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St. Marks, FL 32355

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Don Morrow's Bird Survey

Survey taken on Thursday, November 29

In seven hours of cold November birding at St. Marks NWR, I logged 86 species including 957 ducks of 18 species. This continues to be a strange Fall season with late birds. I had a number of surprises including Bobolink and Cliff Swallow. Ducks are widely distributed across the refuge.

Double Bridges

I had a flock of seven Rusty Blackbirds including one breeding plumage male. The Double Bridges ranges from exciting to just a scenic walk.

Stony Bayou I

  • Horned Grebe
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Bufflehead
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Red-breasted Merganser
  • Cliff Swallow (flying low over the water with a large group of Tree Swallows; tan rump was visible)

Stony Bayou II  (A long hike, starting in the dark, but worth it) 

  • Wood Duck
  • Teal (Blue-winged & Green-winged)
  • Gadwall
  • American Wigeon
  • Mallard
  • Black Duck
  • Northern Pintail
  • Redhead
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Bufflehead
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Hooded Merganser
  • King Rail (one heard calling, predawn)
  • Ibis (White, Glossy & White-faced)
  • Bobolink (in cattails along the Northeast corner)

Lighthouse Pond

  • Redhead
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Canvasback
  • American Wigeon
  • Bufflehead
  • Ruddy Duck

There are ducks on Picnic and Headquarters Ponds. I did not get out to Tower Pond or Mounds Pool III. Overall, avian diversity at the refuge is where it should be, but numbers are a bit light for ducks and shorebirds. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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