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.

Vermilion Flycatcher

Vermilion Flycatcher

While at the preserve I also saw a lot of other birds including this grebe and Cattle egret.

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret

Guana Reserve also had its share of nice birds highlighted by this eagle, harrier, towhee and sapsucker.

Bald Eagle (Immature)

Bald Eagle (Immature)

Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Also, along the beach at Guana I saw a number of shorebirds, including dowitchers and an Osprey.

Short-billed Dowitchers

Short-billed Dowitchers

Osprey

Osprey

Huguenot Park in Jacksonville likewise had a number of shorebirds, especially pelicans.

Brown Pelican (Adult Non-breeding)

Brown Pelican (Adult Non-breeding)

Brown Pelican (Juvenile)

Brown Pelican (Juvenile)

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.

Royal Tern

Royal Tern

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

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.

Lesser Scaup

Lesser Scaup

Ring-necked Duck

Ring-necked Duck

Ruddy Duck

Ruddy Duck

Also present were some of the regulars including an anhinga, phoebe, heron, woodpecker, and kingfisher.

Anhinga

Anhinga

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Kingfisher (Male)

Kingfisher (Male)

Finally, at Castaway Island preserve another Kingfisher, plus a warbler and gnatcatcher.

Kingfisher (Female)

Kingfisher (Female)

Orange-crowned Warbler

Orange-crowned Warbler

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

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Thanks again,

Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist

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