Sunday, September 30, 2018


Sunday September 30th

Zebra Longwing Butterfly

With the birding activity being so slow I had diverted my attentions to smaller wildlife activities. Namely learning about the Dragonflies and Butterflies we see around here.  To start off with, I have been a real beginner here, so I did find a bit of learning curve.  A good place to start learning is at the Butterfly Gardens and House at Rotary Park in Cape Coral.

The rare and endangered Atala Butterfly breed at Rotary Park

Southern White Butterfly

Pipevine Swallow-tailed Butterfly

Palamedes Swallow-tailed Butterfly 

Soldier Butterfly

Giant Swallow-tailed Butterfly

Eastern Pondhawk

Little Blue Dragonlet
I think this is a Scarlet Skimmer

Blue Dasher

Queen Butterfly

Band-winged Dragonfly

Eastern Amber winged Dragonfly

Long-tailed Skipper

White Peacock Butterfly

Phaon Crescent Butterfly

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Fall Migration

Saturday September 29th
Whimbrel seen on Ft Myers Beach
Spring Migration in our corner of Florida has been quite slow so far. The variety of species being observed is as expected, however, we are only experiencing very small samplings. No real big push has really passed through yet. My personal best for September was the Least Flycatcher at Hammock Swamp and the Acadian Flycatcher at Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve.  Today I had my first look at a Summer Tanager for the Fall. But all of the local venues have been quite spotty so far.

This Fox Squirrel was keeping an eye on things

My first-of-the-year Eastern Wood-Pewee

Acadian Flycatcher seen at Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserved
In August the expected shorebirds had arrived. Sandpipers, godwits, dowitchers, plovers and such   But know by the end of  September the neo-tropic birds have been very 

Red Knot seen on Ft Myers Beach

Piping Plover seen on Ft Myers Beach
slow. There had been concerned about lost opportunities with the Six-mile Cypress Slough Preserve boardwalk being closed for the first half of the month. But it turns out that this venue has been unexpecting so far, anyway. 

The season will last through the middle of October and hopefully we will be able to enjoy more bird activity.