Of the 77 species seen in Collier County today by birders Ken Klotz,
Peter Murphy and me, these species were the highlights:
Magnolia Warbler -- one first-winter female at the Big Cypress Bend
Boardwalk in the Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve on U.S. Rte. 41.
Including the Magnolia, we had a total of 8 warblers today, including
Northern Parula, Yellow-rumped, Prairie, Pine, Palm, Black-and-white and
Snail Kite -- seven birds actively hunting along U.S. Rte 41 in a small
wetland adjacent to Boyne South Golf Club. This is one of the largest
concentrations of Snail Kites we've ever seen so close to Naples. Boyne
South Golf Club is south of C.R. 951 and north of Collier-Seminole S.P.
Barn Owl -- one bird flushed on Birdon Rd. in the Big Cypress National
American Goldfinch -- the AMGO Express continues in Collier County with
over 30 individuals seen coming to Ken Klotz's feeders at Paradise Pointe
Roseate Spoonbill -- five birds seen in a man-made wetland near S.R. 29
along U.S. Rte. 41.
Northern Shoveler -- FOTS -- several along U.S. Rte. 41 east of S.R. 29
in the seasonal fresh-water "ponds".
Eastern Wood-Pewee -- one at the Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk in the
Fakahatchee Strand State Preserve on U.S. Rte. 41.
For a complete list of species seen, please e-mail me privately.