Wood Duck and Hooded Merganser Babies

As usual, the short Canadian summer feels like it’s moving at light speed. Is it already August? July was all about trying to balance regular summer activities (like paddling, camping and socializing with friends) with birding. Birding is fairly slow in July anyway, so it was nice to shift my focus for a while. Saying […]

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Bunche Beach Preserve: Sunrise West End

Recent days, weeks, and months have offered great birding possibilities at Bunche Beach Preserve in South Fort Myers.           The Reddish Egret with prey above (image 1) was photographed at Bunche Beach Preserve in April 2016. An early April visit to Bunche followed my January visit when an American Flamingo was […]

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Reddish Egret at Fort De Soto

Last week my wife decided it might be fun to go to the beach on the Gulf coast (calmer waves), and she asked me if there was a good place there go visit. Fort De Soto, of course! So yesterday we spent the day there. My father and I got there early to do some […]

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Spotted Sandpiper

There have been a couple Spotted Sandpipers at Central Winds Park this Spring. Until this year, I’ve only seen this species in Brevard and Orange Counties. It’s been nice to see them in my home county on a regular basis. The one above was taken at Central Winds; one below was taken near Cocoa Beach […]

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Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius

The Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) is a small shorebird. Together with its sister species, the Common Sandpiper (A. hypoleucos) they make up the genus Actitis. They replace each other geographically; stray birds may settle down with breeders of the other species and hybridize. Their breeding habitat is near fresh water across most of Canada and […]

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