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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Beauties and Beasts

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A juvenile little blue heron in the swamp.

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A very young night heron.

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Another young little blue heron across the lake. Trying to blend in.

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A downy woodpecker working on a hole.

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“This tree smells funny.”

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It looks like fall, but looks are deceiving. It was still over 80 degrees in late October.

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Creepy crawlers along the boardwalk.

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Weird bugs in the water right below the boardwalk. They looked like water roaches.

Stuff from my late October walk at Lettuce Lake Park.

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Beauties and some beasts.

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I saw this little froggie hopping around near the boardwalk. I rarely see them at all in the parks much less see them hop.  They usually hide pretty well.

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Then I realized it was because this guy was heading towards him. The froggie got away!

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Spiders are all along the boardwalk.

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A downy woodpecker.

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Cute blue gray gnatcatcher.

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A young limpkin looking for a snack in a pile of old empty snails.

A few things at Lettuce Lake Park at the end of September.

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Some new things at the Botanical Gardens

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I think these are both a 5 stripe skink. This is the first time I’ve been able to get a shot of one. The top one is a juvenile and the bottom is an adult male.

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Tiny critters in the butterfly garden.

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My first hummingbird moth sighting. He was tiny and fast. He buzzed in for a few seconds next to a butterfly I was taking a picture of and then he was gone over the bushes. I looked for him for a long time with no luck. At least I got the blurry shots above. These guys are really cool.

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Soft shell turtle near the pond.

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Turtle on the lily pad.

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Juvenile osprey that grew up in a nest on the utility pole.  All three were born this past winter and were just starting to fly around.

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Not many birds at the gardens in late June. Just the above.

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Lots of little birds and a few big ones

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Black and white warblers are hard to get. They stay close to the trunk in the shade.

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Downy woodpeckers usually let you get pretty close.

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Yellow throated warblers always stay up high. This one was hiding under a palm leaf.

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I’m not sure what this one is just from this picture. Looks a little light underneath to be a palm warbler but too pale to be a pine warbler (which was reported in this area).

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A female black and white warbler. She was curious, checking me out (or probably looking for a handout).

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Blue-gray gnatcatcher with a tiny bug.

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Female red-winged blackbirds are pretty. They have just a little bit of peach around the face.

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A little blue heron in the middle of a pond.

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You could just barely see the great blue heron sitting on the nest high up in the pine tree. So far the last 2 years they haven’t had babies here.

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All the way across the lake, I could see the eagle couple up in a tree.

An early January walk at Chesnut Park.

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