On the beach in early April.

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It’s always fun watching a skimmer taking a bath.

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Splashing around like a kid in a bathtub.

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“Clean your underarms” I told him.

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Face in the water.

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All done.

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That’s a little too close.

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Royal terns are showing up on the beach with their summer hat on. During breeding season the top of their head is all black. During winter, they have mostly white on their head with a little gray on the sides.

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Willet shaking it off.

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Marbled godwit digging for snacks.

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I think these are dunlins in non-breeding feathers.

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Oystercatcher taking a nap. It’s amazing how they can sleep on one foot. I couldn’t sleep on one foot much less standing up.

Just a few birds I found out on the beach in early April when I was waiting for the baby owl to decide whether he wanted to fly or not. I know people stand there for hours waiting for “that” shot but I have to get out and walk around.

Beach birds at Fort Desoto

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“What is that blue thing?” I asked the ruddy turnstone. “A piece of tourist trash’ was his response.

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Tricolored heron creeping along the edge. He thinks he’s sneaking up on the fish.

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Piping plovers in front of the sleeping red knots.

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He’s so tiny.

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A yawn and a big stretch from the oystercatcher.

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A few marbled godwits were with the red knots.

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A reddish egret guarding the “Keep out” signs.

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Another oystercatcher along the water.

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Up on the fishing pier, a flock of snowy egrets were waiting for the guy to drop his bait fish.

Nothing to unusual at the beach in mid-August. Piping plovers are pretty rare around here so those few were pretty exciting to see. They were all sleeping in front of the big flock of red knots. It was a beautiful Saturday morning but still not luck with sighting the brown booby that’s been seen there on and off for a while.

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Shorebird soup at Fort Desoto

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I’m going with common tern on the above.

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“This is what I think of you lady.” says the tern as he’s shaking his bottom at me.

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Another common tern? He looks smaller than the first picture but his legs are a little more orange. A Forster’s tern would have longer legs.

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Marbled godwit preening.

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It’s funny to see a dowitcher and godwit sitting so close together.

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Black bellied plovers in non-breeding feathers running around. There were a lot of them on the beach that morning. By a lot, probably 20. Usually, we see one or two at a time.

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Another black bellied plover still in his breeding feathers with the “black belly”.

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Juvenile sandwich tern showing some attitude. Not at me, at his parent. See below.

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“I said go get me a fish!” The adult flew off. I didn’t see him bring back a fish.

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Shorebird soup. A menagerie of birds hanging out on a sandbar together.

Just a few things on my morning trip to Fort Desoto in the blazing heat of mid-August.

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Shorebirds at Fort Desoto

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Willet in the early morning sun.

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Willet (in breeding feathers) eating what looks like is a shrimp.

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The long billed curlew has been out every morning making the rounds for a couple of months now. I followed him for a half an hour hoping he would dig up a crab but no luck.

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Black bellied plover hopping off to somewhere.

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Marbled godwits stopping their feeding to give me a glance.

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Laughing gull flying in to join the crowd.

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“Hey, where is everybody going?”

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A bald eagle flying around spooked the shorebirds.

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No one out at the beach this early in the morning.

Just a few shorebirds hanging around Fort Desoto on an early Saturday morning.

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