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Around the Neighborhood Lake at Schwartz Park

A pair of Egyptian Geese, a White Ibis, a Great Blue Heron and a drake Mallard Duck, were spotted today on a hot afternoon here in The Villages, Florida, on and at the shoreline of Paradise Lake at Schwartz Park.  Always fun to see the Egyptian Geese!  We have probably fifty Canada Geese on the lake so those Egyptian Geese have plenty of company among the waterfowl here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

A Small Flock of Ibis

Both adult Glossy Ibis and juvenile White Ibis were spotted with a few small Plover shore birds at a small rainfall retention pond in the Souliere Villas in The Villages, FL in Marion County.  There are two of these ponds adjacent to each other and both have been nearly empty now for a few weeks.  The marshy low water is attracting Little Blue Herons, Plovers, Glossy and White Ibis, Great Egrets, and a few Kildeer and Yellowlegs.  Great fun to get out in the golf cart and see these wonderful birds from the street!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Wading Birds at Freedom Pointe Lake in The Villages, FL

Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets and Tri-Colored Heron

Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Wood Storks, Anhingas, and a Tri-Color Heron were spotted this past week at the Freedom Pointe Lake in The Villages, FL.  This little lake borders a golf course, an assisted living complex, and a boulevard with golf cart multi-modal pathway.  It is often busy with wading birds during the Fall through Spring months.  I enjoy visiting this area as it is easy to see the birds from the path or the parking area.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Great Egret

Tri-colored Heron

 

Wood Stork

 

Great Egret

Snowy Egret, Cormorant, Great Egret

Great Blue Heron

Sandhill Cranes in The Villages, FL

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Songbirds: House Finches, Northern Cardinal, House Sparrow

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!

House Sparrow

House Finch

House Sparrow

 

 

House Finches

House Finches

Northern Cardinal and House Finch

Two Pairs of Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes are often spotted here in The Villages, Fl along golf courses, and grassy areas near water.  I spotted a pair this afternoon along the edge of the Arnold Palmer golf course on CR 466 and another pair on Morse Blvd. at the East side of the road on the parkway abutting the Schwartz Preserve.

These wading birds primarily eat grasses, seeds, and aquatic vegetation but occasionally also dine on insects, snails, and worms.  I most often see the cranes in twos but sometimes will spot a family group with colts and less often a large gathered flock.  I believe these to be Florida Sandhill Cranes.  I was thrilled to spot the cranes this afternoon!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

A Little Blue Heron and Friends

This Little Blue Heron and a pair of Mallard Ducks were spotted on the shore of a small pond in the Buffalo Plaza shopping area next to the NYPD Pizza restaurant on CR 466 in The Villages, FL on Friday at twilight.  I have sometimes seen a Little Blue Heron at this pond at times in the past during the Winter months.  There also was a camera shy Common Moorhen at the pond.

I have photographed birds at the pond before but it has been quite a while since I have seen much there.  I did check out the larger pond just to the Northeast on the Eastern side of the Walmart parking lot but did not see anything there other than a Great Egret.  Recently there has been some landscaping with the big grasses and reeds having been cut so perhaps that has affected the desirability of the pond for the big birds.  I also did not see any alligators.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Some Avian Villagers

Drake Hooded Merganser Duck

Tai-Colored Herons, Wood Storks, Hooded Merganser Ducks, Sandhill Cranes, White Ibis, Double-Crested Cormorants, Anhingas, and many more large exotic birds are seen here in The Villages, Florida on and in our many ponds and small lakes.  It also is not unusual to see a Great Egret strolling through the shrubbery on street parkways.

There are always many varieties of large and small birds around this community and its many neighborhoods to observe!  It is such a pleasant hobby to go out bird watching!  I am sure many of the readers here will agree!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo!  Enjoy!

Wood Stork

Double-Crested Cormorants

White Ibis

 

 

Sandhill Crane

Tri-Colored Heron

Anhinga Drying its Wings

Sandhill Cranes in The Villages, FL

A pair of Sandhill Cranes was spotted last night about 6:30pm in the Hacienda neighborhood, across the street from a golf course, here in The Villages, FL.  We have a year-around population of Sandhill Cranes which are native here in Florida.

Sandhill Cranes love browsing on tender grass on cool shady golf courses where there also usually is a pond for drinking water.  These cranes will eat insects and worms as well as aquatic plants, small fish, frogs and small turtles.

The cranes here in The Villages don’t seem terribly concerned by people being around as this pair were actually standing on the front lawn of a residence across the street from the course (and across the street from Sandhill Crane statues in a front yard).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

The Statues

A Snowy Egret

This beautiful Snowy Egret was spotted on the Chula Vista Executive Golf Course pond in The Villages, FL.  The egret was wading in the small shallow pond to fish for its meal of small fish, frogs, crayfish or smaller turtles.

Snowy Egrets are small, all white birds with a black bill, black legs, and bright yellow feet.  In breeding season which is late Winter and Spring, the birds have a glorious coat of long white plumage.

Most Snowy Egrets stay around the water until time to roost in a tall tree for the evening.  They do not usually hunt in shrubbery like their larger cousins the Great Egrets do. Snowy Egrets are fairly shy and don’t like being around people very much.  I usually see them by themselves or with one or two others but spread out on the shoreline. I always enjoy spotting these gorgeous birds!  Like many wading birds, it is easiest to spot the egrets in the early morning or very late afternoon hours.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

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