Especially birds

It seems that since my retirement, the Florida wildlife around our house has grown dramatically!

Our first ever Owl sighting, out back in the Pine trees at a distance, having just caught a meal as the sun was setting. 2022-06-17, Credit: Edgar Zapata, zapatatalksnasa.com

Picture - We now have a Downy Woodpecker in the backyard too. This male, hanging upside down, is trying to make a hole on a large dead branch of our oak tree. 2022-02-28, Credit: Edgar Zapata, zapatatalksnasa.com
We now have a Downy Woodpecker in the backyard too. This male, hanging upside down, is trying to make a hole on a large dead branch of our oak tree. 2022-02-28, Credit: Edgar Zapata, zapatatalksnasa.com

BTW 2022-02-21 Spotted a bald eagle today landing high atop a pine tree outback! What a sight. I grabbed my camera, but unfortunately, the battery was dead. Agg. Then, it was gone in the brief moment I ran inside for another camera. We will keep an eye out.

Our local Pileated Woodpecker was at it all afternoon. We were able to get pretty close without scaring him away. Perhaps he is getting used to us? We have decided to name him Perseverance. 2022-02-02, Credit: Edgar Zapata, zapatatalksnasa.com

Credit: Edgar Zapata, zapatatalksnasa.com
My favorite picture of the local pileated woodpecker, now very much a fixture in our backyard. Zoom in – and look at those eyes. See the determination! 2022-02-02, Credit: Edgar Zapata, zapatatalksnasa.com

The Pileated Woodpecker paid us a visit today. It appears he (he from a distinctive red stripe on the cheek) is building another home in the dead tree in the back yard. 2022-01-21, Credit: Edgar Zapata, zapatatalksnasa.com

I have writer’s block today, but that has its advantages. 2021-10-27, Credit: Edgar Zapata, zapatatalksnasa.com

Judging from a check using the Merlin Birdfinder app, this little fellow (and above) is an Eastern Phoebe. 2021-10-27, Credit: Edgar Zapata, zapatatalksnasa.com

Pine tree and dark sky. Credit: Edgar Zapata, zapatatalksnasa.com
Pine tree on a stormy afternoon. East Orlando FL, Sony Cybershot DSC-HX90V. Credit: Edgar Zapata, zapatatalksnasa.com

Credit: Edgar Zapata, zapatatalksnasa.com
We’ve only seen a Pileated Woodpecker twice in about six months. It seems rarer in this area than the Red-bellied Woodpeckers. It was there, then it was gone! We’ll keep trying to get that close-up – wait, we did, see above! Backyard, East Orlando FL, Sony Cybershot DSC-HX90V. Credit: Edgar Zapata, zapatatalksnasa.com

Credit: Edgar Zapata, zapatatalksnasa.com
Mockingbird. Backyard, East Orlando FL, Sony Cybershot DSC-HX90V. 2021-08-24, Credit: Edgar Zapata, zapatatalksnasa.com

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