Is this a caspian tern or common tern? They both look alike. Anyway, it's fairly rare to see one here. Too many laughing gulls around.
Black vulture posing on snag.
This looks like a pine warbler. It was the closest thing in my Audubon guide.
Woodpecker hanging upside down.
I think this is a juvenile ring-billed gull (adult below). There were a handful of ring billed gulls hanging around on the beach. This one was eating the insides of the conch.
Adult ring billed gull. I like the way their feet matches their beak.
Kiteboarder at Honeymoon Island. Looking down to Clearwater beach.
Two weekends ago it was very windy. I decided to hit the nature trail at Honeymoon Island to see what was going on with the eagles there. I had heard they had 2 baby chicks but they were still too small to show their heads. It didn't feel windy on the inside wooded trail but I decided to head north along the mangrove trail to the north end beach. The wind was blasting. There were only a few gulls hanging around, no other shorebirds. There wasn't a large variety of birds on the trail. I think the weather had blown them away. There are tons of osprey, more on those later. I decided to hit the beach before I headed home but when I got there it was just too windy (and I was hungry) so I didn't stay long. The rocky beach section was full of live conchs. The gulls were feeding off of them and a few shell seekers were looking around. A few kiteboarders were out and they were moving fast across the water.
When I got home my husband said "Weren't you cold?" I said "No, wimp."