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8714St Marks NWR: Goldeneyes, Bonaparte Gulls, etc

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  • Bill Phelan
    Jan 13, 2014

      Went to St Marks looking for the Alcid, which was a No show.

      Off shore at 10-11 am, (3 hrs after low tide) there were 50 - 60 Goldeneyes in the main channel, between green buoys 13 and 15.

      They were still there at 2 pm.


      Also at 10-11 there was a feeding frenzy East of the point/jetty:

      2 Bonaparte's gulls

      ~6 Red Throated loons and dozens of common loons,

      horned grebes,

      Red Brst Mergansers

      Buffleheads, Scaup, etc


      Other highlights:  at Stony Bayou:  4 Avocets near the road

                                                       a Merlin in a tree normally held by cormorants or eagles

      Two adult eagles perched near the big eagle's nest (where the GH Owl was last year)

      Nice day.

      Bill Phelan