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May 2016 Bird of the Month: Semipalmated Sandpiper

May Bird of the Month is the Semipalmated Sandpiper, and here is the article in the May-June Kite written by Ben Kolstad.

The May bird of the month,Calidris pusilla,is one of several small sandpipers known in birding circles as “peeps.” Its name “semipalmated,” which means that it has webbing between its toes, may make . . . → Read More: May 2016 Bird of the Month: Semipalmated Sandpiper

April 2016 Bird of the Month: Least Sandpiper

April Bird of the Month is the Least Sandpiper, and here is the article in the April Kite written by Ben Kolstad

As the name implies, Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) is the smallest “peep” (in fact, it’s the smallest shorebird in the world). At our Palm Beach County sod farms in August, it’s sometimes possible . . . → Read More: April 2016 Bird of the Month: Least Sandpiper

March 2016 Bird of the Month: Western Sandpiper

March Bird of the Month is Western Sandpiper, and here is the article in March Kite written by Ben Kolstad

Western Sandpiper (Calidris mauri) is ASE’s March bird of the month, the first of three regularly occurring “peeps” in our area that we’ll be reviewing (out of five total in North America). This group of . . . → Read More: March 2016 Bird of the Month: Western Sandpiper

February 2016 Bird of the Month: Sanderling

Bird of the Month for February is the Sanderling. Below is Ben Kolstad’s article from the February KITE.

Bird of the Month for February: Sanderling

If last month’s bird (Ruddy Turnstone) was our “rocky” feeder, this month’s (Sanderling, Calidris alba), is our “sandy-shore” bird. It’s also our baseline sandpiper, of medium size, one we . . . → Read More: February 2016 Bird of the Month: Sanderling

January 2016 Bird of the Month: Ruddy Turnstone

Bird of the Month for January is the Ruddy Turnstone. Below is Ben Kolstad’s article from the January KITE.

Bird of the Month for January: Ruddy Turnstone

Kicking off this year’s “shorebird series” of birds of the month is a strikingly patterned shorebird that is a regular and common wintering species here in Palm Beach . . . → Read More: January 2016 Bird of the Month: Ruddy Turnstone

December 2015 Bird of the Month: Screech Owl

Bird of the Month for December is the Screech Owl. Below is Ben Kolstad’s article from the December KITE.

Bird of the Month for December: Screech Owl

Our December bird of the month is one of the most common, but infrequently encountered, birds in the county (unless you have an active nest box or . . . → Read More: December 2015 Bird of the Month: Screech Owl

2016 Birds-of-the-Month list

Bird of the Month Selections for 2016

By Clive Pinnock

 

2016 Birds of the Month will be these shorebirds seen in Florida.

 

Jan Ruddy Turnstone

Feb Sanderling

Mar Western Sandpiper

Apr Least Sandpiper

May Semipalmated Sandpiper

Jun Willet

Jul Lesser Yellowlegs

Aug Greater Yellowlegs

Sep Solitary Sandpiper

Oct Spotted Sandpiper

Nov Kildeer

Dec . . . → Read More: 2016 Birds-of-the-Month list

November 2015 Bird of the Month: Great Horned Owl

Bird of the Month for November is the Great Horned Owl. Below is Ben Kolstad’s article from the November KITE.

Bird of the Month for November: Great Horned Owl.

The Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) is a celebrated local resident. Instantly recognizable with its long ear tufts and penetrating gaze (although at least . . . → Read More: November 2015 Bird of the Month: Great Horned Owl

October 2015 Bird of the Month: Peregrine Falcon

Bird of the Month for October is the Peregrine Falcon: below by Ben Kolstad’s article in October KITE.:

Bird of the Month for October: Peregrine Falcon.

The peregrine (Falco peregrinus) is another charismatic raptor that benefited greatly from the DDT ban promulgated in the 1960s. While we here in Palm Beach County basically . . . → Read More: October 2015 Bird of the Month: Peregrine Falcon

September 2015 Bird of the Month: Merlin

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Bird of the Month for September is the Merlin: below by Ben Kolstad’s article in September KITE.:

Bird of the Month for Sept: Merlin.

The Merlin (Falco columbarius) is a small falcon, although last month’s BotM, American Kestrel, . . . → Read More: September 2015 Bird of the Month: Merlin

August 2015 Bird of the Month for August: American Kestrel

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Bird of the Month for August is the American Kestrel by Ben Kolstad’s article in July-August-June KITE.:

Bird of the Month for August: American Kestrel

The smallest member of the falcon tribe, American Kestrels (Falco sparverius) are on the . . . → Read More: August 2015 Bird of the Month for August: American Kestrel

July 2015 Bird of the Month – Osprey

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Bird of the Month for July is the Osprey by Ben Kolstad’s article in July-August-June KITE.:

The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) is one of our most conspicuous local raptors, both by virtue of its large size and its predictable location: look . . . → Read More: July 2015 Bird of the Month – Osprey

June 2015 Bird of the Month – Sharp-shinned Hawk

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Bird of the Month for June is Sharp-shinned Hawk by Ben Kolstad’s article in May-June KITE.:

Rangewide, the population of this small accipiter (Accipiter striatus) appears to be stable, although here in Palm Beach County they seem to have become . . . → Read More: June 2015 Bird of the Month – Sharp-shinned Hawk

May 2015 Bird of the Month – Cooper’s Hawk

Please see picture gallery below – if you have any pix please send to sheilaelliot@yahoo.com Bird of the Month for May: Cooper’s Hawk by Ben Kolstad’s article in May-June KITE.:

This month’s bird is a medium-sized accipiter (Accipiter cooperii) that appears, at least anecdotally, to be undergoing a population explosion in recent years, although when . . . → Read More: May 2015 Bird of the Month – Cooper’s Hawk

