It’s fairly rare to see purple gallinules in Pinellas county. Occasionally one pops up in a weird spot but doesn’t stay long. I usually only see them in central Florida, at Circle B Bar Reserve or Lake Parker. Now there seems to be several families living near the dock over the lake at Chesnut Park. They’ve been reported there for several weeks and they have a juvenile with them. They were really close to the dock.
The juvenile doesn’t quite have his bright colors yet.
This squirrel was missing his tail.
Little critters along the dock.
These dogs at the end of the dock looked at me like “We don’t know what they are staring at. Would you play with us?”
I had not been to Kapok Park in over a year. Not much had changed at this tiny park in the middle of a neighborhood. There wasn’t many birds there. Every once in a while something fairly rare turns up here but not in a while. Just a bunch of herons there on my visit (Little blue, great blue and night).
The small lake is full of turtles and they always hang out at the boardwalk since people feed them.
I rarely see alligators there but they ARE there. Any lake in central Florida is going to have a gator hiding somewhere.
Tiny lizard I saw through the boardwalk.
Pretty plants near the lake.
Yes, these dogs are supposed to be on leashes but they were having so much fun and no one else was around early that morning. I wanted to run and play with them.
All of the above are permanently injured birds that live at McGough Nature Park . They were at the Craft show greeting people so everyone can learn about the birds. The hawk in the first picture was showing off his missing eye.
I saw this big beautiful dog and was watching him make friends with a much smaller dog. The smaller dog was trying to be a big tough dog and the bigger dog just sniffed him and gave him a kiss. They played together for a few minutes before their owners had to leave.
I’m not sure what kind of dog this was but there was two of them and the ladies were brushing them and weaving their fur into blankets and scarves. They just sat their and enjoyed the people walking by.
I picked a good day to drive across town and walk around the Largo Botanical Gardens. Next door at the Heritage Village, they were having a Fall festival and craft show. I wandered around for a while and watched the huge crowds of people have fun on a beautiful fall day (even though it was still 86 degrees). I was tempted to get a funnel cake but the line was too long.
Synchronized preening vultures.
One of the parents from very far away. Last year this nest lost both babies. I never heard what had happened. I have heard there are two again this year.
Looks like a couple to me. I think the one on the left is a female. I’ve read they have a brown fleck necklace around the chest.
First time I’ve seen a kestrel at this park.
Woodpecker inside a palm tree.
Cutest critters at the park.
I had not been to Honeymoon Island in a long time. I went to see all of the usuals but it was still too early to be able to see babies yet. If they were there, they were still to small to see from the nest. I found the owl nest but the parent had been sleeping on the nest all morning. I heard here were eagle babies but they were still too small to see from as far away as we could get (over 500 feet is roped off at this park from the trail). No osprey babies yet as well. This was the end of January so another trip in early March is in the plan. After several days of rain, it was nice to get out and walk in the sun.
“It’s hard to swim with your mouth full!”
“Do I look tanner?”
“Mom, can you get this sand off my nose?”
“Last one out is a rotten egg.”
“I’m really am having fun.”
“Mom, hold me up.”
“I must be really short.”
“I’m going to look like a raisin if I don’t get out of the water.”
“Let’s go home.”
It’s not just humans that have fun at the beach. Fort Desoto Park has a beach section for the dogs. I haven’t spent a lot of time at dog beach. Mostly because there aren’t a lot of birds there. In late May, there wasn’t a lot of birds around and it was a beautiful morning so I walked down to the dog beach. It was fun watching all of the dogs have fun. Some were resting and staying close to their owner’s beach chairs. Some were running around crazy and playing. Most were well-behaved but there was a small spat between two dogs that got stopped quickly. I’m allergic to dogs, otherwise I’d have a house full of them. I might just have to borrow one for a day at the beach.
Linking to Saturday’s critters