Pipits

American Pipit Anthus rubescens American Pipits occur each winter and can be found with some effort from mid-December through about the middle of January; some may arrive as early as the last week of November and depart as late as mid March, but they are difficult to find in those seasonal extremes and should not be…

Treecreepers

Brown Creeper Certhia americana Brown Creeper is a very rare winter visitor in the Jacksonville area, with reported observations occurring once every five to ten years. They appear on a variety of Christmas Bird Counts over the years, such as three in 1965 spanning two count parties (Cruickshank, 1966). Subsequent CBCs include one on 26 December…

Cranes

Sandhill Crane  Grus canadensis Sandhill Cranes are rare to very uncommon in Duval County, with most observations occurring in the western part of the county. You can see them with some degree of effort, but it may take several tries and may require checking various locations. Although they have only shown up on the Christmas…

Limpkins

Limpkin Aramus guarauna Limpkins are extremely localized in Duval County, and there are currently only two known and reliable locations for them. They were first documented as a breeding species in the county during the Breeding Bird Atlas I from 1986 through 1991, and then sort of fell off the local birding radar for a couple…

Herons, Ibis, and Allies

American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosusAmerican Bitterns were historically known to be “fairly common winter residents”, and there are a couple reports of them being flushed in May and June, indicating a slim possibility they could breed in the county (Grimes, 1943). They are very secretive and thus can be very difficult to find; it took me many years…

Cormorants, Anhingas, and Pelicans

Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus There are no reports or records of Neotropic Cormorant in Duval County, but they do occur in Florida. Observers should be casually aware the species might occur one day, but should be guarded in their optimism and diligent in documenting a suspected “Neotrop”. Double-crested Cormorant  Phalacrocorax auritus Double-crested Cormorants are around…

Summary of the Spring Season – 2014

Summary of the Spring Season 1 Mar – 31 May 2014 Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam & St. Johns Counties Sight-only observations are considered “reports”. Those supported by verifiable evidence (photographs, video or audio recordings, or specimens) are called “records.” A county designation (in italics) accompanies the first-time listing of each site in this…