Birds at the downtown Tampa coastline

Willet, laughing gull, oystercatcher, young blue heron and cormorants can all be found along the water at Davis Islands, a small island next to downtown Tampa.

Loggerhead shrikes are most prevalent there. They were in the bushes next to the boat ramp, in the trees that lined the yacht basin and on the fence that lined the airport. The ones on the fence were a parent and young one that was still being feed.

Mangroves line the yacht basin and the sea grapes in were in full bloom.

At first glance, there aren’t a lot of birds at the south end of Davis Islands where the small private airport and yacht basin meet up. There are lots of bicycles, joggers, walkers, and dog walkers along the road, most are not paying attention to the birds. People look at me like “Why is that girl staring up in the tree?” When you look along the shore line and up in the trees you see lots of things.

Linking to Wednesday Around The World.

A walk around Davis Islands yacht basin

So many different things to see around the tip of Davis Islands where the small airport and yacht basin ends the island.  From tiny boats, really big boats and tug boats the variety can keep you busy watching the sights all morning.

In one corner of the island, there’s a small dog beach next to the private airport. There wasn’t many dogs on the beach early one recent Saturday morning. I think it was just too hot. Even the water was warm.

I think this is my favorite. This sailboat had a handmade boat lift for it’s own rowboat.

A hot Saturday morning in late July.

SkyWatch Friday

Birds in the city

DSC_3524 DSC_3527 DSC_3530

Lots of grackles and starlings around the park.

DSC_3546

DSC_3571

DSC_3577

For years, loggerhead shrikes have been hanging out along the fences at the airport on Davis Islands. Maybe they like the view.

DSC_3583

Pano of downtown Tampa, taken from Davis Islands.

DSC_3539

Pretty flowers in the summer heat.

DSC_3626

DSC_3633

DSC_3634

DSC_3647

A juvenile little blue heron creeping down to the water. Then he flew over to the sign to remind everyone to slow down in the manatee zone.

More sights from my walk around Davis Islands in late July.

A walk around Davis Islands

DSC_3552

A view of downtown Tampa from the small airport on Davis Islands.

DSC_3562

DSC_3599

A beautiful day to walk around and admire all of the yachts in the basin.

DSC_3612

DSC_3614

DSC_3618

DSC_3619

DSC_3621

Things you see driving along the inside channel across from Harbour Island.

DSC_3624

DSC_3639

Above is the view from the yacht basin near Tampa General hospital.

DSC_3636

DSC_3642

DSC_3646

Flowers along the channel.

I hadn’t been over to Davis Islands in downtown Tampa to walk around in a long time. I use to go over and walk around the yacht basin all the time. It is usually packed with joggers, dog walkers, bicycle riders and walkers. The morning I was there was very quiet. I guess because it was so hot outside that early.

SkyWatch Friday