Plovers and terns and gulls, Oh my!

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Another banded piping plover. There’s been a lot of them hanging around Fort Desoto this fall. Several birders have been keeping tabs on them and reporting them as they travel through.

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I sat down on the beach and watched him go about his morning.

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He was eating something goopy looking.

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Portrait of a sandwich tern.

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I think this is a Forster’s tern in winter feathers, hanging around the boat ramp.

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Sandwich terns all lined up, waiting for boats to come back with bait fish.

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“Who let all of the sandwich terns into my park??” says the loud laughing gull.

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The spotted sandpipers are back for the winter, sporting their winter feathers.

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Laughing gulls lose their black feathers on their head during the winter.

Lots of little birds on the beach at Fort Desoto in early October. Nothing unusual though.

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10 thoughts on “Plovers and terns and gulls, Oh my!

  1. Those birds all lined up waiting for the fishing boats to return are just too cute. Loved your commentary. It is at times like these that I really miss Florida.

  2. Great post – and the Skimmers in the older one are splendid.

    Its interesting that the metal band on the birds in this post seem higher up the leg than in Australia. I wonder why.

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

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