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Summary of the Summer Season – 2017

Summary of the Summer Season

1 Jun – 31 July, 2017

Duval County, FL

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 report.

The precipitous decline of Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks continued again this summer; a few years ago one would be able to see dozens at the Lem Turner Spray Fields where they breed, but this summer the high count was just 7 birds there observed 17 June. The young male Common Eider first recorded on 6 May at Huguenot Memorial Park continued through the  end of the summer season; it was most often reported from behind a residence on Heckscher Drive about half a mile or more further up river from the ferry slip. Red-breasted Mergansers are scarce in summer, and just a few singles were observed along the St. Johns River from Huguenot to Helen Cooper Floyd park through 20 June.

On 11 June I found a single Great Shearwater close to shore at Huguenot along the northern end of the park’s ocean side. The Shearwater was floating just offshore and actually came in to rest on the beach for a few minutes before flying back out just past the breakers. I was able to alert a few local birders who all made it up there in time to see it. Great Shearwaters are only seen from shore here about once every five years, so this was a nice county bird for several.

Great Shearwater. Huguenot Memorial Park, Duval County, Florida. 11 June 2017.

Least Bitterns are secretive and localized at places like Imeson Center and Hanna Park; the summer’s only report came from the latter location on 5 June. I checked Imeson several times during the season for evidence of breeding and was unable to detect any Bitterns there (although I recorded one there in spring).

Five Glossy Ibis were recorded at Lem Turner on 25 June, and Marie and I found a single one at M&M Dairy on 2 July. Both properties are unkempt, overgrown, and not in favorable condition for any of the migrant shorebirds or waterfowl we’ve enjoyed there in the past.

A rare-in-county dark morph Short-tailed Hawk was photographed over Westside Industrial Park on 25 June.

Limpkin numbers at Westside Industrial Park are also way down this year, with just a few juveniles detected during the breeding season. Construction continues at a heavy clip in some areas of the park, which may have contributed to lower numbers, or perhaps frequent rains and higher water levels affected the species. On 11 June a single Limpkin was recorded at Pope Duval FMA off Beaver Street, marking a new location in the county for them.

At least two pairs of American Oystercatchers frequented Huguenot throughout the summer, but evidently did not fledge any chicks. Oystercatchers did breed successfully in Nassau Sound/Big Bird Island and were subsequently banded.

A single Marbled Godwit was recorded at Huguenot Memorial Park 8 July and was not relocated the following day. Many of the Godwit reports from this location in recent years have been “one day wonders”, as they favor Big Bird Island in Nassau Sound some few miles north of Huguenot. I believe this to be a direct effect of the management plan at Huguenot that includes letting the mudflats in the lagoon regenerate with too much vegetation, thus restricting the foraging opportunities for large shorebirds.

I recorded the county’s only summer Stilt Sandpiper at Big Talbot Island’s Spoonbill Pond on 28 July despite the water level being incredibly high there, with little exposed mudflats.  Nine Pectoral Sandpipers were reported from Westside Industrial Park on 30 July but unfortunately not photographed.

Stilt Sandpiper with Spotted Sandpiper coming in for a landing.

The only report of Gull-billed Tern this summer was one I recorded at Huguenot on 18 June. These terns are (yet another) breeding species that has been in serious decline locally due to loss of habitat, overdevelopment, or human disturbance.

The “June Challenge” has a little benefit I suppose; it motivated a local participant to check Seaton Creek Historic Preserve for continued presence of Acadian Flycatcher and one was indeed recorded there 3 June. They’ve been verified there each summer now since Marie and I first recorded their presence in 2014.

I recorded a Gray Kingbird at Huguenot’s pay station 20 June, and perhaps the same bird was recorded intermittently in the camp ground area through 18 July. They breed across the river at Mayport NAS and stray over to Huguenot in mid-summer each year.

Gray Kingbird. Huguenot Memorial Park, Duval County, Florida. 9 July 2017.

A Purple Martin roost in downtown Jacksonville caused a bit of a local sensation, where up to an estimated 25,000 birds would roost in a group of trees along Hogan Street next to the Jacksonville Landing. A local bird club pushed the event rather heavily in the local news and social media, which unfortunately attracted drone hobbyists that proceeded to fly their drones through the mass of swirling Martins on several evenings. It’s always a delicate balance when deciding when to publicize a notable wildlife “event” versus keeping it a little more “secret”. The location of breeding birds is an obvious example, but massive communal roosts or staging areas for long distance migrants should be considered as well.

Louisiana Waterthrushes are perhaps the earliest fall migrant and I search for them beginning around the fourth of July each year. This year I recorded two on Fort George Island on 23 July and had another one there 28 July. One other birder chased them around 28-29 July but otherwise there were no other reports of the bird.

Louisiana Waterthrush, Fort George Island. Duval County, FL.

A Chipping Sparrow at Pine Lakes along north Main Street on 11 June was notable but unaccompanied by a photo.

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 spring and summer and almost unheard of in fall/winter. A high count of just four birds came from Lem Turner spray fields on 13 May; this is the only somewhat reliable spot for them in the entire county.

A late Gadwall was recorded 3 May at Huguenot Memorial Park. Other notable waterfowl include up to three American Black Ducks and one Canvasback that remained at Perdue Pond Wildlife Area through 5 March where they spent the winter. A young male Common Eider delighted many at Huguenot and as far up river as the Mayport Ferry from 6 May through the end of the season.

Common Eider at Huguenot Memorial Park.

Reports of Northern Bobwhite came expectedly from Pumpkin Hill Preserve State Park and Branan Field Wildlife Area, but two from Ringhaver Park on 15 April were a bit of a surprise.

Horned Grebes were relatively scarce through the winter, so six at Little Talbot Island State Park on 19 March provided a nice record. A single Magnificent Frigatebird passed over Hanna Park on 27 May; this is a species that is only reported about once per year.

An American Bittern was photographed at Taye Brown Regional Park 29 March; a subsequent report of the bird after that remains unsubstantiated. The Least Bittern at Imeson Center was first recorded 19 May; they are known to breed in the small pond there. Another was recorded at Hanna Park’s lake on 30 May.

