Hiking Deer Valley

The sun was just about to come over the mountain early in the morning. It was very quiet and was weird to see those ski lifts just sitting there.

Hiking the trail behind our hotel in Deer Valley.

I ran into a few birds along the trail.  A junco, a few robins and a mountain chickadee. The best was the little chipmunk who was very skittish.

The view from the top of the hill behind our hotel. I zigzagged along the trail on the side of the mountain and ended up at the top of the ski slope.

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Birds at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens

This young Carolina wren was hopping all over the place.

Usual birds: a sparrow, robin and baby mockingbird.

 

A rare bird for me, one that I don’t see in my area of Florida is the American Goldfinch. There were several in the back of the gardens eating the flowers.

I saw several hummingbirds buzzing around but I could only catch this one.

Lots of little critters at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens during my trip in August.

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A small park in Birmingham

We saw a bluebird in a tree and then realized there was one in the nest box.

A small flock of geese were swimming and foraging.

My 2nd northern rough wing swallow sighting in Birmingham that weekend. This one seemed to be resting and let me take several pictures.

A common robin.

While visiting my sister in Birmingham in late March, we stopped at a small park for a quick walk before lunch. She use to walk there frequently and thought there would be geese as well as other birds. She was right. Lots of good stuff in this little park. It was perfect spot before heading to lunch.

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Looking for eagles and owls

I found the owls in the same spot they were last year. The park is not too far from work so I stopped by one night before dark. Found one of the adults on a branch just above the nest. “My, what big feet you have!”

Found a baby sitting on the nest. A little fluff ball.

I looked for eagles along the utility towers across the bay where they usually hang out. I couldn’t find any mixed in with all of the cormorants.

The eagles are not nesting in the middle of the horse farm this year. There was a lot of new construction going on nearby so I was afraid they wouldn’t come back this year. I found them nearby in a utility tower. I think they took over an osprey nest high up in the tower.

Ibis flying by right before dark.

I found a lone robin near the owl nest.

A late February walk at Circle B Bar Reserve

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Great blue herons were all over the park. Including several sitting on nests.

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A green heron was stalking something.

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A sparrow hiding in the bushes.

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The only black bellied whistling ducks I saw. The park use to be full of them. You could hear their whistling all over the park. I’m not sure why there are only a few now.

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The robins were scrounging on the ground for bugs.

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A lost royal tern. He should be at the beach.

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A wood stork showing off. He was actually moving his foot around on the ground to stir up the bugs, frogs or snakes to eat.

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A limpkin taking a break.

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I caught a blue gray gnatcatcher being still for just a second.

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A red shoulder hawk up high.

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A marsh rabbit on Marsh Rabbit Run trail.

A few things I saw on my walk at Circle B Bar Reserve.

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Lots of birds at Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park

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Lots of robins in the trees.

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White pelicans were floating around.

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Wood duck on a log.  He didn’t have a tag on so I’m thinking he’s a wild one that is just hanging out here for the food.

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Spoonbill shaking off.

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It’s rare to be this close to an osprey. Especially when they are taking a bath. This one was in the big aviary.

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This wood stork was missing part of its wing.

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Both eagles are missing a wing.

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A rare white morph great blue heron was in the main pond. I didn’t see a tag on him. He’s got a beautiful face.

I made my annual winter trip up to Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park in mid-January. It was one of the first cold morning we have had. There was lots of bird activity at the park from injured birds that live there to the wild ones that fly in to visit. I took a ton of pictures so more on those to come.

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Largo Nature Preserve

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Nesting is in full swing for the osprey in the area.  I don’t think they have eggs yet since they both left the nest at the same time for a while.

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It looks like they were working on getting it comfy.

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One of them kept bringing in more insulation.

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Night herons always sleep along the boardwalk at this park.

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Funny face. An anhinga staring at me.

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Northern shovelers were close to the bank.

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Flapping.

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Another funny face.

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The usual palm warbler. The trail was full of them.

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A few robins were hanging around.

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Is that parrot waving at me?

A Saturday morning walk at Largo Nature Preserve.

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Flappers and jumpers at the botanical gardens

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This bluebird was singing pretty loud on a light post.

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I don’t know what this is. It flew onto the same post as the bluebird above. At first I thought it was a juvenile bluebird but that beak looks different. Any ideas? Cobb?

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My first “male” goldfinch.

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Wet robin with a berry in his beak.

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Catbird on a chain.

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House sparrows hanging out on a nest box.

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Upclose with a frog.

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Cool frog in one of the fountains.

Just a few critters I saw on my walk around the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. The bluebird was a plus since I rarely see them in central Florida.

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A morning in a cemetery – Skywatch Friday

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It wouldn’t be a day out in nature without seeing some squirrels.

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Blue jay keeping an eye on me.

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I think this is a chipping sparrow?  They were all over the cemetery.

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Getting a drink from an empty planter.

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Robins were everywhere.

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Mockingbird on a cross.

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A warbler in the bushes.

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I could hear this carolina wren singing all over the cemetery.

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Flowers were still blooming.

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You can see the capital from across the cemetery.

Even though it was a little cold, it was a beautiful morning. The sun came in and out all morning. Nothing like spending a little time in a cemetery right before Christmas. I’m sure the people there thought I was crazy with my long lens taking pictures of birds. I’ve always said “Cemeteries have good birds.” Even in downtown Atlanta. I was surprised to see so many birds there. I didn’t see the red-headed woodpeckers that I had seen on my last 2 trips there. They may have been hiding. I thought I’d only be there an hour and then go somewhere else, maybe the zoo close by but ended up staying 3 hours.

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