Luckily not many people thought the Botanical Gardens in Largo were still open. There was almost no one there in late April. I could sit quietly in the butterfly garden without people walking in front of me scaring away the butterflies.
I sat for a while hoping to see a hummingbird but there was no sight of any. I got the next best thing. A clearwing hummingbird moth buzzing around right next to me. This is the only place I’ve seen them before. They hover and feed like hummingbirds, not landing on the flower and then zip away to rest.
Still working on getting that perfect magnolia picture.
Some type of hawk was flying high up in the sky. This is extremely cropped. I couldn’t make out what it was but I don’t think it was a red shoulder. Might be a cooper’s hawk with that dark head.
Color coming out in early April at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. Yes, the gardens were open during the big shut down. I went around 8am and there were very few people there. Most probably thought it was closed. It was nice to walk around in the quiet garden.
Watching these crazy parakeets getting sticks for their nests.
Not many birds in early April. The usual blue jays and wood duck couples. The wood ducks usually have babies here in the summer but they go into hiding and it’s hit or miss seeing them here.
Caterpillars were on the milkweed but those pesky milkweed bugs were taking over.
Flowers blooming at the end of February. Spring was already here.
There were a lot of inchworms at the botanical gardens as well so they seem to have invaded the Tampa Bay area. I don’t ever remember seeing so many at one time.
I found this chickadee gathering nest material.
New metal sculptures made from recycled materials. The fish was my favorite.
Young brown thrashers were chasing after Mom in the bushes.
Chickadees were everywhere.
Wood ducks were hiding in the back pond.
The usual downy woodpecker.
I think this parakeet was laughing at me.
Some of the local birds at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo.
Little critters at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo.
Not many birds in early July. A cardinal with a snack and a Loggerhead Shrike
As I was leaving the gardens, I saw this hawk up on a light post. I think this is juvenile Cooper’s Hawk.
I stopped for a quick walk around the boardwalk at Largo Nature Preserve but there wasn’t much there either. I think the smart birds went north for the summer. I found this green heron creeping around the boardwalk.
From my trip to the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo in mid-June.
I just realized they have a rainbow eucalyptus tree here. I have never noticed it before. Maybe it just recently started showing it’s colors. As the bark peels off, different shades come through.They are not native here but grow well in rain forests.
Blooming things at the Naples Botanical Gardens.
In the butterfly house, we got to see some butterflies emerging before they had started flying.
Zooming in across the street from the gardens, it looked like someone was clearing a field.Probably another subdivision going up.
We spent a hot morning walking around the Naples Botanical Gardens during our trip in late April. So many bright colors.