Two Reddish Egrets were recorded at Heritage River Road Wetlands beginning 14 May. These wetlands were recently developed by the Army Corps of Engineers as mitigation for the work they’re doing across the St. Johns River to extend the “little jetties” and backfill the marsh there. A Glossy Ibis was recorded at Hanna Park’s lake on 2 April, and another was reported from Spoonbill Pond on 18 April. So far, this species is more scarce this year than in recent years.

Swallow-tailed Kites arrived on time in the last week of February and Mississippi Kites followed two months later in the last week of April. Both species have been confirmed breeding in the county this season.

Perhaps the biggest news of the year was a single Purple Gallinule photographed in Eastport on 29 May, marking the first time in many decades that the species was recorded in the county during breeding season. Follow-up visits to re-find the bird have proven unsuccessful.

American Coots are limited breeders in the county and there was only one report of the species after the end of April. Many of their breeding ponds along highway 9A were “cleaned out” by the Department of Transportation last year, effectively destroying the suitable habitat.

Sandhill Cranes continue to breed in very small numbers off New World Avenue, and this year on May 4th just the second confirmed breeding area in the county was discovered off 9A and Baymeadows Road amidst considerable construction.

Black-necked Stilts arrived the second week of March and could be found regularly at Spoonbill Pond and Heritage River Road Wetlands; a high count of 40 came from Dayson Bason on 7 April.

Black-necked Stilt. 6 May 2017. Spoonbill Pond.

American Avocets are a pretty tough species to find in any season and the only reports this spring came from Dayson Basin where an incredible 350 were estimated on that 7 April outing.

American Avocets. 7 April 2017. Dayson Basin.

650 Semipalmated Plovers at Dayson that same morning provided a regional high count, as did over 1,200 Least Sandpipers. A very rare American Golden-Plover was recorded at Dayson Basin on 24 March but was not relocated during the visit there on 7 April. Only one Marbled Godwit was recorded this season and came from Huguenot Memorial Park on 25 March. The Godwit was recorded the following day but not after.

Marbled Godwit. 26 May 2017. Huguenot Memorial Park.

Red Knots are continuing to decline; just ten years ago it was easy to see flocks of up to 2,000 at Huguenot in the spring, this year the high count was just 77 on 6 April. I found Stilts Sandpipers in two locations – Dayson Basin and Spoonbill Pond. The eighteen counted at Dayson on 7 April may well be an all-time high count for the county, and there were just four left there on a subsequent visit 15 May. The other Stilt Sandpiper was found 30 April and continued through 13 May. White-rumped Sandpipers can be tricky to find and even trickier to identify for many, but I managed to find them in four locations this spring: Dayson Basin, Heritage River Road Wetlands, Haulover Creek, and Spoonbill Pond. The earliest was on 6 May at Spoonbill Pond, where it was also the largest group of them with five individuals. They were gone by 27 May.

A single Pectoral Sandpiper was recorded at Hanna Park from 2-9 April and was quite cooperative to anyone interested; inexplicably that was only four people though. It is baffling that more birders didn’t seek out this bird. Another Pectoral was reported from Spoonbill Pond 21 April.

Pectoral Sandpiper. 9 April. Hanna Park.

An injured Glaucous Gull hung around the Mayport boat ramp from 8 March through the 22nd, and I recorded a second Glaucous at Huguenot Memorial Park on 15 April. The Mayport bird had an injured leg; the Huguenot bird did not.

Glaucous Gull. 15 April 2017. Huguenot Memorial Park.

Gull-billed Terns are still a treat when you can find them anymore, so a pair I found at Heritage River Road Wetlands 14-30 May provided a nice opportunity for many. Other observations include one at Huguenot (8 April), one at Spoonbill Pond (30 April), three at Dayson Basin (15 May),  three at Little Talbot Island (19 May), and the only other one found by another observer at Hanna Park on 25 April. There were scattered reports of Caspian Tern but only two of them were supported by photographs. This is a pretty uncommon species in spring and to provide some perspective on that I still haven’t seen one here this year. I suspect many of the reports are of mistaken Royal Terns but there is no way to determine that for certain – and without photographic support it is hard to “prove a negative”. I remain skeptical of most of the reports.

Eastern Whip-poor-wills have a small window in which they can be heard singing in northeast Florida, and I found two as early as 12 March this year on Fort George Island. One was reported from Betz Tiger Point Preserve 17 March and two more from Julington-Durbin Preserve 22 March. Those are the only known reports this season for the species.

A Monk Parakeet observed at an Atlantic Beach feeder 3 March was undoubtedly an escaped pet.

Eastern Wood-Pewees are rare in spring and are very limited breeders in Duval County. A credible report came from Bolles School campus 2-8 May; a couple other reports lacked any details. Acadian Flycatchers breed in the “Thomas Creek corridor” that includes Seaton Creek Preserve. I recorded three singing on Thomas Creek 22 April during a kayaking excursion; these are the earliest Acadians recorded in county history. Gray Kingbirds are rarely found outside of Mayport NAS, but one was recorded 20 April on Blount Island and another near the entrance to Spanish Pond on 7 May.

There was only one notable swallow observation; a single Cliff was reported from Spoonbill Pond 5 May. Cliffs are rare in spring and are usually best found the second and third weeks of August.

Most thrush species are rare in spring, so seeing a variety of them and in higher than normal numbers was one of the season’s highlights. Up to eight Veery were reported at Fort Caroline National Memorial 26 April where they could be found through 7 May. Gray-cheeked Thrushes were reported beginning 26 April at Reddie Point Preserve and four at Fort Caroline 7 May was remarkable. Swainson’s Thrushes moved through 7-10 May with a handful of observations coming from the Arlington area. A single Swainson’s graced a southside yard from 7-9 May. One Wood Thrush observation consisted of a record from 12 May in an Arlington backyard.

Twenty-four species of warblers this spring was again lackluster, but may be the new normal as species continue to decline. Just three to five years ago spring warbler species numbered twenty-seven to twenty-nine but the last couple years have provided twenty-two and now twenty-four, despite there being more birders and increasing numbers of reported observations (mainly via eBird). This trend is perhaps worthy of scrutiny and more scientific study.

Northern Parula. 29 April. Sample Swamp.

