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.
Also on hand were some of the regulars–Osprey, American Coot and a 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.
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.
At Castaway Island Preserve in Jacksonville I saw my first Robins and Waxwings of the season.
Also, lots of Yellow-rumped warblers and an Eastern Phoebe.
Finally, close by at the Beach and San Pablo ponds I saw Killdeer feeding in the grasses by the water.
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Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist