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Cloudy skies did not deter 32 participants from taking part in the 15th Semi-Annual Friends of Tigertail "Breakfast and Birds" presentation held at Tigertail Beach on Nov. 3.

Adults and children, expert and novice birders, local residents and visitors from as far away as Europe delighted in information regarding migrating shorebirds that visit Southwest Florida during the winter.

Susan Kubat and Fran Huxley, two Friends of Tigertail birding experts, described migration pathways and physical as well as behavioral bird recognition tips. They then led the group, armed with binoculars, cameras and bird guides, to the Tigertail Beach lagoon for practice in species identification.

Several types of birds were seen, with a wealth of information given about each species. Differences in summer and winter plumage were discussed.

Part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, Tigertail Beach lagoon and Sand Dollar spit are excellent locations for bird watching throughout the year, home to migrating as well as nesting birds.

Dedicated to preserving, protecting, and enhancing the beach, Friends of Tigertail sponsors quarterly beach clean-ups and community education programs. The next "Breakfast and Birds" presentation will be in January, when summer nesting species will be discussed.

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