Month: December 2021

Common Yellowthroat

I have been walking our path to the marsh behind us regularly to check out which shorebirds are feeding. As I stand next to the marsh, I am among some bushes. A female or immature common yellowthroat has come to check me out the… Continue Reading “Common Yellowthroat”

Palencia Saltmarsh

Instead of focusing on a specific bird today, I’m sharing my birding excursion on the Palencia Saltmarsh. I arrived before sunrise. Without the clouds and colors, it was not spectacular, but all sunrises are beautiful in their own way. There was fog over the… Continue Reading “Palencia Saltmarsh”


There are four species of doves that may be seen in the St. Augustine area: common ground dove, mourning dove, Eurasian collared-dove, and white-winged dove. The Eurasian collared-dove and white-winged dove are not common in the area. Common ground doves are small birds about… Continue Reading “Doves”

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Red-bellied woodpeckers are abundant in St. Augustine year-round. We have had the pleasure of seeing a nesting pair behind our house when we first moved here. They have a red patch of feathers on their belly, but it is hard to see when observing.… Continue Reading “Red-bellied Woodpecker”

Brown-headed Nuthatch

Brown-headed nuthatches are in the southeast United States year-round. They love pine trees. They sound like squeaky toys. They are usually found in groups. If you see one, there should be others around. They climb all over trees up and down searching for spiders… Continue Reading “Brown-headed Nuthatch”

Gray Catbird

A gray catbird is aptly named. If you hear something in the bushes that sounds like a cat, it may be a gray catbird. They tend to stay low in the bushes and love to eat berries. They can be hard to see since… Continue Reading “Gray Catbird”

Pine Warbler

Pine warblers are in the St. Augustine area year-round, but in the winter the numbers swell with the migrants from the north. Pine warblers are aptly named since they spend most of their time in the tops of pine trees eating insects and seeds.… Continue Reading “Pine Warbler”

Eastern Bluebirds

We love all birds, but we particularly adore bluebirds. We have had great success with birds nesting and raising their young in bluebird boxes we installed in Maryland and continued with the tradition of putting up bluebird boxes when we came to Florida. We… Continue Reading “Eastern Bluebirds”

Yellow-rumped Warbler

We get a lot of yellow-rumped warblers in the St. Augustine area in the winter. They flit about in the bushes and are hard to see but you can hear their constant “chit chit”. The sound is similar to a cardinal, but in winter… Continue Reading “Yellow-rumped Warbler”

Black and White Birds in Flight

One of our blog readers requested that I do a post on a different species each day until the St. Augustine Christmas Bird Count on December 19. As I was thinking of which bird to choose today, I saw white pelicans flying overhead. There… Continue Reading “Black and White Birds in Flight”