It was a dark and dreary day during the week before Christmas. I had heard about a rare duck being seen in south St. Pete so I headed out ready to brave the weather. (You northerners will laugh at me. It was 50 degrees and I was bundled up, glad that I wasn’t up there in that crazy snow.) The black scoter had been seen just off the boat ramp at War Veterans Memorial Park. It would be a first sighting for me if I find it.
I hit all of the areas in the park and could not find that duck. The wind was blasting so she might have floated farther south. I noticed a small spoil island that had a lot of pelicans hiding from the wind.
The small beach area at the tip of the park held a few shorebirds. A lone willet was digging for food.
A lone red knot was doing the same.
A semipalmated plover was trying to nap.
More pelicans preening out on a spit.
Not sure if this is because of the extreme low tide or if this boat has been stranded for a while here. It looked a little damaged.
Bay Pines National Cemetery was next door to the park so I stopped in to visit my parents (Dad was in WW2). The graves were decorated with wreaths.
I did not find the black scoter that morning but all was not lost. Weeks later another one was spotted closer to home. More on that one later.