trip to SWFL last week
- Firstly thanks to everyone who took the trouble to reply to my request for
information before our trip.
We had a great time, as expected.
Just a couple of snippets which may not be of enormous interest to those
of you who live in SWFL or visit regularly, but might help somebody.
There is a G H Owl nest with two angry looking young next to the car park
of the Community Congregationalist Church on the east side of the 41,
opposite Baers furnishings. Thats about 1.5 miles south of the 41/ 865 (
Bonita Beach Rd) intersection. An adult was sometimes at the nest, and on
two occasions on the cross above the church
Particular thanks to Marie Gonsalo who put up the note about Scissortail
at Fritchey, again off the 41 south of Naples. A computer printout map
produced for us by Jeff at the Ding Darling info centre and further
guidance from the staff at AmericInn, Bonita Springs found us the right
road ( we didn't know Fritchey was road!!), and just before that road does
a ninety degree turn to the left, there it was - superb. After about 30
mins it decided to fly over half a mile into the distance. So we were
very lucky, since it clearly ranges very widely.
Although my last trip was in exactly the same week in 2003, and with a
very similar itinerary there were lots of differences in the birdlife.
For example zero Ovenbirds in 2003, but at least 15 this time, with around
10 of them on the Snake Bight ( Mosquito Bite is a better name) Trail near
We saw a few Northern Waterthrushes which collectively exhibited a few
differences plus a Waterthrush sp. which appeared very interesting, and I
couldn't identify with certainty. I'd be pleased if anyone with a
confident grasp of these two would like to mail me and I'll supply a few
Lastly..bird of the trip...that's easy...my fantasy bird...Worm-eating
Warbler, next to the broad track, almost at the end of the Gumbo Limbo