All of the small city parks in Pinellas county were open (playgrounds and bathrooms were closed) in early April so I was going to the same ones just to get out and walk. The parks were quiet and spring migration hadn’t really started yet. Working from home has made me crave long walks in the parks even more. I would usually stop on the way home once or twice a week to walk after work in the spring before it got to hot but now that I”m home it’s hard to get out after work.
Someone had been to the boardwalk before me this morning and left food for the little birds but it was the squirrels who were having a feast.
The deer were grazing along the drive when I got there.
The bunnies were feasting as well.
Looks like the cardinals were also pigging out.
There are signs that say “Do not feed the wildlife” but someone puts out seed early in the morning on the weekends. I get to the park by 8am so someone must be there right as the sun is coming up. I wouldn’t be telling on anyone even if I did see them.
Plants and critters at Chesnut Park and Possum Brand Preserve.
Not many birds around in early August. It was so hot I wasn’t getting out much for a few weeks. A 2 hour walk early on Saturday mornings was all I could handle in the heat and humidity before heading home for a nap.
Although this is how I feel most days when leaving work.
Besides osprey, we have yellow crowned night herons that nest in the pine trees in the parking lot at work. The nests are really tiny and always look like the slightest breeze could knock them down. We lose a lot of eggs to the fish crows that relentlessly attack the night herons when they are nesting. A few babies make it to adult hood. It’s so funny to see their bright orange eyes staring down at me when I’m walking to my car.
I recently saw a bunny in the parking lot and snapped this through the window before leaving work.
I hadn’t seen cedar waxwings in years. They are somewhat rare here and only a few come through during spring migration. I saw one hiding deep in the bushes and was a little bummed he was not visible. Later in my walk a flock of them quickly flew by and one stopped for a few second right in front of me. They are beautiful birds.
A rare western kingbird. I’ve only seen these once before in the area in the last 9 years. At first I thought it was a great crested flycatcher which are more common but realized later it was a kingbird.
All of the usual birds that are at Possum Branch Preserve.
Not sure what this little yellow bird it. I’m thinking it’s an immature palm warbler.
Other little critters along the lake (besides alligators).
These were all taken at Possum Branch Preserve, a small watershed, near my home in mid-April.
The deer were hanging out on the baseball field early one Saturday morning in April when I drove into Chesnut Park. I sat on a picnic bench for a while watching them grazing. As more people headed into the park, the deer retreated further into the woods that runs behind the field.
Later, walking the back trails, I saw a few more deer.
Saw the little piggies again on another trip to Circle B Bar Reserve in early March. They had gotten just a little bit bigger. They were venturing out farther away from Mom but she kept her eye on them.
Cute little bunny on the trail.
Tiny snake and big alligators.
This is a shot of the big gator above taken with my phone. He wasn’t too close and I was also up on a raised boardwalk.
Non-flying critters at Circle B Bar Reserve, although one day, pigs may fly.
You can always find a carolina wren at the nature center.
Little critters buzzing around the flowers near the feeders at the nature center.
A bunny hops by.
I made a new friend sitting on the boardwalk waiting for the hummingbirds to show up.
A few four-legged critters walked by with their two-legged critters.
Some type of moth cocoon.
You see lots of interesting things waiting around for a hummingbird to show up. The firebushes around the nature center at Lettuce Lake Park usually has them buzzing around this time of year. After an hour, I had only seen 2 of them quickly going by and I only got blurry pictures. It was just too hot in August to sit around any longer so I went home for lunch.