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.

American Oystercatcher and Chick

American Oystercatcher and Chick

American Oystercatcher Chick

American Oystercatcher Chick

And Royal Terns, which breed in the park by the thousands, already had many new birds in the dunes looking to be fed.

Royal Tern Chick

Royal Tern Chick

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.

Green Heron Adult

Green Heron Adult

Green Heron Juvenile

Green Heron Juvenile

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.

Loggerhead Shrike Adult

Loggerhead Shrike Adult

Loggerhead Shrike Juvenile

Loggerhead Shrike Juvenile

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.

Least Tern Adult

Least Tern Adult

Least Tern Eggs

Least Tern Eggs

Least Tern Chick

Least Tern Chick

Least Tern Chick

Least Tern Chick

Least Tern Juvenile

Least Tern Juvenile

While visiting locations in the Orlando area I saw adult and juvenile Red-shouldered hawks and Sandhill cranes.

Red-shouldered Hawk Adult

Red-shouldered Hawk Adult

Red-shouldered Hawk Juvenile

Red-shouldered Hawk Juvenile

Sandhill Crane Adult

Sandhill Crane Adult

Sandhille Crane Juvenile

Sandhill Crane Juvenile

And I also saw a pair of Barn Swallows.  As you can see the juvenile’s upperparts are brownish, and underparts whitish.

Barn Swallow Adult

Barn Swallow Adult

Barn Swallow Juvenile

Barn Swallow Juvenile

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.

Swallow-tailed Kite

Swallow-tailed Kite

Limpkin

Limpkin

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

At the wetlands I saw several Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks, and Great Blue and Tricolored herons.

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron

Tricolored Heron

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.

Monk Parakeets

Monk Parakeets

Also, resting on a wire nearby was a White-winged dove.

White-winged Dove

White-winged Dove

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Thanks again,

Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist

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