Mucsovy ducks are having babies at all of the local ponds including Largo Nature Preserve.
This blue winged teal couple was still floating around in late March.
The monk parakeets were flying back and forth getting sticks for their nests. Here they nest in a big utilty complex.
The dead trees near the parking lot were full of residents. The first one had a flicker nesting in it. Every once in a while she would poke her head out. The next tree had a hole that was full of bees. The next tree had several red bellied woodpeckers checking out the holes. They may nest later.
After several stops at this park looking for this ash throated flycatcher that had been seen by other birders for the last few weeks, I finally found it on the 3rd try. Luckily this was a “third time’s a charm” instead of “three strikes and you’re out.” It was hopping around in the trees right in the parking lot catching dragonflies. This was a new bird for me and while it’s not quite as pretty as the great crested flycatcher that we get pretty often around here, it was still a great find.
Walking on the boardwalk around the small lake, I found this nest. I’m thinking it’s a moorhen nest since there are a lot of them on this lake but I didn’t see any near this nest. Assuming it’s abandoned but hoping the parent just left for a quick bite.
The bees are quite odd. Not really seen that before. #MCoW
Great series of photos.
I wonder why the moorhen would abandon her nest? I hope it was as you said, off for a snack!
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Congratulations on locating the flycatcher!
Another wonderful series of photographs. Thank you for the virtual walk. The nest image makes one want to return and see if mom and dad are back.
Enjoy your weekend!
Such awesome finds all around! Gorgeous birds and other critters.
So happy to see your link at ‘My Corner of the World’ this week!