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[FlaBirding] Bed-bellied Woodpecker, Satellite Beach, Florida, 16 Sept 2014 - (email address filtered) [FlaBirding] - 2014-09-17 02:26:11


Bed-bellied Woodpecker, Satellite Beach, Florida, 16 Sept 2014:
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[FlaBirding] Access to River Lakes Conservation Area - David Simpson (email address filtered) [FlaBirding] - 2014-09-09 22:32:42


I visited River Lakes Conservation Area (the St. John's River Water Management District property west of Viera Wetlands and the Click Ponds) today.  I had a conversation with a couple Brevard County Sherriffs about some recent issues in this area.  They asked me to pass on some wisdom to the birding community.  So here it is in a nutshell:

1) The road is private, not public
2) There is an easement for public access to River Lakes Conservation Area
3) The easement does not allow for vehicles to stop along the way.
4) Duda Ranch can revoke this easement.
5) The gate at the east end (by the Click Ponds) closes at 7PM.
6) It doesn't matter if you don't understand or agree with the above, because you don't own the property and don't get to make decisions as to how it is used (my words, not theirs.)

There have been problems lately with people stopping and trespassing (and poaching) from the road.  A common practice of poachers is to drop someone off on the road then pick them up later after they have done their thing.  The ranch workers don't have time to track down people who are stopping along the road to see if they are up to no good.  Also, people have been out at the end of the road at 7PM when the east gate closes.  The ranch owners or St. Johns staff then end up fielding calls from people wanting to be let out.  It's not their job to handle people being locked in, it is your responsibility to be all the way out by 7PM.

The Sherriffs don't want to have to write up trespass tickets and Duda Ranch does not necessary want to revoke the easement, but it may come to that if people continue to abuse the privilege of driving this road.

David Simpson
Fellsmere, FL



[FlaBirding] Bob Sargent - Murray Gardler (email address filtered) [FlaBirding] - 2014-08-28 17:57:13


>From MS and TN birding


Re-posting this message from Missbird with Gene Knight's permission.


Judy Dorsey
Fayette County, TN


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MISSBIRDERS,


I just got a note from Martha Gail Sargent saying that Bob is not doing
well and is in the hospital (UAB) with complications from his 1st heart
surgery back several weeks ago. Please keep the Sargents in your thoughts
and prayers and wish Bob a speedy recovery.


Gene and Shannon Knight
Oxford, MS
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Murray Gardler
Weeki Wachee, FL



[FlaBirding] Female Osprey, Satellite Beach FL 14 Aug 2014 - (email address filtered) [FlaBirding] - 2014-08-14 15:13:29


Beautiful female osprey on my tower, Satellite Beach FL, 14 Aug 2014:
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[FlaBirding] Male osprey, Satellite Beach FL 7 July 2014 - (email address filtered) [FlaBirding] - 2014-07-07 11:59:10


Male  osprey this morning, Satellite Beach, Florida, 7 July 2014
 
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[FlaBirding] Osprey with lunch - (email address filtered) [FlaBirding] - 2014-06-10 02:50:15


I snapped this photo the other day of an osprey carrying lunch  back to the 
nest.
 
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[FlaBirding] Sooty Shearwater and Smooth-billed Ani [1 Attachment] - Larry Manfredi (email address filtered) [FlaBirding] - 2014-06-04 16:47:51


--mUOX831hR12eQxwgH2yZhQQiF6HqHiZ12G4iBPN Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit I had to go downtown today for an appointment, after that my son Philip and I headed over to Crandon Beach. We were hoping for some shorebirds or gulls for the June Challenge. We got some gulls and terns but no shorebirds. We walked down near lifeguard tower "lucky number 13" to look into the roped off area for shorebirds and terns. None there at all so I decided to scope offshore. The first bird I get on was about 200 yards out and is a Sooty Shearwater! A lifer for my son and a state and county bird for me! At that same time looking at the shearwater as it was heading south, Rangel sent a text about a Smooth-billed Ani. This bird was seen at the Nature Center at the north part of Crandon Beach (south of Miami on Key Biscayne). We got into the car and drove over to North Beach by the Nature Center and parked. We spent a little time looking around the west side of the building by the employee parking. After about 30-minutes we heard the bird calling. My son Philip spotted the ani in a tree near the boardwalk that leads north of the Nature Center and comes down to ground level. We got good looks at it and left to try and beat the traffic heading back home. It is a shame that I grew up seeing Smooth-billed Anis and now they have become so rare that it is exciting to see one. They are still very common in the West Indies, just not in Florida any more! Larry and Philip Manfredi Homestead, FL http://www.south.floridabirding.com --mUOX831hR12eQxwgH2yZhQQiF6HqHiZ12G4iBPN Content-Type: text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit  

I had to go downtown today for an appointment, after that my son Philip
and I headed over to Crandon Beach. We were hoping for some shorebirds
or gulls for the June Challenge. We got some gulls and terns but no
shorebirds. We walked down near lifeguard tower "lucky number 13" to
look into the roped off area for shorebirds and terns. None there at all
so I decided to scope offshore. The first bird I get on was about 200
yards out and is a Sooty Shearwater! A lifer for my son and a state and
county bird for me! At that same time looking at the shearwater as it
was heading south, Rangel sent a text about a Smooth-billed Ani.

