Dorian Anderson and Libby Errickson birding on 'Ding' Darling in early March. Photo courtesy Libby Errickson
Dorian Anderson and Libby Errickson birding on 'Ding' Darling in early March. Photo courtesy Libby Errickson

It was on March 10 when Dorian Anderson saw a Magnificent Frigatebird overhead on the 'Ding' Darling NWR. At that point Anderson had ridden more than 2,000 miles on his bicycle on his quest to pedal cross-country and record a birding Big Year on a bicycle. The frigatebird was year bird No. 243.

Now we are nearing the midpoint of the year and Anderson is still riding and still seeing birds. Monday found him in the high Colorado mountains chasing a White-tailed Ptarmagin, a Brown-capped Rosy-finch and McGillivray's Warbler. McGillivray's appeared; the ptarmagin and rosy-finch remain at-large.

The frigatebird was seen at sea level. Anderson was at 13,500 feet above sea level on Monday. McGillivray's was year bird No. 486. Anderson has now ridden his bicycle 7,685 miles through 22 states, all the while piling on the birds in hot spots like the Texas Gulf Coast and the desert of Southeastern Arizona.

While we happy to report that Anderson is still all in one piece and still riding, we are also happy to report, as he is, that to date he has raised $14,831 for bird conservation and birding programs.

To read more about Anderson's exploits, which he covers in great detail, visit his website at bikingforbirds.blogspot.com and to contribute to his fundraising effort click here.

Birding partner set record

We also remember that Anderson's birding partner while at 'Ding' Darling was refuge intern Libby Errickson. Her time at 'Ding' Darling is about up, but while she was here she and a friend, Alyssia Church, set the Lee County one-day record for birds with 88.

Island weather

It's cooler where Anderson is. The Weather Channel at santivachronicle.com calls for 89 degrees today with a 20 percent chance of rain. It was 78 degrees on Sanibel and 79 on Captiva at 6 a.m. today. The five-day forecast through Saturday is much the same with overnight lows in the high 70s.

Beaches

Today's high tide is at 9:23 a.m. and low tide comes at 5:53 p.m. on Sanibel. The Gulf of Mexico remains very smooth and calm.

The sun sets on Captiva island at 8:25 p.m. today.