Duval Top 10 – 2018

It’s almost the end of the year, and I thought I’d reflect back on the top 10 birds I recorded in Duval County this past year. Considering the fact that I spent 120 nights in hotels outside of Florida this year, I feel really good about this list of birds I was fortunate to see…

Still on a roll…Ash-throated Flycatcher and Snow Goose!

This is the first year in many many years that I decided not to participate in the local Christmas Bird Count (for a number of reasons), and it paid dividends. Marie and I decided to go bird at Little Talbot Island State Park to look for the recently reported Lark Sparrows (we didn’t find one)….

Not dead yet! (Grasshopper Sparrow at M&M Dairy)

Despite all the construction and changing landscape at M&M Dairy, the place isn’t dead yet. After Roger and I tallied just over 50 species there a couple days ago (including a very uncommon/rare Western Kingbird), I headed back over there this morning. The back part of the “new” area to bird was full of fairly…

Western Kingbird. Smooth-billed Ani.

This morning Roger was in town and picked me up at 8AM. We decided to head for Sheffield Regional Park over Huguenot Park, and along the way we started to pass by (what is left of) M&M Dairy. After lamenting what was such a great place to bird, we realized the end by the new…

Smooth-billed Ani at Little Talbot Island State Park

On December 3rd an out-of-state birder photographed and reported a Smooth-billed Ani near the first (northermost) parking lot at Little Talbot Island State Park. I was out of town for work and unable to go look for it, but Dave Foster managed to make it out there and relocate the bird. After Dave’s re-confirmation, the…

Purple Sandpipers at Huguenot

Purple Sandpipers are back at Huguenot Memorial Park in Jacksonville. There are basically three reliable locations in the entire state of Florida for this species, and Huguenot may be the best…especially since the pier at Fort Clinch State Park in Fernandina Beach has been destroyed. The third fairly reliable location is Jetty Park in Volusia…