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At the beach

The black bellied plovers are really pretty in the summer. And so are the ruddy turnstones. The sanderlings are also sporting their summer colors. Grumpy snowy egret. Sleepy cormorant. At the fishing pier at Fort Desoto.  

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Broken shells and shorebirds

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. … Continue reading

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End of summer at Fort Desoto??

A sanderling in the sea grass at low tide. 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 … Continue reading

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Shorebirds trying to sleep

I made a quick trip to Fort Desoto one night after work. I got there right before dark and the shorebirds were already trying to sleep. The sun was going down and they were settling in for the night. The … Continue reading

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Same ole birds at Fort Desoto

Wilson’s plover Sanderling Oystercatcher couple Bye, bye Grumpy snowy egret on a pile of seaweed. Great egret goes cruising by. “Hey, bring back that crab.” “Things are looking up.” “Sushi for lunch.” Loggerhead shrike on a wire. Working on my … Continue reading

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Teeny tiny birds on the beach

Look at all that jewelry the piping plover has on. They are so tiny. This one only has one anklet on. He looks sleepy. It was early in the morning. This one has no jewelry on. This one is a … Continue reading

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A big gull and some beach birds

At first I thought this was a ring billed gull but they have yellow legs so I’m thinking this is a herring gull. We don’t see these often here.  This one was all alone with a bunch of laughing gulls. He … Continue reading

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Beach birds before Labor Day weekend

This is either a common tern or a forster tern. I’m leaning toward common. We don’t see these very often here. Juvenile night heron stalking the north beach marsh. These two juvenile black skimmers were very exciting to see. We … Continue reading

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Shorebirds on Gandy beach

Skimmers flying by with a few royal terns mixed in. Sanderling in breeding colors. Short-billed dowitcher. Very young laughing gull. Short-billed dowitchers with a willet on left. I think this is a female grackle. It was still wet from the rain. Yes, … Continue reading

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