TAS Trip to Ft DeSoto, 4/18-4/20

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Posted by Brian Rapoza on 21:16:55 04/21/08

Fifteen birders joined Paul Bithorn and me for Tropical Audubon's annual spring migration weekend at Ft DeSoto County Park in Pinellas County. Locations we birded on Friday included Government Road and CR 846, the White's feeders in Alva, a nearby side road where we found a Red-headed Woodpecker, Babcock-Webb Wildlife Management Area, Oscar Scherer State Park and Ft DeSoto. We spent all of Saturday and part of Sunday morning at Ft DeSoto. Our final stop on Sunday was at the Celery Fields in Sarasota.

Though we saw a respectable number of migrants and other species, both species diversity and the number of individuals seen were down considerably compared with last year's remarkable trip. At Babcock-Webb, we failed to find Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Brown-headed Cowbird and Bachman's Sparrow; all three were found easily last year. We tallied only 12 warbler species on this year's trip, compared with 26 last year; our most inconceivable miss was Common Yellowthroat! On the other hand, we had crippling looks at King Rails this year at the Celery Fields; last year they were heard only.

Here's the trip list:

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
Wood Duck
Mottled Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Lesser Scaup
Red-brested Merganser
Wild Turkey
Pied-billed Grebe
American White Pelican
Brown Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
Magnificent Frigatebird
Least Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Reddish Egret
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
White Ibis
Glossy Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill
Wood Stork
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Swallow-tailed Kite
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Crested Caracara
American Kestral
Peregrine Falcon
King Rail
Common Moorhen
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
Black-bellied Plover
Wilson's Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Piping Plover
American Oystercatcher
Black-necked Stilt
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Spotted Sandpiper
Marbled Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Stilt Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Royal Tern
Sandwich Tern
Forster's Tern
Least Tern
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Common Ground-Dove
Black-hooded Parakeet
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Great Horned Owl
Common Nighthawk
Chimney Swift
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Great Crested Flycatcher
Eastern Kingbird
Loggerhead Shrike
White-eyed Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Black-whiskered Vireo
Blue Jay
Florida Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Wren
Eastern Bluebird
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Northern Parula
Cape May Warbler
Pine Warbler
Prairie Warbler
Palm Warbler
Blackpoll Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Prothonotary Warbler
Northern Waterthrush
Hooded Warbler
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Spotted Towhee
Savannah Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Painted Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Boat-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
House Sparrow

During a post-trip stop at the home of President Joe and First Lady Helen Barros (where we enjoyed a celebratory Red Stripe), we added Eastern Screech-Owl and Black-throated Blue Warbler to our trip lists. Yes Paul, life is good . . .

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