30 Aug 2015 – August Duval County Twelve Day Big Year (12DBY):

Key August 12DBY target species: Yellow Warbler, Piping Plover, Cliff Swallow, Bank Swallow Final August 12DBY results: 62 ABA countable species, 8 eBird checklists, 2,950 individual birds observed. Best targets achieved: Yellow Warbler This month’s 12DBY sort of got away from me a little bit. My plan was to scour for the swallows and then declare the 12DBY the following day, which I…

Finches, Euphonias, and Allies

House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus It’s interesting to note the arrival of House Finch in Florida and in Duval County; Edscorn (1976) noted that they did not occur in Florida through 1975, but was obviously foreshadowing their arrival in the state as the species continued to push south from New York. The first report from the…

Cardinals, Grosbeaks, and Allies

Summer Tanager Piranga rubra Summer Tanager is a fairly common breeding species in Duval County, with the earliest documented nesting occurring on 15 May 1934 when a set of eggs was collected and sent to a museum (Stevenson & Anderson, 1994). As of 2020, they are still regular (but declining) breeders in the area, and…

26 Jul 2015 – July Duval County Twelve Day Big Year (12DBY):

Key July 12DBY target species: Louisiana Waterthrush, Common Tern, Black Tern, Stilt Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper Final July 12DBY results: 82 ABA countable species, 8 eBird checklists, 4,467 individual birds observed. Best targets achieved: Common Tern, Black Tern, Stilt Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper My strategy for July was to wait until late in the month to try to land some of the…

A word about Cliff Swallows in Duval County

Some recent eBird reports of Cliff Swallow in Duval County have prompted a few thoughts that I think are worthy of consideration. Cliff Swallows are undoubtedly annual in northeast Florida / Duval County, but they are very uncommon-to-rare and can also present identification challenges, even to seasoned observers. To put their abundance in context, they are…