Two lakes in downtown.

One of the black necked swans.

A black swan working on a nest.

A young mute swan.

A young and an old wood stork.

One of the shelducks at Lake Mirror.

A pied grebe hiding in the reeds,

Cormorants and anhingas drying off in the sun. The first bird in the top picture is an anhinga. The rest are cormorants. Anhingas have a straight beak and spear their fish. Cormorants have a curved beak and hook their fish.

Threes a crowd.

All taken at Lake Morton and Lake Mirror in downtown Lakeland. The small lakes are just a few minutes apart so it’s easy to do quick walks around both before heading home.

Same Ole, Same Ole

The barred owls have been hanging out next to the parking lot for a while now.

The reserve is full of green herons. They are now a usual suspect.

Along with male anhingas showing off.

And the glossy ibis sparkling in the sun are a dime a dozen.

The cute pied grebes aren’t as skittish as they use to be.

There’s always snowy egrets in a body of water.

Now I see purple gallinules every time I walk Alligator Alley trail.

Even a great blue heron baby in the nest during spring is common here.

Seeing a bald eagle somewhere in the park is pretty common, even if its way up high half hidden in a cypress tree.

But I still love walking the trails at Circle B Bar Reserve and seeing all of the above every time I’m here. Even when it gets crowded on the weekends. I just get there a little earlier and leave before lunch when the crowd starts coming in.

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The lazy hike at Lake Apopka

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Pied grebes were floating everywhere.

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There were a handful of glossy ibis.

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The lake was full of coots down from the north for the winter.

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This guy was right over my car. I took this hanging out the window.

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“Stop lady, don’t drive into the lake” said the great blue heron.

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The black bellied whistlers near the end of the drive stayed far out in the marsh.

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This lady anhinga had a big gulp.

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These big guys were all along the drive. I stopped the car and got out to take these but they were actually across the water.

There’s a lake north of Orlando that has a driving trail along the north shore. I decided to take my sister up there when she was here over the holidays. It was a good way to get out with doing a lot of walking. She had foot surgery recently so she wasn’t up for a long walk. We drove an hour and a half on the Saturday after Christmas to get there early that morning. At first there wasn’t too many cars there but the closer to lunch it got, the more cars were on the drive. I did see a few more birds than the ones above but only got distant blurry shots of a northern harrier, several bald eagles, a merlin and lots of tiny birds far out in the marsh.

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Chesnut Park birds in November.

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This guy has been hanging around this branch for a while now. Hoping for great blue herons this winter. Last year he built a nest but no luck with babies.

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The usual Carolina wren.

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Showing off.

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What a cutie! The tufted titmouse was singing up a storm. Thanks to Vicki for the correct ID. I was writing this in a hurry and marked this as a gnatcatcher. Titmouse are common in this park. People feed them so they get close looking to see if you have some seed for them.

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A grebe floating near the dock.

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I saw this hawk right next to a picnic shelter. He had no intention of leaving just because I was there.

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Not great lighting but I saw this very young bald eagle high up in a tree across the lake right as he was taking off.

The usual birds at Chesnut Park.

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Pretty birds doing everyday things.

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A purple gallinule shining through the reeds.

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A pretty common yellowthroat in the shade.

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A cute grebe floating around.

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A little blue heron taking a gulp.

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A red-eyed vireo being shy.

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A downy woodpecker high up in a tree.

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A limpkin looking down at me from up above.

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A palm warbler reaching for the stars.

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A white pelican all alone.

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Moorhens imitating each other.

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Tiny hummingbirds humming in the firebush.

Some of the birds on my recent walk around Circle B Bar Reserve.

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The Usual ‘Suspects”

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High up in the tree, the eagle sits.

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So does the turkey vulture but he was showing off.

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“Let’s see who has the biggest wings.”

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Evan  the male anhinga was showing off.

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The cormorant said “I’m outta here.”

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“Maybe she can’t see me behind this big leaf.” said the limpkin.

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The “pretty”pied grebe.

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A young wood stork was basking in the sun.

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“Funny face”

All of the usual birds were at Circle B Bar Reserve in early March.

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