8642St Marks NWR--Saturday
- Nov 9, 2013The first St Marks Fall Wildlife Tour of the Season ran hot and cold. The morning run was cold and breezy, but the afternoon heated up to seasonably warm temperatures. I logged 75 species and had credible reports of a half dozen more. There were thirteen species of waterfowl. My thanks to Pensacola Audubon for good company and their birding expertise. Some highlights of the day were:
Stony Bayou I (great shorebirding during high tide along the coast; numbers are increasing daily)
Semipalmated Plover Killdeer
Stony Bayou II (most birds in the East end)
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (there are at least three adult plumage birds)
American Black Duck (one pair seen and then three seen in a flock of Mallards)
Virginia Rail (feeding on flats along edge of needle rush marsh)
Mounds Pool III
White-faced Ibis (pair seen loosely associating with Glossy Ibis flock)
There were many White Pelicans moving through in late morning. Lucy Duncan and others reported a female Painted Bunting near the platform at Headquarters Pond.
The next wildlife tour is December 14th. Call St Marks at 850.625.6121 to reserve a spot.
It was a good day of birding.
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