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URGENT: final results for June Challenge must be submitted by Jul 1.

from the ASE Yahoo Group “auduboneverglades”

Hi PB Birders,

Thank you all for sharing your great finds in the past week! It is exciting to have the unexpected sightings of Bananquit and Smooth-billed Ani !

We have arrived in the final week of the June Challenge…

There is still time to get out there and . . . → Read More: URGENT: final results for June Challenge must be submitted by Jul 1.

Deadline Friday June 27 2014 – bird locations request from NAS

Dear Audubon friends,

Our National Board member Jeff Goodby is a co-founder of Goodby and Silverstein, a San Francisco-based advertising firm that has done many famous campaigns, including the iconic “Got Milk” ads.

He’s looking to help us promote birds through videos that use new technologies and approaches that we’ll roll . . . → Read More: Deadline Friday June 27 2014 – bird locations request from NAS

Jay Watch 2014

(see picture of this unique bird below):

contributed by ASE member Jane Wiewora who attended the 2014 Jay Watch training at Jonathan Dickenson Park: On Saturday, May 31, several members of the Audubon Society of the Everglades attended a volunteer training session for the Florida Jay Watch citizen science program at Jonathan Dickinson State Park. . . . → Read More: Jay Watch 2014

Bird of the Month for May: American Bittern

American Bittern. Photo by Don Mullaney.

American Bittern, Botaurus lentiginosus, is May’s bird of the month. Another shy skulker of the wetlands, American Bittern can sometimes be seen “camouflaging” itself with its beak in the air in plain sight on a manicured lawn!

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American Bittern. Photo by Don Mullaney

American Bittern. Photo by Don Mullaney.

American Bittern. Photo by Helen Beers.

Bird of the Month for April: Least Bittern

Least Bittern, Ixobrychus exilis, is our bird of the month for April. Shy and secretive most of the time, at this time of the year it can often be seen flying around our two constructed wetlands in Delray/Boynton Beach: Wakodahatchee and Green Cay.

Least Bittern, Green Cay. Photo by Don Mullaney. Note the eye . . . → Read More: Bird of the Month for April: Least Bittern

Bird of the Month for March: Fish Crow

Fish-crow from Audubon's Birds of North America

Fish Crow, Corvus ossifragus, is a common resident in SE Florida, but it hasn’t always been that way according to Cornell’s Birds of North America online:

Florida. Bailey (1925) stated that Fish Crow in Florida was found mostly in vicinity of brackish and salt waters, although flocks sometimes moved inland in search of food. Howell . . . → Read More: Bird of the Month for March: Fish Crow

February’s Bird of the Month: Indigo Bunting

The bird of the month for February is Passerina cyanea, Indigo Bunting. In its winter dress it resembles a small sparrow and frequents weedy areas in Palm Beach County. It seems to love the feeders at the Okeeheelee Nature Center as well.

From the All About Birds website at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, here . . . → Read More: February’s Bird of the Month: Indigo Bunting

Bird mortality

According to a New York Times article yesterday,

“Five billion birds die in the U.S. every year,” said Melanie Driscoll, a biologist and director of bird conservation for the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi Flyway for the National Audubon Society. That means that on average, 13.7 million birds die in this country every day.

That’s . . . → Read More: Bird mortality

Indigo Bunting pictures for display?

Do any of our talented ASE photographers have any pictures of next month’s BOTM, Indigo Bunting, that they would like to email me? I will use them in the article about the Indigo Bunting and provide attribution, of course.

American Kestrel take-off

Don Mullaney sent in the flight sequence below featuring January’s bird of the month (American Kestrel). Thanks, Don!

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I’m particularly taken with photo 3, which shows how long the wings are in relation to the body; it’s quite amazing what these little raptors can do.

Christmas Bird Count

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Our Christmas Bird Count is coming up fast. We count on January 2 this year. For more information about the CBC, see below.

Trip Report: Green Cay, 11/27/10

About a dozen people braved the 80-degree weather for our annual Thanksgiving Saturday walk at Green Cay, and fun was had by all. We got great views of male and female Northern Harrier throughout the walk; at one point the female was roosting on the grassy berm about 150 yards away; too far for easy . . . → Read More: Trip Report: Green Cay, 11/27/10

Trip Report: Florida Keys, October 16-17

by Paddy Cunningham, BIRDING ADVENTURES

As the saying goes, you had to be there. I woke up on Monday to head to work and my mind floated back to the slowly lapping waves crashing across the rocky shore, the swaying rusty grass field with Key West on the horizon and a blinding blue sky with . . . → Read More: Trip Report: Florida Keys, October 16-17

Fish and Wildlife Service Calls for Review of Wood Stork’s Status

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced it will review the endangered status of the wood stork under the Endangered Species Act. The decision to initiate a status review is the result of a 90-day finding in response to a petition seeking to reclassify this American wading bird to threatened. The Service has determined . . . → Read More: Fish and Wildlife Service Calls for Review of Wood Stork’s Status

Field Trip: Spanish River Park, May 1, 2010

9 birders joined ASE’s last field trip of the season at Spanish River Park on Saturday. Expectations were low, which enabled us to be quite pleased with our moderate luck: 7 warbler species, a Thick-billed Vireo, and a White-crowned Pigeon were seen on the trip! Below is the list of species:

Brown Pelican Yellow-crowned Night-Heron . . . → Read More: Field Trip: Spanish River Park, May 1, 2010

Bird Garden Tour, March 19th

Friday, March 19 8:30 am to 12:00 noon Tour of Local Backyard Bird Gardens .

