Lots of brown thrashers were being seen in April. First 2 were taken at Chesnut Park and the bottom 2 were taken at Possum Branch Preserve later that morning.
Other usual suspects at Chesnut Park.
The mulberries were ripe, waiting for the birds to come chow down in early April. I didn’t realize Possum Branch Preserve had so many mulberry trees along the trail. The birds eventually showed up in late April. More of that to come.
A small gator sleeping on the grass. I took this from across the pond.
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.
In the small pond in my neighbor lives many crazy muscovy ducks. They are loud and messy. But, when one of them has babies, they are the cutest family. I stopped and took these pictures one Saturday morning in mid-March. This mom was going to be busy with 17 babies.
The lesser scaup stayed in the middle of the lake.
Friends hanging out together.
The geese stick together.
There’s always a green heron at one end of the lake.
I hadn’t been to Crescent Lake Park in downtown St. Pete in a long time. I had to run some errands near there right before Christmas so I brought my camera along and walked around the lake early that morning before my errands. Nothing new there but it was a nice morning out.
The great egrets are starting to get that lime green color around their eyes. That means it’s mating time already.
Cormorants were fighting for nesting spots high up in the trees.
There’s a small rookery in a north Tampa neighborhood that is covered with nests in the spring. I found out about this little pond late last spring and most of the babies were almost grown up. I was near the area and stopped by to see if there were any babies yet in late January. I guess it’s still too early for the egrets and storks to be nesting. Even though the eagles and owls already have them, the water birds are a little later. I’ll check back in late March.