This Osprey was perched up in a tall Pine Tree on the far shoreline of the little Lake Paradise, across from Paradise Park in The Villages, FL. I took the picture early Friday evening at about 5:30pm. The Osprey was finishing its meal of a fish and after a few minutes, the majestic bird of prey flew off to other adventures!
Osprey, or Sea Eagles, and Sea Hawks as they are sometimes known, are keen hunters of fish, frogs, and the occasional small bird, baby alligator, duckling, gosling, or snake. The Osprey live near bodies of water such as the oceans, lakes or rivers. They prefer fish over most of the other foods I have mentioned. They fish by snatching their prey with their sharp thick talon claws and then they fly up to a tree or tall post and eat. These birds are found all over the United States. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Yesterday afternoon my husband and I visited the Weichens nature preserve here in The Villages, FL. We saw several really wonderful birds. No squirrels this time as it was hot and very windy out. One has to take their time at this preserve. Because the rules say that visitors need to stay on the sidewalk and boardwalk, the viewing space through the lawn area is pretty distant as far as birds go. The Sherman’s Fox Squirrels usually hang out on the ground near the sidewalk so that is a plus.
Take your time if visiting. Being patient is helpful in that birds often appear out of nowhere and only stay a brief moment or two in one spot. By the way, thanks to a knowledgeable reader, I have identified the hawk I saw yesterday as a Sharp-shinned Hawk. Beautiful bird! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
Male Common Moorhen
Family of Common Moorhens
Osprey in Flight
Little Blue Heron
Common Moorhen Chick
Sherman’s Fox Squirrel (Monkey Squirrel)
Hawks, Coots, Sherman’s Fox Squirrels, Common Moorhens, a handsome male Northern Cardinal, and several male Red-winged Blackbirds were all spotted yesterday afternoon at the Sharon Rose Wiechens Preserve at The Villages, Florida.
It was a dreary rainy afternoon but we did see a fair amount of wildlife there at the preserve. I always adore the Sherman’s Fox Squirrels there. I usually see three of the beautiful squirrels in the lawn just near the walkway. By the way, the Sherman’s Fox Squirrels come in different coat colorations with some like the one shown, being light-furred. Many are darker brown. Yesterday, I only saw two squirrels, one was off in the distance.
There were plenty of Common Coots in Lake Deaton. I saw a huge raft of the coots floating and rising up and down on the lake off in the distance. I think the presence of a hawk or two made the coots wary.
In spite of the weather, I always enjoy going to this new preserve in the Southern end of The Villages development. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger image. Enjoy!
Hawk (Possibly a Red-shouldered?)
Male Red-winged Blackbird
Male Northern Cardinal
Coots in the distance
This pair of Red-shouldered Hawks has moved into the neighborhood here where I live. We have been seeing the birds of prey here for the past week. I think they are now in the process of nest building. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Yesterday afternoon I spotted what is likely an immature Cooper’s Hawk. I think this bird has been around the neighborhood for a few months now. We had a tremendous thunderstorm earlier in the morning so there is now a bit of water in the basin across the street from my home. This bird was first seen on the lawn at the side of the basin and then in a low tree at the far end of that same basin. After a brief minute, the hawk flew away. Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
This juvenile Sharp-shinned Hawk was perched for a brief moment in a low tree across the street from my home on Saturday morning, March 7, 2015. I saw the small hawk jump up to perch, stay put a few seconds, and then streak off in a blur of pure speed!
This is that third of the hawks I have recently seen around here (maybe the other two are its parents?). I hope it can find another nice spot to hunt at with less impact on the songbirds. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
This Sharp Shinned Hawk was perched on an electric line with several Common Crows on day recently. This bird was seen in one of the newer neighborhoods here in the development where I live.
By the time we got the truck turned around and parked, all but one of the crows had left the scene. The hawk nervously looked toward the remaining crow and me. I got the snap shots before the hawk had enough and flew off. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!