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FL. RBA BAHAMA MOCKINGBIRD 05/23/03

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  • Brian Ahern
    RBA * Florida * Statewide * Date May 23, 2003 * FLFL0305.23 -Birds mentioned: ++BAHAMA MOCKINGBIRD**++ ++HEERMANN S GULL**++ ++BLACK NODDY++ Audubon s
    Message 1 of 1 , May 23, 2003
      RBA
      * Florida
      * Statewide
      * Date May 23, 2003
      * FLFL0305.23

      -Birds mentioned:
      ++BAHAMA MOCKINGBIRD**++
      ++HEERMANN'S GULL**++
      ++BLACK NODDY++

      Audubon's Shearwater
      Wilson's Storm-Petrel
      BAND-RUMPED STORM-PETREL
      Brown Booby
      Gull-billed Tern
      ROSEATE TERN
      Bridled Tern
      Sooty Tern
      RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
      ANTILLEAN NIGHTHAWK
      Shiny Cowbird

      **This is a review species in Florida. Any details of sightings
      should be sent to the FOS Records Committee at the address given at
      the end of this report

      Hotline: FLORIDA RARE BIRD REPORT
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      compiler: Brian Ahern
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      This is Brian Ahern reporting the Florida Rare Bird Alert for
      05/23/03. This report is sponsored by FLORIDA NATURE TOURS, which
      offers tours to the Dry Tortugas, South Florida, 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 & Gazetteer and the page number of Bill Pranty's ABA guide "A
      Birder's Guide to Florida" when possible.

      PLEASE NOTE: During the months of June, July, & August the FL. RBA
      may not be sent out on a weekly basis, but as needed in response to
      the decrease of bird activity during the hot summer.

      OKALOOSA COUNTY
      A HEERMANN'S GULL in breeding plumage was found in Choctohachee Bay
      near Destin on Sunday 18th. The gull was refound the next morning on
      Noriega Point (C. Saleeby & all). Pranty p. 52

      There is also a male SHINY COWBIRD at the County Treatment (aka "Mama
      Rosa") Ponds (L. Duncan & all). Pranty p. 52

      FRANKLIN COUNTY
      A SHINY COWBIRD was seen at a Feeder at Jack Dozier house in
      Baldpoint on Friday 16th

      VOLUSIA COUNTY
      A pelagic trip from Ponce Inlet on Saturday 17th saw the following:
      one AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER, twenty WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, one BAND-
      RUMPED STORM-PETREL, fifty BRIDLED TERNS, three SOOTY TERNS, & four
      RED-NECKED PHALAROPES (W. Biggs & all).

      COLLIER COUNTY
      At Eagle Lakes Community Park in Naples a male SHINY COWBIRD was
      found hanging out with a female Brown-headed Cowbird and many
      European Starlings and Boat-tailed Grackles in the "closed" soccer
      field directly off of the parking lot on Wednesday 21st (V. Lucas).

      MONROE COUNTY
      A singing BAHAMAMA MOCKINGBIRD was found in Marathon on Thursday 22nd
      and was seen again the next day Friday 23rd. The bird was actively
      singing in a Sapadilla tree in the side yard of a residence near
      Sombrero Gulf course in Marathon. The Sapadilla tree has dark green
      leaves with Tangerine size brown fruit. The bird was singing near
      the top of this tree, which is on the right side of the house.
      Directions: Heading down the Florida Keys, enter Marathon; look for
      a traffic light for Sombrero Beach Road (there are only 2 or 3
      traffic lights in Marathon). Turn left here and go about a block,
      turn right on Sombrero Blvd. Go about another block and turn left on
      Manor Lane, drive to 1850 Manor Lane. The residence is on the left
      side of the road; the gulf course is on the right side. Park on the
      grass across from the residence. Also seen feeding on the gulf
      course grass, was a male SHINY COWBIRD along with a male and female
      Brown Headed Cowbird. The cowbirds were seen near the end of Manor
      Lane. Please respect the property owners in the area (L. Manfredi &
      all). Pranty p. 252

      On The 18th two ANTILLEAN NIGHTHAWKS were seen flying over Florida
      Keys Community
      College between 05:30 and 05:50 am, and a pair of ROSEATE TERNS were
      present at Ft. Zachary Taylor (actually roosting in the adjacent
      Naval facility) in Key West mixed in with Royal and Sandwich Terns
      (S. Miller). Pranty p. 258

      DRY TORTUGAS
      The BLACK NODDY was seen Saturday 17th at 2:15 P.M. on the north
      coaling docks on Garden Key. The bird was absent in the morning from
      around 10:30 until 11:45. Observers returned at 2:15 to find the bird
      present. Also on the 17th, a GULL-BILLED TERN was seen and
      photographed on the south coaling docks, and A BROWN BOOBY was seen
      on a buoy near Hospital Key (P. Howard & all). Pranty p. 262

      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.fosbirds.org/

      Florida Rare Bird Alert Mail-list: To subscribe go to:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FLRBA

      Florida Birding website: http://www.javaswift.com/floridabirds/
      FLORIDABIRDS-L website: http://bkpass.tripod.com/floridabirds.htm

      For more information on Florida bird sightings, locations, and
      discussion please visit the following archives:
      Statewide sightings/discussion listserv:
      BIRDBRAINS: http://listserv.admin.usf.edu/archives/brdbrain.html
      FLABIRDING: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FlaBirding/
      FLORIDABIRDS-L: http://www.lists.ufl.edu/archives/floridabirds-l.html
      Regional sightings/discussion listservs:
      North Florida: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nflbirds/
      East Florida: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Eastbirders/
      Southwest Florida: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SWFLBirdline/
      Southeast Florida: http://tropicalaudubon.org/tasboard/index.html

      Brian Ahern
      Tampa, FL.
      BrianAhern@...
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