So many birds on the Dunedin causeway when I went for a drive on a cold early morning in late February. At first it looked like they were all dowitchers but I found a few other birds mixed in. They were feeding along the rack line on the north side of the causeway were its rocky along the water.
A few tiny sanderlings were mixed in with the dowitchers.
You can always find a willet here.
There were dunlins mixed in with the crowd. They looked drab here in their winter colors without the brown and black feathers they have during the summer.
Someone walked by and spooked them (not many people walk this side of the causeway). I was taking most of these from my car.
They were all feeding together in large groups. The dowitchers seem to favor the newer greener seaweed. The dunlins were feeding in the older brown seaweed.
Several times they would all take off and circle back to the same spot. There were also a few ruddy turnstones in the mix with those orange legs.
Another foggy walk along the Dunedin causeway in early December. I thought the sun was going to break through when I first got there but it seemed to get foggier as the morning went on.
After my walk I pulled my camera out of the car and walked down near the edge of the water. The tide was low and there were a few shorebirds feeding or sleeping. I caught a lone marbled godwit flying in to nap with the laughing gulls.
I stopped by the marina before heading home. I could see a bright red Santa on top of a boat, really popping with color in the fog.
The usual birds (a pelican and great egret) hoping a fisherman will show up to steal his snacks.
The skimmers lined up along the shoreline at Fort Desoto.
Out on Outback Key spit, I could see tons of shorebirds from the beach.
So many shorebirds, so little time. The spit was full of different shorebirds but nothing new on this trip. The tide was high in mid-October early in the morning so I was wading knee deep to get out to the area where the shorebirds were. It was a slow walk just making sure I didn’t sink and go under. Everything was packed in my backpack but you just never know.