I barely caught a glimpse of the gorgeous Eastern Blue Jay as it flitted around in thick shrubbery and the lower branches of a gigantic Live Oak tree. On the other hand, the small group of Mottled Ducks was quite eager to waddle up to where my husband and I were standing on the low raised walkway pier leading to an over the water gazebo on a local park pond here in The Villages, FL.
No, I would not call most park ducks here “Bashful”! Ha! Excellent beggars but the poor ducks got no treats that afternoon from me. Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
A feisty Eastern Blue Jay, A Palm Warbler, an Eastern Bluebird, and a House Sparrow were all spotted here in my neighborhood and community last week. I took these pictures early in the morning when it is probably the best time to see many birds out feeding.
There was a large flock of the warblers mixed-in with the sparrows visiting my street. Both types of birds eat on the ground browsing for seeds in the lawns. The Blue Jay was spotted at the Freedom Pointe lakeshore parking lot up in a big Live Oak. The bluebird is seen from time to time on a neighbors roof. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Eastern Blue Jay
This Eastern Blue Jay was spotted on the lawn at Paradise Park in The Villages, Florida a few days ago. I am thrilled to photograph the little birds as it seems all I ever do is take pictures of the larger exotic birds.
This Blue Jay is the more commonly seen blue jay here in Florida. The other blue jay is the Florida Scrub Jay which is smaller and has a lot more of the blue and only a bit of white/grey. The Scrub Jay is quite rare here now. Both jays love nuts seeds and insects! This one seems to have successfully hunted that morning and had a full belly.
The Mourning Doves were spotted on Sunday at the freshwater marsh where I spotted a lot of egrets and ducks. The doves were perching on the fencing and were not bothered by my presence in any way. These doves seemed to be very calm birds.
I enjoy being in the parks here and taking pictures of the various birds. Always something to see on the lawns, in the trees, marsh preserves and of course, on the lakes. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
This sassy Eastern Blue Jay visited my neighborhood on Monday afternoon. I was quite happy to have seen this newcomer. We don’t get a lot of Blue Jays here. This bird was scouting out the sassy lawns (pretty dried out now and tan showing through the green) for tasty bugs to eat.
The jay squawked at me a couple of times and then flew to a neighboring roof to continue its search for a bite to eat. After a moment it was on to other places. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. By the way, please bear with me while I change over to a different photo edit picture loading software. Aperture is giving me a very hard time now days. Thanks!
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
These Eastern Blue Jays have made their home in my neighborhood this year. There are a few pairs here that frequent bird feeders, bird baths, and our Oaks and shrubbery. These jays enjoy a lot of seeds and fruit but also occasionally enjoy insects. The Eastern Blue Jays are widespread in most of the Midwest, South, Southeast and Eastern USA.
The Eastern Blue Jays are one of the two types of Blue Jay we have in Florida. The other kind of jay is the Florida Scrub Jay which is a very different-looking bird. The Florida Scrub Jays are getting very rare. I have not seen a Scrub Jay in my neighborhood. The Scrub Jays mostly live in undeveloped land with lots of native shrubs and low trees. I took these pictures both last week and this past weekend. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
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