A quick early walk at Chesnut Park in early May. The park started to get crowded pretty quickly so I left and headed out to another park close by.
Possum Branch Preserve was void of people but not many birds there either. At least it was a nice walk outside.
A few birds there included a juvenile night heron and a red bellied woodpecker.
I caught this common snapping turtle cruising down the back trail. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a snapper out in the wild. This one was pretty small.
Heading out to Chesnut Park in early April. There was hardly anyone there but someone had come before me laying bird seed along the boardwalk.
I didn’t see where this crow got this egg. He stopped in the tree right in front of me. It could be a turtle egg.
I saw this little sparrow deep in the bushes along the boardwalk. I was hoping it was something rare but realized it was just a chipping sparrow. Not rare but not extremely common here.
Dragonflies are everywhere now.
I was watching this guy skiing back and forth across the lake. Looks like a fun way to do social distancing.
Enjoying the quiet morning but since this park was open it started to get crowded pretty quickly. I left by 9:30 and headed to Possum Branch Preserve.
Almost no one here at the reserve. Not many birds either.
The sora rail was still here a few weeks after I first saw him.
A beautiful morning for a walk.
Someone is leaving bird seed along the boardwalk at Chesnut Park.
I think the squirrels eat most of it.
Lots of little gators under the dock.
It was close to Easter.
A northern parula trying to hide from me.
A tiny grasshopper. Soon central Florida will be over run with these guys.
Usual birds at Chesnut Park including that juvenile bald eagle that cruised by overhead. That hawk was sitting on a swing on the playground but unlucky for him there were no kids there that early in the morning for him to grab!
The titmouse showing off their fun personality.
Gators everywhere in central Florida. I think those two little ones on the bottom were trying keep warm on this chilly morning.
Where the birds sing at Chesnut Park.
All the usual birds.
There were several small alligators hanging out close to the dock. I didn’t see any big ones but I’m sure the mom was close by.
This deer was right off the boardwalk and I snapped this with my phone.
After walking around Chesnut Park in early January, I stopped by a small park along the water on the way home to see if there were any wintering ducks in the bay. No ducks to be found but this gull had found a piece of a fish in the low tide and was snacking. It was weird that there were several live conch shells on the dead fish.
The usual birds at Chesnut Park in mid-December.
A sleepy alligator.
Color from across the lake. It finally looks like fall as the cypress trees start to turn.
The sun peaking through along the trail. These were taken with my phone.
It’s not often I see two pileated woodpeckers on the same tree. I took this with my phone since I couldn’t fit both of them in with my 300mm lens and I couldn’t back up into the swamp.
Usual little flying things at Chesnut Park although that last one is an ovenbird which is not common here even during migration.
Everyone was busy eating.
Gators under the dock.
A beautiful early morning at Chesnut Park in early November.
There were a few migrating birds at Chesnut Park in late October. I saw a lot of black and white warblers.
White eyed vireos hang around all winter.
A lone pine warbler was busy feeding in the moss.
Northern Parulas also hang around all winter.
The baby deer from this summer were almost grown up in late mid October. You can barely see the spots on the first two.
The squirrels were busy eating.Some had better snacks than others.
The usual birds were chilling or hanging.
The day after we got back from Boston I was craving a walk in woods so I headed out for Chesnut Park near my house. Back to my shorts and tshirt routine. And now it’s December 2nd and I feel like I should be posting pictures of snow or Christmas decorations but it ‘s just another day in paradise here in central Florida.