A very quiet morning out

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Two pictures of the same bird in different lighting.

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A downy woodpecker being cute.

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A young northern thrasher with a tiny bug in his beak.

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A blue jay with something in his beak.

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Climbing the fern ladder.

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Hiding behind a big frog.

Not much out in early August. I hit the butterfly garden at MOSI and then the USF Botanical Gardens. Other than a few butterflies out, the above was all I could find.

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Birds and bees at the Botanical Gardens

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One of the few birds I saw this morning. A mockingbird staring down at me.

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Dragonfly trying to hide behind his wings.

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I saw this bunny hiding in the water fountain. Can bunnies swim? He may have come through the pipe where the overflow water comes out.

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The only other bird I saw, a hairy woodpecker.

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Bees were buzzing around the flowers in the frog pond.

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I was hoping to get lucky and not get rained on. The news was saying 70% chance but it usually holds out until after lunch. I drove into the parking lot of the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo around 8:30 and it started pouring. I checked the radar on my phone and it looked like it would move through quickly. I sat in the car for half an hour until it was just a light sprinkle. I got out and started walking around and 20 minutes later the sun came out and it felt like a sauna. I still got my walk in but it was very quiet at the gardens.

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Buds, Bees and Birds in Lakeland

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“Hey lady, have you got a pass to be out here?” says the female anhinga.

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Looking right into the sun, I saw these two wood storks on the top of a tree. At first I thought they were building a nest but I think they were just fighting for space.

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A squirrel eating a leaf?

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Fuzzy flowers on the lake.

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A limpkin eating a snail.

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A mockingbird landed right in front of my car.

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A very tiny dragonfly.

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Some type of bee on white flowers.

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A green fly on pink.

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Hanging from the palm trees in the parking lot.They look like orange grapes but I wasn’t going to try one.

Just some random things around downtown Lakeland on my walk around Lake Morton and Lake Mirror. I stopped by Hollis Gardens to see what was blooming but by that time it was too hot. Most of the spring blooms were gone. Replaced by summer bedding plants.

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Backyard visitors in June.

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 A juvenile mockingbird on the fence. Taken through the bedroom window.

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This was on my neighbor’s fence.  I’m not sure what this is. It looks different from the mockingbird. The eye color was different. It looks bigger than a house sparrow.  Any ideas?

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A green heron on the dock. This was taken through the window.

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A night heron walking around the backyard. Taken through the window.

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I saw the duck family swimming down the channel and grabbed my camera and headed out the back door.

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  They came pretty close to the dock checking to see if I had any handouts.

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View from standing on the dock.

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They stayed pretty close together. They cruised around our end of the channel for a while and then headed out. This was the first baby duck family I have seen in our channel this spring. We usually see several swimming around by June.

Just a few of the visitors in our backyard in early June. We haven’t gotten many this spring. A big family of house sparrows and blue jays are the only birds visiting the feeder right now.

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Tweeters and croakers at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens

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Not a tweeter or croaker but still cute. I think he thought I couldn’t see him behind that branch.

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Blue jay in the winter.

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Sparrows landing on the feeder at the gardens.

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The feeders were busy but mostly sparrows and blue jays.

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Inside one of the buildings was a tropical frog exhibit. These were all in indoor enclosures.

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Blue frog posing.

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This was an exotic frog inside. We did not see any of the outside frogs in the frog pond that morning. I think the air was too cold for them and they were hiding in the water until the sun came out.

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Mockingbird posing on an empty rose bush.

Just a few of the animals we saw on our pre-Christmas walk around the Atlanta Botanical Gardens.

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A morning in a cemetery – Skywatch Friday

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It wouldn’t be a day out in nature without seeing some squirrels.

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Blue jay keeping an eye on me.

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I think this is a chipping sparrow?  They were all over the cemetery.

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Getting a drink from an empty planter.

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Robins were everywhere.

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Mockingbird on a cross.

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A warbler in the bushes.

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I could hear this carolina wren singing all over the cemetery.

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Flowers were still blooming.

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You can see the capital from across the cemetery.

Even though it was a little cold, it was a beautiful morning. The sun came in and out all morning. Nothing like spending a little time in a cemetery right before Christmas. I’m sure the people there thought I was crazy with my long lens taking pictures of birds. I’ve always said “Cemeteries have good birds.” Even in downtown Atlanta. I was surprised to see so many birds there. I didn’t see the red-headed woodpeckers that I had seen on my last 2 trips there. They may have been hiding. I thought I’d only be there an hour and then go somewhere else, maybe the zoo close by but ended up staying 3 hours.

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