RE: [SWFLBirdline] Caloosahatchee Creeks count
You’re right Bob, they would be early migrants that are right on time by mid to late July. Many of the adult shorebirds that breed south of the arctic (like Willet, Short-billed Dowitcher, Spotted Sandpiper, etc) were already showing up a couple weeks ago. I’d expect the arctic breeders like Red Knot, Sanderling, Ruddy Turnstone, etc are not far behind, if not arriving already. Migration is back on!
I did happen to be in downtown Ft Myers last night as sundown approached, and saw at least 50 -100 Purple Martins heading for their staging roost. I didn’t see the actual area the roost was located. About the same number of Chimney Swifts were also present, so I’d assume they are staging in that area as well. Lots of Gray Kingbirds on the powerlines all around that part of town.
Cape Coral, FL
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I just went for a quick count after work this afternoon not expecting much. But as it often happens when I get out there something unexpected shows up.
To start with there was a Red-tailed Hawk vocalizing from atop a power pole.
Then just before the small bridge in a large oak I spotted a Red-eyed Vireo and a bright Black-and-white Warbler (the beginning of migration?)
The list -- a little over an hour and a half of birding:
Black-crowned Night-Heron (juvenile)
Great Crested Flycatcher