April Fools' Day marked an announcement by Vince McGrath of Ft Myers that he had a very unusual visitor to his backyard feeders. Aside from the colorfully Blue and Painting Buntings, a first year male Lazuli Bunting had arrived in the yard. This is a very unusual find in Florida. A check on ebird has the last report to one, four years ago, also in Lee County at the White's feeders in Alva. A hand-full of other reports date back several more years. So, this little guy is certainly a rare find.
|A fuzzy pic, as seen through a window, of the lazuli bunting|
Later I headed over to Six-mile Cypress Slough Preserve, which was also very quite. However near the southern boundary of the preserve along Six-Mile Cypress Parkway I was lucky to notice a a nice kettle of mixed species including American White Pelicans, a Bald Eagle, Wood Storks, Black Vultures and Swallow-tailed Kites. Was also able to add an American Kestrel and a flock of Cedar Waxwings.
|Red Knots and Short-billed Dowitchers at Bunche Beach|