November 2014 Ten-Four

I’m highlighting TEN different birds I saw in November and  FOUR I saw again from last month.

TEN – The rarest bird I saw this month was a Snow Goose–both the White and Dark (“Blue Goose”) morph.

Snow Goose (White Morph)

Snow Goose (White Morph)

Snow Goose (Dark Morph)

Snow Goose (Dark Morph)

I had seen this bird twice before, but never this close, so having them visit Jacksonville this season was a real treat.  Ducks have also been making their making their appearance, starting with Ring-necks, Ruddys and Hooded mergansers.

Ring-necked Ducks (Male & Female)

Ring-necked Ducks (Male & Female)

Ruddy Ducks

Ruddy Ducks

Hooded Merganser (Male)

Hooded Merganser (Male)

Hooded Merganser (Female)

Hooded Merganser (Female)

A couple more winter visitors I saw were the Savannah sparrow and Palm warbler.

Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Palm Warbler (Front)

Palm Warbler (Front)

 

Palm Warbler (Back)

Palm Warbler (Back)

Of the raptors, falcons are some of the fastest fliers.  So I was lucky to get this shot of a Merlin darting to and fro along a foggy beach.

Merlin

Merlin

Other raptors I saw this month included a Red-tailed hawk and a Bald eagle feasting on a carcass.

Red-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Finally, it had been a while but it was good to see a Green heron again, stalking its prey.

Green Heron

Green Heron

FOUR – Repeats from October included a Red-shouldered hawk, Anhinga, Little Blue heron, and the very photogenic Eastern phoebe.

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Anhinga

Anhinga

Little Blue Heron (Adult)

Little Blue Heron (Adult)

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

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Thanks again,

Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist

 

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