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Florida Work Trip

Updated: Oct 1, 2020

Work brought me to the Florida gulf coast for a couple of days. In my off hours and the weekend that followed, I managed to see my family as well as go on a birding adventure from Tampa down to the everglades (just barely). I saw a bunch of birds (109 species, including 5 life birds and 32 species I hadn’t seen in FL before), and as always, many provided pretty spectacular up-close looks.

Here are some highlights (loosely chronological):

  • Lots of loud Limpkins (lifer) at Lettuce Lake park and elsewhere (plus one of my all-time favorite photographs of an American Alligator);

  • An epic procession of over 400 Magnificent Frigatebirds over Fort De Soto;

  • A road trip to marshland habitats at Celery Fields and Harns Marsh, the latter hosting at least 10 Sandhill Cranes, many Glossy Ibis, a Purple Gallinule, and other great birds;

  • A 5-plover morning (Black-bellied, Snowy (lifer), Wilson’s, Semipalmated, and Piping) at Honeymoon Island;

  • Roseate Spoonbills, Wood Storks, Reddish Egrets, and other awesome waders basically everywhere;

  • Lots of ducks, especially farther south, that were tantalizingly close to pure Mottled Ducks (a would-be life bird) but all of which appeared to have at least some trace of Mallard parentage; and

  • Surprisingly good variety of migrant warblers (12 species over the weekend).


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