Howdy DRTO birders,
Not too much to report in the last couple of days, but the good old stand by winter birds are sticking around.
I’ve had a lone young herring gull that showed up for a couple of days, dwarfing the numerous laughing gulls in the Park.
The sanderlings are finally starting to arrive, who seem to really enjoy shadowing their larger cousins, the ruddy turnstones. I got a nice shot of one sanderling foraging among a group of turnstones near the Park Service dock.
A couple other photos I thought that were worth sharing include a juvenile brown pelican taking a nap in a funny pose on one of the south pilings, as well as a grouping of our three tern species on a single piling: note the royal, sandwich, and Forster’s terns.
Any future rare sightings, I’ll be sure to report to y’all!
Happy birding and see you at the Tortugas,