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Just Another Day...or is it?

Today, this post captures some of my walk at H. Bazemore park early one morning this past week. I first stopped at the hawkwatch platform in hopes of finding a green jay ...but, none. Only cardinals, doves and hearing a woodpecker call in the distance. Down in the valley, the ruckus of Great Kiskadees could also be heard. I will follow through on that in a bit. First, showing you the platform that is usually busy from August thru November when the great numbers [in the tens of thousands] are recorded by those that sit for hours with their scopes and binoculars to count the different species migrating south for the winter. Sometimes, when I've been there for such a short time during the summer and fall, I have witnessed the sky black with hawks and buzzards and kites!!!

This was the activity on April 11th of this past week...

During the hawk watch months, the huge willow tree in the first photo has a very large bird feeder hanging from it...along with hummingbird feeders strung on a long rope between two poles to the right. The 2nd photo is the drip system pond under another willow [or is it mesquite, right now I can't recall for sure] just off the platform...



...the hawkwatch platform. At times during the migration, there are literally hundreds of counters and bird watchers on the wooden, elevated, area, Year 'round this is a cardinal haven!! I think every time I've been there for the last 10 years, there wasn't a day without cardinals [male, red in the bird blind viewing window looking onto his mate, the beauty dressed in silver]. Looking from the railing off into the distant tree tops I spied two Couch's Kingbirds [yellow breasted] .,,







...the time of day was about 7:30 a.m. by now, and I began my walk around the park road. Cooler for a while with the temp in the high 60s low 70s. A gentle breeze was blowing to keep me from getting over-heated with the humid air coming off the river. I walked around the two lakes, to come up on the side of the park where the river is, and a large open field of green grass and yellow wild flowers. Coming around a small grove of trees, I spied the gentle giants...in silence they dined on the abundance of free food! I stood there, partially hidden, tho I know they knew I was there close by. I snapped away on the shutter button....





...They allowed me to keep them company until the last one left, done with breakfast, and going back into the sheltered area of palms and moss covered trees...




I then continued amassing my step count, walking along the riverside. Now and then a bird sighting had me taking more pictures. I spied a few Lincoln Sparrows, one Scissortailed Flycatcher, Killdeer [mating], Starlings, Doves, Yellowlegs and an osprey fly-over. Once I got around the bend, another platform so I could view the lake for ducks and other waterfowl. I saw one green heron, a few blue winged teals, and heard more cardinals. Mockingbirds were busy flitting around, doing their air dance to attract mates. And two more deer were seen.

Before I left, I also watched two Great Kiskadees building their nest from a light pole. This is a 'rebuild' from last year's previous nest...I stood under a tree and got more photos which I will share at a later date on my bird blog. This one shows where the nest is being built [pink arrow]....





32 comments :

  1. my first thought of those beautiful deer is how well fed they look. then I read the post and saw they have plenty of food. I am so glad to hear that... there are some places they do not have enough to eat and look thin.. those trees are AMAZING..

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  2. I thought the same as the above comment. Then wondered if many were pregnant. Enjoyed your walk as always... :)

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  3. This was a very nice viewing experience for me. Nice walk and views!

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    1. Awesome that you could come along with me.

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  4. Deer and cardinals.... two of my most favorite wildlife. Of all the exotic and rare creatures one can see, these so-called "commoners" still make my heart skip. Thank you, Anni, for these beautiful pictures once again. Love, Andrea xoxo

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  5. What a beautiful walk. Just filled with gentle and abundant wildlife.

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    1. It was...this is one of my favorite areas.

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  6. I could almost hear the sounds, you describe them well. And as usual I enjoyed all your pictures. That's a lot of deer! :-)

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    1. This park, for some reason, always has a lot of deer. I think they know they're protcted within the boundaries.

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  7. Oh to see so many birds in one area. To me that sounds amazing. The deer are also beautiful and a joy to see and capture.

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    1. This park is a favorite of mine...for jyst thise reasons.

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  8. Lots of good things to see on this walk. I've seeing all those deer

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  9. You really do live in Paradise !

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    1. 90% paradise (summer heat & hurricane...10%)

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  10. Good morning Anni... I wanted to address your comment left on my blog regarding the feral cats. I've been rescuing feral cats for decades now & I'm guessing your birds are being killed without you seeing it. It's just what feral cats do. They can decimate whole populations of birds & squirrels.... at "feeding stations" where you are setting up their feasts for them. Plus, they multiply just about as fast as rabbits, to suffer without vaccinations, shelter, food... exposed to predators.

    To me there is no such thing as an "unwanted" yard critter. The outside is theirs to live & exist in peace. We humans should make harmony with that fact & live together in peace with them. At least that's the way I feel. Can you tell that's my passion, dear heart? Please forgive me for speaking out. I try to educate folks on feral cats every chance I get. I've been "in the biz" since I was a young girl. XOXO

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    1. I think neighborhood dogs keep the cats away from harming birds. I just don't see any evidence of kill zones.

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  11. Hello, beautiful captures of the deers. Our trees are just starting to turn green. Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week ahead!

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    1. I loved seeing all your daffodils!

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    2. Your description of the walk is very enticing. Wish we had as many well made walks and viewing places around here. The deer are especially attractive. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. I enjoyed going on your walk with you! Love the deer!
    Have a wonderful week!

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  13. Such pretty shots! I like that nest on a pole.

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    1. Watching construct it is comical, yet so interesting at the same time.

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  14. Thank you for this wonderful walk, dear Anni. I enjoyed your picturesque description and your amazing photographs very much! 🌷

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  15. What a great place to walk...I would love seeing the deer as well as all the birds. The strip pit area that I used to always see all kinds of things is almost lifeless now. Have not seen a single pheasant in probably at least a year. Only see a deer about ever three or four months. For a few years, we seen pheasants almost any time we were out there, and could always count on seeing deer. This may sound funny, but in the summer, there is not even half as many dragonflies.

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    1. I haven't seen a pheasant in decades!

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