January 2015 Home & Away

HOME– First the birds I saw this month in Jacksonville.  Red-shouldered hawks are common here year-round, but are always worth another look, especially up close.

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Around two dozen Ruddy ducks continue to winter at Hanna Park–mostly females and a couple of males.

Ruddy Duck (Male)

Ruddy Duck (Male)

Along with the usual Anhingas and Brown pelicans, and some Robins passing through.

Anhinga

Anhinga

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

American Robin

American Robin

Other local birds I saw included Ring-necked ducks, a thrasher and an eagle looking for a meal.

Ring-necked Duck (Male)

Ring-necked Duck (Male)

Ring-necked Duck (Female)

Ring-necked Duck (Female)

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

Eastern bluebirds were also plentiful, but getting a good look at the “blue side” (back) of the bird is usually difficult, since they often face the sun when feeding.

Eastern Bluebird (Front)

Eastern Bluebird (Front)

Eastern Bluebird (Back)

Eastern Bluebird (Back)

AWAY – I also had the opportunity to do some birding downstate (Orlando-Titusville-Daytona) where I saw a good number of ducks, including scaup, shovelers, gadwall, wigeon, pintail and teal.

Greater Scaup (Male)

Greater Scaup (Male)

Northern Shovelers

Northern Shovelers

Gadwall (Female)

Gadwall (Female)

American Wigeon (Male)

American Wigeon (Male)

Northern Pintail (Male)

Northern Pintail (Male)

Blue-winged Teal (Female & Male)

Blue-winged Teal (Female & Male)

Also, a Reddish egret in breeding colors, and American Avocets.

Reddish Egret

Reddish Egret

American Avocet

American Avocet

Finally, a new bird for my “life list”, a Common merganser.  A winter rarity in Florida this bird like other ducks usually looks more graceful in the water than on land.

Common Merganser (Winter Female)

Common Merganser (Winter Female)

Common Merganser

Common Merganser

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Thanks again,

Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist

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