End of my spring migration at Fort DeSoto

I don’t know what this is. It looks bigger than a yellow rumped warbler.  It was bathing at the fountain. Could it be a female American redstart?  It looks like one from the Stokes Birding Guide. If so, it’s my first one.

Orange eating an orange. Baltimore oriole at one of the fruit feeders.

I think this is a wood thrush. He was sitting on the bottom of the fountain.

My first and only indigo bunting shot. I saw a few others from really far away but this was the only one that got close to us at the fountain.

Starling taking a bath.

I was told this is a yellow warbler. This was my first sighting of one. I agree with Deb’s comment on this one. It looks more like a female hooded warbler than a yellow one. It’s still a lifer either way.

About a tenth of the crowd that was gathering at the mulberry woods at Fort Desoto. There’s a small open field with a short stone fountain in the middle. Everyone was standing around waiting for birds to land on the fountain. I only had my long lens that morning so I could only get a small smattering of the crowd that was there.

Short video of the wood thrush singing in the trees. Of course the man standing next to me just had to talk during my video. Then the bird flew away.

I can say I was there! Two weekends during the 2012 spring migration at Fort Desoto. I met tons of people. Learned a lot of new little birds. And took thousands of bad pictures. Ron at Pinellas Birds said the week before Memorial Day that it was winding down. There were still a few late migraters coming through though so I’ll still head out and keep my eyes open. Now I can’t wait until fall migration.

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22 thoughts on “End of my spring migration at Fort DeSoto

  1. Yes to the female Redstart, and the yellow Warbler, and maybe to the Wood Thrush if the spots go all the way down his chest, which I think they do. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  2. yes on female redstart, yes on female hooded warbler. You can see the sketchy black hood line, yellow warblers more yellow all over, also she is lacking the chestnut streaks on breast that the yellows here have. Love the oriole enjoying the orange.

  3. what a beautiful group of images!! i really enjoyed the “bathers”!! looks like you have answers to your questions on the i.d.’s from this great group of world birders!!

  4. You sure got some wonderful shots and wow, I thought that Indigo Buntings were much darker, all are just beautiful!

  5. Migration in the east….its so good! The others are right about the Redstart and the Hooded Warbler…I think the thrush (pictured) is actually a Swainson’s; it has much browner spots than the bird in your video (obviously a Wood Thrush).

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