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A Social at the Bird Feeder

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Hen Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinals, House Finches and a couple of Mourning Doves were all partying at my neighbor’s patio bird feeder a few days ago.  We are seeing more and more migratory songbirds here so I am happy when I am able to get pictures of a group of these birds.  I took these pictures on Sunday, October 16, 2016.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

House Finches

House Finches

House Finches, Mourning Dove, Male Northern Cardinal

House Finches, Mourning Dove, Male Northern Cardinal

House Finches, Hen Northern Cardinal, Dove

House Finches, Hen Northern Cardinal

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Northern Cardinals

 

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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!

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Northern Cardinals

Probably a hen Northern Cardinal but perhaps a juvenile male

Probably a hen Northern Cardinal but perhaps a juvenile male

A family of Northern Cardinal birds has made its home in the shrubbery along my street here recently.  The neighbor’s bird feeder and bird bath are big draws for a lot of songbirds now.  It has been hot and stormy so the birds like to grab a snack and cool off in that inviting bird bath water.

The cardinals eat seeds and sometimes enjoy an insect or two but mostly are seed and nut eating birds.  A more distant neighbor on the next street over has a small flower garden with a couple of Sunflowers that are now blooming.  The birds are really going to go wild over that!  So many lovely little songbirds now.  I am enjoying getting to do some bird watching in between thunderstorms!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that particular photo.  Enjoy!

Male Northern Cardinal

Male Northern Cardinal

Male Northern Cardinal

Male Northern Cardinal

Northern Cardinal Male

Northern Cardinal Male

 

Northern Cardinals

Northern Cardinals

Northern Cardinal - likely a hen but possibly a juvenile male

Northern Cardinal – likely a hen but possibly a juvenile male

Northern Cardinal Hen

Northern Cardinal Juvenile Male

Neighborhood Songbirds (Ibises, too!)

White Ibises

White Ibises

House Finches, Morning Doves, Northern Mockingbirds, White Ibises, a Carolina Wren, and a male Northern Cardinal were all spotted in the past few days here on my street or in my yard.  A neighbor has a very popular bird feeder that is patronized by many of the birds I saw this week!

The White Ibis flock casually strolls the neighborhood’s streets in search of tasty bites of worms, insects and the like.  The Ibises are not here every day but do come by several times a month.  One of the ibises sure had a vividly red face, legs and feet, didn’t it?  We delight in seeing them!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  As ever, enjoy!

House Finch male

House Finch male

Morning Dove

Morning Dove

White Ibis

White Ibis

 

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Mockingbird

Northern Cardinal male

Northern Cardinal male

Carolina Wren

Carolina Wren

Critters at the Sharon Rose Wiechens Preserve

Sherman's Fox Squirrel (Monkey Squirrel)

Sherman’s Fox Squirrel (Monkey Squirrel)

Hawks, Coots, Sherman’s Fox Squirrels, Common Moorhens, a handsome male Northern Cardinal, and several male Red-winged Blackbirds were all spotted yesterday afternoon at the Sharon Rose Wiechens Preserve at The Villages, Florida.

It was a dreary rainy afternoon but we did see a fair amount of wildlife there at the preserve.  I always adore the Sherman’s Fox Squirrels there.  I usually see three of the beautiful squirrels in the lawn just near the walkway.  By the way, the  Sherman’s Fox Squirrels come in different coat colorations with some like the one shown, being light-furred.  Many are darker brown.  Yesterday, I only saw two squirrels, one was off in the distance.

There were plenty of Common Coots in Lake Deaton.  I saw a huge raft of the coots floating and rising up and down on the lake off in the distance.  I think the presence of a hawk or two made the coots wary.

In spite of the weather, I always enjoy going to this new preserve in the Southern end of The Villages development.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger image.  Enjoy!

Moorhen

Moorhen

Coot

Coot

Hawk (Possibly a Red-shouldered?)

Hawk (Possibly a Red-shouldered?)

 

Male Red-winged Blackbird

Male Red-winged Blackbird

Male Northern Cardinal

Male Northern Cardinal

Coots

Coots in the distance

A Beautiful Pair of Cranes & Some Songbirds

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Sandhill Cranes are here in my area for the Winter months.  Some are even year-round residents.  The big grey, white, beige, and red birds are most often spotted near grassy areas where there also is a pond, lake, or river nearby.  They eat grass, grains, and occasionally snails, small fish, tadpoles and other small aquatic prey.  Mostly, they are vegetarians.  While observing the cranes, I also spotted a feisty Eastern Blue Jay, a pretty Palm Warbler and a female Northern Cardinal.

In The Villages, in Sumter County, FL,  the Sandhill Cranes sometimes are seen around golf courses where they are admired and are not terribly inconvenient for the golfers (unlike the ‘gators).  I took these pictures on December 30, 2015 at a spot fairly close to the Live Oaks Park near Sumter Square and Lake Sumter.  I think someone had put bird seed down (not me).  The big birds enjoyed an easy meal!  I also saw the pair at a small pond near that same area.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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Migratory Songbirds Arriving in Florida

Eastern Peewee

Eastern Peewee

An Eastern Pewee, a Palm Warbler, and several Northern Cardinals have arrived in the past week.  I expect more songbirds will be arriving in coming weeks.  It is so nice to see the familiar songbirds in my yard and in the yards of various neighbors.  I also have spotted a very shy Carolina Wren that is hard to get pictures of.  I’ll keep trying to photograph that little sweetie and will post those snapshots here soon.

I am enjoying seeing a broader mix of birds than just the water birds and larger birds I mostly saw this last Summer here in Lake and Sumter Counties in Florida.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

Female Northern Cardinal

Female Northern Cardinal

Male Northern Cardinal

Male Northern Cardinal

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