The punk bird

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.

Chesnut Park in late February.

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Sleepy barred owl high up in a tree.

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A few usuals – black and white warbler, grackle and a cardinal.

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A pileated woodpecker taken right into the sun.

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A great blue heron flying close over my head.

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I saw this hawk eating something that looked like a really big beetle.

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The water near the dock is full of these.

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A few of my friends came by to say “Hi” while I was at Chesnut Park in late February.

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Common and uncommon birds at Chesnut Park

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Above are some of the common birds you see in the winter here. An Eastern phoebe, a catbird, a black and white warbler and a blue-gray gnatcatcher.

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Another common year round bird, the pileated woodpecker. Most of the time I usually hear them screaming from high up in the trees. This one came down a little closer.

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A house wren is not that common.

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Yellow throated warblers are common in the winter but they tend to hide up in the palm trees and under the palms.

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I think these are all pine warblers.

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Not a common bird for me to see, a black capped chickadee. There were several high up in the trees near the boardwalk.

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A very strange but not uncommon bird flying over the lake.

Lots of little birds flying around Chesnut Park in early November (a few big ones too).

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Other stuff at Lettuce Lake

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Looks like fall in the spring.

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Is that a squirrel up there eating the leaves?

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This one was hiding his meal. I guess he thought I would steal it.

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Another one cleaning his tail. Or maybe he was still hungry.

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An osprey sitting in a nest across the lake.

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A pileated woodpecker in the trees.

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Flowers were already blooming in early March.

More things from my trip to Lettuce Lake Park in March.

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All the usual suspects at the “Bar”

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A green heron hiding in the grass.

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This red shoulder hawk flew into a tree right over my head, grabbed a branch and flew off. He was working on a nest across the trail.

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Right when I saw this great egret with a fish, someone was coming down the trail and he took off to eat his lunch alone.

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A pileated woodpecker high up in a dead tree.

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An eagle soaring far away.

There was nothing new at Circle B Bar Reserve in mid- January. I at least got a good 3 hour walk in and the usual birds there were busy eating and getting ready to nest.

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The usual suspects at Circle B Bar Reserve

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You do not want to have that beak coming at you!

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Green herons doing the “stretch”.

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Looking for snacks.

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The Wilson’s snipe was trying to sleep.

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The glossy ibis was glowing in the sun.

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Cute little palm warblers showing off.

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A pileated woodpecker high up in the tree.

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An anhinga drying off in the sun after a swim.

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Pretty in yellow.

These were all taken in late November when the yellow flowers were still in bloom at Circle B Bar Reserve.

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The usual suspects.

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Posing great blue heron.

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Reflection of a snowy egret.

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A lone black bellied whistling duck.

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A green heron hiding in the marsh.

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A crow was bothering this pileated woodpecker.

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Limpkin family along the trail.

My last trip to Circle B Bar Reserve in early June. At least for the summer. It’s too hot on those trails. One of the main trails is closed until September due to alligators nesting close to the trail. I’ll wait until fall migration begins in late September or early October before heading over there again.

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It’s getting hot out there

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Beautiful glossy ibis with the sun shining on his breeding feathers.

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A grackle staring at something in the water.

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Woody in the woods.

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A common yellowthroat warbler hiding in the bushes. Most of the warblers are gone now and are up north for the summer.

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Moth or butterfly?

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Dragonfly on a stick shot.

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Cattails were everywhere. My dad loved cattails. I think they look like poop on a stick.

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The gators were growling.

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“Don’t give me that innocent look.” I said to the gator.

It’s June 1st. It’s going to be a long hot summer. It’s been hot since early April. These were taken in early May and it was stifling hot already at Circle B Bar Reserve. It’s time to hit the coast for the summer breezes and let the gators nap in peace for a few months.

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