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Almost Wordless Wednesday: Waterfowl

Mallard and Hybrid Mallard Mottled Ducks

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Hybrid Male Mallard and Florida Mottled Duck

Common Coot

Lesser Scaup Drake (male)

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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

Lots of Waterfowl and Wading Birds

Sandhill Cranes at a pond on Morse near Live Oak Park

Egrets, Herons, Wood Storks, Sandhill Cranes, Anhingas, Double-crested Cormorants, Seagulls, and Common Coots were all spotted here on Freedom Pointe Lake and Lake Sumter in The Villages, FL this last weekend.  What a bunch of wonderful birds to observe!

This area has a lot of ponds, small lakes and medium lakes plus marsh lands so there is a great many spots to observe the wildlife.  We get a lot of different species of birds here in the Winter months.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version.  Enjoy!

Cormorants, Egrets and Seagulls at Freedom Pointe Lake

Wood Storks and Anhingas

Great Blue Heron at Freedom Pointe Lake

 

A Raft of Common Coots on Lake Sumter

A Common Coot on Lake Sumter

A Double-Crested Cormorant on Freedom Pointe Lake

Pelicans on the Pond!

White Pelicans are Winter visitors here in The Villages, Florida.  We love seeing the large flocks that appear around the beginning of December and stay through February and sometimes, March.  We have a lot of small lakes brimming with fish, frogs, small turtles, baby alligators and larger aquatic insects for the big birds to dine on.

The pelicans are accompanied by Double Crested Cormorants which dive and herd the fish to help both species catch their meals.

I also noted a number of beautiful Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets both in their breeding plumage, were with the pelicans and cormorants.  All these birds were sunning themselves on the shoreline of the lovely El Santiago golf course pond (on Enrique Dr.) yesterday morning.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Wordless Wednesday: Great and Snowy Egrets

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Migrating Hooded Merganser Ducks

This small flock of Hooded Merganser Ducks arrived at Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL, earlier last week.  These are migrating ducks who are late Fall and Winter visitors to Florida.  The male or drake duck is the more colorful of the pair.  These ducks have a fold or hood of skin and feathers that the bird raises if alarmed or aroused.  That is why the ducks are named the way they are.

Hooded Mergansers are diving ducks that eat fish, frogs, larger tadpoles, baby alligators and larger aquatic insects.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Waterfowl Wednesday: Lots of Ducks

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Mottled Ducks and Mallard Ducks were all spotted at Lake Paradise near Schwartz Park and Boone Park yesterday at dusk (about 5:15pm).  I am starting to see more ducks each week here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

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