Wednesday, May 23, 2012

American Oystercatchers - Sanibel Island

Wednesday, May 23rd

American Oystercatcher at Sanibel Causeway

 Headed over to Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island in hopes of locating a mangrove cuckoo. The high tides really reduced the shore birds and waders. Did find a single Willet, a pair of Mottles Ducks, fifteen Roseate Spoonbills and a few waders. Did luck out with locating a calling Black-whiskered Vireo and a White-eyed Vireo at the crossover dike. A couple of years age I had success at this spot with spotting a couple of mangrove cuckoos. But today I did not hear or see any here or at other likely spots.

Roseate Spoonbills at Ding Darling

Great Blue Heron

View of Estero Bay
 On the way back home I stopped on the Sanibel Causeway beaches and got some good photos of a pair of American Oystercatchers posing on the rocks. Other birds seen included Ruddy Turnstones, Willets, Laughing Gulls, a lone Least Tern, a few Brown Pelicans

Yellow Rat Snake sunning itself on Wildlife Drive

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