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American White Ibises, a Great Egret, a pair of Lesser Yellowlegs and a songbird (a female Red-winged Blackbird?) were all busily trying to find their meal at the rapidly shrinking large rainfall retention pond on Friday, August 1, 2014.  As you can see, this, the largest of the ponds in this development, is drying up quickly.

The one adult Ibis , as well as that brown-colored  juvenile Ibis, had been at this pond all week.  The Yellowlegs had just arrived on Friday as far as I can tell.  All of these birds seemed to be in search of insects as there are no fish at the pond.  Perhaps there also were some small tadpoles  in the water there.  I was glad to have seen all these big birds here in recent days!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph.  As ever, I hope you enjoy seeing these pictures.







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Comments on: "At the Rainfall Retention Pond…" (6)

  1. i like when the birds forage in the mud and muck as it dries up. 🙂

    • Hi Theresa, Yes, it is interesting watching birds feeding. We got a little rain yesterday and more may come today so the pond’s water level may go up. That would be helpful for the larger birds. Have a super good day today!

  2. I wish I had one of these ponds near me! They attract some great birds.. Love the birds and the photos.. Enjoy your week!

    • Hi Eileen, We have a number of these rainfall basins here but only three really ever hold water for more than a couple of days. Of the three, the big one next to the fitness center is the one that is deep enough to be wet for weeks on end. The birds are attracted since people are not close and there is water and food there. Have a super great Tuesday tomorrow and a nice evening tonight.

  3. That’s a quite large pond. Does it ever dry up completely?

    • Hi Montucky, Yes, that rainfall basin pond has gone completely dry a few times in the year and a half that I have lived here. It has pretty steep lawn covered banks and I do not think it ever was meant to be a pond in the true sense. Rainfall retention basins are all over Ocala and in a lot of places here in Florida. They help get water back into the ground for replenishing our big aquifer. Have a great day tomorrow!

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