The winds that brought in all the shells on the beach also hijacked some migrating birds and blew them onto Florida's west coast for a "Fallout" where the birds literally fall into the trees in a feeding frenzy after their exhausting flight over the Gulf, blown first north and then east by a rather strong storm that had moved through the area.
It was an opportunity of a lifetime for myself and my sister and her husband. We had planned on going to Harn's Marsh early Monday morning but Gail checked out the blog of famous birding guide author, Lillian Stokes and found that this Fallout had occurred the previous day (Sunday) on Sanibel and would be continuing today. An "executive" decision was made to change plans and head for Sanibel. The above bird is a Scarlet Tanager -- this one with a berry of some kind.
Another Scarlet Tanager -- we saw many of these brightly colored birds. The birds were particularly attracted to the Gumbo Limbo trees which were covered with fruit. They were constantly coming back to these trees or on the ground beneath them.
It should be noted that all of these pictures were taken around the Lighthouse which is the southern part of Sanibel and a relatively small area but with paths and a small boardwalk through the woods. You didn't have to move much as the birds came to you. They were still small, very active and usually pretty far away so forgive some fuzziness. We like to take pictures so that we can identify the birds in the leisure of home.
This is a Blue Grosbeak male. There were a lot of these and this one is sitting in the aforesaid Gumbo Limbo. The adult males are all deep blue with brownish wings.
This is I believe the female Blue Grosbeak who is a fairly dull brown.
This is a young male Blue Grosbeak -- he isn't totally blue yet but is streaked with white and brown patches.
This is a male Indigo Bunting and their color is stunning -- every shade of blue from aqua to deep royal blue. They are smaller than the Blue Grosbeaks but have the same kind of squatty bill.
Another Indigo Bunting.
Although I have seen Baltimore Orioles before, I thought these were particularly colorful!
The back view of the Oriole.