Lizard on the pick-up truck
Tri-colored Heron at Lake Paradise
Tri-colored Heron, Anhinga, Ducks, Ibis
I took these photographs of various wading birds, a Grey Squirrel, and a lounging lizard here in my community during the last couple of weeks. We have been having a lot of afternoon monsoonal storms so I have not been out getting new pictures in the last few days. I hope to be out and about taking new pictures in coming days. I hope you will enjoy these looks at life around the local park lakes. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo.
Mallard Ducks at Lake Paradise
Grey Squirrel at Paradise Park
Snowy Egret at Swartz Park
House Finches are sweet attractive little songbirds. A small flock of the House Finches lives here on my street. These little guys love to grab a bite to eat at my neighbor’s bird feeder.
Finches love Niger Seed, Black Sunflower Seed, and mixed prepared commercial bird seed. The male here is the one with the red chest and the females are streaky brown. The females look very similar to sparrows, female black birds, and female cowbirds but slightly smaller. I took these pictures last weekend. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photograph. Enjoy!
Brown Thrashers have made their home in my neighborhood recently. These attractive songbirds are close relatives of the Northern Mockingbirds, and Catbirds. They even are very expert at singing! In reading up on the gorgeous rusty-brown and beige birds, I found that they can sing about 1,000 different tones. They only sing three notes at a time, but they can repeat the pattern or change the three notes. Very accomplished musical birds, and pretty, too!
The Brown Thrashers eat nearly all kinds of insects, worms, grubs, seeds, nuts, and fruits. I most often see the Brown Thrashers hunting on the ground. They seem pretty wary and I usually cannot get anywhere near them before they fly off. I took these pictures on my street here yesterday. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that picture. Enjoy!
A Reader Has Five Free Young Mallard Ducks to Re-Home! Help Needed Near Baton Rouge, LA
I have a reader who is trying to find a new home for five young Mallard Ducks that she cannot keep where she lives. The ducks are about 4-5 months old now. The five ducks are located in a area close to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. If you can take the ducks please let the family know by commenting here (I will forward your e-mail). I also appreciate suggestions of places this family can contact if there are no readers who are able to re-home the ducks. Please note: This is a
one time only thing for me. I generally stay away from involvement in re-homing, or organizations and causes here on this blog. Many thanks for any help. Wildlifewatcher 7/17/16
These Eastern Blue Jays have made their home in my neighborhood this year. There are a few pairs here that frequent bird feeders, bird baths, and our Oaks and shrubbery. These jays enjoy a lot of seeds and fruit but also occasionally enjoy insects. The Eastern Blue Jays are widespread in most of the Midwest, South, Southeast and Eastern USA.
The Eastern Blue Jays are one of the two types of Blue Jay we have in Florida. The other kind of jay is the Florida Scrub Jay which is a very different-looking bird. The Florida Scrub Jays are getting very rare. I have not seen a Scrub Jay in my neighborhood. The Scrub Jays mostly live in undeveloped land with lots of native shrubs and low trees. I took these pictures both last week and this past weekend. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
Little Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
I took these pictures this past Saturday during the early evening, at little Paradise Lake in The Villages, Florida. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
Florida Mottled Duck
The geese are so smart that they have learned to bump the bird feeder pole and get a shower of tasty seeds to fall to the ground. Here at the little neighborhood park lake which is a residential lake as well, the waterfowl have all learned to take advantage of certain bird feeders for some extra chow!
I don’t know if the owners know the true reason for the waterfowl crowd being in their yard, but it is a interesting situation to observe. Poor squirrels may be getting a bad rap! Ha! Who can say? I do know that the Canada Geese, Florida Mottled Ducks, White Ibis, Double Crested Cormorants, and the Egyptian Geese sure love pecking up the bits of bird food scattered around the shoreline backyard! I took these pictures this last weekend. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!