Birds on the beach at Fort Desoto

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A ruddy turnstone staring at me.

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The usual oystercatcher walking along the water.

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A willet walking by.

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These godwits and willets were trying to sleep in the water.

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I tried not to wake anyone up. They looked so peaceful.

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The above are all black bellied plovers hanging around the marsh.

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A sandwich tern fly by.

A handful of shorebirds that were hanging out at Fort Desoto in late September.

Saturday's Critters

Black bellied plovers having a spat

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A cute black bellied plover in his breeding colors.

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Then I see another one across the beach.

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One of them started yelling at the other one.

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Are they arguing about something? They have plenty of space.

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A scuttle starts. Turf wars?

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Or maybe he’s trying to make up?

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They kept at it for a few minutes and then one of them flew off.

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The winner?

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I found the other one down by the water.

I counted 5 black bellied plovers at the north beach marsh at Fort Desoto in mid-August. I had not seen any in a while so I’m not sure if they are passing through and heading south for the winter. One couple was having a spat. They were chasing each other for a few minutes and then one flew off. I don’t know if they made up later. I hope so.