Sanibel Gardens Preserve

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On 12 June 2016, wildlife blogger France Paulsen observed a Fork-tailed Flycatcher at Sanibel Gardens Preserve just north of the Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge Bailey Tract on Sanibel Island.

Fork-tailed Flycatcher is a rare Code 3 vagrant in the ABA area. The species’ breeding range is in Central and South America. The Fork-tailed Flycatcher at Sanibel Gardens Preserve proved to be a one day wonder which is generally the case for sightings of this species in the United States.

 

The Anhinga above (image 1) was photographed at Sanibel Gardens Preserve in June 2016.

The Mottled Duck above (image 2) was photographed at Sanibel Gardens Preserve in June 2016.

The Northern Cardinal above (image 3) was photographed at Sanibel Gardens Preserve in June 2016.

The above (image 4) was photographed at Sanibel Gardens Preserve in June 2016.

The Pileated Woodpecker above (image 5) was photographed at Sanibel Gardens Preserve in June 2016.

The Pileated Woodpecker above (image 6) was photographed at Sanibel Gardens Preserve in June 2016.

The Pileated Woodpecker above (image 7) was photographed at Sanibel Gardens Preserve in June 2016.

The above (image 8) was photographed at Sanibel Gardens Preserve in June 2016.

The juvenile Fish Crow above (image 9) was photographed at Sanibel Gardens Preserve in June 2016.

The Fish Crow with juvenile above (image 10) was photographed at Sanibel Gardens Preserve in June 2016.

The Fish Crow with juvenile above (image 11) was photographed at Sanibel Gardens Preserve in June 2016.

The White Ibis above (image 12) was photographed at Sanibel Gardens Preserve in June 2016.

The juvenile with above (image 13) was photographed at Sanibel Gardens Preserve in June 2016.

While it has been my intention to explore the 265 acre Sanibel Gardens Preserve extensively, my first visit on 13 June was primarily with hopes of finding the flycatcher. I made my observations primarily at the cell phone tower where France had reported the vagrant the previous day. I stayed until thunder could be heard.

The above (image 14) was photographed at Sanibel Gardens Preserve in June 2016.

The above (image 15) was photographed at Sanibel Gardens Preserve in June 2016.

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The above (image 16) was photographed at Sanibel Gardens Preserve in June 2016.

 

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Bob Pelkey

Bob Pelkey

This blog is updated every Friday (preferably) and randomly, primarily on the subject of wildlife observation in the state of Florida. This blog is in conjunction with my secondary photo site at http://www.pbase.com/jkrnm5/

Bob Pelkey

Bob Pelkey

This blog is updated every Friday (preferably) and randomly, primarily on the subject of wildlife observation in the state of Florida. This blog is in conjunction with my secondary photo site at http://www.pbase.com/jkrnm5/

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Musa Awan

Would like to check this trail out but haven't a clue where to park. Any suggestions?

Madawaska Ornitours

Hey, Bob Pelkey, those are awesome shots! I particularly like the ones of the Fish Crows. But I wonder, how did that White Ibis get so clean ? LOL