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Wordless Wednesday

Osprey

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Kildeer in Flight

Mallards in Flight, White Pelicans, and Double-crested Cormorants

White Pelicans in Flight

 

 

 

Great Egret, Mallards, Cormorant

Mallard Ducks

Great Blue Heron

White Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants Flocking Up!

The migratory White Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants are gathering together to get ready for the long journey back up North.  These birds are feasting on fish and frogs to gain strength for the flight back home to their breeding grounds.  I think quite a few of these birds have already left our area.  Last year we only had about six pelicans stay over all-year long.

I spotted the pelicans and cormorants at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course driving range pond and also at Freedom Pointe Lake here in The Villages, FL.  These are two spots where the pelicans and cormorants return to every year it seems.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

A Snowy Egret, A Crane, An Alligator and More!

Snowy Egret

These birds, turtles, and the alligator were all spotted here in The Villages, FL on Sunday afternoon.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Sandhill Crane

Kildeer

Alligator

 

Cooter Turtles

Wood Stork, Double-crested Cormorants, Mallard Ducks

Double-crested Cormorants, White Pelicans

Double-crested Cormorants

Double-crested Cormorants are here for their Winter visit to The Villages, Florida.  These birds are at home on and in the water, as well as roosting in the larger trees over-night.  They are also excellent at flying from place to place.  These water birds will be leaving our area in coming days and weeks to start migrating North. Cormorants often accompany White Pelicans or Great Egrets in their migration.

Cormorants eat fish, frogs, small turtles, baby alligators, and larger aquatic insects.  The brown, rust. grey and black birds with orange bills, dive for their prey.  The birds like Anhingas, spread their wings to dry them before flight.

Sometimes, the Double-crested Cormorants will assist the White Pelicans in hunting by circling the fish to gather them and then sharing the bounty.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

 

Pelicans on Three Ponds

White Pelicans have been spotted on the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course driving range pond; the Freedom Pointe Lake; and Lake Paradise here in The Villages, FL on February 24, 2019.

These are migratory water birds which often are accompanied by the Double-crested Cormorants which help the pelicans fish.  The White Pelicans come to Florida in the Winter months and return to the Mid-West and other Western states the rest of the year.  We did have about six birds stay over this past year. The breeding pelicans have a small disc on their bill while the older juveniles have the light pink bill.

Pelicans eat fish, frogs, snails, small turtles, small alligators and larger aquatic insects.  They chase their prey and scoop it up into their big flexible bill pouch begin eating.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Mobs of Birds!

Cattle Egrets and a Juvenile White Ibis

Great Egrets, and Roseate Spoonbill

White Pelican, Double-crested Cormorants, Wood Stork, Ring Billed Gulls

 

Wading birds are often here in big flocks at times during the Winter months.  Some flocks stay over the season but others are here a day to rest and eat and then off they go.

We have big flocks of Cattle Egrets; Glossy Ibis; Double-crested Cormorants; Ring-billed Gulls; White Ibis;  Snowy and Great Egrets; and American White Pelicans.  Sometimes we will have groups of Wood Storks and Sandhill Cranes but generally, these big birds are in small flocks of six to eight.  Most of the Wood Storks branch out to separate ponds where only one to four are present.  The Sandhill Cranes are most often seen in large grassy areas such as on the edges of golf courses.

It is so much fun to get out and do some bird watching!   By the way, the big flock of White Pelicans has returned to the Freedom Pointe Lake here in The Villages.   Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.

American White Pelicans

Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, American White Pelicans, Double-crested Cormorants

Sandhill Cranes

 

 

 

 

Double-crested Cormorants

White Ibis

Glossy Ibis

Some Avian Villagers

Drake Hooded Merganser Duck

Tai-Colored Herons, Wood Storks, Hooded Merganser Ducks, Sandhill Cranes, White Ibis, Double-Crested Cormorants, Anhingas, and many more large exotic birds are seen here in The Villages, Florida on and in our many ponds and small lakes.  It also is not unusual to see a Great Egret strolling through the shrubbery on street parkways.

There are always many varieties of large and small birds around this community and its many neighborhoods to observe!  It is such a pleasant hobby to go out bird watching!  I am sure many of the readers here will agree!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo!  Enjoy!

Wood Stork

Double-Crested Cormorants

White Ibis

 

 

Sandhill Crane

Tri-Colored Heron

Anhinga Drying its Wings

Misc. Birds in The Villages, FL

Mallard Ducks

Bald Eagles nesting in the high tension electric towers; Double-crested Cormorants perched on pilings in a pond; A Little Blue Heron on the hunt in a drainage ditch; a cute little Pied-billed Grebe; Ring-Necked and Lesser Scaup Ducks on a local golf pond; and a small flock of Mallard Ducks on the banks of Lake Paradise were all spotted last week in The Villages, Florida!

We have an amazing variety of birds here now.  We get many migratory birds down from the Midwest and other regions of North America.  Such fun to get out to our many ponds and small lakes to see what species has come to visit on any particular day!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Bald Eagle near it’s nest

Little Blue Heron

Ring-Necked and Lesser Scaup Ducks

 

Cormorants

Pied-billed Grebe

Bald Eagle on it’s Nest

More Pelicans Have Arrived!

 

White Pelicans have been spotted in more places here in The Villages, Florida.  I spotted about twenty White Pelicans at the Freedom Pointe Lake on El Camino Real, where the flocks often come in Winter months (I call it Pelican Pointe and Cormorant Corner).  I also have seen a few at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course driving range pond.

The White Pelicans have flown from the Midwestern states and are hungry.  White Pelicans primarily dine on fish and frogs with occasional small tender turtles.  Often the other water birds such as Double-crested Cormorants or even Anhingas will help with the fishing by encircling the school of fish to be gulped by the pelicans with enough for all.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo.  Enjoy!

Wordless Wednesday: Winter Waterbirds

Great Egret in breeding plumage

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White Pelicans

Canada Geese

Great Blue Heron in breeding plumage

 

Double-crested Cormorant

Tri-colored Heron with Seagull

Northern Shoveler Ducks

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