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.
I also saw several bird pairs, including Red-winged Blackbirds, Red-bellied Woodpeckers and Boat-tailed Grackles.
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.
At Huguenot Park the Laughing Gulls were beginning to pair up in large numbers for the annual nesting season, sporting their breeding plumage.
Other shorebirds included this Ring-billed Gull, and a Ruddy Turnstone and Sanderling in summer colors.
I also got a good look at a Northern Shrike and a Savannah Sparrow.
At Castaway Island Preserve I found a juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk feeding on insects and lizards.
Also, the usual female Kingfisher and a group of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers.
And nearby was a Red-tailed Hawk which I had seen in the area several times since last December.
Finally, Howell Park produced a pair of warblers, including the Prothonotary, which I saw there for the first time, and a Black-throated Blue.
For the third year I saw a Yellow-billed Cuckoo there, and the Pileated Woodpeckers I saw nesting in February successfully produced a pair.
Lastly, I saw a Wood Stork calmly wading the creek in search of food.
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Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist