Visited the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island this morning to look for the White-crowned Pigeon and Eastern Screech Owl, as well as to test out my replacement camera. My old camera was damaged after falling into the water at Six-mile Cypress Slough a couple of weeks ago. Canon replaced it with a refurbished camera at no cost to me,
Arrived at a low tide and hundreds of wading birds were present, including mostly Great Egrets, White Ibis and Roseate Spoonbills, but very few shorebirds. The shorebirds seen were mostly Willets, with a few Spotted Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plover and Black-bellied Plovers.
|American White Pelicans|
|A Wood Stork|
At the Shell Mound Trail I was able to find the White-crowned Pigeon, but only because of the help of a gentleman who was already on the bird. Getting a descent photo was difficult as the bird was staying some what buried in the foliage.
|White crowned Pigeon|
After leaving the refuge I visited nearby Blind Pass were several Northern Gannets were seen and as I was heading home, a stop along the Sanibel Causeway Park I was able to add a Common Loon and a Black Scoter. It was a good morning.
|The fruit of the Gumbo Limbo Tree, which is one of the food sources for the pigeon|
|The Snowberry is currently the favored food for the pigeon.|