We took the kids on a walk at the Corkscrew Audubon boardwalk through the largest remaining stand of mature cypress. It was during the dry season and after guaranteeing the kids they'd see alligators I was starting to sweat it a little. Finally at the end of the 1.5 mile loop we came to an area with water that had a few gators.
The feeders at the visitor center drew my eye as we walked in; a female Painted Bunting was sitting on one. After our hike we waited 15-20 minutes for a male. It was the first one I've seen over 20 years.
A female popped up a few minutes later.
Even at midday there were other passerines about. An Ovenbird of all things was walking around under the feeders.
I was happy to see a Common Ground-dove. A lot of people say they're the size of a sparrow. It looked bigger though. I'd forgotten how strong the violet flecks in the wings are.
Finally a Mourning Dove doing, well, I'm not sure what.
And oh yeah, the gator...