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Central Florida Ducks

Florida Mottled Ducks

Here are some of the commonly seen ducks here in The Villages during the Winter and early Spring months (some do stay all year long).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Blue-winged Teal Ducks

Hooded Merganser Ducks

Mallard Ducks

 

 

Northern Shoveler Ducks

Lesser Scaup Ducks

Mallard Ducks

Almost Wordless Thursday: Wading Birds

Great Egret

These photos were taken last week in The Villages, FL.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Little Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron, Tri-colored Heron &  Double Crested Cormorants

Snowy Egret

 

 

 

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Great Blue Heron

The Bald Eagle Family

Southern Bald Eagles are resident here in The Villages, FL.  This family were spotted at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course on the electric towers near the Mulberry Dog Park.  The parent eagles and one of the two eaglets of this family were perched on three different towers when I recently was out bird watching.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Wishing everyone a happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Enjoy!

Male Red-winged Blackbirds

Male Red-winged Blackbirds are very attractive songbirds!   They are black in color with a bright yellow and orange-red patch on the shoulder area of each wing.  The hens are a brown color without the colorful patch of yellow and red.

Red-winged blackbirds are mainly seen around bodies of fresh water.  They seem to thrive around marshes and enjoy eating the seeds of aquatic plants as well as many insects.  The males have a buzzy loud song that is memorable.  I always enjoy spotting these rather pretty songbirds!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

 

 

The Red-shouldered Hawk Visits

This Red-shouldered Hawk has recently moved into my neighborhood.  Transitory flocks of Cedar Waxwings are here feasting on the last of the Holly Berries, so it may be having many smaller birds nearby is what attracted this hawk to the neighborhood.  There also will soon be new ducklings at our neighborhood park lake.  Our neighborhood has many large trees which also suits the hawks.

This hawk was photographed on the front lawn of a home, and was looking at and consuming a very small bit of prey – likely a small mouse.  These birds of prey are carnivorous and hunt for small rodents, snakes, lizards, songbirds, ducklings, and eggs.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Almost Wordless Wildlife

Mallard Ducks

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of each of these photos I recently took here in The Villages, Florida.  Enjoy!

Belted Kingfisher

American White Pelicans & Sea Gulls

Snowy Egrets & Double-crested Cormorants

 

Drake Lesser Scaup Duck

White Ibis

Anhinga

Wood Storks (Up Close)

Wood Storks have been spotted here in The Villages at Glenwood Country Club pond, at Freedom Pointe Lake, and at Lake Mira-mar.  The two I saw at Lake Mira-mar were quite curious and came up close to me when I shot the photo from the golf cart (hence the close-ups).  I think tourists are still feeding the White Ibis and Wood Storks at Lake Mira-mar which is at Spanish Springs which is why the storks have lost fear of people and beg.  Sad.  Yes there is a sign telling people not to feed the birds but some still do so.  I do not.

The other lakes I mention, had Wood Storks that decidedly were not going to be near people at all.  Very wild and good.  Wood Storks stop by in the late Winter and again in about July.  Occasionally the Wood Storks are here at other times but not as many individual birds.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

 

A Family of Eagles in The Villages, FL

A pair of Southern Bald Eagles and their two eaglets were spotted on the nest up on the high tension electric line tower at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course here in The Villages, Florida on Tuesday, February 25, 2020.  This nest is along the multi-modal trail near the Mulberry Dog Park.

The parent eagles have used this nest for a few seasons now.  The two eaglets are about ready to fledge and fly away.  That is likely to happen in the next week or maybe two weeks as the eaglets were flapping their wings and sitting on the outer edge of their nest area.

Bald Eagles eat fish, and smaller rodents.  There are a few ponds on the golf course and of course there are rabbits and squirrels, too for a tasty meal.  I saw evidence of the dropped skeletal remains of such  plus a few dropped feathers, when I was under the tower trying to find a good idea of where to take these photos.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cedar Waxwings Swarm a Holly Oak

 

Cedar Waxwings are a lovely songbird that love to eat berries.  Our neighbors have three Holly Oak trees that are full of bright red and tasty for birds, berries.  A few days ago, I noticed a large flock of birds circling around the neighborhood alighting on tall trees and then moving on to another area of trees.

Since I believed that these birds were Cedar Waxwings from their appearance and behavior, I watched from a distance while the birds swarmed the Holly Oaks taking berries with abandon!  Quite the sight.  I had to stay pretty far away because whenever the birds spotted me, off they would fly.

I think my neighborhood is on the normal migration route for these birds on their trip back up North.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

 

 

Double-crested Cormorants in The Villages, FL

Double-crested Cormorants are water birds that are often found in the company of White Pelicans here in The Villages, Florida during the Winter months.  These dark brown and grey birds have an orange bill that has a slight hook at the tip, blue eyes, and orange-brown legs and feet.  Their feet are webbed like a duck.  After diving for food, they need to spread their wings out while perched to allow their feathers to dry out so they may fly.

Double-crested Cormorants mostly eat fish and are found here in lakes and ponds as well as marshes and along the sea coast.  They are great fliers and roost in tall trees.  Here in The Villages I often see many of these birds at Freedom Pointe Lake and at the little Golf View Lake pond near Lake Paradise.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

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