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We followed your route over the course of 2 days. Yesterday, we started at Olustee Battlefield SP and were rewarded with 6 Red-cockaded and 2 Red-headed woodpeckers along the trail to the west where the mature long leaf pines are marked indicating Red-cockaded woodpecker use. We then headed to Ocean Pond where we saw 3 first of the season (FOTS) palm warblers - so for all of you birders that are eagerly awaiting their arrival - here they come!!! We then saw a FOTS Eastern Phoebe at the bridge on Hog Pen Landing Road. We spent the rest of the day diving through the national forest. Everything was flooded so we were restricted to the roads. We quit birding when we reached the bridge on SR 250.
Today (October 3, 2014), we started at the SR250 bridge and worked our way north. We saw a FOTS House Wren nearby. On Eddy Grade, about a mile from SR2, we saw 3 Wood Storks perched high in a tree. About 4 miles west of Eddy on SR2, there is a narrow bridge and then a small, circa 1 acre lily pond on the north side of the road. Here we observed a total of 10 wood ducks. South of Sanderson at the huge pasture by the nursery, we observed 11 Canada Geese and 2 American Kestrels, both species were FOTS for us.
Our species total was low, but we had a great time birding Baker County and saw some great birds. Thanks again for the route!
Doug Wassmer & Lilian Saul
I just got a rusty blackbird, so i wanted to say thanks for the posting.
Bob, Nice pics. Thanks for sharing the Eurasian sighting. See you out there!