Thursday, May 27, 2010

Diamondback Terrapins - Sanibel Island

Ornate Diamondback Terrapins -
Sanibel Island
May 18th                                                                                     

Juvenile Yellow-Crowned Nightheron
Katie and I headed over to Sanibel Island and Ding Darling WMA to look for mangrove cuckoos and any other interesting wildlife. First checked the location at the Sanibel Lighthouse for the screech owl, but the tree had been taken over by bees. No owl.
Birding at Ding Darling was very slow.  Had a variety but nothing terribly exciting. Around the 3 mile marker did faintly hear the mangrove cuckcoo, but it was too far hiden in the mangroves to be properly id'd. Did not hear or see any black-whiskered vireos on this visit either.
What was interesting were the two terrapins we found basking in the sun. I can not say that I had ever noticed the Ornate Diamondback Terrapins before. I understand that they are not terribly common these days. Another interesting reptile seen was a skink sited along the dike area. I have not seen a skink fore a very long time, and I believe this lizard was a Southeastern Five-lined Skink.

My List (23) - Mottled Duck, Brown Pelican, Double-crested Cormorant, Anhinga, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Tricolored Heron, Reddish Egret, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Black Vulture, Osprey, Swallow-tailed Kite, Black-bellied Plover, Willet, Laughing Gull, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Mourning Dove, Fish Crow, Northern Mockingbird, Prairie Warbler, Northern Cardinal

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