|Pileated Woodpecker, E. Gulf Drive, Sanibel|
On our first walk along the beach we picked up the four shorebirds we'd expect--Black-bellied Plover, Willet (of the Western persuasion), Ruddy Turnstone, and, of course, Sanderlings, as well as a Brown Pelican, but surprisingly, no terns or gulls. We walked about a mile then, with the sun up, cut over to E. Gulf Drive to walk back to our hotel. It was there that we saw the more "interesting" birds, including my first Pileated Woodpecker of the year. What an impressive bird, with a beak like a hatchet. I think of Pileateds as more a hardwood forest bird, but palm trees seem pretty attractive to it also.
Turning around from the woodpecker, Mike found the first of many American Kestrels we'd see in Florida, this one atop a utility pole, eating a bug.
The Magnificent Frigatbird we listed flew over the street toward the Gulf.