The last skimmer baby of the year.

I stopped by St. Pete beach in mid July thinking that all of the skimmer babies would be almost grown up and starting to fly but there was one little baby still remaining. They were outside the roped off area near the seaweed line. The baby stayed close to Mom.

There was one other baby that was bigger but still staying close to Mom. All of the rest of the older babies were down along the water line practicing their wing flapping.

One of the laughing gulls had gotten a hold of a snack from someone and all of the other gulls were chasing him trying to steal it. Not even a cheese cracker is safe on the beach.

I stopped at Sand Key park on the way home and there were several eastern kingbirds near the beach.

The laughing gull soap opera.

This laughing gull was trying hard to flirt with his mate. He brought her several fish and continued to yell even as they were being stalked by a ruddy turnstone who was probably trying to get a fallen piece of fish.

He tried to mate but she wasn’t not having any part of it and knocked him off.

He brought her another fish and at that point people were walking down the fishing pier so they flew off.

Shorebirds at Fort Desoto in May.

A lone marbled godwit on the beach with a snack.

He’s cruising the shoreline looking for more snacks.

Another one flies in.

At first, the original godwit tries to chase the intruder away but after a few seconds they find their own space and both start looking for snacks.

A black bellied plover was also looking for snacks. I think that’s a sand flea. Yum…

Farther down the beach I find some dowitchers trying to nap.

The laughing gulls are getting frisky.

An old shell on the beach. It was still alive so I moved it farther into the water.

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Feeding the ducks

The great tree where the ducks hang out at the retirement home where Brett’s aunt lives. The shade is amazing and it’s always filled with birds. We spent some time sitting on a bench visiting his aunt.

Ducks on the way to nap under the tree.

While we were visiting, someone came to feed the ducks. They knew this women and came flying over when they saw her walking across the parking lot.

She fed them a little bread but most of it was cracked corn and seed.They ignored me standing over them taking pictures with my phone.

The laughing gulls and ibis were fighting over the bread.

When we got home, this new family was cruising through our neighbor’s yard.

Below is a public service announcement with a link below that from the Audubon about feeding ducks.

Don’t Feed The Waterfowl. 

Birds at the fishing pier

I wonder if this is the same cardinal that I also see looking at himself in the mirrors or windows of cars when I have visited before.

I can’t stop taking pictures of the wild nanday parakeets.

Laughing gulls fighting over a dead bait fish.

A snowy egret having a bad hair day.

This was the first time I had seen a spoonbill at the fishing pier. He was hanging out on the light post. He had a snowy egret join him for a few minutes. Funny how they put up those steel fringe things to keep the birds of the posts but the birds don’t mind them at all.

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All lined up

It was a quiet morning at the boat ramp at Fort Desoto Park.  Even thought the weather was perfect in early October very few boats were going out.  The seabirds were taking an early morning nap on the floating dock railings. They barely glanced at me as I walked up but I’m sure they wouldn’t have been happy if I had started to walk down the ramp and caused them to move.  Most of these are sandwich terns (with the yellow tips on their beaks) and a few laughing gulls in the mix.

Over at the fishing pier, the laughing gulls were harassing the snow egrets that were all lined up.  All fighting over bait fish.

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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 appearance at the pier.

This osprey was eating some yummy fish on the light post on the pier.

Another osprey was also eating.  These osprey have been hanging out on the pier a lot lately. They are not skittish and don’t fly away as tons of people are walking by just below them.

It’s been a beautiful afternoon but I was hungry and had a 45 minute drive home so I left to get some dinner.

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