Is it a Mallard or Mottled?

David W. Foster is one of the top birders in Duval County, Florida. He is also a regional reviewer for ebird.org, and follows-up on data submitted to the web site. I recently submitted a list that reported 33 Mottled Ducks at Spoonbill Pond (Big Talbot Island State Park, Duval County, FL). David was kind enoughContinue reading “Is it a Mallard or Mottled?”

Fiddler Crabs

One of my favorite places to go birding is Spoonbill Pond at Big Talbot Island State Park (Jacksonville, FL). Over the past two weeks, the pond has had a greenish cast. Today there was algae along the bank, and the water level seemed low. Although I spotted forty species, there were few birds in theContinue reading “Fiddler Crabs”

Winter Peeps in Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns County, FL

Peeps are the little birds that dart along a shoreline. They often intermingle and look similar. They vary in size, but often only slightly. When identifying these birds, I look at the legs first, then bill length. KEY:Very short bill = tiny and chick-likeShort bill = less than the length of the headMedium bill =Continue reading “Winter Peeps in Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns County, FL”