This tiny bird is a male Downy Woodpecker. It is among the smallest of the woodpeckers in the United States. You can tell it is a male by that red spot on the crown of its head.
The Downy was pecking away at a larger branch in my Live Oak Trees when I spotted it. It flitted around from branch to branch in search of insects. Sometimes when the bird drills or pecks it is done to communicate, other times the drumming or pecking is to drill a hole or enlarge a hole for either a nesting place, or a storage unit. The other reason for pecking, is to discover and dislodge insects in the bark of the tree.
I always love seeing these birds! This is the first woodpecker here in quite a long time. I wish the light was better when I took the pictures. The Live Oaks in the yard are gigantic and are very shady. I had a hard time getting a decent picture and have resorted to heavy editing to show the bird in a way you can see a bit of what the fellow looks like. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
White Pelicans stop here in The Villages, Florida during their Winter migration. I really love seeing the big gatherings of the huge beautiful birds! I saw this flock fishing as a group in a pond on Pinellas Drive here at the Evans Prairie wetlands area, on Saturday, April 9, 2016. There also were Double Crested Cormorants, Great Egrets, a Great Blue Heron, and a couple of Little Blue Herons plus ducks and coots around! What a mob!
I don’t think this is the same flock I had seen a couple of weeks ago in the North end of the community on El Camino Real. I am always so pleased when I see the White Pelicans, which by the way, are mostly fresh water-loving birds. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!