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8722Re: [nflbirds] early arrival

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  • Jim Stevenson
    Jan 14, 2014
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      Very interesting records.
      I tend to concur with John’s assumption that these did not arrive off the Gulf from the Tropics, but as I suggested in my earlier post, that doesn’t mean they were there the entire winter. There is nothing to suggest that birds like these didn’t move from one locality to St. Mark’s, or the parula to Harry’s feeder. I just had a waxwing in my (Galveston) yard today – the first of the winter – but I’m pretty sure he didn’t just fly from the Tropics. (That species has populations which winter in the Tropics, but they don’t usually cross the Gulf until late spring.]
      Further, with the inconsistent weather considered part of “climate change,” Lord only knows what effect it’ll have on species distribution and status. Look at all the new species CA, FL and TX have accumulated since 2000 from the Tropics.
      Good birding,
      Sent: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 10:22 PM
      Subject: Re: [nflbirds] early arrival

      This afternoon at St Marks NWR, Earl Orf and I found an adult male N. parula in the Live oaks across the road from the visitors center. Minutes earlier we saw a Northern waterthrush at the double bridges. I'm assuming both are overwintering despite the fact that neither has been previously reported (to my knowledge).

      We were also fortunate to locate the Cinnamon teal discovered a few days ago at Stony Bayou II by Don Morrow.

      John Murphy
      Alligator Pt, FL

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      From: Harry Hooper <sn_egret@...>
      To: nflbirds <nflbirds@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Tue, 14 Jan 2014 16:00:39 -0600 (CST)
      Subject: [nflbirds] early arrival

      Afternoon nlfbirders,

      While refilling the feeders this morning, a 1st year / adult ? female Northern Parula came to feed at my suet feeder giving me great views from 5 feet away.  As per the Tallahassee Field Card, the normal average arrival time for this specie in the Tally area is the last week of February. 

      Good birding !

      Harry Hooper
      Tallahassee, Florida

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