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

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Photo Credits

Don Morrow's Bird Survey

Survey taken on Saturday, January 5

The Federal shutdown cancelled my wildlife tours, but that allowed me to join Alachua Audubon for John Hintermister’s last official St. Marks field trip as a leader. It was a long ten-hour day in which I logged 86 species, including 14 duck species and 12 shorebird species. Both the Flamingo and the Vermilion Flycatcher cooperated.

The Flamingo is feeding in the middle of Stony Bayou II and we were able to view it from the cross dike that separates Stony Bayou I and II. Walk out the Double Dikes; go right (watch for the White-faced Ibis on mudflats to your left); just before you get to the South levee, the Flamingo is visible to the East. Binocular views work, a scope is better. This is about a 2.5 mile walk, round-trip.

The Vermilion Flycatcher continues at its normal spot on Lighthouse Road at the Double Dikes.

Stony Bayou II

  • White-faced Ibis
  • Redhead
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Teal (both Green and Blue-winged)
  • Bufflehead
  • American Flamingo

Headquarters Pond

  • Purple Gallinule
  • Roseate Spoonbill
  • Greater Scaup
  • Bufflehead
  • Common Goldeneye (five females)
  • Red-breasted Merganser

Tower Pond (over a thousand shorebirds, primarily Dunlin, SB Dowitcher & Willet)

  • Reddish Egret
  • Plovers (Black-bellied & Semipalmated)
  • Marbled Godwit
  • Dunlin
  • Sandpipers (Least & Western)
  • Dowitcher (Short & Long-billed)
  • Yellowlegs (Lesser & Greater)
  • Willet

Lighthouse Pond (mostly Lesser Scaup & Redhead)

  • American Wigeon
  • Canvasback
  • Redhead
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Scaup (Lesser & Greater)
  • Bufflehead
  • Ruddy Duck

Offshore there were Common Loon, Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser and Bufflehead. There are Horned Grebe offshore and on the interior ponds. We had flyby White Pelicans, Wood Stork and Cooper’s Hawk.

It was a good day of birding.












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