Pinellas Outdoors by Ron Smith

Ron Smith

April Bird Sightings

By Ron Smith 

A fairly good day today at the park following yesterday's rainy frontal system that moved through Pinellas County. There were not lots of birds, but a decent variety and several first-of-the-years for the many birders on hand.

Warblers reported (by highest #) included Palm, Black-and-white, Hooded, Worm-eating, Northern Parula, Yellow-rumped, Pine, Tennessee, Prothonotary, Yellow-throated, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush and Swainson's.  Also in the park were a half dozen Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Scarlet and Summer Tanager, a few Indigo Buntings, several Blue Grosbeak, as many as 10 Orchard Orioles, a couple of both Swainson's and Wood Thrushes, many White-eyed Vireos and fewer Red-eyed, several Yellow-throated Vireos, a couple of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and Barn Swallows, a Gray Kingbird and several Merlin.

Birds were seen at both ends of the park - at the East Beach Picnic Area, around the Mulberry Trees Area and up at the North Oak Grove and the Arrowhead Picnic Area. Not lots of birds, but there were enough to keep us busy.

To top the day off, local birder Wendy Meehan found an Upland Sandpiper in a small field at north St. Petersburg by the county dump. Usually, this species is a one day wonder, but in case you'd like to try for it tomorrow the directions are;  From the traffic light at 118th Av N and 43rd Street proceed north about 200 yards and pull of to the side of the road and look towards the fenced retention pond on your right (east). The bird stood atop a grassy berm by the retention pond.  The entire site is fenced, so you really can't get any closer than about 50 yards from the bird. And that's probably why it stuck around all afternoon.

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