November 2012 Number 225
I said when I started this blog that my goal is to find and photograph Florida’s 500 plus birds. In three years of birding I have finally reached bird “number 225”. At this point it would seem like I might only have a few years to go to reach my goal, but the truth is, finding “new” birds is becoming a real challenge. The first year I averaged about 10 new birds a month. Last year (2011) it was 5 per month and this year 3. Fortunately this is a “lifetime” goal, so I am happy to be at be at 225!
The “lucky bird” (225) was a female Vermilion Flycatcher, which I happened to find at Paynes Prairie preserve in Gainesville, Florida (Alachua County), thanks to reports from local birders.
While at the preserve I also saw a lot of other birds including this grebe and Cattle egret.
Guana Reserve also had its share of nice birds highlighted by this eagle, harrier, towhee and sapsucker.
Also, along the beach at Guana I saw a number of shorebirds, including dowitchers and an Osprey.
Huguenot Park in Jacksonville likewise had a number of shorebirds, especially pelicans.
Also, this young Royal tern still begging to be fed, and a Turkey vulture watching its friends eat a small dead shark by the shore.
Ducks were beginning to appear on the lake at Hanna Park, where I saw my first of the season Scaup, Ring-billed and Ruddy ducks.
Also present were some of the regulars including an anhinga, phoebe, heron, woodpecker, and kingfisher.
Finally, at Castaway Island preserve another Kingfisher, plus a warbler and gnatcatcher.
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Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist