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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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Red things in the water at Fort Desoto

It’s always fun to see Red breasted mergansers swimming around near the shore line at Fort Desoto. They are always bobbing for fish and stay busy preening themselves.  There were several swimming around in a shallow lagoon near the north … Continue reading

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Looking for a bird

I spent an early Saturday morning looking for a smooth billed ani. I eventually found it but while I was looking around the crazy Nanday parakeets came flying into a tree near the area. I could hearing them screaming as … Continue reading

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“Warbler Neck” part 2

All of the above look almost alike. There are a few differences in some of them.  One has a black bill while the others have orange bills.  I was told that morning at Fort Desoto by “bird experts” that these … Continue reading

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Big ball of fire in the trees.

This was the most popular bird at Fort Desoto on a Saturday morning in early October. Not that summer tanagers are very rare during migration. Not because he was a juvenile male that hadn’t completely molted into his red feathers … Continue reading

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Hanging out at the fishing pier.

Yes, I cut off his wings.  Who cares anyway, the sandwich tern has a fish. The hybrid great egret/great blue heron has been hanging around the pier for a while now. This guy was scurrying across the pier with his … Continue reading

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Going home with “warbler neck”

Summer tanagers were posing for the crowd. Black and white warbler with a bug. Redstart hiding in the shadows. Blue gray gnatcatchers eating bugs. A rare yellow billed cuckoo was the star of the day. I had seen one once … Continue reading

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