Posted by: NatureIsAwesome | November 13, 2009 @ 8:01 am

A Winter Spell

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  1. Had our first of season Am. goldfinch this morning. Heard there distinctcall and knew. Took a while to get a photo. Attached. Had a few busy day. Could have used you all to see what was around. Had a lot of Yellow Rumped,Ruby Crowned Kinglet and Gnatcatchers. Had 32 species total for day. A lotof American Robins also.
    Hope you all are finding a lot of bird also. Have a good birdy day.

    Leann Streeper

  2. Hi All,

    Jim Wells, Ron Smith and I watched the gulf this morning and had small numbers off migrants. The weather was NOT as predicted, as the winds were not as strong out of the north as was hoped for but the highlight of the 3 hours of birding here today were 2 BLACK SCOTERS moving south!!! These birds were flying by the last bath house and appeared to go in between Honeymoon and Caladesi Islands through Hurricane Pass, we did not see the birds from the Dunedin Causeway however later in the AM. Other birds detected:

    Blue-winged Teal 2
    Green-winged Teal 1
    Ring-necked Duck 3
    Common Loon 5
    Horned Grebe 1
    Northern Gannet 4
    Northern Harrier 1
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
    CEDAR WAXWING 12 (FOS) in picnic area parking lot
    American Robin 1

    Spent most of this time looking over the gulf today and we did not bird any other areas here in the park other than of the beach and in the picnic area.

    Good Birding!!!

    Dave Gagne

  3. I had a good morning at Fort Desoto. I saw the Broadwing Hawk, many Kestrals, a contrasting pair of Reddish Egrets (red with a white morph) as well as Palm, Pine, Yellow-throated, Black & White, Yellow-rumped Warblers and Ruby-crowned Kinglets in the Australian Pines on North Beach. Also on North Beach about half way to the north end I saw the two American Avocets (a lifer for me!).

    on the beach, even
    American Avocet
    females have more curves


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