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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N O R T H A M E R I C A N B I R D S 70 FLORIDA at Roosevelt Wetland, Pinellas 28 Oct (RoS), and 2 were at Wakodahatchee Wetlands 15 Nov (fde BRa). A single early Sora appeared at Lake Apopka N.S.R.A. 20 Aug, and 161 were there 12 Nov (HRo); one was at Clearwater 30-31 Aug (Travis Young); 18 at St. Pete S.T.F., Pinellas 23 Oct (RoS); and 75 at International Paper Wetlands, Escambia 2 Nov (BrC). Two Purple Swamphens turned up well n. of their s. Florida stronghold at T. M. Goodwin W.M.A., Brevard 13-20 Nov (DaS). As many as 5 Purple Gallinules were seen at Lake Pas - adena, Pasco 3 Aug+ (DGa, TKa); 4 were at Paynes Prairie Preserve S.P. 2-8 Nov (Char - lene Leonard et al.); and one was at St. Marks N.W.R. 3 Nov (Jeff O'Connell). Limpkins ap - peared in large numbers, with 24 at Westside Industrial Park, Duval 7 Sep (DaF) and 55 at Lake Hancock Outfall Wetland 9 Nov (CFr et al.). Whooping Cranes graced several spots: one at Joe Overstreet Rd., Osceola 7 Sep (Joyce Stefancic), 4 at St. Marks N.W.R. 28 Nov (Pam Overmyer), and one at Lake Apopka N.S.R.A. 28 Nov+ (HRo). Signifcant numbers of Black-necked Stilts included 58 at 3D Spoil Island 9 Aug (JGu) and 56 at Lake Hancock Outfall Wetland 9 Nov (CFr et al.). American Avocets were widespread: 136 at 3D Spoil Island 9 Aug (JGu); one at Tram Rd. S.T.F., Leon 4 Sep (AWr et al.); 14 at Key Vista Nature Park, Pasco 4 Oct (DGa, BPr); 21 at Fort De Soto Park 6 Oct (RoS); 32 at Charlotte Harbor 15 Oct (Susan Daughtrey); one at Lake Seminole 17 Oct (Mark Hughes); one at LaCrosse, Alachua 26 Oct (Roy Herrera); 12 at Honeymoon Is - land S.P. 1 Nov (TKa, EKw); 2 s. of Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee N.W.R. 3 Nov (Bruce Pickholtz); 6 at Boca Chica Beach, Monroe 4 Nov+ (CGd); and 25 at Lake Hancock Outfall Wetland 9 Nov (CFr et al.). An impressive 95 American Oystercatchers were found at 3D Spoil Island 30 Aug (JGu). American Golden-Plover reports included 4 w. of Bunnell, Flagler 7-21 Sep (MBr) and 2 along Research Rd., Everglades N.P., Miami- S.T.F. 20-23 Oct (BrP, Wendi Greene et al.), Orlando Wetlands Park, Orange 8-9 Nov (CFr), and at Paynes Prairie Preserve S.P. 22 Nov+ (AdZ et al.). Ro - seate Spoonbills wandered northward, with 15 at St. Marks N.W.R. 20 Sep (DBr). A late Swallow-tailed Kite was at Bald Point S.P. 4 Oct (LaG, JMu). As many as 3 White-tailed Kites were found along Browns Farm Rd., Palm Beach 23 Aug–28 Sep (L&RSm), and one was at Curry Hammock S.P., Mon - roe 17 Oct (KRo). Snail Kites wandered northward, with one at Trout Creek Park, Hillsborough 24 Aug (CaC), up to 2 at Middle Lake, Pasco 18 Oct+ (Don Robinson), and one at Lake Hancock Outfall Wetland 14 Sep, with 3 there 9 Nov (CFr et al.). S.T.A.-5 had 30 Snail Kites 13 Sep (MEn et al.). Missis - sippi Kites continue to expand beyond their n. Florida stronghold, with 3 at Asheville 10 Aug (MSm), one at St. Leo, Pasco 26 Aug (DGa, BPr et al.), and one at Richardson Park, Broward 8 Oct (RuT). An early Northern Har - rier arrived at South Bay, Palm Beach 22 Aug (EKw); one was offshore at Dry Tortugas N.P. 27 Nov (Jody Shugart). The continuing Great Black-Hawk was seen at Virginia Key, Miami- Dade all season (RoD). Four Broad-winged Hawks were at Robinson Preserve, Manatee 7 Oct (S. Wilson et al.); singles were at New Port Richey, Pasco 25 Aug (DGa), Sebastian Inlet S.P. 2 Nov (DaS et al.), and Fort De Soto Park 7 Nov+ (JAC et al.). Short-tailed Hawk reports included one at Clear Lake Park, Pasco 31 Aug (BPr, VPo et al.); 3 at Sawgrass Lake Park 10 Sep (STa et al.); 2 dark morphs at Fort Island Trail Park, Citrus 14 Sep (BPr, VPo); and one at Lake Lotus Park, Seminole 23 Oct (PaH). Reports of Swainson's Hawk came from Fort Pickens, Escambia 18 Oct (BrP et al.), Lake Apopka N.S.R.A. 12 Nov (HRo), and Frog Pond W.M.A., Miami-Dade 27 Nov (John Boyd et al.). A single Zone-tailed Hawk passed Marathon, Monroe 8 Nov (CGd). Very rare in Florida, a juv. Golden Eagle are was at Okee-Tantie Park, Okeechobee 27 Oct (DoR), and an ad. found se. of Fort Lonesome 24 Nov (Nancy Murrah, Roger Newell) was taken into rehabilitative care, where it later expired; this represents the frst Hillsborough record. RAILS THROUGH TERNS A single Black Rail was reported at St. Johns N.W.R., Brevard 28 Oct (AdZ). The produc - tive freshwater marshes at the Lake Apopka N.S.R.A. produced 68 King Rails 20 Aug and 115 there 14 Sep (HRo); also one was report - ed at Wolf Branch Creek Preserve, Hillsborough 27 Nov (BAh). Ten Virginia Rails were found Flamingos graced the Coastal Prairie Trail, Everglades N.P., Monroe 13 Oct (Roger Ham - mer); and single bird appeared at Flamingo, Everglades N.P., Monroe 19-20 Nov (A&MA). A spectacular ad. Yellow-nosed Albatross 24 km sw. of Clearwater Beach, Pinellas 10 Nov (Todd Legath, Mitch Fox) provided the second Pinellas and the ffth Florida record. The fall season has the highest counts of Black-capped Petrels in Florida, with 12 off Ponce de Leon Inlet 28 Sep (MBr et al.). Elev - en Cory's Shearwaters were off Lauderdale-by- the-Sea, Broward 1 Sep (RuT), 105 off Ponce de Leon Inlet 28 Sep (MBr et al.), and one off Sebastian Inlet S.P., Indian River 29 Nov (Rich Eginton). Single Great Shearwaters were seen at Lauderdale-by-the-Sea 1 Sep (RuT) and off Ponce de Leon Inlet 28 Sep (MBr et al.). A Sooty Shearwater was off Sebastian Inlet S.P. 25 Aug (AxH) and another off Ormond-by- the-Sea, Volusia the same day (MBr). Eleven Audubon's Shearwaters were found on a pe - lagic trip off Ponce de Leon Inlet 28 Sep (MBr et al.), and one was off Jupiter Inlet, Palm Beach 13 Nov (CoC). A Masked Booby at Stump Pass Beach S.P. 28 Sep (fde Jeff Bou - ton) provided the frst Charlotte record. Sight- ings of Brown Booby included one at South Inlet Park, Palm Beach 2-5 Aug (CoC et al.) and 7 off Ponce de Leon Inlet 28 Sep (MBr et al.). The rarest of the boobies in Florida, a Red-footed Booby was found n. of Dry Tor - tugas N.P., Monroe 17 Aug (KLa et al.). Neo- tropic Cormorants continue to be reported near their breeding site at Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Palm Beach, where one was noted all season (J. Patterson et al.); another was at Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach 21 Oct–3 Nov (Jim Leckrone). Always rare in Florida, a subad. Great Cormorant was recorded at Port Orange, Volusia 30-31 Oct and 6-17 Nov (MBr), and a juv. at Fort De Soto Park 22 Nov+ (RoS) provided the third Pinellas re - cord. Single leucistic Brown Pelicans were at Alafa Banks Sanctuary, Hillsborough 17 Aug–7 Sep (Carol Cassels) and Port Orange 26 Sep (MBr). Unusual inland were 6 Brown Pelicans at Newnans Lake 7-10 Sep (RxR). A very early American Bittern was at Lake Apopka N.S.R.A. 6 Aug, and 25 were there 7 Nov (HRo). Another early bittern was at Lake Hancock Outfall Wetland 14 Sep (CFr et al.). Great White Herons occasionally wander northward: singles were at Paynes Prairie Pre - serve S.P. 30 Aug and 22 Nov+ (Debbie Segal et al.), Lake Apopka N.S.R.A. 7 Sep (HRo), S.T.A.-5 on 13 Sep+ (Margaret England et al.), and Myakka River S.P., Sarasota 3 Nov+ (Mark & Sandy Turner et al.). White-faced Ibis num - bered up to 9 at St. Marks N.W.R. 16 Oct+ (AWr et al.), and singles were at Okaloosa This Little Gull rested at the west end of Big Bird Island in coastal Duval County, Florida on 28 October 2014. Photograph by Patrick Leary.

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