Sanibel Island, Bonita Beach and Harns Marsh

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I spent the last couple of days birding the above areas.  Migration has been slow here, though there was a moderate fallout on Sanibel on Saturday night.  By the time I could check it out Monday morning, most of the birds had moved on. My highlights there were a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Indigo Bunting, Black and White Warbler and Northern Parula.  Back at Bonita Beach in the afternoon, I had an abundance of birds at the north tip.  Hundreds of gulls and terns were highlighted by ten LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS! This was my highest count at one time anywhere.  Magnificent Frigatebirds, Common Ground Doves and Wilson’s Plovers were other highlights. Today, I birded Harn’s Marsh. This is a fabulous spot.  I had 45 species there today with many highlights.  Ten SWALLOW-TAILED KITES held the top spot here.  A pair of GRAY-HEADED SWAMPHENS were another highlight.  The male was displaying to the female most of the morning. I’ve ended the day with a total of 73 species for the trip so far. Its been a fun few days!

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2 Responses to Sanibel Island, Bonita Beach and Harns Marsh

  1. Gordon Lam says:

    Glad to read you are having good weather and seeing some nice birds as well.

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