Florida RBA 30 May 2003
* Date May 30, 2003
**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
This is Brian Ahern reporting the Florida Rare Bird Alert for
05/30/03. 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.
A SURF SCOTER in full breeding plumage was found near Black's Island
in St. Joe Bay on Saturday 24th (W. Harris). DeLorme p. 59; Pranty p.
On Saturday 24th a BLACK RAIL was heard calling & 'growling' on the
salt marshes SE of town, of Steinhatchee. Drive SE from Steinhatchee
on Hwy 361 (The Road to Nowhere) until it dead ends in the salt marsh
(about 10 miles, mostly paved). From the end of the road, walk East
(left) down off-road truck tracks about 200-300 feet. The area where
Black Rail was heard calling was thick tussocks of grass...very wet
in places. He responded to a tape. Also a SWAINSON'S WARBLER was
heard singing from the Hickory Mounds impoundment (J. Murphy).
DeLorme p. 62/63; Pranty p. 83
On Saturday 24th the following species were seen during an offshore
fishing contest off of Ponce Inlet: 16 CORY'S SHEARWATERS, 4
AUDUBON'S SHEARWATERS, 10 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, 1 BAND-RUMPED STORM-
PETREL, 2 SOOTY TERNS, 20 BRIDLED TERNS, & 8 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES
(B. Wallace). DeLorme p. 75; Pranty p. 176
A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was seen Thursday 29th at Ft. DeSoto
Park. This adult
bird was working from the phone lines about 1 mile from the North
Beach (D. Ferrell). DeLorme p. 90; Pranty p. 126
On Friday 31st eight WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were found in the fields
near the Homestead Speedway. Directions: Exit Florida's Turnpike in
Homestead, at s.w. 137 ave. go south on this to s.w. 328 st. turn
left on s.w. 328 st. drive to the second grassy road and make a right
turn here. Drive down this road and scan on both sides for birds. You
will be looking at the northeast side of the racetrack (L. & C.
Manfredi). DeLorme p. 122; Pranty p. 230
EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK
On Saturday 24th a WHITE-TAILED KITE was seen west of the south end
of Research Road and two GULL-BILLED TERNS were found at Eco Pond (B.
Roberts). DeLorme p. 121/122; Pranty p. 234
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.
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For more information on Florida bird sightings, locations, and
discussion please visit the following archives:
Statewide sightings/discussion listserv:
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