Ash-throated Flycatchers (Yes, Flycatchers. Plural). M&M Dairy

Yesterday morning Dave Foster found an Ash-throated Flycatcher at M&M Dairy. Ash-throated is a very rare species in Duval County…so rare that I finally just found my first in the county last winter. Having said that, this winter seems to be a “good one” for Ash-throated in Northeast Florida, with several observations in Duval, Clay,…

Eastport is Wasted

On Saturday, April 13th, I visited Eastport Wastelands for the first time in a number of months. They’ve been clearing the north side of the property for some time now (obliterating it is more like it), and now they’ve begun the south end of the property as well. The photo above depicts what used to…

Heritage River Road Wetlands

This morning I visited Heritage River Road “Wetlands”, which is off Heckscher Drive in Jacksonville’s northside. The area used to be an overgrown dredge disposal site, but in the last couple years the government has been turning it back into a coastal salt marsh as part of the mitigation plan for building out the “little…

Stilt Sandpiper and 80+ in Dayson Basin!

I’ve written a few times about “Getting to 70“, and today I tallied over 70 species on a single checklist at a single location in Duval County for the TENTH time. Not only did we (a group of 4 of us) get to 70 – we accomplished something that has only been done in northeast…

Western Kingbird at Imeson

This morning I decided to head to Imeson Center and try to poke around some of the dirt bike trails closer to Heckscher Drive, with the main purpose of trying to get access to Turner Pond. Turner Pond is a huge freshwater pond that historically has held breeding Purple Gallinules and Least Bitterns, but it’s…

Rusty Blackbirds at M&M Dairy

M&M Dairy has been an interesting place to bird again this winter, so I’ve spent a bit of time out there every weekend or so. I wrote about it recently, but some interesting birds I’ve found there since December include Western Kingbird(s) and a pair of Grasshopper Sparrows. On January 20th I headed back out there on…

Fox Sparrow! Seaton Creek Historic Preserve

I was struggling Saturday night (the 12th of January) in deciding where I wanted to go birding the next morning. It’s so hard to not bird Huguenot in the winter months but I felt really in the mood for going on a prolonged walk in the woods. I decided on Seaton Creek Historic Preserve off…

Sparrows at Branan

This morning I decided to head to the western side of Duval County in search of Bachman’s Sparrows. I headed to Branan Field mitigation area, which is my second visit of the year; Dave and I went on a frigid January morning in search of Hairy Woodpeckers (and missed). This morning it was around 50F…

Camp Milton Historic Preserve

Map to Camp Milton Historic Preserve Parking: Free; no entrance fee. There are about fifty paved parking places including at least one handicap space. Trails: Short wooded trails wind throughout the small park including into a swampy understory on a elevated wooden boardwalk. Facilities: There are a couple of benches and the restrooms are a pretty good little walk from the…

Ribault Monument

Map to Ribault Monument Parking: Free; no entrance fee. There are about 25 paved parking places including at least one handicap space. The park is open from 9:00AM to 4:45PM daily. Trails: None. There is a short handicap boardwalk ramp that winds from the parking lot to the overlook. It’s less that 50 yards long but does cut through a…

Huguenot Memorial Park Reopens!

We’ve all been anxiously waiting for Huguenot Memorial Park to reopen since the damage caused by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016. I was in Arizona when I saw the news that the park had reopened and it’s hard to believe that I was actually looking forward to leaving the Arizona birds behind to get back…

Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park

Map to Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park Parking: Free; no entrance fee. There are a handful of paved parking places including at least one handicap space. Trails: Very short wooded trails wind throughout the small park. The main trail has a rather steep but short decline down into a little ravine and back up again. It is…