Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Carolina Chickadees - Pinellas County

Carolina Chickadees - Pinellas County
Monday, August 30th

As it was nearing the end of the month and my list of warblers was very modest, I elected to chase the migrants being reported up in Pinellas County (St Petersburg) area. A weather 'low' had grounded migrants  for several days and reports of some really good vireo and warblers lists, for this time of year, were turning up on the birding message boards.  On the down side was the fact that I could not get up there till yesterday, a day or to late, as the weather had cleared up.

I first checked the Tierra Verde neighborhood as I was nearing the Ft DeSoto County Park. The most interesting birds here was a trio of Nanday Parakeets busy preening each other. Also seen were several Wood Storks, A lone Roseate Spoonbill, several White Ibis, Brown Pelicans, Laughing Gulls and Double-crested Cormorants. The usual wire birds were on hand Mourning Doves, Fish Crows, Rock Pigeons, Grackles and a lone Brown-headed Cowbird. On the Tierre Verde ponds only a couple of Pied-billed Grebes.

White Ibis at Ft DeSoto

Lots of spider webs but few birds
Ft DeSoto County Park - I was too late for the warblers. Could not find a single one. Just a lone Eastern Wood-Pewee, several Northern Cardinals, a single Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher.  There were several  Osprey, a few White Ibis, and Mourning Doves. The beaches had a few Black-bellied Plovers, Wilson's Plovers, Semipalmated Plovers and a Piping Plover. Lots of Laughing Gulls, Brown Pelicans, Double-crested Cormorants, Black Skimmers, Willets, Sanderlings, Ruddy Turnstones and Short-billed Dowitchers were also present. I was looking for the hundreds of Red knots reported but did not spot any. Same with the common terns. Did find Royal, Least, Sandwich and Forster's Terns. Was also hoping for Caspian terns and the long-billed curlew, but missed them too.  Ran out of time here as I had a lunch appointment with my daughter, who had recently moved to the bay area.

Blue Jay
Gray Squirrel

Boardwalk at John Chestnut
John H Chestnut County Park - Continued birding in Pinellas County following lunch. I checked out a new location for me called John Chestnut Park in Palm Harbor. The birding was much better but still lacked the many of the more interesting migrant warblers. Quickly found a mixed flock of warblers and vireos consisting of mostly local common warblers - Black-and-Whites, Northern Parulas, Yellow and Yellow-throated Warblers. Had also found a Red-eyed Vireo and several Yellow-throated Vireos. There were Moorhens and a Least Tern on the lake and Blue Jays and begging gray squirrels on the boardwalk. Seems to me that someone is feeding the animals here. On the boardwalk were more parula, Carolina Wren, several more cardinals, a pair of Red-Shouldered Hawks and Tufted Titmice.  Back out in the live oaks was a tree loaded with Carolina Chickadees, a first for the year for me, more yellow, parulas and yellow-throated warblers and more titmice.  Here popped up a Pileated Woodpecker, plus a Red-bellied and a Downy Woodpeckers.
Northern Cardinal
Northern Cardinal

On the way out of the park I was surprised to find a couple of pair of white-tailed deer. This ended a good birding visit here. Absent for the day were swallows. Only say a couple of Barn Swallows at Chestnut for the whole day.

White-tailed Deer in the park

Small buck in velvet

Florida White-tailed Deer
My List for today (49)

Pied-billed Grebe, Brown Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Roseate Spoonbill, Wood Stork, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, White Ibis, Osprey, Red-shouldered Hawk, Common Moorhen, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Piping Plover, Killdeer, Willet, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, Short-billed Dowitcher, Laughing Gull, Least Tern, Royal Tern, Sandwich Tern, Black Skimmer, Mourning Dove, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Eastern Kingbird, Gray Kingbird, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Yellow-throated Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Barn Swallow, Fish Crow, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Carolina Wren, Northern Parula, Yellow Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Northern Cardinal, European Starling, Common Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird

My August List - (128)

