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Sandhill Cranes Part 2

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The Sandhill Cranes suddenly appeared on Saturday night at twilight (12/14/17) at the little neighborhood Lake Paradise here in The Villages, Florida.  I took these pictures at Swartz Park.  There were twenty-one Sandhill Cranes in all.  The Sandhill Cranes are enjoying the low water levels which make hunting for aquatic insects, small fish, crustaceans, and even aquatic plants, very easy.  I believe these are migrating birds.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!dsc_2675-1

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Sandhill Cranes Part 1 of 2

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Sandhill Cranes arrived at the little neighborhood Paradise Lake here on Saturday night (12/14/17) at twilight.  First I spotted two of the big birds and then the rest of the flock flew in.  It was quite the sight!  The lake is very low again so I think the Sandhill Cranes like the mudflat sandbars in the middle of the lake.  I spotted twenty-one cranes at Swartz Park!

I believe this flock of Sandhill Cranes are migrating from up North.  I think that we do have a few here that are native to Florida as well that may be among the bunch.  One of the Sandhill Cranes is either a leucastic genetic mutation bird, or is a hybrid between the Whooping Crane and Sandhill Crane.  That individual is a lot lighter in color than the other twenty cranes.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

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Halloween Birds (Just for fun)

What is under your dock? Hmm?

What is under your dock? Hmm?

Happy Halloween!  Here are some of my collection of rather strange pictures just for a bit of crazy fun!  You won’t see such a great picture of a headless bird here very often.  Ha!  Enjoy!

Lurking

Lurking

The Headless Heron

The Headless Heron

The Ghostly Singing Midnight Anhinga

The Ghostly Singing Midnight Anhinga

 

This Blog’s Anniversary!

Red-headed Woodpecker, Crossville, TN

Red-headed Woodpecker, Crossville, TN

Lake St. George, Fairfield Glade, TN

Lake St. George, Fairfield Glade, TN

 

Wood Stork, Sumter County, FL

Wood Stork, Sumter County, FL

 

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Lake St. George, Fairfield Glade, TN

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American Robins, Marion County, FL

 

 

Great Horned Owlet, Sholom Park, Ocala, FL

Great Horned Owlet, Sholom Park, Ocala, FL

This month is the sixth anniversary of this blog! How time flies  I started out talking about the critters I saw daily while we lived along the shoreline of a beautiful lake in a residential resort near Crossville, in Cumberland County, Tennessee.   Next, we lived a year at a little six acre place also in the Crossville, TN area.

Finally, we decided to make the move South to warmer Florida were we lived in Marion County near Ocala, and now live in Lake County, Florida.

A big thank you to all of you who read the blog! I appreciate you!   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version.  These are some older snapshots I know you will enjoy revisiting.  Enjoy!

Green Heron, Dunnellon, Fl

Green Heron, Dunnellon, Fl

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron, Sumter County, FL

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Ocala, FL

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Ocala, FL

 

The Little Farm in Crossville, TN

The Little Farm in Crossville, TN

Roseate Spoonbills Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve, Sanibel Island, FL

Roseate Spoonbills
Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve, Sanibel Island, FL

Lake Sumter, The Villages, FL

Lake Sumter, The Villages, FL

 

American White Ibises

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American White Ibises seem to be around in this area in many spots.  Most are gathered on the shorelines of the little park lakes but some also are roaming the neighborhood grazing on lawns.  The American White Ibises eat insects and worms mainly but also enjoy seeds and sometimes plants.

American Ibises are found in marshes and along bodies of water in addition to parks and sometimes, neighborhood lawns, here in Florida.  Occasionally American White Ibises can be spotted in other warm weather semi-tropical states, usually along the Gulf of Mexico, and Georgia or South Carolina near or on the Atlantic coast (I have also heard of some Ibises being seen in Southern California once in a while).

The Ibises are big flock social birds and like being with geese, ducks, herons, egrets, and the Wood Storks.  Ibises seem to be quite placid and content and people can easily observe the birds from a distance without spooking them – at least here in suburbia that is true.  I took most of these pictures last evening at dusk, with the exception being that of the white adult with the brown-colored juvenile which I took back in August also at the same lake.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

 

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Just Crows

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Crows have been here on my street a lot lately.  I took these photographs on May 2, 2015.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of that picture.  Enjoy!

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