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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V O L U M E 6 8 ( 2 0 1 5 ) • N U M B E R 4 495 Florida 5-6 Jul (KDi). A Fork-tailed Flycatcher was seen at Lake Apopka 17 Jul (HR). Three Black- whiskered Vireos were a surprise at Dry Tortu- gas N.P., Monroe 22 Jul (Frank Izaguirre), where they do not breed. A pair of Purple Martins was still feeding young in the nest at St. Petersburg as late as 8 Jul (RoS). Casual in Florida in sum- mer, several Tree Swallows were reported, in- cluding loners at Cameron Wright Park, Semi- nole 15-20 Jun (MBr et al.), s. of Lake Louisa Rd., Lake 20 Jun (BSt et al.), at Paynes Prairie 29 Jun (Adam & Gina Kent), and New Port Richey, Pasco 11 Jul (DGa). Almost incredible were single singing Sedge Wrens at Avon Park Bombing Range, Polk 1 Jul (fde Gregg Schrott) and Lake Hancock Overfow Wetland 29 Jul (Cole Fredricks, Wally Jones et al.); wintering individuals are usually gone from Florida by the end of May, with the frst fall migrants typically appearing in late Sep. Summering American Robins included 3 at Gainesville, including a pair seen carrying food (Geoff Parks, SE et al.), 4 at Ensley, Escambia 16 Jun (Jerry Callaway), 2 nesting at Fountain of Youth with one fedgling, St. Johns 23-28 Jun (Diana Doyle), and one e. of Brooksville 10 Jul (Kristin Wood). Gray Catbirds lingered s. of their normal breeding range in n. Florida, with one at Lake Apopka 6 Jun (HR), 2 at Weedon Island Preserve, Pinellas 13 Jun (ST, JAC), 2 in in breeding plumage, discovered by a visiting birder at Boca Chica Beach, Monroe 16-24 Jul (Viktor Nilsson, m.ob.), providing Florida with its frst record. Annual, but rare in Florida, a female Ruff that was frst noted in spring 2014 remained at Merritt Island N.W.R. through 7 Jun (Tom Dunkerton et al.). A lone Bonaparte's Gull remained very late at Guana Tolomato Matanzas N.E.R.R., St. Johns 7 Jun (Diane Reed). A single Iceland Gull summered at Huguenot Memorial Park (KDi). On the Gulf, where they are rare in winter, Lesser Black-backed Gulls usually depart before summer, but one lingered at Longboat Key 20 Jun–8 Jul (SW); 2 were at Indian Shores, Pinellas 19 Jul (CaC et al.). A single Sooty Tern was unusual at Dog Island, Franklin 29 Jul (JMu). Roseate Terns breed in small numbers in the Florida Keys, where 5 were found at Marathon, Monroe 26 Jul (EK, BAh et al.), but along the Atlantic coast where the species is only a casual migrant, as many as 2 visited Ponce de Leon Inlet 23 & 26 Jun (MBr et al.). Arctic Terns, usually only casual near shore, made a good appearance along the Atlantic coast in late May, with the last observa- tion at St. Augustine Beach 2 Jun (GDa). Another native Australian, a Diamond Dove was recorded at Coquina Key, Pinellas 28 Jul+ (Jim Mysliwiec). A Mangrove Cuckoo was found near the northernmost extent of its usual breeding range near E. G. Simmons Park, Hillsborough 7 Jun (Ken Allen). Florida Endangered Smooth-billed Ani sightings included singles at Crandon Park 4 Jun (fde Rangel Diaz, LaM), Tory Island, Belle Glade 22 Jun (Susan McKemy), Virginia Key, Miami- Dade 4-25 Jul (Jack Crittenden), and Boca Chica Beach 16-20 Jul (LaM et al.). Antillean Nighthawks were reported from Marathon Airport, Monroe, where they are most reliably found, with 4 there 26 Jul (BAh, EK et al.). Although rare in summer and only a very ca- sual breeder in