Once up on the tower we scanned the horizon and spotted a Bald Eagle. Being above the tree tops offered us a great view of the salt marsh where we spotted - you guessed it – a Spotted Sandpiper, one of 6 seen that day. In the tree tops below us, we saw a gorgeous Palm Warbler in full breeding plumage.
Behind us at quite a distance, I saw two birds. After we discussed all the possibilities, a photo confirmed one to be an Eastern Kingbird and the other a Belted Kingfisher. Both just ten feet apart in the same snag. The EAKI was the first of the season for me and one of our best birds for the day.
There were not many warbles to be found but we still managed to see 47 species when we added birds that we saw at the Yankeetown boat ramp.