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Sarasota Audubon Nature Center…

We nearly missed this center located adjacent to the Celery Fields trail. The sidewalk we were riding led us past the beginning of the trail and over to the Audubon center. It wasn’t open since it was past noon, but the multiple bird feeders set up outside were amazingly busy. When we first stopped to see what we could see there were little kids there, talking excitedly and running back and forth to grab snacks from their mothers. But I can’t say that the birds, and there were lots of them, were bothered by all the action. We were bothered however, so we decided to go get some lunch, and when we came back to the feeders we were there by ourselves. That was much nicer.

There must be some truth to the saying that ‘birds of a feather flock together.’ Or so it would seem.
In the light I thought they looked slightly green-ish, mostly because that’s what I hoped they’d be. I hoped to see painted buntings, but we didn’t. These are brown headed cow birds, and I’ve never seen them before.
I think I probably have seen them before, but didn’t notice them being different from all the other little brown birds.
A red-winged black bird in non-breeding colors. I had to look this guy up, thank goodness for Merlin.
We see cardinals daily on our bird feeder. This one kept to himself, mostly in the bushes or on the ground, and was gone fairly quickly.
The blue jays didn’t stay put long also, but this one stopped at the bird bath for a drink.
It’s that ”birds of a feather’ thing again. I was excited over the purples and blues of the feathers in this photo, but Merlin says they are common grackles. I think they were the most abundant birds at the feeders.
Red-wings share a snack.

It’s not that I don’t enjoy kids, and their conversation was fun to listen to, but they were lined up across the table part of the picnic table viewing spot, making it tough to frame a photo. Their mothers were around the corner, paying no attention, as the kids came and went with their juice boxes and snacks, which included slices of watermelon. So in the feature photo, the slice of watermelon in the bird bath, placed by the Audubon folks or the kids? Guess we’ll never know.