Blooming things at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo.
Critters at the gardens.
Baby moorhens are popping up everywhere now.
Yes, the botanical gardens were open during the “Stay At Home” phase. Lucky for me most people must have thought they were closed because there was only a few other people there. Lots of space to move around in.
As I was walking around the Largo Botanical Gardens thinking it was a slow quiet morning with not much to take pictures of, a flock of black hooded parakeets flew into the trees right over my head. They ignored me as I watched them preening and flirting. After a few minutes, they took off. That was the highlight of the morning.
Not much else at the gardens. I caught an anhinga sticking his head out of the water and the usual titmouse up in the tree.
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.
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.
Baby moorhens at different ages. All born this spring.
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.
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.
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.