Great Blue Heron on its nest
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I barely caught a glimpse of the gorgeous Eastern Blue Jay as it flitted around in thick shrubbery and the lower branches of a gigantic Live Oak tree. On the other hand, the small group of Mottled Ducks was quite eager to waddle up to where my husband and I were standing on the low raised walkway pier leading to an over the water gazebo on a local park pond here in The Villages, FL.
No, I would not call most park ducks here “Bashful”! Ha! Excellent beggars but the poor ducks got no treats that afternoon from me. Please click on the thumbnail image to see a slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
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
Female Northern Mockingbird
A flock of White Pelicans
Northern Mockingbirds, Cedar Waxwings, and a fly-by of a flock of American White Pelicans were all spotted early this evening (March 16, 2018) here on my street in The Villages, FL.
The Northern Mockingbirds are residents of the neighborhood, while the Cedar Waxwings and White Pelicans are Winter visitors. The pelicans were headed North in a definite flock pattern. The Cedar Waxwings likely are on the way North but have stopped here to feed on berries. Many of the Holly Bushes and small Holly Trees are full of berries and there are also a lot of other small fruits in season here such as Loquats.
The Waxwings love various kinds of berries and sometimes get tipsy on fermented fruits and berries. I love the Winter visit here by the beautiful waxwings. The former Juniper across the street that was a favorite place to perch for the waxwings got cut down a few months ago so the birds are in a few trees here including the big Live Oak in my backyard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, FL
I have selected favorite photographs I have taken in Florida in the last three years to share here today. I tend to love Wood Storks, all the different woodpeckers, assorted ducks, and the various herons and egret,s the best! I hope you will like seeing these old favorites!
Wood Stork in The Villages, FL
A Little Blue Heron in The Villages, FL
A Green Heron in Dunellon, FL
A Great Egret in Breeding Plumage, The Villages,
Snowy Egret, The Villages, FL
A Pileated Woodpecker, Ocala, FL
Male Northern Cardinal
Northern Cardinals, House Finches, a Carolina Chickadee, a few Mourning Doves and a Tufted Titmouse were all spotted here on my street in the last few days in addition to the small flock of Downy Woodpeckers. I took all of these pictures last week. The birds are enjoying several nice bird feeders as well as the abundant insects in the shrubbery and Oaks.
We have been having nearly daily rain also so there is plenty of water, as well as food for the birds. Pretty soon, we will also be seeing many more migrating birds. I can’t wait! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
Female House Finches with Juvenile Northern Cardinal
Eastern Blue Jay
Northern Cardinals, Boat-tailed Grackles, Eastern Blue Jays, Mourning Doves, House Finches, White Ibis, Northern Mockingbirds, and a pair of Brown Thrashers were all spotted here on my street and in a neighboring yard on the next street over in the last week. Additionally, we have had Eastern Bluebirds, Crows, Chickadees, and Carolina Wrens around. The finches were rooting around in a lot under construction where a new home is being built. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that picture. Enjoy!
Female House Finches
Juvenile White Ibis
Male Boat-tailed Grackles
House Finches, Morning Doves, Northern Mockingbirds, White Ibises, a Carolina Wren, and a male Northern Cardinal were all spotted in the past few days here on my street or in my yard. A neighbor has a very popular bird feeder that is patronized by many of the birds I saw this week!
The White Ibis flock casually strolls the neighborhood’s streets in search of tasty bites of worms, insects and the like. The Ibises are not here every day but do come by several times a month. One of the ibises sure had a vividly red face, legs and feet, didn’t it? We delight in seeing them! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. As ever, enjoy!
House Finch male
Northern Cardinal male
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Snow Goose (A better view of the same bird shown on Wed.)
This post concludes the two part look at the amazing bunch of water birds that I saw on Tuesday at Lake Paradise in The Villages, Florida. I was so thrilled to see all the variety of birds here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger view of that photo. Enjoy!
Hybrid Canada Goose and Canada Goose
Lesser Scaup Ducks
I am beginning to see more songbirds and other birds around my yards. This weekend, saw a couple of Tufted Titmice way up in my big old Live Oaks, a hen Northern Cardinal in my next door neighbor’s Palm Tree, a Northern Mockingbird up on the neighbor’s roof, and what looks like a juvenile Bald Eagle flying very high up in the sky.
I also saw a sassy Red-bellied Woodpecker that played a short peek-a-boo game with me before it gave up and flew off. I will show that bird on Wednesday’s post. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the image. Enjoy!
Hen Northern Cardinal
Juvenile Bald Eagle?