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!
Great Blue Heron
A couple of days ago at dusk, I went to the Sharon Rose Wiechens Nature Preserve here in The Villages, Florida. It was the first time I have been to the preserve since Hurricane Irma. Not much has changed except for one large tree being cut down.
While at the preserve I spotted Common Coots, a few Common Moorhens, a few Boat-tailed Grackles, a few Red-winged Blackbirds, and toward the end of our visit, a pair of Sandhill Cranes, a Great Blue Heron , and a flock of ducks that suddenly appeared way up in the sky flying Northward. The preserve is a lovely spot and I am glad to have been there again. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
A Common Coot
Male Red-winged Blackbird
A male Common Moorhen
A Flock of Ducks
Male Boat-tailed Grackle
Eastern Bluebirds, a Boat-tailed Grackle, a Tufted Titmouse, a lovely pair of Sandhill Cranes and a lot of White Ibis, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets and Anhingas were all spotted here in The Villages, FL in the last couple of days.
I took the photo of the roosting birds on Morse Blvd. just below Rio Grande, on Monday 2/19/18, at twilight. That roosting area was active for years, and then was abandoned for the last year. This marshland is once again wet, so hundreds of wading birds such as ibis, egrets, herons, and anhingas, are back every night to rest!
I took the photos of the songbirds, here in my neighborhood. The weather has been fine so the birds have been out and about much more! The photograph of the Sandhill Cranes was taken just off of Morse Blvd. along CR 466 along the multi-modal path. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.
White Ibis Heading to the Roost
Female Eastern Bluebird
Tufted titmouse on a Palm
This Wood Stork was spotted on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 on the shore of the lovely little golf course pond at the Torri Pines golf course in The Villages, FL. I had posted this past week about several different birds spotted there during that photo-taking visits.
We have a few Wood Storks here all year around but we do see more of these big birds in the winter months. The Wood Storks are usually seen in very small groups or as singles. I think I have only seen a larger group of maybe around a dozen Wood Storks together once here. Wood Storks mostly will hunt by scooping with their large sturdy bill into the water or softer mud. They eat small aquatic animals, aquatic insects, aquatic mollusks and these birds will occasionally eat grains roots and seeds.
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White Pelicans were seen on Freedom Pointe lake, which is the size of a very large pond, this afternoon. It looks as though a lot of molting is going on, doesn’t it? Those are white feathers all over the ground. There is usually a big gathering every winter of these younger White Pelicans at this particular lake.
The pelicans had a few Double-crested Cormorants, some Seagulls, a few White Ibis, and a lone Snowy Egret along with them today. I also noticed a pair of Egyptian Geese on the very far shore (not photographed). This spot is usually a good place to view the pelicans in Jan. and Feb. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
These Black-bellied Whistling Ducks flew over Schwartz Park on Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL, a couple of days ago late in the afternoon. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Egyptian Geese were spotted at the lovely Boone Park on Lake Paradise in The Villages, FL on an unusually chilly afternoon on Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. This quartet is a part of a small number of these exotic imported geese whose ancestors originally hail from North Africa. I would expect that these particular geese were born here in Florida. The Egyptian Geese are closely related to the Shellducks who they closely resemble. The Egyptian Geese are small geese. They are beautiful.
The quartet tried to approach our golf cart at the side of the road (this probably is a learned begging response such as the Ibises around here have). I do not feed wild larger birds (I occasionally do feed songbirds). Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!