July 2014 M.O.T.S.
JULY–still hot and not very “birdy”! So I’m reviewing birds I saw for the first time in July in previous years, like I did in June. Last summer we had a small group of scoters hang around and I got to see my first White-winged scoter here at Huguenot Park in Jacksonville.
Huguenot has also been good for two other new birds I saw there–my first Least tern and a “Great White” heron (a white color phase of the Great Blue heron).
And thanks to the report of a local birder, I was able to see my first Yellow-crowned Night Heron here in town.
The St Augustine area (south of Jacksonville) produced three more new birds–a Gray kingbird, Least sandpiper and Clapper rail.
In July 2011 while visiting Cedar Key (on the Gulf coast) I got to see my first Magnificent frigatebirds, White pelicans and American oystercatchers.
Finally, it took a trip to the Orlando area to find my first Eastern meadowlark, Black-bellied Whitstling-Duck, Barn swallow and Roseate Spoonbill.
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Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist