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Checklist S44612145

 
Location
Fort De Soto Park, Pinellas County, Florida, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:20 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
6 hour(s)
Distance:
5.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Ron Smith
Comments:
Got to the park just after 10 and waited for the arrival of a major Gulf (cold front) storm expected to arrive in the afternoon. Prior to the rain I found a few gannets flying just past the tip of the Gulf Pier and a Black-necked Stilt was by itself along the beach north of the Gulf Pier. The rain started just past 1. It slowed a little by 3:30 and that is when I arrived at the East Beach Turnaround finding some pretty neat shorebirds. + Passerines started arriving approx 5:30, but I had left by then.
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Species
42 species total
4
Red-breasted Merganser

© Ron Smith

2
Common Ground-Dove
1
Mourning Dove
1
Black-necked Stilt

© Ron Smith

X
Black-bellied Plover
X
Semipalmated Plover
17
Upland Sandpiper

© Ron Smith

© Ron Smith

X
Ruddy Turnstone
6
Stilt Sandpiper

These birds were mixed in with the yellowlegs. All were in the "pool" of high tide and rain water along the East Beach approach's south side. Tallish shorebird with long, yellow-green legs and a long down-curved bill. At least one I noticed was in full breeding plumage sporting a chestnut-colored cheek.

X
Sanderling
X
Dunlin
X
Least Sandpiper
1
Buff-breasted Sandpiper

By itself next to the road where it turns slightly right to circle around the center grassy area of the Turnaround. It had a dark eye on a buffy golden face and chest area. It stood tall, posed like a plover The bill was all black. I don't recall seeing its leg color. When I pulled off the road I then noticed all the Upland's and unfortunately didn't get back to this bird in time for a photo. It was not seen again.

X
Short-billed Dowitcher
13
Solitary Sandpiper

Not really an unusual number for this site considering today's weather conditions.

© Ron Smith

© Ron Smith

11
Greater Yellowlegs
X
Willet
X
Laughing Gull
1
Ring-billed Gull

Ad

2
Herring Gull

Both Imm

1
Lesser Black-backed Gull

Ad

1
Least Tern
X
Forster's Tern
X
Royal Tern
X
Sandwich Tern
X
Black Skimmer
8
Northern Gannet

Seen from off the end of the Gulf Pier. Pix of one close

© Ron Smith

X
Double-crested Cormorant
X
Brown Pelican
1
Great Blue Heron
1
Great Egret
6
White Ibis
4
Osprey
1
Bald Eagle
X
Fish Crow
2
Barn Swallow
1
Gray Catbird
3
Northern Mockingbird
X
European Starling
X
Common Grackle
1
Palm Warbler
4
Northern Cardinal
 

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