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.

White-crowned Sparrow (Adult)

White-crowned Sparrow (Adult)

White-crowned Sparrow (Juvenile)

White-crowned Sparrow (Juvenile)

Also, returning Song and Swamp sparrows.

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

DUCKS were arriving also and I got another “good” look at Canvasbacks.  Also, Black scoters.

Canvasback (Female)

Canvasback (Female)

Black Scoter (Female)

Black Scoter (Female)

Black Scoter (Male)

Black Scoter (Male)

A new SHOREBIRD, the Caspian tern arrived for the winter, welcomed by the year-round Ruddy turnstone.

Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern

Ruddy Turnstone

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.

Parasitic Jaeger

Parasitic Jaeger

And I also saw my first Pomarine Jaeger about 25 miles off the coast on a fishing trip.

Pomarine Jaeger

Pomarine Jaeger

And while at sea I saw a Common loon, which is also seen on inland waters starting this time of year.

Common Loon

Common Loon

WADERS gave me some interesting looks including this Little Blue heron and turtle, and a Snowy egret on the rocks.

Little Blue Heron (Juvenile)

Little Blue Heron (Juvenile)

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

POND/MARSH BIRDS on hand included coots and gallinules.

American Coot

American Coot

Common Gallinule (Juvenile)

Common Gallinule (Juvenile)

Representing the LAND BIRDS were the wintering Phoebe and House wren, and a year-round Blue-gray gnatcatcher.

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

House Wren

House Wren

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

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.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

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Thanks again,

Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist

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