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Friends of St. Marks
Wildlife Refuge
PO Box 368
St. Marks, FL 32355

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Don Morrow's Bird Survey

Survey taken on Saturday, May 5

A good morning of birding at the refuge. I led the Extremely Early Birding trip at 6:00 am for eight stalwart birders. We logged 60 species. I stayed out through midday to get in some freelance birding and ended up with a day list total of 81 species. Some highlights of the morning were:

Stony Bayou II

  • Least Bittern (calling birds only
  • YC Night Heron (NE corner, sitting in a tree)
  • Wood Duck
  • RB Merganser (3 females flying through)
  • Barn Swallow (resident birds, the migrants have passed through)
  • Bobolink (25, all but one was female)

Stony Bayou I

  • Peregrine Falcon (chasing everyone listed below)
  • Plovers (Semipalmated, BB, Wilson’s & American Golden as I drove out)
  • Sandpipers (Least, Semipalmated & Spotted)
  • Greater Yellowlegs, Willet
  • Dunlin
  • SB Dowitcher
  • Terns (20 Forster and 50 Least)

I had Pine, Yellow-throated and Black-throated Blue on Tower Pond Trail, as well as, a single female Indigo Bunting. A Whimbrel has been hanging out on the mudflats across the road from the eagle’s nest near the lighthouse and a single female Bufflehead is sitting on grass tufts in the NE corner of Picnic Pond. I’ve seen ducks do this in May when the water temperature climbs. There are still a few Scaup, including a female Greater on Lighthouse Pond, along with a pair of BW Teal.

It’s beginning to get hot, but Netflix still doesn’t offer as much variety as St Marks NWR. Go birding before it gets any hotter.

 

 

 

 

 

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