Red-breasted merganser stops by for a visit
Latest in birding news at the Dry Tortugas,
A female red-breasted merganser has spent the last 48 hours paddling around on the northeast side of the island, between Garden Key and Bush Key. She’s been swimming and feeding in very visible areas, and is quite a beautiful bird. I’ve posted several photos of the hen below.
Lots of royal and sandwich terns are still around for the winter, and today, I saw one very big royal tern chick (indistinguishable from the adults) incessantly begging off of one of its parents. The poor adult was trying its best to ignore the chick, which it had no intention of feeding, but the chick continued to make pathetic chirps for minutes. Quite a sight!
One lone American kestrel also remains at the Park, seen regularly flying within and outside Fort Jefferson.
That’s all to report for now.