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Most Sought Species at This Site:

Least Bittern, Tricolored Heron, Clapper Rail, American Oystercatcher, Least Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Sandwich Tern, Black Skimmer, Nelson’s Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow

Lake Mars Pier is located at one of the few places on the coast where the natural shoreline of low profile dunes and tidal marsh has not been replaced with artificial sand beach. A rock jetty protects the boat launch. In winter, both Seaside and Nelson’s Sparrow occur regularly and are easy to access. Scan the open-water for water birds. There is a sweeping view of the sound but lighting is always a problem on south facing shores, particularly in winter when the sun is low on the southern horizon. The northwest to southeast orientation of the shore here would seem to indicate that morning might be a somewhat better time for scanning. It is only recently that birders have been visiting it regularly so the data is still scanty. Lake Mars Pier is the sort of place one views with the conviction that “Good things are going to happen here”.

GPS:  30.36076 -88.76400



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Updated: 9/17/2013