I just returned from taking a lunch break on my boat over to Disappearing Island in Ponce deLeon Inlet. Did a quick 45 minute census of the island.
Large numbers of shorebirds, gulls, terns pelicans and skimmers were present on the island. Most notable was a Lesser Golden-Plover with crossed mandibles. The upper mandible was long and crossed over to the left of the lower mandible that was also long and swung upward to the right of the upper mandible! Never seen that before.
Also of note was a Red-necked Phalarope.
Four Reddish Egrets, 3 dark morph and 1 white morph
Red-Necked Phalarope 1
Golden Plover 1
Wilson's Plover 26
Semipalmated Plover 50+
Piping Plover 2
Black-bellied Plover 45
Short-billed Dowitcher 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper 300+
Western Sandpiper 20
Least Sandpiper 30
White-rumped Sandpiper 4
Red Knot 22
Ruddy Turnstone 8
Royal Tern 200+
Sandwich Tern 25
Caspian Tern 8
Common Tern 100+
Forster's Tern 20
Black Tern 12
Black Skimmer 20
Note: The Marine Science Center also had 4 Sooty Terns brought in over the weekend, including one juvenile bird.
Marine Science Center
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