BIRD WATCHING IN DUVAL COUNTY, FLORIDA
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- Updated: February 1, 2015
- Latest Blog Post - December 2014
- 2014 Year Birds - 248 species
- Duval County Life List - 267 species
- Birding Highlights
I was looking this morning for reported Pine Siskins at Seaton Creek Preserve but couldn't find them. Then I checked usual spot for Wild Turkeys and they were there. - January 30, 2015
Great birding this morning in Blue Cyress Park - 52 species within 2 hours. Lots of birds at the paved loop. Check out ebird checklist - January 22, 2015
Roseate Spoonbills are rare in January North East Florida but some birds stay over winter. Group up to 10 birds staying at Theodore Roosevelt marsh area now. - January 9, 2015
All day birding today. I ended up with 110 species. Here is my list with first sightings. - January 1, 2015
Hundreds of Ruddy Turnstones and one single Purple Sandpiper at Fort Clinch park jetties. - December 29, 2014
Christmas Bird Count at Little Talbot Island. We found about 70 species. I added two new species to my 2014 county list: Surf Scoter (#247) and Pomarine Jaeger (#248). - December 27, 2014
Up close view at White-throated Sparrow in Hanna Park. - December 17, 2014
Greater White-fronted Geese are still at M&M Dairy field. - December 11, 2014
Many Gold Finches, Cedar Waxwings and American Robins were this morning at Reddie Point. Also I saw Horned Grebe. Winter season has started now. - December 7, 2014
ebird flagged American Bittern at Hanna Park this morning. - November 30, 2014
Big Talbot Spoonbill Pool had least 35 Northern Shovelers, Blue- and Green-winged Teals, 2 Gadwall, 3 Buffelheads, Hooded Mergansers, Horned Grebe. Other side of the road I saw at distance 3 Common Loons, 20 White Pelicans and 1 Snow Goose flying by. All together 60 species at Big Talbot together this morning. At Huguenot I found an American Avocet at lagoon side. Avocet is my new yearbird (#246). - November 27, 2014
Sheffield Park had 4 Snow Geese (#245) and American Pipits this morning. M&M Dairy Field had 5 Greater White-fronted Geese (#244), lifer for me. Northern Pintails at Perdue Pond are back. Also I saw there 2 wild Mallards (#243) - November 23, 2014
First Sedge Wren in season at Fort Carolina. Got good views but not so good photos to share. Other highlight was a Spotted Sandpiper at the boat dock. - November 20, 2014
I had Wilson's Warbler at Reddie Point this morning. Also first in season American Goldfinch and 2 Chipping Sparrows. All together I had 48 species - November 16, 2014
Northern Harrier and American Kestrel were highlights today at Huguenot Park. I was looking for Purple Sandpiper but no show yet. - November 14, 2014
Today's highlights at Hanna Park were Hooded Merganser(female), least 7 Northern Gannets, Shipping Sparrow and about 300 Tree Swallows swarming at the lake area. - November 11, 2014
eBird Sightings, Rarities, Checklists - Duval County
December was pretty busy, I didn't get out birding as much as I wanted and that mirrored in my new birds count. I added only two new birds into my 2014 year list. continue reading...
November was pretty slow about my 2014 year birds. One of the reason was that I couldn't get out enough to look for them, too much tied up with my daily work. continue reading...
October is a great month for migratory warblers for North-Florida, especially when cold weather front comes through. Mornings with no wind is the best time to go birding.
One of the best locations for migratory warblers is Reddie Point Preserve. Another one is a Theodore Roosevelt Area. Other side of river, Fort George Island has been historically best location for warblers. continue reading...
September and October is a great time for a warblers, especially when cold front comes through. Let's get closer look what I happen to find in September. continue reading...
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 miss-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.