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.
Also in the park were Cedar Waxwings, a Green Heron, Hermit Thrush and a pair of House Finches.
My next Red-tailed Hawk sighting was at Little Pottsburg Creek near downtown Jacksonville.
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.
My third (last) Red-tailed Hawk was perched on a snag at Cradle Creek Preserve, just five minutes from our home in Jacksonville Beach.
I was also beginning to see some sparrows (Swamp and Song) at Hanna Park, along with another winter visitor, a 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.
Finally, at Huguenot Park I got my first fairly close look at a winter seabird, the Northern Gannet.
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Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist
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