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.
A summer visitor, the Northern Rough-winged swallow also nests in our area.
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.
Regular summer arrivals I saw included a kite, bunting, tanager and kingbird.
And a couple of regular year round birds–a Gray Catbird, a Great Blue heron and a Cattle egret.
Finally, another look at a lingering winter bird, a Spotted sandpiper.
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Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist