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.

Swallow-tailed Kite

Swallow-tailed Kite

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.

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Killdeer

Killdeer

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.

Seaside Sparrow

Seaside Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

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.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Prairie Warbler

Great-crested Flycatcher

Great-crested Flycatcher

At Six Mile Landing (north Guana) I saw several Yellowlegs, and for the first time in north Florida, Stilt Sandpipers.

Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Stilt Sandpiper

Stilt Sandpiper

Also near the shore were Dowitchers, Black-necked Stilts and a Mottled Duck with her ducklings.

Short-billed Dowitcher

Short-billed Dowitcher

Black-necked Stilt

Black-necked Stilt

Mottled Duck (Ducklings)

Mottled Duck (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.

Solitary Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper

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Thanks again,

Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist

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