Fort Myers, Florida, 2020

Last month, I put on my snowbird training wheels for the second time and flew to Fort Myers, Florida, to visit my snowbird parents and to, of course, bird. This year’s trip doesn’t necessarily top last year’s trip because last year’s trip resulted in a waterfall of lifers. This year’s trip did involve the following:

  • Visiting some of my favourite birding spots
  • Visiting some new birding spots
  • Complaining about the humidity
  • Enjoying the ubiquitous serenade of the Northern Mockingbird
  • Joining the Caloosa Bird Club on a visit to Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge
  • Joining the local Audubon chapter on a visit to Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve
  • Seeing five lifers: Limpkin, Mottled Duck, Magnificent Frigatebird, Monk Parakeet, and Crested Caracara
  • Spending time with my incredible family, including my nephew

What follows are out-of-order photos of my trip, followed by a link to some birding videos.

Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Florida, February 2020.
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Florida, February 2020.
Caloosahatchee River, North Fort Myers, Florida, February 2020.
Boat-tailed Grackle, Cape Coral, Florida, February 2020.
Full Moon, February 9, 2020. North Fort Myers, Florida.
Green Heron, Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Florida, February 2020.
Yellow-throated Warbler, Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Florida, February 2020.
Reddish Egret, Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Florida, February 2020.
Snowy Egret (background) and a White Ibis (foreground), Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Florida, February 2020.
Spotted Sandpiper, Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Florida, February 2020.
Little Blue Heron, Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Florida, February 2020.
Prairie Warbler, Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Florida, February 2020.
Anhinga, Lake County Park, Florida, February 2020.
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Lakes Park, Florida, February 2020.
Limpkin, Harns Marsh, Florida, February 2020.
White Ibis, Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Florida, February 2020.
Laughing Gull, Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Florida, February 2020.
Little Blue Heron, Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Florida, February 2020.
Willet, Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Florida, February 2020.
Laughing Gull, Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Florida, February 2020.
Magnificent Frigatebird, Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Florida, February 2020.
Ruddy Turnstones, Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Florida, February 2020.
Yellow-crowed Night-heron, Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Florida, February 2020.
Blue-winged Teals and American Coots, Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, Florida, February 2020.
North Fort Myers overlooking the Callosahatchie River, Florida, February 2020.
Kayaking at Marsh Point, North Fort Myers, Florida, February 2020.
Kayaking in the mangroves at Marsh Point, North Fort Myers, Florida, February 2020.

For Florida 2020 birding videos, including one with the Reddish Egret’s serious dance moves, visit my YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/lburfitt/videos?view_as=subscriber

June 8–10, 2018 (1 of 2)

This past weekend’s trip to Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Harvey County, Oregon, was nothing short of windy and cold, but it was rich in bird species. Having spent the week prior out in Salt Lake where it was 90 degrees every day, we had not anticipated (nor had we packed for) cold temperatures.

I am 1 species away from 200. I still have a ways to go, but 200 seems like a bit of a milestone. I’m hell bent on getting one more species tomorrow to reach 200. Seriously.

Here’s a recap of this past weekend. All species in bold are new 2018 Oregon bird species.

June 8, 2018; Crystal Crane Hot Springs; Crane, Oregon

Common Nighthawk (zipping around “peenting” as we got out of the car)
Willet (hanging on the shore of the north pond and calling to another Willet)

CMNH

Common Nighthawks; Crystal Crane Hot Springs; Crane, Oregon; June 8, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

BRBB

Brewer’s Blackbird (female); Crystal Crane Hot Springs; Crane, Oregon; June 8, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

WL_2

Willet; Crystal Crane Hot Springs; Crane, Oregon; June 8, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

YHBB

Yellow-headed Blackbird; Crystal Crane Hot Springs; Crane, Oregon; June 8, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

June 9, 2018; Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

Black Tern
Forester’s Tern
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
White-faced Ibis (so many!)
Trumpeter Swan (flew in right before we left; ting!)
Burrowing Owl

WFIB

White-faced Ibis (sadly my “best” shot even though they were E V E R Y W H E R E); Malheur National Wildlife Refuge; Harvey County, Oregon; June 8, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

BLOR

Bullock’s Oriole; Malheur National Wildlife Refuge; Harney County, Oregon; June 8, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

TRSW

Tree Swallow; Malheur National Wildlife Refuge; Harney County, Oregon; June 8, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

BLTN

Black Tern; Malheur National Wildlife Refuge; Harney County, Oregon; June 8, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

TRSWAN

Trumpeter Swan; Malheur National Wildlife Refuge; Harney County, Oregon; June 8, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

MAL

Near Malheur National Wildlife Refuge; Harney County, Oregon; June 8, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

BUOW_1

Burrowing Owl; Near Malheur National Wildlife Refuge; Harney County, Oregon; June 8, 2018; photograph by Linda Burfitt.

–> GO TO PART TWO !