All the usual wildlife at Chesnut Park

I saw a hawk sitting on the pole holding up the volleyball net.  A few minutes later it started to rain. I ducked under cover but he just sat there through the quick shower.

All of the usual birds were at Chesnut Park in early November, including the female common yellowthroat warbler.

Two different female American redstarts came out of hiding for a few seconds.

I think this is a female painted bunting, which is fairly rare to see at this park.

Other critters at the park including that alligator in the top picture with a huge fish hanging out of his mouth.

Which blue bird is it?

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Indigo bunting in the flowers.

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A female something. I was told this is a female blue grosbeak. It looks like it but it also looks a little like a female indigo bunting.

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People were saying this was a blue grosbeak.  It looks just like an indigo bunting to me. In my Stokes Birding Guide, the blue grosbeak has brown in his feathers.

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Another blue bird. Grosbeak or bunting?

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Female blue grosbeak?

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This one is easy. A male painted bunting on a rusted fence.

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I’m going with indigo bunting on both above and below.

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More pictures from spring migration at Fort Desoto. These little blue birds are throwing me off. There was flashes of blue everywhere. Both indigo buntings and blue grosbeak with a few painted buntings thrown in. People were saying this and that was a blue “something”. They all look like indigo buntings now that I have gone back and looked them up.  The female indigo doesn’t have the darker brown feathers that the female blue grosbeak has so I’m pretty sure the females are grosbeaks.  Way too much work for a hobby. Anyway, most of the migrating birds are gone. Now all we are left with are the usual summer birds.

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Birds on a warm morning in January – Skywatch Friday

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Carolina wren singing early in the morning.

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Sleepy looking blue gray gnatcatcher.

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This male painted bunting was trying to hide deep in the bushes. He looked at me for a second and then took off the other way. I went up and down the trail looking for him but could not find him again.

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A barred owl sitting on the nest. We’re hoping they nest here again this year but this dead tree is across the ditch and far away.

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Bald cypress trees into the sun early in the morning. It almost looks like this could have been a cold winter day but it was 60 degrees heading quickly to almost 80 in mid January.

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Coots crossing the lake.

A few pictures from a walk around Circle B Bar Reserve.

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