Monday, January 24, 2011

Florida trip Sanibel Island part 1

White Pelican, Darling NWR, January 11, 2011
Yellow-throated Warbler, Darling NWR, January 11, 2011

Ring billed Gulls chasing a Laughing Gull, Darling NWR, January 11, 2011
Royal Tern, Sanibel West End Beach, January 11, 2011

I spent the next few days of my latest trip to Florida on Sanibel Island. My main area of coverage here was the J.N. 'Ding' Darling NWR. I made many trips through the refuge over the days there and found some nice birds. Although the weather certainly could have been much warmer there was no rain and I still managed to stay outside for hours at a time. No matter how cool it got here it was still better than the weather at home during this time as a major snowstorm with two feet of snow hit.

Sanibel Island is great for numbers and views of various waders as well as shorebirds. The wildlife drive through Darling NWR provides numerous opportunities to both view of photograph the birds. The numbers and variety fluctuate throughout the day so no one trip is like another. Its nice to just walk along the roadsides through the mangrove areas to see what you can come across.