As fall migration gets underway the birding on Sanibel and Captiva is good
and getting better.   The Ding Darling Wildlife Drive is a must --- closed to
cars on Friday --- but be sure to do it at a low tide.    The Lighthouse will
get better as migration advances, but it is at its best in the spring.    There
are MANY excellent birders in the area who can give you advice about current
birding hot spots -- none better than Vince McGrath, the naturalist at South
Seas on Captiva.   Give him a call.

One of my personal favorites in the area is Bunche Beach -- south of
Summerlin -- a couple of miles BEFORE you get to the toll booth for Sanibel.  Again,
low tide is a must.

Red tide seems to have declined from its high point earlier this year --
shore birds and waders should be present in large numbers.

As for C.R.O.W, hour long public tours are offered starting 11:00 AM, M-F.  A
$5 donation is suggested for those over 12 years old.  About 70% of the
animals being rehabbed there are birds.   (C.R.O.W. is located across the SanCap
road from the entrance to Ding Darling.)    The staff there is always pleased
when visitors such as you take the time to rescue sick, injured or orphaned
native wild animals.  GOOD JOB!!!  :-)

Dick Beeler
Fort Myers, FL

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