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BIRDING IN DUVAL COUNTY

Thomas Welcome to Jax Birding. This website is mostly about my birding activities in Duval county Jacksonville, Florida. Feel free to contact me at thomas@jaxbirding.com if you have any birding questions, or want to learn more about my bird guiding service in Jacksonville Florida. Happy birding!


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
White-throated Sparrow
White-throated sparrow
Seaton Creek Preserve - February 25, 2017
Field Sparrow
Field sparrow
Sheffield Regional Park - February 20, 2017
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
UNF Nature Park - January 15, 2017
American Bittern
American Bittern
Sheffield Regional Park - December 31, 2016
Rusty Blackbird
Rusty Blackbird
Sheffield Regional Park - December 10, 2016
Yellow-breasted Chat
Yellow-breasted Chat
Eastport Wasteland - November 8, 2016
Grasshopper Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Eastport Wasteland - November 8, 2016
Female Black-throated Blue Warbler
Female Black-throated Blue Warbler
Reddie Point Preserve - November 1, 2016
Golden-winged Warbler
Golden-winged Warbler
Theodore Roosevelt Area - October 9, 2016
Yellow Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Hanna Park - September 17, 2016
Blue-winged Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Reddie Point Preserve - September 3, 2016
Great Blue heron white morph
Great Blue heron white morph
Hanna Park - July 24, 2016
Acadian Flycatcher
Acadian Flycatcher
Seaton Creek Preserve - June 4, 2016
Black-bellied Whisteling Ducks
Black-bellied Whisteling Ducks
Hanna Park - April 24, 2016
Female Painted Bunting
Female Painted Bunting
Hanna Park - April 24, 2016
Indigo Buntings
Indigo Buntings
Reddie Point Preserve - April 19, 2016
Western Tanager
Western Tanager
Jacksonville Zoo - January 27, 2016
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Saltmarsh Sparrow
Huguenot Park - January 26, 2016

BIRDING HIGHLIGHTS 2017

2017 Yearlist with photos: Duval County Birds

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. Here is my list of latest:
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 2017
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


HIGHLIGHTS 2016

American Bittern is back in Sheffield Park, I had it right next to boardwalk. - December 31, 2016

Female Common Goldeneye was found one of the ponds in northside. First seen by David Foster. I was out of town for Christmas but luckily the bird was still here. Here is the photo I took Common Goldeneye, county bird #280 for me. - December 28, 2016

I was leading Duval Audubon Society field trip at Sheffield Park this morning. We had 20 birders and saw 49 species. Best birds were Rusty Blackbirds and American Pipits on a football field. Another good bird was the Horned Grebe at back pond. Here is the checklist. - December 10, 2016

Sora called "Keep" after sunset at Theodore Roosevelt marsh area. - November 20, 2016

Golden-crowned Kinglet at Hanna Park picnic area trees, county bird #279. - November 15, 2016

Yellow-bellied Chat and Grasshopper Sparrow at Eastport Wasteland. - November 9, 2016

Good morning at Reddie Point - 58 species including Black-throated Green Warbler view checklist for photos - November 5, 2016

Foggy and quiet morning produced lots of birds at Reddie Point this morning - 56 species, including some seasonal ones: Hermit Thrush, Orange-crowned Warbler, Chippping Sparrow, see full checklist with photos. - November 1, 2016

Golden-winged Warbler at Theodore Roosevelt Area this morning, view checklist for photos. Other highlights were Blue-winged Warbler, Cape May, Blackburnian, 11 warbler species. - October 9, 2016

Fall migration is in full swing. Today's highlights at Reddie Point Preserve: Peregrine Falcon, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Swainson's Thrush, Hooded Warbler, Magnolia Warbler. - October 4, 2016

Lots of Yellow Warblers in Hanna Park, migration is picking up. Great Blue Heron white morph continues at the lake area. - September 17, 2016

Reddie Point Blue-winged Warbler this morning. View checklist for photos. - September 3, 2016

Worm-eating Warbler with American Redstarts at Reddie Point this morning. - August 30, 2016

First American Redstarts at Spanish Pond trail today when I was doing my daily walk. Fall migration is starting to pick up soon. - August 24, 2016

I had in Hanna Park a Great Blue Heron white morph this morning. It's a good bird. - July 24, 2016

Early morning birding at Theodore Roosevelt Area. I had an Acadian Flycatcher, pic2 singing in the woods, maybe establishing a new nesting territory. Eastern Screeched Owl showed up further up on the trail, titmouses went crazy. On a way back I heard also juvenile Cooper's Hawk calling near the old nest. - June 15, 2016

Good views of Least Bittern early in a morning at Imeson Center pond. It took me actually couple of trips to see this guy there. Other remarkable sighting was a close view of Common Nighthawk catching the bugs over the pond. - June 12, 2016

Pair of Acadian Flycatchers on their nesting ground at Seaton Creek Preserve, pic 2. Other highlights: Hooded Warblers singing all over the preserve and 2 Yellow-throated Vireos calling up on a trees, heard only. - June 4, 2016

GLOBAL BIG DAY - 12 hours birding resulted 107 species in Duval County. - May 14, 2016

I got to see the Ruff last night in Spoonbill Pond. This rare european shorebird has been reported there since last Thursday. Highlights were also White-rumped Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper and Solitary Sandpiper. In a morning I had two Yellow Warblers and Orchard Oriole in Hanna Park - May 9, 2016

I had an Orchard Oriole singing in Hanna Park near picnic area this morning. He's been seen there about a week. - May 1, 2016

Cape May Warbler male and female at Reddie Point Preserve this morning. - April 26, 2016

Hanna Park. Highlights were 3 Black-bellied Whisteling Ducks, lots of Spotted Sandpipers and Yellow-billed Cuckoo. - April 24, 2016

Great Horned Owl was calling before sunrise at Theodore Roosevelt Area. Lots of warblers: Black-throated Blue Warblers, Ovenbird, Blackboll, Redstarts, Worm-eating, Hooded and lots of Black-and-White Warblers - April 23, 2016

Five new yearbirds today. Indigo Buntings, Least Terns and Ovenbird at Reddie Point, and Roseate Spoonbill and Lesser Yellowlegs at Spanish Pond. Spanish Pond had also 2 Solitary Sandpipers, Greater Yellowlegs and nice variarity of egrets and herons. Thanks Lesley for letting me know. - April 19, 2016

First Blue Grosbeak at Hanna Park this morning. - April 15, 2016

My first Hooded Warbler at Reddie Point Preserve. Singing in the woods, behind the first little pond. - April 9, 2016

Had my first Worm-eating Warbler this morning at Reddie Point Preserve. - April 5, 2016

I was leading DAS fieldtrip at Sheffield Park this past Sunday. We had nice group of birders. Saw about 50 bird species. Highlights were 4 Eastern Kingbirds, Merlin, Wilson's Snipe - April 3, 2016

Glossy Ibis flew over when 6 of us were birding in Hanna Park. Other good birds were an American Avocets and Northern Shovelers at Fort Carolina Monument, looking down to the island spoil area. - April 1, 2016

A BIG DAY with Daryl Bernard from Michigan - 6:00AM - 8:30PM. Ended with 113 species, 11 new yearbirds for me. Best birds were 2 Marbled Godwits at Huguenot Park and Solitary Sandpiper at Spanish Pond. Also great views of Clapper Rails at Theodore Roosevelt Area. - March 29, 2016

Spring migration is here and lots of birds going through. You could hear Eastern Whip-poor-wills before sunrise or after sunset at Pumpkin Hill Preserve. Swallow-tailed Kites are coming, I had my first one yesterday and also I had Sharp-shinned Hawk at Pumpkin Hill - March 23, 2016

Bachman's Sparrows starting to sing at Julington-Dublin Preserve. I had one singing individual and another quiet one this morning. Known location. - February 28, 2016

I had 4 Red-throated Loons and Parasitic Jaeger at Hanna park beach. It was nice to find also a White-throated Sparrow. - February 23, 2016

Rare Western Tanager at the Zoo Educational Center trees this afternoon. - January 27, 2016

I had 5-6 Saltmarsh and Nelson's Sparrows at Huguenot Park marsh area. - January 26, 2016

Always fashionating to see Baltimore Oriole I had one by the Zoo. Rusty Blackbirds continues at the Zoo Nature Trail. - January 23, 2016

Red-throated Loon at Hanna Park this morning. Had good scope views. - January 12, 2016

Rusty Blackbirds at the Zoo Nature Trail this morning. - January 6, 2016

January 1'st Big Day. Ended up with 109 species. Missed some common birds but that's okey, important is to start the year in fun way. Here is the list - January 1, 2016

2015 Highlights

2014 Highlights