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- Birding Highlights
- Updated: October 21, 2014
- Latest Blog Post - August 2014
- 2014 June Challenge - 113+2 species
- 2014 Year Birds - 241 species
- Duval County Life List - 264 species
Theodore Roosevelt today was almost as good as Fort George yesterday - 13 warbler species. View eBird checklist - October 18, 2014
Warblers are on move this weekend. 14 species of warblers at Fort George island, including Black-throated Green, Magnolia, Tennessee, Chestnut-sided, Bay-breasted. View eBird checklist with photos - October 17, 2014
Today's highlights were my first seasonal Yellow-bellied Supsucker, Peregrine Falcon, 2 House Wrens, Black-throated Blue Warbler and 3 Indigo Buntings. Bald Eagles building the nest in Blue Cyprus Park - October 12, 2014
Cold front pushed more birds in. Today's highlights were rare Nashville Warbler(#239), two Magnolia warblers(#238), Chestnut-sided Warbler in full colors, Tenneessee Warblers, American Robin(ebird flagged), Swainson's Thrush, Northern Flickers(least 6), Ruby-crowned Kinglet(first in season), Swainson's Thrush, Rose-breasted Grosbeak. - October 05, 2014
Great birding today at Reddie Point. Lots of activity after two rainy days. Highlights were Tennessee Warbler, 6 Painted Buntings, Indigo Bunting, 3 Blue Grosbeaks, least 2 Swainson's Trashes, Baltimore Oriole, 2 Red-headed Woodpeckers, Acadian Flycatcher and Catbirds were everywhere... - October 01, 2014
Relatively quiet at Reddie Point this morning but two Bank Swallows(#236) flow over. Bank Swallow is also a new county bird(#264) for me. - September 28, 2014
Not very many warblers at Theodore Roosevelt this morning, but found rare Blue-winged Warbler, saw or heard least 7 Ovenbirds and one Black-throated Blue. - September 26, 2014
Rare Wilson's Warbler(#235) at Reddie Point. New county bird(#263) for me . Also 2 Baltimore Oriols, 3 Eastern Kingbirds, 2 Black-throated Blue Warblers. See eBird checklist for photos. - September 24, 2014
Today's highlight was Blue-winged Warbler(#233) along with five Baltimore Oriols(#234), four Red-headed Woodpeckers and Merlin. All together 46 species at Reddie Point, although not very many warblers. Next week or two we should get them all. - September 21, 2014
Theodore Roosevelt Area had some good birds: Ovenbird(3), Worm-eating Warbler(2), Prothonatary, Yellow-billed Cuckoo(2) and lots of Redstarts. Marsh Wrens(2) were singing at marsh area; flagged by ebird, little early for them. - September 19, 2014
Less birds at Reddie Point this morning, but highlights were season's first Palm Warbler, female Black-throated Blue and three Blue Grosbeaks. - September 18, 2014
I had at Theodore Roosevelt Area later at night Acadian Flycatcher and three Ovenbirds. - September 17, 2014
Reddie Point was active this morning after rain. Common Yellowthroats were everywhere. There were Prothonatary Warbler, Ovenbird, Painted Bunting. Others saw also 3 Magnolia Warblers and a Baltimore Oriole. - September 17, 2014
Change of wheather brought more warblers in. I had at Theodore Roosevelt area 9 warbler species: Ovenbird, Prothanotory Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, lots of Redstarts. Also one Yellow-billed Cuckoo. - September 16, 2014
Ovenbirds starting to show up more often. I had one at Blue Cyprus Park trail this morning and another one couple of days ago at Reddie Point. - September 12, 2014
Red-headed Woodpeckers migrating through Reddie Point again like last year. We had two of them at parking lot this morning. - September 11, 2014
Lots of activity at Reddie Point this morning, including Blackburnian Warbler - yearbird(#232) for me. Also I got close-up views of Eastern Wood-pewee. View more photos from eBird checklist. - September 9, 2014
One Chestnut-sided Warbler - yearbird(#231) at Reddie Point Preserve this morning. Also Ovenbird and lots of Yellow and Prairie Warblers - September 8, 2014
Ten species of warblers at Theodore Roosevelt area this morning: Black-throated Blue, Tennessee Warbler(#230), 4 Prothonotaries, 2 Worm-eating, Ovenbird, Black-and-White, Redstarts, Prairie Warbler, Northern Parulas and Yellow-throated Warbler. Also Eastern Wood Pewee(#229)- September 7, 2014
I saw my first Black-throated Blue Warbler (female) for this season among with six species of warblers at Hanna Park this morning. - September 6, 2014
eBird Sightings, Rarities, Checklists - Duval County
Slower summer months are over and new migratory birds starting to show up again. Beginning of the month I was trying for White-rumped Sandpiper at Big Talbot Island Spoonbill pool area with no luck. I went there least 4-5 times but couldn't relocate the White-ramped anywhere although Kevin saw the bird every time when he went there. Luckily I picked up my first Solitary Sandpiper.
After pretty busy June Challenge in June I took July in easy way. July is generally slowest month anyway, least for me. This is a good time to get your binoculars and camera fixed if needed; luckily I didn't need to fix anything, if not to say that I dropped my camera in a water in Key West and had to buy other one to replace it.
First week was great, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher showed up at M&M Dairy field. I think the last sighting in Duval County was like 20-30 year ago.
June is for June Challenge. It's simple, you try to find as many different birds as possible in your county. The trick is, you got to see them too, not just hear. It makes little difficult with owls and other nocturnal birds. I wasn't sure first if I participate this year's challenge, but soon I was in full June Challenge mode.
I was at Theodore Roosevelt area and got two new birds for my year list, Blackpoll Warbler and Gray-cheeked Thrush. At that time I couldn't carry camera around because I broke my arm few weeks ago, but I got some good views of thrush so that I didn't mis ID it with Veery or Swainson's. Gray-cheeked Thrush was on a trail and I had planty of time to observe this guy. He had plain gray face and almost no eye ring and had more heavily spotted breast than other thrushes.
April was my record month seeing new year birds. I saw 25 new yearbirs, almost every day something new showed up. What makes birding interesting is that you never know what you may find, and the best time is spring when birds are on move.
Spring is here, birds are coming, what an exciting time. This spring is little late but birds have their biological clock built in, so they come no matter what, maybe just little later. March is great and April will be even better.
February is usually one of the slowest months for birding, only winter birds are here and weather is usually cold and windy so I didn't expect to get lot of birds. Almost every morning I was out for a couple of hours as is my morning activity. I am a web designer and developer, so it's good to start your day with some time outside and then jump into web coding.
January is exciting month, it means that you can start filling out the year list again; all the birds you see are new. When I'm stepping out of door in January first, I always think what would be the first bird I see?
Last couple of years I been starting my new year first birding day on Fort George Island with owling. But this year I and Kevin decided to get started in Beltz-Tiger Point Preserve. Thatís where we left off at Christmas Count, December 28íth. Last bird we got then was an Eastern Woodcock, and thatís why we are here again.