The usual things at my usual park.

The deer where feeding at my usual parking spot.

The squirrels being their usual cute self.

The usual birds hanging around the boardwalks.

A usual big fat gator on the bank of the pond. He was well camouflaged at first.

The usual wintering belted kingfisher up in a tree.

A quiet morning at Chesnut Park.

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In the backyard in January

Birds in our backyard, They are all regular visitor’s. A great blue heron, an anhinga drying his wings with some seaweed on his beak and a red bellied woodpecker.

Arriving home one day I saw a Cooper’s hawk eating something in my neighbor’s yard. Then later we had a red shoulder hawk on my neighbor’s sailboat mast.

We have a hooded merganser couple that hangs our in our channel during the winter. Every so often he comes close to our dock.

Plants in  the backyard.

The sea fog had rolled in one Sunday morning.

One of the big moon events recently. Taken in the driveway.

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In the backyard

A house sparrow on our dock. They nest in the hole on the side of the dock.

A hawk sitting on our fence.

An anhinga getting a snack on our neighbor’s dock.

A woodpecker getting a snack on our palm tree.

A blue jay giving me a funny look while sitting on our neighbor’s boat.

Things on our muhly grass.

The moon in the backyard in the morning.

Just a few things in our backyard in the past couple of weeks.

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Botanical Gardens in the heat

Little critters.

Cute critter. I think he was afraid I was going to steal his nut.

I’m don’t know what this bird is. Any ideas?  I think it may be a juvenile.

A woodpecker chewing on this pretty flowering tree.

Pretty colors.

Crazy ducks.

It was already hot in late April when I stopped by the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo. The summer rains hadn’t started but the heat had already arrived.

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More tourists than birds on the beach

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Someone should tell this grackle that she’s not a shorebird.

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“Everybody run, there’s a grackle on the beach!” said no Willet ever.

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Juvenile royal tern.

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A sandwich couple flirting. She gets a fish instead of roses and chocolates.

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Prehistoric pelicans. All juveniles that were born this spring.

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Red eyed night heron.

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Woodpecker in the parking lot.

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All of the above birds were on this busy beach. I guess they tolerate the tourists. I headed out to the beach for an after work walk. So crowded even at dinnertime.

 Skywatch Friday

Birds in south Florida

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Pelicans in the mangroves.

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Green herons were everywhere.

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My first Wurdemann’s Heron (parents are a great blue heron and a white morph great blue heron).  They are fairly rare and mostly seen in south Florida. Our sailboat captain pointed him out while we were kayaking around some mangroves about an hour south of Key West.  He looks almost like the great blue heron but his head and neck are more white.

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It looks like he has something stuck on his eye.

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Red bellied woodpeckers were everywhere.

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A grackle in the fountain at our hotel.

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Our hotel resident green heron.

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After looking all week for the white crowned pigeons, I found them in our hotel  parking lot the day we were leaving.

Random birds I found in Key West in April.

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1# beach in the country!

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“Why does it feel like people can’t read? Or do they just choose to ignore the sign?” says the little eastern phoebe.

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Hairy or downy woodpecker?

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A little yellow bird. I don’t think this a palm warbler.

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Bee up close.

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Cormorant’s gotta itch.

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This one’s gotta fish.

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I was hoping the reddish egret on the right would wake up and start looking for fish but he just sat there forever. All of a sudden I realized a kingfisher had landed on the barge.  These barges sit in the lagoon at one of the roped off areas in Fort De Soto park. Least terns nest on them in the spring. That’s why there are little wooden least tern decoys on there. They are called “Love Boats”. The netting is around the edges so the little babies don’t fall off and land in the water before they can fly.

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 A few white pelicans were hanging out with a lot of cormorants on a sand bar on the backside of the park.

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Big boat heading past the fishing pier.

Another beautiful morning at Fort De Soto Park (recently named the #1 beach by USA Today poll for best family beach).

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