Shorebirds at Fort Desoto on Thanksgiving eve


Mixed bag of shorebirds sleeping together.


Teeny tiny plover keeping an eye on me.


I didn’t see the kildeer at first. I pulled onto the grass to take a picture of the kestrel on the utility wire and saw this guy run out into the road ahead of me. It’s the first time I’ve seen a kildeer at Fort Desoto, although I’m sure they’re around. He was just standing in the road. A car drove by and he flew off but came right back to the same spot. I wonder if he’s staking out a nesting spot. It’s a little earlier for them to nest but around here you never know. It’s been 80 degrees every day so maybe he’s looking to start early.


Dowitcher searching for food.


Least sandpiper running around.


Sun going down on the shorebirds.

The weather in November was perfect. Although, it could have been at least 10 degrees cooler. I was able to sneak out of work a little early on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving so I headed down to Fort Desoto. It was nice to get out before dark and I hadn’t been out much since fighting sinus infections since early October. I went down there with a purpose though. To look for the black scoter ducks that had been spotted there earlier that morning. I walked the entire beach length near where they had been spotted with no luck. I checked out both fishing piers and still no luck. Story of my life, 6 hours too late. It was still a beautiful night and nice to get out.

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16 thoughts on “Shorebirds at Fort Desoto on Thanksgiving eve

  1. Awesome! I went to the coast on Saturday and had great plover luck – 5 different species in a few minutes, including about a dozen Pipings! Made me really happy 🙂 You got some great shots!

  2. Great set of pictures. I always get involved in some wader banding between Christmas and the New Year – dont think I’ll see many of these species!

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW – Stewart M – Melbourne

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