I’ve seen a male and female Anhinga, I assume a mating pair, on Jenkins Point Road in the lagoon rookery on the right. You know better than I that there are only a few Egret nests in that rookery. I noticed on several different visits over the last 10 days or so that the Anhinga pair was sometimes sitting on a nest and sometimes they were not and sometimes they were in a big time squabble with a pair of Great Egrets over the nest! I have photos of the squabble on June 1st. I swear the Egrets and Anhinga pair were fighting over the nest!
I was wondering about a few things and thought perhaps you might have some insight on the following:
1. Do these two species often steal each other’s nest?
2. Do Anhinga’s typically nest in the same rookery as Egrets?
3. Isn’t it late in the season for chicks to hatch?Valerie Doane
So for some quick answers, Nancy Brown responded as follows (be sure to “Read More” to see the answers and more photos!):Continue reading “Ask SIB: Nesting Anhingas”