My last visit to Huguenot

Yesterday, I visited Huguenot Memorial Park in Jacksonville for likely the last time ever. The date – August 21st – would’ve been my father’s 80th birthday, but unfortunately we lost him in April 2004. I went to Huguenot that morning to see the sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean for the last time in who-knows-how-long, as…

Blue Cypress Park & Golf Course

Address: 4112 University Blvd N, Jacksonville, FL 32277 Parking: Parking is free. There are several paved parking lots, a few right by the main entrance, and another on the river side of the park at the foot of the fishing pier. Both the main entrance area and the fishing pier have designated handicap parking. Trails:…

Evergreen Cemetery

Address: 4535 Main St Jacksonville, FL 32206 Parking: The cemetery gates are open from 8am – 6pm. There is parking throughout the property along the small roads, but I have found it best to park in the back half of the property in the northeast quadrant, at the elbow of “Cummer Drive”. This part of…

El Faro Memorial at Dames Point Park

Address: 9051 Dames Point Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32226 Parking: This park has paved parking, with 6 or 7 marked spaces plus one paved handicap parking space. There is plenty of additional paved parking along the curbs as you enter the gated entrance. The park is free, and despite a gate, it is open 24 hours…

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,…

Alimacani Boat Ramp

Address: 11080 Heckscher Drive, Jacksonville, Florida. Parking: Entrance and parking is free. The parking area is mostly dirt or grass as you can see in the photo above. There are two paved handicap parking places on a concrete pad at the base of the fishing pier and boat dock. There is a paved sidewalk from…

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…

Spoonbill Pond 20 June 2020

June is notoriously slow, especially for shorebirds, but it’s also notoriously rewarding for those that get out and do some birding. Yes, Diane, I’m talking about you (Variegated Flycatcher or Hudsonian Godwit, anyone? ). Of course those birds were found in June in St. John’s County, so why not Duval? What great birds were seen…

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…

Betz-Tiger Point Preserve

6 June 2020. In recent months, I’ve purposefully been trying to do deeper and more prolonged hikes at some local areas to better explore the areas, reacquaint myself with them, and get a more sustained bit of exercise in while enjoying birding. Jacksonville has a ton of parks and many hotspots are in close proximity…

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,…

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…