Finding fuzzballs around the lake.

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I think that lizard isn’t going to make it.

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I thought all of the winter ducks had gone north by now but this ring necked duck was still hanging around.

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Black swan preening.

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At first glance I didn’t think there were any baby swans yet. All of the moms were sitting down on the nest. Then a swan got up to move around and I could just barely make out the little fuzzballs under her. They still looked wet so they must have been born that morning. It was around lunchtime when I stopped by the lake. She still had two more to hatch.

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One of the little babies was pretty wet and fumbling around.

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Mom was right there watching them. Dad was close by right next to the nest. I took these through the reeds so they are a little fuzzy.

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How cute is that face???

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Across the lake was another new mom.  This nest had 3 eggs and only one has hatched so far.

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I was sitting on the grass and zoomed in on mom’s beak. Yuck. It almost looks like she has tiny teeth.

It feels like spring when the baby animals start popping up everywhere.

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Swans in the fog

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Swans in the fog.

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Cruising by.

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Gotta itch!

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Another itch!

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Black swan with friends.

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Posing for me.

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Mallard with a hybrid following behind.

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The lake was of ring neck ducks.

The morning I went looking for the bufflehead at Lake Morton was foggy. When I got to the lake I couldn’t see across it the fog was so thick. A few swans came close to the edge of the lake. Luckily the fog lifted fairly quickly and I found the bufflehead so off I went to another park.

Back at Circle B Bar Reserve after 5 months away.

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Sad picture but I think it’s the first time I’ve seen a yellow-bellied sapsucker here. I’ve only seen them in Atlanta.

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Blue gray gnatcatcher looking up as usual.

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I’m not sure what this is. He was deep in the bushes. I’m thinking a yellow warbler but that would be too easy.

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This looks like a palm warbler. They are pretty common here in the winter (which translates into “you’ll be seeing a ton of these on the blog”).

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Some type of sparrow. I think it’s a Savannah sparrow with that little bit of yellow around the eyes.

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The eastern phoebes have returned to their usual winter spot at the corner of Marsh Rabbit Run trail and Heron Hideout trail.

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The stork tree, out in the middle of the lake.

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Ring neck duck reflection. There has been one ring neck duck hanging around Wading Bird Way lately. I guess he’s waiting for all of his “snowbird” duck friends to get down here.

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This is the only alligator I saw on this trip. I know there are tons of them there.

This was my first trip back to Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland since May. It was early October so there still wasn’t a lot of migrating ducks there but there were a few little birds moving through. Seeing palm warblers, blue gray gnatcatchers and eastern phoebes means that winter is on its way. Now if only the heat would go away. Under 80 degrees would be nice. The park looked the same, except for the overgrown weeds along the trail. Those will die down once the cold weather hits. The park also recently mowed the trails so it’s good to see ahead and not to have to worry about alligators popping out in front of you. Soon I’ll be heading out there often.

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