Two parks in one morning.

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.

SkyWatch Friday

No spring season for us.

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I’m already seeing butterflies everywhere.

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Bees too.

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No spring for us. We went from “Sort of” winter straight to summer.

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It was 82 degrees in early March.

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Why can’t it stay sunny and 60 until June?

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This osprey was diving deep for a fish.

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He came up empty handed.

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Instead of trying again, he flew off.

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I went to get in my car and this guy was high up in a tree right over my car.

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Far out in the water, the pelicans were hoping for a handout from this fisherman.

I only had two hours in early March to head out for a walk so I went to Philippe Park near my house. It was a quiet morning with almost zero birds. At least I got a good walk in. As I was walking around I realized it was time to put away the short sleeve tshirts and long khaki pants and drag out the shorts and tank tops.

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A “ruff” time at the beach

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I was leaving Philippe Park and heading home when I saw these two heading into the water. The park sits on the bay and the tide was low revealing a small spot of beach. The owners were throwing sticks in the water and the dogs were having the best time going in and out of the water. Too bad I didn’t have my swimsuit. I would have joined them. Well, except for the stick in the mouth thing.

Fun in the sun

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Yes I took these right into the sun. I was standing on a sea wall looking for ducks and heard a splash down near the beach area at a park in Safety Harbor. The black dog ran in and was barking at the brown dog to come in. They splashed around and played for a while. They looked like they were having the best time in the cold water. The brown dog got tired and went back on the beach and the black dog seemed to stand there like “Come back, it’s not time to leave yet.” He finally shook off and headed back to the beach.

Orange beak duck and the red-eyed devils at Philippe Park.

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After leaving the Safety Harbor fishing pier, I headed over to Philippe Park to see what was swimming around the inlet there. First thing I noticed was the red breasted merganser. This is the first one I’ve seen this winter.

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She was alone but there were a few horned grebes a little farther out.

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The red-eyed devils had arrived for the winter. They were my  first horned grebe sighting this season. They were swimming far out in the water.

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Last winter they hung around the fishing pier but this winter they seem to be farther north.

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From the park, I could see a lone eagle sitting far out in the middle of the bay on top of a utility tower.

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Is that a burp? Yawn? Was it calling for its mate?

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Later I saw the above fly over the trees away from me.  I hope it’s the same eagle as the one on the tower and the mate is off sitting on eggs.

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It was a beautiful weekend before the holidays.