November 2013 Potpourri
I saw a variety of birds this month at several northeast Florida locations. Wintering SPARROWS kept arriving, and I got my first “good” look at White-crowned adults and juveniles.
Also, returning Song and Swamp sparrows.
DUCKS were arriving also and I got another “good” look at Canvasbacks. Also, Black scoters.
A new SHOREBIRD, the Caspian tern arrived for the winter, welcomed by the year-round Ruddy turnstone.
Winter SEABIRDS were also showing up. Jaegers for the most part live at sea, but one visited our shore long enough for me to get a close look–a Parasitic jaeger braving high winds and blowing sand.
And I also saw my first Pomarine Jaeger about 25 miles off the coast on a fishing trip.
And while at sea I saw a Common loon, which is also seen on inland waters starting this time of year.
WADERS gave me some interesting looks including this Little Blue heron and turtle, and a Snowy egret on the rocks.
POND/MARSH BIRDS on hand included coots and gallinules.
Representing the LAND BIRDS were the wintering Phoebe and House wren, and a year-round Blue-gray gnatcatcher.
Finally, the return of Bald Eagles to their nest in north Jacksonville signaled the possibility of more eaglets come the beginning of the new year.
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Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist