A Wet Morning at Sheffield Regional Park.

It was an overcast and damp morning following heavy rains and I headed to Sheffield Regional Park to see what might be shakin’. I arrived to heavily flooded pastures, playgrounds, and trails, but it didn’t deter me…I had my waterproof, ankle high Keen hiking boots on. If you’re looking for a truly waterproof hiking shoe,…

M&M Dairy / NorthPoint Industrial Park: June 2020

This morning I birded “M&M Dairy” along New Berlin Road and Port Jacksonville Parkway, hoping for something like a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher while getting in a good bit of exercise. I have always enjoyed walking the area on Sundays because the businesses are closed, there is almost no traffic, there are good sidewalks, and it is…

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…

Huguenot Memorial Park 14 June 2020

I decided to visit Huguenot Memorial Park this morning for just my 12th visit there this year. Since I normally visit the park between 1-2 times every week, this year is definitely a “down year” so far for me in terms of getting to Huguenot. Regardless, I’ve tallied 104 species so far there this year…

Eider Article

I authored a research paper that is published in the latest issue of the Florida Field Naturalist, which is the journal published by the Florida Ornithological Society four times per year. Attached to this post is a .pdf copy of that article, and if you aren’t a member of the FOS, I’d encourage you to…

Duval Top 10 – 2019

Last year I summarized a top 10 list for birds I observed in Duval County in 2018, and since it’s once again New Year’s eve, I thought I’d do the same for 2019. I actually considered doing a top 10 for the decade since a new one is upon us, but I quickly realized that…

Eastport is Wasted

On Saturday, April 13th, I visited Eastport Wastelands for the first time in a number of months. They’ve been clearing the north side of the property for some time now (obliterating it is more like it), and now they’ve begun the south end of the property as well. The photo above depicts what used to…

Western Kingbird at Imeson

This morning I decided to head to Imeson Center and try to poke around some of the dirt bike trails closer to Heckscher Drive, with the main purpose of trying to get access to Turner Pond. Turner Pond is a huge freshwater pond that historically has held breeding Purple Gallinules and Least Bitterns, but it’s…

Thus far in January…

The Snow Goose that Marie and I found the last week of December attracted quite a bit of attention the first week of January, and I hate to think how much gas was consumed by everyone driving to the northside of Jacksonville for no other reason than to tick a year bird. Regardless, that bird…

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…

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…

Power Plant Implosion

Note: If you want to just jump to the video of the implosion, click here! I moved to Jacksonville in 1981 before the St. Johns River Power Plant’s pair of 462 foot tall cooling towers were constructed, but I honestly have a hard time remembering the Jacksonville area skyline without them in the landscape. For…