I headed down to St. Marks NWR this morning for six-and-a-half hours of
Fall birding that started at 6:30 am. It turned out to be a very social
morning. I birded on-and-off with Matt Johnstone, Nick Baldwin and Jim
Cavanaugh and ended up with 62 species, including migrants and returning
Rusty Blackbird (eating a tree frog, Cavanaugh and I saw one bird, he had
*Double Dikes* (at the intersection with Lighthouse Road)
*Tower Pond Trailhead*
Wood Stork (two flyby birds)
There was an extreme low tide with water being pushed out by a North wind.
Wind and low tide usually depress birding at SMNWR as land birds hunker
down and shorebirds leave to feed on exposed flats. Still, it was a
surprisingly productive day of birding. The refuge was definitely battered
by Michael, but it is still a great place to go birding.