Regardless, warbler highlights this season included three reports of Tennessee (all from Reddie Point Preserve, 26 April-10 May), a single Nashville photographed at Reddie Point 24 March, up to twenty singing Hooded Warblers along Thomas Creek on 22 April, multiple Magnolias at Reddie Point and Fort Caroline from 5-13 May, two very late Yellow Warblers 6-7 May, a lone Chestnut-sided at Reddie Point on 5 May, and one Black-throated Green on 6 May. Despite many efforts to record Swainson’s Warbler at last year’s suspected breeding area in north Jacksonville, we were unable to detect any this year. The area had recently been impacted by a small forest fire that was still smoldering on the first visit, so that may well have impacted the species interest in the area this year.

Bachman’s Sparrows continue to be localized to the three Duval County locations, and a high count of twenty singing came from Branan Field Wildlife and Environmental Area on 2 April. The “marsh sparrows” continued to provide good viewing / photograph opportunities at Sawpit Creek Boat Ramp, and I’m already looking forward to taking my new 500mm lens there next fall.

Seaside Sparrow. 25 March 2017. Sawpit Creek.

Summary of the Winter Season – 2016-2017

Summary of the Winter Season
1 Dec 2016– 28 Feb 2017
Duval County

Sight-only observations are considered “reports”. Those supported by verifiable evidence (photographs, video or audio recordings, or specimens) are called “records.” 

This winter season was a particularly mild, even warm, one where we saw most residential lawns never go dormant, an 80F Christmas day, and the continued after-effects of Hurricane Matthew that kept Huguenot Memorial Park closed through 1 February. We also lost an important inland freshwater marsh and migrant shorebird stop over when Waterworks Pool was filled in for yet another warehouse and Eastport Wastelands is now being cleared and covered in loose gravel in the places they haven’t started harvesting the soil to export elsewhere.

Twenty-six species of waterfowl were reported in the county during the winter season, which was a respectable number considering Huguenot Memorial Park was closed most of the winter (thus limiting the ability to find an Eider or many Scoters). After a banner winter last year, there was only a single Snow Goose record from the westside of town off Blanding Boulevard near the back of Ringhaver Park. The goose favored a residential pond from 18-25 February. Notable ducks included up to four American Black Ducks at Perdue Pond Wildlife Area through the season, and a Canvasback was recorded there from 1 January through 28 February. The season’s only Greater Scaup were reported from the “recharge ponds” at Eastport Wastelands during two December visits. A Common Goldeneye was recorded at a small pond right off Heckscher Drive on 23 December where it remained until it was seemingly run over by a vehicle on 4 February. The specimen was collected and it will be taken to the Florida Museum of Natural History.

This winter is perhaps the only in recent decades where Red-throated Loon was not observed; this is perhaps as much a result of no access to Huguenot Memorial Park as an indicator of how scarce the species was this season, but I did several seawatches from Little Talbot Island State Park particularly targeting them. Reports of Common Loon and Horned Grebe were similarly down based on previous years.

There were two records of American Bittern; one at Ringhaver Park on 18 December and another at Little Talbot Island SP 24 December. The Talbot Island bird was observed at length feeding in the open grasses within 8 feet of a busy A1A.

American Bittern just off A1A.

There were just three reports of Reddish Egret, none documented and all reports from very unlikely or unusual locations for the species. Unfortunately these reports will remain unconfirmed. Roseate Spoonbills have been scarce but regular in recent winters, however this season only saw one verifiable report, of a single bird photographed behind Sisters Creek Marina on 18 February.

As a historically late February arrival, the season’s only Swallow-tailed Kite report expectedly came from near the St. Johns County line on 28 February.

Up to three Sora were reliably recorded off New World Avenue throughout January and the first week of February; they were the only reported in Duval this season.

The freshwater marsh called Waterworks Pool off New World Avenue was filled in for another FedEx warehouse; this was one of only two confirmed locations ever for breeding Sandhill Cranes in Duval County’s history. Despite that, two were recorded in a nearby powerline cut 7 January. For the second consecutive winter, one Sandhill was recorded at Mayo Clinic’s campus, this year from 20-24 February.

American Avocet reports were on par, with as many as 24 at White Shell Bay on 21 January. A high count of 16 Piping Plover were reported from Big Bird Island 17 December. Just one report of Purple Sandpiper this season was of two birds at Huguenot on 16 December. Long-billed Dowitchers were regular at Big Talbot Island’s Spoonbill Pond, but observers should use caution since Short-billeds also occur there in a mixed flock.

There was but one good day for observing jaegers this winter; on the 75F morning of 22 January both Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers could be found with a little effort at Little Talbot Island State Park. A single report of Iceland Gull was not photographed on 12 December at Helen Cooper Floyd Park.

Three Eastern Whip-poor-wills on Fort George Island 1 January were an unexpected surprise. The season’s only verifiable Western Kingbird report came from Lakeside Marina 22 December

A single Red-breasted Nuthatch was reported at Cary State Forest’s Monticello Tract 11 February. Two Golden-crowned Kinglets were recorded there 19 February.

A Wood Thrush recorded at the end of the fall season remained at Spoonbill Pond through 3 December, providing a very rare verifiable winter record for anywhere in the entire state.

American Pipits were fairly reliable at Sheffield Regional Park in December and January, and at westside’s Ringhaver Park in January through February.

The season’s only Ovenbird was recorded at Tillie K. Fowler Regional Park 9 December. There were several reports of Northern Parula, including one at Lonnie Wurn Boat Ramp 26 December and another at Westside Industrial Park 2 January. A very rare-in-winter Yellow Warbler was recorded at Westside Industrial Park 8 January, providing the first winter Duval County record. Up to 1,800 Yellow-rumped Warblers at Sheffield Regional Park on 8 January provided quite a spectacle.

Notable sparrows included one previously banded A. n. subvirgatus Nelson’s Sparrow  recorded at Big Talbot Island SP’s Sawpit Creek boat ramp on 11 January. Expected sparrows were mostly found in usual locations and in usual numbers, with the exception of White-throated Sparrow whose numbers were way down this year.

As many as two Western Tanagers visited a private residence in Mandarin for at least the third consecutive winter from 11 December to 18 February.

A westoni (dark-eyed) Boat-tailed Grackle was photographed at Huguenot 5 February, providing a rare Duval record of this sub-species.

