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  1. Question: Is there a forum to ask where birders are seeing the King Rail at Sweetwater? I
    have made numerous trips w/out even a glimpse of one. I normally stake out the boardwalk
    near where it exits Cell 1.

  2. There was a recent article in the Mar./Apr. 2019 Our Town magazine about area birding. Concerning Canada geese, it said that they were common in Alachua Co. in the early 1970s. I was a biologist with the former Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission and at that time the agency was trying to establish a resident goose population in FL. We made several trips to Brigantine NWR in NJ to capture young geese from a non-migratory flock there and brought back about 150-200 geese for release in Tallahassee, the Gainesville area, Levy Co. and as far south as Leesburg. The C. geese observed throughout Alachua were the results of this release, not migratory birds. We had complaints about them from landowners and the airport where they liked to congregate. They also did not successfully reproduce although they nested, but we were never of the reason…..predation, weather, etc? I just wanted to set the record straight.

    • Hi, Mr. Frankenberger – You’re absolutely right about that. We actually have the facts and figures on that program (169 geese were introduced between January 1971 and July 1972, 133 of them on Paynes Prairie and 36 of them on the Kanapaha Prairie), but the writer of the Our Town article seems to have written the bird profiles without getting a fact check from some of the more knowledgeable locals.

  3. I have a question. Can someone tell me why a male cardinal continues to Dailey bounce off windows of my house and how to interrupt his annoying habit? He darts at the window repeatedly, and has been doing so for months. I assume he is seeing his own reflection and is being territorial of the birdfeeder which hangs 6 feet from the window

    • The best way to deal with this is to reduce the reflectiveness of the window or windows involved. Soaping the window or spraying on fake snow might be a solution. Another one, more elaborate but said to be effective, is drawing a grid on your window with colored markers (scroll down to “Top Tip from Texas Parks and Wildlife Service” on this web site: ). Other suggestions can no doubt be found, just by googling “bird attacking window.” There’s a good chance that the bird will stop on its own as the breeding season draws to its close.

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