Little Blue Heron
These two small ponds are on CR-466 in The Villages next to and near the Walmart’s parking lot. I took these pictures on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019. That ‘Gator looks to be about 9’ long by the way. I took the photographs from the opposite shore of this pond! I have taken pictures at this location several times in the last few years.
In addition to the Alligator, there were two Little Blue Herons, a Try-colored Heron, a Great Egret, a Pied-billed Grebe, and two Anhingas. Pretty amazing to see all that wildlife so close to commercial enterprises and parking lots!
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Little Blue Heron
Finally, I am starting to see our migratory songbirds here! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of these photos I took on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. Enjoy!
Female Northern Cardinal
Female Northern Cardinal
A feisty Eastern Blue Jay, A Palm Warbler, an Eastern Bluebird, and a House Sparrow were all spotted here in my neighborhood and community last week. I took these pictures early in the morning when it is probably the best time to see many birds out feeding.
There was a large flock of the warblers mixed-in with the sparrows visiting my street. Both types of birds eat on the ground browsing for seeds in the lawns. The Blue Jay was spotted at the Freedom Pointe lakeshore parking lot up in a big Live Oak. The bluebird is seen from time to time on a neighbors roof. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Eastern Blue Jay
Palm Warblers, Eastern Bluebirds, and a lone Tufted Titmouse were spotted in the past week here in my neighborhood. One of the Palm Warblers was seen below ornamental grass at Paradise Park in The Villages, FL. The other birds were in my own yards. It is great to see all the newly arriving songbirds who have migrated here for the Winter! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo. Enjoy!
Eastern Bluebird male
A hen Northern Cardinal, a Palm Warbler, and a small flock of White Ibises were all visitors to my yards this past week. I took the pictures of the cardinal and warbler from inside my home through the window. The Ibises had taken advantage of the rainy weather to seek out grubs and worms in the lawn. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Hen Northern Cardinal
Palm Warbler on the Live Oak
That gigantic flock of Cedar Waxwings returned a few days ago to the large Juniper Tree here on my street. This time the flock returned to ripe or over ripe berries festooning the branches of the tree. Because these berries do ferment when overly ripe, the birds can sometimes get intoxicated from ingesting them! Lots of really big loop de loops in the skies. I believe the birds came out OK though and did not get harmed by this.
I also noticed a family of Northern Cardinals across the way on the roof of a home here. I also noticed a Carolina Wren and probably what was a Palm Warbler near the Northern Cardinal.
Some of the homes are seasonal and this one has not had proper maintenance as evidenced by the saplings growing in the rain gutter. It is not uncommon in Florida to see this when the gutters get clogged with leaves and wind or birds drop seeds on the roof. The birds were hunting for insects and also seeds on the roof. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
I think having two, and perhaps three, hawks now patrolling the trees here on my street, has a lot to do with my not having seen many songbirds here lately. I saw these two hawks (Likely Red-shouldered Hawks) yesterday in two adjacent trees across the street from my home.
I did see a few Palm Warblers, a Yellow-rumped Warbler, and a cute Tufted Titmouse around the yard here on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2015.
I also am including a picture of a male Red-winged Blackbird that I spotted at a small marsh up across the road from the horse ranch pond where I often go to do bird watching. I saw that Blackbird on Feb. 18, 2015. I do not see Blackbirds here in my yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Male Red-winged Blackbird