Went down to Saint Marks NWR today. There is a dark(red)-phase Reddish Egret
in the Lighthouse Pool. Also got a really good long look at a Common
Yellowthroat along the primitive walking trail (only walked to just past the
"0.5 mile" sign).
List for 2/24, Saint Marks NWR
(bird name) indicates heard only:
Pied-billed Grebe - not nearly as many as
the last few weeks
Reddish Egret - dark phase in Lighthouse Pool
Cooper's Hawk - juvenile in Stony Bayou Field
Willet - large flock in Lighthouse Pool
Ruddy Turnstone - several in winter plumage,
maybe a hint of changing to breeding colors,
on the pilings with the terns.
Royal Tern - at least three on the pilings
along Levee Trail, two in breeding plumage
and one with only a partial hood.
Small tern sp. - with the Royals
White-eyed Vireo - at entrance to primitive
trails, also pair right alongside Plum
Orchard Pond Trail
Barn Swallow - at least one over Stony Bayou
Pool, several unidentified swallows also
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - everywhere
Northern Parula - singing everywhere
Yellow-rumped Warbler - one male in visitor
center's parking lot
Red-winged Blackbird - only one!
Boat-tailed Grackle - everywhere
Drove through Newport Park afterwards, only saw one each cardinal,
mockingbird and boat-tail.
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