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JACKSONVILLE BIRDING

BIRDING IN DUVAL COUNTY, BIRDING HIGHLIGHTS

Thomas Hi, my name is Thomas. I'm a web developer by trade and a birder by passion. Originally born in Estonia, came to the United States 18 years ago in 2000. I began birding when I was about 17 years old. Being out in nature is my favorite thing to do and makes me happy. I need my daily dose of happiness every morning.

If you have any birding questions feel free to email me thomas@jaxbirding.com. If you are out of state birder and looking for a bird guide in Jacksonville area then I'm happy to help. While you are here check out also my other website CountyBirding.com.

Latest Highlights

Black-bellied Whisteling Duck, juvenile

September 22, 2018
Fall migration is picking up. Yesterday I saw rare Blue-winged Warbler at Theodore Roosevelt parking lot trees, and this morning I had Chestnut-sided Warbler in Sheffield Park and juvenile, Black-bellied Whisteling Duck at the M&M pond. Other latest highlight was a Baltimore Oriole at Reddie Point couple of days ago. Every day brings more migratory warblers to our area.

Eastern Wood Pewee

September 14, 2018
Eastern Wood-pewee was a highlight this morning at Fort George Island. Other good birds were Eastern Kingbird, Yellow-throated Vireo and female Blue Grosbeak. Ribault Club area is great for migratory warblers and shorebirds. Today I saw also a Whimbrel, Black-bellied Plovers, Least Sandpipers, Willets and lots of White Ibises along with typical egrets and herons on open field.

Red knot and others Blackburnian Warbler

September 8, 2018
Great birding at Fort George Island this morning. Red Knot and Blackburnian Warbler were highlights of the day. Flooded field behind the Ribault Club attracts lots of shorebirds.

September 4, 2018
Warbler migration is picking up. Highlight was a Hooded Warbler in Jacksonville Arboretum. American Redstarts and Prairie Warblers are now pretty common. Two Yellow Warblers in Reddie Point yesterday. First Ovenbird and Worm-eating Warbler at Theodore Roosevelt Area today. Can't wait for the weather to cool down to get migration really going.

Gray Kingbird at Mayport Village

August 23, 2018
Two Sandhill Cranes were by the New World Avenue just were they supposed to be.

August 21, 2018
I saw Gray Kingbird at Mayport Village. One flew onto the fire and took off right away. Other one followed the same path.

July 31, 2018
New county yearbird Black Tern at Huguenot Park this morning. Still looking for my first Common Tern for this year. Fall season is just starting, so no worries.

July 22, 2018
Couple of new warblers for the fall season showed up at Reddie Point this morning: American Redstart and Black-and-White Warbler.

July 20, 2018
Summer can be very slow for birding, but this morning I saw flock of 14 Glossy Ibises at Jim King's park, they are pretty rare here. At Heritage Road Wetlands I had my first Prairie Warbler for the season. Fall birding season starting to pick up slowly.

I was birding in Hanna Park this morning, highlights were two Least Bitterns and Mississippi Kite. Check out a short video from this morning. - June 25, 2018

It was good to see a Least Bittern in Hanna Park this morning. As soon as I parked I heard him calling in cattails. Least Bittern shows up in Hanna Park lake are cattails almost every summer. - June 17, 2018

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