Northern Cardinals, House Finches and a couple of Mourning Doves were all partying at my neighbor’s patio bird feeder a few days ago. We are seeing more and more migratory songbirds here so I am happy when I am able to get pictures of a group of these birds. I took these pictures on Sunday, October 16, 2016. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
The Palm Warblers have arrived from up North! They Winter here. I love seeing the small cuties. The Palm Warblers often browse in the lawn for insects. They also are seed eaters.
These warblers are a streaky tan and brown in color, and have a yellow area under their tail. They often are seen moving their tail feathers from side to side in a wagging motion. I am glad to have our little birds back! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
This Osprey was perched up in a tall Pine Tree on the far shoreline of the little Lake Paradise, across from Paradise Park in The Villages, FL. I took the picture early Friday evening at about 5:30pm. The Osprey was finishing its meal of a fish and after a few minutes, the majestic bird of prey flew off to other adventures!
Osprey, or Sea Eagles, and Sea Hawks as they are sometimes known, are keen hunters of fish, frogs, and the occasional small bird, baby alligator, duckling, gosling, or snake. The Osprey live near bodies of water such as the oceans, lakes or rivers. They prefer fish over most of the other foods I have mentioned. They fish by snatching their prey with their sharp thick talon claws and then they fly up to a tree or tall post and eat. These birds are found all over the United States. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
These Great Egrets were spotted on the shore of Paradise Lake in The Villages, FL on October 11, 2016 late in the afternoon. The big birds were wading in the shallow water and walking on the grassy shoreline, hunting for a quick supper. Great Egrets are sometimes even seen walking among the landscaping shrubbery at parking lots in our area of Florida. Our area of Florida has many small lakes, ponds, and swampy marshes which are home to various wading birds such as egrets and herons. The Great Egrets are both resident and migratory in this area.
Great Egrets are tall white birds that have black legs and feet, and a sharp long yellow bill. Great Egrets eat fish, frogs, turtles, aquatic snails, aquatic insects, lizards, small snakes, large land insects, and occasionally mice.
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
The Northern Cardinals are seed-eaters and also occasionally enjoy nuts, and berries or fruit. Sunflower seeds are considered prime treats for Northern Cardinals. They also like suet a little bit – especially the suet with apples or other fruits embedded within the cake. These beautiful songbirds often will come to bird feeders. They seem to also hunt on lawns quite often. These birds especially enjoy perching in lower branches or in large shrubbery.
The hen is a rusty brown in color while the male is bright red. The juvenile male looks quite similar to the female adult. The cardinals often will be seen in small flock family groups where there will be two males and two or three hens. Occasionally the extra males will just be eager suitors.
I took the pictures of the Cardinals on Thursday morning, October 6, 2016. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Egyptian Geese have made their home on Paradise Lake in The Villages, FL. This lake is private as is the park, and is for the enjoyment of the residents of The Villages. There are about six of these medium-sized geese here. The geese come and go between several small nearby ponds and lakes.
These Egyptian Geese originated in North Africa and were brought to Florida a number of years ago by someone to be golf course pond pets or farm pets. They are escapees. In any event, I doubt that there are many of the Egyptian Geese here in Florida. The geese hang out with the numerous Canada Geese and also occasionally with the White Ibis. They are grass eaters just like the Canada Geese. I took these pictures during the Summer here and have included a picture of part of beautiful Paradise Park. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
We still have power as of 9:30am so I am posting this. We have a bit of wind and a lot of rain. The storm itself will be in the Daytona area in another hour or so, and that is when it will be the closest to us here. I will let you all know what happens. So far, so good. The track of the storm is farther East off shore which is helpful to us (the coast will still be highly affected).