Someone had staked out their spot on the spit island just off the north tip of the beach. By early November, the red tide algae bloom was mostly gone from the beach but there were still some spots that smelled of dead fish. The water looked clear but the bloom came back later for a short time after a big storm. The morning I was there was clear.
The birds on the trails were scarce with the exception of a few common ones including a northern parula and many of the state bird, the mockingbird.
The usual waterbirds were also around.
Frigatebirds were flying high overhead.
On my way out of the park I saw a bald eagle sitting on a utility tower. All of the eagles are back for the winter.
I finally got some shots of the painted buntings that have hanging around the nature center at Circle B Bar Reserve.
A lady painted bunting was also present.
A juvenile indigo bunting was eating on the ground.
Other usual birds were the gnatcatcher and the yellow rumped warbler.
Sandhill cranes were around, digging in the dirt for bugs.
Lots of birds flying around.
Across the lake, an eagle sits in a bald cypress tree.
Just a few pretty things at Circle B Bar Reserve in mid-March.
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A red shoulder hawk greets me as I walk on the trail. Right after I shot the hawk, an eagle flies high over my head.
A snowy egret skimming along the marsh and a great blue heron posing.
I think this is a female indigo bunting. I had heard there were buntings in this part of the trail but I didn’t see any male blue ones. Any confirmation?
One of the many sparrows that hangs out at the intersection of Heron Hideout trail and Eagles Roost trail. Not sure if it’s a Savannah or Swamp,
This little lady flew right in front of me and landed on the tiny stick. She sat there forever.
More black bellied whistling ducks in the marsh.
Same ole gators along the trail.
From my early November visit to Circle B Bar Reserve.
Wednesday Around the World
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.
The parking lot was full of yellow rumped warblers. They thought the cars were something to play on.
A very young bald eagle flew by as I headed out on the trail.
I always see kestrels in the winter here.
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.
I found a headless osprey in a tree.
Oh wait, he was just turned around.
All of the usuals at Honeymoon Island State Park.
Pretty birds in the aviaries.
Cutest family at the zoo.
This gives a whole new meaning to “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.”
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.
All of the above are missing a wing. They are permanent residents at Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park.
A wild vulture stopped by for a handout.
Lots of other Florida wildlife there as well.
The flamingos were taking a bath or napping.
A few things from Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park in late December.