This bird was seen at the Nature Center at the north part of Crandon
Beach (south of Miami on Key Biscayne). We got into the car and drove
over to North Beach by the Nature Center and parked. We spent a little
time looking around the west side of the building by the employee
parking. After about 30-minutes we heard the bird calling. My son Philip
spotted the ani in a tree near the boardwalk that leads north of the
Nature Center and comes down to ground level. We got good looks at it
and left to try and beat the traffic heading back home.

It is a shame that I grew up seeing Smooth-billed Anis and now they have
become so rare that it is exciting to see one. They are still very
common in the West Indies, just not in Florida any more!

Larry and Philip Manfredi
Homestead, FL
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[FlaBirding] Neotropic Cormorant still present [1 Attachment] - Larry Manfredi (email address filtered) [FlaBirding] - 2014-06-04 05:31:14


--urJKNHeYGHPw53B3SlF-infVMabVIyoQyJA4jpD Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit On Monday my son and I tried to see the Neotropic Cormorant, the wind and rain were bad. We looked at 3:30 p.m. but did not see it or any other cormorants. On Tuesday we arrived at 1:00 p.m. and had the bird across the pond perched with a Double-crested Cormorant on some small trees. As we were getting photos, David arrived and got good looks through our scope. There were three Double-crested Cormorants and the Neotropic Cormorant which is an adult in breeding plumage! I have attached a photo from Tuesday. Larry and Philip Manfredi Homestead, Fl. E-mail: (email address filtered) --urJKNHeYGHPw53B3SlF-infVMabVIyoQyJA4jpD Content-Type: text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit  

On Monday my son and I tried to see the Neotropic Cormorant, the wind
and rain were bad. We looked at 3:30 p.m. but did not see it or any
other cormorants. On Tuesday we arrived at 1:00 p.m. and had the bird
across the pond perched with a Double-crested Cormorant on some small
trees. As we were getting photos, David arrived and got good looks
through our scope. There were three Double-crested Cormorants and the
Neotropic Cormorant which is an adult in breeding plumage! I have
attached a photo from Tuesday.

Larry and Philip Manfredi
Homestead, Fl.
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[FlaBirding] Neotropic Cormorant Monroe County [1 Attachment] - Larry Manfredi (email address filtered) [FlaBirding] - 2014-06-01 18:57:04


--iHYsAbmNi1kfzLjHutP0njCCz2UYqvRIBhQwmJO Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit I took the family to Key Largo to visit a friend and to have some lunch. After lunch we came back my way of 905 and Card Sound Road. We turned left at the T-intersection to head towards the toll booth which is about 3-miles from this spot on Card Sound road. On the right side or north side of the road about 200-300 yards from the T-intersection is a pond, there is a small half acre size Mangrove Island. On a branch in the water just north of this were perched two cormorants. One was a Neotropic and the other was a Double-crested Cormorant. This was a neat sighting as I saw both birds while driving and told my wife and son that it sure looked like a Neotropic Cormorant back there. I had to make a u-turn and go back to look, sure enough it was one! If you are coming from the toll booth heading east towards Ocean Reef and north Key Largo, go about 3-miles. Just before the T-intersection is a sign that says 905 with an arrow left and an arrow right. Park here, the cormorant was on the left side or north side. The pull off here is very narrow so there is not a lot of room to park, there are guard rails on both sides of the road. There also is a lot of traffic here so you have to be careful. The photo I posted was using my phone through my binoculars. It is not the best but that is all that we had. We saw the bird at 3:30 p.m., I went back at 4:30 with a better camera and lens but could not relocate it. I have attached a photo. Larry Manfredi Homestead, FL E-mail: (email address filtered) --iHYsAbmNi1kfzLjHutP0njCCz2UYqvRIBhQwmJO Content-Type: text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1 Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit  

I took the family to Key Largo to visit a friend and to have some lunch.
After lunch we came back my way of 905 and Card Sound Road. We turned
left at the T-intersection to head towards the toll booth which is about
3-miles from this spot on Card Sound road. On the right side or north
side of the road about 200-300 yards from the T-intersection is a pond,
there is a small half acre size Mangrove Island. On a branch in the
water just north of this were perched two cormorants. One was a
Neotropic and the other was a Double-crested Cormorant. This was a neat
sighting as I saw both birds while driving and told my wife and son that
it sure looked like a Neotropic Cormorant back there. I had to make a
u-turn and go back to look, sure enough it was one!

