July 2015 Here and There

I spent most of my time birding close to home (Jacksonville) plus a couple of trips to Orlando.  But the one new bird I saw this month was over in the Gainesville area–my first Broad-winged hawk. (CLICK ON PICTURE TO ENLARGE)

Broad-winged Hawk (Juvenile)

Broad-winged Hawk (Juvenile)

It’s one of the rarer species of hawk seen in Florida, but the bird’s range map shows it to be a summer visitor to our area.  Though I’d heard of a few previous sightings (usually flyovers) this bird had been consistently reported for some time at this location making it an easy find.

HOME – Another less common bird I saw in Jacksonville (Duval County) for the first time was a Stilt sandpiper.

Stilt Sandpiper

Stilt Sandpiper

Other local birds I don’t see that often included a rail, Killdeer, Ground-Dove, and a young Prairie warbler.

Clapper Rail

Clapper Rail

Killdeer

Killdeer

Common Ground-Dove

Common Ground-Dove

Prairie Warbler

Prairie Warbler

The other good looks I had were all yard birds–a Pileated woodpecker, gnatcatcher, thrasher and towhee.

Pileated Woodpecker

Pileated Woodpecker

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Brown Thrasher

Brown Thrasher

Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee

And finally, a “flyover” Bald Eagle!

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle

THERE – In Orlando I was once more in search of my first Fulvous Whistling-Duck.  No luck again, but I did get to see Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks, Glossy ibis, Limpkin and a Little Blue heron.

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Limpkin

Limpkin

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

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Thanks again,

Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist

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