Birding and relaxing in Sanibel

Dec 22, 2016 by Janine |
Sanibel sunsets are the best

Nice and relaxing

Time for a nice bubble bath afterward

Lots of shorebirds.


Piping Plover

Snowy Plover (reported to USGS- will be interested to learn where it was banded originally)


A rainy drive around Ding Darling found this Yellow Crowned Night Heron.

A little blue caught a shrimp

We were supposed to take a romantic sunset cruise but the weather put a stop to that. So we ended up going out the next morning and saw lots of birds and dolphins!

Nice to be back home. Although, I have a to-do list a mile long, so it doesn't really feel like a holiday!

Have a safe and happy Christmas and New Year!

Steve Vai, Garden Birds

Dec 05, 2016 by Janine |
Last week we saw Steve Vai with VIP access. It was a wonderful experience to meet Steve and the band & crew.

Q&A with Steve. "Some kind of sorcerer"

We also got to roam around on the stage before the show

The show was amazing. Especially the surprise bit of "audience participation" at the end! ;)

After that excitement, it was nice to relax with the birds in the garden. The painted buntings have been steadily increasing in number.

Bath time

"The Waiting Stick." Each bird patiently awaits their turn in the bath.

Except for the male cardinal, of course.