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Wordless Wading Bird Friday: Sandhill Cranes

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A Little Blue Heron Hunting

 

This Little Blue Heron was spotted hunting in a very shallow rainfall water retention basin that was almost empty.  This pond is in the Souliere Villas neighborhood in The Villages, FL.

We only occasionally see Little Blue Herons here.  They are a wonderful member of the egret family and start out as white juveniles.  They closely resemble Snowy Egrets but do not have bright mustard-yellow feet and do have a bluish bill when in their white plumage.  They eat fish, frogs, small tender turtles, baby alligators, aquatic snails and larger aquatic insects.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.

 

A Flock of White Ibis Roams the Neighborhood

White Ibis are sometimes seen as a small flock roaming around the neighborhoods here in The Villages, FL.  They are harmless and eat worms, grubs and insects in the lawns and exposed flower bed soil.  They fly off if disturbed by friendly dogs or even people walking by.  I enjoy their brief visits here.  Please click on the thumbnail image.  Enjoy!

Wild Wordless Wednesday

OspreyBir

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Bald Eagle

Sandhill Crane

Great Blue Heron

Cattle Egrets!

A flock of Cattle Egrets were spotted on the grassy banks of the ponds at the Souliere Villas in The Villages, Florida a few days ago.  This area has recently been developed and there are still several open fields there.  The area is also pretty close to small horse farms, too.  Cattle Egrets are usually found near horse or cattle pastures as they dine on insects attracted by the livestock.

These are medium-sized white-colored egrets that have a distinctive mustard yellow streak on their back near the neck and head.  They also have a yellow bill.  This flock was lounging and roosting among the scrubby low trees on the edge of the two man-made water retention ponds.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

White Ibis, Great Egret, and Muscovy Ducks

Young Adult White Ibis

White Ibis have been occasionally strolling around the neighborhood looking for tasty bites in the lawns and gardens here.  Our weather has been rainy with nearly daily thunderstorms happening in the afternoon hours.  I have not been out and about much both due to the weather and my husband being ill.

I did go out yesterday to the neighborhood lake and saw a pair of Muscovy Ducks paddling around which is not a usual sight on our lake.  I also saw a Great Egret in the distance on the far shoreline.  Not much to report due to weather and nesting season underway for many of the birds, not to mention, molting going on for many birds.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Muscovy Ducks

Great Egret

Egrets

Great Ergret

Egrets abound here in The Villages and in Central Florida around ponds, lakes, streams and marshlands. Great Egrets sometimes do hunt in landscaped areas near homes and businesses as they will eat snakes mice and lizards if hungry.  We mostly have Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, and Cattle Egrets here in Central Florida.  I have included a photo of a white-phase Little Blue Heron which is very similar to the Snowy Egret.

The Cattle Egret is primarily found near cattle or horse pasture lands but also sometimes can be found near lakes and ponds where it drinks and sometimes hunts along the shore.

I have only seen one Reddish Egret here and that was near Dunellon about four years ago.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly smaller version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Snowy Egrets

White phase Little Blue Heron

Cattle Egret

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