Welcome to the site, which is intended to provide some resources you’ll need to enjoy birdwatching in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. Additionally, you’ll find a very little bit of information here that includes many of the surrounding counties in Northeast Florida, and occasionally I’ll write about birding adventures in other counties, states, or countries (but not very often).
Along the top navigation bar is “Seasonal Reports”, where you can find older writings I did while compiling the noteworthy observations for each season’s Field Observations report, which is published four times per year in the Florida Field Naturalist by the Florida Ornithological Society (FOS). I got away from doing these comprehensive summaries while I was doing my graduate thesis and never got back to them.
Perhaps most importantly are the species accounts you can access from the “Species” page in the main menu. There, you’ll find pages broken into families of species with brief accounts for each of the 415 bird species noted in Duval County. Writing all that took me a number of years and untold hours of research. I started the project around 2012 and finished the first run around 2015. Since then, I’ve updated the accounts twice through, and am currently working on a third update in June 2020.
I’m the Chair and state compiler for the FOS’s Field Observations Committee and also cover the Northeast Florida region consisting of Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns counties. I rely on eBird, the listservs, word of mouth, and emailed observations to compile the reports, and welcome your contributions (note I’m not on any social media platform unless Flickr counts). Additionally, I’m the eBird reviewer for Duval, Nassau, and Volusia counties and can help with many common eBird questions.
Thanks and enjoy!