Category Archives: Birding

Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day from Photos from Florida! We hope you enjoy your day. Enjoy these photos of animal moms and babies from around Florida.

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Think Pink: Florida Flamingo

An unexpected visitor drew big crowds to San Carlos Bay Preserve/Bunche Beach this week. Birders from around Florida flocked to Fort Myers to catch a glimpse of an American Flamingo in the wild.

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An American Flamingo wades in choppy water off Bunche Beach with the Sanibel Island bridge in the background.

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Florida, Know Your Birds: Snowy Egret

The snowy egret is ubiquitous to Southwest Florida, but this wasn’t always the case. Like many other egrets and herons, the snowy egret saw its numbers plummet in the late 1800s. Concerted efforts by conservationists helped bring back the small egret and its range is now expanding along the Eastern seaboard and the South.

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Florida, Know Your Birds: Black Skimmer

The black skimmer is one of the most recognizable Florida birds. With dark black wings and a bright orange beak its look is almost as unique as its foraging style.

Black skimmers aer nesting in Florida.
Black skimmers are nesting in Florida.

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Sanibel Island Lighthouse … Part 2

The lighthouse beach on Sanibel Island has a rich history (Detailed in Part 1 here). One of the best spots for Southwest Florida birding can also be found on the beach.

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Best of the Six Mile Cypress Slough

The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Fort Myers remains closed for renovations, but when it reopens it will remain one of the best places to find wildlife in Southwest Florida. What can you find there? Read on to find out.

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Birding on Marco Island

Marco Island is renowned for its pristine beaches and world-class accommodations. The birding can be first-class, as well. This is an interesting time of year to visit the Southwest Florida spot looking for birds. It’s not peak migration time, but many nesting colonies of birds have taken over much of Tigertail Beach on North Marco Island. Areas are marked off to protect the flocks of black skimmer, least terns, American oystercatchers, and Wilson’s plovers that call Marco Island home.

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Conservation Season is in High Gear

As tourism season ends, something else is flocking to Florida’s beaches. It’s the time of year where coastal birds come home to roost and sea turtles begin to lay their eggs in the sand. There are some simple ways you can help Florida’s wildlife flourish.

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Feeding Frenzy at the Six Mile Slough

Even though some impressive thunderstorms rocked Southwest Florida this week, the Six Mile Slough Cypress Preserve in Fort Myers is a dry, dry place. This might sound like a bad thing, but it’s a natural part of life in Florida for the slough’s wildlife. Around this time of year the ponds get very shallow and there’s no place for the fish, crabs, and other water creatures to hide from the birds and alligators. This creates a “feeding frenzy” where dozens of birds gather in small ponds to feast. (Read on for a photo gallery from the feeding frenzy!)

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Roseate Spoonbill – Just Visiting

Slough spoonbill 2The Roseate Spoonbill is one of Sanibel Island’s most famous residents. It’s rares, however to see one outside of the shallow swamps of the island or the shoreline and lagoons. A pair of spoonbills made a surprise appearance at the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve in Fort Myers – several miles inland.

They weren’t alone. Along with the spoonbills, nearly 20 other birds – great and snowy egrets, little blue herons, tricolored herons, ibises, and black crowned night herons – packed Otter Pond at the slough.

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