“Dark-eyed” Boat-tailed Grackle

Summary of the Fall Season – 2016

Summary of the Fall Season

1 Aug – 30 Nov, 2016

Duval County, Florida

Sight-only observations are considered “reports”. Those supported by verifiable evidence (photographs, video or audio recordings, or specimens) are called “records.”

The Fall Season included the passage of Hurricane Matthew, which impacted Duval County 6-8 October with high winds, damaging storm surge, and some coastal flooding. The damage was extensive enough to essentially destroy Shands Pier in Clay County, force the extended closure of the pier at Fort Clinch State Park in Nassau, and semi-permanently close Huguenot Memorial Park in Duval. As of this report, no one has been allowed into Huguenot since the storm and it is expected to be closed through at least spring 2017.

Up to three American Black Ducks returned to Perdue Pond Wildlife Area 20 November and remained into the Winter season. The drake Northern Shoveler continued from last Winter at Big Talbot Island State Park’s Spoonbill Pond through 27 August. Two of the Black Scoters at Huguenot Memorial Park remained through 6 August. A single Red-breasted Merganser was recorded in Nassau Sound at Spoonbill Pond on 6 August.

A rare-in-county Magnificent Frigatebird was reported from Little Talbot Island State Park 13 September.

The season’s only report of American Bittern was from Ringhaver Park 22 August. The “white morph” Great Blue Heron remained at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park until 22 October.

An early Northern Harrier was recorded at Dayson Basin (restricted access) on 10 August.

A remarkable 31 species of shorebird were reported in Duval this season. Fourteen American Avocets recorded at Clapboard Creek 20 November were notable, as was a Marbled Godwit at Huguenot Memorial Park on 4 August (the season’s only report). A late White-rumped Sandpiper was well photographed at Spoonbill Pond 22 October. Other notable shorebirds included three Pectoral and three Stilt Sandpipers at Spoonbill Pond 3-27 August. An American Woodcock was flushed on the trail at Tillie K. Fowler Regional Park 19 November. Three Wilson’s Phalaropes reported from Spoonbill Pond 24 August were unfortunately not verifiable, nor were three Red-necked Phalarope reported there 14 September.

Interesting larids included a report of a first cycle Glaucous Gull at Helen Cooper Floyd Park 11 November and two Gull-billed Terns at Spoonbill Pond 3 August.

White-winged Doves continue to be very scarce and localized, so a report of one in Atlantic Beach 24 November is worthwhile.

As expected, Common Nighthawk and Chuck-will’s-widow were reported up to the last week of September, but not beyond. A series of Eastern Whip-poor-will records are very important, as we don’t understand their fall or winter abundance well. Records came from Reddie Point Preserve (2 birds) 28 October and three at Ringhaver Park on 7 November. The same diligent observers noted 1 at Old Jennings Recreation Area in Clay 5 November.

American Kestrels are very limited (and declining) breeders in northeast Florida, so a record of an orphaned juvenile in north Jacksonville on 1 August is of value. The bird was taken to a rehab facility.

A very rare Willow Flycatcher was carefully observed and the vocalization noted at Reddie Point Preserve on 1 October. A Bell’s Vireo reported from Perdue Pond Wildlife Area 8 October was unfortunately not recorded.

A mini-invasion of Red-breasted Nuthatch hit the state this Fall, but only one record occurred in Duval; two were photographed in Cary State Forest on 19 November. Another “heard-only” report came from Boone Park 23 November. It was a good season for normally rare Golden-crowned Kinglets; five were reported from Taye Brown Regional Park 23 October, four at Hanna Park on 29 October, and one more recorded at Taye Brown 20 November.

A remarkably late Wood Thrush delighted many during an Audubon field trip to Spoonbill Pond on 27 November, providing one of the latest verifiable state records ever for the species.

Thirty-one species of warbler were reported this season, a significant improvement over the spring season and matches the mark set last fall. Notable warblers included a Golden-winged and Blue-winged Warbler recorded at Theodore Roosevelt Area 9 October, a Swainson’s Warbler in Atlantic Beach 22 September, a Nashville Warbler at Reddie Point Preserve 9 October, and a late Blackpoll Warbler at Hanna Park on 29 October. Prairie Warblers are rare late fall/winter residents; one was recorded at Eastport Wastelands 26 November. Several reports of Black-throated Green included one from Reddie Point Preserve 5 November, and a Yellow-breasted Chat recorded at Eastport Wastelands 8-10 November was exciting.

Grasshopper Sparrow was recorded 8 November at Eastport Wastelands and observed again there 22 November. The other 13 species of sparrow reported were all expected and nothing unusual is worth mentioning.

A single Pine Siskin was reported in San Mateo 16 November.

Summary of the Summer Season – 2016

Summary of the Summer Season

1 Jun – 31 July, 2016

Duval County, FL

 

Sight-only observations are considered “reports”. Those supported by verifiable evidence (photographs, video or audio recordings, or specimens) are called “records.”

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks were fairly prolific breeders the last few summers in the Thomas Creek corridor, but their numbers were down significantly this season – to the point of being undetectable on a number of visits designed specifically to survey their presence. The only seasonal reports of the species included eight observed at the Lem Turner Spray Fields on 26 June and up to six at Westside Industrial Park on 24-25 July.

A drake Northern Shoveler continued at Big Talbot Island State Park’s Spoonbill Pond through 25 July, marking the second consecutive summer the species summered there. Huguenot Memorial Park hosted up to eight lingering Black Scoter through 17 July, marking at least the second year in a row the species persisted into summer there. A rare-in-summer female Hooded Merganser frequented the small pond in front of the Gate gas station at I-295 and Heckscher Drive from 9 June through 18 July. Up to two Red-breasted Mergansers (likely different birds) were reported at various locations in the St. Johns River the first week of June, where the species is very uncommon but annual.

Northern Bobwhite sightings continue to be valuable since they are in steep decline and continue to lose habitat to urban sprawl. Branan Field Wildlife and Environmental Area in southwest Jacksonville may be the most important property left for this species, and they were reported there from 8-28 June.

The breeding Least Bitterns in the small pond at Imeson Center were reported on 4 June. A “white morph” Great Blue Heron was at Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park through 27 July. Glossy Ibis are locally uncommon, so one at Spoonbill Pond from 4 June through 23 July was notable; a report of ten there on 26 June was unfortunately not verifiable.

