Sep 14th - A few good birds were reported around the county today. The Old Keystone Road retention pond continues to produce, it's just that you never know what it will be like from one day to the next. On Friday there were four Wilson's Snipe and a Solitary, on Saturday only a Spotted and a Least Sandpiper, but then today Tom Mast found another Wilson's Snipe and a Stilt Sandpiper - shown below left. Also within the northern half of the county Tim Kalbach reported a Swainson's Warbler found along the Osprey Trail at Honeymoon Island State Park. His second in two days there. He said, too, that the Budgerigar mentioned on the front page of this site was seen again there today!
JoAnna Clayton, Marie Hughes and Sue Tavaglione stopped by the Pinellas side of the Skyway Bridge and located a Whimbrel. They had just returned from seeing the Red-necked Phalarope at Siesta Key in Sarasota County, a bird first found there on the 10th. From there they drove to Sawgrass Lake Park where Mark Burns had just reported an interesting warbler - a hybrid Brewster's Warbler, which is a mixture of a Golden-winged and Blue-winged. See Sue's photo of this sulking bird below right.
Sep 15th - Okay, who opened the cage and let 'em out? We do a story on Budgerigars and the next thing you know they're everywhere! Today, Sue Tess reported two in her mid-Pinellas yard and she was even able to photograph both of them. One is shown, below left. Pretty interesting, we'd say...
Birds were still flitting around Sawgrass Lake Park with a few Blackburnians, a Blue-winged and a Chestnut-sided reported. Below right is a photo of one of those Blackburnians (courtesy Sue Tavaglione).
A slight cold front is expected to drop down into central Florida on Wednesday bringing some rain. It's suppose to sneak below us and then come back north bringing some more rain. Perhaps this weak front will bring us even more migrants.
Sep 16th - Not a whole lot to report today. Sawgrass Park still produced a few warblers, ten species in fact, but it was more of the same; Chestnut-sided, Blackburnian, Yellow, etc.. At left is a female/imm. male-type American Redstart - photo taken today at Sawgrass by Sue Tavaglione.
Tom Mast reported a couple of Solitary Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers and a Spotted Sandpiper at the Old Keystone Road retention pond.
Colin Gjervold visited Philippe Park and heard a calling Acadian Flycatcher and had to leave a second, silent empidonax as just that, an unidentified-to-species empidonax flycatcher.
Rex Rowan of Alachua County sent along the below link of migrating Common Nighthawks flying over the Keys HawkWatch recently. Past the link to your browser.