If you are coming from the toll booth heading east towards Ocean Reef
and north Key Largo, go about 3-miles. Just before the T-intersection is
a sign that says 905 with an arrow left and an arrow right. Park here,
the cormorant was on the left side or north side. The pull off here is
very narrow so there is not a lot of room to park, there are guard rails
on both sides of the road. There also is a lot of traffic here so you
have to be careful. The photo I posted was using my phone through my
binoculars. It is not the best but that is all that we had. We saw the
bird at 3:30 p.m., I went back at 4:30 with a better camera and lens but
could not relocate it. I have attached a photo.

Larry Manfredi
Homestead, FL
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[FlaBirding] It's Gadgets vs. Eyeballs as Two Species of Bird-Watchers Clash - NYTimes.com - (email address filtered) [FlaBirding] - 2014-05-10 12:11:03


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[FlaBirding] Mangrove Cuckoo & Common Nighthawk - Biscayne National Park [2 Attachments] - xochristyt3 - 2014-04-26 08:33:52


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Not sure what happened to my last post regarding the mangrove cuckoo....  It has been seen daily between 7:15am -10am and 5pm-8pm in the back of the parking lot in Biscayne National Park.  If you drive to the back of the parking lot you will see a travel trailer, look to the left hand side.  You will hear it before you see it.


Also, a common nighthawk has been seen roosting in a white mangrove tree during the day.  Last time it was seen was last night around 8pm.


I will be in the visitor's center all afternoon today and tomorrow if anyone would like more information.


~Christy

Biscayne National Park

Volunteer

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My husband and I are volunteers and live in an RV at Biscayne.  For the past few days a mangrove cuckoo has made appearances in the morning around 7:30am-10am and again in the afternoon around 6-7pm.  If you are interested in seeing this magnificent and elusive bird, Biscayne opens its gate at 7am.  It is usually seen behind my RV in the back of the main parking lot.  Good luck!

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The Cassin's Kingbird was present this afternoon and perhaps in the
morning but I did not check. I took this photograph about 4:00 p.m.
today. The kingbird/flycatcher flock has grown! I have now counted at
the roost area, 27-Western Kingbird, 1-Cassin's Kingbird and
7-Scissor-tailed Flycatcher including a long tailed bird. Birders are
welcomed to come by to try their luck, my address: 20313 s.w. 322 st.
Homestead. Park on the grass left of my driveway, there is no need to
knock. The best times again are from about 7:30 a.m. to about 8:30 a.m.
and then again from about 4:00/4:30 p.m. to about 5:00/5:30 p.m. This
would be at my house. The roost area located on s.w. 328 st. which is a
dirt road, it is 2/10 of a mile west of s.w. 202 ave. on s.w. 328 st.
This is below the high wires next to a tomato field. The birds roost in
a clump of Bamboo south of s.w. 328 st. They start arriving here around
5:30 p.m. and go to roost about 7:00 p.m.

Larry Manfredi

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[FlaBirding] Cardinal, Satellite Beach, Florida, 21 March 2014 - allanstern - 2014-03-21 23:53:18


Cardinal, Satellite Beach, Florida, 21 March 2014:
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[FlaBirding] BAHAMA MOCKINGBIRD: R. Hardy Matheson County Preserve (Miami-Dade) [3 Attachments] - rd4birds - 2014-03-20 12:50:57


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An adult Bahama Mockingbird today (3/20) in R. Hardy Matheson County Preserve in South Miami. Observer: Robin Diaz. The bird was along the trail, .25 miles east from the entrance gate. Parking is a problem and the closest place is a dirt pull-off, south of the canal. Care should be taken when walking north across the bridge.
 
Follow US 1 south from the terminus of I-95 and turn south (left) onto Le Jeune Road in Coral Gables. Continue south and at the traffic circle, make the second right turn onto Old Cutler Road. Continue south, past Matheson Hammock County Park and Fairchild Tropical Gardens. R. Hardy Matheson County Preserve will be on the east (left) side of Old Cutler Road. Cross the bridge and look for a safe pull-off. Walk back north and enter the preserve on the north side of the canal.

