Evergreen Cemetery

Address: 4535 Main St Jacksonville, FL 32206 Parking: The cemetery gates are open from 8am – 6pm. There is parking throughout the property along the small roads, but I have found it best to park in the back half of the property in the northeast quadrant, at the elbow of “Cummer Drive”. This part of…

El Faro Memorial at Dames Point Park

Address: 9051 Dames Point Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32226 Parking: This park has paved parking, with 6 or 7 marked spaces plus one paved handicap parking space. There is plenty of additional paved parking along the curbs as you enter the gated entrance. The park is free, and despite a gate, it is open 24 hours…

A Wet Morning at Sheffield Regional Park.

It was an overcast and damp morning following heavy rains and I headed to Sheffield Regional Park to see what might be shakin’. I arrived to heavily flooded pastures, playgrounds, and trails, but it didn’t deter me…I had my waterproof, ankle high Keen hiking boots on. If you’re looking for a truly waterproof hiking shoe,…

M&M Dairy / NorthPoint Industrial Park: June 2020

This morning I birded “M&M Dairy” along New Berlin Road and Port Jacksonville Parkway, hoping for something like a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher while getting in a good bit of exercise. I have always enjoyed walking the area on Sundays because the businesses are closed, there is almost no traffic, there are good sidewalks, and it is…

Roseate Tern at Huguenot!!

This morning I almost made a trip out to Branan Field or Sheffield Regional Park to continue my search for June rarities, but at the last minute decided to heed my own advice and just keep going to Huguenot. I arrived around 06:45 and it was already 79F, setting up for a warm morning. Today…

American Robins (in June!) at Evergreen Cemetery. Plus Dayson Basin recap

We’re off work this week and spent the morning at two locations: Dayson Basin and Evergreen Cemetery. I’ll recap the Dayson Basin visit a little further down because the more important story is the presence of numbers of American Robins in Evergreen Cemetery. I’ve been updating the Species Accounts again this month, as it’s been…

Alimacani Boat Ramp

Address: 11080 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, Florida. Parking: Entrance and parking is free. The parking area is mostly dirt or grass as you can see in the photo above. There are two paved handicap parking places on a concrete pad at the base of the fishing pier and boat dock. There is a paved sidewalk from…

Common Eider and Heermann’s Gull at Huguenot!

Just yesterday I wrote about all the great birds found and seen in June in Duval County, and expressed some determination in getting out there to find something this year. I think the best places to see a rarity in June in Duval County include Huguenot Memorial Park, Imeson Center, M&M Dairy, and Westside Industrial…

Spoonbill Pond 20 June 2020

June is notoriously slow, especially for shorebirds, but it’s also notoriously rewarding for those that get out and do some birding. Yes, Diane, I’m talking about you (Variegated Flycatcher or Hudsonian Godwit, anyone? ). Of course those birds were found in June in St. John’s County, so why not Duval? What great birds were seen…

Huguenot Memorial Park 14 June 2020

I decided to visit Huguenot Memorial Park this morning for just my 12th visit there this year. Since I normally visit the park between 1-2 times every week, this year is definitely a “down year” so far for me in terms of getting to Huguenot. Regardless, I’ve tallied 104 species so far there this year…

Betz-Tiger Point Preserve

6 June 2020. In recent months, I’ve purposefully been trying to do deeper and more prolonged hikes at some local areas to better explore the areas, reacquaint myself with them, and get a more sustained bit of exercise in while enjoying birding. Jacksonville has a ton of parks and many hotspots are in close proximity…

Catching up on the Spring Season

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything and quite honestly didn’t really expect to have many more items for the “Birding Jacksonville” site. Marie and I were planning on moving to Arizona in April, and then the pandemic hit…I won’t go into details or attempt any sort of “COVID coverage”, but in short our move…