North American Birds

VOLUME 68 NO4 2015

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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N O R T H A M E R I C A N B I R D S 494 Fort Pickens, Escambia 18 Jul (Lucy Duncan). Occasional in summer, a juv. Northern Gannet passed off St. Pete Beach, Pinellas 8 Jun (fde RoS). Florida's only known breeding Neotropic Cormorants continued at Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Palm Beach from spring through 26 Jun (fde BRa), while single Neotropics were identifed at Crocodile Lake N.W.R., Monroe 1-7 Jun (LaM) and Boca Chica Beach, Monroe 16-21 Jul (Dave Simpson, Angel Abreu). American White Pelicans are rare and lo- cal in summer, but some have oversummered. This season, all reports were of one-time obser- vations: 120 at Three Rooker Island, Pinellas 4 Jun (Danny Sauvageau); 18 at Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia 25 Jun (MBr); 60 e. of Belle Glade, Palm Beach 19 Jul (Paul Bithorn); and 80 over Sawgrass Lake Park 30 Jul (ST, JAC). Ameri- can Bitterns are casual in Florida in summer, so singles at Lake Apopka 27 Jun and 30 Jul (HR) and along Auton Rd., Pasco 29 Jun (DGa, Tim Kalbach) were good fnds. Glossy Ibis are very casual in the Florida Keys, but 2 turned up at Boca Chica Beach 26 Jul (BAh, BPr et al.). White-faced Ibis are now local year-round residents, and although they have not been found breeding in Florida in more than 50 years, they are present in summer, as demon- strated by singles in breeding plumage at Lake Apopka 2 Jul (HR) and Tallahassee, Leon 24 Jul (Andy Wraithmell). Roseate Spoonbills have expanded their breeding range northward, and three pairs nested at Seahorse Key (fde Peter Frederick) for the second consecutive year. In addition, nonbreeding birds wandered farther still, including 2 n. at Panacea, Wakulla 15 Jun (DBr); one at Gulf Breeze, Santa Rosa 12 Jul (Te- resa Banfell); and an impressive 225 roosting at Timucuan Preserve, Duval 19 Jul (KDi). Late summer concentrations of Swallow- Jun (Rex Rowan); 2 at Okaloosa S.T.F., Okaloosa 24 Jun–28 Jul (BrP et al.); 25 in n. Leon 4 Jul (DBr); 10 in Jefferson 7 Jul (MSm); and as many as 17 at Taminco Sanctuary, Santa Rosa 2 Jun–28 Jul, includ- ing 9 recently fedged young 14 Jul (Les Kelly, Larry Goodman) that provided the panhandle's frst breeding report. Six Fulvous Whis- tling-Ducks remained far n. near M&M Dairy, Duval from spring through 21 Jun (Jason Knoll). A single Eurasian Wigeon summered at Cape Coral, Lee, but this male was thought to be of captive origin (CEet al.). A male Common Eider spent most of the summer at Boyn- ton Beach Inlet, Palm Beach, from spring through 15 Jul (fde BRa). The huge win- ter infux of scoters held over into the summer, with 5 Surf Scoters at Alligator Point, Franklin (JMu, DRo) and unusual numbers of Black Sco- ters appearing across the n. half of the state, in- cluding 29 at Parrish Park, Brevard from spring through 6 Jun (Jim Eager et al.); 4 at Huguenot Memorial Park, Duval 1 Jun–5 Jul (KDi); 3 at Salt Run, St. Johns 5-15 Jun (Susan Killeen); 2 at Barge Canal Spoil Islands, Citrus 24 Jun (Chris Burney); and as many as 23 that oversummered at Alligator Point (JMu, DRo). An unusual number of pelagic species were seen from shore, including single Cory's Shear- waters at St. Augustine Beach, St. Johns 2 Jun (GDa) and Huguenot Memorial Park 2 Jun (KDi), with 9 at Apollo Beach, Canaveral N.S., Volusia 2 Jun (MBr). Two Great Shearwaters were also at St. Augustine Beach 2 Jun, as were 3 Wilson's Storm-Petrels (GDa). A rare Sooty Shearwater was at Crandon Park, Miami-Dade 4 Jun (LaM); 4 were seen from Playalinda Beach, Canaveral N.S., Brevard 4 Jun (RoS, CaC, EP). Also reported from Canaveral N.S. were 2 Leach's Storm-Petrel at Apollo Beach 2 Jun and a Band-rumped Storm- Petrel there 4 Jun (MBr), and on the lat- ter date 2 Leach's at Playalinda Beach (RoS, CaC, EP). Expected in the Gulf Stream, but not close to shore, 2 more Band-rumped Storm-Petrels were identi- fed at St. Augustine Beach 2 Jun (GDa), while singles were reported s. of Matanzas Inlet, St. Johns 2 Jun (GDa) and off Alli- gator Point 19 Jun (JMu). An impressive 120 Magnifcent Frigatebirds were found at Tierra Verde, Pinellas 22 Jul (EP). A lone Masked Booby appeared at Seahorse Key, Levy 18 Jul (Larry Woodward), and single Brown Boobies were seen at Lanark Village, Franklin 9 Jul (JMu), Clearwater Beach, Pinellas 13 Jul (Matt Daw), and Bruce H. Anderson Michael Brothers –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– S ummer was rather uneventful weather- wise throughout the state. Two unusually cool dry fronts made it to the panhandle but apparently had little, if any, effect on the birds. Florida added two species to the offcial state list, Red-necked Stint and Lesser Gold- fnch. Nearly as exciting was an Oregon Junco. Our only West Indian stray was Bananquit, while strays from tropical America included a Fork-tailed Flycatcher and Tropical Kingbirds, one of which remained to nest and fedge young for the second consecutive year! Abbreviations/denitions: big bend (the part of Florida from the Apalachicola River e. through Jefferson); F.O.S.R.C. (Florida Orni- thological Society Records Committee); Lake Apopka (Lake Apopka Restoration Area, Orange unless otherwise stated); N.E.R.R. (National Estuarine Research Reserve); panhandle (that part of Florida from the Apalachicola River w. through Escambia); Paynes Prairie (Paynes Prai- rie Preserve S.P., Alachua); record (only those re- ports verifable from photograph, videotape, or specimen evidence); report (any observation); Viera Wetlands (Ritch Grissom Memorial Wet- lands, Brevard); S.T.A. (Stormwater Treatment Area); S.T.F. (Spray Treatment Fields). WATERFOWL THROUGH HAWKS Florida continues to be a haven for exotic birds. This season saw the appearance of 2 Magpie Geese at Edgewater, Volusia 6-19 Jul (Elsie Gu- dalewicz et al.) that provided the frst Florida record of this species, native to Australia and New Guinea. Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks continue their expansion into n. Florida and the panhandle, with 5 at Audubon Park, Deltona, Volusia 28 Jun (MBr); 3 at Snake Key, Levy 20 Florida At Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia County, Florida, two Roseate Terns were noted loafng on the beach 23 (here) and 26 June 2014. Photographs by Michael Brothers.

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