Birding Florida with Bill Kaempfer

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!!

Prairie Warbler (Photo by John Vanderpoel)

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.

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3 Responses to Birding Florida with Bill Kaempfer

  1. Tom Wilberding says:

    Congrats, John, you are really rocking in Florida! As far as I can tell, you didn’t miss anything. 429 looks great to me.
    Greetings to Linda, and hope she enjoyed the Sunshine State.

  2. Nice report. Sounds like a great day! Good luck in the Everglades. I was there in January and oh my, great birding.

  3. John Vanderpoel says:


    Great to hear that your avidly birding! Glad to have you along

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