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Thomas Hi, my name is Thomas. I've been a birder since 1982 and ebirder since 2009. I'm birding in Duval county daily bases. This website is about my birding activities in Duval county and beyond. If you have any birding questions feel free to contact me thomas@jaxbirding.com or if you visiting Jacksonville hire me as your Jacksonville bird guide for a day.

Jacksonville, FL Sparrows
Jacksonville Sparrows
Jacksonville, FL - December 2017
Short-billed and Long-billed Dowicher
Short-billed and
Long-billed Dowicher

Spoonbill Pond - December 21, 2017
White-crowned Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Little Talbot Island - December 17, 2017
Rusty Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird
M&M Dairy - December 10, 2017
Grasshopper Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Eastport Wasteland - November 25, 2017
Purple Sandpiper
Purple Sandpiper
Huguenot Park - November 12, 2017
Leucistic Laughing Gull
Leucistic Laughing Gull
Mayport Boat Ramp - October 30, 2017
Wilson's Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Hanna Park - September 24, 2017
Magnolia Warbler
Magnolia Warbler
Hanna Park - September 23, 2017
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Reddie Point Preserve - September 17, 2017
Blackburnian Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Reddie Point Preserve - September 6, 2017
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Blue Cypress Park - August 3, 2017
Common Eider
Common eider
Huguenot Park - June 9, 2017
Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon
Spoonbill Pond - May 13, 2017
Indigo Bunting
Indigo Bunting
Reddie Point - April 26, 2017
Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Hanna Park - April 22, 2017
Bachman's Sparrow
Bachman's Sparrow
Julington-Durbin Creek Preserve - March 26, 2017
Glaucous Gull
Glaucous Gull
Mayport Village Boatramp - March 12, 2017
Field Sparrow
Field sparrow
Sheffield Regional Park - February 20, 2017

Spring warblers migration is still active. I had Northern Waterthrush, Blackpoll Warblers, American Redstarts at Theodore Roosevelt Area. Also at Spoonbill Pond has now rare White-rumped Sandpiper mixed in with lots of Semipalmated Sandpipers and other shorbirds. - May 13, 2018

I was birding at Seaton Creek Preserve this morning. Hooded Warblers singing all over and Acadian Flycatcher is back on its territory. View checklist for photos and video. - April 28, 2018

Great morning at Theodore Roosevelt Area - 53 species. Here is the checklist with photos. - April 25, 2018

Wood Trush, Ovenbird and Veery all together on a trail at Theodore Roosevelt Area. - April 21, 2018

Orchard Oriles at Hanna Park lake area trees this morning. - April 12, 2018

Spring migration is on full swing, next three weeks going to be busiest. These birds below are the latest. - April 9, 2018

  1. Prothonotary Warbler - Theodore Roosevelt Area 09 Apr 2018
  2. Summer Tanager - Theodore Roosevelt Area 09 Apr 2018
  3. Indigo Bunting - Reddie Point Preserve 08 Apr 2018
  4. Sandwich Tern - Huguenot Memorial City Park 07 Apr 2018
  5. Purple Martin - Sheffield Regional Park 07 Apr 2018
  6. Hooded Warbler - Theodore Roosevelt Area 06 Apr 2018

I saw American Avocets at Betz Tiger Point. I got lucky to see them because Avocets were just taking off from distant mudflat as I arrived. - April 3, 2018

I was leading Audubon field trip this morning at Sheffield Park and found an American Bittern. - March 25, 2018

A rare Brant is still hanging out at the same location at Jim King Park. - March 18, 2018

Swallow-tailed Kites are back in Fort Carolina neigborhood, saw 2 of them this morning. - March 15, 2018

Rare Sighting, found a Brant today at Sisters Creek. There are only 2 historical ebird records in Duval county from 1973 and 1890 - March 12, 2018

First Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at Reddie Point this morning. - March 11, 2018

Found Great Horned Owl nesting in old Osprey nest at Sisters Creek, pretty cool. - March 6, 2018

Went with Mike and Tom to Julington-Durbin Preserve to see our target bird Bachman's Sparrow, they were singing all over the preserve. - Febr 25, 2018

Good birding at Fort George Island and Little Talbot Island this morning. Found both of my target birds: Field Sparrow and White-crowned Sparrow. Later at night I had also a Rusty Blackbird singing at Spanish Pond. - Febr 24, 2018

Foggy and quiet morning with lots of bugs, a perfect weather to see the marsh sparrows at Theodore Roosevelt Area. Saw all three species: Nelson's Sparrows, Saltmarsh Sparrows, Seaside Sparrows. Also I had my first Northern Parula for this season. - Febr 19, 2018

