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Red things in the water at Fort Desoto

It’s always fun to see Red breasted mergansers swimming around near the shore line at Fort Desoto. They are always bobbing for fish and stay busy preening themselves.  There were several swimming around in a shallow lagoon near the north … Continue reading

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Summer at the beach

A black bellied plover eating something gunky. Some of the resident oystercatchers. A sandwich tern flying by. “Got a light?” More laughing gulls. Trying to get a fish. Typical Florida shot. Dowitcher looking for snacks. One of the red breasted … Continue reading

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At the fishing pier

These two female red breasted mergansers are still hanging around the fishing pier. They should be north for the summer by now. A ruddy turnstone on the rocks. A royal tern brings her a fish. Since she’s eating it, I … Continue reading

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Just passing through

Yellow bellied sapsucker. Lots of indigo buntings including the juvenile in the last picture. He hasn’t got all of his blue feathers in yet. The scarlet tanager has black wings. The summer tanager is the only all red bird in … Continue reading

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Fort Desoto in mid-May

Lots of black bellied plovers on the beach. Tiny Wilson’s plover. Gimpy, one of the resident oystercatchers was watching me as looked for food. A pretty red breasted merganser coming up for air. I think this is a white eyed … Continue reading

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The last of the red breasted ladies.

Most of the winter ducks had left to head north for the summer. In mid-May I found these 2 red breasted mergansers wading around in the north beach marsh at Fort Desoto. They were swimming in about 4-6 inches of … Continue reading

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Red breasted merganser convention

Putting on the brakes in the water. Making a hard landing. Cruising around in the waves. Showing off. Getting sleepy. Giving me the eye. Gotta itch. Cruising with friends. Another sighting of the common loon at the pier. It feels … Continue reading

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Floating around the pier

Most days you can find cormorants diving for fish around the fishing pier. I realized when I cropped this up, it was not a good sign. He must have stolen this fish from someone’s fishing line. I’m not sure if … Continue reading

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Looking for yet another yellow bird.

Are you a western tanager?  No, just a yellow rumped warbler. Of course, the western tanager would be much higher up in the trees and harder to spot. After two hours, she would not come down from the top of … Continue reading

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Orange beak duck and the red-eyed devils at Philippe Park.

After leaving the Safety Harbor fishing pier, I headed over to Philippe Park to see what was swimming around the inlet there. First thing I noticed was the red breasted merganser. This is the first one I’ve seen this winter. … Continue reading

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