Big birds and little birds at Fort Desoto

The nanday parakeets are always goofing around.

A male and a female ruby throated hummingbird.

A great egret going by with a snack.

Little critters in the park.

A manatee cruising by the fishing dock.

Big boats going by.

From the fishing pier at Fort Desoto Park.

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Bok Tower Gardens birds

I see towhees here pretty regularly.

This was only my 2nd time to see bobwhites out in the wild. They were really fast crossing the trail and heading into the bushes. The 2nd one is an older juvenile.

A cardinal with a mouth full.

I think this is a pine warbler with a mouthful.

Downy woodpeckers are common everywhere but they are so cute.

The hummingbirds were very active when I first got to the gardens right at 8am when they open. By 9am they had all disappeared.

Birds from my trip to Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales in late December.

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Saturday morning walk at Lettuce Lake Park

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An osprey with fast food on the go.

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Only cardinals were going to the feeder at the nature center.

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Hummingbirds were buzzing in between the feeder and the fire bushes.

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Every once in a while they would stop to rest and clean their beaks.

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The usual critters hanging around the boardwalk.

A few things on my Saturday morning walk in late April.

SkyWatch Friday

Birds at Butterfly World

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There was an abundance of visual stimulation at Butterfly World. Besides tons of butterflies fluttering by you, there were tiny birds whizzing by as well. Lots of bright colors going by. The picture in the middle is of two birds that had landed on a lady’s head.  One had landing and was picking through her hair like he wanted it for nesting material. The other one landing and they were fighting over her head. After a few seconds, they both took off. She was just glad they didn’t poop in her hair.

Birds and fish at Bok Tower

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I thought this bird was going to be something different but I think it’s a palm warbler in his non-breeding colors.

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I can’t tell what this warbler is. Unfortunately, I did not get any other pictures of him. I think this is a female black throated blue warbler.  The lady friend of the one below.

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This male black throated blue warbler was staying inside of the bushes and being very timid. I rarely see these guys.

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Female ruby throated hummingbirds were everywhere. I saw these at the bushes in front of the historic house.

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The big fish in the pond in front of the carillon tower were looking for a handout. You can pay 25 cents to get a handful of fish food.

More fun stuff from my trip to Bok Tower in early November.

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Pretty birds doing everyday things.

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A purple gallinule shining through the reeds.

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A pretty common yellowthroat in the shade.

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A cute grebe floating around.

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A little blue heron taking a gulp.

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A red-eyed vireo being shy.

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A downy woodpecker high up in a tree.

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A limpkin looking down at me from up above.

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A palm warbler reaching for the stars.

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A white pelican all alone.

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Moorhens imitating each other.

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Tiny hummingbirds humming in the firebush.

Some of the birds on my recent walk around Circle B Bar Reserve.

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Out on the beach at Fort Desoto

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There are several osprey nests along the beach at Fort Desoto. Osprey were flying all around me. Adding sticks to the nest and eating breakfast. It looks like to me that the osprey in the last picture is wishing he had some tartar sauce.

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This great egret was skipping the sushi and going for a little lizard tartare.

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Several ruby throated hummingbirds were eating breakfast from an agave plant.

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Noisy black hooded parakeets were screaming across the park.

The usual stuff at Fort Desoto Park in early May. Except the hummingbirds, those are a special thing to see only during migration.

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