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)
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.
Other local birds I don’t see that often included a rail, Killdeer, Ground-Dove, and a young Prairie warbler.
The other good looks I had were all yard birds–a Pileated woodpecker, gnatcatcher, thrasher and towhee.
And finally, a “flyover” 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.
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Phil Graham–Photo Naturalist