In the backyard in June.

Starlings took over our backyard a long time ago but this is the first time I noticed them nesting. My neighbor has a dead palm tree that sits up against our fence and for weeks I kept seeing this starling popping her head out of a hole in the side facing our kitchen window. There was also one sitting on the top of the stump most of the time. I never saw any babies poking out but weeks later I saw an adult feeding several young ones in our neighbor’s yard.

It’s that time of the year when mama ducks are cruising the channels with babies.

One morning I saw the above woodpecker in a hole higher up in the dead tree. The woodpecker spent all morning cleaning out this hole so I thought we’d have babies at some point but I think she ended up not staying. A few days later I saw a starling going in the same hole and I haven’t seen the woodpecker since.

We have 2 Bismark palms in our backyard that are about 5 years old and this is the first time I’ve seen something blooming inside of them. It’s weird that they are suppose to be the same tree but the blooms look completely different.

Hibiscus on the side of the yard.

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Backyard visitors this spring.

In late spring, I heard some birds screaming in the backyard. I peeked out the bedroom window and saw the above, baby starlings being fed by the parents.  I ran and grabbed my camera and took the above through the window. I didn’t want to go outside and spook them.  These almost fully grown babies were very aggressive, almost attacking the parents to be fed. This went on for 20 minutes. They must have wiped out all of the worms, bugs and caterpillars we had in the backyard. Maybe I should have scared them off.

This was the last I saw of my neighborhood kingfisher back in late April, sitting on our dock. Hopefully she’ll show back up in late October again.

Now we get a lot of house sparrows on our dock.

A little blue heron walking through our yard.

Blondie and her babies came by the house recently. This beautiful cream colored mallard lives in our neighborhood. She usually has 2 sets of babies each year.

 

Birds in the city

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Lots of grackles and starlings around the park.

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For years, loggerhead shrikes have been hanging out along the fences at the airport on Davis Islands. Maybe they like the view.

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Pano of downtown Tampa, taken from Davis Islands.

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Pretty flowers in the summer heat.

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A juvenile little blue heron creeping down to the water. Then he flew over to the sign to remind everyone to slow down in the manatee zone.

More sights from my walk around Davis Islands in late July.

In the backyard this spring.

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Moth on the screen.

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A green heron was preening on my neighbor’s sailboat mast.

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A house sparrow family living in our dock. This was the 2nd set of babies they had this spring. As they grow up, they hang around the backyard for a while.

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These are baby starlings. They were eating bugs in the backyard. I think there is a nest in my neighbor’s oak tree.

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An eagle hanging around the neighborhood late in the season. I saw him in late May on the cell phone tower outside of my neighborhood.

A few things in the backyard in late May and early June.

Skywatch Friday

Slow morning at Fort Desoto

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Typical butterfly on the flower shot.

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It was a slow morning. Not too many birds on the trails.

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Even the beaches are quiet with the same ole birds. Sandwich terns where everywhere.

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This laughing gull was picking up trash on the beach.

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“Lady, can you take to the garbage can?”

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The usual oystercatcher on the beach.

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Not usual, we saw two parakeets near the fishing pier. These look like they were someone’s pets. They aren’t the usual monk or nanday parakeets we seeing flying around the park.

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A juvenile starling on the wire.

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There were large flocks of starlings flying around the park.

It was a quiet morning at Fort Desoto in mid-September. We went early to walk around looking for birds and then went to the beach with our beach chairs and books to read. Even though fall migration was just starting we saw nothing in the woods. Even the beaches seemed empty, of both birds and tourists. It was a beautiful sunny day even though it was still miserably hot. We spent most of our time there in the water watching the stingrays go by.

Backyard visitors in January

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Starlings resting on my dock.

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I always have doves on my feeder.

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The hooded merganser couple hanging out in the channel behind our house.

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This great egret was walking around the front yard.

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Recently we’ve been seeing an otter swimming around the channel behind our house. We’ve lived here almost 9 years and this is the first time we’ve seen one here. I keep catching him leaving the channel so all I have are back of the head shots.

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I found this lone female lesser scaup swimming in a small pond at the entrance to our neighborhood. All we’ve ever had in that pond are mallards so it was weird to see her there alone.

Some of the visitors to my neighborhood recently. All shots except for the last one were taken through the windows.

More pelicans and other stuff at Safety Harbor

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My first common loon of the season. He was floating all alone far off the fishing pier.

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I was surprised to see manatees at the fishing pier. Usually this time of year they all head over to the electricity plant to swim in the warm water around the plant. Since the weather here has still been warm, I guess they are hanging around longer. There were at least 6 manatees at the fishing pier.

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The trees around the parking lot were full of starlings. They were very loud.

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More pelican fun. They have such amazing color on their faces. With that pink and blue around the eyes and bright orange beaks.

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He looked happy with his fish part.

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This one is a juvenile. Maybe not a year old and hasn’t got his color yet.

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Another one enjoying his prize.

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“Gulp!”

Just a few more things I saw at the Safety Harbor fishing pier.

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