Yesterday afternoon my husband and I visited the Weichens nature preserve here in The Villages, FL. We saw several really wonderful birds. No squirrels this time as it was hot and very windy out. One has to take their time at this preserve. Because the rules say that visitors need to stay on the sidewalk and boardwalk, the viewing space through the lawn area is pretty distant as far as birds go. The Sherman’s Fox Squirrels usually hang out on the ground near the sidewalk so that is a plus.
Take your time if visiting. Being patient is helpful in that birds often appear out of nowhere and only stay a brief moment or two in one spot. By the way, thanks to a knowledgeable reader, I have identified the hawk I saw yesterday as a Sharp-shinned Hawk. Beautiful bird! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
Male Common Moorhen
Family of Common Moorhens
Osprey in Flight
Little Blue Heron
Common Moorhen Chick
Female Red-winged Blackbird on Spring Lake
I took these pictures of various waterfowl and birds in beautiful Fairfield Glade, TN when I was there last week on personal business. I thought I’d share a few snapshots taken at two of the smallest of the lakes there at the resort community. I took these pictures on April 7, 2015 and April 8, 2015. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Pied-billed Grebes on Spring Lake
Male Red-winged Blackbird on Spring Lake
A Pair of Wood Ducks on Lake Oxford
American Robins have arrived here in my neighborhood. I had seen just a few the other day and posted about those birds here yesterday. As it turned out, many more birds joined the advanced scouts soon afterward. I also spoke too soon when yesterday I described their calls as having characteristics vaguely similar to that of a Blackbird’s call. I’ll “Eat crow” on that one. Ha! Guess what birds were among the flock of American Robins? Yes, several Red-winged Blackbirds. So, moral of the story is: If it sounds a little like a certain bird, well, just maybe it is that other bird (mockingbird calls excepted). I saw about fifty to sixty American Robins in my yard yesterday morning. There also were a lot of European Starlings here too. I took these pictures on Feb. 11, 2013 in my yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Actually many little birds told me. That is, they told me that I need to refill the bird feeder with bird seed. These tiny birds are just mobbing the feeder. We fill this feeder every three days and it is not a small feeder. Not that I mind very much. I delight in seeing the White-breasted Nuthatches, Carolina Chickadees, House Finches, Northern Cardinals, and Tufted Titmice that are now regulars at the feeder.
I also see one of the Red-headed Woodpeckers at the feeder. I am no longer seeing any Red-winged Blackbirds or Brown-headed Cowbirds here at the feeder. One bird that does not eat seed is the Eastern Bluebird. I am showing a youngster that is just now turning orange and blue. Bluebirds eat insects and are a wonderful bird to have here. I took these pictures from my living room window and from the yard on August 28, 2012. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Red-winged Blackbird females are brown with dark brown streaking. They look nothing like the males except for their over-all shape. These birds are here in bunches with maybe twenty pairs around. They love eating seeds off of the pond reeds, rushes and other native plants on the shoreline. I also see them in taller weeds on the fringes of the woods near the gulch. They make the same gurgle and squeaking sounds that the males do. These birds frequent the bird feeder pretty often. I think that they love the Black Oil Sunflower Seeds. Many birds do.
I think Red-winged Blackbirds are lovely medium-sized birds and am glad to see them here. I took these pictures at dusk on July 25, 2012 in my yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Here are a few more pictures I have taken of the various songbirds that come to the bird feeder that is next to my front porch. I see these birds on a regular basis. The “King” of the bird feeder is the male Red-winged Blackbird. He makes one or two circuits, walking around the tray of the feeder before leaving. I am not sure if this action was because at first he was not clear about how to get the birdseed out, and it has become a habit, or if the action is a territorial claim.
The other birds that come to the feeder here are: the Brown-headed Cow Birds, the Chipping Sparrow, the Tufted Titmice, the Red-headed Woodpecker, White-breasted Nuthatches, and House Finches. Occasionally I also see Mourning Doves near the feeder and also Canada Geese, Wood Ducks, and Mallard Ducks as well. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Male Red-Winged Blackbird
Here are a few pictures of a variety of birds that have been coming to the bird feeder here. I often see the Red-Winged Blackbirds, and the Red-Headed Woodpecker comes about twice a day to snatch a yummy sunflower seed or a bit of corn. I took these pictures from my living room window on various days in the past month here. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
A Male Northern Cardinal
A Male House Finch