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FLORIDABIRDS-L  May 2007, Week 5

FLORIDABIRDS-L May 2007, Week 5

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Re: [FlaBirding] East winds finally pay off

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Wed, 30 May 2007 21:34:50 -0400

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Hi all,

I have been pretty busy with work lately, but I did manage to get
down to the south jetty at Fort Pierce Inlet after Andy called about
his success at Sebastian Inlet. I spent about two hours scouring the
sea and talking to curious by-standers. I did not see any storm-
petrels. I did see several terns and gannets. One area offshore
hosted an ever changing group of terns. There were two Leasts at
first. Then an adult Arctic and two Common terns came in. Then a
Royal passed through. For the next half hour or so, the flock
alternated between 0-3 Common terns and 1-8 Least terns. A few
Sandwich terns and some more Royals cruised around the area off and
on. After awhile the tern activity died down. I checked behind me
on the beach and saw two first-summer Common terns feeding. They
wandered their way out to sea as I observed. I headed to Ft. Pierce
Inlet because I didn't need any of those birds for Indian River or
Brevard Counties. Isn't county listing great? Both the Common and
Arctic were new for in this county, so St. Lucie is now back ahead of
Martin by one.

Now back to work.

David Simpson
Fellsmere, FL

On May 29, 2007, at 2:54 PM, Andy Bankert wrote:

> While I was on my trip to Ohio/Michigan, these east winds we have
> been experiencing for some time have finally pushed some birds in.
> When I checked some areas last Thursday there was nothing. Now
> there are storm-petrels.
>
> Coconut Point had a flyby Leach's in the hour I was there, but I
> figured since it was staying in the surf, it would be better to go
> to the Sebastian Inlet where there was a jetty. While I pulled up
> to the parking lot at the inlet I could see an Arctic Tern working
> its way from the bridge to the end of the jetty. Before I reached
> the end of the jetty there were two Wilson's Storm-petrels sitting
> in the water. In the hour and a half I spent at the end of the
> jetty, Leach's (4) and Wilson's (2-3) would occasionally come up
> close to the jetty and work their way offshore in the rough water
> flowing into the inlet. After a while they might have circled back,
> or moved elsewhere. The closest one ever came was a Leach's that
> looked like it was within 20 feet of the jetty. There was also a
> young tern that looked like an Arctic that had a dark bill, half
> dark head with a few small dark spots on the forhead. The tail was
> fairly long and white, the wings were slightly gray, and only the !
> tips of the primaries were dark. There were also two manatees off
> the end of the jetty. I will be back out all week to see the Storm-
> petrels some more.
>
> Good Birding,
> Andy Bankert
> Melbourne Beach
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