Critters at Bok Tower Gardens

A quiet day for birds in early September.  A woodpecker, a great horned owl and a quick peek at a hummingbird.

Lots of squirrels around. The one in the bottom shot had a big bot fly bite on his side.

I found the real “Peter Cottontail” on the trail.

Creepy spiders just in time for Halloween.

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Up close with an osprey

After climbing 3 stories to the top of the observation tower at Lettuce Lake, I look over at the pine tree to the left of the tower and this guy was staring right at me. He’s looking at me like “What are you doing up here?”. I’ve never seen them up close before. He stayed for a few minutes then took off to catch a fish. I missed the big splash since he was so close near the tower but caught him flying away with a fish.

A great egret flies by the tower.

Turtles and alligators in the water below. The gator was going after that water bottle.

Tiny critters on the boardwalk.

A juvenile blue heron basking in the sun on the boardwalk.

Squirrels were snacking and napping.

Phone shot of the lake.

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Birds, Bunnies and Squirrels, Oh My!

There were lots of bunnies running around the Botanical Gardens.

This young moorhen ran across the sidewalk in front of me.  Soon the rest of the family followed. They were heading for the tiny pond with the fountain in it.

They were cooling off under the fountain. I really wanted to jump in there with them.

The common green heron.

The squirrels were chowing down.

A few monk parakeets flew in to a tree right over my head.

An almost grown osprey was screaming the entire time I was at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo.  The nest is high up in a utility tower and the screaming echoed all over the gardens. He was probably screaming for the parents to bring him food and the parents were waiting for him to finally get off the nest and get his own food.

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Lettuce Lake Park in August

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Tiny critters at the park.

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Creepy critters at the park.

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Pesky squirrels at the park (I don’t know who thought that was a “Squirrel proof” feeder. It was hanging next to the nature center.)

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Pretty prothonotary warblers at the park.

Just a few things from my walk in late August.

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More birds from Arizona

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We saw dark-eyed junkos everywhere we went.

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I saw Steller’s jays everywhere but it was tough to get a decent picture. They were really skittish.

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Ravens were also everywhere. I don’t see them around my area in central Florida. They are like the laughing gulls of northern Arizona. Always in the tourist areas, loud, they come flying in when they see food.  They are much bigger than our fish crows.

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Looks just like our eastern bluebird but I was in the west. All About Birds says that western bluebirds have more rust in their throat than eastern ones.

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Our squirrels in Florida don’t have that rust streak on their back.

Some of the “wild” things we saw at Bearizona in northern Arizona.

50 Shades of Grey, Brown and Creme

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I don’t need to go see the movie. We have it live right in our parks. As I was walking down the trail, I heard a scuttle high up in the trees. From far away I thought they were fighting. As I got closer I realized they were  not fighting, they were getting frisky. They spent a few minutes chasing each other around the branches. Here’s to hoping for squirrel babies this spring.