Weekly Shorebird Update

Today I took down the Least Tern enclosure on Lido with the help of a volunteer (thanks Doreen!) and County Staff (thanks Matt!). For all of you who volunteered don’t forget about the upcoming volunteer parties!
Thursday August 15th at the Holiday Inn on Lido from 5-7Sunday August 25th at Eckerd College in St. Pete from 5-8 
If you haven’t RSVP’d it is not too late, just let me know if you plan to attend! Also, please send any pictures from this season that you would like to share, they will be displayed on a slideshow at the parties. Also x2, please try to bring your own set of silverware and a reusable cup to cut back on plastic waste. 
The season is transitioning and we are starting to see more and more of our wintering birds and fewer of our breeding species. These migratory non-breeding shorebirds are coming from their breeding grounds far north, some even as far north as the Arctic Tundra! They travel incredible distances in their lifetimes and I find them so facsinating. There’s never a shortage of cool birds to see in our area, we are very lucky.

^A group of Red Knots (left) and a handsome Marbled Godwit (right) both seen on Lido.
Another cool thing about migration is resighting banded birds! If any of you stay locally throughout the winter and still plan to visit our beaches be sure to keep your binoculars and camera handy! Just this week I saw a banded Sanderling with a yellow flag – this bird is likely from Peru! Similarly Red Knots, Piping Plovers and countless other species come through our area and many have different banding schemes. Reporting these re-sights is so important; this data allows conservationists to better understand the movements and habitats that these protected migratory species rely on outside of their breeding grounds.

^Yellow flagged Sanderling with the code 4PN, still awaiting confirmation from the bander but this is likely a bird banded in Paracas, Peru.

Kylie Wilson
Program Coordinator
Bird Monitoring & Stewardship
(941) 266-5407
Audubon Florida
Sarasota, FL