Shorebirds at Fort Desoto on Thanksgiving eve

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Mixed bag of shorebirds sleeping together.

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Teeny tiny plover keeping an eye on me.

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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.

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Dowitcher searching for food.

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Least sandpiper running around.

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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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