June 2011 North Jax Birding


When birding locally, the advice of experienced birders can be a big help in locating interesting species.  They can also provide expert information about birds, which is especially helpful to new birders.  One such person is Laura Johannsen, who I met on a Duval County Audubon Society field trip.  She directed me to the exact location on the north side of town (across the street from the Jacksonville University campus), for my first look at a Red-headed Woodpecker .  Though found year round in Florida they are not as common as some other woodpeckers.

Red-Headed Woodpecker

Red-Headed Woodpecker

Luckily, I was able to return the favor for Laura when I happened upon nesting Eastern Kingbirds by an empty warehouse at the old M&M Dairy, another north Jacksonville location.  I assumed the first picture was the male since he was foraging for food and bringing it to the nest.

Eastern Kingbird

The next picture I presumed to be the female as it would occasionally sit on the nest.

Eastern Kingbird (Female)

I doubt they succeeded in reproducing this time, since less than a month later the nest was gone and apparently so were the birds.

Regulars at the “dairy farm” are Mourning Doves, and the ubiquitous Northern Mockingbird, Florida’s official State Bird.

Mourning Dove

Northern Mockingbird

North of the St Johns River, Huguenot Park birds, like this Wilson’s Plover and Laughing Gull, were sporting their summer colors.

Wilson’s Plover

Laughing Gull

Fort George Island State Park is located north of Huguenot, just across the road.  Here I saw my first adult Black-crowned Night-Heron and juvenile Little Blue Heron.

Black-Crowned Night-Heron

Little Blue Heron (Juvenile)

Finally, not to be outdone for color, this Green Heron was looking its best in summer dress at Hanna Park.

Green Heron

Please feel free to reply below with any questions, comments, suggestions or corrections.


Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist

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