Come join Audubon Society of the Everglades in a free tour of Backyard Bird Gardens in the West Palm Beach/Lake Worth area. See what local homeowners are doing to encourage not only our native birds, but also those Northern bird . . . → Read More: Bird Garden Tour, March 19th

Christmas Bird Count results

Nearly 60 hardy birders, on 15 teams, ventured into the brisk outdoors Saturday, January 3, to take part in the annual West Palm Beach Christmas Bird Count. A cold front had passed through the previous day, leaving morning temperatures in the 40′s and a northwest breeze blowing 10 to 20 miles an hour– conditions not . . . → Read More: Christmas Bird Count results

Two breeding seasons for migratory songbirds?

According to an article in last week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers have discovered five species (Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Orchard Oriole, Hooded Oriole, Yellow-breasted Chat, and Cassin’s Vireo) of migratory songbirds that breed once in the Western United States, then again in Mexico. A good article summarizing the research can be found at . . . → Read More: Two breeding seasons for migratory songbirds?

FL developers seek to downlist Wood Stork

Florida’s development community has admitted that their recent effort to downlist the Wood Stork from federal Endangered status to Threatened is merely the first step in an attempt to get them removed from protection by the ESA completely. Read the story in the Sun-Sentinel, or follow the jump to the next page for a few . . . → Read More: FL developers seek to downlist Wood Stork

Mockingbirds recognize individual humans

According to this report in the Palm Beach Post, UF researchers have discovered that mockingbirds on their campus are able to recognize individual humans who have posed a threat to their nest. It’s very interesting reading; check it out! Since hyperlinks tend to die after time, I’m quoting some of the most interesting bits after . . . → Read More: Mockingbirds recognize individual humans

Snail Kites nesting at the refuge, again

ASE member John Shelly reports that Snail Kites are nesting again at the Marsh Trail. Here is his report from FL-Birds:

Yesterday mid morning I decided to check to see if the Snail Kites were nesting again in the second impoundment to the south of the Marsh Trail at the Lee Rd. entrance to the . . . → Read More: Snail Kites nesting at the refuge, again

Field Trip: Shark Valley/Corkscrew bird list

Birds seen on this weekend’s (1/17 and 1/18) field trip to Shark Valley and Corkscrew; 75 species in all:

Pied-billed Grebe American White Pelican Brown Pelican Double-crested Cormorant

. . . → Read More: Field Trip: Shark Valley/Corkscrew bird list

Wood Storks nesting at Corkscrew

For the first time in a couple of years, the Wood Stork colony at Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is initiating nesting. According to Monday’s Naples News, more than 60 nests with eggs have been spotted, and over 300 more birds are courting and/or building nests. This is great news, indeed! For the full article, follow . . . → Read More: Wood Storks nesting at Corkscrew

Great Florida Birding Trail Newsletter

The Florida FWC has just come out with their latest issue of Kite Tails, the newsletter about the Great Florida Birding Trail. The hi-res version of the newsletter can be had here; for a text-only copy, try this link instead. Both links require Acrobat Reader.

While you’re there, try the interactive trip planner; it uses . . . → Read More: Great Florida Birding Trail Newsletter

Trip Report: Yamato Scrub, 12/20/08

A small but adventuresome group of ASErs gathered in the parking lot of Yamato Scrub Natural Area for a nature walk/bird walk this Saturday. The trip, scheduled in the summer, was billed as a nature walk, because Yamato Scrub, while a lovely little site, isn’t the birdiest place in town. But late in September, it . . . → Read More: Trip Report: Yamato Scrub, 12/20/08

FWC seeks help monitoring Painted Buntings

This just in from the FWC:

Dr. James Rotenberg with the Department of Environmental Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is participating in the NC component of a range-wide project monitoring wintering Painted Buntings and would like to expand his winter feeder watch program to include Florida. He has about 2000 Painted Buntings . . . → Read More: FWC seeks help monitoring Painted Buntings

Cornell Lab needs your help

From the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology comes this plea for help from birders in the Sunshine State. Let’s do our part!

Calling All Florida Bird Watchers More eyes needed to tally state birds Ithaca, NY- Bird watchers in Florida are fortunate to have an amazing diversity of birds to observe, from the stunningly beautiful, rainbow-colored . . . → Read More: Cornell Lab needs your help

Field Trip Report: Spanish River, October 11

12 people attended ASE’s Spanish River field trip on Saturday, October 11. The bird (family) of the day was the falcon: at least 3 perched Peregrine Falcons, in addition to several other flyers-by, afforded our birders excellent views of this magnificent species. There were also perched (and flying) Merlins, and a soaring Kestrel, making for . . . → Read More: Field Trip Report: Spanish River, October 11

The whoopers are coming

Press release from Fish & Wildlife:

Eighth Group of Endangered Whooping Cranes Depart on Ultralight-guided Flight to Florida

On October 17, 2008, Fourteen young whooping cranes began their ultralight-led migration from central Wisconsin’s Necedah National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and traveled five miles. Wind and rain has grounded the cranes in Juneau County, Wisconsin, for . . . → Read More: The whoopers are coming

Least Grebe at Yamato Scrub

A pair of Least Grebes have begun nesting at Yamato Scrub in Boca Raton. These birds are extremely rare in Florida (only 6 records in over 100 years), although they do occur on Hispaniola and in Texas and Mexico/Baja California.

These are nesting birds, and as such, should not be closely approached. If you do . . . → Read More: Least Grebe at Yamato Scrub