Space limitations prevent us from posting ALL the photos we receive each week. We try to mix 'em up a bit and add those in which commentary can be added. We hope ya'll understand and if you don't, oh well. If you have a gripe then you'll have to deal with the lovely Anne Hinga (and she is lovely) as she handles the complaint department as well as anybody ever has - (she won't return your e-mails...). Enjoy.
ABOVE - This Red-tailed Hawk is looking down at something. Perhaps, it is looking down at all the great photos in this week's line-up (Sue Tavaglione).
BELOW - An effort is needed to get out to the south tip of Anclote Key to see one of the rarest birds currently being seen in Florida, a Bar-tailed Godwit. According to Gail Deterra its main food source seems to be tubeworms, which are in good supply at the south end. If you look closely in the photo below not only can you see it pulling on a tubeworm, but you can also see the striping, or barring, along its tail. (Photo- Steve Mann).
ABOVE- It's been so warm lately that plenty of moths are still out and flying, making life a bit easier for this wintering Black-and-white Warbler (Photo- Melissa James).
BELOW- During this past weekend's bird walk at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve a male CommonYellowthroat posed for all to see along Lake Maggiore's south shore (Photo- Sue Tavaglione).
ABOVE - There seems to be a good-number of Horned Grebes wintering in Pinellas this season. This pair was photographed from off the Fred Howard Causeway (Photo- Tom Mast).
BELOW - Without any sustaining west winds local birders are not reporting very many Northern Gannets yet this winter, but here's one! (Photo- Danny Suavageau).
ABOVE - Ducks have been scarce this winter at the Tierra Verde duck ponds. This is probably due to a pair of Bald Eagles patrolling the area. However, with some searching, you can usually find at least one American Wigeon present (Photo- Randy Harrod).
BELOW - We said this last year, or was it the year before, there has never been a more photographed Long-billed Curlew than the one that spends time at the north end of Fort De Soto Park's North Beach (Photo- Danny Sauvageau).
ABOVE - Not often does a Blue Jay grace the pages of PinellasBirds.com. In fact, this might just be a first! But then, how often have you seen one eat a lizard? (Sue Tavglione).
BELOW - Yellow-crowned Night-Herons love crabs! (Photo- Tom Mast).
This week's photo from out-of-town was sent in by Al Wallace, who just returned from Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Each November the refuge hosts the Festival of the Cranes. A few Snow Geese also show up, below.