Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Red-necked Phalarope

Tuesday, September16th
A young Red-necked Phalarope on Siesta Key

Snowy Plover

Recently, a young Red-necked Phalarope had spent several days feeding in a tidal pool on a Siesta Key beach near Sarasota.  I couldn't get there for several days following its discovery and was not hopeful that it would still be on-hand.  Well It was gratifying to be able to find he was still here. This tidal pool was very active with scores of Willets, Black Skimmers, Laughing Gulls, Royal Terns, Sandwich Terns, Red Knots, Semipalmated Plovers, Snowy Plovers, Black-bellied Plovers, Semipalmated sandpipers,  Ruddy Turnstones, Great Blue Heron, Reddish Egret, Snowy Egrets, Rosette Spoonbill, and both Lesser and Greater Yellow-legs.

 Additionally White-rumped Sandpiper has been reported here and I really though I had scored with a Baird's Sandpiper. These are not commonly seen in Florida. Was disappointed to learn that it was only a juvy Semipalmated Sandpiper.

Tried to claim this was a baird's sandpiper, but am told its just a juvenile semipalmated sandpiper. Very disappointing

Greater Yellow-legs

Rosette Spoonbill

Black-bellied Plover

Red Knot

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