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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

Wiechens Preserve, Part 2

 

Tri-color Heron

Tri-color Heron

Tri-color Heron

Tri-color Heron

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes, Common Moorhens, and a gorgeous Little Blue Heron were spotted the other day at the scenic Sharon Wiechens Preserve in The Villages, Florida.  All were feeding as it was late in the afternoon while we visited.

This nice preserve is on the shore of a medium-sized lake and has been open about a year or so now.  I am amazed at the numbers of birds seen in a small area and all are wild!  The preserve has a concrete walkway, a two-floor wood observation tower deck and a wooden pier walkway that juts out into the lake quite a way and then returns in a half rectangle toward the shore.  Lots of opportunities to see ducks, moorhens, coots and the occasional egrets, herons, ibis, and Bald Eagle (eagle up on the far electric tower).

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture.  Enjoy!

Little Blue Heron and Common Moorhen

Little Blue Heron and Common Moorhen

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

 

Sandhill Cranes

Sandhill Cranes

Little Blue Heron

Little Blue Heron

Common Moorhen

Common Moorhen

 

 

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