Here are a few notes on the local scene:
Little Estero Lagoon at Ft Myers Beach still had large numbers of Marbled
Godwits, Red Knots (shorebird numbers in general were excellent), Sandwich
Terns, and Black Skimmers present this past weekend.
Sanibel Lighthouse on Saturday: Walt Winton reported Red-eyed and
Yellow-throated Vireos, Pewee, Catbird, Ovenbird, Redstart, Black-throated Blue,
Blackburnian, Black-and-white, Yellow-throated, Prairie, Chestnut-sided, Parula,
Palm, and Magnolia Warblers.
Six-mile Cypress Slough on Sunday: Walt Winton reported 3 Yellow-billed Cuckoos,
Summer Tanager, Red-eyed Vireo, and Black-throated Green, Magnolia, and
Worm-eating Warblers. He noted it was very active with good numbers of
individuals with-in species present.
I had a male Baltimore Oriole and a grosbeak that was most likely a female/imm
Red-breasted, but did not see close enough to separate Black-headed, in my
neighborhood in SW Cape Coral.
Shorebird article in News-Press 7 Oct 03:
Cape Coral, FL
What I've seen or been told about over the past week....
Six Mile Cypress Preserve has had some nice warblers since the weather broke and
the winds began coming out of the east/northeast:
A fly-by Short-tailed Hawk was seen on Wednesday, and a Swainson's Thrush on
The east winds brought the following raptors to the Sanibel Lighthouse over the
Red-shouldered Hawk (northern subspecies)
American Kestrel (50+ on Sunday!)
Peregrine Falcon (3 each day)
Also seen were uncountable numbers of palm Warblers that were constantly leaving
the island and heading into a stiff headwind during the first few hours of the
morning. This strategy made the Merlins present quite excited! A small group
of Chipping Sparrows was present on Saturday. A few flocks of 10+ Cliff
Swallows cruised by on Sunday, and a single Tree Swallow on Saturday.
Warblers seen were:
Cape Coral, FL