I hadn’t been to Horsepower for Kids horse farm/sanctuary in a while so I stopped by on the way home after a walk at Chesnut Park. It had started raining so I walked around with my umbrella since the weather had cooled off.
Said “Hi” to the chickens and pigs. The one above came over to give me a snort.
The mandarin duck family seems to be growing there.
The kids out for a ride did not seem to mind the rain.
More muscovy baby ducks in my neighborhood pond. This has been a busy spring with more duck families than I’ve ever seen in the 13 years we’ve lived here. Baby ducks everywhere. These babies were resting close to Mom. I stopped for just a minute and took these quickly.
A mallard couple in the pond.
We usually see a cormorant or anhinga in this pond.
People come to this lake to feed the ducks and swans but it’s mostly the ibis that get fed. They fly in by the hundreds and attack the person holding the food.
A few random ducks.
You can always find wood ducks at this lake.
There was a pair of coscoroba swans (smaller swan with the bright pink beak) but I think there is now only 1. I think the mute swan has become friends with the coscoroba. They were hanging out together and flirting.
It’s mating and nesting season for the mute swans at Lake Morton.
After I left Bok Tower Gardens I stopped by Lake Parker in Lakeland to get out and walk around for a few minutes before heading back to Tampa. It was a quiet afternoon with only a few critters near the boat ramp.
Next to Lake Parker is a huge soccer field. There was no one playing on the field that day but I’m sure on a weekend there are tons of kids running around. There were light posts along the fields and in between them with nests on them. All of them had osprey nesting on top except for one. One light post right at the entrance to the field had an owl nest. The sun was not in my favor that afternoon but I was able to get the above. There were two almost grown owlets on the nest with Mom but one was hiding on the other side of Mom. On nights and weekends these fields are packed with screaming kids playing ball. I guess the owls don’t mind.
A few things I saw on my central Florida trip to Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales and Lake Parker in Lakeland in early March.
We recently had a yellow crowned night heron on our dock. He didn’t fly away when I went out to take his picture. I didn’t get too close to the dock though.
Of course, the mallard came cruising up to see if I had a handout.
A red bellied woodpecker has been a regular in our backyard.
I saw this squirrel resting in our tree. When I got closer he didn’t move. I was beginning to wonder if he was still alive. I got pretty close and he turned and looked at me. I left him alone and after a while, he got up and left.
These bloom all year here.
Another wasp nest in the palm tree.
I saw this weird glow outside right before dark and ran outside to take pictures of the clouds. The rain had stopped and the sun was trying to peak through before going down.
The mallards always show up when you are on the dock. Even in the dark.
I was sitting on the couch watching tv and got up to get something to drink. I saw movement outside in front of the dock out of the corner of my eye. I yelled “Baby ducks’ and ran and grabbed my camera. As I ran out to the dock, the babies got closer. They swam around the dock for a few minutes with mom before heading down the channel. As cute as they were, I was not going to feed them. They get more than enough treats from the neighbors. I usually have several families come by in the spring but this was the only one so far. And now it’s August 1st and spring is long gone. Although, I may get a late summer family still.