The squirrels were getting frisky in late May at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo.
Not many birds at the gardens. A pileated woodpecker and a young moorhen.
Grasshoppers are everywhere right now. They can wipe out a plant in no time. You can see them eating the leaves in both of these shots.
It was a quiet morning at the gardens but I wasn’t quite ready to go home yet so I went for a quick walk at nearby McGough Park and to visit the turtles there. Most of the trails here are very narrow so I stayed off those to keep away from having to pass people. I probably won’t make it back to this park until next spring.
This female summer tanager did not mind me watching her while she feasted on a beautyberry bush. Or, maybe she didn’t see me. I was hiding in the bushes after all. She stayed for a few minutes filling up on berries and then took off.
A female indigo bunting was hiding in the bushes.
A female rose breasted grosbeak was eating something high up in the tree.
Female woodpeckers. A pileated and a downy.
Both males and females look the same for thrashers and green herons so these could be either.
The baby deer from this summer were almost grown up in late mid October. You can barely see the spots on the first two.
The squirrels were busy eating.Some had better snacks than others.
The usual birds were chilling or hanging.
The day after we got back from Boston I was craving a walk in woods so I headed out for Chesnut Park near my house. Back to my shorts and tshirt routine. And now it’s December 2nd and I feel like I should be posting pictures of snow or Christmas decorations but it ‘s just another day in paradise here in central Florida.
Lots of different birds at Chesnut Park in early January but nothing new.
Bigger birds flying overhead.
I was trying to get some shots of the deer on the baseball field, She looked at me for a second and then took off to join her friends who were heading into the woods. Oh wait, that’s why they call them “white-tailed deer”.
I heard this pileated woodpecker banging on the fallen log long before I saw him. He was right on the ground next to the parking lot at Chesnut Park. I sat down on the ground and watched him for a while. A few people passed by and he just glanced up and then kept on banging.That red stripe below the beak indicates that he’s a guy. He stayed busy for about 15 minutes. I finally got up and left him still going at it. He didn’t seem to be eating bugs under the bark. Later I stopped by there on my way out of the park and he was gone.
Lots of squirrels but that bottom looks a little rough.
Lots of little birds but nothing new.
Red shoulder hawks hiding along the trails.
Eagles flying far away across the lake. Both an adult and a juvenile.
Found these two ducks at a quiet end of a pond. I’m thinking they are pets that got dumped here. Someone left food in a small plastic container. I just hope they know enough to stay away from the gators.
I recently stopped by Chesnut Park for a quick walk after work. It was very quiet at the park. Not many people there. I found this pileated woodpecker hanging around one of the parking lots. He was bouncing around from tree to tree and stopped and posed for me a few times. I just sat on the ground and watched him for a while. Eventually another woodpecker came calling over head and he took off. I think these guys deserve the “Coolest bird” category with their punk mohawk.