Lost on the trail

Duval Audubon Society offers many outings to novice birders, and I soon found myself using their meet-ups to scope out parks and forests I’d never visited. I mainly wanted to know, was it safe? What if I went alone? But most places we went weren’t scary at all. Although a few were isolated, these wereContinue reading “Lost on the trail”

Contact FWC for Wildlife Offenses in Florida

Sunday, I visited Spoonbill Pond at Big Talbot Island. At this particular park, one can log 30 or more species within a few hours’ time. The birds are accustomed to people, and often come close enough to photograph with a 30x optical-zoom camera. Spoonbill Pond abuts a beach and is separated from it by aContinue reading “Contact FWC for Wildlife Offenses in Florida”

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”

Birding in Cold Weather

When I began birding with Duval County Audubon Society (Florida), I expected an outing to be cancelled when the temperature fell below 50 degrees (10 degrees Celsius). Instead, there was a large group eagerly anticipating the sighting of a rare bird – the Red-cockaded Woodpecker. When I saw photos of the group, I looked asContinue reading “Birding in Cold Weather”

Hooked on Birding

How do you know when you’re hooked? You check the weather app every day – to see if tomorrow will be a good day for birding. What makes a good day? Temperature. Between 45 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit (7.22-20 degrees Celsius) seems optimal. Most birds (and people) don’t like it too hot. No rain, ofContinue reading “Hooked on Birding”