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Florida: New Smyrna Beach Shorebirding

New Smyrna Beach, FL

all seasons in one day 45 °F

Today, the superstorm finally cleared out of Florida so that I could actually go birding on this vacation! We spent the afternoon birding local areas near New Smyrna Beach where we’re staying.

Snail:
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BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS:
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WILLETS:
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LAUGHING GULLS:
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RUDDY TURNSTONE:
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YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON:
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OSPREY diving for prey - very cool!
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SNOWY EGRET, notice the stunning “golden slippers:”
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NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD:
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At New Smyrna Dunes Park, an impressive flock of 500 BLACK SKIMMERS flew by, life birds for me! Very neat!
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And a PALM WARBLER to end the day:
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Stay tuned, because tomorrow my family and I will travel to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge near the Kennedy Space Center - Merritt is arguably one of the most renowned birding hotspots in all of Florida, with many possibly life birds in store for me.

Bird-of-the-day goes to the BLACK SKIMMERS, with runner-up to the SNOWY EGRET.

Good birding,
Henry
World Life List: 935 Species (1 life bird today: Black Skimmer)

Posted by skwclar 17:29 Archived in USA

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Hi- Palm warbler sitting in a palmetto, living up to its name! This brings back fond memories of the Ding Darling refuge on Sanibel.

by Liz Cifani

Hi Henry. Nice to see you back online!
I'm wondering if you have ever been to South Texas birding? Donald Trump is planning on destroying the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge, which is renowned for it's birds and wildlife and the National Butterfly Center. I'm trying (like many others) to get the word out and put a stop to the destruction.
Best to you on your Florida adventures!
Michelle Piette

by Michelle

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