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Wildlife Refuge
PO Box 368
St. Marks, FL 32355

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Don Morrow's Bird Survey

Survey taken on Thursday, June 6

St. Marks NWR was quiet this morning, but still birdy. In 3.5 hours I logged 67 species including three duck species and eight shorebird species –two with fledglings. We’re at the tail of the birding year when the refuge has its lowest species diversity. We have about 125 year-round and summer resident bird species and whatever stray leftover migrants happen to be at the refuge.

I spent about a half hour at the Double Bridges and left just as the sun was rising somewhere behind the clouds. Acadian & Great Crested Flycatchers were already calling when I arrived at 6:00 am. I added Red-eyed & Yellow-throated Vireo, a pair of Barred Owls and a few Red-shouldered Hawks. All of these were heard-only.

I walked out to the Helispot and added Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Pine & Yellow-throated Warbler, Summer Tanager, Eastern Towhee and a few other species. “The list groweth”, as my friend John Hintermister used to say.

East River Pool had Roseate Spoonbills and almost a dozen Black-necked Stilts, including three immatures in juvenal plumage that looked like half-size versions. I also had Blue-winged Teal, a Redhead and nine Scaup. I spent a half hour on the Scaup; seven male and two female. I had previously thought that they were Lesser, but they appear to be Greater Scaup based on the head shape, wing stripes and bill. The females have already gone through their late-Spring partial molt.

I stopped on the side of Lighthouse Road and scoped Headquarters Pond. There were several Purple Gallinules among the more prevalent Common Gallinules. I also had an immature Black-crowned Night Heron.

Down by the Lighthouse I had lots of over-summering young Forster’s Terns, a few breeding plumage Royal Terns and one spectacular breeding plumage Black Tern. Among the Willets was one juvenile feeding with its parent. At this point it was beginning to rain and I headed home. It was a nice calm morning of birding at St. Marks.

 

Good Birding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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