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Shore Birds and a Glossy Ibis

Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs are shore birds that in addition to being around the ocean, do frequent fresh water marshes and shallow fresh water ponds.  They occasionally visit our community and were spotted with the Glossy Ibis at a nearly empty rainfall retention basin pond at the Souliere Villas in Marion County, FL at The Villages.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Glossy Ibis

Scenes from Paradise Lake

Lesser Yellowlegs

White Pelicans and Great Blue Herons

Wood Storks





White Pelicans, Sandhill Cranes, a Great Blue Heron, Canada and Egyptian Geese, ducks a plenty and egrets were all spotted at Paradise Lake in Paradise Park, The Villages, Florida on Tuesday (5/9/17) evening at dusk.  No rain in sight and the lake continues to shrink.  As a blog friend mentioned in comments on a recent post here, the birds seem to be benefitting short-term from the low water levels.

Additionally, I took several pictures at the lake this morning (5/12/17) and saw Wood Storks, White Pelicans, shorebirds of some type (Plovers?), and a huge gathering of egrets and herons.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the very slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!  P.S.  Happy Mother’s Day on Sunday!

Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, White Ibis

Sandhill Crane and Great Blue Heron in the Background

Shorebirds (Plovers?)



Egyptian Geese

Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks

Canada Goose

This Morning at Lake Paradise

A Lesser Yellowlegs with reflections on the lake

Lake Paradise is one of the little park lakes here in The Villages, Florida.  It is home to a variety of birds big and small.  The level of the lake is way down now.  We are in a drought.  This is a man-made lake and depends on rainfall for its water.

I spotted the Belted Kingfisher again.  I have photographed the bird several different times.  I also saw a pair of Canada Geese browsing up in the park near the shoreline.  There were about a hundred small shorebirds and Seagulls.  The shorebirds likely were some type of plovers and Lesser Yellowlegs.  I also saw a lone Snowy Egret and a lone Great Blue Heron.  The sad fact is that those shorebirds were wading in what should be the middle of the lake in mere inches of water.

Not many ducks at all this morning.  I took the pictures at about 8:00am.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Low water levels!

Canada Geese

Belted Kingfisher




Lesser Yellowlegs

Belted Kingfisher

Shorebirds (probably Plovers)

Shorebirds on the Lake



These are Lesser Yellowlegs and probably Killdeer. There also were a bunch of very tiny shorebirds I don’t know the name of, but are possibly a kind of plover, strolling along the shoreline area.   I took these pictures two weeks ago on the  local neighborhood lake (this location on the lake  is nearly dry now by the way).  The shorebirds were hunting for tiny fish, tadpoles, aquatic insects and snails.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!


A Wild Time at the Golf Course Water Hazard!


White Pelicans, a Sandhill Crane, Northern Shoveler Ducks, a Great Egret, Double Crested Cormorants and Lesser Yellowlegs all joined the mob of Seagulls in the fray trying to find a lunch meal at a local golf course water hazard pond.  I estimate that there were well over one hundred White Pelicans in two big groups there in the large pond.  That Sandhill Crane landed right in front of a home with statues of large wading birds!  How fun!

Additionally, I spotted a male Boat-tailed Grackle perched on the roof of our car!  I took these pictures on January 17, 2016 at the Belle Glade Golf Course pond in The Villages, Florida.  I was there at the pond on a shoreline knoll, observing for about twenty minutes, and had such a great time seeing all the action!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!




Shorebirds at the Rainfall Basin


Lesser Yellowlegs, and Killdeer were spotted at the then rapidly drying rainfall retention pond here in the development where I live on February 27, 2015.  This pond is now dry.  The pond fills with heavy rain and sometimes is around two feet deep.

I have spotted Yellowlegs there several times in past months.  The Lesser Yellowlegs and the Killdeer were likely eating insects as there are no fish in this temporary pond, and it is unlikely that there were any tadpoles or turtles there, either.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!


A Lesser Yellowlegs Hunts


This single Lesser Yellowlegs was here at the larger of the rainfall retention basin in our development on Christmas day.  This particular pond goes from full to dry and back again fairly often.  The Lesser Yellowlegs was trying to find some insects or smaller aquatic animals for its meal and I imagine that insects were all that it found.

The pond only has a few frogs, tadpoles and insects once in awhile, so the hunting is not great for these wading birds.  I am surprised at how often I do see birds there on that basin, given how little food there is in the water.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!


A Trio of Lesser Yellowlegs


Three Lesser Yellowlegs, a couple of Killdeer and a few Common Crows all were hunting for their early evening meal at the rapidly drying up rainfall retention basin pond here in the development.  The Yellowlegs are frequent visitors to this seasonal pond.  I noticed that the cattail reeds and grass along the pond’s edge had recently been mown.  I spotted these Yellowlegs last evening at about 5:00 pm.

The Yellowlegs are a wading shorebirds and eat small fish, tadpoles, frogs, turtles, and larger insects.  I think there are a lot of tadpoles (also called pollywogs) in this pond at the moment as well as many worms and insects.  I am always happy to spot wading birds at the pond as it seems to be the only place now that I am seeing wading birds here.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!






Waders, Part 2 of 2


Here are more pictures that I took of the largest and rapidly shrinking, rainfall retention basin pond here in the development.  I took these pictures of a lone Snowy Egret and three Lesser Yellowlegs on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014.  There is a lot of food now easily available to these birds.

I don’t know how much longer the water will support waders, but I sure was glad to be there and spot these beautiful birds!  I took these pictures just at twilight and the light was golden.  The birds were at the far side of the pond that evening, which is a big difference from the scene a few days ago (part 1).  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph.  Enjoy!


Waders at the Rainfall Basin, Part 1





Snowy Egrets, Lesser Yellowlegs, and a lone Pied-billed Grebe all enjoyed the bounty at the largest rainfall retention basin here on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.  This basin pond is drying up and the big wading birds have come to enjoy feasting on tadpoles, frogs, and larger insects.

The big surprise of the day was seeing the little Pied-billed Grebe along with the wading birds!  There were three of the Yellowlegs, a pair of Snowy Egrets and the grebe.   Notice too, that another of the yellowlegs was again paddling across the pond.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  I’ll have part 2 of this series with pictures I took last night, on Wednesday’s post here.   Wishing all in the U.S. a happy and safe Columbus Day holiday!





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