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A Northern Mockingbird

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!

Wordless Wednesday: A Chipping Sparrow

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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!

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A Flock of Robins

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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!

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Little Sweeties

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

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

Eastern Bluebird male

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

Tufted Titmouse

Tufted Titmouse

Songbird Sightings

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

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!

Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

Mourning Dove

Mourning Dove

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

A Sweet Goldfinch

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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!

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Manatee Springs State Park, Part 2

Manatee Spring

Manatee Spring

Belted Kingfisher on the Suwanee River

Belted Kingfisher on the Suwanee River

Double Crested Cormorants on the Suwanee River

Double Crested Cormorants on the Suwanee River

 

This lovely Florida State Park has a 72 degree F fresh water spring, is on the banks of the Suwanee River, has a wonderful campground, and walking trails with a children’s playground area.  I saw many deer, nine, I think.  I also saw four armadillos.  There were a few wading birds, and songbirds, but there were perhaps a hundred Turkey Vultures (with a few Black Vultures in the bunch).

Almost every large tree on the Suwanee River at the mouth of the Manatee Springs stream, had many vultures perched on it!  It is an amazing sight to see a seventy foot tall Cypress tree festooned with buzzards (another name for vultures).

This park is not a zoo and all the animals are wild.  I was surprised to see the animals so boldly walking around were people were.

I recommend visiting Manatee Springs State Park.  A lovely place with a lot to see in a small park.  It is about six miles from the small town of Chiefland where there are several stores and restaurants.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Black Vulture

Black Vulture

Probably an Eastern Phoebe

Probably an Eastern Phoebe

 

Pied-billed Grebe on the Suwanee River

Pied-billed Grebe on the Suwanee River

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer

Juvenile Little Blue Heron at the Manatee Spring

Juvenile Little Blue Heron at the Manatee Spring

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