North American Birds

VOLUME 69 No1 2016

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 9 ( 2 0 1 5 ) • N U M B E R 1 69 F LO R I D A Jessup, Seminole 30 Nov (PaH et al.) was a no- table number. Also rare in cen. Florida was a single Common Goldeneye at Spring Hill, Hernando 23 Nov (Bev Hansen). Four hun - dred Ruddy Ducks appeared at Orange Lake, Alachua/Marion 16 Nov (Bob Knight, Debbie Segal). A lone Red-throated Loon was recorded at Newnans Lake 15 Nov (AKr). Although common along the coasts, inland records of Common Loons are more signifcant, with 3 at Lake Seminole, Jackson 25 Oct (AWr) and 21 at Newnans Lake 16 Nov (JoH, LlD et al.) both notable. Horned Grebes are also com - mon along the coasts but rarer inland; 2 were at Paynes Prairie Preserve S.P. 2 Nov (Deb - bie Segal et al.); on 16 Nov, one was at Lake Jackson, Leon (ESc) and 3 at Newnans Lake (JoH, LlD et al.). An impressive 11 American included one at Sebring, Highlands 7 Oct (MMc) and one at Avon Park, Highland 23 Oct (MMc). A male Eurasian Wigeon continued at Cape Coral, Lee all season (fde CEw). Rare in the Florida Keys, an American Wigeon was re - ported from Marathon Airport, Monroe 29 Oct (KRo). Wild Mallards are diffcult to dif - ferentiate from released birds, so sightings of wild birds are important. Up to 30 were at St. Marks N.W.R. 15 Nov+ (AWr et al.); 2 were at Lake Hancock Outfow Wetland 18 Nov (JoH et al.); and 2 were at Okaloosa S.T.F. 23 Nov (BrP). A report of 160 Mottled Ducks w. of Yeehaw Junction, Osceola 2 Oct (EKw) was a high number. Blue-winged Teal appeared ear - ly, with one at Cockroach Bay Preserve, Hill- sborough 9 Aug (EKw) and 3 at Fort De Soto Park 21 Aug (EPl); high counts were 2800 at Key Vista Nature Park, Pasco 4 Oct (DGa, BPr) and 260 at St. Marks N.W.R. 12 Oct (DBr). The only Cinnamon Teal reported was one at Marathon Airport 29 Oct (KRo). Northern Shovelers also appeared early: one at Timucu - an Preserve, Duval 31 Aug (Roger Clark) and 5 off Fort De Soto Park 23 Sep (EPl). Diving ducks were again widely reported. Greater Scaup in the s. half of the state in - cluded singles at Crescent Lake Park, Pinel- las 11-14 Nov (STa), Gandy Beach, Pinellas 19 Nov (EPl), West Lake, Everglades N.P. 20 Nov+ (CSa et al.), Hudson Beach Park, Pasco 24 Nov (KeT), Bayshore Live Oak Park, Char - lotte 25 Nov+ (MiM), and Riverview, Hills- borough 26 Nov (CaC). Two Greaters were at William Dunn S.T.F., Pinellas 22 Nov+ (TKa), and 2 were inland at Overlook Park, Seminole 30 Nov (PaH et al.). Single Common Eiders appeared at Huguenot Memorial Park, Du - val 7 Nov (Thomas Rohtsalu), at Playalinda Beach, Canaveral N.S., Brevard 22 Nov (MiH), and Amelia Island S.P., Nassau 18 Nov+ (Joan Becker et al.). Surf Scoters appeared in the n. half of the state: 5 were at Alligator Point 7 Aug (JMu); 7 were at Playalinda Beach, Ca - naveral N.S. 22 Nov (MiH); and singles were at Ponce de Leon Inlet, Volusia 7 Nov (MBr) and Hudson Beach Park 9 Nov (BPr, VPo). White-winged Scoters are the rarest of scoters in Florida, with 4 reported at Bald Point S.P., Franklin 2 Nov (JMu) and singles at Hudson Beach Park 16 Nov (BPr, VPo) and Fort Clinch S.P., Nassau 29 Nov (KDi). Black Scoters were far less abundant this season compared to the huge numbers in fall 2013. Four each were at Alligator Point 7 Aug (JMu) and Cedar Key, Levy 9 Nov (Patricia Burns); 100 were at Apollo Beach, Canaveral N.S., Volusia 22 Nov (MBr); and 82 were at Playalinda Beach, Ca - naveral N.S. 28 Nov (EKw). Buffeheads are uncommon below n. Florida, so 14 at Lake A Great Cormorant was found at Port Orange, Volusia County, Florida 30 (here 31) October and stayed until 17 November 2014. Photograph by Michael Brothers. Table 1. Counts of migrant raptors and vultures at Curry Hammock State Park, 2 September through 2 November 2014. Data courtesy of Raphael Galvez and the Florida Keys Hawkwatch. Species Average Total Seasonal Max (pre-2014) Daily Max (pre-2014) Daily Max 2014 Total 2014 Osprey 1289 1652 (2002) 340 (10/1/2003) 394 (10/1) 3635 Bald Eagle 18 21 (2002) 6 (10/2/2010) 4 (10/18) 34 Northern Harrier 651 1063 (2011) 238 (10/20/2011) 99 (10/23) 946 Sharp-shinned Hawk 2817 4741 (1999) 1525 (10/20/2011) 512 (10/5) 2053 Cooper's Hawk 593 1036 (2004) 155 (9/19/2008) 125 (10/5) 871 Red-shouldered Hawk 23 72 (2011) 17 (10/22/2011) 6 (9/21) 30 Broad-winged Hawk 4156 7236 (2012) 1398 (10/30/2012) 786 (10/26) 4743 Short-tailed Hawk 33 54 (2011) 9 (10/27/2013) 10 (10/19) 64 Swainson's Hawk 73 156 (2011) 56 (10/30/2012) 7 (10/18) 26 Red-tailed Hawk 2 5 (2001) 3 (11/11/2001) 0 0 American Kestrel 2391 4338 (2001) 966 (10/1/2001) 524 (10/16) 3638 Merlin 503 834 (1999) 91 (9/30/2003) 72 (9/25) 908 Peregrine Falcon 2406 2010 (2013) 651 (10/10/2012) 364 (10/2) 4216 Mississippi Kite 48 99 (2012) 28 (9/27/2012) 18 (9/29) 128 Swallow-tailed Kite 38 62 (2008) 43 (9/15/2008) 65 (9/4) 256 White-tailed Kite 0 0 0 1 1 Snail Kite 0 1 (2007) 1 (9/28/2007) 0 0 Turkey Vulture 5419 7758 (2012) 5714 (10/30/2012) 3833 (10/26) 10,049 Black Vulture 1 3 (2012) 2 (10/22/2012) 0 0 TOTAL (without vultures) 14,011 20,388 (2012) 3423 (10/20/2011) 1708 (10/5) 21,851 TOTAL (with vultures) 17,211 28,146 (2012) 7366 (10/30/2012) 4932 (10/26) 31,900 Shading indicates record high counts established in 2014.

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