Usual stuff at Circle B Bar Reserve

One of my favorite trees at Circle B Bar Reserve. A bald cypress in the middle of the lake. It looks like a great blue heron is nesting on it.

Some of the usual birds along the trail.

A few not so common ones, a Wilson’s snipe and a chipping sparrow.

Purple gallinules were all along the trail.

A few crawling critters.

Across the lake, I could just make out the bald eagles sitting on the right side of the tree. You can also see one of the baby’s brown head sticking up off the nest.

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Some new things at the Botanical Gardens

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I think these are both a 5 stripe skink. This is the first time I’ve been able to get a shot of one. The top one is a juvenile and the bottom is an adult male.

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Tiny critters in the butterfly garden.

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My first hummingbird moth sighting. He was tiny and fast. He buzzed in for a few seconds next to a butterfly I was taking a picture of and then he was gone over the bushes. I looked for him for a long time with no luck. At least I got the blurry shots above. These guys are really cool.

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Soft shell turtle near the pond.

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Turtle on the lily pad.

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Juvenile osprey that grew up in a nest on the utility pole.  All three were born this past winter and were just starting to fly around.

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Not many birds at the gardens in late June. Just the above.

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A turtle invasion

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I was out running errands on a recent Saturday and decided to swing by a pond that occasionally had interesting things floating around in it. I got lucky this time with a family of black bellied whistling ducks. I had my camera in the car so I parked and walked over to take a peek. They were all settling down for an afternoon nap. I sat down on the sidewalk for a few minutes when they all popped their heads up and looked surprised. It was because the below had invaded their napping spot.

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The soft shell turtle came up and wanted to hang out with the ducks but they wanted no part of him. They all jumped up and looked and him and the poor turtle took a dive back under the water and left.

I’m going to look for a duck.

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“I’m eating over here.” said the spoonbill.

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I realized as he flew off he was banded. I could not make out the numbers on either picture.

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Another palm warbler.

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Yellow rumped warblers are starting to show up.

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Turtle face.

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Stretching out on the floating pad in the pond.

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The cormorants rule the boardwalk.

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A tiny turtle soaking up some sun.

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Another one on a log.

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Blue jay with a nut from a palm tree.

This was the first time I have walked around the trail and boardwalk at Carillon park on a Saturday morning. Since it’s so close to work I usually only go after work in the summer. It’s usually packed with joggers and walkers. It was quiet this morning and weird to be there on a Saturday since it’s surrounded by office buildings. I went looking for an albino coot that had been reported there everyday for a week. Of course, by the time I get there, he’s gone. Maybe he was just close by and will come back over before winter is over.

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Last trip to Circle B Bar Reserve – Skywatch Friday

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What is this tricolored heron looking at?

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Turkey vulture upclose. They were everywhere at the park.

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The trail was full of these queen anne’s lace plants.

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The marsh was full of these purple plants. Not sure what they are.

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Only a few butterflies out this morning.

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A soft shell turtle heading back into the reeds. He was pretty big.

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The usual but this was the only one I saw this morning.

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A perfect day at Circle B Bar Reserve.

I made my last trip to Circle B Bar Reserve in Lakeland in mid-May until late fall. It was a beautiful cool morning so the walk was great. But not a lot of animals. No sign of bobcats, otters, snakes and very few birds. I didn’t get to see either sandhill crane family although I know they are there somewhere. It’s that time of the year when babies are grown up, winter ducks and birds are gone and it going to be too hot to be inland. The trail was extremely overgrown already so it’s hard to see down into the marshes. I could hear the alligators bellowing really loud right off the trail but I couldn’t see them. It was a little creepy. Soon it will be time to head to the beach to look for shorebirds.

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