Far out in the bay, it was rush hour traffic on a Saturday morning. Lots of boat activity on this beautiful morning.
I found another great blue heron/ great egret hybrid at the small beach near downtown St. Pete.
After a quick walk around North Shore park, I was heading back to my car and saw the above flying into the trees in the parking lot.
All of a sudden, the tree was full of nanday parakeets. Even at the end of summer, they were in pairs and flirting. Maybe they are like humans and flirt all year round instead of just nesting season. Although due to the warm weather most of the year here, nesting season could still be going on. This couple was very affectionate.
The next tree over had monk parakeets in them. This one kept chewing on a branch.
Then his mate flew in and they started preening each other.
There were so many parakeets here on this particular morning that the sound was deafening. The wild parakeets in the area have really taken over. They are very comical to watch and are not skittish at all.
On my walk around Crescent Lake park in mid-August, I saw the above muscovy duck with babies. One was all yellow. It’s not uncommon for them to have all yellow ducks but usually as they grow up they start to get a lot of brown feathers in. This one was old enough to have brown feathers. He was really pretty.
The babies were resting in the grass.
Later on the other side of the lake I saw a family all sleeping huddled together under a tree. They were close to the sidewalk but the foot traffic was not disturbing them.
Another section of the lake had babies trying to cross the road. It was funny to watch them jump off the curb one by one. That seemed like such a big jump to them.
Of course they got right in the middle of the street and the babies plopped down on the road. Someone walked over and shooed them to the sidewalk since cars tend to go fast around this curve.
They all made it over to the sidewalk. Even in late summer, it’s a baby boom at the lake.
Bees and berries at Crescent Lake Park.
I found the otter again but this time he was very elusive. I got a quick peek and then he disappeared for good.
This gull should have been over at the beach. Somehow he managed to snag a small fish at the lake.
I was standing under some trees looking for the otter and heard some noise over my head. I looked up and found two juvenile anhingas looking down at me. They must be late babies. There was a tiny nest that they had outgrown but they were still too young to fly yet. Mom was sitting high up in the next tree.
After leaving Crescent Lake Park, I made the quick drive over to North Shore beach near downtown St. Pete. Someone had recently painted the small concrete pier.
Another beautiful day at the bay.
P.S. Happy Birthday to my sister Debbie!
I found some very young mute swans preening at Lake Morton at the end of July. These young adults were born early this year and were acting like they own the place.
Juvenile male wood ducks. Just starting to get their male colors in.
I also found some female wood ducks.
This cute little limpkin family stole my heart. Both babies were staying close to Mom.
I love the flowers at Bok Tower Gardens. For some reason they look so pretty here.
I didn’t see many birds on this walk. Above is a juvenile red bellied woodpecker and close by was a parent. The little brown one is a young fuzzy Carolina wren hiding in a palm tree.
The sun coming through the lizard’s throat.
There were several eastern tiger swallowtails flying around.
The view of the top of the carillon tower from the vegetable garden.
There were a few marbled godwits at Fort Desoto Park.
I think this is a juvenile sandpiper.
Lots of plovers running around including the Wilson’s plover in the first picture and piping plovers with orange legs.
Soon the skimmers will be gone. They are rare to see in the winter at the park.
Summer blooms at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo in late July.
This spider was busy with her crazy web.
Chewing on leaves.
A wood stork guarding the bridge. He didn’t even move when I walked by.
Almost grown baby wood ducks swimming under the bridge.
The royal terns were having a feeding frenzy at Fort Desoto in early August. The parents were busy trying to keep the juvenile ones fed.
I found another Harry the hybrid (great blue heron and great egret) at the north beach lagoon. I had heard there were two hybrids at the park but I had only seen one at the fishing pier. This one has more beige and grey than the one at the pier which is more white.
Birds cruising by at the north spit. You can see the boats far off at the tip of the spit already anchoring to party for the day.
Flowers near the parking lot.
Lots of activity going on around the park. It was going to be a busy afternoon.