Monday, August 15, 2016

Fall Migration Has Started

Monday August 15th

Six-Mile Cypress Slough Preserve - Ft Myers, Florida

Yellow Rat Snake -
A commonly seen reptile at Six-mile
Six-mile Cypress is one of our better Fall Migration hot spots in Lee County for the neo-tropical migrants. And this week there numbers have really stepped-up. From the end of July till now we have seen a steady stream of the early migrating species such as  Black-and-White Warblers and Northern Parulas. A few Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Red-eyed Vireos and Yellow Throated Warblers too. 

This week we have seen a influx of additional warblers including Yellow, Hooded, Prothonotaries, Prairies, American Red-starts, Louisiana Waterthrush, Northern Waterthrush and Ovenbirds, We have also had a couple of Kentucky Warblers show-up. They are very uncommon in our area.
Kentucky Warbler

Summer Tanager, Eastern Wood-Pewee and Acadian Flycatcher have all recently been seen. Common Yellowthroats, Swainson's Warbler and Worm-eating are still expected.  Other species that have recently arrived locally, but in other habitats include Belted Kingfisher, Barn Swallows and Piping Plovers 
Carolina Wren

Red-shouldered Hawk

Northern Parula

Armadillos have been digging in the butterfly garden
Gulf Fritillary Butterfly

Eastern Swallowtail Butterfly

Northern Parula

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
White Ibis

Cuban Brown Anole

Black-and-White Warblers are very common lately


  1. Awesome collection of species, Tom! Loved the Kentucky Warbler!

    1. Thanks Hemant. You have some beautiful warbler photos, making it look easy. Which we now is not.