Napping on the nest.
The great horned owl mom and baby were not very active the morning I stopped by. There’s a younger baby behind the mom but I only saw a tiny bit of fuzz pop up.
The osprey in the area didn’t have eggs yet.
Yellow bellied sapsucker has stopped for a rest during spring migration.
He was trying to nap on the tree.
Pelicans diving for fish out in the bay.
This is the view from the owl’s nest. It would be pretty amazing to wake up to this every morning, even on a cloudy day.
Perfect morning at Fort Desoto in early April.
The main reason to go to Gatorland in Orlando is the babies. In the spring, wild birds come to raise their babies in the mangroves along the lake full of gators. The gators keep the raccoons and snakes away. I wonder if there is safety in numbers there. With all of the babies, I’ve never seen a hawk cruising around looking for a snack. I guess because there are so many adult birds in a concentrated area to fight off attackers. All of the above are great egret babies. The last picture above is probably the oldest ones. Maybe a month old.
The above 3 are of a snowy egret family.These babies are just a few days old.
Thrown in to the mix of all of the different white birds was a baby grackle.
I took a ga-zillion pictures on this trip. So many fun things to see. I’ll be posting a lot about this trip.
Black and white warblers don’t sit still for a minute. They like to hang upside down on the tree and usually stay close to the trunk.
The one Ruby throated hummingbird I’ve seen so far this spring.
I think this is a female black and white warbler. The black is not as pronounced in the female as the male.
Another white eyed vireo. The most common bird at the park this spring.
Birds of a feather….
I caught Jim chimping. Making sure he got a good shot of that pigeon.
The park was packed in early April with birders coming to see the birds that had flown in for spring migration. It was nice of them all to stop over for a rest so we could all spend a full Saturday morning waiting for them to stand still for a second. It’s always fun running into people you see once a year and catch up with what’s been going on in the bird world.
A white ibis with a blue tint on the end of his feathers.
The three stooges
A puppy that thinks he’s a duck.
A perfect walk around the lake on a perfect Saturday morning.
The laughing gulls were pairing up. Chasing each other and fighting over the ladies.
Young herring gull with a snack.
Blurry picture of a barn swallow. These guys rarely sit still. I saw him from across the lagoon.
The dolphins were active this Saturday morning.
Heading towards the pier.
One of the bird steward volunteers at the park. He was checking out the roped off area for nesting birds. They work on keeping the tourist out of the nesting area and answer questions about the birds.
Rush hour traffic in the bay.
Having fun on a boat ride.
A few things at Fort Desoto Park in mid-March.
All above are white eyed vireos. Fairly common during migration.
All of these are of a hooded warbler. The park was filled with these bright yellow birds with black hoods. They were not shy and would not freak out and fly into the bushes. They remained on the trail as long as no one got too close.
I saw one prairie warbler at the park.
A single yellow throated warbler. I don’t see these too often.
It poured the last Friday in March. I never get that lucky. Usually, it pours early in the week and by the time I get out to the parks, the birds are gone. This time I got up early on Saturday and headed down to Fort Desoto. Not a big fall out but still enough birds to keep everyone entertained. I think there was possibly more people than birds though. I’m hoping this is only the first fall out for spring migration this year. It’s still early.