Sunday, September 20, 2020

Friends of Tigertail Breakfast & Birds

FOT’s Breakfast & Birds event.

FOT’s Breakfast & Birds event.

By Samantha Husted
sam@coastalbreezenews.com

On November 7, Friends of Tigertail (FOT) held their semiannual “Breakfast & Birds” event.

A group of about 20 birdwatchers, with binoculars and cameras in hand, combed Tigertail Beach in search of migratory birds. FOT Vice President Susan Kubat and former board member Fran Huxley led the event, sharing with participants their knowledge and love for the species. Fellow birders were able to mingle amongst others who share

The group tries to catch a glimpse of one of Tigertail’s migratory birds.

The group tries to catch a glimpse of one of Tigertail’s migratory birds.

their passion, as well as learn about the birds that make Marco Island their winter home. The event was open to the public and FOT encourages anyone who’s interested to join in on the experience, even if you’re not necessarily a birder.

Some of the birds spotted included roseate spoonbills, ospreys, gulls, white ibises, a hawk, a vulture and many more. Susan and Fran had keen eyes and were able

Fran directs the attention to a bird she spotted.

Fran directs the attention to a bird she spotted.

to spot and identify a wide range of different coastal birds. Together they used their knowledge to educate the group on different facts about birds, such as why they sleep standing on one leg (it’s to conserve body heat), or how to identify the difference between a male and a female osprey (females have a “necklace” marking on their chest, males don’t). They also explained that birds migrate simply
Fran Huxley (left) and Susan Kubat leads a  group of bird enthusiasts. PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA HUSTED

Fran Huxley (left) and Susan Kubat leads a group of bird enthusiasts. PHOTOS BY SAMANTHA HUSTED

for better food resources. They answered questions, gave advice and made sure everyone had a good time.

The next “Breakfast and Birds” event will be held in mid-January and again, all are welcome to attend.

Friends of Tigertail is a nonprofit organization that offers educational programs, tours, beach cleanups and more. If you’d like more information on upcoming events, or if you’d like to become a member, visit www.friendsoftigertail.com.

Like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FriendsOfTigertailBeach.

 

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