I was heading to the beach on the Gandy causeway early one morning looking for a new bird. A gull billed tern had been spotted there for several days. I parked and walked along the sand closely looking at every gull or tern. Was the above the new bird? I couldn’t tell when they were preening but when they stopped I saw that yellow tip on their beaks and knew they were just sandwich terns.
I know this little cutie is a black bellied plover.
Also not the bird I was looking for. This was a juvenile least tern.
A least tern out taking a bath.
The laughing gull is easy to spot. He was taking a bath in a puddle on the beach.
It’s past nesting season for least terns but these guys were trying to get the other tern to take the fish. The lady in the bottom was not interested.
Another least tern chasing after an adult with a fish.
I did not find the gull billed tern. I was a day late. But it was still a beautiful morning. The sun was coming up high towards Tampa and it was time to head home.
Looking towards the gulf the storms were starting to move inland.