Tyrant Flycatchers

Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens Eastern Wood-Pewees arrive in early April, but are actually quite tough to find in April and May. They are a limited breeding species in the county, dating back to 11 June 1932 when a nest’s eggs were collected (Stevenson & Anderson, 1994). Stevenson and Anderson (1994) also noted that Sam Grimes collected eggs…

12 Day Big Year

Twelve Day Big Year – In 2014, several birders in the state participated in a Twelve Day Big Year competition that I believe was dreamed up by Eliot Schunke. The gist is that you preselect one day each month to go out a see as many birds as you can in that year. I followed…

Waterfowl

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis The first county record of Black-bellied Whistling-Duck was a single bird reported by Carole Adams on 3 May 2003 that remained through 14 May that year (Pranty, 2003). They remained very scarce in the area until 2010 when their abundance skyrocketed. To provide some context of their rarity prior to 2010,…

Summary of the Fall Season – 2014

Summary of the Fall Season 1 Aug – 30 Nov, 2014 Nassau, Duval, St. Johns, Baker, Clay, Putnam, & Flagler 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…