Thursday, July 20, 2017

Silver Springs State Park, Ocala Florida

Hello and happy Thursday!

Back in March, hubby and I visited the Silver Springs State Park near Ocala Florida. It was a beautiful day for a visit to the park and for a hike on the trails. The main entrance is where you can find the glass bottom boat ride, some trails and a boardwalk with Macaques monkeys running wild. We were surprised to see monkeys wild in Florida, we have seen them in Costa Rica and Panama.

A pretty sky and reflection, the clear waters at the Silver Springs State Park is very clear and colorful.

The birds seen at Silver Springs State Park, Little Blue Heron, Anhinga, Pied-billed Grebe, Wood Duck, Red-shouldered Hawk.

The Macaques monkeys seen on the boardwalk. I took a few photos of them but when they started moving towards hubby and I,  we decided it was best to leave. These monkeys have been in this park since the 1930's. Tour boat operator Captain Tooey released some monkeys on an island in the park  around the time of the filming of  a Tarzan movie film nearby.  The monkeys escaped the island and started breeding. It is said there are close to 200 monkeys in the park now.

The monkeys were running wild on the boardwalk, on the railing and they were in the trees above us.
There are warnings to stay a good distance from the monkey, they can bite.

There are different sections and entrances to this park on the same day we hiked on a trail that has views of the river. Some wildlflowers, egret, thrush, turtles lizards and the boardwalk.

Another look at the pretty sky.

"Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty."  John Ruskin

My list of thankful things:
I am thankful for good health.
I am thankful for pretty days and nice weather for our walks.
I am always thankful for nature I see.

I hope you enjoyed my post and photos.  Thanks so much for visiting and for your nice comments.
Have a happy day!

Thank you Michelle for hosting. Thankful Thursday

Thank you to the hosts of   Skywatch Friday

Monday, July 17, 2017

Pileated Woodpecker

Hello and happy Monday,

I am sharing the Pileated Woodpecker for my wild bird and nature post this week. The Pileated Woodpecker is one of the largest woodpeckers I see in the USA. It is said  they are crow-sized and their habitat is deciduous forest. They are common birds seen and heard in the woods next to my house and these photos were taken mostly in Florida.

They ae mostly black with a red crest, the male has a red line from the bill to the throat. They eat carpenter ants and mostly dine on insects.

A Pileated Woodpecker couple will stay together year round in their territory.

They make large holes in dead trees and raise their young in a nesting hole. After the young lest the nest they will not use the same nesting hole. Other birds will take over the holes left behind.

My YouTube video

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My list of memes for today, I hope to see you there. Thanks to both of the host below.

Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday