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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 Sunday, October 21

I headed down to St. Marks NWR this morning for six-and-a-half hours of Fall birding that started at 6:30 am. It turned out to be a very social morning. I birded on-and-off with Matt Johnstone, Nick Baldwin and Jim Cavanaugh and ended up with 62 species, including migrants and returning winter birds.  

Double Bridges

  • Phoebe
  • Northern Waterthrush
  • Black-and-white Warbler
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Palm Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Rusty Blackbird (eating a tree frog, Cavanaugh and I saw one bird, he had more earlier

Double Dikes (at the intersection with Lighthouse Road)

  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Dunlin
  • Pectoral Sandpiper
  • Wilson’s Snipe
  • Vermilion Flycatcher
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Common Yellowthroat

Tower Pond Trailhead

  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  • Swainson’s Thrush

Tower Pond

  • Wood Stork (two flyby birds)
  • Semipalmated Plover
  • Least Sandpiper
  • Western Sandpiper
  • Dunlin

There was an extreme low tide with water being pushed out by a North wind. Wind and low tide usually depress birding at SMNWR as land birds hunker down and shorebirds leave to feed on exposed flats. Still, it was a surprisingly productive day of birding. The refuge was definitely battered by Michael, but it is still a great place to go birding.










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