April 2013 Duval

I visited my usual haunts in Duval County (Jacksonville)  this month and saw a good number of birds.  The place with the most activity was Hanna Park where I saw a Bobolink, another “life bird” for me.

Bobolink

Bobolink

I also saw several bird pairs, including Red-winged Blackbirds, Red-bellied Woodpeckers and Boat-tailed Grackles.

Red-winged Blackbird (Male)

Red-winged Blackbird (Male)

Red-winged Blackbird (Female)

Red-winged Blackbird (Female)

Red-bellied Woodpeckers (Male & Female)

Red-bellied Woodpeckers (Male & Female)

Boat-tailed Grackle (Male)

Boat-tailed Grackle (Male)

Boat-tailed Grackle (Female)

Boat-tailed Grackle (Female)

For the first time I got good looks at adult and juvenile Black-crowned Night-Herons in the park.  And some other Herons, including Green and Tricolored.

Black-crowned Night-Heron (Adult)

Black-crowned Night-Heron (Adult)

Black-crowned Night Heron (Juvenile)

Black-crowned Night Heron (Juvenile)

Green Heron

Green Heron

Tricolored Heron

Tricolored Heron

At Huguenot Park the Laughing Gulls were beginning to pair up in large numbers for the annual nesting season, sporting their breeding plumage.

Laughing Gulls

Laughing Gulls

Other shorebirds included this Ring-billed  Gull, and a Ruddy Turnstone and Sanderling in summer colors.

Herring Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy Turnstone

Sanderling

Sanderling

I also got a good look at a Northern Shrike and a Savannah Sparrow.

Northern Shrike

Northern Shrike

Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

At Castaway Island Preserve I found a juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk feeding on insects and lizards.

Red-shouldered Hawk (Juvenile)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Juvenile)

Also, the usual female Kingfisher and a group of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers.

Kingfisher (Female)

Kingfisher (Female)

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

And nearby was a Red-tailed Hawk which I had seen in the area several times since last December.

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Finally, Howell Park produced a pair of warblers, including the Prothonotary, which I saw there for the first time, and a Black-throated Blue.

Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

For the third year I saw a Yellow-billed Cuckoo there, and the Pileated Woodpeckers I saw nesting in February successfully produced a pair.

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Piliated Woodpeckers (Juvenile Male & Female)

Pileated Woodpeckers (Juvenile Male & Female)

Lastly, I saw a Wood Stork calmly wading the creek in search of food.

Wood Stork

Wood Stork

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Thanks again,

Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist

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