St. Marks Wednesday afternoon
- I chased the buff-breasted sandpipers late this afternoon at St. Marks.
Instead of turning left at the "t" I turned right and found a flock of
10 in the drying pool around the bend in the dike. As Andy had
mentioned they were nervous and repeatedly flew from the grass on the
left side of the open area to the grass on the right side and back
again. Other birders said they had seen them in the grassy area of
Mounds 3 that Andy had reported.
I did not look for the Hudsonian or phalarope but did make a quick run
down to the lighthouse. There were oystercatchers on the flats and a
single black skimmer was working the remaining water on the west side.
Tonight may be a major departure for eastern kingbirds. There were 19
eastern kingbirds sitting in the trees/bushes on the east side of the
road just north of the double dikes. Some were flycatching but most
seemed to be resting. The only other time I have seen such a large
congregation was during spring migration at Fort Morgan, Alabama when
they were coming in off the water.
Thanks Andy and Julie for getting the reports out so quickly. It gave
me something to look forward to all day.