June 2014 Firsts

With the heat of summer upon us I decided to take it easy this month.  But previous June birding trips have been quite rewarding.  Here are some of the new “life birds” I’ve seen in June in Florida in previous years.

NORTHEAST FLORIDA – I saw my first Screech-Owls a couple of summers ago thanks to a Jacksonville couple who reported them nesting on their property.

Eastern Screech-Owl

Eastern Screech-Owl

I also saw my first Great Crested flycatcher and a juvenile Little Blue heron.

Great Crested Flycatcher

Great Crested Flycatcher

Little Blue Heron (Juvenile)

Little Blue Heron (Juvenile)

CENTRAL FLORIDA – Thanks to a few June trips to the Orlando area over the past few years, I was able to find several new birds.  The rarest finds were a Snail kite, Burrowing owl and a Stilt sandpiper.

Snail Kite

Snail Kite

Burrowing Owl

Burrowing Owl

Stilt Sandpiper

Stilt Sandpiper

Some of the larger birds I saw for the first time included the Sandhill crane, Limpkin, Glossy ibis, Black-necked Stilt, Black-crowned Night-Heron, and Swallow-tailed kite.

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Limpkin

Limpkin

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Black-necked Stilt

Black-necked Stilt

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Swallow-tailed Kite

Swallow-tailed Kite

Smaller birds included the Florida Scrub-Jay (only found in Florida), Eastern kingbird, Purple gallinule and finally, a Common Ground-Dove.

Florida Scrub-Jay

Florida Scrub-Jay

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird

Purple Gallinule

Purple Gallinule

Common Ground-Dove

Common Ground-Dove

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Thanks again,

Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist

 

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