Lots and lots of gulls
Favorite thing: Many different species of gulls along the Florida coasts. Can be a nuisance, but if you stop to take a closer look, the gull can be a pretty bird. This type is the royal tern. It lives in colonies that can number 10,000.
Fondest memory: When I was a kid, I'd take scraps of stale bread down to the beach and feed the seagulls. They'd flock around in great numbers. I always took pity on the meeker birds who stayed towards the fringes and tried to throw chunks of bread their direction. But usually that would only cause them to get beat up by the larger gulls.
Condominiums crowd the beach
Favorite thing: Building has been booming ever since I first visited Siesta Key in 1973. Each time there is a new highrise that is fancier than all the rest. Some condominiums are now selling at a price that exceeds $1,000,000. That's a lot of dough for an ocean view.
Look for birds
Favorite thing: The mangroves on the east side of the key are home to many varieties of birds. This friendly looking fellow is a night heron. As far as I can tell he hunts relentlessly throughout both the day and the night. Always looking for a tasty crustacian to snack upon.
While visiting Siesta Key you...
Favorite thing: While visiting Siesta Key you must relax on the white beach, explore the Point of Rocks on the south end of the key, and enjoy the local villiage.
Fondest memory: My fondest memory of Siesta Key was marrying my husband. Our wedding day started out as rainy and it continued to rain the whole day. We prayed for a 2 hour break in the weather and received it! We married barefooted and with family/friends watching. We also ended up with a beach full of 'guest spectators'. Siesta Key offers a beautiful backdrop for the best of memories!
The Great Blue Heron
Favorite thing: Just sittin on the dock of the bay.
Looking for a handout perhaps or maybe just resting his weary wings before he goes in search of the catch of the day.