How to spell cold!! FREEZING! This trip to St Marks was the coldest that I have experienced since I have been leading the trips. We started out Sunday morning with 28 degrees and very windy. Monday morning was a cold 19 degrees! But this did not stop 16 hearty souls from our "appointed" rounds. We checked the Refuge first from about 10 AM until 4:30 on Sunday. This was the most productive. Monday morning was a run through Bottoms Rd with very little results. It just was too cold. But I love to be near the entrance to this are for one of the most beautiful sunrises anywhere.
But the freezing temps did not deter 16 hearty and determined birders. The species did not diasappoint. We got more species of duck than we have seen in awhile.Wigeon, Mallard, Shoveler, Teals, Canvasback, Redhead, Ring-necked, Bufflehead, Merganser, and Ruddy.
A few nice surprises were in store. Golden-crowned Kinglet, White Faced Ibis, Henslow's Sparrow, Adult & juvenile Vermilion Flycatcher, and more. We didn't beat our record from last year of 108 because of the weather, but we still got 95 species. The entire list can be seen at this eBird link. Perhaps next year we will set aside a few possible dates in January observing the weather pattern before deciding on the date.