This Common Moorhen, a member of the Rail family of birds and a cousin to its almost look-alike, the Coot, was spotted at the Wal-Mart pond on CR-466, in The Villages, Florida last week.
Common Moorhens live happily in ponds, on the shorelines of lakes, and also in marshes. Occasionally they are also on rivers. These duck-like birds eat plants. They are attractive and harmless. The hens (I did not see any that day) are a brown color but similar in looks to the drakes, which are charcoal dark grey and white with a red patch above their bill or beak. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Four Glossy Ibis, a Bald Eagle, a pair of Sandhill Cranes, a Great Egret, a beautiful Tribute-colored Heron, Sherman’s Fox Squirrels, a Grey Squirrel, Common Moorhens, and a Little Blue Heron were all spotted at the wonderful Sharon Weichens Nature Preserve here in The Villages, Florida yesterday afternoon.
It had rained (thankfully) earlier in the day so the birds were out in force gobbling up many food items that had washed into the medium-sized lake at this beautiful preserve. I do not think I have ever spotted so many different types of birds and animals while there at the preserve. We were there at about 3:30 in the afternoon.
That Bald Eagle looks like it is starting a nest up on the high tension line tower. I was a long way away from the eagle and was happy I had the long lens. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. P.S. I will post more pictures I took today in a future post.
Little Blue Heron
Grey Squirrel with a nut
Sherman’s Fox Squirrel
Southern Bald Eagle
Mature White Pelican
White Pelicans, an American Alligator, Egyptian Geese, Sea Gulls, and a lot of Double Crested Cormorants all were spotted here in The Villages, Florida on the lovely little lake behind Freedom Pointe off of El Camino yesterday at Noon. Don’t worry, that ‘Gator seemed to be a smaller one! The alligators often can be seen here in the lakes and larger ponds. The pelicans and cormorants are migratory visitors to the area but the geese, egret and ibises are year-around residents. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
White Pelicans and Double Crested Cormorants
Cormorants and Pelicans
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These are Lesser Yellowlegs and probably Killdeer. There also were a bunch of very tiny shorebirds I don’t know the name of, but are possibly a kind of plover, strolling along the shoreline area. I took these pictures two weeks ago on the local neighborhood lake (this location on the lake is nearly dry now by the way). The shorebirds were hunting for tiny fish, tadpoles, aquatic insects and snails. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
This flock of White Ibis were roaming around my neighborhood the other day. The flock flew in and then went yard to yard in a group, trying to find tasty grubs or worms in the front yard lawns. It is amusing to watch these harmless fun big birds. They move in a formation that resembles cattle. I noted a juvenile among the flock. The juvenile is the one that is brown and white. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
American Robins visited in a huge flock of several hundred birds along with about that same number of Boat-tailed Grackles on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, in my neighborhood. Almost every one of the trees along my street here were bustling with birds!
American Robins are not true robins at all. These birds are members of the Thrush family of birds. I have observed that most of the American Robins like staying in taller trees. These birds usually feed on the ground and enjoy earthworms, grubs, and insects. They also will take seeds, berries and fruits. This bunch of birds were here for a few hours and then moved onward. I think they were a migratory flock. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!