Eider Article

I authored a research paper that is published in the latest issue of the Florida Field Naturalist, which is the journal published by the Florida Ornithological Society four times per year. Attached to this post is a .pdf copy of that article, and if you aren’t a member of the FOS, I’d encourage you to…

Duval Top 10 – 2019

Last year I summarized a top 10 list for birds I observed in Duval County in 2018, and since it’s once again New Year’s eve, I thought I’d do the same for 2019. I actually considered doing a top 10 for the decade since a new one is upon us, but I quickly realized that…

316! Surf Scoters, Purple Sandpiper, Monk Parakeets

I just finished a rough stretch of travel that had me in four time zones in four weeks with about 24-36 hours at home in between each trip. Good news is I saw a few good birds in Arizona, including loads of Phainopepla in North Scottsdale, and ended up adding 5 new ticks to my…

Ash-throated Flycatchers (Yes, Flycatchers. Plural). M&M Dairy

Yesterday morning Dave Foster found an Ash-throated Flycatcher at M&M Dairy. Ash-throated is a very rare species in Duval County…so rare that I finally just found my first in the county last winter. Having said that, this winter seems to be a “good one” for Ash-throated in Northeast Florida, with several observations in Duval, Clay,…

Glauczilla – King of the Gulls

Last Sunday, I walked the entire perimeter of Huguenot Memorial Park in Jacksonville with a local birder, Alta. We were looking for and discussing the possibility of a Lapland Longspur or Snow Bunting, since it was just about a year to the day since I found both there in 2018 over two days. We didn’t…

Hudsonian Godwit at Spoonbill Pond

On October 22, 2019 I observed a Hudsonian Godwit at Spoonbill Pond. The bird was first reported a couple days prior by some (presumably) out of town birders, and many locals chased it the next weekday morning. Woe is me…work often gets in the way of leisurely pursuits, so I found myself unable to seek…

Great Cormorant & Franklin’s Gull at Huguenot

I have been looking forward to October here, because it is “the time” to look for Franklin’s Gulls at Huguenot. I’ve written before here several times about it, but in case you missed it – October is about the only month you can expect to go see a Franklin’s here….you might see one in November,…

Costa Rica

Marie and I vacationed in Costa Rica a couple weeks ago with two good friends, and I thought I’d share some of the experiences here. I know some of the local birders have stayed at the same Lodge we did, and others have either stayed in other locations or haven’t yet been to the country….

Eastport is Wasted

On Saturday, April 13th, I visited Eastport Wastelands for the first time in a number of months. They’ve been clearing the north side of the property for some time now (obliterating it is more like it), and now they’ve begun the south end of the property as well. The photo above depicts what used to…

Heritage River Road Wetlands

This morning I visited Heritage River Road “Wetlands”, which is off Heckscher Drive in Jacksonville’s northside. The area used to be an overgrown dredge disposal site, but in the last couple years the government has been turning it back into a coastal salt marsh as part of the mitigation plan for building out the “little…

Stilt Sandpiper and 80+ in Dayson Basin!

I’ve written a few times about “Getting to 70“, and today I tallied over 70 species on a single checklist at a single location in Duval County for the TENTH time. Not only did we (a group of 4 of us) get to 70 – we accomplished something that has only been done in northeast…

Upland Sandpiper(!) M&M Dairy

This morning I found my fourth Upland Sandpiper in Duval County at M&M Dairy, which is the same location I’ve found 2 of the previous 3 (26 Mar 2013 and 8 Sep 2015). The species is rarely reported in NE FL and we are losing accessible habitat to even search for them. This is the…