Field Observations

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Field Observations

Field observations consist of significant bird observations compiled by the Field Observations Committee (FOC). "Significant" observations include: high numbers of individuals, unusual distribution (i.e., not usually found here), or early or late records compared to the local or regional historical. Electronic submissions to the FOC should be in the following format: species, number of individuals, age and sex of the bird(s), color morph (if applicable), location (including county), date, observer(s), and significance.

Seasons are:

•  Winter (December-February)
•  Spring (March-May
•  Summer (June-July)
•  Fall (August-November)

Submit observations to the regional compilers within two weeks after the close of each season or to the state compiler within one month of the close of each season.

Observation Committee members are:

State Compiler

Kevin Dailey, Chairman/Editor
6661 Beatrix Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32226

Regional Compilers

Orlando Area and Central Florida (Brevard, Indian River, Lake, Orange, Seminole and Volusia counties)

2017 - No Term Limit
Jim Eager
350 Fillmore Ave
Apt F-18
Cape Canaveral, FL 32920

Southeast Florida & The Keys (Monroe, Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade counties)

Robin Diaz

Northeast Florida (Nassau, Duval, and St. Johns counties)

2011 - No Term Limit
Kevin Dailey
6661 Beatrix Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32226

Western Panhandle (Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton counties)

2001 - No Term Limit
Bob and Lucy Duncan
614 Fairpoint Drive
Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561

Southwest Florida (Charlotte, Lee, and Collier counties)

2000 - No Term Limit
Charlie Ewell
115 SW 51st Terrace
Cape Coral, Florida 33991

Nature Coast and North Florida (Levy, Alachua, Marion, Citrus, Hernando counties)

2000 - No Term Limit
Bev Hansen
6573 Pine Meadows Drive
Spring Hill, Florida 34606

Interior of Central/South Florida


Eastern Panhandle (Leon, Wakulla, Franklin counties)

2009 - No Term Limit
John Murphy
766 Alligator Drive
Alligator Point, Florida 32346

Tampa Bay Region (Pasco, Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, and Sarasota counties)

2013 - No Term Limit
Ron Smith
1500 85th ave. North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33702

Allan D. CruickshankAllan Dudley Cruickshank was a nationally known ornithologist who has been described as “a modern Audubon with a camera.” Cruickshank, a lecturer and teacher, was on the staff of the National Audubon Society for 37 years. He wrote and illustrated many magazine articles and a number of books on ornithology, some with the aid of his wife, Helen.

Pocket Guides included “Birds Around New York City,

The Florida Ornithological Society, sponsored by the Florida Audubon Society, was established October 14, 1972, at a meeting of more than 100 ornithologists and serious birders held in Lakeland, Florida.

The new Society, under the leadership of Dr. William B. Robertson, Jr., President, plans to publish a journal, The Florida Field Naturalist, which will be edited by Dr. Henry Stevenson, assisted by an editorial board comprised of Allan Cruickshank, Dr. Oscar Owre, Dr. Glen Woolfenden, and Dr. Herb Kale.