Long tailed duck and Swallow Tail Kite
- At St Marks NWR today:
The second bird I saw was a Swallow Tail Kite flying over the double bridges on the Lighthouse Rd.
Among the last birds seen was a female Long Tailed Duck--presumably the one that has been seen several times this winter in the picnic pond. I saw her at the Lighthouse Pond, interacting with Ring Necked ducks--one male in particular, who was also relating to a female of his own species. She was diving a lot more frequently than were the Ring Necks--a characteristic that has been noted before.
Other birds of note include:
N. Flicker, YB Sapsucker--behind the Rest Rooms
2 female harriers apparently on a courting flight--circling high over Lighthouse Pond
Ruddy, Redhead, Lesser Scaup, Hooded Mergansers
I also heard what I believe to be my FOS Hooded warblers--one voice in Scott's experimental burn areas behind the Visitor Center, the other in the wetland area near the Helispot.
And I heard several white eyed vireos.
Spring has sprung.
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