My favorite little birds.

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My favorite little titmouse coming to check me out.

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My next favorite blue-gray gnatcatchers. They would be my favorite but they are so annoying the way they don’t sit still for a second.

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Other usual birds at the park: white eyed vireo, cardinal, eastern phoebe, female red winged blackbird and the always present red bellied woodpecker.

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It’s hard to ignore the cute squirrels.

Stuff at Chesnut Park in early January.

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Lots of 4 legged critters

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As I was driving into Circle B Bar Reserve early in the morning, I saw a wild hog family. The little piglets look so cute when they are young.  I stopped the car and rolled down the window and they took off into the brush.

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Little bunny.

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Turtles were everywhere.

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And a big fish!  Is he coming up for air?

Lots of fun critters at Circle B Bar Reserve.

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The Usual Suspects.

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The usual suspects along the trail: pied grebe, sparrow, palm warbler, cardinal, snowy egret and a hawk that looks half asleep.

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This very handsome common yellowthroat was posing nicely for me.

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An osprey bringing home padding for the nest.

The usual things at Circle B Bar Reserve in early January.

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Blue and purple alien life form on this planet.

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It feels a little early for mating season but since we’ve had warm weather this winter the birds are getting busy.  On the island in the middle of the pond at Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park, the pelicans were building nests and doing some extreme flirting. Most of these pelicans are injured. You can see in the last picture the pelican is missing one of his wings.  Most of these injuries are due to getting caught in fishing wire.

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I did notice a very tiny bald head under one of the pelicans. The pelican above had 3 babies that had just hatched under her wing.

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A few times the parent got up to stretch and we were able to see the babies a little better. They must have been only one day old if that. They looked like little blue aliens.

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It was a busy morning for them as they were trying to feed, nest and bath all together.

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Looks like they were having fun splashing around.

The pelican island at the wildlife park is a safe place for these injured pelicans to live. The babies that they have can grow up and fly away whenever they are ready. We were lucky to have been there on a warm day right when the first of the babies were born. By now these guys are almost fully grown. Soon Mom will be an empty nester again.

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Busy birds at Circle B Bar Reserve

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Seen out in the marsh: black crowned night heron, pied grebe, American bittern, glossy ibis and an anhinga.

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Saw the above Carolina wren hiding in a bush.

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A great egret playing with his meal.

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I saw this hawk on a branch right over the trail. I realized he was eating something. I think it was a praying mantis.

Lots of birds on the trails at Circle B Bar Reserve in early January.

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Cute and creepy critters.

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Some little critters.

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Some medium size critters.

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A big critter eating a slightly smaller critter.

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A few smaller critters out in the marsh.

Fun critters in the fog at Circle B Bar Reserve.

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Being a tourist on the beach

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Clearwater Beach sure has changed since we moved down to the area almost 15 years ago. The beach was still mostly Mom & Pop motels and now it’s all high-rise hotels and condos. Traffic and parking are insane so we rarely go over there.  On Christmas afternoon we wanted to get out for a walk so we went to Sand Key beach which is just across the bridge from Clearwater beach. It was such a beautiful day that all of the beaches were crowded. All of the above were taken from Sand Key Park looking across at Clearwater beach and downtown Clearwater.

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A few of the fun finds at the beach.

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Duck, Duck, Swan?

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So many different ducks at the petting zoo near my house, Horsepower for Kids.

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Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park

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All of the above are missing a wing. They are permanent residents at Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park.

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A wild vulture stopped by for a handout.

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Lots of other Florida wildlife there as well.

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The flamingos were taking a bath or napping.

A few things from Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park in late December.

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Babies at Christmas.

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It’s always fun to watch the baby chimp being a baby and playing. Keeva is around 2 years old. She  must be going through the terrible two’s.

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The adults were snacking.

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The orangutan baby was born in late December last year. We caught her and Mom having a bonding moment.

It’s always fun when there are babies at the Lowry Park Zoo.

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