Just wanted to give y’all a quick update on the bird status out at the Park. Most importantly, Bush Key has been mostly vacated by the sooty tern and brown noddy colonies. A few straggling brown noddy adults and juveniles are still flitting about, but I haven’t seen a sooty tern in several days. This early departure (~1 month ahead of schedule) may be a result of the especially mild winter most of the country experienced this year.
Some of the windy and stormy days we’ve experienced this summer have also brought some brief visitors to the Park, including two Forster’s terns last week. They only stopped for a few minutes, but I was able to get a few shots of them on the coaling dock ruins.
The little blue heron, great blue heron, and snowy egret are still around, enjoying the regular schools of bait hanging around the Fort.
I’ve seen some interesting pelicans this week, including an adult with the characteristic black feathers on the top of the head that indicate the bird is feeding a chick somewhere.
Sadly, I’ve also seen a young bird out there with a fair amount of fishing line in its bill and pouch. Please take a good look at this photo and realize how important it is to keep wildlife wild, which includes feeding pelicans bait and scraps from your fishing trips.
This bird had a hard time feeding, and if it can’t be caught or free itself of the line, it may very well starve to death. Please spread the word and encourage your friends and family to fish responsibly.