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Boat-tailed Grackles

I love boat-tailed grackles. I usually see them in parking lots and call them parking lot birds, so I love it when I see them in a natural environment. While I was flitting around Seattle, Regis spent time on the beach and got some… Continue Reading “Boat-tailed Grackles”

The Gull

I went back to Lake Washington today and it was mostly sunny. I was on a mission to see if I could find new gulls and ducks for my life list, therefore I spent time scrutinizing every gull and duck. I saw one gull… Continue Reading “The Gull”

A Crow of a Different Color

I am spending some time in Seattle and recently went to the shores of Lake Washington to seek out a light-colored crow my son saw several months ago. I found the crow immediately where he had seen it. The crow is light brown with… Continue Reading “A Crow of a Different Color”

Christmas Bird Counts

I was the lead compiler for the St. Augustine Christmas Bird Count (CBC) on December 19. Fifty volunteers tallied 149 total species and 24,687 individual birds. It has been a joy to lead the St. Augustine CBC for the last three years because it… Continue Reading “Christmas Bird Counts”

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”