Today began with coffee and pastries as usual but we had a mission today. We went in search of a bird seen at Ding Darling along the Shell Mound Trail, a boardwalk circling around mounds left behind by the Calusa Indians who once populated these barrier islands. It has been a few years since we walked this trail because it was closed a length of time after Hurricane Charles did major damage to the mounds. But with reports of a White-Crowned Pigeon spotted there, we decided to go in search of this unusual rare bird listed as threatened in the state of
Florida. See more about this birdhere. Unfortunately, we did not spot the bird but had a good birding trip anyway.
This is an osprey that we saw on the Shell Mound Trail.
We saw no signs of the White-Crowned Pigeon but saw a lot of Snow Berry Bushes where he feeds.
After lunch we spent a couple hours at the beach. Tonight dinner was grilled chicken breasts served on a green salad with hot rolls.
We having been visiting Captiva Island for a number of years and have found it to be a most fun and relaxing place. We started coming one week in February and one week in September many years ago and have added more weeks since we retired. We now come for 6 weeks at a time.