Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Piping Plovers at Bunche Beach

Tuesday, December 15th

Got up early to try some birding at the Winkler Point Trails in Estero Preserve State Park. Its a good spot to see waterfowl, some we don't see often in Lee County, like American Wigeons, Pintails, Buffleheads and Ruddy Ducks.  But the salt marsh can also host sedge and marsh wrens, nelson's and saltmarsh sparrows, American Bitterns and even clapper rails. Recently large numbers of Avocets are seen as well.
The trek in can be difficult due to very wet terrain and the bugs. Today, due to warmer temperatures, the mosquitoes were just too much. So I bugged-out-of-there and fell back on plan B.( B for Bunche Beach.)
Piping Plover

Arrived at a very low tide. Lots of good shore birds present. Interesting Piping Plover sporting jewelry including a blue band and a green flag labeled PEV.
Bob Pelkey had already learned that these bandings are for a bird caught in Rhode Island just a few months ago.

Piping Plover seen at Bunch Beach

Photo Gallery

Least Sandpiper

Black-bellied Plover

Ruddy Turnstone

Short-billed Dowitcher

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