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It was an Empidonax bonanza at Manatee Springs State Park on the lower Suwannee Saturday evening and Sunday morning, with numerous calling Acadian Flycatchers around the springs and in the woods, and at least two well-seen Yellow-bellied Flycatchers (yellow throat, white wingbars, stubby bill with brighter colored lower mandible) near the springs.  One of the latter was also calling, with a one-note call rather similar to the Acadians, so beware.  To complete the tyrannid invasion, a couple of Great Crested Flycatchers and an Eastern Wood-Pewee were seen or heard near the Magnolia campground.

On the Sink Trail were 2 Veeries, a Swainson's Thrush, 2-3 Hooded Warblers, 2 Ovenbirds (1 singing), an American Redstart, and numerous, singing Northern Parulas.

A quick look at Cedar Key on Sunday afternoon found 2 Roseate Spoonbills actively foraging in the marsh very near the road (Hwy 24).


Brad Bergstrom
Margaret Harper
Valdosta, GA

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