Thanks, Renee, for posting that link. I really hope birders do this. Jerry Gibson wrote me in private with the link also and I told him I had the link and had already submitted it.
Birders, this does good, something we sometimes feel is just an exercise, but the FWC could well have been the organization that was aware of the these Kestrels and used their pull to leave the wooden poles there among the sea of metal poles as they were replaced. Regardless, they have people that work to help wildlife--it isn't all just law enforcement, etc.
The FWC also has a page to report sightings of the three rare snakes, the Florida Pine, the Southern Hognose and the Short-tailed. I was thrilled to get a good photos and a long sighting of a Florida Pine
snake last year.
Rare snake Registry:
Rare bird Registry:
We found a male Southeastern Kestrel on Powerline Road on Saturday. We’ve seen him every summer when we’ve gone there (to look for kites) but didn’t know that if you see one in May, June, or July, it’s the Southeastern subspecies.
Windermere, Orange County
From: Robert Stalnaker [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Sunday, June 29, 2014 3:34 PM
Subject: 3 Southeastern American Kestrel (Orange, 29 Jun 2014)
Last year in July, I found a single male American Kestrel on Haas Road, a short distance west of Plymouth Sorrento Road.
I went back there today and found a pair. This is on a powerline easement that has metal poles. However, the first set of poles south of the road is wooden with many cavities. This is where the pair was. There was a Red-bellied Woodpecker a couple feet away from the Kestrels, perhaps using one of the cavities. As far as you could see in both directions, the poles and areas nearby were void of birds, except on these two wooden poles, widely separated. The effect of removal of wooden poles clearly shows. Perhaps a birder in this area worked with the power company to retain these two wooden poles during the replacement program.
Far off to the south, there was one other set of wooden poles among all the metal poles, and surprise, there was Kestrel perched on the wire near those wooden poles.
The status for this BBA location, Sorrento quad, block 6, has the American Kestrel as "Possible Breeding". Maybe that was my submission last year. Today, I was able to upgrade that to "Probable Breeding" with the pair.
Through the scope, the male lacked spots, a mark of this subspecies, but there did seem to be a couple thin streaks on the white belly, buffy breast.
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