Lorraine and I birded John Chestnut Sr. County Park in North Pinellas County from 10:00 AM -12:15 AM today. Birds were extremely active and very cooperative. Two birds of note we found were a singing Golden-crowned Kinglet near the head of the north nature trail and a male Canvasback from the Boardwalk in the NW portion of the Park along Lake Tarpon. I had to Thrushes and an Ovenbird calling from the area near the north trailhead as well, and while I'm confident one was not a Hermit Thrush and was calling from the same area we found a Swainson's Thrush in November, a Red-shouldered Hawk flew in and perched and we never saw the bird. Adult and juvenile Bald Eagles flyovers sent the Red-shouldered Hawks into full cry. A calling Barred Owl was music to our ears and 3 Pileated Woodpeckers were a pleasant sight. Birds were so abundant and so cooperative, we never made it to the Peggy Park Trail. Below is a list of what we saw and heard. Later from our 4th floor deck in NE St. Pet!
 e we saw 5 Purple Martins.

1) Canvasback ( male )
1) Brown Pelican
2) Double-crested Cormorant
2) Anhinga
1) Great Blue Heron
2) Little Blue Heron
3) White Ibis
6) Black Vulture
8) Turkey Vulture
4) Osprey
3) Red-shouldered Hawk ( all adult )
5) Common Moorhen
21) American Coot
1) Laughing Gull
2) Ring-billed Gull
2) Royal tern
5) Forster's Tern
1) Mourning Dove
1) Barred Owl
1) Belted Kingfisher
7) Red-bellied Woodpecker
3) Downy Woodpecker
3) Pileated Woodpecker
2) Eastern Phoebe
1) White-eyed Vireo
2) Blue-headed Vireo
2) Blue Jay
4) Fish Crow
6) Carolina Chickadee
65) Tufted Titmouse
7) Carolina Wren
1) House Wren
1) Marsh Wren
13) Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1) Golden-crowned Kinglet
60) Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
1) Hermit Thrush
1) Thrush Species
100+) American Robin
2) Gray Catbird
1) Northern Mockingbird
1) Orange-crowned Warbler
1) Northern Parula
45) Yellow-rumped Warbler
1) Yellow-throated Warbler
18) Pine Warbler
15) Palm Warbler
3) Black-and-White Warbler
1) Ovenbird
4) Common Yellowthroat
2) Swamp Sparrow
3) Northern Cardinal
2) Red-winged Blackbird
3) Common Grackle
1) Boat-tailed Grackle
25+) American Goldfinch


Don Margeson
St. Petersburg

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