Just saw this Worm-eating Warbler migrant on Sanibel Island, FL. It eats mainly caterpillars "worms" from dead leaves during wintering and from live foliage during breeding. It breeds in the East in forests with dense shrubby understory and nests on the ground. It is a more unusual migrant here, we do not see many of them, so seeing this one was very special.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Cerulean Warbler, male, migrant on Sanibel Island this afternoon. I was lucky to get any photos as this is a treetop warbler.
He stayed high in the trees and mostly this is the view birders got.
Or this view of the underside.
Cerulean Warblers are not commonly seen here on Sanibel. They winter in South America, so this bird had flown quite some distance. They breed mainly in the middle of the eastern part of the U.S. in tall deciduous trees with open understory, eating insects they glean from leaves. Ceruleans are a species of high concern in the East, due to its small population size. It is being considered for becoming listed as an Endangered Species. We feel lucky to have seen it.
Indigo Bunting, male in Gumbo Limbo tree.
Palm Warbler in Florida-privet shrub
Gray Kingbird, look how big the head and bill are!
Birders from Canada; Sarah, Kory and baby Emily Renaud and Jeremy Bensette.
Orchard Oriole, male hiding in fig tree
Orchard Oriole, 1st yr. male, in fig tree.
Birds keep coming into the Sanibel Lighthouse park, Sanibel, FL. It is so rewarding to see these hungry migrants, many of whom have just successfully crossed the Gulf of Mexico, find food and shelter in the many native trees and shrubs planted in the park. So many birders show up to see these wonderful birds, including the group of birders, pictured above, who live near Point Pelee Canada and who were seeing many life birds! Such fun to meet newest birder, baby Emily, who was being introduced to birding! The social scene is as fun as the biding!
Friday, April 11, 2014
More migrants coming through Sanibel Lighthouse, FL today. Prothonotary Warblers, Indigo Buntings, Blue Grosbeaks, Orchard Orioles, Tennessee Warblers, Eastern Kingbirds and more.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Summer Tanager, male
Just saw this beautiful male Summer Tanager migrant at the Sanibel Lighthouse, Sanibel, FL this morning. We also saw this White-winged Dove and many Eastern Kingbirds, Orchard Orioles, Hooded Warblers, Indigo Buntings and more. Migration madness is beginning.
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Monday, April 07, 2014
Yesterday we saw this Great White Heron at the Pond Apple Trail ponds, on Sanibel, FL. This is actually a subspecies of the Great Blue Heron, not a separate species. and unusual for this location as it is usually found more south of here in Florida.