Early this afternoon, banabear and I walked around the Helene Klein Pineland Preserve which is just about a 10 to 15-minute walk from our house.
It is just a small preserve (approximately 13 acres) but it has an abundance of slash pines, combined with saw palmetto, cypress swamp and small marl prairies.
The signage says that there are about 55 species of wildlife in the preserve, which includes giant swallowtail butterflies, Florida brown snakes, spotted skunks, blue-gray gnatcatchers, and pileated woodpeckers. When we went there this afternoon, we heard a lot of birds chirping but only found one hovering the tree as well as a couple of butterflies flying around. I am glad I did not encounter any snake. That would've been scary.
The small park/preserve is situated in a residential area and surrounded by churches and shoppings centers. This is one good reason why I like our place: it is very quiet, surrounded by greens and at the same time, very near the shopping centers.
On our way home from the preserve, we passed by a lagoon where I found a large iguana. Iguanas, ducks and birds are a common sight in the neighborhood. Probably, it's mainly due to the man-made lakes that are in the subdivisions.