I stopped by my new favorite turtle pond at McGough Nature Park in early May. I went there looking for birds but had to stop and watch the turtles napping for a few minutes.
I saw this hummingbird go by in a flash and landed on a branch right in front of me on the trail. She only stayed for a few seconds and then took off.
This black and white warbler was looking for bugs.
A redstart in the bushes.
A red eyed vireo high up in the tree.
My first yellow throated vireo. I watched him for a while as he picked up worms and caterpillars in the tree. This beautiful bird was having a feast. Fattening up before he heads north for the summer. I found him near the closed playground.
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.
Linking to Wednesday Around The World
This young Carolina wren was hopping all over the place.
Usual birds: a sparrow, robin and baby mockingbird.
A rare bird for me, one that I don’t see in my area of Florida is the American Goldfinch. There were several in the back of the gardens eating the flowers.
I saw several hummingbirds buzzing around but I could only catch this one.
Lots of little critters at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens during my trip in August.
Usual birds at Lettuce Lake Park in north Tampa.
A rare bird you only see soaring high in the sky in the summer, two swallow-tail kites were cruising by while I was on top of the observation tower. One looked like he had something in his claws.
It looked like it was part of a duck or maybe a baby bird. These guys snatch baby birds right out of a nest. They eat while they are soaring, mostly dragonflies though.
A cute black bellied whistling duck cruised by as well.
I stopped by the teeny tiny golf ball size hummingbird nest before leaving the park. At first the almost grown baby was sitting alone on the nest. Then mom flew in to feed it.
Female belted kingfisher (Males do not have the brown stripe across the chest).
Female red bellied woodpecker (Males have full red on his head).
Male common yellowthroat (Female does not have the black mask).
Crazy green heron.
Female ruby throated hummingbird (Males have a bright red stripe across the chin).
A very young white crowned sparrow (a fairly rare one here).
A young red shoulder hawk (very common around here).
All taken on a recent visit to Circle B Bar Reserve.
A red shoulder hawk greets me as I walk on the trail. Right after I shot the hawk, an eagle flies high over my head.
A snowy egret skimming along the marsh and a great blue heron posing.
I think this is a female indigo bunting. I had heard there were buntings in this part of the trail but I didn’t see any male blue ones. Any confirmation?
One of the many sparrows that hangs out at the intersection of Heron Hideout trail and Eagles Roost trail. Not sure if it’s a Savannah or Swamp,
This little lady flew right in front of me and landed on the tiny stick. She sat there forever.
More black bellied whistling ducks in the marsh.
Same ole gators along the trail.
From my early November visit to Circle B Bar Reserve.
Linking to Wednesday Around the World
A quiet day for birds in early September. A woodpecker, a great horned owl and a quick peek at a hummingbird.
Lots of squirrels around. The one in the bottom shot had a big bot fly bite on his side.
I found the real “Peter Cottontail” on the trail.
Creepy spiders just in time for Halloween.
The mangroves along the road at Fort Desoto Park were full of female indigo buntings. They were the most accommodating birds. All of the others were staying hidden.
There were yellow warblers all over the park.
We had one lone bay breasted warbler in the mangroves.
A single black throated green warbler kept us entertained for a while.
I’m not sure if this is a eastern kingbird or an eastern wood-pewee.
The ruby throated hummingbirds were out this morning. There were several females hanging out at the firebush.
We only had a small sprinkle of birds stopping over on their way north for the summer in April. On the first Friday in May we had a big storm come through the area. On Saturday morning I got up early and headed down to Fort Desoto to see if any birds had landed to take a break before heading north. The park was full of little birds. Most were hiding but I managed to get a few shots of them deep in the bushes. There were a lot of barn swallows flying around but after torturing myself for a few minutes trying to get pictures I gave up.
Random things on the trail at Fort Desoto park.
I saw the shadow of a hummingbird and waited a while before he moved over to the firebush and started feeding.
The usual ships passing by the beach.