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Water Birds at Lake Mira-mar in The Villages, FL

Hooded Merganser Ducks

On Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017,  I spotted a small flock of Hooded Merganser ducks, a Great Egret, a Pied-billed Grebe and a Wood Stork with White Ibis at Lake Mira-mar in The Villages, FL.  The ducks, egret and grebe were in the arm of the lake bordering the highway and the Veteran’s Memorial Park.  The Wood Stork was in the parking lot area on the main body of the little pond-like lake.  All were such fun to watch!  I will be taking a break from blogging for the next couple of weeks and will be posting at my normal schedule when I begin blogging again.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Pied-billed Grebe

Great Egret

Wood Stork with Ibis

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A Fun Visit to the Sharon Wiechens Nature Preserve in The Villages, FL

A Pied-billed Grebe

The Sharon Wiechens Nature Preserve in The Villages is a community treasure of a place!  I really enjoy visiting this lake-side preserve here.  I made a short trip there yesterday afternoon and saw quite a few different birds.  I spotted two Southern Bald Eagles;  a Pied Billed Grebe;  a flying hen Mallard Duck;  a Great Egret;  a Glossy Ibis;  a nesting Moorhen;  and a few Boat-tailed Grackles.

I also saw a few Common Coots there at the preserve.  Usually I spot something different when we visit each time.  There is a fantastic boardwalk deck overlook which loops around into the lake itself over the shallow marsh.  I also occasionally go up onto the wooden observation deck structure for a quick look around.  I did not see any Sherman’s Fox Squirrels this trip.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

A Great Egret

Male Boat-tailed Grackles

A Glossy Ibis

 

Southern Bald Eagles (From a distance)

A Hen Mallard

Common Moorhen on its Nest

A Pied Billed Grebe and a Limpkin

A Pied-billed Grebe was spotted recently at the Wal-Mart pond on CR 466 in the Buffalo Ridge neighborhood of The Villages, FL.

The Pied-billed Grebe is a small diving water bird that is most frequently seen in fresh water ponds and lakes.  The bird eats small fish, aquatic insects and worms, small frogs, small crayfish, and some aquatic plants.  These birds are not often spotted here but I do enjoy their shy antics.

I also am including a photo taken by my hubby with a cell phone camera (not so great quality but I included it because seeing the rarely spotted bird was interesting) last evening at dusk.  It is of a Limpkin we spotted at Lake Mira Mar in The Villages, FL,  next to the golf cart bridge path.  Limpkins are not often seen here and are quite secretive.  They dine on Apple Snails and other aquatic insects and snails.  Limpkins are most often out and about in very dim light conditions.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photograph.  Enjoy!

 

Action at the Wal-Mart Pond

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A Little Blue Heron, a few Common Moorhens, and a little Pied-billed Grebe were spotted at the pond next to the Wal-Mart parking lot on CR 466 around the Buffalo Ridge area in The Villages, Florida last week.

The Little Blue Heron starts out as a white bird and gets darker with age until it is a lovely purplish-blue.  The Little Blue Heron also has greenish-yellow legs and feet.  It is a beautiful big wading bird.  The Little Blue Heron eats fish, frogs, turtles, crayfish, aquatic worms, aquatic snails, and sometimes, shore-based insects and mice.  The heron roosts in tall trees, and prefers Cypress Trees when possible.  please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  My thoughts and prayers are with those people in Northern California who are affected by flooding, or the precautionary evacuations for the Oroville Dam difficulties.

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

 

A Pied-billed Grebe and Common Moorhens

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

A Pied-billed Grebe and several Common Moorhens were spotted a few days ago at the lovely Sharon Weichens Preserve in The Villages on Lake Deaton.  The Pied-billed Grebe is a small duck-like water bird that dives for fish, frogs, tadpoles, small turtles and larger aquatic insects.  The little grebe is shy and pretty wary of people, preferring to dive in the middle of freshwater bodies of water such as ponds and lakes.  This grebe has a tan-colored medium-sized bill that has a black wavy stripe along the middle of it.

I enjoy seeing the Common Moorhens here in The Villages.  They are similar to Common Coots but instead of having a white fleshy area over their bill, they have a bright red area.  The hens are a grayish-brown and the drakes are charcoal grey to black sometimes with a slight purple hue.  They are quite similar to Purple Gallinules which are their cousins.  These birds eat aquatic plants, and grasses.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!

The Pied-billed Grebe

The Pied-billed Grebe

An Observation Deck at the Preserve

An Observation Deck at the Preserve

Male Common Moorhen

Male Common Moorhen

 

Hen Common Moorhen

Hen Common Moorhen

Common Moorhen in Flight

Common Moorhen in Flight

Lake Deaton Scenery Viewed from the Preserve

Lake Deaton Scenery Viewed from the Preserve

A Visit to the Shopping Center Ponds

A Young Alligator

A Young Alligator

Coot

Coot

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Alligators, Little Blue Heron, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, Bufflehead Duck, Mallard Ducks, Common Moorhens, Anhingas, Pied-billed Grebe, and Common Coots all were spotted at two small ponds right next to a small shopping center area near The Villages, Florida on Highway 466.  Yes, right next to the Walmart!  I took these pictures yesterday afternoon (Jan. 14, 2016).  I have taken pictures at these ponds several different times in the last year.  There often is wildlife to be seen there.

I am amazed at how well wildlife copes with all the new development.  I am glad these wetlands, though tiny, were saved!  I spotted three Alligators in the larger of the two ponds by the way and one of those was decent sized!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture.  Enjoy!

Mallard Duck

Drake Mallard Ducks

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Pair of Mallard Ducks

Pair of Mallard Ducks

 

Great Egret

Great Egret

 

Pied-billed Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

Drake (male) Bufflehead Duck

Drake (male) Bufflehead Duck

 

Common Moorhen

Common Moorhen

Alligator

Alligator

Anhinga

Anhinga

Waders at the Rainfall Basin, Part 1

 

 

 

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Snowy Egrets, Lesser Yellowlegs, and a lone Pied-billed Grebe all enjoyed the bounty at the largest rainfall retention basin here on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014.  This basin pond is drying up and the big wading birds have come to enjoy feasting on tadpoles, frogs, and larger insects.

The big surprise of the day was seeing the little Pied-billed Grebe along with the wading birds!  There were three of the Yellowlegs, a pair of Snowy Egrets and the grebe.   Notice too, that another of the yellowlegs was again paddling across the pond.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  I’ll have part 2 of this series with pictures I took last night, on Wednesday’s post here.   Wishing all in the U.S. a happy and safe Columbus Day holiday!

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