Shorebird Class

2018 Shorebird Classes

Shorebird classes have completed for 2018 - check back next season for dates/times.

So many LBSB...

Little Brown Shore Birds, that is. Finding it difficult to tell them apart? SPAS can help. In these toes-in-the-sand classes, shorebird specialists John and Nancy Ogden will teach you how to identify the birds wintering on Pinellas beaches. Whether you're a new birder or a seasoned expert, these classes will help you tell the peeps from the plovers.

Download a Winter Shorebird ID Cheat Sheet at the bottom of this page.

January 2018 Class Update:

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On a chilly cloudy morning, thirteen enthusiastic participants trudged on Ft. Desoto's North and East shorelines to learn how to identify wintering shorebirds. Their sightings included:

  • Reddish Egret
  • Osprey carrying a huge branch for nesting material.
  • 14 Red Knots
  • Black Vulture
  • Laughing Gull dropping a Bi-valve to open shell
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Wilson Plover
  • Black-bellied Plover
  • Piping Plover
  • Semipalmated Plover
  • Snowy Egret
  • Horned Grebe
  • American White Pelican
  • Brown Pelican
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Mourning Dove
  • American Oystercatcher

  • Herring Gull
  • Sanderling
  • Ruddy Turnstone
  • Common Loon
  • Red-breasted Merganers
  • Short-billed Dowitcher
  • Royal Tern
  • Palm Warbler

Many remarked that they thought Ft. De Soto was beautiful place to bird and would return for the Feb. 10 class.

Thank you Nancy, John, Dave and Kim for sharing your shorebird expertise!

Winter Shorebird Cheat Sheet

Winter Shorebird Cheat Sheet(2) 1-15.pdf