Critters at Bok Tower Gardens

A quiet day for birds in early September.  A woodpecker, a great horned owl and a quick peek at a hummingbird.

Lots of squirrels around. The one in the bottom shot had a big bot fly bite on his side.

I found the real “Peter Cottontail” on the trail.

Creepy spiders just in time for Halloween.

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Little critters at Bok Tower Gardens

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There were Kermits in all of the fountains at the Gardens. You have to sneak up on them or they will jump in the water and hide if they see you.  I took the above with my 300mm lens so I was pretty far away.

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Even at the end of October, there were a lot of flowers still blooming and lots of tiny critters flying around.

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It was very quiet at the Gardens early in the morning. I could hear the hummingbirds go whizzing by and several times was able to catch them resting.

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I saw this little guy across the bushes and was hoping he was a rufous hummingbird. When I got home and cropped it and lightened it up I realized it was a male ruby throated hummingbird which are fairly common this time of year. The rufous would have more orange than green in his feathers. I’ve seen them there but I can’t get a shot of them.

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A mockingbird was watching me while I was waiting for the hummingbirds to fly back into the bushes.

More pictures from my late October visit to Bok Tower Gardens in central Florida.

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Fun stuff at Bok Tower Gardens

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It didn’t feel like fall or Halloween until I went to Bok Tower Gardens in central Florida. They had some fun decorations around the gardens. The scarecrows were made by local school kids.

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The gold door to the the bell tower.

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I was disappointed that the only bird at the feeder was a red-winged blackbird.

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It was a beautiful morning. The moon was still out while I walked the trails.

I recently spent several hours walking around the gardens at Bok Tower. It’s about an hour and a half from where I live in Tampa but worth the drive. The gardens have a huge variety of things including flowers, trees, birds, butterflies and other tiny critters to practice photography while getting in a good walk.

Birds at Bok Tower Gardens

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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.

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The blue jays were hogging the feeder.

 

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The carolina wren was checking things out.

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The cardinal came and sat down beside me on the bench, waiting for his turn at the feeder.

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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.

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Squirrels were also eating the fallen seed under the feeder.

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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.

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Bok Tower Gardens – Skywatch Friday

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The bell tower at Bok Tower Gardens

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High up.

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The little lizard must feel safe resting on the head of St. Francis.

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Lizards are everywhere here.

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A juvenile red headed woodpecker was banging around on a dead tree near the historic home on the property.

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Jiminy was sleeping.

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There’s a small orange grove on the property.

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You would have thought it was spring on this day. Sunny and 70 degrees and flowers and butterflies everywhere.

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Pretty flowers blooming at the end of December.

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An English garden.

More shots from my trip to Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales (central Florida). I had such a great time on my first visit in October that I dragged my sister there during the holidays.

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