I did some seawatching at Little Talbot Island. Ocean was calm, I happen to see Red-throated Loon, actually two of them. Last year I missed them completely. - Febr 5, 2018

Found the Long-tailed Duck at Southside connector pond. First found yesterday at Kendall pond by Lesley. - Jan 28, 2018

Westside birding. Found my target birds Sandhill Crane and Wild Turkey. - Jan 28, 2018

There were 2 Purple Sandpipers in Huguenot Park jetties this morning. Purple Sandpiper is annual but rare winter visitor. - Jan 23, 2018

My annual BIG FIRST DAY ended with 104 species seen or heard. Normally I do it on January 1'st but the weather was not cooperating sooner. View checklist. - January 7, 2018

Birding Highlights 2017

Duval County Yearbirds total: Photos (243)

My last new yearbird for 2017 is Western Kingbird found yesterday by CBC team at Mayport Village. - Dec 31, 2017

Beautiful Green-winged Teal in Hanna Park this morning, hanging out with American Coots. - December 27, 2017

Looking for sparrows at Little Talbot Island, highlights were Field Sparrow and 2 White-crowned Sparrows still needed for this year. - December 17, 2017

Rusty Blackbirds at M&M wooded area this morning. This is the spot where you can see them most likely for winter season. - December 10, 2017

Snow Goose continues in Westside Industrial Park. Hanging out with Canada Geese. - November 27, 2017

Grasshopper Sparrow at Eastport Wastelands. Limited access only to this area. - November 26, 2017

American Bittern at Sheffield Park cattails this morning, flew out of cattails. I been expecting to find one there already. Last one I saw was last day last year at the same spot. - November 21, 2017

Purple Sandpiper at Huguenot Park jetties. Haven't seen one since 2014 - November 12, 2017

RARE. Ash-throated Flycatcher this morning at M&M Dairy field. There are only 2 previous eBird historical records in Duval county which goes back to 1987 and 1997. See pictures from the checklist - November 7, 2017

Locally rare Golden-crowner Kinglet in Hanna park this morning. See pictures from the checklist. - October 26, 2017

Great birding at Reddie Point Preserve this morning 60+ species. See checklist. - October 19, 2017

Rare Golden-winged Warbler at Cedar Point road today. See pictures from the checklist. - October 11, 2017

Fall warblers migration is in full swing. Last highlights were Black-throated Green Warbler yesterday and Blue-winged Warbler today at Theodore Roosevelt Area. - October 3, 2017

Twelve species of warblers in Hanna Park, including rare Wilson's Warbler. View checklist with photos. - September 24, 2017

Great birding at Reddie Point this morning, 45 species. Highlights were female Scarlet Tanager, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Prothonotary Warbler. View complete checklist with photos. - September 17, 2017

Canada Warbler this morning at Theodore Roosevelt parking lot trees. I think it's a third time that Canada Warbler has been recorded in Duval County, lifer for me for sure. View checklist for photos. - September 16, 2017

Blackburnian Warbler this morning at Reddie Point Preserve, warblers fall migration is on. Other good birds were rare Cliff Swallow, Yellow-throated Vireo, Baltimore Oriole, 3 Red-headed Woodpeckers. View full checklist with photos. - September 6, 2017

Fall migration is starting to pick up. I saw 2 Yellow Warblers, Prairie Warbler, American Redstart, all together 40 species at Reddie Point this morning. View checklist with photos. - August 9, 2017

I finished "June Challenge" with 117 ABA countable birds seen, plus 3 exotics. Here is the checklist. - July 1, 2017

Julington-Dublin Preserve. Highlights were Bachman's Sparrows, Red-headed Woodpecker, Blue Grosbeak, Summer Tanager, Purple Martin, and Yellow-throated Vireos. Lots of Brown-headed Nuthaches all over the park. See checklist with photos. - June 17, 2017

Common Eider continues between Sandollars restaurant and Huguneot Park. Today I saw him by the parking lot river side in Huguenot. It's a nesting season in Huguenot park, thousands of Laughing Gulls, Royal Terns and Brown Pelicans are busy nesting in tunes. View checklist with photos. - June 9, 2017

Heritage Road Wetlands is a great hotspot for herons, egrets, spoonbills, storks, shorebirds, least terns. There were also 2 Reddish Egrets, one was a molting white morph. View checklist with photos. - June 6, 2017

I was birding at Seaton Creek Preserve this morning. Acadian Flycatcher was back on its nesting ground, and lots of Hooded Warblers all over the park. Take a look at checklist for photos. - June 3, 2017

I was birding all day for June Challenge and ended up with 92 species, visually saw 87. New yearbird was a Black-bellied Whistling Duck at Lem Turner road spray fields. - June 1, 2017

I was glad to find pair of Northern Bobwhites at Pumpkin Hill Preserve. Bobwhites have been there for years but they becoming increasingly harder to find. Least one pair was by the maintenance buildings this morning. - May 23, 2017

GLOBAL BIG DAY - May 13, 2017. 16 hour non-stop birding resulted 115 species. New personal Big Day record.

