April 2013 St Johns
I visited a few of my favorite places in St Johns County (just south of Jacksonville) and saw several interesting birds. At the Agricultural Center in St Augustine I got a good look at my first Swallow-tailed Kite of the season.
There were several Brown Thrashers, Eastern Bluebirds, and a couple of Red-shouldered Hawks about. Also this Killdeer, which was doing its “broken wing” display when some of the center staff came near its nesting area.
At the Guana Reserve just north of St Augustine there were still some Seaside and Savannah sparrows in the reeds and grasses near the dam.
My search for warblers yielded a couple good looks at a Yellow-rumped and a Prairie. Also, my first of the season Great-crested Flycatcher.
At Six Mile Landing (north Guana) I saw several Yellowlegs, and for the first time in north Florida, Stilt Sandpipers.
Also near the shore were Dowitchers, Black-necked Stilts and a Mottled Duck with her ducklings.
Finally, based on birder reports I made a trip to Flagler County (south of St Johns) to get a “new bird” to add to my life list—a Solitary Sandpiper.
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Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist