One late day after work in July I hopped in the car and headed to Chesnut Park to see if there were any baby deer in the park. It had been drizzling late that day which usually means the park is quiet and the deer come out of the woods with their babies. Of course the sun came out right when I got to there so it was hot and steamy. I noticed this soft shell turtle walking around by a parking lot.
When I got out of the car to take the picture of the turtle, these two downy woodpeckers flew right into the tree in front of my car.
I originally wasn’t going to walk around if I didn’t see any deer since it was so hot but I saw some birds flying around the bridge over the pond so I walked over for a few minutes and caught the above yellow throated warbler.
This young parula was also on the bridge.
As well as the above young great crested flycatcher. I know they nest somewhere around this area of the park but I’ve never been able to find a nest.
In the back of the park I found a lady feeding the deer some apples and carrots. She was telling me how skinny she thought they looked. She said the deer up north where she lives in the winter were much bigger and hefty. I’m assuming she’s looking at mule deer in the winter which probably are bigger than our white tailed deer here in Florida. She had seen a baby deer earlier in the week so there was at least one there but I couldn’t find him on this night. I’ll keep looking.
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.
The usual titmouse were all over the park.
Cardinal families were all over the park. Lots of very young ones born this spring. The young ones look scruffy with their adult feathers coming in.
There were also Carolina wrens everywhere.
The best find was the great crested flycatcher families. I saw two different ones at opposite ends of the park. Both had juveniles that didn’t quite have their adult feathers in. I don’t see these often. They stayed high up in the trees and don’t get close to look for a handout like the resident birds do.
I don’t think this eastern towhee liked me watching him eat. He was eating bird seed that had fallen to the ground from the feeder.
The blue jays were hogging the feeder.
The carolina wren was checking things out.
The cardinal came and sat down beside me on the bench, waiting for his turn at the feeder.
A bird I don’t see very often, the Great Crested Flycatcher was high up in a tree and of course, I had to take this picture right into the sun.
Squirrels were also eating the fallen seed under the feeder.
The northern flickers had taken over an old pileated woodpecker nest. It was too early for babies when I was here in mid April.
Just a few of the birds I saw at Bok Tower Gardens in central Florida. Last year I had seen a lot of hummingbirds around the fire bushes by the old historic house. This year I headed straight for those bushes and all of this construction was going on in the gardens so no hummingbirds this year.