Fun flying faces

Red bellied woodpecker

Carolina chickadees

Yellow crowned night heron

My favorite little titmouses.

A young mockingbird

Northern parula

Osprey flyby

Juvenile little blue heron in a sea of green and purple.

Curious baby great horned owls from high up in a pine tree.

A few birds in June at Chesnut Park.

SkyWatch Friday

Birds and beasts at Chesnut Park

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Cardinal wanting a handout.

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His mate wanted a handout as well.

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A wet brown thrasher hiding in the bushes.

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Something yellow. I’m thinking a female common yellowthroat?

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A carolina chickadee high up in the trees. I could not get a good shot of this guy.

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A male common yellowthroat high up in the trees.

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Mom alligator still guarding her nest. I thought it had been close to 2 months since I had seen the alligator nest mound she was resting on. Still no babies on this trip. The area is fenced off so I took this in between. She’s got some nice teeth.

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Turtle hanging out near the alligator’s nest.

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Buzzing around.

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 I saw this beautiful dog walking with his owner and had to take a picture.

Another quiet morning at Chesnut Park. There were a few migrating birds showing up but most stayed high up in the trees. I’m having a hard time seeing many of the fall migrating birds this season. It always rains during the week when the birds stop by for a rest and I can’t get out of work. By the sunny weekend, they all have heading on their way south for the winter.

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Beautiful morning at Chesnut Park.

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Carolina chickadee high up in the tree. I don’t see these often.

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Not sure what this titmouse was looking at as he landed on the branch.

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“Oh wait, get my good side.” (but what’s he’s really thinking is “Do you have any bird seed lady?”)

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Cardinals are everywhere.

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His girlfriend was down below him on the ground pecking at something.

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Perfect pose.

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The lake was quiet with only a few coots floating around.

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“Trust me, I”m not going to steal your snack.” I said to the coot as he turned his head.

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Signs of fall in February.

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Still a few things blooming though.

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And sprouting. This back and forth hot and cool weather has nature confused.

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This has been a weird winter for everyone. Down here we are getting 80 degrees for a couple of days and then in the 50’s a couple of days. Back and forth.  My sister, who lives in Birmingham (AL) was caught in that snow storm recently and spent one night sleeping on the floor of her office and one night in a hotel before she could get home. She had to leave her car at the bottom of the mountain and hike up. Two days later it was 65 degrees.

It was sunny and cool in early February when I headed out to Chesnut Park for a long walk. Nothing new at the park but it was a beautiful morning and quiet. Except for the usual joggers and dog walkers that stay on the street through the park, the boardwalks were empty. Saw a lot of deer on this trip. More on those later.

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Fall migration has barely started.

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A blurry picture of a brown thrasher. He was hiding deep in the bushes. Fall migration must have started since he’s here in central Florida.

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A yellow throated warbler high up in the trees. Another sign that fall migration had started.

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I can’t tell what this was flying high up. I think it’s a gnatcatcher.

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My first carolina chickadee. I had heard they were hanging around the boat ramp boardwalk. I was surprised to find one since that park is so big.

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Red bellied woodpeckers were everywhere.

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A sad male cardinal watching me take his picture.

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A common sight around any body of water in central Florida.

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A blue heron preening on the sign.

It was getting late in September and I had not seen any real migrating birds yet. I had heard there were a few at Chesnut Park so I headed out early one Saturday morning. I was excited to see the yellow throated warbler even though he was so high up in the trees. It’s a challenge there to get decent shots since the trees are so high up and there aren’t a lot of lower bushes like Fort Desoto has. It was a productive morning even though I was starting to get “migrating bird” neck pain from staring up into those trees for hours.

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