February 2012 St Johns County Birds

I had the opportunity to go on a couple of shorebird surveys for Guana Reserve (north of St Augustine), led by Diane Reed, and accompanied by Pat Zaborsky and Lydia Schindler.  The highlight… Continue reading

February 2012 Birding Jax

I visited Hanna Park (north of Atlantic Beach) again and got pictures of my first Blue-headed Vireo.  It was in the vicinity of  a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers that were working the dead… Continue reading

February 2012 Winter Shorebird Survey

The annual Winter Shorebird Survey gave me an opportunity to get out with Martin Cooper in his boat for some close looks at a number of birds.  We traveled from Mayport north across… Continue reading

January 2012 Merritt Island NWR

This was my first visit to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, which is located across the causeway from Titusville, Florida near the Kennedy Space Center.  It’s a great place for seeing ducks and… Continue reading

January 2012 Guana WMA

The Wildlife Management Area (WMA), which is north of the Guana Reserve, is a large tract of land with a variety of habitats.  In January, Diane Reed, Pat Zaborsky, Lydia Schindler and I… Continue reading

January 2012 Red-Tailed Hawks

I hadn’t seen a Red-tailed Hawk in quite some time until I came across a pair at Sunny Acres Park in the Arlington area of north Jacksonville. Also in the park were Cedar… Continue reading

December 2011 Castaway Island

Castaway Island Preserve in Jacksonville is located just north of Beach Boulevard on San Pablo Road.  It is easy to walk and at times is quite active.  This month it was loaded with… Continue reading

December 2011 Purple Sandpiper

December was a great month for seeing many beautiful birds, but the biggest prize was finding Purple Sandpipers with the help of some local birders. There were at least three on a small… Continue reading

November 2011 Horned Grebe

Toward the latter part of November I began to observe the arrival of some winter visitors.  The highlight for me was seeing my first Horned Grebe at Guana Reserve, which is just north… Continue reading

November 2011 Bald Eagles

Just northeast of Huguenot Park, across the bridge on Heckscher Drive, are two small ponds on Little Talbot Island.  Next to the ponds are several tall snags (standing dead trees) which serve as… Continue reading