Cooler temperatures with clouds and wind did not deter 25 residents and visitors from enjoying the “Breakfast and Birds” presentation hosted by Friends of Tigertail on Saturday, November 9. At the Tigertail Beach Kiosk, members and knowledgeable birders Fran Huxley and Susan Kubat described various avian species who use Tigertail as a stop on their migration route, some spending the winter here. After a brief explanation about birds that might be present and how to identify them, the group ventured out to the lagoon beach, where a favorable incoming tide created excellent conditions and several types of birds were seen.
Different species of gulls and terns, as well as dowitchers, willets, plovers, dunlins, ibis, and ruddy turnstones were observed at the water’s edge. Two gulls put on a noisy show as one tried to steal the fish that the other had caught. Egrets and herons flew in, and the resident osprey was perched in his nest near the observation tower. Differences in physical characteristics and behavior were described and observed, allowing participants to become more confident about bird identification.
Friends of Tigertail host two Breakfast and Birds presentations each year. The next will be January 18, 2020, when the topic will be winter residents, describing species who stay on Marco for the winter season and are our true “snowbirds.”