January 2014 Fifteen

I had good looks at fifteen birds this month at three of my favorite places for birding in the Jacksonville area.  First at Hanna Park I saw a couple of birds for the first time there, a Northern Shoveler and some Vesper sparrows.

Northern Shoveler

Northern Shoveler

Vesper Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Also on hand were some of the regulars–Osprey, American Coot and a Common yellowthroat.

Osprey

Osprey

American Coot

American Coot

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat

Just south of Jacksonville, in St Johns County, I visited the Guana Wildlife Management Area with some local  birders.   For the most part it was overcast and misty, but we had good looks at several White pelicans, Palm warblers and an Eastern towhee.

White Pelican

White Pelican

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee

I also saw a Loggerhead shrike for the first time in the reserve, and a juvenile Bald eagle by the lake as we were leaving.

Loggerhead Shrike

Loggerhead Shrike

Bald Eagle (Juvenile)

Bald Eagle (Juvenile)

At Castaway Island Preserve in Jacksonville I saw my first Robins and Waxwings of the season.

American Robin

American Robin

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing

Also, lots of Yellow-rumped warblers and an Eastern Phoebe.

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

Finally, close by at the Beach and San Pablo ponds I saw Killdeer feeding in the grasses by the water.

Killdeer

Killdeer

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Thanks again,

Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist

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