I was in Eufala, Alabama last week and visited the Lakepointe Resort State Park Campground and Eufala National Wildlife Refuge. Here are some more photographs I took during this visit. I loved spotting Kildeer, a lone male Northern Cardinal, a pair of Gadwall ducks, a flock of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, a Northern Mockingbird, and several Great Egrets and Great Blue Herons. It was a fun visit! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Male Northern Cardinal
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret with State Park Resort Hotel in the Background
Flock of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks in Flight
Southern Bald Eagle
Common Moorhens, a lovely Purple Gallinule, and a few male Boat-tailed Grackles (in blue-black feather finery) were spotted at the Sharon Rose Wiechens Nature Preserve in The Villages, FL, last Tuesday. I also saw a smallish alligator and a couple of Anhingas in the distance. Up on the high tension electrical tower, I spotted a Southern Bald Eagle. I also saw a mockingbird on the wooden observation tower railing. I have occasionally seen eagles on that tower in past years. Our Winter birds are beginning to arrive here and it is very exciting to see many more birds around the community! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Male Boat-tailed Grackle
Hen Common Moorhen
A Mother Common Moorhen and Chicks
A Least Bittern, several Red-winged Blackbirds, and a tender family of Common Moorhens were all spotted at the very lovely Sharon Rose Weichens Nature Preserve here in The Villages, FL on Saturday, May 12, 2018.
The Least Bittern was hunting immediately to the side and below the boardwalk observation deck so it was very hard to get good photographs of it but I did my best. We were trying hard not to disturb the bird and there were several people in the area watching the same bird.
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Male Red-winged Blackbird
A Loggerhead Shrike, Northern Cardinal and a Northern Mockingbird were all spotted on Sunday, March 25, 2018 in The Villages, FL. I saw the male Northern Cardinal at Live Oak Park, the Loggerhead Shrike was seen on the multimodal trail on Morse Blvd. near Mallory Hill Golf Course, and the Northern Mockingbird was seen at the entrance to the Sharon Rose Wiechens Preserve.
I rarely see the Loggerhead Shrikes here so it was great to again spot one. The cardinals are around my neighborhood as are the mockingbirds. The shrikes are great hunters and love insects and very small rodents, lizards and baby birds. The mockingbirds also eat insects while the cardinals mostly eat seeds fruits and berries. By the way, I saw a lot of birds during my excursion from the Northern part of The Villages down South to the Wiechens nature preserve. I will be including some of those in my next several posts here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Male Northern Cardinal
Female Northern Mockingbird
A Cotton-tailed bunny rabbit, a Northern Mockingbird, Mourning Doves, and a band of roving White Ibises, were all spotted in my neighborhood in the last week or two. It has been raining a lot here so I have not been out taking a lot of pictures.
Cotton-tailed Rabbits are not commonly seen here. I think there are plenty of Coyotes, Hawks, Bald Eagles, and Osprey that actively hunt the bunnies. I saw this particular rabbit in a yard of a home quite close to our local neighborhood park lake. The best time to see rabbits here is at twilight or even at dawn. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
I am beginning to see more songbirds and other birds around my yards. This weekend, saw a couple of Tufted Titmice way up in my big old Live Oaks, a hen Northern Cardinal in my next door neighbor’s Palm Tree, a Northern Mockingbird up on the neighbor’s roof, and what looks like a juvenile Bald Eagle flying very high up in the sky.
I also saw a sassy Red-bellied Woodpecker that played a short peek-a-boo game with me before it gave up and flew off. I will show that bird on Wednesday’s post. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the image. Enjoy!
Hen Northern Cardinal
Juvenile Bald Eagle?
A Northern Mockingbird was here on August 4, 2012 in the yards. It was very entertaining to see this musical noisy bird. The Mockingbird interacted with the Red-headed Woodpecker as I mentioned in yesterday’s post. it also perched on the electric line in front of the house for a long time. It sang many songs reflecting its intelligence and age. These birds learn to mimic the songs and calls of many birds in their environment. The Mockingbirds eat insects, seeds, and nuts. They are smaller medium-sized birds with grey and brown and black coloring. I don’t see the Northern Mockingbird very often but do enjoy their antics a lot! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!