March 2015: 275 Plus

It’s taken a year and half to add 25 new Florida birds to my “life list”, but I finally did it this month with the elusive Pine Siskin.

Pine Siskin

Pine Siskin

And with a bit of luck I was able to add two more new birds–an Iceland gull and the Thayer’s gull.

Iceland Gull

Iceland Gull

Thayer's Gull

Thayer’s Gull

Fortunately, I was able to locate all of the last 25 new birds in Northeast Florida (around Jacksonville, St Augustine, Gainesville and Daytona).   Meanwhile around town I was able to get some good looks at some more familiar birds–bluebirds, Palm warblers, a Green heron, Anhinga, Brown pelican, grackle and woodpecker.

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

Green Heron

Green Heron

Anhinga (Male)

Anhinga (Male)

Brown Pelican

Brown Pelican

Boat-tailed Grackle

Boat-tailed Grackle

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Also Little Blue herons, juvenile and adult.  And a Red-shouldered hawk that flew close enough for a good shot.

Little Blue Heron (Juvenile)

Little Blue Heron (Juvenile)

Little Blue Heron (Adult)

Little Blue Heron (Adult)

Red-shouldered Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Finally, two rarer birds that I had seen before but not this close–a Louisiana waterthrush at Howell Park, and a Brown booby on the pier in St Augustine!

Louisiana Waterthrush

Louisiana Waterthrush

Brown Booby (Juvenile)

Brown Booby (Juvenile)

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Thanks again,

Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist

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