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Seagulls and Egrets

Seagulls, Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets have been here on the little park lakes in recent days.  The weather has been very windy here so the bird watching is not as active.  It is also nesting time.  I took these pictures at Lake Paradise which has a low water level now, and also at the lake behind Freedom Pointe here in The Villages, FL.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Wordless Wednesday

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A Lesser Yellowlegs with reflections on the lake

Lake Paradise is one of the little park lakes here in The Villages, Florida.  It is home to a variety of birds big and small.  The level of the lake is way down now.  We are in a drought.  This is a man-made lake and depends on rainfall for its water.

I spotted the Belted Kingfisher again.  I have photographed the bird several different times.  I also saw a pair of Canada Geese browsing up in the park near the shoreline.  There were about a hundred small shorebirds and Seagulls.  The shorebirds likely were some type of plovers and Lesser Yellowlegs.  I also saw a lone Snowy Egret and a lone Great Blue Heron.  The sad fact is that those shorebirds were wading in what should be the middle of the lake in mere inches of water.

Not many ducks at all this morning.  I took the pictures at about 8:00am.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Low water levels!

Canada Geese

Belted Kingfisher

 

 

 

Lesser Yellowlegs

Belted Kingfisher

Shorebirds (probably Plovers)

A Northern Mockingbird

I hear this Northern Mockingbird pretty often but only see the lively bird once in a while.  This time the song I heard was an imitation of the Northern Cardinal.

It makes me laugh when the Mockingbird suddenly changes its singing and out of the open beak, comes the song of a totally different species of bird.  Just like that, two or even three bird songs in a row.  Talented!

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Have a happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of these photos I took yesterday in my yard,  Enjoy!

 

 

A Male Downy Woodpecker

This tiny bird is a male Downy Woodpecker.  It is among the smallest of the woodpeckers in the United States.  You can tell it is a male by that red spot on the crown of its head.

The Downy was pecking away at a larger branch in my Live Oak Trees when I spotted it.  It flitted around from branch to branch in search of insects.  Sometimes when the bird drills or pecks it is done to communicate, other times the drumming or pecking is to drill a hole or enlarge a hole for either a nesting place, or a storage unit.  The other reason for pecking, is to discover and dislodge insects in the bark of the tree.

I always love seeing these birds!  This is the first woodpecker here in quite a long time.  I wish the light was better when I took the pictures.  The Live Oaks in the yard are gigantic and are very shady.  I had a hard time getting a decent picture and have resorted to heavy editing to show the bird in a way you can see a bit of what the fellow looks like.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Drake Common Moorhen

This Common Moorhen, a member of the Rail family of birds and a cousin to its almost look-alike, the Coot, was spotted at the Wal-Mart pond on CR-466, in The Villages, Florida last week.

Common Moorhens live happily in ponds, on the shorelines of lakes, and also in marshes.  Occasionally they are also on rivers.  These duck-like birds eat plants.  They are attractive and harmless. The hens (I did not see any that day) are a brown color but similar in looks to the drakes, which are charcoal dark grey and white with a red patch above their bill or beak.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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