Tuesday, Mar 4th - It looks as though the Swallow-tailed Kites have returned to nest at Sawgrass Lake Park. Well, at least, if Sue Tavagliones photo of a pair there today, below right, is any indication. The best time to look for them is mid-morning.
Tom Mast reported that there were a few ducks still remaining at the William E. Dunn WRF in Palm Harbor. Today he noted Redheads, Lesser Scaup, Northern Shoveler, 14 Ruddy Ducks and 8 Buffleheads - two of which he photo'd together, below left.
A female Black Scoter was seen by the Bunces Pass Bridge this morning (Eric Plage) and the juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker was seen by several observers still hanging out in the area described in yesterday's report.
Still no recent reports of the Nashville Warbler at Possum Branch Preserve, but Danny Sauvageau had an Orange-crownedWarbler there this morning.
Wednesday, Mar 5th - The cooperative Red-headed Woodpecker was again found on the palm tree at the previously described location on Tierra Verde. Kind of makes us wonder if it was there all winter. Theron Wierenga photographed it today, below left.
The pair of Swallow-tailed Kites were seen at Sawgrass Lake Park (Eric Plage) in the early AM and the Glossy Ibis was still present at Roosevelt Wetlands (Jeff Miller) and photographed by Sue Tavaglione, below right.
A front is coming through tonight with a 70% chance of rain expected tomorrow. Maybe the Bar-tailed Godwit is still around and will show up at Fred Howard Park because of the NW winds... That's a hint in case someone is looking for something to do.
Thursday, Mar 6th - Winds and rain kept birders in this morning, but by mid-afternoon the skies cleared a bit and a few things were reported.
At Fort De Soto Park a flock of 65 Tree Swallows swirled by the base of the Gulf Pier (Eric Plage) and 108 MarbledGodwits were counted at the north end (R.Smith and E.Plage). The Long-billed Cur- lew was present, too.
The Red-headed Woodpecker was again seen this morning at Tierra Verde on the tall palm at the corner of 13th Street and the Bayway.
Danny Sauvageau added a new yard bird - the White-winged Dove at right. Austin Smith noted a Swallow-tailed Kite over his yard in northeast St. Pete at 2:45 PM.
Friday, Mar 7th - The juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker made it eight days in a row with several observers noting they had seen it at the same location it was originally found at Tierra Verde. Check the tall palm at the corner of the Pinellas Bayway and 13th Street across from the fire station.
John & Ivy Gibbons saw both a Swallow-tailed Kite and a Short-tailed Hawk at Sawgrass Lake Park. JoAnna Clayton had a pair of kites pass over her house today and she photographed one of them below left. Another Swallow-tailed Kite was seen by Eric Plage flying over Gandy Blvd at 16th Street.
Far north, at Fred Howard Park, Tom Mast checked for the Bar-tailed Godwit in the morning, but came up empty. He had 14 Marbled Godwits, but no Bar-tailed.
Danny Sauvageau found a foraging male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at the north end of Fort De Soto Park (his photo at right). Also at the park a few Barn Swallows were seen by both Sue Tavaglione & Jeff Miller. Northern Gannets were blow close to shore due to today's strong NW winds and several came very close to the Gulf Pier. Sue Tavaglione photographed an adult, below right.
Late this afternoon Mark Burns found a CaveSwallow flying around the Northeast (62nd Av NE) Sewage Treatment Facility in northeast St. Pete. Got give credit to that Al B. Tross dude. He listed it on page one this morning as being one of the rare species to look for this month. Maybe it'll hang around a few days.