Florida, lone Belted Kingfsh- ers were recorded at Key Vista Nature Park, Pasco 6 Jun (DGa), Lake Apopka 11 Jun (HR), Paynes Prairie 23 Jun (Craig Parenteau), Saw- grass Lake Park 18-24 Jul (ph. ST, JAC), and Vero Beach, Indian River 20 Jul (Billi Wagner). TYRANT FLYCATCHERS THROUGH FINCHES A female Tropical Kingbird nested for the second consecutive year, this season fedging 3 young at St. Armands Key, Sarasota (SW et al.); a single Tropical Kingbird was identifed at Gulf Breeze 7 Jul (L&RAD). Unexpected were 5 single Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, casual in Florida in summer, at Flying Cow Rd., Palm Beach 7 Jun (Cheryl Lachance), Guana Toloma- to Matanzas N.E.R.R. 8-11 Jun (James Wheat), Okaloosa County S.T.F. 24 Jun (BrP), North Key 30 Jun (Eric Anderson), and M&M Dairy tailed Kites can reach impressive numbers, as evidenced by an amazing 1760 at Lake Apopka 30 Jul (HR); on the same date, 24 were counted in far n. in Jefferson (MSm et al.). In Hendry, 24 Snail Kite nests were counted at S.T.A.-5 on 14 Jun, and 32 nests were tallied at S.T.A.-5 and S.T.A.-6 on 28 Jul (fde Margaret England). Mis- sissippi Kites are continuing their push south- ward in the Peninsula from their traditional breeding range in n. Florida, as demonstrated by 2 ads. and 2 juvs. near Brooksville, Her- nando 11 Jun (DGa). Other single Mississippi Kites, apparently not breeding, were found s. at Emeralda Marsh C.A., Lake 5 Jun (BSt), Heagy Burry Park, Marion 25 Jun (Alice Horst), and Lake Apopka 25 Jun (HR). Short-tailed Hawks continue to be more widely reported in sum- mer within their regular breeding range at new locations and also from locations where seldom reported. Reports of Short-taileds at the fringes of their breeding range included loners at Or- mond Beach, Volusia from spring 2013 through 16 Jun (MBr); Paynes Prairie 8 Jun (Adam Zi- ons); Possum Creek Park, Alachua 14-31 Jun (Bob Carroll, Lloyd Davis); and Key Largo Hammock State Botanical Site, Monroe 26 Jul (dark-morph ad.; BAh). RAILS THROUGH KINGFISHERS Black Rails are noteworthy at any location, but a report of 2 s. of Mahogany Hammock, Ever- glades N.P., Miami-Dade 23-31 Jul (Michelle Davis) was exceptional. Another unusual sight- ing was an escaped African Gray Crowned- Crane that s ummered at Orange Lake, Alachua/ Marion (BAh, BPr et al.). Another species that is known to oversummer locally in small num- bers, but not to breed, American Avocets ap- peared at widespread locations along Florida's Gulf coast, with 7 at Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota 2 Jun (Claire Herzog); 5 at Alafa Banks Sanc- tuary, Hillsborough 14 Jun (Wendy Meehan); 17 at Apalachicola Bay, Franklin 8 Jul (Susan Ceru- lean); 55 over Lake Seminole Park 13 Jul (Ed & Sue Tess); and 26 at Hillsborough Bay 19 Jul (fde RoS). The most celebrated bird of the sum- mer was an ad. Red-necked Stint, still largely This juvenile Bananaquit was found at Juno Dunes Natural Area, Palm Beach County, Florida 19 June 2014. Photograph by Nancy Price. The frst ever verifably recorded in Florida, this Oregon Junco was at North Anclote Bar, Pasco County 30 June 2014. Photograph by Gail Deterra. This Lesser Goldfnch, a green-backed male, loitered at a Melbourne, Brevard County feeder from 15 (here) through 26 July 2014. It made the frst record for Florida. Photograph by Leslie Pernas-Giz.

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