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Times of the Islands Magazine

Bird Sounds of Sanibel: Tuning Into the Island’s Signature Symphony

A self-proclaimed sanctuary island, Sanibel is nearly 70 percent preserved, undeveloped land. That makes it a mecca for birds—migratory, seasonal and year-round.

Reddish Egret: the Rarest and Most Habitat-restricted Heron in Florida

The reddish egret is a colorful and entertaining heron. Rarely found inland, it is associated with estuaries, mangrove swamps, tidal flats and coastal lagoons.

Red-cockaded Woodpecker: Once abundant, this woodpecker is now endangered in Florida

Of the 22 species of woodpeckers in North America and 217 worldwide, Florida is home to 11 species, including the dwindling population of the red-cockaded woodpecker.

Belted Kingfisher - Common August through February on Sanibel

The belted kingfisher is the most widespread kingfisher in North America. Easily recognized by its repeated feeding dives, large head crest and rattling call.

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