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Feathered Guest

carrier pigeon

A lost carrier pigeon has taken a detour from his travels by lodging in a window sill at Ocean’s Reach. One of our guests was able to read the bird’s registration leg band and found out the bird was raised in San Diego and later sold to a buyer on the east coast of Florida.

It’s no wonder that a lost bird would wander to Sanibel. Our barrier islands offer a large wildlife habitat for 230 kinds of birds as well as “snowbirds”,  » Read more

Better the Second Time Around

conch shells

Recently we introduced you to our elated guests whose patience paid off with the discovery of two large horse conch shells. News Update: within the same week, the same guests found the same elusive shells – not two, not three but four oversized horse conch shells! Two ladies plus one week equals six horse conch shells!

Their advice to all shellers staying at Ocean’s Reach? During low tide,  » Read more

Bigger is Better

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Our two shellers from Waterville, Ohio are frequent guests of Ocean’s Reach and have been yearning to collect the “big one” that has been eluding them for years.

Lo and behold, during low tide this past week at 7:00 p.m., they made an amazing discovery. Found buried in the sand was what looked like a common pen shell. Upon further uncovering, they discovered, instead, their elusive “big one”—a horse conch shell.  » Read more

Meet the Grackles

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Another bird family taking residence in our bird house is the common grackle. They are new to Ocean’s Reach but common throughout eastern North America. Adult grackles are large and lanky blackbirds with long tails and long legs. From a distance they look dark black but up-close, you will notice a beautiful purple-blue iridescence on their body.

They love to forage on the ground, at the base of bird houses,  » Read more

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