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[FlaBirding] Cassin's Kingbird, Homestead Miami/Dade County - Larry Manfredi - 2014-03-17 18:40:03


I found a Cassin's Kingbird in my yard in Homestead, boy who would have 
thought to get such a good bird for a yard bird!  It has been hanging 
out with at least 24-Western Kingbirds and a couple of Scissor-tailed 
Flycatchers.  Birders are welcomed to come by and try for the bird.
Our address is: 20313 s.w. 322 st. Homestead
The bird seems to be easiest to find from about 7:30-8:30 a.m. and then 
from about 4:30-5:30 p.m. We saw it this morning but it was pretty far 
north of our house in an area that I can't explain how to get to.  If 
you come by, park on the grass left of my driveway. If you look at the 
front of my house, walk to the street on your left and walk north. There 
are some fruiting Gumbo Limbo trees next to the street along the west 
side of my property. The birds have been seen in this area, please be 
respectful of my neighbors!  You don't have to knock on my door, just 
start looking!

A photo can be seen here: 
http://www.southfloridabirding.com/html/recent_rarities..htm





Larry Manfredi
Homestead, FL
E-mail:  (email address filtered)
http://www.southfloridabirding.com



[FlaBirding] Short-tailed Hawk [1 Attachment] - roy halpin - 2014-03-16 07:43:08


------=_NextPart_001_0092_01CF40F3.C2413E40 Content-Type: text/plain; charset="US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit Morning shoot - Patience paid off today. A new bunch of birds added to my resident birds today. The newer Gold Finches have more breeding plumage. Lot more of them too. While enjoying my morning getting photos of some Gold Finches and Sparrows something much larger busted into the oaks and feathers flew everywhere. I could not see the predator but it killed a Morning Dove. For the last few days there has been a Sharp-shinned harassing the little birds. The day I thought all the birds left here migrating north, they didn't leave they were hiding from the Sharp-shinned Hawks. Getting off my stool and crawling around until I found the predator. I could not believe my eyes. For 5 years I have been seeing light phased Short-tailed hawks on the property. Every time there was one in view no camera in reach. I know they nest here; some think it too far north, it's not. Today was my day. A large probably a female Short-tailed was about 25 meters away from me with a dove in its grip and I had my Digiscoping kit in hand or should say at my feet. They are very secretive and it was very difficult to get a clean shot. I know it had seen me and knew I was there. My movements were at a snail's pace. If it wasn't for my Yoga practice I could not have moved like I moved. I filled a 16 gig card with stills and videos. When the card was full I went back and deleted some images to make room. She would look at me once and a while but just kept eating. I was done it was 2 PM EDT I was hungry and had hundreds of images. I shut down and was concerned that I would freak her out and she would fly away so I creped to the back porch. When I got to my back door I looked back and she was looking at me, and then started eating again. Digiscoped - TSN 884 Kowa, 25-60X eyepiece, DCM Gx7 and 20mm f/1.7 Lens Roy Halpin 8 miles West of Crescent City - Putnam Co ------=_NextPart_001_0092_01CF40F3.C2413E40 Content-Type: text/html; charset=US-ASCII Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit  

Morning shoot – Patience paid off today. A new bunch of birds added to my resident birds today. The newer Gold Finches have more breeding plumage. Lot more of them too. While enjoying my morning getting photos of some Gold Finches and Sparrows something much larger busted into the oaks and feathers flew everywhere. I could not see the predator but it killed a Morning Dove. For the last few days there has been a Sharp-shinned harassing the little birds. The day I thought all the birds left here migrating north, they didn’t leave they were hiding from the Sharp-shinned Hawks. Getting off my stool and crawling around until I found the predator. I could not believe my eyes. For 5 years I have been seeing light phased Short-tailed hawks on the property. Every time there was one in view no camera in reach. I know they nest here; some think it too far north, it’s not. Today was my day. A large probably a female Short-tailed was about 25 meters away from me with a dove in its grip and I had my Digiscoping kit in hand or should say at my feet. They are very secretive and it was very difficult to get a clean shot. I know it had seen me and knew I was there. My movements were at a snail’s pace. If it wasn’t for my Yoga practice I could not have moved like I moved. I filled a 16 gig card with stills and videos. When the card was full I went back and deleted some images to make room. She would look at me once and a while but just kept eating. I was done it was 2 PM EDT I was hungry and had hundreds of images. I shut down and was concerned that I would freak her out and she would fly away so I creped to the back porch. When I got to my back door I looked back and she was looking at me, and then started eating again. Digiscoped – TSN 884 Kowa, 25-60X eyepiece, DCM Gx7 and 20mm f/1.7 Lens

 

Roy Halpin 8 miles West of Crescent City – Putnam Co

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