Friday, April 5, 2013

Spring Birding in Florida Again

It's been a relatively slow spring birding season (for me, anyway) in North Carolina this year partly due to the iffy weather and my birding partner being laid up after gall bladder surgery.  So what a joy to add some birds to my life list from a short Spring Break vacation to Florida's west coast.  It never ceases to amaze--as many times as I've been down there (I lived there for 25 years, for cryin' out loud), 
I always see something new.  

Surprise!  The one that almost got away--a Roseate Spoonbill flying over my in-laws neighborhood in Pasco County.
I had forgotten about this one until I uploaded the pictures from my camera.
Haven't seen one of these on the ground yet.

Common Moorhen
Yes, they're common, but I've never seen one before!  

American Coot
This was a total surprise that came from randomly snapping pictures of anything that looks like a bird.
Take pictures first, ask questions later--that's my motto.

Black Necked Stilt
I was hoping for one of these!

At long last--White Pelicans!
I knew I had seen these growing up in Florida, but didn't have any photographic proof--until now!
Thanks to the Sarasota Audubon guy at Celery Fields for telling me where to find these guys!

Ruddy Turnstone at Siesta Beach

Blue Winged Teals at Celery Fields

White Ibis in a tree at Ringling Museum.  Not a lifer, but an interesting shot!

Snowy Plover

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