Monday, August 26, 2019

Black Tern at Bunche Beach

Sunday, August 25th

Roseate Spoonbill at Bunche Beach Preserve

Beach Bean
Its been awhile since I birded at Bunche Beach. Haven't really had the time.

 But today I arrived at the low tide and found lots of birds busy feeding on the flats.  

Had my first Black Tern of the year, in the company Least, Royal and Sandwich Terns.  

A couple of dozen Red Knots were busy feeding in the exposed sea grasses. We had Short-billed Dowitchers, Ruddy Turnstones, Least Sandpipers, Willets, Marbled Godwits, Black-bellied Plovers, Wilson, Piping and Semipalmated Plovers too. 

Black Tern

Black Tern
Black Tern

Lots of Marbled Godwits present today.
 This individual is extremely pale in coloration.

An extremely light colored Marbled Godwit
Red Knot

Red Knot

Royal Tern family

Young Royal Tern begging for a snack
Gray Kingbird
A family of Gray Kingbirds were sitting on the wires 
at the intersection of John Morris Road and Summerlin

Sea Oats

Sandwich Tern

Sandwich Terns

Short-billed Dowitcher

Least Tern

Seaside Dragonlet

Ground Cherry

Ground Cherry

Seaside Dragonlet

Beach Bean

Beach Bean

Seaside Oxeye


Red Mangrove in Bloom

Roseate Spoonbill

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Down to the Beach

July 17, 2019

Carlos Point - Fort Myers Beach

American Oystercatcher
Today, on my visit to Carlos Point on Ft Myers Beach, I have finally cross paths with a trio of American Oystercatchers.  Hadn't seen any since last November. Since our Red Tide disaster last summer many species have become scarce, no doubt due to the lose of food sources or perhaps to a higher than normal mortality rate. But improved conditions some species are returning to our shores.

American Oystercatcher

Black Skimmers with juvenile 

Arrived later than normal today.  I like to be done by 10 am during the summer to avoid the heat and lightening. So it was a bit hot and I could see that Black Skimmers and other shorebirds were trying to cool down by keeping their bills open to dissipate heat.

The Least Tern and Black Skimmers nesting colonies were still active, with hundreds of birds. They were a bit defensive still, so needed to take a wide berth to keep them more comfortable.  It appeared that few birds were still on a  nest, and lots of juvenile birds were around

Snowy Plover families were active as well. Only spotted a single Wilson's Plover, so not sure how well they had fair with nesting. Last month I had observed several young Wilson's Plovers, so perhaps they had already fledged  

Other species present included Ospreys, a Magnificent Frigeatbird, Brown Pelicans, Royal Terns, Sandwich Terns, a lone Common Tern, Sanderlings, Ruddy Turnstones, a lone Marble Godwit and a number of Black-bellied Plovers.
Least Tern

Juvenile Black Skimmer

Marbled Godwit


Black Bellied Plover


Ruddy Turnstone

Brown Pelican

Gray Kingbird
A pair of Gray Kingbirds were found the other end 
of the island near Bowitch Point Park

What's Blooming at the Beach

Seashore Purslane

Inkberry berries

Dune Sunflower

Cuban Jute

Madagascar Periwinkle 

Friday, June 14, 2019

Harns Marsh

Friday, June 14th

Swallow-tailed Kites

Birded the south end of Harns Marsh this morning with idea of possibly finding wood duck. Recent rains have raised the water levels, filling the canals. Tilapia, cichlids and gar fish could be seen near the surface. Lots of butterflies and dragonflies including Gulf fritillary, White Peacock, Scarlet Skimmers, Blue Darners and Four-spotted Dragonflies

Swallow-tailed Kite

What caught my attention were number of Swallow-tailed Kites roosting tree top across the big lake. Counted ten, but could have been more. I'm assuming that they are already staging in preparing of their migration across the Gulf of Mexico in about a month.

Didn't locate any wood ducks or snail kites, Mostly had Black Vultures, singing Northern Parulas and Carolina Wrens. Plus Red-shouldered Hawks, Common Gallinules, a few wading birds and a sleepy Yellow-crowned Night-heron.

Little Blue Heron

Red-shouldered Hawk

Common Gallinule

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Scarlet Skimmer

Yellow-crowned Night-heron

Great Blue Skimmer