Re: [nflbirds] SGI RH Wdpkrs
Jack Dozier and I observed an adult fly in off the Gulf one morning down at Bald Point. It was only the second one Jack had seen down there and we presumed it to be a migrant. Julie, Ross and I also had 2 juveniles down at the marina on St Joe peninsula last week and they were heading north along the peninsula. I suspect this is just post juvenile dispersal or adults looking for new territories rather than long distance migration. As Jim says though its hard to come up with a definitive explanation but birds have wings and they can fly. It still boggles my mind that a bird as tiny and as fragile as a Ruby-throated Hummingbird can cross the Gulf of Mexico.
fascinating creatures aren't they?
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From: "Jim Stevenson" <natrix@...>
Micheal et al,
The issue of RH Wdpkrs along the gulf coast in the fall has been discussed
for decades. They do not winter south of the US, and there are no winter or
summer residents anywhere near places like SGI (where I, too, saw them
during my grad work there). I have also had one in the last ten years in my
migrant trap yard here in Galveston. Go figure.
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From: "michael hartley" <hartleyism@...>
Sent: Monday, October 09, 2006 7:08 PM
Subject: [nflbirds] SGI 10/8-10/9
> Birded SGI (mainly Youth Camp) yesterday and this afternoon. Yesterday
> sky was full of Kestrals, Merlin, Peregrines, Northern Harriers, and Bald
> Eagles, plus one of each Cooper's and Sharp-shinned. Also a lot of the
> winter birds had arrived. Today the air was more still and mosquitoes
> on the attack but in half an hour we picked up a different variety of
> migrants. We spotted a juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker around the
> which I had not seen on the island before. Is there a colony there? At
> sunset a Great-horned Owl perched in our view.
> Raptors above
> White-winged Dove
> YB cuckoo
> Eastern Phoebe (3)
> House Wren (2)
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet
> White-eyed Vireo (lots)
> Red-eyed Vireo
> Unidentified Thrush (couldn't relocate)
> Tennessee Warbler
> Black-throated Green
> American Redstart (3)
> YB cuckoo
> Chestnut-sided (2)
> Magnolia (2)
> Black-throated Green (3)
> Black-and-white (2)
> Redstart (2)
> Summer Tanager
> Scarlet Tanager
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> Jack Dozier and I observed an adult fly in off the Gulf one morning downIt sounds like you mean in spring???
> at Bald Point.
If RHWo are "cutting the corner" to and from South Florida, seeing this in
spring could mean this.
Birds have also been seen coming in off the Gulf in fall, too. These have
been presumed to be fall migrants that have more/less accidentally flown out
over the Gulf and turned around, for whatever reason.
I am less sure of post breeding dispursal, but who knows?
- Interesting; back on 20 September I had at least three RHWOs (2 juv+1 ad),
possibly more (in a tree too distant to be sure), at Bald Point, IIRC they
eventually wound up heading east torwards the beach...
Wakulla County, Florida, USA
USDA Zone 8B - Sunset Zone 28 - Heat Zone 9
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