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A Trio of Lesser Yellowlegs

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Three Lesser Yellowlegs, a couple of Killdeer and a few Common Crows all were hunting for their early evening meal at the rapidly drying up rainfall retention basin pond here in the development.  The Yellowlegs are frequent visitors to this seasonal pond.  I noticed that the cattail reeds and grass along the pond’s edge had recently been mown.  I spotted these Yellowlegs last evening at about 5:00 pm.

The Yellowlegs are a wading shorebirds and eat small fish, tadpoles, frogs, turtles, and larger insects.  I think there are a lot of tadpoles (also called pollywogs) in this pond at the moment as well as many worms and insects.  I am always happy to spot wading birds at the pond as it seems to be the only place now that I am seeing wading birds here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Here are a few pictures that I have taken of birds and critters in the last couple of weeks.  The green insect is a Leaf Hopper and is about 3″ long.  That insect was on my living room window yesterday morning.  Please click on the thumbnail image and as ever, enjoy!

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This Great Blue Heron is likely one of the baby herons that I had photographed last year here at the local park.  I took these new pictures on Friday, October 17, 2014 in the afternoon.  This was the only Great Blue Heron at the park when I was there.  I had first spotted the handsome big bird while it stood stock-still on the shore of the small Koi pond next to the Japanese style gazebo.  The heron saw me and flew up into a nearby large Pine Tree.

Feeling comfortably safe up in the tree, the next order of business for the heron was preening, or cleaning its feathers.  Of course, one eye was on me.  I have included a few scenic pictures of the park today.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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A Splash of Bright Red

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Male Northern Cardinals graced the Live Oaks here in my yard and in a Live Oak across the street.  There are three older juvenile male Northern Cardinals living in the shrubbery in the front yard across the street.  I saw the three fly up to the trees next door here and tracked them to my own trees.  Sometimes older juvenile males cooperate and live around one another.  Later in their lives, they go their own way.

I have not seen any hens but I am sure some are here.  My next door neighbor has both a bird bath and a bird feeder so the birds are well taken care of here.  I am looking into putting up a feeder of my own soon.  I took these photographs on Oct. 12, 2104.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Waders, Part 2 of 2

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Here are more pictures that I took of the largest and rapidly shrinking, rainfall retention basin pond here in the development.  I took these pictures of a lone Snowy Egret and three Lesser Yellowlegs on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014.  There is a lot of food now easily available to these birds.

I don’t know how much longer the water will support waders, but I sure was glad to be there and spot these beautiful birds!  I took these pictures just at twilight and the light was golden.  The birds were at the far side of the pond that evening, which is a big difference from the scene a few days ago (part 1).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph.  Enjoy!

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Snowy Egrets, Lesser Yellowlegs, and a lone Pied-billed Grebe all enjoyed the bounty at the largest rainfall retention basin here on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.  This basin pond is drying up and the big wading birds have come to enjoy feasting on tadpoles, frogs, and larger insects.

The big surprise of the day was seeing the little Pied-billed Grebe along with the wading birds!  There were three of the Yellowlegs, a pair of Snowy Egrets and the grebe.   Notice too, that another of the yellowlegs was again paddling across the pond.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  I’ll have part 2 of this series with pictures I took last night, on Wednesday’s post here.   Wishing all in the U.S. a happy and safe Columbus Day holiday!

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Flying Cattle Egrets

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Here are more pictures of the Cattle Egrets that I took here in the development during this past Spring.   I hope you will enjoy seeing these pictures that never made it to my earlier post.    Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.

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