15 Nov 2015 – November Duval County Twelve Day Big Year (12DBY):

Final November 12DBY results: 6 eBird checklists, 4 new 12DBY species Best targets achieved: Piping Plover, Red-headed Woodpecker Most unexpected species: Lark Sparrow at Eastport New 12DBY species: Piping Plover, Red-headed Woodpecker, Orange-crowned Warbler, Lark Sparrow Summary: The year is winding down, and while I have a list of potential target birds left there are no guarantees for adding…

11 Oct 2015 – October Duval County Twelve Day Big Year (12DBY):

Key October 12DBY target species: Migrant warblers, tanagers, grosbeaks, thrushes, and Franklin’s Gull Final October 12DBY results: 5 eBird checklists, 5 new 12DBY species Best targets achieved: Franklin’s Gull, Veery, Swainson’s Thrush Most unexpected species: Roseate Spoonbill at Westside Industrial Park New 12DBY species: Franklin’s Gull, Veery, Swainson’s Thrush, Tennessee Warbler, Scarlet Tanager Summary: October’s 12 DBY was targeted…

12 Sept 2015 – September Duval County Twelve Day Big Year (12DBY):

Key September 12DBY target species: Migrant warblers, tanagers, grosbeaks, thrushes, and “grass pipers” Final September 12DBY results: 10 eBird checklists, 3 new 12DBY species Best targets achieved: Upland Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper. Most unexpected species: Baird’s Sandpiper! As I said at the conclusion of last month’s 12DBY update, my strategy for September would hinge on whether to seek “staked out” grass…

30 Aug 2015 – August Duval County Twelve Day Big Year (12DBY):

Key August 12DBY target species: Yellow Warbler, Piping Plover, Cliff Swallow, Bank Swallow Final August 12DBY results: 62 ABA countable species, 8 eBird checklists, 2,950 individual birds observed. Best targets achieved: Yellow Warbler This month’s 12DBY sort of got away from me a little bit. My plan was to scour for the swallows and then declare the 12DBY the following day, which I…

26 Jul 2015 – July Duval County Twelve Day Big Year (12DBY):

Key July 12DBY target species: Louisiana Waterthrush, Common Tern, Black Tern, Stilt Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper Final July 12DBY results: 82 ABA countable species, 8 eBird checklists, 4,467 individual birds observed. Best targets achieved: Common Tern, Black Tern, Stilt Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper My strategy for July was to wait until late in the month to try to land some of the…

13 June 2015 – Duval County 12 Day Big Year (12DBY):

Key June 12DBY target species: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Least Bittern, Limpkin, Sandhill Crane, Common Nighthawk Final June 12DBY results: 61 ABA countable species, 8 eBird checklists, 580 individual birds observed. Best targets achieved: Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Least Bittern, Limpkin, Sandhill Crane June is probably obviously my least favorite time of year to go birding in Jacksonville for…

9 May 2015 – Duval County 12 Day Big Year (12DBY):

Key May 12DBY target species: Acadian Flycatcher, Prothonotary Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Swallow-tailed Kite, Mississippi Kite. Final May 12DBY results: 113 ABA countable species (0 non-countable), 14 eBird checklists, and 4,878 individual birds observed. Best targets achieved: Acadian Flycatcher, Prothonotary Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, Swallow-tailed Kite, Mississippi Kite. Targets missed: None. Most unexpected…

19 Apr 2015 – Duval County 12 Day Big Year (12DBY)

Key April 12DBY target species: Migrants, migrants, and more migrants. Final April 12DBY results: 105 ABA countable species, 8 eBird checklists, and 3,489 individual birds observed. Best targets achieved: Glossy Ibis, Solitary Sandpiper, and Orchard Oriole Targets missed: Cape May Warbler Most unexpected species: Common Loon April’s 12DBY selection coincided with a Duval Audubon field…

28 March 2015 – Duval County 12 Day Big Year (12DBY)

Key March 12DBY target species: Yellow-throated Vireo, Purple Martin, Northern Parula, Bachman’s Sparrow. Final March 12DBY results: 102 ABA countable species (1 non-countable), 10 eBird checklists, and 2,117 individual birds observed. Best targets achieved: Bachman’s Sparrow Targets missed: Cattle Egret Most unexpected species: Vesper Sparrow The plan for the March 12DBY was to start with Bachman’s…

Nassau County 12DBY

Today was my March Nassau County Twelve Day Big Year day. We started at Amelia Island SP, totaling 32 quick species including several pairs of Wilson’s Plovers. After AISP, we spent most of the morning birding the south end of Egan’s Greenway (park behind the Residence Inn hotel) where the birds were quiet active on…

7 February 2015 – Duval County 12 Day Big Year (12DBY)

Key February 12DBY target species: American Woodcock, American Bittern, Common Eider, Purple Sandpiper, Wilson’s Snipe, Pine Siskin, Western Kingbird. Final February 12DBY results: 106 ABA countable species (1 non-countable), 10 eBird checklists, and 3,746 individual birds observed. Best targets achieved: American Woodcock, Common Eider, White-crowned Sparrow Targets missed: Virginia Rail, American Bittern, Western Kingbird, Pine…

3 January 2015 – Duval County 12 Day Big Year (12DBY):

Note: Results are at the bottom if you want to skip ahead, but like algebra you won’t learn anything by looking just for the answers! Key January 12DBY target species: American Woodcock, American Bittern, American Pipit, Ducks, ducks, and more ducks , Red-throated Loon, Horned Grebe, Purple Sandpiper, Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Wilson’s Snipe, Vesper…