Friday, Dec 6th - The most interesting report seen today was of a well-described Sooty Shearwater seen off the Gulf Pier at Fort De Soto Park by Lee Rogers. We're sure it'll be looked for tomorrow.
Still sticking around the County Dump Lake are our three amigos, the three Black-necked Stilts that are insisting with being counted next week on the St. Pete Christmas Bird Count.
Gail Deterra, Dave Gagne and Steve Mann were at south Anclote Key this morning and again saw and photographed the Bar-tailed Godwit.
Just south of there, at Honeymoon Island State Park, Danny Sauvagau photographed a pair of Whimbrel, below left. He also enjoyed a Northern Gannet just offshore, 15 Piping Plovers, 16 Wilson's Plovers and a lonely Snowy Plover.
At left is an example of "if you build it they will come." St. Petersburg's JoAnna Clayton has quite a few bird feeders in her yard and today she had as many as five American Goldfinches in attendance. Look closely at her photo below and you'll see one atop the feeder and another at the bottom right.
Saturday, Dec 7th - Twenty-four participants were along on the monthly bird walk at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve and close to 40 species were seen in just over two hours. Highlights included a Merlin (photo at right by Randy Harrod & photo at the bottom of this report by Al Wallace), a cooperative Hermit Thrush (photo below by Sue Tavaglione), a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and a Song Sparrow, a species Smith is hoping will stick around for next weekend's Christmas Bird Count.
Dave Gagne, Ed Kwater and Pam Graber found a Greater Scaup along the south side of the Dunedin Causeway just before the draw bridge. They also noted 17 Bufflehead along the causeway.
Melissa Vetricek had a nice time at John Chesnut Park scoring with many of the wintering passerines you'd expect in Pinellas in December. She sent a boat load of great photos, but for today her Blue-headed Vireo (below right) is on display.
This coming week's Recent Photos page is sure to be one of the best yet.