Common and uncommon birds at Chesnut Park

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Above are some of the common birds you see in the winter here. An Eastern phoebe, a catbird, a black and white warbler and a blue-gray gnatcatcher.

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Another common year round bird, the pileated woodpecker. Most of the time I usually hear them screaming from high up in the trees. This one came down a little closer.

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A house wren is not that common.

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Yellow throated warblers are common in the winter but they tend to hide up in the palm trees and under the palms.

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I think these are all pine warblers.

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Not a common bird for me to see, a black capped chickadee. There were several high up in the trees near the boardwalk.

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A very strange but not uncommon bird flying over the lake.

Lots of little birds flying around Chesnut Park in early November (a few big ones too).

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Flying things at the Botanical Gardens

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A cat bird in the berry bushes.

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A young little blue heron in the lake. There is water under there.

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Tiny critters buzzing around.

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A house wren hanging on a Christmas decoration.

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This cute Carolina wren was giving me some attitude.

A few flying things at the Florida Botanical Gardens in late October.

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In the Marsh – Skywatch Friday

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Not a pretty morning but still a pretty place. The yellow flowers were just starting to come out.

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Tricolored heron in the muck.

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Green heron trying to blend in.

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Pretty little pied (grebe).

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House wren hiding in the bushes.

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“Run coot run!”

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It’s always fun watching them skim across the water.

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Spoonies in the rain.

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Only a few were mixed in with egrets and ibis.

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Another view from the trail. The bushes were losing their leaves as the yellow flowers were blooming so the contrast was weird.

Even though it was drizzling on and off all morning, I still had a good walk. At least it wasn’t hot. Whether it’s sunny or cloudy, hot or cold, animals everywhere or very few around, Circle B Bar Reserve is still a perfect place.

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Saturday morning drive around the bay

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My first stop was near work. There has been a male canvasback sighting. I saw him pretty quickly but he was far across the pond. This was my first canvasback sighting.

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He stayed pretty far away.

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My next stop was Kapok Park in Clearwater. I hadn’t been in a while and wanted to see what was going on with the owl couple. With all of the recent rain, mushrooms were everywhere.

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I found one owl high up in a tree.

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The other one was also high up in a tree close by. This is a sad sign. After sitting on the nest for two months, it looks like they were not successful this year with babies. The same thing happened last year. For 3 years they had babies, two years ago was twins.

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Across the lake, I saw this anhinga with a huge fish. He was banging it on the tree and did eventually swallow it.

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I left Kapok and then headed north to Possum Branch Preserve to look for the Nashville warbler that had been sighted there. No luck on the Nashville. Tons of palm warblers and yellow rumped warblers. This was all I kept snapping. The “I’m outta here” shot.

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I did have this house wren sit still for a few seconds.

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There were two hawks chasing each other high up in the sky. I only managed to catch one.

Out of three stops, only one was a success even though that canvasback was so far away. He was in a fenced off retention pond so I couldn’t get around to get closer. No owl babies at Kapok Park this year but I have been visiting the baby owls at Fort Desoto. Three weekends in a row. Those pictures will be coming up later.

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In the woods and on the beach

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Palm warblers are everywhere.

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House wrens aren’t too common.

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Eastern phoebes are here in full force for the winter.

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The usual red bellied woodpecker. He was very interested in this hole.

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I can’t remember what this is. Probably another palm warbler.

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I was taking pictures of little birds deep in the trees when I looked up and saw these two flying over my head. I over exposed it a little since I didn’t have a chance to change the settings.

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Black bellied plover on the beach.

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Ruddy turnstone with something gunky.

Another beautiful (but still hot) morning in late October at Fort De Soto.

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