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Sherman's Fox Squirrel (Monkey Squirrel)

Sherman’s Fox Squirrel (Monkey Squirrel)

Hawks, Coots, Sherman’s Fox Squirrels, Common Moorhens, a handsome male Northern Cardinal, and several male Red-winged Blackbirds were all spotted yesterday afternoon at the Sharon Rose Wiechens Preserve at The Villages, Florida.

It was a dreary rainy afternoon but we did see a fair amount of wildlife there at the preserve.  I always adore the Sherman’s Fox Squirrels there.  I usually see three of the beautiful squirrels in the lawn just near the walkway.  By the way, the  Sherman’s Fox Squirrels come in different coat colorations with some like the one shown, being light-furred.  Many are darker brown.  Yesterday, I only saw two squirrels, one was off in the distance.

There were plenty of Common Coots in Lake Deaton.  I saw a huge raft of the coots floating and rising up and down on the lake off in the distance.  I think the presence of a hawk or two made the coots wary.

In spite of the weather, I always enjoy going to this new preserve in the Southern end of The Villages development.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger image.  Enjoy!





Hawk (Possibly a Red-shouldered?)

Hawk (Possibly a Red-shouldered?)


Male Red-winged Blackbird

Male Red-winged Blackbird

Male Northern Cardinal

Male Northern Cardinal


Coots in the distance

Comments on: "Critters at the Sharon Rose Wiechens Preserve" (8)

  1. Hello, the squirrel is so cute! Their coloration is pretty. I always enjoy seeing the coots and the moorhen! They are not common birds seen around my area. Great photos! Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

    • Hi Eileen, Not that many Moorhens but loads of Coots here. I also spotted a Coyote yesterday but did not have a camera or my phone with me to snap a picture. That Coyote was near one of the small lakes and a golf course far from the preserve. We do have Coyotes here but so far they are not creating a tremendous problem (The Coyotes keep rodents down and munch on rabbits, squirrels, and waterfowl/wading birds generally). Have a fabulous day tomorrow and thanks for your great comments!

  2. It’s very good to see that there are new preserves being created!

    • Hi Montucky, Yes, I agree! Florida has a ton of wildlife and many new developments so people have to set lands aside for the critters. Our leaders/builder have done well to set preserves aside + golf courses with ponds. Have a great day tomorrow!

  3. I love the Red-winged Blackbirds and even though I keep reading that we have them around here, I haven’t seen one in several years. We have had a fairly mild March so far (supposed to go down to 33 on the 20th)—so things are beginning to sprout and grow… We have lots of Daffodils, Crocuses and Hyacinths… The Forsythia is beginning to bloom… Nothing much yet from the RedBuds or fruit trees….

    Looks like a great preserve to visit… I’ve never seen one of those squirrels before…

    Would you all ever move to The Villages???

    • Hi Betsy, Happy your bulbs are out and brightening the Spring scene in your beautiful yard! Yes, we live full-time in The Villages, having moved here in July from Marion County (Ocala area). We both love the community with all the wildlife, recreation, and nice people! Have a terrific day tomorrow! Enjoy your lush yard!

  4. those squirrels are so cool.

    • Hi Tex, Yes, I like them quite a lot. They are pretty and are a lot larger than most other kinds of squirrels. ” Bubba’s” first cousin? Probably! Ha! Have a great day tomorrow!

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