I went looking for the bird in the first photo. If I know anything about birders, I know we often go to great lengths to find Lifers and/or specific birds. This is that kind of story. I spent hours traveling to the place I expected to find the bird, walked about a quarter of a mile on uneven terrain, then stood in the driveway of Mosquito Control, not far from the Pinellas County Dump. I peered through a six foot chain link fence at a large retention pond. It was late afternoon, and I was standing when and where I had heard was the best spot to find these birds which do not ordinarily breed in Florida. Three have made this spot their home for a few years and have bred there. They are often interspersed among Yellowlegs, I was told. I was very anxious to see the birds I was searching for. The results of my birding expedition are shown in the second photo.
Welcome to Florida BirdwatchersWelcome! This site has been created for those who enjoy birding in Florida, a state that affords year-round accessibility to all kinds of birds, including some that are rare visitors. It is our hope that we can build a nest here...a place where we can share our comments as well as our photos. Now and then, FLB fly to other areas and we like to share those trips, knowing our members always migrate back to Florida. (The above was written by JoSanz, a co-author and active member of this blog, who passed in Feb. 2013. The blog is dedicated to her memory.)
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