Crazy chickens at the farm

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It’s amazing how the chickens and roosters all have their  own personalities. I didn’t grow up around them. I grew up thinking chickens came from a grocery store!!! It’s funny to watch them walk around the farm like they own the place.

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The eagle’s nest is close by so I stopped to see if there was any babies yet. I saw one adult sitting on the nest but after a few minutes, the adult on the nest flew over to another tree where the mate was sitting.

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I didn’t think they would leave the nest empty like that if there were eggs or babies but on a more recent trip two babies were there so I’ll post those as soon as I edit them.

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Pretty flowers at Horsepower For Kids Animal Sanctuary.

“They paved paradise and put a parking lot”

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Late in the afternoon, all of the deer were napping deep in the woods.  I could see a few of them from the boardwalk but they were trying to hide.

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A little blue heron walking around near the boardwalk.

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A lone ring neck duck in one of the smaller ponds.

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I was looking around the boardwalk for gators and saw the above instead.

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Furry faces in the trees.

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The cypress trees are starting to turn.

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A hawk on the way home.

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I stopped by the horse farm on the way home to see if the eagles were back.  They abandoned the nest in the old tree last year and did not have babies. Some say the old dead tree was rotting and about to fall over and that’s why they left. Most think it was due to new houses that were going up around the horse farm.  The farm was surrounded by trees and last winter a developer came in and wiped out all of the tree and started a new neighborhood.  I didn’t expect to find them and was thinking they were gone forever. As I was driving out a different way, I saw the above on a utility tower. There’s an old osprey nest in the tower. Only time will tell if they take over the osprey nest and have babies here. It’s sad to think they are out of that great tree but at least they would still be having families.

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A walk after work

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The lake at Kapok Park are full of turtles. People feed them and they come close to the boardwalk.  Look at those fingernails!

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A cute grebe shying away.

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The red-winged blackbirds come close the boardwalk as well. Both a male and a female were posing for me.

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Moorhens were taking a bath.

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A rare sighting at this park. I found a lone purple gallinule under the boardwalk. I have never seen one here or even heard of one near the area.

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Great blue heron flyby.

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The big old trees at the park. It looks like one got blown over during a big storm. It looks like such a big strong tree. It’s hard to believe wind would knock that over.

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On the way home I stopped by downtown Safety Harbor and could just barely make out a juvenile eagle on the cell tower.

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Another tower close by had two babies (you can see only one in the picture). One of the parents was feeding them and the other parent was on a utility tower across the street.  I’ve been keeping an eye on these nests for a while, swinging by there on the way home from work. It’s great to see these eagles raising families in this busy neighborhood.

I stopped by Kapok Park on the way home from work recently and did a quick walk around the park. I was hoping to see signs of the great horned owls but they either didn’t nest there this year or already nested and left.

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Daily drama at the “Bar”

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Heading out to the main trails at Circle B Bar Reserve, I saw the above across the marsh.

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I kept thinking as I walked over to that side of the marsh that they would be gone by the time I got closer.  Well, one was gone. The other was waiting for me.

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Right after I got there, he took off and did a lap around the lake.  Then landed on a tree right in front of me.

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After screaming at something a few times, he took off again.

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After a few more laps around the lake, he landed back in the tree.

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He sat in the tree for a few minutes then flew across the lake and landed again.

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This was the scene across the lake.  Two different trees had eagle couples on them. They seemed to be yelling over territory but I didn’t see any real fights while I was there. I didn’t notice until I got home and cropped these up that there was a pileated woodpecker at the top of the tree in the 2nd picture.  After a while I headed down the trail and both couples were still sitting there.

SkyWatch Friday

Lots of birds at Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park

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Lots of robins in the trees.

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White pelicans were floating around.

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Wood duck on a log.  He didn’t have a tag on so I’m thinking he’s a wild one that is just hanging out here for the food.

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Spoonbill shaking off.

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It’s rare to be this close to an osprey. Especially when they are taking a bath. This one was in the big aviary.

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This wood stork was missing part of its wing.

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Both eagles are missing a wing.

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A rare white morph great blue heron was in the main pond. I didn’t see a tag on him. He’s got a beautiful face.

I made my annual winter trip up to Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park in mid-January. It was one of the first cold morning we have had. There was lots of bird activity at the park from injured birds that live there to the wild ones that fly in to visit. I took a ton of pictures so more on those to come.

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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.

Saturday's Critters

Back on the trails at my favorite park.

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One of the first birds I see walking down the trail is a common yellowthroat.

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He was checking me out.

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A hairy woodpecker flew in.

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Then a red bellied woodpecker showed up.

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Another bird, I think this is a female yellowthroat.

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Down the trail, I see the royal couple looking over their kingdom from a tall cypress tree in the middle of the lake.

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Green heron doing his “trying to catch a tiny fish” pose.

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Another red bellied woodpecker.

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Another downy woodpecker. The trail was full of woodpeckers.

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This is the 2nd time I’ve seen black bellied whistling duck babies and again they are far away and into the sun. I waited for half an hour hoping they would swim towards me but they kept getting farther away. This a late family.

It was so good to get back out on the trails at Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland. I had not been since May. It’s way too hot in the summer. There wasn’t a lot of bird activity yet. The winter birds and ducks hadn’t gotten there yet. It was still fun to get out and walk. But, the spider webs were out of control. You really had to watch were you were going. They were across the trails in the trees and along the sides. Soon, meaning maybe mid-November, the weather will break and it won’t be so miserably hot there.

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