Fall season observations
Here is a note from David Powell posted to various lists yesterday (1 Dec):
It's time to submit your bird observations from the Fall 2001 season
(August - November). These observations may be published in "North
American Birds" and "Florida Field Naturalist," the ornithological
journals of the American Birding Association and Florida Ornithological
Society, respectively. Please submit your observations by December 15.
NAB has a much wider audience but a very tight word limit, while
readership in FFN is mostly limited to Florida but the report has no
word limit (although we have started to impose our own).
We will not be "plucking" any observations from posts to the Internet, so
please submit your notable sightings to us.
To make it easiest to compile your observations, PLEASE follow this
format when putting your report together. And PLEASE put all your
observations in phylogenetic order, not in random or chronological order
Number of individuals
Location (including county)
Details for species rare or difficult to distinguish from common species.
As an example:
Leach's Storm-Petrel: 53 at Playalinda Beach, Canaveral National
Seashore (Brevard) 23 Apr-1 May, with 32 on 28 Apr (Kurt Radamaker,
David Powell, David Simpson et al.). Identified as Leach's by the dark
line in the middle of the white rump, the forked tail, the
nighthawk-like erratic flight, and no feet projecting beyond the end of
the tail. Photographs obtained by K. Radamaker, posted to the Internet.
We cannot accept reports of rare birds submitted without documentation.
This includes all species requiring review by the Florida Ornithological
Society Records Committee (FOSRC; see Bowman 2000. Florida Field
Naturalist 28: 149-160), as well as other species or groups that cause
frequent identification problems (e.g., storm-petrels, kingbirds,
Empidonax flycatchers), or may be escapees from captivity.
For reports of extremely rare species sent to the FOSRC, please send a
photocopy of your documentation to us, so that we know details have been
Photographs (digital or otherwise) or scans (of at least 400 DPI) are
welcome for possible inclusion in "North American Birds," and as
supporting documentation for your reports of rarities.
We encourage you to submit your photographs also to the Florida Birds
website maintained by Kurt Radamaker
Please send your observations via e-mail if possible (but snail mail is
acceptable) to the regional compiler for your area (see list below).
All observers whose sightings are published are acknowledged fully in
FFN and NAB.
As of May 2001, all three of the NAB seasonal editors for the Florida
Region are now members of the FOS Field Observations Committee, so all
reports sent to FFN automatically are sent also to NAB.
Thank you for your contributions to Florida ornithology.
Winter seasonal compiler, North American Birds
State Compiler, FOS Field Observations Committee
Spring and Fall seasonal compiler, North American Birds
Summer seasonal compiler, North American Birds
WESTERN PANHANDLE (Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton cos.): Bob
and Lucy Duncan; 614 Fairpoint Drive, Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561,
EASTERN PANHANDLE (Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson Leon, and Wakulla cos.):
Gail Menk; 2725 Peachtree Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32304; no e-mail
NORTHEAST FLORIDA (Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns cos.):
Peggy Powell; 2965 Forest Circle, Jacksonville, Florida 32257; no e-mail.
NORTH-CENTRAL FLORIDA (Alachua, Citrus, Columbia, Hamilton, Hernando,
Levy, and Marion cos.): Bev Hansen; 6573 Pine Meadows Drive, Spring
Hill, Florida 34606; e-mail: bevalhansen@...
EAST-CENTRAL FLORIDA (Brevard, Indian River, Martin, Orange, St. Lucie,
Seminole, and Volusia cos.): Bruce Anderson: 2917 Scarlet Road, Winter
Park, Florida 32792; email: scizortail@...
CENTRAL FLORIDA (Highlands, Lake, Osceola, Okeechobee, and Polk cos.):
Linda Cooper; 558 Sunshine Boulevard, Haines City, Florida 33844-9540;
WEST-CENTRAL FLORIDA (Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas cos.): David
Powell; 1407 Storington Ave., Brandon, FL 33511, e-mail: vireo@...
SOUTHWESTERN FLORIDA (Charlotte, Collier, De Soto, Lee, Manatee, and
Sarasota cos.): Charlie Ewell; 1121 SW 11th Court, Cape Coral, FL 33991,
SOUTHEASTERN FLORIDA (Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach cos.):
John H. Boyd III; 15770 SW 104th Terrace, Apartment 103, Miami, Florida
33196, e-mail: boydj@...
Cape Coral, FL