Most of the expected winter resident birds have made their appearance here in Lee County. American Robins and Cedar Waxwings are inconsistent about when we may see them in our neighborhoods. I have not seen any yet, but it is probably a bit early, especially for the waxwings. However, seems that most of the expected duck species are here. Got a pair of Hooded Mergansers at Harns Marsh on the on the 10th and Red-breasted Mergansers back on November 21st on the ponds at Domestic Street. I saw my first American White Pelicans of the season on December 1st at Bunche Beach, though they had been around for a couple of weeks already. Saw my first Common Loon at Bunche Beach on December 8th.
Just this morning I found my FOS Painted Buntings at the feeders at the White's property in Alva. These feeders were active with American Goldfinches and Indigo Buntings. Had located my first-of-season American Goldfinches as a flock were actively feeding in the trees along the boardwalk at Six-Mile Cypress Slough Preserve on the December 7th. The same day had a pair of Ruby-crowned Kinglets chasing each other through the understory and flashes of the males red crown could be as they flitted about. My FOS on the these birds were on November 15th. Still looking for the Black-throated Blue Warbler that has been reported at Six-Mile Cypress. Other species on hand for the winter include Gray Catbirds, Eastern Phoebe, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, American Bitterns, House Wrens, Palm Warblers, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Savannah Sparrows, Grasshopper Sparrows, American Kestels, Merlins, Blue-winged Teal, Dunlins and so on.