We went to Lake Pasadena today. Anhingas breed there and there are always so many there. There is a Mangrove in the center of the lake where they breed. I have seen Great Blue Herons collecting nesting materials and flying them to the Mangrove, so I assume they breed there. I have seen Cormorants, Snowy Egrets, and Great Egrets in the Mangrove in the spring, but my camera, binoculars and eyes can’t tell for sure if they are breeding. I suspect they might be.
About 40 Ibis arrived in a flock. I never saw so many Muscovy Ducks as live there year round, and they also breed there. A flock of 45 Crows flew over. I saw several Turtles sunning themselves as well as swimming. There are also 3 Pekin Ducks there. A couple of years ago there were 6. The Wood Stork seemed to be influenced by being among so very many Anhingas.
The most exciting find was a Pied-billed Grebe. I don’t think, from what I have read, that Pied-billed Grebes are in my area (Pinellas County) except when the migrants arrive from the North. The birds might be migrants or from the cadre of year-round residents in Florida. Every book I have says they are year-round residents in the state. It is at times like this that I bemoan not having my photos from the computer that crashed. Of course, it is not a record for the county, but I did see a lot last year and the photos would tell me when. Just out of curiosity what are the experiences of the rest of the group? In my experiences, Pied-billed Grebes are happiest far from shore, and I would not get too close to the shore to shoot because I did not want to disturb the birds that were there. That’s a long way of saying, please click on the thumbnails to enlarge, especially to see how cute that little bird is. -SLB