Beauties and some beasts.

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I saw this little froggie hopping around near the boardwalk. I rarely see them at all in the parks much less see them hop.  They usually hide pretty well.

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Then I realized it was because this guy was heading towards him. The froggie got away!

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Spiders are all along the boardwalk.

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A downy woodpecker.

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Cute blue gray gnatcatcher.

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A young limpkin looking for a snack in a pile of old empty snails.

A few things at Lettuce Lake Park at the end of September.

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Tiny flying things at Lettuce Lake Park

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Prothonotary warblers nest at this park so you can usually find a few around the boardwalk.

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Creepy wasp nest.

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Butterflies and a dragonfly along the boardwalk.

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A very  young bird. I think this is a blue gray gnatcatcher. I’ve heard they nest near the nature center here.

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A titmouse being cute as usual.

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A late February walk at Circle B Bar Reserve

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Great blue herons were all over the park. Including several sitting on nests.

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A green heron was stalking something.

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A sparrow hiding in the bushes.

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The only black bellied whistling ducks I saw. The park use to be full of them. You could hear their whistling all over the park. I’m not sure why there are only a few now.

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The robins were scrounging on the ground for bugs.

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A lost royal tern. He should be at the beach.

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A wood stork showing off. He was actually moving his foot around on the ground to stir up the bugs, frogs or snakes to eat.

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A limpkin taking a break.

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I caught a blue gray gnatcatcher being still for just a second.

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A red shoulder hawk up high.

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A marsh rabbit on Marsh Rabbit Run trail.

A few things I saw on my walk at Circle B Bar Reserve.

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Lots of little birds and a few big ones

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Black and white warblers are hard to get. They stay close to the trunk in the shade.

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Downy woodpeckers usually let you get pretty close.

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Yellow throated warblers always stay up high. This one was hiding under a palm leaf.

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I’m not sure what this one is just from this picture. Looks a little light underneath to be a palm warbler but too pale to be a pine warbler (which was reported in this area).

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A female black and white warbler. She was curious, checking me out (or probably looking for a handout).

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Blue-gray gnatcatcher with a tiny bug.

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Female red-winged blackbirds are pretty. They have just a little bit of peach around the face.

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A little blue heron in the middle of a pond.

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You could just barely see the great blue heron sitting on the nest high up in the pine tree. So far the last 2 years they haven’t had babies here.

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All the way across the lake, I could see the eagle couple up in a tree.

An early January walk at Chesnut Park.

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Windy sunny day right before Christmas

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It was raining “blue-gray gnatcatchers” at the park.

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Some of the bigger birds  braving the wind. The great blue heron in the last picture was sitting on the nest.

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This lady should be a pig, not an anhinga. She gulped that big fish down quickly.

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Plants along the trail.

A single cool windy day before the heat of Christmas week set in. I still had on shorts and a tshirt but at least it wasn’t hot and steamy.

Today’s Flowers have moved to here.

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Chesnut Park birds in November.

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This guy has been hanging around this branch for a while now. Hoping for great blue herons this winter. Last year he built a nest but no luck with babies.

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The usual Carolina wren.

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Showing off.

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What a cutie! The tufted titmouse was singing up a storm. Thanks to Vicki for the correct ID. I was writing this in a hurry and marked this as a gnatcatcher. Titmouse are common in this park. People feed them so they get close looking to see if you have some seed for them.

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A grebe floating near the dock.

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I saw this hawk right next to a picnic shelter. He had no intention of leaving just because I was there.

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Not great lighting but I saw this very young bald eagle high up in a tree across the lake right as he was taking off.

The usual birds at Chesnut Park.

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Fun things at Circle B Bar Reserve

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Fly on a sign. Notice the hair on his bottom.

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Berries waiting to be eaten.

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This blue-gray gnatcatcher was posing for me.

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They don’t have any bright colors but their personality makes up for it.

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The number of limpkins at the reserve seem lower than in the past. I only saw a few on this visit.

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Yummy breakfast.

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 I’ve been seeing a lot of pileated woodpeckers lately.

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Anhinga posing in front of the yellow flowers.

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A great blue heron prancing down the trail.

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The black bellied whistlers didn’t seem to mind the glossy ibis getting so close.

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In a huddle.

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Hiding in the yellow flowers.

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The usual alligator close to the trail.

The first week in December was perfect. Cool sunny days. I had to get out for yet another long walk at Circle B Bar Reserve.

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