August 2014 New

It’s more of the same for August with a review of birds I saw for the first time this month in previous years.

August 2013–A year ago I saw Florida life bird #250, a Pectoral sandpiper, near Gainesville.

Pectoral Sandpiper

Pectoral Sandpiper

Another new bird was a Solitary sandpiper I saw in Jacksonville, and Nanday parakeets down around Tampa.

Solitary Sandpiper

Solitary Sandpiper

Nanday Parakeet

Nanday Parakeet

August 2012–New life birds this month for me were a Yellow warbler, Caspian tern and the Great Black-backed gull.

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Caspian Tern

Caspian Tern

Great Black-backed Gull

Great Black-backed Gull

While I had seen my first Limpkin in June in the Orlando area, I was pleasantly surprised to see one here in Jacksonville in August.

Limpkin

Limpkin

August 2011–New life birds were the fairly common Red-shouldered hawk and Green heron, and the less common Black tern.

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Green Heron

Green Heron

Black Tern (Juvenile)

Black Tern (Juvenile)

Finally, my first Florida life list bird was the Anhinga, which I saw in 2009.  The female is seen quite often.  But in August 2011 I got a good close look at the reticent male.

Anhinga (Female)

Anhinga (Female)

Anhinga (Male)

Anhinga (Male)

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Thanks again,

Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist

 

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Would they not make holiday anywhere for you.  Sunshine helps to make glad the heart of man.  It is the laughter of Nature.

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