Monthly Archives: February 2015

February 23, 2015

These days, I spot my first bird of the day after I leave work at 3:30–often on my way home in the van.  But this afternoon as soon as I stepped out of my office building, I heard a Downy Woodpecker.  I spotted her in one of the palm trees in the parking lot.  Maybe that’s not remarkable, but to my mind spotting any kind of woodpecker in downtown Jacksonville is worth a smile.

When I got back home, the Hermit Thrush defied all expectations by showing up at the bubbler at 4:50 p.m.:


Hermit Thrush

Here it is scouting out the bubbler from the oleander:


Hermit Thrush

Meanwhile, this Carolina Chickadee is clearly saying, “I’m going to eat suet from this confounded feeder even if I don’t have zygodactylic toes!”


At 5:15 p.m. the Nashville Warbler made another appearance!


Nashville Warbler


February 22, 2015

Sunrise this morning is at 7:00 a.m., so, naturally, and maddeningly, at 6:52 a.m., the Hermit Thrush was at the bubbler.

This afternoon Mom and I visited Gram.  No egrets or herons at all at Westminster Woods.  Tufted Titmice were about though:


Tufted Titmice

When I got home, an American Robin was enjoying the bubbler:


American Robin

And another, smaller, visitor to the bubbler, an Orange-crowned Warbler, the first time I’ve seen it in my back yard this winter:


Orange-crowned Warbler

Sunset at 6:20 p.m. tonight. Hermit Thrush showed up at the bubbler at 6:08 p.m.

February 21, 2015

Out at dawn when it was just above freezing.  First went to see the birds at the corner of San Jose Boulevard and University Boulevard:


White Ibises, both Adults and Juveniles, with Assorted Egrets and Herons, Topped with Double-crested Cormorants

Then to Nathan Krestul, where just a few Red-winged Blackbirds were making a lot of racket.  A pair of Hooded Mergansers flew in.  Here’s the male:


Hooded Merganser

A Tri-colored Heron ran  off a Little Blue Heron.  Here’s the Tri-colored Heron, alone.


Sunset tonight was at 6:19 p.m.  So guess who showed up for a bath in the bubbler at 6:10 p.m.?  Yep, the elusive Hermit Thrush. I rested the camera lens against the window frame in the kitchen and shot straight through the (tinted) glass.  It came back at 6:13 p.m. for Part II of its bath.  It must be becoming more comfortable in the back yard:  its second bath lasted at least two minutes.  Then it lingered in the oleander until some other bird–it was too dark to see–flew in and chased it off.


Hermit Thrush


February 16, 2015

At home this Presidents’ Day.  Below are three shots, none of which will win any prizes, but all of which had me excited for different reasons.

Spotted the first American Goldfinch of the season in my back yard.  I hope better pictures are to come!


American Goldfinch

Here’s another feeder shot, unfortunately, but it’s the first time I’ve caught the ruby crown in a photograph.


Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Also in the late afternoon this bird showed up and had me scrambling for my camera. It’s a Nashville Warbler, an uncommon bird to see here in northeastern Florida.  It neither breeds nor migrates through Florida.


Nashville Warbler

And just now–it’s about 6:00 p.m.–I watched the Ruby-crowned Kinglet hover twice over the bubbler, trying to get a drink!

Arrgh!  And now the Hermit Thrush is in the bath, even lingering in the bath, and it’s too dark to get a shot!!


February 15, 2015

Stopped by Nathan Krestul Park on my way to see Gram today.  Saw ten Hooded Mergansers, a Great Egret, a Little Blue Heron, three Wood Ducks, a Pied-billed Grebe, and a Belted Kingfisher.  The mergansers, ducks, and grebe were all extremely skittish.  The Belted Kingfisher enjoyed her usual success diving for fish.

Later in the afternoon a lone American Robin showed up in my back yard. After a short pas de deux with a Northern Cardinal, it took a bath in the bubbler.  Still no Goldfinches.  The Hermit Thrush continues to make cameo appearances, usually to take a quick bath in the bubbler, and Yellow-rumped Warblers and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet are still hitting the feeder with the mixed nuts.


Hooded Mergansers


Wood Duck


Little Blue Heron


Belted Kingfisher Atop Her Favorite Perch for Diving on a Windy Day


Belted Kingfisher on Wing with Fish, Heading Toward the Boat Winch to Dine