Looking for yet another yellow bird.

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Are you a western tanager?  No, just a yellow rumped warbler.

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Of course, the western tanager would be much higher up in the trees and harder to spot. After two hours, she would not come down from the top of the trees.

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This was the best that I got that morning. She’s now been there for a few weeks so I should go back and see if I can find her again.

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Nice butt shot. There were at least 20 birders looking for this bird. After several hours she was spotted high up and stayed there. This is my western tanager.

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After spotting the tanager in the trees by the parking lot, I headed over to the beach to see what I could find. I’m going with Forester’s tern on this one. He’s got the black “earmuffs” that a common wouldn’t have. Bill is slightly longer.  Seagull Steve, let me know if I’m wrong on this. I followed your comparisons here.

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Wilson’s plovers on the beach.

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Are these semipalmated plovers?  Those orange legs on the one in the back makes me think they are but they don’t have a lot of color in their face. Maybe the back one is a juvenile?

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Stretching after a nap.

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A royal tern staring at me.

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Taking a bath in the salt water.

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What’s this? This isn’t a tern or plover. There was a lone red breasted merganser walking up on the beach. Where were all of her friends? They usually aren’t alone. She preened for a few minutes.

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And then took off down the beach.

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Pelican flying by just as the sun was coming out.

It was a foggy morning at Fort De Soto in mid-January. I went down to the park looking for the western tanager. Anything else I found was going to be a bonus. Not much else at the park except the usual terns and pelicans. I did find the Franklin’s gull on this trip. The sun finally started coming out around lunch time. I was hungry so I headed for home.

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