Tag Archives: Siesta Key birding

Shorebird Nesting Awareness and Greeting Cards

The Caspian Tern is one of my favorite shorebirds.  It is the largest tern out there, the size of a gull, and frequently nests near gull colonies.

These photos are a set that I am selling on blank greeting cards through my Etsy store, Crafty Beachcomber.  They are fixed to ivory cards measuring 5×6.5; the photos are 4×6 and are suitable for framing.

I always loved when the Caspian Tern came in flocks to the Siesta Key beach.  On a windy day, their black tuft would raise with the breeze like a spiked hair on an 80’s punk rocker.  I got so used to referring to them as the punk rock bird, I had to look up their actual name. Shame on me!

The cards are a limited edition of 100 and the proceeds will benefit Save the Chicks, a shorebird nesting awareness organization.  Money will be given to an organization that helps educate the public while protecting the nesting habitats of shorebirds.  Most of these birds nest in a scrape on the beach.  They, the nest and the eggs are mostly camouflaged and susceptible to destruction from beach goers, pets and, prey.  Beach towns usually rope off areas of the beach for these federally protected birds, when nests are found, but many people don’t respect this.  When you are at the beach this summer, please stay out of and away from roped areas  Protect our birds.

Visit Save The Chicks for more information about the Caspian Tern and why protecting birds is important.

Meanwhile, if you would like to order a set of 4 cards, please visit my Etsy store: Crafty Beachcomber.  Thanks.

A Woodpecker Wonderland on Siesta Key

While riding my bike with my husband and dog through our neighborhood I stopped in astonishment.  So close to me, on the sides of two palm trees, were 2 Pileated Woodpeckers.  They seemed so big since I’ve only seen them at a distance.  What beauty!

And, to my delight, there, among those two were 2 Red-bellied Woodpeckers, and a little Downy Woodpecker. 

Then, would you believe, I heard a tap-tap-tap (of course much faster) coming from a tree farther from the street and I spotted one woodpecker which I believe to be a Northern Flicker?  True.  I’ve spotted him recently on my other bike runs with my dog.

Wow, I haven’t seen so many different types of woodpeckers since I lived in Mississippi.  We had at any given time at our feeder or several yards away in our wooded yard: Downy, Pileated, Red-headed and Hairy Woodpeckers.  This is one of my favorite types of birds.