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St. Marks, FL 32355

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Don Morrow's Bird Survey

Survey taken on Friday, February 8

During ten hours of birding today at St. Marks NWR I logged 69 species. I was leading the February Wildlife tours with Matt Johnstone driving and spotting. It was cold and windy in the morning and better in the afternoon. The American Flamingo was not present, but we had the male Vermilion Flycatcher at its usual spot and a female Vermilion on the Stony Bayou II North levee.

I started the day with 2.5 hours of recreational birding starting at 6:00 am. I had three calling Woodcocks on Lighthouse Road, a morning flight of 54 Wood Ducks at the Double Bridges and two Barred Owls calling there at dawn. I slipped down to Lighthouse Pond and had Canvasback, Lesser Scaup and Ruddy Duck. There were Bufflehead, Red-breasted Mergansers, Common Loon and Common Goldeneye on Apalachee Bay and around 100 American Oystercatchers on bars at the mouth of the St. Marks River. The lone Purple Gallinule is still on Headquarters Pond.

The field trip concentrated on Stony Bayou II which had the following:

  • Roseate Spoonbill
  • Teal (Blue-winged and Green-winged)
  • American Black Duck (at least 9)
  • Mallard
  • Scaup (Greater and Lesser, probably 4 birds in total)
  • Bufflehead (2)
  • Common Goldeneye (1 female)

Besides the female Vermilion Flycatcher, Stony Bayou II also had small numbers of shorebirds; Bllack-bellied Plover, Killdeer, Greater Yellowlegs, a single Lesser Yellowlegs, Willet, Least Sandpiper, Dunlin and Long-billed Dowitcher. There were several hundred Tree Swallows swirling low over the water and levees. I’d roughly estimate between 4 and 5 hundred.

I had Coyote early and Bobcat, Otter and Deer on the field trips. There were flocks of American White Pelican passing through. It was a good day at St. Marks with lots of good birders.














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