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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Shorebirds at Fort Desoto

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Dowitchers taking a nap.

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Wilson’s plover not much taller than the grass.

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The sandwich terns are back on the beach for a while.

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Juvenile sandwich tern.

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Semipalmated plover.

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Dowitcher cruising by.

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Gotta itch.

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He’s so cute!

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Laughing gull missing a foot.

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Willet trying to be cute.

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A very young black skimmer taking a nap.

Same ole thing on the beach in late August.

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Birds on the beach

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A palm warbler sitting on the beach.

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Semipalmated plover digging for crabs.

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Keeping an eye on me.

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Black bellied plover walking around in the dunes. His belly is only black during breeding season.

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Shorebirds along the edge of the lagoon. Mostly godwits with a few willits mixed in.

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“What are you hiding?” I said to the ibis.

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He had a crab in his beak but was reluctant to show me.

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“Sailing takes me away!”

A beautiful Sunday afternoon on the beach at Fort Desoto.

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