Those crazy green clowns

I saw the big green clowns up in a palm tree at Fort Desoto near the fishing pier. I heard them first. That loud scream can be heard across the park.The black capped (or nanday) parakeets were eating something up in the tree.

Many of them were flying down and feeding on the wildflowers growing next to the pier. It was funny to watch them holding the plant with their feet. They kept their eye on me but otherwise kept eating.

Some of them would fly back up in the tree with their snack and eat there.

Lots of critters at Fort Desoto

Another trip to Fort Desoto Park to look for migrating birds. The first thing I found was a squirrel being cute on the agave plant. I was hoping there would be birds on those plants but no, I find a squirrel.

Cape May warblers were still around. I found both females and males.

I also found a northern parula and a blackpoll warbler (I hadn’t seen one of those in several years).

An osprey was checking me out making sure I wasn’t going to steal his fish.

Cormorants were diving for fish around the fishing pier.

It was a slow dolphin morning but I did manage to find one.

The starlings and nanday parakeets were fighting over wire space in the parking lot.

So many baby ducks

Bees took over this owl nest box at Largo Nature Preserve. That’s a lot of bees! I don’t think they’ll stay there forever. I think they eventually move on but will they leave a mess behind?

Nanday parakeets high up in a tree. Maybe they are looking for a place to nest?

A young spoonbill taking a break from feeding along the channel.

It’s hard to believe it’s already the end of May. These were taken in mid-April and were the first baby moorhens I’ve seen this year. You know summer is here when the ponds fill up with these babies.

The ponds are full of water hyacinth.

The baby mallards are just too cute to not stop and take a ton of pictures.

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Flirting in the pine tree

Black hooded parakeets (or Nanday parakeets) are pretty common in the area. You can hear them screaming from far away. Almost every time I was at the eagle’s nest in my neighborhood a few would stop by. One morning several landed in the tree I was standing under.

One morning a pair of them landed really close to the kestral (on the right). The kestral took off.

In early April there was a flock that stopped on the utility wire right above me. Some of them flew into the pine tree nearby.

I walked over to the pine tree and saw that they were feeding. It looked like some were eating the pine cones.

Then I noticed two of them started to flirt. They were preening each other and then started mating.

When they were done they flew back over to the wire. Eventually the entire flock took off.

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North Shore Park

Far out in the bay, it was rush hour traffic on a Saturday morning. Lots of boat activity on this beautiful morning.

I found another great blue heron/ great egret hybrid at the small beach near downtown St. Pete.

After a quick walk around North Shore park, I was heading back to my car and saw the above flying into the trees in the parking lot.

All of a sudden, the tree was full of nanday parakeets. Even at the end of summer, they were in pairs and flirting. Maybe they are like humans and flirt all year round instead of just nesting season. Although due to the warm weather most of the year here, nesting season could still be going on. This couple was very affectionate.

The next tree over had monk parakeets in them. This one kept chewing on a branch.

Then his mate flew in and they started preening each other.

There were so many parakeets here on this particular morning that the sound was deafening. The wild parakeets in the area have really taken over. They are very comical to watch and are not skittish at all.

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Wild parakeets

You can usually find wild nanday parakeets flying around Fort Desoto Park. Most of the time, you hear them before you see them. They buzz overhead, screaming the entire way. Lately I’ve been seeing them hanging around the east beach trails.

On a recent Saturday morning I was about to get in my car when I saw flashes of green moving on the ground near the flowers. The parakeets were eating the seeds out of the dead flowers. There were 10 of them munching away and keeping an eye on me.

Others were grabbing a flower and flying back up to the utility wire to eat. They really are pretty even though they are loud and can wipe out a flower bed in minutes.

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Big birds and little birds at Fort Desoto

The nanday parakeets are always goofing around.

A male and a female ruby throated hummingbird.

A great egret going by with a snack.

Little critters in the park.

A manatee cruising by the fishing dock.

Big boats going by.

From the fishing pier at Fort Desoto Park.

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The green clowns at Fort Desoto

I was out on the trail at Fort Desoto park looking for migrating birds when I heard them screaming from far away. They flew in and landed right in front of me. The nanday parakeets ( or black hooded parakeets) are very loud. They were in the dead trees playing and eating bugs. They ignored me and I stood there and watched them for a while. They have the funniest personalities but seem like they could be very aggressive.

They’ve been spending a lot of time hanging out in these dead trees on the east beach trail. I wonder if they are nesting nearby.

After work walk

 A lone sleepy spoonbill along the walking path.

Crazy parrots high up in the trees.

A pelican and anhinga getting ready for bed.

A green heron trying to grab one last bite before dark.

Not sure if these turtles had been napping all day or if they just climbed up to sleep for the night. There’s a fun little floating pad for them to sleep on.

This guy was relaxing.

Clouds rolling in before the sun going down.  A quick walk before dark at the office park near my work right before the time change. No more walks after work until late March.

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Crazy clowns in the trees.

In early September I was walking around Fort Desoto not looking for anything in particular. Okay, I may have been looking for some particular bird but now I can’t even remember what it was. A flash of green flew by me and landed on a tree and some bushes right in front of me. These birds have 3 names.  They are Nanday parakeets or black hooded parakeets or Nanday concures according to Wikipedia.  They are not native to Florida but there are now large wild populations all over the Tampa Bay area. They are very loud so you can’t  miss them.  They have a big personality and did not mind me as I stood there for a while taking pictures of them eating and napping.  After about 15 minutes they all started screaming and took off across the park.

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