Birds in our backyard – Cape Coral, Florida

Wood Stork

The wood stork is ugly on the ground but beautiful when he flies.

Last week I wrote of the danger of becoming blasé about our surroundings. But I have yet to become indifferent to the birds we see here.

Florida residents refer to people who come to visit in the winter as “snowbirds.”   So many come, the county population goes up by a third.  We have visitors from the U.S.A.’s North.  We have people from many other countries including a large influx from Canada and Germany.  We have so many Germans here, we have our own Oktoberfest.

He can't read.

He can’t read; he leaves a mess.

The “snowbirds” create traffic congestion, but we try not to complain.   Snowbirds pay sales and other taxes keeping Florida’s overall tax burden relatively low.

But the real snowbirds are birds.  Some stay all winter.  Some just pass through.  Some, like a flock of wood storks, have only been coming to our pond the last couple of years.  Others, like the anhinga, were here long before we moved in.

We are not “birders.”  We tend to refer to most birds with the term “LBB.”   An LBB is a little brown bird — even if the bird is not brown.

We like seeing all our winter visitors every year, even those who bring traffic.

Click on photos to enlarge.

In an attempt to make the “alphabetical index” at the top of the page more useful, I have added  hyperlinks.  Now you can find locations and just click on them to go to the relevant post.  

Advertisements

About ralietravels

Ray and Alie (Ralie) are a retired couple who love to travel. Even during our working years, we squeezed a trip in whenever we could, often when we had to stretch the budget to do so. We have been fortunate to vacation in all 50 states, all the provinces of Canada and one territory and a little more than 50 countries. We like to drive, but we particularly love to travel back roads to find unusual sights, people, and experiences.
This entry was posted in Travel Logs and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

10 Responses to Birds in our backyard – Cape Coral, Florida

  1. GP Cox says:

    I’ve been in FL for 47 years and the birds still have my attention!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Spectacular! I saw a blackbird today on my way to the shops here in north London and got quite excited (made a pleasant change from the pigeons and crows) until I saw this post. Truly wonderful.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I always enjoy Florida’s abundant bird life, Ralie. Thanks for reminding me how much. –Curt

    Liked by 1 person

  4. How wonderful. The thing that you call a Galinule is called a common moorhen in India. The Anhinga (beautiful photo there) is what we would call either a snake bird (because of its long sinuous neck) or a darter.

    Like

I am interested in your thoughts.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s