Hi all,

Went down to Saint Marks NWR early this afternoon. The place was infested
with Palm Warblers. Hundreds of Palm Warblers! I had noticed this morning at
home that we were "under invasion" by the critters, but I didn't expect such
a large number...some were pulling the "cardinal act", i.e., trying to see
just how closely they could fly out in front of cars. Obviously, some didn't
make it, and we watched a Boat-tailed Grackle making a meal out of a
roadkilled PAWA.

Also had a few Yellow Warblers, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Swainson's and
Gray-cheeked Thrush, and a possible Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Also saw the
"dalmation" (partial albino) grackle.

The most surprising sighting was actually a non-sighting: down at the
lighthouse, NO terns and NO shorebirds! Only 8 Laughing Gulls. Otherwise
nada, zippo, zilch, until we were just about to leave and a solitary
Pectoral Sandpiper zipped by overhead, heading west and not even slowing
down. That was it! Reckon the front blew 'em all out last night...

Finally, this morning a small flock (about 6) of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks
decended on our sunflower feeder. With that, and the lifer Gray-cheeked
Thrush, my year list now stands at 255. 254 of which have been seen between
the Apalachicola and Suwannee Rivers! (The sole exception is Merlin.)

Crawfordville, Wakulla County, Florida
"Walk softly, and carry a big scope"

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