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Coots, Common Gallinules “Moorhens”, and Purple Gallinules

Purple Gallinule

Coots, Common Moorhens, and Purple Gallinules are seen in The Villages, FL on occasion and mostly in the shallow marshes or prairies.  I often spot these birds at the Sharon Rose Wiechens Nature Preserve.  The Coots are migratory and usually seen in the Winter here and are often on Lake Sumter in large numbers.  The Moorhens and Purple Gallinules are year around resident birds with the Moorhens being a lot more commonly seen (pardon the pun).

The Coots are a charcoal black with a white face for both of the sexes.  The Purple Gallinules are a vivid blue and purple with a yellow blue and red bill.  The Common Gallinule or Moorhen, resembles the coot but has a red face and the females are brown with the red face.  The Coots, Common Moorhens and Purple Gallinules all are Rails.  These birds have a loud cry when alarmed and also sound a bit like a chicken clucking when in their normal communication mode.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.

Purple Gallinule

Male Common Moorhen or Common Gallinule

Hen Common Gallinule or Moorhen

 

Coot

Coots with a Moorhen

Coots

Farewell to the Pelicans

Most of the White Pelicans have started leaving for their homes up North now.  I have only seen just a handful of the big white birds around here in the last week.  We still have several groups of the cormorants but those too, will be off on their Spring migration very soon.

I took most of these pictures within the past month here on the ponds and small lakes at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course; Freedom Pointe Lakes; La Hacienda Golf Course pond; and Golf View Lake pond, and Lake Paradise.  These are all places where year after year, I have spotted White Pelicans in Winter months.

The White Pelicans arrive in December and leave around the first two weeks of April here.  We did have a few stick around all year long this past year here.  That was unusual.  Our ponds here have been fished heavily with all the pelicans, cormorants, fishing ducks and wading birds that have been here these last few months.  It was wonderful to see the pelicans and I will eagerly await their return next Winter!  Please click on the thumbnail images to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

 

Sandhill Cranes in The Villages, FL

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Egrets in Central Florida

Great Egret

Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets and Cattle Egrets are the three types of egrets that are commonly seen here in Central Florida.  The largest is the Great Egret.  The smallest is the Snowy Egret with the Cattle Egret being the chunky middle-sized one of the three.  There is a Reddish Egret that is rarely seen and I have only once gotten a photo of that egret.  That Reddish Egret looks like a magenta version of the Little Blue Heron.  The smaller herons are actually egrets so it is no wonder they all have similar characteristics.

The Great Egret is one that sometimes goes away from the water to forage in shrubbery for snakes and lizards, mice and larger insects to eat.  The Cattle Egret likes to walk around pastures where horses or cattle are present.  You also occasionally see Cattle Egrets at ponds and lakes where they will drink and occasionally hunt.  The Snowy Egret has yellow legs and feet and a slender black bill and is mostly seen on the shore or in shallow water of ponds and lakes and marshes.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Cattle Egret

Snowy Egret

Great Egret

Water Birds at a Local Golf Pond

White Pelicans, a mob of Cormorants, seven Wood Storks, and a few Great Egrets were all at the little Golf View Lake near Paradise Park in The Villages, Florida on March 7, 2019 at dusk.  I was thrilled to still be seeing the pelicans as they soon will flock-together for the long flight Northward.

Imagine being a home-owner on the pond’s shoreline and finding seven young Wood Storks sitting happily in your backyard near the water!  I think most who own water-front homes, do expect this kind of unique short-term visitors.  Ha!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version fo that photo.  Enjoy!

 

 

Almost Wordless Wednesday!

An Anhinga hanging on for dear life in high winds

I took these photographs here in The Villages, FL, during this past weekend at the Freedom Pointe Lakes.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Snowy Egret

Wood Stork

Great and Snowy Egrets

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

Wordless Wednesday: A Few Wading Birds

Green Heron

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Tri-colored Heron

Wood Storks

Juvenile Little Blue Heron

 

Glossy Ibis

Great Egret

Adult Little Blue Heron

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

Wordless Wednesday: White Pelicans in The Villages, FL

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