DAILY BIRDING IN JACKSONVILLE AND BEYOND
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- Daily Birding Highlights
- Updated: September 1, 2014
- Latest Blog Post - August 2014
- 2014 June Challenge - 113+2 species
- 2014 Year List - 228 species
- Duval County Life List - 261 species
This morning Rosy-faced Lovebird at Blue Cypress Park. Cool to see these escaped parrots in wild. - August 27, 2014
Today's highlight was female Summer Tanager at Reddie Point, but wind was keeping birdlife down. - August 25, 2014
Snowy Plover(#227) with Piping Plovers at Little Talbot Island this morning. Snowy Plover is a new county bird for me. Also Pectoral Sandpipers(#228) at Huguenot Park today. - August 23, 2014
Limpkins (least 7) at Westside Industrial Park. Also Prothonatary Warbler at Big Talbot Island and Northern Watertrush at Kingley Plantation. - August 21, 2014
Great Horned Owl, Barred Owl and Common Nighthawk at sunset at Theodore Roosevelt Area. - August 19, 2014
Seaside Sparrow at Big Talbot Island. Also I got close views of Black Tern flying over the pool area. eBird checklist with photos here - August 15, 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.