Yellow rubber duckies in the neighborhood

I spotted this Mom with her babies in the grass along the pond in my neighborhood.

I sat down on the sidewalk and watched them for a while. They were not shy. People in the neighborhood feed the ducks here so they were looking for a handout.

One of the other muscovy ducks kept an eye on me. Maybe the father?  What a distinguished face he has.

Another family on the other side of the pond. This mom has a white face with only 3 babies.

Another baby duck family in the neighborhood.

More muscovy baby ducks in my neighborhood pond.  This has been a busy spring with more duck families than I’ve ever seen in the 13 years we’ve lived here.  Baby ducks everywhere. These babies were resting close to Mom. I stopped for just a minute and took these quickly.

A mallard couple in the pond.

We usually see a cormorant or anhinga in this pond.

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A walk after work

I saw this lone spoonbill at the office park lake near my work. I noticed that his eye looked a little funny and he was banded. It seemed okay, just sleepy.

Not sure what these baby mallards were trying to eat. Just like a baby, everything goes in the mouth.

A moorhen Mom with a few new babies.

Some very young grackles waiting for Mom to come back with food.

A male grackle shining in the sun.

Things in my yard and neighborhood


I went for an after dinner walk and found this duck family in the pond near my house. I’ve been seeing this pretty creme mallard for a while now.  I saw the family recently and the babies were getting big. Sadly, there were only 4 left.


Frog on our downspout after a storm.


Saw this lizard next to our dock. This is the first one I’ve seen with a rust head. Can they really blend in that well?


Here’s the same creme mallard back in May.  She was floating around behind our dock.


Curious blue jay.


Hibiscus poking through the fence.


I took this through the kitchen window.



Taken through the bedroom window, the juvenile night heron was creeping around our neighbor’s dock.



Our neighbor a few houses down has an almost dead palm tree in their backyard. I came home from work and saw the tree full of crows eating the berries (or are these nuts?). Taken directly into the sun.


A few crows waiting their turn to get on the palm tree.



Something spooked them and they all flew off in a hurry.  At this point it was almost dark.

Things in my neighborhood this past summer.

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So many babies, so little time – at Lake Mirror

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So many babies, so little time.  This seems to be a big baby duck year. I’m seeing big families everywhere.  Getting them all lined up for a family portrait wasn’t easy. The babies are very curious and were running around all over the place.  Eventually they tired out and settled down for a nap hiding under mom.


They grow up so fast. One of the first duck families this year at the lake.  They are still sticking close together.

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