High up in the trees.

High up in the trees, I found a red shoulder hawk and a northern parula.

There were also lots of woodpeckers in the trees, a pileated and two downys.

Someone had left some seed on the boardwalk. The cardinal was feeding the baby.

A lone yellow throated warbler.

All taken in late July at Chesnut Park.

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Summer at the lake

Lots of the usual birds at Lettuce Lake Park in late July.  The first shot is a very young parula and the 2nd is a shot of the young parula being fed by the parent.  The last shot is of a very young red bellied woodpecker waiting for the parent to give him a bug.

 

The usual titmouse and I caught a glimpse of a brown thrasher high up in a tree.

Things along the boardwalk.

There’s water somewhere in that lake. These were taken before the rainy season and the plants had taken over the lake.

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Random fun at the Lowry Park Zoo

Residents at the zoo, these macaws get to fly around from the entrance to the stage area for the bird show. I caught them flying around one morning and they stopped for a break.

Residents of the zoo. The stork (middle picture) was born this spring at the zoo.

A few wild things visiting the zoo. A northern parula and mallard.

Pretty green and pink.

Fun animals.

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Lettuce Lake Park

The usual suspects at the lake.

There wasn’t many little birds there but I did catch the above northern parula and carolina wren.

A few wood ducks floating around.

Teeny tiny critters along the boardwalk.

Just a few things from a recent walk at Lettuce Lake Park in north Tampa.

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A typical morning in central Florida.

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I still haven’t seen any news on this great blue heron nest. A while ago there was a great blue heron always sitting on the nest for weeks. Then it was abandoned.  Weeks later when I was there, I saw this great blue heron looking around. So are they trying again?  They’ve had babies in this nest for several years now.

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I found the limpkin family again on this trip but they were further away from the trail. The babies were growing up so fast. They now look like the parent, only smaller.

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Northern Parulas were all along the trail but they stayed high up in the trees.

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A green heron prowling around in the muck.

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A glossy ibis doing the same thing.

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The dragonflies were out.

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A few crawling critters were out on the trail.

Just a few things I saw on my walk in mid-March at Circle B Bar Reserve.

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Residents birds and birds passing through.

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Yellow-throated warblers are moving through, heading south for the winter.

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I think this is a northern parula.   They are common right now but this one looks a little scruffy

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A male cardinal eating a berry.

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The female cardinal is wondering why he isn’t sharing his berry.

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The two above pictures are a yellow warbler.

The titmouse and cardinals are year round residents at Chesnut park. The other ones are just passing though.  On their way south for the winter. Although, when I took these in mid-September it did not feel like winter would be coming any time soon. Fall migration is in full swing here in Florida but I feel like I’m missing it with work and vacation. Brett and I spent some time in Flagstaff, Arizona hiking in late September. We had beautiful cool weather so I felt like I had a tiny taste of fall. I’m working on the tons of pictures I took now so I’ll be bombarding you with those soon.

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Small critters at Lettuce Lake

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A carolina wren looking guilty with that mouthful of greens. He’s building a nest somewhere close by.

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A northern parula deep in the woods was chowing on a worm.

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A lot of people were looking for the prothonotary warbler that had been reported there earlier in the week. No one had seen it that morning. Right before I left, I saw this yellow bird in the bushes and snapped a quick picture. When I got home I realized it was the prothonotary warbler everyone had been looking for.

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Diana, the park ranger showed me this tiny ball high up in a tree in the woods. I had to look through my 300mm lens to see it. When I got home and cropped it up, I realized you could see the tiny blue-gray gnatcatcher sitting on the nest. It looks bigger in the picture but was smaller than a baseball. I can’t imagine you could see the tiny babies until they were ready to fly off.

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Dragonfly season is in full swing.

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Hanging around.

This was an early morning walk at Lettuce Lake in north Tampa in late April. I went to see if I could find the barred owl family. I found them and a few other birds along the boardwalk. More on the owls later.

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