Still looks like Spring here

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An upside down black and white warbler.

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At first I thought this was a palm warbler but when I cropped it up I noticed it was more yellow so I’m not sure what this is.

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A yellow throated warbler peaking out.

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Catbirds are everywhere now.

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I was taking pictures of the waterfall and noticed a bunch of worms. Yuk.

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Still looks like spring at the Florida Botanical Gardens in Largo.

SkyWatch Friday

Residents birds and birds passing through.

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Yellow-throated warblers are moving through, heading south for the winter.

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I think this is a northern parula.   They are common right now but this one looks a little scruffy

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A male cardinal eating a berry.

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The female cardinal is wondering why he isn’t sharing his berry.

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The two above pictures are a yellow warbler.

The titmouse and cardinals are year round residents at Chesnut park. The other ones are just passing though.  On their way south for the winter. Although, when I took these in mid-September it did not feel like winter would be coming any time soon. Fall migration is in full swing here in Florida but I feel like I’m missing it with work and vacation. Brett and I spent some time in Flagstaff, Arizona hiking in late September. We had beautiful cool weather so I felt like I had a tiny taste of fall. I’m working on the tons of pictures I took now so I’ll be bombarding you with those soon.

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Yellow birds at Fort Desoto

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All above are white eyed vireos. Fairly common during migration.

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All of these are of a hooded warbler. The park was filled with these bright yellow birds with black hoods. They were not shy and would not freak out and fly into the bushes. They remained on the trail as long as no one got too close.

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I saw one prairie warbler at the park.

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A single yellow throated warbler. I don’t see these too often.

It poured the last Friday in March. I never get that lucky. Usually, it pours early in the week and by the time I get out to the parks, the birds are gone. This time I got up early on Saturday and headed down to Fort Desoto. Not a big fall out but still enough birds to keep everyone entertained. I think there was possibly more people than birds though.  I’m hoping this is only the first fall out for spring migration this year. It’s still early.

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A spring migration tease in late March.

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My first sighting of the morning was a black and white warbler.

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Then a hooded warbler.

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Then a yellow rumpled warbler. These have been around most of the winter.

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A barn swallow sitting still. I’ve never seen one sitting still before.

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Another hooded warbler landing right beside me on the ground.

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Another black and white warbler later in the morning.

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These birds are so funny they way they hang upside down most of the time.

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I only saw one yellow throat warbler that morning.

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Another hooded warbler?  The trees were dripping with them and they were not being shy.

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One last parting hooded shot before heading home.

I think this day was “Hooded Warbler Day” at Fort Desoto. They were everywhere at the park in late March. There wasn’t much of a variety though. Just tons of the above. I had heard there was a worm eating warbler there as well but I could not find him. It would have been a first for me. I’m hoping this was just the beginning of spring migration and it doesn’t fizzle out. If the winds are favorable for the birds through April, they will just keep flying right past us without stopping for a snack.

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Lots of birds but nothing new.

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A “yellow” bird. I think this is a white eyed vireo even though you can’t really see the white from this angle.  Thanks to Ken for IDing this as a bay breasted warbler. Matches my Stokes guide.

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Possible palm warbler.

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Yellow-throated warbler.

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Eastern phoebes are everywhere.

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Catbird in the shade. They are everywhere as well.

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Red bellied woodpecker

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Another white eyed vireo.

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Pileated woodpecker

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I caught him blinking.

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Green heron hiding along the lake edge.

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Hawk telling me I can’t have his snack.

An early morning Saturday walk at Chesnut Park. I finally started seeing some winter birds coming through. It was the first “not steamy hot” morning. Perfect early fall morning. I would have stayed longer but my foot started hurting. I seem to have a bone spur or heel spur on my left foot. My heel started hurting the week before but felt better during the week. After two hours of walking around it was killing me. I have since added support insoles to my walking shoes and they seem to be doing some good but every once in a while it still hurts a little. If this keeps up much longer I’m going to have to head to the foot doc.  Any suggestions?  (Other than stay off my feet?) I don’t sit still very well.

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The usual stuff at Chesnut Park

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The usual squirrel shot. Hanging upside and holding a nut in his mouth. You know it’s a slow morning if I’m taking pictures of squirrels.

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The usual eagle sighting from far away. This is my 3rd since last spring. The first two were late September, they were flying over my car as I drove. This is a common sight in the winter, the eagle high up in the pine trees across the lake.

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The usual moorhen and his reflection.

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A yellow-throated warbler high up in the trees. Not a good shot but I was just excited to see a warbler of any kind.

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The usual lily bud in the water.

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The usual butterfly.

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The usual dragonfly.

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The usual turtle swimming near the dock.

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The usual bee on leaf close-up.

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The usual alligator eyes watching me.

It was a hot and slow morning in late September. I had heard of a few birds migrating through central Florida but the only thing I could find was the above yellow-throated warbler. Everything else was just the usual at the park.

Shine the Divine

Fall migration has barely started.

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A blurry picture of a brown thrasher. He was hiding deep in the bushes. Fall migration must have started since he’s here in central Florida.

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A yellow throated warbler high up in the trees. Another sign that fall migration had started.

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I can’t tell what this was flying high up. I think it’s a gnatcatcher.

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My first carolina chickadee. I had heard they were hanging around the boat ramp boardwalk. I was surprised to find one since that park is so big.

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Red bellied woodpeckers were everywhere.

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A sad male cardinal watching me take his picture.

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A common sight around any body of water in central Florida.

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A blue heron preening on the sign.

It was getting late in September and I had not seen any real migrating birds yet. I had heard there were a few at Chesnut Park so I headed out early one Saturday morning. I was excited to see the yellow throated warbler even though he was so high up in the trees. It’s a challenge there to get decent shots since the trees are so high up and there aren’t a lot of lower bushes like Fort Desoto has. It was a productive morning even though I was starting to get “migrating bird” neck pain from staring up into those trees for hours.

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