Birds at Chesnut Park in early May. A young great crested flycatcher, a rare bluebird (I’ve heard they nest here but I hardly ever see them), the usual titmouse and a Carolina Wren (this was one a a juvenile).
Plants around the butterfly garden.
No butterflies but a dragonfly in the garden.
A blue gray gnatchatcher sitting on a nest high up in a tree. The nest was smaller than a baseball. I didn’t see it on my own. Joe, who’s usually there on Saturday mornings with a scope, pointed him out to me.
Animal footprints in the muck under the boardwalk.
The view from the dock. This use to be all water under the dock and now the vegetation has grown all around this corner of the lake so there aren’t any ducks here anymore. There use to be wood ducks, storks and limpkins here, Now I only see moorhens hiding in the leaves.
Driving into Chesnut park on a recent Saturday morning, I was greeting by a few deer. Snapped this with my phone.
I stopped to take some pictures of them walking around on the baseball field.
A rare sighting of some close the picnic shelters at the lake. I rarely see them this close the lake.
Later, walking on the boardwalk, I saw these two deep in the woods. They appeared to be preening each other. I watched for a few minutes before they noticed me. They didn’t seem to mind me standing there.It’s always fun to see the deer at Chesnut Park. For some reason they seem to calm me down. You have to get there early in the morning to catch them. By 9am when the dog walkers and joggers are there, they retreat into the woods.
I’m thinking this is a pine warbler. Fairly common but confusing. Looks like a lot of other female yellow birds.
A very common but pretty white-eyed vireo.
I think this is an immature pine warbler in the 2 above.
Blue headed vireos are becoming common this time of year.
This little chickadee was being too cute. He came down close to the boardwalk looking to see if I had a handout. All of the above were taken at Chesnut Park on a Saturday morning in early January. Someone had left seed on the boardwalk before I had gotten there and the birds were very active.
On the way home I stopped by another park to see if the owls were nesting again this year. She was up in the nest still on eggs, taking a nap. This couple gets a little later start than most owls in the area.
I was standing on the edge of the lake at Chesnut Park looking around for ducks when an eagle started circling around me. It landed high in the cypress trees along the lake.
Not a great view but I could still see it through the branches. A juvenile eagle flew by and the adult eagle started screaming.
The young eagle landed in the tree right in front of me, several trees away from where the adult eagle was sitting.
A few minutes later another adult eagle landed into the tree and in a quick moment, mated. I was bummed that I couldn’t get a clear view with so many branches in the way. I would have had to go swimming in the lake to get a better view and there’s a lot of gators in that lake. A few minutes later all of the eagles took off in the other direction and I was standing there like “What just happened?” I’m not sure where they nest at this lake but I had heard over the years that it’s not in a visible location.
Lots of different birds at Chesnut Park in early January but nothing new.
Bigger birds flying overhead.
I was trying to get some shots of the deer on the baseball field, She looked at me for a second and then took off to join her friends who were heading into the woods. Oh wait, that’s why they call them “white-tailed deer”.