I don’t think this eastern towhee liked me watching him eat. He was eating bird seed that had fallen to the ground from the feeder.
The blue jays were hogging the feeder.
The carolina wren was checking things out.
The cardinal came and sat down beside me on the bench, waiting for his turn at the feeder.
A bird I don’t see very often, the Great Crested Flycatcher was high up in a tree and of course, I had to take this picture right into the sun.
Squirrels were also eating the fallen seed under the feeder.
The northern flickers had taken over an old pileated woodpecker nest. It was too early for babies when I was here in mid April.
Just a few of the birds I saw at Bok Tower Gardens in central Florida. Last year I had seen a lot of hummingbirds around the fire bushes by the old historic house. This year I headed straight for those bushes and all of this construction was going on in the gardens so no hummingbirds this year.
One of the “I get no respect” birds. Blue jays are pretty even though they are annoying.
That lunch looks yummy.
Female house sparrow getting a bite.
Keeping an eye on me.
I don’t see woodpeckers at feeders often. They like what ever is in this feeder.
Red bellied woodpeckers were everywhere.
And the usual titmouse.
I’m still figuring this one out. I first thought it was a prairie warbler or a white eyed vireo. I was hoping it was the female summer tanager that had been spotted there recently but they don’t have the white underneath. Any ideas?
I thought I was catching him in the act.
Later, I was told this was the squirrel feeder.
I didn’t want to give away the secret but these guys have done a great job. In a strip mall that backs up to some woods with a creek running through it, there’s a Wild Birds Unlimited store. They have deck out back and they have put up bird feeders and nest boxes all around. They have built this great little oasis near one of the busiest intersections in town.They must have only been getting the most common birds at first. Then someone spotted a summer tanager recently. The store owner told me people have been lining up to get pictures. He couldn’t believe people were coming all the way from Orlando to see this bird. He was very friendly and we talked for a few minutes about the different birds he was seeing. I hope all of this birding traffic has helped his business. I’ll be back to visit him (especially since there’s a great little cafe with amazing deserts a few doors down).
I realized as he flew off he was banded. I could not make out the numbers on either picture.
Another palm warbler.
Yellow rumped warblers are starting to show up.
Stretching out on the floating pad in the pond.
The cormorants rule the boardwalk.
A tiny turtle soaking up some sun.
Another one on a log.
Blue jay with a nut from a palm tree.
This was the first time I have walked around the trail and boardwalk at Carillon park on a Saturday morning. Since it’s so close to work I usually only go after work in the summer. It’s usually packed with joggers and walkers. It was quiet this morning and weird to be there on a Saturday since it’s surrounded by office buildings. I went looking for an albino coot that had been reported there everyday for a week. Of course, by the time I get there, he’s gone. Maybe he was just close by and will come back over before winter is over.
It wouldn’t be a day out in nature without seeing some squirrels.
Blue jay keeping an eye on me.
I think this is a chipping sparrow? They were all over the cemetery.
Getting a drink from an empty planter.
Robins were everywhere.
Mockingbird on a cross.
A warbler in the bushes.
I could hear this carolina wren singing all over the cemetery.
Flowers were still blooming.
You can see the capital from across the cemetery.
Even though it was a little cold, it was a beautiful morning. The sun came in and out all morning. Nothing like spending a little time in a cemetery right before Christmas. I’m sure the people there thought I was crazy with my long lens taking pictures of birds. I’ve always said “Cemeteries have good birds.” Even in downtown Atlanta. I was surprised to see so many birds there. I didn’t see the red-headed woodpeckers that I had seen on my last 2 trips there. They may have been hiding. I thought I’d only be there an hour and then go somewhere else, maybe the zoo close by but ended up staying 3 hours.
A wet green heron was sitting on the dock. It was dark and gloomy all weekend.
Wet blue jay on my feeder.
Wet house sparrow eating.
Looking down the channel, you can’t see our neighbor’s dock. Everything was under water. The water was just starting to creep up into his yard.
Now our dock is under water and water was everywhere.
On Tuesday morning, I looked out the window while I was getting ready for work. This duck family had just climbed on the dock and was taking a nap. They looked tired. The water was just at the top of the dock and by the time I left the water had crept up onto the dock. I don’t know if the family had moved to higher ground yet.
We were all very lucky in our neighborhood. Other than the tide bringing the water levels up, we didn’t really have any damage. A tornado hit in south St. Petersburg and there was significant damage there. It was really just an inconvenience to most people. It rained most of the weekend and on Monday night the tide got so high that several of the bridges were closed. Hubby had to drive the long way around to get home and it took him almost 2 hours since everyone had to go that way. The big Sunshine Skyway Bridge broke a record and was closed for more than 3 days due to high winds. Now it’s August and the summer rains are here so it rains almost every day.