A Pied-billed Grebe
The Sharon Wiechens Nature Preserve in The Villages is a community treasure of a place! I really enjoy visiting this lake-side preserve here. I made a short trip there yesterday afternoon and saw quite a few different birds. I spotted two Southern Bald Eagles; a Pied Billed Grebe; a flying hen Mallard Duck; a Great Egret; a Glossy Ibis; a nesting Moorhen; and a few Boat-tailed Grackles.
I also saw a few Common Coots there at the preserve. Usually I spot something different when we visit each time. There is a fantastic boardwalk deck overlook which loops around into the lake itself over the shallow marsh. I also occasionally go up onto the wooden observation deck structure for a quick look around. I did not see any Sherman’s Fox Squirrels this trip. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
A Great Egret
Male Boat-tailed Grackles
A Glossy Ibis
Southern Bald Eagles (From a distance)
A Hen Mallard
Common Moorhen on its Nest
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!
I took these pictures of the little sparrow last week. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
American Robins visited in a huge flock of several hundred birds along with about that same number of Boat-tailed Grackles on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, in my neighborhood. Almost every one of the trees along my street here were bustling with birds!
American Robins are not true robins at all. These birds are members of the Thrush family of birds. I have observed that most of the American Robins like staying in taller trees. These birds usually feed on the ground and enjoy earthworms, grubs, and insects. They also will take seeds, berries and fruits. This bunch of birds were here for a few hours and then moved onward. I think they were a migratory flock. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Palm Warblers, Eastern Bluebirds, and a lone Tufted Titmouse were spotted in the past week here in my neighborhood. One of the Palm Warblers was seen below ornamental grass at Paradise Park in The Villages, FL. The other birds were in my own yards. It is great to see all the newly arriving songbirds who have migrated here for the Winter! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo. Enjoy!
Eastern Bluebird male
A Northern Mockingbird, juvenile male Northern Cardinal, a sweet Morning Dove, and a Palm Warbler in the grass were all spotted along my street this last weekend. Not much going on other than the big wading birds and ducks on the ever-shrinking local park lakes (I have seen a large number of Seagulls in recent days on the water). It has been quite windy and cooler here. We are also in a drought which is not helping matters. Hopefully rain is in the forecast here in coming days. Wishing everyone a very happy 2017! Happy birding!
This Goldfinch was the lone bird at my neighbor’s tray feeder. By the way, I believe the bird is a hen. It was a windy morning so I did not see many songbirds at all other than the finch and an all-too-quick male Northern Cardinal that escaped before I could get its picture taken.
My neighbor had a triple feeder set-up which is very good as it offers a variety of different seeds and feed to suit the needs of different birds. Some love Niger, and some love Sunflower while still others like Milo. The finch loves the Niger and also the Milo. Some also will take broken sunflower seeds. I took the pictures on Dec. 18, 2016. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!