Day 5. Las Cruces, NM to Carefree, AZ. 415 miles

We woke up on Wednesday, August 25th, in Las Cruces at the KOA (elevation 4,000 feet). The picture above doesn’t do the sunrise justice. I slept pretty well considering how bad my back was doing, but when I climbed down from the “Falcons nest” over the cab, I had a moment where I thought I…

Day 4. Fort Stockton, TX to Las Cruces, NM. 286 miles. 6 hours.

We woke in Fort Stockton to a cool desert morning, where I took a sunrise walk around the grounds. Good birds to see were Lesser Nighthawk and some more Scaled Quail. I don’t know what the flower is above, but it was quite beautiful and attracted lots of bees. Overall, this was a great little…

Day 3. Katy, TX to Fort Stockton, TX. 506 miles, 9 hours.

Today (August 24), we woke up in Katy and did a lap or two around the nice pond before getting breakfast (cereal for Marie, Pop Tarts for me). We hit the road around 8 and faced our longest mileage day – right at 500 miles. The roads were MUCH better today, although they got bad…

Day 2. Gautier, MS to Katy, TX. 450 miles, 9 hours.

We woke up bright and early in Mississippi after a terrible night’s sleep. The bed was way too cramped for two adults and two stressed cats. Over breakfast, we decided to stop at a Walmart today to get a sheet and thin mattress pad for the space above the cab so we could each spread…

Day 1. Jacksonville, FL to Gautier, MS. 466 miles,  8 hours.

Day 1. August 22, 2020. We woke up at 6AM and had to deflate the air mattress we’ve been sleeping on since the POD left,  clean the last couple rooms in the house, and load the cats into the RV. It was an incredibly stressful couple of hours, and the cats were totally stressed out…

Day 0. Aug 21, 2020. Getting the RV. Gainesville to Jacksonville.

Today is “Day zero” for the westward migration. Cruise America wouldn’t let me rent a 25 foot RV from Jacksonville, but offered a 30 foot one from Gainesville. So, I had reserved that. Yesterday, they said the generator was broken and offered me a 25 footer instead… but still had to go to Gainesville. So,…

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…