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Gulls and other shorebirds

Killdeer, photographed in High Point, St. Lucie County.

In flight.

Black-bellied plover (winter)

Summer breeding plumage (not in Florida)

Semipalmated Plover

American Oystercatcher

American Avocet

American Avocet, Merritt Island field trip, January2012

Black-necked Stilt, photographed on Kirby Loop Road by Elsa Millard in July 2008


Willet, Indian River, March 2010.




Marbled Godwit, taken at Merritt Island NWR, during the January, 2010, field trip. Often seen in St. Lucie County.

Ruddy Turnstone, winter, photographed at Fort Pierce Inlet Park, in Jan. 2009 by Elsa Millard.

Turning to summer, March 2009 (H. Rufe)

Full breeding (not seen locally)

Purple Sandpiper

Purple Sandpiper, rare sighting in Fort Pierce Inlet State Park, January 2011  (see report)

Photo taken in Virginia

Sanderling, winter


Winter in surf (Elsa Millard)

Breeding plumage (summer, not seen locally, Hart)

Breeding, partial

Dunlin, winter

Summer breeding plumage, not local

Least Sandpipers,

photographed at D.J. Wilcox Natural Area, trail by fishing pier, in Feb. 2009 by Mary Dodge

Click for close-up (Elsa Millard)


Wilson's Snipe, photographed in Savannas County Park, St. Lucie County, in February 2009.

Wading flock

Bonaparte's Gull, taken at Merritt Island NWR, January, 2008  .


Laughing Gull, winter plumage.

Full summer breeding plumage (taken in DeSoto, FL)

Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull

Herring Gull

Another view

Mixed gulls

Both a Great and a Lesser Black-backed Gull, as well as a Caspian Tern (front), two Herring Gulls and a number of Ring-billed Gulls  can be seen in as part of this flock taken at Merritt Island NWR, January, 2008

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull


Caspian Tern, photographed on Indian River Drive 

Royal Tern Royal Tern, photographed at the DeSoto, FL

Sandwich Tern, winter plumage.

Full plumage.


Forster's Tern, winter plumage

Full breeding plumage (not in Florida)

Least Tern

Least Tern  These rare and endangered birds have been seen nesting on Martin County beaches and may be moving northward to St. Lucie.

On nest

Another view

Black Skimmer, photographed in Fort Pierce Inlet (north).

In flight, by Richard Lynch at Fort Pierce Inlet, January 2010


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