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My aunt and uncle keep a place on the bay in St. Petersburg, and we're fortunate enough to have spent some time there in the spring. Birds are plentiful along the gulf coast, including many species we see here in Minnesota during the summer. Most were shot with the second-generation Tamron 150-600mm on my trusty Canon 7D. As with my other species lists, this is a record of sightings. See just my best shots of Florida's birds.


Anhinga anhinga

anhinga th 4 anhinga th 2 anhinga th 3 anhinga th 1

Barn Swallow

Hirundo rustica

Barn Swallow th 1 Barn Swallow th 2

Black Skimmer

Rynchops niger

Black Skimmer th 3 Black Skimmer th 2 Black Skimmer th 1

Black Vulture

Coragyps atratus

Black vultureth 1

Blue Jay

Cyanocitta cristata

Blue Jay th 1

Blue Grosbeak

Passerina caerulea

Blue Grosbeak th 1 Blue Grosbeak th 3 Blue Grosbeak th 2

Boat-tailed Grackle

Quiscalus major

Boat-tailed Grackle th 1 Boat-tailed Grackle th 2 Boat-tailed Grackle th 3

Brown Pelican

Pelecanus occidentalis

Brown Pelican th 3 Brown Pelican th 1 Brown Pelican th 2 Brown Pelican th 4 Brown Pelican th 5

Cape May Warbler

Setophaga tigrina

Cape May Warbler th 1 Cape May Warbler th 2

Common Ground Dove

Columbina passerina

common ground dove th 1 common ground dove th 2

Common Gallinule

Gallinula galeata

 th 1  th 2

Common Tern

Sterna hirundo

common tern th 1 common tern th 2

Double-crested Cormorant

Phalacrocorax auritus

double-crested cormorant th 3 double-crested cormorant th 4 double-crested cormorant th 1 double-crested cormorant th 2

Eastern Towhee

Pipilo erythrophthalmus

Eastern Towhee th 1 Eastern Towhee th 2

Eurasian Collared Dove

Streptopelia decaocto

Eurasian Collared Dove th 1 Eurasian Collared Dove th 2

European Starling

Sturnus vulgaris

European Starling th 1 European Starling th 2

Fish Crow

Corvus ossifragus

Fish Crow th 2 Fish Crow th 3

Gray Catbird

Dumetella carolinensis

Gray Catbird th 1 Gray Catbird th 2

Great-crested Flycatcher

Ardea herodias

great-crested flycatcher th 1

Great Blue Heron

Ardea herodias

great blue heron th 3 great blue heron th 2 great blue heron th 1 great blue heron th 4

Great Egret

Ardea alba

Great Egret th 1

Green Heron

Butorides virescens

Green Heron th 1

Hooded Warbler

Setophaga citrina

Hooded Warbler th 1

Laughing Gull

Leucophaeus atricilla

laughing gull th 3 laughing gull th 1 laughing gull th 2 laughing gull th 4 laughing gull th 5

Least Sandpiper

Calidris minutilla

Least Sandpiper th 1

Little Blue Heron

Egretta caerulea

Little Blue Heron th 1 Little Blue Heron th 2 Little Blue Heron th 3

Loggerhead Shrike

Lanius ludovicianus

Loggerhead Shrike th 1 Loggerhead Shrike th 3 Loggerhead Shrike th 2


Anas platyrhynchos

Mallard th 1

Mourning Dove

Zenaida macroura

Mourning Dove th 1

Nanday Parakeet

Aratinga nenday

Nanday Parakeet th 1 Nanday Parakeet th 2 Nanday Parakeet th 3

Northern Cardinal

Cardinalis cardinalis

Northern Cardinal th 2 Northern Cardinal th 1

Northern Mockingbird

Mimus polyglottos

northern mockingbird th 1 northern mockingbird th 2 northern mockingbird th 3

Northern Parula (Warbler)

Setophaga americana

Northern Parula th 1 Northern Parula th 2

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Mimus polyglottos

Northern Rough-winged Swallow th 1


Pandion haliaetus

osprey th 1 osprey th 2 osprey th 3 osprey th 4

Palm Warbler

Setophaga palmarum

Palm Warbler th 1 Palm Warbler th 2

Painted Bunting

Passerina ciris

Painted Bunting th 1 Painted Bunting th 2

Prairie Warbler

Setophaga discolor

Prairie Warbler th 1 Prairie Warbler th 2

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Melanerpes carolinus

Red-bellied Woodpecker th 1

Red-breasted Merganser

Mergus serrator

red-breasted merganser th 1 red-breasted merganser th 2

Red-shouldered Hawk

Buteo lineatus

red-shouldered hawk th 1 red-shouldered hawk th 2

Red-winged Blackbird

Agelaius phoeniceus

Red-winged Blackbird th 1 Red-winged Blackbird th 2

Red Knot

Calidris canutus

Red Knot th 1 Red Knot th 2

Ring-billed Gull

Larus delawarensis

Ring-billed Gull th 1 Ring-billed Gull th 2 Ring-billed Gull th 3

Royal Tern

Thalasseus maximus

Royal Tern th 1 Royal Tern th 2 Royal Tern th 3

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Archilochus colubris

Ruby-throated Hummingbird th 1

Ruddy Turnstone

Arenaria interpres

Ruddy Turnstone th 1 Ruddy Turnstone th 2


Calidris alba

sanderling th 1 sanderling th 2

Scarlet Tanager

Piranga olivacea

scarlet-tanager th 1

Semipalmated Plover

Charadrius semipalmatus

Semipalmated Plover th 1 Semipalmated Plover th 2

Snowy Egret

Egretta thula

Snowy Egret th 1

Spotted Sandpiper

Actitis macularius

Spotted Sandpiper th 1

Swamp Sparrow

Melospiza georgiana

swamp sparrow th 1

Tufted Titmouse

Baeolophus bicolor

Tufted Titmouse th 1 Tufted Titmouse th 2

White Eyed Vireo

Vireo griseus

White Eyed Vireo th 1 White Eyed Vireo th 3 White Eyed Vireo th 2

White Ibis

Eudocimus albus

White Ibis th 1 White Ibis th 2


Tringa semipalmata

Willet th 1 Willet th 2 Willet th 3

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Yellow-crowned Night Heron th 1 Yellow-crowned Night Heron th 2