I am re-attaching David Simpson's notes regarding Edgefield Conservation
Area in Putnam County, Florida. I visited this area Sunday way too late in
the morning as it was nearly 9:30AM in getting there. This meant that the
temperature would be quickly rising on these open/non-shaded areas. This is a
very nice birding find for those of you that travel on SR 207 between Palatka
and St. Augustine. As David mentioned, it is composed of two impoundments of
which one is pretty full of water with no ducks today, but plenty of
alligators. We took the area with less water in the hopes of the sandpipers he
found there recently. The place is set up sort of like a mini-Viera wetlands
with no driving access, but the walk is very interesting and is around 2 miles.
On another note, I was at Faver-Dykes SP on Saturday (US-1 St Johns County
just north I-95) and was surprised to hear red-eyed vireos singing at the
campgrounds of the park.
Thanks David (and also thanks to Renee Stambaugh for letting me know about
St. Augustine, FL.
Seen today (listed to give an idea of the bird usage of the area):
Great blue heron
Little blue heron
Black-crowned night heron
Killdeer (nesting everywhere)
Black-necked stilt (nesting)
Common ground dove (heard)
Eastern meadowlark seen on the powerlines just before turning off SR 207 to
SR 207A. Coming from the east, SR 207A is just past the Bulls Hit Ranch west
of Hastings. Coming from the west, if you get to Bulls Hit Ranch, you've
passed SR 207A. It is west of the County Line Vegetable Stand. When you turn
on to SR 207A - remember NOT to take Federal Point Rd. The Conservation Area
will be on your left - park at the Edgefield parking area.
Edgefield Conservation Area, run by St. John's River Water Management
District was my next stop. It is located on SR 207A about a half
mile west of Federal Point Road northeast of East Palatka. This is a
Viera-type wetland area. The main cell is not full, offering a range
from semi-deep water to completely dry weedy areas. There has been a
good variety of ducks and shorebirds over the last several months.
This day I found only 10-12 White-rumped sandpipers with about 3-4
times as many Semipalmated sandpipers, a Lesser yellowlegs, and a
resident pair of Killdeer. Earlier in the month I found both
dowitchers, both yellowlegs, Stilt sandpiper, Solitary sandpiper,
Semipalmated plovers, Western and Least Sandpipers, Blue-winged teal,
and Sora. I have also found Pectoral sandpiper, snipe, Green-winged
teal, widgeon, Ruddy duck, Lesser scaup, and Ring-necked duck here.
Now if only I could find Mottled Duck!
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