How rare is rare?

Just a quick update. I went for a quick walk through Erna Nixon Park before work this morning and had a couple of nice surprises. As the sun was rising I heard 2 distinct individual Eastern Screech Owls some distance away. They were alternating with each other, using a trill on a single pitch (rather than a whinnying call). Then as I was nearing the mid-point on the boardwalk I clearly heard at least 2 Carolina Chickadees calling. I know that Carolina Chickadees are rare for central and southern Brevard County, but this was a 100% certainty for me. Interestingly, when I posted my finds to the BRDBRAIN list, I got some lip from a fellow birder that this bird is SO RARE as to be unlikely, I suppose, but he was “Just saying”. Sometimes I wonder why I don’t just rage quit these e-mail lists.

Anyway, here’s the list:

  • Carolina Wren
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Yellow-throated Warbler
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • American Redstart
  • Blue Jay
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Mourning Dove
  • Eastern Screech Owl

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