Filling Gaps – Spring 2017 (updated with April)

Well, we did pretty well plugging many gaps in January and February, and the Spring Season is almost upon us! The following are species not recorded in eBird in the weeks noted – now let’s go out and get them! Those marked with ^ should be slam dunks, those marked with * are stretch goals….

Spoonbill Pond: Black-necked Stilts are here.

We’ve been having a series of one gorgeous weather weekend after another, and it’s difficult for me to go anywhere other than Spoonbill Pond right now as a result (today’s checklist here). This morning I arrived just before 8AM (after doing a series of point counts around Fort George Island for nightjars and owls), and…

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…

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…