The view from the "beach" was a little hazy but it was easy to make out downtown St. Petersburg with Tropicana Field's white dome.
There were many water birds to see along the beach area: Willets, Seagulls, Ruddy Turnstones were just a few of the different species hopping around on the sand.
Much of the adjacent land was overrun with Brazilian Pepper trees so it was refreshing to find that the County has begun planting native vegetation in this park. This Simpson's Stopper provides red berries the birds love. There were lots of Mangroves waterside as well.
Other native plantings included Sea Oats and Beach Daisies.
As a stop on the Great Florida Birding Trail, this area did not disappoint. This particular stop on the Trail is listed as a good site for beginners. That would describe my "birding" abilities. Juvenile Ibis were abundant for viewing. Some were skittish for the camera but these two let me take their picture.
This Great Egret was less accommodating. Everytime I stood still and aimed my viewfinder his way he would fly off. If I began walking away he would return and settle down to resume his foraging in the flooded field. He was so beautiful to watch in flight but I just wasn't quick enough with the camera. Very regal isn't he?
The Roseate Spoonbill was definitely my favorite bird to see this day.
Pink is my favorite color.
I know it looks like this little fella' is running away from me, but in reality, I was running from him and his two buddies. Just as I was returning to my truck, they came out from the palm fronds and rushed toward me. They must have thought I had food. I quickly jumped in my truck and started the engine which stopped the forward rush. Since raccoons can often carry Rabies, I wasn't taking any chances. I'm just glad I was close to my vehicle when I encountered them. Cute little guy though, isn't he?
According to The Great Florida Birding Trail website there are many more locations near me. I just might take a little gardening break now and then and check out these great birding sites.