Friday, May 22, 2015

Bowditch Point and CWA in Ft.Myers Beach

It had been a while since I visited Ft.Myers Beach and the nesting birds at CWA - so, Elaine and I took a drive down and visited with our beach feathered friends.
It was a really nice surprise to find some Red Knots still in our area and some had their full breeding suits on.

2 of those Red Knots are younger birds - amazing to see the difference isn't it?

The white morph of the Reddish Egret was present and treated us to a nice show.

What a treat to find a couple of Eastern Kingbirds on the beach!

We caught sight of this Little Blue Heron with it's catch.

A Wilson Plover was chilling.

More looks of the Red Knots - some with a Willet too.

The dark morph of the Reddish Egret

seen here with a bonus capture of a Ruddy Turnstone.

This Reddish Egret seem to be sporting either fishing line or ?? - no bands were on his legs.

Then it was time for CWA. I hadn't been here in several months and had heard about this - the resident have claimed this portion of the beach their own and in the process limiting the amount of birds lounging around this little pond....

except for this Roseate Spoonbill - he didn't seem to mind being surrounded by all the bright colored flags....he probably felt at home with his bright plumage.

Nearby a pair of Least Tern chicks were spotted

and being called by their mama

time for some tender loving care.

The male parent was resting in between catching fish for the family.

A very precious Wilson Plover

A Ghost Crab - one of my least favorite creature.

A few Black Skimmers are nesting and if you look closely

you'll see that quite a few Least Terns are also nesting in the background.

I think we will have a lot of little ones in the very near future - it certainly will be worth another visit.


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