October 2012 Locals
I haven’t seen much migratory activity so far this Fall, but there were a few newcomers and a number of regulars at local spots here and there. I’ll start with Guana Reserve and vicinity in St Johns County, where I saw several nice birds. First was a pair of resident Downy Woodpeckers working over a small tree.
Other year round birds that I tend to see more often this time of year include the White-eyed Vireo and Common Yellowthroat.
And I was beginning to see Pied-billed Grebes again on local waters.
Then there were the regulars–an American Crow, and an Osprey diving for fish.
Back in Jacksonville (Duval County) on a Audubon field trip led by Laura Johannsen, we visited the M&M Dairy and found a juvenile Black-bellied Whistling-Duck on the pond. A pair of adults had been reported previously suggesting that they might be a nesting in the area.
Also by the pond was a “green” Green Heron, and on the fence nearby a Loggerhead Shrike.
Hanna Park likewise had its own Grebe, Shrike and Green Heron.
This Red-shouldered Hawk chased the Shrike from its perch.
And a migrating Redstart was the first warbler I’d seen there in about a month.
Howell Park had some newcomers, including two migrating warblers and a winter visitor (wren).
Castaway Island yielded another winter visitor, a Gray Catbird.
I had seen adult Cooper’s Hawks in the preserve before, but this was my first juvenile.
Finally, I saw a couple of the usual birds there–a Great Egret and a Kingfisher.
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Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist