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This Blog’s Anniversary!

Red-headed Woodpecker, Crossville, TN

Red-headed Woodpecker, Crossville, TN

Lake St. George, Fairfield Glade, TN

Lake St. George, Fairfield Glade, TN

 

Wood Stork, Sumter County, FL

Wood Stork, Sumter County, FL

 

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Lake St. George, Fairfield Glade, TN

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American Robins, Marion County, FL

 

 

Great Horned Owlet, Sholom Park, Ocala, FL

Great Horned Owlet, Sholom Park, Ocala, FL

This month is the sixth anniversary of this blog! How time flies  I started out talking about the critters I saw daily while we lived along the shoreline of a beautiful lake in a residential resort near Crossville, in Cumberland County, Tennessee.   Next, we lived a year at a little six acre place also in the Crossville, TN area.

Finally, we decided to make the move South to warmer Florida were we lived in Marion County near Ocala, and now live in Lake County, Florida.

A big thank you to all of you who read the blog! I appreciate you!   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version.  These are some older snapshots I know you will enjoy revisiting.  Enjoy!

Green Heron, Dunnellon, Fl

Green Heron, Dunnellon, Fl

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron, Sumter County, FL

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Ocala, FL

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Ocala, FL

 

The Little Farm in Crossville, TN

The Little Farm in Crossville, TN

Roseate Spoonbills Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve, Sanibel Island, FL

Roseate Spoonbills
Ding Darling Wildlife Preserve, Sanibel Island, FL

Lake Sumter, The Villages, FL

Lake Sumter, The Villages, FL

 

My Very Favorite Ducks Here

Hen Bufflehead Duck

Bufflehead Ducks are my favorite ducks.  Don’t ask me why but I really love these little black and dark charcoal grey ducks.  The drakes are largely white with black accents and the hess are a reverse with the white being the accent color.  The drakes also have a small hood of white feathered, loose skin that they can raise or lower.  They use this hood to attract females or signal alert or danger.  Buffleheads are migratory Winter visitors here in Cumberland County, TN.  These ducks have just arrived.  They are diving ducks and eat small aquatic mollusks, insects, and tiny fish.  They are extremely wary of people.

I startled this flock yesterday at a local private lake a few miles from my home.  Hopefully we will see a few Buffleheads here at the little farm pond later this Winter.  I took these pictures on Nov. 23, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Happy, Pretty Views

Because of the recent stormy weather in the Eastern-half of the United States, I have decided to post a few snapshots I feel are pretty.  These pictures were taken in my yard a few days ago.  The cattle belong to a neighbor who runs them in the large pasture across the pond.  I urge those who are able to, to consider a donation to the hurricane disaster relief efforts of the American Red Cross for the Super Storm “Sandy” in the Eastern U.S.A.  Thanks!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Sunsets

Here are several pictures of the gorgeous sunsets we occasionally have where I live in Cumberland County, Tennessee.  I took these pictures from my yard on several different days in the last two months.  The pink and orange skies are really lovely.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

The Barn Swallows are Here!

Barn Swallows are seasonal migrants that like to spend the Spring and Summer in our area here in Cumberland County, TN.  They spend the Winter down South where it is warm.  Smart birds!  The swallows make nests out of mud and straw that they build on the walls of structures such as barns and sheds and occasionally, houses.  The nests are usually made in groups.  Some swallows return to the same nest year after year.  A famous colony of swallows is at the historical California Mission, San Juan Capistrano, near San Diego, CA.  The swallows often return to that mission about the same date every year like clock-work!  Amazing!

Barn Swallows are great fly-catching birds. The Barn Swallow is brown with a bluish head and an area of orange near the throat and upper chest.  They are small birds about the same size as a bluebird.  I am happy to have spotted the birds here.  One was sitting on the electric line and two were on the dirt pile picking up some building material, or maybe just hunting for insects.  I took these pictures here on April 10, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Ring-Necked Ducks, Part 2 of 2

Today’s spotlight is on the drakes and the flock of Ring-Necked Ducks as a whole.  The flock is composed of seven drakes or males, and just two hens (at least those were all I spotted).  The drakes are black and white.  They have a white ring around the tip of their grey-ish black bill.  They also have a bit of white at the base of their bill.  Their sides, and chest white, with a u shaped, wide, white”ring” around their shoulders and the back of the neck.  The back is black.  Ring-Necked Ducks also have yellow eyes and up-turned tail feathering.

The Ring-Necked ducks are pretty much vegetarians.   They are diving ducks and will dive down for those tasty underwater plants.  They sometimes will eat worms and aquatic snails but this is rare.  The Ring-Necked Ducks are migratory winter visitors here in Cumberland County, TN where I live.  They enjoy calm waters on farm ponds, quiet smaller lakes, and the slower current areas of the marshes on the big rivers.  I am happy to have taken these pictures in my yard on February 21, 2012 and February 22, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

The Red-tailed Hawk

A Red-tailed Hawk has been cruising the skies here near the little farm looking for something to fill its belly with.  Red-tailed Hawks are pretty common and live in Cumberland County, TN all year-long.  These birds of prey are an ivory or cream color with dark reddish-brown splotches and muted rusty-brick colored tail feathers.  They have keen eye-sight and a powerful curved bill.  They mostly eat rodents, and are useful in keeping rodent populations down.  Hawks also eat certain reptiles, small birds, ducks, and coots and bird, duck, and goose eggs.

The resident Crows are not pleased at the prospect of these hawks as new neighbors.  they often harass the hawks in flight with nips and swoops and lots of loud “caw-caw-cawing”!  The Crows want to keep the food for themselves and have been quite territorial.   The small birds and the ducks often have plenty of advance warning when hawks are around.  They hear warning  calls of those persistent Crows, and sometimes also, the warning honks of the Canada Geese.  I took these pictures in my yard on Jan. 28, 2012,  and also on Feb. 3, 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph.  Enjoy!

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