Date: 11/5/18 2:37 pm
From: Don Morrow <donaldcmorrow...> [nflbirds] <nflbirds-noreply...>
Subject: [nflbirds] Re: SMNWR --- Monday Morning
Sorry, that should have read Nelson's Sparrow, not Henslow's Sparrow.

Don Morrow
<donaldcmorrow...> <donaldcmorow...>
Tallahassee, FL

On Mon, Nov 5, 2018 at 2:18 PM Don Morrow <donaldcmorrow...> wrote:

> During a quick morning trip and run down at St. Marks NWR, I had 58
> species over about 3.5 hours. Most notably, I found the American Flamingo
> on the back side of Stony Bayou II, where it was actively feeding. I birded
> only two sites; the road down to the Helispot and a loop around Stony Bayou
> II.
> Tram Road down to the Helispot had a mix of small songbirds; House,
> Carolina and Sedge Wren, Common Yellowthroat, Black-and-white &
> Yellow-rumped Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher.
> Despite a weather report to the contrary, it rained.
> I changed into running clothes, slung my binoculars bandoleer-style and
> started running down the Double Dikes and around Stony Bayou II. I stopped
> a lot. I had Swamp, Savannah, Vesper and Henslow’s Sparrow. Henslow’s was a
> surprise. I’ve never found them away from the coast. Ducks included
> Blue-winged & Green-winged Teal, Gadwall, Redhead and Ring-necked Duck. I
> also saw Wilson’s Snipe, Dunlin and a very late White-rumped Sandpiper.
> Sora were calling and I had a few Marsh Wrens.
> The American Flamingo was in open water in the Eastern end of the pool. It
> was actively feeding during the fifteen minutes that I had it under
> observation. It would stand on its right leg and move its left leg back and
> forth, presumably to stir up the bottom sediment. While it was doing this,
> its head was submerged and moving from side to side. It would occasionally
> stop, raise its head and then continue feeding. I’ve read that flamingos
> eat algae, crustaceans, aquatic plants and diatoms by filtering them out of
> the water.
> My running time on the 4.7-mile loop was not very good. In my defense,
> there were a lot of distractions.
> Don Morrow
> <donaldcmorrow...> <donaldcmorow...>
> Tallahassee, FL

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