Shorebirds at Fort Desoto

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Dowitchers taking a nap.

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Wilson’s plover not much taller than the grass.

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The sandwich terns are back on the beach for a while.

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Juvenile sandwich tern.

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Semipalmated plover.

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Dowitcher cruising by.

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Gotta itch.

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He’s so cute!

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Laughing gull missing a foot.

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Willet trying to be cute.

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A very young black skimmer taking a nap.

Same ole thing on the beach in late August.

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Drizzling on the beach – Skywatch Friday

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I’ve seen a few gulls with only one foot. I’m not sure if there are many or I just keep seeing the same one at the beach.

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Skimmers taking flight across the lagoon.

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Up in the dark sky, they fly around in a circle then land right back where they started from.

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A lone ring billed gull.

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He did not seem to mind me there. He sat down for a nap. He has beautiful deep yellow eyes.

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Unfortunately, I did not find this one alive. The beach was full of dead horseshoe crabs that had washed up. This was the biggest one I saw there.

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As usual, the weather has not been in my favor in January. I headed down to Fort De Soto anyway just to get out and walk around. It was a dark gloomy day. And only got darker as the morning went on. There wasn’t much on the beach. Before leaving, I stopped by east beach turnaround to see if any shorebirds were hanging around. This was all I saw. This is extremely cropped. A line of redhead ducks were cruising across the bay. I could see the lights on over at the south Sunshine Skyway Fishing pier. You can barely make out a sailboat. They must be crazy to be out in this weather. It started to rain hard so I headed for home. This was not one of those “quick summer” rain showers that you wait out.

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