Sunday, August 14, 2022

Fort Myers Beach

Sunday August 14th

Recently stopped by Bowditch Point Park on Fort Myers Beach. Not many pelicans, gulls or terns were present.  Had heard from Dave McQuade about a recent pelagic trip out into the Gulf where they had found absolutely zero pelagic birds, aside from frigatebirds. May mean that their food source has become scarce. 

Semipalmated Plover

Did find lots of Sanderlings and a few Semipalmated Plovers, Western Sandpipers, Semipalmated Sandpipers and Spotted Sandpipers. 

Reddish Egret

Ruddy Turnstone

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Western Sandpipers

Spotted this lone Short-billed Dowitcher

Counted four Spotted Sandpipers who had probably just arrived from up north

Lots of sanderlings and turnstones

Laughing Gull

USCG Crocodile 

Saturday, July 30, 2022

Some Pics for July

Monday July 25th

Northern Bobwhite
seen in Lehigh Acres

Cattle Egret
begging at the drive through at McDonalds

Showy Milkwort
at Lehigh Acres

Earthstar mushrooms
see in Lehigh Acres

Gray Squirrel
loves my bird feeders

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
have become common in the area

Feral Pigeon

Monk Parakeet
at the Pelican Boulevard ballfields in Cape Coral

Reddish Egret
at Fort Myers Beach

seen on Fort Myers Beach

Beach Morning Glory
Fort Myers Beach

Reddish Egret
Fort Myers Beach

Brown Thrasher

Bronzed Cowbird
Eagle Lakes Park - Naples, Florida

Florida Rainbow
Mussel shells collected at Babcock-Webb

Panaeolus antillarum
mushrooms that like to grow on cow dung

White-winged Doves
there numbers are growing at Babcock-Webb

Friday, July 29, 2022

Browns Farm Road

Friday July 29th

Lesser Sandpipers by the hundreds

 After the summer doldrums of June and early July, birding active picks up in the Everglades Ag Area located south of Belle Glade in Palm Beach County. Migrating shorebirds, terns, waterfowl and such are attracted to the flooded cane fields, rice fields and sod farms.

Hudsonian Godwit

Right now, we have an unusual visitor in the area. Hudsonian Godwits are rare visitors to Florida and there is one that has been found in some flooded fields along Browns Farm Road. Meg Rouser joined in the drive over from Fort Myers to check out a Lifer sighting.  Our observations did include the Hudsonian Godwit, a few American Avocets and Wilsons Phalaropes, lots of Rosette Spoonbills, Fulvous Whistling Ducks, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Barn Swallows, Brown=headed Cowbirds, Wood Storks, hundreds of Least Sandpipers and a few Western and Semipalmated Sandpipers. Black-necked Stilts were plentiful, as were Greater and Leaster Yellowlegs, a few Pectoral and Stilt Sandpipers and Long-billed Dowitchers. Found several Gull-billed Tern, Caspian Terns and Laughing Gulls plus a couple of Black-crowned Night-herons. The numbers of Common Nighthawks were pretty low. Should have increases in activity as the season progresses with nighthawks and other species. Upland Sandpipers should be showing up soon. Dipped on Black Terns, White Pelicans, Barn Owls and Cave Swallows

Wilsons Phalarope

Had expected to find cave swallows at the cave swallow colony site at the bridge on SR 880 and Browns Farm Road. But today, there didn't seem be any activity.  

Had also checked out Glenview Road, Sem-Chi Rice Mill and STA - 1e. Not much of anything additional to add though.  Did hear King Rail at STA - 1E and a Swallow-tailed Kite near Clewiston. Will try to return in August to catch-up on later activity.

Day List (59)

Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Fulvous Whistling Duck, Mottled Duck, Eurasian Collared Dove, Common Ground Dove, Mourning Dove, Common Nighthawk, King Rail, Gray-headed Swamphen, Common Gallinule, Black-necked Stilts, American Avocets, Killdeer, Hudsonian Godwit, Stilt Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitchers, Wilsons Phalaropes, Greater Yellowlegs, Lesser Yellowlegs, Laughing Gull, Least Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Caspian Tern, Black Skimmers, Wood Storks, Anhingas, Great Blue Heron, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Little Blue Heron, Tri-colored Heron, Cattle Egrets, Green Herons, Black-crowned Night-herons, White Ibis, Glossy Ibis, Rosette Spoonbills, Black Vulture, Turkeys Vultures, Osprey, Swallow-tailed Kite, Red-shouldered Hawk, Crested Caracara, Loggerhead Shrike, Fish Crows, Barn Swallows, European Starlings, Northern Mockingbird, House Sparrows, Eastern Meadowlark, Red-winged Blackbirds, Brown-headed Cowbirds, Common Grackles, Boat-tailed Grackles and Common Yellowthroats.

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Bunche Beach

 Saturday July 23rd

Haven't been out to Bunche Beach for a couple of months. Primarily because the better tides needed to observe the birds have been occurring very late in the day, which usually when the thunderstorms roll in. Prefer to visit when the tides are low in the early morning, to avoid the worst temperatures of the day and to avoid crowds. Plus, the current issues with fuel prices have been keeping me a home. 

Young Little Blue Heron

Juvenal Yellow-crowned Night-heron

Laughing Gull

Short-billed Dowitcher

Black Skimmer

Ruddy Turnstone

Western Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper

Dune Marsh-Elder

Black Mangrove

Black Mangrove

But yesterday I did venture out in the afternoon after the rain had passed through. Saw a nice variety of the expected birdlife. Most common on the day were Short-billed Dowitchers. Plus, Sanderlings, Western and Lesser Sandpiper, a Spotted Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstones, a few Willets, Marbled Godwits, American Oyster Catchers, Laughing Gulls, Black Skimmers, Least, Sandwich and Royal Terns, Brown Pelicans, Fish Crows, Northern Cardinals, Rosette Spoonbills, Reddish Egret, Little Blue Herons, Great and Snowy Egrets, White Ibis, Black-bellied and Semi-palmate Plovers and Yellow-crowned Night-herons.