BIRDING FRIDAY AT BABCOCK-WEBB WMA, SANIBEL ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE AND FORT MYERS BEACH
- On Friday Phil Nye and I birded Babcock-Webb WMA, Sanibel Island Lighthouse, and Fort Myers Beach . We started at Babcock-Webb (Exit 158 on I75, north of Fort Myers ) shortly after 7:00 AM . We quickly found a Red-cockaded Woodpecker on one of the marked trees in the cluster on Oilwell Grade, which was fortunate as it was the only one we saw. We did see 4 other woodpecker species; Downy, Red-bellied, Pileated, and Red-headed. We also saw Eastern Towhees and a Yellow-billed Cuckoo. We missed the Bachmans Sparrow and the Brown-headed Nuthatch that were seen last weekend.Then we moved to the Lighthouse area of Sanibel Island . It was 10:30 so we were a little late and only saw three warblers, Magnolia, Worm-eating and Blackpoll. We also saw several more Yellow-billed Cuckoos, a pair of Catbirds, and a number of Barn Swallows.Our final stop on the way back to Naples was at Little Estero Lagoon on Fort Myers Beach . Key find was a Whimbrel. There were lots of Least Terns and two Black-bellied Plovers that were in breeding plumage.Good Birding.Ralph PikeNaples , FL
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