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

Phone: (850) 925-6121

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Don Morrow's Bird Survey

Survey taken on Saturday, February 17

The Spring duck diaspora at St. Marks NWR has begun and duck numbers have dropped dramatically over the last ten days. Still, there are lots of good birds to be seen. In 10.5 hours starting at 6:00 am I logged 95 species including 17 waterfowl species. Having been away for ten days, I scouted the refuge in the early morning hours before leading the February Wildlife tours. It was a good day spent with lots of good birders. Night birds included Wood Duck, Clapper Rail, Sora and American Bittern. Some other highlights of the day included:

Stony Bayou I (shorebirds came in to the SE corner on the high tide in the afternoon)

  • RB Merganser
  • Plover (BB, SP & Killdeer)
  • Yellowlegs (Greater & Lesser)
  • Willet
  • Ruddy Turnstone
  • Dunlin
  • Sandpipers (Western & Least)
  • Terns (Forster’s & Royal)
  • Gulls (Laughing, Herring & RB)

Stony Bayou II

  • Wood Duck (predawn flight)
  • Teal (GW & BW)
  • Black Duck (2)
  • Mallard
  • Northern Pintail (1)
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Virginia Rail (calling post-dawn)
  • Sora (Calling predawn)
  • American Bittern (predawn and late afternoon)
  • GH Owl (calling predawn)
  • Vermilion Flycatcher (first year female)

Lighthouse Pond

  • Teal (GW & BW)
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Canvasback
  • Redhead (1)
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Ruddy Duck

Although the total number of birds has dropped, diversity is still quite high. Birds have started singing, including one Seaside Sparrow opposite Tower Pond. It’s Springtime! You should go down to SMNWR and go birding.


Good Birding!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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