Friday, July 6, 2018

Some June Pics

Sunday July 1st

Thought I would share some of my observations in June

Spotted this Swallow-tailed Kite at rest at Caloosahatchee Regional Park

Purple Martin hanging around the Franklin Locks
on the Caloosahatchee River in Alva

A young House Sparrow at the Franklin Locks

Red-cockaded Woodpecker at Babcock-Webb WMA

Ring Necked Snake seen at Babcock-Webb WMA

Great Horned Owl seen in Lehigh Acres

Florida Scrub Jay seen in Lehigh Acres

Wood Duck seen in Alva pasture

Purple Gallinule seen at Harns Marsh

Wild Turkey spotted along Church Road

Gray Kingbird seen on Ft Myers Beach

This family of ducks are probably hybrids between mottled and mallard ducks

Buckeye Butterfly

Probably a Needham's Skimmer

Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Some Watusi cattle seen on a property near Alva

Sandhill Crane

Nanday Parakeets seen in Fort Myers

Sandhill Family nesting with a very recent hatching in Alva

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Little Estero Lagoon

Wednesday June 19th

Common Buckeye Butterflies are common
among the mangroves

June is the time of year that birders may want to vacation up North, because this is our birding doldrums. Spring migration is over and the start of the Fall migration is weeks away. But we still can find some interesting birds.

This young Herring Gull does seem to realize
that it should have migrated north by now

Gray Kingbirds arrive in the area in the spring to nest
and will return to the Central America coast line by the end of summer
Little Estero Lagoon, Bowditch Point Park and  Carlos Point on Fort Myers Beach all offer opportunities for some good birding.  Currently Black Skimmers, Least Terns, Wilson's Plover, Snowy Plovers and Sea Turtles are all nesting on Fort Myers Beach. Add to this are the Gray Kingbirds sitting on the wires along Estero Boulevard and Magnificent Frigatebirds are floating on the breeze watching for a free meal.

Probably true Mottled Ducks, but many in the area are crossed with Mallards

The other day I spent about two hours walking the beach along the Little Estero Lagoon Preserve. It was hot, but the cloud cover provided some much needed shading.

Suspect we have a concealed camera pointed at a nesting plover family 

Wilson's Plover.

Nesting Least Terns were very evident and fledglings were also active in testing the powers of flight, Lots of Wilson's Plover were seen including some mall hatchlings.  A patrolling Great Blue Heron was concerning as baby birds are diffidently on their menu. I wouldn't have noticed one particular nesting Wilson's Plover, but she nest area has been cordoned off and a strange wood box  has been positioned so that a concealed camera can keep tabs on the nesting activity.
This Great Blue Heron appeared to be patrolling the bird nurseries looking for a meal
This Least Tern was watching over is young offspring

Fledgling Least Tern taking in the view on the beach

One of several Sea Turtle nest cordoned off along the beach

Many Sea Turtle nests are also cordoned off to try and protect them.  Members of Turtle Time patrol the beaches daily looking for new nests and to check on the status of the known sites.

My ebird List

Brown Pelican

Tricolored Heron

This maybe a  Needham's Skimmer ??

Thursday, May 31, 2018

May Gallery Pics

Wednesday May 30th

Swallow-tailed Kite
Purple Martin seen at the Franklin Locks

A Chucks-wills-Widow see at Babcock-Webb WMA in early May

 The flowers were blooming at Hickey Creek Mitigation Park in Alva.  Still working on my flower identification.

Newly hatched Purple Martin chicks
at the Celery Fields Nature Center
Florida Red-bellied Cooter seen at the Franklin Locks

Wilson's Plovers seen at Bowditch Point

American Oystercatcher seen at Bowditch Point

Sanderlings and Ruddy Turnstones 
seen at Bowditch Point

A very young Water Moccasin 
seen at Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

Peninsula Ribbon Snake 
seen at Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

Red shouldered Hawk s
seen at Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
Button Bush Blossom

It maybe a Green Darner

Cuban Brown Anole flashing his dewlap

A Relic seen at the Shell Mound Trail at Ding Darling NWR

Fruiting Shrub at the Bailey Tract

Black Racer seen at the Bailey Tract

Fish Crow Examining a Horseshoe Crab shell
Mangrove Blossom

Cape May Warbler seen at Bowditch Point

Eastern Screech Owl at Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
House Crow seen at Nokomis Beach

Boat-tailed Grackle

Milkweed seen at Hickey Creek

Clover at Hickey Creek