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.

Downy Woodpecker (Male)

Downy Woodpecker (Female)

Other year round birds that I tend to see more often this time of year include the White-eyed Vireo and Common Yellowthroat.

White-eyed Vireo

Common Yellowthroat

And I was beginning to see Pied-billed Grebes again on local waters.

Pied-billed Grebe

Then there were the regulars–an American Crow, and an Osprey diving for fish.

American Crow


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.

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (Juvenile)

Also by the pond was a “green” Green Heron, and on the fence nearby a Loggerhead Shrike.

Green Heron

Loggerhead Shrike

Hanna Park likewise had its own Grebe, Shrike and Green Heron.

Pied-billed Grebe

Loggerhead Shrike

Green Heron

This Red-shouldered Hawk chased the Shrike from its perch.

Red-shouldered Hawk

And a migrating Redstart was the first warbler I’d seen there in about a month.

American Redstart (Female)

Howell Park had some newcomers, including two migrating warblers and a winter visitor (wren).

Hooded Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

House Wren

Castaway Island yielded another winter visitor, a Gray Catbird.

Gray Catbird

I had seen adult Cooper’s Hawks in the preserve before, but this was my first juvenile.

Cooper’s Hawk (Juvenile)

Finally, I saw a couple of the usual birds there–a Great Egret and a Kingfisher.

Great Egret


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Thanks again,

Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist