February 2012 Birding Jax
I visited Hanna Park (north of Atlantic Beach) again and got pictures of my first Blue-headed Vireo. It was in the vicinity of a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers that were working the dead trees.
Also in the park were a Yellow-rumped Warbler (“Myrtle” with “summer-like” plumage), Mockingbird (ruffled from preening), bright red Cardinal, a Green Heron and a male Kingfisher.
Next I visited Austin Park which is just north of Monument and McCormick Roads, and happened upon a juvenile Red-shouldered, hawking insects from a small tree, just above eye-level.
Just a couple of miles east of the park, off Wonderwood Drive on Broken Bow Court, were two juvenile Bald Eagles on the nest. After a while an adult flew off, probably in search of food.
Finally, on my way home I found a Wilson’s Snipe in the grasses along the shore at the Beach & San Pablo Ponds. All in all it was a good day of birding in Jacksonville!
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Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist
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