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Northshore Park Beach

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ROUGH DRAFT
Andrew Thoreson
Jan 2018
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GRADES: Click each for info, * = Note
Revisit? A
Birding B *
Wildlife C *
Summer Heat D *
Terrain A *
Fun Hike Not Rated
Maintained B
Mosquitos B
Biting Files A
Ticks A
NOTE: Can be absolutely nothing though.
NOTE: Sea life and squirrels
NOTE: During the day if you stay long.
NOTE: And sand
 LOCATION: Accuracy: Read me
Map On Big Map: Click map (or on google maps). Address: 901 N Shore Dr NE, St.Petersburg, FL, Pinellas, USA, 33701
OFFICIAL INFO:

1) What It's Like

A municipal beach park near downtown St.Pete that has lots and lots of interesting people and unusual numbers of shore birds when they aren't being scared off by too many of those people.

2) Kinds of Birds

Shore birds - we've seen a lot of the not so every day ones here. Also parrots frequent the trees in the parks next to the beach. Just listen for them.

3) Wildlife

It's very urban but there is interesting sea life close by. At least a few years ago  - just next door at the Vinoy park most days near dusk you'd see dolphins swimming by at top speed corralling fish to hunt along the sea wall. I've also seen manatee along here a couple times. It's odd to be at a concert here while watching this go on.

4) Amenities

Bathrooms, water fountains, tennis courts, volleyball, field for all kinds of activities - it's a very active park on weekends and after work. I don't know why but this is THE bathroom I think of when I imagine clandestine sexual weirdness like glory holes. No idea what it is that gives me that vibe. As far as I know it's 100% safe. (shudder!)

5) Directions

It's north of the big public pool and Vinnoy park. It's kind of long but the end closest to downtown is where most things happen including the birds.

6) Time Requirements

You could spend 5 minutes. Unless watching dolphins I'd think you'd get bored within 20 minutes.

Experience

As I said it's a very active beach. All kinds of things are going on here all the time like yoga classes, kites, all kinds of random people of all kinds on the sidewalks here and next door at Vinoy park. So it's a pleasant cultural experience that often catches you off guard in a good way. The shorebirds can be hit or miss but if I think of where I've seen the most exciting mixed flocks of shorebirds I think here and probably along the highway at Ben T. Davis Beach - both in Tampa.


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