So day two was the Snowy Owl day that I wrote about a couple of days ago and while I spent a good 4 1/2 hours looking for it and another 3 hours looking at it I did manage to see a few other birds that day including a wonderful male Harlequin Duck up at Ft Clinch State Park.
On the beach at Little Talbot Island State Park I had a small group of shorebirds including about 20-25 Red Knots, Semi-palmated Plovers, Ruddy Turnstone and a Sanderling. Red Knots are a species I don’t see much of as they don’t show up in Palm Beach County very often.
This Sanderling has the darkest shoulders and wings that I have ever seen. It is quite a unique looking fellow.
When I finally pulled myself away from the Owl and left Little Calbot I headed the car West towards Tallahassee with St Marks NWR as my target for Friday.
I car camped just West of Tallahassee and after having a wonderful breakfast at Denny’s I headed through the fog the 30 miles or so to St Marks. The weather forecast had not mentioned any fog so I figured it would quickly burn off and become sunny like the forecast called for … how wrong I was !
I literally had fog the entire 11 hours I was there and while it occasionally lifted some I was very limited on my photo opportunities. Most of what I managed was of little guys from fairly close range. I did get one new lifer … a Nelson’s Sparrow which was quite cooperative and posed for a few pictures.
Another nice bird was this Sedge Wren. I have seen them before and at one time had a picture of one but I think it got eaten by a bad hard drive sometime a couple of years ago!
One of my main reasons for going to St Marks is for the variety of Ducks that are usually quite good subjects. I did manage a couple of shots but nothing like what I have in the past … guess I’ll just have to go back again next year!
St Marks is an incredible place with a huge variety of habitats that allow for quite the species count. I had 85 plus species even tough I wasted a good chunk of the day waiting for the fog to clear or I could have found another half-dozen or so.
I have one more post from the North from Ft DeSoto park in Tampa where I got one more “lifer” and two new state birds.
I also had a great birding day today riding my bike a little over 39 miles to the Boynton Beach Inlet, Lake Worth Pier and Snook Island and was able to add a bunch of new birds for my Bigby.
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