Monday, April 3, 2017

Life on the Ponds

 Monday April 3rd




A meeting of the minds


Tri-colored Heron dancing for its supper at Six Mile Cypress Preserve


Roseate Spoonbill at Six Mile Cypress Preserve



Black-necked Stilt at Ollie's Pond in Port Charlotte

Wood Stork at Ollie's Pond

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at Ollie's Pond

Least Sandpiper at Ollie's Pond

Lesser Yellowlegs at Ollie's Pond



Friday, March 31, 2017

Six-Mile Cypress Slough

Friday March 31

Cardinal Air Plant or Tillandsia are a common sight


Blue Flag Iris
Six-Mile Cypress Slough Preserve can be a great place to do some birding, but there is more than birds to see. Wild flowers, wetlands flora, butterflies, snakes and lizards, gators and turtles and even fish.  Currently dry conditions are in place till the rainy season begins. The water levels have dropped significantly, concentrating fishes, gators and wading birds to the shrinking ponds and pools. Wild hogs have invaded the dried slough bottom, tearing up the ground in search of food.

Green Anole flashing his dewlap



Feral Hogs have moved into the slough as the waters recede



Alligators have been crowded into the shrinking pools


Florida Gar


Oscar,
an aggressive and invasive species introduced through the tropical fish hobby

Tilapia


Florida Gar with a Florida Flag Fish meal

Buttonbush

Big Footed Bug


Pond Cypress,
which is not very common in the slough
Bald Cypress, a predominate tree in the slough,
Some are hundreds of years old

The receding waters have also exposed this small turtle shell




Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Spring Time in Cape Coral

Tuesday March 28th

This morning  I spent time birding various location in Cape Coral, starting at the Ball Fields on Pelican Boulevard. From here, began a series of observations of spring time romance amongst the birds.  Basically noted the Monk Parakeets and Fish Crows present collecting nesting materials. At other location noticed the same behavior with Starlings and Blue Jays, plus Downy Woodpeckers and Flickers prepping nest holes.

Pelican Blvd Ball Fields

This Fish Crow spent time adjusting this twig just so.


Monk Parakeets were busy collecting twigs for their huge nests

Working the nest


Burrowing Owl


Rotary Park



A Few Palm Warblers were present

Visited Rotary Park next and found it rather quite. A few waders, Mockingbirds, Palm, Yellow-rumped and Prairie Warblers and Red-bellied Woodpeckers.

Greater Yellowlegs


Charlotte Harbor Buffer Preserve



Northern Flicker prepping her nest hole
On my first visit to Charlotte Harbor Buffer Preserve, encountered Northern Flickers and Downy Woodpeckers actively prepping nest hole, plus Red-bellied Woodpeckers and Blue Jays carrying nesting material. Lots of Eastern Towhees could be heard and with a high tide not much was happening along the shore line.




Downy female checking her nest hole


Red-bellied Woodpecker in breeding colors




Downy Woodpecker inspection nest hole
    

Banded American Kestrel
This American Kestrel was seen down the road from the entrance. I hadn't ever notice one with a leg band before.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Spring Time at the Beach

Saturday March 25th


Sunrise at Bunche Beach



A sunrise visit to Bunche Beach today to see what's new. Noticing that the shore birds are beginning to molt into their spring-time colors. Mostly we see these winter visitors in there most mundane off-season coloration. They seem to be just getting started. But it won't be long till they reach there breeding molt and head for the arctic or sub-arctic nesting sites.





Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover


Dunlin nest in the Canadian Arctic
Dunlin Migration

Willet

Spotted Sandpiper

Sanderlings still in their winter feathers


Red Knot


Little Blue Heron

Northern Cardinal

Caspian Tern