Another great birding adventure with the Caloosa Bird Club - yesterday's destination: Pine Island...a place like no other.
|Coming from different directions - we all met up in the Winn Dixie parking lot where we all combined people in cars. As usual the first species were noted right there and then - 2 House Sparrows began my list.|
|As we pulled up on the side of the road and waited for the rest of the caravan to catch up - I couldn't help but notice this very colorful abode with a yellow sign stating: "Flamingo Crossing". No Flamingos crossed while we were there :).|
|Our first stop for the day - a 2020 Preserve of Lee County.|
|A flock of Brown-headed Cowbirds.|
|An Indigo Bunting welcomed us into the trail.|
|The weather is changing and the sky provided a great colorful pattern.|
|A Rattlebox Bush|
|And this here is a Rattlebox Butterfly - tiny and pink.|
We have some pretty bushes, foliage and even some fruits - even in the winter time....gotta love Florida!
|2 Common Ground Doves were staying deep within the tree limbs - but with 60 eyes looking around, it can be hard to escape being sighted.|
Next stop - Pineland Monument Park....where we took a short walk along the shoreline.
|A Yellow-crowned Night Heron looking for crabs.|
|A few oyster island were grounds for some little peeps....Dunlins and Least were sighted.|
|White Pelicans taking flight in the distance.|
|More little peeps.|
Across the way - the entrance to Randall Research. A great place to visit and see much.
Fog is moving in, providing opportunities for silhouettes.
Even this little squirrel was hunkering down.
|A view from one of the higher elevation - Pine Island Sound.|
|A Carolina Wren singing - right out in the open.|
|A Great Blue Heron reacting to an Osprey flying by overhead.|
|A Mallard - striking green head.|
|The trees are labeled, making it informative and interesting.|
|Attracting the local wildlife too - such as this Checkered Skipper.|
|Our third stop - was graciously hosted by a friend of our leader, Ken. We gathered up in her back yard and feasted our eyes on this pier - which is a great resting spot for many, many species.|
|An adult and a juvenile Brown Pelican - notice the difference in the plumage.|
|Check the legs!|
|This Ring-billed Gull dared to be different with his yellow legs.|
|More Black Skimmers coming in for a landing.|
|More coming in for a landing.....|
|I wonder how many more can fit in on this dock?|
|After getting caught in the rain, we all gathered up and headed to our lunch destination - Ken's house. While eating we were entertained by the wildlife that crosses his backyard....such as this peacock....|
|and greedy Blue Jay.|
|Afterwards, what better way to digest your lunch than to take a walk along a preserve! This 2020 Galt Preserve just opened recently and it is beautiful!|
|There is a Bald Eagle nest that can be viewed from a distance...if you look closely you can even see the eagle sitting inside the nest.|
|The tree with the Eagle Nest - a boardwalk can be seen here - sparkling brand new.|
|A Wilson's Snipe under it, feeding.|
One of the eagle mate, nearby.
The trail map for the Galt Preserve.
|Fresh facility for your use....lots of parking too.|
|And this, folks, conclude our Monday birding trip - it is now time to head home....get rested and start anew! Happy Birding!|