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Wordless Wednesday: Great and Snowy Egrets

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Resting Wood Storks (and a Great Egret)

Wood Storks have been here in The Villages, FL, for about a month in larger numbers.  A few days ago, I spotted seven of the large white and black birds at Lake Paradise.  The big birds mostly are seen standing still or in flight.  This is the second instance where I have seen Wood Storks laying on the ground resting.  I noted that this behavior is similar to that seen in the White Ibis.  I found it interesting.

The Wood Storks mostly fish by putting their large hard scoop-like bill into the mud and sucking in snails, larger insects, worms, tadpoles, frogs and small fish.  I have read that some Wood Storks travel miles and miles from their tree roost to search for food.  Amazing!  I really enjoy seeing these birds!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo.  Enjoy!

Waterfowl, Cranes, Birds, Squirrels, a Butterfly and Scenery!

A Great Egret

A Red-winged Blackbird, a Common Moorhen, a pair of Sandhill Cranes, a perched Great Egret, a partially submerged Anhinga, a trio of Double-crested Cormorants, a Pied-billed Grebe; Egyptian Geese; White Ibis; and a flock of Hooded Mergansers were all spotted here in The Villages, FL, late in the afternoon on Wednesday.  I also saw a most lovely Monarch Butterfly on some wild Aster flowers.

The Grey Squirrels here have become the rodent version of the ever-begging White Ibis!  When we parked the golf cart at Paradise Park, I immediately had four little squirrels come begging for any kind of hand-out treat that would be given.  I had to say sorry to the little cuties but someone else had already provided a few tasty peanuts.  I sure wish folks would stop feeding the wildlife here!  Oh well…

Such fun to get out in beautiful weather and see the birds squirrels and yes, butterflies.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that picture.  Enjoy!

A hen Moorhen

Male Red-winged Blackbird

A pair of Sandhill Cranes

 

A Scenic View of “Larry the Gator’s Pond”

Egyptian Goose and White Ibis

A Monarch Butterfly on an Aster flower

 

 

Grey Squirrel

Grey Squirrel

Anhinga

Waterfowl Wednesday

Whistling Ducks, and Mallard Ducks were both spotted here in The Villages, FL this past Sunday.  I was happy to see the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks at the marsh where I also had spotted many egrets.  I also saw the Mallards there.  Lake Paradise has a bunch of Mottled Ducks and Mallard Ducks right now.

Later in the Winter, there will be a lot of other breeds of migrating ducks here on our many ponds and lakes.  I so enjoy watching the ducks.  By the way, most of this bunch of Whistlers were juveniles with their bluish-pink bills, legs and feet!  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

A Little Blue Heron and Two Tri-colored Herons

Tri-colored Heron

This Little Blue Heron was spotted at a small pond near Morse and CR-466 in The Villages, FL.  I also saw two Tri-colored Herons on Lake Paradise also in The Villages.  Both types of these herons are occasionally seen here in The Villages on several lakes and ponds here.  I believe the Little Blue Heron is one that probably lives in the medium-sized nearby Lake Sumter and the freshwater marshlands around that lake.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Tri-colored Heron

Tri-colored Heron with Great Egret

Little Blue Heron

Great Blue Herons

Great Blue Herons were spotted in several small lakes and ponds here in The Villages, Florida last evening at twilight.

These herons fish for frogs, crawfish, small fish, small alligators, larger aquatic insects and snails.  .  I often see the Great Blue Herons.   I spotted Great Blue Herons on Lake Paradise, on the Silver Lake Recreation Center’s pond, and on the little pond near CR 466 at Morse.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Our Egrets

Cattle Egret

Egrets are resident birds here in The Villages, FL area.  We have a lot of small lakes and ponds and tiny creeks here with plenty of food for these birds.  Of course, the Cattle Egrets come and go and are mainly seen near the few horse and cattle ranches we have in the overall community.  We tend to have more Great Egrets here than Snowy or Cattle Egrets.  All are meat or insect eating birds.   There also are Reddish Egrets in the region but I have only spotted one here in The Villages and that was months ago.

The largest of these three kinds of egrets is the Great Egret which is perhaps three feet tall.  The smallest of these egrets is the Snowy Egret, with the Cattle Egret in the mid-range.  I took these pictures at various times this year here in The Villages, primarily on Lake Mira-mar, Lake Paradise, and Freedom Pointe Lake.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!  P.S.  The community’s archery range will reopen today for the first time since Hurricane Irma damaged it a bit.  Hooray!

 

Snowy Egret

Great Egret and Snowy Egrets

Great Egret

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