Critters in the backyard

This lady kingfisher has been a regular visitor this past winter. She’s either on the dock or on the boat lift poles.

Mr Grumpy (great blue heron) sometimes naps on our dock.

An anhinga paid a visit recently.

My resident osprey has been spending some time on our neighbor’s sailboat mast. I took this right before the sun went down. He usually comes in right before dark and sleeps there.

One day we had a hawk on the same mast.

We have a spotted sandpiper that hangs out in the channel in the winter. I went out on the dock to take this picture. He let me get pretty close.  It was during an extreme low tide so he was walking around in the muck.

A couple of weeks ago we had a pelican on our dock. This is the first time I’ve ever seen one here. I rarely see them come into the channels. They usually stay out closer to the bay.

One night right before the sun went down I went outside to get something and saw a flock of robins hanging out in our tree on the side of the house. They stayed long enough for me to run back in the house to get my camera and come back out and snap a few shots.

We get a lot of squirrels in our yard.

Pretty flower on the fence.

A few of the critters passing through our yard in the last few months.

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Road trip to Central Florida

A lone female painted bunting was eating at the feeder near the pond.

A catbird on St. Frances’s head.

Your basic mockingbird shot.

There must have been a robin convention going on. They were everywhere at the park.

Really cool roots on the trail.

Pictures of the carillon tower  at Bok Tower Gardens I took with my phone.

After I left Bok Tower Gardens I stopped by Lake Parker in Lakeland to get out and walk around for a few minutes before heading back to Tampa. It was a quiet afternoon with only a few critters near the boat ramp.

Next to Lake Parker is a huge soccer field. There was no one playing on the field that day but I’m sure on a weekend there are tons of kids running around. There were light posts along the fields and in between them with nests on them. All of them had osprey nesting on top except for one. One light post right at the entrance to the field had an owl nest. The sun was not in my favor that afternoon but I was able to get the above. There were two almost grown owlets on the nest with Mom but one was hiding on the other side of Mom. On nights and weekends these fields are packed with screaming kids playing ball. I guess the owls don’t mind.

A few things I saw on my central Florida trip to Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales and Lake Parker in Lakeland in early March.

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Funny faces at the petting zoo

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The pig slept and the donkey snorted at me.

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The top chicken was giving me the stink eye. The bottom one was too busy picking at his feet.

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The cormorant and bluebird are wild birds just stopping by for a visit. The finch was an escape bird that didn’t really want to leave.  He just sat on the top of the cage.

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Pretty fungi in the parking lot.

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A house down the street from the horse farm had a small pond in the front yard and robins had taken over.

Some shots from Horsepower for Kids.

Birds at Larry’s fountain

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I think these are yellow rumped warblers.

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Getting a drink of water.

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Were they trying to sing together? Or just posing for me?

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Some robins arrived and shared the fountain with the warblers.

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On the top.

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More robins arrived.

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Then I noticed a catbird on the right.

I stopped by Larry’s fountain at Fort Desoto to see if anything was hanging around yet. Last year the fountain was busy with spring migraters but that wasn’t until early April. Most of the usual birds were there. It was the first time I had seen a robin at the park, although I know this time of year they can be found anywhere in the area. It was a quiet morning and no one else was there. I just sat on the bench near the bushes and watched the warblers and robins fly back and forth between the fountain and the bushes.

Camera Critters

Robins in Atlanta

Getting a drink.

"Hey wait, get my good side."

A robin on a tombstone.

Taking a shower in the fountain.

 I don’t think I’ve seen robins in the Tampa bay area. I know they are around in the winter but I haven’t caught them anywhere yet. Some people get large flocks of them visiting their backyards but I have not been so lucky. So when I stopped by the Oakland Cemetery in downtown Atlanta on Christmas eve, I was excited to see so many robins everywhere. The cemetery is a very old picturesque place that is popular with photographers. It’s got a lot of cool old gravestones and mausoleums but it’s also got a lot of birds as well. Maybe I’m the only one that goes there to take pictures of birds. The only thing missing were eagles, which a lot of Florida cemeteries are known for having.