Birds on the beach during red tide

There were few birds out on the beach at Fort Desoto when I visited during the peak of the red tide algae bloom. The few there were busy eating breakfast. Some were eating the dead sea life that had washed up on shore. I didn’t see any birds acting sick during this trip. Volunteers were out on the beach every day looking for sick birds that could be affected by eating too much of the dead fish. I kept yelling “Don’t eat that.” but they weren’t listening.

A cormorant and osprey were fighting over a lamp-post on the pier.

Even the crows were eating the dead fish. The park rangers kept raking up the shoreline but the dead fish kept washing up on shore.

Royal terns in the air.

The sandbar spit across the channel was full of birds.

Still a beautiful day out at Fort Desoto.

Old birds and a new one at Fort Desoto

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It was a drizzly dark  morning. I was in my car waiting for the storm to go by and I saw the above stork walk by my car.

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Great blue heron wading in the water.

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After the rain passed, I walked down the beach to look for the brown booby on the tower. I saw this sad wet juvenile laughing gull sitting on the sand.

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A sandwich tern walking along the shoreline.

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Marbled godwits walking along.

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Common terns (??) standing in the water.

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I think this is a juvenile sandwich tern flying by.

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I finally saw him! The brown booby at Fort Desoto. I think this was my 6th trip looking for him. Actually, I go down there quite a bit anyway and kept stopping by the tower to look for him. Several other birders were there and all were excited to see him no matter how far away he was. He seems to rest out on the tower in the bay near the fishing pier off and on.  This is extremely highly cropped. You can just barely make out the blue beak. I had a shot of his orange looking feet but the top of him was even more blurry. This was labor day weekend and he’d been randomly seen for over a month. 

It gets harder and harder to find new birds. I read on Florida bird reports that different birds are spotted all over central Florida but work and family commitments have kept me from taking any road trips this summer. I’ve been sticking close to home and only on Saturdays. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get around this winter.

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Beach birds at Fort Desoto

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A marbled godwit digging around for food.

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Dowitchers doing the same thing.

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Willet scratching an itch.

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Teeny tiny plover watching me.

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Another dowitcher trying to sleep.

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Least terns are starting to show up on the beaches in the area.

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The little juvenile royal tern was yelling at his parent to go get him a fish.

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He looked at me like “What? I’m hungry.”

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I was standing on the fishing pier and zoomed in on one of the big ships coming into the bay.

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Two ships passing in the day. They were two dots on the horizon. This is zoomed in and cropped.

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Taken with my Iphone. You can see the storms moving in as I walked down the beach.

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From the fishing pier.

It was quiet at Fort Desoto in mid July. The storms were coming every day. I hit the beach early and there weren’t many people there. It was a nice walk down the beach. The clouds kept it a little cooler. The beach wasn’t full of shorebirds. Just a few at the north tip. I’ve since read there are tons of least terns there now so I think many trips are in my future for the rest of the summer.

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Beach birds at Fort Desoto

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When I first got to Fort Desoto it was windy and cloudy. I don’t see the water this choppy very often. I usually stay away from the beach when the weather gets bad.

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I found Big Red (reddish egret) in his usual spot at the north beach but he wasn’t doing any fishing.

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This lone oystercatcher had the right idea. A nap on the beach. It was the Saturday before the 4th of July so he was soon going to be overrun with tourists if he stayed in that prime spot.

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Things were quiet early that morning up at the north beach end. I found a few willets stretching and sleeping.

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Plover shaking it off.

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Marbled godwits trying to sleep standing up.

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Dowitcher cruising around the water.

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Ugly beach bug. I’ve never seen one of these on the beach before. I’m sure a gull will get him for lunch.

Quiet morning on the beach in early July. The day called for rain but I went out anyway. I got lucky. Mix of clouds and sun while I was there.

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