While Hurricane Harvey was tearing up Texas, we had our own rain soaking event. Much of the low lying areas in Cape Coral and Island Park have been flooded for days. The flooding has shut down access to Six-mile Cypress Slough, which is are local hot spot to encounter fall migrants. Other local sights to watch is include Rotary Park in cape Coral and Kiwanis Park in Port Charlotte
One effect of recent storm action
Was able to access the beach though and I chose to visit Carlos Point on Ft Myers Beach which did offer some good birding. Didn't see any of the Least Terns and Black Skimmers that had been using Carlos Point as a nesting colony. But did encounter lots of American Oystercatchers, a Whimbrel, Marbled Godwits, Willets, Black Bellied Plovers, Wilson's Plovers, Semipalmated Plovers, Sanderlings, Snowy Plovers and Western Sandpipers
|Black Bellied Plover|
A Spider Crab washed up on the beach.
Note the fly checking it out
|Whimbrel and a Sanderling|