8714St Marks NWR: Goldeneyes, Bonaparte Gulls, etc
- 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,
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)