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St. Marks, FL 32355

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Don Morrow's Bird Survey

Survey taken on Wednesday, April 6

There were migrants at St. Marks NWR today and a few additional interesting birds. Barn and Tree Swallows continue to move through and I managed to luck in to four rail species. Great Crested Flycatchers and Eastern Kingbirds are scattered about. Yellow-rumped Warblers remain by far the most common passerine migrant.

Tower Pond Trail

  • Black Rail (calling several times from the marsh across from Tower Pond)
  • Clapper Rail (ditto)
  • King Rail (single slow-cadenced three part call from the marshes on the Southwest side of Mounds Pool III)
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Gray Catbird
  • Orchard Oriole
  • Summer  Tanager
  • Warblers (Yellow-rumped, Palm, Parula, Prothonotary)
  • Vireos (Red-eyed & White-eyed)
  • Other birders reported Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Hooded & Worm-eating Warbler.

Lighthouse Road (at the active Eagle’s nest)

  • Gray Catbird
  • Warblers (Yellow-rumped, Yellow-throated, Palm, Parula, Prairie & Prothonotary)
  • Vireos (Red-eyed & White-eyed)

Down by the Lighthouse there was a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (helpfully pointed out by the Apalachee Audubon Birdathon Crew) and two male Greater Scaup. Offshore there were single Bufflehead, Horned Grebe and Common Loon. About two hundred White Pelicans headed West and thirty Red-breasted Mergansers headed East.

I had Sora at Headquarters Pond and Yellow-throated Vireo at the Double Bridges. It was foggy, overcast and a little humid, but a good day of Spring birding with lots of good birders wandering about aimlessly.














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