The usual herons along the trail.
A green heron sneaking around looking for food.
A house wren singing.
A coot getting friendly.
The yellow flowers always make the preserve look pretty in the fall.
The view from the blind.
This female summer tanager did not mind me watching her while she feasted on a beautyberry bush. Or, maybe she didn’t see me. I was hiding in the bushes after all. She stayed for a few minutes filling up on berries and then took off.
A female indigo bunting was hiding in the bushes.
A female rose breasted grosbeak was eating something high up in the tree.
Female woodpeckers. A pileated and a downy.
Both males and females look the same for thrashers and green herons so these could be either.
Little critters at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo.
Not many birds in early July. A cardinal with a snack and a Loggerhead Shrike
As I was leaving the gardens, I saw this hawk up on a light post. I think this is juvenile Cooper’s Hawk.
I stopped for a quick walk around the boardwalk at Largo Nature Preserve but there wasn’t much there either. I think the smart birds went north for the summer. I found this green heron creeping around the boardwalk.
All of the above are baby anhingas at different ages. Seen from the boardwalk tower, the nests are right over the water at Sawgrass Lake Park. There were many nests along the lake and luckily there a few close to the tower.
One of the Mom’s sitting close to the overcrowded nests.
Not many other birds around during my walk after work in late May. A few green herons were close to the tower.
Other critters at the park. Someone told me that the snake is a copperhead which is a first for me. He’s one of the 6 venomous snakes in Florida. His head shape doesn’t look like a copperhead on line so I’m not sure if it was one. He slid back under the boardwalk quickly so I didn’t get a shot of his body. Any confirmed ID?
Spring was already in full swing at the Largo Botanical Gardens in late March.
The butterfly garden was full of monarchs.
A few of the critters at the gardens.
More monarchs to come. The milkweed was full of caterpillars.
Walking out on the trail at Circle B Bar Reserve, the fog was just starting to lift.
On the other side of the marsh, the sun was trying to break through.
Great blue herons in the fog.
A few critters along the trail. That big one always sleeps in that same spot across the ditch.
Lots of the usual birds along the trail.
A bright red flash of fall in the moss. It usually starts to look like fall around here in January.
It’s always fun to watch the wild parakeets eating high up in the trees. They are so loud that it’s easy to spot them.
Lots of the usual birds at my walk at the Florida Botanical Gardens.
Across the pond, an osprey flies by with a snack.
Just a few plants at the gardens in early October.
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