EURASIAN WIGEON
      LONG-TAILED DUCK
      HEERMANN'S GULL
      BLACK-HEADED GULL
      ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD
      LESSER NIGHTHAWK
      CASSIN'S KINGBIRD
      VERMILION FLYCATCHER
      SIGHTINGS OF NOTE

      hotline: FLORIDA RARE BIRD ALERT
      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
      2/22/02. 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
      3/1/02 or when there is new information.

      FRANKLIN COUNTY
      In Alligator Point, a male ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD continues as of 20
      Feb, (banded by Fred Bassett). The hummingbird's visits have become
      sporadic and less dependable. 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

      To view a photo of this ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD from the FLORIDABIRDS-L
      Member photos archive:
      http://www.javaswift.com/floridabirds/allens.html

      Opposite the KOA campground in Alligator Point, 13 Red-throated Loons
      were reported about 100 feet offshore 12 Feb (David La Puma, Michelle
      Davis). From US-98 take SR-370 to the T intersection, turn right and
      proceed to the KOA campground. DeLorme p. 61, D3; Pranty p. 73

      LEON COUNTY
      At Springhill sewage treatment plant in Tallahassee, a TUNDRA SWAN is
      still being reported present as of 19 Feb (Gail Menk). 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

      To view a photo of the TUNDRA SWAN from the FLORIDABIRDS-L Member
      photos archive: http://www.javaswift.com/floridabirds/tundra%
      20swan.html

      PINELLAS COUNTY
      At William Dunn Sewage Treatment Plant-Palm Harbor, the hen LONG-
      TAILED DUCK was reported 17 Feb (John Boyd). 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

      BREVARD COUNTY
      In Titusville at the fishing pier at Parrish Park, the LONG-TAILED
      DUCK was relocated 21 Feb (John Epler). The duck has been reported
      recently from both the north and south side of the pier, as well as
      the boat ramp on the opposite side of the bridge. Parrish Park is
      located on the north side of SR-406 just before the bridge that
      crosses the Indian River. DeLorme p. 81, C3; Pranty p. 177

      At Merritt Island NWR (which will be closed Monday 25 Feb through
      Thursday 28 Feb due to the space shuttle), a drake EURASIAN WIGEON
      was relocated 21 Feb (John Epler). Most reports have been from
      between markers #2 and 3 on Black Point Wildlife Drive. 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

      INDIAN RIVER COUNTY
      At the park on the southern side of Sebastian Inlet in the State
      Recreation Area, a BLACK-HEADED GULL has been reported still present
      as of 22 Feb (John Boyd). Most reports have been from the pavilions
      at the western end of the parking area. The entrance is on the
      western side of SR-A1A, just after the bridge when coming from the
      north. Sebastian Inlet SRA is located on SR-A1A at the Brevard and
      Indian River County lines. Coming from the north you must take SR-A1A
      south from US-192/SR-500 (Melbourne Causeway). Coming from the south,
      you must take SR-A1A north from SR-510 in Wabasso or SR-60 in Vero
      Beach. These roads are the closest crossing points of the Indian
      River to the inlet. Sebastian Inlet SRA has an entrance fee ($3.25).
      DeLorme p. 96, B3; Pranty p. 182

      LEE COUNTY
      At Captiva Island, a HEERMANN'S GULL of similar plumage to the Ft De
      Soto gull, was reported again 19 Feb (Vince McGrath). No specific
      location was given. The Ft De Soto Heermann's Gull has ranged south
      to Naples in Collier County during its stay in western Florida. The
      gull was reported from the south end of Captiva Drive 18 Feb. DeLorme
      p. 110, A1

      HENDRY COUNTY
      In an area north of the Big Cypress Seminole Travel Plaza on I-75,
      the male VERMILION FLYCATCHER was still reported present as of 17 Feb
      (Bill and Eleanor Marr). 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 has various perches in this area. If not found
      at this location, look across the street. Scissor-tailed Flycatchers
      and Western Kingbirds have also been present in the same general
      area. White-tailed Kites have ranged from 7 to 1 miles north of the
      travel plaza sometimes near a cow pen area (3.5 miles north of TP).

      To view a photo of this VERMILION FLYCATCHER from the FLORIDABIRDS-L
      Member photos archive:
      http://www.javaswift.com/floridabirds/vermilion.html

      MIAMI-DADE COUNTY
      Near Homestead High School, a CASSIN'S KINGBIRD was reported 21 Feb
      (John Boyd) on the powerlines near the school. Scissor-tailed
      Flycatcher and Western Kingbird have also been reported here. From
      the southern end of the Florida Turnpike, at US-1 and Palm Dr/344th
      St in Florida City, go east .9 miles on Palm Dr/344th St. DeLorme p.
      122, A3; Pranty p. 230

      At Lucky Hammock just outside Everglades NP, the BELL'S VIREO was
      reported still present 20 Feb (Paul Blair, Wilf Yusek). 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. 230

      MONROE COUNTY
      At Flamingo in Everglades Nat Park, LESSER NIGHTHAWKS continue to be
      reported from the back of C-Loop in the campground (CJ Grimes). To
      enter ENP, take SR-9336 west out of Florida City. After entering the
      park (fee), take the entry road all the way to Flamingo. DeLorme p.
      121, C2; Pranty p. 234

      -end transcript

      SIGHTINGS OF NOTE
      At Tram Road sewage treatment facility in Tallahassee, an
      unidentified gull, described as possibly of the white-winged/Thayer's
      type, was reported 13 Feb and 18 Feb. To read the reports from the
      FLORIDABIRDS-L archive: http://www.lists.ufl.edu./cgi-bin/wa?
      A2=ind0202&L=floridabirds-l&D=1&O=D&P=15968

      http://www.lists.ufl.edu./cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0202&L=floridabirds-
      l&D=1&O=D&P=21510

      Near Apopka (Orange Co.), the Western Kingbird roost with up to 50+
      birds at times was reported still active, with the CASSIN'S KINGBIRD
      reported 16 Feb, along with a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. To read a
      report with directions from the FLORIDABIRDS-L archive:
      http://www.lists.ufl.edu./cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0201&L=floridabirds-
      l&D=1&O=D&P=24973

      A report that includes an active sparrow field in the same area:
      http://www.lists.ufl.edu./cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0202&L=floridabirds-
      l&D=1&O=D&P=18346

      At Viera Wetlands in Brevard County, an Eared Grebe was relocated 18
      Feb. To read the report from the FLORIDABIRDS-L archive:
      http://www.lists.ufl.edu./cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0202&L=floridabirds-
      l&D=1&O=D&P=21310

      In Miami, 4 Smooth-billed Ani were reported just past the Garden
      House at Fairchild Gardens. Directions: Fairchild Tropical Gardens
      are located in SW Miami, surrounded on three sides by Matheson
      Hammock Park, which is on Biscayne Bay. Approaching the Gardens from
      the north, on Old Cutler Rd, they are on the left (east) side of the
      road. There is a small parking lot for about twenty cars, with the
      entrance on the south side of the lot. To read the report from
      Tropical Audubon Society's Miami Bird Board:
      http://tropicalaudubon.org/tasboard/messages/699.html

      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:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FLRBA

      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?
      SUBED1=brdbrain&A=1
      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
      FLRBA@...
      Anhinga42@...
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