Cute little birds at Circle B Bar Reserve

Lots of cute little birds around the nature center in mid February: palm wabler, blue gray gnatcatcher, female indigo bunting and several female painted buntings.

Of the course everyone wants the shot of the male painted bunting. We knew there was at least one there but after searching over an hour, I was about to give up when this guy above stopped for a second before taking off again. I snapped this quickly before he was gone only to get a blurry shot.

Red leaves in the winter.

Linking to Wednesday Around the World.

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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