Stilt Sandpiper at Spoonbill Pond

I love late July because it means the return of shorebirds and marks the beginning of the time to start looking for Black Terns. This morning I was off work and decided to cruise Fort George Island again where I was able to see another Louisiana Waterthrush near the Dyal House. I then stopped briefly…

Louisiana Waterthrush!

Every July around the 4th I begin looking for our earliest fall migrant, the Louisiana Waterthrush. The easiest and best place to find them is on Fort George Island along the long dirt road leading to Kingsley Plantation. Mornings are best (early), but evenings will work also – but it’s best to wait until a…

Mid-Summer Update

It’s been a particularly hot summer so far, the last couple weeks have been real scorchers with intense sun, making it undesirable to do much birding. Nevertheless, there have been some notable birds around in Jacksonville. The Common Eider that has been present since 6 May is apparently still around although I haven’t seen it…

Summary of the Spring Season – 2017

Summary of the Spring Season 1 Mar – 31 May 2017 Duval County   Sight-only observations are considered “reports”. Those supported by verifiable evidence (photographs, video or audio recordings, or specimens) are called “records.” After a few years of significant numbers, Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks have declined again this year making them very scarce and localized in…