Thursday, April 19, 2012

Mergansers at Ding Darling

Thursday April 19th

Headed over to the Sanibel Lighthouse to look for any migrants. But no migrants were on-hand today.  Just the usual Ospreys, Starlings, Fish Crows, Eurasian Collared Doves and Brown pelicans.  Did see a Magnificent Frighetbird while crossing the Sanibel Causeway.
Snowy Egret

Found Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge to be very quite as well. With a high tide, waders and shore birds were scarse.  Got a few pics of Willets and Red-breasted Mergansers. The only songbirds I saw were Northern Cardinals, a Pileated Woodpecker and Mourning Doves. Kept a look-out for any mangrove cuckoos or black-whiskered vireos that might be active near the wildlife drive. An articule in the local paper reported on a year long survey being conducted at Ding Darling on the mangrove cuckoo.

Mottled Duck

Red-breasted Mergansers


Red-breasted Merganser

Red-breasted Mergansers


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