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.
I also saw my first Great Crested flycatcher and a juvenile Little Blue heron.
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.
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.
Smaller birds included the Florida Scrub-Jay (only found in Florida), Eastern kingbird, Purple gallinule and finally, a Common Ground-Dove.
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Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist