Over the river and through the woods….

to Daytona Beach we go. On the east coast of Florida. This was our first trip and we were staying over for one night to visit friends who were visiting for the week from Georgia.

The view from our room on the 14th floor. I zoomed in with my phone on the last one.  Our hotel was next door to a small amusement park.

We met up with our friends who were staying near the Ponce Inlet and spent some time walking around the lighthouse before heading to dinner.

We had dinner at a fun little restaurant next to the lighthouse that was right on the water.

View from our table.

It was a quick short trip to have dinner with our friends. I was traveling light so all of the above were taken with my phone.

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Birds at the downtown Tampa coastline

Willet, laughing gull, oystercatcher, young blue heron and cormorants can all be found along the water at Davis Islands, a small island next to downtown Tampa.

Loggerhead shrikes are most prevalent there. They were in the bushes next to the boat ramp, in the trees that lined the yacht basin and on the fence that lined the airport. The ones on the fence were a parent and young one that was still being feed.

Mangroves line the yacht basin and the sea grapes in were in full bloom.

At first glance, there aren’t a lot of birds at the south end of Davis Islands where the small private airport and yacht basin meet up. There are lots of bicycles, joggers, walkers, and dog walkers along the road, most are not paying attention to the birds. People look at me like “Why is that girl staring up in the tree?” When you look along the shore line and up in the trees you see lots of things.

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Bright colors and a woodpecker.

I think this woodpecker was working on a nest.

Flowers and bugs at the Botanical Gardens in Largo, Florida in July.

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Cute and creepy crawlers at Chesnut Park

Not many birds around in late July so I focused on the little critters.

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After the rain stopped

The rain never seemed to stop in late June and continued in early July. We finally had a Saturday morning that was clear and sunny so I headed out to Chesnut Park. The swamp that the boardwalks run through was full of water. It was hot and steamy by 8am. Someone left a painted rock on a stump. All of the above was taken with my phone.

Hiding in the grass.

Most of the deer were in the back of the baseball field where the trees start. I found a few others near the boardwalk.

I climbed up the 3 story observation tower to check out the lake. I could hear thunder off in the distance. I guess this squirrel was doing the same thing.

The rain was moving in fast so I headed home after a 2 hour walk.

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More on the neighborhood yellow rubber duckies!

More pictures from my short time with a muscovy duck family in my neighborhood. I took so many pictures. I couldn’t help it, they were so cute.  It was funny to watch them trying to get back on the grass one by one. They looked smaller than the grass blades. That last one hesitated for a long time before heading in.

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Saturday morning at Chesnut Park

Carolina wrens were singing all over the park.

My favorite little titmouses.

Chickadee checking me out.

A juvenile little blue heron looking for gators!

There was one close by.

Fall in the summer.

Someone had been feeding the squirrels right before I got there.

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Little critters on pretty flowers

Flowers and critters at Sweetfield Farms taken in May.

 

We were there in May for the sunflower festival. We bought some just picked sunflowers to take home.  They brightened up the car for the drive home.

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Up close with an osprey

After climbing 3 stories to the top of the observation tower at Lettuce Lake, I look over at the pine tree to the left of the tower and this guy was staring right at me. He’s looking at me like “What are you doing up here?”. I’ve never seen them up close before. He stayed for a few minutes then took off to catch a fish. I missed the big splash since he was so close near the tower but caught him flying away with a fish.

A great egret flies by the tower.

Turtles and alligators in the water below. The gator was going after that water bottle.

Tiny critters on the boardwalk.

A juvenile blue heron basking in the sun on the boardwalk.

Squirrels were snacking and napping.

Phone shot of the lake.

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My favorite little birds

Northern parula.

Titmouse are fun. Including the juvenile one in the bottom 2 pictures. Screaming for Mom to bring food.

This year I’ve seen a lot of chickadees around. They’ve been very accommodating.

I thought there was going to be a fight over the feeder.  The chickadee left and came back after the cardinal left.  The nature center at Lettuce Lake park has several bird feeders up this year. The one above was hanging in a tree near the trail.

Lots of squirrels trying to get to the feeder.

Plants around the boardwalk. I think the first one is Queen Anne’s lace.

A walk around Lettuce Lake Park in June.

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