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.

Blue-Headed Vireo

Pileated Woodpecker

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.

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Cardinal

Green Heron

Belted Kingfisher (Male)

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.

Red-Shouldered Hawk (Juvenile)

Red-Shouldered Hawk (Eating Mole Cricket)

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.

Bald Eagles (Juvenile)

Bald Eagle (Adult)

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!

Wilson’s Snipe

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Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist

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