North American Birds

VOLUME 70 NO2 2018

A Quarterly Journal of Ornithological Record Published by the American Birding Association. The mission of the journal is to provide a complete overview of the changing panorama of our continent’s birdlife.

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V O L U M E 7 0 ( 2 0 1 8 ) • N U M B E R 2 167 F LO R I D A Significant numbers of Piping Plovers included 42 at Honeymoon Island S.P. 9 Dec (K. Tracey) and 58 at Three Rooker Bar 21 Jan (S. Mann et al.). Rarely reported in winter, single Semipalmated Sandpipers surprised observers at the Okaloosa County Water and S.T.F. 2 Jan (M. Swan), and at Honeymoon Island S.P. 8 Jan (J. Vanderpoel, W. Kaempfer). A dozen Red Phalaropes appeared off Jetty Park in Cape Canaveral, Brevard 19 Dec (MHa). A Black-legged Kittiwake spent several days at the Lake Worth Pier, Palm Beach 1-6 Dec (T. Smith et al.). Aberrant Laughing Gulls included 1 leucistic and 1 melanistic individual at Daytona Beach Shores 17 Dec and 15 Jan, respectively (MBr). A second-cycle California Gull was a surprise on the beach at Daytona Beach Shores 17 Feb (MBr). A potential first- cycle European Herring Gull appeared at Ponce de Leon Inlet 17 Dec (MBr). First-cycle Kumlien's Iceland Gulls were found at Daytona Beach Shores 21, 22, & 24 Jan and 2, 8 & 25 Feb (MBr, S. Howell, A. Ayyash, et al.) and a first-cycle nominate Iceland Gull appeared on a pelagic trip offshore Ponce de Leon Inlet 24 Jan (MBr, S. Howell, A. Ayyash et al.). Single first- cycle Glaucous Gulls were found offshore Ponce de Leon Inlet 24 Jan and at Daytona Beach Shores 2 Feb+ (MBr), and another was at Fort Pickens 27-29 Jan (M. Rose, BDu et al). Along with an influx of shearwaters in the Panhandle, a Sooty Tern graced Fort Pickens 28 Dec (S. Duncan, W. Duncan, BDu, LDu, C. Zehnder) and provided the first local report in winter. This winter provided a good number of Red- throated Loons scattered throughout the state with one brought into Marine Science Center from Ponce Inlet, Volusia 9 Dec (MBr, specimen to FLMNH); one at Bayport, Hernando 15-16 Dec (V. Capp, DGo et al.); one at Parrish Park, Titusville 30 Dec (TRo); one at Tomoka S.P., Ormond Beach 10 Jan–2 Feb (MBr, M. Wilson, m. ob.); one at Tallahassee 16 Jan–2 Feb (J. O'Connell, ESc); 3 at Alligator Pt., Franklin 30 Jan (JMu); one at Ponce de Leon Inlet 23 Feb (MBr); 2 in flight at Alligator Pt. 29 Feb (JEa). Very rare in FL were two sightings of Pacific Loon from far west in the Panhandle: one at Fort Pickens, Escambia that was disabled and taken to the Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida 28 Dec (fide BDu), and another at Fort Pickens 11 Feb (AHa). TUBENOSES TO OWLS An intriguing Pterodroma petrel that did not appear to be a Black-capped Petrel was seen flying down the beach and, amazingly, was able to be photographed at St. Augustine (St. Johns) 27 Dec (S. Ewing, B. Ewing). Strong onshore winds from the Gulf of Mexico drove a number of pelagic species close to shore in through voice analysis. Six species of western hummingbirds were reported this season, in addition to wintering Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. Three Black- chinned Hummingbirds were reported, including an imm. male at Altamonte Springs, Seminole 1 Dec+(PHu, G. Williams, m. ob.); one at Gainesville 5 Feb+ (S. Ewing et al.); a female at Tallahassee 28 Feb (JEa). An ad. male Rufous Hummingbird at Tallahassee 22 Jan+ was banded during its stay (F. Rutkovsky, P. Meredith), and another was banded at Orange Park, Clay 26 Jan–12 Feb (C. Long). An Allen's Hummingbird was banded at Pensacola 18 Jan (J. Brady) and a Calliope Hummingbird was also banded there 4 Jan (G. Bowman). An ad. male Broad-billed Hummingbird appeared at Fred W. Coyle Freedom Park in Naples, Collier 12 Feb (JEa). Up to 2 Buff-bellied Hummingbirds were seen at Castellow Hammock Park, Miami- Dade 2 Jan+ (m. ob.). The numbers and range of Gray-headed Swamphen continue to expand with 77 at STA- 5/6, Hendry 2 Jan (M. England) and 94 at the same site 30 Jan (B. Ahern, R. Harrod); up to 3 at Harns Marsh, Lee 12 Jan+ (P. Mulligan, TRo et al.); 2 at Sweetwater Wetlands Park through 21 Feb (M. Smith, L. Davis et al.); 3 at Broadmoor Marsh Unit, T. M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area, Brevard 21 Jan (C. Cimino et al.); one at Lake Apopka N.S.R.A. from fall to 4 Mar (S. Simmons, fide PHu). Sixty-five Limpkins made for a very high number at Sweetwater Wetlands Park 20 Dec (D. Segal et al.). Single Whooping Cranes were reported at Gainesville 20 Dec (A. Rue); at Kanapaha Prairie, Alachua 23-29 Dec (J. Jordan); at Tallahassee 25 Dec (K. Willes, ESc); at Double C Bar Ranch in Kenansville, Osceola 12 Jan (JEa). SHOREBIRDS TO LOONS An impressive 51 American Oystercatchers were seen on the Pinellas side of Courtney Campbell Causeway 8 Feb (R. Lane, B. Lane). the w. Panhandle at Fort Pickens, where 2 Cory's Shearwaters appeared 27-28 Dec (S. Duncan, W. Duncan), providing the first Dec record in Escambia. Six Great Shearwaters and an additional 40 unidentified shearwaters were also seen 28 Dec (S. Duncan, W. Duncan, BDu, LDu, C. Zehnder), while a Manx Shearwater was found a few days earlier on 22 Dec (BDu) and provided the fourth area record. Magnificent Frigatebirds are widespread along the coast in the southern half of the state, but 100 at Glascock Beach, Jensen Beach, Martin 2 Feb (TRo) was exceptional, as was 1 ca. 20 miles inland at Jacksonville, Duval 18 Feb (B. Richter). A Brown Booby made a rare inland appearance at Lake Apopka N.S.R.A., continuing from the previous season through 7 Jan (H. Robinson, m. ob.). Neotropic Cormorants continue to nest at Florida's only known nesting location for the species, Wakodahatchee Wetlands, present throughout the season with chicks noted 20 Feb (JEa, m. ob.). Another Neotropic Cormorant was seen at Topeekeegee Yugnee Park, Broward 1 Dec (m. ob.). A first-winter Great Cormorant was a surprise at Carillon Business District, Pinellas 13 Jan (W. Meehan et al.). One of the most remarkable occurrences of the season was an unbanded Great White Pelican mixed in with a flock of American White Pelicans at J.N. Ding Darling N.W.R., Lee 28-29 Feb (E. Combs, J. Padilla, S. Daughtrey et al.). There is no question This stunning male Broad-billed Hummingbird, one of six species of western hummingbirds found in the state this season, appeared at Fred W. Coyle Freedom Park, Naples, Collier, here on 12 February. Photo by © Rangel Diaz. This second-cycle California Gull made an appearance among tens of thousands of gulls at Daytona Beach Shores, Volusia, here on 17 February. Photo by © Michael Brothers. One of the most intriguing sightings of the season was this unidentified Pterodroma petrel that does not seem to be a Black-capped Petrel, seen briefly along the beach at St. Augustine on 27 December. Photo by © Sam Ewing.

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