June 2013 Youngsters Plus
Breeding activity, which for many birds began in the spring, provided opportunities for me to see several youngsters–chicks and juvenile birds–at a number of parks and preserves. For starters, Huguenot Park here in Jacksonville had a pair of Oystercatchers with a new chick.
And Royal Terns, which breed in the park by the thousands, already had many new birds in the dunes looking to be fed.
Green Herons were breeding again this year at Hanna Park. You can see that the neck and breast of the juvenile are more brownish and heavily streaked with white, and the wing feathers have white dots (darts) at the tips.
Also, at the old M & M Dairy on the north side of Jacksonville, I saw an adult and juvenile Loggerhead shrike feeding from a barbwire fence. The juvenile has a white wingbar (not shown), the breast faintly washed brown with indistinct barring, a shorter bill and less extensive face mask.
At Anastasia State Park in St Augustine a large colony of Least Terns nests annually. I was able to see breeding adults, eggs, chicks and juvenile birds.
While visiting locations in the Orlando area I saw adult and juvenile Red-shouldered hawks and Sandhill cranes.
And I also saw a pair of Barn Swallows. As you can see the juvenile’s upperparts are brownish, and underparts whitish.
The “plus” was seeing several other nice birds while visiting the Orlando Wetlands and the Circle Bar B Preserve (Lakeland). At the preserve I saw a number of Swallow-tailed Kites and Limpkins, and a pair of Red-bellied woodpeckers working on their nest.
At the wetlands I saw several Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks, and Great Blue and Tricolored herons.
Finally, thanks to the help of some local birders, I was able to locate another Florida “life bird”—Monk Parakeets, just south of Orlando in St Cloud.
Also, resting on a wire nearby was a White-winged dove.
Please submit any comments by using the “Reply” box below. If you are not “subscribed” and would like to receive future posts automatically, just “click” on the “Follow” button at the bottom of the web page.
Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist