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  • Vincent McGrath
    Incredible schools of fish inshore by Redfish Pass, this in turn is attracting enormous flocks of birds. Sandwich Terns dominate as they feed on what looks
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      Incredible schools of fish inshore by Redfish Pass, this in turn is
      attracting enormous flocks of birds. Sandwich Terns dominate as they
      feed on what looks like millions of anchovies as well as associate
      predator fish. This in tern is attracting larger birds like pelicans.
      The schools are so thick the pelicans don't even bother to dive, they
      just dunk their heads drain and swallow. At least two adult common
      terns, royals, skimmers, 100s of laughing gulls, some ring-billed and
      1st yr herring. The shoreline is alive with willet, s-b dowitcher,
      sanderling, blk- b plover. The jetty is mobbed with snowy and great
      egrets as well as turnstones and a great blue heron or two. Even a
      red- breasted merganser and an imm gannet got involved. There many
      other species around. Didn't see any frigatebirds feeding but there
      were never less than 40 soaring overhead and riding thermals with t
      vultures, osprey, and more. Keep an eye on the sanibel causeway,
      particularly near the restrooms, a number of gulls including a great
      black backed are hanging around
      Mcavian@...
      Vince McGrath
      Fort Myers, Fl
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