Birds hanging around the fishing pier in the summer.
A beautiful day at the beach.
A manatee was cruising by the pier in the first shot.
Someone had caught a small shark.
Out in the gulf, boats go by.
Willet, laughing gull, oystercatcher, young blue heron and cormorants can all be found along the water at Davis Islands, a small island next to downtown Tampa.
Loggerhead shrikes are most prevalent there. They were in the bushes next to the boat ramp, in the trees that lined the yacht basin and on the fence that lined the airport. The ones on the fence were a parent and young one that was still being feed.
Mangroves line the yacht basin and the sea grapes in were in full bloom.
At first glance, there aren’t a lot of birds at the south end of Davis Islands where the small private airport and yacht basin meet up. There are lots of bicycles, joggers, walkers, and dog walkers along the road, most are not paying attention to the birds. People look at me like “Why is that girl staring up in the tree?” When you look along the shore line and up in the trees you see lots of things.
Linking to Wednesday Around The World.
Blue grosbeaks were all over Fort Desoto during spring migration back in late April. The all blue ones are males and the blue and brown one is a juvenile male that will eventually be all blue.
Hanging out on the fence. The light brown ones are females.
I think this is a very young male rose breasted grosbeak.
A laughing gull playing with his food.
A cardinal checking himself out in the mirror in the parking lot.
Osprey are everywhere at the park.
Yes, I cut off his wings. Who cares anyway, the sandwich tern has a fish.
The hybrid great egret/great blue heron has been hanging around the pier for a while now.
This guy was scurrying across the pier with his stolen bait fish. It wasn’t until I got home and cropped this up that I realized he has string wrapped around his leg.
This guy is just too pretty to be a laughing gull.
Fish under the pier.
The one that got away! The fisherman was bummed.
A black bellied plover eating something gunky.
Some of the resident oystercatchers.
A sandwich tern flying by.
“Got a light?”
More laughing gulls.
Trying to get a fish.
Typical Florida shot.
Dowitcher looking for snacks.
One of the red breasted mergansers is still hanging around the fishing pier.
Stuff at Fort Desoto in early June.
Linking to Saturday’s Critters