Lifers in BOLD, Yearbirds in ITALIC

Fort De Soto Park Tour – Oklawaha Audubon Society

April 13, 2019

We started at 9:00 AM. On the drive in, we saw some Herring Gulls and Brown Pelicans flying by. We also saw a couple Magnificent Frigatebirds soaring and Ospreys nesting. We went to the North Beach, where most of our Birds were seen. There were 180 Red Knots along with some Forster’s Terns, Least Terns, Royal Terns, Caspian Terns, Sandwich Terns, Black Skimmers, Brown Pelicans, Laughing Gulls and Ring-billed Gulls. We also saw several Marbled Godwits, along with several Black-bellied Plovers, Sanderlings, Dunlins, a Western Sandpiper and a Ruddy Turnstone. In the woods next to the beach, we saw a flyover Northern Rough-winged Swallow and a Gray Catbird with a Northern Cardinal. We then headed to the Mulberry Trees, where birds were down due to strong winds. We managed to see some Palm Warblers, Common Grackles, Mourning Doves and Rock Pigeons. We went to the East Beach next, where we saw a nest of Nanday Parakeets, along with some European Starlings and Northern Mockingbirds. At the Turnaround, we saw another Black-bellied Plover and some Barn Swallows. To end the day we went to the historic fort, where we saw some Red-bellied Woodpeckers and the highlight of the day, a Gray Kingbird perched above the fort. Heading back we saw several Loggerhead Shrikes and 9 more Frigatebirds.

Total: 4 Lifers, 18 Yearbirds

.Here’s the full Species lists from the trip:

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