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Florida Eurasian Kestrel!
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- From: "Joshua S. Rose" <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 27 Feb 2003 19:31:38 -0500 (EST)
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Florida birder Robin Diaz just alerted me to the presence of a Eurasian
Kestrel in central Florida! The bird's identity has been confirmed, and
it will be a first state record once accepted by the FLorida BRC. It is
being seen in the Lake Apopka Restoration Area, formerly known as Zellwood
among that area's birders; it's not too far from Orlando, and about 10
hours' drive from Durham according to MapBlast. Access to the area is
normally restricted - this is the same place where a bunch of fish-eating
birds died right after they turned it from Sugarcane fields into wetlands
due to built-up pesticides in the soil - but access has been arranged for
anyone who can be there by 9 AM on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, with
potential extension into next week if the bird hangs around. I'll paste
the details from the Florida RBA below. Apparently, though, if you arrive
after 9 AM, they won't let you in and you'll have to wait until the next
morning... (oh, and I note that the entry gate to reach this bird is at
the end of Lust Road; how appropriate!)
You know, there was a Eurasian Kestrel on Cape Cod in Massachusetts last
April, the first one for my former home state in over a century! And now
one in Florida; could it be the same bird? And if so, might it have
wandered through NC and somehow slipped past us? Might it wander through
again on its way north? (drooling sounds)
Joshua S. Rose
Department of Biology (Zoology, R.I.P.)
Hotline: FLORIDA RARE BIRD REPORT
to report e-mail: BrianAhern@aol.com
A 100% positively identified and confirmed female EURASIAN KESTREL has
been found at Lake Apopka Restoration Area. It is in a restricted area but
birders will be allowed in Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Harold Weatherman
of Land Management will escort birders into the area where the Kestrel is.
Please meet promptly at 9am at the gate at the end of Lust Road. For more
information about accessibility you may contact Harold at (352) 303-3007.
Directions: From 441 (Orange Blossom Trail) in Apopka turn south onto
SR-437. Follow SR-437 for several miles and Lust Rd will be on your right.
If you reach Magnolia Park you have gone too far! Follow Lust Rd. all the
way to where it ends at the gate and make sure to be there by 9am. If the
Kestrel continues to be seen during the weekend, then most likely
controlled access to the location will continue in the same way during the
next week. Pending acceptance this represents a first state record! (H.
Robinson & all). DeLorme p. 79