You can always find turtles chilling on the trash bumpers at Crescent Lake Park near downtown St. Pete.
I found some cute duckies walking along the sidewalk.
Usual birds around the lake include the loggerhead shrike, a roseate spoonbill and an anhinga drying out.
I found an unusual pair of birds sitting in front of my car, northern rough winged swallows. I’ve seen them in other parks before but they are fairly rare.
A cloudy morning at the park.
The big banyan tree has been fenced in for several years now. They are trying to keep it alive since it’s so old (not sure how old though). It’s taken a beating over the years with people climbing and playing on it.
It looked like it has snowed along the street in front of the park. I realized there were several cottonwood trees in someone’s yard. I had never noticed this before so I must not have been here when they were blooming. I’m sure it’s beautiful when it’s in full bloom but what a mess it was in the street and yard.
After leaving the park I stopped by Rouse park on the bay in St Pete, only a few minutes away. The royal poinciana trees were blooming and the are a lot of them in this small park.
Big footed baby moorhens growing up around the lake.
Pretty pigeon with pink feet.
Checking me out.
Crescent Lake Park is close to downtown St. Petersburg. It’s a small lake surrounded by houses with a dog park and baseball fields. The Saturday morning I was there was a busy one. Many people out jogging and walking their dogs. No unusual wildlife but lots of ducks and geese, the later I say far away from. If you get close to them and don’t have food they get mean.
A scene not a lot of people see here in Key West. What the streets look like early in the morning. Empty. This was right before 9am. We walked across Duval street to go the butterfly house. I wanted to get there early since it was going to be too hot to be in there after lunch. It’s not air-conditioned.
I’m assuming that’s an unwelcome hand drawn red fish on his door.
At lunchtime, more people out on the streets.
Walking around after dinner.
Scenes at Mallory Square in the heart of Key West. People come every night to watch the sun set. It’s a little outdoor party.
Even though it was sunny all day, we missed the sun going down every night we were there. The clouds and late day quick showers would come in.
I started the morning out at Sawgrass Lake park. I had heard there were different warblers moving through there on their way south for the winter. When I got to the parking lot, there were already several other birders there looking high up in the trees with binoculars. There were a few tiny birds up there but getting a picture was almost impossible. They were high up in the tops of the trees and didn’t sit still for a minute. I was pretty excited to get the above but then realized it was a just a blue-gray gnatcatcher. Oh well.
I think everyone was saying this was a blackburnian warbler. Not a first for me but not very common. Most of my shots were turning out this way. Blurry shots of a bird partial behind leaves. We get so spoiled at Fort Desoto in the spring. The birds come down within eye level and will stay in place eating for a few seconds.
I saw this juvenile red bellied woodpecker. He was just starting to get his red feathers.
There were a few butterflies close by.
I left Sawgrass Lake Park and stopped by Crescent Lake Park. The first thing I saw was this hawk flying into the tree. He seemed to stalking the ibis. I can’t tell whether this is a juvenile red shoulder hawk or a cooper’s hawk.
The palm trees around the lake had these orange spikes growing out.
Most of the geese were across the street sleeping in someone’s yard.
This one was checking me out. Probably hoping I had food.
I guess the neighbors are used to having their yard full of goose poop.
The same hawk kept flying around the trees. He would swoop down close the ibis but I never saw him catch anything. I think he needs to stick to lizards and squirrels.
Berries on an old tree.
This is all one big banyan tree (taken with my phone since I didn’t have my wide-angle lens). It’s fenced off to protect it from people trying to climb it. It’s about to fall apart. I think this is the largest one I’ve seen in the Tampa Bay area. There’s a big one in Sarasota on the Ringling Museum grounds as well. The largest banyan tree in Florida is in Fort Myers in the yard of Thomas Edison’s house. It was brought over from India where banyan trees are originally from and planted in 1925. The one above is pretty amazing. I would love to have that shade over my house. The branches facing the lake were full of ibis napping.