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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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A hummingbird and other critters at Fort Desoto

Random things on the trail at Fort Desoto park. I saw the shadow of a hummingbird and waited a while before he moved over to the firebush and started feeding. The usual ships passing by the beach.

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A rare hybrid and the usual birds at Fort Desoto.

A reddish egret hanging around the fishing pier. This is the rare hybrid that was seen recently hanging around the fishing pier. Local experts say it’s a cross between  a great blue heron and a great egret. He’s got a … Continue reading

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Saturday on the fishing pier.

Typical Florida sight. A great blue heron and a snowy egret on the light post. Panting in the heat. Hovering over the water.  Looking for a fish. The young osprey have been hanging around the fishing pier this summer. Giving me … Continue reading

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