Fort Desoto in early January

Little birds along the shore at Fort Desoto Park.

Weird sea slugs that were on the sand at low tide. The muck was full of these.

The tide would be coming in soon to wash this guy back into the water.

A very large raft of ducks far out in the water near the Sunshine Skyway bridge. I think these were mostly ring neck ducks.

Scenes from the beach.

In early January I was walking the trails and noticed an owl sitting in an old osprey nest.

Not a bad way to be stuck in traffic. On my way home I got stuck on the bridge for a few minutes while the bridge was up waiting for some tall boats to pass underneath.

SkyWatch Friday

Early April at Fort Desoto

Pretty flowers on the trail to the beach.

A few of the usual birds on the beach.

I looked back as I was leaving the parking lot and saw the cardinal checking himself out on my side mirror.

A northern parula was the only bird in the woods in early April.

An osprey checking me out.

A pelican flying by and a common bird soaring over the beach in the summer, a frigatebird.

The storm clouds were moving in at Fort Desoto.

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Broken shells and shorebirds

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Sanibel Island has a reputation for having a lot of shells on the beach. People come to visit to go shell hunting. We must have been there during a down time because all of the beach looked like the above. Mostly small broken shells. I guess all of the good ones get taken during the summer or you have to be there very early in the morning right after a storm. I did  manage to find a few small ones though.  The sanderlings and black bellied plovers spent a lot of time digging through the shells for tiny critters to eat.

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The willet wants to know who left their shoes on the beach. I told him they weren’t mine. I don’t think he believed me.

All of the above were taken from my beach chair.

End of summer at Fort Desoto??

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A sanderling in the sea grass at low tide.

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Black bellied plovers at different stages of molting. The one in the top picture has more black feathers and is still in his summer colors. The bottom one has lost most of his black feathers.  He’ll be mostly white through the winter. The middle one was chewing on something yummy.

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The ruddy turnstone also had something yummy to eat. The ruddy in the bottom picture still has his summer feathers.

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It was strange seeing the osprey in the water with the laughing gulls. I caught him as he was finishing taking a bath. After a few minutes he took off.

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A dowitcher walking the shore line.

Birds on the beach and fishing pier at Fort Desoto in late September.

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