In late spring, I heard some birds screaming in the backyard. I peeked out the bedroom window and saw the above, baby starlings being fed by the parents. I ran and grabbed my camera and took the above through the window. I didn’t want to go outside and spook them. These almost fully grown babies were very aggressive, almost attacking the parents to be fed. This went on for 20 minutes. They must have wiped out all of the worms, bugs and caterpillars we had in the backyard. Maybe I should have scared them off.
This was the last I saw of my neighborhood kingfisher back in late April, sitting on our dock. Hopefully she’ll show back up in late October again.
Now we get a lot of house sparrows on our dock.
A little blue heron walking through our yard.
Blondie and her babies came by the house recently. This beautiful cream colored mallard lives in our neighborhood. She usually has 2 sets of babies each year.
One of the “I get no respect” birds. Blue jays are pretty even though they are annoying.
That lunch looks yummy.
Female house sparrow getting a bite.
Keeping an eye on me.
I don’t see woodpeckers at feeders often. They like what ever is in this feeder.
Red bellied woodpeckers were everywhere.
And the usual titmouse.
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?
I thought I was catching him in the act.
Later, I was told this was the squirrel feeder.
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).
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.
A green heron hiding in the pond.
A house sparrow hiding in the tree.
A very young starling getting a drink in the fountain.
A brown thrasher hiding in the tree.
There were two thrashers flying around the herb garden.
One flew on the fence. Yuk, is that a bug he was trying to eat?
Now he’s just posing for me.
Yes, more baby moorhens. They are everywhere.
Look how big those feet are!!
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.
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.
They were having a feast. I went and grabbed my camera.
He saw me taking the pictures through window. He flinched for a second but didn’t leave. They stripped the weed down to nothing.
Probably the parent, watching from the boat dock.
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.
Looking out the window, I saw a black racer going across the backyard. I hadn’t seen one in a while.
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.
I went to take the garbage out and dark clouds were moving in. A big flock of crows started flying right over the house.
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.