Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Bowditch Point - Ft Myers Beach

Wednesday, August 3rd

Spent an hour this morning at Bowditch Point Park on Ft Myers Beach just to do some birding. Part of the beach is roped off due to a dredging project, but a good sampling of peeps were still in-hand.
The Great Away heading out into the Gulf for some grouper fishing
My son was once a mate on this vessel.

Started to visit with a pair of Gray Kingbirds on the wires just outside of the park. On the beach were three large concentrations of resting sandpipers. It appears that hundreds of Western Sandpipers had arrived along with a few FOS Piping Plovers. Among these birds were also many Wilson's Plovers, Semipalmated Plovers, Sanderlings, Ruddy Turnstones and a lone Snowy Plovers.

Other beach birds present included Least Terns. Laughing Gulls, Sandwich Terns, Royal Terns, a few Brown Pelicans, a pair of Marbled Godwits, Short-billed Dowitchers and Willets. The White-morphed Reddish Egret with the tracking radio was also here today.
Black-bellied Plover

White-Morphed Reddish Egret

FOS Piping Plover

Piping Plover

Least Tern

Short-billed Dowitcher

Snowy Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Wilson's Plover

Western Sandpiper


Banded Piping Plover

The park also has a Gopher Tortoise refuge.

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