Good morning! While on Georgia’s “golden isles”, we were fascinated by the daily appearance at “our” tidal creek of a Snowy Egret and one to seven Hooded Mergansers. The birds appeared to be hunting/fishing cooperatively. At first we thought the egret was following the ducks and waiting for their dives to send up some fish, but later we wondered if the mergansers were benefiting from the heron’s stirring up little creatures. Any ideas?
Also - We in the north are used to birds singing during mating season and on breeding grounds. (We don’t hear our winter Tree Sparrows singing here in Vermont, but when I was in Churchill, Manitoba, they were singing all around us.) However, many birds were singing all day every day in Georgia. Yellow-throated Warblers were the stars, but we also heard and watched Ruby-crowned Kinglets doing their spring songs, as well as a Brown Creeper and many, many cardinals. I think the YTWA males arrive early to establish and defend nesting areas, but are the other species courting down there now?
Thanks for any insights!
Maeve Kim, Jericho Center