For the Birds

Ok, so after years of (amateur) bird spotting, I’ve decided to graduate to bird watching, though certainly not birding, and here’s my (ongoing) list of 100% positive identifications. I have many “ifs” but those don’t make the list. Yet. 

-A-

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

-B-

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

-C-

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

-D-

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

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

-E-

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, 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

-F-

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

-G-

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

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

-H-

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

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

-I-

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


Ibises near my mother’s home.

-J-

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

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.

-K-

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

-N-

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.

-O-

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: the Barred Owl has brown eyes, not yellow as seen in most other owl species.

-P-

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

-R-

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

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

-S-

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

-T-

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

Tern, royal (Thalasseus maximus). 5/8/16, 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

-V-

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

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

-W-

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

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

Woodpecker, pileated (Dryocopus pileatus): female, 5/20/17, near Gooch Gap, GA

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.

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