Finally, I am starting to see our migratory songbirds here! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of these photos I took on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. Enjoy!
A trio of Cooter Turtles, a pair of Florida Mottled Ducks, a Monarch Butterfly, a Fence Lizard, a Carolina Wren and a couple of Great Egrets (not shown here due to blurry rainy pictures) were all spotted on Sunday, April 15, 2018 in the afternoon at the lovely Fenney Springs Nature Trail and Spanish Moss Park in The Village of Fenney in The Villages, FL.
The Fenney area is among the most recently developed areas of The Villages, and it has an especially beautiful regional park! The springs are a natural area with added man-made ponds among the fields and Live Oaks. The park has a lovely accessible boardwalk nature trail. There also are a few well-placed picnic tables in the grassy area slightly away from the boardwalk and close to the rear pond. There seemed to be a good amount of parking available for cars and carts, too. We had to cut our quick visit short due to thunderstorms. 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!
This Carolina Wren was happily hopping around the trees, shrubbery, and lawn here when I snapped these pictures on a very rainy afternoon yesterday. I am always glad to see songbirds here. I of course, see a lot of larger wading birds but the songsters have been in molt and nesting so I seldom see many.
The Carolina Wrens love to peek around the edges of homes. They often can be seen on porches. This bird was hunting for insects in the bushes and in a large nearby Magnolia Tree. By the way, although we will not have a Tropical Storm, it has been quite rainy here in Central Florida as we are dealing with the frayed remnants of what was “Erika”. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger photograph. Enjoy!
Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of that photo. Enjoy!
Pine Warblers, Palm Warblers, Carolina Chickadees, Carolina Wrens, Yellow-throated Vireos, and Yellow-rumped Warblers have recently arrived in the area! Here are some photographs I took of the small cuties in the past several weeks. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Here are a few pictures that I have taken of birds and critters in the last couple of weeks. The green insect is a Leaf Hopper and is about 3″ long. That insect was on my living room window yesterday morning. Please click on the thumbnail image and as ever, enjoy!
Blue Jays, Carolina Wrens, Egrets and Ibises were all spotted here in my development in the last several days. I was taking pictures around my yard a couple of days ago and spotted a pair of Carolina Wrens and two Eastern Blue Jays. The Blue Jays were noisy sassy and flighty. It was hard to take their picture because they kept darting into the shaded leafy areas of the Oaks.
Traveling a bit farther in my housing development, I watched Great Egrets, and adult and juvenile White Ibises at two different rainfall retention ponds here yesterday afternoon. These ponds are drying up and only the largest water retention pond here, which is near the fitness center, has much water in it now. That particular pond gets sprinkler irrigation run-off from surrounding lawn areas so it stays wet longer. I took these pictures on July 28, 2014, and again on July 29, 2014. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!