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Best of Eight Years of this Blog

Wood Stork (The Villages, FL)

Happy New Year!  Wildlife watching has been a pleasure the past eight years!  I am celebrating an amazing eight years of writing and sharing my photography on this blog.  Thank you to my loyal and new readers.  The purpose of this blog has always been to share the magnificent wildlife around us via the pictures and descriptions I give here.

I so appreciate everyone who participates via the comments section and occasionally gives me photography pointers or help identifying a particular bird.  You have been with me from Crossville, TN (and Fairfield Glade) to Ocala, Florida and now to The Villages, Florida.

A happy eight years of birding and enjoying the views of nature and occasionally other kinds of animals!  So again, Happy New Year and happy wildlife watching, wherever you may be!  As ever, please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  These are a few of my favorite pictures over the last eight years!

Green Heron (Fairfield Glade, TN on Lake St. George)

Grizzly Bear (Yellowstone National Park)

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks (Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, FL)

 

 

Osprey (at the Dora Canal in FL)

Golden Marmot (Yellowstone National Park)

White Pelicans (Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, FL)

 

 

Canada Geese (at the little farm in Crossville, TN)

Roseate Spoonbill Birds (Sanibel Island, FL)

White-tailed Deer (at the little farm in Crossville, TN)

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A Few Songbirds

Sparrow

A feisty Eastern Blue Jay, A Palm Warbler, an Eastern Bluebird, and a House Sparrow were all spotted here in my neighborhood and community last week.  I took these pictures early in the morning when it is probably the best time to see many birds out feeding.

There was a large flock of the warblers mixed-in with the sparrows visiting my street.  Both types of birds eat on the ground browsing for seeds in the lawns.  The Blue Jay was spotted at the Freedom Pointe lakeshore parking lot up in a big Live Oak.  The bluebird is seen from time to time on a neighbors roof.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Palm Warbler

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Blue Jay

Woodpecker Wednesday

This Red-bellied Woodpecker was quite noisily chatty when flying between a Washington Palm and a bountiful acorn-filled Live Oak at the shoreline of the pretty Freedom Pointe Lake here in The Villages, Florida on Sunday morning, Dec. 17, 2017.  I just love these boisterous birds!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Wildlife in Belize

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

I have been to Mexico and Belize on a one week cruise last week.  I only took pictures while in Belize for a single day, and enjoyed a couple hours on the Belize River while en-route to the Mayan ruins at Altun-ha.  On the river we saw about 10 Little Blue Herons in different spots; a few black Howler Monkeys; several Iguanas (males are orange), two Crocodiles; a Yellow-crowned Night Heron and a few tropical song-birds.

It was really interesting to see all the exotic and familiar (Little Blue Herons) wildlife there.  I hope to return to Belize some day.  It is a lovely place with interesting friendly folks!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Insect Bats

Tropical Songbird seen at Altun-ha Mayan ruins (Couch’s Kingbird?)

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

 

Male Iguana

Crocodile

Young Howler Monkeys

A Visit to Sunnyhill Restoration Area

View of the some of the fields near the parking area and educational building

Sunnyhill Farm Restoration Area near Weirsdale, FL, (19411 SE Hwy 42), is a spot I occasionally visit to just take in the beautiful river-side prairie swampland scenery.  This former working, now park,  is huge at over 2,000 acres!  Nearly all of the park is kept wild and is inhabited by river animals, prairie swamp animals and a variety of wading birds, ducks, and songbirds.

While we were there, we saw a pair of Sandhill Cranes along the road but there was not a good spot to stop to take the picture of them so we just went along our way (of course when we left the park, the cranes were long gone from the entrance road-way area).  My hubby and I spent about an hour walking along river and canal trails and enjoyed ourselves quite a lot yesterday afternoon.  The overcast and windy weather was not conducive for bird watching but we managed to spot a few different birds.  We saw a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks, a Great Blue Heron, a lone Eastern Bluebird and an Eastern Pewee bird.   We hope to go back again soon!  It is a lovely spot!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

A Red-shouldered Hawk

A Great Blue Heron

An Eastern Pewee Bird

 

 

The Ocklawaha River

A Red-shouldered Hawk

A male Eastern Bluebird

Waterfowl, Cranes, Birds, Squirrels, a Butterfly and Scenery!

A Great Egret

A Red-winged Blackbird, a Common Moorhen, a pair of Sandhill Cranes, a perched Great Egret, a partially submerged Anhinga, a trio of Double-crested Cormorants, a Pied-billed Grebe; Egyptian Geese; White Ibis; and a flock of Hooded Mergansers were all spotted here in The Villages, FL, late in the afternoon on Wednesday.  I also saw a most lovely Monarch Butterfly on some wild Aster flowers.

The Grey Squirrels here have become the rodent version of the ever-begging White Ibis!  When we parked the golf cart at Paradise Park, I immediately had four little squirrels come begging for any kind of hand-out treat that would be given.  I had to say sorry to the little cuties but someone else had already provided a few tasty peanuts.  I sure wish folks would stop feeding the wildlife here!  Oh well…

Such fun to get out in beautiful weather and see the birds squirrels and yes, butterflies.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that picture.  Enjoy!

A hen Moorhen

Male Red-winged Blackbird

A pair of Sandhill Cranes

 

A Scenic View of “Larry the Gator’s Pond”

Egyptian Goose and White Ibis

A Monarch Butterfly on an Aster flower

 

 

Grey Squirrel

Grey Squirrel

Anhinga

An Eastern Blue Jay and Two Mourning Doves

This Eastern Blue Jay was spotted on the lawn at Paradise Park in The Villages, Florida a few days ago.  I am thrilled to photograph the little birds as it seems all I ever do is take pictures of the larger exotic birds.

This Blue Jay is the more commonly seen blue jay here in Florida.  The other blue jay is the Florida Scrub Jay which is smaller and has a lot more of the blue and only a bit of white/grey.  The Scrub Jay is quite rare here now.  Both jays love nuts seeds and insects!  This one seems to have successfully hunted that morning and had a full belly.

The Mourning Doves were spotted on Sunday at the freshwater marsh where I spotted a lot of egrets and ducks.  The doves were perching on the fencing and were not bothered by my presence in any way.  These doves seemed to be very calm birds.

I enjoy being in the parks here and taking pictures of the various birds.  Always something to see on the lawns, in the trees, marsh preserves and of course, on the lakes.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

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