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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 Friday, August 3

Three and a half hours of lazy birding at St. Marks NWR starting at 8:00 am resulted in 63 species. The refuge is awash like the rest of the Big Bend with water partly covering Lighthouse Road in a few places, but not deep enough to interfere with travel. Shorebirds were scarce, but there was still plenty to see. Some highlights of my morning were:

Double Bridges

  • Acadian Flycatcher
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • RE & WE Vireo

Road to Helispot

  • Wood Duck (flyby)
  • BH Nuthatch
  • Woodpeckers (Downy, Red-cockaded, Red-bellied & Pileated)
  • Summer Tanager
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Blue Grosbeak

Stony Bayou I

  • Roseate Spoonbill (7)
  • Reddish Egret (4 dark phase)
  • Black Tern (6)
  • Plovers (SP, BB & Wilson’s)

Lighthouse Area (from the viewing platform)

  • Terns (Least, Black, Forster’s, Sandwich & Royal)
  • Black Skimmer
  • Marbled Godwit

Some of the Sandwich Terns were recently fledged young that still had yellow/orange bills and were begging for food from the adults. I had one Yellow Warbler at Headquarters Pond. The rains have stopped and it should be a good weekend for birding. Go down to the refuge!







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