Lettuce Lake Park

The usual suspects at the lake.

There wasn’t many little birds there but I did catch the above northern parula and carolina wren.

A few wood ducks floating around.

Teeny tiny critters along the boardwalk.

Just a few things from a recent walk at Lettuce Lake Park in north Tampa.

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Two legs and Four legs

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Lots of birds flying by, an osprey adding to a nest and a night heron.

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A great blue heron standing on a nest doing a mating dance (flirting).

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The nest closest to the trail had a parent waiting for the eggs to hatch (since this visit in early February a baby has hatched. Pictures to come later.)

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It that a “I’m choking” signal or just a big yawn?

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Hawk hanging out.

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A Carolina wren singing the blues.

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Lots of glossy ibis.

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This is the year of the turtles at this park.

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And alligators too. They are getting a lot of press right now. Who knew there were alligators in central Florida???!!

All at Circle B Bar Reserve.

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Busy birds at Circle B Bar Reserve

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Seen out in the marsh: black crowned night heron, pied grebe, American bittern, glossy ibis and an anhinga.

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Saw the above Carolina wren hiding in a bush.

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A great egret playing with his meal.

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I saw this hawk on a branch right over the trail. I realized he was eating something. I think it was a praying mantis.

Lots of birds on the trails at Circle B Bar Reserve in early January.

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Flying things at the Botanical Gardens

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A cat bird in the berry bushes.

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A young little blue heron in the lake. There is water under there.

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Tiny critters buzzing around.

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A house wren hanging on a Christmas decoration.

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This cute Carolina wren was giving me some attitude.

A few flying things at the Florida Botanical Gardens in late October.

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A few birds at Chesnut Park

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The usual titmouse were all over the park.

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Cardinal families were all over the park. Lots of very young ones born this spring. The young ones look scruffy with their adult feathers coming in.

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There were also Carolina wrens everywhere.

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The best find was the great crested flycatcher families. I saw two different ones at opposite ends of the park.  Both had juveniles that didn’t quite have their adult feathers in. I don’t see these often. They stayed high up in the trees and don’t get close to look for a handout like the resident birds do.

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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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Little birds in early March

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The northern parulas were looking pretty in their bright colors.

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There’s always a few yellow-rumped warblers around right before spring.

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I found one in the pond.

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Carolina Wrens were showing off.

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A green heron trying to hide.

Just a few things at Lettuce Lake Park in north Tampa in early March.

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Typical things on a Florida trail.

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A typical Florida swamp scene (cattle egret looking at a great egret).

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A limpkin posing in the moss.

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A Carolina wren stops by.

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A cormorant flapping his wings.

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Another limpkin in the moss. Looks like he was grabbing moss for his nest.

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This guy was just cruising down the trail, not caring that he was heading right for me. He kept getting closer and I finally got up and moved back (was sitting on the trail to take his picture). I don’t want this guy to get too close.  They are cute but still creepy.

All from Circle B Bar Reserve in early February.

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