American Coots are very limited breeders in Duval County, and the pond where they bred in 2015 was “cleaned out” by the Department of Transportation thereby prohibiting nesting this year. A pair was observed at the large pond underneath the I-295/I-95 interchange in south Jacksonville on 5 June and a single Coot was detected at Westside Industrial Park that same day.

Limpkins continue to breed and maintain a year-round presence at Westside Industrial Park. A high count of six were reported there 2-3 July.

Sandhill Cranes bred off New World Avenue again this year and two adults with two colts were recorded there on 11 June. This location continues to be the only known breeding location of the species in Duval County.

Two American Avocets were reported from Helen Cooper Floyd Park on 1 June. One Piping Plover was at Spoonbill Pond 16 July; the species is difficult to find in summer and can be even more uncommon within the “pond” there. Other notable shorebirds at Spoonbill Pond included five Spotted Sandpipers, one Pectoral Sandpiper, and two Stilt Sandpipers on 16 July.

Gull-billed Terns are another species in serious decline. Reports came from Huguenot Memorial Park on 12 June, Spoonbill Pond from 26 June through 17 July, and Big Bird Island in Nassau Sound on 18 June. Four early Black Terns were reported from Big Bird Island on 18 June; more typical reports started again on 23 July through the remainder of the season.

Acadian Flycatchers were reported from Seaton Creek Historic Preserve from 4-12 June, where they are known to breed. One was also recorded at Theodore Roosevelt Area on 15 June.

Gray Kingbirds presumably still breed at Mayport NAS but not many local birders have access to the base, and those that do don’t check there. One was recorded at Little Talbot Island State Park’s south parking lot on 16 July.

Louisiana Waterthrushes are very early fall migrants, and the best place and time to look for them is on the dirt roads of Fort George Island the first two weeks of July. Accordingly, one was found there on 3 July.

Summary of the Spring Season – 2016

Summary of the Spring Season

1 Mar – 31 May 2016

Duval County

 

Sight-only observations are considered “reports”. Those supported by verifiable evidence (photographs, video or audio recordings, or specimens) are called “records.”

A strong front with winds from the south on 27 March pushed many migrants north; on that day I observed several large groups including two groups of over 40 Anhinga, streams of Turkey Vultures, 40+ Wood Storks and hundreds upon hundreds of Double-crested Cormorants. Otherwise, there was no real “fallout” during the season and migration was a rather slow and uneventful experience. The season was highlighted by three rather exciting discoveries: the county’s first record of Green-tailed Towhee in March, the first record of nesting Swainson’s Warbler in several decades, and the appearance of a Ruff at Spoonbill Pond.

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks arrived 3 April at Lem Turner, where numbers during the season were significantly down compared to recent years. One Snow Goose remained at Perdue Pond Wildlife Area through 12 March; other notable waterfowl included a pair of Gadwall at Big Talbot Island SP – Spoonbill Pond through 4 April, two American Wigeon at Huguenot Memorial Park on 19 March (and a pair at Spoonbill Pond through 26 April), a pair of American Black Duck at Perdue Pond through 11 March, a drake Northern Shoveler that remained at Spoonbill Pond through the end of season, and two Canvasback at Perdue Pond through 12 March. Two Greater Scaup and one Lesser Scaup could be found at Spoonbill Pond through 3 and 17 April, respectively. A single Common Eider was reported in the Intracoastal Waterway on 4 April, and up to 10 Black Scoter lingered at Huguenot through the end of season. A pair of Bufflehead remained at Spoonbill Pond until 3 April.

A great new birding location for Northern Bobwhite has proven to be Branan Field Mitigation Park in western Duval, where as many as ten could be found in May.

A Horned Grebe in alternate plumage at Huguenot on 4 April was a rare treat.

While not in Duval County, a weak Northern Fulmar collected on a St. Johns beach 16 April was significant and worth mentioning.

Two American Bitterns were recorded off Waterworks Street on 3 March. Least Bitterns returned to Imeson Center and could be found on territory from 20 March through the end of the season. One was also reported off Waterworks Street 1 May. Glossy Ibis continue to be locally uncommon, but could be found regularly at Spoonbill Pond from 25 March onward.

One Limpkin nested at least a month earlier than normal at Westside Industrial Park on 8 April. A single Sandhill Crane on 1 March near the ICW at San Pablo Road was unusual.

Thirty-six American Avocets were reported from the Ribault Monument on 2 March, and seven American Oystercatchers at Huguenot on 4 April is a high count for the region. A single Purple Sandpiper was reported from Huguenot on 26 March, and up to six Stilt Sandpipers at Spoonbill Pond from 17 April through 15 May were a delight to many. A pair of Marbled Godwit at Huguenot on 29 March proved to be the seasons only. The county’s third record of Ruff was also the first “chaseable” one; the bird was recorded at Spoonbill Pond from 3 to 8 May. White-rumped Sandpipers were recorded at Spoonbill Pond 5-15 May and at Westside Industrial Park 7-14 May. A Wilson’s Snipe was late there on 19 April, and one American Woodcock I observed at the south end of Little Talbot Island State Park on 6 March was very unusual.

Bonaparte’s Gulls in alternate plumage remained at Spoonbill Pond through 15 May. On 31 March I observed a Great Black-backed Gull take and eat an adult Sandwich Tern at Huguenot. A single Gull-billed Tern could periodically be seen foraging at Spoonbill Pond beginning 17 April.

Eastern Whip-poor-wills were recorded a couple days early this year, beginning on 11 March at Cedar Point Preserve.

A late Peregrine Falcon visited Spoonbill Pond on 15 May.

Acadian Flycatchers were recorded on territory again this year at Seaton Creek Historic Preserve beginning 14 May; they were also heard at “Sample Swamp” on the northside on 1 and 2 May. Other notable flycatchers include a Western Kingbird at Helen Cooper Floyd Park on 18 April and Gray Kingbirds at Spoonbill Pond (6 May) and Mayport Naval Station (14 May).

A single Golden-crowned Kinglet reported in north Jacksonville on 22 March was very late for the species.

