For guests who love to bring their binoculars to search out our fine-feathered friends while on vacation, the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation has recently compiled a new comprehensive Bird Species List for the islands.
The 2021 list includes nearly 300 species that have been observed on Sanibel and Captiva islands, from New World warblers and owls to plovers and nightjars.
“We just wanted to have a document for people to use for birds to see while they’re here and have it pretty comprehensive,” SCCF shorebird biologist Audrey Albrecht said.
Work on the list has been going on for well over a year, she said, with some hiccups due to the pandemic.
The Sanibel-Captiva Bird List, which has been formatted as a birdwatcher-friendly checklist, can be found here. It can be used digitally, or downloaded and printed. In the digital .pdf format, users can click on the common names of bird species and be directed to more information on the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s AllAboutBirds.org website.
The list is considered a living document, Albrecht said, as new birds can be added once an identification has been verified.
“It’s not really complete as it’s a work in progress,” she said. “There are birds we have not heard about, so the list is subject to revision and we welcome any additions or comments.”