Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Upland Sandpipers

Tuesday, August 23rd

Its been three years, but I've finally succeeded in sighting Upland Sandpipers. I had dipped on the species the past two years, but today Bob Pelkey and I arrived at the correct sod farm for some rather distant views. This field, south of South Bay, in the Everglades Ag Area, had been well documented on eBird of reports of Uppie sightings. Other grass-peeps were several small flocks of Pectoral Sandpipers.
Upland Sandpiper

On the way back to Ft Myers we stopped at  the Barn Owl Cypress Stand at the junction of Miami Canal Road and Bolles Canal Road were we have on occasion actually seen a barn owl. We maybe, kinda-sorta spotted the flash of white wings of a large bird fleeing the scene that may or may not have been a barn owl. It probably was one, but maybe it wasn't. Just don't know for sure. Further investigation failed to reveal any other sight or sound of the elusive birds. So we settled for an Eastern Kingbird, a couple of Prairie Warblers, a couple Gnatcatchers and a bunch of Barn Swallows. 
Crested Caracara

Other sightings on the day included Red-tailed and Red-shouldered Hawks, snoozing Common Nighthawks, Wood Storks, Crested Caracaras, Belted Kingfishers and Sandhill Cranes

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