I saw this red bellied woodpecker up in a tree right on the lake at Crescent Lake Park in downtown St. Petersburg. It looks like his beak is curled up. He seemed to be working on a nest. He looked healthy. I guess as long as he can get the bugs with his tongue, he’s okay.
Another woodpecker across the lake.
An interesting find at Crescent Lake Park.
A female wood duck with a snack.
A male wood duck watching over the lake.
A happy couple floating around.
This couple was hanging out under a tree near the edge of the lake. She wanted to nap and he was getting frisky.
There’s been an explosion of wood ducks at the lakes in downtown Lakeland. Lake Mirror had 3 families with babies and Lake Morton had at least 20 adult wood ducks hanging around. One of the cypress trees had 6 males sleeping up in the trees. Two or three years ago you would be lucky to find more than 3 or 4 at the lakes. I’m not sure why they started hanging out in the busy area, maybe for the handouts.
A very young titmouse. His beak isn’t fully developed and he does not have that touch of peach color on him yet.
Baby moorhens were near the dock with Mom.
The usual deer near my parking spot in the back of the park.
A red bellied woodpecker looking around.
A small gator under the dock.
I stumbled on this muscovy duck family at Lake Morton back in late May. They were so cute. They stayed close together and close to Mom. I rarely see all yellow babies so this was a treat.
Near the duck family, hidden in the reeds along the lake, was a family of limpkins. There were 3 babies that were very shy. I couldn’t get them all together. They did not want to stay in one place very long. Mom wanted to take a nap and the babies kept moving around.
A little dose of cuteness for the morning.
Linking to Saturday’s Critters
Young great egrets are being fed by mom. The parents swallow the fish and then regurgitate the fish back up into the baby’s beak. Doesn’t that sound yummy?
A young cormorant was begging mom to feed him.
The youngest babies at the park that day. They are 1 or 2 day old snowy egrets. The parents were going to be busy feeding 3 babies. You can just barely see the fish eyes coming out of the mom’s beak. Looks like she had a beak full of minnows.
All morning long the babies yell to be fed. The tiny ones like in the last pictures aren’t so bad since they are so small and don’t quite know what’s going on yet. The bigger babies such as the top great egret pictures are obnoxious. They are really loud and flap their wings until they are fed. When the parent flies over to the nest they attack them. The parents keep feeding them though. All of the above were from my trip to Gatorland in May.
Great egrets were in the trees and on the trails.
A young limpkin preening.
A bunny on the trail.
Ready, set, go! The green heron was diving for snacks.
White ibis up in the sky.
These are from my walk at Circle B Bar Reserve in late May. It was hot on the trails. Even the wildlife was trying to stay cool.