Someone had staked out their spot on the spit island just off the north tip of the beach. By early November, the red tide algae bloom was mostly gone from the beach but there were still some spots that smelled of dead fish. The water looked clear but the bloom came back later for a short time after a big storm. The morning I was there was clear.
The birds on the trails were scarce with the exception of a few common ones including a northern parula and many of the state bird, the mockingbird.
The usual waterbirds were also around.
Frigatebirds were flying high overhead.
On my way out of the park I saw a bald eagle sitting on a utility tower. All of the eagles are back for the winter.
Titmouse are fun. Including the juvenile one in the bottom 2 pictures. Screaming for Mom to bring food.
This year I’ve seen a lot of chickadees around. They’ve been very accommodating.
I thought there was going to be a fight over the feeder. The chickadee left and came back after the cardinal left. The nature center at Lettuce Lake park has several bird feeders up this year. The one above was hanging in a tree near the trail.
Lots of squirrels trying to get to the feeder.
Plants around the boardwalk. I think the first one is Queen Anne’s lace.
I headed out to Chesnut Park first and saw the usual critters above before heading to Philippe Park nearby.
While waiting for the baby owl to wake up I walked up the small hill that sits on the water. The small hill is a Tocabaga Indian mound and is the largest remaining mound in the Tampa Bay region. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Landmarks. The view is beautiful at the top. While standing there a juvenile eagle flew right over my head.