We have so many birds in our neighborhood — not just sandpipers! I believe this is a Great Egret who just walked up the front porch of the beach house.
My mother posted this picture on facebook the other day, “Our grandson was on our front porch reading his bible and singing hymns and this guy came to visit. Not sure if he’s Presbyterian or just looking for food!”
While I find it fun to identify the birds I see just driving and walking around Nokomis, if you are interested in serious birding, check out the Venice Area Audubon Society and Rookery.