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Male Red-Winged Black Birds

Red Winged Black Birds are commonly seen here in freshwater marshes such as the one at the lovely Sharon Wiechens Nature Preserve in The Villages, Florida.  These smaller birds flit from reed to reed and flower to flower in search of tasty insects for their meal.  The males are black with the gold and red bars on their wings.  The females are a streaky brown color.  The males have a buzzy call which is pretty distinctive.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

More Wildlife Sightings at the Walmart Pond

It really is a little one - American Alligator

Juvenile Alligator, Early March 2016

The area where this Walmart shopping center is located on CR 466 is generally called the “Buffalo Ridge” area near The Villages, FL. It is across the highway from the charter schools.   There are two small ponds at the right side of the shopping area and I often visit these bodies of water to spot a variety of wildlife.  By the way, the juvenile Alligator is now about four feet long!  Alligators grow quickly and especially so when there is a lot of food in their environment.

I often see Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Great Blue Herons, a Little Blue Heron, Anhingas, Coots, Moorhens, and various ducks in the two ponds.  This also is where I saw that big flock of Cattle Egrets a few weeks ago.  The larger of the two ponds is directly at the side of the Walmart parking lot.  That larger pond often has more going on as far as bird life.  Always fun to see which big birds are around!  By the way, I love love love, the pizza at NYPD Pizza, which is at the shoreline of the smaller of the two ponds!  No, they have not given me any consideration for this unofficial review!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

The Larger of the Two Ponds

Male Red-winged Blackbird

Male Red-winged Blackbird

Anhinga

Anhinga

 

 

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret

Double Crested Cormorant

Double Crested Cormorant

Juvenile Alligator, April 9, 2016

Juvenile Alligator, April 9, 2016

 

 

 

Songbirds at the Feeder

A Pair of House Finches

My bird feeder has a commercial mix of Millet, Cracked Corn, and Black Oil Sunflower Seeds in it.  It has been up for about a month and is a huge hit with the local songbirds.  Here are a few photographs I have recently taken of birds at this feeder.  Please excuse the quality of several pictures.  I had to take the photographs through my living room window through glass, screen, and the porch railings.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Male Brown-headed Cow Bird

A Male Northern Cardinal and Male House Finch

A Male Red-winged Blackbird

A Male House Finch and Tufted Titmouse

A White-breasted Nuthatch

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