The cattails and the spider webs were showing up in the early morning sun at Possum Branch Preserve.
Bright pops of red in early January. It was finally starting to look like fall (only in central Florida does it look like fall right before spring).
Birds were scarce this Saturday morning. Other than the usual birds, I only saw a house wren and a thrasher.
Pelican fly by along the canal.
Two coots have taken up residents for the winter in the main pond.
This guy didn’t look that big (taken with my zoom lens).
When I got around the other side of the pond and saw him spread out, he looked much bigger.
One place I consistently see wood ducks is at Lake Morton. Someone put a nest box right on the edge of the lake but I haven’t been back over there since early April to see if they had babies in the box.
Moorhens and coots at the lake. Moorhens have red beaks and they live here all year long. Coots have white beaks and are only here during the winter and early spring. They go back up north for the summer but there were a few stragglers in April.
One of my favorite ducks at the lake. Some type of hybrid mallard.
Across the lake, something had spooked the ruddy ducks and caused them to start scooting across the lake.
They all started taking off and landed on the other side of the lake. They are pretty skittish and don’t come close to the edge of the lake.
I was looking through some old folders recently and came across some pictures I had taken of the great old trees at Circle B Bar Reserve. Some have changed a lot, some have not changed at all and some are gone. The ones above were taken in December, 2010. They were full of wood storks and the marsh was full of coots. We rarely see coots there now.
The same tree, taken this past December.
Same trees as the first two pictures, taken in January of 2013.
The trees in the fog, taken in December of 2017.
This was taken in 2009. I loved the old tree full of moss.
My first trip to the reserve was in October 2009. The marsh and trees were full of birds.
A very rare time I was there for the sunrise, back in November 2011.
Taken in 2011, some of the frequent visitors called this the “Magic” tree. It use to always have birds on it.
The same tree in 2013. Not long after this, the tree disappeared. It must have fallen down from old age.
A recent picture of the tree that greets you on main trail. It’s rare to not stop and take a picture of some bird on it.
A lone pelican floating in the lake.
The obnoxious geese gang.
A limpkin getting a snack.
I’m thinking this is a palm warbler but not sure.
A couple of coots.
Ibis at the lake.
Random things on my recent walk around the downtown St. Pete neighborhood lake, Crescent Lake Park.