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A Flock of Snowy Egrets

Snowy Egrets were spotted as a small flock of perhaps ten birds, at the lovely little “Golf View Lake” pond behind the Paradise Recreation Center and Mark Twain Library here in The Villages, Florida on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 in the afternoon.  This is likely a migratory flock on its way up North.  It is very unusual to see so many Snowy Egrets (and probably seven Great Egrets) together.  There also was a White Pelican, several Double-crested Cormorants, a Great Blue Heron, and two Canada Geese at the pond while I was there.

These are fish and frog-eating birds that wade in the shallows of ponds, streams, lakes and marshes to catch their prey with the sharp long bill.  Snowy Egrets are small white egrets with mustard yellow legs and feet with a black bill.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

 

Common Moorhen, Purple Gallinule and Common Coot

Purple Gallinule

The Rail family of birds includes moorhens, gallinules and coots.  All are marsh birds that have a chicken-like appearance but act more like wading birds and ducks.  All eat a variety of seeds, and mostly aquatic insects (some land based worms and grubs too).

The Common Moorhen is black for the males and brown for the hens with a red fleshy area over their beak.  The Purple Gallinule is a flashy turquoise with purple accents and the red fleshy area over the beak.  The Common Coot is black with the white fleshy area over the beak.  All behave fairly the same.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.

Common Moorhen

Common Coot

Purple Gallinule

 

 

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Herons

Great Blue Heron

These all were spotted here in The Villages, FL in recent days.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that picture.  Enjoy!

 

Little Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Tri-colored Heron

White Pelicans at Local Ponds

 

White Pelicans are Winter visitors here in The Villages, FL.  In the Northern sections of the community, White Pelicans are mostly spotted at Freedom Pointe on El Camino Blvd. and at the lovely Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course on the driving range pond.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photograph.  Enjoy!

 

Wordless Wednesday: Wood Storks

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Ducks & Ten Years!

 

Hen Bufflehead Duck

 

Seldom seen ducks such as Pintails, Blue Winged Teal, and a lone Bufflehead (my favorite duck), were here in The Villages, FL, on December 26, 2019 in the Northern areas of the community (Souliere Villas ponds and Lopez Legacy Golf Driving Range pond).  Other ducks such as Whistlers were seen at Lake Mira-mar and at the little Glenview Country Club ponds on Buena Vista at El Camino.

I can’t believe it is now the Tenth Anniversary of this blog!  Wow!  A big thank you to all who enjoy these posts!

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the pictures.  Happy New Year to everyone!

Mallards & Canada Geese

Pintail Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks

 

Pintail Ducks

Northern Shoveler Ducks

Hen Bufflehead Duck

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Handsome Heron!

Great Blue Herons are now in their breeding finery.  I photographed one such heron on 12/26/19 at a natural pond area on the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course, in The Villages, FL, along the multi-modal path down the middle of the course.  What a lovely bird!  By the way, I have mentioned it before quite a while ago, but my real-life name is Linda Woody.  I am visiting other blogs a lot more and want to be clear about who I am.  I just like the moniker “wildlifewatcher” a lot.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

 

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