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To and From the Sharon Rose Wiechens Preserve

A Glossy Ibis was spotted on the multi-modal trail heading South from CR 466 near Morse Blvd. here in The Villages, FL.  We eventually piloted our golf cart to the lovely Sharon Rose Wiechens nature preserve were we saw a Great Blue Heron, a Common Moorhen, a lovely male Red-winged Blackbird, and a Snowy Egret.

It was quite windy and we also had several sprinkles of rain during our quick visit to the preserve.  On the way home, we were happy to have spotted a Limpkin, which is a rarely seen bird here in The Villages, as well as a trio of freshwater turtles basking in the Sun to keep warm.

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Limpkin

Freshwater Cooter Turtles

Snowy Egret

 

 

Great Blue Heron

Common Moorhen

Male Red-winged Blackbird

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Egrets in Central Florida

Great Egret

Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets and Cattle Egrets are the three types of egrets that are commonly seen here in Central Florida.  The largest is the Great Egret.  The smallest is the Snowy Egret with the Cattle Egret being the chunky middle-sized one of the three.  There is a Reddish Egret that is rarely seen and I have only once gotten a photo of that egret.  That Reddish Egret looks like a magenta version of the Little Blue Heron.  The smaller herons are actually egrets so it is no wonder they all have similar characteristics.

The Great Egret is one that sometimes goes away from the water to forage in shrubbery for snakes and lizards, mice and larger insects to eat.  The Cattle Egret likes to walk around pastures where horses or cattle are present.  You also occasionally see Cattle Egrets at ponds and lakes where they will drink and occasionally hunt.  The Snowy Egret has yellow legs and feet and a slender black bill and is mostly seen on the shore or in shallow water of ponds and lakes and marshes.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Cattle Egret

Snowy Egret

Great Egret

Great Blue, Little Blue, & Tri-Colored Herons

Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron is the most commonly seen of the herons here in The Villages, Florida.  I also frequently can spot Little Blue Herons and occasionally see the gorgeous medium-sized Trim-colored Heron.  I very rarely see a Green Heron, and have not seen any Black or Yellow Crowned Night Herons here in this community.

The herons all fish for fish, frogs, baby alligators, aquatic snails, crayfish, and occasionally larger aquatic insects, snails, and worms.  These are wading birds that are primarily found on the immediate shoreline of ponds, streams, lakes and in the shallows of both fresh and salt water marshes.

All of these herons are great at flight and some flocks do migrate.  One generally only sees a single bird or just a small number of these herons in one spot unless the flock is  gathering for a migration or is resting during travels.  Our bird population swells in the Winter months here in Florida.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Little Blue Heron

Tri-Colored Heron

Little Blue Heron

 

 

 

Tri-Colored Heron

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Different Herons

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Herons, Little Blue Herons and Tri-color Herons are the most frequently seen herons here in The Villages, FL.  I am also including a shot of a Green Heron that I spotted in Fairfield Glade, Tennessee several years ago, and a Yellow-crowned Night Heron I saw in Belize this last December.  These large birds live around fresh water mostly and wade in the shallow water hunting for small fish, frogs, aquatic snails and larger insects.  Some of the herons are very colorful such as the Little Blue Heron.

I enjoy watching the birds stroll along the banks of the ponds or lakes and then seriously stare down their prey when on the hunt for their meal.  These birds use their sharp-pointed bill to stab catch their meal.  Herons usually roost in large trees were they build nests of sticks.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Little Blue Heron

Tri-colored Heron

Green Heron

 

Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Great Blue Heron on nest

Little Blue Heron

Loggerhead Shrike, Northern Cardinal, & Northern Mockingbird

Loggerhead Shrike

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

Loggerhead Shrike

Female Northern Mockingbird

Lots of Waterfowl and Wading Birds

Sandhill Cranes at a pond on Morse near Live Oak Park

Egrets, Herons, Wood Storks, Sandhill Cranes, Anhingas, Double-crested Cormorants, Seagulls, and Common Coots were all spotted here on Freedom Pointe Lake and Lake Sumter in The Villages, FL this last weekend.  What a bunch of wonderful birds to observe!

This area has a lot of ponds, small lakes and medium lakes plus marsh lands so there is a great many spots to observe the wildlife.  We get a lot of different species of birds here in the Winter months.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version.  Enjoy!

Cormorants, Egrets and Seagulls at Freedom Pointe Lake

Wood Storks and Anhingas

Great Blue Heron at Freedom Pointe Lake

 

A Raft of Common Coots on Lake Sumter

A Common Coot on Lake Sumter

A Double-Crested Cormorant on Freedom Pointe Lake

Water Birds at Lake Mira-mar in The Villages, FL

Hooded Merganser Ducks

On Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017,  I spotted a small flock of Hooded Merganser ducks, a Great Egret, a Pied-billed Grebe and a Wood Stork with White Ibis at Lake Mira-mar in The Villages, FL.  The ducks, egret and grebe were in the arm of the lake bordering the highway and the Veteran’s Memorial Park.  The Wood Stork was in the parking lot area on the main body of the little pond-like lake.  All were such fun to watch!  I will be taking a break from blogging for the next couple of weeks and will be posting at my normal schedule when I begin blogging again.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Pied-billed Grebe

Great Egret

Wood Stork with Ibis

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