St Marks NWR-Saturday Morning
- I did the Loon patrol and logged 18 intrepid Common Loons heading into a strong North wind before the morning flight abruptly ended at 7:30 am.
I shifted over to migration birding and logged the following on Mounds Pool Trail
American Avocet (6 in breeding plumage on Tower Pond)
Black-necked Stilt (around 30 on Tower Pond)
Gray Catbird (many)
Red-eyed Vireo (many)
Scarlet Tanager (female)
I had Barn Swallows, Tree Swallows and one Cliff Swallow (sitting on the road) at the East River Pool Boat Ramp.
I had a Northern Waterthrush at the first of the Double Bridges.
Chuck-wills-widows are now common in the predawn morning. Sora and Clapper Rails are loud and common around dawn. Barred and Great Horned Owls are still calling.
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