Lorraine and I did a mid season survey of the colonial ( wading bird )
nesting colony on Coffee Pot Bayou Bird Nesting Island in St. Petersburg this
morning. This nesting colony is significant for several reasons, first off being
as it's smack in the midst of a city of over 225,00 people. Secondly, it's
home to very significant numbers of Roseate Spoonbills and Reddish Egrets. It
appears that this year we will add our first endangered species to the 13
species that already nest at Coffee Pot as Lorraine and I witnessed a pair of Wood
Storks building a nest on the southwestern end of the Island on one of the
higher Mangroves. This is very significant in that Wood Storks typically nest
in a freshwater environment or at worst case a brackish estuarine Island but
Coffee Pot is for all intents and purposes a salt water Mangrove Island. Also
of note was 6 Cattle Egret nests including one with a pair of tiny fuzzy
chicks. We also had 13 Reddish Egret Branchlings including ( to our knowledge )
the first white morph chick being fed by a dark morph parent. Coffee Pot is a
great place to see the interaction and feeding behaviour of wading birds at
all levels of development because of it's close proximity to downtown St.
Petersburg. You can rent an electric boat at The Electric Marina near the
dolphin parking lot on the St. Pete pier, or you can buy a ticket on the Dolphin
Queen which gives a great perspective, especially of the birds nesting at the
higher levels. They tour Coffee Pot several times per day.
Don Margeson, VP of sales
Donlo Communications, Inc.
439 Tennessee Ave. NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33702
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