Weird mix of birds at the Florida Botanical Gardens

Wood stork high up in the tree. He was all alone.

Red bellied woodpecker has a big nut. I think he was hiding it in the hole.

Pileated woodpecker on a utility pole. These birds have done a lot of damage to the poles there. You can see where they try to patch them up but the woodpeckers just move and create new holes.

A lone female wood duck. I found her in a small pond behind the old butterfly garden.

Red bellied woodpecker and easter phoebe were sitting in the same tree. I could hear the phoebe singing from across the lake.

Wild monk parakeet hanging on a pole. There’s a small flock that always seem to be around the gardens.

I finally made it over to the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo after trying the weekend before and getting deterred by a huge crowd coming for an event. This Saturday morning it was quiet. I could even hear that phoebe singing all morning.  There wasn’t anything unusual there. But still, it was a nice morning out and I got a good 2 hour walk in.

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16 thoughts on “Weird mix of birds at the Florida Botanical Gardens

  1. Looks like you had a wonderful day of birding with many wonderful finds!
    Love the detail you captured on the stork and that lovely sky behind him!
    A pileated made a huge whole in our deck last spring but his close presence gave me a great photo op. 🙂

  2. Having seen the holes that the Pileateds can make I’m surprised that the poles are still made of wood! South Australia is famous (in a limited way) for having concrete poles – but this is to make them fire proof.

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW

    Stewart M – Melbourne

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