Early start to spring migration

My first ovenbird, hiding deep in the bushes.

My first Louisiana Waterthrush at the fountain.

An unidentified bird on the top. Any ideas?  The 2nd one is a Cape May Warbler.

Eastern kingbird high up in the tree.

A blurry shot of a young blue grosbeak. I thought his color was interesting. I guess he’s molting into his adult male colors.

An osprey with a fish.

And a pretty moth.

By  mid April there hadn’t been too many birds passing through on their way north for the summer.  I headed down to Fort Desoto Park expecting not to find too much. As usual there were more people than birds on the trails. Not too many birds but some good ones. Two new birds for me, the ovenbird and waterthrush so it was a good morning.

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Saturday morning walk at Lettuce Lake Park

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An osprey with fast food on the go.

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Only cardinals were going to the feeder at the nature center.

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Hummingbirds were buzzing in between the feeder and the fire bushes.

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Every once in a while they would stop to rest and clean their beaks.

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The usual critters hanging around the boardwalk.

A few things on my Saturday morning walk in late April.

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Quiet Saturday morning at Fort Desoto

 

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Pretty pelican floating by.

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A cormorant sleeping on the top of the light post.

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Dolphins were cruising by the pier.

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This osprey did not want to share his meal. After a closer look, I didn’t want it anyway.

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Climbing a tree.

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Great egret getting a snack.

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It was a windy morning. The storm clouds had not moved in yet so the kiteboarders were out taking advantage of the wind. The park is pretty limited on wildlife sightings for the summer. Other than the usual laughing gull and reddish egret, there’s not much around the beach except tourists. When is summer over????

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In the backyard – Skywatch Friday

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A great egret sitting on our dock. Taken through the bedroom window.

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Our neighborhood osprey showed up in late August after being gone for 5 months. He must have had a late nest. He usually disappears in February or early March and is back visiting by end of June. I finally was able to get a shot of him trying to eat a fish on our neighbor’s dock. Taken through the bedroom window.

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He would take a bite and then look around and take a bite and look around. He sure was paranoid.

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Cool spider on my in-laws wall.

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He was crawling close to the roof.

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Palm tree in the backyard.

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I got home right when it stopped raining one night after work. The sun was trying to peak out as the clouds moved through so I ran out in the backyard and snapped this with my phone.

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Spring walk at Circle B Bar Reserve

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Yes, another purple gallinule picture. I’ve seen more this past couple of months than in the entire 5 years I’ve been looking for birds. Although, on my most recent trip to Circle B Bar Reserve, I didn’t see any so they may be gone for the summer.

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Female wood duck on a tree. This was the first time I’ve seen wood ducks at this park.

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The male was watching us pretty closely.

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She was pretty. They were hopping from tree to tree. Maybe this is how they flirt.

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The green heron looked all dressed up with those orange legs.

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The wilson’s snipe was still hanging around. Pam found him. We were looking closely in the marsh at something else. I think it was an alligator and she says “What is that?”

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Palm warbler with pollen all over his beak.

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Savannah sparrows can usually be found at the intersection of Marsh Rabbit Run trail and Heron Hideout trail.

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This looked too yummy to pass up. I asked him if he needed any tartar sauce.

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Another one with lunch landed on a branch close by.

Most of the winter birds and ducks had already left for up north. Spring migration of the songbirds hadn’t really started yet so it was a slow morning at Circle B Bar Reserve. Just the usuals there with the exception of the wood duck couple. They became celebrity visitors there real fast.

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Up in the air – Skywatch Friday

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My first of season frigatebird sighting. They were flying high over Fort Desoto.

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Gracefully soaring overhead.

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It seems early this year. I usually don’t see them until July or August.

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Common, Caspian or Forester’s???  I can’t see his legs to see what color they are. Although, the caspian would look more like a royal tern. The Forester’s doesn’t have a black tip on his wing so that might be it.

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Another osprey with a fish shot. They are everywhere right now at Fort Desoto.

Just a few shots from my recent trip to Fort Desoto.

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