In the backyard

A house sparrow on our dock. They nest in the hole on the side of the dock.

A hawk sitting on our fence.

An anhinga getting a snack on our neighbor’s dock.

A woodpecker getting a snack on our palm tree.

A blue jay giving me a funny look while sitting on our neighbor’s boat.

Things on our muhly grass.

The moon in the backyard in the morning.

Just a few things in our backyard in the past couple of weeks.

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Fun at the Lowry Park Zoo.

I was looking in the spoonbill exhibit and noticed a wild spoonbill on top of the exhibit looking in. I think he wanted to join the party inside for some treats.

Some wild birds at the zoo: a Carolina wren, 2 black vultures preening each other, a house sparrow working on a nest in the gift shop sign and a baby duck in one of the ponds.

Elephants playing in the first picture with the 3 legged impala watching.

Grumpy old bird (that was just born this spring).  Marabou stork.

Making faces with Mom.

Showing off on a tree branch.

I was tempted to join these ladies who looked like they were having too much fun but I didn’t have the right color shirt or hat on.

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Behind the Taco Bell and next to the wine store.

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One of the “I get no respect” birds. Blue jays are pretty even though they are annoying.

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That lunch looks yummy.

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Female house sparrow getting a bite.

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Keeping an eye on me.

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The couple.

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 I don’t see woodpeckers at feeders often. They like what ever is in this feeder.

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Red bellied woodpeckers were everywhere.

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And the usual titmouse.

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I’m still figuring this one out.  I first thought it was a prairie warbler or a white eyed vireo. I was hoping it was the female summer tanager that had been spotted there recently but they don’t have the white underneath.  Any ideas?

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I thought I was catching him in the act.

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I didn’t want to give away the secret but these guys have done a great job. In a strip mall that backs up to some woods with a creek running through it, there’s a Wild Birds Unlimited store. They have deck out back and they have  put up bird feeders and nest boxes all around. They have built this great little oasis near one of the busiest intersections in town.They must have only been getting the most common birds at first.  Then someone spotted a summer tanager recently. The store owner told me people have been lining up to get pictures.  He couldn’t believe people were coming all the way from Orlando to see this bird. He was very friendly and we talked for a few minutes about the different birds he was seeing.  I hope all of this birding traffic has helped his business. I’ll be back to visit him (especially since there’s a great little cafe with amazing deserts a few doors down).

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Backyard in November

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An ibis sits on our dock.

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We see the hooded merganser couple almost every day. Most of the time they stay in the middle of the channel but occasionally I’ll peak out the window and they are right in front of our dock.

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I was out in the backyard taking this picture. He was keeping an eye on me. If I took one step more away from the house, he would have gone swimming down the channel.

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The neighborhood osprey tugging on his fish.

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He would take a bite and then look around, repeating this the entire time he was eating.

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The house sparrows were already fixing up the nest in our dock.

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Taken through the bedroom window, the neighborhood kingfisher was watching me as he was trying to gulp down his fish.

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Blooms in the yard in November.

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Birds at the Botanical Gardens

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A young osprey sitting on the nest which is on top of a drum on a utility tower. He was probably born in February or March? He still has the bright orange eyes and spots on his feathers that juveniles have.

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A green heron hiding in the pond.

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A house sparrow hiding in the tree.

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A very young starling getting a drink in the fountain.

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A brown thrasher hiding in the tree.

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There were two thrashers flying around the herb garden.

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One flew on the fence. Yuk, is that a bug he was trying to eat?

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Now he’s just posing for me.

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Yes, more baby moorhens. They are everywhere.

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Look how big those feet are!!

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There is a fruit garden section and this squirrel has grabbed some type of fruit that had fallen on the ground. Looks like an apple or pear. He hit the jackpot with that big piece.

Just a few things on my walk around the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. It was pretty quiet. I had not been there since late December and the grounds looked really nice. A lot of work had been done by volunteers. It’s free to get in so it’s a nice place to stop and walk around for an hour or two. Plus, you might find a few birds there.

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July visitors to the backyard

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I came home one Saturday afternoon and saw these juvenile house sparrows eating the weeds in front of the dining room window. The bird seed that has spilled out of the feeder had taken root and we left them to grow for now.

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They were having a feast. I went and grabbed my camera.

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He saw me taking the pictures through window. He flinched for a second but didn’t leave. They stripped the weed down to nothing.

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Probably the parent, watching from the boat dock.

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I noticed this dove on our new palm tree. It was eyeing that lizard climbing up behind him. Taken through the door and the screened porch.

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Looking out the window, I saw a black racer going across the backyard. I hadn’t seen one in a while.

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The next day I came home after work and went to get a package on the front porch and saw this snake with his head down a hole next to the sidewalk. It wasn’t moving so I wondered if it had gotten his head stuck earlier that day and died. I threw a piece of mulch at it and it didn’t move. Later I came back out and he was gone so I guess he was just focusing on whatever critter he was trying to get.

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I went to take the garbage out and dark clouds were moving in. A big flock of crows started flying right over the house.

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I haven’t been too good with getting storm shots this summer. Things have been crazy at work and I keep forgetting to stop and pay attention to the sky.  One was moving towards our house the night I took this with my iphone in July.

Backyard visitors – Skywatch Friday

The weekend was cloudy. 

Ibis sitting on our neighbor’s dock. Taken through the bedroom window.

Eventually they made it over to our yard and grazed for a while. Taken through the bedroom window. Although, I doubt they would have moved much if I walked outside.

I noticed the house sparrows are back and hanging around the dock. Last year they built a nest in the hole and had two sets of babies over the summer. You can barely see the male looking out. Taken through the bedroom window.

A female mallard is in our backyard. She seemed to be interested in the dead tree stump. Our grass is dead because we are replacing the sod. By next week we should have a new backyard with bismark palms replacing the dead fruit trees. Taken through the bedroom window.

The male mallard can see me in the window. He keeps an eye on me while they are walking around.

I went outside to take this. It was just too perfect a night to be indoors.

After the sun went down, I went to the front yard to see if Fidel (the cuban tree frog) that lives in our shutter had come out.

A couple of weekends ago, Hubby headed out west to go snowboarding with some guy friends. I thought “Great, I can get some serious birding in all weekend.” Instead, I get sick. I had a sinus infection and sore throat and after a trip to the doctor on Friday, I was wiped out all weekend. Saturday, I didn’t even pick my head up off the couch. Sunday I felt a little better and started to notice things out in the yard. I kept peeking out the window thinking “How nice it is and I don’t feel like going anywhere.” But I did manage to get a few shots of the birds visiting the backyard on Sunday.

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