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It really is a little one - American Alligator

Juvenile Alligator, Early March 2016

The area where this Walmart shopping center is located on CR 466 is generally called the “Buffalo Ridge” area near The Villages, FL. It is across the highway from the charter schools.   There are two small ponds at the right side of the shopping area and I often visit these bodies of water to spot a variety of wildlife.  By the way, the juvenile Alligator is now about four feet long!  Alligators grow quickly and especially so when there is a lot of food in their environment.

I often see Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Great Blue Herons, a Little Blue Heron, Anhingas, Coots, Moorhens, and various ducks in the two ponds.  This also is where I saw that big flock of Cattle Egrets a few weeks ago.  The larger of the two ponds is directly at the side of the Walmart parking lot.  That larger pond often has more going on as far as bird life.  Always fun to see which big birds are around!  By the way, I love love love, the pizza at NYPD Pizza, which is at the shoreline of the smaller of the two ponds!  No, they have not given me any consideration for this unofficial review!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

The Larger of the Two Ponds

Male Red-winged Blackbird

Male Red-winged Blackbird

Anhinga

Anhinga

 

 

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Double Crested Cormorant

Double Crested Cormorant

Juvenile Alligator, April 9, 2016

Juvenile Alligator, April 9, 2016

 

 

 

Comments on: "More Wildlife Sightings at the Walmart Pond" (5)

  1. Hello, you do see a nice variety of birds. The gator is growing quickly. I like teh Snowy Egret and the Redwing Blackbird shots. Wonderful photos. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

  2. Hi Linda, You do have a huge variety of birds and critters down there. Bet you enjoy birding these days!!! Our weather has finally warmed up and the big trees are starting to change.

    I was SO ready for Spring —but when it gets hot, I’ll be complaining again… ha ha

    Have an awesome Birdie Day.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

  3. You sure have a lot of wildlife to see there. That looks like a very happy little alligator. I hope he doesn’t get himself into trouble!

  4. such a cool place! the juvie allie is sort of cute! 🙂

  5. Great variety at your Walmart Pond! I have a Walmart Pond in Delaware, I sneak over there as often as I can! One of my recent posts, I shared a lifer (ring-necked duck) from that pond. Goes to show you never know what you’ll find where, even at Walmarts! 🙂

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