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8642St Marks NWR--Saturday

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  • Don Morrow
    Nov 9, 2013
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      The 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)
      Black-bellied Plover
      Semipalmated Plover Killdeer
      Black-necked Stilt
      American Avocet
      Greater Yellowlegs
      Lesser Yellowlegs
      Western Sandpiper
      Least sandpiper
      Short-billed Dowitcher

      Stony Bayou II (most birds in the East end)
      American Bittern
      Black-crowned Night-Heron
      Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (there are at least three adult plumage birds)
      Wood Stork
      Green-winged Teal
      American Black Duck (one pair seen and then three seen in a flock of Mallards)
      Blue-winged Teal
      Ring-necked Duck
      Lesser Scaup
      Hooded Merganser
      Virginia Rail (feeding on flats along edge of needle rush marsh)

      Mounds Pool III
      Glossy Ibis
      White-faced Ibis (pair seen loosely associating with Glossy Ibis flock)
      Green-winged Teal
      Northern Pintail
      Blue-winged Teal

      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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