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Fledglings continue to be spotted at regional beaches


MIRI HARDY Blue Orange on Lido Key on Aug. 10.

On Aug. 19, Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Shorebird Biologist Audrey Albrecht reported that the Sanibel snowy plover fledglings continue to move around the region.

Through reports received via email, Facebook, eBird and the Bird Banding Lab, staff learned that four of the five fledglings headed north, with three on Lido Key and one on Caladesi Island. One fledgling traveled south to Keewaydin in July and then returned to Sanibel. Its current whereabouts are unknown. Sanibel’s adult plovers are also traveling, with one on Anclote Key, one at Bunche Beach, and another at Fort Myers Beach.

Albrecht also reported that she will do the annual World Shorebird Day surveys for Sanibel and Captiva during the global count window of Sept. 3-9.

“We have participated in this global effort since 2016, though I was unable to finish all of them in 2017 with Hurricane Irma fast approaching at the time,” she said.

As migratory shorebirds start to return, keep an eye out for banded birds. For questions about the shorebirds or to report a sighting of a banded one, contact Albrecht at shorebirds@sccf.org.