January 2012 Red-Tailed Hawks

I hadn’t seen a Red-tailed Hawk in quite some time until I came across a pair at Sunny Acres Park in the Arlington area of north Jacksonville.

Red-Tailed Hawk

Also in the park were Cedar Waxwings, a Green Heron, Hermit Thrush and a pair of House Finches.

Cedar Waxwing Feeding

Cedar Waxwing in Flight

Green Heron

Hermit Thrush

House Finches (Male and Female)

My next Red-tailed Hawk sighting was at Little Pottsburg Creek near downtown Jacksonville.

Red-Tailed Hawk

Actually, I went there to look for Red-headed Woodpeckers, which had recently been reported by Louie Lopez, whose office building is next to the creek.  I was not disappointed.

Red-Headed Woodpecker

My third (last) Red-tailed Hawk was perched on a snag at Cradle Creek Preserve, just five minutes from our home in Jacksonville Beach.

Red-Tailed Hawk

I was also beginning to see some sparrows (Swamp and Song) at Hanna Park, along with another winter visitor, a Lesser Scaup.

Swamp Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Lesser Scaup

And there were a few year-round residents about, including a “winter plumage” female Common Yellowthroat, and a stately looking Red-shouldered Hawk.

Common Yellowthroat (Female)

Red-Shouldered Hawk

Finally, at Huguenot Park I got my first fairly close look at a winter seabird, the Northern Gannet.

Northern Gannet (Juvenile)

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Thanks again,

Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist

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