Great Blue Heron on its nest
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This male Eastern Bluebird was busy inspecting out a potential new home for itself and probably its mate. The cozy tiny space was likely pecked-out by a busy woodpecker some weeks or months ago up in the heights of my backyard Live Oak Tree. Winter is approaching and the bluebirds are eager to have their warm dry home. I took these pictures yesterday, November 3, 2016. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Bluebird, House Finches
Songbirds such as Eastern Bluebirds, and House Finches enjoy the refreshing cool waters of the bird bath. One of my neighbors has a bird bath next to the really nice bird feeding station that they have set up. I know the little birds are enjoying the cool water and refreshments quite a lot. It was 93 degrees F. here yesterday.
A small group of young Morning Doves like the tasty bird seeds that fall from the tray feeder (I also have spotted one of the doves up on the tray feeder itself). I enjoyed watching the birds’ splash party! It is such a nice thing for homeowners to include food and water for the songbirds in their front or backyard landscape! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.
Finches at the feeder
Eastern Bluebird Female
Bluebird and House Finch
Male Eastern Bluebird
We went to what we thought was a Burrowing Owl Preserve here in our area a few days ago. We heard from a resident who lives next to the preserve, that due to the presence of Coyotes, the owls had left that large field preserve area a few years ago. I did spot a trio of songbirds and surprisingly, a small Black Racer Snake, which is non-poisonous.
The Eastern Bluebirds cheerfully sat on the wooden fence surrounding the large field that had been the home of the owls (supposedly now it is home to Gopher Tortoises which we did not see). After the Eastern Bluebirds left, a Northern Mockingbird took their place on the fence. I also spotted an Eastern Blue Jay in the trees next to the fence but there were too many leaves in the way of my shot to get a good picture. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Female Eastern Bluebird
The “Surprise”! A Black Racer Snake
A Northern Mockingbird
Eastern Bluebirds have arrived in my neighborhood. I am so happy! A backyard neighbor has a couple of bird houses that may or may not be occupied. I spotted a hen Eastern Bluebird checking out one of those houses on Saturday, October 17, 2015. Nice cozy spot to spend the Winter! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy!
Songbirds such as Cardinals and Bluebirds are just so cheery I always appreciate sighting them! I saw these Eastern Bluebirds and Northern Cardinals here in the last few days. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger view of the photograph. Enjoy!
A Lesser Yellowlegs
I took these pictures in and near my neighborhood in the last several days. I have enjoyed seeing a Lesser Yellowlegs shorebird, a pair of Hooded Mergansers, NorthernMockingbirds, and a few Eastern Bluebirds. It has been cooler and rainy here in Marion County, Florida this week so opportunities for bird watching have been limited. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Hooded Merganser Ducks
A pair of Eastern Bluebirds
A Northern Mockingbird