Other animals at the reserve

This turkey made it through Thanksgiving weekend. He seemed a little skittish when I saw him just off the trail in early November.

I saw  Oreo (resident black and white feral hog) in the swamp near the nature center.

Other critters along the trail. It was interesting to see the squirrel eating a big mushroom.

A few tiny critters at Circle B Bar Reserve in early November.

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Last walk at Circle B until Fall.

Sushi for breakfast.

Walking down the trail I could hear a baby bird calling overhead. Looking up I saw this juvenile red shoulder hawk up in the tree.

Then I realized that Mom was a tree over with a frog trying to get the baby to follow her over. The baby wanted Mom to come feed it but Mom was trying to get him to fly over.

These baby turkeys were very skittish. Mom was keeping an eye on me.

Lots of young alligators along the trail.

Everything was green when I last was at Circle B Bar Reserve in mid-May. Now it’s too hot to walk there and the main trails are usually closed due to alligators mating and nesting close by until at least October so I’ll be staying close to home or the coast.

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“Farm living is the life for me”

I’m having fun hanging out with the farm animals. Having not grown up around them, I find them interesting. With that said, it’s fun to watch them for a while and then go home to my house near the city in Tampa. I’m not sure if I would love them if I had to do the chores that go with keeping them.   These were all from my trip to Sweetfields Farm north of Tampa one Sunday morning in late May.

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Random fun at the Lowry Park Zoo

Residents at the zoo, these macaws get to fly around from the entrance to the stage area for the bird show. I caught them flying around one morning and they stopped for a break.

Residents of the zoo. The stork (middle picture) was born this spring at the zoo.

A few wild things visiting the zoo. A northern parula and mallard.

Pretty green and pink.

Fun animals.

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Funny Faces at the Funny farm

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Funny faces at the Funny Farm (Horsepower for Kids) near my house.

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I was watching some of the volunteer kids chasing after a crazy rooster that had gotten free and was driving all of the other animals crazy.  That rooster was pretty slick and kept them running for a while. It’s always entertaining there.

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Funny Faces at the petting zoo

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What is it about having chickens and roosters running around that make me want to go live on a farm? Maybe it’s a case of wanting what you don’t have (or didn’t grow up with).

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Faces only a mother could love. The first turkey looks like she has a crocheted scarf over her head.

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None of the animals were really paying attention to me which is fine.

I spent a recent morning at my favorite neighborhood petting zoo/horse farm. Not much has changed since I was there last spring. No early spring babies there yet.  HorsePower for Kids, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization who provides a farm and petting zoo for people who would benefit from interaction with animals and horses. They are a wildlife/rehabilitation farm and most of the animals were rescued.

Funny faces on the farm.

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I finally realized there was a petting zoo/farm near my house. I was out looking for birds and stumbled upon what looked like horse stables but then I heard parrots yelling and other weird noises coming from the back of a house. On the side was an entrance and it said $5 fee. I headed in thinking I wouldn’t find much and left over 2 hours later. They had horses for riding, farm animals to pet, a pond filled with geese, swans and ducks and all kinds of other critters.  Most of the animals (excluding the horses) were rescue animals. It’s a non-profit farm run by volunteers. One of their events is a summer camp called “Warriors for Autism”. Kids can spend time working and playing with the animals and interact with other kids.  I have found a new favorite place to add to my list of Saturday morning walks. No rare birds here, although I had a few eastern bluebirds fly over, but just a lot of fun.

That last picture is my favorite. Molly was sleeping and I leaned over and snapped her with her teeth sticking out.

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A turkey walk for a turkey day – Skywatch Friday

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I saw the above while driving into Circle B Bar Reserve in early November.

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“Don’t eat us!”

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“I’m feeling a little blue.” said the grackle.

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Some type of warbler?

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A banded snail kite sitting out in the marsh. This is the first time I’ve seen one at the reserve although I have heard of sightings there before. Hopefully, he’ll stay for the winter.

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“Is that superman or an eagle up in the sky?” said the egret.

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“If the sun had been out you would be able to see my feathers shine.” says the glossy ibis.

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These guys were way out in the middle of the marsh. The reserve is full of glossy ibis now. And there’s always the usual white ibis around.

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White pelicans flying high overhead. This is extremely cropped. I hope they stay at the reserve for the winter as well.

Things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving:

          • Even though my foot still bothers me, both myself and hubby are in good health (knock on wood).
          • We both still have good jobs (even though we both could use a long vacation).
          • I’m thankful there were no hurricane threats to Florida this year (although hurricane season is not officially over until 11/30).
          • The list is endless but the above are at the top of it.

Have a great Thanksgiving and don’t eat too much turkey.

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