Chesnut Park in late September.

Downy or Hairy? I’m going with Downy since her beak looks a little longer and Hairys are pretty rare here.

Yellow warbler. This was the most exciting bird of the day.

Injured butterfly.

I arrived at the park, parked my car, got out and walked around to the other side and started to get all of my camera gear out. I hear a noise behind me and when I turn around, this lady was standing there watching me. I turned around with my camera and she just went back to her grazing. Some of the deer are pretty skittish so I was surprised that she just ignored me.

A small bridge deep in the woods.

Another quiet morning at Chesnut Park. I saw lots of osprey, titmouse and carolina wrens. Even the yellow warbler is fairly common. There’s a small trickle of fall migrants coming through but it’s hit or miss and I seem to be missing mostly. At this point it was the end of September and I was reading on the local boards that a few were passing through but work kept getting in way. It was still a nice morning out. I did meet a retired man named Joe who volunteers for the Audubon of Florida’s Eagle Watch program. We had met briefly before at one of the local Eagle Watch presentations. When I told him that I lived near the park, he told me about a great eagle’s nest that was close by my house to keep an eye on this winter. I found the nest on the way home so I’ll keep you posted later this year. Most of the eagles have returned to the area for the winter but it’s hard to find them since they aren’t spending a lot of time on their nest yet.

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16 thoughts on “Chesnut Park in late September.

  1. Great shot of that warbler in action! Beautiful color. Loved all the photos, even the damaged butterfly. Most of them around here look like that at the end of summer. :/

  2. Beautiful photos. Chestnut Park seems to be a lovely, tranquil place. I liked the butterfly. They are about all gone here. The deer photo is wonderful. I live in the countryside and there is a small herd of 2 adult does (one nursing her fawn), another fawn (don’t think it is still nursing), and a yearling that feed in our back yard some days. Eating acorns and grass is ok, but damaging our lower tree branches is not. They are interesting to watch and we keep the binoculars handy.

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