Florida state bird (mockingbird) posing for me.
The Wilson's snipe that's back for the winter was hiding in the mud under some reeds.
Another eastern phoebe.
Red shouldered hawk sitting in the grass. I've never seen one just sitting there like that. I crept up to him and stood behind a tree watching.
He started pounding on something with his foot. He must have been trying to get a bug. He eventually took off but didn't have anything with him.
Small turtle basking in the sun.
I walked over to the Wilson's snipe an hour later to see if it had moved from under the reeds. He was still there and trying to sleep.
An early morning walk around Kapok Park in Clearwater did not produce anything exciting except the Wilson's snipe. This is the only one I've heard of being in the Tampa bay area. He hung out at this park for a short time last winter. I went there to look for the great horned owls. I had read that one had been sighted there recently. For at least 3 springs, the owl couple have had a baby but no luck this last spring. Here is my post from March 2010 - Great horned owl baby. They were sighted there briefly last spring but never did nest. I really hope they come back this year. I did not find the owl on my trip but I'm going to keep looking with my fingers crossed.