Birds of Amelia Island

American Redstart
Egans Creek, April 2020
This species is a common to abundant migrant in our area both spring and fall. You may not recognize the female since it has yellow where the male has red. In order to master warbler songs you should try to remember the song of the Redstart and contrast it with the Yellow Warbler. Note the Redstart has a tzirr sound at the end of its song. Don’t be discouraged that the Redstart has over 10 variations of its song since the structure is consistent. Photo credit goes to Richard and Brie Timm.
American Avocet Call
Yellow-crowned Night Heron Call
Sanderling Call
American White Pelican Call
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Call
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Drumming
Red-bellied Woodpecker drumming and calls
Fernandina Beach April 2019
What bird swims with the fish but soars with the hawks? You guessed correctly if you answered Anhinga. This bird has been called the Snake Bird or a Darter. When an Anhinga swims with its head up it looks like a snake swimming. A remarkable sight is seeing this species on the water with a fish  speared by its sharp beak. You are likely to observe this bird fanning its wings on a perch to dry its wings. When flying it has a long fanned tail that looks like a broom. The bird can be confused with Cormorants in flight and the female might be confused with a juvenile Cormorant. Be sure to check all field marks when making an identification.
Bald Eagle Call
Great Crested Flycatcher Call
White-eyed Vireo call

The Ruddy Turnstone is one of the most colorful shorebirds observed in our area during winter with its bright orange legs and noticeable black and white pattern around its head and chest.Some may be observed throughout the year as not all birds head to the tundra for breeding. Its call is a distinctive low pitched guttural rattle.

American White Ibis
Amelia Island State Park, November 2019

The American White Ibis is a regular full-time resident in our area. These are adults, white with black wingtips. Note the down curved red bill that is a good field mark especially when looking at young birds that are brown. This species tends to group up and will eat the insects in your lawns. On our trips we often see them in flight in a flock.