Lots of little birds in late March

This little titmouse seemed to be showing me his snack.

 

So many little birds at Lettuce Lake Park in late March including that little spotted Hermit thrush in the last 2 pictures (or so I was told by the bird experts at the park that morning). This was a first sighting of a hermit for me.

A little blue heron posing for me.

Taken directly into the sun, this red shoulder hawk was right over my head on the boardwalk.

The land of squirrels

Squirrels all over the park were eating the pink parts of this plant. Not sure what type plant this was.

I caught this couple flirting on the boardwalk right in front of me. Eventually they realized I was standing there and scampered off the boardwalk and headed up a tree.

Pops of color along the boardwalk.

Empty shells the limpkins leave behind after eating the snails inside.

Lettuce Lake Park in Tampa is full of squirrels. In early March the weather had warmed up and they were out eating and playing all morning.

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In the fog at Lettuce Lake Park

The view along the boardwalk and observation tower at Lettuce Lake back in late February. It was just foggy enough that you couldn’t see the other side of the small lake. I love mornings like these. Not many people out so it was very quiet. All above taken with my phone.

I could just make out the grebes swimming close to the tower.

Even in the fog, the bright colors of the azalea bushes were popping out. These were at the entrance to the park. The azalea flowers don’t bloom long here so I caught them at the right time.

SkyWatch Friday

A beautiful morning at Lettuce Lake Park

A limpkin and his reflection trying to find snails.

A young red shoulder hawk landed on the boardwalk right in front of me. He sat there for a while looking around until someone walked up to him from the other side of the boardwalk and off he went.

Another adult red shoulder hawk up in a tree.

A common yellowthroat showing off.

A muscovy duck train in the parking lot.

Plants and baby ducks at Lettuce Lake Park

Some of the many plants at Lettuce Lake Park.

I caught a quick glimpse of a black bellied whistling duck family. They were passing through under the boardwalk and headed into the swamp. They paused for a few minutes and I snapped the above. The babies are so cute. They look like little bumble bees.

The usual suspects at Lettuce Lake Park


The parks are full of white eyed vireos and phoebes right now.

“Common” yellowthroats are pretty common as well.

Doves get no respect even though they have pretty pink feet.

Limpkin eating a snail.

These are actually pretty cool bees, although I wouldn’t want to disturb that nest.

Gators and lizards.

Muhly grass in bloom.

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Killing time at the feeders

You can always find a carolina wren at the nature center.

 

Little critters buzzing around the flowers near the feeders at the nature center.

A bunny hops by.

I made a new friend sitting on the boardwalk waiting for the hummingbirds to show up.

A few four-legged critters walked by with their two-legged critters.

Some type of moth cocoon.

You see lots of interesting things waiting around for a hummingbird to show up. The firebushes around the nature center at Lettuce Lake Park usually has them buzzing around this time of year.  After an hour, I had only seen 2 of them quickly going by and I only got blurry pictures. It was just too hot in August to sit around any longer so I went home for lunch.

Green is good

The rainy season in August caused the lake at Lettuce Lake Park to flood, raising the plants and bringing them closer to the boardwalk. Everything looked fresh and green one morning right after a shower.

At first I thought this was a branch that had fallen in the water. Upon closer inspection, I realized it was a snake, belly up in the water. It’s only a matter of time before a gator makes a meal out of him.

There’s a lake under there somewhere.

In the swamp.

My favorite little birds

Northern parula.

Titmouse are fun. Including the juvenile one in the bottom 2 pictures. Screaming for Mom to bring food.

This year I’ve seen a lot of chickadees around. They’ve been very accommodating.

I thought there was going to be a fight over the feeder.  The chickadee left and came back after the cardinal left.  The nature center at Lettuce Lake park has several bird feeders up this year. The one above was hanging in a tree near the trail.

Lots of squirrels trying to get to the feeder.

Plants around the boardwalk. I think the first one is Queen Anne’s lace.

A walk around Lettuce Lake Park in June.

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Lettuce Lake Park

The usual suspects at the lake.

There wasn’t many little birds there but I did catch the above northern parula and carolina wren.

A few wood ducks floating around.

Teeny tiny critters along the boardwalk.

Just a few things from a recent walk at Lettuce Lake Park in north Tampa.

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