I'm a biological intern on Sanibel Island and I just joined the list
and thought I would chime in with what I've seen lately.
One of the volunteers at the J. N. "Ding" Darling NWR reported two
Ring-necked ducks on the wildlife drive friday. Also reported by
volunteers have been an American Bittern at the Bailey Tract (which I
have seen) as well as a red-headed woodpecker. We also had a pair of
scissor-tailed flycatchers recently, along with the larger numbers of
phoebes that have been moving in, along with the arrival of the
Last night, after work I was walking around the maintenance shop on
the refuge and I came face-to-face with an eastern screech owl,
sitting on a wood fence. I was within ten feet before I realized
that it was even a bird at all, much less that it was an owl. I
backed off after he/she swiviled around to stare at me, and the owl
stayed there. I think it was catching moths that were coming in to
the light on the shed, as before I noticed it I was hearing wing
beats around the light.
I also birded Six-mile cypress on Thanksgiving day with a few
friends, were we saw black & whites, pines, yellow-rumps, prairies,
and one tennessee warbler. It was fairly quiet, though we had one
wave of twenty+ small birds, about half of which were blue-gray
gnatcatchers. We also saw one red-winged blackbird at wood duck pond.
J. N. "Ding" Darling NWR