Recently I was talking a walk around my neighborhood late one afternoon and saw the above spoonbill in my neighborhood pond. I think this is the first time I’ve seen one here. I snapped the above with my phone.
The next day I threw my camera in the car and sure enough, he was still there so I stopped and took a few more pictures. These were taken with my 300mm lens. He stayed for about a week before leaving for good.
The usual ducks were there. My favorite mallard couple.
In late December there was a spotted sandpiper on my neighbor’s seawall. He spent the afternoon picking bugs out of the grass.
A mallard in our backyard.
I ran into Blondie on my walk around the neighborhood pond.
Later I came back with my camera (really to shoot the hoodies below and she just happen to be there).
It’s not often I see hooded mergansers in my own duck pond. Usually we just have mallards and muscovy ducks. I was heading home one Saturday afternoon and saw the big white circle on his head out of the corner of my eye and turned around. Luckily I had my camera in the car and was able to hide behind a tree for a few minutes when they swam by. They are very skittish.
The tricolored heron standing near the old fountain (that’s never turned on anymore) was looking at me like I was crazy.
I’ve recently been seeing an eagle sitting on top of a utility pole just outside my neighborhood. I guess they are back for the winter.
Some critters in my front yard. I think that lizard lives underneath my mailbox on the wall.I only see him at night. The frog was on my garage door.
It had just stopped raining and a very wet hawk was sitting on my neighbor’s sailboat mast. You can see mold growing on the mast. In 15 years, we’ve never seen them take the sailboat out.
Dolphins were right in front of our dock. It’s rare to see them in the channels. They usually stay out in the bay or only come in the first main channel.
Sun going down in the backyard.
The sun peaked out right after a storm before setting and turned everything orange.
The September full harvest moon. Reminds me that Halloween is coming.
Pulling into my driveway one Saturday afternoon I saw an osprey on my neighbor’s dead palm tree. I ran out the side door with my camera and the osprey was was looking at me like “Don’t steal my fish.” I stood in the door frame to take these. I was afraid he would fly off but he didn’t. Just kept eating his fish.
Later in the afternoon I saw some juvenile starlings hanging around the same palm tree. I’m assuming these were the ones that were born in the nest in the same tree. They were there for a few hours that afternoon and then gone. Since then, the dead palm tree was removed. Luckily the neighbor’s waited until the babies were gone. I miss looking out of the kitchen window to see what was on the tree but the tree could have been a hazard if a storm or hurricane came through.
Looking out the side bedroom window, a squirrel was taking a nap on my neighbor’s screened porch. Not a smart move for a squirrel. Too many hawks in the area that could fly by and grab him.
There are several muscovy duck families in the neighborhood. Many young babies were running around in May and June. The above was too sad. I was driving home from work and saw these babies eating something in the middle of the street. They were eating another baby that had been hit by a car. Muscovy ducks are an invasive species and are not native to Florida. Yet they are everywhere. They can be mean and aggressive and leave big messy poop piles in driveways and on sidewalks. They try to drive out the mallards. Many of the neighbors want to call in a trapper to remove them (they can’t be relocated and would be euthanized). For years people were feeding them which led to the increase in numbers in the neighborhood. There is now a huge campaign to stop feeding them. Recently ducks crossing the road were driven over on 6 different occasions. Someone caught a glimpse of it on their front door camera but all you can see is a blurry SUV so we’re not sure who was doing it. Might not have been a resident. The neighborhood is divided. Those who don’t mind a little duck poop want them to stay and those who want them all gone (more will just move in anyway).
Several families with different ages of babies came running when I stopped my car to snap the above with my phone.
In my neighbor’s yard, these guys came running as well.
On a Saturday afternoon I went outside to get the mail and these mallard were napping in our driveway. They jumped up when they saw me but I’m not even going to feed the mallards.
Family #1. I saw these babies coming home from work on a Friday night. I ran home and got my camera and took these from the car. They were relaxing in my neighbor’s yard. I think they were sleeping under the bushes there. This mom had 5 babies.
Family #2. I saw this family the next day coming home on a Saturday after a long walk at a nearby park. I had my camera in the car so I stopped. They were in the small pond in the back of the neighborhood. I sat down on the sidewalk and watched them playing in the water. This mom had 2 babies.
Family #3. I saw this family on Sunday coming home from running errands, down the street from my house. This family of 12 stayed close together.
Muscovy ducks have taken over my neighborhood. When I go out for an after dinner walk on Sundays I see ducks everywhere. Some of them come running up to me to see if I have food for them. Almost every week since mid July we have a new duck family with babies. These were all taken with my phone.
Now we have chickens too. One of our neighbors has 4 chickens and they let them out in the front yard sometimes. The chickens wander up and down the street but always end up back in their own yard at some point. I sometimes see them sleeping under the truck that is in the driveway. I guess these are real “free range” chickens.
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