Lots of pied grebes at Crescent Lake Park.
Lots of mallards trying to sleep.
Lots of friends sticking close together.
Lots of variety.
Lots of ring necked ducks and lesser scaup.
So many different ducks at Crescent Lake Park near downtown St. Pete.
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.
The muscovy ducks at Crescent Lake Park near downtown St. Pete get a bad rap. Yes they are loud and messy but part of the problem is that people have been feeding them for years. It’s fun to go for a walk at the lake and take an old bag of bread and watch the little kids get all excited, until, the ducks start attacking because they want more food. On Saturday mornings when I’m at the park, the ducks seem pretty quiet. They may check me out for a few minutes to see if I’m going to feed them but usually leave me alone. The geese are worse. They will attack if you get close and don’t have food for them. But hey, it’s a park where wild things live. If you don’t like the wild things, then move away from the lake or park.
Another muscovy duck family from my walk around Crescent Lake this summer.
They were walking down the street and got to a corner that had all of these yellow petals on the ground from the tree above. The babies just plopped down on the petals and hung out there for a while.
Why was the muscovy duck in the tree? Looking for bugs? A place to nest?
After a long rain, the ducks were taking a bath in a puddle in the street.
A few of the geese at the lake. The one hiding was sitting on eggs.
Baby moorhens at all ages.
A distinguished face.
The muscovy ducks and geese are very aggressive at Crescent Lake Park. People have been feeding them for years so they are all very fat and happy. I stay far away and take pictures with my zoom lens. If you get too close without food, they will attack. If they have babies, they will attack. If they are napping, they will attack. Lesson here is to stay away from the wildlife.
I can always find green herons at this lake.
This looks like a young mallard that’s molting and getting his male feathers in.
Lots of young blue jays.
A grackle with a yummy snack.
A leucistic Eurasian collared-dove. It’s rare to see an all white Eurasian dove.
You can always hear the loud screaming of monk parakeets at this park. They nest in the water tower near the park and spend a lot of time on the grass eating. They blend in really well and unless you hear them screaming, you would never know they were in the trees in front of you.
Crescent Lake Park is a small park near downtown St. Petersburg. There’s a small lake with a sidewalk all around. There’s a ball field next door as well as a dog park and houses across the street on 2 sides of the park. On a Saturday morning, the park is full of joggers, walkers, kids playing and me, the crazy lady with the camera.