Early April walk at 2 parks.

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. The video is a short one of the thrasher singing at the top of his lungs.

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.

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Another baby duck family in the neighborhood.

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.

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Duck, Duck, Goose……

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Grumpy ole muscovy duck.

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Different pretty ducks at the lake.

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The lesser scaup stayed in the middle of the lake.

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Friends hanging out together.

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The geese stick together.

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Interesting pigeon.

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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.

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No babies yet in north Tampa

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A few muscovy ducks showing off.

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The great egrets are starting to get that lime green color around their eyes. That means it’s mating time already.

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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.

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Growing up muscovy

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When I first got to Crescent Lake Park, I saw the muscovy babies hiding under a bench.

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Later on, after my lap around the lake, I saw the family walking around.

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The babies were sticking close to the parents.

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Another adult came walking by and was causing trouble. It seemed like he didn’t want the family near his corner of the park.

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The parents closed in on the babies.

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They were yelling at the other muscovy duck to stay back.

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They start off so cute. Look how pretty that yellow ring around his eye is. He is already starting to get the weird pattern near his beak.

Eventually the family moved on and kept walking around the park.

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