Catbirds, Mockingbirds, and Thrashers

Gray Catbird Dumetella carolinensis Gray Catbird is a species that can be found year round, but is most abundant in September through April. Doubtless, they are certainly more common in winter now than Howell (1932) noted when he referred to them as “recorded in small numbers” throughout Jacksonville and Florida in general. In the summer months…

Jays, Crows, and Lark

Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata Blue Jay is an extremely common species throughout the county and a widespread breeder that can be found in any season. You can observe a Blue Jay at virtually any birding location or local park with the exception of perhaps Huguenot Memorial Park (where they can occur but are not reliable). Any…

Woodpeckers

While only six woodpecker species can reliably be seen in Duval County, on 21 February 2016 Roger Clark and I observed a record seven species of them when we recorded a pair of Hairy Woodpeckers at Branan Field Mitigation Park. Red-headed Woodpecker Melanerpes erythrocephalus  Red-headed Woodpeckers are both a migrant and year-round species in Duval…

Kingfishers

Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon Belted Kingfishers are fairly common throughout the county from September through April, but almost completely disappear in May through mid-July. During those months when they are abundant, you can find them at the ponds at Hanna Park, Reddie Point Preserve, and the Jacksonville Equestrian Center. They are also easy to find all…

Swifts

Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica  Chimney Swifts are the only Swift that is known to have occurred in Duval County, with the oldest record noted as 23 June 1930. They arrive in early spring (last week of March) and are constant throughout the summer into the first week of November, where they abruptly disappear. A notable late…

Storm-Petrels

There isn’t a lot of information here about Storm-Petrels for a couple of reasons; first, there just aren’t that many reports or records from land, and second, you’d really need to get several miles offshore of Mayport to have a good chance of seeing them. It seems like there is a natural event that pushes…

Storks

Wood Stork Mycteria americana The earliest documented occurrence of Wood Stork in Duval County is from 9 April 1930 (Stevenson & Anderson, 1994), but these prehistoric looking birds have undoubtedly been around much, much longer than that. Today they are fairly common in appropriate habitat and can be found year-round in the county. Your best bet…

Skuas and Jaegers

South Polar Skua Stercorarius maccormicki South Polar Skua is an extremely rare bird anywhere in the state of Florida, and on 19 June 2006 Roger Clark provided one of the first photo-documented records 10 miles offshore of Mayport in Duval County. This is the only county record. Pomarine Jaeger Steracorarius pomarinus Howell (1932, p. 253) cited W. T….

Parrots

Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri There is one record of Rose-ringed Parakeet, of a bird photographed on 24 September 2017 in C. Murphy’s yard. The bird was undoubtedly an escaped pet. Rosy-faced Lovebird Agapornis roseicollis A single Rosy-faced Lovebird was recorded at Blue Cypress Park on 27 August 2014. There have been other scattered reports over…