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This morning at Honeymoon Island State Park there were 2 Bonaparte's Gulls
near the restrooms closest to Pet Beach.  They were on the shoreline with
Ring-billed and Laughing Gulls and Forster's and Royal Terns.  To reach
this area, from the park entrance, take the second left, turn left again,
and park in front of the restroom (#1).Walk across the ramp to the water edge.

The Great Horned Owls have switched to a nest further out on the Osprey
Trail this year.  From the picnic area, walk about a mile to the sign that
says "How does this grab you?"  From the bench next to this sign, the nest
tree is 43 paces further along the trail, in the fork of the sixth pine
tree directly adjacent to the right side of the trail.  From this view it
just looks like a dilapidated nest, but if you walk beyond it and look
back, you will probably see the female perched in the nest.  The male was
perched in a large pine tree to the left of the bench, down the side
trail.  This pair has moved into a much noisier neighborhood, with numerous
Ospreys loudly bragging about the fish they've caught or the sticks they've
found to start a new nest or restore an old one.

On this gray and windy morning, we found little other birdlife along this
trail.

A ranger from Caladesi Island told Al that this winter there was an adult
Swallow-tailed Kite at the island until a cold front (which one?) moved
in.  Some one named Wilber (a park employee?) took pictures of the
bird.  This is a rare winter sighting.
Bev Hansen
Spring Hill, Florida
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