Just twenty-two species of warblers reported this spring is well below the normal mark of twenty-six to twenty-nine species, and reflects the paltry migration this year. However, a remarkable and important record of nesting Swainson’s Warblers on the northside of town was made on 1 May and continued through the season, providing the first such record in many decades. A single Connecticut Warbler was reported at Theodore Roosevelt Preserve on 9 May; another reported from the parking lot at Pumpkin Hill Preserve SP a few days later should be disregarded.

On 3 March, visiting birders recorded the county’s first Green-tailed Towhee at Little Talbot Island State Park. Despite the efforts of a number of birders over dozens of hours searching later that day and in subsequent days, the bird was not recorded again after the initial observation.

The Lark Sparrow at Eastport Wastelands continued through at least 26 March. It’s worth noting here that the main entrances into Eastport were blockaded early in the season, leaving just one access point (where four wheel drive is essential); otherwise any further entry will be exclusively on foot. A single Grasshopper Sparrow was recorded there 2 April.

An Indigo Bunting on 13 March at Reddie Point Preserve was slightly early, and a Dickcissel off San Pablo Road 15 March was very rare. Bobolinks arrived early this year, with small numbers beginning 29 April, with increased numbers by 14 May (85, at Lem Turner) and 15 May (125+, Spoonbill Pond).

One Pine Siskin lingered at a north Jacksonville feeder through 9 April.

Summary of the Winter Season – 2015-2016

Summary of the Winter Season
1 Dec 2015– 29 Feb 2016
Duval County

Sight-only observations are considered “reports”. Those supported by verifiable evidence (photographs, video or audio recordings, or specimens) are called “records.” 

The Winter season was a particularly good one for waterfowl, with 27 species noted in the county. Snow Goose were more numerous this season than I can recall in the last two decades and they could be found regularly at places like Perdue Pond Wildlife Area and Lem Turner Spray Fields. On 15 December a Ross’s Goose was recorded keeping company with two Snows on the lawn at University of North Florida; it remained through 10 January and provided just the third county record.

Gadwall and American Wigeon showed up on schedule but in greater numbers than normal, with as many as 25 Gadwall at Perdue Pond and up to 45 Wigeon there. The latter species could also be found in number at Spoonbill Pond. Up to four American Black Ducks at Perdue Pond were the first area records in a number of years; they occurred there from 2 December through 15 February.

The area’s only Canvasback observation also came from Perdue Pond from 11 December through 28 February, with anywhere between one and four reported during that time. Two Surf Scoters on an inland pond at Mayport Naval Air Station’s golf course 16 December was unusual.

It was a good winter for Red-throated Loon, where they were reported through January from most of the coastal overlooks from Big Talbot Island to Hanna Park.

Horned Grebe numbers were down significantly and only seen periodically through the winter.

A Magnificent Frigatebird was observed some 20 miles inland at Lakeside Marina on 18 February.

The winter’s only American Bittern was seen at Taye Brown Regional Park from 10-17 January.

Single Reddish Egrets occurred at Hanna Park’s lake from 26 December through 1 January, at Cedar Point Preserve 27 February, and Huguenot Memorial Park from 5 December through 26 February; a high count of three came from Huguenot on 13 December. Scattered reports of low numbers of Roseate Spoonbill throughout the season remained consistent with recent years.

Sora were scarce again this year, with a just five reports including five birds recorded along New World Avenue on 27 February.

Limpkin remain reliable at Westside Industrial Park, where up to six were noted on 13 February and in lower numbers from 5 December through 27 February.

A lone Black-necked Stilt photographed at Lem Turner Spray Fields on 10 January provided a rare winter record. Sixty-eight American Avocets in White Shell Bay mid-February provided a high count for northern Florida.

Three reports of Purple Sandpiper all came from the jetties at Huguenot on 6 January and 19 February. Three reports of American Woodcock came from Eastport Wastelands (26 December) and Lannie Road on 2 January. A single Red Phalarope was recorded off Mayport 28 December.

This winter was remarkable in that it was the first in a number of years where neither Iceland nor Glaucous Gull was recorded in the county.

White-winged Doves continue to be very uncommon in the county. A pair at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Education Center pleased many from 3 December through 26 February.

On 22 February, Dailey and Clark recorded two Hairy Woodpeckers in Branan Field Mitigation Park, leading to a county-record seven woodpecker species the duo tallied in a single day.

The season’s only Western Kingbird was recorded at Huguenot Memorial Park on 29 December.

Golden-crowned Kinglets were reported more often this season than in the previous 20 winter seasons, with reports from Taye Brown Regional Park on 13 January and Sample Swamp off Starratt Road on 30 January and again on 13 February (photos accompanied both records).

Unusual warblers included an Ovenbird at Camp Milton on 14 January and an American Redstart on 26 December at Cedar Point Preserve. A Wilson’s Warbler visited a private residence in Ortega from 6 December through 14 January.

It was a good season for sparrows, with Grasshopper recorded at Eastport Wastelands from 12 December through 1 January. A Henslow’s Sparrow was recorded at Branan Field Mitigation Park on 14 January and again on 23 February. Saltmarsh, Nelson’s, and Seaside numbers were normal and the best place to observe them continued to be at the end of Shark Road on Black Hammock Island.

A Clay-colored Sparrow was recorded at Little Talbot Island’s south parking area on 9 January, and the Lark Sparrow at Eastport continued from mid-November through the end of the winter season.

There were scattered reports of wintering Summer Tanager, and two Western Tanagers provided a record high count for the county from 27-30 January at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ education center.

A Dickcissel was recorded at Spoonbill Pond on 31 January.

Rusty Blackbirds continued to be best found at the Jacksonville Zoo and M&M Dairy, with observations throughout December and January. Three Purple Finches recorded off I-10 in western Duval County were remarkable and provided the first county record in over ten years. Pine Siskins were scarce this year, with just two reports on 13 and 28 February.

Summary of the Fall Season – 2015

Summary of the Fall Season

1 Aug – 30 Nov, 2015

Duval County, Florida

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 report.

 

The 2015 Fall Season was unremarkable in terms of weather and perhaps as a result there were no notable “fallouts” during the season. The county did produce quite a nice list of migrants with some particularly notable shorebird records.

