Business took us out to Pine Island today, and with a couple of free hours in the late afternoon, we found 51 species.  The Highlights were:

FOTS  Belted Kingfisher - 1 Male
FOTS  Pied-Billed Grebe - 1


Eastern Kingbird - flock of 6 in Mangrove tree tops
Prairie Warbler - 1
Yellow Warbler - Pair
Chimney Swift - Pair (Late)
Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher - Lots

Birds of Note:

Magnificent Frigate Bird -  Easily between 300 and 350
                                      The Skies over Pine Island Sound and Cayo Costa Key were full of Frigatebirds at all heights and at all distances.  Some were chasing gulls and Royal Terns, and two even harassed an Osprey with a big mullet in its talons.  It was like someone had thrown Black pepper on the Sky from as far to the north (Charlotte Harbor) and south (Estero Bay) as one could see.  There were at least 100 beginning to roost in the dead Casuarinas on Cayo Costa at Sunset.  The bulk of the group was slowly (Very slowly) drifting Southward along the Sound at Sunset.

Barred Owl - 1 Bird was seen perching in a dead Casuarina on Little Pine Island just 
                   at Sunset.  It was on the north side, less than 150 feet from the road in 
                   plain view of passing traffic.

Roseate Spoonbill - 2 Adults and 1 Juvenile feeding next to the mangroves at Pineland.

Gary C. Hampton
Sandra H. Hampton
Cape Coral, Lee County, Florida

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