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.
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.
A couple more winter visitors I saw were the Savannah sparrow and Palm warbler.
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.
Other raptors I saw this month included a Red-tailed hawk and a Bald eagle feasting on a carcass.
Finally, it had been a while but it was good to see a Green heron again, stalking its prey.
FOUR – Repeats from October included a Red-shouldered hawk, Anhinga, Little Blue heron, and the very photogenic Eastern phoebe.
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Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist