The Palm Warblers have arrived from up North! They Winter here. I love seeing the small cuties. The Palm Warblers often browse in the lawn for insects. They also are seed eaters.
These warblers are a streaky tan and brown in color, and have a yellow area under their tail. They often are seen moving their tail feathers from side to side in a wagging motion. I am glad to have our little birds back! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Sandhill Cranes are here in my area for the Winter months. Some are even year-round residents. The big grey, white, beige, and red birds are most often spotted near grassy areas where there also is a pond, lake, or river nearby. They eat grass, grains, and occasionally snails, small fish, tadpoles and other small aquatic prey. Mostly, they are vegetarians. While observing the cranes, I also spotted a feisty Eastern Blue Jay, a pretty Palm Warbler and a female Northern Cardinal.
In The Villages, in Sumter County, FL, the Sandhill Cranes sometimes are seen around golf courses where they are admired and are not terribly inconvenient for the golfers (unlike the ‘gators). I took these pictures on December 30, 2015 at a spot fairly close to the Live Oaks Park near Sumter Square and Lake Sumter. I think someone had put bird seed down (not me). The big birds enjoyed an easy meal! I also saw the pair at a small pond near that same area. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
An Eastern Pewee, a Palm Warbler, and several Northern Cardinals have arrived in the past week. I expect more songbirds will be arriving in coming weeks. It is so nice to see the familiar songbirds in my yard and in the yards of various neighbors. I also have spotted a very shy Carolina Wren that is hard to get pictures of. I’ll keep trying to photograph that little sweetie and will post those snapshots here soon.
I am enjoying seeing a broader mix of birds than just the water birds and larger birds I mostly saw this last Summer here in Lake and Sumter Counties in Florida. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Female Northern Cardinal
Male Northern Cardinal
Male Pine Warbler
Pine Warblers, Palm Warblers, Carolina Chickadees, Carolina Wrens, Yellow-throated Vireos, and Yellow-rumped Warblers have recently arrived in the area! Here are some photographs I took of the small cuties in the past several weeks. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Palm Warblers are here in a big way for such a tiny bird. We have a lot of these cuties here in this neighborhood. The Palm Warblers flit around in the Oaks and also swoop down to the ground to hunt for tasty insects. The Palm Warblers are here with the Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, and the Carolina Wrens.
I mostly seem to see either Palm Warblers or Crows out and about. These likely are here in larger numbers than the other songbirds, or at least in this particular neighborhood. The weather here is warm and sunny. I took these pictures in my back yard on December 7, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Palm Warblers are cute little Winter visitors here. They have a streaky brown and yellowish buff belly with a light brown back and a bit of yellow on and under the tail. They usually have a rusty, dark orange-red tinged cap on the head, with a faint eye ring. Some Palm Warblers have yellow markings on their face near the bill and sometimes near the eyes. The birds get a bit brighter in their breeding plumage. Both genders look fairly similar. Palm Warblers are about the size of many of the sparrows or finches.
Palm Warblers eat insects and catch many tiny flying insects. Palm Warblers like eating berries, seeds, and plant or tree nectar in the Winter months. They also will often eat on the ground, and sometimes hide in the grass. The Palm Warblers are pretty additions to the neighborhood! I took these pictures on Dec. 2, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture of the Palm Warbler. Enjoy!
Here are some pictures of Palm Warblers, and Yellow-rumped Warblers that I took on April 7, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Yesterday I saw a Crow, Bluebird, and a Warbler. These seem to be some of the birds commonly seen in my immediate neighborhood. Yesterday morning when I was out walking around trying to take pictures of birds, the weather was cloudy and there was a little drizzle. Birds don’t like to be out when it’s cloudy or during storms if they can avoid it. Two neighbors have bird feeders and I sometimes see the Bluebirds around that home. These Eastern Bluebirds also benefit from one neighbor’s bird house which is designed for Eastern Bluebird nesting. The Crow was drinking from a neighbor’s rain gutter.
Yesterday while driving home from the local Farmer’s Market where I shopped for vegetables, I saw a Red-tailed Hawk (no picture as I did not have my camera with me). I also saw a trio of Cattle Egrets along one of the main highway streets in town. There are horse farms that border the highway so that is why the Egrets may have been out next to the roadway. Lots of birds and animals here in my region. You will be seeing pictures from not just my street area but the greater community in coming days. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Female Eastern Bluebird
Likely a Palm Warbler
A Common Crow