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.

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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.

A little bit of cuteness.

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It’s that time of the year. The moorhen babies with the big feet show up everywhere. This family with two babies that were growing up fast where hanging around the edge of the lake with white ibis, ducks and swans.

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Two baby ducks that were orphans were close by. They seemed to be doing okay without any parents.

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Baby mallard ducks were trying to nap under the bush.

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One swan Mom was raising her babies in one of the fenced off areas. That way they are protected from predators including hawks and other mean swans.

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Little critters flying around the lake.

I stopped by Lake Morton in Lakeland on my way home from another park to see if there were any baby ducks or swans. A few of both were found. Not a big baby boom going on in early May but enough to keep the cuteness going.

It’s alien baby season!

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These little babies win the prize for “A face only a mother could love.” They are common moorhens. Most ponds and lakes around the Tampa bay area have them swimming around. I counted 6 different families recently in the lake close by work. These were taken in mid-May at Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland. I saw 4 families this morning. One parent only had one baby. The other families had 3-4 babies. The babies usually stay close to the parents and most of the time I’ve seen two parents feeding the babies. I usually only see female mallards with their babies. The adults are pretty with their red beak and yellow tip. Luckily the babies grow up quick to look like their pretty parents but they are so funny at that early stage. They are awkward especially when they try to flap their tiny half wings. Moorhen baby season goes throughout the summer so I’m sure I’ll have tons of pictures of them.

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