Saturday, September 12, 2009

Long-billed Curlew - Huguenot Memorial Park, Jacksonville FL - 9/12/09

Hi All,

A Long-billed Curlew was seen today on the lagoon mudflats at Huguenot Memorial Park in Jacksonville Florida! This is the same area which hosted the 2nd North American (or western hemispherian for that matter) Greater Sand-Plover in May and is a dynamite birding location!

Long-billed Curlew is listed as a rare spring and fall transient and winter visitor on the Georgia coast and now never numerous. A visit to one of Georgia's more secluded barrier island beaches is needed to try for one of the small number that overwinter on the Georgia coast. Sancho Panza Beach on Little St. Simons Island, from October to January, may be the only semi-reliable spot to see one in Georgia! Little St. Simons Island is a private resort island, day trips can be set up to visit Sancho Panza Beach!

The Jacksonville sighting may be a good indicator that Georgia's Long-billed Curlews are arriving for the season as well!

GPS coordinates to the lagoon area:
N 30 24.682
W 81 24.462

The post from FloridaBirds-L:
http://lists.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0909B&L=FLORIDABIRDS-L&D=1&T=0&O=D&P=8541

FloridaBirds-L:
http://lists.ufl.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=FLORIDABIRDS-L

The City of Jacksonville's Huguenot Memorial Park site (good to check before visiting for notices, etc.):
http://www.coj.net/Departments/Recreation+and+Community+Services/Waterfront+Management+and+Programming/Preservation+Project/Huguenot+Memorial+Park.htm

Good Near Georgia Birding!

Mark

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