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Fernandina Beach 9/19/04 high tide this morning: FOS adult female peregrine perched on a navigation tower in Cumberland Sound, FOS northern harrier aloft over the inlet moving south. 

Marsh spoil island opposite downtown Fernandina: (est.) 300 rosate spoonbill roosting, 125 Am. white pelicans on shell bar and >800 shorebirds roosting on wash flat including: 3 stilt sandpiper, 2 red knot, 4 greater yellowlegs, 3 whimbrel, >100 black-belly plover, short-billed dowitchers, 100's of western sandpipers, least sandpipers, few willet and ruddy turnstone. Amongst the shorebirds were: one gull-billed tern and one Forster's tern and two late least tern aloft.

The latter site is only accessible by vessel but a very short distance from downtown Fernandina Beach. All species above roosting on the west or backside of the island from Fernandina Harbor Marine. 

Out-of-bounds (but perhaps of interest) was one clapper rail moving low off the ocean and landing in the primary dunes on south Cumberland Island. Easily found concealed in the sea oats but quite reluctant to take flight over the exposed beach in broad daylight.  

Doris and Pat Leary, Fernandina Beach, Nassau County

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