Common and uncommon birds at Chesnut Park

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Above are some of the common birds you see in the winter here. An Eastern phoebe, a catbird, a black and white warbler and a blue-gray gnatcatcher.

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Another common year round bird, the pileated woodpecker. Most of the time I usually hear them screaming from high up in the trees. This one came down a little closer.

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A house wren is not that common.

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Yellow throated warblers are common in the winter but they tend to hide up in the palm trees and under the palms.

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I think these are all pine warblers.

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Not a common bird for me to see, a black capped chickadee. There were several high up in the trees near the boardwalk.

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A very strange but not uncommon bird flying over the lake.

Lots of little birds flying around Chesnut Park in early November (a few big ones too).

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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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Nothing but skeeters at Honeymoon Island in December

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And this eastern towhee. I don’t see these very often.

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Catbirds are very common here.

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It’s common to see a kestrel high up in a tree.

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The eagle is on the nest. I’ve heard that the rangers have reported there are eggs. I could just barely see her head sticking up. I did not see the other parent that morning.

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A downy woodpecker hanging around.

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I saw this juvenile bald eagle way out in the lagoon across from the nature center. The tide was very low and the oyster beds were exposed.

It’s not fun to go on a hike in early December and getting eaten alive by mosquitoes. I had two coats of bug repellant on with high DEET content. I still came home with 15 bug bites. They were biting my hands, my ears, my face. I stopped and sprayed my hair since they were dive bombing my head. Usually if I keep moving they don’t bother me too much but they were chasing after me as I walked very quickly down the trail. We need a good cold spell to get rid of these guys (like days with a high under 50).  It was 85 degrees.

SkyWatch Friday

Still looks like Spring here

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An upside down black and white warbler.

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At first I thought this was a palm warbler but when I cropped it up I noticed it was more yellow so I’m not sure what this is.

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A yellow throated warbler peaking out.

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Catbirds are everywhere now.

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I was taking pictures of the waterfall and noticed a bunch of worms. Yuk.

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Still looks like spring at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo.

SkyWatch Friday

A squirrel and a frog

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Not sure what this warbler is. Too pale to be a yellow warbler. Could be a first year of some type? No real markings on it.

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It was the only warbler I saw that morning at the end of September.

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The catbirds are back for the winter. I’ve been seeing them everywhere in the last 2 weeks.

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The most exciting thing I saw. A squirrel eating a pine cone.

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Looks like he’s eating corn on the cob the way that he’s holding that pine cone.

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This flew very high up over my head. Someone yelled out that is was a peregrine falcon. If so, it’s a first sighting for me (or at least a blurry one from far away).

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Before leaving the park I headed to the bathroom. I’m usually pretty good about looking around for snakes or spiders in park restrooms. Don’t want to get bit on the bottom. I didn’t even notice this guy until I turned around to flush. Of course I pulled out my phone and took the above picture.

It was a beautiful morning but a little disappointing in the way of birds. If the highlight is a squirrel and frog, it’s a slow morning. But, the weather was perfect and I got a good walk in.

Linking to Saturday’s critters

Lots of birds but nothing new.

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A “yellow” bird. I think this is a white eyed vireo even though you can’t really see the white from this angle.  Thanks to Ken for IDing this as a bay breasted warbler. Matches my Stokes guide.

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Possible palm warbler.

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Yellow-throated warbler.

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Eastern phoebes are everywhere.

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Catbird in the shade. They are everywhere as well.

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Red bellied woodpecker

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Another white eyed vireo.

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Pileated woodpecker

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I caught him blinking.

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Green heron hiding along the lake edge.

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Hawk telling me I can’t have his snack.

An early morning Saturday walk at Chesnut Park. I finally started seeing some winter birds coming through. It was the first “not steamy hot” morning. Perfect early fall morning. I would have stayed longer but my foot started hurting. I seem to have a bone spur or heel spur on my left foot. My heel started hurting the week before but felt better during the week. After two hours of walking around it was killing me. I have since added support insoles to my walking shoes and they seem to be doing some good but every once in a while it still hurts a little. If this keeps up much longer I’m going to have to head to the foot doc.  Any suggestions?  (Other than stay off my feet?) I don’t sit still very well.

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