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A Flock of Snowy Egrets

Snowy Egrets were spotted as a small flock of perhaps ten birds, at the lovely little “Golf View Lake” pond behind the Paradise Recreation Center and Mark Twain Library here in The Villages, Florida on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 in the afternoon.  This is likely a migratory flock on its way up North.  It is very unusual to see so many Snowy Egrets (and probably seven Great Egrets) together.  There also was a White Pelican, several Double-crested Cormorants, a Great Blue Heron, and two Canada Geese at the pond while I was there.

These are fish and frog-eating birds that wade in the shallows of ponds, streams, lakes and marshes to catch their prey with the sharp long bill.  Snowy Egrets are small white egrets with mustard yellow legs and feet with a black bill.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

 

River Wildlife Pt. 3: Limpkins

Limpkins are exotic wading birds that eat Apple Snails for the most part.  They have a very loud shriek so identifying these birds from their call is easy.  They do  sometimes get confused for the similar Least Bittern, and Rails.  Limpkins are rarely seen in The Villages where I live, but I sure saw quite a few on the St. John’s River near the Blue Springs State Park here in Florida on 2/14/19 during a river boat cruise from the state park.

I spotted a small flock of Limpkins mingling with a flock of White Ibis on the banks of the river in addition to many other Limpkins along the route, including a hen with chicks.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture!  Enjoy!

 

 

 

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