Southern Bald Eagle
Little Blue Heron
This nature preserve is part of The Villages, Florida in a new area to the South end of the development. I went to the preserve on December 15, 2015 and enjoyed seeing American Coots, a Little Blue Heron, a Bald Eagle (up on the high tension electric tower), a Red-bellied Woodpecker, the Sherman’s Fox Squirrels, a number of ducks in the distance, and Meadowlarks.
In the past, I have also seen Great Egrets, and a White Tailed Deer (across on the far side of the lake). Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. By the way, it was raining lightly when I was at the preserve. P.S. I saw a huge flock of White Pelicans arrive at the small neighborhood lake near my home this afternoon. I hope to get some pictures taken while the birds are still around. Wildlifewatcher
Scenic View of the Far Shore
Southern Bald Eagle
Sherman’s Fox Squirrel
Observation Tower and Deck
Yesterday I spotted a spot of yellow way up in the crown of one of the Oaks next to the little farm pond. I looked closely and found the bird to be an Eastern Meadowlark. It was sitting in the tree and was silent. I think it was just resting. The Eastern meadowlark will perch in trees unlike their cousins the Western meadowlark. These birds are the size of a dove and have a brown back, buff and brown streaked underside with brilliant yellow on its chest. The bird has a black “V” marking on its yellow chest. There are a number of these meadowlark birds here but they usually are around my neighbor’s large yards. The Eastern Meadowlark love eating insects, worms, and grubs. They use their long pointed bill to help them find the insects, often in the grass and in low shrubs. I was very happy to see the meadowlark here yesterday afternoon at about 4:00 pm. I took the photographs in my yard on March 11, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Three Eastern Meadowlarks were perched up in one of the pond-side Oaks a few days ago. It was one of the rare sunny and mild days here this Winter so far. The Meadowlarks have been here on three occasions since October, 2011. I really enjoy seeing these medium-sized light brown, bright gold, and dark brown-black birds. The Eastern Meadowlarks tend to enjoy being in the crowns of trees while those out west do not. Meadowlark birds eat insects primarily and have a pointed bill much like that of the European Starlings. They root out insects and grubs in the pastures here in the area. I took these pictures on January 24, 2012 in my yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy!
An Eastern Meadowlark visited here yesterday morning. As far as I can tell, this robin-sized songbird was a transitory visitor. What surprised me was the meadowlark was perched nearly all the way up in one of the large Oak trees that is next to the pond. It was a very rainy day so maybe the Eastern Meadowlark did not want to wade through all the water that was on the pastures here.
Eastern Meadowlark enjoy hunting for their insect died in grassy pastures and natural meadows. These birds are musical in their songs. The Eastern Meadowlark has a buff colored undersides that area streaked with a very dark brown. It has a bright yellow patch on its breast and throat with a v shaped black marking on the upper chest. The head is usually a pretty brown with yellow highlights and white streaks. This is the first Eastern Meadowlark I have seen here on the farm. Hopefully more of these beautiful birds will be around in the area. I took these pictures from my porch in the rain on January 11, 2012 in the late morning. The light was bad so I have used my photo-editing software to lighten up these pictures for a better look at the bird. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photograph. Enjoy!