  1. Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
  2. Muscovy Duck
  3. Mottled Duck
  4. Wild Turkey
  5. Northern Bobwhite
  6. Pied-billed Grebe
  7. Brown Pelican
  8. Double-crested Cormorant
  9. Anhinga
  10. Magnificent Frigatebird
  11. Great Blue Heron
  12. Great Egret
  13. Snowy Egret
  14. Little Blue Heron
  15. Tricolored Heron
  16. Reddish Egret
  17. Cattle Egret
  18. Green Heron
  19. Black-crowned Night-Heron
  20. Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
  21. White Ibis
  22. Glossy Ibis
  23. Roseate Spoonbill
  24. Wood Stork
  25. Black Vulture
  26. Turkey Vulture
  27. Osprey
  28. Swallow-tailed Kite
  29. Snail Kite
  30. Bald Eagle
  31. Cooper's Hawk
  32. Red-shouldered Hawk
  33. Red-tailed Hawk
  34. Crested Caracara
  35. King Rail
  36. Common Moorhen
  37. Limpkin
  38. Sandhill Crane
  39. Black-bellied Plover
  40. Snowy Plover
  41. Wilson's Plover
  42. Semipalmated Plover
  43. Piping Plover
  44. Killdeer
  45. American Oystercatcher
  46. Black-necked Stilt
  47. American Avocet
  48. Spotted Sandpiper
  49. Solitary Sandpiper
  50. Greater Yellowlegs
  51. Willet
  52. Lesser Yellowlegs
  53. Upland Sandpiper
  54. Marbled Godwit
  55. Ruddy Turnstone
  56. Sanderling
  57. Western Sandpiper
  58. Least Sandpiper
  59. Pectoral Sandpiper
  60. Short-billed Dowitcher
  61. Long-billed Dowitcher
  62. Laughing Gull
  63. Least Tern
  64. Gull-billed Tern
  65. Black Tern
  66. Forster's Tern
  67. Royal Tern
  68. Sandwich Tern
  69. Black Skimmer
  70. Rock Pigeon
  71. Eurasian Collared-Dove
  72. White-winged Dove
  73. Mourning Dove
  74. Common Ground-Dove
  75. Monk Parakeet
  76. Nanday Parakeet
  77. Burrowing Owl
  78. Barred Owl
  79. Common Nighthawk
  80. Chimney Swift
  81. Belted Kingfisher
  82. Red-headed Woodpecker
  83. Red-bellied Woodpecker
  84. Downy Woodpecker
  85. Hairy Woodpecker
  86. Red-cockaded Woodpecker
  87. Northern Flicker
  88. Pileated Woodpecker
  89. Eastern Wood-Pewee
  90. Great Crested Flycatcher
  91. Eastern Kingbird
  92. Gray Kingbird
  93. Loggerhead Shrike
  94. White-eyed Vireo
  95. Yellow-throated Vireo
  96. Red-eyed Vireo
  97. Blue Jay
  98. Florida Scrub-Jay
  99. American Crow
  100. Fish Crow
  101. Purple Martin
  102. Bank Swallow
  103. Barn Swallow
  104. Carolina Chickadee
  105. Tufted Titmouse
  106. Brown-headed Nuthatch
  107. Carolina Wren
  108. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  109. Eastern Bluebird
  110. Northern Mockingbird
  111. European Starling
  112. Northern Parula
  113. Yellow Warbler
  114. Yellow-throated Warbler
  115. Pine Warbler
  116. Black-and-white Warbler
  117. American Redstart
  118. Prothonotary Warbler
  119. Eastern Towhee
  120. Bachman's Sparrow
  121. Northern Cardinal
  122. Red-winged Blackbird
  123. Eastern Meadowlark
  124. Common Grackle
  125. Boat-tailed Grackle
  126. Brown-headed Cowbird
  127. Orchard Oriole
  128. House Sparrow
  129. Scarlet Ibis x White Ibis hybrid









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