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Woodpecker Wednesday

This Red-bellied Woodpecker was quite noisily chatty when flying between a Washington Palm and a bountiful acorn-filled Live Oak at the shoreline of the pretty Freedom Pointe Lake here in The Villages, Florida on Sunday morning, Dec. 17, 2017.  I just love these boisterous birds!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Great Blue Herons

Great Blue Herons were spotted in several small lakes and ponds here in The Villages, Florida last evening at twilight.

These herons fish for frogs, crawfish, small fish, small alligators, larger aquatic insects and snails.  .  I often see the Great Blue Herons.   I spotted Great Blue Herons on Lake Paradise, on the Silver Lake Recreation Center’s pond, and on the little pond near CR 466 at Morse.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

A Florida Adventure

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St. Augustine, Florida and surrounding areas are really chock-full of wildlife.  This Atlantic ocean beach city is the oldest city in the United States!  I spent last week there vacationing.  I was thrilled by all the wading birds, ducks, songbirds, reptiles and surprisingly, wild bees around.  A Reddish Egret was basking in the fading Sun at a small boat pier on the Matanzas River near the St. Augustine Lighthouse.

We also went to the Fort Matanzas National Historic Monument on highway A1A South of St. Augustine.  There is a half-mile long nature trail there where we spotted a hive of wild Honey Bees, and saw a Black Racer snake right on the boardwalk trail!  Across the street at the beach parking lot, I was surprised to see a Gopher Tortoise meandering around the dirt driveway and onto the pavement of that lot.  As far as I know, that tortoise was unharmed (though it had a close call with one car).  I took these pictures on August 20, 2014.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!

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The Carolina Chickadee

This Carolina Chickadee was here at the bird feeder in my yard on a cloudy Saturday evening.  The Carolina Chickadee is quite close in looks to its cousin the Black-capped Chickadee. The Carolina Chickadee has a slightly larger black bib on the upper part of its chest and is a tiny bit larger than the Black-capped Chickadee.  I live in a forested area in Eastern Tennessee so this is one of the prime areas where Carolina Chickadees reside.  They are mostly insect and seed eaters and have been here in resent days with the White-breasNuthatches and Tufted-titmice.  All are very small birds.  I took these pictures on Sept. 29, 2012 from my living room window.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

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