The Villages, Florida, has some spectacular and unexpected wildlife! River Otters, small Alligators, Great Blue Herons, freshwater turtles, Anhingas a Grey Squirrel, and a King Bird were all spotted at the scenic boardwalk area of Fenney Springs in the newer Southern section of The Villages, FL yesterday, 11/24/19.
So wonderful seeing all this while walking along a quarter-mile stretch of boardwalk above the actual springs. This park with nature preserve, is adjacent to the Fenney Recreation Center in the area near Wildwood, Florida in The Villages. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Canada Geese and their goslings, Anhingas, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, hybrid Mallard Ducks, Grey Squirrels, a medium-sized turtle, and a Great Blue Heron were all spotted at twilight on Saturday at Lake Paradise in The Villages, Florida.
You may be able to spot the goslings in one photo I took. That family of geese was on the opposite far shoreline so I had to edit the picture quite a bit to get a good look at the fluff-ball babies. There also were a few Black-bellied Whistling Ducks beside the proud mother and father geese. Right now it is quite around here due to nesting season and very windy weather. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
This small probably female, Grey Squirrel was spotted at the golf cart parking lot in the lovely Paradise Park in The Villages, Florida on the shoreline of Paradise Lake. This squirrel is likely a younger squirrel but the Grey Squirrels here in Florida do seem to be a little smaller than those seen in other states.
The squirrel was happily standing on the low fence post just soaking up the Sun and perhaps, waiting for a visitor to toss a peanut or some cereal to it. The squirrels like the ibis here, have a knack for being champion beggars! I do not feed the wildlife but plenty of folks do. I did notice that a few minutes later, the same squirrel was munching on an acorn so all was well for it. I do enjoy seeing these cuties! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Yes, I kept a safe and appropriate distance from these birds and animals (Burros were photographed last Summer in Custer State Park, South Dakota). Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
I visited our area’s beautiful botanical park (where I spotted the owls) on March 29, 2015, and again, March 31, 2015. I saw a few of the beautiful Cedar Waxwings high in two of the huge Pine Trees and also took pictures of a couple of the large fat Koi fish that are resident in the park pond. The Cooter Turtles also live in that pond.
The final park critter I saw was an oh-so-cute little Grey Squirrel that scooted up to the shady Gazebo next to the Koi Pond, and snagged some of the fallen fish food on the floor (sold in a machine at the gazebo for a quarter). That little squirrel was unafraid of people and calmly ate while four adults watched. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. By the way, I have just now returned to our Florida home and am glad to be back!
Here are a few pictures that I have taken of birds and critters in the last couple of weeks. The green insect is a Leaf Hopper and is about 3″ long. That insect was on my living room window yesterday morning. Please click on the thumbnail image and as ever, enjoy!
American White Ibis
Male Eastern Towhee?
I took these pictures on May 6. 2013 and again on May 7, 2013 in my community here in Marion County, Florida. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Great Blue Heron Chicks
Yesterday I was out walking in the yard and in front of our place here. The first bird I saw was the Mourning Dove which perched on the electric line. The interesting sighting of the afternoon was the Grey Squirrel that scampered out to the road. It then scooted right across the pavement to a nearby grove of Oaks. The squirrel had a Hickory Nut in its mouth. I seldom see any squirrels here so it was a nice sighting.
Canada Geese were here on the pond. I accidentally spooked those geese and off they flew. I wanted to see how things were at the small private community lake across the street and down a small hill. I noticed that there were a number of Canada Geese there so I snapped away. I took these pictures on Sept. 18, 2012. Today I am thrilled to tell you that we have sunny skies and mild cool temperatures here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
These images are fresh from my camera this very morning. When I went outside on my back deck this morning to take some pictures, I was so happy to see a lot of birds. I saw a number of birds such as a Pileated Woodpecker, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Blue Jays, Mourning Dove, Carolina Chickadees, and White-Breasted Nuthatches. I also noticed that the Grey Squirrels and Chipmunks were busily harvesting acorns, seeds, and berries. On the lake, I took a couple of pictures of a female (hen) Wood Duck. That Wood Duck soon noticed me, and flew off as fast as her wings could fly! The Wood Ducks are ever-so-shy. Fall is definitely here as you can see from all the gorgeous colors in the leaves here. This explosion of color just really happened in the past week. I am enjoying the colors while I can as the leaves are falling fast. Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger photo. Enjoy!