Saturday, April 1, 2017

Kylee's Chariot

These photos were taken in February on a hike we took at Blue Run Park in Dunnellon. All of March went without a single hike. But we survived and things are improving!


This was a beautiful Red Shouldered Hawk that we spotted on a tree that was down in the swamp.


We met a nice couple that had just moved to Florida and they were seeing many things for the very first time. They were riding bikes and kept coming up to us when we stopped to take photos to see what we were seeing.


I'm not making fun of them....I still have trouble with many of the bird IDs. But the man was very excited and asked if it was an owl or an eagle!!! He was just as happy to learn it was a hawk.


And when we got back to the parking lot, this motorcycle went by pulling Kylee's Chariot! (there's a sign on the side)


I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE
and I’d Rather B Birdin’.


34 comments:

Sandy said...

I remember just before I retired, I was going over the Bay Bridge into Pensacola. There is a sanctuary for birds and ducks. Grasslands. There was a whole group of let's say my age not older:) taking photos of the birds. I thought to myself that is going to be me in just a few months. I gladly accept being a bird watcher. It is great fun.

NanaDiana said...

It is funny when people move to FL. It is like living in a foreign country for a while. I am really hoping we can get back there for winters in the not-too-far-off future. Love the chariot! lol
Hope you have a great weekend. xo Diana

eileeninmd said...

Hello, Diane! Happy April! It is a happy feeling, seeing things for the first time. Your hawk photos are awesome. I just love Kylee's Chariot. That is cool. The flowers are pretty, so cheerful. I hope all is well, take care. No snow here, but it is a cold and cloudy morning. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

Sam I Am...... said...

Beautiful flower and hawk! I love the chariot too although both rider and dog are unprotected....I'm not a fan of motorcycles, 4 wheelers or snowmobiles...I've known too many people who have been in accidents and killed or permanently injured....not a fan.

Vee said...

Oh I had not realized that you folks were down for the count for all of March. Boo hiss. I know that once the colds are gone, April will be so much better. I know that you both prefer to be out and about.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I'm happy to hear things are improving. I know you miss your hikes. Love the photos! Hugs!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

great shot of the hawk, and the Akita

carol l mckenna said...

Awesome photos of the hawk ~ lovely post too ~ thanks,

Wishing you a Happy Weekend ~ ^_^

Patsy said...

Happy you both are feeling better, I have been out so catching up
on post. We had a storm and the lights went out, got the flashlight out and the dust showed up awful don't know how we could breath. I stated in the dark to dust. Hubby said I think
you would do better in the morning.I like you tore the bedroom up cleaning early next day LOL-- Sad It was all back in a day or two.

Terra Hangen said...

What a great chariot.

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

I am still amazed at the sights findings and such here in Fl--
and I love that cart with the dog--wonder if he would take me for a ride???
we have an air show going on here this week end--but can only hear the jets going over head near by--love that sound!!
enjoy the moments, di

Connie said...

Great Hawk photos and that last picture just put a big smile on my face, how sweet is that:)

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Great photo of the hawk, Diane. I'm so happy to hear you both are feeling better. Hopefully you will be out for another hike soon. ♥

Susie said...

Diane, That biker pulling his dog made me laugh. I love the hawk photos. You have seen some wonderful birds on your hikes. Blessings, glad things are better. xoxo, Susie

Gina said...

Little Bear needs a chariot like that! What a gorgeous hawk! Thank you for sharing with us, Diane.

Cherdecor said...

When we are out driving around we see hawks sitting up high and watching over their territories. They are always so far away that they look like a black bird way off in the distance. I had never seen a hawk up close until one landed beside our birdfeeder. I could not believe how handsome they are! So, if the man had never seen one up close and personal, I can imagine his glee.

Rose said...

I would like to have been on that walk/hike.

♥Anni @ I'd Rather B Birdin'♥ said...

Diane....this is a fabulous post...LOVE the hawk images. And it's fun to be able to help out other birders by helping them ID what they're seeing.

Fantastic images. Hope your week ahead goes well and happy birding.

Phil Slade said...

Lovely shots of the hawk/owl Diane. That made me laugh but is incredible how some people spend their lives not looking at things around them. There is so much joy to be had from taking even a simple interest in the things around us.

handmade by amalia said...

That photo of the motorcycle is a winner. LOL.
Amalia
xo

A Colorful World said...

Great Red Shouldered Hawk and beautiful flowers!

Linda Walker said...

Hi Diane,
Happy to hear you are feeling better and that your husband is too!!! The hawk is magnificent!!! We have an eagle flying around but too high up for photos....hoping he comes in a little closer for a photo op! Keeping you both in thought and prayer!
xp
Linda

Helma said...

Wow ...... what a beautiful pictures of the red-shouldered hawk! I had never heard that and I did it then never seen. Pretty sharp and clear pictures. Fun interspersed with yellow flowers :-)
The last picture is also very nice with the dog in the trailer of the motorcyclist :-)
Sincerely, Helma

Karen Ann said...


We've had several relatives living in Florida over the years and when we visit, it indeed feels like another country compared to the NorthEast. Right about now one of your warm balmy days would be wonderful. I hope some day the Mister and I can enjoy a month of the winter in Florida each year - not happening yet. I can't help but cringe when I see that chariot.. I hope the dog is tethered in safely.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

A man and his dog.... :-)
It was nice of you to befriend the newcomers to Florida, lots of wildlife to see there.

Lowcarb team member said...

Lovely colour in those blooms, and great shots of the hawk.

I hope you have enjoyed a lovely weekend

All the best Jan

NatureFootstep said...

a beautiful hawk and great story :)

Tom said...

...you saw some interesting things, I like the motorcycle.

Arlene Grimm said...

I want to get a Bird Directory for Grimmwood. I am finding I do not know very many types of birds.

Linda H said...

Wow, those are awesome photos of the hawk! He
looks like he was happy to pose...

Mary Cromer said...

Oh you already know how happy this post makes me. Red-Shouldered Hawks are so beautiful and the kind that makes my blog even come to life now nearly 8 years ago. Wonderful shares my dear Diane. I have my last Florida post today and next week my daughter's event story as well as what is going on with our own hawks and yes, eagles ;) Hugs

Jeanie said...

Lovely all, but that hawk is fabulous!

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh, that hawk does look very much like the eagles here. Those yellow flowers are so sweet. These are great pictures of them, Diane. Oh, I love seeing your bird photos and learning who they are.

~Sheri

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

What a fun hike - love the little dog cart - and the hawk is amazing. They are not nearly so tame here - anything approaching a hawk and they are gone in one second.