We didn't just go to the same old birding locations on this trip. In fact, we went to 2 or 3 new or new-ish spots this time. First, we went to Sanibel Lighthouse beach and got up close and personal with Willets, Black-bellied Plover, Sandwich Tern and others.
The next "newish" spot was Babcock Webb WMR right off of I-75. I was there last year, but it was a first for the other girls. I got a life bird - King Rail - walking across the dirt road. Connie spotted it while I was looking up at the many Pine Warblers in the pine tree above. We took Di and Barbara the next day and saw Red Cockaded Woodpeckers which are on the endangered list.
Finally, we went to Emeralda Marsh up near The Villages this morning. We thought we could drive on the "wildlife drive" but apparently, you can only walk or bike it. Go figure. We still got great looks at Sedge Wren, Swamp Sparrow, Moorhens and even a Purple Gallinule which is rare.