At the end of February I was able to stop by the owl nest and see the baby almost grown up. He was still pretty fuzzy but was looking more like an adult.
One of the parents was always close by.
Then in mid-March I stopped by again and the baby was looking all grown up. Almost as big as his parents. He was very curious, always looking around at the sounds of the birds and squirrels going by.
The morning was so nice that I hung around the park watching the fishing boats go by. This one was pulling up bait fish and getting followed by the pelicans looking for a handout.
The old trees in the park near the nest have a lot of personality.
It was the beginning of a great weekend.
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.
I’m already seeing butterflies everywhere.
No spring for us. We went from “Sort of” winter straight to summer.
It was 82 degrees in early March.
Why can’t it stay sunny and 60 until June?
This osprey was diving deep for a fish.
He came up empty handed.
Instead of trying again, he flew off.
I went to get in my car and this guy was high up in a tree right over my car.
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.
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.
She was alone but there were a few horned grebes a little farther out.
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.
Last winter they hung around the fishing pier but this winter they seem to be farther north.
From the park, I could see a lone eagle sitting far out in the middle of the bay on top of a utility tower.
Is that a burp? Yawn? Was it calling for its mate?
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.
It was a beautiful weekend before the holidays.