White Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants
Three White Pelicans; a couple of Double-crested Cormorants; an Egyptian Goose; a Boat-tailed Grackle; several hybrid Florida Mottled/Mallard Ducks; and a Great Egret were all spotted this afternoon at the driving range pond on the beautiful Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course here in The Villages, FL.
The trio of White Pelicans have made this pond home all year. It is pretty unusual here for the pelicans to miss migration back up North but this little group apparently missed the flock or something.
On a side note, the minute we pulled up in our golf cart on the pond-side multi-modal trail, the ducks and goose started coming toward us. Like the White Ibis bunch at Lake Mira-mar, the golf cart must mean “Food”! No, so sorry. I do not feed exotic birds or even the pond ducks and geese here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Hybrid Mottled/Mallard Ducks
Male Boat-tailed Grackle
Pelicans and Cormorants
Cormorant with fish meal
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The Northern Cardinals are seed-eaters and also occasionally enjoy nuts, and berries or fruit. Sunflower seeds are considered prime treats for Northern Cardinals. They also like suet a little bit – especially the suet with apples or other fruits embedded within the cake. These beautiful songbirds often will come to bird feeders. They seem to also hunt on lawns quite often. These birds especially enjoy perching in lower branches or in large shrubbery.
The hen is a rusty brown in color while the male is bright red. The juvenile male looks quite similar to the female adult. The cardinals often will be seen in small flock family groups where there will be two males and two or three hens. Occasionally the extra males will just be eager suitors.
I took the pictures of the Cardinals on Thursday morning, October 6, 2016. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
It has been rainy here so I have not gotten out much but I did manage to snap a few pictures of birds on my street in recent days. I spotted a tiny Carolina Wren enjoying the bird feeder that is in a neighbor’s yard. I also took a picture of an Eastern Blue Jay perched on the top branches of a very tall tree near my home. That picture was taken at dusk in very low light so I have lightened it quite a lot here.
The last two pictures were of a Mourning Dove and a couple of male Boat-tailed Grackles enjoying that very same bird feeder. My neighbor’s feeder attracts many different birds! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Eastern Blue Jay
Eastern Blue Jay
Northern Cardinals, Boat-tailed Grackles, Eastern Blue Jays, Mourning Doves, House Finches, White Ibis, Northern Mockingbirds, and a pair of Brown Thrashers were all spotted here on my street and in a neighboring yard on the next street over in the last week. Additionally, we have had Eastern Bluebirds, Crows, Chickadees, and Carolina Wrens around. The finches were rooting around in a lot under construction where a new home is being built. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that picture. Enjoy!
Female House Finches
Juvenile White Ibis
Male Boat-tailed Grackles
Cedar Waxwings, Boat-tailed Grackles, Northern Cardinals, and of course, White Ibises all have visited along the street here where I live in recent weeks. It is always surprising to see which bird (and squirrel) is around! The Grey Squirrels are usually well-behaved but on occasion, they do walk gingerly across my front screened porch screening. No holes and that is a status I hope continues.
The Ibises are gentle and unfortunately easily frightened when grazing on lawns (not so when begging at the local park lakes). Occasionally we also have Eastern Blue Jays, Carolina Wrens, Northern Mockingbirds, and Palm Warblers around but they are pretty rarely seen (same for Bluebirds, Crows, and hawks or vultures). Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
Northern Cardinals (likely juvenile males)