Flowers and critters at the botanical gardens

Even in January there is lots of color in central Florida. Found the above at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo.

The usual birds. Carolina wrens have been singing away for weeks now.

This little squirrel was too cute, chowing on these pink seed pods over my head.

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The usual suspects at Chesnut Park.

Lots of different birds at Chesnut Park in early January but nothing new.

Bigger birds flying overhead.

I was trying to get some shots of the deer on the baseball field, She looked at me for a second and then took off to join her friends who were heading into the woods. Oh wait, that’s why they call them “white-tailed deer”.

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Birds at Lettuce Lake Park

Usual birds at Lettuce Lake Park in north Tampa.

A rare bird you only see soaring high in the sky in the summer, two swallow-tail kites were cruising by while I was on top of the observation tower. One looked like he had something in his claws.

It looked like it was part of a duck or maybe a baby bird. These guys snatch baby birds right out of a nest. They eat while they are soaring, mostly dragonflies though.

A cute black bellied whistling duck cruised by as well.

I stopped by the teeny tiny golf ball size hummingbird nest before leaving the park. At first the almost grown baby was sitting alone on the nest. Then mom flew in to feed it.

Bok Tower Gardens birds

I see towhees here pretty regularly.

This was only my 2nd time to see bobwhites out in the wild. They were really fast crossing the trail and heading into the bushes. The 2nd one is an older juvenile.

A cardinal with a mouth full.

I think this is a pine warbler with a mouthful.

Downy woodpeckers are common everywhere but they are so cute.

The hummingbirds were very active when I first got to the gardens right at 8am when they open. By 9am they had all disappeared.

Birds from my trip to Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales in late December.

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The usual stuff at Chesnut park

Nothing new on my recent walk around Chesnut Park. The catbirds are back for the winter and you could hear them calling all over the park.

I have to laugh at myself. As I was driving out of the park I saw movement over by the bushes. I stopped thinking “Is that a bobcat?”.  No, just a regular house cat that looks like he’s well fed. I don’t think he had a collar on.

All of the ponds are really pretty with the purple flowers in them.

A typical scene at most of the parks since Hurricane Irma came through.  Huge trees on their sides leaving big holes in the ground and lots of piles of cut up trunks waiting to be mulched.

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High up in the trees.

High up in the trees, I found a red shoulder hawk and a northern parula.

There were also lots of woodpeckers in the trees, a pileated and two downys.

Someone had left some seed on the boardwalk. The cardinal was feeding the baby.

A lone yellow throated warbler.

All taken in late July at Chesnut Park.

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