Roseate Tern at Huguenot!!

This morning I almost made a trip out to Branan Field or Sheffield Regional Park to continue my search for June rarities, but at the last minute decided to heed my own advice and just keep going to Huguenot. I arrived around 06:45 and it was already 79F, setting up for a warm morning. Today…

American Robins (in June!) at Evergreen Cemetery. Plus Dayson Basin recap

We’re off work this week and spent the morning at two locations: Dayson Basin and Evergreen Cemetery. I’ll recap the Dayson Basin visit a little further down because the more important story is the presence of numbers of American Robins in Evergreen Cemetery. I’ve been updating the Species Accounts again this month, as it’s been…

Common Eider and Heermann’s Gull at Huguenot!

Just yesterday I wrote about all the great birds found and seen in June in Duval County, and expressed some determination in getting out there to find something this year. I think the best places to see a rarity in June in Duval County include Huguenot Memorial Park, Imeson Center, M&M Dairy, and Westside Industrial…

316! Surf Scoters, Purple Sandpiper, Monk Parakeets

I just finished a rough stretch of travel that had me in four time zones in four weeks with about 24-36 hours at home in between each trip. Good news is I saw a few good birds in Arizona, including loads of Phainopepla in North Scottsdale, and ended up adding 5 new ticks to my…

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,…

Glauczilla – King of the Gulls

Last Sunday, I walked the entire perimeter of Huguenot Memorial Park in Jacksonville with a local birder, Alta. We were looking for and discussing the possibility of a Lapland Longspur or Snow Bunting, since it was just about a year to the day since I found both there in 2018 over two days. We didn’t…

Hudsonian Godwit at Spoonbill Pond

On October 22, 2019 I observed a Hudsonian Godwit at Spoonbill Pond. The bird was first reported a couple days prior by some (presumably) out of town birders, and many locals chased it the next weekday morning. Woe is me…work often gets in the way of leisurely pursuits, so I found myself unable to seek…

Great Cormorant & Franklin’s Gull at Huguenot

I have been looking forward to October here, because it is “the time” to look for Franklin’s Gulls at Huguenot. I’ve written before here several times about it, but in case you missed it – October is about the only month you can expect to go see a Franklin’s here….you might see one in November,…

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…

Upland Sandpiper(!) M&M Dairy

This morning I found my fourth Upland Sandpiper in Duval County at M&M Dairy, which is the same location I’ve found 2 of the previous 3 (26 Mar 2013 and 8 Sep 2015). The species is rarely reported in NE FL and we are losing accessible habitat to even search for them. This is the…

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…