Today was my March Nassau County Twelve Day Big Year day. We started at Amelia Island SP, totaling 32 quick species including several pairs of Wilson’s Plovers. After AISP, we spent most of the morning birding the south end of Egan’s Greenway (park behind the Residence Inn hotel) where the birds were quiet active on a beautiful morning. I added several new species to the competition, but the best find out there was a perfect overgrown area on the bike trail where the sun rises from your back and lights up vegetation reaching as high as 40 feet. This is going to reap rewards in migration. We tallied 39 species at Egan’s including new year birds such as Yellow-throated Warbler, Barred Owl, and Brown-headed Cowbird.
The other real treat of the day was a pair of Great Horned Owl chicks on an Osprey platform in Fernandina Beach – thanks to Gail for the tip and location! Overall, I added 11 new species to the competition, bringing my total to 99 in Nassau in those three days. I also added five new County “lifers” in the process.