For the Birds

Only 100% positive identifications. I have many “ifs” but those don’t make the list. Yet.

So far: 71 species.


Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga), many on high branches. 4/1/17, Ginnie Springs, FL


Black skimmer (Rynchops niger). 5/22/16, Little Talbot Island, FL


Chickadee, Carolina (Poecile carolinensis), two birds (a couple?). 12/24/16, Avondale, Jax, FL

Cormorant, double-crested (Phalacrocorax auritus). 1/2/17, Castillo de San Marco, St. Augustine, FL

Crane, sandhill (Antigone canadensis), three in low flight. 7/25/16, near UNF, Jax, FL

Crow, American (Corvus brachyrhynchos). 5/12/16, Downtown Jax, FL


Dove, common ground (Columbina passerina), several on the ground, foraging. 5/30/18, Fort Matanzas National Monument, near Crescent Beach, FL

Dove, mourning (Zenaida macroura). 5/4/16, Downtown Jax, FL

Dunlin (Calidris alpina), breeding adult. 5/15/16, Little Talbot Island, FL


Eagle, bald (Haliaeetus leucocephalus). 5/7/16, St. Augustine, FL

Egret, cattle (Bubulcus ibis), breeding adult. 7/27/16, UNF, Jax, FL

Egret, great (Ardea alba). 5/7/16, St. Augustine, FL

Great egret at UNF. Melinda took the picture.  Too bad they don’t mate here so we can see their special feathers.

Egret, reddish (Egretta rufescens), dark morph juvenile, “dancing” as it fed; three immatures. 6/24/18, Little Talbot Island, FL

Egret, snowy (Egretta thula). 5/12/16, Riverside Park, Jax, FL

European starling (Sturnus vulgaris): flock, lots of juveniles, 5/20/16, Downtown Jax, FL; breeding male, 5/24/16, Murray Hill, Jax, FL


Finch, house (Haemorhous mexicanus): female, 5/22/16, Avondale, Jax, FL; male, 5/23/16, same.


Goose, Canada (Branta canadensis). 5/4/16, UNF, Jax, FL

Grackle, boat-tailed (Quiscalus major), male & female. 5/8/16, Little Talbot Island, FL

Grackle, common (Quiscalus quiscula). 5/4/16, Downtown Jax, FL

Gray catbird (Dumetella carolinensis). 4/7/18, Avondale, Jax, FL

Gull, laughing (Leucophaeus atricilla), trillions of them. 5/8/16, Little Talbot Island, FL

Gull, ring-billed (Larus delawarensis), a few non-breeding adults on the beach. 2/24/18, Little Talbot Island, FL


Hawk, Cooper’s (Accipiter cooperii), female? 11/26/16, Mandarin, Jax, FL: my first hawk. Likely a female, it perched high on a parking lot tree for over 20 minutes.

Hawk, red-tailed (Buteo jamaicensis), soaring. 2/12/17, Avondale, Jax, FL: it circled our house slowly, gliding, then drifted towards the St. Johns River.

Heron, great blue (Ardea herodias). 5/22/16, Mayport, FL

Heron, little blue (Egretta caerulea). 5/12/16, Riverside Park, Jax, FL

Little Blue Heron at UNF.

Heron, tricolored (Egretta tricolor). 5/31/16, Riverside Park, Jax, FL

Hummingbird, ruby-throated (Archilochus colubris), male, feeding on yard flowers. 6/23/18, Avondale, Jax, FL


Ibis, white (Eudocimus albus). 5/25/16, Riverside Park, Jax, FL

Ibises near my mother’s home.

Indian peafowl (Pavo cristatus), male. I think this is a resident, at least partially tame, bird. 4/29/18, Kingsley Plantation, Fort George Island, FL


Jay, blue (Cyanocitta cristata). 5/5/16, Avondale, Jax, FL

Jay, Florida scrub (Aphelocoma coerulescens), several at a distance, watching me from branches. 6/2/18, Ocala National Forest, SW of Salt Springs, FL. The Florida scrub-jay is the only bird endemic to the state: it lives nowhere else in the world but in the (roughly) middle third of the Florida peninsula.

Junco, dark-eyed (Junco hyemalis), male. 5/2/16, Wayah Bald, NC: my first entry on this list. I spotted a “slate” variant while hiking the Appalachian Trail.


Kite, swallow-tailed (Elanoides forficatus). 5/7/16, St. Augustine, FL: saw several; they winter in South America.


Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos). Breeding male and female, 5/26/18, St. Augustine, FL


Northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis): female 5/13/16, Arlington, Jax, FL; male 5/14/16, Avondale, Jax, FL

Northern gannet (Morus bassanus): many juveniles and a few adults plunge-diving with brown pelicans. 2/20/17, off Little Talbot Island, FL

Northern mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos). 5/4/16, UNF, Jax, FL: tons of them around our house from early spring to early fall; obviously, their breeding territory. Not sure where their fall/winter feeding territory is.


Osprey (Pandion haliaetus). 5/10/16, Downtown Jax, FL

Oystercatcher, American (Haematopus palliatus). 5/22/16, Little Talbot Island, FL

Owl, barred (Strix varia), several, by call only, 4/20/17, Wesser Bald, NC. A pair on an oak at dusk, 5/25/18, Avondale, Jax, FL


Pelican, brown (Pelecanus occidentalis). 5/8/16, Little Talbot Island, FL

Brown pelican, non-breeding adult. Mayport, FL.

Phoebe, eastern (Sayornis phoebe). 2/19/17, Avondale, Jax, FL: “Unlike most songbirds who must hear other birds to hone their vocalizations, an Eastern Phoebe raised in isolation will still sing a perfect song.”

Plover, semipalmated (Charadrius semipalmatus), breeding adult. 5/28/16, Big Talbot Island, FL

Plover, Wilson’s (Charadrius wilsonia), breeding male. 5/22/16, Little Talbot Island, FL


Robin, American (Turdus migratorius). 5/22/16, Avondale, Jax, FL

Rock pigeon (also “rock dove”) (Columba livia). 5/5/16, Downtown Jax, FL

Ruddy turnstone (Arenaria interpres), non-breeding adults. They breed in the tundras of N. America and Eurasia, and winter south on shorelines almost everywhere on Earth. 2/17/18, Little Talbot Island, FL


Sanderling (Calidris alba). 5/8/16, Little Talbot Island, FL

Sparrow, house (Passer domesticus), male and female. 5/4/16, UNF, Jax, FL

Swift, chimney (Chaetura pelagica). 5/5/16, Avondale, Jax, FL


Tern, least (Sternula antillarum). 5/15/16, Little Talbot Island, FL

Tern, royal (Thalasseus maximus). 5/8/16, Little Talbot Island, FL

Tern, sandwich (Thalasseus sandvicensis), breeding plumage, plunge-diving. 6/16/18, Little Talbot Island, FL

Thrasher, brown (Toxostoma rufum). 5/11/16, Downtown Jax, FL

Titmouse, tufted (Baeolophus bicolor). 5/29/16, Big Talbot Island, FL


Vulture, black (Coragyps atratus). 5/27/16, NSA Jax, FL

Vulture, turkey (Cathartes aura). 5/22/16, Mayport, FL


Warbler, black-and-white (Mniotilta varia). 4/14/18, UNF nature trails, Jax, FL

Warbler, Cape May (Setophaga tigrina), breeding male, passing through north from Bahamas or Cuba. 4/21/18, Avondale, Jax, FL

Warbler, palm (Setophaga palmarum), fall brown plumage. 10/27/16, Downtown Jax, FL

Warbler, yellow-rumped (Setophaga coronata), Myrtle, female. 2/14/17, Avondale, Jax, FL; Myrtle, male 4/14/18, UNF nature trails, Jax, FL

Warbler, yellow-throated (Setophaga dominica), male. 4/29/18, Kingsley Plantation, Fort George Island, FL

Wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo), female, 5/26/18, I-95, on the grass, just south of Duval County line, Fl; many males and females, 5/27/18, Rock Springs Run State Preserve, near Sorrento, FL

Willet (Tringa semipalmata), non-breeding adults. 6/4/16, Little Talbot Island, FL

Woodpecker, downey (Picoides pubescens): male, 5/14/16, Avondale, Jax, FL; female, 5/29/16, same

Woodpecker, hairy (Picoides villosus): female, 3/19/17, Lakeshore, Jax, FL

Woodpecker, pileated (Dryocopus pileatus): female, 5/20/17, near Gooch Gap, GA; male, 4/14/18, UNF nature trails, Jax, FL

Woodpecker, red-bellied (Melanerpes carolinus): male, 5/6/16, Avondale, Jax, FL; female, 5/29/16, Big Talbot Island, FL

Woodpecker, red-headed (Melanerpes erythrocephalus), two in a smallish tree, 6/2/18, Ocala National Forest, SW of Salt Springs, FL

Wood stork (Mycteria americana): likely a m/f pair, 11/11/16, near St. Augustine airport, FL

Wood stork killing a snake near St. Augustine airport.