Red things in the water at Fort Desoto

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It’s always fun to see Red breasted mergansers swimming around near the shore line at Fort Desoto. They are always bobbing for fish and stay busy preening themselves.  There were several swimming around in a shallow lagoon near the north beach.

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Then the reddish egret photo bombed my shot of the red breasted mergansers diving. He was strutting around like “Hey why are you taking pictures of those ducks when you could be taking pictures of me?”

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Then I started taking pictures of the reddish egret.

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And a tricolored heron photo bombed my last shot of the reddish egret.

Summer at the beach

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A black bellied plover eating something gunky.

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Some of the resident oystercatchers.

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A sandwich tern flying by.

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“Got a light?”

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More laughing gulls.

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Trying to get a fish.

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Typical Florida shot.

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Dowitcher looking for snacks.

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One of the red breasted mergansers is still hanging around the fishing pier.

Stuff at Fort Desoto in early June.

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At the fishing pier

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These two female red breasted mergansers are still hanging around the fishing pier. They should be north for the summer by now.

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A ruddy turnstone on the rocks.

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A royal tern brings her a fish. Since she’s eating it, I guess they are an official couple.

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The laughing gulls are pretty this time of year.

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Having a conversation about something. All of the gulls are pairing up.

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The juvenile reddish egret is still hanging around the pier.

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Two baby osprey on the smokestack tower nest.

 

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Someone got their snack stolen. Or maybe, the bird is being paid to advertise.

Saturday morning at Fort Desoto.

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Just passing through

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Yellow bellied sapsucker.

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Lots of indigo buntings including the juvenile in the last picture. He hasn’t got all of his blue feathers in yet.

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The scarlet tanager has black wings.

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The summer tanager is the only all red bird in America (according to All About Birds)

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Female red breasted merganser.

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And a pretty cactus flower just for fun.

These were taken at Fort Desoto in early April when spring migrating birds were stopping by for a rest before heading north for the summer. There wasn’t a ton of birds but a few good ones.

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Fort Desoto in mid-May

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Lots of black bellied plovers on the beach.

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Tiny Wilson’s plover.

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Gimpy, one of the resident oystercatchers was watching me as looked for food.

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A pretty red breasted merganser coming up for air.

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I think this is a white eyed vireo but I can’t tell for sure from this shot.

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The only Cape May warbler I saw this spring.

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Mom is all alone now that her kids have gone off to “college”. She’s getting some much-needed rest after raising two hungry owlets.

 

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Crazy wild parrots flying around near the beach.

Some left over shots from a trip to Fort Desoto beach in mid-May.

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The last of the red breasted ladies.

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Most of the winter ducks had left to head north for the summer. In mid-May I found these 2 red breasted mergansers wading around in the north beach marsh at Fort Desoto. They were swimming in about 4-6 inches of water. It looked like they were feeding off shrimp in the shallow water. There were several other photographers there. The mergansers came pretty close to the edge and didn’t seem bothered by anybody. We all just sat there on the sand and watched them swim around. I didn’t see them again on my most recent visit so I guess they are already at their summer home.

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Red breasted merganser convention

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Putting on the brakes in the water.

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Making a hard landing.

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Cruising around in the waves.

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Showing off.

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Getting sleepy.

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Giving me the eye.

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Gotta itch.

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Cruising with friends.

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Another sighting of the common loon at the pier.

It feels like Fort Desoto had more red breasted mergansers this winter than ever before. There was a small flock hanging around the north beach lagoon and a few were swimming around both fishing piers. They seemed to be very calm, taking naps on the beach. The big question was where were all the males? We only had female mergansers.  Is there some pond somewhere full of male ones? Or do they just stay up north and not head down south for the winter? Makes you wonder.