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SCCF Bird List Gets Lively Community Resonse

May 24, 2021
SCCF has received great feedback on its updated Sanibel Captiva Bird List featuring 298 avian species that launched on May 7. In the last two weeks, exciting sighting information has come in about these nine additional species:
  • Connecticut Warbler (Oporornis agilis)
  • Couch’s Kingbird (Tyrannus couchii)
  • Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope)
  • Iceland Gull (Larus glaucoides)
  • Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)
  • Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus)
  • Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)
  • Swainson’s Hawk (Buteo swainsoni)
  • Venezuelan Troupial (Icterus icterus)
Thanks to Janet Kirk for leading the effort to get historical sighting input from fellow birders Aaron Kirk, Vince McGrath, Jim Boughton, and Lesley Simmons on these species.
We appreciate the community engaging with this list as a “living” document that accurately reflects the amazing diversity of avian species on our two barrier islands.
Islanders and visitors are encouraged to continue to send sightings of any birds not included on our list to We will vet all submissions as needed for inclusion in an updated edition of the SCCF Sanibel Captiva Bird List that will be e-published this fall.


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