I pulled into the parking lot at Largo Nature Preserve and these guys were hanging out in the tree right over my car. If your choice in Florida is parking in the shade and risking bird poop on your car or parking in the sun, you park in the shade.
The tricolored heron was flitting around the boardwalk. I think he was trying to catch dragonflies.
I don’t see red ones often.
This guy was sleeping in the tree but woke up to scratch an itch.
I was excited to see the fuzzy baby limpkin.
Mom was feeding him apple snails. Mom would pull the meat out of the snail with the end of her beak and give to the baby. By the time I found them it was almost noon and the sun was harsh. I didn’t stay long. It was time for me to head home for lunch as well.
Was I being watched? I noticed all of the different art faces that are on on the trees at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo.
Pretty things blooming in July.
You can usually find alligators, bunnies and turtles at any park in the area.
It was a quiet morning for birds though. I’ve been working from home since mid-March so I’m still trying to get out of the house on Saturday mornings for a long walk even if the wildlife is scarce this time of year.
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?”
Little critters at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo.
Not many birds in early July. A cardinal with a snack and a Loggerhead Shrike
As I was leaving the gardens, I saw this hawk up on a light post. I think this is juvenile Cooper’s Hawk.
I stopped for a quick walk around the boardwalk at Largo Nature Preserve but there wasn’t much there either. I think the smart birds went north for the summer. I found this green heron creeping around the boardwalk.
We always say that we stay away from the beaches on a major holiday weekend. We broke our own rule on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. We decided to go spend a few hours in the morning at Fort Desoto Park and then swing by to visit Brett’s aunt since her nursing home is close by. We were there before 9am and left before lunch. The crowds were thick before we left.
Sea hares in the water and on the beach.
A manatee cruising by the fishing pier.
On the fishing pier, I caught this dragonfly resting on a fishing pole. This poor shrimp was bait.
Ships passing by the pier and snowy egrets hanging out on the shelter.
We took the scenic route over to St. Pete beach before heading to visit his aunt.
Birds at Chesnut Park in early May. A young great crested flycatcher, a rare bluebird (I’ve heard they nest here but I hardly ever see them), the usual titmouse and a Carolina Wren (this was one a a juvenile).
Plants around the butterfly garden.
No butterflies but a dragonfly in the garden.
A blue gray gnatchatcher sitting on a nest high up in a tree. The nest was smaller than a baseball. I didn’t see it on my own. Joe, who’s usually there on Saturday mornings with a scope, pointed him out to me.
Animal footprints in the muck under the boardwalk.
The view from the dock. This use to be all water under the dock and now the vegetation has grown all around this corner of the lake so there aren’t any ducks here anymore. There use to be wood ducks, storks and limpkins here, Now I only see moorhens hiding in the leaves.