Trail full of birds

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There were a few tiny birds at Honeymoon Island Park at the end of January. Tons of yellow rumped warblers and the last one is an eastern towhee.

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The parking lot was full of yellow rumped warblers. They thought the cars were something to play on.

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A very young bald eagle flew by as I headed out on the trail.

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I always see kestrels in the winter here.

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The trail was full of osprey. They were eating, preening and doing a few other things. That last one I took directly in the sun but it was too funny not to post.

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I found a headless osprey in a tree.

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Oh wait, he was just turned around.

All of the usuals at Honeymoon Island State Park.

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More assorted fun at the zoo

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Pretty birds in the aviaries.

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Cutest family at the zoo.

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This gives a whole new meaning to “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”

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The resident injured eagle had climbed the tree and was hanging out on a low branch right over the walkway. He was observing everyone walking by.

All at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa.

Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park

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All of the above are missing a wing. They are permanent residents at Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park.

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A wild vulture stopped by for a handout.

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Lots of other Florida wildlife there as well.

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The flamingos were taking a bath or napping.

A few things from Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park in late December.

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Things that remind me of July 4th.

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This was way to easy.  A permanently injured eagle at Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park. Whoever added the flag on the back fence was a genius.

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Mount Rushmore several years ago with my sister who lives in nearby Sioux Falls.

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Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg Florida where members of the Armed Forces are buried.  My parents are here.  My dad was in WW2.

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My cousin and his family are all in the Tampa Bay Water Ski show. This is the opening from their free shows every Saturday afternoon.

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Practicing fireworks before dark in the neighborhood.

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I found this flag hanging on a wall in a tourist shop in Tarpon Springs. It’s made of shells and starfish.

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A very young bald eagle learning to fly.

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A bald eagle souring across the sky.

I was looking through some older folders of a flag picture to post for today and came across all of the above. I couldn’t decide which one to post so I added all of them. All reminders of the summer season. From Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day.

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All the usual suspects at the “Bar”

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A green heron hiding in the grass.

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This red shoulder hawk flew into a tree right over my head, grabbed a branch and flew off. He was working on a nest across the trail.

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Right when I saw this great egret with a fish, someone was coming down the trail and he took off to eat his lunch alone.

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A pileated woodpecker high up in a dead tree.

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An eagle soaring far away.

There was nothing new at Circle B Bar Reserve in mid- January. I at least got a good 3 hour walk in and the usual birds there were busy eating and getting ready to nest.

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Nothing but skeeters at Honeymoon Island in December

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And this eastern towhee. I don’t see these very often.

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Catbirds are very common here.

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It’s common to see a kestrel high up in a tree.

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The eagle is on the nest. I’ve heard that the rangers have reported there are eggs. I could just barely see her head sticking up. I did not see the other parent that morning.

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A downy woodpecker hanging around.

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I saw this juvenile bald eagle way out in the lagoon across from the nature center. The tide was very low and the oyster beds were exposed.

It’s not fun to go on a hike in early December and getting eaten alive by mosquitoes. I had two coats of bug repellant on with high DEET content. I still came home with 15 bug bites. They were biting my hands, my ears, my face. I stopped and sprayed my hair since they were dive bombing my head. Usually if I keep moving they don’t bother me too much but they were chasing after me as I walked very quickly down the trail. We need a good cold spell to get rid of these guys (like days with a high under 50).  It was 85 degrees.

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