Godwits and great black-back
- Marbled godwits have been very regular on the "dog beach" in Bonita
(in bad weather when the dogs are absent) and along the west side of
Estero Bay. There have been from 3 to 9 present for the last two
weeks. Also we have had very large flocks of the three regular gulls
and terns, and skimmers on the north end of the Bonita Beach beach. A
great black-backed gull resting with the flock today was the first
I've seen on the beach in ten years. I suspect last years
renourishment has much to do with these increased numbers.(Royal tern
numbers seem to be increasing yearly. Is anyone else seeing huge
flocks?) The thousands of robins reported around the state are here
in Bonita also.
Rare and unusal species have been scarce though; no scoters, avocets
or western grebes so far.