April 2015 Bird of the Month – Broad-winged Hawk

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April Bird of the Month – Broad-winged Hawk From Ben Kolstad’s article in the April Kite: This small chunky raptor migrates from its breeding grounds in northern and eastern North America to its wintering grounds in Florida, Southern Mexico, an . . . → Read More: April 2015 Bird of the Month – Broad-winged Hawk

March 2015 Bird of the Month – Red-shouldered Hawk

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March Bird of the Month – Red-shouldered Hawk From Ben Kolstad’s article in the March Kite:

Animals with wide ranges or disjunct ranges can look remarkably different from one of the range to another, or from one population to another. . . . → Read More: March 2015 Bird of the Month – Red-shouldered Hawk

2015 February Bird of the Month SNAIL KITE

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February Bird of the Month – Snail Kite From Ben Kolstad’s article in the February Kite:

Now and then people ask me why the ASE newsletter is called the Everglade Kite. After all, the Everglades are plural, and the bird . . . → Read More: 2015 February Bird of the Month SNAIL KITE

2015 January Bird of the Month Bald Eagle

January Bird of the Month – Bald Eagle From Ben Kolstad’s article in the January Kite:

Even if no one can spell its taxonomic name without triple-checking it, everyone is familiar with Haliaeetus leucocephalus, the official bird and animal of the United States of America. This iconic raptor is widespread across the continent nowadays, . . . → Read More: 2015 January Bird of the Month Bald Eagle

2015 Bird of the Month List – Raptors Seen in Florida

selected by Clive Pinnock, who gives a talk on each bird in our monthly meetings:

Birds of the Month for 2015 Raptors Seen in Florida

January: Bald Eagle

February: (Everglades) Snail Kite

March: Red-shouldered Hawk

April: Broad-winged Hawk

May: Cooper’s Hawk

June: Sharp-shinned Hawk

July: Osprey

August: American Kestrel

September: Merlin

October: Peregrine Falcon

November: . . . → Read More: 2015 Bird of the Month List – Raptors Seen in Florida

2014 December Bird of the Month Ring-necked Duck

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December Bird of the Month – Ring-necked Duck

From Ben Kolstad’s article in the December Kite: One of our most common winter ducks, the ring-necked, Aythya collaris, is one of those ducks that was obviously named before birding by binoculars . . . → Read More: 2014 December Bird of the Month Ring-necked Duck

2014 October Bird of the Month American Wigeon

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October Bird of the Month – American Wigeon

From Ben Kolstad’s article in the October Kite:

According to Arthur Cleveland Bent, the name “wigeon” or “widgeon” is what hunters back in the day would call duck species . . . → Read More: 2014 October Bird of the Month American Wigeon

2014 September Bird of the Month – Northern Pintail

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September Bird of the Month – Northern Pintail

From Ben Kolstad’s article in the July-August Kite:

This month’s bird, Northern Pintail – Anas acuta, continues (but does not conclude) our duck theme. Found nearly worldwide, at . . . → Read More: 2014 September Bird of the Month – Northern Pintail

2014 August Bird of the Month – Blue-winged Teal

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August Bird of the Month – Blue-winged Teal

From Ben Kolstad’s article in the July-August Kite: “August’s bird is the counterpart to July’s: Anas discors, the blue-winged teal, is only considered large when next to his cousin A. crecca; . . . → Read More: 2014 August Bird of the Month – Blue-winged Teal

2014 JULY Green-winged Teal Bird of the Month

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July Bird of the Month – Green-winged Teal

From Ben Kolstad’s article in the July-August Kite: “

It’s the drake that catches the eye; hens are cryptically colored, brown and resembling the . . . → Read More: 2014 JULY Green-winged Teal Bird of the Month

2014 JUNE Roseate Spoonbill Bird of the Month

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June Bird of the Month – Roseate Spoonbill

From Ben Kolstad’s article in the May-June Kite: “

If you’re into long-legged wading birds, wait until you see June’s bird of the month: the unusually billed and strikingly pink Roseate . . . → Read More: 2014 JUNE Roseate Spoonbill Bird of the Month

2014 MAY Bird of the Month – Glossy Ibis

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May Bird of the Month – Glossy Ibis

From Ben Kolstad’s article in the May-June Kite: “May’s bird of the month is the darker version of last month’s bird, although it’s in a different genus from the white; Glossy . . . → Read More: 2014 MAY Bird of the Month – Glossy Ibis

2014 APRIL Bird of the Month – White Ibis

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April Bird of the Month – White Ibis

From Ben Kolstad’s article in the April Kite: “

April’s bird of the month was known to early settlers of southwest Florida as “the Chokoloskee chicken” because of its size, . . . → Read More: 2014 APRIL Bird of the Month – White Ibis

2014 March Bird of the Month American Coot

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March Bird of the Month – American Coot

From Ben Kolstad’s article in the March Kite: “

Although you’ll hear many spectators at our local wetlands boardwalks call these birds “ducks,” you of course know better: the bird of . . . → Read More: 2014 March Bird of the Month American Coot

2014 February Bird of the Month Purple Gallinule

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February Bird of the Month – Purple Gallinule

From Ben Kolstad’s article in the February Kite: “

This month’s bird is one of the stars of our local wetland areas. It’s always fun to see this . . . → Read More: 2014 February Bird of the Month Purple Gallinule

2014 January Bird of the Month Gallinule

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January Bird of the Month – Common Gallinule (Common Moorhen)

From Ben Kolstad’s article in the January Kite: “What’s that? You’ve never heard of the Purple Gallinule’s cousin, Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata)? That must mean you’ve started birding within the . . . → Read More: 2014 January Bird of the Month Gallinule