One of the few birds I saw this morning. A mockingbird staring down at me.
Dragonfly trying to hide behind his wings.
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.
The only other bird I saw, a hairy woodpecker.
Bees were buzzing around the flowers in the frog pond.
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.
“Hey lady, have you got a pass to be out here?” says the female anhinga.
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.
A squirrel eating a leaf?
Fuzzy flowers on the lake.
A limpkin eating a snail.
A mockingbird landed right in front of my car.
A very tiny dragonfly.
Some type of bee on white flowers.
A green fly on pink.
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.
A juvenile mockingbird on the fence. Taken through the bedroom window.
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?
A green heron on the dock. This was taken through the window.
A night heron walking around the backyard. Taken through the window.
I saw the duck family swimming down the channel and grabbed my camera and headed out the back door.
They came pretty close to the dock checking to see if I had any handouts.
View from standing on the dock.
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.
It wouldn’t be a day out in nature without seeing some squirrels.
Blue jay keeping an eye on me.
I think this is a chipping sparrow? They were all over the cemetery.
Getting a drink from an empty planter.
Robins were everywhere.
Mockingbird on a cross.
A warbler in the bushes.
I could hear this carolina wren singing all over the cemetery.
Flowers were still blooming.
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.