Pine Lake Preserve

This morning I birded Pine Lake Preserve in Bonita Springs.  This is a great spot and always productive.  The lake is quite dry right now with large ponds scattered about.  This made for good shorebird habitat and there were plenty.  One Greater and three Lesser Yellowlegs, 10 Solitary Sandpipers, 12 Least Sandpipers, 10 Killdeer (including chicks), a Spotted Sandpiper, and new for me for the county, a WILSON’S SNIPE!  Besides the shorebirds, there were several waders and a few passerines.  A Prairie and my second Worm-eating Warbler of the trip were the only warblers.  Many common forest birds were present, including my first Downy Woodpeckers and House Wrens of the trip. When I was done there, I headed around the corner to the Bonita Nature Place.  Here I had quite a few new trip birds and a couple of new county birds as well.  The highlights were a Red-eyed Vireo and Black-throated Green Warbler, both firsts of the year for me. My totals for the trip thus far are 103 species, and now a total for Lee County Florida of 198 species overall.  That means I am quite likely to reach my goal of breaking 200 for the county on this trip.  I’ll keep my fingers crossed!

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2 Responses to Pine Lake Preserve

  1. Kathleen Ashman says:

    Good luck in reaching your goal, John. It’s been fun following your adventures in the Sunshine

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