I barely caught a glimpse of the gorgeous Eastern Blue Jay as it flitted around in thick shrubbery and the lower branches of a gigantic Live Oak tree. On the other hand, the small group of Mottled Ducks was quite eager to waddle up to where my husband and I were standing on the low raised walkway pier leading to an over the water gazebo on a local park pond here in The Villages, FL.
No, I would not call most park ducks here “Bashful”! Ha! Excellent beggars but the poor ducks got no treats that afternoon from me. Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
This Eastern Blue Jay was spotted on the lawn at Paradise Park in The Villages, Florida a few days ago. I am thrilled to photograph the little birds as it seems all I ever do is take pictures of the larger exotic birds.
This Blue Jay is the more commonly seen blue jay here in Florida. The other blue jay is the Florida Scrub Jay which is smaller and has a lot more of the blue and only a bit of white/grey. The Scrub Jay is quite rare here now. Both jays love nuts seeds and insects! This one seems to have successfully hunted that morning and had a full belly.
The Mourning Doves were spotted on Sunday at the freshwater marsh where I spotted a lot of egrets and ducks. The doves were perching on the fencing and were not bothered by my presence in any way. These doves seemed to be very calm birds.
I enjoy being in the parks here and taking pictures of the various birds. Always something to see on the lawns, in the trees, marsh preserves and of course, on the lakes. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
This Eastern Blue Jay was just chilling out, totally relaxed on a hot muggy Florida afternoon. The beautiful blue, black and white bird was perched in an Oak branch fairly near my neighbor’s bird feeder. Smart bird. This bird just was perched there in the cool shade, not moving much at all. There has been a number of Eastern Blue Jays around the neighborhood in recent days.
There is an abundance of food now so the birds are quite happy. Eastern Blue Jays are enjoying the small Acorns of the Live Oaks here. I took these pictures on Sept. 18, 2014. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Eastern Blue Jay
Smaller birds have been visiting in my neighborhood recently. I tok these photographs on Oct. 8, 2013 and again on Oct. 9, 2013. We are likely seeing the first waves of migrating birds from up North.
I was happy to see a Carolina Chickadee, a Carolina Wren, Eastern Blue Jay, Northern Mockingbird, Red-bellied Woodpecker (one of a pair), and a bright Palm Warbler. I also have seen a pair of Eastern Bluebirds, and many Tufted Titmice, Common Crows around. These are all welcomed birds which I happily enjoyed! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Kildeer on the Golf Course
Bluebirds, Cardinals, Killdeer, Blue Jays, and other critters were seen and photographed here in recent days. I hope you have a great Independence Day tomorrow! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Eastern Bluebird Seeing its Reflection in the Window
Eastern Blue Jay
Male Northern Cardinal
One of the things that I just love about where I live is that there is such a wide variety of different birds here. I tremendously enjoy walking down the street or standing in my backyard and seeing brightly colored birds. Our red birds are the Northern Cardinals and the House Finches, plus those red, black and white Woodpeckers. Our yellow bird is the Goldfinch. The orange birds are the American Robin, and the Baltimore Oriole. The blue-hued birds are of course, the Eastern Blue Bird and the Blue Jay (I have never seen an Indigo Bunting here yet). There are also the brown birds such as the Brown Thrasher, the Brown-Headed Cow Bird, and the Sparrows. The Black birds I have seen are the Crow and the beautiful blue-black Eastern Starling. I have shown just a few for your enjoyment. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of that photograph.
Male House Finch