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  • Cavanagh, Jim
    I decided to follow up on Rodney Cassidy s 5 4 report of a strong NW wind which persisted at the Youth Camp until mid-morning today. Oddly, a Wilson s Warbler
    Message 1 of 1 , May 5, 2013
      I decided to follow up on Rodney Cassidy's 5\4 report of a strong NW wind which persisted at the Youth Camp until mid-morning today.
      Oddly, a Wilson's Warbler appeared at 11:30 in the Oak Hammock near the restroom. I am aware that this is an unusually late Spring report.

      Warblers: Wilson's Warbler, Male. The pointed bill was very thin and needle like and seen in profile well at 20 feet in good light.
      A beady black eye contrasted with a yellow background. Contrast was noted between the yellow underparts and darker wings. Tail was dark and in fight showed no white or yellow markings. Cap was black.
      Yellow 1
      Magnolia 1
      Black-throated Blue, male 1
      Yellow-throated 1
      Pine 2
      Black and White 1
      American Redstart 3
      Ovenbird 1
      Northern Waterthrush 1
      Hooded, female 1

      No Vireos. Other birds: Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2, Veery 1, Baltimore Oriole 2, Many Orchard Orioles, Scarlet Tanager (female) 1,
      Bobolink 20+ next to road beyond Youth Camp turnoff.

      Jim Cavanagh
      Tallahassee


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      From: nflbirds@yahoogroups.com on behalf of ROC
      Sent: Sat 5/4/2013 11:52 PM
      To: don.morrow@...; nflbirds@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: Re: [nflbirds] St Marks NWR Saturday





      Quick report after a 12-13 hour birding day w/Lydia. Our best birding was in the evening hours after the N-NW winds had been blowing for a few hours. The results of interest were from St George Island. It was NOT a high volume day.

      Tennessee Warbler.............................................1
      Cape May W.........................................................1
      Bay-breasted Warbler............................................3
      Blackpoll.................................................................2
      Am Redstart ............................................................3

      7 species total

      Least Bittern.......................calling from wetland near YC.
      RB Grosbeak......................................................................2
      YB Cuckoo..................................................................12
      Swainson's Thrush..........................................................6
      Wood Thrush.................................................................1
      Veery...............................................................................2
      Gray-checked Thrush...................................................1......................Pine St.

      Bobolink.....................................................................71...................including many bright males
      Am Oystercatcher...................................................21 in one tight flock

      Rodney and Lydia Cassidy
      Tallahassee, Florida

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Don Morrow <don.morrow@... <mailto:don.morrow%40tpl.org> >
      To: nflbirds <nflbirds@yahoogroups.com <mailto:nflbirds%40yahoogroups.com> >
      Cc: robin_will <robin_will@... <mailto:robin_will%40fws.gov> >
      Sent: Sat, May 4, 2013 7:07 pm
      Subject: [nflbirds] St Marks NWR Saturday

      On a damp and gloomy morning, I went looking for the end of Loon migration. Not quite there, as I recorded 23 Northbound Loons before a light mist and fog shut things down at 8:00 am. I had both Common Nighthawk and Chuck-wills-widow flying as I came into the refuge.

      While looking for Loons I saw the following.

      Lighthouse Flats (Soras and Clappers calling)
      Whimbrel
      Black Skimmer
      Merlin

      On the Gulf
      Horned Grebe (17 either in molt or breeding plumage)
      Red-breasted Merganser

      Mounds Pool Trail (very quiet)
      Magnolia Warbler (female)
      Common Yellowthroat (probably a resident)
      Veery

      Tower Pond
      Semipalmated Plover
      Black-necked Stilt (about seven)
      American Avocet (eleven in breeding plumage and one in winter plumage)
      Greater Yellowlegs
      Lesser Yellowlegs
      Willet
      Ruddy Turnstone
      Dunlin
      Least Sandpiper
      Short-billed Dowitcher

      Headquarters Pond
      Lesser Scaup
      Purple Gallinule

      Double Bridges
      Acadian Flycatcher
      Northern Parula
      Prothonotary Warbler
      Yellow-rumped Warbler

      It's the tail end of migration. Still worth looking.

      Good birding.

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