Back at Circle B Bar Reserve after 5 months away.

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Sad picture but I think it’s the first time I’ve seen a yellow-bellied sapsucker here. I’ve only seen them in Atlanta.

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Blue gray gnatcatcher looking up as usual.

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I’m not sure what this is. He was deep in the bushes. I’m thinking a yellow warbler but that would be too easy.

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This looks like a palm warbler. They are pretty common here in the winter (which translates into “you’ll be seeing a ton of these on the blog”).

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Some type of sparrow. I think it’s a Savannah sparrow with that little bit of yellow around the eyes.

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The eastern phoebes have returned to their usual winter spot at the corner of Marsh Rabbit Run trail and Heron Hideout trail.

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The stork tree, out in the middle of the lake.

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Ring neck duck reflection. There has been one ring neck duck hanging around Wading Bird Way lately. I guess he’s waiting for all of his “snowbird” duck friends to get down here.

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This is the only alligator I saw on this trip. I know there are tons of them there.

This was my first trip back to Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland since May. It was early October so there still wasn’t a lot of migrating ducks there but there were a few little birds moving through. Seeing palm warblers, blue gray gnatcatchers and eastern phoebes means that winter is on its way. Now if only the heat would go away. Under 80 degrees would be nice. The park looked the same, except for the overgrown weeds along the trail. Those will die down once the cold weather hits. The park also recently mowed the trails so it’s good to see ahead and not to have to worry about alligators popping out in front of you. Soon I’ll be heading out there often.

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16 thoughts on “Back at Circle B Bar Reserve after 5 months away.

  1. Wow, Dina, I’m miles behind on your photos, but the gorgeous blueness of the gnatcatcher on the Our World page caught my attention and I just have to comment here and catch up later. It’s beautiful, so incredibly blue.
    And a stork tree. I must admit I’ve never seen a stork. I wanted to, in Europe, and never did. Maybe I’ll see one in Florida some day…one, or maybe a treeful. Amazing!
    I hope the ringneck duck’s friends arrive before the gator sees him alone and has him for lunch.
    In case I’ve never mentioned it, I love your blog!
    K

  2. Beautiful series Dina! Please consider yourself officially invited to participate this year’s 5th Annual Gratitude (word) Quilt. Instructions (it is very simple) and a link that explains the origin of the word quilt can be found at the top of my blog. In past years there have been participants from every continent except Antarctica. If I’ve already invited you, I apologize… I am trying to reach as many people as possible, and sometimes forget whom I’ve already left this message for in a comment. My intention is most certainly NOT to spam you. I hope you’ll join us, it is really amazing when all the words unfurl on November 27th, Thanksgiving Day in the United States.

  3. I hope you do go back here often … the selection is good already and you say the migrating birds haven’t arrived yet. Your plate is full, my dear … I have to admit, I am jealous 🙂 Great set of pictures as always.

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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