Right before spring break at the beach.

 

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The laughing gulls were pairing up. Chasing each other and fighting over the ladies.

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Young herring gull with a snack.

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Blurry picture of a barn swallow. These guys rarely sit still. I saw him from across the lagoon.

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The dolphins were active this Saturday morning.

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Heading towards the pier.

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One of the bird steward volunteers at the park. He was checking out the roped off area for nesting birds. They work on keeping the tourist out of the nesting area and answer questions about the birds.

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Rush hour  traffic in the bay.

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Having fun on a boat ride.

A few things at Fort Desoto Park in mid-March.

 Skywatch Friday

A spring migration tease in late March.

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My first sighting of the morning was a black and white warbler.

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Then a hooded warbler.

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Then a yellow rumpled warbler. These have been around most of the winter.

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A barn swallow sitting still. I’ve never seen one sitting still before.

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Another hooded warbler landing right beside me on the ground.

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Another black and white warbler later in the morning.

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These birds are so funny they way they hang upside down most of the time.

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I only saw one yellow throat warbler that morning.

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Another hooded warbler?  The trees were dripping with them and they were not being shy.

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One last parting hooded shot before heading home.

I think this day was “Hooded Warbler Day” at Fort Desoto. They were everywhere at the park in late March. There wasn’t much of a variety though. Just tons of the above. I had heard there was a worm eating warbler there as well but I could not find him. It would have been a first for me. I’m hoping this was just the beginning of spring migration and it doesn’t fizzle out. If the winds are favorable for the birds through April, they will just keep flying right past us without stopping for a snack.

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