Goodlette-Frank Rd. Water Retention Ponds (Naples)
- Happy New Year! Unlike other years when several of my birding friends and
I try to start out the new year with a 100+ birds for the day, this year
I opted to stay close to home instead. On my way to breakfast this
morning, I stopped briefly at the water retention ponds along
Goodlette-Frank Rd. This is a lesser known area to bird in the winter
here in Naples. The location is about one mile north on Goodlette-Frank
Rd. from the intersection of Vanderbilt Beach Rd. in North Naples. Simply
stop and park off the road on the bridge here. A scope is very helpful. I
found good numbers of Northern Shovelers, Ring-necked Duck, one Lesser
Scaup (probably more there) as well as many Hooded Mergansers. Your
"usual" wading birds were there as well as Pied-billed Grebe, Anhinga,
Double-crested Cormorant, Brown Pelican, Osprey and shorebirds including
both Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Dunlin and Least Sandpiper. This
place is well worth checking out, especially for ducks, in winter.
Good birding to all!