May 2015 A & J

Many birds are well into their breeding season by May making it a good time to compare juveniles and adults.  Some of the year-round birds that breed in Northeast Florida include blackbirds, bluebirds, shrikes, finches and owls.

Red-winged Blackbird (Adult)

Red-winged Blackbird (Adult)

Red-winged Blackbird (Juvenile)

Red-winged Blackbird (Juvenile)

Eastern Bluebird (Adult)

Eastern Bluebird (Adult)

Eastern Bluebird (Juvenile)

Eastern Bluebird (Juvenile)

Loggerhead Shrikes (Juvenile & Adult)

Loggerhead Shrikes (Juvenile & Adult)

House Finch (Adult)

House Finch (Adult)

House Finch (Juvenile)

House Finch (Juvenile)

Barred Owl (Adult)

Barred Owl (Adult)

Barred Owl (Juvenile)

Barred Owl (Juvenile)

A summer visitor, the Northern Rough-winged swallow also nests in our area.

Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Adult)

Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Adult)

Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Juvenile)

Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Juvenile)

The Tree swallow doesn’t nest here, but it migrates through north Florida in the spring and fall.  I was previously able to see a juvenile on their return trip during the fall.

Tree Swallow (Adult)

Tree Swallow (Adult)

Tree Swallow (Juvenile)

Tree Swallow (Juvenile)

Regular summer arrivals I saw included a kite, bunting, tanager and kingbird.

Swallow-tailed Kite

Swallow-tailed Kite

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting

Summer Tanager

Summer Tanager

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird

And a couple of regular year round birds–a Gray Catbird, a Great Blue heron and a Cattle egret.

Gray Catbird

Gray Catbird

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Cattle Egret

Cattle Egret

Finally, another look at a lingering winter bird, a Spotted sandpiper.

Spotted Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper

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Thanks again,

Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist

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