December 2014 Hodgepodge +

This month I saw an assortment of local birds, but the plus was a new “life bird”, the Greater White-fronted goose.

Greater White-fronted Goose

Greater White-fronted Goose

It is distinguished from other geese by the white circle at the base of its beak and the black stripes on its grey belly.  It nests in the Canadian high arctic and winters in the western United States, making a rare visit to Florida.

HODGEPODGE – Other birds seen locally (Duval and St Johns counties) included ducks, woodpeckers, sandpipers, sparrows and others.  Ducks I don’t see too often included a Northern Shoveler and Red-breasted merganser.

Northern Shoveler (Female)

Northern Shoveler (Female)

Red-breasted Merganser (Female)

Red-breasted Merganser (Female)

The Piliated woodpecker is common here year round, but the Yellow-bellied sapsucker is a less common winter visitor.

Piliated Woodpecker

Piliated Woodpecker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

The sandpipers included Dunlin and Lesser yellowlegs, both winter visitors.

Dunlin

Dunlin

Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Savannah sparrows are plentiful here in winter, but the Song sparrow seems to be less abundant.

Savannah Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

And I got good looks at several other birds, both year round residents and some winter visitors.

American Oystercatcher

American Oystercatcher

Reddish Egret

Reddish Egret

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Eastern Meadowlark

Eastern Meadowlark

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Finally, a winter bird I hadn’t seen in a few years, an American Pipit–right in our neighborhood!

American Pipit

American Pipit

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Thanks again,

Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist

 

 

 

 

 

 

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