More of the same

A red shoulder hawk greets me as I walk on the trail. Right after I shot the hawk, an eagle flies high over my head.

A snowy egret skimming along the marsh and a great blue heron posing.

I think this is a female indigo bunting. I had heard there were buntings in this part of the trail but I didn’t see any male blue ones.  Any confirmation?

One of the many sparrows that hangs out at the intersection of Heron Hideout trail and Eagles Roost trail. Not sure if it’s a Savannah or Swamp,

This little lady flew right in front of me and landed on the tiny stick. She sat there forever.

More black bellied whistling ducks in the marsh.

Same ole gators along the trail.

From my early November visit to Circle B Bar Reserve.

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High up in the trees.

High up in the trees, I found a red shoulder hawk and a northern parula.

There were also lots of woodpeckers in the trees, a pileated and two downys.

Someone had left some seed on the boardwalk. The cardinal was feeding the baby.

A lone yellow throated warbler.

All taken in late July at Chesnut Park.

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Hot walk at Circle B Bar Reserve and a missed opportunity

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Sandhill cranes on the ground and in the air.

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A red shoulder hawk hiding in the tree. I blew this out to get the details in his feathers to show up.

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A young limpkin stretching.

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A baby limpkin getting feed.

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A tricolored heron along the water.

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A baby great blue heron still on the nest.  Looking all grown up but not yet ready to fly.

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Green and orange flash in the bushes.

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Alligators were everywhere. They were very loud since it was the beginning of mating season.  Now one of the main trails is closed for the summer since the alligators spend a lot of time on the trails raising their young.

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I was taking a picture of something else when I caught the above out of the corner of my eye. I quickly turned around to snap but I had the wrong settings to get a good clear picture of him. He was gone in a few seconds. I finally see one walking across the trail in front of me and did not get a good picture. I was bummed but at least I wasn’t missing a limb.

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High up in the trees

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A barred owl right over the trail. He looks so curious. He’s thinking “What is that constant clicking noise down there?”

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A few branches over was a baby.

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A few steps down the trail, a red shoulder hawk was up in the trees.

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An almost grown baby hawk was a few branches away.

There are lots of babies growing up at Circle B Bar Reserve. Several barred owl and hawk families were along the trail in early May. Everybody was growing up fast.

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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Chesnut Park birds in November.

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This guy has been hanging around this branch for a while now. Hoping for great blue herons this winter. Last year he built a nest but no luck with babies.

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The usual Carolina wren.

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Showing off.

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What a cutie! The tufted titmouse was singing up a storm. Thanks to Vicki for the correct ID. I was writing this in a hurry and marked this as a gnatcatcher. Titmouse are common in this park. People feed them so they get close looking to see if you have some seed for them.

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A grebe floating near the dock.

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I saw this hawk right next to a picnic shelter. He had no intention of leaving just because I was there.

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Not great lighting but I saw this very young bald eagle high up in a tree across the lake right as he was taking off.

The usual birds at Chesnut Park.

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If birds could talk

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“I need to get an agent” said the limpkin who sat there while tons of people were taking his picture.

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“I’m going back to sleep” said the grumpy red shoulder hawk.

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“I’m not going to do anything interesting. Take my picture just like this lady” said the great blue heron.

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‘Yes, we are a dime a dozen” said all of the phoebes.

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“Look ma, no hands” said the anhinga climbing up the branch.

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“What are you looking at?” said the snowy egret.

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“No I’m not going to look at you just so you can take my picture” said the gnatcatcher.

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“We’re trying to blend in but I don’t think it’s working” said the great egret to the cattle egret.

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“Everyone look up at me” said the rare Harrier Hawk.

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“She’d better be bringing home bacon cause I’m tired of bringing all the sticks” said the bald eagle as he headed for the nest.

Lots of birds but not a lot of activity in mid-November. They were all just sitting there, except for the eagles. They were both bringing sticks back to the nest. You could see them flying back and forth over the trail heading to the nest but you can’t see the nest. It’s hidden high up in the trees, facing the lake. In the mornings before 11am, people are lined up on the trail to see the eagles flying back and forth.

The Northern Harrier hawk was a surprise. It was a first time ever seeing one. I had heard there was one flying around earlier but didn’t think I would see it and right before leaving he flew right over my head.

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Little birds being watched by big birds.

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My first blue headed vireo.  From a distance I thought it was a northern parula and wasn’t going to take the picture. I was thinking it was too far away and dark which it was but was glad I took the shot after all.

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Keeper of the sign.

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Common yellowthroat hiding in the reeds along the lake.

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“Sing, sing a song. “

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I thought this was an immature yellow rumped warbler but now I’m not sure.

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White eyed vireo.

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The usual titmouse looking cute.

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This red shoulder hawk was on the wooded trail and watching the blue headed vireo. I think he is still a young one since he didn’t have a lot of color in his head.

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This one was sitting out over the lake watching all of the little birds flying around. He may have just been soaking up the sun since it was fairly cool that morning.

A few birds on my walk around Chesnut Park in early January. It was a cool morning (45 degrees when I started) but warmed up fast. I didn’t think I was going to see much but the little birds came out as the sun started peeking out of the clouds.

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Birds and bees at Chesnut Park

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Some type of warbler. My first fall migration bird and I can’t tell what this is. I didn’t get a good shot of his back feathers. Any ideas?

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Another view. This was the only tiny bird I saw that morning in early September.

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A red shoulder hawk eyeing something in the grass.

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A few butterflies are still around.

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Anhinga posing for me.

 

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Typical bee on flower.

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I was driving home from the park and took the long way through a neighborhood near too far from my house to see if the eagles had come back for the winter. I had heard some of the eagles from other parks were already back. I looked over at a small pond and saw 4 kildeer in the grass. Of course I pulled over and took a couple of shots from the window. They seemed very skittish so I didn’t get out.

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