Great birding at Reddie Point this morning. Last night storm created fallout condition. Best birds were Magnolia and Chestnut-sided Warbler. Check out the checklist with photos - May 5, 2017

Spring migration is in it's high peak now, so far I have seen this year 200 birds in Duval County. Here is the Reddie Point checklist with photos this morning. - April 26, 2017

Great birding this morning. Highlights were Solitary Sandpiper, Rose-brested Grosbeak and Blue Grosbeak at the Spanish Pond and Gull-billed Tern in Hanna Park.
Spanish Pond checklist with photos.
Hanna Park checklist with photos. - April 25, 2017

Singing Orchard Oriole at M&M Dairy this morning. Spring migration is in full swing. - April 23, 2017

Two rare Grasshopper Sparrows at Reddie Point this morning. All night rain created fallout condition in a morning. I had 12 species of warblers including 2 Prothonotary Warblers and first American Redstart.
View checklist for photos. - April 4, 2017

Spring migration is picking up.

  1. Worm-eating Warbler - Fort Caroline - 02-Apr-2017
  2. Roseate Spoonbill - Theodore Roosevelt Area - 01-Apr-2017
  3. Yellow-throated Vireo - Cedar Point Preserve - 01-Apr-2017
  4. Red-eyed Vireo - Cedar Point Preserve - 01-Apr-2017
  5. Eastern Kingbird - Sheffield Regional Park - 01-Apr-2017
  6. Whimbrel - Huguenot Memorial City Park - 31-Mar-2017
  7. Swallow-tailed Kite - Camp Milton Preserve - 25-Mar-2017

Rare Nashville Warbler showed up at Reddie Point Preserve this morning. Other highlights were two Common Loons and unexpected White-throated Sparrow, all together 47 species. See checklist with photos. - March 24, 2017

Rare but annual Glaucous Gull is at Mayport Village boatramp, reported first couple of days ago. Nice variarity of gulls and terns packed together in small space at Huguenot Park. There was also a Common Loon at lagoon side. - March 12, 2017

Highlight was a White-throated Sparrow at Seaton Creek Preserve. Canvasback and American Black Ducks continue at Perdue Pond. - February 25, 2017

Today's highlights were Rusty Blackbird at M&M and Field Sparrow at Sheffield Park, I needed them for my 2017 yearlist. Spring migration is about to start, exiting time. - February 20, 2017

American Pipits in Ringhaven Park baseball field today, just like last year. - February 10, 2017

Foggy and quiet morning with lots of bugs is a perfect weather to see marsh sparrows. I had couple of Nelson's Sparrows and Saltmarsh Sparrows in Huguenot Park marsh area this morning. - February 7, 2017

List of new yearbirds I have seen last 7 days:

  1. Vesper Sparrow - 22 Jan 2017
  2. American Avocet - 21 Jan 2017
  3. Least Sandpiper - 21 Jan 2017
  4. Brown-headed Cowbird - 18 Jan 2017
  5. Wood Duck - 18 Jan 2017
  6. Prairie Warbler - 18 Jan 2017
  7. Chipping Sparrow - 18 Jan 2017
  8. Northern Shoveler - 16 Jan 2017
  9. Canvasback - 15 Jan 201
  10. Brown-headed Nuthatch - 15 Jan 2017

One of the best places to see locally rare Golden-crowned Kinglet right now is UNF Park, trail behind the lake. I had least 4 of them this morning mixed in yellow-rumps, chickadees and ruby-crowned kinglets. - January 15, 2017

Picking up the yearbirds one by one, so far 130 for the new year. Today I had a photo of Sedge Wren at Seffield Park, I saw a Sedge Wren also January 1'st in the same spot front lake bushy wooded area. - January 11, 2017

New Year BIG DAY. Ended a day with 109 species. Missed some what should've got but overall it was a good day out there. Here is my checklist. - January 1, 2017