February 2014 SJ & D
ST JOHNS (SJ)
I birded close to home again this month and got some good looks at several birds. First, in Saint Johns County at Salt Creek (St Augustine) I had some close-up views of White-winged scoters.
Also, in the vicinity was this juvenile Red-shouldered hawk scoping the neighborhood for a meal, with little regard for cars and passersby.
Elsewhere in the county I encountered some Black-crowned Night-Herons and this Little Blue.
And for some variety I added a Downy woodpecker, Osprey and Turkey vulture.
In Duval County (Jacksonville) I had my best look yet at a male Redhead (duck) in a small pond with a female Hooded merganser at Ed Austin Park.
Also, nearby was one of two new eaglets on the local nest, with one of the parents standing watch nearby.
At Hanna Park I encountered the usual Coots, Cormorants and Anhingas.
At Castaway Island I had a Wood Stork and a Savannah sparrow.
And finally, this Loggerhead shrike with a meal, at one of its regular (well-marked) “hawking” spots.
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Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist