Squirrels do it, birds do it…..

I just happened to be walking down the trail when I saw 2 sandhill cranes walking around. I didn’t think anything of it until one of the cranes started spreading her wings. I thought “Oh well, they’re going to fly away.” but no, they had something else in mind. By now there are hopefully crane babies out there somewhere.

All the other birds were busy eating fish and bugs along the trails.

Great blue heron cruising by.

Busy morning for the birds in mid March at Circle B Bar Reserve.

SkyWatch Friday

Save Our Seabirds

When my sister was here visiting over Thanksgiving weekend we headed down to Sarasota for the day. After spending the morning at Selby Gardens and having lunch nearby we stopped in at Save Our Seabirds to walk around for a while before heading back to Tampa. SOS is a non-profit bird sanctuary and rehabilitation facility. They rescue, rehab and release injured birds. Many of the birds that can’t be released have found a permanent home here.

Many of the birds had missing wings, eyes or legs. It was late in the afternoon when we stopped in so it was quiet and most of the birds were napping.

They do a lot of work with injured sandhill cranes including ones that lose a leg after being hit by a car. They fit them with prosthetic legs so they are able to move around easily but are still not able to be released.

Linking to Wednesday Around the World

A foggy morning at Circle B Bar Reserve

 

The reserve was covered in fog when I first walked out on the trails in early March. I could hear the sandhill cranes calling out but could not see them very well.

After the fog lifted, I saw several on my walk.

Spider webs blanketed the trails.

The usual residents.

A bittern close to the trail.

It can look dark and foggy early in the morning but it doesn’t stay that way long in early spring in central Florida.

SkyWatch Friday

Sandhill crane twins

I stumbled on to this sandhill crane family walking down the trail at Circle B Bar Reserve in early March. The parents were teaching the babies how to look for bugs and eat them. A few people were standing by but the parents did not seem to mind. As long as you didn’t get too close they just went on their way.  I sat down on the trail to get the pictures and several times I had to get up and move back since they were walking right towards me. It looks like lunch was mostly dragonflies.

The 2 above were taken with my cell phone. They were too close to get with my camera and if I tried to move back any farther I would end up in the swamp.  They strutted down the trail for while before heading back out into the marsh.

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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The neighborhood pond

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I stopped by a neighborhood pond to see what was floating around in it. I parked my car and got out and saw two sandhill cranes in someone’s yard. Just relaxing under a tree. They stayed there while I was walking around the lake. When I got back to my car, they were walking around in the street.

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Nothing too exciting in the pond. A great blue heron was hiding in the reeds.

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My favorite muhly grass was pink and the red berries were out.

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A red bellied cooter and a soft shell turtle were basking in the sun.

Not much floating in the pond right now. Hopefully, some winter ducks will show up.

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Late baby sandhill crane family

They were so tiny, they didn’t even come up to the parent’s knee.

The parents were chasing off a nosy alligator. They put on quite a display.

The alligator finally left with a “I’ll be back” grin on his face.

The babies were right along the water line. Too close for comfort.

Both parents stayed close to the babies. Mom was digging around in the mud.

Staying close.

In the Circle B rumor mill, this is the couple that had one baby back in mid-March that had lost that baby. They nested again on the small island in the middle of the pond on Wading Bird Way and had two babies this time. These were taken when the babies where about a week old. I was glad to hear that they nested again. The family was cruising along the water line in the big pond. An alligator had gotten too close and the parents chased it away. I took a few pictures and left them to their feeding.