Ducks and geese at Crescent Lake Park

DSC_2634 DSC_2652Why was the muscovy duck in the tree?  Looking for bugs?  A place to nest?

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After a long rain, the ducks were taking a bath in a puddle in the street.

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A few of the geese at the lake. The one hiding was sitting on eggs.

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Baby moorhens at all ages.

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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.

Lots of fun things in a small park.

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 I can always find green herons at this lake.

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This looks like a young mallard that’s molting and getting his male feathers in.

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Lots of young blue jays.

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A grackle with a yummy snack.

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A leucistic Eurasian collared-dove.  It’s rare to see an all white Eurasian dove.

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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.

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Strange woodpecker at Crescent Lake.

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I saw this red bellied woodpecker up in a tree right on the lake at Crescent Lake Park in downtown St. Petersburg. It looks like his beak is curled up. He seemed to be working on a nest. He looked healthy. I guess as long as he can get the bugs with his tongue, he’s okay.

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Another woodpecker across the lake.

An interesting find at Crescent Lake Park.

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Blending in

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I couldn’t see them at first but could hear them screaming from across the lake. As I got closer I could see movement in the trees and in the grass below. You can usually find wild monk parakeets at Crescent Lake park near downtown St. Petersburg if you listen for them. They are really loud. I sat under the tree for a few minutes and watched them. They were eating bugs in the grass and flirting in the trees. This was in late June so they must have still been nesting. They nest high up in the water tower near the lake.

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Getting frisky in September

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This guy thought he looked good with his salt and pepper head and red accents.

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I don’t know if she felt that way about him.

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I thought for a second he was going to drown her.

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She made it out of the water okay and was shaking her feathers. There’s going to be some late babies at the park soon.

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He was showing off.

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What a stud (for a muscovy anyway).

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Another muscovy was watching me. She had pretty yellow around her eyes.

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A face only a mother could love.

It was mid-September when I made my stop at Crescent Lake Park to walk around. I would think that it would be late for the ducks to be mating but I guess in central Florida it’s never too late or early. You can never have too many lovely Muscovys at your park.

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