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At the beach

The black bellied plovers are really pretty in the summer. And so are the ruddy turnstones. The sanderlings are also sporting their summer colors. Grumpy snowy egret. Sleepy cormorant. At the fishing pier at Fort Desoto.  

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Blue Grosbeaks and a few other birds

Blue grosbeaks were all over Fort Desoto during spring migration back in late April.  The all blue ones are males and the blue and brown one is a juvenile male that will eventually be all blue. Hanging out on the … Continue reading

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Fun morning at Fort Desoto

“Don’t go in there” said the lizard. “I had beans for lunch.” Even the cactus were looking crispy from lack of rain. On the fishing pier, the pelican stole the fish from the cormorant. Flyby on the pier. Cormorant with … Continue reading

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Early start to spring migration

My first ovenbird, hiding deep in the bushes. My first Louisiana Waterthrush at the fountain. An unidentified bird on the top. Any ideas?  The 2nd one is a Cape May Warbler. Eastern kingbird high up in the tree. A blurry … Continue reading

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Shorebirds and summer

The sandwich terns are flirting. And taking baths. A young ring billed gull is hanging out in the water. A juvenile herring gull is eating a scary looking fish. It’s been summer here for a while. The shorebirds are on … Continue reading

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“Oh say can you see!!”

This is what you see when you drive into Fort Desoto. This picture does not do it justice. It’s huge. Blooming things on the trail. Usual birds on the pier. A cormorant and a few snowy egrets. Pelicans everywhere. The … Continue reading

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An afternoon walk on the fishing pier

There were not many birds on the beach near the pier.  A few laughing gulls and this lone black bellied plover. Looks like this is a couple of laughing gulls flirting. The rare hybrid great blue heron/great egret made an … Continue reading

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Love is in the air.

It’s that time of the year. The laughing gulls are all pairing up and flirting. There’s a lot of squabbling going on and 3’s a crowd when it comes to the gulls. I walked out to a quiet section of … Continue reading

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Those crazy green clowns at Fort Desoto

I recently spent some time watching the wild Nanday parakeets at Fort Desoto. Not on purpose of course, I was looking for little song birds that were migrating through. You can’t miss these guys. They fly in screaming. They landed … Continue reading

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A new bird and some old ones

I finally made it down to Fort Desoto to see the smooth billed ani. This counts as a new bird for me.  I had seen the grooved billed ani at Boyd Hill Park back in 2011.  The smooth billed had … Continue reading

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