RECENT SIGHTINGS
Former Pinellas County birder Brett Hoffman, now living in New York state wih his wife and kids, sent along a photo he took recently of a flock of Snow Buntings near his home in Big Flats.  If you look closely you may be able to pick out a Horned Lark or two.
SAT-SUN, Feb 28-Mar 1 - After a rainy day on Saturday when birding was limited, Sunday's best news was that the wintering Chestnut-sided Warbler at Fort De Soto Park's North Beach was still present, making it through the winter and into the spring season.  The "spring" birding season is March-May.  Sue Tavaglione found and photographed it at the park this morning - see her photo, below left.  Marie Hughes advised that thousands of American Robins were seen flying north over her yard late Sunday afternoon.  "Thousands upon thousands" she said.  In Clearwater, Paul Trunk saw for the first time all winter - though it's technically spring - American Goldfinches at this backyard feeder.  Meanwhile, Ryan Jacobs saw a House Finch at his backyard feeder in Clearwater for the very first time.  His photo of it, below right.