Monday, January 2nd
Started a long day at day break from the parking area at Harn's Marsh Preserve. Its a new year. A time for renewal. A time to start a new list. Today will be a Lee County Blitz or a Big Day, to count as many bird species as possible in a day. I did mine solo, which probably cost me a few ticks.
But at Harns Marsh, I ran into Meg Rouse, China Bont and Dick the photographer and together we had some good sightings. Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Purple Gallinules, Gray-headed Swamphens, Swamp Sparrow.
From here I left the group and sought out the Florida Scrub Jays that can be found at
47th Street West in Lehigh
Then onto the pond on
Road in Lehigh, were I added a Crested Caracara, Roseate Spoonbill, Least
Sandpipers a Greater and a Lesser Yellowlegs.
Next was the Red-headed Woodpecker colony on
Road in Lehigh, but I haven't spotted any of the
woodpeckers here for some time. But I did find a Sharp-shinned Hawk.
The White's feeders in Alva can be a great spot to find buntings, goldfinches and White-winged Doves. But not for me today. And the nearby Red-headed Woodpecker colony on
only revealed an American Kestrel. No
Maybe at the
Caloosahatchee Regional Park
there'll be a Red-headed Woodpecker or maybe a White-eyed Vireo. Nope.
Then I tried the
Caloosahatchee Creek Park
and again no woodpeckers or any thing else.
Finally at Pop Ash Creek Preserve there was a Red-headed Woodpecker. Not much else.
were I made a stop to see Bald Eagles at the Famous Pritchett Eagles Nest, as
seen on the national news. Then to the Great Horned Owls nest on SW
22th Ct and the Monk Parakeet nests at the ball
fields on Pelican Boulevard.
But all through Cape Coral I never
spotted a Burrowing Owl, which is unusual.
|Great Horned Owl|
Onto Ft Myers and found several Nanday Parakeets on
Street. Then onto a spot along the river to look
for any scaups. No ducks though.
Its starting to get late and I've missed the low tide, but headed over to
anyway. The place was packed with folks
enjoying a holiday outing. No point in even trying this venue. Missed a lot of
birds by being late here. Bunche Beach
Wrapped up the day with a walk on the board walk at Six-mileCypress Slough Preserve. Again not many birds on hand. A long trying day with too many miles on the car. Looks like I hit on 79 birds. Short of the 100 count goal for the day. My friends Dave and Eary were far more aggressive and managed a
Big Day count of 134 species. Lee County
Day's Bird List (79) -
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Muscovy Duck, Wood Duck, Mottled Duck, Mallard x Mottled Duck (hybrid), Blue-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, Wood Stork, Magnificent Frigatebird, Double-crested Cormorant, Anhinga, Brown Pelican, Least Bittern, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Little Blue Heron, Cattle Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, White Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Osprey, Snail Kite, Northern Harrier, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Bald Eagle, Red-shouldered Hawk, Purple Gallinule, Gray-headed Swamphen, Common Gallinule, American Coot, Limpkin, Sandhill Crane, Killdeer, Least Sandpiper, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Laughing Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Rock Pigeon, Mourning Dove, Great Horned Owl, Belted Kingfisher, Red-headed Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Crested Caracara, American Kestrel, Monk Parakeet, Nanday Parakeet, Eastern Phoebe, Loggerhead Shrike, Blue Jay, Florida Scrub-Jay, American Crow, Fish Crow, Tree Swallow, Carolina Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, American Robin, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Common Yellowthroat, Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Savannah Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Meadowlark, Common Grackle, Boat-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird and House Sparrow