Lots of babies at Carillon Park.

Two very young green herons were waiting for mom to come back with food. They were standing on the boardwalk rail. As soon as they saw mom come into the bushes they hopped back on the branches and headed deep in the bush to get fed.

A common moorhen family. There were at least 6 families along the ponds.

Young grackles and their parents were along the boardwalk.

The usual birds along the boardwalk, a blue jay, an osprey eating a fish on top of one of the office buildings and one of the many anhingas.

A walk around Carillon Park after work in early May.

Baby aliens have taken over the planet

My first alien sighting of the season. These are common moorhen babies. They are the funniest looking babies of all of the ducks and are pretty common around here. Moorhens have babies starting in early spring and all through the summer so I will see them everywhere but they are so funny looking that it makes them cute. From those little wings sticking out to their bald red heads, they have a lot of personality for such a tiny thing.

Linking to Wednesday Around the World,

 

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.

Chesnut Park in September

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The little titmouse are so cute. They are very curious.

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The titmouse was watching the yellow throated warbler going by.

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A very young red bellied woodpecker. He hasn’t got his red feathers on his head yet.

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A lady cardinal with a snack.

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Camouflage at it’s best. There’s a little green heron in the middle of the picture. You can barely see him hiding in the reeds near the water.

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A late moorhen family hanging around the dock.

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A shadow hanging upside down.

A few birds at Chesnut Park in mid-September.

Linking to Saturday’s Critters

Almost grown babies at Circle B Bar Reserve

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Baby moorhens at different ages.  All born this spring.

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A juvenile green heron across the marsh. He still had the baby white fuzz on his head and tail. He was unsteady walking around on that branch.

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Daddy cardinal was feeding his baby a chewed on green caterpillar. Yum!

A few of the babies at Circle B Bar Reserve in late June.  My last trip for the summer was a hot one.  I didn’t see as many babies as I had hoped. I was a little late for the early spring babies. Baby hawks and sandhill cranes were already grown up and gone. The above were still good to stumble upon.

It’s baby moorhen season

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I counted 24 baby moorhens from several different families at the Largo Nature Preserve in mid-May. It’s that time of the year when these crazy looking babies with the big yellow feet are everywhere. They are so funny to watch, always chasing after Mom for a snack. One parent had 4 babies. Two of them had one eye that was still closed. I’m not sure how long they will survive with only one eye. Especially the tiniest darker feathered one. He stayed on the plant while the other ones swam around and stayed close to mom.