Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Short stop at Ding

I've been hearing about the White Crowned Pigeon making several appearances at Ding Darling lately - specifically at the Caloosa Shell Mound and I thought I would check it out.
I was pleasantly surprised that the Wildlife Drive wasn't as busy as I've seen it a few weeks ago. 
My few sightings for today....
The resident Yellow-crowned Night Heron....busy feeding on fiddler crabs....very focused and precise, always a pleasure to watch him.

I don't know about you, but I never get tired of seeing the White Pelicans. Check out the Little Blue in front and how tiny he looks.

A few Willets resting among Cormorants and Ibis.

One of two Red-breasted Merganser that I saw today.

Iver Brooks pointed out the Red Knot with the Dunlin - I'm glad he did....I would have missed it since I was keeping my eyes on the merganser.

A few Cattle Egrets resting on Little Blue's turf.

I saw this yellow-rumped Warbler and a White-eyed Vireo at the Caloosa Shell Mound - but no White-crowned Pigeon - maybe better luck next time. My E-bird list for today.... 30 Species - not a bad birding day. 


  1. Sorry you missed the Pigeon but the birds you did see are all wonderful. Lovely photos.

  2. I always enjoy your photos. I love the markings on the yellow-crowned night heron and his hair doo. The white pelicans I love seeing them. Maybe I will see them someday in real life...little blue looks very tiny. Poor little guy. I like seeing the doo on the red-breasted merganser.