Checked out the Bunche Beach ribbon-cutting this morning. Was going to blow-it-off for some sleep, but I figured that I could run into some fellow birders, like Bob Pelkey. Bob is a local birder and award winning nature photographer. See his blog at Southwest Florida Birder. Also folks like Charlie Ewell from the Lee County Bird Patrol. I arrived about 8:45am and headed to beach, were it was high tide, just like yesterday, and did not have much bird activity. Also already getting very hot.
American Avocets Charlie Ewell photographed and reported on locating them later that morning. Shame to have missed them.
Well it seems that the rainy season has begun and it seems that we have the return of the Barred Owl that visits the water plant where I work. One or more owls will visit fairly regularly till the rains end in October. The individual that I have encountered the past couple of nights is a lighter color than birds from prior seasons. I wonder if they change hues as they age or if we have a new bird on-hand. Probably the later.
Also at work, prior to day break, could hear the call of the Common Nighthawks as they are moving about looking for breakfast. Later, as I was leaving at about 7:30 am we had a flock of six Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks fly over. This was the second time in a week to see the and hear the whistling ducks pass overhead. I have noted them more often in other nearby locations as well. No doubt they are moving into the area. While fulvous whistling ducks seem to be getting less common.
Stopped at Domestic Street to check on the Burrowing Owl family. Was able to see four of the five family members today, but what was really interesting was sighting six Purple Martins roosting along the high power lines. These are the first of the season that I have seen here. Last year I was able to see this roost grow to about one hundred birds. But also last year, the roost in down-town Ft Myers, by the river, grew to several hundred purple martins.