Pretty on Sarasota bay.

The Selby Gardens in Sarasota sits right on the bay. It was a warm beautiful morning in late November when I was there for the first time with my sister.

It’s a small botanical gardens and a bit far from my home in Tampa. Not sure if I will get down here again soon. My favorite part was the conservatory that had a lot of orchids. We happened to be there during an orchid exhibit which was pretty cool.

SkyWatch Friday

On the trail at Circle B Bar Reserve

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I always say I’m not going to take any more pictures of blue-gray gnatcatchers. But they are so cute and this one posed for just a second.

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Snowy egret standing next to the moss. He was screaming “Doesn’t this look like a Florida picture?”

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The nest motel tree in the middle of the lake. The great blue heron on the right was bringing sticks to the one on the left. They were working on a nest. There were also cormorants sitting on nests in the same tree on the other side.

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Why do the little birds always bother the big birds? This hawk was sitting there minding his own business and the black bird started to dive bomb him.

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One of the sandhill crane couples walking through the marsh. I have since heard they were on a nest.

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This great egret is just starting to get his green breeding feathers around his beak.

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This male anhinga is also starting to get his breeding colors around his face.

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Soon the eastern phoebes will be heading north for the summer. I’m going to miss seeing them around the intersection of Marsh Rabbit Run trail and Heron Hideout trail.

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What a life these guys have. Sleeping the afternoon away in the sun.

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The caterpillars were out.

A Saturday morning walk around Circle B Bar Reserve in late February.

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Non bird animals at Circle B Bar Reserve

My first animal sighting on this trip was a fuzzy caterpillar crossing the trail.

Across the creek was a raccoon chowing down. I couldn’t tell what he was eating. Something small. He kept swishing his front feet into the water and popping something in his mouth. It could have been crawfish.

Now I’m seeing lots of butterflies everywhere.

Dragonflies too.

Cute little frog hopped across the trail in front of me. Otherwise, I would not have seen him mixed in the dirt and leaves. This one is much cuter than the ones that live in my shutters at home.