In mid-November, several reports of Snow Goose included one from Hanna Park on 14-18 November, two at M&M Dairy 19-22 November, and one at Sheffield Regional Park on 27 November. Gadwall arrived in early November and were reported in higher than usual numbers, with as many as twenty observed at Perdue Pond Wildlife Area on 27 November. American Wigeon followed similar suit with even more impressive numbers – up to 43 at Perdue. Overall, waterfowl observations are up again this year with twenty-five different species reported during the period.

Horned Grebe is normally a December arrival, so one reported from Huguenot Memorial Park on 19 November was notable.

Least Bittern continued at Imeson Center from the summer season through 6 August, and another was heard at Westside Industrial Park on 6 October.

Glossy Ibis sightings persisted throughout the season across the county, perhaps indicating a more consistent expansion of their typical range and abundance. Local birders are encouraged to scrutinize them for possible White-faced.

Mississippi Kites were observed in low numbers through early August, with a late date of 24 August reported from Hyde Park. A single Broad-winged Hawk was reported from Hanna Park on 16 October, and even more notable was a Short-tailed Hawk recorded on 1 October in Mandarin, providing just the second verifiable county record.

Notable rail observations include a King Rail at Ringhaver Park on 1 November and a Purple Gallinule at Westside Industrial Park from 4-6 October. The Gallinule was found and recorded by JC Knoll and provides the first county record of this former breeding species in over two decades. Limpkins have been breeding in the county since at least 1984-85 and continue their stronghold at Westside Industrial Park.

Thirty-one species of shorebird were recorded during the season, with several notable records. On 7 September an Upland Sandpiper was recorded at M&M Dairy and remained through the 12th. Birders searching for the Upland on the 7th recorded two Buff-breasted Sandpipers that remained through the 13th, and on the 12th the third county record of Baird’s Sandpiper was recorded in the same location. The area in which these three notable shorebirds occurred simultaneously is being eradicated in favor of yet more warehouses, so the glory days of M&M Dairy is unfortunately behind us. The fall’s only White-rumped Sandpiper was recorded there 8-9 October. On 6 October, the county’s second record of Ruff came from the restricted Dayson Basin, which is unfortunately inaccessible to the public.

Franklin’s Gull has become one of the more anticipated species of the fall, and as many as four could be seen at Huguenot Memorial Park from 11 October through 1 November. This year marked the first time they were reported inland with one recorded on the docks at Lakeshore marina. A single Long-tailed Jaeger was recorded at Little Talbot Island on 5 November, providing the first known verifiable county record.

White-winged Dove sightings are still worthy of mention; as many as two were recorded at the Jacksonville Zoo’s educational center from 11-30 November.

A Willow Flycatcher was carefully studied at Reddie Point Preserve on 4 October.

Cliff Swallows were reported sporadically throughout August, but 55 reported from Theodore Roosevelt on 12 September is enough to raise an eyebrow. None of the reports were supported by photo.

A single Golden-crowned Kinglet was reported from Tille Fowler Regional Park on 11 November.

Thirty-one species of warbler were reported in the county, which is a high water mark for certain. Notable species include a Golden-winged reported from Reddie Point 7 October, a Nashville on 18 October, a Cerulean on Fort George Island 8 August, and a rare-in-fall Blackpoll recorded in Ortega on 13 November. A Wilson’s Warbler cooperated from 18-24 at Reddie Point.

On 15 November, a Lark Sparrow was recorded in Eastport and remained through the end of the season. On 21 November, a Le Conte’s was reported from the same location. A Dickcissel at Reddie Point Preserve on 7 September was the first in the county in several years.

Summary of the Summer Season – 2015

Summary of the Summer Season
1 Jun – 31 July, 2015
Duval County
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 report.

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks continued their stronghold in northwest Duval County, where they could be found throughout the season in an established breeding area at the intersection of Lem Turner and Lannie Road. As many as 45 could be seen at a time; while slightly down in numbers from the last year or two, it is still difiicult to believe this species is now becoming established in the county after only being first recorded here in 2003.

Other notable waterfowl this season included small numbers of Northern Shoveler, Blue-winged Teal, and Red-breasted Merganser in June, and two Lesser Scaup that remained at Spoonbill Pond throughout the season.

Several Least Bitterns discovered in spring at the Imeson Center pond in front of the old Sears warehouse remained through the season, where at least two pairs could be found on territory.

Glossy Ibis can be scarce in many seasons and even in some years, but they were found throughout the summer at Lem Turner and Lannie Road; one was recorded at Imeson industrial park on 18 July, and a single bird haunted Spoonbill Pond from 13 June through the end of season.

Broad-winged Hawk is a species most often seen in April during migration, but one was recorded on Little Marsh Island on 14 July.

American Coots are scarce breeders in NE FL, and on 11 July at least one pair was discovered to have produced three young in a pond about 30 feet from the interstate at the intersection of JTB and I-295.

A couple breeding pairs of Sandhill Cranes have been reliable for the last few years off New World Avenue in the western part of the county, and this summer continued that trend where 2-3 could be seen regularly around the Bridgestone building.

Rare in summer, a single alternate plumaged American Avocet was recorded at Spoonbill Pond on 16 July. Three White-rumped Sandpipers at Spoonbill from 1-15 June were notable, as was a single Pectoral there on 30 June and an alternate plumaged Stilt Sandpiper on 17 July. Another rare to uncommon species, Marbled Godwit, was recorded at Spoonbill from 25-27 July. A single Wilson’s Phalarope was reported in Dayson Basin on 14 July.

Notable landbirds included a Hairy Woodpecker recorded at the Jacksonville Equestrian Center on 13 June, providing the first photo-documented record in the county in at least two decades. An Eastern Wood-Pewee photographed at Julington-Durbin Preserve on 30 June suggested the species may be breeding in county. Acadian Flycatchers were once again confirmed on territory at Seaton Creek Preserve throughout the season.

Summary of the Spring Season – 2015

Summary of the Spring Season

1 Mar – 31 May 2015

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 report.

After several days of clear skies, great weather, and winds out of the east, a small front moved through NE FL overnight on 11 April bringing new migrants to the area on the 12th – including the region’s first Cape May and Black-throated Blue Warblers. The rest of the season consisted of unremarkable weather conditions other than an unusually dry month of May.

