We went to Lido Key in Sarasota to see the below colony of nesting Black Skimmers. The adults dig a shallow bowl in the sand called a "scrape" and incubate their eggs right there on the beach. The adults shield their chicks from the hot summer sun.
On my blog post from this trip I describe the importance of scrub habitat and the endangered Florida Scrub Jay. Please click on the pictures below to view close ups with captions.
I was in my grandma's driveway and took these pictures of a Pileated Woodpecker and Great Egret.