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Male Red-Winged Black Birds

Red Winged Black Birds are commonly seen here in freshwater marshes such as the one at the lovely Sharon Wiechens Nature Preserve in The Villages, Florida.  These smaller birds flit from reed to reed and flower to flower in search of tasty insects for their meal.  The males are black with the gold and red bars on their wings.  The females are a streaky brown color.  The males have a buzzy call which is pretty distinctive.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

A Visit to the Sharon Rose Weichens Preserve in The Villages, FL

 

 

Mystery Bird - Hawk? Falcon?

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Mystery Hawk , Falcon?

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Mystery Hawk? Falcon?

Sharp-shinned Hawk

 

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

Male Common Moorhen

Family of Common Moorhens

Family of Common Moorhens

Osprey in Flight

Osprey in Flight

 

Anhingas

Anhingas

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Common Moorhen Chick

Common Moorhen Chick

Birds and Waterfowl in Fairfield Glade, TN

Female Red-winged Blackbird

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!

Spring Lake and Pied-billed Grebes

Pied-billed Grebes on Spring Lake

Male Red-winged Blackbird

Male Red-winged Blackbird on Spring Lake

A Pair of Wood Ducks

A Pair of Wood Ducks on Lake Oxford

A Little Bird Told Me

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!

A Female Red-Winged Blackbird Getting Seeds

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!

Birds at the Feeder

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!

A Few Pictures of Birds at the Feeder

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

Red-Headed Woodpecker

A Male House Finch

More Spring Scenes on the Little Farm

Mourning Dove

Here are some photographs I took in the last week here on the little farm.  I saw a Mourning Dove on the bird feeder trying to figure out how to get at the seed.  I also checked in on the mother to be Canada Goose.  You can see the downy nest (white blob like area on the grass near the goose).  Lots of different birds here each day.  The weather has been windy, cooler and at times, slightly rainy.  I enjoy being out with the camera and seeing the birds, small animals and fish.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

Barn Swallows

Canada Goose

Mallard Drake, Ring-necked Hen

Red-winged Blackbird Male

White-breasted Nuthatch

Male Red-Winged Blackbirds

I was surprised to see a few Red-Winged Blackbirds here in the last several days. I heard them before I saw them as they have a really raspy, gurgle-like, high-pitched call.  They are a about the same size as a blue jay or a robin.  The males are black with a bright patch of both yellow and orange on each wing near the shoulders.  The Red-Winged Blackbird females are more of a brown streaked buff color without the bright wing color bars.  In fact, the females look much like large sparrows.  Amazing!

Red-Winged Blackbirds often flock in large numbers but I only saw about five here yesterday.  These are likely an advanced scouting group.  The Red-Winged Blackbirds eat grains, and seeds mostly but do enjoy insects.  They are often seen perched on the seed heads of the Cattail rushes on the shores of lakes, ponds, and river marshes.  I took these photographs in my yard on March 2, 2012, and also yesterday afternoon.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.  Enjoy!

A Red-winged Blackbird Comes to the Yard

A Red-winged Blackbird came to the backyard on June 14, 2011.  I had not seen any Blackbirds here in the yard before.  I do know that a small flock lives about a half-mile away along the shore of a small lake.  The Red-winged Blackbirds are fond of cattail and often can be seen snacking at the top of the Cattail reeds.  The Red-winged Blackbird male is black with very dark brown and has a small red and yellow patch on each wing.  The red patch is especially well seen when the male is in flight.  The female looks a lot like a large sparrow and is brown with lots of streaks of buff and dark brown.  They are about the same size as a Cardinal or a smaller Blue Jay.

The Red-winged Blackbirds eat insects, seeds, nuts, berries, and smaller fruits.  The Red-winged Blackbirds can sometimes be a pest to farmers when gathering in extra-large flocks as they eat grains.  Red-winged Blackbirds are quite common throughout the United States.  I know from personal experience that some male Red-wing Blackbirds can dive-bomb people and snatch strands of hair to add to nests.  This seldom happens but did happen once to me when I lived in Northern California many years ago!  I do like these birds and think that the males are quite handsome.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.

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