View of the some of the fields near the parking area and educational building
Sunnyhill Farm Restoration Area near Weirsdale, FL, (19411 SE Hwy 42), is a spot I occasionally visit to just take in the beautiful river-side prairie swampland scenery. This former working, now park, is huge at over 2,000 acres! Nearly all of the park is kept wild and is inhabited by river animals, prairie swamp animals and a variety of wading birds, ducks, and songbirds.
While we were there, we saw a pair of Sandhill Cranes along the road but there was not a good spot to stop to take the picture of them so we just went along our way (of course when we left the park, the cranes were long gone from the entrance road-way area). My hubby and I spent about an hour walking along river and canal trails and enjoyed ourselves quite a lot yesterday afternoon. The overcast and windy weather was not conducive for bird watching but we managed to spot a few different birds. We saw a pair of Red-shouldered Hawks, a Great Blue Heron, a lone Eastern Bluebird and an Eastern Pewee bird. We hope to go back again soon! It is a lovely spot! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
A Red-shouldered Hawk
A Great Blue Heron
An Eastern Pewee Bird
The Ocklawaha River
A Red-shouldered Hawk
A male Eastern Bluebird
Happily, this female Eastern Bluebird decided my front yard Magnolia Tree was a great place to perch and rest the other day. We have been having very rainy weather recently after having experienced a long period of drought.
The Eastern Bluebird is a great insect hunter! I am glad to have these beautiful small songbirds around. They like just about any insect or worm they can find. By the way, this lovely bird really blended-in with the green and rust coloration of the Magnolia. Nature’s camouflage. The male Eastern Bluebird has a much brighter tone to its color. I did not see the male on this occasion. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Palm Warblers, Eastern Bluebirds, and a lone Tufted Titmouse were spotted in the past week here in my neighborhood. One of the Palm Warblers was seen below ornamental grass at Paradise Park in The Villages, FL. The other birds were in my own yards. It is great to see all the newly arriving songbirds who have migrated here for the Winter! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo. Enjoy!
Eastern Bluebird male
Wishing you and yours a happy weekend, and happy Passover or Easter! I took these pictures of the colorful birds at various times during the last several months here in my area. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Female Eastern Bluebird
Male Boat-tailed Grackle
Male Northern Cardinal
A male Eastern Bluebird, a female Yellow-bellied Sap Sucker, a male Baltimore Oriole, and a male Northern Cardinal, were all spotted in the last two weeks here.
The Baltimore Oriole is a Winter visitor and was seen at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, FL. I also saw the Northern Cardinal at that same park. The Bluebird and woodpecker were spotted here in the housing development where I live. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Kildeer on the Golf Course
Bluebirds, Cardinals, Killdeer, Blue Jays, and other critters were seen and photographed here in recent days. I hope you have a great Independence Day tomorrow! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Eastern Bluebird Seeing its Reflection in the Window
Eastern Blue Jay
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph. As ever, enjoy!