Lovers Key

Another Reddish Egret, this one at Ft. Meyers Beach.

Another Reddish Egret, this one at Ft. Meyers Beach.

I had a good morning of birding today. I first birded the lagoon at Ft. Meyers Beach and then Lovers Key (The island right next to ours). At the lagoon  I had several trip birds including American Oyster Catchers, Bald Eagles, Eastern Phoebe and PIPING PLOVER. One of the four Piping Plovers was tagged. It had a black flag engraved with #36. I reported it to the Re-sightings Data Base and it was accepted, but showed no previous data. Usually there is the banding date etc., but there wasn’t any. From there I went to Lovers Key, which was quite birdy and had nice long hike through the park. Highlights here included my first of the trip WHITE-EYED VIREOS, Roseate Spoonbills, several warbler species and a nice Eastern Screech Owl. Some Docents saw me birding and told me where to find it, and it was right where they said it would be. A good morning overall, bringing my trip total to 94 species so far.

The banded Piping Plover. A hatch year bird, so there was no data entered on it yet.

The banded Piping Plover. A hatch year bird, so there was no data entered on it yet.

Somehow I can never resist getting shots of Common Ground Doves whenever I can.

Somehow I can never resist getting shots of Common Ground Doves whenever I can.

I wonder if this little guy in a palm tree is related to our friend at the Bashakill.

I wonder if this little guy in a palm tree is related to our friend at the Bashakill.

This Roseate Spoonbill was rather cooperative.

This Roseate Spoonbill was rather cooperative.

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2 Responses to Lovers Key

  1. Karen C M says:

    Really nice pictures, John.

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