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks were reported coastally again this season in St. Johns at Six Mile Landing and in Ponte Vedra Beach, and there were reports scattered across Duval at locations like Hanna Park, Gander Mountain, Pine Lakes, and even a flyover group of 12 at Spanish Pond as early as 3 April. Their stronghold continues to be around the Lem Turner Road “Spray Fields” at Lannie Road, where as many as 106 were recorded on 22 May.

Snow Geese were recorded in Aberdeen (St. Johns) 2 March, at Huguenot Memorial Park (Duval) 25 March, and a group of 4 were reliable off Imeson Road in western Duval County from 1-13 March. Other notable waterfowl observations include late Blue-winged Teal and a pair of Lesser Scaup remaining at Spoonbill Pond (Duval) through the end of the season. Last season’s Common Eider remained in Nassau Sound until 9 March, as did the White-winged Scoters at Spoonbill Pond – they were last reported 7 March.

Northern Bobwhite were reported more this season than the last few years in spring, with reports coming from Branan Mitigation area (Duval), Pumpkin Hill SP (Duval), M&M Dairy (Duval), Goldhead Branch SP (Clay), and several locations in St. Johns including Bartram Farms and Faver-Dykes SP.

Horned Grebes were reported sporadically through March, but one on Doctor’s Lake (Clay) 5 April was noteworthy and already in alternate plumage – not something we’re treated to in NE FL often.

A single Magnificent Frigatebird was photographed at Huguenot Memorial Park on 5 April 2015. A docile Brown Booby delighted observers at the St. Johns County Pier from 13 March through 7 April.

Least Bittern are regular breeders in NE FL, but can be difficult to find as evidenced by just 3 reports: as many as 3 at Imeson Center (Duval) 25 May-end of season, 1 in Nassau County marshes, and another at Stoney Creek (Nassau) 21 May.

Notable observations of Glossy Ibis include 49 at GTM NERR (St. Johns) 23 April , as many as 65 at Six Mile Landing in mid-April, and 35 at M&M Dairy on 19 April.

Mississippi Kites arrived on schedule in Duval mid-April, but were curiously absent from all neighboring counties save one report from Nassau on 11 May.  The region’s only Broad-winged Hawk report came from Reddie Point Preserve (Duval) 29 April. Two Short-tailed Hawks were reported, one from Twelve Mile Swamp Conservation Area (St. Johns) 1 May and the other from Westside Industrial Park (Duval) 15 March; the latter providing the first known Duval County record, accompanied by a photograph.

The region’s only Purple Gallinule report came expectedly from Putnam County at Deep Creek bridge 10 March – 16 April; the species is extremely rare elsewhere in the region.

American Avocets were scarce again this season, with reports from Six Mile Landing (8 April), GTM NERR (23 April),  the Ribault Monument (Duval) and Spoonbill Pond on 6 May. Marbled Godwits are notable in any season the last several years; two could be found at Huguenot Memorial Park from 27 March through 19 April. A report of a remarkable 18 Godwits on the Guana River (St. Johns) 28 April perhaps should have required confirmation.

The region’s only Stilt Sandpipers came from Spoonbill Pond (5-8 April) and Six Mile Landing (8-20 April). A single Purple Sandpiper was recorded at Huguenot Memorial Park 1 March, providing the first record there since 2 Jan 2014. Two other Purples remained at the Fort Clinch Pier (Nassau) until 20 April. Rare in spring White-rumped Sandpipers were recorded at Spoonbill Pond 17 May through the end of the season. Three reports of individual Pectoral Sandpipers include 1 at M&M Dairy 8 May, 1 at Ribault Monument 2 May, and another from Six Mile Landing 20 April.

The only jaegers this season were reported from Huguenot Memorial Park 27 March, where both Pomarine and Parasitic were observed.

White-winged Doves continue to be scarce and localized, with only reports from Jacksonville Beach 14 March, Atlantic Beach 3 March, and “GG Hookers” (St. Johns) on 11 April.

Barn Owl was reported from the Deep Creek Yarborough Tract (St. Johns) 18 March and again 7 April, an excellent find in the region at any time of year. In mid-May a Barn Owl feather was recovered in suitable habitat at Thomas Creek WMA (Duval), which is the first verifiable evidence of the species occurrence in the county in at least the last twenty years.

A concerted effort to find Eastern Whip-poor-wills throughout March paid off around many areas in Duval, but none were reported in neighboring counties – probably more an artifact of lack of effort than of scarcity of the species.

A single Hairy Woodpecker was sighted along the St. Marys River (Nassau) 9 March. As expected, Red-cockaded Woodpecker reports came exclusively from Baker throughout the season, where they are localized but year round in the Osceola forest and Olustee Battlefield Historic SP.

Acadian Flycatchers cooperated at Seaton Creek Historic Preserve, and a remarkable report of Ash-throated Flycatcher came from Clay at Camp Blanding WMA on 10 March. A one-day wonder, adult male Scissor-tailed Flycatcher delighted the Duval Audubon Society’s eBird field workshop crew on 16 May and was joined in the evening by an out of place Gray Kingbird.

There were three reports of Bank Swallow, two from St. Johns and one from Nassau, all occurring from 21-24 April. A report of twelve Cliff Swallows in Duval 24 April is somewhat questionable.

A single report of Golden-crowned Kinglet 3 March from Rice Creek Conservation Area (Putnam) is noteworthy but unverified.

Twenty seven species of warblers were reported in the region this season, which is exactly on par with recent spring seasons. One of the more notable observations was of “Brewster’s Warbler” Reddie Point Preserve (Duval) 21 April. There were two reports of Swainson’s Warbler: 1 at Spanish Pond (Duval) 29-30 March, and the other at Hanna Park (Duval) 1 May. Uncommon in spring, Magnolia Warblers peaked from 28 April through 2 May, when a remarkable six individuals were reported from Reddie Point Preserve. Yellow-breasted Chat was recorded at Eastport (Duval), where one was singing on territory from 3 May through the end of season. Another Chat was reported intermittently from Guana River WMA (St Johns) throughout May.

There was one significant sparrow observations this season – a Lark Sparrow was recorded at Eastport 25-26 April.

The irruption of Pine Siskins continued into the spring season, with numerous reports throughout the region extending into mid-April.

Kevin Dailey

3 Jul 2015