- The Sanibel Lighthouse birding finally picked up last night and today with numerous migrants(and birders) appearing, though not in huge numbers. Two prothonotaries were spotted last night along with grey and eastern kingbirds and vireos. Today we had numerous indigo buntings,a painted bunting,a few hooded warblers,a small flock of orchard orioles, vireos, palm warblers. Others saw a summer tanager(I am still looking for it!)Especially fun to watch was a red bellied woodpecker harassing a screech owl in a palm snag. They apparently both feel the tree or hole is theirs. The owl stayed put and seemed to be ignoring the woodpecker. Julie Long
- Yesterday at the Sanibel lighthouse ]- male & female Black-throated Blue WarblerIt was pretty quiet - Hope that changes soon.
- Three good sightings at Lighthouse Park this morning, Friday 10/12: A kettle of 7 Broad-winged Hawks, mostly 1st year birds. One Bay-breasted Warbler -- my first since October 17-22 last year. One Acadian Flycatcher -- my first since an October 15 only sighting last year. Ed Combs
- Small numbers but good variety at the Lighthouse this morning. My sightings included 1 Blue-winged Warbler, 1 Blackpoll, 1 Western Kingbird, 1 Gray Kingbird, 1 female Scarlet Tanager, 1 Baltimore Oriole, 2 Blue Grosbeaks, 2 Indigo Buntings, 3 Red-eyed Vireos, and 2 Screech Owls. Birding was better in late morning than early. Ed Combs.
- Dueling EW Pewees greeted me about 11am in between showers. The heat was hot and the ground was wet but undeterred I ventured around an unseasonally high number of visitors and construction crews. Noisy is an understatement. Still I was soon rewarded by a Tennessee Warbler and followed by Chestnut-sided, Ovenbird, and Redstart all hammock side. Another small group pier side produced Worm-eating, Magnolia, redstart, and Ovenbird. I would have gone earlier but
I was busy dodging showers at Bunche Beach east, it was gorgeous out. A Snowy Plover and Red Knot highlights as well as a Bald Eagle swooping in and landing on the beach.
Ft Myers, Fl