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.

White-winged Scoters (Adult Males)

White-winged Scoters (Adult Males)

White-winged Scoter (Female)

White-winged Scoter (Female)

Also, in the vicinity was this juvenile Red-shouldered hawk scoping the neighborhood for a meal, with little regard for cars and passersby.

Red-shouldered Hawk (Back)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Back)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Front)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Front)

Elsewhere in the county I encountered some Black-crowned Night-Herons and this Little Blue.

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

And for some variety I added a Downy woodpecker, Osprey and Turkey vulture.

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Osprey

Osprey

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

DUVAL (D)

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.

Redhead (Male)

Redhead (Male)

Hooded Merganser (Female)

Hooded Merganser (Female)

Also, nearby was one of two new eaglets on the local nest, with one of the parents standing watch nearby.

Bald Eagle (Juvenile)

Bald Eagle (Juvenile)

Bald Eagle (Adult)

Bald Eagle (Adult)

At Hanna Park I encountered the usual Coots, Cormorants and Anhingas.

American Coot

American Coot

Double-crested Cormorants

Double-crested Cormorants

Anhinga

Anhinga

At Castaway Island I had a Wood Stork and a Savannah sparrow.

Wood Stork

Wood Stork

Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

And finally, this Loggerhead shrike with a meal, at one of its regular (well-marked) “hawking” spots.

Loggerhead Shrike

Loggerhead Shrike

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Thanks again,

Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist

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