This morning I picked up Bill Kaempfer, my Colorado birding buddy, in Safety Harbor for a day of birding. We began at Honeymoon Island where we studied shorebirds. No new year shorebirds among the 11 species we looked at, but we did see a juvenile plumaged Gannet.
The main target for the day was Budgerigars in Hernando Beach. We found them after about ten minutes, but that hardly tells the story. The wind was fierce and no birds were on the wires. Fortunately, Bill noticed five budgies feeding in a push and Bingo!!
We also found several warbler species, Eastern Bluebirds and some Blue-gray Gnatcatchers. All in all a very successful day, the end result of which is that there’s no need for me to return to the Gulf Coast of Florida, except to chase a rarity! Tomorrow it’s back to the Everglades.