I enjoy seeing all types of both songbirds and the exotic big birds here in Florid! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Southern Bald Eagles are resident here in The Villages, FL. This family were spotted at the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course on the electric towers near the Mulberry Dog Park. The parent eagles and one of the two eaglets of this family were perched on three different towers when I recently was out bird watching. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Wishing everyone a happy St. Patrick’s Day! Enjoy!
Male Red-winged Blackbirds are very attractive songbirds! They are black in color with a bright yellow and orange-red patch on the shoulder area of each wing. The hens are a brown color without the colorful patch of yellow and red.
Red-winged blackbirds are mainly seen around bodies of fresh water. They seem to thrive around marshes and enjoy eating the seeds of aquatic plants as well as many insects. The males have a buzzy loud song that is memorable. I always enjoy spotting these rather pretty songbirds! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
This Red-shouldered Hawk has recently moved into my neighborhood. Transitory flocks of Cedar Waxwings are here feasting on the last of the Holly Berries, so it may be having many smaller birds nearby is what attracted this hawk to the neighborhood. There also will soon be new ducklings at our neighborhood park lake. Our neighborhood has many large trees which also suits the hawks.
This hawk was photographed on the front lawn of a home, and was looking at and consuming a very small bit of prey – likely a small mouse. These birds of prey are carnivorous and hunt for small rodents, snakes, lizards, songbirds, ducklings, and eggs. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Double-crested Cormorants are water birds that are often found in the company of White Pelicans here in The Villages, Florida during the Winter months. These dark brown and grey birds have an orange bill that has a slight hook at the tip, blue eyes, and orange-brown legs and feet. Their feet are webbed like a duck. After diving for food, they need to spread their wings out while perched to allow their feathers to dry out so they may fly.
Double-crested Cormorants mostly eat fish and are found here in lakes and ponds as well as marshes and along the sea coast. They are great fliers and roost in tall trees. Here in The Villages I often see many of these birds at Freedom Pointe Lake and at the little Golf View Lake pond near Lake Paradise. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
White Ibis are pretty commonly seen here in The Villages, FL. These big birds are white as adults and brown and white as juveniles. They have blue eyes and pink legs, feet, and bills. They eat insects, worms, grubs, as well as grains and seeds.
The most common place to see Ibis here in The Villages is at the parking lot next to Lake Mira-mar in Spanish Springs. There is a resident flock of about sixty or so birds there.
The Ibis also will fly around the community and browse for insects on the lawns of homes here so that is something that at first seemed strange to me. One does get used to that sight. These are beneficial birds. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Great Blue Herons are now in their breeding finery. I photographed one such heron on 12/26/19 at a natural pond area on the Nancy Lopez Legacy Golf Course, in The Villages, FL, along the multi-modal path down the middle of the course. What a lovely bird! By the way, I have mentioned it before quite a while ago, but my real-life name is Linda Woody. I am visiting other blogs a lot more and want to be clear about who I am. I just like the moniker “wildlifewatcher” a lot. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo. Enjoy!
Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
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.