Male House Finch
House Finches, House Sparrows, and a male Northern Cardinal were spotted in the front yards in my neighborhood on a misty morning yesterday (Sunday). It was one of the rare days when there were many small birds browsing for seeds and insects in the yards. Often it is quite hard to spot the smaller birds here due to the shade of the huge Live Oak Trees. I so enjoy seeing all the large and tiny birds here in The Villages, FL! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Northern Cardinal and House Finch
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!
This male Eastern Bluebird was busy inspecting out a potential new home for itself and probably its mate. The cozy tiny space was likely pecked-out by a busy woodpecker some weeks or months ago up in the heights of my backyard Live Oak Tree. Winter is approaching and the bluebirds are eager to have their warm dry home. I took these pictures yesterday, November 3, 2016. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
I am posting early and probably will not post tomorrow. We will have a tropical storm or hopefully not, a hurricane around. I live in Central Florida on the very Southern edge of where this storm from the Gulf of Mexico is expected to pass over Florida. I do not expect trouble but our Internet service sometimes goes out in bad weather so I wanted to let you know why I am posting early.
I hope you will enjoy seeing this pair of Northern Mockingbirds that live here on my street and mostly in a nearby neighbor’s yard. For awhile, I had hoped they would nest in my bushes but alas they did not. The pair chose the neighbors shrubbery instead. These birds are clever mimics and here love to confuse the residents with their sweet sounds of Northern Cardinals, and even Palm Warblers. Ha! Both birds of this pair, also do enjoy perching on the corner street sign. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. As ever, enjoy! I doubt we will have a rough go during the storm. Everything should be just fine and I will post again on Wed. as usual.
House Finches, Morning Doves, Northern Mockingbirds, White Ibises, a Carolina Wren, and a male Northern Cardinal were all spotted in the past few days here on my street or in my yard. A neighbor has a very popular bird feeder that is patronized by many of the birds I saw this week!
The White Ibis flock casually strolls the neighborhood’s streets in search of tasty bites of worms, insects and the like. The Ibises are not here every day but do come by several times a month. One of the ibises sure had a vividly red face, legs and feet, didn’t it? We delight in seeing them! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. As ever, enjoy!
House Finch male
Northern Cardinal male
This tiny cutie is a Blue-grey Gnatcatcher. The Gnatcatchers are lovely useful migratory visitors here in my area of Central Florida. These light grey birds flit around my Live Oak Trees trying to catch a Mosquito, “No-see-um”, or other small flying insects.
The Blue-grey Gnatcatcher is just about the same size as a Carolina Wren, or a Black-capped Chickadee. I am very happy to have these little birds here! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the very slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
Blue Jays, Carolina Wrens, Egrets and Ibises were all spotted here in my development in the last several days. I was taking pictures around my yard a couple of days ago and spotted a pair of Carolina Wrens and two Eastern Blue Jays. The Blue Jays were noisy sassy and flighty. It was hard to take their picture because they kept darting into the shaded leafy areas of the Oaks.
Traveling a bit farther in my housing development, I watched Great Egrets, and adult and juvenile White Ibises at two different rainfall retention ponds here yesterday afternoon. These ponds are drying up and only the largest water retention pond here, which is near the fitness center, has much water in it now. That particular pond gets sprinkler irrigation run-off from surrounding lawn areas so it stays wet longer. I took these pictures on July 28, 2014, and again on July 29, 2014. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
The Tufted Titmouse is one of the cutest of the songbirds. Titmice have arrived here with Carolina Wrens. The Tufted Titmice are grey birds with large, appealing black eyes, a small crest on top of their head, and apricot coloring on their sides under the wings. The Titmice eat insects but they love seeds fruits and nuts.
My neighbor has put up a bird feeder which has Sunflower Seeds and other bird seed. I plan to add a bird feeder to my back yard. In addition to having bird feeders up, the smaller birds may come around more often now that the neighborhood Hawk has recently been run-off by the Crows. I took these pictures on September 29, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Black & White Warbler
Black and White Warblers, Tufted Titmice, Carolina Chickadees and Carolina Wrens were all flitting around the shady leaves of the Live Oaks here on my street. I took these pictures on a hot Florida afternoon. These songbirds were likely attracted by the numerous caterpillars up among the shady canopy of leaves in these massive Oaks. I also have noticed that it may be molting season for many of these small birds.
I took a picture of a beautiful but rather ragged-looking Eastern Bluebird the day before I took the pictures of the Warbler, Titmice, Chickadee and Wren. All of these birds enjoy eating caterpillars, small insects, and spiders. The Black and White Wrens and the Carolina Chickadee are occasional visitors to my neighborhood, while the Tufted Titmice and Carolina Wrens are pretty regularly seen resident birds. I took these pictures on July 26-27. 2013 in my yard and from my neighbor’s yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Eastern Bluebird in Molt
Black and White Warbler
This little Tufted Titmouse was feasting on some type of small insect that was contained in the leaves of this small tree. Tufted Titmice are grey birds with a top-knot crest and appealing big black eyes. The call they make is like a person whistling for a dog to come. Kind of like a”Wee-whee-whee” that is repeated a few times.
These birds are primarily interested in eating insects but also like seeds, nuts and bites of fruit. The male and female Titmice look-alike. I have seen just a few of these fun birds here in my new neighborhood in Florida. I took these pictures from the area across the street from my home on the banks of the rainfall collection basin, on July 1, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!