What You Talking About Willet?

This year our summer vacation was to Jacksonville and St. Augustine in an area the locals refer to as Florida’s First Coast.  The main reason we were there was to visit the historical sites, but I hoped to get some bird watching in as well.  It turns out that there is so much interesting history in that area that we will have to plan a second trip if we want to see the rest. We squeezed as much in as we could during the three days we were there, and that meant there was no time for me to wander off in pursuit of my feathery finds.  One morning we did make it to the beach and we were fortunate to share it with a couple of shore birds, who like us were crazy enough to brave the 100 degree heat.  I saw my first Willet, which confidently strutted back and forth along the water’s edge.  Later a single Ruddy Turnstone arrived to poke around the tide pools.  Enjoy the photos.

Willet (Tringa semipalmata)

Foraging in the shallows.

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) Adult, Breeding Plumage

These guys are a little bit camera shy.