Lots of the same at Chesnut Park

Lots of deer in early January.

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.

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Baby hawks on a busy trail.

Tiny baby red shoulder hawks high up in the tree were getting fed something yummy. I don’t know how old they were at this point but big enough for us to see them peeking out of the nest. They didn’t seem too concerned with all of the people walking by below on the trail.

After the little ones were fed, the parent came back with their own meal. I’m thinking it was a moorhen based on those big yellow feet.

The oldest one sat up on the nest looking around. Seemed curious.

Another red shoulder hawk was sitting on the big tree on Heron Hideout trail.

There are usually several hawk nests along the trails but this one was the most visible. Right off the main busy intersection of trails, it was not hard to miss those screaming babies waiting to be fed early in the morning.

Hawks, woodpeckers and a lubber

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A Cooper’s hawk sitting near his nest. The babies were too small to see them when I took this. The nest was pretty far back off the boardwalk.

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Juvenile red shoulder hawks were finally big enough to move around off the nest.

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A pileated woodpecker and a downy woodpecker were both looking for bugs. The downy already had a snack.

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Tufted titmouse live in the park all year round.

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Grasshoppers were starting to invade the park. This one is a baby lubber. He’ll turn all yellow when he grows up.

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Bunnies at the park.

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