|Brown Thrasher at Vaill Point Park|
If you don't know about Vaill Point Park and you're anywhere near St. Augustine, you need to fix that. This is a very nice little park with paved trails, an observation deck, and a dock on Moultrie Creek, and lots of birds. Seriously, it can be a very birdy place. For example, when we got into the park I immediately headed toward the trail. But it took nearly 45 minutes to get there. Why? Well, it started with a singing Brown Thrasher that was followed by Eastern Towhees, Gray Catbirds, and a mixed flock of the usual suspects. When I tried to walk along the trail we had to stop every few feet for a Hermit Thrush or an Ovenbird.
|Red-breasted Merganser with Breakfast|
Six Mile Landing is a boat ramp on the north end of Guana Lake. There was a report of an Ash-throated Flycatcher in the area. We saw no signs of it, but still spent some time scoping out the lake. At a distance we saw a large number of scaup. I stared at them for a long time, studying their shape in the water and their head shape. I suspect there were both Greater and Lesser Scaup in the group, but I'm pretty confident that the group was dominated by the Lessers. There were lots of tall, peaked heads and what I think of as somewhat short bodies.
So there it is. I was 0 for 3 on the targets, but had a wonderful day anyway. It was everything I love about birding - new places, a quiet time in the woods, beautiful birds ... What a great morning!
|Moultrie Creek from Vaill Point|
|The Trail into Nocatee Preserve|